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I'll add the 'Nduja pizza at Bestia into the mix for best overall. My favorite "convenience" pizzerias are Pitfire, Luggage Room/Stella Barra, Vito's and Bollini's depending upon where I am at the time.

The Orange Chicken Burrito

Great, the Mission style craprito paradigm makes its palate-numbing way into yet another version... Get that rice out of there! You've already got carbs covered by the wrapping. Egads!

Sherman Oaks dining 'renaissance' - will it draw Angelenos?

As others have said, they don't have a dress code other than you need to be clothed. You wanted something dressy?

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

Tips are always pre-tax. Anyone who tells you differently is just trying to reach into your pocket.

Jul 14, 2014
PommeDeGuerre in Not About Food

Milk shake ratio?

Since a scoop is meaningless in terms of measure, one cup of ice cream to 1/3 cup milk.

Jul 04, 2014
PommeDeGuerre in Home Cooking

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Why are we asking this question? The original post was obviously about a sausage in a bun. Do we next ask for clarification for all fillings which are eponymous with their sandwiched version? Hamburgers? Pterodactyls?

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Yes, they have Talenti gelato bars. No, they aren't better than Costco's made to order ice cream bars, and Costco's had more than twice as much ice cream in them.

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

So say you're returning an item or say you're buying alcohol or filling a prescription or seeing the optometrist (none of these require a membership). They don't ask for your card in the food line.

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Just an FYI: No one needs a Costco membership to shop at the food court.

The Basics: How to Make Rice Pudding

Substituting non-dairy "milks" will affect the recipe as the protein content (amount and type), sugar content (amount and type), and fat content (amount and type) will not be the same. You may enjoy the results and get a reasonable facsimile, but the flavor and texture will not be the same.

Jul 01, 2014
PommeDeGuerre in Features

Premium Ice Cream: What Makes It Special?

The better premium ice creams are sold in pints (think Jenni's, McConnell's, Graeter's) not quarts (Trader Joe's being the exception by selling premium in quarts, though they aren't the best of the premium ice creams).

Jun 29, 2014
PommeDeGuerre in Features

Little Beast- Just what Eagle Rock needed

Went here tonight and sat in the bar for dinner. The bartender (Adam) played waiter for us and did a fantastic job. Started with the summer melon, fig, goat cheese, and prosciutto salad, and the grilled artichoke with lemon aioli. Both were spot on. For mains we had the hamachi collar (served with bok choy and fresno chiles) and the burger (served with french fries). These, too, were outstanding. Portions were large. For beverages we shared a bottle of mineral water and my SO had a glass of Sancerre and another of red (forgetting which varietal), and she enjoyed both. Place was busy, but unhurried, and service was perfectly engaging and informative without being intrusive. Price was about $90, before tip. Great night and will definitely be back.

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Some are valid. Some are provably incorrect. I wonder which those are?

Why Are We Importing Our Own Fish?

Because someone figured out how to make more money doing it.

Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

If y'all think the food is better in Florida, we have very different tastes.

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Because oysters suddenly became rare and the folks harvesting them got big raises, right? Or worldwide demand for oysters went up 20% and the supply stayed completely flat? Or everyone in the restaurant got a 20% raise and more benefits? Or just the owners of each step along the way decided to increase their profit by an aggregate 20%? Ding, ding, ding...

Best Lobster Roll in Los Angeles area?

Wrong beast, but we appreciate the effort.

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

And less than a year later $16/6 or $29/12. I must have missed my 20% cost of living increase at work.

The Pastrami List 2014

The next time Wexler's legitimately bests Langer's will be the first time

Bow and Truss – Wanted to love it, but ended up liking it. (North Hollywood)

Seconding Warren's Blackboard.

LA not mentioned as a good city for foodies

Conde Nast Traveler wasn't mentioned as a good magazine for food by Los Angeles.

LA not mentioned as a good city for foodies

Yes, being a "foodie" is not something someone who is into actually food wants to be. Also, Yelp is a good site for a lot of reasons, but finding great places to eat isn't one of them. It rates as a high school on the path of culinary matriculation.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

This is very straightforward. You may not care for the characterization, but a hot dog is definitely a sandwich by any objective measure.

Pizza Recommendation - Kearny Mesa/Clairemont Mesa

If not picky, do Costco pizza for a crowd. Better than the chains (e.g. Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John's...)

Jun 08, 2014
PommeDeGuerre in San Diego

Hanging in Del Mar. .

Late, but no love for Prep Kitchen?

Jun 08, 2014
PommeDeGuerre in San Diego

Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

When you factor in plane tix and car rental it will be considerably more expensive, assuming you live in So Cal. hotel and food will cost aout the same at either and the food in general is better at Disneyland when you consider Napa Rose, Carthay Circle and the food at California Adventure.

Providence offering an $80 tasting menu throughout June

It's good, but I think Joe's in Venice is better bang for the buck.


Great. High end bbq (a spiritual, if not literal, oxymoron). Just what the world needs, another Boneyard Bistro. Because paying $35-$40 for ribs should be the new norm.

Lunch at Fisherman's Wharf [San Francisco]

Whatever you do, just don't eat a Mission style "burrito." Egads, those cheaply filled carb bombs are an abomination.

Pastrami sandwich

Like it or not, it is related to Langer's. Guerrero learned how to make it there. You can argue that you don't like where he went with it, but that doesn't change its origins.