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2014 Half Year Food Recap
07/27/2014 by
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It’s been a crazy year for me so far.  Not only was I working a lot, but I also was making the attempt of going to a new restaurant I haven’t been to for 52 straight weeks! (That’s a full year folks).  I made it to the 26th week, the half way point, and I just can’t go on any further.  It’s not the money, but it’s everything else: lack of company, having to curate food lists, the lack of solo dining places, LA parking hell, tapas hell, and getting fat.  It sure was a lot of work, so I’ll recap some of my experiences in Los Angeles’ food scenes.

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Eating at Maude #2 LA
07/05/2014 (rev. 07/26/2014) by
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This could very well be my last post for food for a few weeks.  Doing a special restaurant each week is getting rather grueling right now.  I’ve decided to soften the blow, so I’ll go to Maude each month for the remainder of the year.

This is #26 of 52 (or 26?) of my 2014 LA food expedition.

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Eating at Republique LA
06/27/2014 by
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I’m getting very full.  We’re now on #25, and my ridiculous challenge is starting to take its toll.  I’m starting to get a little fatter and a little less motivated.  It’s getting harder to find restaurants, get people to go, and to make the trip.  Alas, at least I made it to this point.

Republique LA opened up nearly a year ago and is located near Miracle Mile.  The decor is very interesting as it reminds me of sitting in the dining halls before getting murdered (Red Massacre – Game of Thrones).  Because of my appetite nearly halfway through the year being very full, I had very low expectations.

This is #25 of 52 of my 2014 LA food expedition.

*Did I mention I really don’t think I can make it to 52?…*

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Eating at Yamakase LA
06/18/2014 by
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This is a hole-in-the-wall place that is a real hidden gem in the Palms neighborhood of LA.  It’s Japanese cuisine served omakase style.  There are only 10 seats per night as the meal lasts just about 5 hours.  There is no sign on the front.  There is simply the address.  We got there at 6:50 PM, but the door was locked.  It actually does not open till 7 PM on the dot.

This is #24 of 52 of my 2014 LA food expedition.

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Eating at Smoke.Oil.Salt LA
06/11/2014 by
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Eating at Phorage LA
06/05/2014 by
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I have a few “safety” cards for those days I just don’t feel like making a reservation or finding a place to get fat at.  I decided to use one of those safety cards tonight at a place called Phorage.  This restaurant replaced Roy Choi’s Chego location in Palms and features Vietnamese food sourced with high-quality locally grown produce.

This is #22 of 52 of my 2014 LA food expedition.

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Eating at Pine & Crane LA
05/29/2014 (rev. 06/01/2014) by
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Pine & Crane hasn’t been around for very long and is located in the Silverlake area on Sunset where a plethora of restaurants sits.  It’s generally difficult to find decent Chinese restaurants, let alone Taiwanese, outside of the San Gabriel Valley.  So I thought I would trek here to see what the hype is about.

This is #21 of 52 of my 2014 LA food expedition.  I’m almost half way there.

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Eating at Tsujita LA
05/23/2014 by
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Tsujita is known for their ramen, particularly at the location where the dinner menu is different than their lunch menu.  I was curious to try it for dinner to see how it compares to other Japanese restaurants.  Note that this is not the Annex location.  The Annex location at the time of this writing is the only Tsujita location that serves ramen for dinner.

This is #20 of 52 of my 2014 LA food expedition.

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Eating at Chicken & Rice LA
05/17/2014 by
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This was going to be one of those weeks where it’s time to go street food.  If you have ever been to New York, they have halal carts that people love to eat at after a night at the bars.  This is LA’s tribute to that.

This is #19 of 52 of my LA food expedition.

There won’t be a read more button here since this is pretty self explanatory.  Compared to my NYC tasting, this was pretty subpar.  It literally was just chicken and rice.  The red-colored rice was a little wet for me (not because of the sauce).  The garlic and red (hot) sauce were similar to NYC cats.  The chicken was pretty moist and tender which was it’s one saving grace.  There was no lettuce or anything else.

I am assuming because this is a relatively new place, it didn’t have the entire operation going.  The food was pre cooked just sitting in a food court style serving pan.  We went to the standalone location off Figueroa near Dodger Stadium.  It makes me wonder if it’s even worth setting up a brick & mortar location.  Perhaps this type of food should be best served standing up on the streets out of the cart.

Visit: Chicken & Rice, various locations, LA
#19 of 52 LA food expedition


Eating at Maude LA
05/07/2014 by
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What was so interesting about Maude was how each month has a different ingredient theme.  I like this approach.  Not only can you choose what you want to eat, but it also is cool to not have to think about what to order since the entire menu is a tasting menu.  This so far is probably my favorite upscale LA restaurant (possibly attributed to the star of this month … rhubarb).

This is #18 of 52 on my 2014 LA food expedition.

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