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Los Angeles Restaurant Recommendations for a Friend who Lives in New York

Sometimes out of town friends ask for restaurant recommendations. The restaurants I love in Los Angeles are spread all over town and they usually aren't ones that are famous. 

I thought I'd share the list with you.

Adana Restaurant 6918 San Fernando Road, Glendale 91201 818/843-6237 Delicious food. Written about by me, Mark Bittman and Jonathan Gold. We all love it. The chef, Edward Khechemyan, is a hard working, inventive man. The food is freshly made. Affordable. Delicious.

Here are links to reviews: Mark Bittman http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/magazine/this-armenian-life.html?_r=0 Jonathan Gold http://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-0307-gold-adana-restaurant-20150307-story.html David Latt http://menwholiketocook.blogspot.com/search/label/Adana%20Restaurant







Yabu  11820 W. Pico Blvd LA CA 90064  (310) 473-9757 The best affordable sushi, tempura, udon and soba in LA. An intimate, cozy, friendly space. 

Here is my review: http://menwholiketocook.blogspot.com/2011/08/yabu-in-west-los-angeles-authen…

Eating Our Way Through Tokyo and Kyoto

With only a few days in Tokyo and Kyoto, to take even a snapshot of the food scene takes eating at half a dozen restaurants each day.
Starting early, we visited Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market to see the fresh catch of day being sold in the warren of stalls. While we were there, we ate at the dozens and dozens of food stalls that rim the outside and inside of the market.  Our first stop at 8:00 a.m. was Ryu Sushiwhere we had a sashimi plate and a sushi sampler. The fish was what you would hope for, eating at a restaurant so close to the fish market, fresh, clean tasting and delicious. For me, there was a huge eye-opener: mackerel.  
The few times I have eaten mackerel at home, it tasted fishy and oily. At Ryu Sushi the mackerel sashimi was mild tasting, sweet and buttery. Mark Bittman always writes about how much he likes mackerel. Now I understand why.
In our short time at Tsukiji we ate sashimi, sushi, tamago, pork ramen and soba with shrimp tempura.  From the Tsukiji market we had…