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What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

Ritz Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches

about 14 hours ago
ipsedixit in General Topics

I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

Radish salad.

about 15 hours ago
ipsedixit in Home Cooking
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Stuck in the Gaslamp District. HELP!

We all got the neapolitan pizza thing - it wasn't a style issue at all. What they served me, I would have returned at even a Pizza Port.
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Pizzeria Mozza is not Neapolitan pizza. Nor does it claim to be.

The pizza style, and really the crust, is probably best described as a pure creation of Silverton's flour thumb.

I've been to the HQ Mozza twice now, and the pizza is fine. Comparable to LA, and whether it's appreciably better or worse is impossible to say. I've been to Pizzeria Mozza LA multiple times and have had bad pizza there (pizza much worse than the two that I've had at the HQ).

Pizza -- and pizza crust -- are dynamic things. Sometimes it just doesn't want to cooperate.

When Chris was still working at Bianco many years ago before taking a medical sabbatical, I recall him say something to the effect of, "you don't really make pizza, you nurture it, much like you would rear children, no two are every exactly alike."

There's nothing wrong with not liking Pizzeria Mozza, or not getting the whole crust thing. Everyone is entitled to their preferences, and no one is more right or wrong about such things.

But I think it's unfair to attribute any negative reaction to Pizzeria Mozza's food because it's based in San Diego. That's a weird Napoleonic reaction.

about 15 hours ago
ipsedixit in San Diego

nyc ice cream strictly speaking

Very few things are comparable to a Mister Softee cone!

about 20 hours ago
ipsedixit in Manhattan

THE CHURCH KEY. NOT DIM SUM. NOT CLOSE. WTF?

This is interesting.

I am sure you know this, but "dim sum" is the phonetic translation of the Cantonese phrase for 點心 (or loosely translated, "snacks").

Relatedly, dim sum (or snacks) was eaten when nurturing some tea and doing a bit of group tête-à-tête amongst friends, hence "yum cha" became the phonetic translation of the Cantonese phrase for 飲茶.

So distilling those two ideas, or concepts, there's really nothing about dim sum, or more precisely, yum cha, that requires a specific type of food.

Traditionally, as you so rightfully mention dim sum oftentimes consisted of dumpling-like creations (e.g. har gow, shumai, etc.) but no where in the canons of dim sum ukase does yum cha actually require the service, and partaking, of dumpling-like creations.

Nowadays, whether you want to call it contemporary or modern or whatever, many of the very finest dining halls in Hong Kong (Michelin starred, no less) and Vancouver/Toronto serve a panoply of dim sum items during yum cha -- from things like Salted Custard Bird Nest Glutinous Rice Balls, Baked Whole Abalone Puff, Prawns in XO Chilli Sauce, Watermelon Jelly, Ginger Souffle, etc. -- that would defy conventional wisdom, and expecting and ordering something like har gow (a dumpling-like item) would be considered as antiquated and out-of-place as asking for change for the public pay phone in the middle of LA Live.

Dim sum -- the actual food items -- has never been strictly confined to dumpling-like items (even though those were the most prevalent) and the yum cha experience has never been about limiting oneself to eating just things from a cart or from small plates - those were just traditionally the most convenient (and practical) ways of delivering the dim sum comestibles.

People partaking of yum cha dined on dim sum, which could run the gamut of soft-boiled peanuts to little pastry snack items like crullers or turnip cakes to just about anything sweet or savory that whets the palate for more tea and even more conversation.

Dim sum / yum cha is an experience, let the mind wander, and the stomach will be all the better for it.

about 22 hours ago
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area
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QUIET and accessible restaurant for lunch in Midtown

Ai Fiori

about 22 hours ago
ipsedixit in Manhattan

nyc ice cream strictly speaking

No disagreeing here that it's soft serve (so is Milk Bar for that matter) but I consider soft serve ice cream, which is not the same as frozen yogurt.

And the fact it's made from goat's milk is neither here nor there (just ask Laloo).

I draw the line at gelato, however. That's not ice cream.

1 day ago
ipsedixit in Manhattan

Interesting article: Why aren't there more female food critics?

Because, unfortunately, it's still a man's world.

Things are changing. But the words "glacial" and "pace" do come to mind.

1 day ago
ipsedixit in Food Media & News
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Manhattan Best Bites, $3 and under

Whatever is in the discounted section at Woorjip.

1 day ago
ipsedixit in Manhattan

Dinner after LACMA

chi SPACCA

Either Mozza restaurants

Angelini Osteria

1 day ago
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area

carnegie hall area

By walking?

It's less than a 10 minute walk. Trust me. Done it.

1 day ago
ipsedixit in Manhattan

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

A bargain consider quality+taste/price

1 day ago
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Well, to be fair, did CNN state that it was talking about Canto style dim sum?

In fact, I think it's a credit to the popularity of dim sum generally, that modern, updated dim sum style restaurants have so permeated the culinary fabric in the U.S. that we can now actually debate whether something actually constitutes traditional Canto style "yum cha" versus something that is, as you so aptly put it, tapas on a push cart.

2 days ago
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area

carnegie hall area

Guantanamera or Ippudo.

2 days ago
ipsedixit in Manhattan

Victor's Cafe (Cuban) . . . anyone been recently?

Colleagues of mine like it.

Never been personally, however. Sorry.

2 days ago
ipsedixit in Manhattan

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Not to get sidetracked, but few if any "new" supermarkets are ever built from the ground up these days.

It's basically repackaging an existing infrastructure with new signage, trade dress, etc.

2 days ago
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

And they just got a new Ranch 99.

2 days ago
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area

How To Eat An Apple

I rarely, if ever, chew the seeds.

Much less "the fuck out of them".

My poop is evidence of that. I've looked.

Apr 17, 2014
ipsedixit in General Topics

Bottega Americano (East Village)

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in San Diego

I have an overabundance of boxed crackers, mostly wheat thins and the like

The concept of "over abundance" and "Wheat Thins" simply never presents itself as a problem in my household.

Not for long, at least.

I like even stale Wheat Thins. A lot.

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Home Cooking

Asparagus Assistance Please

Not if you pat dry and cool.

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Home Cooking

nyc ice cream strictly speaking

DreamScoops

You can now get their creations at Hester St. Fair starting at month's (April) end.

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Manhattan

Asparagus Assistance Please

Double-fry.

Fry/blanch in oil the asparagus without batter first.

Then batter up, and fry again.

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Home Cooking

CNN's best 10 US restaurants for dim sum (hint: not one in the SGV)

Maybe the SGV isn't part of the United States of America?

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area

How To Eat An Apple

Indeed.

I eat the whole thing. Except for the stem.

I'm waiting for the stemless apple (a la the seedless watermelon) so I can truly eat the "whole" apple.

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in General Topics

My Quest to Find LA's Most Expensive Banh Mi

Banh Mi at Mendocino Farsm ($11)

On a $/ounce basis, I think this sandwich has to take the crown.

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area

Lu's Dumpling House Monterey Park

I don't want to be a sourpuss but out of respect for those who are seriously injured (at least one of whom I know personally) might I ask that we refrain from the puns and oft-hand humor?

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area
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Good but not too too expensive Italian restaurant in theatre district?

Good but not too too expensive Italian restaurant in theatre district?
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Mercato

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Manhattan

Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

I genuflect before your Sacco devotion. I truly do.

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Manhattan

Chi Spacca - Favorite

Yeah, that pork chop is a mighty fine cut of meat.

Swinilicious!

Apr 16, 2014
ipsedixit in Los Angeles Area