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=)Hurry back from Japan and post! I wanna hear all about this fugu!
Great pictures and detailed comments! A lot of research is done.
Kevin - I follow your posts via chowhound. You're one of my favorite reviewers. Thanks for putting up this blog - its easier to read than your myspace page. "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." Bon Appetit!
Welcome to foodblogging on blogger! :)I agree that this is easier to read than the myspace blog.
write more! i love reading your posts
That's cool I was just going to suggest to you this type of arrangement!!!
Thank you for this, Kevin ! It makes it very easy for me to find things now :)I'm off to Charlie Palmer's for lunch tomorrow - wish me luck. So far, most people have given it a thumbs down...
Yeah I thought having an index of sorts would help organize things.Good luck on CP. Hopefully it'll be better for you than me!
Great blog, awesome pictures from Manresa. Definitely one of my top 3 restaurants (Manresa, Coi, Stone Barns). Thanks, Ryanhttp://bestbyfarr.wordpress.com
Thanks Ryan. I just checked out your site and you have some pretty serious stuff on there!So what are your plans now that you're done with Orson?
Great! Looking forward to more posts!
Thanks Sharon! You have quite a nice blog there yourself too. ;)
Could you put a 'Follow This Blog' button on your site...go to 'Edit Post' and then 'Layout' and you can add things and personalize your site with further information on yourself... -Chef E
I'm not following. When I go to "Edit Posts," I don't have anything labeled "Layout."On the main page, there is a "Subscribe to Posts" link if that's what you're looking for.
So glad that I found your blog!!!
Thanks Joey! How did you find it?
Kevin! I love your blog, and I have to say we have some very similar tastes in food.I would love for you to post a "best of" or favorites in Los Angeles! Or if you could name your top 3 restaurants here, it'd be very helpful.Thanks, and keep on blogging!
Thanks! The top restaurant in LA for me is easy: Urasawa. As for the rest, it's not so clear, but Providence, Spago, CUT, and Sushi Zo are up there. Bastide too, if it were still around.
hi kevin--if you're taking requests (!), here's mine: one of the momofuku restuarants in NYC--preferably ssäm bar. i'm dying for insider intel... regards,lori
Lori, I was sort of planning to go to Momofuku Ko on my NY trip over the holidays, but then Per Se came through! ;)
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Thanks, I'm glad you've been enjoying the blog.I'm still figuring out what I want to do for a living. The current economic turmoil hasn't made things easier!I think it's not so much an issue about "affording" to dine out as it is about priorities, and food for me is a high priority. So for example, next time, put down the Louboutins and go to Urasawa instead. ;)
Hi there, well I was in Chicago a couple of months ago (horrible timing..weather was bad bad bad!) but.. ALINEA made it all worth while.. I had the full tasting with the wine pairing.. did you get that too? It was heaven..and our servers were soo helpful. Looking at all your pictures made me hungry all over again... anyways, have you ever checked out a blog called the "hungry hedonist"? I don't think she has been updating it recently..but she had some amazing photos of places she tried... go check it out!
Glad to hear you had a good time at Alinea. Yes I had the wine pairing; it's really the way to go with wine, as given the multitude of flavors in the Tour, you'd be hard pressed to come up with a bottle that goes with everything.I wasn't familiar with Hungry Hedonist. She has some nice reviews (including Alinea), but sorely needs to update--the last post was in July 2008!
wow! simply wow! love your blog!!! <3
Thanks J! How did you discover it?
So it looks like you recently went to Breadbar for Ludo Bites. I am interested on what your thoughts are but it seems as though the Vegas trip will need to be taken care of first.
The Vegas trip, and three other places will have to be dispensed with prior to Ludo Bites. Though the meal had its share of misses, overall I had a positive experience there, and I eagerly await Ludo's opening of his own restaurant.
totally in love with your blog, and a bit jealous of many of your foodings. thanks for the posts!
You're quite welcome. Are there any particular places that've interested you?
Is there anyway to view your most recent restaurant visits?
Yes, there certainly is. Look on the right hand side of the page and find the "Previous Posts" section; this lists my last nine posts.
So I made tentative reservations, haha... we'll see if I can follow through. Nice finally getting to meet you in person after all this time.
Vinh, nice to finally meet you too man. Bring your friend next week. ;)
Kevin-First of all, thanks for sharing your experiences...I came across your blog by chance, and man, I couldn't stop reading and surveying your list of places. Will certainly come back to your blog whenever we're back in SoCal.Also, surprised you haven't reviewed Campenile, which is one of our favs! Dude, I dig your pics and your descriptions, really gives us the feel of "being there"!Peace,Ron
Thanks Ron! I think you hit the nail on the head; what I aim to do here is to document a meal so it is really like "being there." You're right about Campanile though--I should make it out there some time!
Nice Blog! I don't see fleur de lys...I'd love to read your review on that.
Ahh Fleur de Lys...maybe next time I'm in San Francisco.
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Couldn't make it to Hatchi with Marcel?
In Las Vegas for Bar Masa debut. ;)
Hi, just found out your blog. What a nice review and picture you have here. I love Alinea too and would love to come back later :)
Yun, I just read your Alinea post. Nice job on it, and your blog in general!
shaboo? please? hit it up? thanks.
Will: given the underwhelming experience at Bar Masa, Shaboo is unlikely.
Well damn, kevin. You're breaking my heart, but I guess blindly asking a total stranger to visit to shaboo was is worth the time.No one takes pictures like you do. You and your camera are made for the wallet abusing price of shaboo.Eh, not that it matters. This space just doesn't fit the modern vegas clientele. In a year or two, this space will become the fanciest buffet in the history of western civilization.Don't get me wrong, I love me some Guy Savoy and Joel's Atelier, but Masa's latest restaurant concept is about five years behind the curve....
It's not so much the price, but the experience that turns me off Shaboo. If I were to get a true Masa-esque experience there, then I would definitely consider the place. Going to Savoy or Robuchon would seem like a much better use of funds.I've yet to see a positive review of either Bar Masa or Shaboo, so it'll be interesting to see what happens to the restaurant.
Hi, I have a wine tasting event coming up: Zinfandel Grand Tasting & Cookoff Sunday, April 18th 4:00-7:00 p.m. Palm Garden at the Island Hotel 660 Newport Center Road Newport Beach, CA 92660 If you would like to hold a contest for your readers, I can provide you with tickets for the winner. Please contact me if you would like to participate in holding a contest. Thank you! Lori Olseneditorial@great-taste.net
Love your foodie map, I should try that. Been to all your Chicago hits. I live in LA and I have a woeful record of the hot LA restaurants...I eat out more when I travel.
Chicago is arguably the most cutting edge food city in the country--can't wait to return!I definitely eat out more when I travel as well--since I have only a limited amount of time, I gotta make the most of it right?
You need to try The Hungry Cat Restaurant in Hollywood. It is real food, done by a real chef.
I agree about The Hungry Cat, but are you implying that most of the other restaurants here don't offer real food done by real chefs?
i'm definitely a kevin eats fan. the meticulous process in which you document your food experience (food pics and narrative) deserves a "whoa dang" from me. it's like i'm hiding in your pocket while you're eating. drop a morsel in your pocket dangit! :( anyways, awesome blog. *high five*
Thanks! My painfully detailed posts are one of my hallmarks. ;) *high five*
I was just checking old emails and I think your birthday was last Monday or so? Happy belated!
Ha thanks Vinh, it was actually yesterday. ;)
Kevin eats, and kevin cooks. Check out kevinkoss.com for a video of some Halibut, I think you'll like!
Hello Kevin, Hope all has been well. I live here at San Francisco. Please let me know if you decide to check out Benu. I would like your opinion. All the best Jonathan firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan, believe me, Benu is at the top of my list for the Bay Area. I just don't know when I'll be up there next.
I really like the new navigation page! Alinea received a 18/20 on Gayot? *Gasp*
Thanks Jen!So are you saying that a 18/20 is too high or too low for Alinea? Note that French Laundry, Per Se, Joel Robuchon, and Citronelle have all got scores of 19/20.
That's what I noticed! I was surprised Alinea didn't receive a 19/20 as well, since it's ranked as the "best restaurant" in the US on S. Pellegrino. Then again I haven't been to any of these restaurants, haha.
It's probably because Alinea's style is a bit more unconventional than the others'. It'll be interesting to see if the restaurant gets 3 stars in the upcoming Michelin rating.
Oo I want to see that! Too bad LA is not getting a Michelin publication this year. :(
I have a feeling that they won't be returning for a long time: http://la.eater.com/archives/2010/10/14/michelin_guide_director_people_in_la_are_not_real_foodies.php
Will you ever get on Hells Kitchen as a guest in the dinning room?
Good question. I'd certainly like to, but I don't have any connections over at FOX. I'm not holding my breath.
Kevin, I finally tried Joel Robuchon this past Monday. It was probably my best French Dinner ever. I was in Absolute Bliss. I of course had the 13 course Degustation Tasting Menu. They also started wine pairings for this menu at 3 denominations $295, $595, and $995 pp. Not sure if offered for other tasting menu's though. I got to meet the man, in fact heard another blogger say Chef would be in town from the 14-18 of Nov. and scheduled my dinner accordingly. Got a copy of menu with wine pairings signed by chef himself. And no, he cannot speak a word of English although he did have an interpreter. My meal alone was $880 incl. of tax & tip, probably my most expensive but delightful meal ever.
Great to hear that you enjoyed yourself at Robuchon--I need to get back there sometime. I'm surprised that they're offering wine pairings now. What did the $995 one comprise of to justify the cost? My first meal there was also my most expensive ever, at $775 (there was a $1100 Urasawa dinner, but I didn't pay for it).
Hi Kevin! Chef Makoto had brought up your name & your blog, and now I'm a big fan =) Thank you for the great reviews!
Hey Rina, I'm glad to hear that you've been able to enjoy the blog! =) How did my name come up with Chef Makoto?
Still no Kitchen 1540?
Bobby, it's up here. Just had some time-critical posts that I needed to get up beforehand.
Spent 25+ years in Specialty Construction Materials Marketing and Sales all over North America and parts of Europe...favorite part of the job was being forced at gunpoint to severely entertain Specifying and Purchasing Customers....One neat trick is to politely ask the Convention Hotel Restaurant Staff, "So, like, where's the Second Best Restaurant in town ??" Get lots of great candid recommendations that way....Chow on, Dude...and keep writing and snapping..!!
Right on Willy. Sounded like a pretty sweet gig--dining out on the company dime is always nice!
Just had a random thought. What if you set the date of this post to the way future. Then you won't have to republish again and again! Haha. Merry Christmas, Kevin! :)
Jennifer, each of my posts is dated to the date of the actual visit, not when I posted. Thus, I reset the date of this index post to the date of the latest blog update. ;)
Kevin - You might want to check your links. I tried clicking on "Binh Dan" from the California OC menu and it took forever. Finally, I just closed the page.
Thi, can you check again? It just loaded up fine for me.
Hello Kevin, I love your website and your reviews and have commented several times (albeit "anonymously" b/c I'm too lazy to create a profile). Just a comment on website design: would you ever consider ditching the interactive map. It's so busy that it's almost unusable. I also think that, considering your creativity and thoughtfulness, that you could put a beautiful photo or graphic that that captures the essence of your website.Just my 2 cents. Tally Ho!
Good to hear that you've been enjoying the blog. It's interesting that you mention the map, because I'm actually planning to move it to a separate page to speed up loading.
excellent blog, i'm going to spend quite some time going through your archives as it seems like we live in the same area and have visited mane of the same restaurants
Where do you live, and which of the same restaurants?
Chef Makoto enjoyed & appreciated your post about Sashi. He's no longer at Sashi because he's opening "MAKOTO" at the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami in mid March. He said to please visit if you come to Florida! =)
Rina, why did Makoto decide to leave Sashi, and why did he want to open up a place in Florida instead of locally?
He loved Sashi & worked hard to open it but he got an awesome oppurtunity with famous restaurateur Stephen Starr (he has many restaurants in Philadelphia and Morimoto restaurants). The restaurant is in Bal Harbour Shops which is supposedly a world known high end mall. He thought it would be a great opportunity to start his own brand & open a restaurant in his name. The restaurant will be a lot different from Sashi. It will be more traditional Japanese.
Got it--I totally understand why he made the move. Are you in LA as well? How do you know Makoto?
I'm originally from LA, went to UCSD, moved back for a few months, then moved to Bal Harbour (north of Miami) to help open MAKOTO. I'm his assistant. I miss LA!! I wish I could come back..I check your blog on a daily basis & there's so many places I missed out :(
Were you recently drinking Burgundy in Luggage Room in Pasadena w/ some friends?
Rina: Got it. So are you ever planning to return then? Also, did I see you at the final dinner at The Dining Room?Anon: Nope. In fact, I've never even been there.
You should go, decent pizza place without the Mozza 'tude. Anyhow, this group was a bit on the pretentious side @ LR and claimed to be into Burgundy. The downside to wine I suppose, point-chasers and label whores. Keep up the detailed reviews!
Cool. I wasn't even aware of the Luggage Room before, but will keep it in mind if I'm in the mood for pizza. What kind of Burgundy were they drinking?
I don't see the Canadian cities of Vancouver, BC (which includes Richmond, BC, a suburb) or Toronto.Come on!!!!!! Chinese disapora world-wide make an effort to go to Richmond to eat the real deal. Anyway a Richmond food blogger couple. He is Malayasian-Chinese-Canadian she's Chinese (but that's all I know). http://chowtimes.com/
Jean, you know, I've actually never been up to Canada before!
This blog is just amazing. I love the photos.
Thanks Louis--looks like you have some serious travels of your own there.
instead of archive by dates, can you do category tags instead on your right hand panel :) love your blog!
Thanks--unfortunately that wouldn't work, as the individual posts do not have any sort of tagging on them. :p
Hey Kevin, any aspirations on checking out the dining scene in Portland, OR?
Unfortunately I don't have any Portland plans in the near future. Are you from there? If I do end up in the City, where should I be going?
Kevin, I have been hearing great reviews about sushi noguchi in Yorba Linda. We usually look at your sushi reviews before we dine out and we would love to see what you think of the pla.ce
Thanks for the suggestion! It actually looks like a nice place. Unfortunately I rarely get out to Yorba Linda, but I'll definitely keep Noguchi in mind next time I'm there.
Kevin, Love following your foodie eats! My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary next month and want a great omakase experience (we loved Sasabune in Honolulu). What are your top 2 preferences (we live in San Diego but love to drive for good food)?Thanks Kevin!
In SD, I've heard good things about Ota and Kaito.Up here, the #1 spot obviously belongs to Urasawa. After that would probably be Mori Sushi and Sushi Zo.
This Blog is Awesome!
Thanks! Where are you going to school?
Can you please take me out to dinner some timeeeeeee?!?! you have seriously been to all the best restaurants that I have been dying to try
can you take me out to dinner some time? you have been to all the best restaurants I have been wanting to try
I like your blog, I really do, but if you use the fucking word "vegetal" one more time I will stop reading. OK I'm being dramatic, but don't you get sick of typing the same words over and over to describe food? My other pet peeve words are "lactic," "tang,"and the phrase "lingered on the palate." Your descriptions are so heavy handed and repetitive half the time, and brilliant and illuminating the other half. Think about it this way; you don't always have to tell us point blank what it tastes like to provide a good description. I will say this, though, you know how to eat, man. Sounds dumb, but not everyone knows how to eat properly, especially the when it comes to eating food of such a high level of quality.
@aaron... Dramatic or not, take yourself away!
i was just wondering how do i subscribe to your blog? im obviously not very tech savvy lol
It would be cool if you had an ever present side column of your top restaurants that you want to visit.
Any thoughts on coming up to Portland anytime soon?
Awesome Blog..Good Work And Posts...
Can you really actually smell or tatse anything? Your nose is so far up all these asses. hinoki & the bird was dreadful. You clearly get off on trying to be the "first " to review places. Doesnt make u cool. Only rather pathetic. Get a life.
You're the pathetic one.
great blog. long time reader. what websites do you use for wine ratings and recommendations?
Can you take my dinedelish.com to LA Food and Wine? Are you going? They haven't got back to him yet on whether or not he can go as part of their media. If you plan on going,let him know. - your fan, Melanie
Hi Kevin! I have recently discovered your website, I am enjoying reading it very much, it has great info! I hope we can begin to exchange some ideas! Thank you.
Great post, looking forward to following your blog! Cheers!
Thanks for the links, keep updating your blog, I like reading your posts!
Regards from Finland, Europe. Even though we have over 5600 miles the distance between us, I am a big fan of your blog. Great blog, awesome pictures. I started with CUT  posting 2008 and since then been hooked. I have really enjoyed your postings. Still my favorites are the Urasawa's.
Great Work, Kevin. Your pictures and descriptions are terrific. Now we're off to Little Sister to try the ma la tartar! On that note, have you had Tony Xu's house-made Szechuan sausages at Chengdu Taste yet? Best, Daniel. www.cinefoodie.com
hey man why were you banned from yelp?
Hi Kevin:How on earth can you afford to eat at all these restaurants? Do they sponsor you or you part of the Berkshire Hathaway family? I'm confused....these are not all affordable venues for us common folks....Best....J
Fantastic blog - keep up the good work!
Think you should try Ahi Poki Bowl in Temple City. Would like your review. They are doing their soft opening.
Wow, lots of haters on this one. Keep up the great work Kevin, YOU AWESOME!
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Hi Kevin - even though I live in NYC I love your blog. Pull it up everyday to see if you've posted. Love the pics and thorough reviews, great job. Just curious why you haven't been to/reviewed any sushi restaurants lately? Sushi is my favorite and always interested to see what the LA sushi chefs are up to these days...Thanks and keep posting!
Dear Keven Iff your in San Diego my wife also has a restaurant that specializes in traditional Mexican food beginning with Cochinita Peril a slow roasted pork, Barbacoa marinated lamb slow cooked in guajillo chili for 5-6 hours, Huitlecoche or corn truffle quesadilla served with Mexican cheese and homemade salsa, fresh cactus salad, real guacamole, homemade tortillas, fresh juices all from scratch. The fair is regional, indigenous pre Hispanic Mexican are looking forward to your oppinion. Below is a link to their reviews on Yelp, Facebook and a national commercial of the restaurant. thank you for your time.Sincerely Ronnie AttiqEL BORREGO RESTURANT4280 El Cajon BlvdSan Diego, CA 92105(619) 281-1355https://www.facebook.com/El-Borrego-Restaurant-197243366985411/https://www.yelp.com/biz/el-borrego-restaurant-san-diegohttps://youtu.be/r29Px_wzyg8
Love your blog, been following for a few years. Forgive the question, but I'm curious: Have you ever reviewed (or eaten at) an African restaurant? Thanks again for sharing your passion for great eateries.
Hi Kevin,I would like to know where you purchase your beer? Looking for great recommendations in Los Angeles.Thanks,Max
what's going on with Urasawa???https://www.google.co.kr/amp/la.eater.com/platform/amp/2016/10/25/13404158/urasawa-closed-rumormongering-beverly-hills-sushi-lawsuit?client=safari
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