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Night + Market Song, Good Times

Only one place to get it? Lol. I'm sure it is fantastic there, perhaps the best in the world, but should we not get tacos because ours aren't as good as the best in mexico city?

about 3 hours ago
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Where is Bryant Ng now?

I'm a little nervous that if he's partnering with them, his food won't be as adventurous.

Sep 11, 2014
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Trendy, good food for out of town guest from Hong Kong

Lol so true. I've actually ate Popeyes more in Hong Kong than in the US!

Sep 11, 2014
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Looking for restaurant suggestions Huntington Beach..ish

Seconded. Really enjoyable fish and chips.

Sep 10, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

Was not bread when I went there but granted that was before they upped the price point. So hopefully they changed that

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Hah. I'm hoping for a california roll and pad thai mash up. Best of both worlds.

A friend swears by green curry poured over pad thai. The atrocity.

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Alright there are bean sprouts and onions and chives and lime. I dunno about you but when I think fresh veggies I don't think cold from the refrigerator bean sprouts.

A lime is a lime. An onion is an onion. Do you consider a Dodger Dog fresh because you can get some chopped onions next to the ketchup? Are you really advocating tofu as fresh? How many Thai spots are making their own tofus?

I guess what I'm saying is part of the allure of Thai food for me is those fruits and veggies. Tart mango. Fresh mango. Papaya. Mangosteen. Starfruit. Every random as hell leaf they use.

A bean sprout doesn't really do it for me, but to each their own.

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

California rolls is a perfect comparison. It sucks but kinda doesn't suck. If you're in the mood it can be decent.

I am interested in Ricker's other noodle dishes.

Really hoping for a good pad ma ma! (As a study abroad student in Bangkok, I survived on pad ma ma. One dollar. Heaping plate of noodles and chicken. Fifty cents for a coke or fifty cents for a beer. Those were the days.)

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

arts district is so difficult these days. Even two or three years ago it wasn't nearly so crowded. I remember parking right next to wurstkuche whenever I'd go. Now I have to pay or wait forever.

Sep 10, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Euxodus. I think the problem is simple. Pad thai sucks. Weird flavor profiles. An awkward sweet sometimes coupled with intense heat. A dull preparation of shrimp. Nothing fresh.

I'd describe it as the chili cheese fries of Thailand. Maybe a greasy bean and cheese burrito. An LA street dog. Decent drunk food. Sometimes you can really crave it. But it ain't really a dish worth celebrating.

Sep 09, 2014
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Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

I think you've hit the nail on the head with the concept of celebrity worship.
In my opinion, Ricker is one of the most fascinating people in the food world. A random white guy (not formally trained from what I gathered by watching his documentary) who became so obsessed with Thai food that he became a master at it! Speaks fluent Thai. Has a host of Thai friends. Travels with Bourdain!

It's a testament to obsession and being a hound, I can more than appreciate an obsession to food. He is perhaps the most interesting person I follow on twitter. The random shit he eats in Chiang Mai is enthralling.

This man has literally dedicated his life to cooking northern Thai food! Wtf. It's unfathomable.

It seems half the hype of his food is his story. But damn does he have a story to tell.

Sep 09, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

At least the door has a name on it. Animal and Son of A gun you have to look inside and hope which is so stupid

Sep 09, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

neither does trios mec or alma.

Sep 09, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

very true

Sep 09, 2014
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Best Isaan Places in LA?

What are the best Isaan spots in LA?

I adore Isaan Station. Haven't been to Lacha Somtum yet. I've heard Spicy BBQ has gone downhill.

Anyways, I plan to visit as many Isaan spots as possible and try to figure out which best suits my tastes. I will take pictures and write reviews if you tell me where to go!

I heart Night+Market but am not sure it really counts as Isaan, especially given the chef is from LA and his family is from Chiang Mai.

Sep 08, 2014
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What do we call ...

Did you reach out to him by twitter or email?

Sep 08, 2014
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LA "Musts" Tailored to a Strategic New Yorker

So glad you enjoyed most everything. Too bad about night market. Must have been an off night.

I hope to someday raise a child like yours. He sounds "epic" for lack of a better word!

Sep 08, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

looks really fantastic. Pretty good pictures considering how dark it is in there! I couldn't get anything decent!

They are doing really exceptional pasta dishes imo. Yours looks wonderful as well.

I wish the mains were just a little bit larger.

Sep 08, 2014
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Maude: September's Tomato Dinner

I guess your husband will feel hungry after the meal. I certainly did, but I still consider the corn menu to be my best meal of the year.

My suggestion is snack beforehand. Don't expect much food. Go to appreciate the fantastic creativity and taste, not to fill up. At the price point, it can be a little frustrating, but still definitely worth it.

Sep 08, 2014
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The Misfit's $5 Bar Fly Lunches in Santa Monica

I'm really digging this trend of big pictures in posts. Keep it up Mr. Offalo!

Sep 07, 2014
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Favorite foodie restaurant- 1 night

this is a good idea. especially given the fact the op will be in culver city

Sep 07, 2014
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Favorite foodie restaurant- 1 night

As far as I'm concerned, your only options are Maude or n-Naka. Anything else would be frivolous.

Sep 07, 2014
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More Authentic Chinese Food in Champaign IL Than The Entire San Fernando Valley?

It seems if you are a food-driven engineering student who wants a combination of good food and a decent degree, USC is the answer.

The engineers who sacrifice not being in the top ten by attending USC are able to walk to Chichen Itza, which is certainly among the best Yucatan restaurants in the entire country!

Sep 02, 2014
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More Authentic Chinese Food in Champaign IL Than The Entire San Fernando Valley?

Moderately offended Trojan here... USC's graduate engineering program is rated by US News as #11 in the nation.

Would you consider engineering as hard sciences, or are you meaning biology/health/that kinda stuff?

Sep 02, 2014
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Maude reservation

I went last night for their final corn menu. My gosh, it was stellar. I lucked out with reservations--Open table for the win.

Anyways, a quick breakdown. In all, we were probably served 12 dishes.

1) Corn ice-cream with soy shiso. The first dish may have been our least favorite. The soy was an almost harsh companion to the subtleties of the ice cream. And the ice cream melted a bit easily so by the end it was more juice than cream.

So began the Mexican part of the menu.

2) Albacore ceviche wrapped in a nasturtium leaf. This was bite-sized and delicious. Lime and spice contrasted really nicely with the slight bitterness of the leaf.

3) Frog leg confit smashed between deep fried mini-tortillas. This was a showstopper. There was a touch of sour cream and a smattering of jalapeƱo and habanero along with some watercress. It had a very nice chewiness to it. The tortilla itself was perfect--similar texture wise to a Chichen Itza panucho, without the bean spread of course.

4) BBQ corn Mexican street style. Another favorite of ours, this dish consisted mainly of barbecued corn and cotija cheese. We then rolled the corn in a pleasantly tart sour cream, brown butter, and cayenne pepper. Very nice blend of sweet, sour, spicy, and dairy. If street vendors are serving stuff like this all over Mexico, which I bet they are, I need to get down to the DF asap.

5) A corn pudding of sorts with cuttlefish, dungeness crab, and chorizo. Dehydrated broccoli and corn kernels (if memory serves me) on top. This was a really homey dish that I would have loved to be eating in the coldest days of winter. It had that hearty, comforting feel to it. There were also some finger limes in it! Those things are proper brilliant.

6) Wagyu tartare with a burnt corn salsa. The burnt corn was unique. It gave the dish a very smoky, earthy taste that went well with the meat. There were also a few wonderfully sweet tomatoes. Be joyful y'all with reservations for September, those tomatoes were so good.

7) Corn and black truffle agnolotti. I thought this dish to be sensational. By my approximation, it was better than anything I've had at Bucato or Bestia or Factory Kitchen this year. Agnolotti filled with what they called a corn mousse that burst in my mouth like good XLB! There was a wonderful spice to it, although I confess I'm not sure what caused said spice! It was topped with a delicious and surprisingly light buttered popcorn powder and a very generous supply of black truffles (By the way, I overheard the truffle tasting menu will be around $250, so get ready big spenders.)

8) Pork loin with apples and figs. This was the main if you will. Exquisitely cooked pork loin. Went quite well with the apples and the accompanying corn pudding. It was just a really well executed ode to pork chops and apple sauce in my opinion. Great dish, although a little less daring than some of the others.

9) Melon ice-cream with crispy prosciutto and cornflakes. This was much better than the first take on ice-cream. I'm surprised all the creative ice-cream shops around town aren't doing something similar to this. It was a really pleasant riff on the sweet and salty trend.

10) Blue corn crepes and a corn flan. The crepes were folded into half-dollar sized triangles and stuffed with a mixture of plantains and bourbon. Everything I want in a dessert. The bourbon added a nice little kick and sweetened the plantains a bit so they were almost more similar in taste to bananas if that makes sense. There was also a corn flan which was good but nothing to really write home about.

11) Little dessert bites. There was a lime, corn, pepper gummy thing. Somewhat similar to a gumdrop. Then a fantastic corn cream puff. And a caramel-infused bonbon that I did not eat because I cannot eat chocolate but which the SO loved.

12) Corn flakes with almond milk. They sent us home with some cornflakes and almond milk. nice touch.

Girlfriend did the regular wine pairing. It was somewhat pricey at 65 dollars. I know nothing of wine though so cannot comment on how well it worked.

So yes, that was my Maude experience. I thought it truly exceptional. My only gripe was I could have used another course or two--or maybe a second helping of agnolotti. Curtis Stone was in house. It's always nice when the chef of a restaurant is actually there. (I'm looking at you Trois Mec.)

Atmosphere was cozy while still being classy. It was quiet and rather well lit, if not bright. Too dark for pictures without flash but definitely not annoyingly dark. The sommelier (who seems to be well-liked on instagram) did not seem to be in the best mood, but everyone else was great. No processed drinks--so no sodas, etc.

The table next to us was so impressed that they tipped an additional 70 dollars on top of the included 18 percent because they thought the meal should have been more!

Reservations for the October pear month begin this Tuesday at 10. I will be dialing like a madman.

Aug 31, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014 -- Voting

While I like the offal-laden bowl of boat noodles at Sapp's as much as the next guy, I fear there will not be many reports.

But prove me wrong Mr. Offalo and friends!

Aug 31, 2014
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Saint Martha

Thanks for the report. I keep meaning to check this place out. Some very interesting dishes for sure.

How's the atmosphere in there?

Aug 29, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Ahh I hope they bring that rabbit back sometime. Looks like I missed out. Your pictures also made me start craving the blood clam aguachile, which unfortunately is an ache I cannot satiate at 11 on a Monday :/

I also really enjoyed the lamb dish. Perhaps my favorite main of the four or five I've had so far.

Aug 25, 2014
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Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

When was the rabbit on the menu? Sounds fantastic.

Aug 25, 2014
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2014 -- Voting

MEXICAN SEAFOOD

Aug 25, 2014
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