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cacio e pepe

I don't know if it's the best, but I liked the version at Pecorino in Brentwood.

Apr 19, 2014
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Where can I buy some Demi Glacé?

Vicente Foods sells it near the meat counter.

Jan 21, 2014
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Authentic Wagyu Beef spotted at Mitsuwa in Torrance

I haven't seen Japanese Wagyu at Vicente; only "American Wagyu." Curious if anyone can else has seen the real thing there.

Jan 04, 2014
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cream pies

Yeah, the banana cream pie at Bandera is a lot better than Apple Pan's. Not only because of the dark chocolate, but the crust is much thicker.

Sep 07, 2013
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Best restaurants for dessert?

I'll second this. Also, Providence and Craft are good choices.

Sep 04, 2013
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Soft shell crabs in a restaurant ?

My guess is frozen, just like the lower end sushi places.

Sep 04, 2013
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Truxton's Santa Monica

I heard something about a cask wine program, which means no bottles or brand names.

Sep 03, 2013
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I really want to like Fig, but I just don't.

Tar and Roses is orders of magnitude better than Fig. Such a a great restaurant (other than their inability to seat you on time).

Aug 30, 2013
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I really want to like Fig, but I just don't.

Not a fan either, but mainly for the atmosphere. I've yet to find a comfortable table there.

Aug 30, 2013
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Best Italian / Seafood / Mexican in Santa Monica

The Lobster is a lot better than it should be considering its location.

Aug 29, 2013
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Blue Plate Oysterette

Yeah, it's very hit or miss. Tilapia is of course pathetic. One of the "crudo" dishes was more like a poke (drenched in a soy sauce), the fries are often stale because they die in the window while the kitchen lets orders pile up.

Other things on the menu are better, though. Shucked oysters, red curry mussels, lobster roll (esp if you hold the mayo), and usually at least one of the specials are all good. And despite it being on the "wrong" side of Ocean, I like the sunny atmosphere. Overall I like the place, but you do have to avoid the landmines.

Aug 13, 2013
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Salt Air opens tonight on Abbott Kinney in Venice

I have no idea why that's confusing to you.

Jun 22, 2013
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Salt Air opens tonight on Abbott Kinney in Venice

That's a pretty disappointing menu. Half of the entrees aren't seafood, and the seafood choices are underwhelming to say the least.

Jun 22, 2013
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Heritage Pork

Vicente Foods in Brentwood carries Kurobuta pork.

May 20, 2013
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