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Ara Yaki in la?

an itamae who discerned the level of my palate offered me a bowl from a pot of gindara trimmings stewed in what seemed to be a mix of soy, mirin & sake that was intended to be part of the staff meal. man, that was good. everyone else at the bar was wondering what it was since it clearly wasn't on the menu. i used to get those trimmings at a great price from the mirukai in w. covina and i started making that at home too.

i lament that "fine dining" is going to make a lot of great DIY meals at home become a lot less affordable.

about 8 hours ago
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Top Leaf: A Pictorial Essay

water from the santa monica bay? what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger...

and good pics. i assume the prices are west-side appropriate.

about 11 hours ago
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10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

sadly TFC is not open for lunch, but they are good.

1 day ago
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Ara Yaki in la?

i've had broiled yellowtail & salmon ribs as complimentary appetizers during sushi, which led me to making ari yaki at home for years now. hows used to sell salmon heads at only $.75 each; just the collar goes for what $8-10 at any japanese restaurant? and then you also get all the head fat, the cheeks & eyes...

hows closed, but i discovered that the vietnamese supermarket at san gabriel & garvey (among other places) sells fish heads for less than $1 a lb on fridays, and the ribs at $.59/lb, so i'm still enjoying some great meals for a mere pittance. you have to remove the gills when you filet the head, but no big deal.

2 days ago
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Party of 10 around sgv

is that brazilian AYCE BBQ place still there in the paseo mall in pasadena?

May 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

i remember a place that did cat's ears on valley - i think it was the same mall where flavor garden is now. they also served spicy pig's feet. this would have been over 20 years ago -

May 27, 2015
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first time in LA!!! give me your top 5.

if you go to tommy's go at 3am to see who else is up in LA at 3am.

May 27, 2015
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10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

and they have no bathroom - you have to go to the restrooms outside.

May 27, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

bu keqi

May 26, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Dying for awesome taco truck tacos in theSGV Temple City, Arcadia area

it's not clear - to clarify - you used to live in H.P. and moved east?

i've never thought about it, but my first instinct to think that arcadia's too... suburban to have quality taco trucks. you need to head south of las tunas or maybe west to rosemead blvd around duarte rd there are a couple near that intersection IIRC.

May 26, 2015
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10 Best Eats In Monterey Park

on the east side of atlantic in monterey park a bit south of elite.

788 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

May 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

i finally had what i'd consider an abrasive experience with a BMMT banh mi, but i realized it was a consequence of leaving the banh mi exposed to the air; baguettes are made with no fat and dry out VERY quickly. i generally eat my banh mi within 10-15 minutes of construction. if you get a banh mi to go and it take you 1/2 hour or more to get home, i can now understand your experience.

May 25, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

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

a few thoughts:
if you're already in town, you probably have already discovered that 30 miles as the crow flies may mean more than an hour in travel time depending on time of day;

in general, i concur with a post that suggested that a strength of the LA food scene lies within the ethnic diversity available. and the ones available and relatively convenient to silverlake would be asian (chinese, korean, japanese, thai, vietnamese) and latino. avoid nearby chinatown for chinese food, but there are some decent vietnamese places in chinatown. j-town is pretty much next to downtown.

someone else mentioned the san gabriel valley east of downtown LA (commonly referred to as the SGV). it boasts the greatest diversity of regional chinese cuisines to be found in the U.S. at the very least, try din tai fung for the soup dumplings - there are only 5 din tai fung branches in the US, and 3 are in LA, and one near to silverlake in glendale (the other two are in seattle).

there's also a lot of great stuff in koreatown. at the very least, try beverly soon tofu as it's been suggested that soontofu was more or less invented here in LA and then became popular in korea.

however i would point out that asian cuisines focus as much on contrast of textures as flavors which can be off-putting to a palate from middle america (i'm originally from the midwest myself), but there's also a lot of latino culture here, central & south american cuisine is much more diverse than most people realize.

beyond the logistical issues of travel, a lot of the asian/latino places are also very affordable, if budget is a constraint.

historical? the french dipped sandwich was allegedly created at philippe's near downtown LA (DTLA). but cole's makes the same claim. musso & frank grill. pacific dining car, maybe? pink's?

May 23, 2015
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rangoon kitchen in san gabriel

they have relocated to west covina:
510 S Glendora Ave
West Covina, California

according to their FB page.

the old tokyo lobby site now houses a KBBQ place.

http://www.hongsamgalbi.com/

May 22, 2015
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Beijing-style dumplings in SGV - Luscious Dumplings, Dumplings 10053, or?

BTW: the filling of the shrimp dumplings i've had at flavor garden were/are two distinct & substantial pieces of shrimp.

May 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

SGV chinese food walk - thoughts?

the pork/fennel pies at BPH are very good

May 21, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Favorite burger for $5 or less?

i think they're outraged primarily because they don't want to admit that they found out checking their watch while holding a full cup.

Alernative to Oak Tree Inn tonight in Pasadena

i think i meant vietnam house, but you get the idea; you could do a food crawl at that intersection.

518 w las tunas - Newport Seafood
545 - Yunnan Garden
704 - Luscious Dumplings
- Hui Tou Xiang
- Taipei Bistro
706 - Nanjing Kitchen
715 - Kingburg Kitchen
800 - Emperor Noodle
827 - Tasty Noodle House
833 - Southern Mini Town
841 - Fine Garden Vegetarian

i've been to 7 of those personally, i left out da qing hua (which was my WORST ever experience in the SGV) & phoenix - there's a phoenix in s. pas. BTW.

the same amount of additional travel time (about 10 minutes) will get you to valley blvd in alhambra.

May 20, 2015
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Alernative to Oak Tree Inn tonight in Pasadena

technically, they're in s. pas. why not drive 5 minutes farther south to king hua? a few more minutes more (take huntington to st. albans which becomes rose, then south on mission) can put you at the intersection of mission & las tunas. there, you have (among others): tasty noodle, emperor noodle, luscious dumplings, kingburg, nanjing kitchen, not to mention golden deli & vietnam kitchen.

May 20, 2015
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Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

i suspect that a large part of what you get out of a review depends on what you bring to it. some folks just want to 'know' that they're going to a good place for reasons other than the food. some are focused on price to value, others on authenticity when it's relevant. if i can paraphrase something a former manager once told me, if some place makes the greatest horse s--t sandwich, that's great, but i won't be one of the people in line waiting to eat one.

May 19, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Favorite burger for $5 or less?

SGV chain. i know the owner byron. nice guy.

May 19, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

essentially: informed decision.

as for the EP review, he was revisiting a place that was a standard 20 years ago. the reality is that the quality level isn't all that different, but other places have raised the level of overall quality. truth be told, EP does fit a valid niche for what i define as the original social aspect of dim sum - to go 'yum cha' to describe gathering over tea and to socialize/gossip and occasionally order something to justify keeping your table - the cantonese answer to tapas, which has similarly been raised to an art form by some.

had gold chosen to include that part of the experience as part of the review: the noise, the bustle, the carts, the cantonese 'bot paw's sitting around gossiping at other tables, etc. my assessment of his review would have been quite different.

May 18, 2015
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South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

i like my taco's seafood mixta. as for gus' i think better can be had for less elsewhere, but if you don't want to leave s. pas, there it is.

May 18, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Kadaifi in LA?

you might try baklava factory in glendale or baklava land bakery in (i think) monrovia, but it might be duarte.

May 18, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

marukai in w. covina replaced (sic) by tokyo central

a lot more to go food, though i suspect that the expectation is to eat it there, given how much area they dedicated to seating.

May 18, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

i agree that if you read carefully, you can tell that he's walking a tightrope. for example, when he reviewed shi hai, rather than describe it as overpriced and underwhelming as most of us who are fairly knowledgeable about dim sum might have said (they subsequently added a 40% off special to maintain business), he elected to say that it was best to stick to the simpler things on the menu. on the reopening of empress pavilion, the entire article could have been boiled down to: "don't drive west (from the SGV) to go eat there" because better dim sum can be found in the SGV. and that's what he intimated throughout the article.

May 18, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

marukai in w. covina replaced (sic) by tokyo central

that's my understanding - kinda like pavilions & vons.

May 17, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

marukai in w. covina replaced (sic) by tokyo central

some will appreciate that it's prettier and shinier, but the main reason i went there was for the lower prices on the fish. the prices are now commensurate with the prices at mitsuwa.

some folks may lament that the sushi boy is now gone, but that's been replaced by an area that offers sushi by the piece, bowls, as well as some cooked items, and 2 dedicated areas for sitting and dining. i should have taken pics, but some are available on its yelp page.

May 17, 2015
barryc in Los Angeles Area

Chowhound's Impression of Popular Food Critics

rely is a strong word here, at least for me, anyway; the way i see it it's a process of making an informed decision. with someone like gold, he won a pulitzer by elevating ethnic cuisine to a form of high dining. in the past i've ripped him for being overly kind in certain reviews, but in retrospect i see what he's done as an extension of that same vision, to educate by accenting the positives of the unfamiliar with a target audience of white bread americana. everyone writes with a specific perspective - there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to rendering a subjective opinion; everyone has their own unique bias.

having said that, i personally try to voice any review i post with as much objective description as possible, acknowledge biases when i'm aware of them, and let others draw their own conclusions; i don't presume that all readers are my target demographic. and truth be told, i do give greater weight to opinions of certain CH-ers who over time through their interactions have demonstrated that their sensibilities and palate are similar to my own.

South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

your assessment is probably fairly accurate. i first moved to south pas in 1990, moved around a bit, and live here again. i've found that the reasons to like south pas are often the same reasons to be disillusioned about south pas. it is what it is.

having said that, i have an affinity for ethnic foods, so exploring the SGV to discover what it has to offer has much more appeal than schlepping around s. pas.

May 15, 2015
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