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Los Angeles Dish of the Month, May 2014, Nominations

Caps, English popo. :)

about 7 hours ago
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My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

Someone has to pay for the rent. Air conditioning ain't free - no matter where it's coming from.

about 7 hours ago
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LA Weekly 20 Best Restaurants in LA. I know "Not another list"

Why?

about 15 hours ago
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

I just remembered another possible source at the other end of the Westside - French Market Cafe on Abbot Kinney. It's been a while but their baguettes were quite good. The ownership has changed at least twice but I believe their their bread was from Le Pain du Jour (who moved to the Hawthorne area).

Apr 18, 2014
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Bristol Farms is also in Westchester.

Apr 17, 2014
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Shellfish -- L.A. Dish of the Month, April 2014

And don't ignore all the non-lobster on the platter - it's amazing on rice.

Apr 17, 2014
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Unchowish I know, but I think most prefer the mild weather on the Westside - that is one of the major draws to most living here. I make the Westside-SGV drive when ever possible, and on the hotter days, I am always glad to return home - no matter how good and wide the food options are in SGV.

One has to be a little more forthright about the traffic in SGV as well. The freeways in and around SGV, as well as the major boulevards can be tortuous by midday.

Schools can be hit or miss in the SGV as well - it depends what area one lives in. One of our neighbors is a teacher out in SGV and tells us firsthand about the school situations out there. And buying into the more preferable areas is becoming very difficult with the huge influx of buyers from China - they're loaded with cash and see SGV properties and their surroundings as a total bargain r.e. major cities in China.

There's no doubt that if one is after Chinese AND Vietnamese food, SGV has no equal, but the Westside has its stars as well. The categories and prices are obviously quite different, but blowing off the Westside in every shape and manner is not objectively sound.

Apr 15, 2014
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

>>For some reason, I thought La Monarcha was Spanish. Will have to investigate. =)<<

Some of the best examples pan dulce I've personally tried in LA - pricy compared to the prices at traditional panaderias - but well worth it.

Apr 15, 2014
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Superba Food + Bread

Far more roomy. Unlike Superba Snack Bar, they had a fair amount of square footage to work with on this property - both inside and out. I dropped in three times prior to their opening - kept going on the dates/new revised dates that they thought that they'd be opening - and liked the roominess (for 90291) of the space. Now that they've opened, I haven't had a chance to drop in, but will hopefully do so soon.

Apr 15, 2014
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Brunch in Santa Monica

Like Huckleberry, Milo and Olive (in my eyes) is a take-away counter that happens to have some chairs and tables for those who can tolerate a fair amount of discomfort.

Apr 15, 2014
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El Nido Restaurant: Worth A Try

Don't get teste.

Mar 29, 2014
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Los Angeles Dish of the Month (April 2014) - Nominations

One town/quadrant or one street in SGV might be more practical to tackle. Even still - e.g., Valley blvd would be a monster to tackle.

Mar 23, 2014
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San Gabriel Valley Chinese Restaurant Week

What would you rec from that list for meals, snacks and possibly takeout for Saturday? Or will it be too nutso? I'll be around SGV tomorrow. TIA.

Mar 07, 2014
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LA Vacation in June - Where to stay

Yup on your post. Just my opinion, but emersing one's self in as few areas as possible works better for me.

Mar 06, 2014
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Marla's on Abbott Kinney

I've mentioned Marla's a couple of times in the past.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/680424
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752670

Her place suffers from low visibility and being on a quiet stretch of the street. Her menu items are pretty much standards that she has done for years, so most will be very good. Her carnitas tacos were very popular with a few regulars that I know, but I don't know if she still makes them.

Mar 05, 2014
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LA Vacation in June - Where to stay

Just a heads-up. June weather in the west half of LA is known as June-Gloom. The low clouds that typically stick around until 1100-1200 and return around 1500-1600 are notorious buzz-killers for those jonesing for a Baywatch day. This type of cloudiness can be around anywhere from late April through July, but June is typically gray.

Lots of places will satisfy your craft beer urge, but Father's Office always has a well-curated selection along with very good food. The one in Santa Monica is the original, but the newer one in Culver City/Palms (at the east end of the Helms Building) is more spacious, laid back and has a nice patio area that is great on a summer day.

Mar 05, 2014
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PASTA - LA Dish of the Month (February 2014)

My dad with his thick Japanese accent attempting to say,"Delicious."

Mar 03, 2014
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do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

My gain

Mar 03, 2014
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PASTA - LA Dish of the Month (February 2014)

Way late with this post, but we had an early dinner last weekend at Del Rey Kitchen (at the Culver Blvd/Braddock Dr junction, a few blocks off the 90 freeway). Their food has been very consistent and tasty. I ordered their Spicy Caviar Pasta. The brief description is straight off their menu, "Karashi Mentaiko, Icelandic Masago, Nori, Secret Butter Sauce."
Umami freaks rejoice - dee-rih-sha-su.

Mar 02, 2014
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PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

One could argue the same for their "pies" as well. Is it a pie, a hand pie, a turnover of sorts, or some hybrid pastry? I think if asked what a pie was, most would loosely agree that a pie is something that is formed in a pie tin-shaped thing, with at least some sort of crust supporting the filling - top is optional. ipse included this above:

...(and all of its various iterations)...

so I guess it offers a fair amount of wiggle room from the standard perceived definition.

Mar 02, 2014
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PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Had the homeland meat cake at Beijing Pie House yesterday. I know - "meat cake" may sound a little off-putting to some, and the word, "cake," is not pie. But hey - it was great as usual and F#?! semantics. I think most who are not familiar with these mostly-meat pastries would think their meat cake was more of a Chinese spin-off of a Mexican quesadilla. Multiple thin layers of savory pastry and juicy pork sliced into generous wedges are hard to stop at just one or two - think of that urge to keep reaching for more like in potato chips.

Mar 02, 2014
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do you guys know a better dim sum place than Elite in SGV?

King Hua is also pretty easy on getting a seat as well. Of all the places mentioned, it is the easiest in our experience. Typically, Elite has a 30-60 minute estimated wait; Sea Harbour is about the same. SN1 varied for us and Lunasia was about 20-40 minutes. Of course, wait times will vary like crazy, depending on time one shows up. Still, King Hua has always been very easy. Even on Mother's Day, we only had a 15-minute wait at noon.

Mar 02, 2014
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A "nice" Chinese dinner in the SGV

Their house lobster wowed the family from Singapore. They said it topped Singapore's chili crab and black pepper crab as their favorite crustacean dish.

Feb 15, 2014
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Red Boat fish sauce for sale east of Hollywood

Sur la Table has it. Can't remember the price...

Feb 14, 2014
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Best non-chain grocery in West LA?

Sorry to add another chain, but Nijiya on Sawtelle in West LA is a small but very well-stocked Japanese market.

Granada Market - also on Sawtelle - is a mom&pop that usually has outstanding fresh seafood - the offerings are somewhat limited to ensure freshness.

Star Santa Monica Blvd is very close to where you live. This market offers Middle Eastern and Persian groceries.

Bristol Farms is another chain, but the one on Wilshire in Santa Monica is close and huge compared to any others that I've shopped in. Another plus is the easy parking.

Feb 09, 2014
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Ojai Restaurant Recommedations

Exactly on all counts.

Feb 06, 2014
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Ojai Restaurant Recommedations

Farmer and the Cook is extremely casual. Okay for lunch. It leans toward vege/vegan.

Feb 06, 2014
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Best Take Out Options in LA?

Attari is worth trying as well.

Feb 05, 2014
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Brand new restaurant of Hans Rockenwager: Cafe Rockenwagner in West LA

We love you just the way you are... :-)

Jan 31, 2014
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Brand new restaurant of Hans Rockenwager: Cafe Rockenwagner in West LA

3Square on Abbot Kinney has most if not all of those desserts - closer to PdR.

Jan 31, 2014
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