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Best Atole in LA?

So I just had a banana atole that was one of the best drinks I've ever had at Taco Maria. My question is simple: who else does good fruit-based atoles in LA?

Also, anybody tried making these at home? Difficult?

about 17 hours ago
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best high end restaurants in and around Lyon?

Anybody been to Takao Takano recently? Been hearing good things about it and was looking to check it out.

1 day ago
set0312 in France

Piedmont Questions! Combal Zero, Pizza Duomo, or Il Centro?

Thank you very much for the help. I'm beyond excited for these meals. Regarding Bardon, would it be ok to make a lunch reservation a day or two before, or should I call in advance?

P.S. allende, I've wasted a good hour going through your posting history. So much great information! Thanks for all your contributions.

1 day ago
set0312 in Italy

L.A. Dish of the Month, February 2015 -- Voting

FOIE GRAS

Jan 29, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Piedmont Questions! Combal Zero, Pizza Duomo, or Il Centro?

Alright I have one more question. Would it be a mistake to do Il Centro for lunch and da Bordon for dinner? That works out a bit better for me logistics wise, but I care more about food than logistics!

Jan 29, 2015
set0312 in Italy

Piedmont Questions! Combal Zero, Pizza Duomo, or Il Centro?

Thanks so much for your input! Now I just need to ask my Italian friend to help me interpret the website.

Jan 29, 2015
set0312 in Italy

Piedmont Questions! Combal Zero, Pizza Duomo, or Il Centro?

Hey all, I'm a Los Angeles based hound who will be living in Lyon for a month or so. Anyways, I'm gonna do a little road trip through northwest Italy and will be spending one night somewhere in Piemonte.

Where should I go for one lunch and one dinner that will blow me away? I definitely want cooking that is unique to the region and harder to find in LA.

Price is not really an issue, although I'd prefer for food costs (not including drinks) to be under 250 Euros.

Currently thinking Combal Zero, Piazza Duomo, or Il Centro for dinner. Maybe da Bardon or Guido Ristorante for lunch? What do you recommend?

Also, I have no problem driving long distances. Routinely drive an hour both ways to dine in LA. I'll have a rental car.

Thanks so much for your opinions. I promise to report back!

Jan 28, 2015
set0312 in Italy

The Bazaar, still going strong! (dineLA menu)

Interesting, what else did you get?

Jan 23, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Dish of the Month, Los Angeles -- February 2015 -- Nominations

PIZZA

Jan 22, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

I think wood spoon def works. It can get a little loud but never too bad.

Jan 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Is there anywhere to have a nice dinner in downtown LA?

Please don't go to Faith and Flower

Jan 21, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

honeymoon thru Cali (2.5 nights at LA)

Settebello in Newport Coast could be a really nice lunch spot. Really great Neapolitan pizza and afterwards you could walk to the water.

Jan 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

Quite honestly none. I actually really do like the ambiance of Wood Spoon when it's not too crowded. It really can feel like a local neighborhood spot you visit once a week. The space itself is not spectacular, but it's quaint enough.

Literally never had decent atmosphere at Bestia or Factory Kitchen.

Jan 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

I'm glad you agreed. I hope I wasn't misleading people with my post but I truly thought the food was very poor!

In downtown, I like Bestia, GCM, Factory Kitchen, Wurstkuche, and Wood Spoon. Everything else to me is more hype than substance.

Jan 20, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

The cheese shop in SoCo seems like it would be solid. Always looks good when I go to Taco Maria but in all honesty I'm not too sure of prices.

Jan 19, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Chinatown emerging as L.A.'s hottest restaurant destination

Is a quality steak now a must for a good dining area?

8 foodies from Asia -- DTLA rec?

oh gosh i had one of the worst meals in my life here. def wouldn't suggest it

Jan 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

8 foodies from Asia -- DTLA rec?

I also think Alma would be a good choice

Jan 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

The "Gastro" thing...

Hmm I agree about the symptoms but I'm not sure I agree with the name. I associate gastropubs more with upscale takes on burgers and and chicken pot pie and stuff like that. I'd label the places you're referring to as "Hipster Dens."

Long live grilled octopus though.

Jan 14, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Recs for OC Performing Arts Center / Costa Mesa?

My goodness they bumped the price up!!!!!!!!!! It used to be 52.

Jan 12, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Do LA diners really like noise?

There was a massive thread on this whole thing.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9898...

Jan 11, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Orange County

lol ya the packing district food is not particularly good.

Jan 09, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Orange County

Zait and Zataar was closed about a week ago. Looked like a remodel. Definitely worth calling ahead to see if they are open.

Ramen Zetton is awesome. Santouka isn't a bad option either. I like Delicias Peruanas in Lake Forest for Peruvian. East Borough is pretty solid upscale Vietnamese in Costa Mesa.

And I disagree. We have a fantastic neapolitan pizza scene. Better than LA's in my opinion. Settebello > than anything in LA other than Settebello in MDR and pasadena. Ortica is as good as anything in LA given its the same owners and the same oven as the revered Sotto. Pizza e Vino in South County is VPN certified. So is Fuoco in Fullerton. Not much in terms of NY style pizza I guess... but one cannot complain.

Taco Maria is legitimately among the best restaurants in LA. For the price, it is better than any restaurant in LA.

Jan 09, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Any new popular casual joints within the past 2 years?

Unless you get all the way to Pasadena's Settebello.

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Best Restaurants in Orange County

I'd add Playground to the list of good places. LAtransplant, where in OC are you?

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area
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Trip Report: PRAGUE, VIENNA, BUDAPEST (LONG!)

Thanks so much for the detailed report. Heading to Budapest in May and am now considering your report invaluable!

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Europe

Trip Report (short)

Haven't been to Babbo yet, but definitely am not a fan of Eataly.

Jan 08, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Trip Report (short)

Did chow hound hype Mozza or did other places? Because I don't think there are too many of us who think Pizzeria Mozza is that good.

Jan 07, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area

Budapest - rustic/traditional? help, please

Also looking for info on Budapest dining. I'll be here for a month so would love to know about some neighborhood places I can go to that will be more affordable than the Michelin star spots.

Jan 04, 2015
set0312 in Europe

If you had to pick 3 of the 5 which would you choose?

bestia, chi spacca, république

Jan 04, 2015
set0312 in Los Angeles Area