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Tipping during happy hour

Wait...someone still drinks martinis with gin?

about 11 hours ago
jesstifer in Not About Food

Where to hold a wake this friday in Los Angeles (likely a banquet hall, near downtown, not too expensive)??

I was going to suggest Casey's Irish Bar and Grill, but then got to the open casket part. Yeah, no.

about 14 hours ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Hey here's a question: I "follow" a few people, but I'm not sure what that means. Am I supposed to get notifications, or is there a place where my followers posts are collected, or ???.

about 14 hours ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

It's all fun and games until someone gets poke'd in the listicles!

Yeah, but you might as well be groaning about "the Talkies."

For better or worse, this is what people are reading nowadays.

1 day ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

It's all fun and games until someone gets poke'd in the listicles!

I've had the pleasure of eating a lot of poke in Hawaii. The "Island Eats" photo in the first link looks like da kine. Likewise Fish King and Seasalt.

Guerilla Tacos and the architecturally stacked "tuna tartare" in the lead photo...muy haole. Tuna tartare, ceviche, and poke are very different animals.

This from a haole dude, with all apologies.

1 day ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Who doesn't love Porthos and Ernie ????

1 day ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

WildSwede, it seems likely that we've met.

If not in this life...POSSIBLY ANOTHER ???? (punctuation: for kevin)

And I totally agree about the rest.

1 day ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Banh Mi Che H & J, Chinatown

I like banh mi, and I cannot lie.

1 day ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area
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Banh Mi Che H & J, Chinatown

My wife just came back from a trip downtown very excited about the sandwiches she just had here. It's in the space that used to be occupied by Rainbow Bakery, on College between Hill and Broadway. That was always our non-SGV go-to banh mi (love the free parking), and we were bummed when there was briefly a different ownership that was decidedly not as good.

But now there is yet another owner, and another name. Wife's a banh mi freak, and if she loved it I'm optimistic. There are couple of 5 star reviews and tasty looking photos on Yelp. All sandwiches are $3.00.

Has anyone here tried it yet?

1 day ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

The bouillabaisse is one of the few things I love at Musso's...aside from the martinis, of course. I'll have to try the pot pie.

1 day ago
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Do you know of great weekly specials which a restaurant runs on a particular day of the week?

My wife and I have arguments about which night we should go to Taix for their nightly "Cuisine Grand-Mere" specials.

She loves the Saturday Duck a L'orange. I love the Sunday Veal Blanquette (so...fucking...good!)

We both love the Tuesday Braised Oxtail.

But mostly we crave Thursday's Braised Rabbit with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, and Mustard.

Because there just ain't enough rabbit dinners in these here parts (just a few miles away from the Conejo Valley, for chrissake), and they do 'em up right.

Avec les vins Francais, bon marché. ;-)

Jul 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Nooooooooo!!!!

Jul 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Good god, I am so excited about this. As someone who, on a recent RV road trip around the Western US, filled up thousands of dollars worth of gas at Costco and had many slices of pizza at Costco...

ICE CREAM BARS?!?

Never had one. I think I need some toilet paper.

Jul 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area
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And yet another list: Burritos

Did a thing about it here. Long story, but the review is realz. http://www.theperfectburrito.com/blog/

Jul 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

And yet another list: Burritos

I agree that we might be more of a taco town. (Though my own percentage of sampling the recent "top tacos" lists is rather sad.) I've always maintained that SF has the best burritos. SD; meh, I have yet to taste one that's worthy. The #35 on that list looks good, though.

But to have multiple representatives from not just NY, but CHICAGO?! And only ONE from only L.A.? That's just wrong.

Yuca's should be there. So should be the chile verde or chile relleno from Johnny's in L.A. adjacent Ventura. (I currently have half dozen of each frozen in my fridge.)

Again, although I might quibble, I really can't argue with the Azteca chile relleno at #1.

You should try it. And I should try Gilbert's.

Jul 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Servorg, because Servorg. (Even though tonight, we have issues.)

WildSwede, because we agree about most things. Likewise TonyC.

kevin, though I cringe at his (seriously, gigabytes a day!) wasting of bandwidth with question marks and LMGTFY moments. I wonder, how much bandwidth does each question mark consume?

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BTW, "dope" as an adjective went out with the Authentic Cafe. ;-)

But seriously: kevin.

ipsedixit, because while I disagree with him about almost everything gastronomically (de gustibus...), like all evil geniuses, his knowledge is encyclopedic. His posts are Hemingwayesque in their succinctness.

He is this board's Great Foil.

And my new fave? jessejames, because he has good taste (viz. his constant championing of Greenblatt's) and is skilled at toning down a nearly out of control discussion.

Plus, everyone called me "jessejames" in elementary school, and I love that he owns it.

I think that's "firmly in the positive," right? My moral compass has never been very reliable.

Jul 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area
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Best taquitos in LA?

Juanita's a couple doors up from Cielito Lindo, ftw.

Jul 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

And yet another list: Burritos

I don't think this was posted elsewhere here, if so, apologies.

Los Angeles is seriously underrepresented, but it takes the top spot, and I approve that message.

http://www.thedailymeal.com/35-best-b...

Jul 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Amateur dim sum eater. Professional comedian.

"That's a whole lotta shi--"

Jul 03, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

So that's 10 restaurants x6 visits which equals 60 dim sum meals in the last three years, not including the other non-qualifiers. That's a lotta shiu-mai for someone who doesn't like it much.

Jul 03, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Wood Pizza. Silverlake

Actually that looks like a nice pie. The cheese/sauce/dough/topping ratio looks typical for a Neapolitan pizza.

The cilantro is a caution, though.

Jul 03, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Report: Desano's Pizza in East Hollywood

Went there yesterday for the first time, had the DOC. Thought it was great.

The crust wasn't quite as crisp as I prefer, but that's the style. Not as soggy in the middle as Michael's or Grimaldi's. Nice char. Had it leftover today, and after adding a little more crisp on the griddle, it was perfect.

I love the condiment bar with sea salt, peppers, garlic in olive oil, and pepper-infused olive oil.

Their alcohol license still hasn't arrived (to their annoyance), so for me it's strictly a lunch option until it does. Would be a great place to watch a World Cup match.

I hadn't heard about Mother Dough till yesterday. Will have to check it out.

Jul 03, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Hopefully the discussion surrounding this pizza list will not set the spark to ignite WWIII

I'm happy to say I've had most of the pies on this list, and yeah, it's pretty good. Tomato Pie was disappointing, though as someone (servorg?) recommended, their meatball sandwich is the best I've had here.

But more to the point of this post: we're having our first Stella Barra tonight. It's warming up in the oven (they do deliver, via GrubHub, for $5. I took a bite before it went in for heating up. Hafta say...pretty delish.

Jul 01, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Red beans and rice

I've had occasion to visit NOLA several times in the past two or three years. The best red beans and rice I had there were, strangely, on the Creole Queen riverboat cruise.

The best in L.A. (as opposed to LA) are indeed at Popeyes.

Harold & Belle's, sorry, second place.

May 25, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Banh Mi in Pasadena/Arcadia?

Curious why the Lee's on Colorado is bad? Are all Lee's bad, or just that branch?

Also: on the trip here I went to Vietnam Kitchen. As warned, it was pretty awful. Could Lee's be worse?

May 22, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Is Settebello pizza special?

I went last week, also for the first time. Loved it, although my crust wasn't _quite as_ charred/blistered as it should be. Looks like they got yours just right!

May 22, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Chow faves that are just too f'ing crowded to bother?

Yeah, no. Went once when it first opened. It's well cooked food, the portions are huge, and IIRC they do special chilis. I thought, "hey, I'll have to come back here." Then the line formed, and it's still there.

Really, it's just breakfast.

May 22, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Chow faves that are just too f'ing crowded to bother?

The Griddle Cafe. Waiting for breakfast is just...painful.

May 22, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Lobster Roll at...wait for it...Renaissance Faire in Irwindale

Depends on whether I'm having a good day or a bad day!

May 19, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Lobster Roll at...wait for it...Renaissance Faire in Irwindale

To clarify: the lobster roll is from Thomas Towers, which is a permanent booth inside the Faire. There have also, in recent years, been food trucks inside the Faire as well, in the open area at the back near the joust.

The only one I noticed this year was the aforementioned "Mangia" truck serving Italian fusion stuff. I was told they were there most, but not all, weekends.

May 19, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area