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LA Street Food Fest

I want to preface this and say I am not a complainer and I try to find a good thing about anything I do or try (really). And I also want to say I really had looked forward to attending and I was fully aware this was the "first annual" and was ready to cut some slack. But......
We pre-bought the VIP ticket and we arrived shortly before 11...maybe 100 people in front of us. We went directly to LudoBites and waited over an hour to the point there were maybe 25 people in front of us. That's when they said they ran out of food and it would be another hour.
By that time, all of the other vendors had huge lines and at this point we didn't see the situation improving at all, especially when we could see 1000+ people in the GA line still waiting to get in.
We left about 2 pm and went over to Clifton's Cafeteria and finally had something to eat.
I am so disappointed that I spent 60 bucks and really got nothing.
The concept is a good one, the execution just sucked. Maybe do it again and totally limit the tickets so vendors and customers have a good time.
And don't get me started on the fact that the Blue Line had only one train running today.

Feb 13, 2010
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Korean BBQ in/near Torrance/Gardena

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I am familiar with a couple of these places already...glad to get confirmation.

Jan 06, 2010
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Korean BBQ in/near Torrance/Gardena

I'm hosting some out-of-towners and we'd like to check out some Korean BBQ. I'd love to hear the favorite places of my fellow hounds. Thanks.

Jan 06, 2010
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find some Frozen Custard?

We have Jillian....that's almost as good as Albert the Alley Cat! =)

Jun 03, 2009
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Where can I find some Frozen Custard?

I really miss Leon's too and I am always on the lookout for frozen custard. The Lickety Split in Manhattan Beach is closed now, but I didn't think it was good at all. Thanks to the other posters for the info on other places to try. I don't know why it is so hard to import this.
My dream is to one day open a Leon's clone here in SoCal.

May 31, 2009
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Best South Bay/West Side Fish Markets?

You might want to check out Freshia Market on Torrance Blvd at Crenshaw. It is a big Korean grocery store with a pretty big fresh fish counter. Whole and cut fish.
I second the comment on Quality Seafood on the Pier.

Feb 13, 2009
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Homemade Limoncello

I bought Everclear today at BevMo in Torrance. It is grain alcohol.

Dec 23, 2008
mke2lax in Features

Ring Bologna?

This reply is one year late to the date, but here goes....I just picked up a Usinger's Ring Bologna at Sprouts in Torrance yesterday. They carry a few Usinger's products, which makes this ex-Milwaukeean happy.
I'm planning on serving it tomorrow as I watch the Packer-Bears game...I'm trying to remember how my mom cooked it.

Dec 21, 2008
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Solo dinner tonight...

If you are in the east side of South Bay, like Torrance, these are my picks:
Mishima Japanese noodles and tempura Western Ave & Carson Street strip mall
The Local Place Hawaiian plate lunch 186 & Western
Mitsuwa Market Place Western & 213th Food court
these are my comfort foods

Oct 17, 2008
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

LA Weekly Detour Festival (dtown)

I had the Kyochon finally, after hearing about it forever. WOW! I have a new addiction....but I agree with other posters, it is a little pricey. Washed it down with some soju. Mmmm.
After a little hesitation, I liked the cash-less card thing. First time I came across something like that.
My favorites were Gogol Bordello, DataRock, Afternoons, Bitter:Sweet and The MaeShi.
All in all, a great day.

Oct 08, 2008
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Simple, Traditional, Japanese Comfort Food - YUZU [Review] w/ Pics!

Wow, what a great review. It made me want to try everything. I have been wanting to go to Yuzu forever, since I live in the neighborhood, but I hesitate because I am not all that knowledgeable about Japanese food (but I am eager to learn!)
Are the items described pretty well on the menu, like what are the ingredients of a dish? Can the staff explain stuff?
Thanks so much.

Oct 03, 2008
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

I just finished reading The Kite Runner, I want Afghani food!

Walter's in Claremont
308 N. Yale Ave.

Nov 30, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants you love that are rarely mentioned on Chowhound

Thank You for mentioning Chez Melange. I have been going there from practically day one. Never had a bad meal or experience. One is always treated as if you mattered (not like some LA places) It has been fun seeing the family grow up. When I lived within walking distance, I was there weekly at least. Best Benedict..ever!

Nov 09, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Your favorite recipes using Trader Joe's products

I substitute their mini gingersnaps with ginger pieces (I think they might be called "Triple Gingersnaps") for graham crackers to make the crust for Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Nov 02, 2007
mke2lax in Home Cooking

Nice cheapish place to eat around the Arclight in Hollywood

I was very happy with my dinner at the upstairs bar at Arclight. I had the French Dip/Caesar salad combo and my SO had the chicken chili and corn tamale. Both dinners were tasty and fresh and I thought very reasonably priced, considering the location. I was just disappointed I had not left room for the house-made caramel corn!

Nov 02, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

chile verde on the westside/southbay

My favorite chile verde is at El Burrito Jr. They have a few locations, but I only have gone to the Torrance one, 21141 Hawthorne Blvd. (near Albertsons in the shopping center). Nice chunks of pork in a slightly thick green chile sauce, plus rice and beans and tortillas for (I think) under 8 bucks. It is guaranteed to chase off any cold bug you might feel coming on.
This is not the same thing as the New Mexico type of "a bowl of green chile"...if that is what you are looking for.
Is this authentic? I don't know. All I know is I like it. Friendly staff, quick service, never any problems. Try it.

Oct 27, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Before There Was EVOO ...

I really enjoyed an 80's PBS show from England with Keith Floyd. Not too much of an instructional...mostly it was some sort of an outing with cooking involved. And LOTS of wine. He was always sloshed. The best part was that his theme song was "Peaches" by The Stranglers! My kind of show.

Oct 17, 2007
mke2lax in Features

Mesquite in Milwaukee

Where can I buy a bag of mesquite (or hardwood charcoal) in Milwaukee? South Side preferred.

Hungry Detective- LOS ANGELES

Because of Chris' recommendation I discovered Los Paisas...this is now one of my fave local places. Love, Love, Love it. Ceviche tostada...mmmmmmm
Ah...Rizzo's.....finally they get some props. The breadsticks ARE to die for and the pizza is wonderful (and I almost always get delivery). This is an honest, family joint that easily rises above the chain-stank flotsam and jetsam.
This is my 'hood. This is my food.
Chris, you rock.

Sep 14, 2007
mke2lax in Food Media & News

Gaja Okonomiyaki in Lomita

Teppan Kazamidori (close to Gaja) in Torrance Crossroads shopping center. Crenshaw and Lomita Blvd. They have okonomiyaki. I have had many wonderful items there...not the okonomiyaki (I do not like mayo) but I will say it is an extremely popular item (I usually sit at the "bar" to watch the teppan chef)

Sep 14, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Strategic Guest Ejection

Well.......if there are lots of people that don't get the can always call the police as you slip out the back door.
Like the previous poster said...Captain Beefheart usually does the trick on a smaller party. Unless you have Captain Beefheart lovers....then .....good luck!

Sep 14, 2007
mke2lax in Features

Housenka in Beverly Hills - Closed on Saturdays

The South Bay Housenka is in Torrance on Carson and Cabrillo. I'm assuming it is a Japanese place, it's got the little curtain-y thing on the door. I've never been in there, but I am curious to check it out...what are the menu items at the BH one?

Sep 13, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Where to Eat--Sunset/Western

Thank You both for the suggestions. We went to Jitlada since it was right across the street from Safari Sam's (where we were going). The food was great (we didn't try anything very exotic) and the proprietress was very eager to make us feel at home and was thankful for all the word of mouth they are getting on this site and others.
I would definitely go again.

Aug 23, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Where to Eat--Sunset/Western

I'll be in the neighborhood of Sunset, between Western and Normandie. Is this considered Thai Town? What's good around there for dinner?

Aug 21, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

A bacon-wrapped hot dog emergency!

Last night there were two carts on Orange and Hollywood Blvd, near Graumans. 9pm

Aug 18, 2007
mke2lax in Los Angeles Area

Big Brother at the Restaurant?

It was Dakota at the Roosevelt. It came with a glass of Opus One wine. The diner was happy with both.

Aug 18, 2007
mke2lax in Not About Food

Big Brother at the Restaurant?

Last evening I dined at a restaurant in a rather swank Hollywood hotel. (A place with a 70$ hamburger on the menu--don't get me started) I joined my party of 10 after they had all been seated and served a first round of drinks. After I sat down, the bus boy asked if I would like sparkling or still water and he poured my choice from one of those fancy imported-brand bottles (you know the one that looks like a shampoo bottle).
As we sat and talked and ordered food, the bus boy was really busy refilling all our water glasses with this bottled water, bringing more and more bottles as needed. Red flags started going off in my mind about this (I've heard about this practice on this site) and I quietly mentioned to my closest tablemates that we are most definitely going to be charged for this water, and that we can ask for tap water if we want. No one did ask, but weirdly, about this time, the water bottles stopped arriving.
This morning I mentioned it to my SO (who was also at this dinner) and being the paranoic he is wondered if perhaps the table was bugged. Bugged in a good way though, for help in "anticipating customer needs", as they say in the bizness.
I have worked food service at 5-diamond world-class hotels (Four Seasons) and have never heard of such a thing, but that was ten years ago.
Coincidence or am I crazy?

(BTW, the food was good and someone did order that burger.....)

Aug 18, 2007
mke2lax in Not About Food

Why Do You Get a Headache When You Eat Ice Cream?

OK, maybe one of you smart ones can help me out. When I eat cold things like ice cream, smoothies and such I do not get brain freeze...I get "back freeze". I get this (sort of) painful cramp/spazz in the middle of my back between my shoulder blades. It lasts usually about a minute more or less, during which I hop around going 'OW OW OW".
Because of this my SO is convinced I am an alien. (because of the back freeze, not the hopping!)
Any ideas?

Aug 17, 2007
mke2lax in Features

Taco Catering--Milwaukee

Thanks for all the input everyone! I was thinking El Rey was the place to go...there's probably a bulletin board with contacts. I'll have to send my sister over there to check it out. My other idea was to just get their carne asada and cook it ourselves, but I am trying to come up with things that don't require someone to have to man the grill.
The majority will probably vote for brats and burgers anyway! =)
One weird aside....the El Rey on Burnham St. used to be a National T that my mom used to shop at....then a Sentry where I used to shop at back in the day.

Candy Bars Worth Crossing State Lines For

I recently took my first trip to the Pacific Northwest. While cruising the back roads in Washington, we stopped to pick up some munchies, including an Idaho Spud, which we had never heard of before. It became the "mascot" of the trip. We'd include it in our photos (sort of like the traveling gnome) and on the last day of our trip we made a video of us eating it. Sorry to say, it was pretty nasty.
Coffee Crisp is another matter. I first had it when I went to Expo67. I used pretty much of my "souvenir" money on them. Giuliano's Italian Deli in Torrance sells them.

Aug 09, 2007
mke2lax in Features