Eater's Digest: Los Angeles 6

Previously on Adam Riff™:

December 2018 / January 2019
guerrilla tacos / bavel / ms. chi café / majordōmo / slab / fiona / diddy riese / sichuan impression

Eater named (Bavel) its 2018 Los Angeles restaurant of the year. It is worthy of that title.

Duck 'Nduja Hummus (Bavel)
creamy garbanzo beans, jerusalem mix spice, herbs, pita

^ At (Bavel), no accompanying bread is the same. Catch 'em all.

Scallop Crudo (Bavel)
pomegranate molasses, citrus, serrano chile oil, charred cucumber, mint, black sesame

^ Delayed heat.

Roasted Cauliflower (Bavel)
hawaij chile sauce, lime leaf, crème fraiche serrano dip, pistachios, dried flowers

Malawach (Bavel)
ancient grain crispy layered bread, grated tomato, dill crème fraiche, aged egg, strawberry zhoug

^ Reminded me of Chinese flatbread that my mother fries up at home.

Slow-Roasted Lamb Neck Shawarma (Bavel)
tahini, amba, pickled vegetables, laffa

^ Served bone-in.

Eater named (Majordōmo) its 2018 Los Angeles sensation of the year. It is the best David Chang restaurant that I have dined at by far.

$190 Whole Plate Short Rib (Majordōmo)
smoked bone-in adam perry lang-style ribs, served with beef rice, shiso, rice paper, ssämjang, and condiments

^ Sliced tableside. The scraps are then used to make an unusual fried rice featuring shaved horseradish and lemon juice/zest.

Fried Oxtail (Majordōmo)
salsa seca, chili, peanuts

^ Smothered in a delectable dry salsa. The oxtail evoked teriyaki.

Spicy Lamb Bing (Majordōmo)
smoked labneh with sichuan oil, pickled chilis and herbs

^ A play on Sichuan toothpick lamb.

Ms. Chi Scallion Pancake Sandwich (Ms. Chi Café)
chinese-spiced pastrami, hazelnut pesto, beijing mustard vinaigrette, served with salt and pepper tater tots

^ The scallion pancake didn't add anything, but you can't go wrong with pastrami and tots.

Hedgehog Bao (Ms. Chi Café)
molten dark chocolate, steamed milk bread

^ Chocolate-filled mantou.

Hawaiian Blue Prawn Taco (Guerilla Tacos)
three head-on hawaiian blue prawns, panchetta, mojo negro, flour tortilla, cabbage, avocado sauce, cilantro

^ More like an open-face burrito.

The Trudy Special (Slab)

^ A Brie cheese and barbecued brisket sandwich that's impossible to eat as a sandwich.

Frito Pie (Slab)
—Why aren't Frito pies more popular in California?

Chocolate Chip Cookie (Fiona)

Boiled Fish with Rattan Pepper (Sichuan Impression)
fresh boneless fish fillets, rattan peppers, fresh bell peppers, sprouts, black fungus

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

6. Boxed Waffle Mix Drama (Top Chef: Kentucky, S16E10)

Stray Observations

  • "We've all peed in things we regret." (The Magicians, S04E03)
  • "Hank, bring me…a Charbonnay." (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, S06E05)
  • "I also deleted photos of you from Halloween as Terri Schiavo."
    "Okay, I went as Terri Schiavo before and then I happened to pass out at the party." (The Other Two, S01E03)
  • "It's like a regular shoe, but it has this little baby drawer in the sole that you can put all of your change in."
    "So you just, say, hear coins when you walk around?"
    "Hell yeah. It's like how everybody's always talking about how they want to look like a million bucks, but now, you can also sound like a dollar." (The Other Two, S01E03)
  • "I'm living in SoHo at Justin Theroux's house."
    "Lego Ninjago?!" (The Other Two, S01E03)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Homecoming
The New AR™TV World Comedy Champion: The Other Two

Big Disc Energy

Previously on Adam Riff™:

Adam Riff™'s 2018 retrospective festivities conclude with my 15th audio almanac. Hear ye hear ye Monsters of Wak.

Our mates Adam Robot and Jon Bell also curated a 2018 mix. Heeeeeere's Herauditory!

And sneaking in right before the Grammys is Benny C 'til Infinity, curated by our mate Ben Cohen.

artwork by Jon Wilcox

1 hr 56 min

Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.

Time to update it.

Side A (curated by Jon)
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share"
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart"
16. Oneohtrix Point Never – "No Good"
17. Kanye West – "Ultralight Beam" [2016]
18. GoldLink – "Crew (feat. Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy)" [2017]
19. Panic! at the Disco – "High Hopes" [2018]

Jon: For reasons that are too embarrassing to print but involve Smash Bros., I listened to "High Hopes" more than any other song in 2018 by an wide margin. That it's catchy, bombastic, and optimistic in a time that can use more optimism didn't hurt.

Side B (curated by Ben)
1. Outkast – "B.O.B." [2000]
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling" [2001]
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River" [2002]
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) [feat. Outkast]"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
14. Daft Punk – "Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)"
15. Duke Dumont – "I Got You (feat. Jax Jones)"
16. Major Lazer × DJ Snake – "Lean On (feat. MØ)"
17. G.L.O.S.S. – "Give Violence a Chance" [2016]
18. Kendrick Lamar – "DNA." [2017]
19. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – "I Like It" [2018]

Ben: From the first moment I heard this song, I've been absolutely obsessed with it. Cardi's verse is legit HOF level ("Flexing on bitches as hard as I can / Eating halal, driving the Lam" is legit amazing) and her chorus with "Oh, he's so handsome, what's his name?" is just fantastic. Add in Bad Bunny and J Balvin spitting their best verses of 2018 and you get my favorite song of 2018. I don't think I'll ever tire of this masterpiece.

Bonus Disc (curated by Adam Robot)
1. Snapcase – "Typecast Modulator" [2000]
2. Rival Schools – "Travel by Telephone" [2001]
3. City of Caterpillar – "And You're Wondering How a Top Floor Could Replace Heaven" [2002]
4. Every Time I Die – "Ebolarama"
5. Codeseven – "All the Best Dreams"
6. Comeback Kid – "Wake the Dead"
7. Jesu – "Silver"
8. Rob Crow – "Up"
9. Russian Circles – "Campaign"
10. Coalesce – "Wild Ox Moan"
11. Deftones – "Rocket Skates"
12. Touché Amoré – "Home Away from Here"
13. Torche – "Kicking"
14. Coliseum – "Fuzzbang"
15. Violent Soho – "Covered in Chrome"
16. Baroness – "Chlorine and Wine"
17. Joyce Manor – "Last You Heard of Me" [2016]
18. Charly Bliss – "Westermarck" [2017]
19. Daughters – "The Reason They Hate Me" [2018]

Adam Robot: This song is a lot of things – scary, industrial, and oddly danceable. I've been reciting its sardonically delivered first lyric ("Don't tell me how to do my job") in my head and occasionally out loud for the better part of a decade. To say I relate is a vast understatement. The encompassing album is my favorite album of 2018.


Asian Corned Beef is a restaurant chain in Detroit.

The only Asian thing about it is egg roll wrappers, though?

Look at these fucking deviled eggs.

One community's fight against Asian corned beef egg rolls

In a front-page call-to-action in the August Greenacres-Woodward Civic Association News newsletter, Nick Lessnau outlined the association's concerns with the plans. Essentially, he contends the new ACB will be a nuisance to the neighborhood, will drag down property values, and doesn't conform to the city's zoning laws.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

5. The Rocketeer Pack (Shark Tank, S10E12)

Stray Observations

The new WWE Championship, made of "100% sustainable hemp" and "naturally fallen oak" (WWE SmackDown LIVE, 01-29-19)

  • "Yesterday, Paul F. Tompkins made me drink two liters of split pea soup." (You're the Worst, S05E04)
  • "But you want to know the one thing that kept me going out there?"
    "Thinking about a burrito?" (Jon Glaser Loves Gear, S02E04)
  • "And them I'm gonna kill him with a knife made out of his own shit that was made out of his own dick." (Jon Glaser Loves Gear, S02E04)
  • "Daniel, Steve wrote this poem about killing you with this knife made out of the frozen shit of your digested dick." (Jon Glaser Loves Gear, S02E04)
  • "Will you just do this for me? Hold the cock ring in the middle of the heart for me?" (Jon Glaser Loves Gear, S02E04)
  • ♫: "Sorry I tried to have you killed / Please accept these gifts and this coooOOOck ring" ♫ (Jon Glaser Loves Gear, S02E04)
  • "And I'm…Ellen DeGeneres?"
    "Ellen, right this way." (The Other Two, S01E02)
  • "Where do you live? What kind of bed's in there?"
    "Well, I have a king size bed…"
    "And I live in Midtown East…"
    "O– No. I'm not going there." (The Other Two, S01E02)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Homecoming
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Who Is America?

Front Toward Enemy

David Spade?

What is the Mount Rushmore of curious Saturday Night Live alum casting?

1. David Spade in Warning Shot
2. Taran Killam in 12 Years a Slave
3. Dan Aykroyd in Pearl Harbor

4. …Mike Myers in Inglourious Basterds?

Rory: Dennis Miller in The Net.