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What's your top 5 favorite places for lunch in OC?

Have they brought back the meatball banh mi yet? That was my fav sandwich there by a mile.

Jun 27, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

If you post the photos online I'm sure the hounds on this site will give you 20k in honor of your good work. I can't imagine the struggles you endured as you navigated so many hams and the wilds of Spain.

Jun 27, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Hah! I was thinking the same thing. How could she possibly do a job without a friend! The loneliness! The horror!

On a side note, my fiance and I would love to eat in Thailand for six months. You mind throwing me 20k?

Jun 25, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

My first thought aside from the fact that she may not be the best writer/advocate for Chinese food is she is asking for ludicrous amounts of money! 20k for six months in rural China is absolutely outlandish. All she really needs is a decent DSLR (craigslist for a grand) and a backpack.

She is approaching this project like she is some sort of food-writing deity. If J Gold tried to crowd fund twenty k to write the comprehensive book on the history of LA dining, I'd probably send him a few dollars. But it seems absurd to give 80k for a girl who very well could not have distinguished between regional Chinese two years ago.

Jun 25, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

The lack of perfect Mexican food intimidates me a little but, but as I've said elsewhere in this post, I'm very excited to check out some of the more diverse types of cuisine that LA perhaps doesn't even have.

Of course I'll check out the likes of Momofuku and some of the heavy hitters, but I figure the majority of these two years will be spent at places like the Ukranian National Home and the random Caribbean and Senegalese joints. So even if I don't find the food quite as good as LA's (fingers crossed I do) I will at the very least expand my culinary knowledge and whatnot!

Jun 20, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Interesting. I'll definitely do this. Is this the one you're talking about?
http://www.amazon.com/AIA-Guide-New-Y...

Jun 20, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Congratulations to Chef Carlos Salgado and his Taco Maria!

Haha didn't it start at like 39 dollars? That price for that cooking was ridiculous. And he's only getting better...

Jun 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Congratulations to Chef Carlos Salgado and his Taco Maria!

Taco Maria is my favorite restaurant in So-Cal but I'm not sure the value is worth celebrating anymore. Four courses for $65 in a decent setting with decent waiters is hard to justify anywhere. I'll still go back time and time again but that price point is a really tough sell for friends/family.

Jun 19, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Congratulations to Chef Carlos Salgado and his Taco Maria!

Now only if he served some dessert!

Jun 19, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Noted. Zoma and Abyssinia to the top of the list!

Jun 15, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

I hope to someday be able to call myself a tej connoisseur!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

I think I've seen you post a similar sushi comparison on the LA boards. This is super helpful.

I've put Haile Bistro on my "to-try" list!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan
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Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

As I said, I am not opposed to traveling for good eats. I'm hoping I'll find a few cheaper ethnic staples in and around the neighborhood (i.e a good rotisserie chicken place or something like that) but I'm well aware that the more "progressive" food must be traveled for.

Little Senegal sounds super interesting. I haven't had much Western African, can't say I know what to expect. I do like Ethiopian so I figure I'll frequent those places.

I can always use a good soba spot!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Thanks for this. I'll do my due diligence, but a list like this is not a bad thing. Coming from LA, I may not hit up Chipotle too much though ;)

Some of the suggestions look very good. Will definitely try Awash pretty soon!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

I'll search for these! Sounds right up my alley.

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Thanks for the kind words and all your LA board contributions.

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Just checked out these links. They are super helpful. Funny you mention the winter coat, you've no idea how intimidated I am by the prospects of legitimate winters. And four seasons! My oh my!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan
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Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Ahh I can hardly imagine a culinary world where you can just stumble into good places. Obviously there are neighborhoods in LA where you can do just that, but I'm sure NYC takes it to an entirely different level. Excited and intimidated by this :)

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Will do, thanks for the help

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Wow that looks like it will be a two minute walk from my place. If it's as good as you say it is (or even half as good!) it might become a regular spot!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

I'm always down for pollo a la brasa! And it's pretty close to where I'll be. THanks

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Again, thanks for the recommendations! It looks like I'll be expanding my European eats! Definitely excited about that.

Somewhere down the road, I'll ask you about what to get at the Ukrainian National Home.

The Georgian places sound fantastic. Looking forward to trying out some of their dumplings that I've heard about!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Isaan Station in K-Town should be on people's radars.

Pictures look fantastic. Glad you enjoyed. I've been out of LA for a few months and am strongly craving that tom saab!

Jun 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Road trip through Istria--Where should I eat?

Alright, I booked Batelina! Now I just need to figure out the other places. Are any of the restaurants you recommend particularly good for lunch? I keep reading about the Istrian pastas! They sound terrific. Does any place do them particularly well?

Jun 12, 2015
set0312 in Europe

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Hmm, alright I will indulge in Middle Eastern before I leave!

Jun 12, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Sounds reasonable enough to me!

Jun 12, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Thanks for the kind words.

What cuisines/styles of cooking in particular fuel NYC's diversity compared to LA? One of my goals during my years in NYC is to become as familiar as I can with cuisines that I can't find/aren't as good in LA. From what I gather, LA is noticeably better at Mexican and virtually all Asian cuisine? It seems NYC is much better in Caribbean, most European cuisines, most African cuisines, and Middle Eastern?

And although I'll miss my car, I'm quite excited for the good old subway. Given that I'm living near campus, it seems like it'll be pretty darned difficult to get over to Queens via public transport though.

Jun 11, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

My goodness, it definitely looks like I have some reading to do.

Is the eater heat map a pretty good indication of the NY scene? I feel the one in LA is very eccentric/silly at times. And thanks a ton for rounding up the restaurant lists. That makes things very easy for me.

I enjoyed reading your personal favorite list. It shows just how diverse the food scene is here...definitely very excited for that.

Jun 11, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

Angeleno moving to NYC looking for help!

Thank you thank you thank you. I've added all the spots near Columbia to my list! Alright so it looks like I'll be trekking out to Queens whenever I'm missing Thai or Mexican ;)

Kyo Ya sounds fantastic, as does Yakitori Totto. I will definitely do some searches.

Ahh, I totally blanked on all the wonderful Caribbean that NYC has. LA struggles mightily with cuisine from part of the world, so I'm a total novice to everything except basic Jamaican. Looks like I'll be expanding my tastes. If El Malecon is as good as it sounds, I imagine I'll be going there often. Soul food will be fun too. I figure there are many threads about Harlem soul food so I didn't bother asking. And thinking about rotisserie chicken has reminded me of Peruvian food. How's the scene out here? Any suggestions?

I think LA's greatest flaw as a dining destination is a lack of decent Central to Eastern European food. We have a few passable Austrian restaurants and a decent Russian corridor, but I think our Polish and Ukranian, along with Greek, Turkish, Georgian, etc. are quite lacking.

Random question, but does NYC have much Balkan places? Could definitely use a go to cevapi place!

Again, many thanks. You've no idea how helpful this is.

Jun 11, 2015
set0312 in Manhattan

2015 Soccer Women's World Cup Viewing Locations in Los Angeles

You deserve it. The list was extremely helpful for me for the world cup this past summer!

Jun 11, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area