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EVENT MUST KNOWS:
- I am co-hosting this event with Gay Foodies.
- We will meet inside the restaurant at 7:15pm and will begin ordering at 7:30pm.
- Family-Style Dining: Dining for this event has been designated as Family-Style. The food bill will be split evenly between all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group/AO will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. Why this policy? The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. In addition, most of the dishes we order will be moderately to very spicy. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
- Cost per person is anticipated to be about $25.00, depending on how much food we order, any beverages plus tax and gratuity. Please bring at least $40.00 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill.
- Street parking is available. Please read the signs for any parking restrictions, especially since there are "permit only" parking on some residential streets, and most metered spaces require payment for parking until 8:00pm or later.
- The night before this event, I will email my cell number to all attendees so that you can call or text me if you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.
"Pingtung, a new twist on a Taiwanese market and tea shop from Li Ping, owner of New York's SoHo's Kelly & Ping and an eight-year Angeleno, is now soft-open on Melrose. The shelves will be stocked with spices, the brand's own Gongfu-style teas, Stumptown coffee, J-Pop sochu, Calpico sodas, and snacks, while a cafe menu is currently still amassing items, intending to double its size in the weeks to come with new dishes each week and the eventual introduction of shaved ice and dessert.
Currently, the pan-Asian panopoly includes four daily banh mi and three ramen dishes, rice bowls, veggie and salmon roll-ups, and a hearty section of dim sum, including chicken shu mai, spring rolls, crystal shrimp har gow (widely known to be the inspiration for this Doors song), and lo mai gai. The new "open-air" restaurant, which opens at 11:30 A.M. Tuesdays through Sundays, will serve as a cafe by day and embrace more of a bar focus in the evenings, complete with cocktails and a cool back patio."
The open-air dining room, bar, and patio are surrounded by shelves filled with teas, spices, sauces, sake, sochu, snacks, sodas, and other unique items from abroad, putting a modern twist on the indoor/outdoor market culture owner Li Ping grew up with in Pingtung, Taiwan.
Here's a look at their soft opening menu (which as since been revised with more items added): http://www.urbandaddy.com/uploads/assets/file/pdfs//554bf12115bcee6b6f69826411503924.pdf?sp_mid=5824823&sp_rid=ODE2MzkyNDkyNgS2
The dim sum and some of the other dishes seem to be pricier, a reflection of being in the heart of Melrose, but so far, the majority of the Yelp reviews they received have been extremely positive (receiving an average rating of 4.5 Stars out of 5.0, from the 14 reviews it has received): http://www.yelp.com/biz/pingtung-eat-in-market-los-angeles