Laurent’s Favorites

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


My mentor and greatest chef, Jean Louis Palladin


  • 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)


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


  • Reggaeton
  • Electro House
  • Trance
  • Hip-Hop


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


  • 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
  • Mexicali Tacos
  • Beijing Pie House
  • Huge Tree Bakery
  • Lunasia, Alhambra
  • Republique
  • Sea Harbour seafood
  • Guss Bar-B-Q


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


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


  • Emile Zola
  • Bernard-Henri Levy
  • Jean D’Ormesson



  • Leonidas Roses
  • Casa Blanca Lily
  • Andregias

Fashion Designers

  • Lacroix
  • Jean Paul Gauthier
  • John Galliano
  • Issey Miyake
  • Adam Selman


  • Zara
  • Kitson

TV Shows

  • Shameless
  • Silicone Valley
  • Ray Donovan
  • Euphoria
  • Years and Years
  • Here and Now
  • High Maintenance
  • Bill Maher
  • Insecure
  • Osmosis

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

Hobby: Remixing music with my DJ friends in Los Angeles

Cheese: All of them – I never met 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!