Tested positive for covid on Friday night. Woke up early Friday for my flight to SFO. Grabbed some lunch in Chinatown to-go and took a nap. Woke up feeling like shit. Was in SF for business (that had to get canceled), got a rental and drove down to LAX. Now I am holed up in a OC hotel for a few days. At least this double tree cookie hit the spot for me. Any suggestions for delivery? I am by South Coast Plaza.
Saturday(Day 2) was the absolute worst just laid in bed sucking water and pedialyte. I feel great now. I feel even worse at the thought of the $$$ spent. Oh well. It could be worse.
the broth was like a tonkotsu but made of chicken and it was white and pretty thick. There was some sweetness in it too. i got the chicken chashu instead of pork chashu, was cooked well and slightly pink when we first received it in the broth.
I think Meiji Seimen delivers, and you’re potentially within range of Fountain Valley/some Westminster spots for pho. If you’re feeling better you may be able to get pizza and beer delivered from Riip…
What did you think of it? I tried it tonight. Too lazy to post pics right now, but I think it was complete respectable (and whoever the manager-type guy was seemed very nice). The “spicy” level of curry could’ve been much spicier, IMHO (I’d called it fairly mild). Nice fry on the katsu, and my katsu don (they don’t call it that) had the katsu separately packaged from the egg/onion/broth mixture (presumably to keep the katsu crispy). The argula was really random, though.
Off the top of my head, I thought the katsu don here was much more expensive than the one from Sawtelle Tempura House; however, I was reviewing how much I actually paid at Tempura House, and the price differential isn’t as big as I thought.
Not a destination place in the least, but a fine place to have nearby.
A Figueira Rubaiyat is a famous restaurant in São Paulo with a very old humongous tree in the middle of the patio with branches that extend all over the restaurant. The ceiling and wall is built around the tree. Beautiful seven level bar and an extensive wine wall focused mostly on Spanish and Latin American bottles.
The meat is the star at this place. I had a baby beef ribeye and it was glorious. Beefy, marbled and perfectly seasoned with just salt. It was one of the best restaurant steaks I’ve ever had. The sides were much different than your average steakhouse. Aubergine, salad with tomatoes/hearts of palm, farro with cheese and olives, some other type of root veggie I never heard of and a very good puffy crunchy potato that I don’t understand how they made. My Spanish is decent but Portuguese is a different beast. Had a hard time keeping up. It sounded more like Italian to me.
Went to the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit at The Grand. Then went across the street to The Broad for more Jean-Michel. Checked out the new Academy Museum and stayed about an hour listening to some live music at LACMA.
I (used to) be fairly decent w/ Spanish, too, and I had heard from native speakers that Italians and Spaniards can kind of understand each other. Not so for me when I visited Italy! They couldn’t understand me, and I couldn’t understand them! I will say that I have difficulty understanding those who have what I assume is a Castilian accent (ie., I understand people from Mexico much more easily than I do people from Spain or parts of South America).
At any rate, back to the food… Wish the steakhouses here would serve those kind of sides!
I once listened to some tourists in Rome for ten minutes before some word clued me to the fact that they were speaking Spanish rather than some funny Italian dialect. But usually I can’t understand a single Spanish sentence because too many words are unintelligible.
Niçois dialect and Catalan are close enough that they can get by pretty well.
Dalva e Dito is Alex Atala’s more casual restaurant serving traditional Brazilian fare. Fantastic flavors and some unique ingredients I don’t even know the names of. Every restaurant serves up pao de quejo. The best ones are always warm and fresh.
Pato No Tucupi roasted duck with some type of Brazilian greens and rice. Reminded me of a southern dish with collard greens and pot liquor. The duck was great. Very small non hormone inflated U.S. sized ducks. The leg was really small but it was fine.
Pan Holic on Lincoln and Beach. Used to be Wok Holic. The ownership has changed hands a few times but for our money the best Korean Chinese in the OC. Small place with only 8 four tops and pretty much a wait if you go during lunch or dinner rush hour on the weekends. Mom n pop owned. Support small business.
Properly spicy jjampoong with half a crab, 3 head of shrimps, mussels, clam and squid rings.
Some of the Chinese Korean restaurants only have the yellow pickles (Dan moo ji) and raw onion with the plum sauce. Sometimes you’ll get the fresh non fermented kimchi at these places. They did not have kimchi.