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Whither Servorg?

Say it ain't so! Servorg, you're my cuppa joe in the AM, my brewsky in the PM, and that shot or two that kickstarts the LA board that we all need when things get cock-eyed.

These new rules/changes - wasn't aware of them (outta sight-outta mind? No brain - no headache?). What's the lowdown?

Aug 27, 2014
bulavinaka in Site Talk
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Meyer Lemon Cake

Yeah, the standard lemon is a regular item as far as I know. I didn't pursue the issue about Meyer lemon-flavor-of-the-month after the counter person (at the Brentwood store) did the head-tilt/I don't know response. I will try again when it's close to the season again.

Aug 26, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Meyer Lemon Cake

SusieCakes used to have as their cake/cupcake of the month - I believe in February. I did drop by this past February to seek it out. When I didn't find it, I asked if February was the correct month for Meyer lemon cake - the counter person said she never heard of it.

Aug 26, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

The q/p ratio is high in Mitsuwa's food court, but the seating is cramped and uncomfortable to me.

Aug 24, 2014
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Marina del Rey recommendations please

"Best," is obviously subjective, but I wouldn't consider them to be the best on my list either. I'd describe them more as competent. Superba still has some work to do. But I find their bread to be one of the better choices within the general neighborhood. Gjelina Take Away is close by and far better in this category in my opinion, but they are strictly take out for me (duh!). Their bread is great; unfortunately, they won't sell the loaves. Also, I think for the OP's purposes, leaning against a wall or sitting on a milk crate while juggling food and drink wouldn't be pleasant. Gjelina is right next door and is obviously a better all-around choice on this corner.

Aug 24, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

Superba Food and Bread serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out their website for their daily dinner specials.

Aug 24, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Marina del Rey recommendations please

Superba Food and Bread has been in our regular rotation for breakfast on the weekends. I also grab their breads as well. They've been very popular with the surrounding neighborhood since Day One - run into a lot of the same folks on a regular basis. We like the outdoor area on the side.

The one slight slide I've noticed would be their other non-bread baked goods. Maybe it's just me, but some of the items just don't seem to be as good as they were a few months ago. The cookies, especially the chocolate chocolate chip, were some of the best I'd tried anywhere. Not so anymore.

The Marriott is adjacent to Via Marina, which turns into Ocean as one heads north. Maybe a New Yorker could easily walk up Ocean to Venice Blvd, catch a bus at the stop on Venice Blvd between Ocean and Washington Way, get off at Lincoln, and walk the rest of the way? Superba is only about three short blocks north of Venice Blvd.

Aug 23, 2014
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Little Jewel

Thank you. By the way, nice scoop on this place.

Aug 23, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Any word on Camellia red beans availability in the store?

Aug 23, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Growlers: does anyone use them in LA?

Had three growlers filled at Pacific Plate Brewery in Monrovia in July - that's exactly what they did.

Aug 22, 2014
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Yakitori Bincho - Closed

I'm Japanese (-American) and got the cold glare/"no soup for you" treatment as well. I noticed his demeanor start to slide after his wife was gone for a while.

We stopped trying after he blew us off a couple of times. We'd call to reserve a spot but our calls went unanswered. So we'd drive over there hoping to be a walk-in. Tomo would tell us that we'd have to come back in 45-60 minutes because he still wasn't open - this was after the opening hour. He gave us the impression that we were not welcome.

Aug 19, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

That's impressive, but my money is on the liu-dinator. She wins on style-points alone. :)

Aug 17, 2014
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KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

Thanks, J.L. Sensei. Now if I can only culminate from Chow preschool to get one step closer to my Chow diploma.

Aug 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

Thanks for this info. I figured I'd ask about the wait at Boston since this is what the thread was about. The demand for more of this type of seafood house been undersupplied up until now. I'm hoping that this will make it easier to get a table in general.

Aug 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

I have not been yet. I'm figuring that this will catch on and they'll open a unit closer/easier to hit up. I know - anti-Chow manifesto-ish. Sushi doesn't blip too loud on my radar (losing big points with this admission). Wait - why am I divulging this? Six rolls and room for (at least?) a few more? Impressive. Joey Chestnut impressive (joke).

Aug 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Bad location but you can park on Grant or Harrison. They do some nice stuff there.

Aug 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

KazuNori: A Pictorial Essay

Hi liu, you've always come across to me as someone with a petite appetite - six rolls?

Also, the green tea was from a bag - as in the small sache that one drops in the water to steep, right?

Aug 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Boston Lobster is the New Newport Seafood

It sounds like you had reserved a table, but if you had to guess, would the wait for a walk-up of four-six be similar to Newport on Las Tunas? Thanks.

Aug 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

Dough Room offers a soup of the day that is hidden in plain sight on their menu. White bean, kale and sausage was very good the other night. "Home mad," were my first thoughts. The broth tasted clean and not oversalted - I find oversalting to my tastes to be a regular issue with restaurant soups. The sauteed crumbles of sausage made up the majority of the solid ingredients.

The menu at Dough Room is somewhat abbreviated but solid, and the beer list often has some interesting finds.

Aug 17, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Teen-pleasing suggestions, please!

Just a heads-up on Wildcraft - they're closed for remodeling.

Aug 15, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

The WeekEnd WindDown: Celestino Pasadena, Cana Rum Bar, Faith & Flower, Peru's Taste

I found a "Peru's Taste," in Northridge on yelp. Is that the one?

Aug 11, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Strawberries have no flavor anymore. Agree or disagree?

It's sad that Driscoll's is located in an area that produces some really good produce. It's like they're taking up vast amounts of acreage and resources only to waste it all on such subpar results.

Aug 10, 2014
bulavinaka in General Topics

Wexler's Deli - Yesterday

Langer's serves up egg creams that look like what's in the attaches photo.

Aug 10, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

WSJ on Niki Nakayama of n/naka

I walked by n/naka tuesday night on my way to The Dough Room that is on the next block up. n/naka's parking lot was full by 8:30-9PM.

Aug 09, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Gentleman's Butchershop & Delicatessen (a very mini-review)

Yeah, we're long overdue as well. Most of their sides are very good. They're quick to offer samples too. I only wish they'd be more generous with the smoke on those types of items.

Aug 05, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

ISO Chow-worthy Breakfast for the Office

Nice to see you posting on the LA Board once again - welcome back!

La Monarcha on Wilshire in SaMo does great pan dulce. They have savory items as well. The quality of their goods is excellent.

Aug 05, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Chicken safety

Bristol Farms has offered air-chilled chicken for quite some time. I got it there on a regular basis but it's been a while since my last purchase - can't say for sure if air-chilled is still the standard there.

Aug 03, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

Favorite Horchata in LA or environs

Cactus fruit - called, "tuna." I usually find it on Oaxacan eatery menus.

Aug 03, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

That is likely. I was under the impression it was LA as well.

Aug 02, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area

FARMSHOP charging .30 for paper bag. Every other market in area charging 10 cents

Sorry - I was going by their stated address. Assuming they are in LA, they don't seem to be complying.

Aug 02, 2014
bulavinaka in Los Angeles Area