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Hipsters on Hillhurst

Ever since we had their ice cream in Atlanta, I have been waiting for their LA location to open up. We went on Sunday and surprisingly they were busy already. We enjoyed the Lemon butter milk, lime cardamom and salted caramel as good as Bi-Rite. My husband enjoyed their LA flavor, (wheatgrass, pear, vinho verde).
Their single scoop was $5 and the trio, only $6.50.

Mar 25, 2015
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

Barcelona and Madrid help

Thank you Juan Doe. I sent a request for sun lunch for lakasa. We will see what happens.
As far as Surtopia, I wish they had more info online.
Bacira, only has opening for fr.
I keep Sacha in mind.

Mar 23, 2015
mrsjoujou in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona and Madrid help

Thank you. I can't wait to try S-X.

Mar 23, 2015
mrsjoujou in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona and Madrid help

Thank you very much. I was hoping to hear from you. I am looking at all your suggestions right now. I am excited to try Street-Xo and it was already on the top of my list for Madrid.

Mar 18, 2015
mrsjoujou in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona and Madrid help

We will be in Barcelona and Madrid in May and I have done a lot of reading and research. I am interested in breakfast, lunch (creative and nice plating) and maybe a snack for night time. Also bakeries that have some healthier options, ice cream and chocolate shops. Unfortunately they are not many recent reports on this board and I appreciate any help I can get.

Barcelona
I considered the following:
Coure, Pinotxo Bar, Bodega 1900, Embat, Restaurant Angle, Moments, Bar Velodromo, Roca Moo, Igueldo, Quimet & Quimet, Pubilla, Paco Merlago, Mesón Bidea Berri, Cal pep, Rias de Galicia, Bohèmic, Arola, Vallès, Gresca, Llamber, Cerveseria Catalana, Lluerna.

What I have so far:
Mon) Our arrival day. Unfortunately not a lot of places serve lunch on mon and was thinking either Hisop or Alkimia even though the latter gets some mixed review as far as the service goes. Any other ideas?
Tue) I have reservation at Disfrutar for lunch.
Wed) I have reservation for early dinner at Tickets. I was thinking of going to El Quim for big breakfast to hold us over until dinner and give us enough energy for Park Güell.
Thu) Our last day and hoping to get a reservation (28 days in advance) for lunch at Cinc Sentits. Any better choices?
For healthy options I have:
Flax & Kale and The juice House.
For Sweets I have:
Oriol Balaguer, Bubo, Escriba, Cacao Sampaka, Enric Rovira, Hofmann, Barcelona Reykjavik, Bread Forn and Tomo II for ice cream.
For Coffee:
Nomad Coffee Shop & Lab and Satan’s Coffee Corner

Madrid
We are staying at Urso hotel. Any healthy breakfast ideas?

I considered the following:
RAMON FREIXA MADRID (looked OK), O Pazo, Federal Café, La Casa del Abuelo, La Castela, Restaurant La Terraza Del Casino, El Club Allard, Álbora, viridiana. There is so many choices and I need help for Madrid. Looking for more creative than classic.

What I have so far:
Fri) Our arrival day.
Sat) Maybe Lúa for Sat lunch.
Sun)
Mon) Maybe Restaurant La Terraza Del Casino for their lunch menu. Has anyone tried it and is it worth it?
Tue) Our last day and I have lunch reservation for DSTAgE.
Sweets:
Cacao Sampaka and Fonty.
Tea:
Tekoe
As you can see I don't have much for Madrid and I have an extra day.
Thank you for reading and I appreciate any help I can get.

Mar 17, 2015
mrsjoujou in Spain/Portugal

Breaking Borders: Anyone catch it?

I really enjoyed it. Great concept and the food looked wonderful. They claimed he made all the dishes by himself!! That was a lot of food. I wish he would serve some of the dishes in his restaurant.

Mar 17, 2015
mrsjoujou in Food Media & News

Anybody tried Aestus in Santa Monica yet?

I considered going there for brunch too, but since their menu was not up yet, I decided to wait. What was on their brunch menu?

Mar 09, 2015
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

ST Pâtisserie Chocolat in Costa Mesa

From what we have tried I liked mille feuille the best and anything that involves chocolate. I just wish their prices were not so high. You can get more reasonable prices in NYC and Paris for comparable or better quality.

Mar 08, 2015
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

ST Pâtisserie Chocolat in Costa Mesa

You are lucky. Every time we go there, they don't have the mille feuille.

Mar 07, 2015
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

Best Healthy eating options in LA area

We recently had dinner at Girasol Restaurant and ordered bunch of healthy, delicious dishes. Specially liked the octopus dish and the Persimmon with Pomegranate dish.
You can read my review and see the pictures at:
http://travel4foodnart.wordpress.com/...

Jan 08, 2015
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

NY'r visting LA...rec's please

They serve tacos at lunch time.

Jan 05, 2015
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

ST Pâtisserie Chocolat in Costa Mesa

ST Pâtisserie Chocolat is a Pastry School and shop by master pastry Chef Stephane Treand. We finally have a little bit of Paris at SOCO in Costa Mesa. I had no idea this place was opening at SOCO. After our brunch at Pueblo I noticed this place and naturally we had to check it out. I asked the French lady behind the counter who turned out to be the daughter of the pastry chef, how long they have been opened? She said the day we visited them was their first day. Thank God I didn’t miss out on a French Pâtisserie!! I was very excited to see the display case, but I have seen pretty cases before without much substance. We decided to start with one item. Their prices were a little high. Each piece was around $6-$7 but the quality justified the prices.
You can see the pictures and read the review at:
http://travel4foodnart.wordpress.com/...

Dec 11, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

Light Brunch at necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant: A Pictorial Essay

We had lunch there yesterday and the experience was a mix. We went there hoping to order the items that was listed on their online menu, but I guess those items are only served at dinner time. Of course there is no mention of that on their website.
We chose the fish plate and the veggie plate. The veggie fair much better. It was eggplant and carrots and it was pretty good. The fish was fried red snapper and was really overcooked. Which is a surprise at a Japanese restaurant. We didn't feel like sending it back, but we should have. The side Veggies were all good, but nothing too exciting.

Dec 07, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

Declining quality at Costco?

I am well aware of the drought situation. I always find high quality produce at the SM farmer's market. I just got back from Trader Joe's and bought bunch of high quality produce including Bell Peppers. What I mentioned about berries being moldy is nothing new and has nothing to do with the drought.

Nov 25, 2014
mrsjoujou in Chains
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Declining quality at Costco?

Yesterday at my Costco In OC, most of the berries looked either past their prime or were moldy. What is the point of huge inventory of moldy stuff? Even the pineapples didn't look as fresh as usual. I was looking for peppers to make stuffed peppers and they only had the ones from Mexico. Last time I purchased it, they were from Canada and they were greenhouse grown.
Come on Costco, we live in CA and deserve much better than this.

Nov 25, 2014
mrsjoujou in Chains

Truffle Dinner at Taco Maria

They don't have desserts.

Nov 24, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

The Best Bazaar Food: MUNCHIES Guide to Tehran, Part 1

Thank you. I liked part 2 the best. That tea house looked great.

Nov 19, 2014
mrsjoujou in Food Media & News
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Tony does Jamaaaaaca

Great show. Specially the final commentary. I will miss Tony until the next season.

Nov 18, 2014
mrsjoujou in Food Media & News

The Best Bazaar Food: MUNCHIES Guide to Tehran, Part 1

Thank you. It was very interesting.

Nov 17, 2014
mrsjoujou in Food Media & News

Gjusta great place for your Croissant fix

We checked the new Gjusta bakery/market last Sat and it did not disappoint. The location is kind of odd. It is near the homeless alley and parking could be challenging. There is no sign and the place is very airy and bright. We got there around 10:30 AM and they were already out of Pain au Chocolat and Ham & Cheese Croissant. We picked up the very Flaky and buttery Baklava Croissant and a Danish. The Croissant was on the small side, but very good and unusual. How come no one else thought about making a baklava croissant? The Danish was very buttery and my husband, the Danish lover, really enjoyed it. We also got their liqueur Chocolate Pudding and at $6 it was a small size, but very good.
We will give this place a try in a month. By then they will be more organized and hopefully make enough croissants.

Nov 05, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

Tony's Excellent Iran Adventure

I was really looking forward to seeing this episode and it didn't disappoint. Some of the food looked really good like the Kabobs and the sour cherry rice with tiny meatballs. What you called "Burnt rice" is actually crisp rice and is called tahdig. A lot of different cultures have a version of that. It is always fun to learn about different cultures rather than being judgmental about it. Persian people as Tony mentioned are famous for their hospitality. He said they never felt so welcomed including when they traveled to Western Europe.

Nov 03, 2014
mrsjoujou in Food Media & News
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CA hound needs your help

We are coming down in a couple of weeks for a family wedding. We are staying at the Four Seasons and looking for creative, visually appealing and delicious food. We won't have a car and need a place that is within 10 minutes cab ride or near MARTA.

I have looked at St. Cecilia, The Optimist, BoccaLupo, Restaurant Eugene, Empire State South, Better half, Saltyard, Miller Union Woodfire Grill, Serpas, King + Duke.

I need your help with the following:

Dinner the first night, I have a reservation for St. Cecilia. Is that a good choice?
Early dinner Sun night before flying back?
Breakfast on Fri? Is there any French bakery near the hotel?
Lunch on Fri, I was thinking maybe The Optimist.
Brunch/lunch Sat and Sun?
French bakery and ice cream, I have Jeni's on the list

I appreciate your help and looking forward to visiting your city.

Sep 25, 2014
mrsjoujou in Atlanta

Saint Martha

Great review. I think we will wait a while before we try it.

Sep 19, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

Great Porchetta Sandwich at Wheat and Sons (Anaheim Packing District)

I am glad you enjoyed it. We had the Suckling Pig Cubano last time and although it was good, we prefer the Porchetta.

Aug 11, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

Top Chef Duels

I guess he lives in SD area now. We went to his SD restaurant,Juniper & Ivy a couple months ago and due to filming, he was not there that night. The food was good, but not that creative.

Aug 09, 2014
mrsjoujou in Food Media & News

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

I purchased the mixed package and the Jamón ibérico. So far I have tried the mixed package with the exception of the Jamón ibérico and found it very good. I specially liked the luscious salami. The chorizo was great also and had a nice kick from the spices. Lomo was good, but not as great as the other two. I will try the Jamón ibérico today and hopefully love it.

Aug 05, 2014
mrsjoujou in Chains

Petit Trois, No Reservations, No Phone, No Cash & No tipping...

Oh, that picture made me cry!! Love Genin and his amazing Millefeuille. His caramels were pretty good also. Look like you had the amazing hot chocolate. Oh, how much I miss and talk about that place!

Aug 02, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

We love coconut lime, but they haven't had it for a while.
Also at Carmela Ice Cream, Their lemon basil is amazing.

Jul 31, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Co-Dishes of the Month, July 2014: FRIED CHICKEN (and Chicken Fried) and FROZEN DAIRY-BASED DESSERT PRODUCTS

I had my favorites at Grom, raspberry and dark chocolate. I also tried the flavor of the month, pistachios with cherry. My husband enjoyed his melon and peach.
At Sweet Rose Creamery this month we enjoyed Maggie's mint with chocolate pearls, chocolate and plum. They were all great. We always get Maggie's mint and plum is great for people like us, that like tart flavors. The Maggie mint chocolate (not the one with the pearls) that we got by mistake was less successful. It didn't have the intense mint flavor of the original one.

Fifty Seven great place for veggie lovers

Thank you. The ambiance was rustic, contemporary and on the dark side. Not a good place for taking pictures. We go there around 6:15 and even though the place was 60% full, it was loud. By the time we left, the place was almost full and I guess we got used to the noise. They change chefs every 3-4 months. Downstairs events starts at 9:00 PM.

Jul 11, 2014
mrsjoujou in Los Angeles Area