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Valrhona Caraibe. Where can I get it?

Try http://www.lepicerie.com/

I believe they deliver within the city.

Jun 22, 2014
ladybugthepug in Manhattan

In search of a well stocked bottle shop - Cleveland

For beer I would recommend Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield Rd.

https://plus.google.com/1182054055878...

Apr 16, 2014
ladybugthepug in Great Lakes

Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

Nice list Phil. I'm sure you've already been, but a few of our other favorites are:

La Tienda Del Sol in Kihei - HITW Mexican that is VERY clean, professional, and authentic. Lunch only.

Flatbread in Paia - there's nothing like the smell of a pizza oven powered by kiawe wood. The Mopsy is a fave of ours.

Baked on Maui in Haiku - great breakfast and lunch items. There is an ever elusive macadamia nut bar that is the stuff of dreams.
Maui Baked

Apr 10, 2014
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Union Woodshop Clarkston MI

"You ruin everything."

-Guy Fieri's mom

Mar 30, 2014
ladybugthepug in Great Lakes

Best Pizza in Clevelend?

Sorry, but there is some truth to it....

Mar 27, 2014
ladybugthepug in Great Lakes

MW vs. Alan Wongs?

I was faced with the same question during our trip in January. I don't know how often you go to Hawai'i, but most restaurants don't hit their stride until at least a year.

We saved MW for our trip next year (will be going to Alan Wong's, too). Let us know if what you think if you go.

Mar 24, 2014
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Help!!! Where are those mid-priced HOME COOKING GREAT Cleveland Ohio Restaurants???

Donte's in Berea 24 oz. GLB Dortmunder draft for under $4, this place used to serve many of the Ford workers back in the day. Just solid food. Really good pizza, too.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&am...

Das Scnitzel Haus in Parma. Not crazy ethnic, but again, just solid food.
http://www.dshparma.com/pdf/DSH2012.pdf

Conte's Brook Park. Solid Italian food.
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/16/201133...

Dominic's Santos is a place that flies under the radar in Cleveland dining circles. Just a lovely little neighborhood spot in Fairview Park.
http://www.santosfairview.com/

I personally am not a fan of Sokolowski's, but many people in this town are. Please let us know where you end up going and what you think.

All of my recs are within a 20 minute drive of downtown. You'll generally find better value in the west side suburbs.

Mar 23, 2014
ladybugthepug in Great Lakes

Aloha Hawaii! Please Critique SF Chowhounds' Visit to Kauai and Maui for Next Week!

Foodnut8

From what you have listed (coming from SF) Ka'ana Kitchen might be the only one I'd consider from the first four choices. I am admittedly intrigued by Migrant, but they hadn't opened yet when we were there. I'd definitely hit that.

Amasia - at best you'll get what you pay for. It slides toward the negative from there.

Hali'imale General Store - It's a safe menu, don't expect to have your socks knocked off. It's a pretty dark drive up there at night, too. Again, at best you'll get what you pay for. Portions are ample.

Monkeypod - Some people love this place. I would just as soon drive to Paia and go to Flatbread Company.

Ka'ana Kitchen - like everything in Wailea you're paying over odds for the food. At those levels I'd rather go to Mama's. I will say Andaz is one slick hotel, though. At the very least stop in for some drinks.

Mar 20, 2014
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Anyone Try Santouka Ramen Yet?

It wasn't bad. Off the top of my head $12 maybe?

Mar 06, 2014
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Best foie gras dishes on O'ahu

My fave is the "Soup and Sandwich" on the tasting menu at Alan Wong's

Chilled Vine Ripened Hamakua Springs Tomato Soup, Grilled Mozzarella Cheese, Foie Gras, Kalua Pig Sandwich

Even though it's only listed on the tasting menu, they let my wife order one as an app.

Mar 06, 2014
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Pizza on Oahu's North Shore

Pizza on the North Shore is truly bad. I'm normally not the mean in my assessment, but he (or she) who brings great pizza to Hale'iwa and the surrounding area, will make a tidy sum. Seems almost too simple, doesn't it?

Mar 06, 2014
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Columbus - Short North area Restaurant

My suggestion would be to eat elsewhere before (or after). it is a madhouse down there. German Village is not far away.

Mar 06, 2014
ladybugthepug in Great Lakes

Cleveland: Vegetarian Fare?

Without much info to go on, I would have no reservations about taking a vegetarian to any of these places.

http://www.restaurantdante.us/ginko-i...

http://firefoodanddrink.com/

http://spicekitchenandbar.com/aboutus...

Mar 06, 2014
ladybugthepug in Great Lakes

Anyone Try Santouka Ramen Yet?

At noon there was already a decent sized waiting list. Thankfully I was only one. After putzing around in Don Quixote for about a half an hour, I was second on the list. Chairs at the bar are very plush and comfortable. The place is spotless.

I ordered the medium bowl of shoyu. Couldn't go overboard due to the tasting menu that was slated for dinner. Broth was flavorful without being overly rich. Ordered with an aji-tama, it's a solid bowl of noodles. Server was a little slow getting me the check, but overall is was a great experience. I'd definitely go back.

Mar 06, 2014
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

help finding Ivan Ramen ingredients

I'm having one hell of a time sourcing the ingredients for the dashi recipe in Ivan Orkin's "Ivan Ramen" cookbook. This isn't just a case of 'damn, I'm gonna have to go to a few stores or websites to find some of this stuff'. The different dried fish are a PITA to find. Shaved dried mackerel? Shaved dried sardines?

Any online or mail order sources you guys know of?

Nov 17, 2013
ladybugthepug in General Topics

Mi's Italian Bistro, Kona coast

We love Mi's! Great food, great husband and wife team running it. A hidden gem on the Big Island...right there with Rapa Nui Island Cafe.

Aug 02, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Foodie Tour

DiBruno Brothers and Reading Terminal Market. Also Italian Market. All worth visiting.

Jun 11, 2013
ladybugthepug in Philadelphia

1 night in town, Barbuzzo or Zahav as a solo diner?

Granted you won't be order the lamb shoulder that feeds 6-8, the small plates at zahav plus the grilled items would give you a nice sampling. The food there is pretty special...not what you'd easily make/find at home. I'd pick Zahav. Fried cauliflower and halloumi are amazing. Plus the laffa bread with tehina hummus. Yum.

Jun 11, 2013
ladybugthepug in Philadelphia

Trying to get a handle on the Big Island

You talkin' about Big Jakes down near Capt. Cook? If so, move on.

Feb 23, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Pizza at Sotto

LOL

They don't know where to shop or eat ! ! !

I heard Scott LOVES the Cajun Littles at Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki......allegidly.

Feb 16, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Pizza at Sotto

I could even see if they said it was "burnt". Technically they're right - it IS burnt to a degree, but to call something 'Bobili'?!?! That's just plain ridiculous.

Lunar New Year in Honolulu

Hey, if we're gonna foot the bill we might as well have a little fun at their expense, right?

Feb 16, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Monkeypod Kitchen at Ko Olina Station

...and I'm sure some those sandwiches come with fries or something. I would have got their fries but they were like $5 or $6! C'mon man, help a brother out!

Feb 16, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Lunar New Year in Honolulu

Like this? The other children love it because they've already been indoctrinated, and know the drill. The little ones don't know what the hell to think.

Feb 16, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Monkeypod Kitchen at Ko Olina Station

Here's some pics.

Feb 16, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Monkeypod Kitchen at Ko Olina Station

+1 on the "overpriced".

$17 for Pete's Classic Burger
$18 for Fresh Island Fish Sandwich
$ 6 for Kula Broccoli

What? $17 or $18 for a sandwich and no side? C'mon, man.

I will say, the food was good, the service was prompt and friendly, their rent can't be cheap, space is very nice. Make reservations and request to eat outside, it gets a little loud inside.

Feb 16, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Malasadas

That's the place near the corner, right? We were down there for the Lion Dance and they looked miniature (a little larger than doughnut holes). We had just left Little Village so we were too stuffed to try some. I think it might be kind of a tough spot.

Feb 16, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii

Pizza at Sotto

Some of the comments on here are absolutely incredible. Boboli?!?!? I need to see pictures of what you're cranking out in YOUR pizza oven. I've got an oven and I can tell you these are well crafted pies. Sotto is in the same company as Mozza, Gjelina/GTA. Anyone claiming otherwise simply doesn't know what they're talking about.

http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2013/02...

Trying to get a handle on the Big Island

Love Rapi Nui cafe. I would highly suggest you go there. It's not fancy and totally unassuming looking. However, the food is excellent. We love the Thunder Steak, Shrimp macadamia stir fry w/ peanut sauce on the side and the house fried rice which includes onions, coconut and lemongrass.

Feb 01, 2013
ladybugthepug in Hawaii