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Six meals, ~$200 a day for two people

Awesome. Do you have other breakfast recommendations, particularly for baked goods? Since you're a happy baker and all.

I have considered dim sum, my only apprehension is that in NYC, I feel like I would've been totally lost and frustrated without friends who spoke Cantonese and could order for me. Is this more or less the same in LA?

Jul 31, 2013
alexinct in Los Angeles Area

Six meals, ~$200 a day for two people

Excellent, I will look into it! I like the very no-frills sushi spots.

Jul 31, 2013
alexinct in Los Angeles Area

Six meals, ~$200 a day for two people

I had considered Pizzeria Mozza but I've been to NYC and elsewhere and had a LOT of pretty great pizza and wasn't sure how LA fared. It does seem a bit more interesting than most of the NY-style pizza and that is a great deal, however...Will definitely consider this to save money elsewhere. Do you have a favorite pizza there? I love squash blossoms and know I've seen pictures of it before.

Jul 31, 2013
alexinct in Los Angeles Area

Six meals, ~$200 a day for two people

Thanks, this place looks great! I was hoping to find a Santa Monica restaurant as we will be checking the beaches, walking around, etc.

Jul 31, 2013
alexinct in Los Angeles Area

Six meals, ~$200 a day for two people

Ah, that was my fear. Perhaps I will scratch the expensive dinner options for something else.

I saw La Casita on Jonathan Gold's restaurant list (is he considered reliable?) but will take a look at Babita instead.

Thanks!

Jul 31, 2013
alexinct in Los Angeles Area

Six meals, ~$200 a day for two people

Hey all, was wondering if people could comment on the choices we're looking at thus far. We have a car and will be staying at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, so traveling is not a problem for us. We are looking for good Italian, New American, Mexican (good tacos, burritos maybe?), a hopefully cheap sushi lunch special, burgers, cheap breakfast spots for a pastry/dought/whatever and coffee, and Asian food, perhaps Szechuan, but we are open to all of the major ones (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc.). We will not be drinking wine anywhere to cut costs and will also not be ordering meat entrees if it keeps us within our budget. Besides, the pasta looks great at a few of these anyway.

Bestia
Osteria Mozza
The Tasting Kitchen

two of these will make up our two most expensive meals of the two days provided it fits within our budget. I'm a little worried about Italian overload, so if someone has other suggestions for dinner, I'd love to hear them. I figure if we do not eat meat entrees at these, we will be in the clear.

Lunch spots:

Lucques
Baco Mercat
Golden State
Salt's Cure
Church and State
La Casita Mexicana
Guisados
Tacos Clarita

We're lacking a bit on the cheaper end of things here besides the burger and Mexican spots. Maybe something from one of the cheaper Asian spots? We like dumplings, Szechuan food, etc. Is there a good sushi spot for $40 a person maybe? We are from CT and most of the sushi here is horrendous, so we're probably fairly easy to please here. Food trucks would also be something we'd like to explore.

Breakfast:
No ideas yet :(

apologies for the long-winded post!

Jul 31, 2013
alexinct in Los Angeles Area

Pork shoulder smell - is this typical?

Over the weekend I cooked pork shoulder for the first time. When I pulled it out to shred, it smelled very much like a farm. Very um, barnyard-y. I've not had this experience with tenderloin or chops, but on occasion I've had ribs they were very "porky" for lack of a better term. It wasn't TERRIBLE tasting, but I prefer the aforementioned "cleaner" smelling and tasting cuts of meat. This was picked up at a regional supermarket with an in-house butcher, was not old from what I could tell, etc. Is this common and how pork shoulder is supposed to taste?

Feb 05, 2013
alexinct in General Topics

Ki Asian Bistro and Sushi, Danbury, CT.

Curious as to whether anyone has been here yet? Seems like they have a pretty decent chef (credential-wise) and the reviews are good but a few appear to be shilling from what I can tell. Presentation seems kind of dated, but that's not really what matters. I wish there were more purely sushi restaurants around here rather than pan-Asian style.

Dec 06, 2012
alexinct in Southern New England

Best pumpkin pie + apple pie in Connecticut?

If you are near Woodbury, Woodbury Deli and Catering has a FANTASTIC apple pie. Highly recommended. Too late to order one for Thanksgiving at this point I'd imagine, but it's worth ordering anyway!

Nov 20, 2012
alexinct in Southern New England

Community Table, Washington, CT

Has anyone been here? It was recommended by a chef of a restaurant I frequent. Menu looks very nice, chef worked at Noma, but yelp reviews lean toward really mixed reviews on service. Any recommendations for dishes from recent meals here?

Aug 16, 2012
alexinct in Southern New England

Italian bar/restaurant for Euros final

Hey all, was wondering if anyone know of an Italian bar/restaurant that will have a good game day atmosphere for the final vs. Spain? Any of the boroughs are fine, but I will be meeting up with friends from Brooklyn, so that would be a priority. Are there any good spots in Carroll Gardens, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, etc.?

Jun 29, 2012
alexinct in Outer Boroughs

Recommend a Bar/Restaurant to root for Italy (vs Spain) this Sunday. Euro 2012.

Hey Rae, looked this place up as I'm looking for a place as well. Were a lot of people focused on the match? Or was it very casual watching because they happened to be there at the time it was going on? Looking for a place with halfway decent food and a gameday atmosphere where an Italian fan isn't in enemy territory.

Jun 29, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Daniel or EMP?? Which is a better experience?

Daniel is close to unbearably stuffy for me. Treated like garbage nearly from start to end. Never again.

May 01, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Babbo vs. Del Posto

I love both but I'm much more of a fan of Babbo's atmosphere than Del Posto's...I find the latter too stuffy and dainty (but if you're looking for a formal atmosphere and the menu appeals to you more at Babbo, there is the upstairs). I also think that Babbo still remains one of the best values in the city, particularly their pasta menu, which I don't think has increased all that substantially in price for a number of years now (someone can correct me if I'm wrong). The only downside of Babbo for me (haven't been in over two years I think) was the maitre'd who to me is a huge jerk. I'm not sure if he's still there. Bald man.

Apr 18, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Rao's?

Not even top 30...it's perfectly serviceable and well executed like you said though.

Apr 15, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Radio City area, 6 people, ~$75pp max?

You're right about Forcella now that I think about it and remember the space in back of the oven. They decided on Don Antonio, hope it's good!

Apr 13, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Radio City area, 6 people, ~$75pp max?

Thanks for the replies so far, everyone! I love Motorino, I recently had the fried pizza at Forcella and it was fantastic, but it doesn't seem like a good spot for six people unfortunately (that I can remember anyway). Don Antonio seems to have a solid antipasti menu which helps. Perhaps I'll try to steer him in this direction...

Apr 12, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Radio City area, 6 people, ~$75pp max?

Hey all, trying to help my brother in law out on short notice. He's trying to find a place for Friday before an event at Radio City (which is at 10PM) for dinner. In terms of cuisine, fairly safe along the lines of New/Traditional American, Italian (a great Neopolitan pizza place included, has anyone been to Don Antonio), perhaps Spanish. Anyone have any ideas? No more than a bottle of wine will be purchased, if at all.

Apr 11, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Carole Peck closing Zee Burger April 12, 2012

Not surprising. Thought it was terrible.

Apr 11, 2012
alexinct in Southern New England

The Manhattan Pizza Crawl, 2012. Maffei, Co., John's of Bleecker, Keste, Rubirosa, Forcella.

Awesome report, uhockey. Don't post much but I read your blog quite regularly. Agree with you on pretty much everything above, but regardless of style, I think John's is pretty poor...the ingredients just all-around are subpar, and I don't think the style of pizza necessarily means it shouldn't make use of the great ingredients places like Co., Motorino, etc. use or that a style should be given a pass. I think even "for what it is," John's simply isn't very good. The appeal to me is mystifying...you can find that slice in every run of the mill pizza place in the tri-state area. I guess the old school thing is kind of cool, but that's about all I can say about the place.

Mar 10, 2012
alexinct in Manhattan

Store-bought demi-glace - thoughts?

Hey all, I want to make a sauce that calls for demi-glace, but at this point, I don't really have the time required to make it. I was wondering, does anyone have a favorite storebought one, or is the difference in taste between homemade and storebought so vast that it's best to avoid? I've read that Williams Sonoma's isn't too bad. I'm aiming more for the consistency that demi-glace provides than a taste I suppose. Most of the sauces I've made are kind of runny, so I'm hoping for something more syrupy. Is demi-glace the best way to achieve this, or can I do prepare something else that'll achieve similar results?

Dec 23, 2011
alexinct in Home Cooking

Favorite vendors at the Dupont Farmers Market?

I went to Red Apron this morning...unfortunately they didn't have much left in the way of whole sausages, but I picked up some coppa. It's excellent, but unfortunately $5 for just 1oz! A little steep for a regular purchase, but I was told soppressata would be coming soon, which I'm really excited for.

Favorite vendors at the Dupont Farmers Market?

Had the chocolate milk and croissants this morning. Really wonderful!

Favorite vendors at the Dupont Farmers Market?

Awesome, thanks so much (and to you, ipsedixit, as well)! Can't wait to try the croissants and yogurt/chocolate milk.

Favorite vendors at the Dupont Farmers Market?

Where do I get those at the market? I thought I saw a yogurt/milk stand but don't remember the name. Is YoLite the farm/dairy name? I don't see it listed on the market vendor list.

Favorite vendors at the Dupont Farmers Market?

Hm, I will try that market as well! Any notable items there?

Favorite vendors at the Dupont Farmers Market?

Awesome, thanks so much! The Dragon's Breath was at the Keswick Creamery stand. I had some and liked it a lot, although it might be a touch overpowering with the heat. I picked up their cheddar and the Blue Suede Moo after sampling them. Really great stuff!

After further research, I picked up the sausage from Cibola. I'll be frying a couple tonight for dinner. Thanks for the tip about Red Apron, I missed that that stand and have been looking for cured meats in the area. The lady at the register for Cibola gave me a crazy look when I asked her if she had any soppressata (as in, "what's soppressata?") or something similar. Somehow she didn't even know what it was!

I will have to look into the rest! I knew I should've picked up some empanadas.

Favorite vendors at the Dupont Farmers Market?

Hey all, went to the Dupont Farmers Market today for the second time (well, last week I went through it quickly because I had errands to run so I didn't buy anything) and really enjoyed myself. Picked up some cheese from the Keswick Creamery, honeycrisp apples from Toigo Orchards, sweet Italian sausage from a place I can't remember (they specialize in buffalo products though, it seems), and some pears. There was a bread stand at the back of the market that had quite a long line, so I passed on it, but now I'm kind of regretting it as there are no good bakeries around my area. I think it was called Atwater's, has anyone had their stuff? Just curious as to what everyone's favorite vendors and specific items are (especially meats and cheeses!).

Italian peach-shaped pastries in Brooklyn

Actual pastry. Their Italian name is (thanks to the Manhattan chowhound side!) is pesche dolci di pasta brioche.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/paoletta...

I will call Villabate. I don't recall seeing them the few times I've been, but thank you for the reminder!

Oct 06, 2011
alexinct in Outer Boroughs

Italian peach-shaped pastries in Brooklyn

Hey all, was wondering if someone could help me track these down. I'm not sure of the name, but on family vacations to Calabria, they were on all the pastry trays I went. They are cakes rolled into the shape of a peach and dusted pretty liberally with sugar on the outside. They look like this:

http://images.marthastewart.com/image...

Would someone know where to find these? This is for a friend who lives in Park Slope who is willing to travel quite a bit for a really good example of one.

Oct 05, 2011
alexinct in Outer Boroughs