Laurent’s Favorites

Here is a compilation of the things I like – this will help you to know me better and understand my taste in food, wine, arts and more -LQ

Chefs

My mentor and greatest chef, Jean Louis Palladin

Dishes

  • My grandmother’s snails, the ones I used to catch with my grandfather after a rainy day
  • Les Piballes at Chez Pablo in St. Jean de Luz (Live baby eels sautéed in olive oil with garlic and chiles, cooked in a clay pot)

Opera

La Wally, Les Noces de Figaro, The Magic flute (all 18th century opera)

Music

  • Reggaeton
  • Electro House
  • Deep House
  • Trance
  • Hip-Hop

Classical

  • Claude Debussy
  • Robert Schumann
  • Erik Satie
  • Franz Schubert
  • Chopin Piano Concerto #2 op.21 (especially the Larghetto)

Restaurants

  • L’assiette, David Rathgeber, Paris
  • Seafood Village, Shangai n1, Monterey Park
  • Capital Seafood Restaurant, Rowland Heights
  • Newport Tan Cang, San Gabriel
  • Providence, Los Angeles
  • Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood
  • El Vaquero, Alhambra
  • Thien An Bo 7 Mon
  • Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House, San Gabriel
  • Taco stand at 99c store in Highland Park on York
  • Beijing Pie House
  • Huge Tree Bakery
  • Lunasia, Alhambra
  • Republique
  • Sea Harbour seafood
  • Guss Bar-B-Q
  • Mitsuwa Costa Mesa (food Court)
  • 101 noodle (Irvine location and Valley Blvd Alhambra Location)

Hotels

I hate corporate hotels, they are like cookie cutter places. My favorite: Family-owned La Villa Didon – visit their website for a closer look!

Markets

  • Thailand Plaza
  • Salvadoran Market
  • Superior in Highland Park
  • Sierra Madre Farmers Market
  • South Pasadena Farmers Market
  • Apricot Lane Farms

Authors

  • Emile Zola
  • Bernard-Henri Levy
  • Jean D’Ormesson
  • François-René de Chateaubriand
  • Boris Vian
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Edgar Allan Poe

Painters

Flowers

  • Leonidas Roses
  • Casa Blanca Lily
  • Andregias

Fashion Designers

  • Lacroix
  • Jean Paul Gauthier
  • John Galliano
  • Issey Miyake
  • Adam Selman
  • Oliver Corral
  • Nicolas Ghesquière
  • Bouchra Jarrar
  • Yasu Michino
  • Yiqing Yin

Boutiques

  • Zara
  • Kitson

TV Shows

  • Shameless
  • Watchmen
  • Bill Maher
  • Insecure
  • Osmosis
  • Anne

Neighborhoods: East L.A., El Sereno, Lincoln heights, Boyle Heights, 91 corridor

Hobby: Remixing music with my DJ friends in Los Angeles, french Stamps

Cheese: All of them – I never taste a cheese I didn’t like!

Wine: Argilo Red and White from my cousin wine maker and so many more.

Color: Green

Liquor: Jose Cuervo Reserva

Chocolate: Amedei Chocolate from Italy

Wine Shop/Store: WingHopFung Monterey Park, Everson Royce, Silver Lake wine, Mission Wines South Pasadena

Herbs: Epasote, Vietnamese Mint and so many more…

Instruments: Piano – I studied at the Paris Conservatory

My pastime: Collecting French stamps from 1849 to 1875

Books: My collection of cook books is extensive, with some going back to the 15th Century!