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Best place to buy raw carne asada and fresh tortillas near Miracle Mile?

I'm looking to grill this afternoon and want to buy some good carne asada (and other grill-suitable meats) and fresh tortillas for tacos. I'd like to avoid a huge drive, but don't mind a little mileage for quality's sake. Any recommendations?

Aug 01, 2010
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Ready for Koreatown 201

After 30-odd years with literally no Korean food in my life, I've spent my first year in L.A. learning the basics of Korean food. I've done bimbimbap and Kyochon and BBQ. I've developed opinions on banchan (more places should serve the tiny dried fish). I feel like I've passed Koreatown 101.

Still, I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of Korean food, and find the sheer number of joints in Koreatown to be overwhelming. So, help me out. What's next? What are some dishes and places to take my knowledge to the next level?

(I love spicy food, am adventuresome in my eating and am certainly not a vegetarian. I don't mind spending money but love holes-in-the-wall. I know absolutely no Korean.)

Jan 04, 2010
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Need a sure thing celebrity spotting restaurant

If you can do breakfast, Hugo's in West Hollywood is the closest I've come to batting 1.000. Orlando Bloom was the latest sighting.

Jan 04, 2010
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Anyplace to get a cholado?

Oops. I guess I searched poorly. That'll do, thanks.

Jul 29, 2009
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Anyplace to get a cholado?

I've just learned about the delicious-looking dessert/drink called the "cholado." Does anyone know where to find one in Los Angeles? Failing that, is there something similar I should get to fill this new-born craving?

(For those not in the know, Wikipedia defines a cholado:

Cholado or Raspao is a cold beverage common in Colombia. It is made from crushed ice, fruit and/or fruit syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and is sometimes topped with whipped cream. )

Jul 29, 2009
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Planning a one-day "little bites" tour of L.A.

My brother is visiting me in L.A. for the first time next weekend, and as part of my campaign to get him to move here I'm making next Saturday as complete a food tour of L.A. as I can manage. What I'd like to do is go to as many places as possible, sampling as many kinds of cuisine as we can without breaking our wallets or busting our guts. Recommend your favorite L.A. snacks, please, especially from cool little ethnic spots. We're plenty adventurous. We'll be based in West Hollywood but of course will be driving all over the place.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here's the start of my list (these are some of my favorites and are non-negotiable, so I'm looking to add to them).:

A drumstick at Kyochon
A paleta at Paletería La Michoacana.
A mulita at La Taquiza
Hojaldra at La Flor de Yucatan
Al pastor taco from El Taurino

May 24, 2009
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Cooking with fresh rice noodles?

I've got a bag of unrefrigerated flat rice noodles that i just picked up from a Thai grocer and am going to stir fry tonight. I've heard that fresh rice noodles can be hard to handle. Any tips or tricks for cooking with them?

Jul 15, 2008
Bookhouse in Home Cooking

Buying fresh flat rice noodles?

OK, on this trip I found them. They're in a wire rack across the aisle from the refrigerated noodles. Now, we'll see if I can cook with them.

Thanks, everyone!

Jul 15, 2008
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Buying fresh flat rice noodles?

Hmm, I did look through Bangkok Market, but maybe I missed them. Next time I'll ask.

Thanks!

Jul 14, 2008
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Buying fresh flat rice noodles?

Can someone recommend a place to buy fresh flat rice noodles for home cooking? I live in West Hollywood, so Thai Town is pretty close by for me.

Jul 12, 2008
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Becoming a local in West Hollywood and parts east

Sure, I know how to do that. I just wanted a local's opinion on the good stuff.

Jun 07, 2008
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

LA Newbie - What/where is a MUST eat?

No, Nathan's really is that good.

Jun 06, 2008
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Becoming a local in West Hollywood and parts east

I'm moving to West Hollywood (half a block from the corner of Santa Monica and Formosa) soon. Fill me in on the local food scene! I'm not looking so much for "best of LA" in general (I've read several of the massive LA threads). I want to know about my new hood. How are the grocery stores? Where are reliable places to eat within walking distance? Good delivery? Late night spots? Just plain awesome food?

(I'm moving from Brooklyn, FWIW)

Jun 06, 2008
Bookhouse in Los Angeles Area

Quick eats near film forum?

Can anyone recommend a good place to grab a quick dinner near the Film Forum?

Oct 31, 2006
Bookhouse in Manhattan

Tips for Saul?

Thanks, everyone. We had grilled sardines (good, but not as good as the ones I had at Al Li Da), foie gras (killer), the cod (good, but not sure I'd order it again) and the rabbit (tasty, especially with the gnocchi and mushrooms).

A top-notch place for sure. Sorry there was no lamb special.

Jun 29, 2006
Bookhouse in Outer Boroughs

Tips for Saul?

Taking my girlfriend to Saul tonight for her birthday. Any tips/ recs?

Jun 28, 2006
Bookhouse in Outer Boroughs

best breakfast in brooklyn?

Allow me to 2nd Egg. It is my humble opinion that New York tends to be a very, very weak breakfast town, but Egg is the real deal. But I haven't been to Clark's yet, and I live pretty close by, so I'll check it out.

Jun 28, 2006
Bookhouse in Outer Boroughs