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Source for Mexican coca cola in bulk?

I know I can buy them one at a time at a restaurant, but I'd like to buy a case or two to serve at a party. Does anyone know where I can get Mexican coca cola?

Apr 13, 2011
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CHEGO Soft Opening - Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ opens Rice Bowl concept on Westside

Went on Thursday night and thought it was just OK. Not bad but not special either. I had the beef bowl. Its about $9. Roy's a nice guy and they have great buzz but I'd rather get a chicken teriyaki bowl from some of the spots on the chicken teriyaki thread than return to chego any time soon.

Apr 04, 2010
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Sona Blackboard deal worth it?

I think the OP is saying they each got a 9 course menu, which was different for each, so they got to try 18 courses total.

Mar 27, 2010
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“… I’ve been there a hundred times.”

Hide Sushi
Gilbert's El Indio

Mar 12, 2010
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New menu at Catch (Casa del Mar)

Were you at a comped event?

Mar 12, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

spago - anyone been recently?

Was there last week for lunch and had the 5 course tasting menu. I highly recommend going the tasting menu route as I have found that this is where Spago shines.

The amuses were delicious especially their tuna tartare in a sesame cone.

Favorite savory dish was toro and yellowtail sashimi.

Fave sweet/dessert was gingersnap gelato.

Mar 12, 2010
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Emporium Thai - what to order?

Someone else in my party wanted to do the ordering. Based on this meal, I don't think I would return. I much prefer Talesai Cafe on Olympic Blvd, which is a few bucks more, not much tho, and is so much tastier.

We had an order of pad kra pow - chicken with chili, basil and mint leaves. The portion of chicken was stingy and the dish was not spicy/flavorful. I usually use the sauce to pour over sticky rice but this sauce was not flavorful enough. I did add some chili sauce to this dish.

The pad thai was fine. The best thing we had.

Spinach dish came with button mushrooms. This dish was bland in the extreme.

Fried chicken. The poor chicken had been hacked to pieces in what appeared to be random bits. And salty in the extreme.

Not worth a second exploration in my book, alas. I was hoping it would be better as the location is convenient for me....

Mar 08, 2010
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Emporium Thai - what to order?

Thinking of checking out Emporium Thai. Any faves? One of the people joining me eats vegetarian + poultry + fish, but no meat (beef/lamb/pork etc) or shellfish.

Mar 06, 2010
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La Descarga: The Hottest Spot West of La Habana, LA's First Rum Bar Shakes and Swizzles.

Checked it out on Thursday night with some friends and we all loved it. What a great space! A little Disneyland meets Old Havana but we enjoyed every detail.

Pablo makes some great drinks. It was funny to see him dressed up in his bartender gear as its so different from his style when he goes out elsewhere.

I tried the honey swizzle, the Hemingway daiquiri, the Descarga daiquiri, and a mojito. All were quite good.

The place filled up over the course of the night and by the time the first show started at 10, it was full. The drums playing and the dancing on the balcony, it was a real fiesta. Ran into two other groups of folks I know, which made the night even better.

It made me want to plan another trip to Havana. La Descarga was more fun than being in La Floridita! I am just figuring out my next excuse to be in that part of town so I can try some more of Pablo's elixirs.

Mar 06, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

Guelaguetza or Moles la Tia - which is best to take a Mole newbie

Thanks to all your responses we had a tasty meal with enough food for a small army. We got the festival of moles, plus added verde mole as that is my favorite mole at Monte Alban. We also got tamales de mole, tacos de barbacoa, and the clayuda (without the chorizo). The tamales were good but so filling.

At 1:45 pm we were the only customers in the whole cavernous Olympic space for our late lunch. It was very tasty and the mole newbies were very pleased as they had only seen Mole Negro before.

I need to try La Tia and the new place you mentioned SGLA/Dommy.

I think I prefer getting mole dishes one by one so that the chicken can get more fused with the mole sauce. It didn't seem like the chicken absorbed the sauce/flavor in the same way when you have 5 dipping sauces to add to your chicken and tortilla.

Mar 05, 2010
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Animal... similar to NYC's Momofuku Ssam?

Yes, Animal takes reservations and it is very popular so I would be shocked if you could get a table for 4 at prime time with little notice - what are the odds you could do that at Lupa? At this point if you want to go, if you can get a table at all it will be early or late I'd bet. They serve dinner at the bar, but I am not sure thats a great option for a party of 4....

To your question" Best to share a bunch of small plates and maybe a few large ones? Does this sound about right?" Yes, thats the best way to order. Lots of sharing.

The dishes are rich. Its not fine dining. Somewhat hip/trendy but not a scene. Full of foodies. Hope you are able to work your schedule to try it.

Mar 04, 2010
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Guelaguetza or Moles la Tia - which is best to take a Mole newbie

I'm sold on Guelaguetza. How are the grasshoppers prepared?

how many moles can 3 reasonably big eaters try at lunch? and for our size group what else, if anything is a must order, as I don't think we can get 10 things as we would just be wasting food.

Mar 03, 2010
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Big Mama's & Papa's Pizza - AVOID

I have never been to their store but my friend ordered 2 huge pizzas for his superbowl party a month ago. They came on time and the pizza was reasonably good. nothing special but I have never seen a pie that size in my life. enormous does not begin to describe it. each pizza could feed 20 people or something crazy like that. I thought i must be at a guiness book of world records event or something as i couldnt figure out how the delivery guy even got them in his car...

Mar 03, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

Guelaguetza or Moles la Tia - which is best to take a Mole newbie

I haven't been to Guelaguetza in a number of years as I usually go to Monte Alban for my Oaxacan/mole fix as I find it tasty and it is located close to me. I have heard good things about Moles La Tia.

Later this week I am taking some friends who have never had moles/Oaxacan food. Which would you pick of Guelaguetza or Moles La Tia? (and if Guelaguetza, which location?)

Thanks in advance for your help hounds!

Mar 03, 2010
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Best sushi in Santa Monica?

I'd highly recommend Nagao. Its at the Santa Monica / Brentwood border on San Vicente & 26th sts, right by the Brentwood country mart. Both the nigiri and the rolls I have had were very good. Casual atmosphere, not so divey/homey as Hide but not so fussy as the temples of sushi.

Feb 20, 2010
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Question about dress at Animal

Most people have been wearing jeans when I have been there. Casual. Not a velvet rope or chi-chi establishment...

Feb 20, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

La Descarga: The Hottest Spot West of La Habana, LA's First Rum Bar Shakes and Swizzles.

Do you think reservations are needed on weeknights?

Feb 20, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

Mexican on Westside

I think Lares is the best option. I grew up going to Gilberts and still go for nostalgia's sake but the food at Lares just tastes better to me. Although if $ is an issue, Gilbert's is cheaper.

Feb 19, 2010
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Best Korean Restaurants in K-Town

I agree with you about Park's. So wonderful. Was there on Monday and had the wagyu and it was a treat.

Re the goat stew - how does Chin Ko Gae compare to Bulrocho? (bulrocho is in the same minimall as Park's) I really like the goat soup as well as the goat stew at Bulrocho. Have I been missing out?

Feb 18, 2010
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LA Street Food Fest

Got there early @ 1030, half an hour before the scheduled opening and there were ~150 people in line to get in ahead of us.

Went straight to the ludo fried chicken line as that was the only truck i was keen to see. It was a ~30 minute line to order and another half hour to get the chicken. The chicken was served off bone - two chunks of dark meat which had been brined. Served with a tangy sauce on the side. $5. No choices. It was delicious - lots of crispiness and the sauce had a nice flavor in small quantities (i didnt want the fried chicken essence to be overwhelmed).

A compatriot got us fries with shredded chicken on it to eat from the adjacent Fry Truck while we waited to order the LFC. It was good. $3.

We escaped after eating our LFC at a table. So hot and so mobbed. The line looked insane at LFC and the line to get into the event still stretched around the corner and through the parking lot I had parked in.

It seemed like a go early or don't even bother showing up kinda event. I would have been frustrated had I been planning on hitting a bunch of the trucks....

Feb 13, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

$500 meal

I agree with the Melisse recs above, but can't recommend Providence due to service issues when I was there (it sucks to be treated ungraciously when you are celebrating at a nice restaurant). If you are going on a weeknight, I'd recommend Spago - getting the tasting menu and sitting on a table in the courtyard can be magical. The food is just so delicious and the wine pairings spot on. If you are just ordering the regular menu, then don't bother with Spago.

Feb 13, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

LA Street Food Fest

The first annual Great American food & music festival this past summer in the bay area was an unmitigated disaster - see this thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/627131

Which makes me nervous about these things.

Feb 11, 2010
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Taco Task Force: The Best Birria de Chivo in Los Angeles, America's Goat Central

SGLA - Great post. You inspired me to drive to Flor del Rio from the westside and it was as delicious as you described. They "only" had it on the bone today, which was fine by me. Had it in a bowl with the broth/juices and I was a happy camper.

BAD NEWS- Birria Tepeque is no more! :( I drove by after my meal to perhaps have an almuerzo parte dos but was foiled because that storefront is now a Pupuseria called Rio Lempa #2. They had a big sign advertising their grand reopening "gran reapertura." The telephone on the banner was the same as Tepeque had. Murals on the wall were unchanged. $1 pupusas on tuesdays & thursdays. I didn't sample the food...

Feb 11, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Spot (casual) from LAX to the Getty?

How about The Nook? Santa Monica Blvd just off of the 405. (between Barry & Barrington)
http://www.nookbistro.com/

Feb 11, 2010
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Bastide for lunch?

Bastide opens for dinner tonight, but I visited again today for for lunch to avoid the hordes of their sold out first dinner service. (i'm not into the notch your belt theory of trying someplace the day/week it opens).

The bread and butter service was delicious as it was on my previous visit last month. The breads are made in house and included a sour dough as well as a raisin roll and an onion roll. The bread is served warm. The butter is also made in house from locally sourced cream.

The frisee salad with fried chicken thighs and a poached egg is rich and wonderful. I am a sucker for a runny eggs. The chicken was off to the side. The dish also had parmesan cheese of a nice salty quality.

The wine list is still very reasonable and I found a tasty syrah from the languedoc.

Perfect way to while away a rainy afternoon.

Menu is here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

Feb 09, 2010
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Jitlada suggestions

I may have been in that party of 3. Waiting an hour and a half when hungry was painful. I don't think I will go back for dinner again without a reservation.

The salmon with mango was very good but extremely spicy (we asked for medium) for my taste. Yes, we ate it all anyway. I'd order it again but mild.

Catfish salad was interesting. The catfish was more like a giant puff.

Feb 02, 2010
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Bar Bouchon

Does anyone know if the foie gras in a jar is available at Bar Bouchon?

Jan 27, 2010
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HELP! Need good lunch place in westside!

If La Cienega is not too far East, Bastide.

Jan 26, 2010
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The Tar Pit: Has Anyone Eaten There?

I've been several times and think the drinks are wonderful the food not so much.

Tuna tartare - a winner. Spicy and delicious. Different than the version you have had 100 times.
Steak tartare - way too saucy. Couldn't taste the meat flavor. a little less worcestshire please
Duck Sliders - very sweet and the bun is so soft. so so, not something I'd recommend.
Vitello Tonato - not too shabby. way better than the steak tartare or the duck sliders but not as good as the tuna tartare.

Jan 25, 2010
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Bastide for lunch?

I went this past week for lunch and they mentioned they hope to reopen for dinner in mid February. Their new chef Joseph Mahon is making some delicious food. The infamous mercurial owner Joe Pytka was in the house.

The service was fine, the room is relaxing and the food was spectacular. Very fairly priced as well. The Yellowtail was delicate. The polenta cake was a great winter dish. It came with a very dark pesto.

The highlight for me was the venison special. Amazing. If they have it when you go, it is a must order.

the apps are in the $10 - $13 range, the entrees are in the $20s and the wine list at lunch is all below $50 per bottle, with many selections at/under $30. Amazing. I believe they have more $$$$ wines if you want, but that is beyond my budget. Also the wines are from under-appreciated regions such as Slovenia or Austria.

Jan 24, 2010
Senor Popusa in Los Angeles Area