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Bangkok- best neighborhood for street food?

I'm planning a first-time trip to Bangkok in the fall. Trying to figure out what part of the city to stay in, and one of the priorities of the trip is eating as much of the best street food as possible. Whereabouts would be best to stay?

Jun 19, 2010
mcsmcs in China & Southeast Asia

soft shell crabs-- in season yet? where to buy?

thanks to all who responded. I've discovered that Frankie and Johnny's Seafood on Riverside on the Silverlake/Atwater boarder sells packages of frozen ones- $8.97 for a half dozen.

Jun 15, 2010
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

soft shell crabs-- in season yet? where to buy?

Anybody seen soft shell crabs for sale at any seafood markets? Preferably near Echo Park, but I'm willing to schlep.

many thanks!

Jun 14, 2010
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

1-day layover in Singapore- help me design eating itinerary

Hi all, next month I'll be in Singapore for a layover en route to Saigon. It's my first visit, and, well, to be blunt, I'd like to eat as much as possible of all the food I've heard about. And take in a sight or two.

My plane gets in at 1AM and my departure is about 1730. So, I figure I'll catch a few hours of sleep at the airport transit hotel and then head.... well, where?

I'd like to see Arab Street and Little India and other nearby sights. And I'd like to try chili crab, though I doubt I'll have time to make it out to the East Coast Parkway where the good seafood places seem to be. What's the best chili crab place in the area I'm likely to be? What are the can't-miss hawker stands?

Thanks!

Jun 23, 2009
mcsmcs in China & Southeast Asia

Ume Plum vinegar -- where to buy in LA?

hi all, any ideas on this? I've struck out at the Mitsuwa on Centinela and the Ranch 99 in San Gabriel,

Thanks!
mcs

Jun 09, 2009
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

take-home carnitas near Silverlake / Echo Park

Hi, I'm sure this has been covered at some point, but I couldn't find it in the archives: I'd like to find a carceneria near Silverlake that sells excellent carnitas. Any suggestions?

thanks

Jul 29, 2008
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Amilia's Guatemalan Restaurant in Silverlake / East Hollywood - anyone been yet?

this is a newly opened (I think) place on Virgil-- curious if anyone has a report...

May 06, 2008
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Old Bay seasoning in Los Angeles - where to buy?

I'm trying to organiize a Maryland-style crab boil and wondering where I can pick up some Old Bay seasoning, preferably in or near Silver Lake. Didn't see it at Ralph's or Albertsons...

thanks!

Apr 22, 2008
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

lunch between Los Angeles & Big Sur

thanks, we'll be leaving from Silver Lake so the 101 and 5 are both easily accessible. Mapquest suggests the 5 route is a bit faster, but who knows? The Basque idea actually sounds fantastic and might sway us towards the 5 if someone hase a particular suggestion. (Though there are only two of us-- aren't those Basque restaurants pretty much for groups only?)

Thanks so much for all the responses.

Apr 15, 2008
mcsmcs in California

lunch between Los Angeles & Big Sur

thanks, though since I posted my original query I've realized we might end up taking the 5 past Bakersfield and then the 46 over to the 101 (which should be a little faster than the 101 straight up, right?) Any suggestions along that route?

Apr 14, 2008
mcsmcs in California

lunch between Los Angeles & Big Sur

We'll be driving up on Friday, leaving LA early in the morning, and we're wondering about chowhound-y lunch stops. I know there's the pea soup place- is it really exceptionally good or just famous? Anything else worth considering?

thanks!

Apr 14, 2008
mcsmcs in California

Seeking interesting cacacha drinks in LA

I'm pretty sure there are a bunch on the menu at El Caserio in Silver Lake (the new one on Silver Lake Blvd, not the old one on Virgil)

Apr 11, 2008
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Breakfast off of the 10 between Downtown LA and Ontario Airport

I'll be driving to the Ontario airport tomorrow morning, early, and I'd love to stop somewhere interesting or worthwhile for breakfast-- anything I can get to within a few minutes out of a freeway exit would work fine. Any suggestions? Are any of the SGV chinese brealfast places close to the 10? Anything else farther east? Or even a good donut or something.

Apr 01, 2008
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Solo eating near Chicago Ave. / State St.

Hi, I'll be visiting Chicago for the first time and staying, carlessly and mostly alone, near the Chicago Ave. / State St. intersection. Where should I eat? Lunch , dinner, snacks, coffee, upscale, downscale- I'll take anything I can walk to within 20 minutes or so, particularly if it involves only-in-Chicago specialities.

Thanks,
mcs

Oct 22, 2007
mcsmcs in Chicago Area

Xiao Long Bao vs. Dumplings [split from LA]

okay, so basically, even though they're filled with soup, the luscious dumplings soup dumplings aren't xlb because they're bigger and thicker skinned?

Sep 14, 2007
mcsmcs in General Topics

REVIEW w/foodie porn flix and pix! (Very) Luscious Dumpling

Okay, I have to ask, why *aren't* the soup dumplings at LD xiao long bao?

Sep 14, 2007
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Frozen dumplings in SGV?

Hi, I'm looking for high quality frozen chinese dumplings in the San Gabriel Valley, either in supermarkets or restaurants. Guo tieh, XLB, you name it. Anything that is easy to steam or pan-fry at home and will help me kick my Trader Joe's frozen gyoza habit.

Aug 31, 2007
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

anything between SoCal and Sequoia worth stopping for?

Hi, I'll be driving from LA to Sequoia National Park this weekend, probably via the 5 and the 99. Is there anywhere on the way worth eating at? Willing to go a little bit out of my way for something interesting / unusual / good.

thanks!

Jun 13, 2007
mcsmcs in California

Crabulous -- that new Cajun Asian seafood place in SGV

I was there last night with two friends. They had run out several menu items, and the service was quite slow (but friendly). Nonetheless, we really enjoyed it. Ordered shrimp, clams, calamari and fried catfish, all good. We ordered the hottest 'suicide' spiciness level, which was too hot for one of us. Looking forward to going back and actually getting some crab.

By the way, can anyone give me a thumbnail explanation about how this kind of place has become a hot hangout for Asian-American teens? the place was packed with them. I find it impossible to imagine Anglo kids going out in groups for this kind of messy, intense food on a Saturday night. Is it just an SoCal thing or what?

Feb 17, 2007
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Anyone know if Gallo's Grill is ever re-opening?

Or did it re-open already and I just didn't hear?

Jan 30, 2007
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

best thai take out silverlake area?

Nadpob on the corner of sunset and fountain. Better than Mae Ploy, I think. http://www.nadpobthai.com/

Dec 24, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Crenshaw District unknowns (to me, anyway)

Re Chef Marilyn's: I was there about six weeks ago, and it was still a la carte friendly. Everything I've had there is very good. Definitely great for the price. I particularly like the fried chicken, oxtails, mac and cheese.

Dec 23, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

How about local chowhound wikis?

As a frequent visitor to the Los Angeles board, it strikes me that:

1) About eighty percent of the conversations revolve around the same hundred or so restaurants;

2) Strewn throughout the archives is A TON of information/ordering suggestions/discussions about these places

3) The exact same questions come up cyclically every month or so (what's the best sushi in LA? Is it true that X restaurant has gone downhill? etc.)

So, how about a wiki-type feature for the most-discussed restaurants, which would allow discussions to evolve over time, and in sum would create a very useful city eating guide? Not to mention making researching places much easier than it is now, since combing through threads takes time and there's so much overlap.

Dec 21, 2006
mcsmcs in Site Talk

Dim Sum in SGV for a group of 10- which places take reservations? And/or which place will have the shortest wait?

Hi all, on Saturday, 8-10 of us are going to hit a San Gabriel Valley dim-summery. We're thinking of trying NBC or Triumphal Palace or 888 (been to Sea Harbour, New Concept, Ocean Star, and 281 seems too fancy). Does anyone know if any of those will take reservations? Failing that, which of them is likely to not have a really long wait for a large-ish group at aroun 10:30 on a Saturday?

Thanks!

Dec 14, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

just got back from the WLA Santouka...

It is indeed open. And I thought my shio ramen was terrific- though since I've never been to the South Bay Santouka, I can't compare. I will say it's eons better than anything on Sawtelle, and I think I prefer it to Daikokyua, too.

Dec 13, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Ultimate Restaurants 2006

1. Angelini Osteria
2. Lu Din Gee
3. AOC
4. China Islamic
5. Babita

Dec 13, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Jamaican Cuisine

I'll put a qualified vote of support in for the Santa Monica place, actually called Port Royal, on Broadway just off 14th St. Good curried goat, decent oxtail and jerked chicken. Most days they have a $5 lunch special. Nice people, too.

Dec 11, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

I need a new burrito in my life. Any suggestions?

try the carnitas burrito at tacos delta on sunset in silverlake

Dec 06, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Good experience at Little Sheep

has anyone been to both the Atlantic Blvd and Hilton Plaza Little Sheeps? Any preference/differences?

Dec 06, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area

Buon Giorno Caffe's express lunch???

yes, it's pretty good. I work nearby and get it once a week or so.

Dec 06, 2006
mcsmcs in Los Angeles Area