I'm coming to LA from Portland Oregon for the weekend soon. I'm looking for some recommendations from you folks for some great places to try--we'll be mostly in the Monterey Park/Pasadena area, with a jaunt into Hollywood for a tour of the movie sets and possibly a trip to the Farmer's Market--I remember being awed by it 30 years ago but perhaps it is different now?? I have already found your running commentary on the Noodle House in Monterey Park and that is on our "must visit" list. That is exactly the kind of place we love, in any cuisine (Chinese, Thai, tapas, Japanese, local sourced, Mexican, whatever), with the main criteria being great food and great value for money, and definitely not your everyday chain restaurant scene. It is also my birthday that weekend, so perhaps a recommendation for a place for dinner that night that is a little more special but again great food is the most important criteria. And oh yes, where do you think is the best dim sum?