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Starry Kitchen wants you to save their balls, or else they're closing up end of January 2015 (RESTAURANT RAPTURPOCALYPSE 2014/2015 CONTINUES!)

he's offering tattoos of unicorns on his arms. I think he stopped caring what his parents thought a long time ago.

A Worthy Biryani in Little Bangladesh: Biriyani Kabob House [Brief Review with Photos]

no fried onions? no kaffir lime? ::cries::

Dec 20, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Bistro LQ's 18 course Truffle Menu

Too rich for my blood.

Dec 16, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Kokekokko (Little Tokyo) Will Close in Late January 2015

I wish I could like this post multiple times

Dec 15, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

Someone tell me there is more catfish on the catfish poboy vs the catfish platter. Because the word I would use to describe the platter would be "aenemic"

Dec 12, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Guerrilla Tacos Revisited (A Photo Story and Review)

what Lulu said. I'll still try to make it there one day.

Dec 10, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Report, 2014

Really good showing by Von's, thanks for the lead.

Buy 6 prices:
Moet $36
VC $42
Tattinger $36 (that's $18 less than Bevmo!)
Piper Heidsick $31.5
Perrier Jouet $36
Feuilatte $27 ($7 less than Costco!)
Roederer Premier $45

Interesting stuff behind the glass...

Cristal $239
Dom $135
VC Grande $148

2009 Robert Mondavi Cab Private Reserve $90 (one of my favorites, not sure of the 2009 though)

Dec 10, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Guerrilla Tacos Revisited (A Photo Story and Review)

re: the pics

I like the tostadas but I get the same feeling from their tacos. A fried runny egg on a taco is not what I want. At least, it's not what I think I want.

Dec 09, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

2014 - Best Sushi Omakase

The people that sat down by you, wow what the hell were they doing at Q?

Dec 09, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Report, 2014

I'll swing by Von's tonight for an update, thanks for the lead. I too was very surprised at how competitive Ralphs prices were.

Dec 09, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area
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Champagne Report, 2014

Too rich for my blood and they didn't stock it at Costco. Sorry!

Dec 09, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Report, 2014

you're right, dunno what i was looking at

Missionwine & Spirits
Moet $38
VC $47
Roederer Estate $22
Perrier Jouet $40
Roederer Premier $48

Dec 08, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Report, 2014

I did look @ Mission and stopped after I saw the $47 they wanted for Moet. Their advertisement prices were really good though.

Dec 08, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Champagne Report, 2014

Spent the past week researching champagne prices, thought I'd pass the info on. I'm aware there are a ton of better options at various price points, thanks for pointing that out.

Conclusion: pricing is very similar everywhere, except Bevmo which for the most part sucks. Ralph's is actually super competitive as long as you buy 6. The below prices for Ralphs represents the "buy 6" price. The Burbank Costco selection is outrageous this year.

Moet Imperial
Ralphs $35
K&L $45
Total Wine $36
Costco $36 (nice jacketed bottles)
Bevmo $38

Taittinger "La Fran├žaise" Brut Champagne
Ralphs $38
K&L $40
Bevmo $54

Roederer Estate
Ralphs $18
K&L $20
Total Wine $20
Bevmo $19

Piper Heidsick
Ralphs $32
K&L $30
Costco $70 1.5L

Billecart Salmon
K&L $45
Total Wine $57

VC
Ralphs $46
K&L $45
Total Wine $37
Costco - N/A!!! Could not find at Burbank Costco
Bevmo $38

Some other assorted Costco prices:
Perrier Jouet - $35 - multiple grades from $35 up to $100++
Feuillatte - $34, $60 1.5L
Roederer Premier Brut - $39
Cristal - $550 1.5L
Cristal - $197
Kirkland - $20
Jacquart Mosaique - $29

Only Japanese whiskey they have is Hibiki 12 @ $50

Hatfields closing end of December

ty!

Dec 08, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields closing end of December

there's a midnight "thing"?

I saw last years post on LAT and it just says "restaurant open 5-11". so that means the later seating starts at 930-10p and runs through midnight w/ champagne toast?

//edit

they have a 9p-10p slots @ opentable still available.

Dec 08, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields closing end of December

What are they doing NYE? Got a link? My googlefu fails me.

Dec 08, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Asada Tacos and Rolled Tacos in San Fernando Valley

have you had the hard shelled al pastor tacos @ el taco llama? pretty similar texturally to a rolled taco and same flavor profile.

Dec 07, 2014
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I'm going to The Apple Pan tonight.

but do they give you free pickles?

Dec 05, 2014
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One dinner with family (Raku or LOS)

specify american mild and not thai mild LOL but IMO you lose some of the thai magic by doing so. I like spice quite a but their thai medium was pretty damn spicy - could not finish the bowl spicy.

SO my vote would be Raku and feed the kids yakitori. They have private rooms @ Raku IIRC.

Dec 05, 2014
ns1 in Las Vegas

Alimento adds separate gratuity line for BOH

I wonder what would happen if everyone started stiffing the servers and gave 20% to BOH.

Dec 05, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area
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One dinner with family (Raku or LOS)

Does everyone like spicy food?

Dec 05, 2014
ns1 in Las Vegas

Dinner before the Disney!

didn't I mention that in my reply as well? lol supposedly there's a parking lot somewhere since it shares the same building as pitfire.

Dec 05, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Hatfields closing end of December

you're right - I've celebrated more anniversaries here than anywhere else. I should go back before they close up shop.

Dec 05, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area
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China Red for dinner?

Am I too demanding if I want 10-12 out 13 dishes to be great?
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What's not great to you may be great to someone else. In a standard 4 course dinner, there's no guarantee you'll get 4 hits either.

Dec 04, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner before the Disney!

last time I drove to badmaaash the streets leading to the parking garage were closed off and the meters were taken away by production. Could not find a valet so I drove off.

Dec 04, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Yusho help?

this thread surmises both opinions pretty well:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982171

Dec 04, 2014
ns1 in Las Vegas

Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

thx. Billecart > $50 in my searches but I'll keep an eye out.

Dec 04, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

is "Piper Heidsieck" more expensive this year or something? Total Wine selling it for $39.99 while VC is selling @ $37, unless I just need to check other suppliers....

Anyone else got a suggestion in the $20-30 range?

Dec 04, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area

Alimento adds separate gratuity line for BOH

FOH is paid hourly too.

Dec 03, 2014
ns1 in Los Angeles Area