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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

We called at around 7:45pm and were told the wait for a table of 2 would be around 2 hours (even in this kind of weather and road conditions...). We have been Santouka fans even before they opened in West LA, but I guess we'll have to wait a couple of months :(

Feb 12, 2015
oli in Greater Boston Area

Gracie's Somerville

We were there this weekend and liked it! We got the salty whisky (been missing the secret breakfast from humphry slocombe in the Bay Area), which was creamy with a hint of whiskey. The mango flavor tasted fresh and fruity, and it wasn't icy at all. We also sampled the cold brew whiskey + coffee, which was very smooth. You can pay $0.75 for a marshmallow fluff cone (I forgot what it was called) -- but it was marshmallow fluff poured into a sugar cone and then torched. Very fun to eat! We loved it. Service was wonderful. The owner (who was a bit shy) was very patient in explaining the flavors to us and giving us samples. We overheard that the shop was named after his daughter. We welcome the addition of another ice cream shop with unique flavors and will definitely be back!

Jan 18, 2015
oli in Greater Boston Area

evelyn & angels chocolates...

We just stopped by today and had a small hot chocolate. It was good, similar to LA Burdick's (but there was only 1 type). Can't speak to the chocolate, but like valcfield said, none of the branding was available, and that somehow made it less appealing/interesting. They were offering little samples of chocolate. I had a small bite and it was ok.

I'm surprised to hear that they recently renovated. The place smelled "old".. like a vintage clothing store. I had high expectations after reading the Boston Globe write-up but felt a bit let down after the visit. I didn't find the taffy, packaged candies, or roasted nuts unique or interesting.

Dec 13, 2014
oli in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery

We ordered a whole carrot cake once and oddly, it tasted of stale oil. Because I really like carrot cake and their South End location is convenient (and I don't know where else to find good carrot cake in the city), I've ordered it in slices a few more times, but was never blown away...

Oct 04, 2014
oli in Greater Boston Area

Best hot & sour soup in Boston?

Second the Shanghai Gate rec. It came with pieces of fish fillet (not the most authentic perhaps, but it worked too) and had thin shreds of ginger in it. Not bland at all. There was quite a bit of white pepper, but I like spicy food and didn't find it overwhelming. Can't wait to go back for more!

Dec 03, 2013
oli in Greater Boston Area

wedding cake inspirations


I'm getting married in late summer and working with a dessert chef at our wedding venue to design the cake. I've been browsing websites (wedding sites, bakery sites, Pinterest) for ideas. I'm also planning to hit Barnes & Nobles to browse books for inspirations. Any other ideas?

It's going to be a tiered cake. Hoping to have something romantic but whimsical looking.

Many thanks for your help!


Jun 23, 2012
oli in General Topics

Kam Man Mkt South Bay

So did it really open? how does it compared to the branch in Quincy?

Feb 09, 2012
oli in Greater Boston Area

the quest for cobbler

yeah! we dropped by the Kobbler King yesterday and the strawberry cobblers were there! it had a flaky top and the bottom was lined with the same flaky layers. it was sprinkled with sugar and tasted just a bit salty, which nicely balanced out the sweetness of the fillings. i was pleasantly surprised by the big, whole strawberries in the filling. very satisfying. i've never had the ones from Cobbler Lady so I can't compare. it was quite big and heavy, and definitely worth the $5 we paid. the man at the counter said they currently have bread pudding too!

Apr 30, 2009
oli in Los Angeles Area

Aisian Grocery Question

make sushi with it

Feb 06, 2009
oli in Home Cooking

The Big Chill frozen yogurt

i've been going at least twice a week for the past 4-5 years now, and their portions have *always* been gigantic. if you weigh the small (which is supposed to be 6oz), it usually comes out to be 8-10oz if not more (yeah, i'm obsessed like that)....

May 20, 2008
oli in Los Angeles Area

Vegan soft serve/fro yo

I think you're referring to Sparky's (on Main)?

Bigg Chill at Westwood and Olympic has a non-dairy option. Not sure if it's vegan.

May 20, 2008
oli in Los Angeles Area

Green bean and/or Sugar pea salad recipes needed for tomorrow!

Last time I bought sugar snap peas from the local farmers market, I also bought a bunch of carrots. I washed them, peeled the carrots and diced them. I boiled the carrots for about 3-5 minutes, and slid in the peas so they get blanched. After about 2 minutes (or when both are tender but not mushy), i poured them over a sieve and shocked them with ice water. I drained them well and patted them dry with paper towel. Then I poured them into a big bowl and tossed them with soy sauce, sugar, a little bit of worcestershire sauce, some sriracha, and drops of sesame oil for fragrance. Then I chilled them in the fridge and allow the flavor to permeate the veggies. I couldn't stop eating them, and I loved the vibrant color!

May 16, 2008
oli in Home Cooking

Pearl Sugar in Los Angeles?

I'm just confirming that Surfas carry it. I was there the weekend before Thanksgiving and saw them in Surfas plastic containers. Not confectioner's sugar, but little balls of pearl sugar that Belgians put in gaufre de Liege.

Dec 11, 2007
oli in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cakes near Purdue University?


I'm from Los Angeles but will be traveling to W. LaFayette next week with my SO, who is attending a conference in the area. Could you please tell me where I can find a decent birthday cake near Purdue University? It's my SO's birthday and I can't bake him a cake in our hotel room!! Chocolate cakes are preferred.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Oct 23, 2007
oli in General Midwest Archive

Help with Liege, Belgium?


My bf is going to stay in Liege, Belgium for a few months for work. He is likely to stay in the city center and work near the Sart Tilman area. Any recommendations for:
- simple eateries for a single diner (nothing too expensive/fancy, just for daily meals since he doesn't cook much)
- american food, e.g. burger places
- asian food
- grocery stores, preferably with some american goods (and english-speaking)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am worrying my heart out since I've always the one who takes care of the meals and grocery shopping...

Apr 08, 2007
oli in International Archive

seeking good COFFEE around USC!

the cafe at tutor hall on campus serves peet's coffee. there's also seattle's best at betty crocker's in the student commons, and a relatively new coffee beans & tea leaf on fig, next to PS1.

Feb 04, 2007
oli in Los Angeles Area

What to eat with cottage cheese?


or, a mash of runny scrambled eggs, tuna, cottage cheese and black pepper.

can't you tell i like mushy food? :)

Oct 24, 2006
oli in General Topics

Romantic/Cozy weekday breakfast or lunch?

thanks tdo ca! i will check that out!

Oct 17, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area

Romantic/Cozy weekday breakfast or lunch?

thanks for the rec, chica! i am looking for a relaxed place we don't have to get too dressy for. my impression could be wrong, i am guessing that one pico would be more upscale than that?

Oct 17, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area

Romantic/Cozy weekday breakfast or lunch?

My boyfriend's birthday is coming up and I am planning to take him out for a cozy/romantic breakfast or lunch on a weekday. Nothing too fancy or high-end, I am hoping for something quiet and cozy. We're in West LA, but willing to venture out for something refreshing. Anything with a view or in an area we can stroll around afterwards would be a big plus. Any thoughts? Thank you so much!!

Oct 16, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area


There's a japanese woman who sets up a stand at Nijiya Market on Sawtelle every other Saturday and Sunday. She used to sell little cakes with red bean/custard filling, croquettes, and takoyaki. When I went there today, she had stopped selling takoyaki and switched to okonomiyaki. It was $5 for the variety with pork or squid, and $6 for the pork + squid variety. We had to wait about 7 minutes for them to prepare the okonomiyaki. It was smaller in size compared to the ones I've had in restaurants (Tombo, Gaja, or the shop in Little Tokyo that folded a few years back). The pork was sliced and pressed onto the top of the pancake. The quality was so-so, we wouldn't go back just for that. (I'd much rather drive an extra 5 minutes to get a Spicy Shrimp bao at Famima on Westwood than beat the crazy parking and crowd at Nijiya.)

Sep 25, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area

Coffee Shop or Cool Restaurant

Just a thought. Will Talking Stick on Ocena Park fit your bill? I don't go there enough to tell you about their food and coffee, but I find it quiet enough for daydreaming and staring into slow traffic in the afternoon.

Sep 03, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area

how to get the most out of your KERNELS popcorn (with pics!)

this is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm gonna have to make a trip to the santa anita mall now.

i *heart* popcorn with funky flavors! when i was a kid i wished they would individually sell the flavor packets that come along with instant noodles because i could lick on those all day :p

btw, the sunday farmers market at Santa Monica and Corinth has a stall which sells savory popcorn. comes in cheese and jalapeno cheese (really spicy) flavors. they also sell the sweet ones as well. i haven't been there in a while, so i can't say for sure if they're still there.

Aug 08, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area

Kyoho grapes in season yet?

Just saw a stand selling them at the Irvine farmers market this morning. I went late and only very little was left so I can't report on the quality.

Jul 29, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area

Grape juice syrup-Last seen in Hong Kong

if you don't have time to drive out to 99 ranch, most stores that carry british grocery will have ribena. e.g. Hurry Curry on Venice, India Sweets n Spices in Culver City (haven't been in a while), Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica, and a smallish liquor store on Beethoven and Palms near the SM airport. Some stores in China Town that carries Hong Kong goods (e.g. wing hop fung) also carries Ribena. In OC, you can find it in Union Jack's fish n' chips shop at the corner of Talbert & Magnolia in Fountain Valley.

I grew up drinking Ribena, so when I moved here, one of the things my boyfriend did to please me was to buy me Ribena whenever he saw it around town. :)

Jul 29, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area


Is this at the corner of barrington and san vicente? Do you know what the hours are?

Thanks for posting your experience! I can't wait to go there!

Jul 18, 2006
oli in Los Angeles Area