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overrated/over hyped?

Diana, can you elaborate more on Vendome please? Inquiring minds want to know and noone else has posted on it :-))

Oct 17, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

overrated/over hyped?

I like Rahel but I like meat too so I go to Messob.

Sona is very good. I guess you ate there after posting this.

Father's Office very very good but only if you go early like before they open and wait. I think the Counter is more overrated and their burger has no taste.

Vinum Populi is more fun that Bottlerock. I don't know if the wine is better but I like it better.

Can you tell me more about Vendome? How much for tastings?

Oct 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

You know a dessert is good when...

Thank you. I must go back soon.

Oct 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Take the Cannoli ... but from where?

Bay Cities and Bravo Pizza on Main St Santa monica.

Oct 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

You know a dessert is good when...

Opus is sooo great! I wish they still had the TM. Is the menu very different from before? I'm curious about the oaxacan dishes.

Oct 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Comparable to Nook?

What about Orriss? Mostly small plates to share so you can get a couple instead of a single $20 entree.

Oct 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

overrated/over hyped?

Spago when ordering off the menu. Most people who eat there order from the menu and rave and rave about it. I wasn't so happy with the pizza but I know people here love the tasting menu. Must try it next time.

Oct 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

overrated/over hyped?

Sona has killer food/service not 100% perfect, still worth every penny. one of my top memorable meals in LA.

Oct 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

One blow-out meal in LA please

Oh me too. I was surprised that you were hungry after Sona because 9 courses there were as filling if not more filling than the 14 at Prov. I couldn't even finish the last 2-3 courses at Sona. Did you have the tasting menu at Sona? Even the 6 courses at Sona is heavier than the 9 at Prov. Whoa, lots of food!

Oct 15, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

One blow-out meal in LA please

Did you have a tasting menu or a la carte? I found the 9 course tasting menu much more filling that Prov's Chefs menu, and the 6 course more filling than Prov's 9 courses. The dishes are kinda "heavier".

one thing, the marrow serves with the veal was not tasty. Did you have a favorite dish? Mine is the duck with black barley mmmmm!

Oct 15, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

One blow-out meal in LA please

I've had both and both are excellent in their own way.

Diana, what didn't you like about your meal at Sona? The service was a notch below Providence on the night I went.

Oct 15, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Craziest, but good thing you've ever eaten.

Fish sperm sounds pretty crazy to me! The craziest thing I ever ate was fried grasshoppers but I think the sperm is crazier.

Oct 09, 2007
LAfoodfiend in General Topics

Restaurant in Californication on Showtime?

In almost every episode, there is a scene shot in this one restaurant. It has red brick walls, a fireplace in the center of the room, a long separate bar area and funky colorful art on the walls. I wish I could find a picture online but I can't. Is this a real restaurant, and if so, where is it? I want to go there!

Sep 26, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Food Media & News

Best chicharron tacos?

I like the crunchy kind, not the stewed kind please! Pref as west as possible, I love in MDR. Thank you!

Sep 26, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

The Forge: Miami Beach, a review

Thanks for a great and thorough review. I do find it a little extreme requesting the chef come in on his day off to prepare the dish! I hope you compensated him handsomely.

Jul 25, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Florida

Citizen Cake and the Single Diner

I agree that the service you experienced was not up to par, but you seem more bothered by the fact that you didn't get any of the freebies that the couple next to you got.

Good intentions poor follow through: how do you deal with it?

So what you are basically saying is that you have an issue with the way these 2 people deal with food-related aspects of your gathering - i.e they don't bring "amazing food" like everyone else. I guess your only options are to accept that their dishes won't be the best (which shouldn't matter too much since you call them your friends and it shouldn't be all about the food), or if you can't look past this then you shouldn't invite them.

May 19, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Not About Food

Patio/Lounge at Abode?

Would the outside patio or lounge area at Abode be suitable for an informal gathering of about 20-ish people? I'm thinking of reserving it for a company get-together but have not yet been to the restaurant. Can anyone fill me in?

May 01, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

the whole fish fried (more or less west side)

Second this rec! Very tasty and fried to order so it's very crispy and fresh.

Feb 18, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Providence- Sushi?

I'm curious about what you mean by "Providence is the answer for outstanding Sushi with Japanese style cooked fish". I've been to Providence several times, it's the sushi part that I didn't understand.

Feb 17, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Zo - Deserves the Hype

Google is your friend. It's the first hit if you Google "sushi zo".

Feb 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Yoku Yoku - Froyo & Gelato (Westside Village)

Pinkberry IS my local froyo vendor and has been since they first opened their very first branch. I will continue to support them, along with other labor-of-love spots like Yoku Yoku. There's room in my life and wallet for all of them!

Feb 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Yoku Yoku - Froyo & Gelato (Westside Village)

How can you slam a place without visiting yourself and forming your own opinion? It seems like you are judging a place based on the opinions of others without even checking it out for yourself. Pinkberry was a small local enterprise that became immensely successful based on an excellent product. We should be happy to support our little guys even when they hit the big time. I'm sure all the current fans will be quick to throw Yoku under the bus the second they open their second or third location. A great neighborhood spot doesn't automatically become evil when it begins to expand into other locations. Pinkberry is still the fantastic place I fell in love with when it first opened its doors in my Weho nabe.

Feb 16, 2007
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Friends who just don't understand communal dining

That isn't the point. The point is that one diner wants to determine the way the entire group conducts their meal, whether they like it or not. Shouldn't the majority decide whether they want to eat family-style or not? It seems like most of the OP's friends prefer to have their own dish.

Dec 13, 2006
LAfoodfiend in Not About Food

ISO BRUNCH LOCATION IN MARINA DEL RAY AREA FOR 10 PEOPLE ON THIS SATURDAY!

How about Cafe Del Rey?

Dec 12, 2006
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

Ultimate Restaurants 2006

1.Providence
2.Opus
3.La Buca
4.Mozza
5.Hungry Cat

Dec 12, 2006
LAfoodfiend in Los Angeles Area

I had this amazing dish but I dont know the name of it??

Carpaccio

Dec 12, 2006
LAfoodfiend in General Topics

silly question?

Actually, it has very little to do with penny-pinching. The reason that everybody at the table must do the tasting is to alleviate awkwardness when timing the courses. If one person is having 6 courses while the other is having 2, then there are going to be times when one person has a plate in front of them while the other does not. This might be fine if the diners know each other well but it hardly holds up the traditions of fine dining, where courses are served to each diner in unison, and everybody starts and ends the meal at the same time. Serving each person at a separate time is clumsy, intrusive and yes, tacky.

What is the "time-honored gracious tradition" you speak of? It is unclear from your post.

Dec 03, 2006
LAfoodfiend in Not About Food

silly question?

Finally someone said it! I've been in horrified shock since reading that post. Why try to trick a restaurant like that? I can't believe anyone would attempt such a thing, and then try to encourage others to do so too!

Dec 02, 2006
LAfoodfiend in Not About Food