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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Finally tried the scallion pancakes (pajeon) and love them!

I usually saute for a few minutes each with no extra oil in a non-stick pan for a quick breakfast (sometimes topped with a splash of soy sauce, some avocado cubes, or a sprinkling of chili flakes)

Still have a hard time believe they are 160 calories apiece.

Aug 22, 2014
AquaW in Chains

Paso Robles Wineries to avoid

Just back from a weekend at Paso Robles and this thread was very helpful so thought I'd chip in too -

my faves included Tablas Creek (the rosé & grenache are phenomenal) Villicana (I particularly liked their Rousanne; they also distill vodkas & gins too!) and Sculpterra (love their red blends & their tasting room space.)

I wasn't particularly impressed with Daou's wines, but they do have an impressive view (apparently one of the highest elevation wineries in the county) so I'd say just do the $10 tasting (or better yet, share one with a friend) and just soak up the sights.

I really wanted to try Opolo but when I stopped by their winery they must have had a recent drop off from a winery-touring van/bus -- there was a pretty loud & rowdy crowd in there, so rather than wait it out I just moved onto Turley (which was good--not great.)

Sep 23, 2013
AquaW in California

Twix Goes to the Tropics

I miss the Cookies & Cream Twix from eons ago.

Jun 01, 2011
AquaW in Features

Green Apple Sparkler

@lakelady, I was thinking the same thing! Though I'd imagine it would work well with a light & dry ginger ale (though may use more apple to make the flavor stand out a bit more)

Dec 27, 2010
AquaW in Recipes

Is This Salmon Farmed?

@bshaddock, farmed salmon is generally considered a worse choice environmentally since the concentrated fish farming operations will result in a lot concentrated waste runoffs into nearby waters, and keeping fish in such close quarters also ups the risk of disease & parasites (which in turn, forces fish farmers to feed them antibiotics and other drugs, which also run off.)

Of course, you make a good point that there's only a finite amount of wild salmon that can be caught (several species of tuna are encountering this problem right now) . . . so some other alternatives include varying up the seafood a bit, aim for seafood that is plentiful and not endangered or threatened. Quite a few environmental organizations have put out easy-accessible guides on what seafood are better choices and which should be avoided if possible.

But having said all that, I agree with Helena that the dining table is no place to lecture (and bore) the waitstaff and other diner. Do your restaurant and its food sourcing homework beforehand, and as she suggested, send an e-mail or write a note expressing your concerns after the meal.

Aug 05, 2010
AquaW in Features

Vegetarian in San Diego..

Thanks for the fast responses, forgot to note that Stone World Bistro is a definite on my itinerary too (hopefully they won't be TOO crazy on Easter for brunching)

I've heard about BLAH and the Linkery too from a whiles back so thank you for reminding me, the menu for the latter looks interesting and I love how they cite where they source their foods. But yeah, the beer/wine lists looks on the pricey side . . .

~H.C.

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Linkery
3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Apr 01, 2010
AquaW in San Diego

Vegetarian in San Diego..

Hey there SD hounds, an LA hound here swinging by for the weekend with a mixed crowd -- 50% omnivores and 50% vegetarians.

Some great ideas here already (Spread and Sipz sound great, and I also am thankful that a Tender Greens opened down there too.) but wanted to see if there are more eateries that please both veggie and omni palates a like (i.e. an omni restaurant that has a good variety of vegetarian options, or vegetarian joints that won't leave the omnis feeling like they're eating rabbit food all day long.)

Also, a place that serves SD beers is a HUGE plus.

Thanks in advance!

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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Sipz Cafe
5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117

Tender Greens
2400 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106

Apr 01, 2010
AquaW in San Diego

It's Not Stealing, It's Unauthorized Takeout

like ike04, my buffet thefts/takeouts are limited to a piece of portable item (whole fruit, finger-friendly pastry, wrapped ice cream bar) - but hilarious and unsurprised that there are folks who go for more! The dumping the whole plate's worth into a bag/tupperware is funny FTW.

But it does make me wonder if any buffets have (or tried) a bag inspection upon exit policy...

Feb 23, 2010
AquaW in Features

Chile Hot Chocolate

love the slow cooker idea if entertaining... I'd probably throw in a little sweet spices too (cinnamon-ginger-cardamom) to give it a little more complexity.

Also curious to see what liqueur would be ideal if I want to kick it up a notch...

Oct 23, 2009
AquaW in Recipes

JOE'S in Venice - very disappointing

Sorry to hear, I liked my meal at Joe's but it was a brunch (and the majority of raves I've heard are for that or their weekday lunches)

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Oct 16, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Places for Sunday Brunch/Wine Tastings in/around Ojai?

Thanks for reply so far . . . as for distance, I wouldn't mind going 30 miles outside of Ojai proper for a tasty enough bite. Alas, I'll probably scrap the wine tasting part of it, since I found out I'm going to a wine fest later that day when I return to LA.

~H.C.

Sep 28, 2009
AquaW in California

What to order at Osteria Mozza?

I believe the butterscotch budino's at Pizzeria Mozza . . . nonetheless, the Osteria still has a nice dessert list. I, too, vote for the olive oil cakes -- but the sweets menu changes up a bit so order whatever you fancy.

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Sep 24, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Places for Sunday Brunch/Wine Tastings in/around Ojai?

Hey there,

LA hound heading up to Ojai for a run event next weekend, and wanted to spend time in the neighborhood afterwards for a brunch and possibly tasting wines at some local wineries. Found a few interesting spots from searching the boards but wanted to see if there are any new and notables that's worth a check-out.

Thanks in advance for your help!

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Sep 24, 2009
AquaW in California

Sonoma Daytrip Recs for Wine/Food?

Thanks for the recs all and reporting back, what we wound up doing is Bovolo for brunch (the bacon, egg, cheese sandwich was simple but delicious -- as were the goatcheese turnover with passionfruit honey), spending most of the day at Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley wineries.

Between the planned and spontaneous stops we wound up hitting 7 places -- Bella, Preston, Ferrari Carrano, Kokomo, Truett-Hurst, Quivira and Harvest Moon.

(I particularly like the granny-smithy Chardonnay from Kokomo and the biodynamic GPS blend (grenache and syrah -- and forgot the 'p' off memory, though I *think* it's petit syrah) from Truett-Hurst that has a remarkable silky-yet-rich mouthfeel.

Unfortunately, the wine I was most curious about -- sparkling gewurz from Harvest Moon -- was sold out, but the pourers were nice about it and waived our tasting fees.

Finished off with pizza and a couple of hoppy brews at Russian River Brewing Co.

But thanks for all the recs CHers, hopefully this will be useful for other Sonoma daytrippers and I'll definitely save this for the next time I swing up.

Jun 30, 2009
AquaW in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Daytrip Recs for Wine/Food?

Actually plotted them all down on google maps -- we plan on starting in Sonoma area pretty early (10am-ish) then driving up to Healdsburg (about hour to 90 minutes) and working our way back down and seeing what time allows.

A little of a meander but should still be able to squeeze quite a few nice stops - but right now I'm definitely trying to get as many tasty and worthwhile options as possible.

~H.C.

Jun 24, 2009
AquaW in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Daytrip Recs for Wine/Food?

Thanks -- Bovolo or Zazu looks promising; thinking about Barndiva / Willi's Wine Bar too but heard a few mixed reviews on that one.

Oh yea, definitely planning a stop at Russian River Brewing Co. esp after finding out its all day happy hour on Sun.

~H.C.

Jun 24, 2009
AquaW in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Daytrip Recs for Wine/Food?

fiorini looks a bit higher than what I'd like to spend --- but Basque definitely sounds promising, if for the take-home goodies. Thanks! ~H.C.

Jun 23, 2009
AquaW in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Daytrip Recs for Wine/Food?

Thanks! I remember reading about that resto a while ago but just fell off the radar... looks like that just trumped H Bar/Grill as the late afternoon spot!

~H.C.

Jun 23, 2009
AquaW in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma Daytrip Recs for Wine/Food?

Hey there SF hounds!

SoCal foodie here and I'm swinging up to visit a SF friend this coming weekend, and on Sunday we'll probably do a daytrip of Sonoma County. I've already check out some recent CH threads for places to hit up for tastings and food but just want to see if there's anything new & noteworthy.

Our itinerary is still tentative but I was thinking of starting with Domaine Carneros & Gloria Ferrer for some sparklies, then a brunch at ESTATE before moving up North and weaving our way back down; I got Preston, Dry Creek and Bella on my list (and Healdsburg Bar/Grill as a tentative late-lunch/early-dinner spot) but wondering if there's any must-try in terms of food or wines making our way back to SF.

Oh yea, big sweet tooth here so any interesting stuff in way of desserts is much appreciated! Not to mention and food staple/gifts that I can bring back to LA.

Thanks.

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Jun 23, 2009
AquaW in San Francisco Bay Area

Are there any outstanding bars in SO CAL?

Actually downtown LA is serviceable for quite a few things you're looking for.

Scotchs: Edison, Seven Grand
Tequilas: Rivera, Provecho (also Malo in Silver Lake)
Rums: Trader Vic's (no, you aren't obliged to order it in a tiki drink - however, the staff may not be that knowledgable.)

There are quite a few LA based cocktail bloggers too, including Sloshed!, Rumdood and Liquid Muse, who can help you locate the best local bars stocking what you're looking for.

Happy spirits hunting!

~H.C.
http://la-oc-fodie.blogspot.com

Apr 24, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Any great places for Yorkshire pudding / popovers?

A weird quest to send you 'hounds on, but have a Yorkshire pudding crazy friend whose birthday is coming up so want to celebrate with some of his fave dishes around town.

In the past I've gone to Whale 'n Ale for their Yorkshire pudding cups (topped with thin slices of prime rib, horseradish and gravy!) but now that's off the menu and not available all the time -- so on the stake out for other places that offer it (preferably a la carte as opposed to a prime rib side)

Of course, popovers will work in a jiffy if Y puddings proved too hard to fine.

Thanks for your help and input!

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 23, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Bar Pintxo

I've only gone during happy hours -- where it's $6 for 6 tapas, $4 sangrias and $3 stellas. For those price it's not bad, but not particularly stellar. Though they do have a pretty big collection of Spanish wines by the glass (and lots under $10) for the adventurous oenophile. And their staff is actually pretty knowledgeable about those wines too, two that I ordered were pretty spot on.

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 19, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Tequila tasting?

The majority of the places mentioned are by the shot only - though most of them often quality drinks that don't burn a huge hole in the wallet (always helps when you talk to the bartend and tip well). Rivera does offer a flight of 3 of their infused tequilas for $12 (worth every penny IMO.)

And I think all the above bars have happy hours too, though I think the discount is on cocktails rather than straight-up tequila. Still a nice, cheaper way to ease into the good stuff.

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 19, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Any Recs near West Hollywood?

Sunset Strip isn't particularly known for great eats, but some interesting bites include One Sunset, Asia de Cuba, Yatai and Jinky's.

WIthin 20 minutes down La Cienega, you can hit up Lucques, Comme Ca and if you're feeling spendy, Sona or Bazaar.

And LA Times gave a fairly good look of the RH at the Andaz Hotel so that may be worth considering too http://www.latimes.com/theguide/bars-...

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 19, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Bone Marrow

Agreed with the others; C&S and Mozza makes great marrow!

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 19, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

providence or Sona?

Depends on the type of food you're interested in. If you were looking at the Bazaar, I'd recommend Rivera since they do a nice job too with their small plates (though the menu is more modern-Latin-American) and have an excellent cocktail program to boot. Providence is a nice sure bet for seafood, and CUT for steaks. For something more classic, Spago's worthwhile. And finally, I'm rather fond of FIG for their simple, seasonal cuisine with a French flair.

Save for CUT, I've blogged about the places mentioned above.

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 14, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Fraiche or Akasha for lunch in Culver City?

Akasha is a bit more vegetarian-friendly but I think Fraiche will work better instead (or if you don't mind being more casual, M Cafe de Chaya). Akasha is a place I want to like so much, with its focus on local, organic, seasonal ingredients, but I ultimately found the dishes too bland or off-balance.

Other delightful lunch places to come into mind include Royal/T (though more for the tea and the scene) and Surfas Cafe (their ultimate grilled cheese is soo good!)

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 14, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

providence or Sona?

I've only been to Providence for their tasting menu a while back, which turned out really well. Haven't been to Sona yet but heard more mixed reviews (though generally positive) reviews of that place.

Others in the same vein that may be worth looking into include Ortolan, Hatfield's, Grace and Craft. But no matter where you wound up going, hope the b-day dinner turns out to be a delight!

~H.C.
My providence review: http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com/2007...

Apr 14, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

(Review + pics) Experiencing Bazaar's Saam on Opening Night

for full review + photos:
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com/2009...

My 2009 splurge meal came earlier than I expected, since my Jose Andres lovin' friend wanted to check out Saam on its opening night this past Friday. Despite my DineLA Bazaar meal being a hit and miss affair, I decided to give the place another shot ~ to see if it lives up to the perfect four-stars anointed by LA Times' S. Irene.

Having arrived a tad early, my friend and I went to Bar Centro area to check out a couple of drinks. I got the Jale Berry (blackberry and pepper), which was still tasty though significantly less spicy than I remembered, and my friend had the bartender's choice - a mix of Partida reposado, lime, mint and ginger syrup that went down really smooth and had a nice bouquet of spicy, minty flavors with the slightest tequila edge. After our drink, we checked in with the host stand to be taken into the Saam section of the Bazaar.

Saam, which turned out to be a Baz*aa*r-ish play on SBE owner Sam Nazarian's name, is situated in a private room situated right behind Bar Centro. With its wood-paneled walls and roof, high ledges lined with kitschy books and knick-kacks, and a winebar smack in the middle, it gives off a den or game room feel, I was even keeping an eye out for a dart board or a box of cigars somewhere. But overall, it was cozy and comforting, and a far-cry from the glitzy-bordering-on-gaudy ambience of the other Bazaar areas and much more appropriate for a tasting menu affair than the noisy hub-bub and visual distractions going on in the Rojo and Blanca rooms.

Another surprise is that for an opening night, Saam wasn't very filled -- only about a third to a half of the tables were occupied at any given time throughout our dinner. Then again, the buzz for the opening was kept pretty low (only Urbandaddy disclosed it ahead of time) and the server noted they are in a sort of soft-launch phase to see what works and what could be tweaked.

Soon after we settled into our seats, the waitstaff gave a breakdown of how the meal will proceed and asked about our allergies/preferences, then quickly presented us with a "snack and a cocktail" of their salty air margarita and sweet potato chips with tamarind paste and star anise. The margarita was decent and I do like the soft-and-light foam better than the typical coarse grains rimming the glass, but the tequila's harsh edge (blanco, I presume) was a bit too rough for my personal preference. Their spin on chips and dip was delicious, hitting three flavor notes with the slight saltiness of the sweet potato to the sweetness of the tamarind paste and the sourness of the yogurt.

As we finished our sips and nibbles, we were besieged with a quartet of bites. From front-to-back, we had a “olive oil bonbon” with a touch of saffron, caviar steamed bun with American sturgeon caviar, crème fraiche and “lemon air” on a mini bao, the bagel and lox crispy cone with salmon roe and dill cream cheese, and their cotton candy-wrapped foie gras. Here, the two fish egg dishes were wonderful tasting, with the roe harmonizing well with the other components and carrying it through with its briny, fishy (in a good way) flavor. The olive oil bonbon and the foie gras, on the other hand, seemed more fun to eat than tasty themselves. With the former, it was neat to crack the glassy bonbon in my mouth to flood my tongue with the saffron-infused oil, but ultimately it’s just oil on my tongue, albeit a quality olive oil which made me wish I had bread. With the foie gras, there’s that sweet-savory match going on and the expected richness of the fatty liver, but that was it and it felt single-faceted.

It was here that we also mentioned being interested in a wine pairing, and found out that instead of a traditional pairing, they offer four wine flights (self-explanatory Global, Spanish, Sparkling and Fortified) and essentially let the diners do their own pairings. Depending on your take, this can be DIY fun or a bit lazy on part of the restaurant. I started leaning towards the latter after some of my own pairing experiments went awry and resulted in puckery-cringe facial expressions. Also, I got the sparkling flight, which, despite being two 1.5 oz pours of four wines during the meal, didn’t last very well, since the bubbles ~ particularly for the two Cavas ~ dissipates fairly quickly and I really can’t let them just sit at the table and get flat while waiting for other courses to present themselves. A Spanish or a Global flight would work way better for pairing purposes…

After the four amuses and initial sips of our flights, we were presented with another Bazaar signature, the olive spherication, with olive juice contained in a gellified olive “skin” steeped in olive oil. A playful morsel that tastes like an extra dirty martini minus the alchy (though if you order a standard martini at the Bazaar you will get one of these lovelies in your glass.

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Following the spherified olive is Jose's Ham & Cheese sandwich (on an oddly-cute monkey pedestal tray!) with the deliate "air bread" bread filled with creamy La Serena sheep's cheese and topped with slices of jamon iberico. Pure decadence as all the components melded together, the cured, marbled ham with the creamy-yet-assertive cheese with the crisp, cracker-like bread.

After the monkey pedestal was bussed away, we were served the "canned" uni conservas with flowers and diced vegetables. Since my uni experiences thus far have been in sushi form, it was interesting to see it paired with the more lively veggies, but it worked surprisingly well. The creamy-sweetness of the urchin still came forth, and was nicely contrasted with the crunchy, mildly tart vegetables.

The boneless wing was up next, a 12-hour-marinated and breaded chicken with olive puree and iceplant. I like the mild garlicky flavor that was thoroughly infused throughout the moist chicken as well as the accompaniments that gave it a green-grassy note, but not so much the breading that was soggy rather than crispy.

Next up, their interpretation of the shrimp cocktail, with a Santa Barbara shrimp studded with petals, herbs and sesame seeds, pierced by a pipette filled with cocktail sauce and shrimp-head broth. Simply heavenly, and tasted every bit as colorful as it appeared; the plump, sweet shrimp was cooked to perfection (tender with that almost-crisp snap of firmness) and that broth-infused cocktail sauce tasted like a spiced-up red chowder. Totally could’ve eaten another few (dozen) of these!

Then came our intermission “show” where two servers almost struggled to push their ubiquitous liquid nitrogen cart in front of our table, to do a full on, cold-fog demo of their nitro gazpacho. For our photo-taking purposes, she really loaded up on the liquid N2 for the mad-science-lab effect. Nice!

As for gazpacho itself, decorated with edible flowers and airbread pieces and drizzled with balsamic vinegar, it was competent. All the expected flavor components were there, and I like the frozen sorbet texture, but the taste didn’t wow me and I actually could’ve used a little less of this since it’s very intense-tasting and left a distinct tomato and vegetal aftertaste that I had to drink plenty of water to get rid of before my next course of . . .

Bluefin toro with 63 celsius quail egg, caramelized watermelon, rice puffs and wasabi. Oddly enough, the fatty tuna belly had more of a salmon sashimi look and taste. The egg, whose yolk is still molten, had a nice richness that binded the flavors of the fish and the watermelon, and I liked the little poppity-crunch from the puffs. But again, another good-but-not-great dish – though I was still wondering about the salmon-y tuna for quite a while afterwards.

Following the toro was the Norwegian lobster with a thin slice of toasted baguette atop a seaweed salad, with a espresso cup of lobster broth. We were instructed to eat the lobster and baguette, have a sip of the broth, then eat the seaweed salad – which worked pretty well, the lobster meat was sweet and succulent, and the broth further brings out the savory flavor, and the seaweeds serve as an efficient palate cleanser, so that I can experience it fresh all over again. Definitely an impressive dish since I’m usually not that fond of lobsters.

Finishing off our seafood experience, smoked sous-vide salmon with a tzatziki sphere, chickpea pancake, dill, pressed cucumber, green chickpeas and olive oil. Rich yet refreshing and reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine, this course was very delightful, distinctive yet familiar, basically a haute-refined salmon-dill-cucumber-yogurt dip. Definitely spoiled me for any creamy smoked salmon-dill spreads that I’ll encounter in the future!

Next is a partially destroyed “Not Your Everyday Caprese” salad because we forgot to take a photo before chomping down. It basically consisted of a liquefied mozzarella sphere with “sexy” tomatoes, airbread pieces, housemade pesto and dots of balsamic. Like the gazpacho, all the flavor expectations of caprese are here, but I don’t necessarily feel it’s an improvement over a traditional caprese and actually prefer a more solid mozzarella.

Rounding off the main courses is the Tournedos Rossini 2009, an homage to the famous composer and gourmand, consisting of a A5 Wagyu beef in a black-truffle gel, topped with foie gras shavings, king oyster mushroom and black trumpet mushrooms (mistakenly called “black trumpet truffles” by our server); between the truffle gel, the shrooms, foie gras and marbled beef, it was an attack of richness all vying for attention from my tastebuds. As such, this dish actually tasted better when I ate one or two components with the jus rather than a combined bite, when everything is just overwhelming one another in an orgy of fatty foods and it wounds up being an unappealing glob of heavy oiliness in my mouth. But it was divine when eaten separately, when the individual ingredients really shone in their unique flavors.

Transitioning our way into desserts, we got the signature and popular dragon’s breath (actually even too popular, such that the Bazaar won’t serve it unless Jose is in the kitchen). A fun, tasty bite of caramel popcorn, especially when the nitrogen vapors go up the nasal cavity and out the nostrils to produce that infamous smoke-out-of-nostrils effect.

Our first dessert is the chocolate biscuit coulant Michel Bras, essentially a molten chocolate-souffle inspired by the notable French chef, topped with gold flakes and served atop cardamom foam. Even if the chocolate-cardamom combo isn’t particularly edgy for me, this was a perfectly delicious sweet and I practically spooned every last bit into my mouth.

Second sweet was coconut-in-a-half-shell with an edible white chocolate-coconut shell, coconut sorbet, caramelized banana, passion fruit sauce with seeds and vanilla. Looks very pretty, and like the chocolate, tasted fine but also felt a bit ordinary on the creative scale.

Wrapping everything up, their petit fours of chocolate lolly with candied orange, saffron gumdrop and earl grey chocolate bonbon. All three were good but the gumdrop (with edible candy wrapper) was the most memorable because of its distinctive flavor and texture.

And for better or for worse, stomach-space-wise I left the meal feeling satisfied and not stuffed, though I will disclaim that my appetite leans on the lighter side. As for the overall experience of the meal? While it definitely is a mark up from the erratic menu landmine at the Bazaar, my Saam dinner felt less memorable than my previous years’ splurge meals at Providence and Spago, which were almost consistently good throughout the meal whereas with Saam I had greater variances, with some dishes being really good (Santa Barbara shrimp, Tournedos Rossini when eaten apart) and some that just tasted OK (gazpacho, caprese, boneless wing). But it was at least a nice visual treat watching many of these dishes being served.

For the sakes of opening day, I’d rather not rate them since there’s bound to be a few significant changes over the next few weeks (for one, they’re trying to give Saam it’s own menu rather than borrowing a few dishes from the Rojo y Blanca one.) And if there’s one thing I’d recommend, it’s definitely to have a sommelier on-site to make appropriate pairings for the dishes. At $120 for the dinner and $40-$55 for the wines, that’s something I’d rather leave to the pros rather than blindly DIYing my way through.

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 14, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area

Best Zha Liang? (Rice Sheet-Wrapped Chinese Doughnuts)

Thanks, tried the S&G version this past weekend and it's really good. Yung Ho has regressed a bit recently, the youtiao (by themselves or in a zhaliang) came out way too oily in my last few trips there. I'm all for freshly-fried, but would prefer a little draining/soaking up before it lands on my plate.

~H.C.
http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

Apr 14, 2009
AquaW in Los Angeles Area