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From EaterLA: "Grand Central Market Makes Bon App's Best Resto List"......My question is "Who Made This Happen?"

Here's a link to current vendors @ GCM:

Aug 21, 2014
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Hitt up the Palm before it movies, i haven't even been yet myself.

"…The Palm is also known for the caricatures of its celebrity customers that cover most of the walls of the restaurant. The company says it is inviting all those depicted in the illustrations to take their images home.

…[Bruce Bozzi Jr.] plans on taking some of the portions of the West Hollywood walls, framing them and putting them up in the new location. He's also working with artists to create some new local art.

'The walls in West Hollywood are a time capsule of 40 years in California with people who worked in show business,' …"


Aug 15, 2014
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"Neighborhood" restaurants in Hollywood

It's been a couple of years since I lived in the neighborhood, back then I used to:

drop in for the 1/2-chicken plate at Milk

show up for the izakaya plates at Itacho (sushi was was surprisingly decent if you sat at the bar).

veg out at Bulan Thai

go to Tinga and order delicious tacos, and elote especial (grilled sweet corn, w/creamy puree of lime, chili & poblano) and wash it down with house-made horchata

eat clean macrobiotic food at Inaka or M Cafe de Chaya

grab a German/Austrian beer and jager schnitzel at Wirtshaus

get take-out tandoori chicken & onion cilantro nan from East India Grill

order bavette steak or swedish meatballs at The Fat Dog

Aug 14, 2014
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Aug 13, 2014
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Low priced sake in LA area?

I used to live near WFM @ 3rd/Fairfax and it had a surprising amount of 300ml bottles of sake and a decent selection of bigger bottles, too. idk if this is still true as of 08/12/14 or not. imo, Nijiya and Mitsuwa don't have the huge selection they used to.

Aug 12, 2014
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area


On numerous occasions I've been served uni sashimi by different itamae at very good sushi-ya here in Los Angeles. Sometimes the uni was solo or belted with nori or served on a shiso leaf, all sans rice. Back in the day my favorite places would start me off with a selection of sashimi which later on in the same meal would be offered again as neta (different knife work). mmmmmmm.

Aug 12, 2014
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

Does Wexler's close earlier that other stalls?

GCM website has these hours posted (and was also reported in the Downtown News as of 07/03/14):

Hours: 8AM - 6PM daily
Thurs, Fri & Sat until 9PM


Aug 12, 2014
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Shibucho, boy, have I missed it.

I liked your review of Shibucho. Makes me think of the good old days of many late-night omakase dinners ;)

But, I'm fairly certain that Shibucho on Beverly is the original location and that Shibutani-san opened Shibucho #2 at Yaohan Plaza after selling the Beverly store to Shige. Shibucho #3 followed in the OC.

Jul 31, 2014
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FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

I'm a longtime user of reuseable bags and often buy additional bags as "punishment" when I forget mine at home. I too, was having a hard time wraping my head around a $68 jute bag until …

FARMSHOP first partnered with Apolis Global Citizen in 2012 bringing this tote to market in support of their Bangladesh Project. The jute bags are crafted by a women’s cooperative in Bangladesh that teaches skills of the craft while paying fair wages, offering health care, and building savings for the women to strike out with businesses of their own (having now spawned hundreds of successful independent craftswomen) or setting up college funds for their children. Know that when you purchase a FARMSHOP market tote, you help us to support these causes …


If my funds were unlimited I would buy one of these bags for everyone I know. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

I like Dommy's "doggie bags" link -- these would be good for lining cloth bags when buying meat or for bathroom waste cans.

Jul 30, 2014
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

seeking miniature ice cream cones to buy (to fill myself)

Joy mini-cup cones

Store locator




EDIT: found 5 stores w/i 10-miles of zip code 10012 that carry box of 42-minis using Joy's store locator.

hope this helps

Jun 26, 2014
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Easter Brunch/Lunch - Downtown

I haven't eaten at Chaya or Border Grill in a while but received emails from both restaurants about offering Easter Brunch:

Apr 16, 2014
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Pre-minced garlic and ginger?

just discovered that Fresh & Easy carries Dorot's garlic, ginger, basil & cilantro.

Apr 11, 2014
yinyangdi in General Topics

Any Recent, Great Lunch Spots in Downtown LA?

Haven't been, but what about
Bunker Hill Bar & Grill ? BHB&G is only open for lunch (11am - 3PM) right now and the pictures look good on Y.

601 S. Grand Avenue

UrbanDaddy w/link to menu


Sep 04, 2013
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Looking for a chill Gastropub in Downtown, glendale, pasadena area.

+1 for the Sixth Street Tavern @ 6th/Hope (in the old Urbano location by the same owners). The Bistro Burger is DELISH but the fries … despite the dark golden color that leads one to believe they are crispy, were the opposite @ quite mushy. Also, 20+ beers on tap. BTW, there are no dedicated ordering stations (like FO) and, in my experience, it can be hard to get the attention of a bartender to place an order.

As for parking, there is validated self-parking directly across the street (on Hope, just thru 6th intersection heading towards library for $5 by my last recall). http://sixthstreettavern.com/

May 22, 2013
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Bludso's BBQ is coming to Hollywood at old Tar Pit location!

I remembered reading that Shook/Dotolo couldn't afford signage when they opened Animal:

… Shook and Dotolo opened Animal a few months before the drama of the 2008 recession. "We did not order tablecloths because tablecloths are not cheap," Shook recalls. "You have to keep them fresh, and they cost you about 10 to 25 cents per table. These are all costs you have to pass on to the customer. We didn't put up a sign because we couldn't afford it. We wanted to spend all of our money and put all of our focus on the food we were making, and we made exactly the food that we wanted to eat." … By the time the two opened their second place, Son of a Gun, in 2011, they could afford tablecloths but opted to skip them. The starched whites had become not only a literal option but a symbol of what was past. "Our plates at Son of a Gun are made by Heath — that is not cheap," Shook says, "but they are beautiful objects. And our tables are made of zinc."…

Mar 19, 2013
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Traci Des Jardins's Carnitas Tacos

recipe reads deliciously; will make soon!
as for the tortilla chip questions from 02/07; dip in guac and/or salsa and enjoy…? ;)

Feb 13, 2013
yinyangdi in Recipes

Pre-minced garlic and ginger?

tracylee, Ralphs is owned by Kroger and it looks like it would be "Fred Meyer" in your area …?

Feb 04, 2013
yinyangdi in General Topics

Pre-minced garlic and ginger?

Ralph's sells several of the Dorot frozen cubes, too. My local store has garlic, ginger, parsley, basil & cilantro. I like dropping in a cube of ginger & garlic into chicken broth. Yum. Also add garlic & basil cubes to jarred marinara, etc. off heat to add pops of fresh flavors.

Who knew there were so many!

Jan 30, 2013
yinyangdi in General Topics

Cheapest place to buy mason jars?

Jan 30, 2013
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

west hollywood inxexpesive eats

Zeke's Smokehouse on SMB is long gone, but the orig Montrose location is still operating. The old Zeke's on SMB now houses a Mendo Farms.

Jan 21, 2013
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Whiskey, anyone?

Here's a link to Chow's very own Japanese Whisky Primer

Jan 10, 2013
yinyangdi in San Diego

Best choices at Ca'Brea?

I think the chef who opened Colori Kitchen downtown is the chef that gave Ca'Brea its (formerly) good reputation.

Jan 10, 2013
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

I am shocked that this place is still in business...

I only go to FO when that is the exact burger I want. And, I have to say that burger is DELICIOUS ;)

Nov 09, 2012
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Brunch in Mid-City tomorrow Saturday - gluten-free options?

what about M Cafe on Melrose @ Detroit St (just West of La Brea) …?

Nov 09, 2012
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something like old charter bourbon for the west coast

Buffalo Trace is delicious and affordable ;)
But, if Eagle Rare is on the shelf (I don't see it everwhere) that's the one I'll order. mmm mmm good.

Oct 30, 2012
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Best Soup, Mid-City?

steak soup, yummmmmm!

Edit to say that I haven't had doughboy's steak soup since it reopened on Third Street, but it was delicious the last time I had it. And speaking of Doughboy's reopening on Third Street, what is your opinion on the food now vs. before; same, better, deficient?

Oct 30, 2012
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Late night downtown

:( Raku Plus closed at the end of August. When I last spoke w/Panja, she had no (immediate) plan to reopen elsewhere. Fingers crossed she can't stay out of the kitchen and opens a new restaurant in LA soon.

I was at that new ramen place in Honda Plaza last week (Men Oh Tokushima Ramen) and saw that new signage is up for an izakaya (the name escapes me) in Raku Plus' former site.

Oct 16, 2012
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Freddy's Smalls Bar & Kitchen on Pico in WLA

The roasted cashews with bacon went really well with bourbon ;)

Sep 27, 2012
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

The wonderful "Le Saint Amour" in Culver City reportedly (hopefully just temporarily!) closed

According to
Public School 310 (PS310) is going in the old Fraiche space

There's already a Public School 612 inside the Daily Grill @ 6th/Flower in DTLA which has decent to good food and one $4 HH (aka Recess) handle every day (chosen in-house) among other Recess offerings.

Sep 19, 2012
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area

Anyone tried Sycamore Kitchen?

I got take out a couple of weeks ago: iced coffee (meh, not strong enough), gazpacho (cold tomato/cucumber/veg deliciousness) and the tomato/gruyere focaccia (thick, chewy bready goodness) yum.

Aug 29, 2012
yinyangdi in Los Angeles Area