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Recipe for Ham Ji Park ribs?

Hmm...I make miso black cod at home too and I don't think it's quite the same. It's been awhile since I've had the ribs but I would have guessed gochujang or something to give it a little heat. Like a sweeter version of the spicy pork bbq marinade. Maybe they puree all of that with doenjang?

Jun 24, 2015
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Recipe for Ham Ji Park ribs?

I've been craving their pork ribs but can't make it out there for awhile. Does anyone have a copycat or rough approximate recipe for the marinade? I tried searching a bit online and couldn't find anything. Thanks!

Jun 23, 2015
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Vitello Tonnato; Spot Prawns

Bestia has a version of it, the menu says "Veal Tartare Crostino. shallots. parsley. lemon. tonnato sauce." We found the tuna flavor too strong but we weren't familiar with the original dish (a friend's rec) and were expecting more of a tartare.

As others mentioned, Providence is famous for spot prawns, and many Chinese seafood restaurants have them. Seems to be best in the spring: http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/santa...

Jun 23, 2015
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Newish restaurants in NY for ex-New Yorker

Thanks, the eater 38 list is helpful but I've often had mixed feelings about some of their trendier picks! I am going next week so it will be harder to get reservations for some of these places.
I was looking at the menu for Osteria morino and it sounded pretty good, thanks!

May 23, 2015
silverlainy in Manhattan
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Newish restaurants in NY for ex-New Yorker

Fellow hounds, do you have any recs for newer restaurants/food carts/etc that are can't miss spots? I moved out of NY in 2010 so older restaurants are helpful too, but I already have a decent familiarity with the food scene from before 2010 and very little of post 2010. For comparison, some of my favorites then were Ssam Bar, socarrat, Jean Georges, Yasuda, Kanoyama, scarpetta, difara, shake shack, russ and daughters, and Soto.

We will be doing lunch tasting menus at le bern and gramercy tavern so more casual dinner options are most welcome! BK and Flushing are ok.

Hole in the walls, casual neighborhood joints, ethnic food, etc are all great if they are delicious. However, I've been living in LA so probably not burgers, Mexican, Chinese, Korean, or Thai food unless it's phenomenal/unique. Italian and Greek (thinking Kyclades) and pizza (anything comparable to DiFara?) are top choices but any cuisine is good.

For Italian, I was thinking of a Michael White restaurant but would prefer a more casual one (ie not marea) with great pasta. Which would you recommend? Or would a Batali restaurant be better? We do have Mozza in LA.

Thanks in advance! I have about 5 days to stuff myself silly before heading back.

May 21, 2015
silverlainy in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern - lunch or dinner tasting menu?

Thanks, as much as I'd like to experience the full dinner, we decided to do lunch to free up our evenings to see friends who would prefer more casual dinners. Even if they allow substitutions, it helps that the updated menu shows the 2 extra dishes for dinner are both food items I don't like as much :)

May 19, 2015
silverlainy in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern - lunch or dinner tasting menu?

Has anyone had both tasting menus and can say what the difference is to justify the dinner costing twice as much as lunch? The 5 course lunch menu is $58 and has a slightly different pasta dish but the other 4 dishes are identical even dessert. The 6 course seasonal dinner tasting is $120 and includes one more item. Are the portions larger, or does dinner include many additional tastes off the menu?

We have the flexibility to do lunch or dinner. I thought dinner would be best but when I looked at the menu it seemed pretty much the same. Thanks for any insight!

May 06, 2015
silverlainy in Manhattan

Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

There are some items but if I were picking a restaurant and didn't eat offal, I wouldn't want to be limited to a burger, sandwich, or $50+ steak options for entrees. The only non-beef entree is a uni-lobster pasta, which not everyone eats either. So you'd be left with a limited number of small plates, mostly vegetables.

There are always some people who will order salmon at a steakhouse to be social with friends, but many others would just pick another restaurant. Just thinking from the perspective of some friends who are less adventurous. I often have to check the menu in advance for sufficient items.

Sep 09, 2014
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Is it Last Call for B.o.s. ? (Closing)

Just my two cents. I never think it's fair to say what a diverse city is "ready" for or not, since there are many factors at play. I only tried a small amount of the food at b.o.s. at an event, so I won't comment on their execution. As for location, it seems like non-sushi/ramen restaurants like lazy ox, fickle, and spice table did well enough in little tokyo.

I suggested b.o.s. when my offal-loving sister was visiting me and she declined because she was put off by the prices. Basically she'd rather go to ethnic dives and taco trucks for offal than pay a lot for refined offal that doesnt always taste better. While not outrageously expensive, a meal at b.o.s. is on the higher end.

I do agree that being focused only on beef offal may have limited them. People who aren't very adventurous eaters who might be willing to experiment with a dish or two at a group meal, probably wouldn't make a point of going somewhere to order a full meal of beef offal. For example, I have a coworker who is squeamish about trying pork belly even after I told him it was just bacon. He said he would be willing to try it but he wouldn't order it himself.

Sep 09, 2014
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Taramasalata in Seattle

Thanks everyone, I will have her check these out.

Aug 27, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Taramasalata in Seattle

Sorry I'm not sure what that means. I did a quick search before posting and didn't see anything. I saw it on amazon but the shipping costs are pretty high.

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Jamonisimo/La Tomiza question

Thanks!

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Spain/Portugal

Taramasalata in Seattle

Does anyone know where one can purchase Taramasalata in Seattle? Either the fresh kind at a market or the jarred kind that they sell at some Whole Foods (such as krinos brand). My friend has been unable to find it since moving to Seattle. Thanks!

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Best semi-affordable omakase in Seattle?

Thank you, Tom for the very detailed response. I also prefer the Edo-style sushi. I made a reservation online, but I'll call and make sure that we are in front of Nikano-san. I will be sure to report back on our meal!

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Jamonisimo/La Tomiza question

I was helping a friend plan his trip to Barcelona and saw through several discussions that Jamonisimo had closed in 2012. However, I saw that the website now redirects to a place called La Tomiza.

http://www.jamonisimo.com/

Just wondering if anyone knows whether this is affiliated, or if there is another place that is as good as Jamonisimo in Barcelona?

Aug 25, 2014
silverlainy in Spain/Portugal

Best semi-affordable omakase in Seattle?

Thanks for the suggestions but sushi kappo costs quite a bit more, have you tried Kisaku or Nishino?

We wont have a car, so we want to stay in Seattle. Also, not sure if this affects Seattle but is there any kind of decline in quality going on a Sunday night?

Aug 19, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

Thanks for the tip!

Aug 19, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Best semi-affordable omakase in Seattle?

Apologies for any duplication, some of the sushi posts are pretty old, or not focused on omakase.

I'm visiting from LA (my other post was not sushi-focused) and I'm hoping to spend under $100pp (inc tip) on a delicious omakase. Curious which omakase options are the best bang for the buck. I am looking mostly at Shiro's, Kisaku, and Mashiko. Slight plus if we can make a reservation.

I saw positive reviews for Nishino and Sushi Kappo but those seemed to be at a higher price point.

I prefer more traditional sushi but I care more about eating delicious food. We are pretty adventurous. Thanks!

Aug 14, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

Thanks for all of the feedback! I noticed somewhere that Shiro was not at the sushi bar this summer. Just wondering if he is back or if not, it is still worth it to go? I will likely be back in Seattle sometime next year so it is not my only chance.

Aug 14, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

I'm visiting Seattle for the first time on Labor Day weekend and I was wondering if any locals can provide some tips on the best foodie places. I've done a bit of research to find places that sound good but would welcome additional suggestions or comments to help narrow down the options. The two of us don't want to break the bank so maybe one nicer restaurant (under $75pp) or omakase and the rest of the meals would be cheap eats or moderately priced ($20ish-or less per entree range).

We like all types off food, are fairly adventurous, and since Seattle has great seafood that is definitely on the list. I get plenty of Asian food (esp korean and ramen) in LA but if there's anything stand-out, I would check it out.

We will be staying in the Capitol Hill area. No car but we will be doing sightseeing all over, including most likely Bainbridge Island.

So far on the more cheap eats list we have: (Will most likely go to all of these)
Taylor Shellfish Farms (to try geoduck sashimi)
Paseo
Pike Place Chowder
Piroshky Piroshky
Bakery Nouveau
Beecher's
Mora Iced (Bainbridge)

I am looking for 1 or 2 somewhat nicer restaurants (in food not necessarily ambiance). Suggestions appreciated. So far based on reviews I am considering:

Art of the Table
Le Petit Cochon
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Barnacle
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits
Seastar
Blind Pig Bistro

For sushi: The omakase prices seem cheaper here, so it would be helpful if anyone can make a comparison of local sushi bars to popular LA or NY places as a quality/value gauge. I prefer more traditional sushi not crazy rolls.
Shiro's(omakase)
Kisaku (omakase)
Maneki
Shima
Musashi’s
Tsukushinbo (for sushi and izakaya food)

I'm also curious about these restaurants:
Marination Ma Kai
Kona Kitchen
Itadakimasu
The Harbour Public House (Bainbridge)
Via Rosa 11 (Bainbridge)

Thanks in advance!

Aug 13, 2014
silverlainy in Greater Seattle

Duck King in Boca Raton

A guy I know is friends with the developers. Very cool app. Question - does it translate verbatim only or does it then translate the notorious chinese idioms? I don't think anyone will order "ants crawling up a tree" or "lion's head" without the idiom explanation!

Duck King in Boca Raton

That dish is Lazi jiding (aka Chicken with Chilis or Chongqing Chicken) and a classic Sichuan dish. Spicy chicken might be too generic a name, unless the menu literally says that?

But you say it is bone in wings? That will probably not please my mom, its better if its boneless breast or thigh. I notice in florida these new places use wings and it is very difficult to eat. Too bad Peppers closed down. Sometimes my parents take the plate full of leftover peppers and fry their own chicken with it the next day.

If they have it, cold spicy beef tendon or jellyfish are also really good sides. Risky to order if there not enough turnover to be fresh but generally the cold dishes at sichuan restaurants are good to balance the heat.

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

Thanks everyone for the tips! My friend suggested Gialina too but I'm going to Cheese Board the next day so I figured I'd skip on pizza even though they're different.

I narrowed it down to Locanda or Delfina since I haven't had good Cali-Italian in awhile. Some reviews were complaining about portions but it seems like they are the same price point and portion size? If so, I'll try Locanda so it will be something new.

I made sunday brunch reservations at kinfolk (needed a place that took reservations and near the freeway for a friend). Hope that's good too!

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

Either one - I'm coming from the airport so I just want to be walking distance from the bart. If we eat in Glen Park, my friend can probably pick me up from that station. I'm just not too familiar with restaurants in that area.

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

I'm visiting SF this weekend from LA and was just wondering if people have recs for dinner on friday that are good for a group of 4-5.

Looking to eat somewhere not too far from the Mission or Glen Park bart stations. One catch is that I have a friend who is basically a vegetarian who doesn't eat mushrooms, which crossed a couple places off the list.

Some of the veg friendly dinner options and reservations available were Locanda, Delfina, Beretta, Lolo, Contigo, and Local Mission Eatery.

Any thoughts on these? Suggestions for other restaurants?

Delfina was one of my favorite restaurants when I used to live in sf so I'm curious how it stacks up compared to Locanda?

Thanks!!

Best non-chain grocery in West LA?

If you want cheap produce the aforementioned Sprouts in Westwood and the Glatt Kosher Market are your best bests. Sprouts has 'double ad' days on wednesdays and their sales are sometimes ridiculously cheap.

Feb 13, 2014
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Persian food in Westwood

if you want a nicer ambiance you can eat at Attari Grill, adjacent to the sandwich shop. They will serve anything from the cafe menu at the restaurant.

Dec 25, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Persian food in Westwood

+1 to Javan - very good quality meat and much less crowded/better service than Shaherzad. The bread was not freshly made though. I also like Attari but the menu is limited.
I've only had catering from Shamshiri and it was always pretty mediocre so I haven't tried the restaurant.

Dec 24, 2013
silverlainy in Los Angeles Area

Cuban restaurant - Versailles or somewhere else

Versailles is an institution - they have expanded over the years and now attract tour buses and lines out the door. The food is fine but not particularly special.

After my last visit (first time in many years) I decided it would be my last, although I do like the bakery that is attached, you can get savory and sweet baked goods to go.

My friend recommended Puerto Sagua, but I have not been.
ankimo posted this in an old thread:

Versailles for the classic cuban ambiance inundation
La Carreta for the Denny's cuban experience
Las Culebrinas for the more upscale appearing cuban
Havana Harry's for local popular cuban
Larios for Ocean Drive kinda cuban, go for Casa Larios instead
David's cafe for off Lincoln road expensive cuban
Puerto Sagua for most popular tourist's cuban place
Islas Canarias for less talked about good cuban
Sergio's for homestyle cuban
El Nuevo Siglo for cuban in a supermarket
Little Havana NMB for off the beaten path cuban
Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
of course, many other places as well...

Duck King in Boca Raton

thanks for the update - look forward to hearing about your experience