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"I could've been a contender" ... and other thoughts about TOP ISLAND dim sum

There's also this couple that presses fresh cane juice at the Hollywood Farmer's market on Sundays and at the Echo Park Farmer's market on Laveta just south of Sunset on Friday afternoons/early evenings. Yum!

Jun 11, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Best Mac and Cheese - LA

a third vote for Pete's mac and cheese being goopy and kinda icky. supposedly it's a favorite...but not from the one lunch experience i had a few months back. boo.

Apr 21, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Delivery IN Chinatown

dag! not yet! but i just saw that new thread about it. let me know if you go! i'll go soon and report back, PlanDan.

Apr 19, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Delivery IN Chinatown

ha! you GOT to be kidding me.

Apr 19, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Jonathan Gold Wins Pulitzer for Criticism

woohoo! you know it's skill when the white guy's leading a non-Chinese reading but native Chinese speaking taiwanese girls like me about how to eat around the SGV!

Apr 19, 2007
ctowngal in Food Media & News

Los Angeles Pizza Company open & GREAT

OMG! so nice! i was feeling pretty bummed after a few of us couldn't find good delivery options for the chinatown area in a previous chowhound thread. :-(

the question is..do they do delivery?!

Apr 19, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

My Endless Search For The Perfect Ribs

i second the disappointment with Outdoor Grill ribs.

Apr 05, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Cold Press coffee at Kaldi in Atwater Village

I got this Toddy Cafe "system" a few months ago too and it only cost 20 bucks! and with minimal 'maintenance" accessories (like the reusable filter) that only cost 5 bucks for a few of those...this is going to last me a while. For a morning brew, i boil up some hot water, but a third a cup of the concentrate and fill it to the brim with boiling hot water...it's like it was freshly brewed! I think it's a great buy, doesn't waste coffee, and ditto on the taste and tummy friendliness too.

Mar 26, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

"Mini" Marukai now open in Torrance

Nice catch, Joe Blowe!! I'm totally gonna check it out!

Mar 03, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

New Chichen Itza on 6th Street

nice review. here are previous posts on this same topic FYI.
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/76497
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353926

let's cross our fingers for them!

Mar 03, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

SCALLION PANCAKES?

Earthen! One of the best. Light and flaky.
Mandarin Deli on Garvey just East of Garfield...too dense and doughy....but like pizza, even when scallion pancakes are bad, they're good.

Mar 03, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

a joint, vegan or veggie joint in echo park

wow. thanks will47. i guess that's enough for me to try it ONCE. but being omnivorous, i am often disappointed by non-asian ethnic restaurants cooking vegetarian versions of asian food. hm.

Feb 15, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

touché omotosando.

if i recall...we only tried the hot matcha in a sample cup. maybe that's why i've only stuck with their cold drinks!

Feb 06, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

a joint, vegan or veggie joint in echo park

what's that vegan restaurant in that strip mall on sunset (it's like really orange and brightly colored)? I forget where the cross street is, like near Coronado. The sign outside literally says "vegan" restaurant or something generic. What's this place about? Has anyone tried it? What's it like?

Feb 06, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Best Tea in Los Angeles

A third vote for Green Tea Terrace in Westwood. They take their tea quite seriously and their training of theis staff quite seriously. I always liked to order their iced ocha latte with skim milk and half sweet (no whip) and with boba (their boba was always cooked perfectly, al dente and not mushy with a consistent doneness from outside to inside). But just a straight cup of matcha green tea hits the spot (unfortunately, I don't think they served traditional manju sweets to go with that). Very good quality.

Jan 26, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Bread Pudding - help please!

Good Microbrew and Grill on Sunset in Silverlake has a bread pudding that's a hefty portion with a sweet whiskey sauce (that is rather strong for my taste but probably pleasing to others). The texture is satisfying but rather dense according to my preferences (I like the lighter, custardy types). But still a yummy bread pudding with whiskey sauce.

Jan 26, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

best meatball sandwhich...?

Second on the Eastside Deli near Dodger's stadium.

Not super outstanding but when I'm in Silverlake, Hard Times Pizza at the intersection of Griffith Park and Hyperion (near the Trader Joe's and across from the Gelson's supermarket) does the trick when I have a hankerin' for some gooey cheesy meatballs fresh from a quick zap under the broiler.

Jan 26, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

South Bay Favorites (VERY LONG)

great suggestions everyone! i agree. south bay gets short shrift. even *I* don't think of it as a culinary landscape to explore and i grew up there!

Jan 21, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Delivery IN Chinatown

OH man! No kidding. That's super close to Chinatown. Do you know what has been the holdup? It must be in that rehabbed theater complex? I really should take a walk over there and check it all out. Don't quite know what to make of the place.

Jan 15, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Chichen Itza opening new location

thanks!

Jan 15, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Delivery IN Chinatown

Hmm...I guess I never thought of Pizza Buona. Don't know much about the LA Pizza Company though. Which 110 entrance? I'll take a look the next time I drive by.

i get these pizza hut coupon circulars so i assume i could order from there...but *sigh* i feel so let down. doesn't look like any one of us could really answer your question with some good chow. pizza buona is just sorta "a'ight" IMHO.

Jan 15, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Delivery IN Chinatown

rameniac...agreed. that's why when i don't want to cook...i just go to my old reliable of eating at pho 87, on the northern edge of chinatown. never a wait with okay food at great prices (not there for the ambiance though).

i'll give extra chowhound brownie points to anyone who can successfully answer the challenge posed by this thread.

Jan 14, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Tomato Paste in Tubes

wild oats in long beach definitely has it when my buddy bought one for me last month.

Jan 14, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Chichen Itza opening new location

definitely agreed on your last point Chowpatty. maybe i'm still reeling from the irrational euphoria of having something decent near my work...that's not JUST mama's hot tamales.

Jan 14, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Delivery IN Chinatown

i struggle with that myself, living in chinatown...hmmm...i guess i just give up and end up going out to eat or cooking myself.

Jan 14, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Long Beach

I had lunch at LA CREPERIE FRENCH RESTAURANT. 5110 East Second Street Long Beach, CA 90803. It was actually quite tasty with quick lunch service at a really affordable price (around 8 bucks or so?) Yummy savory and sweet combos. Sometimes there's a line (especially if you have a larger group be weary) but when we were there on a weekday the diner turnover was pretty brisk.

Jan 13, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Good cheap eats in the South Bay?

oh man. it certainly is cheap (because my dad is willing to take us there when he wants to "treat) but it's kinda GROSS. just my humble opinion (stale buffet food)

Jan 13, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Chichen Itza, 6th Street, OPEN? Do mine eyes deceive me?

i went yesterday. see here for the post i just did on the other chichen itza thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/76497

Jan 13, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Chichen Itza opening new location

okay, i finally went!

i'm trying hard not to gush here but i can't resist. I AM SO EXCITED TO HAVE CHICHEN ITZA'S RESTAURANT OPEN THREE BLOCKS AWAY FROM MY OFFICE. there. i had to say it. (let's be honest, the only food around my immediate vicinity is a carl's jr.)

i've always enjoyed their catering at meetings i've attended throughout los angeles. for one, i would bathe in their sweet habanero sauce if not for the completely impractical nature of such a task. i was impressed by the fact that their mass produced chicken stayed so perfectly moist and flavorful.

but now, with the restaurant open by macarthur park, i'm practically in heaven. i went for lunch yesterday. i loved the blend of the clean, fresh, sweet and spicy flavors featured in their yucatan palate.

overall: the ambiance is clean and more upscale with chichen itza etched into the tortilla holders and earthy colors of the matte paint wrapping the dining area. the acoustics can get a little "dinny" if people start talking too loud but overall it's very comfortable and spacious.

the food and value: lunch prices are slightly lower than dinner prices. the table setting started with a small glass of water (preserved without a need for a wait or a request), a bowl of thinly sliced crusty baguette like bread used for dipping into the sweet, black bean dip on the side. in addition, there was your usual bowl of tortilla chips - freshly fried with a great! salsa that has a smokiness from using roasted tomatoes (is my guess). good stuff.

my dining buddy and i started with the ceviche de camaron. the shrimp was perfectly tender but meaty...and good but not nearly as acidic or as spicy as we wanted (especially because we were specifically asked if we wanted it spicy and had said, 'yes.')

i had a bite of my buddy's Tikin-Xic, a sauteed sole filet swimming in a gorgeous pool of technicolor red-orange colored sour orange sauce with a bed of rice. plenty of depth in the sauce with a moist and beautifully presented filet. but the fish was almost going to be upstaged by the delicious side (practically a full plate) of Citrus Jicama salad, a fresh combo of sweet, spicy (from red chili flakes) and crunchy. this was a winner.

I had the Cochinita Pibil a hefty chunk of pork "marinated with achiote, sour orange juice and spices, cooked in banana leaves, topped with pickled red onions served with sauted black beans, confetti rice and steamy corn tortillas." i was a little confused by the whole habanero pepper sitting on top of the meat though it looked colorful and attractive. the pork was not as moist as i was hoping but i wouldn't call it dry. upon suggestion by the chef gilberto himself (who was super friendly and checking on us and our food) i shredded the pork and made little corn soft tacos. turns out i was suppose to cut up pieces of the pepper for my little tacos! AH! that's what i was supposed to do! after that, i was in business and it all made sense. the corn tortillas felt handmade and was certainly fresh. overall the pork was definitely delicious and not at all greasy. but if i had a choice between the two dishes, i would pick the fish for its flavors and simple refinement. the pork would be if i wanted to feel that pork full goodness.

overall the value was definitely worth it for the food and ambiance, especially at the lunch prices. my strategy for good value grub will be to come eat here for lunch until i try the whole menu and then i'll know which dishes are worth eating AFTER work.

Jan 13, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area

Chichen Itza, 6th Street, OPEN? Do mine eyes deceive me?

YES! They're open! I just made reservations for lunch tomorrow as they man on the phone suggested just in case. Who knows if that is REALLY necessary but I did it anyway. Will report back.

Jan 10, 2007
ctowngal in Los Angeles Area