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Gravy for thanksgiving?

Did a quick search, didn't find anything. Anyone recommend somewhere to pick up gravy for thanksgiving? We used to get it from clementine, but wondering if anyone has other suggestions? Thanks! Happy turkey day.

Nov 21, 2012
Alice in Los Angeles Area

Japanese style Hamburg

they have it at several places on sawtelle: nijiya market as a bento, sawtelle kitchen and also i believe at blue marlin.

Nov 04, 2012
Alice in Los Angeles Area

DineLA July 16-27, 2012

quick piccolo review. we went last night and it was disappointing. all the dishes were oversalted except for the duck.

first course: the scallops were beautiful but both my friend and i had a tremendous amount of salt that we ended up sending it back (I can't remember the last time I sent anything back :( ) second round, mine was still too salty, my friend's said hers was fine.

second course: spaghettini, also quite salty. the lobster didn't add much to the dish. my friend liked her purple potato gnocci though and the taglietelle that my husband had was pretty good, just a lil salty.

third course: fontina ravioli with truffles -a bit salty as well.

fourth course: duck breast - this was the best thing i ate all night. light sweetness in the sauce, duck was cooked medium rare.

fifth course: dessert - peach panna cotta with caramel whiskey/scotch sauce. the caramel whiskeny scotch sauce was so smokey and numbed my tongue, didn't really care for it. everyone else had good desserts.

don't think i will be going back. liked the space though. it was quite loud.

Jul 23, 2012
Alice in Los Angeles Area

Best olives ever!

You've piqued my interest. Where do you buy ascolane olives?

Jul 23, 2012
Alice in Los Angeles Area

Restaurant serving best Foie Gras in Santa Monica area ?

realize you said you prefer seared, but as a foie fan, i really enjoy the Foie Gras and Chicken Liver Parfait Fig Marmalade, Grilled Baguette at fig restaurant at the fairmont.

i've heard the foie gras loco moco at animal is delicious.

Jun 14, 2012
Alice in Los Angeles Area

What to order at Ink?

our favorite dish : crab, charred avocado, whipped fish sauce, mushroom chicharron mmmmh

we also like:
la quercia berkshire ham, manchego biscuit, marcona almond butter
brussels sprouts, pigs ears, lardo, apple

Jun 07, 2012
Alice in Los Angeles Area

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

Sorry this is a bit all over the place, but here are my general impressions of the things we ate. We ate very well for the few days we were in NY and we had a great time.


1. Laduree caramel fleur de sel and pistache were my favorites. We had no line at 4pm on a Tuesday. Maybe because it was a bit rainy.
2. Bosie jasmine, chocolate, caramel a little too buttery, great texture
3. Ceci cela pistache and chocolat, tasty as well but maybe a day old.
4. Dominique ansel, poor texture and taste for chocolate macaron
5. La Maison du chocolat - too sweet overall, too chocolaty. Pistache and caramel did not need chocolat, but I understand it is the maison du chocolat.

1. Dominique ansel - heavenly pillows of lemon bite sized goodness, made fresh to order.
2. Bosie - dry, not too good
3. Laduree - even drier, no good

~~Serendipity frozen hot chocolate. No line @ 5:30 on Monday. It was everything I always dreamt it to be and we sat on the second floor, just like in the movie. I know, I’m a cheeseball. =)

~~Milk bar – good but a bit too sweet for me. Here’s the order which I liked them. Funny, but I am totally craving this now.
1. Chocolate chocolate
2. Blueberry
3. Compost
4. Corn
5. Crack pie wayyy too sweet


1. Bleecker street pizza - slice of fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce. Thin crust, delicious – craving this now. Could have eaten this again had we been in the area.
2. Johns pizzeria on bleecker street - more expensive and thicker pie crust. Mushroom and basil. Still good. Brought this back for the in-law’s on the first night. Worked out well, since they were tired.

- Xlb soup dumpling from Shanghai Asian manor, may be the best i've ever had (pork dish way too salty, crab Xlb not as good)

- Uni amaebi chawanmushi from le bernardin

- Mexican corn from cafe Habana – delicious! Nice to not have to wait by ordering around the corner as well.

- Foie gras dumplings from Anissa, miso cod was delicious and fluke appetizer. Fun sighting: we saw anita lo walking her two dogs before we arrived at the restaurant.

- Peter Luger damn good cheeseburger and steak sauce with rib eye

- Shake shack cheeseburger good. In n’ out better. Portobello mushroom and cheese burger ehh. Fries ehhh. Strawberry shake good

- Eataly prosciutto was good. Two kinds.

- Bo ssam pork with butter lettuce, oyster and sauce – nice family meal. A bit tired of eating pork at the end of it for me.

- Todd English - lobster salad, grilled artichoke and crab, grilled octopus - a bit chewy. It was fine.

~Maritime parc- lobster pasta, good oysters, pickle plate, octopus with pork belly (tiniest dish)

~Mcsorelys was fun in the afternoon around 4pm as suggested. 2 beers $5. Fun vibe. Good deal.

~Iroha near times square – mom in law wanted japanese food after graduation. not memorable - pork katsu, chicken salad, Cali roll.

- Halal cart - good white sauce chicken and gyro over rice. Good hot sauce. Great to take to the airport.

- Doughnut plant, Russ and daughters bagel, lobster roll, Katz, Bemelman’s bar

Thank you all for all your help and suggestions! NY eating is tasty and a lot of fun.

Jun 05, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

Fav/Best Snow Shaved Ice in Los Angeles?

blockheads shavery near sawtelle. although i haven't had class 302 so i am not able to provide a fair comparison.

Jun 05, 2012
Alice in Los Angeles Area

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

thanks for the tip. trying to plan for rain in the forecast, so this definitely helps.

May 09, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.


May 08, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

Around 9pm. 46th and 6th

May 07, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

46 and 6th

May 07, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

ic. we're near 46th street, so not sure if that is considered nearby? hmm maybe we'll look elsewhere then. any other casual options you would suggest to take the inlaws to since they will be tired?

May 07, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

thanks for the tip. we are crossing our fingers for good weather. typically, does the rain deter the line's?

May 07, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

hmm a few friends have suggested the halal cart and said the chicken and rice is not to be missed. are you not a fan and why?

May 07, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

i like the idea of ny style pizza, never had it and definitely want to try it. i do love neapolitan pizzas too. maybe we'll do bleecker street (pizza and macarons) instead of eataly for lunch and just go to eataly for snack. the space seems really cool.

thanks for the macaron and serendipity link. i love macarons, so will try and pop by some of these if the wait isn't too long. =) or try and go during off times as RGR suggested.

thanks for the tips on dominique ansel. depending on stomach capacity, will take those into consideration.

we have a soft spot for amorino from our trips to europe. but the ice cream sundae at luger looks good.

will look into the breslin, clinton st. baking and shopsin's.

lots more to read up on! =) thanks!

May 07, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

thanks for all the suggestions. will keep this list in my back pocket.

rethinking katz from the airport, we will probaby be tired and not want to eat something so heavy. other suggestions for a lighter but ny meal around or easy to get to from midtown (where we are staying)?

May 07, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

6 day food itinerary - please advise.

hi everyone! we are super excited and travelling to ny from la next week. this is our first eating adventure in new york. tried to do some research, so here is my rough itinerary. i realize it's a bit late to post, but value chowhounds opinions. please advise.

a few notes:
~think we are missing a pizza place don antonio's, grimaldi or lombardi's? haven't researched those yet.
not too keen on long waits, but it seems waiting might be inevitable . . .
~love laduree but not sure we want to wait and heard they don't make them at the location and are shipped over from paris? can anyone confirm?
~serendipity, cheesy, but love the movie and always wanted to go, but not sure if we want to wait so long.

here it is:
sat, arrive jfk at 5pm
~dinner at food hall by todd english? or looking for casual dinner w/o reservation
~or katz?

sun - are these places logistically sensical to
~lunch: maritime parc with friends (reserved)
~snack: dominique ansel bakery for madelenes and pain au chocolat
~snack: bisous ciao macaron
~snack: café habana for corn, not restaurant, around the corner
~dinner: luke’s lobster lobster roll

~lunch: eataly
~ donut planet - (maybe, but don’t want to spoil appetite for le bernardin)
~drink: madeline bar at the carlyle hotel
~dinner: le bernardin! =) yay (reserved)

tues - these reservations could be swayed if this is too much food in one day and to follow le bernardin
~lunch: peter luger – Burger bacon single steak (reserved)
~snack: amorino gelato
~early dinner: annisa (reserved)
~late dinner for in-laws: halal cart, chicken and rice cart (53rd and 6th) (take in-laws when they arrive)

~lunch near Columbia university? Any suggestions?
~snack: russ & daughters bagel and lox
~early dinner: bo ssam pork shoulder (reserved)
~momofuku milk bar

~lunch at Columbia dental school
~dinner – need a suggestion for 6 people, maybe pizza? Something more casual?

fri fly out in the afternoon
~brunch somewhere? maybe dominique ansel? maybe katz to go for dinner on the plane?

thank you for your valued opinions and appreciate you reading this far. looking forward to all of your suggestions! =)

May 06, 2012
Alice in Manhattan

Bummer. R.I.P. Safe & Save Market

such a bummer. they had the best uni.

Jun 07, 2011
Alice in Los Angeles Area

CHEGO Soft Opening - Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ opens Rice Bowl concept on Westside

I agree with quick and tasty, but I'm unsure about the healthy part. My sister brought back leftovers from the pork bowl, mostly fatty pork, and the chicken bowl and they were both greasy.

Apr 14, 2010
Alice in Los Angeles Area

Grand Central Market - Recs?!?!

i crave the cantaloupe juice we had there. don't remember the name of the place though.

Jan 27, 2010
Alice in Los Angeles Area

ISO Taiwanese sit-down, family-style dinner

There is a place on called Liang's Kitchen that we really like for the hand cut beef noodle soup and they also have very good sweet homemade soy milk. They also have a bamboo side dish and ox tail soup that are tasty. 227 W Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

For 3 cup chicken, we really enjoy the one at Mei-Long Village 301 W Valley Blvd
Ste 112 San Gabriel, CA 91776

For a taiwanese cannot miss kind of item, I would suggest boba or brick toast or shaved ice from a tea house. I personally like guppy house , but its a bit out of the way. They actually also do taiwanese food as well, but its only ok. I am in love with the portuguese style egg custard tarts at Elite 700 S Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754. I guess its not really taiwanese but I first had these in Taiwan years ago.

Jan 22, 2010
Alice in Los Angeles Area

Need restaurant suggestions for dinner with friends in West LA

2117 restaurant might be able to accomdate a group of 8-10 if you call ahead? It's relatively quiet and their food is japanese euro fusion cuisine. They have a $38 prix fixe that includes choice of any two small plates or salad and one entrée. with dessert.
I really enjoy their fried calamari with garlic parsley sauce and the three layered crab salad with baby greens, avocado, tomatos chive, vinaigrette & wasabi sauce.

I also like the backroom at Musha rec as well. You can view their menu here:

Jan 02, 2010
Alice in Los Angeles Area

French Macarons in Brentwood

I did go to the La Provence in Brentwood Gardens and I bought two macarons. The lady who addressed us acted like she was in charge, so I assumed she was the manager, but server is fine. Apologies for not using the proper term.
Both my husband and I thought this lavender macaron tasted like lotion or soap and usually lavender is one of my favorites. I was just sharing my experience at the restaurant.

Jan 01, 2010
Alice in Los Angeles Area

French Macarons in Brentwood

We stopped by on Sunday, the 27th and the lady had some serious attitude. She said they were closing (with several people still eating) around 3pm, so I asked if I could look around. I then asked if I could buy a $2 macaron and she said closed means closed and didn't I read the paper sign in front of the door? I honestly didn't since I checked the hours on the website and was just so excited I walked right in. Despite her very rude attitude, another very nice server at the counter offered to help me, so I bought 2 macarons. Also, while the hostess was rudely lecturing me about the hours, another customer had come in and ordered a sandwich.

On to the macarons - they were very beautiful as always and rather large. we ordered pistachio and lavender. I love lavender, but unfortunately this lavender macaron was overpowering and tasted like eating soap. The pistachio also tasted rather artificial. I'm not sure I will be returning, but I hope that hostess adjusts her attitude.

Dec 28, 2009
Alice in Los Angeles Area

anniversary weekend in san diego

I don't think there was any statement anywhere in this post regarding wagyu.

Thanks for your input and recs, but we already came back and had a lovely weekend.

Sep 03, 2009
Alice in San Diego

anniversary weekend in san diego

Here is our mini food report:
Lee's Sandwiche's (Westminster-on the way down to SD)- combination sandwich as a snack, great to eat while driving and held us over til we got to la jolla and you can't really beat the price.

El Pescador - grilled mexican large shrimp (very large and flavorful, think it would have been even more juicy with the shell and head on, but still good), grilled scallops (slightly dry, but maybe cuz we had them cut them in half), dungeness crab cocktail (can't really mess that up, their cocktail sauce had chcunks of tomatoes which was nice) and clam chowder, pretty good too. I liked the local vibe of this place.

Breakfast/lunch at the Cheese Shop in downtown. We drove around unsure where to eat and just decided on this place. I had mushroom and swiss omelette - it was ok, and husband had pork loin sandwich. the pork loin was cooked nicely and went well with the relish and mustard and other items in the sandwich. Good to try once, not sure if we will be back.

Dinner at the Wine Vault. Thanks stevuchan. This place was fantastic. We would definitely go back. What an excellent value for a 4 course meal plus wine. We sat outside in the firepit area but the inside is nice too. Our favorites were the ume black cod and the pork belly, but here are the descriptions from the website:
Beef Carpaccio | Gorgonzola Dulce | Black Truffle Vinaigrette | Micro Arugula | Pickled Grapes
Ume Glazed Black Cod | Baby Bok Choy | Smoked Rice Noodles | Breakfast Radish | Micro Cilantro Braised Pork Belly | Dashi Broth | Ginger-Scallion Vinaigrette Grilled Hanger Steak | Herb Roasted Potatoes | Maitake Mushrooms | Caramelized Onion Chutney | Demi Glace

Brunch at Extraordinary Desserts on Sunday. We were going to try to make it to Cavaillon, but we'll have to save that for next time. The european breakfast buffet, which we've had several times is good. Smoked salmon and some nice cheeses and for some reason I'm addicted to their roasted tomatoes - however this time, the skin on them was rather tough.

On our way to Solo in Solano Beach, we happened upon the delightful farmer's market on Cedros Ave. We tasted some sweet white peaches and spicy salami, a little too spicy for me, and I bought some beautiful flowers and jewelry.

Thanks for the input and the recs.

Aug 31, 2009
Alice in San Diego

Passion Fruit Jam

i think marukai in gardena/torrance would carry it.

Aug 22, 2009
Alice in Los Angeles Area

anniversary weekend in san diego

sounds perfect. thanks.

what do you guys think of bronx pizza vs. sicilian thing pizza? i love thin crusted neapolitan pizza.

Aug 20, 2009
Alice in San Diego

anniversary weekend in san diego

thanks, these are great suggestions.

after reading the suggestions and looking at the menu's i'm actually leaning away from the "fine dining" and fancy hotel experience and looking for a more low key tasty dining experience. maybe somewhere with a vibe like starlite, cool and chill, but better food? or maybe somewhere for happy hour?

i also love macarons and had some last time at mille feuille. any other recs for macarons?

kinda off topic, but can anyone recommend a good massage place?

Aug 19, 2009
Alice in San Diego