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Freshest fish, SM farmers market

I agree. I bought some shrimp from them last Sunday, which were plump and sweet and were great in shrimp and grits.

I managed to snag some of the king salmon yesterday and it was super fresh - best I've had in California.

Hopefully they bring down some sardines soon.

May 14, 2015
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Carrot Ginger Dressing?

Mori Sushi has a great carrot ginger dressing (they'll sell it to go). I don't know if it's anything like what you had in the East Village, as I tended to drink, not eat, when in Alphabet City.

Dec 18, 2013
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

6 Hours in Tokyo, Sushi, Shopping, and more food!

Probably a little over your budget would be Sawada in Ginza, which is my favorite, though if I recall it was around 25,000 JPY pp for sushi only lunch.

When I arrive on an early am flight I tend to head to Sushi Dai in Tsukiji, but since you are arriving to NRT, by the time you would get there there would probably be a bit of a line, but at ~$60 USD pp, it is great value, though the ambiance leaves a bit to be desired.

I find ginza to be austere and not nearly as much fun as other areas, but it does have good sushi and tempura.

For tempure I enjoy Dote no Iseya, but it is kind of out of the way.

Any chance to re-route your trip through HND - this would give you much more time in Tokyo?

Jan 15, 2013
joshekg in Japan

Eight hours at LAX

I believe the minimum for a taxi pickup at LAX is $20 - so if you are trying to stay ~$10, you will need to walk off site to catch the taxi.

Nov 28, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Ipswich Clams

Around $6.

Aug 17, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Hannosuke: A Tempura Specialist Stall in Mitsuwa

I order it with the sauce on the side and it comes out much crispier as it is not doused in sauce. No where near as good as Dote No Iseya in tokyo, but it will do for LA :-).

Aug 16, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Ipswich Clams

I picked up 1.5# at santa monica seafood the other day and had them as steamers. Steamed them at home with a little bit of onion and celery and served them with clam broth and some clarified butter with lemon.

Aug 16, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Night & Market Unique Thai on Westside

Have they moved to the westside? I thought it was at Sunset & Doheny?

Aug 08, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Finger Limes in L.A. yet?

I've seen them at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmer's market. Not sure when they are in season though.

Jun 20, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Venice Beach Wines 529 Rose Ave. 90291

I used to go quite frequently for lunch before I changed jobs. It was very enjoyable to sit out on the patio and enjoy a nice beer or glass of wine. They have good sandwiches and small plates. I haven't been lately as it gets very crowded in the evening and I'm not really able to make it over there for lunch anymore.

Jun 07, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Can someone verify the Edison happy hour deal?

Save the gas money and just go to Copa D'Oro's happy hour - $5 cocktails from 5:30-8:00 pm.

May 18, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Duck Eggs

The Wednesday Santa Monica farmer's market normally has them.

Mar 01, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Green Walnuts

I've ordered my green walnuts (in June) from Haag family farms:

Feb 23, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Maine shrimp anywhere?

Does anyone know if it's possible to find fresh Maine shrimp in town? I know I can mail order them, but was hoping for a 'local' source.

Jan 08, 2012
joshekg in Los Angeles Area


It's available at Whole Foods, Venice as well as the Ukranian Deli in Santa Monica on Santa Monica and 12th

Oct 31, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Country ham in LA?

You can order some thinly sliced country ham from Benton's online - I know it's not local and when purchasing it sliced it is significantly more expensive than ordering the whole ham, but I've not been able to find thinly sliced 'raw' country ham in los angeles.

Jun 19, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Singapore family with 2 kids to Los Angeles seeking advise.

Sawada is also my favorite sushi place in Tokyo (though for value I'd go for Sushi Dai). In LA I only eat sushi at Mori - so it get's my recommendation. I just had dinner there this week for around $100 pp after tax and tip.

Jun 10, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Steingarten LA ? Beer and Sausages near Westside Pavillion

Thanks for the report JL. Glad to hear it has a good bratwurst. My complaint with wurstkueche is that it doesn't do the classics well.

Is senf mustard a brand or are you just saying mustard mustard ;-)

May 19, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy Lardo?

$15.99/lb for lardo seems like highway robbery.

May 12, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Bring your own wine in Santa Monica

Hillstone (fka Houston's) Santa Monica. No corkage fee. Cha Cha Chicken, also no corkage - not sure that it qualifies as nice, but it is fun.

May 12, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Birthday Dinner for 2

Knowing that it's owned by LGO, I can't imagine the food is anything great.

May 02, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Lukshon, A-Frame or Red Medicine

I've eaten at Lukshon three times and A-Frame only once. Based off of my one meal at A-Frame I would not go back and I would goto Lukshon over it. I cannot comment on Red Medicine as I have not been.

When comparing Lukshon to A-Frame, I find that the drinks have more balance and the flavors of the food more complexity and depth. Everything I had at A-Frame was very one note.

Red Medicine
8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Apr 28, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Where to find sea urchin?

This is san diego's main supplier of sea urchin:

Apr 26, 2011
joshekg in Atlanta

5 hour layover at Kansai Airport - where to eat?

I'm looking for some restaurant recommendations somewhat close to Kansai airport, maybe someplace near Tenoji station? I arrive into KIX at 3:15 and would like to grab a meal around 4:30 in order to give me enough time to make it back to the airport for my flight.

Any good suggestions? I eat everything, but a kobe beef recommendation would be great as I did not have any on my last trip to Japan.

Apr 24, 2011
joshekg in Japan

Any markets that sell chapulines?

That they do.

Apr 12, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Berlin Currywurst

My more recent experiences in Berlin have been with a 'curry' ketchup dusted with curry powder. I actually prefer Nürnberger Bratwürstchen, but good luck finding one of those in LA (or a good brötchen).

Mar 29, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Berlin Currywurst

Thanks for the review. Anyone visited yet who has previously eaten a currywürst at an Imbiss in Berlin and cares to comment on the sausages?

Mar 28, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Mori Sushi SOLD

Very sad news. I just returned from lunch there and did not know the news or I would have had omakase. Mori-san was behind the counter.

Mar 25, 2011
joshekg in Los Angeles Area

Fave dry pasta brands?

My favorites are Rustichella D'Abruzzo and Setaro.

Mar 11, 2011
joshekg in General Topics

Planning a Belgium trip around food and beer. Need some help!!

I second the Cantillon brewery. Seeing the coolship up in the attic is pretty cool - open to the Brussels air. Have a drink of the faro while there.

Mar 09, 2011
joshekg in Europe