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best cioppinno?

I think Sotto Mare has a good version.

Jul 21, 2014
Searching4Dunny in San Francisco Bay Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

I was there during a December so I believe the prices are lower during off-season.

Jul 17, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

I know - what am I doing?! LOL.

Jul 17, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

Try booking a room at Vintage Inn in Yountville and have the concierge book a table for you at TFL. There are a few tables reserved for guests of that hotel and a few other ones in the area. The room rates are around $200-250 per night so it would be less than obtaining an AMEX Plat card.

EDIT: I realize now that this post is from 2013. Anyway, my recommendation for reserving TFL through the Vintage Inn still stands.

Jul 16, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area
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Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

I agree with everything Ernie has said about Porthos. I also feel we have similar tastes and have been introduced to some great spots in OC because of him (Ramen Zetton, Kasen, and others). I also check his posts on the France and Italy boards when I plan to travel to those countries. Plus he knows his stuff when it comes to Neapolitan pizza!

Jul 11, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Best bets for sushi, thai and mexican joints in orange county

Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills/El Toro may be worth a look for breakfast/brunch. It's not sushi, Mexican or Thai but it is creative cooking with some Vietnamese touches on some dishes.

Jun 29, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Introduction to good food in Orange County.

Lamb consumme (with the birria/lamb chop dish) may not be to everyone's liking. Cracklings also may pose problems for some. Caviar (served with the fish) as well as squid ink may discourage "neophytes" (as you say).

None of these are that crazy for those that have more seasoned palates but could intimidate less adventurous diners when they have limited control over menu choices.

Jun 17, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Introduction to good food in Orange County.

I don't think you need to have a prior experience with a cuisine to enjoy it. Needing to have a basis for comparables seems to imply that enjoyment of cuisine is simply an intellectual exercise where one derives enjoyment primarily from comparing and ranking amongst prior experiences. I think this cuts out a substantial swath of the eating experience where encountering new flavors/textures/etc. can incite a passionate response. This also broadens scope and experience of the diner. Then there is the service/room/intangible aspects that play into the overall dining experience one seeks when they are planning a special night out.

Jun 17, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Introduction to good food in Orange County.

Totally different types of places. MM is a bit older in vibe and a bit less casual.
French food has also been known to ignite food passion time and time again.

Other choices: Pizzeria Mozza; Cucina Enoteca (may be good for less foodie types); Ways and Means; Arc; Tamarind; Mastro's (expensive steakhouse). These choices are more traditional in nature. MM is also a grown up restaurant if that means anything.

Jun 17, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area
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$1100 later... URASAWA report! - VERY long!

The pleasure would be mine, JL. Would love to do an omakase excursion with you with all proper sake trimmings. I am game next time you have an early day at work.

May 31, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

$1100 later... URASAWA report! - VERY long!

You're right - on all accounts.

May 30, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

$1100 later... URASAWA report! - VERY long!

The shabu shabu is cooked by one of the geisha-like waitresses at your seating area.

I don't think a short break would be a problem as everyone seemed very accommodating when I was there.

Funny tidbit: when one of my dining companions told the waitress that he was starting to get drunk towards the end of the meal, she replied, "It is my duty to get you drunk." We thought that was amusing.

May 30, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area
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$1100 later... URASAWA report! - VERY long!

$375 per head. With drinks you are closer to $500+pp

May 29, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

$1100 later... URASAWA report! - VERY long!

It was $375pp (I believe) in December '13.

May 29, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

SERIOUS BBQ COMING TO CULVER CITY

Ugly Drum guys?

May 19, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Local craft beer suggestions? Where to buy?

I would add Cismonte (Rancho Santa Margarita) to the list.

May 06, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Excellent Peruvian food in L.A.?

Yes - Picca should satisfy your craving.

May 04, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Taco Maria brick + mortar 1st Report, Costa Mesa - Excellent Tasting Menu

Reservation for next Friday just made. Thanks. I haven't been in a long while for dinner so looking forward to the current menu.

May 01, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Good pasta / Italian in central OC?

+1 to Pizzeria Ortica. I've also enjoyed Il Barone near John Wayne Airport and Francoli's in Orange. Haven't tried Ceppa (spelling?) in HB yet but it sounds promising.

Apr 19, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

My quest to find a great entree salad in OC

ARC also has some nice salads. As does the salad place that is also located at SOCO (the name escapes me - sorry)

Apr 18, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

My quest to find a great entree salad in OC

Houston's, R&D, and PDM all have pretty good salads IMO.

Apr 18, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area
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Why does baguette s*ck in this country...

Some of my favorite baguettes in Paris are from Eric Kayser. I will need to check out Breadbar - thanks for the heads up.

Apr 17, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

DTLA - List of Goodies?

Stumptown is very good. I don't have the instruction manual on their brewing processes but I would give it a try before shutting down the recommendation.

Mar 30, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

Haha - I should have. Had I known it was you, JL, I would have picked your brain much more about the sushi around LA ;)

The cheesesteak was very good and reminded me of a Houston's French Dip. However, I was craving more of a steak sandwich like the one done at Carnevino in LV - which has thicker cut steak slices and to be fair is not a "Philly" cheesesteak.

I went back to Belcampo today, with wife and kid in tow, and had the burger. Very nice indeed and it definitely satisfied the burger yearns.

On a side note, I saw that Olio is now open. I didn't know it had started serving already but it seemed to be full swing.

Mar 29, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Cheesesteak was nice and juicy. Reminded me a bit of the Hillstone French Dip but with a cheese sauce. Flavorful but I think the burger appears to be where it is at.

Mar 29, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area
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Belcampo Cheeseburger

It was very nice to meet you JL. If I'm not mistaken, I was the fellow ("Tim") sitting next to you who ordered the cheesesteak. I need to get back for that burger.

Mar 29, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Belcampo Cheeseburger

Going tomorrow but am seriously tempted by the philly cheesesteak and the riff on said sandwich with goat meat. I guess I would have to post and pics from that visit on a separate thread - right? This one is burgers only?

Mar 27, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Irvine HELP

So where did you end up going?

Mar 26, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach/Costa Mesa/Irvine HELP

+1

Seems to fit the description very well.

Mar 19, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area

My son wants steak for his graduation dinner

Has anyone tried the cote de boeuf for two at Spago? It is about $95 and comes with potatoes. Just curious as to how it is if anyone has tried.

Mar 18, 2014
Searching4Dunny in Los Angeles Area