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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

For oysters highly recommend Connie & Teds. Alternatively check out http://thejollyoyster.com for a DIY experience.

LA mutual trading has a nice sake selection but you need a liquor license to purchase.

Fine dining - Maude (never been myself though)

Feb 20, 2015
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Mr Taster is leaving Los Angeles!

Positives - Pinot central, green landscape, you can always venture to DTF outlets in Seattle or road trips to Vancouver.

Negatives - totally screwed weather wise. Get a tan in SoCal beaches and show off your glowing tan when you get up there.

All the best with your move and look forward to reading your Portland area posts!

Feb 12, 2015
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Sushi Tsujita or Q?

Kudos, You've got some serious investigative reporting skills!

Jan 29, 2015
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Sushi Tsujita or Q?

Finally made it to Tsujita. Ditto to markambrose's post. My sentiments mirrors his experience.

One negative, the countertop is too high, makes it a bit awkward to reach for your sushi.

Off topic but cute waitresses too.

Jan 29, 2015
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Go's Mart Sushi question.

Go does ala carte, no prob at all.

If you do end up with Go be forewarned - no decor to speak of - truly a hole in the wall, gold flakes, leisurely pace, $$$. Make sure your GF is prepped in advance else you'll get an earful rest of nite.

Having said all that I am a fan of Go's.

Jan 21, 2015
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Best Place in SGV for Hardcore Dim Sum?

China Red

Jan 18, 2015
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Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

Very nice bowl of ramen! I enjoyed the interplay of black garlic and spicy miso. Tender chasu too.

The block should be renamed 'Noodle Row'

Jan 17, 2015
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Ramen Manichi (Little Tokyo): A Pictorial Essay

"The noodles have 'Q'".

That's a new one 'Q'??

Jan 17, 2015
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Super Burger - Pasadena

Avocado fries!!! And burger from Connal's. I screwed up by ordering the 1/4lb instead of 1/2lb (dieting...), patty was a bit too thin. Nice char from the fire grilling. Also love the classic red and white diner decor, much nicer setting than Super burger.

I think I still prefer Super Burger's version overall, nonetheless another great old school burger.

Avocado fries, probably too much of a good thing, wasn't my cup of tea but certainly looks good!

Thanks for the recommendation. Excursion brought me to a non-touristy section of Pasadena I never knew existed. Very 70s-80s feel.

Jan 16, 2015
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Go's Mart Sushi question.

Go to Shunji, safer bet.

Jan 16, 2015
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Lunasia (Pasadena)

"Hmmm.... interesting. I would've thought that the Pasadena restaurant who have more non-Chinese folks."

Dearth of good Chinese restaurants in the immediate area.... East West Bank's HQ is just a few blocks away.

Jan 15, 2015
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Mother daughter lunch/breakfast/tea place needed

I'm quite fond of the Beverly Polo Lounge for brunch, good service and setting (a bit rustic english garden) and I personally don't think it's snooty.

They do serve afternoon tea but is on the pricier end though $40/p.p.

http://www.dorchestercollection.com/u...

Jan 15, 2015
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Super Burger - Pasadena

Lucky Boy's burritos can fill you up for the day!!

Yes, wonderful to see these independent joints continue to thrive in SoCal.

The "Gastro" thing...

I'd like to see menu items / concepts that are difficult to recreate in a home kitchen. And no that does not mean 3* white linen...

Too much of this gastro stuff is easy to make at home without too much trouble, no point in paying resto prices ...

Then again I'm probably not their target clientele

Jan 13, 2015
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HK style desserts

Phoenix +2
Fluff Ice

btw SF HK desserts joints suck!

Jan 13, 2015
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The "Gastro" thing...

Yeah totally concur, very bored with this repetitive model.

Jan 13, 2015
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2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

Urasawa

Jan 10, 2015
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China Red - Arcadia dim sum

Ahh missed your earlier post. Yeah very nice tarts!

Jan 06, 2015
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Vegetarian Chinese in SGV?

+3 vege paradise.

How about steering your friend to Indian food too mix things up?

Jan 06, 2015
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China Red - Arcadia dim sum

Pics

Jan 06, 2015
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China Red - Arcadia dim sum

New entrant to the SGV dim sum scene. Nice decor, light years better than the Hop Li it replaced.

Perfectly sized har gao, very good Portuguese egg tarts and Shang Xiang bao. Rest of the items still a notch below the top 3-5 spots.

Still a good addition to disperse the weekend dim sum mad rush in the area.

Jan 06, 2015
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BBQ Brisket Alert

$7.99/lb for smoked bison ribs!!!!!

Cheapest prepared free range red meat anywhere!!!!!!!!!!!! And from Whole Foods no less...

Jan 06, 2015
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Why does Sushi Kimagure not get much love here?

Good but just not as good as Mori, Shunji, Kiriko, Q. Just not as refined IMO.

Additionally the lunch omakase at $60ish (I forget) is not a better deal vs Shunji or Kiriko.

I would not recommend them over the popular kids to any sushi fiend as a destination. If you're in the hood - yes good choice. Added bonus Stone Brewing has a company store next door to fill your empty growler :)

Jan 06, 2015
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Home Barista Training in LA

Check out Klatch, they send me emails on barista training classes every now and then. I recollect its around $200-$300

Jan 06, 2015
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Home Barista Training in LA

Klatch sends me emails on barista training every so often - I think they're worth checking out

Jan 06, 2015
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Korean Tuna Only Restaurant ?

Don't recollect seeing any tuna in Noryangjin market - just assumed its not a popular fish in Korean cuisine.

How is it prepared in these specialty joints?

Jan 06, 2015
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Where to buy fresh squid

Skid row wholesalers

Jan 06, 2015
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Fav/Best Snow Shaved Ice in Los Angeles?

I think Fluff ice in Monterey park does a pretty good job

There's a newish taro centric shaved ice place in Irvine - Meet Fresh. Taiwanese chain. Found it a bit bland, nice looking store.

http://meetfresh.net

Jan 06, 2015
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It's two years late, but I finally managed to watch that Cooking Channel show where Huge Tree Pastry was featured

Haha, that where I 'discovered' the place.

While you're there also check out Thanh Thai a few doors down for 7am hot bowl of Vietnamese noodles. Thought it was a Thai place initially....

Jan 06, 2015
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Best Place in SGV for Hardcore Dim Sum?

Try 888

Jan 06, 2015
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