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More ridiculously good flavors - SCOOPS

I agree: White Chocolate and Sea Salt is definitely amazing.

I once had a Strawberry Chimay flavor that almost made me cry, it was that good. One of my favorite fruits and one of my favorite beers... Tai, you are the master!

Aug 11, 2008
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Dine LA Restaurant Week

Considering that this is LA's inaugural Restaurant Week, they haven't done such a bad job putting together a list of places. SF and NY have been doing this for years. What a lot of people don't realize is that there is a significant participation fee for each restaurant (to offset costs of promotion), so there was probably some hesitation on the part of each restaurant to participate something so new and untested.

Best thing we can do is support Restaurant Week wholeheartedly and try out places we haven't been to, or that are too expensive for us otherwise. The more successful this is, the more restaurants it will attract year after year. And soon it will rank up there with SF and NY.

Jan 16, 2008
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

CRAFT 3 Stars???? [moved from Los Angeles board]

This is just more fodder to my long-held belief that we should do away with "stars," or numbers or grades whatsoever. It seems like such an arbitrary meaning. How do you compare Craft's 3 stars of the LA Times, to its 14/20 on Gayot.com, to its 4.5 stars on Yelp (a collective rating).

Speaking of which, here are all the three-star restaurants in LA: http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/se...

Craft's got eclectic company, that's for sure.

Oct 10, 2007
TinyNancer in Food Media & News

Sports Bar near Beverly/Fairfax?

El Toro Cantina right next door to Busby's on Wilshire is a spacious restaurant/bar that has about seven/eight gorgeous big screens. If you know what specific game you want to watch, then you can even make reservations so you can guarantee yourself a seat. The food is not bad, it's obviously no gourmet sports bar, but it's definitely a step up from the frozen-reheated crap of Barney's Beanery.

http://livinglargela.blogspot.com/200...

Oct 03, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Affordable omakase

Hmm I've heard about Tama before. Studio City isn't really too far. I guess SFV was too broad. North Hollywood and that area is OK with me, just not the west part: Encino, Tarzana, etc. No aversions to the area, just hard to get to on a weeknight.

Oct 02, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Affordable omakase

So I'm fully aware of the hundreds of sushi posts here, I've combed through most of them, my head is now spinning. What I'm asking from all you 'hounders is for something specific. My friend is moving, and I'm taking him to dinner this Thursday. He was the first person in LA to truly introduce me to REAL sushi (not just California rolls), and I want to toast our friendship by treating him to a good omakase.

Stipulations:
- I've got a budget of $100 (give or take), to include a couple glasses of sake or Sapporos. Ratio of sushi awesomeness to price will be highly taken into consideration.

- I'd rather it be an omakase or sushi, sashimi and the like. Would rather not see plates of teriyaki mixed into my orgy of fish. Unless of course, those izakaya-like plates just blow me out of the water.

- SFV, OC and South Bay are out.

- I've never done omakase before, so any place where the chefs will yell at me or blow me off because I'm a newbie, I'd rather save for another day when I'm feeling slightly masochistic.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Oct 02, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy fresh lobster?

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I've been meaning to try out SM Seafood, but since it's closed today I ended up making the run to Ralph's. The lobsters aren't bad-looking -- about 1.25# or so. We'll see how making them actually goes.

Sep 23, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Where can I buy fresh lobster?

Trying to grab a few of them for dinner. I'm located in West Hollywood, so markets closer to that area are preferable, but of course I would be willing to make the foodie trek if that is necessary. Thanks!

Sep 23, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Gold's 99 Best of L.A. 2007 are out...

Totally agree!! Don't get me wrong, I like the place, it's got affordable beer, but it's not worthy of being on the Essential 99.

Jun 22, 2007
TinyNancer in Food Media & News

Gold's 99 Best of L.A. 2007 are out...

Only 23 for me. I've got work to do!!

But in regards to the list being "essential" LA restaurants --- while I do like the idea of "essential" versus "best," I have to wonder about places like Fogo de Chao (chain), Ciudad (not necessary if you have Border Grill) and Village Idiot (not special or unique).

Jun 21, 2007
TinyNancer in Food Media & News

Special occasion dinner for less than $100 per person?

My SO and I are traveling from Los Angeles in a few weeks, and we're looking for a nice place to have dinner. I'm a huge foodie, but unfortunately, the b/f is not. I want Alinea or Avenues, but since it's a bit beyond his budget, I have to look elsewhere.

Any suggestions for great places that we could eat for about $65-100 per person? Food is very important to me, as is trying a place that is solely found in Chicago (Arnie Morton's just ain't gonna cut it). Any cuisine is fine, but bonus points if the chef has a unique style - perhaps Achatz and Bowles on a slightly lesser level.

Thank you for your help!

Jun 20, 2007
TinyNancer in Chicago Area

Minx in Glendale - Amazingly Awful

"they do this at Spago too."

LOL. When you mentioned Glendale I was immediately reminded of the Beck song "I Wanna Get with You (and your sister, Debra)" Check out the lyrics -- hilarious.

This place sounds terrible. I have a bf that lives near that area -- he's been saying we should check it out since it's close to his home. (We usually eat at nice places near my place in the Westside, mainly because, well... he lives near Glendale.) So thanks for this review -- I'm passing it his way with a big "I told you so!"

Jun 03, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Place near the water in Santa Monica for drink

I second the Penthouse. Beautiful spot 17 floors up -- 360 degrees worth of windows so you can see everything from Malibu to Manhattan Beach to Downtown.

The bar gets crowded for their Happy Hour, but the view, if you've never seen it before, is totally worth it. Go just before the sunset for the best view. Just remember that once the sun sets, you can't see anything over the ocean.

Jun 03, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Food in Little Tokyo

Oomasa, Sushi Gen, Izayoi and Daikokuya.

I ate at Izayoi two days ago -- they do OK sushi, but it's the fun unique small plates that are the best. My buddy and I shared "tomato in soup gelatin," fried baby barracuda, and scallop and shrimp gratin.

Jun 01, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Which beaches have the best BBQ setup?

If you head to Dockweiler, be prepared to hear planes take off all day. It's actually pretty cool the first time, as the plane is so low to the ground, but after a couple times you might get tired of the loud noise.

May 20, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Has anyone been to Hadaka Sushi on Sunset?

I've never been, but after seeing it in various media outlets I can honestly say I have no desire to go. The theme is sex & sushi, and the "naughty" menu consists of items called "sex beads," "cunnilingus," "smelly fingers" and "dirty sanchez." What's sad is that the names are totally arbitrary and don't even make sense. "Wet clam" is salmon, avocado, onions and miso aioli. Not even a hint of clam in there. Check out their menu on their website: www.hadakasushi.com.

Also of note, if you've got $1,000 or more to drop, you can request nyotaimori, where you eat sushi off of a naked woman.

I have a sense of humor, but this way too much. Especially when you're trying to eat raw fish. I guess the sushi purist in me would much rather head to Little Tokyo or West LA for some awesome fish served by completely clothed sushi chefs.

May 20, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

ok..where to eat @ 3rd st. farmers market

I like the French crepe place, the Gumbo Pot, and Loteria Grill.

I do think Loteria Grill is kind of expensive when compared with your typical Mexican places ($10 for two tacos and an agua fresca is borderline ridiculous), but man, the I can't turn down the mole there for the life of me. It's pretty darn good. The owner of Loteria Grill has plans to open up a full-service restaurant sometime this fall... hopefully that justifies the extra $ they are charging.

May 16, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Chocolate Covered Strawberries on the Westside -- Where to buy for a gift

Compartes is awesome. Besides strawberries, which are pretty excellent, you should grab a box of their specialty truffles as well, even if it's for yourself. Jonathan, the owner/chocolatier, makes these crazy combinations such as lemongrass-curry, tangerine-mint, and peanut-seasalt. And he's like 21 years old or something unbelievable like that.

Talk about a dream job!

May 16, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area

Graduation dinner in Southbay?

You should try Cafe Pierre or Petros in Manhattan Beach. Cafe Pierre is a great upscale restaurant that offers French-Italian-Californian-inspired cuisine. There's something to be enjoyed by everyone. It's a nice special occasion restaurant, but without a ridiculous price tag.

Petros nearby has amazing Greek cuisine, has a great atmosphere, but is a little more expensive than Cafe Pierre.

Here are the websites:
http://www.cafepierre.com/
http://www.petrosrestaurant.com/

May 14, 2007
TinyNancer in Los Angeles Area