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My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

Ipse, even though you ranked 888 higher on your Top Ten?

Dec 24, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

My "SGV" Christmas will be at Taipei Garden (Arcadia) -- what about yours?

I've spent all day pondering dim sum options for tomorrow. Group of 4. Carts are a requirement. (Not mine.) Getting to the SGV at 10:30. What's the current sweet spot, taking into account Chow-worthiness, value, and wait time between 888, Ocean Star, Capital, and New Capital?

Dec 24, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, December 2014 -- Voting

CHILI (and especially the cheese fries part)

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Ah, validation! Glad you enjoyed. I too am curious about the $25 lobster dinner. Busy this Wednesday, maybe next.

Nov 17, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Oh, and I forgot to mention: after martinis we got a wine flight which if I recall was $7 for a "taste" of any three of their by-the-glass wines. The pours were huge for a tasting. In fact, we had planned to go to a movie afterwards, but we were too ripped.

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Agrade, did you go, and if so how was it?

Nov 13, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Dinner close to Cedars Sinai - Public Transit-friendly locations most appreciated

My wife was just at the Beverly Center a couple of days ago and she claims they're tearing out the food court entirely.

She has, however, been known to be wrong.

Nov 13, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

And of course you didn't go there because you were full from the Rainbow.

This place could compete with the Rainbow.

Nov 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

It's here. The place between Rock & Reilly's (same ownership) and the Whiskey. The second story balcony is the place to be.

Nov 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

It's in the space that used to be Duke's, next door to the Whisky.

Nov 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

I'm not a beer drinker so I didn't notice. But I'm sure they do.

Nov 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Quick Report: Pearl's Liquor Bar, Sunset Strip

Went here specifically for the $1 oyster night. Knocked back a couple dozen Bahia Falsas. I'm not generally a fan of Baja oysters, but these were good: nicely chilled and well-shucked. Wife and I shared some of the other small plates. Yellowfin Tuna/Salmon Carpaccio was a little bland, but the Charred Brussels Sprouts and the Truffle Mushroom Flatbread were good.

Another nice surprise was that we were there at happy hour, and the $7 martinis were generous pours. I'm usually a Ketel One guy, but the house vodka was Svedka, which is acceptable. The place has a 1920s theme that borders on kitschy, but we liked it. And we got buzzed and full of oysters and more for under $30 pp. We'll be back.

Only in LA - Thanksgiving guacamole T.O. area

Well the best answer to the OP's question is here.

http://www.latinomeatmarket.com/home....

But I doubt they'll be open on Thanksgiving, and you want guacamole to be fresh, fresh, fresh.

So the best non-answer is yeah, you should really make it yourself. Thanks to global trade, there are perfectly good avocados available here year round. The ones at Costco are terrific. They stock them not-quite-ripe, but if you buy them two days before and put them in a paper bag at room temp until you prepare the guac, you'll be golden.

And Agrade is right, it needn't be a pain. The less you do to a good avocado the better. I even think the cilantro and pepper are optional. I use just avocado, lemon, and salt.

Nov 11, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Actually, the menu at Ortega's looks and sounds about right!

Nov 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Who makes good BBQ Baked Beans?

Sorry to rain on the nostalgia parade. For me there is no such thing as "good" BBQ baked beans.

Santa Maria style piquinto beans, yes. Baked beans a la Love's...no.

But that's just me. I really prefer to save almost all of the sugar in my meal for the dessert. Of which I will have precisely one bite.

Nov 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Allow me to 'splain.

Puerto Nuevo in 2014 is a pale imitation Puerto Nuevo in the 70s/80s. Then, you could order the "large" lobster without the waiter telling you "no large." Likewise the "medium."

"Only small."

But last I checked, you can still get "Puerto Nuevo" style lobster in Puerto Nuevo. (though not for much longer, I fear.)

Anything in SoCal right now is pale imitation of even today's Puerto Nuevo; much less "back in the day" Puerto Nuevo.

Nov 10, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

Yeah. Everything suggested here is a pale imitation.

Black beans? Seriously?

That is one dish for which you have to make the drive. And even then, it's not the same as back in the day, as the local lobsters there are fished out. :-(

Nov 09, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Except that fat in food has been pretty much proven to be not detrimental to your health. In fact, mostly the opposite. Artifically "Non-fat"or "low fat" food, on the other hand...

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

RE: Chateau Marmont/Runyon Canyon is my hood.

Pa Ord on Sunset/La Brea for Thai Boat Noodles.

Mashti Malone's across the street from Pa Ord for unique Rosewater ice cream. Get a "Mashti."

Pinche's Tacos, right across the street from Chateau Marmont, for solid, sit-down lunchtime Mexican (of which there's surprisingly little listed here, for an East Coaster coming to Alta California.

Greenblatt's for Jewish Deli.

Hibiscus for unique asian fusion food in a funky strip mall.

Also, near Griffith Park: Yuca's, an even funkier taco stand on Hillhurst that servers arguably the best burritos in L.A....certainly the only ones to have won a James Beard award.

These are all inexpensive, $ - $$ options.

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Actually I'm surprised and delighted to see that a chili burger w/cheese comes in at only 675 calories. I might have to have 'em more often.

Oh, and I totally recommend Tommy's to the OP.

Oct 31, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Oyster Happy Hour Deals 2014

I see that Blue Plate Oysterette is not on either list. Are they still doing $1 HHs?

Oct 30, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

News flash: almost all shorts show knees when seated. And I hope that's all that's flashing.

Oct 30, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Okay, I've given away the fact that I've not actually made it to Tar 'n' Roses yet. (Because Westside). Thank god I won't go there wearing "slacks," and be caught out. I only just realized, it's a Guns 'n' Roses vibe. Got it.

Here's a thing, though. I don't even wear jeans anymore, and I see very few people in LA who do. Especially not men. I think there are three reasons for this:

1. We've been suffering through a drought and some of the hottest years on record. Denim is just too fucking hot. Maybe in February, for a week or two.

2. For a long time, there was no alternative between jeans and Dockers. So you had to wear jeans. But the last few years, lots of options of lighter cotton trousers in various colors and cuts that pretty much render both of those 20-ought looks unnecessary.

3. "Jeans" have had a nice long run. Next?

PS, regarding shorts: Lunch, fine. But no one over a certain age should let their knees be seen at a dinner table, drought or no.

And I am over that certain age.

Oct 29, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

LA 1st Timer, MUST TRY? Any & all food, a variety of prices would be great...

Just two additions to the excellent ones here:

Korean food here is excellent. Park's is excellent, but expensive. If you want another couple of lower-priced options:

Beverly Soon Tofu
Kobawoo

And while it's true that jeans are acceptable almost anywhere in L.A., I wouldn't wear them to likes of Providence or Tar and Roses.

Oct 28, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

The burgers at Dog Haus (Pasadena Biergarten)

There appears to be a Dog Haus (subtitled "The Absolute W├╝rst", haha) in the former Taco Bell across from Warner Bros lot. Same operation? If so, what about the dogs? Any good?

Oct 24, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Connie and Ted's happy hour

Actually a buck and two thirds. More than Blue Plate or Littlefork at HH. But it's closer to me, so there's that.

Oct 22, 2014
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Where To Eat Near Downtown?

Best thread ever.

Oct 19, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

I'm a bone dry Ketel martini guy. And medium bodied red wine. Though i enjoy bourbon during the colder months. Hmmm... is it bourbon time yet?

Oct 17, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

Their liquor aisle is pretty, but too 'spensive. Gotta go to TJ's or BevMo for wine, Smart & Final for booze, Ralph's for everything else (and those fried burritos).

Oct 14, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area

Ralph's Deli Fried "Burritos" (Actually Small Chimichangas)

Yeah, their mac 'n' cheese is Stouffer's. I asked.

When they have "burritos" they're in the same tray as the potato wedges.

Oct 14, 2014
jesstifer in Los Angeles Area