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Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

Honestly at that price point there are 10's if not 100's of better values... J Lassgue, Pierre Peters, Andre Clouet, etc.

Aug 20, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

ohheckyesplease....

Aug 18, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Hey folk, is this screaming an opening week ChowMeet or what????????? (excess punctuation in honor of kevin's return)

Jul 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

ChefMarkvs,
You know you've just signed on to producing one hell of a menu for us hungry folk, yeah?

And while I got your attention, just a plug for cooking up some blackened gator to remind me of all the time I've spent (or wasted, depends on your inclination) at the Chimes in Baton Rouge...

Summer Truffles; where has it ??????

Had a killer egg dish with summer truffles literally snowed over it at Melisse last week, soufflé white with liquid yolk center and a rich beef reduction sauce around it. $95, I think...

Jul 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

Oh dear god, I'm ruined when you open. And I'm okay with that!

BP Oysterette - very disappointed

I wonder if this is a downhill report in disguise? I recall BPO's fired clams being heavenly about 3 years ago...

Jul 29, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

BP Oysterette - very disappointed

I'm also an RI native. I haven't been to BP in a few years, but I recall their fried clams being spot on at the time. The lack of coffee milk, however, was inexcusable.

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

My god, I would kill for some proper boudin here in LA!!
ChefMarkvs, can you make it happen?

Jul 28, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

Just a quick point re: Shige's wine list- Yes, it's objectively expensive, but it is actually hundreds (and in some cases thousands) less than the restaurant list market value of the wines he offers. Premier and Grand Cru vineyards and chateaus with +15 years of age on them are usually upwards of $1000/btl, not his $300 and $400s...

Jul 28, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area
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food/research suggestions for baja/ensenada - por favor!!!!

Also worth noting, Wendlandt has an outdoor bar with three revolving taps set up next to the killer Troika truck in the Valle de Guadalupe.

Jul 12, 2014
jdwdeville in Mexico

food/research suggestions for baja/ensenada - por favor!!!!

Oh dear god was Doña Esthela an absolute highlight of our trip last week!! Highly recommend trying the wines at the next door biodynamic winery, La Lomita.

Jul 12, 2014
jdwdeville in Mexico

Factory Kitchen this week (longish!)

Ah, cursed spellcheck.

Jul 10, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Factory Kitchen this week (longish!)

I make my pasta by hand at home, and can make the sauce if needed, too. That's not my problem with the dish. It is admittedly quite good, if not one of their best dishes. My issue is that it is about 3 pasta sheets on a plate for 20 bucks.
I mean, I already suspect the reason they are touting the sauce as "almond pesto" is the sky-high price of pine nuts these days, and the pasta itself is by nature a cheap ingredient, so why couldn't they pile up some more on my (pricey) plate?

Jul 09, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

Great post! We've been watching the games at Terroni downtown- they have a screen up in the bar and cup specials during the games. If any hounds are down there tomorrow for our game look for me!

Jun 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Alimento Silver Lake

Stopped at Alimento in Silver Lake this weekend, the new "neighborhood" joint from Sotto's Zack Pollack.
Friday night, no reservation, the wait was 20 minutes (they keep half their tables open for walk ins, thankfully), just about long enough for a dozen oysters across the street at L&E.

The place is tiny, the tables are very close together, and it could perhaps use some art on the walls, but all of this perhaps adds to the overall "neighborhood Italian" vibe, so long as you don't mind moving the tables in and out if you need to sit or get up.

Wine list is interesting if small and fairly affordable, and while I do bemoan the discarding of the more established "classic" DOCG areas like Barolo and Brunello that seems to be an epidemic on LA lists, we did enjoy a nice red from Etna.

Started with a delicious roasted lettuce dish- can't remember which green it was exactly, escarole maybe? The dish was advertised as containing anchovy, though I though it could have used quite a bit more.

Mackerel "conserva" was well made, served over small firm white beans (I've never been able to get my home cooked beans to turn out so perfect). It was a bit too much mackerel flavor for my dining companion, but I found it enjoyable enough.

The was a well-executed lamb belly dish over greens, surprising less gamey than I would have liked, and another pasta that I can't remember that was much enjoyed (was it strotzapreti? Much wine and less memory).

The highlight for me was tortellini "al contrario"- an inside-out tortellini soup dish, or to put it in Chowhound terms: THEY SERVE ITALIAN SOUP DUMPLINGS!!!
These were excellent, very homey/comfort food-y, with a very rich broth and heavy parmesan umami notes. Before we all collectively freak out, let me point out there was not XLB amounts of soup in each, just a nice rich burst of broth, but man-oh-man these were awesome!

We went a day after they opened so I won't make statements about service or pacing. The kitchen did seem to have some issues, and we saw some plates being dropped at the wrong table, but I figure all that will get ironed out over time.

All in all about $120 before tip for 5 dishes and wine. Very enjoyable and I will be back as soon as possible.

Jun 30, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

DTLA Night Market reports?

Humor! apparently he has a string of ramen shops using his "original sichuan" recipes....

Jun 21, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

DTLA Night Market reports?

oh I'm not related to chef Kinichi at all.

Jun 21, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

DTLA Night Market reports?

Went last night- $10 cover is true. $7 for a 12oz Asahi also true. Not so much "funky" or "challenging" options there- no stinky tofu, etc. Had:
takoyaki- there are 3+ places serving this. I chose poorly.
taiwanese sausage- on a stick. simple. good.
lamb skewers- booth 16. awesome! Chinese muslim style.
squid roe balls- fried, salted, sugared. very good.
"chinwich"- from a chinese lamb place. SKIP.
roti prata- good oily roti, okay curry, one bit of chicken.
sichuan black ramen- holy crap good. got this because we were the only people to recognize the picture of Chen Kinichi on the sign.

Jun 21, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area
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Ummm, futures offer . . . "Simply The Best Price Anywhere!" Really?

It's unfortunate, but I believe that a large portion of wines in this category and price point are purchased as an investment with the goal of reselling it down the road rather than enjoying it....

Jun 17, 2014
jdwdeville in Wine

Buy Softshell Crabs

the Seafood City in Eagle Rock did not have them on Saturday.

Jun 16, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

mangosteen sighting!

Not sure if these things are as rare as they used to be (this is the first time I've ever seen there in the US).

Seafood City in Eagle Rock had fresh mangosteens today, $9.95/lb.

Interesting flavor, citrus/mango/lychee? don't know a damn thing about the fruit so don't know how to tell if they are ripe...

Lacha Somtum's "Super Spicy Fish Curry"- WOW, I'm in love!

wonder if that was what they meant by "chicken ovary"?

Just read TonyC's review- I'm glad this place is getting some notice, it was fairly empty when we went.

Jun 14, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Lacha Somtum's "Super Spicy Fish Curry"- WOW, I'm in love!

A small city in northern RI that became ground zero for Laotian and Cambodian refugees in the early 80s.

Buy Softshell Crabs

I was just thinking Fish King. Call them a day before and they'll have them for you fresh. Last year they were $8.99/ea, what did you pay this year?

Jun 14, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Lacha Somtum's "Super Spicy Fish Curry"- WOW, I'm in love!

Based on a conversation on this board I tried Lacha Somtum last night. First impressions were not looking good- the place was... clean... and groups of teenagers were eating platters that involved wings, somtum, and noodles and drinking blended drinks.

But then we found the page of "specialties" on the menu.
Several items were explained to us as "Laos style" by a server frantically trying to warn us away from that page "wouldn't you like a platter with wings and Pad Thai?". I am unfamiliar with Laotian food these days, despite having grown up in a majority Laotian/Cambodian area. Anyone know enough to describe it for me?

Anyway, the "super spicy fish curry with kenom jean" caught my eye for $6.95. After convincing the server that yes, yes, yes this is indeed what I want, I was presented with something entirely unfamiliar.

The "fish curry" is a bowl of fish paste-based curry, no coconut milk, screamingly spicy, served with a huge plate of accouterments for dipping in: fresh noodles (Thai hounds, is this what kenos jean means?), bean sprouts, pickled mustard greens, hard boiled egg, long beans, cabbage, mint and dill. I've never had a combination of fresh dill and mint in anything, henceforth I declare I will use it on everything.

"Super spicy" is no joke, the only times I had spicier was after like ten visits to Jitlada always asking Jazz to make me something super-hot.
My SO was hiccuping and crying after 2 bites, but bravely, foolishly soldiered on because "it's just too good"!

Has anyone else tried this place? What do I need to order next?

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

EXACTLY!
Again, not caring about the donuts, but the iced coffee is perpetually in a ginormous cup sitting next to me in my upholder throughout the day.

mmm... memories.

Jun 14, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Well, yeah, like I said the doughnuts have nothing to do with it, it's all about the iced coffee... if you don't drink coffee I understand your indifference.

Jun 13, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

Wow. I expected more of an "ohmygodohmygod" reaction from at least the reformed New Englanders on this board... (looking at you Mattapoisett in LA).

Personally I'm over the moon about this. Not that I give a damn about the doughnuts, mind you, but I can't wait to be cruising around LA with a "laaage iced regulaah" in my cupholder!

Jun 12, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area

Trencher in Echo Park has potential!

was your potato salad a tad undercooked when you tried it? I thought the flavors were excellent but the taters themselves could've used another 2 minutes in the boil.

Jun 12, 2014
jdwdeville in Los Angeles Area