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Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Elite.

Get the roast squab also. It's like being back in HK.

http://www.elitechineserestaurant.com...

Jul 21, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Braised Australian abalone at Lei Garden IFC. Spectacular.

Jul 20, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Are broccoli worms harmful to human health?

remember the boy scout rule when lost in the wilderness and thirsty - one pool of water has algae and the other is crystal clear - which one will kill you?

if things can grow and thrive, so will you.
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This is absolutely not true!

Stagnant water can have algae and a host of other parasites and bacteria thriving in it. You will not thrive if you drink this.

The rule in scouts was to look for clear running water. And even then it is best to boil it since even clear running water may contain parasites and bacteria.

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/Centers...
http://survivingmodernlife.com/2012/0...

Jul 20, 2014
Porthos in General Topics

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

I did see that. But what makes n/naka great were the abalone pasta, the sushi, etc. I don't know if the vegetarian menu is wow enough for a special occasion. In fact, I don't recall much in terms of vegetables from my meal.

Not to say I've had the vegetarian option at either, but if the occasion were special enough where you are considering doing TFL, go to TFL simply for the "special" factor.

If you were able to go no diet restrictions tasting, then I stand by my previous statement that for price and taste, I prefered n/naka.

It probably comes down to whether or not you want to stay local or go up to Yountville.

Jul 16, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

If you partner eats fish, then n/naka would be great. I can't imagine doing n/naka strictly vegetarian though (ie no fish or shellfish).

If your partner is strictly vegetarian, then go for TFL.

Jul 16, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Tentative Dining Itinerary for June Vacation

Oops. Missed that. Only saw the startled pig part.

Like I said, addictive stuff ;)

Jul 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Tentative Dining Itinerary for June Vacation

Thanks for taking the time to report back!

We have the same reactions to Animal and Night + Market. Love the latter, found the former good but never great. Had the same reaction to the oxtail poutine on my 2 out of 6 visits.

Next time try the fried pig tails and simmered pork shank at Night + Market. Addictive stuff.

Jul 14, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Elite Dinner Update

Thanks for the clarification! "Elite" is the name of the restaurant, not some snobby adjective.

Jul 13, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

How was the ramen? I have a friend that works there but could never bring myself to go because of the name.

Jul 12, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Elite Dinner Update

So good here!

We had:

Cold platter of pork belly, chicken, roast duck. All excellent.

Roast pigeon. As good as anything you'd get in HK. Really excellent and perfect with burgundy. Better than any duck in town.

Red rock cod 2 ways. Head in casserole with garlic and body steamed.

Lobster with rice cake and sausage. Superb.

White on-choy with red chile. Also excellent.

Pan fried noodles with seafood. Available at dim sum. Just because we needed a little starch.

Total was $320 for 4 before tip. Pricey compared to dim sum but excellent for the quality.

Jul 12, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Love that fried chicken. Have had at least 10 orders of that dish. Excellent every time.

Jul 12, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Best Sushi: Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru, 15 East?

It was good, not great. Caveat is that I went for lunch and the main guy was away. I did sit at the bar. You're right, I probably prefer Mori and Yasuda back in the day.

Eleven Madison Park was very good if a bit showy. Marea was a letdown. Momofuku Ssam still managed to be delicious despite everyone and their mother doing that kind of cuisine these days. Sardines were excellent.

Jul 12, 2014
Porthos in Manhattan

Where to find yellow watermelon?

Mitsuwa Costa Mesa

Jul 11, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Irvine Chinese Update: Li's Kite

Chao ma mien.

Noodles were commercial.

Couple of regulars seemed to be enjoying a certain chicken dish.

Jul 11, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Irvine Chinese Update: Li's Kite

Same plaza as Four Seas Irvine.

The spicy seafood noodle soup is decent. Noodles were chewy, broth was spicy and garlicky. Crown for this still goes to China Point in Rancho Cucamonga IMO.

Steamed dumplings were tasty. Note the bamboo steamer.

Jul 11, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Champagne: is it ruined?

I'm betting the bubbles will be there. Chill in fridge now and pop soon. Letting it sit around in room temp isn't going to reverse any damage. Any damage that may have occurred has occurred. If anything is damaged, it would be the taste like less acid, stewed fruit, maybe flat in taste but not flat in bubbles and not vinegar.

If off, I would personally still cook with it. Use it in any recipe that uses white white (linguine vongole, chicken or rabbit with leeks and mushroom in white wine, bolognese, etc). Cooking with wine raises wine to those temperatures anyways so it's not much different than taking an undamaged bottle and cooking with it.

Jul 09, 2014
Porthos in Wine

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Not spicy at all. Just lots of flavor and since it is a dry seasoning, the skin stays crispy while the inside is always tender and juicy.

Jul 09, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Get the Louisiana Rub and a side of ranch. That's where the money is at.

Sometimes the wings can be a little scrawny. When they're not, nearly impossible to beat since each order is fried to order.

Jul 09, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Wingstop. Louisiana rub. Quite possibly the best fried chicken around. Period.

Jul 09, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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Champagne: is it ruined?

Drink it now. Wouldn't try to age it. Should be fine for immediate consumption. Cooked wine isn't going to be vinegar (oxidized).

It's not like you're going to toss it without trying it.

Jul 07, 2014
Porthos in Wine
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Mochi Cream at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa.

Highly recommend the chocolate/banana, the double mango, and apple pie. Also the seasonal strawberry shortcake.

Jul 07, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Panty dropper.

Jul 05, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

Wow fried chicken at Yardbird South Beach. LA needs a place like this. Desperately.

Jul 05, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Where to find yellow watermelon?

Any 99 Ranch should be carrying them right now. I have even seen them at my local Sprouts. Enjoy!

Jul 05, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Chicken puffs at Hakkasan Miami.
Where hakkasan excels is dim sum for vegetarians and those who can't have pork or shellfish. Not to say they don't have excellent shellfish and pork laden dim sum also.

Jul 05, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

Amazing Summer Peaches at Michael's Genuine

Some of the best summer peaches I've had. Ironic they come from California and I had to come here to taste them. So good I had to order some to go! On the menu with Stracciatella and basil. Stellar.

Jul 04, 2014
Porthos in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

3 Questions about Gjelina

Servorg, do you collect or drink French wine regularly? There is not much debate 2010 generally speaking was a better vintage compared to 2011.

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeatu...

Jul 03, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

3 Questions about Gjelina

Using your link on wine searcher. I have wine searcher pro though so maybe that's why $69.97 is not showing for you.

Here is US low for 2011: http://www.garnetwine.com/sku114531.html

Jul 03, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

3 Questions about Gjelina

It was not the silex. But US low for the 2011 is $69.97 and US low for the 2010 is $95.

Jul 03, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area

3 Questions about Gjelina

Was there on Sunday for early dinner and had a minor annoying wine service issue. Ordered the 2010 Dagueneau pouilly fume. They came back with an 2011. Happens all the time in foreign countries and places not serious about their wine. Didn't expect it at Gjelina. I pointed this out to the server who spoke with the manager. Came back with the excuse it was a typo. I asked if it was the same price since 2010 vintage carries a premium. The server asked the manager again who made a face like "are you kidding me?" Like I was the one out of line. I can tolerate the no substitution food policy. Trying to slip a lesser vintage in and then cop an attitude, not so much.

I know. First world problems. But not how a serious wine program should be run.

Food was excellent.

Jul 03, 2014
Porthos in Los Angeles Area