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Where can i find REAL CINNAMON--It doesn't exist in the US-PLEASE READ

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2...

And this doesn't even get into the loss of "true cinnamon" as a genus in the ancient world... nobody actually even knows what that plant WAS.

Apr 14, 2014
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Songkran 2014 -- this Sunday 4/6/14

Biked Ciclavia, then headed over.

Close to 200 yards of food vendors. Lots of good Thai street food.

Kanom krok with green onion. Som tum with raw blue crab. Mango and sticky rice with sweet coconut milk and seeds. Goong ten. Yam pla-duk fu. Something simply called popping fish balls.

Lots of former Wat Thai vendors that I haven't seen in years.

They'll be out there until 6:00, or until they run out of food.

Apr 06, 2014
Moomin in Los Angeles Area
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Songkran 2014 -- this Sunday 4/6/14

So, the 11th annual Songkran festival on Hollywood Blvd. at Western is this weekend. Any tips from previous attendees?

Also, the Wat Thai page is down, but I'm assuming they'll probably do something as well in the next two weeks or thereabouts.

Apr 05, 2014
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

India's Restaurant in Los Feliz/Silver Lake

It's a okay iteration of white linen anglo-indian cuisine. Nothing stood out as brilliant. Fresher tasting than most of the local competitors. Not bad, just not thrilling.

Mind you, I feel the same way about Al Noor (which is on the other side of town, but is similar tasting in many ways)... and lots of folks LOVE Al Noor... so if you're into that...

Jan 05, 2014
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Samosa House. Chaat. So much better than the steam tray...

Try the dabeli at Samosa House west. Honestly.

I've had the Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se version. I think Samosa House's is better. They're very different, Samosa House garnishes with fresh Masala Peanuts, whereas Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se garnishes with pomagranate or sliced grape (I've had both versions there).

And I wasn't saying Surati, Rasraj, or Jay Bharat (my favorite restaurant in the greater LA area) had steam trays, I was suggesting that ordering from the steam tray at Samosa House is no longer necessary now that they have formalized their chaat menu... and it's really much better than you'd expect.

Dec 13, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Samosa House. Chaat. So much better than the steam tray...

The original location.

Dec 13, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Samosa House. Chaat. So much better than the steam tray...

I've said this before, but I stopped in for the first time in months and ordered:

Dabeli: Still arguably better than any available in Artesia. So much better than it has to be.

Dahi Puri: This is much, much better than it was under the former chefs. Very impressive. Possibly too complex/exotic (it could be simpler), but really fabulous.

Papri Chaat: Excellent. Lots of sprouted mung beans and black chick peas. Very good.

The chaat menu is now prominently posted, and everything is so much better than the steam tray meals that you kind of have no excuse...

Dec 12, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area
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Small sufganiyot...

I acknowledge that (to my tastebuds) sufganiyot are just jelly donuts. I also should specify that I don't keep kosher... but...

What I'm looking for are "sufganiyot" type donuts that I could comfortably bring in to my kid's public kindergarten classroom.

My criteria would be as such:

1) powdered jelly donuts,
2) SMALL,
3) not tooooooo messy.

Ideally we're talking about jelly donut holes.

Any tips on where I can find such a thing?

Nov 22, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

South Indian traditional

Shows what I know... I'd be very intrigued to know whether they're using a wheat, rice, or sago base for it. I love uppuma, and I work relatively nearby. I may have to drop in and try it.

Oct 19, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

South Indian traditional

County, not country.

Oct 19, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

South Indian traditional

Yes. I was more focused on your request for a particular gestalt rather than the food, per se.

For idlis and dosai and uttapam I'd go to Woodlands or Udipi Palace. If you don't want to drive you could go to Annapurna... but it isn't nearly as good. Incidentally, the only restaurant with uppuma on the menu in the entire county is Woodlands, it's excellent.

Most South Indians that I know happily frequent the Gujarati chaat houses like Surati Farsan Mart and Jay Bharat, where they order South Indian food. The cuisine is not too hard to find, but the gestalt is not really going to be something you can easily track down.

As to Mayura, it's more of a pan Indian menu with some Keralan specialties. It may not satisfy you.

Oct 19, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

South Indian traditional

Rajdhani in Artesia is the closest thing you'll find in a restaurant setting. On the other hand, you could also go to one of the Sunday feasts at the Hare Krishna Temple in Laguna Beach.

Oct 18, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area
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California Burrito Found- Just as good as San Diego!

Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica and West LA has one on the menu. Haven't tried it.

Aug 30, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Teds, a Review

It isn't perfect, but if fresh off the docks is what you want, Berth 55 in Long Beach definitely provides it:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/berth-55-fish...

I used to go once a week as a kid, it's been there for 40 years. The rumor is that they may be forced to close due to a major dock expansion later this year, so get there quick if you're motivated.

Mind you, it isn't a particularly "East Coast" experience. Not at all.

Aug 25, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Chili My Soul chilis at Jinky's Cafe?

Prior to Chili My Soul "selling" their recipes to Jinky's there were two previous stages of the process:

1) Jinky's had Chili My Soul chili.

Then...

2) Jinky's didn't have Chili My Soul chili, but it had house made facsimiles of Chili My Soul chilis under slightly different names.

In both cases they only had 6-7 varieties each day, no toppings, and you had to call ahead to see if they had your favorite. There are always 3-4 pork/beef, 1-2 poultry, and 1-2 veggie.

When the transition happened from Chili My Soul to house made varieties, the texture and spice levels changed a bit, but you wouldn't notice without a head to head tasting.

I have no idea whether that changed back with Chili My Soul sold them their recipes, because head to head tasting wasn't possible. But, if you miss Chili My Soul, certainly try it... but call ahead to see whether they have your favorites available that day.

Aug 19, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

"Cronuts" in LA?

Fair enough. My mistake. My basic point stands, though. DK is pretty poor aesthetically and on a price/value level

Jul 10, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

"Cronuts" in LA?

I stopped in DK today for one. There was a 20 minute wait, and it wasn't worth it. They're fried MUCH crisper than Frances Bakery's, which somehow gives them a incongruously savory/ toasty flavor, and the fillings suck.

Additionally... DK charges 5 dollars, and you wait in line. Frances charges $3.25 and you walk straight in.

I'd happily spend the 20 minutes on the freeway next time on my way to Frances.

Jul 10, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area
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"Cronuts" in LA?

Only Semi Sweet's are baked. The rest are (ostensibly) fried.

Jul 05, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area
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"Cronuts" in LA?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07...

I tried the ones at Frances last week. They were very good. I got a custard one just as they were being brought out. I'd say that they're less "crisp" than the reviews of the Ansel ones seem to indicate, but delicious in their own right.

Jul 05, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Any good food festivals or festivals with good food coming up??

http://srilankafoundation.com/about-s...

In August, Sri Lanka Day is always good...

Jun 18, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area
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Huffpo: Why LA's Restaurants May Be Better Than Those In New York

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-sat...

Anybody have any issues? I'd tend to agree with most of it...

Jun 18, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area
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Great Indian Food

I honestly think Samosa House is getting better under this new chef.

Jun 12, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Great Indian Food

India's Oven is actually pretty lame. Consistently lame, but still pretty lame.

Paru is exactly as you describe, more "hippie" than "Indian."

India's Sweets and Spices is way better for sweets than savories.

In Culver City you've got Mayura, which is fine for Keralan food, Bawarchi, which is fine, Samosa House, which has a new chef and expanded menu and is good, Zam Zam, which is good for Pakistani, Annapurna, which is just okay... and a number of other places that are pretty bad.

The place in Hawthorne is Al Watan, and it is very good for Pakistani, but Zam Zam is just as good and closer.

Then there's Artesia, which brim-eth over with brilliant options. Jay Bharat, Sutrati Farsan Mart, Rajdhani, New Bhimas, Udupi Palace, Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se, Rasraj, Saffron Spot, Ambala Sweets and Spices, Bombay Sweets and Spices, Sukhadia's, The India Restaurant, Standard Sweets & Snacks, Haveli India Cuisine, Ambala Dhaba, and at least 10-20 others...

I'd go to Artesia if the drive is not unreasonable for him.

Jun 12, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Jonathan Gold's Top 101 Restaurants in Los Angeles

He has name checked Mori a few times over the last 9-10 years... but has never reviewed the restaurant individually:

http://www.laweekly.com/2005-06-30/eat-drink/raw-power/full/

Anyway, nothing unethical about it. He has often said that he see's his role as much as a cultural anthropologist as a food critic. His Top 99/101 lists have always been designed to offer a snapshot of the overall community rather than simply selecting the very best of the best.

Incidentally, there's a map of all 101 in this article at KPCC:

http://www.laweekly.com/2005-06-30/ea...

May 27, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Thalipeeth at Samosa House

They've been making it at the original (West) location for a few months. They have a new(ish) chef and are offering regional thalis and other unusual specialties like thalipeeth on a separate menu.

Apr 14, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Thalipeeth at Samosa House

If you're interested in comparatively rare regional Indian cooking, Samosa House is now making fresh thalipeeth.

Thalipeeth is a Maharashtrian pancake made from coarsely ground black lentils, roasted chickpeas, wheat, rice, onion, and spices. It is fried into something that vaguely resembles a large, thin, latke.

At Samosa House they're serving it with a garnish of chopped onions, special hot chutney, and a bowl of raita,

One order (two plate sized pancakes) makes a decent light meal, or heavy snack.

Apr 11, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Emporium Thai - Westwood Outstanding Thai on the westside

Since 2006.

The traditional dishes at both restaurants were originally printed only in Thai, and were only translated in 2008-2009.

Emporium's "conventional" menu is pretty lame, and not even all of their Jitlada-esque items are terrific... but it is pretty great for the Westside (and has been consistently good for years).

Apr 08, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Which cuisines does Los Angeles do better than anywhere else in the US? Discuss.

Mine too. So much so that before I had little kids, I used to make the drive out to Artesia from the valley at least once each week. It is absolutely worth the drive if you love Gujerati food.

Mar 21, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Which cuisines does Los Angeles do better than anywhere else in the US? Discuss.

Jay Bharat is a fantastic, more refined version of what you'd see on the street in Mumbai. Of their chaat, the Dahi Puri is absolutely stunning (and their Gujarati thalis are also fantastic, but nobody talks about them).

Surati Farsan Mart is also excellent, but the menu is longer and more complex. It also is a better (cleaner, fresher, brighter) version of chaat than much of what you'd see in Mumbai.

Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se tries to provide "genuine" Gujarati street food. Some folks love it, some hate it. I fall somewhere in between.

Ambala Sweets and Snacks is fine, much more authentically "street," but less bright and fresh tasting, and they can go a bit overboard with the yogurt... so any dahi items tend to be a plate of yogurt soup with chaat floating in it.

If I'd never had Gujerati food before I'd get a thali and Dahi Puri at Jay Bharat, share it with a friend, and then walk across the street and order Bhel Puri and a dosa at Surati Farsan Mart... and I'd dine in confidence that I was experiencing the best of both.

Mar 21, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area

Which cuisines does Los Angeles do better than anywhere else in the US? Discuss.

If you spread out to the greater LA area, Artesia has some of the best Gujarati food in the US...

Mar 21, 2013
Moomin in Los Angeles Area