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Where To Buy Quark?? Kwark?

Hi Chowhounders!

I wonder if anyone knows where can I buy this or another brand of Franse Kwark..
Not very familiar with it so not sure if it has to be "French" Quark... not sure if all Quarks are the same...

I bought this on my recent trip to Aruba... it was soo delish! Like a smooth, not chalky Greek Yogurt without the tartness, and lowfat/High protein!

I live in Downey, CA (Near Long Beach) that area, but willing to travel for it.

Jul 23, 2014
yesilovestotravel in Los Angeles Area

Help with Long Beach Downtown Bar for Birthday

Thanks Ogawak, not really looking for BBQ though and it looks to be a restaurant, Not A Bar ... I need to find just a cool bar that's fun and happening...

Coribdx, I need to have a bar in mind so I can invite my guests... I can't just tell them to meet me at the corner and we'll walk around and see...
If I was going just because that'd be perfect :) but its a birthday get together, so I need to narrow it down to one bar call and reserve a table etc.

Any ideas??

Jul 17, 2014
yesilovestotravel in Los Angeles Area

Help with Long Beach Downtown Bar for Birthday

bumping this up... really need some advise... not familiar with bars in Long Beach :)

Thanks in advance!

Yesi

Jul 17, 2014
yesilovestotravel in Los Angeles Area

Help with Long Beach Downtown Bar for Birthday

Good morning Chowhounders!

I am looking for a nice bar in Long Beach to go grab a drink with friends & family for my Birthday.
Somewhere fun and happening - doesn't have to be really upscale, but not ghetto either LOL

We are doing a Stay-cation at the Renaissance so somewhere within walking distance would be great.

I was thinking Sevilla would be nice to dance & drink but the reviews are horrible...
The Renaissance has SIP Lounge... but don't want somewhere dead on a Saturday night... so don't know if its a good place or not...

Any help would be greatly appreciate it!

Thanks a million!
Yesi

Jul 16, 2014
yesilovestotravel in Los Angeles Area

Winery and Food recommendations in Mendoza

Hi shoreskj,

I went to both Ruca and O.Fournier for Lunch with Wine Pairing. This was back in 2009, both on nice sunny crisp winter days.
Both were really good, as far as atmosphere, Ruca was outside, so much more in touch with nature, and we spend hours chatting with some other people on the next table... we still remember that lunch years later.

O.Fournier was really good as well, but inside, and more "formal" no real chance of "chatting" with other tables, make friends sort of speak.

Hope this helps,

P.S. my favorite for wine tasting, not lunch is Achaval Ferrer (nice boutique winery with great wines) always a favorite among Wine Magazines such as Wine Enthusiast. they even have a Dolce Malbec they only sell at the winery!

Enjoy!

Jan 17, 2014
yesilovestotravel in Latin America & Caribbean

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

I can't wait to try Twist, wish I would have gone with my gut feeling about Le Cirque ... But oh well, there's always next trip :)

Dec 30, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

Uhockey here's of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain: "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect "

Dec 29, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

porkbelly, when i read your comment, it made me think.. wow, well, yes, you're so right :) I've been to GD in SF and agree it was just ok, wouldn't go back, nothing stimulating in the menu, service just ok... everything just ok

Dec 29, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

ah6tyfour, it wasn't bad, but not up to the standards that i expected, especially after all the great reviews and hype... but the misses were pretty big misses in my book... i mean, charging a $15 supplement for lobster, and then the lobster being no better than your local Red Lobster is pretty sad... i wish i would have spoken up, but i didn't... it was really badly cooked. The missed mignardises, come on, how did that happen?... I wouldn't go back i think... too many other restaurants to try.

I'm also very detailed and picky with high end restaurants, especially having just come back from dining this summer at Vienna's Steirereck, currently 9th in the world, and was absolutely fabulous, last year went to Tru in Chicago which was amazing... so just from comparison Le Cirque was not even close to these and others I've been to.
With that said, at least I'm glad i went and was able to make my own assumptions of the place... if i would have skipped it, I would have been left wondering...

lastly, let me just put you at ease that it wasn't horrible, some dishes were good, service was good with a couple of misses. just don't get the Lobster :)

Dec 29, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

Thanks Dave for taking the time to read it! :)

Dec 29, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

Thanks uhockey... same feeling here... looking back, i wish i would have gone with Twist, which seems to stimulate diners palates much more than Le Cirque, even if you don't agree with all the dishes... i would appreciate the chef's "risk taking" ... next time for sure.. and Sweets Raku.

Dec 29, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

Sorry, forgot Fat Choy!!
Our first meal upon arrival to Las Vegas, even before we checked into our Hotel... Service here is very friendly and the food just amazing.
We had the Shrimp Toast with bold flavors of the sausage and you could taste the garlic on the toast.
My son had the Fat Choy Burger, such good burger patty, well seared with the fried egg on top, very well done burger.
I had the short rib rice and let me tell you, that short rib had to be one of the most tender and delicious I've ever had. served also with a little salad on the side which is lightly dressed.
Last but not least, we split the Duck Bao! Oh My! soft little pillow "tacos" :) with crunchy duck skin and soft tender duck meat, fresh little "salad" all in one little package...
To drink we had a "Gummy Bear" soda and a Peach mellow yellow.
Can you believe our bill was only around $40! incredible.

Dec 27, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Review: Le Cirque, Raku, Jean Phillipe, Five 50, Art of Flavor Etc...

Le Cirque
My son & I had dinner reservations for 8pm and arrived promptly. Service from the start was very good, attentive, and somewhat formal. We noticed as we were being seated the ratio of diners to staff was about 3:1, but that being said, there were still a couple of misses in the service, the first and most forgivable, as it was in our favor after all, was the double delivery of the canapés to our table, to which I advised our server that we had already been brought the canapés, the second and the one that really didn’t settle well with us was the forgetfulness of the mignardises! This is my favorite and almost the most anticipated part of the meal and the last chance for the chef to leave a good impression.
I of course did not bring this to the attention of the staff, as to save mine and their embarrassment. I just couldn’t bring myself to politely bring it up, so I let it be… they brought me the check, and as I paid I sadly watched the other diners tasting their mignardises… that was for me a big miss.
Regarding attire, I will say that we were probably the best dressed people there, so I doubt that had anything to do with it, there was a good amount of people in street clothing, sweats & sneakers…I’m not even joking… it true! Very badly dressed people, I’m sure it wouldn’t bother most, but if I am paying that type of $$$$, I don’t want to be seeing others in sweats… people should make an effort :)

ok, on to the food…
Coming from a day and a half of heavy eating, we decided to each go with the a la carte instead of the tasting menu… appetizer, main & dessert, which was plenty.
The bread service was ok, bacon bread was tasty but none of the offerings sampled seemed fresh, they would have really benefited from a light oven warming.
The amuse was a delightful chestnut soup. Regarding the apps … I had emailed the restaurant 2 weeks prior requesting their Foie Terrine… to which I received no response… I had gotten very busy at work, and really just forgot to follow up, as did they. But being that it was still showing up in their online menu, I didn’t really worry. However, as I perused the menu in the restaurant, I realized there was no Foie Terrine, to which I was informed that it has been replaced with a Foie Gras Parfait… as in mixed with Heavy cream, as in Restaurant Saving $$... half the Foie, twice the profit. I felt a bit ripped off.
I did end up ordering the Foie Parfit, which was pretty small in comparison to the pictures I’ve seen of the Terrine, but It was tasty & smooth… but very light in taste (obviously by the heavy cream) I would have loved the terrine, but oh well… it was served with pretty good brioche bread and atop slices of beets, to which I didn’t really like… not sweet enough or tangy enough in comparison to say berries or bitter orange marmalade … that’s my fav combination!
My son had the Panko crusted egg which was superbly done, and it didn’t hurt that it had a nice little dollop of caviar! I could have that for a decadent brunch anyday!
For our mains, my son’s Lobster was over cooked and rubbery, a sad dish and if you are going to charge a supplement ($15) you better make sure it’s worth it… but it wasn’t. I had the good but safe Prosciutto wrapped monkfish. Yummy, but really nothing I couldn’t do at home.
For dessert, son had the Chocolate Ball and I had the Grand Marnier Soufflé to which we both agree were both overly sweet. There’s a word in Spanish “empalagante” which doesn’t really have a proper translation, but really describes the desserts perfectly… Great taste, but way too sweet.
Overall, we both gave it 7 out of 10… there’s plenty of room for improvement. Really want to try Twist next for excitement and Picasso for upscale “comfort” food.

Raku
Absolutely fabulous! Le Cirque, this is how it’s done. Fabulous service, pride in what they serve, well seasoned food, could not fault it.
We tried both the House Tofu which was, as someone else described it… like a delicate soft ricotta cheese… but this was better than that… unlike any other tofu I have tried, and the accompaniments really favored the tofu, second on the list was the agedashi tofu, in a well seasoned broth, delicious.
An outstanding Seared Foie Gras in a soy based glazed sauce, and although there was evidence of a very small vein, it was so deliciously done, well seared and seasoned, I can certainly overlook it. The Kobe beef with Garlic was tender and so flavorful, the chicken thigh simple but yummy. Also tried the refreshing Vinegary cucumber & seaweed with a lighter than expected vinegary taste, and lastly we tried the juicy deep fried chicken, which was delicious, but a bit too pink in the middle for my liking and safety.
We missed going to Sweets Raku afterwards, due that we had $50 worth of Jean Phillip Pastries to go back to… more on that below:

Jean Phillipe
We had $50 daily worth of resort credit at Aria, which we really had a hard time using up, as we had already made dinner reservations elsewhere for the remainder of our stay… so we did what any foodie worthy person would do… head to Jean Phillipe and start pointing to pastries that look good, until you’ve covered your allowed $50 for the day…

Likes: the almond croissant is just fabulous, very well done, crunchy, not gummy as many others I’ve tried, with a delicious almond paste filling. Also on the top of the list are both Brioches’ (the Nutella & Dulce de Leche) with a nice amount of filling… no skimping here. The cinnamon roll was very good, but nothing extraordinary.

Dislikes: The desserts. Both cheesecakes we tried, pumpkin & original were not really proper cheesecakes, but rather a lighter version made with mouse. Too much air, too light for a cheesecake … When inquiring I was told that most if not all of their cakes and desserts are made with mouse. A proper cheesecake should be a bit dense, not too sweet, with a bit of cream cheese taste still identifiable… and these just weren’t.

Five50
Used up part of our daily resort credit one night here and went with the regular cheese pizza. Very Large, almost too much… see, the pizza is very thin, which I don’t mind, the sauce had a nice tang to it, which is much appreciated and the cheese was pretty good, but the weight of the cheese and sauce weighted down the pizza triangle about 2/3 of the way…to my liking, the crust should be able to stand up to the toppings… the crust however, had a very nice crunch, and I usually don’t eat the crust, but I made an exception on this one.
Service here is very strange, borderline bad, with pretty snobby staff. I inquired if our to-go pizza was ready to which they implied “4 more minutes”… so we waited by the little tables right there in plain view… few minutes go by, I see a pizza sitting there and ask if that was mine… “oh, yes” they say. Wait, I said, you don’t call them…. to which I quote “no, not really…. sometimes the girls will” …. so you know I’m right here… and you leave my pizza to get cold here on the counter?? ugh .. enough said.

The Art of Flavor
Fabulous, fabulous Gelato… I’m not an Ice Cream type a Gal… but this was just superb… no ice crystals what so ever, (I can sense them miles away) bold flavors and brave combinations.
Taking with her a bit, I found out she’s from Venezuela, when I told her my parents are Argentinean, she immediately switched to Spanish… we south Americans have to stick together :) we chatted a bit regarding both our Italian Heritage while she had us try most of the flavors. She also mentioned she makes her own Panettone for said flavored gelato. Let me just say the quality of the panettone is miles above anything we’ve been able to purchase for our holidays… just delicious.
The Pear & Gorgonzola… wow! just Wow… you can really taste the bold Gorgonzola flavor and the bright fresh notes from the pear… this was by far our favorite… but really, they’re all amazing! Can’t wait to go back, I just wish I could find a way to take these back to Cali without them melting… although I’m sure they’d be great melted, as a smoothie :)

Aria Room Service
Not technically a restaurant, but wanted to give a little shout out to the wonderful room service staff and pretty good breakfast menu here. We had the potato cakes with a soft fluffy interior and super crunchy exterior, simple but well done & well seasoned. Accompanying the potato cakes were 1 plate of French toast, 2 thick slices of slightly sweet bread with an apple compote, probably enough for 2 and a plate of eggs Benedict, again, simple but well prepared.

Aria Buffet (lunch)
This was a comp so I didn’t pay for it… but in order to be able to afford the rest of my splurges & vacation we did try out 2 buffets… this was one of them. Really nothing to write home about, not much better than other buffets… some passable selections were the cheese/deli section with blue cheese & even Parmesan chuncks with Several nut choices, crackers, honey, dried fruits I thought that alone would do if I didn’t find anything worthy, also the chicken curry was decent with jasmine rice.
Desserts were ok, not great, but better than average for a buffet

Mirage Champagne Brunch
Again, comp … cheap champagne, cheap breakfast… if you stick to the basics bacon, pancake, hash browns… you’ll be ok… desserts were terrible… but as with Aria, they did have a nice selection of cheeses and deli meats.

Can’t wait to go back to Vegas…. next trip we want to try Twist (I need something creative!!) and Le Cirque was not one of them, Picasso as I feel I identify somewhat with the flavors although I understand they are by no means trying to stir the pot or reinventing the wheel sort of speak with their dishes, Sweets Raku which we missed (I was very very sad about this one) and JR if I have enough courage to spend that much (x2 since I travel with my son).

Hope you enjoy, feel free to ask questions, hope your not too hard on me
Happy New Year Chowhouders!

Yesi

Dec 27, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Raku ... OMG, please help, what is Oyaji Tofu?

Wow jblee, sounds like a great spicy sauce, I'm very curious about it, have reservations tomorrow ... Can't wait! Thanks for the info!

Dec 20, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Raku ... OMG, please help, what is Oyaji Tofu?

Thanks to both!
I did google the word oyaji but didn't give me any insight.
The strange thing is that I was not able to find one reference about the dish, which is strange ... I'll call tomorrow and report back :)

Dec 10, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

Hi uhockey :)
I have of course read many of your reviews, and trust your judgement and taste, as i find them very similar to mine.
All i know is that I look at both... and take the yelp ones with a grain of salt, especially the ones who are amazing reviews and have not really reviewed anything else... I trust my fellow chowhounds to always guide me in the right direction :) but yes, sometimes, if there's a lack of reviews, one must use other means.

Dec 10, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Raku ... OMG, please help, what is Oyaji Tofu?

I'm sorry such a silly questions, but I've been so intrigued about their Tofu Dishes, and I cannot wait to try this place out. Have reservations Saturday 21 @8pm, hoping to find seats available afterwards for Sweets Raku.

Anyways, I was looking at their menu, and their seems to be 3 Tofu Dishes (not including the salad)
Raku (cold)
Agedashi (hot)
and Oyaji

What is Oyaji Tofu? I've been going crazy searching online with no avail.
I know I can call them up, I've honestly been so busy I keep forgetting.

:) Thanks!!
Yesi

Dec 10, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

LOL good to know Ponder! I have heard rumors that some of the reviews show up or don't depending on a few factors $$...

Dec 10, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

Well, now I'm more excited than before! Can't wait!
I've been perusing their online menu... so far the panko crusted egg with Osetra Caviar is on the must try list (rich & decadent), someone will have to get the souffle for sure, and all the meat courses and fish ones sound amazing, so that will be a hard decision.
I only wish I could have a proper cheese course before dessert, I know they have either a sorbet palate cleanser or the camembert... just wish for a more exciting cheese arrangement.

Dec 10, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

Most Certainly! not sure how to fit all this ... as we also have $50 daily resort credit for aria... sadly it's not cumulative, but I'm sure I'll manage to do some damage to my room charges LOL.

Im planning on going to Fat Choy as soon as we get into town from L.A., as I'm certainly our room won't be ready that early.

Also AoF not sure when yet, im not an ice cream/gelato person, but I've had amazing ones in Berlin & Buenos Aires. Im very anxious to find out how the AoF measures up.

Lastly, very intrigued on Sage's Foie Gras Ice Cream (I had some here in L.A. @ Petrossian) and it was just out of this world! might go for late night dessert with my son (you know, just to use my Resort Credit) ;)

Dec 09, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

Amazing! thanks to all my fellow Chowhounds for putting my mind at ease...
I'm glad to hear they are "the whole package" ... service and ambiance also plays a big role, at least for me.
I want it all :) like all women, right :)LOL
Will certainly come back and report.

wont mind any recommendations from the menu... :)

Dec 09, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

uhockey, I had no idea they sold it! It's perfect! Thanks! Re: yelp, yeah I took the reviews with a grain of salt but wanted reassurance from my fellow chowhounders . I'll also check out artisanal foods.
Can't wait going with my foodie 13 year old son! Who's a pro by now at fine dining and thankfully , he loves it. Also doing Raku and SR :)

Dec 09, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

I do perfer it cold, but nevertheless, I'm going with my son, who will be having the sauteed foie prep... so I'll get to try both (sneaky, right) LOL
Gosh, I really really miss Foie in California...

Any place in Vegas that I can buy it in a pate, terrine, etc to bring back to Calif.
I've brought back some from Europe in little glass jars (i guess like the Bouchon Version) and those are great for little treats, or to stuff dried figs for Christmas, etc.

Dec 08, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

Agree, although I love sweetbreads (as I should being Argentinian) :) there is no comparison or substituting for Foie!

Dec 08, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

Thanks ellenost!

I emailed them about sub. the foie gras in their current degustation menu with the Foie terrine... but have not had a response yet... we'll see... :)

Dec 08, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Foie in Las Vegas

bobgh,
Did Le Cirque end up having both Foie preparations? did they accommodate you?

Im curious, as I have reservations with them in 13 days and emailed them specifically regarding their Foie, but have had no response yet.
I want the Foie terrine, if they cannot accommodate such simple request, I might look elsewhere.

Thanks for any info you can give me!

Yesi (also from California) :)

Dec 08, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Le Cirque Reviews... should I be worried??

Hi Fellow Chowhounds!

We are dining at Le Cirque in a couple of weeks doing the Degustation menu (it will be both me and my son)
I've been following all the reviews here and on Yelp (yes I know, don't judge) :)
I'm worried due to all the bad reviews recently on Yelp...

It is an very expensive meal for me since I'm paying for 2, which I don't mind at all being that we love fine dining and as long as the quality of the dishes and the food have not begin to decline.

will also have $50 Daily Resort Credit at Aria (3 days so $150)... thinking American Fish & Room Service

Another night, have reservations to Raku Saturday 8pm (my son can't wait) Japanese is one of our favorite cuisines. Just hope Sweets Raku is not packed afterwards since we weren't able to make reservations for SR

Will also like to fit in Fat Choy & the art of flavors...
many more but will have to come back to Vegas..so many places so little time (only 3 days) :)

Dec 08, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

Suggestions for Trip to Vegas with Parents from 11/29 to 12/6: Reasonable Yet Amazing?

uhockey... u had me at Nutella LOL

Nov 26, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

3.5 days in December--would appreciate dinner comments and help with lunch options

Thanks Porthos!
I now have a decision to make, but I am much better informed! so thanks again!

Nov 20, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas

3.5 days in December--would appreciate dinner comments and help with lunch options

Porthos, I want to make the #'s work sooo bad! LOL

must have the cheese cart, and the Le Sucre Dessert... that would be 2 supplements, right?

Am I right at estimating $60 for adding both the cheese cart & Dessert?

Oh! How about doing different tasting menus? Like a 2 course $120 & a 6 Course $240?

Nov 20, 2013
yesilovestotravel in Las Vegas