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Chi Spacca - New Chef

Somehow random opinions on chowhound are more valid than random opinions on yelp? Tell me more about how that makes sense.

I don't care either way, I just think it's hilarious that you can immediately tell the restaurant will be on a downward trend, based on 1 visit.

about 18 hours ago
ns1 in Los Angeles Area
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Chi Spacca - New Chef

oh hey look, free data points.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/chi-spacca-lo...

about 19 hours ago
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Chi Spacca - New Chef

I'm stating simple facts: contrary to your belief, 2 points on a graph don't make a trend.

I'm not saying anything about Colby OR the new chef.

about 20 hours ago
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Chi Spacca - New Chef

I accidentally ate there maybe a week after he left (but it wasn't announced yet publicly), and already felt that the magic, i.e. super tight quality control, was on the decline.
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2 data points on a graph don't make a trend.

about 22 hours ago
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat - foodies from NYC?

Stinking Rose. The pinnacle of steaks. Smack dab in the middle of BH.

1 day ago
ns1 in Los Angeles Area
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Goodbye Del Taco at Santa Monica and Highland.

Jul 28, 2015
ns1 in Chains

Does this look like a paella?

$14 for the privilege too.

Jul 27, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Stater Bros. Meat: What the Hell Happened???

"Stater bros is a bit more pricey"

I'm going to guess that Harvey's Guss is not on their regular rotation.

Jul 27, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Recs in the San Fernando valley

People only recommend firehouse for 1 thing: the gyro.

And IIRC, it's the distinctively greek/american gyro, not the real thing.

Jul 27, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Who is the Best Mobile BBQ shop in LA or Long Beach area?

Jul 26, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

The Mori Omakase Challenge

Barney Stinson: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Jul 24, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Sushi bar with veggie options

murakami sushi; you can piece together some vegetarian super easy.

http://murakamimelrose.com/menu.html

Jul 24, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

The Mori Omakase Challenge

The OP went 4 times for the review in the OP and this is not his first trip. You seriously need to review what you think omakase means.

Perhaps you should re-read this line, several times:

"Over the course of the omakases, I made a number of observations, and, he made the same about me, as the meals became more tailored to my tastes."

Jul 24, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area
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The Mori Omakase Challenge

Have you been to Raku in Vegas? If so, how's does the tofu compare?

awesome writeup btw. I'm sure you made many hounds jealous.

Jul 24, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

old-school. late night. kouraku ramen in little tokyo (review)

McDonalds has been in business forever too

Jul 24, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Sushi bar with veggie options

n/naka has a vegetarian menu.

http://www.n-naka.com/menu/n-naka_Veg...

Jul 24, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Raku coming to LA

getting a reservation at the Vegas location is super easy.

Jul 23, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Raku coming to LA

mmm foie gras chawanmushi

Jul 23, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Mori...not the same for everyone

"I think what bothers us the most, was others who seemly have eaten at Mori on other occasions, were being served quite different sushi than what we were served and they ordered the same Omakase as us."

Sounds like there is a tragic misunderstanding of omakase here.

HK 30 hour layover update

a place called Oddies in Wan Chai

http://www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/r...

Jul 21, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia
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HK 30 hour layover update

on a return visit I'd go back to Yat Lok, Honolulu Cafe, and Tim Ho Wan for more BBQ pork buns.

Jul 21, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia

HK 30 hour layover update

Moar.

Jul 20, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia
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HK 30 hour layover update

Thank you HK hounds for all your advice. I tried as best as I could but a 40 minute flight delay proved disastrous. Also, HK heat/humidity in the summer is brutal.

So here's what I was able to do...

1) YKY factory for chili sauce
2) Yat Lok for goose leg and noodles (drumstick already sold out by 1pm on Saturday)
3) Kau Kee for brisket noodles
4) Tai Cheong for egg tart
5) Tim Ho Wan for BBQ pork buns
6) Joy Hing for chicken/duck/char siu over rice - char siu was pretty stellar
7) Wooloomooloo Wanchai for drinks - expat city, drinks not that good. I hear view from TST side is better.
8) Honolulu cafe for egg tart - very, very, very good
9) Tim Ho Wan for Dim Sum - BBQ pork buns so good had 2 more orders
10) Won ton noodles from Cathay lounge LOL

30 hours is much too short.

Jul 20, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia
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Who's "Mary", and why does Restaurant Week seem to be eating her chickens?

How is Mary's air chilled chicken vs one of the fresh vikon chickens from CAL poultry?

Jul 17, 2015
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

Alright guys wish me luck. This sauce timing is going to be INCREDIBLY tight. Here's hoping the wind will help us get there faster!

SATURDAY
930am - Land in HK, take Airport Express into city - approx 1:15 to get clear customs/get luggage/get to Central. Leave luggage @ Central station. Take MTR to Sai Ying Poon station OR cab to YKY depending on timing.
11am - Yu Kwen Yick to buy sauce. Lots of sauce. Take cab to IFC.
1130am - Go to IFC - Lei Garden for lunch (Opens @ 1130, must arrive by 1140). Exit and head to Tim Ho Wan, get BBQ pork buns to-go.
1pm - Walk over to Yat Lok. Get their goose leg for comparison.
2pm - Kau Kee (Central) for brisket noodles
3pm - Pick up luggage, checkin to hotel
5pm - Old San Yang (CWB) - Shanghai hairy crab roe XO sauce , Via Tokyo (CWB) for desserts
6pm - Go to Joy Hing. Get 3 meats over rice.
7p - Star Ferry to Kowloon (unless raining?)
Night - Temple St Night Market
9pm - Depart back to HKI
10pm - ??? Maybe wooloomooloo wanchai. We'll see.

SUNDAY - Do in-city checkin if possible for more time to troll HK.
Morning - Victoria's Peak (there is an outpost of Tai Cheong Bakery and Maks here). Or sleep.

Lunch - ???????????

130pm - 230pm - Leave for Airport. Go to Tasty (chowfun/Wontons)
430pm - Depart HK

Options:
Wooloomooloo in TST or Wanchai - Bar/Lounge
Maks (Kowloon, by Night Market) - Food
Above & Beyond (Kowloon) This would require a trip back to Kowloon side. But would lead to Tai Cheong Bakery...
lung king heen (Central) - can't do online reservation for 1 :(

Jul 16, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia

[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

I guess we'll have to see how it goes when I land ^_^

We'll have our luggage so I might swing by the hotel to drop it off and then take a cab or something to YKY. I don't know, going to have to wing it when I land based on timings.

My friend was able to get us a reservation @ Lei Garden...good thing too because they finally responded to my web inquiry and said they were fully booked.

The reason why we're going to Lei Garden @ IFC instead of Wanchai is because @ IFC we get to go to THW afterwards for BBQ pork buns (and my friend that I'm meeting is in Central anyway). She was actually the one that recommended Kau Kee, so I hope she knows the timings LOL

Jul 16, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia

[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

FML YKY closes at 1230p on Saturday. Thanks for the heads up on messaging them through FB though.

So how about if I land, take Aiport Express into Central, then MTR to Sai Ying Poon to get sauce at YKY, then cab to IFC?

Jul 16, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia

[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

I submitted an online reservation request and my friend is calling to check up on it. thanks for confirming it's necessary though!

Jul 15, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia

[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

I read between the lines. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia

[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

I've moved YKY to Saturday, but will message them on FB, thanks!

Do you know if I can carryon this XO sauce and chili sauce? I'm not sure if they count as "liquids". Anyway, here's my nteenth iteration. I might be flying solo on Sunday morning so I'm not sure I can do any of the higher end dim sum options =X

Anyone know of a place that'll do a dim sum tasting menu for one?

SATURDAY
930am - Land in HK, take Airport Express into city.
11am - Go to IFC - Lei Garden for lunch. Exit and head to Tim Ho Wan, get BBQ pork buns to-go.
1pm - Walk over to Yat Lok. Get their goose leg for comparison.
2pm - Yu Kwen Yick to buy sauce. Lots of sauce.
3pm - Kau Kee (Central) for brisket noodles
4pm - checkin to hotel
5pm - Old San Yang (CWB) - Shanghai hairy crab roe XO sauce , Via Tokyo (CWB) for desserts
6pm - Go to Joy Hing. Get 3 meats over rice.
7p - Star Ferry to Kowloon (unless raining?)
Night - Temple St Night Market
9pm - Depart back to HKI
10pm - ??? Maybe wooloomooloo wanchai. We'll see.

SUNDAY - Do in-city checkin if possible for more time to troll HK.
Morning - Victoria's Peak (there is an outpost of Tai Cheong Bakery and Maks here). Or sleep.

Lunch - ???????????

130pm - 230pm - Leave for Airport. Go to Tasty (chowfun/Wontons)
430pm - Depart HK

Options:
Wooloomooloo in TST or Wanchai - Bar/Lounge
Maks (Kowloon, by Night Market) - Food
Above & Beyond (Kowloon) This would require a trip back to Kowloon side. But would lead to Tai Cheong Bakery...
lung king heen (Central) - can't do online reservation for 1 :(

Jul 15, 2015
ns1 in China & Southeast Asia