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Best of Bakersfield Food Tour

OliverB: Sounds great! Where is this CA road trip itinerary posted?

Oct 10, 2014
Steve Green in California

Fake Le Creuset on Amazon?

A couple of years ago, I purchased a new Le Creuset gratin on eBay at a very low price (IIRC, something like $80 for a $250 piece). It was indeed new, but had a slight enamel blemish. I was curious as to whether it was genuine, so I emailed Creuset's customer service, and included a photo. They replied that it was genuine, and that they were unaware any of their products were being counterfeited.

Sep 24, 2014
Steve Green in Cookware

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

Loved 'em both. Nice to find a (mostly) savory snack that's pretty healthy. Preferred the BBQ ones, but the jalapeno were fine too. In fact, I think I'll go eat one now.

Sep 21, 2014
Steve Green in Chains

I'm Going Deaf Eating Out in LA

I'm pretty sure the intent is to increase table turnover.

Our Parmigiano-Reggiano taste test...

Based on the two comments above, I picked up a small piece of the Sini Fulvi, as it's sometimes nice to have a cheese around that has a bit more punch than parm has. Definitely high flavor, but I thought it was pretty salty, so I wouldn't even try the Locatelli.

Sep 20, 2014
Steve Green in Cheese

Our Parmigiano-Reggiano taste test...

Some time ago I was in the local Whole Foods right at the time they were cracking open a new wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano. I found it noticeably better than the wedges of parm-reg that were usually sitting on the shelf at that store. It was so bright and full of flavor, that I was convinced that getting it from a freshly-cracked wheel guaranteed the highest quality (and even posted to that effect a while back). Although we use parm in the usual ways, we often enjoy eating it out of hand.

I've now learned that this cheese can vary quite a bit from wheel to wheel, and quality isn't always tied to how recently the wheel was cracked, or to price. I'd been meaning to try one of those big wedges from Costco, but 1.5 lb. seemed like a lot of parm to have around at one time. I was also concerned that the quality might not be as good. However, since we recently acquired a vacuum sealer, I thought I would give it a try, and just seal up the majority of it for later use. And since it's Costco, if we really didn't like it, we could always return it.

The next day (before I'd opened the wedge), I was in Whole Foods, and found they had just cracked a new wheel the day before. I picked up a piece, and thought we would try a taste comparison. Much to our surprise, we both found that the Costco Parm-Reg had a much better and brighter flavor than the chunk from WF. Both S.O. and I agreed that the WF parm was dull, with considerably less flavor overall. We both noticed a sort of muted sock-y taste in the WF parm, where the Costco parm was more, for lack of a better term, milky. No question though -- we both liked the Costco parm far better. In fact, the WF parm was so inferior to us (at over twice the price!), that I'm returning it for a refund today.

A couple of notes:
Whole Foods ("Mitica") Parmigiano-Reggiano: $21.99/lb.;
Costco ("Kirkland", "selected by Zanetti") Parmigiano-Reggiano: $10.59/lb.
Both parms had the white crystals.

As always, YMMV.

Sep 19, 2014
Steve Green in Cheese

What is the best restaurant where the waitstaff does the most obnoxious birthday celebration?

El Torito. Much like Chevy's.

Just a comment/question

Right. There's the Strip, and "everything else". The Strip is adequately covered on this board, IMO. But speaking as a 13-year local, I avoid the Strip like the plague and mostly go there only when I have to work. Although there are some excellent Strip restaurants (and a huge variety), dining on the Strip tends to be very overpriced, and is an enormous traffic hassle. Parking, although free, can also be a PITA.

As for "everything else", IMO, there isn't all that much. We feel very fortunate to have Lotus, and we have a couple of other favorites like Bar Forte, but there just aren't all that many good (or even decent) independently owned neighborhood restaurants in our experience. Plenty of mediocre chains, though.

Sep 12, 2014
Steve Green in Las Vegas

Kanye West bringing Fatburger to Chicago

Quite the zombie thread here, but things haven't changed much. Pretty good (but not great) thick-style burger; good topping choices; expensive; good steak fries. I agree with one of the 6-year old posts, stating that it's not worthwhile if they won't do it "on the char".

I would never patronize a restaurant owned by Kanye West.

Sep 12, 2014
Steve Green in Chains

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

Zankou Chicken in Los Angeles. Sure wish they had a store here in Vegas.

Aug 31, 2014
Steve Green in Chains

Delivery to Anaheim hotel?

We'll be staying at the Anaheim Hilton next week, and will need to have food delivered to our room a few times (I'll be trapped at work while SO will be in the hotel room, and she doesn't drive. Any suggestions beyond pizza and run-of-the-mill Chinese? Not too wild on room service, in general.

TIA!

Aug 21, 2014
Steve Green in Los Angeles Area

Fine brisket at Memphis Minnie's (SF)

Inexplicably, Trail Dust was only serving brisket on weekends, when I stopped by midweek (not sure if that's still the case). So armed with the knowledge imparted to this board by Melanie W., I instead went to their sister restaurant, Salinas City BBQ -- I was heading that way anyway. I've returned since, and IMO it compares favorably with Black's in Lockhart, TX, and was much better than Smitty's. IOW, probably the best BBQ I've had. I've only had the 'Q from Black's and Smitty's once though, and have yet to make it to Franklin or Snow's, so I'm not claiming to be an expert on Texas Q.

It's been a long time since my visits to Minnie's, but IME, it's good but not great. Inconsistent of course, like all BBQ. Although I usually eat BBQ sans sauce, I do enjoy a bit of sauce occasionally. MM's sauces are nasty to me.

"Back" button, still not working right.

That would be OK, except that sometimes threads don't grey out to indicate they've been read. But sometimes they do. Yet another inconsistency.

"Back" button, still not working right.

No browser extensions here. I know you're aware of it, and I understand that intermittent problems can be difficult to correct. Still, considering the amount of time this bug has been around (first reported in early June, I believe), I'm surprised it hasn't been fixed yet.

Aug 06, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk

"Back" button, still not working right.

Still no fix. It's been months now. Getting a bit old, to have to click the back button sometimes five times or more. Clearly a low priority.

Aug 06, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

uhockey: Did you try the brisket at the places you mentioned? Just asking because that's my benchmark for BBQ (and is, I believe, the general standard of comparison for Texas 'Q).

Jul 28, 2014
Steve Green in Las Vegas

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

+1

Jul 28, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk

Gentrification of Los Angeles Chinatown Continues--Little Jewel

That sounds great to me!

Jul 27, 2014
Steve Green in Los Angeles Area

An Open Letter to Chowhound re: the new format

+3

Jul 27, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk

Sorry, another I-5 and Hwy 99 question!

Skip Willow Ranch. I tried their brisket and it seemed like it was oven-baked, with no perceptible smoke flavor and a cloyingly sweet sauce. They claimed to use a "wood fired smoker", and referred to "deep-pit" elsewhere on the menu, but it didn't even taste like real BBQ to me.

Jul 27, 2014
Steve Green in California

Here's What Every Trendy Restaurant Menu Looks Like

+1

Jul 26, 2014
Steve Green in Food Media & News

Cilantro and Stinkbugs

"...or Tree of Heaven (ailanthus) in your yard, then you have a stinkbug magnet. Get rid of them - they are non-native invasives anyway."

Good luck with that. Ailanthus is one of the most tenacious species around.

Jul 26, 2014
Steve Green in General Topics

Do you like or dislike the new format ?

Loathe.

Introducing New Conversation Types

+1. Is it that much to ask?

New! Improved! Feh. I guess the engineers have been too busy rolling out brilliant "improvements" such as the heart, so no time to fix ongoing problems like the "back button" issue. Priorities.

Jul 25, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk

Wedding Rehersal Dinner in Vegas - Any GOOD BBQ Buffets/Restos?

You can request the brisket be sliced instead of chopped.

Jul 23, 2014
Steve Green in Las Vegas

An additional "back button" problem

FWIW, it just happened to me with a single click to the back button, in case anyone thought it was directly related to multiple clicks.

Jul 11, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk

An additional "back button" problem

Apart from the "back" button usually requiring multiple clicks, there's another issue: Sometimes when the "back" button finally works, I find myself semi-logged-out -- as in, I have to re-click the "sign in" link, which then puts me back in "signed in" mode (without having to re-enter my userid and password). Not a huge deal, but another annoyance.

Jul 11, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

If you mean outside, as in outside the building, the only one I've ever seen like that was in Temecula, CA.

Jul 07, 2014
Steve Green in Los Angeles Area

"Back" button, still not working right.

There was a thread on this previously, but has it ever been fixed? I sometimes have to click on the "back" button three or more times to return to the previous page. Only happens on CH.

FF, current version; W7.

Jul 07, 2014
Steve Green in Site Talk
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best crab cakes in maryland - any suggestions?

Heh. See below -- it's happened already.

I liked Duda's as well, but was less impressed on my last visit. Also, at that point I was comparing them to the 'cakes I'd had at The Narrows. I really liked the ones at Pierpoint. Which are your favorites in Baltimore, Roland?