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LA Foodie coming to DC- Advice Please

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LA Foodie coming to DC- Advice Please

First does Graydon Carter know you have purloined his name?
Secondly, I scoff at people who proclaim their "foodie" status. Some of the best advice one can receive is from the people to whom "foodies" raise their collective noses to.

Palates are like opinions which are in turn like sphincters, everybody got one and most of them do not pass the nose test.

I was a foodie before the word was coined. I was lucky enough to get edumacated in Berkeley when Alice had Panisse, Jerimiah had Santa Fe Bar & Grille, Mark had 4th street, and the seeds of a movement were germinating.

So I apologize in advance for the jaded, snooty, snotty, Californian;

I pledge not be taking picts of my food so that the dining room looks like Club 54 with strobe lights;

and I will thank all DC Hounds in advance for their advise and really pleasant nature.

LA Foodie coming to DC- Advice Please

i think i have a full plate- and soon to become a full stomach- are there any decent blue crab places within metro distance? we had a place out in L.A. years ago that used to bring their blues in live and hand you a hammer and it was game on. sadly it went the way of the 8 dollar martini

LA Foodie coming to DC- Advice Please

thanks for that- and if you guys come to l.a. stay away from the politicians ; )

LA Foodie coming to DC- Advice Please

Ill be in Georgetown- no food limits- budget not an issue- but stuffy and stiff not an option- i can get around if needed.

thanks for the reply

we have Andres' Bazaar here in L.A. which is spanish tapas

LA Foodie coming to DC- Advice Please

Hi DC Hounds- I am coming into town to visit my daughter late october- need recs for Thursday PM- (on my own) ; Friday- (One of Andres' Places)- with daughter and two of her roommates; and Sat-

Show me that DC rocks-

Thanks in advance

The Bazaar-stop the madness

i had no problems with the service- but it was early and not very busy. the only extra warning would be to not heed the wait staff and do not order all at once- eventhough they say they will not bring it out quickly they do

Mar 17, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

tension is highly personal. A three star michelin has three stars for so monay reasons-- service, atmosphere, food, attention to the minute details, all the way down to carpeting. some may say relaxed is lazy. some may say relaxed is pretentious.

Bottom line is that i agree to disagree with everyone.

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

I learned a long time ago that the "experience" is all encompassing- ie. who you are dining with, whether the market went up that day, ect.... ; ) That being said the price points for some of the courses were really reasonable considering the portions- the value, quality and taste lay on the traditional menu.. while the hype lies on the modern side. If you have never experienced molecular gastronomy, go and experience it, but realize that this is not WD-50, Alenia, or El Bulli - this class in the process is elementary and expensive at best.

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

I here once they are in season that they will be spherified and served at The Bazaar

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

OK if TFL was an enigma- FFS will fly by everyone ; )

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

Not at all- I believe in well balanced reporting- I respect everyone's opinion- but after reading more than a few "reviews" in which The Bazaar could do no wrong- I went there which such high expectations that you may just have to call me one of the lemmings.

Also I think it is important to stop slamming the Lemming. In fact while many people believe that lemmings commit mass suicide when they migrate, this is not the case. Driven by strong biological urges, they will migrate in large groups.

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

Sorry I need to be more user friendly ; )- yes it is The French Laundry

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

dont know about that- if you go to the "top" spot in Paris, NYC, ect- they are so much different than L.A. Critics are who they are. But cities have vibes, all are different, expectations vary, formallities, service, ect. Take it for what it is worth but L.A. tends to have lower standards than other citys when it comes to "top" spots. IMHO

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

No problem. I admit to being really spoiled jaded about food. I was lucky enough to be in college at a time and a place which defined a movement. Unfortunately, my lack of recent OMG moments has left me a bit maudlin. Time for a Langers Pastrami

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

Everything in its context. Here are the NYC four star spots:
Daniel
Jean Georges
Le Bernardin
Masa
Per Se

Can I really compare those experiences (i have not been to Masa in NYC) to The Bazaar- no way. But I am not trying to. Four Stars is different in every city.

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

I was actually debating the use of lemmings or sheep : ) . Lemmings are cuter. My point is that people just get taken up by this big wave of enthusiasm and personal experimentation is better than some over the top accolades which sometime smack of brown-nosing.

That being said - I hope I did not offend any of the hard working bloggers, reviewers, or hounds. If I did Magic Mojitos for everyone-

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

She may be right in one respect. Four star Los Angeles is much different for four star just about anywhere else. But the experiences at Spago, Melisse, Provence..... are just different.

As far as the Cheesesteak- i just thought the chesse was too sharp for the wagyu.

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

First there was no name calling intended. Secondly, I respect and often follow peoples advice. Thirdly, I should have specifically stated that the "lemmings" I am referring to were not on this this board. I was referring to certain unnamed reviewers (SIV) and certain los angeles eating blogs who have gone gaga,

Sorry if any offence was taken

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

The Bazaar-stop the madness

Was there last night. The vibe is great. The decor engagingly eclectic. The service was on par for the price. The food was a let down after all the glowing phrases knocked around by the lemmings. In all we covered 16 different items, most of which were gleaned from the chaff on the various boards. Maybe I am spoiled, but the Bazaar had few, if any, OMG moments. It was steady and for the price enjoyable. It is not El Bulli, it is not Melisse, Spago, or for that matter TFL..

Come on people; let's not think that somehow this is Nirvana. Some honest notes from a non-lemming-

1. Tortilla de patats- mom's egg salad- (my mom makes great egg salad.)
2. Watermelon and seeds- it the gook inside a tomato on top of Watermelon.
3. Caprese- okay, I thought you throw out the buffalo water?
4. Cotton candy Foie- this was good and whimsical
5. American Caviar cones- go to TFL if not get them here
6. Pa'amb tomaquet- think bruschetta with Manchego
7. Sautéed shrimp, garlic, guindilla pepper- good deal, plump shrimp and garlic oil
8. Croquetas de pollo- this is well executed but traditional and not special
9. Olives “Ferran Adrià” old and new- If you have never had a spherification-try it- once you have tried it -stick with the traditional stuffed olives which were great.
10. Sliced apples and fennel- Looked really promising but the apples and the fennel had little apple and fennel flavor.
11. Sautéed cauliflower “couscous- Again for tapas is was really good.
12. Ottoman carrot fritters- Nice colors, lack some ommmff on the flavors (judging by the over 50s crowd in the place more flavors are a must)
13. Tuna ceviche and avocado roll- again bold flavors are lacking. Taste your food before it leaves the kitchen- to put together lovely plates and ingredients and then not spice them to bring out their layers is just wrong.
14. “Philly cheesesteak”- Everyone raves about this one. It’s cute and once again visually pleasing but the sharp oozing cheese masks the wagyu. (and I love gooey epoisse)
15. Hot chocolate mousse- it's hot Pudding with cubes of pears, nuts and rice crisps- this was good.
16. Apple Carlotta- Again a well put together dish- saffron hints- and overall a good end to an adequate meal.

All of the above (doubles on the Foie, Philly and Cones)-
$150 sans tax and tip

Had the Magic Mojito which was great, but not $16 great
The Caiproska- good but not $16 good.

Go there, try it for yourself and decide.

Would I go back with a mind free from everyones gasps and talks of greatness-yes. Would I stray more towards the traditional tapas- definately.

Mar 13, 2009
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

Brentwood Sushi Reality Check

For at least 4 years we have been going to the same neighborhood sushi spot at least three time a month. Tonight I went, sat at the bar (we usually sit at a table) and requested a no-rice-scallop and crab handroll ( it was not going to be my last order, but turned out to be). I was not sitting with the owner- but the chef in front of me, hesitated and asked the owner-chef, if he could make it.

Now I didnt ask about price, but the owner said no we do not make that. I tired of Nozawa long ago-sometimes attitude does not equal sacrifice or quality-but I was really taken aback by this denial of my request.

I told one of the waitresses on my way out and quietly, who knows me, that I was embarrased by the chef's attitude and asked her to tell the chef in Japanese that I felt as much.(this was after my solo dinner with tip of $54) Instead of telling me she would relay the message, she told me that maybe the chef does not believe in mixing crab and scallop. I told her I eat a no-rice cucumber roll (on the menu as a no-rice roll)with those ingredient's every week here, and asked her just to relay my message.

Am I being a snob? I really do not think that that my request was out of line. No-rice rolls are common and I should be able to ask for any combination I please, without having the chef, owner, sayi8ng accross the bar "we dont make that"

Apr 08, 2007
coastcash in Not About Food

Where can i get a great taco?

what about good al pastor or carnitas on the westside- santa monica, ect..

Apr 06, 2007
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

Rustic Canyon Attitude

I always find it entertaining how new restaurants hire front of the house people with attitudes that would drive away the most laid back hound. This is the new "hot spot" in Santa Monica and in my personal opinion it will go the way of Yu, Wilshire (which you can get into anytime these days), and a host of other "attitude" places.

When a hostess barks at me that my reservation was canceled because I was 20 minutes late for a 5:30pm reservation(even though we called from the car to announce the fact that traffic was a nightmare, and spoke to another host), and when we arrive gives me a "well we will have to find you a spot and this is a severe inconvenience", in a near empty restaurant, I know they are in trouble. As an aside we finished around 7pm and there were still open two tops.

The food is not bad, but is not special either. The prices are high, probably due to their lack of a liquor license, and $14 or $12 for a dessert is inexcusable at a "wine bar" (we shared an apple crumble-whose crumble was not even cooked through). We tried five different "small plates" and each was well presented, tasty, but lackluster.

This being a "wine bar", without a great and assorted list, I asked what the corkage would be and was told it is $25 per bottle. Now, Melisse gets $30 and waves the second bottle, and I think the desserts are $14, so you make the choice. Back to the old favorites, Josie, Jiraffe, Drago, and if you want wine bar small plates Beechwood, Primativo.

Feb 15, 2007
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

Punch Grill - Wilshire and Santa Monica (review)

Tried it- it was ok- bar area was busy- service was weak-food was mediocre-price was o.k.

Oct 13, 2006
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

LA Yakitori Recs

For my own selfish reasons, let's not call Nanbankan one of the top. All I can say that when i see entire japanese families, with about four generations sitting at one table together, happily eating their Kushi-yaki, I know I'm in the right place.

Oct 13, 2006
coastcash in Los Angeles Area

Punch Grill - Wilshire and Santa Monica (review)

we are looking for a new neighborhood place around santa monica i went on their website and just felt that the menu was all over the place- seems like an upscaled hamburger hamlet- i'll wait for some more hounds to weigh in- until then its- drago-nagao-nanbakan-capo-yada yada

Oct 04, 2006
coastcash in Los Angeles Area