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Where should I eat, i'm headed to Japan!

I'll be in the following Prefectures

Mie Prefecture, Kameyama 1 day

Shikoku, Tokushima Prefectures, "Awa, Mima, and Yoshinogawa" 2 days

Kanagawa Prefecture, Odawara and Yokohama 2 days

I may be making a stop in Hakone for lunch 1 day

Tochigi Pref, Nikko 2 days

Thanks everyone :).

Apr 05, 2009
Ben7643 in Japan

Hey Sushi Hounds! I need a cheapish rec.

Sakura = Whole foods quality fish on sushi rice

Mar 10, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Yabu in west la or west hollywood (Cork Fee?)

Does anyone know if they have a cork fee for wine? Also is one better then the other food wise, i've only been to the pico location for lunch and their soba was really good.

Thanks
Ben

Mar 09, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

What to order at Shamshiry Grill.

I like the flat pounded chicken skewers not sure what they're called.

Mar 07, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Brief liquor selection notes

Best prices on wines i've found in LA are at

Wine House as mentioned.
http://www.wineaccess.com/store/wineh...

K and L wines in hollywood
http://www.klwines.com

LA Wine Store which operates out of a storage facility in Marina Del Ray
http://www.lawineco.com/

Wine Exchange in Orange
http://www.winex.com/default.aspx

The Wine Club in Santa Ana
http://www.thewineclub.com/

For older wines I like

Twenty Twenty Wines
http://www.2020wines.com/

Silver lake wines is great too.

Also 55 Degree wine is an excellent little wine store specializing in italian wines
http://www.55degreewine.com/

Mar 05, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

Depends on the type but probably around 20 dollars. Some cuts are cheaper some are more depends on the type really.

Mar 04, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Healthy Restaurants in Pasadena or Glendale?

Daisy Mint's super oily though, for a vegetarian thats good but for a meat eater it can be a bit heavy. Le Pain on colorado is an ok option for healthy food. Pasadena is kind of a dead zone for healthy fare IMO. There are some persian places in glendale that would fit the bill. Maybe someone else can fill you in on recs for those.

Mar 04, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

I think that SMS sometimes has sardines. The smallest fish at Safe and Save today was Saba. Maybe 99 ranch.

Mar 03, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

Safe and save isn't set up to have a huge selection they have a small case, I actually went today and they had 3 or 4 different types of whole fish and about 6 different filets all of which were fresh. Except for the black cod which didn't look so hot to me. They also had great looking shrimp and some other good looking shellfish. I got a nice thin long halibut fillet a little under a pound for about 9.75. At santa monica seafood the same size fillet of fish would most likely be frozen or lower quality and would be twice the price. I'll risk not having as many choices for fresher fish at better prices any day of the week. Now if i'm feeling indecisive then I will go to SMS, they do have the selection but they are not up to par on the quality.

Mar 03, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

Safe & Save Japanese Market on sawtelle's fish blows the fish at santa monica seafood out of the water quality wise. They're west of the 405

2030 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

However they don't have nearly the selection that santa monica seafood has. Call ahead to see what they do have, but typically there are about 6 or so different types of fish available all sushi quality. Their tuna is the best i've seen in the city.

(310) 479-3810

Mar 02, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Suppliers of fresh (not frozen) game meat in Los Angeles?

I heard there is a place in silver lake or echo park that has really nice cuts of elk but i've yet to find it........

Mar 02, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Cecconi's: A Restaurant for People Who Don't Love to Dine

Agreed I loved the food when I went..............

Mar 02, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

Ciaolette the parking's insane you may drive around the lot in the back for 15 mintues before finding a spot. Bring quarters just incase you may need to park on the street.

Most of their frozen stuff is good like you say but so is trader joes frozen fish.

Mar 02, 2009
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Santa Monica Seafood

Agreed, but i'd also agree with Bjartmarr the Oysters looked excellent I just didn't feel like waiting in line to try them.

Mar 02, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

I don't think a comment telling them their fish quality has gone downhill since their move would do much.

Mar 02, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

Not only is it just sitting in plastic trays, many of their cuts are sitting in pools of fishy water in the trays. Not on ice, not dry, but on water. I have found good fish there since they moved, all my recent experiences haven't been bad. However i've walked in and walked out empty handed 2 times out of the 4 times i've been, mainly due to not seeing anything I considered good quality that I was interested in.

Mar 01, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best Lamb Shoulder

Oh right i have had lamb shoulder before at Chameau "mind hiccup" it was very good as well, I really like Chameau I think it gets overlooked too often. But I liked the cecconi's version much better, I am 99.9 percent sure i didn't forget about any other places.

Mar 01, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Who has the best Lamb Shoulder

So i've been following the posts on Cecconi's not being a destination for great food on here, but I had quite the opposite experience. I'd never had lamb shoulder before and their Sonoma Valley lamb shoulder with olives was spectacular one of the best dishes i've had in LA. I also loved the Bolognese, however I was wondering if Cecconi's lamb shoulder isn't up to par with some of the other places in LA then who has the best Lamb Shoulder. This was my first experience with Lamb that tender, flavorful, and flaky.

Mar 01, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

$25 for 2 -dinner challenge

Oh no :( not even with a corkage fee???????

Mar 01, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

Some of their salmon isn't bad but most of their fish is not very fresh i'm really disappointed in the downward spiral their fish has taken since the move..

Mar 01, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Viennetta Ice Cream - where can I find it?

NO one has a good peanut butter ice cream with chocolate anymore. Let alone a chocolate fudge. The closest i've found is hagan daz chocolate peanut butter and glacier's chunky monkey.

Mar 01, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

While I'm not too happy about the quality of fish overall they've had since they re-opened they did start giving out ice packs again, if you ask for them at the front register. Just thought i'd let you all know.

Somehow their seabass, tuna, shrimp, and crabs always looks fresh but allot of their fish is poor to horribly poor quality.........

Feb 28, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Where should I go for lunch today

I've been eating heavy food for two days and am looking to have a refreshing lunch somewhere within 20 min's drive of me "culver city." No Thai, Italian, or BBQ i'd like to keep it under 15 a person before tip any ideas??? The friend i'm dining with is Vegan but she seems to find things to eat at most meat heavy restaurants i'm a carnivore :).

Thanks in advance

Feb 28, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Cecconi's Restaurant

No gaps for us but I could see how the system of not really having one waiter for each individual table could be problematic. Also we dined early around 5:30 so for most of our meal they were not too busy.

Feb 27, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Cecconi's Restaurant

One more

Feb 27, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Cecconi's Restaurant

Here are a few photos from our dinner unfortunately many of the shots got corrupted :(

Feb 27, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

JGold food event

Hey Kevin, check out Goldstar.com

Feb 27, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Wealthy Manhattanite in Santa Monica - what would impress?

I really liked Cecconi's it reminded me of my time in NY.

http://www.cecconiswesthollywood.com/

Feb 27, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Warm, Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie Bliss: The Curious Palate

The Brownie is awesome one of the better richer but still fluffy brownies i've had.

Feb 26, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area

Cecconi's Restaurant

For those in the know if you go here before the 27th "tomorrow" it's half price on all their food, but you need to mention it to your server.

Inside you'll find a large modern dining room wiht beautiful chandeliers and antique looking mirrors. Lining the walls and bar are beautiful plush blue seats and couches. It's a very very pretty place.

The service was great we didn't just have one waiter like at most places, but there were quite a few people looking after us. While this may sound chaotic they must be very good about telling each other what's going on because everyone was on the same page.

I didn't have a reservation but managed to get a nice table in the corner overlooking the entire restaurant around 5:30, sometimes being such an early diner helps ;).

Judging from reviews we'd read on yelp we began with the Mushroom Risotto which has a strong white truffle flavor to it. The flavor of this dish was absolutely amazing, creamy, dense, and meaty in a mushroom sort of way, I think it had some kind of liquer in it as well but i may be wrong. My only complaint about it was the risotto was not quite cooked long enough, it was a little bit andante. That said this is probably one of the best tasting risotto's I've had in the US.

I went tonight with my heart set on the lobster spaghetti. Unfortunately after talking to our server the lobster spaghetti is not made on premises unlike all the other pasta dishes on their menu. That caused me to hesitate just long enough for my dining partner to claim the Sonoma Valley lamb shoulder. I was filled with self pity of course cause after talking to our host he said it was his favorite thing on the menu. So prior to our food arriving I notified my dining partner that we would be doing this tapas style, and I passively claimed stake to half of her lamb. She kindly agreed seeing the look of greed in my eyes. We also added the Octopus with lemon and green olives to our order.

My food came out about a minute or two before hers. First came the octopus which was a beautiful presented, however it was the definite low point of the meal. It was a bit overcooked and lacked flavor, we were both expecting a more juicy, tender, flavorful dish.

Then came the Tagliatelle, it smelled like happiness in a bowl it had a rich, buttery, meaty scent that made me smile from ear to ear. The pasta was fresh and definitely made in house. It was the best Bolognese I've had in LA, only being outdone by one meal i had in NYC.

My friend's lamb came out in an iron kettle, and they plated it beautifully table side. It was without a doubt the best lamb I've ever had. I could live on this lamb every day for the rest of my life, and if i died tomorrow this is what i'd request as my final meal.

We didn't get desert, however the choices looked great.

Cecconi's is a MUST try, the prices are very reasonable and it's one of the best meals i've had in LA, can't believe they've only been open a week.

Since they were still running their special this entire meal came to 57 dollars, and that included 2 glasses of wine which were full price. Before the special it was 97.00 for the 3 entrees the one appetizer and 2 glasses of wine.

Feb 26, 2009
Ben7643 in Los Angeles Area