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What is your MUST go to restaurant?

I'm visiting LA (from Canada) for two weeks with my family and was wondering what your suggestions are for the absolutely, must to go, cannot miss places are? We will be staying by universal studios for the first week and then hollywood area for the second week (but will have a car, so location isn't a huge problem). I've been doing my research, but there's so many restaurants in LA, that I'm starting to feel a little bit overwhelmed!

Thanks!!

Apr 29, 2013
Bex_03 in Los Angeles Area

Private rooms in Edmonton

Hey everyone,

I was hoping someone could help me. I'm trying to find a nice restaurant with a private room for my staffs christmas party. There's about 14 of us and I would like the event to be cosy (i.e. not too large of a room). Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!!!

Sep 18, 2012
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Sorrentino's by Di Gennaro - YYC

I went there for dinner today and it was WAY better than the old Sorrentino's menu (which was complete crap). They have a famiglia style section that changes every couple days. My memory is a little fuzzy on this but I think Mon & tues is chicken and veal stew, Wed & thurs is cornish hen, Fri is Cioppino, and Sun & Sat is steak (rib-eye I think??). If I remember correctly, the famiglia style option also came with brushetta, pasta and salad. About $22 - $30 per person. Giuseppe was there tonight too, which was nice to see.

We opted for the regular menu. Started with the carmelized onions, smoked pork, and sour cream pizza, which was great. The crust was thin and crispy and the sour cream worked surprisingly well with the pork and onions. I had the chicken saltimbocca with gnocchi and brussels sprouts ($22). Chicken was moist and well cooked. Gnocchi and brussel sprouts were amazing. Dinner companions had tagliatelle with mushrooms and smoked pork ($14 i think) and fusilli in tomato sauce and chicken wings ($16, I think). Tagliatelle was great and all the pastas were cooked to al dente. Fusilli was good, but it looked like the chicken wings were weird to eat with the pasta. The pasta portion size was great too, we ended up packing some home because there was so much!

Service was mediocre, but I guess they can't fix everything! We were directed to our seats by a lady with very little clothes on. It was disturbing.

Anyways, I highly recommend checking this restaurant out now. It was wonderful to finally have a non-crappy meal at Sorrentino's!

Sorrentino's by Di Gennaro
308, 1919 Sirocco Drive
in Signature Plaza

May 19, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Calgary Sushi

I've never been to Zipang, but I definitely agree with Wa's and Misato (just went there for lunch today! Mmm). I hate Globefish. I just don't understand the appeal. I never want mango on my sushi or for my sushi rolls to be battered and deep fried. Also sauces, I don't like fancy sauces drizzled over it. I like it with soy sauce...that's it. Simple sushi is the best. I think I'll have to try Globefish one more time before I totally reject it though.

May 18, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

YYC: Tango Bistro (in Smugglers)

Love the short rib poutine. I wish they had more gravy and cheese though.

I really enjoyed Tango Bistro. The best part: I went with my family (5 ppl), we ordered 18 items off the menu, 3 martini's, a glass of wine and a caesar all for about $190. Amazing. Everything was delicious too. I don't think I disliked any of the 18 dishes we got!

May 13, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Rouge YYC - S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants 2010

Rouge landed #60. Thoughts? Apparently, its the first Canadian restaurant to make the list in 7 years (since 2003). I went to Rouge about a year ago and I don't remember it being amazing or anything. Maybe I have bad memory...who knows...

http://www.theworlds50best.com/51-100.html
http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

Apr 27, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Maclean's article on chowhound

lol. Unfortunately, dream two (marry justin timberlake) is actually less plausible than the first dream. And it doesn't involve food (which is a sad sad dream), so the lottery + food dream remains as dream #1 =)

Apr 24, 2010
Bex_03 in Food Media & News

Pricing for Meze / Group Dinner at Koutouki, EDM?

The last time I went it was $35 per person. I thought it was good. Some of the meats were overcooked, but I like that there were a lot of different things to try. But I remember it coming out very slowly, and I was so hungry that I ended up eating a lot of the appetizers and was completely full by the time the main meal came out. So, you might be there for a long time, especially with a large group!

Lets see how good my memory is (I'm sure someone could help me out on this...): You start off with 4 dips and pita - hummus, some spicy feta dip?, roasted red pepper dip? and tzatziki? I can't really remember. Haha. You also get greek salad, Keftedes, calamari, Dolmathakia, and I think spanakopita?. The main is lemony potatoes with a gigantic piece of lamb (which was a little dry). I'm probably missing some things. Overall though, I enjoyed the Meze.

Apr 24, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Another Story About Tipping and The Tip Jar.......

1) I don't think I've ever encountered a bill so small that my tip would be less than $1 (unless I'm having fast food, where I will leave zero tip. Is that bad? Wait...I don't care) However, if I do ever come across such a situation, I will consider your ideas because they make a lot of sense.

2) "doing the right tihing and looking himself in the mirror at night" I can look at myself in the mirror at night just fine, thank you. I didn't harm a small child.....I've just never given a 100% tip.

3) I think everyone would agree that these people work hard. I don't see anyone suggesting the opposite.

4) I still don't like "counter tipping"

Apr 13, 2010
Bex_03 in Food Media & News

Another Story About Tipping and The Tip Jar.......

I have to agree with saeyedoc. I don't know anyone who would leave a 100% tip (or a 150% tip in the case of $1.60 coffee and toast). Not to mention that this all goes back to the idea of how crazy tipping has become. An 80 cent tip should not be considered a "slap in the face" if your meal was $4.

jfood, do you tip that much no matter what the service was like? It's an interesting idea, but I'm having trouble understanding the concept of tipping based on dollars and cents rather than percentages. How do you calculate what you will pay them? Or do you just randomly pick a number? Sorry, I don't mean to attack you with questions, I'm just curious how this works.

Apr 13, 2010
Bex_03 in Food Media & News

Maclean's article on chowhound

"He admits that initially he harboured a dream of being discovered on Chowhound and landing a moonlighting job as a paid restaurant critic".
Hehe. This made me giggle. My dream? To win the lottery and pay myself to be a restaurant critic! =) Continue dreaming....

Apr 12, 2010
Bex_03 in Food Media & News

Another Story About Tipping and The Tip Jar.......

My math could be totally wrong here but isn't 80 cents a 20% tip? I'd have left 60 cents (15%). Haha.

Apr 12, 2010
Bex_03 in Food Media & News

Another Story About Tipping and The Tip Jar.......

I actually read a newspaper article on this subject just a little while ago. Seems like more and more people are becoming frustrated with this "counter-tipping". I hate feeling that awkward pressure to punch in a tip on the debit machine or leave change in the tip jar. The worst is for things like take-out. I mean, I don't want to tip someone because they handed me my food. If that's the case, just point to the counter where my food is and I'll get it myself! The article I had read talked about how tipping use to be given to people who demonstrated extraordinary service. Now we're tipping because of guilt and pressure? It's getting pretty ridiculous. I've also been asked how much tip I wanted to add to my card. It's extremely awkward...

Apr 12, 2010
Bex_03 in Food Media & News

Kabuki Sushi & Grill

Is this in Edmonton??

Apr 11, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Have you tried Midori lately? (Cgy)

That's fantastic! It looks like they give you quite a bit too. Do you know if they make their own spicy tuna sauce? I have a big problem with restaurants that just dab hot sauce on a regular tuna roll...I can do that at home.

Apr 06, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in Edmonton

How about the Motoraunt? I've never been there before but I've read some interesting stuff on it. It looks a little sketchy but I assume it would be quite an experience.

Apr 06, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

keg. calgary .help

The last time I went to Ruths Chris my steak was about $45. My steak at Carvers, around $35, same with Hy's. The last time I went to the Keg..it was $20. I don't think they have the same prices...

Apr 02, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Best Pho in Calgary

Cochinchine is open now. I went there a few months ago. The decor is really quite nice. The food is ok, it's nothing spectacular. I'd rather go to Pho Huong Viet since they're pretty close to each other. Plus, Pho Huong is much cheaper and faster.

Mar 21, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

keg. calgary .help

I have read Bob Mac's post twice now and I fail to see where he mentions or even makes a suggestion that the Keg is high quality based on the fact that it was busy. Am I reading something different from what you're reading?

Mar 21, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

What Are The 100 Best Dishes In The World & Where To Get Them

That's exactly what i was thinking too....people are way too serious. I just love food, plain and simple. Foodie, chowhounder, who cares..either way, it's all about the food! I fail to see any negatives for having a list like this. It can open up your eyes and mind to new things. I'd love to try baby reindeer chops in Finland or fried clams in NY. I'd LOVE to try the Leitao assado in Portugal, it sounds amazing! I know things now that I didn't know before. Isn't that a good thing?

The best dish I've ever had was Chili Crab in Singapore (sorry, I don't know the name of the restaurant). Second best, Fishhead Curry (also in Singapore). They're almost painful to eat in the blistering heat, but so worth it!

Mar 17, 2010
Bex_03 in General Topics

keg. calgary .help

Wow, I didn't realize so many people hated the Keg. I like it. I mean, here's the deal, it's an ordinary steakhouse, so expect ordinary food because you're paying an ordinary price in an ordinary atmosphere. It's not AMAZING, but it's not TERRIBLE either.

I actually kinda like the 'fake sourdough' bread. I like that it comes out slightly warm and I like how it's crusty. I agree on the sirloin oscar...it's one of the best ones you can get at the Keg. I went recently and had the flat iron ($20) on their winter menu..I thought it was pretty good..and a pretty good price too. Ask for medium or medium-rare because there's a 50-50 chance your steak will come out overcooked or undercooked, so just play it safe. I usually get fries or garlic mashed potatoes on the side. I don't care if they're fake..what matters most is that it tastes good to ME (isn't that what food is suppose to be about anyways??)

My Keg Summary: Escargot = good. Calamari = Not bad. Caesar salad = Ok. French onion soup = Good (esp if you like salty foods like me!) . Teriyaki sirloin = Bad. Prime Rib = Meh (and fatty) . Blue Cheese Filet = Maybe ok. Creole Chicken = Ok. Sirloin Oscar = Good. Flat Iron (Winter menu)= Good
It's one of my dad's favourite restaurants so, yes, I've been there a lot....

Mar 16, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Rice Burgers??? But wow they look good! A new thing?

McDonalds has been selling 'McRice Burgers' in certain parts of S.E Asia for a little while now. I've always wanted to try one!

http://goingglobal.corante.com/archiv...

Mar 11, 2010
Bex_03 in General Topics

Favorite Food Show on TV?

I agree. Love No Reservations! Top Chef comes in at a close second. I also enjoy Man vs. Food...it's like DDD, but better. And I know this is not on T.V anymore but Yan Can Cook is my all time favorite! "If Yan can cook, so can you!" Haha, so awesome. =)

Mar 10, 2010
Bex_03 in Food Media & News

Calgary's Best "Hidden Gems"

This place sounds awesome. I can't believe I've never heard of it before! It sounds like it's a pretty small place though, is it usually difficult to get seats? I'm dying to go now.

Mar 10, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Late Night Eats in YYC

U & Me opens till 4 am. They have some decent non-greasy foods like certain dim sum items and congee on there midnight menu.
Harbour city still opens late, but I'm not sure till what time.
That restaurant beside Lambda (Sun Chiu Kee, I think?) use to be open till around 4am, but I went a long time ago and I'm not sure if they still open late.

I tend to be drawn to horrible greasy food late at night, so I'd probably go to Tubby Dog (lol), BUT, since you don't want greasy food, my vote goes to Una Pizza as well!

Mar 10, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Pandan liquid in a can?

You can buy pandan liquid?!?! Like extract? Is it any good? That would be such a time saver...

You can make pandan cake. The last time I made one, the recipe was similar to angel food cake, but with the pandan extract. I'm sure you could add coconut icing to make it look nicer and taste better too.

I've also made a Filipino dessert (I think it's called Buko Pandan? Not sure though). It's like a cold dessert soup. You make pandan flavoured jello (use plain gelatin with the pandan extract). Then you add milk, coconut shavings, coconut jello, condensed milk, etc. You can add anything you like. I've had it with jackfruit and mung beans. It's delicious and incredibly simple to make.

This is a recipe for sweet rice cake...I've yet to try this recipe, but the picture looks good!
http://thaifood.about.com/od/thaidess...

You can make different kinds of jello, use glutinous rice, make different kinds of kuay... oh my gosh, the options are endless!

Mar 03, 2010
Bex_03 in General Topics

Calgary Business dinner

I second Chef's Table. Capo and Rush are really good as well. Chef's Table and Capo are quite small, so they both have a really nice intimate setting. Rush has really good food and the decor is beautiful.

Mar 03, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Opening in Calgary?

It's called Chop:
http://www.chop.ca/

I've been to the restaurant in Edmonton. It's ok. I shared the Chop Platter with a couple people. It wasn't amazing, but it wasn't horrible either.

Mar 03, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

Dine Out Calgary March 5 to 14, 2010

Oo, so excited!

I'm confused about Maurya's menu. Do you get everything?? Or do you just pick some? I don't see the word "or" anywhere, which gives me the impression that I get everything. Haha.

Feb 22, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces

birthday party

My vote is for Bolero or Gaucho's too. If they eat anything like my brother did when he was 13...they'd love it. I don't know any boy that wouldn't enjoy a parade of meat.

Feb 22, 2010
Bex_03 in Prairie Provinces