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Best spots to buy coffee beans on the west side?

Intelligentsia in Venice (Abbot Kinney) should stock fresher beans. How about Groundworks?

about 7 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

OC sushi: Ohshima or Kasen?

I enjoyed Shunka, wide variety and good quality fish. Thanks for the rec.

about 7 hours ago
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Sushi Tanaka, unexpected gem in Simi Valley

The rice was decent, good texture, not mushy, seasoning on the lighter side.

Omakase prices per the menu - $60, $100 and $$$$ as the last option.

about 7 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shirako Tofu @ Go's Mart

Couple of highlights from a recent trip

1) Appetizer of Ankimo, braised tuna and young very tender Sazae (Turban shell)
2) Hamo (conger eel) tempura served with green tea salt

about 7 hours ago
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Tanaka, unexpected gem in Simi Valley

pt 2 of pics

about 8 hours ago
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Sushi Tanaka, unexpected gem in Simi Valley

I don't think anyone will dispute that Simi Valley is not a sushi hotbed by any measure. However Sushi Tanaka is a surprisingly authentic high caliber spot amidst this residential suburb. Decided to check it out after a recent recommendation by Bikkembergs in a prior post. The pics in Yelp looked very promising too.

It's a relatively small restaurant with a bar that seats 7 people max, along with 5 or 6 other tables. As far as I could tell - there were only 3 people working there, the itamae, kitchen helper and waitress. Frankly not sure if they would be able to handle a larger crowd beyond the sushi bar.

I decided to play it safe, opting for the least expensive $60 omakase.

The courses progressed as follows:

1) Mozuku seaweed with king crab
2) Stone fish - very fugu like
3) Seared scallops with uni, caviar and freshly shaved black truffles. He uses an interesting technique placing a bincho tan between the blowtorch and neta.
4) Baby snapper
5) Aji
6) Tairagai (Pen Shell)
7) Octopus - grilled and very tender, likely steamed prior to grilling
8) Maguro
9) Chutoro
10) Kawahagi (Triggerfish) with liver - delicious!
11) King crab with uni
12) Tamago

Overall fish quality was very good and steered away from the more predictable rotation of salmon, yellow tail etc... Highlights were the stone fish, octopus, kawahagi and tamago. The tamago is one of the best (if not the best) I've had in LA; perfectly formed, pillowy soft and creamy at the same time, Excellent!

A few negatives, sauces can be a bit heavy handed. He spoons rather than squeezing citrus juice over the neta, it was bit too overwhelming on the tairagai. Additionally I found his soy sauce to be more salty than some of the other top spots in LA. I think a lighter application would have been better.

Negatives aside a very unexpected and exciting surprise in this section of the metro area. Worth checking out and quite a bargain too.

Sushi Tanaka
3977 Cochran St
Ste D
Simi Valley, CA 93063

about 8 hours ago
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El Cristalazo - Glorious Camphechana

My bad - it is in La Puente, thanks for the correction ipsedixit

Jun 08, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

El Cristalazo - Glorious Camphechana

Finally made it to El Cristalazo in West Covina after hearing about it from LA Mag's Bill Esparanza.

Had the most glorious Camphechana I've ever encountered. For $15 you get a large glass bowl overflowing with aguachile, shrimp, pen shell, oysters!!! Accompanied by some really good spicy sinaloan green salsa. Good stuff!

http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/crist...

Jun 05, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Favorite burger for $5 or less?

Habit or In-n-Out

May 18, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Where to get A5 wagyu?

That sure looks legit .... From our appropriately named "A5 Kobe" hound ;-)

Here's a picture of some Kobe beef from a wholesaler in Osaka for reference

May 17, 2015
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South Pasadena, 2015 Summer: Any updates/experiences/reviews?

Some casual / snack dining options:
Copa Vida - Coffee, tea (via Steampunk machine) and unusual pastries like kimchi spam danishes.
Intelligentsia - Coffee and fresh roasted beans
Blockheads Shavery - Asian style shaved ice
Pizza - Setto Bello (best of lot), 800 Degrees, Blaze
Tender Greens - good salads
85 Degrees - Asian style bakery and bobas
Burgers - Bachi Burger, Super Burger, Meat District
Pie Hole - pies..
Copenhagen Pastry - excellent danish pastries
Euro Pane - breads

Seated Dining:
Oseyo - Shabu shabu
Racion - mentioned by others - Spanish
Kimagure - my sushi pick over Ichi
Little Sheep - hot pot

May 15, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Tasmanian Ocean Trout (A.K.A. Sea Trout)

IMP does not service retail customers.

Check out LA based - Kai Gourmet, they have it listed on their site.
https://www.kaigourmet.com/store/Ocea...

May 08, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

California CHUTNEY Tandoori Kitchen in Pasadena...anyone been?

Liked the infinite supply of chutneys.

Didn't care for the finely diced tandoori chicken atop the rice bowls. All in all, very much what you'd expect from a westernized fast casual place.

Saffron in Beverly Hills offers a superior take on Indian fast casual IMO

Apr 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Ichi: Great addition to Pasadena

Kimagure is the clear leader in the area. Ichi, a few notches below.

Apr 30, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shunji Update: More Seats at the Sushi Bar!

Jia Jia & Yang's?

Apr 17, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shunji Update: More Seats at the Sushi Bar!

Good trend the large swaths of hinoki.

Hope Mori eventually moves in this direction

Apr 16, 2015
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Seafood Village Is Now Seafood Palace (At Least in Monterey Park)

Had dinner @ temple city location for the first time yesterday evening. Saw the new signage and got briefly confused.

Food and service was good, primarily focused on the Chiu Chow items.

Apr 16, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Il Grano?

I enjoyed my one meal there late last year. Shame there weren't many other tables occupied on a Friday evening.

Create Your Own Stir Fry in the Los Angeles Area?

My college cafeteria.....introduced as way to reduce labor costs

Apr 13, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

LA Trip Report (April 2015)

Wow, great trip report! You covered a lot in 10 days.

The beer report will be great guide next time my cousin is in town.

Apr 13, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shirako Tofu @ Go's Mart

Lol re: pic.

That's looks great, is that a little sliced black truffle atop the tofu?

Need to make a trip to Shunji soon, it's been too long.

Apr 13, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shirako Tofu @ Go's Mart

vs. More common method of preparing shirako. (Pic courtesy of Offalo's Kiriko posting)

Apr 11, 2015
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Shirako Tofu @ Go's Mart

Served a new item today - shirako tofu. Delicious combination of silky tofu with a subtle back note of shirako.

Great way to introduce customers to shirako, for those not ready to chow down on cod sperm still in their sacs

Must be spring... everything was just top notch today.

Apr 11, 2015
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Spring Omakase at Yamakase: A Pictorial Essay

What are the current prices?

Apr 08, 2015
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Hawaiian poke

If folks only knew about the quality (or lack thereof) of fish used at the AYCE places, may actually reverse the trend....

Some scary shit....

Apr 08, 2015
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Hawaiian poke

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Apr 08, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Spring Omakase at Yamakase: A Pictorial Essay

So what's the reservation policy again?

Apr 08, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Hawaiian poke

I've only tried Spinfish (pasadena) and Poke-Poke (Venice), have to say the version at my local Costco is significantly superior.

Apr 08, 2015
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Hawaiian poke

Tried some Costco poke recently, pretty good!

Apr 07, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

What does New York have that LA doesn't?

Yep you're right although the last time they were reviewing, 2 was the max awarded.

Stars aside, what I meant to say was fancy restaurants with terrific food (as in food that too difficult to create at home) and service. Some days you just wanted to treat oneself and be pampered...

Apr 07, 2015
Sgee in Los Angeles Area