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Los Angeles Dish of the Month, April 2014, Voting

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There has been a thread about replacing ipse dixit, at his request, for coordinator. Thought I'd just advance the discussion.

Dishes to be sampled April 2014 seem to be:


Please record your vote before midnight Monday March 31. By tradition, votes must be in ALL CAPS.

Unless someone commits to take responsibility, I'll tabulate and post. I can be emailed listed on my profile.

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    1. **It is big shoes to fill, nosh**... ------- >steakandeggs< ------- got only 2 votes and by the same person. ---------> wild mushrooms <---------- got at least 4 votes! And should be included as a possibility.

      Thank you.

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      1. re: whiner

        He who criticizes volunteers, Whiner.

        With that said, SHELLFISH .

        1. re: whiner

          I was just about to say the same thing.... What's up with that? Technically, that 2nd vote wasn't a vote but a lobbying effort admitted by same poster.....

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Is there a difference between the nomination thread and the voting thread?

            1. re: orythedog

              No, but a nomination is still tabulated as a vote ;)

        2. Thanks Nosh.


          1. whiner is correct -- WILD MUSHROOMS should be included. sorry.

            Updated Dish of the Month, April 2014, is:

            WILD MUSHROOMS

            Please vote all caps.

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Ok, ….

                          SHELLFISH it is.

                          Btw, what does shellfish include ???? to this ignoramus of a guy ????

                          lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, musselss (oh, shit, the last two are mollusks, right ?).

                          1. re: kevin

                            Yes yes & yes. In my book, shellfish includes mollusks and bivalves that live in shells ;)

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              Crusteaceans, mollusks, bivalves, of course...

                              But what about about echinoderms? Sea cucumber and of course...

                              sea urchins?

                              1. re: J.L.

                                Sea urchins, yes as they live in their shells. Sea cucumber? I don't believe they have a shell.....slimy little bastards....

                                  1. re: A5 KOBE

                                    Well, now you're splitting hairs, but give me an example of a cooked one please.

                                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    Slimy little bastards.


                                    Cracked up.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      What about a Lobster Roll? No shell just bread.

                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        Sure. I'm up for that.

                                        I guess I have to check out Connie's and Teds.

                                        For a revisit.

                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                          Actually sea cucumbers and sea urchins are both echinoderms, as a point of classification...

                                          Sea cucumbers can be quite delicious.

                                          1. re: J.L.

                                            Yes, but sea urchins have a shell and sea slugs don't.... The criterion is whether or not there is a shell, not the phylum of the organism :)

                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                              Sea slugs =/= sea cucumbers.

                                              I once accidentally stepped on a 1.5-foot sea cucumber in French Polynesia, and that guy definitely had a shell, and was none the worse for wear.

                                              On a totally tangential note, the poisson cru there was delectable.

                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                Well, according to Barron's Food Lover's Companion, Third edition, it states it is also known as the sea slug.

                                                According to Wikipedia, there are species that are "spiny", so perhaps that is what you stepped on. In this link, if you look at the bottom footnotes, they list shellfish, and sea urchin is included, but not sea cucumber, which is just listed as seafood.

                                                In all honesty, if the category wins, you can eat all the sea cucumber you like. You can even have my portions of the slimy bastards as I won't touch it with a ten foot pole as I believe I will throw up a little in my mouth if I do.


                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                  Dirty, you just cracked me up again.

                                                  But if you change your mind, the braised sea cucumber at Sea Harbor would be the way to go.

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    Well, my MIL used to have to entertain mainland Chinese diplomats all around the country.... And she used to camp in the outback of Australia & Papua New Guinea in the 60s so she's tried everything..... And even she can't stomach sea cucumbers and had to spit them out gracefully into her napkins. Soooooooo, no thanks.....I'll take the zero.....

                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                      Took me 10+ tries to like the stuff. Almost gagged the first 8 times. Something just clicked the 9-10th time.

                                                      Incidentally, the Chinese aren't the only ones to eat sea cucumber. They use fresh (not previously dehydrated and reconstituted) sea cucumbers in the arroz norteno at La Mar in Lima. Fresh, they're chewy like clam or abalone and quite tasty. Makes me wonder why more chefs don't use them fresh.

                                                      1. re: Porthos

                                                        Porthos, my version of sea cucumber is octopus.

                                                        Unless it's braised octopus on the zensai-starter plate at where else but Shunji's.

                                                        Nuff said.

                                                        On the 9th or 10th try, what joint sold you on cucumber so that it went from some bad shit to some good shit ?????


                                                        1. re: Porthos

                                                          Well, like I said, I've got to draw the line somewhere..... And sea cucumbers and monkey brains & eyeballs are safe around me....and balut.....

                                                        2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                          I can also cite Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_slug

                                                          "Sea cucumbers are also sometimes referred to as "sea slugs" because of their appearance, although they are in fact echinoderms."

                                                          Konowata is a Japanese delicacy, whereby the innards of the sea cucumber are pickled and served as nigiri. It is, shall we say, an acquired taste.

                                                          I've also eaten (but not enjoyed) the witchetty grub in the Australian Outback a few years back. Give me sea cucumber any day over witchetty grub, I say.

                                                          1. re: J.L.


                                                            Why did you tell me sea cucumber =/= sea slugs?????

                                                            Doubting my ass????

                                                            Ok, I'll bite....what's witchetty grub?? Is it like shrunken heads or some shit?

                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                              Hey, remember I'm on your side for DOTM!

                                                              You're seeing the similarity in that statement, whereas I see the statement of DIS-similarity.

                                                              As for witchetty grub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchett...

                                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                                EEEWWWWAAAAHHHHH!! They're friggin termite larvae!

                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                  Moth larvae, actually. Biting into them raw, they tasted like almonds with a liquid center.

                                                                  Dosen't sea cucumber sound so good right about now?

                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                    Seriously I just threw up a little in my mouth..... Yea I guess I'd take gelatinous goo over crunchy bug worms....!

                                    1. I'll throw my vote for LAMB.

                                      To count, votes must be on THIS thread, in ALL CAPS.

                                          1. re: JAB

                                            Spring time is lamb time. Thanks JAB

                                              1. Voting as of now -- Thur 3/27, 10 a.m.:

                                                Shellfish -- 7
                                                Lamb -- 6
                                                Wild Mushrooms -- 1
                                                Asparagus -- 1

                                                No, I have not counted nominations as votes. Only votes on this thread.

                                                Close race, with shellfish the early leader but lamb making a run...

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                                                1. re: nosh

                                                  Thanks again Nosh.

                                                  Let's go SHELLFISH.

                                                  1. Long ones... skinny ones... fat ones...


                                                              1. Don't forget, soft shell crabs are shellfish too, as are abalone..... Just a friendly PSA.

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                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                  Abalone alone makes the shellfish vote worth it. :-)

                                                                  1. re: J.L.

                                                                    Yes, yes it does, doesn't it??? Almost makes me want to visit my FIL in Ft. Bragg..... Almost.