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What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Thanks, we try our best to honor the fish we catch.
We follow the Tanaguchi method to ensure the fish is kept in the highest grade/condition possible. In short, the fish is spiked through the brain to kill it immediately, bled, then put into a salt water slurry. The Tanaguchi method also includes running a wire through the fishes spinal cord which we omit because our fish is not going to market.

What's for Dinner #382 - the Weather Gone Wild! Edition [through August 22, 2015]

Weather gone wild for us fisherman means El Nino and warm water. This season keeps delivering the goods in the way of fresh Mahi, Yellowtail and
Yellowfin/Bluefin tuna.

My friends and I are reaping the benefits of catching our own protein on a weekly basis. We are knocking out these snacks like they were Cup O Noodles.

Anyone remember GORKY'S? Memory lane....

My sister lived in a loft downtown in the 80's (ahead of her time) and I would hit up Gorkys for the cheap food and beer.

So how about that Al's bar....

Night Market Song spice level

We had a great dinner at NMS. Arrived early around 6 to avoid lines and by the time we were ready to leave there was a waiting list. So the sweet spot is sometime between 6 and 7 pm. I believe we ordered what most people have reported on so I won't go into a lot of detail.

Toro pork not spicy at all as some have suggested in other reviews.
Ping Ping special, a thai version of mexican street corn.
Coconut curry. Oddly enough the one dish that was labeled non spicy was the spiciest of the bunch. Not quite Pa Ord noodle spicy but darn close. The pedestrian dish of the night was the crab fried rice.
Unexpected highlight was the Beer Lao a nice lager that was light with a floral sweetness. The staff was great.

Night Market Song spice level

Mr. Mobile, thank you kindly for the quick reply. : ]
We'll give it a go....

Aug 14, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Night Market Song spice level

Hello I need some info from experienced diners.
I was thinking of going to NMS tonight with a friend but I'm a little concerned about the spice levels. Neither one of us are spice shy but we have also been turned off by levels of spice that makes it hard to enjoy the meal.

For instance we both like Pa Ord Noodle but it's one of the only places I have to cry uncle and order mild and even then sometimes it's still very spicy.

The Toro pig sounds like a great dish at NMS but how would this dish compare in spice level to a place like Pa Ord?
Second are you allowed to specify spice levels at NMS?

Thanks....

Aug 14, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition [through August 3, 2015]

Summer time in Southern CA means it's tuna time.
During these months you can actually go out and catch your own Yellowfin and Bluefin tuna. It's been one of the best fishing seasons in decades.

Taking a break from the raw recipes. Today I had grilled tuna in a Grapefruit marinade. Afterwards the marinade is reduced and used as a sauce.

Take a look at this list for 1 1/2 weeks in LA!

Heed the Eggslut warning...

Jul 28, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Fermentation Festival in Venice on Sunday July 12th

The inside scoop is they will be filming a satellite episode of Portlandia during the festival.

Jul 13, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic restaurants near Beverly hills

Staff dinner at any of the high end places. : ]

Jul 02, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Chow worthy food in the most unexpected places

I just posted about this the other day but I would not expect the food to be as good and unique from that little hut at Trails cafe in Griffith Park.

Jun 06, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area
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are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

For me the saddest day of a bar closure in Los Angeles was the original Babe's and Ricky's that was located on Central Ave. Monday nights it was one dollar to get in and you received a ticket which was good for one free chicken dinner. They did relocate but the Central Ave location was a special place.

Jun 06, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

The perfect way to conduct yourself...

Jun 06, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

I stopped by El Chubasco today for old times sake.
Shot the chit with the owner.
The place has really mellowed out and the owner says it is very slow now. It may have to do with the lack of hostesses. You would be totally fine visiting there. Actually you might find it a bit boring these days. Although I did have a nice conversation with a tweaker (on the real) telling me his ordeals about being homeless, tweaking, the trials and tribulations of trying to pick up woman without a permanent residence and how housing vouchers work or in his case don't work. Between speaking to me at 100 miles a second, wiping his face and changing the subject at every pause he patiently charged his cell phone at the bar since he did not have access to electricity.

The place across from Footsies is no big whoop. Pop in and grab a beer. Come to think of it the potential of rubbing elbows with anyone dangerous is far greater at Sams.

On a sad note while I'm at EC a guy walks in and says he was curious about the place.

Q1 What is this place?
Q2 What time do you close?
Q3 Is it only wine and beer.
Q4 Do you have a full liquor license?

Jun 06, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

Dank for sure and it can be rough. Like getting eyed by folks who think you are a nark. Illegal trading. Getting undue attention from extremely drunk patrons. But I been enough times the owner recognizes me and I get left alone or if there is attention directed towards me it's positive, "Do you want some tamales."
They use to have a pretty aggressive hosting situation going on as well. It seems to have tapered off. The ladies are nice ( fun to have a clash of the cultures conversation with especially about their native lands) but not in a business sense.

It's only bottle beer service 3.00 will get you a Bud light.

I was worried when I saw a notice posted on the building a while back. I thought for sure the last hold out of the uncool was about to get steamed rolled by gentrification but it still appears to be operating. It makes me nervous that Guisados moved in across the street. I'm sure developers are eyeing that place.

There is another place with a similar clientele and setup across the street from Footsies. It's a much larger space and it does not have the charm as El Chubasco.

Edit from previous post above (you're a hardcore)

Jun 06, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

El Chubasco still has some good dive charm to it although it is not nearly as crazy as it use to be. It's not for everyone even if you think your a hardcore dive bar adventurer. Spanish is a plus here.

Jun 05, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

Not shady enough....

Jun 05, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

are there any good dive bars left in greater downtown LA?

Yes you got it right. The trilogy of dive used to be Hanks, Craby Joes and the Toro. The Kenmore was good but that was more uptown. We had some fun and somewhat shady encounters there.

Jun 05, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

I agree going to CTL, Guisados and Mexi is a little much. I would kick off both Guisados and Mexicali. They are fine if you live here but I would not call it a must visit LA destination. CTL should cover it and they have cocktails.

Since you'll heading there stop at Trails cafe at Griffith Park.
They have great baked goods among other things. My go to recs are the lavender cookie and avocado sandwich. It's also a perfect place to park your car and start your hike up to observatory.

Jun 04, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Blood Sausage!

Keep this one on your to do list if your ever down in Surf City, Huntington Beach. Don Victors, I just had lunch there today and I try to hit this place every time I get down that way. It specializes in Barbacoa/Lamb with all the organ meats. They also serve a lot of guisado dishes similar to La Super Cocina in SD. It's no frills dining. I've been there when the place looks pretty civil and other times it looks like a bomb went off after a all night fiesta. That said, if your not into to lamb it won't be worth your while.

May 29, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

There was a time going at 3am was to see who was fighting.

May 27, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Ventura Fish-Albacore opportunity

I hope they have the Albacore available when you get there or this will be a classic bait and switch. : ]

May 24, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

Thanks for the update. It's good to know what to expect if you go there. I grew up with a friend (great guy) who's parents were bikers and he also lives that lifestyle now as an adult. It's too bad incidents like Waco are not helping to breaking the stereotypes.

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

Let me revise my list for a more hipcentric outlook.

Animal

Guerilla tacos. Catch them when they are out in front of Black Top Coffee in the Arts District. A good hip scene going on there. Plus you can radiate from that area into others by foot. Little Tokyo is within walking distance and if your so inclined you can keep walking to Grand Central Market. GCM has a mixed but hipcentric scene as well. Your not going to see a whole of people wearing Dockers with Merrell loafers in the Eggslut line. If your into good caffeine don't miss the backside of the market place where the G and B coffee bar is located. A place to stand and have a good shot of espresso from the US barista champs coffee bar.

Not too far away is Chinatown. There is small but hip corridor of food happening there now.
Scoops coffee was one of the first to arrive. Now there is Chego and Ramen Champ on the second floor. Scoops also includes Cognoscenti Coffee as well. Pok Pok Thai is across the way so lot of spots in a tiny area.

Further East the next hip hot spot would be York Blvd in Highland Park.
Similar to the vibe in Silverlake but with much better beer thanks to the Highland Park Brewery located at the Hermosillo bar. The food anchor on this street is probably El Hurache Azteca a small Mexico city style restaurant. The star dish for me here is the Barbacoa served on Saturday.
But their name sake dish is great from the daily menu.

Finally, last but not least is Sqrl. It's near to where your staying and arguably could be considered the ground zero spot for eating hipcentric (at least for breakfast) in LA.

Ok happy eating....

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

Curious about Neptunes Net. I see it pop on the radar here every once in a while. I use to surf out front probably 10 plus years ago and back then it was a very mediocre deep fried seafood joint. Did it change owners somewhere down the line and clean up it's act? It was a good place to play human frogger getting across the street but only to have a beer or use the porta potty. I would never eat there. The food handling was a little spotty as well.

May 22, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

Top five is hard to pin down in this city. Here are areas that are generally liked on this board and for good reasons.
Some of these suggestions are more specific and others are loose with room to explore.

Also in no particular order...

Langers for a Pastrami sandwich.
Grand Central Market in downtown.
Taco trucks, I suggest you try one traditional style and something like Guerilla tacos.
San Gabriel Valley
N.Naka so you have something to talk about with other foodies..

2 days in LA with the family

Unless your going to Runyan Canyon for people watching/eyecandy or possible celebrity sightings I would skip that in favor of hiking Griffith Park which is 5 minutes away You can go to Trails Cafe at the bottom of Fern Dell for a nice bite and then hike up to the telescope or beyond for a great view of the city. If you make it to Trails Cafe I recommend the Lavender cookie and Avocado Sandwich.

May 18, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

grilled fish sandwiches in LA like el pescador in san diego?

I rarely eat there these days. I go there to pick up fresh fish (sashimi).
I liked the old place personally myself when it used to be mellow.
I prefer Point Loma seafoods for fish sandwiches.
It's still a great place but a little touristy now.
Also there is a lot of good stuff on the menu besides fish sandwiches.

Apr 29, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

grilled fish sandwiches in LA like el pescador in san diego?

I go to El Pescador all the time when I'm in SD.
A bit of a drive but you might like Bear Flag in Newport.
http://newport.bearflagfishco.com/

Apr 27, 2015
burntwater in Los Angeles Area

Houston coffee roasters

A friend is visiting and is willing to pick up some coffee for me from the area this week.
What are some of the better unique coffee roasters in your city

I like Birdrock, Handlbar, Trystero, Stumptown, Blue bottle and Intelli for reference. Thanks

Feb 24, 2015
burntwater in Houston