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Los Angeles Dish of the Month (Feb 2013) - Nominations

Dave MP Jan 22, 2013 04:09 PM

It's time to choose a Dish of the Month for Los Angeles for February 2013

The idea is this: choose a 'Dish of the Month' for the LA area and then collectively try as many versions of this dish as possible, reporting back with details and photos. It's great to talk about places you've been in the past, but the idea is to explore new places and make new discoveries.

The dish that gets chosen might be something very specific (minestrone soup, xiao long bao) but might also be more of a dish category (stuffed pasta dishes, Asian fried chicken). It's up to the users, but it probably makes sense to choose something that locals are excited about trying and finding the best versions!

This is the nomination thread for February 2013…you can nominate as many dishes as you want, but once we do the voting thread (which will start on January 28), it will be one vote per user.

To nominate a dish, post it in ALL CAPS in the responses below. This thread will be open until January 28th.

LA Chowhound ipsedixit has volunteered to take on the coordinator role for Dish of the Month. So, be on the lookout for his posts about the voting and reporting here forward.

Dave MP

Previous Dish of the Month Discussion for LA:

Pork Chop: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884484
BBQ Brisket: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875871
Roast Chicken: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880578

  1. Dave MP Jan 22, 2013 04:13 PM

    How about something that isn't meat!?!

    Some ideas:





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      Thor123 Jan 22, 2013 04:33 PM


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        budlit Jan 23, 2013 03:46 PM


      2. Porthos Jan 22, 2013 04:40 PM


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          Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2013 05:54 PM

          SHORT RIBS

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            ns1 Jan 26, 2013 01:01 PM

            +1 for nachos.

          2. Porthos Jan 22, 2013 05:56 PM

            Hope Ipse lays down the law and bans votes from those who voted the month before yet didn't participate :)

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            1. re: Porthos
              Dirtywextraolives Jan 22, 2013 06:48 PM

              Seriously?! Why, so only the four or five of you can participate? Don't you guys have your own little Totoraku club anyway? What's the point of not letting the rest of the community participate?

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                jdwdeville Jan 22, 2013 06:52 PM

                Snap! And to think, I've been asking everyone I know to get the Totoraku invite and there were cardholders lurking here all along...

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                  Porthos Jan 22, 2013 08:49 PM


                  The point is to get people to actually participate and not just talk about dishes they've had before.

                  As in actually go out and try dish of the month that month.

                  Why vote if you're not going to go and make the effort to try it? Especially if your dish actually ends up being dish of the month?

                  1. re: Porthos
                    Dirtywextraolives Jan 23, 2013 08:23 AM

                    I understand the point of the thread. I have participated before. I don't believe my nominations have made it to be dish of the month. Ether way, that wouldn't prevent me from attempting to try.

                    But how do you know whether I will make the effort or not?! Do you know more about my schedule than I do?? There are some of us with young kids we're raising, and busy school & volunteer schedules, and we don't dine out on an expense account. Whether or not we are able to get out and try a particular dish, one of which may even be something we don't eat regularly, is not what the thread is about, and it seems rather presumptive & arrogant on your part to stipulate that those of us who may not make it out that month should not be allowed to participate.

                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                      Dave MP Jan 23, 2013 08:54 AM

                      Hi Dirtywextraolives,

                      I think Porthos was only joking, but as you can see in my response below, any effort to participate will be greatly appreciated. Even if you only post one Dish of the Month review over an entire year, that's still a great contribution.

                      And to any people reading this who don't regularly post, I encourage you to nominate some dishes, take part in the voting, and start reporting back and what you eat during the month of February. It can be really fun to have a month-long eating project like this....I know I've been enjoying it in San Francisco.

                      Dave MP

                      1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                        Porthos Jan 23, 2013 09:01 AM

                        The reality is that only 2-4 people actually participate and the other 4-5 just make absolute statements about past experiences: "X has the best Y ever!" That's no different than all the other threads out there.

                        Forgive me for my "tough love" approach in an attempt to get more active participation on what has been pretty dismal attendance the past few months. It's a cool concept. I wish more people would be active and not just be content with throwing out interesting dishes. Not sure why SF can get out and eat but we can't. Maybe we're all just so much busier with work and volunteer activities here in LA than the hounds in SF...

                        1. re: Porthos
                          Dirtywextraolives Jan 23, 2013 09:42 AM

                          Maybe you should give it some more time to build up to a participation level you find acceptable. But to outright start assuming who should be able to participate and who shouldn't is arrogant and discriminatory - hardly a tolerant attitude at all.

                          And posters should know that they can revisit the thread and post a comment or discovery even after that month is over, to inform other readers as to what they found about that specific dish. It is ultimately meant to serve as a resource for those who want to search for a stellar version of a particular dish or food.

                  2. re: Porthos
                    Dave MP Jan 23, 2013 08:51 AM

                    I think you were only joking here, Porthos, but please make sure you're not telling people how to post. Nobody is going to be banned from voting! :)

                    It can be frustrating to feel like you're one of few people participating in a project like Dish of the Month, but sometimes it takes time to build up participation, and to find the right dishes that attract that participation. In the meantime, I hope everyone participating can lead by positive example. Porthos, you've been doing a great job with this, so keep it up!

                    1. re: Dave MP
                      Porthos Jan 23, 2013 09:05 AM

                      The smiley face was supposed to signify joke. Maybe I should have done a larger winky face. My bad :)

                      Maybe the mods can look into adding emoticons? There are a few boards out there with graphic and moving gif emoticons that make posting more fun and clear. Especially with the tongue in cheek stuff.

                  3. Mattapoisett in LA Jan 22, 2013 10:11 PM

                    BREAKFAST BURRITO

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                      carter Jan 23, 2013 10:31 AM


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                      1. re: carter
                        Porthos Jan 23, 2013 10:58 AM

                        Good call.


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                          bulavinaka Jan 23, 2013 12:26 PM

                          Oh snap - just picked up a few bags of dumplings at JTYH. Can I wait to boil them in February? ;-) - wink-wink.

                          1. re: bulavinaka
                            Porthos Jan 23, 2013 12:36 PM

                            Guess you're going to have to ask ipse about that...

                            Sounds like something for the home cooking boards to me ;-) *iphone grin face*

                            The real question is if "soup dumplings" would be allowed!

                            1. re: Porthos
                              Dave MP Jan 23, 2013 12:45 PM

                              Reviews of frozen dumplings that are from a local source (i.e. they are made at a restaurant in LA) are relevant to the LA Category and can definitely be written about here. If the discussion becomes more generic about "how to cook dumplings" then that does belong on Home Cooking.

                              1. re: Dave MP
                                Porthos Jan 23, 2013 01:11 PM

                                Just joking around again. ;-)


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                                Porthos Jan 23, 2013 02:58 PM

                              3. re: bulavinaka
                                ipsedixit Jan 23, 2013 01:36 PM

                                Oh snap - just picked up a few bags of dumplings at JTYH. Can I wait to boil them in February?

                                You could boil them now and just eat them in February ...

                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                  RicRios Jan 23, 2013 01:58 PM

                                  Congratulations, Master Ipse, on your new CoRoFoDiMo (coordinator role for Dish of the Month) nomination.

                            2. re: carter
                              lapizzamaven Jan 26, 2013 06:14 PM

                              Havent had a chance to physically participate in the "Dish of the Month Club," though I've voted...I feel so naughty...But Id get out there for dumplings!

                            3. ipsedixit Jan 25, 2013 07:35 AM


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                                maudies5 Jan 25, 2013 09:38 AM

                                ROASTED VEGETABLES

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                                  djquinnc Jan 25, 2013 09:50 AM


                                  1. WildSwede Jan 25, 2013 03:57 PM


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                                      whiner Jan 25, 2013 11:27 PM

                                      (WILD) MUSHROOMS


                                      OSSO BUCCO

                                      SHORT RIBS

                                      ROOT VEGETABLES / BEETS



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                                        magiccat Jan 25, 2013 11:27 PM

                                        Split pea soup.

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                                          Kalivs Jan 26, 2013 12:35 AM

                                          I love the idea of dumplings. Would Indian koftas count as dumplings?


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                                            Porthos Jan 26, 2013 07:33 AM

                                            I think that's the cool part. Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian...maybe even allow for southern dumplings

                                            1. re: Kalivs
                                              ipsedixit Jan 26, 2013 11:17 AM

                                              I love the idea of dumplings. Would Indian koftas count as dumplings?


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                                                bulavinaka Jan 26, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                What about xlb?

                                                1. re: bulavinaka
                                                  Porthos Jan 26, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                  Yes ipse, what about soup dumplings ;-)

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                                                    bulavinaka Jan 26, 2013 06:38 PM

                                                    No smiley face emoticon from me - I'm too scared of the potential response... 8-[

                                                  2. re: bulavinaka
                                                    ipsedixit Jan 26, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                    I'll take that as a nomination! Even though it's not all caps ...

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                                                      bulavinaka Jan 26, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                      I'm not worthy! Kou tou kou tou kou tou!

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                                                bulavinaka Jan 26, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                HAND MADE/CRAFTED NOODLES

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                                                  CLowe Jan 26, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                  I'm in for dumplings, too!

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                                                    ronsilverado Jan 26, 2013 08:12 PM

                                                    CARNE ASADA

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                                                      BrewNChow Jan 27, 2013 07:51 PM







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                                                        ns1 Jan 28, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                        I'm interested in Biryani...but I think Hounds will be afraid cuz there's so much mediocre biryani in LA....

                                                        I say this as I'm plowing through my zam zam leftovers.

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                                                        Thor123 Jan 27, 2013 07:56 PM

                                                        Is there a winner for January?

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                                                        1. re: Thor123
                                                          Porthos Jan 27, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                          Pretty sure you knocked it out of the park with the pork chop reports. Congrats!

                                                          1. re: Porthos
                                                            ipsedixit Jan 27, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                            On perseverance alone The God of Thunder wins.
                                                            No doubt.

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit
                                                              Porthos Jan 27, 2013 08:37 PM

                                                              Was at J&J tonight for some crab XLB...practicing for Feb dish of the month ;)

                                                              Realized I missed an opportunity to get pork chop with rice there as I stood up to leave and spied the table by the door with it. Looked good. Was too distracted by the simmered pork with bean curd knots, aforementioned XLB, and the house special soup in clay pot.

                                                              Would still have lost out to Thor though :)

                                                              1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                Thor123 Jan 27, 2013 08:57 PM

                                                                Much appreciated. Cudos to Sotto.

                                                          2. ipsedixit Jan 28, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                            Nominations for the Los Angeles Dish of the Month February 2013 has closed.

                                                            Go here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/888148 and cast your votes for the Dish of the Month for February 2013.

                                                            See you all there. Thanks.

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