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Toasted Mochi in Seaweed (Norimaki Mochi)

i love mochi! and there really is a difference between microwave mochi and fresh mochi. if you live in a big city, you can go to any local japanese market to get fresh mochi around this time of year. but you definitely have to show up early because it sells out quick!

Dec 29, 2008
alienade in Recipes

Hungry Asian filmmakers in W. Hwd & DTLA

Thanks! These look really good. Griddle cafe does look like a good option, since it's pretty much right outside the Director's Guild.

I've been living in the Bay Area for the past 8 years and just moved down again a couple of months ago. This is definitely inspiration to get out there and discover these places.

Any more downtown suggestions? Best Asian spots?

Apr 20, 2008
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Four a.m. Breakfast

I second Fred 62.

The other place if you want to run into the post-party crowd is Swingers. Andy Warhol cow wallpaper and waitresses in fishnets. There's one in West Hollywood, and one in Santa Monica. I think Fred 62's got better food, though.

http://www.swingersdiner.com/

Apr 20, 2008
alienade in Los Angeles Area

Hungry Asian filmmakers in W. Hwd & DTLA

My original price list got cut here- just to clarify:
If you can, please indicate if these spots are cheap (<$15), moderate ($15 - $25), or expensive (>$25).

thanks!

Apr 20, 2008
alienade in Los Angeles Area

Hungry Asian filmmakers in W. Hwd & DTLA

Thanks Diana! These are good recommendations. It looks like some of these are all over LA (not just in Downtown or West Hollywood).

It will be a mix of folks - I think most will actually be Asian American folks, and there will be a small group of visitors from out of the country representing films from Asia. I think you're right to give a selection of not just Asian food. Although to this day, the Japanese visitors I have hosted still want to go for Japanese food when they're here!

Apr 20, 2008
alienade in Los Angeles Area

Hungry Asian filmmakers in W. Hwd & DTLA

Hey everyone,

So, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is in a couple of weeks, from May 1-8, in venues in Downtown Los Angeles (close to Little Tokyo) and West Hollywood (around the Director's Guild). My job in the festival is to get out information to filmmakers & guests of the festival, and since I enjoy eating, I wanted to put out some recommendations for good places to eat close to the venues. There will be a chunk of folks from out of town, as well as locals who may or may not be familiar with these two areas.

I have been scouring the posts for good suggestions for West Hollywood & Downtown and wanted to make sure I'm not missing any favorites.

Since it's the Asian Pacific film fest and there will be a lot of Asian American folks in the mix, I definitely want to include the best Asian spots in these areas. But especially for out-of-towners, I want to make sure to cover places that are really good LA spots of other cuisines as well. (Taco trucks, heyyy...)

I get the impression there will be a mix of budgets among the filmmakers, so if you can, please indicate if this place is cheap ($25). It's all weekend, so it's breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Thanks!!

Apr 17, 2008
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