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Veggie Grill to Pasadena

What do you like about them?

about 17 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Grom Goes Hollywood

Great location for tourist less so for locals. Those costumed characters creep me out......

about 17 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area
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Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

For continued snob appeal, I'd suggest the following and save the other recommendations for another time when you are in a less demanding temperament.
Q, Yamakase, Tsujita.

Go's only if you are prepared to go with an open mind (it's a hole in the wall) and for less traditional preparation. No snob appeal for sure, rebel - yes.

Worthy repeats you were lukewarm previously - Kiriko, Mori (terrific meal a few weeks ago).

Warm rice school. Zo dtown and maybe Bar Nozawa.

about 18 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

My one and only time there, spent a bit of time picking fish scales from my teeth while being served by a surly itamae... I don't think he noticed even though I was being quite obvious

about 18 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

Just got back from lunch at Kimagure, had some excellent toro. However do not think they are at the Shunji, Mori etc level

about 18 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Birria - a perfect rainy day meal

In Boyle heights, my weekend breakfast at Flor Del Rio.

Pretty good, very nice broth and wicked spicy salsa.

Oct 16, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Very well balanced perspective

Oct 03, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Only went to l&g once, paid an equivalent of $70/lb for mediocre hrhs steaks. Guy behind the counter was completely clueless didn't even know how to dress the dry aged steaks ... So much for product and service to justify the prices... Even Lobel's with their Manhattan rents aren't charging L&G rates

Lots of wealthy folks on this site... Economics at these joints tend to unscrupulously take advantage of deep pocket patrons ... Or patrons who enjoy bragging to friends about their acronym laden diets ....

Never claimed Guss was organic or boutique. I view him as a wholesaler who sells me great tasting meat at great prices. In hindsight probably not the best recommendation for a regular retail consumer.

Just looking for good produce that is fairly priced. I miss Europe produce shopping, none of this excessive BS pretension.

Oct 03, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Lindy and Grundy Closed!

Just go to HARVEY GUSS and stop getting ripped off by these pretentious butchers!!!!!!!!!

F'ing ridiculous prices!!!!!! And you have to put up with the f'ing holier than thou attitudes!!!! Why?????

Oct 02, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

"I, too, like the airy space...even the colored ceiling lights! Thanks for the pics. How were the coconut buns? They seemed to be on every table when we arrived and sold out quickly that morning."

The coconut buns looked better than they tasted. Not very fluffy, bit dense. I'd pass on it in the future.

Funny you like the lights :)

Sep 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

Thanks for all the recommendations, have only been to Inaba and sushi gen. Thanks for the reminder on Inaba.

Keep me coming.

Sep 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Maude or chi SPACCA? - help for special occasion dinner

Never been to either but I'd say Maude.

Sep 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Where to go for good "jack of all trades"Japanese restaurant?

I've been spending too much time of late focusing on specialty restaurants ie ramen, udon, sushi. Failed miserably last week when called upon to pick a 'regular' Japanese restaurant for some visitors with a young kid in tow. We ended up at Yabu which which didn't meet the requirement, better to stick with their soba, udon.

So what are your top picks that fit this category (must have sushi) matsuhisa, shiki... ? Preferably not budget busting and kid friendly.

Sep 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Or filled with hairy crab & roe right about this time of the year!

Sep 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Sushi has some pretty humble beginnings... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_...

Dim Sum in HK/Macao is significantly better than what we get stateside... service, product and enviroment...

just sayin...

Sep 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Hey Liu, stopped by for an early lunch on Sunday. Small parking lot, almost full by the time we arrived at 11. The dining room is quite nicely designed for an SGV restaurant, modern bright airy without tacky touches... well maybe the colored lighting near the ceiling.

As noted previously, menu is smaller than some of the usual suspects but has all the usual favorites. We ordered the har gow, ribs, chicken feet, siu Mai etc. see pics. The baked goods/desserts were quite good.

Yelp had 3* which concerned some in my dining party, but turned out much better than we anticipated. Not at the level of my favorites king hua, elite, sea harbor but a decent addition and without the long lines.

Thanks for the recommendation Liu.

Sep 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shi Hai Has The Best Dim Sum In Town

Thanks for the update Liu, switching plans from king hua to shi hai instead for tomorrow.

Any highlights you'd recommend?

Sep 27, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's - pleasantly surprised

Decided on a whim to have lunch this past weekend. Wasn't expecting much however came away pleasantly surprised.

Excellent list of oysters, about 10+ varieties offered from the east and west coast and a few from NZ. Good quality and well shucked.

Steamers were excellent! Best I've ever had. Negligible grit, mid sized plump, fresh; and cooked in a delicious spicy broth.

My wife had a simple grilled halibut, fresh, well seasoned with a pleasant smokiness. Simple and delicious.

The seasonal peach pie was also a hit, homey and well executed. Peach filling was heavy on fruit and not overwhelmed by the usual excessively starchy filling.

Another surprise was the service. Our cups were refilled regularly and table cleaned after each course by the pleasant staff.

Nice to see Chiramusti in the kitchen that afternoon keeping an eye on things. They seem to have worked out the service issues plaguing them early on.

Minor quibbles, you'll be hard pressed to spend less than $50/person. My pet peeve - FOH not thanking and saying goodbye to departing guests. $8 for valet.

Otherwise solid addition with an evident Providence pedigree.

Sep 16, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area
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Overnight at LAX - outbound and inbound

The immediate area around the airport is quite dismal, replete with your usual mid-tier hotels chains.

Perhaps consider staying in Santa Monica, easy to get around and explore by foot around the 3rd street promenade.

Alternatively stay at Miyako Hybrid hotel in Torrance and explore the nearby Japanese food options.

Sep 16, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Going to make Porchetta. Want to get my pork belly and loin this weekend. Any good spots on the Westside you can recommend?

Martha Stewart had a very promising segment on PBS recently. I think this is the same video
http://www.marthastewart.com/1056999/...

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

Sep 11, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

Yeah like me..

Super intense MSG burn, jeez they must be dumping ladles of it into each dish and I didn't even order anything soupy.

Sep 09, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Chung King, San Gabriel... where'd it go??

Grrrr did not realize and just picked up some food. Thought it was suspiciously empty. They haven't changed the sign though, still says Chung King.

Sep 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

Wow crazy selections!!

Feel like I'm in the dark ages moon cake wise stateside. Only salvation here is ol school wing wah imports but for a painful $40ish a box :(

Sep 04, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

klyeoh

That's a fun looking mooncake. Did you try it and what did you think of it - tastewise?

Sep 02, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

mooncakes 2014

Picked up some low sugar Wing Wah - not bad still decent. Skin was less baked than normal.

Going to hit up SG superstore for some D24 durian cakes.

Nice article about a moon cake competition in Malaysia. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Commun...

Sep 01, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Retail Natto in the Valley

Try the Korean markets in Northridge - Galleria or Encino(?) - Greenland.

Aug 23, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Pasadena City Hall lunch options?

Any recs. for good lunch eating +\- 3-4 block radius around Pasadena city hall?

Where are taco trucks when you need them....

Aug 22, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

We Provide Meals That are Completely Unaffordable and Unappealing to People Who Actually Live in This Neighborhood.

Haha good piece.

I find myself gravitating and finding more satisfaction in old school nonna, halmoni, auntie tried and true value meals vs. paying $6 for hipster doughnuts or $15 turkey sandwiches.

Aug 22, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Omakase at Mori Sushi: A Pictorial Essay

EPIC MARATHON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You da man!

Sushi in LA kicks ass!!!!!

The foodie rags/NYT need to write a piece on 'LA Sushi' featuring J.L

Aug 22, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area
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We have it good in LA - for sushi

I've found Nozomi to be less friendly to Non-Japanese clientele sitting at the bar. i.e you're not going to get the good stuff.. I've only been twice so it may not be a representative opinion.

Aug 17, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area