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Cuban sandwiches

Tried El Camaguey yesterday, and I was disappointed -- the sandwich had a little pork but was mostly ham. Is this usual? (Not what I expected)

Dec 29, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

wine stores that have tastings of relatively expensive wines?

As for my recommendation for Moe's, I think I've seen announcements for tastings of wines ranging from $15ish to $100+ (some champagnes). I think of $40-50 as the starting point for "relatively expensive" wine tastings, I suppose.

Aug 14, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

Take out and tipping

There is another thread on this from the last wk or so

Aug 13, 2006
weaver in Not About Food

wine stores that have tastings of relatively expensive wines?

Moe's in Brentwood does sometimes. (moesfinewines.com)

Aug 12, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

breakfast in Manhattan Beach

There are other threads about this, I think, but Uncle Bill's is good, though it tends to have very long waits (there's also a counter which is quicker). I always like the Koffee Kart, too, which rarely had waits when I lived there (but could be different now). Those are the only 2 places I went to regularly. (I didn't care for the Kettle or Good Stuff)

(If you're willing to drive 5-10 minutes, Martha's in Hermosa is great, though it has waits, too.)

Aug 11, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

how to split the check?

People who say they want to pay less because they ate/drank less, then underestimate what their food actually cost, ignore that "just a bite" of a dessert they had and the "just a taste" of a shared dish, forget to add tax on their portion and add only a 10% tip...

Aug 10, 2006
weaver in Not About Food

First Time Visit to Santa Monica - Looking for Recs...

drive 10 minutes up PCH to Cholada for pretty good Thai. (Right next to it is Reel Inn, which is a pretty good dive-y fish place.)

Can also drive 5-10 minutes to Brentwood, where there are a bunch of Italian places, also a cupcake place, a good chocolate maker, etc.

Aug 09, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

how to split the check?

? Where did you get the idea I was referring to you (or anybody) specifically?

Aug 09, 2006
weaver in Not About Food

Peach Ice Cream

W. Hollywood, maybe? (not West LA)

Aug 09, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

how to split the check?

There are mooches on both sides. Unless people request separate checks, it can very easily turn into a hassle -- especially if people kick in what they think they owe, rather than divvying it up evenly, and whoever is designated to tally up the cash realizes that they are far short...

Aug 07, 2006
weaver in Not About Food

Anniversary dinner in Winston-Salem

Is Paul's in a strip mall, very old school, seems very out of place?

Aug 03, 2006
weaver in General South Archive

Tipping take out Sushi

I usually tip a couple bucks for takeout (any takeout from a "real" restaurant, not just sushi). More if they've gone out of their way, zero if I've been annoyed by something (both happen regularly :) ).

Aug 03, 2006
weaver in Not About Food

In search of the ULTIMATE Lobsta Roll

Top Dog, a hotdog place in Rockport, has a good one.

Aug 01, 2006
weaver in Greater Boston Area

Top 10 Tastes of California [L.A. Area]

A few thoughts: I think many people are right on about in 'n' Out -- very good chain/fast food burger, but don't get your hopes up too high -- it's great only in comparison to mcDonalds and that ilk. Tasty, though, and worth a visit if you're in LA for the 1st time. Also, if you're on the westside and want some "LA atmosphere," one good one that was mentioned is Michaels (Santa Monica), others include Hal's and Chaya (both Venice, both are pretty good, not great, food but fun places) and Nobu in Malibu (very good sushi in the middle of Malibu). Melisse in Santa Monica also has great food, but very expensive.

Jul 30, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

Top 10 Tastes of California [L.A. Area]

"...neither is anywhere near as cool or as good as the place in Greenwich Village with the great burgers (name escapes me now.)..."

Corner Bistro?

Jul 30, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

Over-the-top rude service as shtick--I don't get it

The Soup Guy in NYC -- years ago, at least, pre-Seinfeld -- wasn't popular because of the curtness, he was popular because the soup was great. And while they could go overboard -- some questions from customers certainly are reasonable -- they at least didn't cater to morons who hold up lines.

Jul 30, 2006
weaver in Not About Food

Any Good Healthy Food Delivery Services?

I've tried Fresh and Zone. Fresh is a little more expensive and it is better. Zone offers far more options in terms of not getting certain foods (since there are many things I dislike, I wind up wasting more meals w/Fresh, which both defeats the purpose and is a waste of $ -- though my dogs like it :) )

Jul 27, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

Any Good Healthy Food Delivery Services?

another in addition to Zone and Sunfare is Fresh (freshdining.com)

Jul 27, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

how to split the check?

Of course, there are the people on the other side of things who essentially do the same: say they want to pay less because they ate/drank less, then underestimate what their food actually cost, ignore that "bite" of a dessert" they had and the "taste" of a shared dish, "forget" to add tax on their portion and add a 10% tip...

I generally favor splitting equally, but you do have to be willing to call somebody on it if they were far and above everybody else and fail to offer to contribute more, and also if they fail to recognize that somebody ordered far less than the rest.

Jul 26, 2006
weaver in Not About Food

Can you name 3 things you like about Starbucks?

1) I like their coffee.
2) They're usually easy to find.
3) They usually move their lines quickly, even when there are long lines. (All 3, for me, are pluses versus Coffee Bean here in LA)

Jul 25, 2006
weaver in Chains

Haagen-Dazs Sticky Toffee Pudding

Didn't Ben and Jerry's have an ice cream similar to this some time ago, Festivus?

Jul 25, 2006
weaver in General Topics

Berkshires chow (including ice cream)

There's a little ice cream shop in Williamstown, on Spring Street -- just 10-15 minutes from you.

Other food on spring Street: pretty good Thai, and since you're with kids, maybe Papa Charlie's Deli? Also, there's a pizza place on the next street over (Water?).

Jul 25, 2006
weaver in All New England Archive

A Serious Sociological Red Lobster Query

Wasn't there a comedian who did a bit about the folks dressed up at Red Lobster looking down on him for not dressing appropriately?

Jul 24, 2006
weaver in Chains

LAS VEGAS: NEED AN AMAZING DINNER FOR MY TOP CUSTOMERS!

I haven't been there, but what about Robuchon?

Jul 24, 2006
weaver in Southwest

good, cheap lunch in Malibu

I don't know what you consider cheap, but malibu Kitchen has some very good stuff (sandwiches, deli case, baked goods). Also in the country mart is Tra di Noi (across the street, past the playground) has a takeout window in addition to sitdown dining (there's public seating in that courtyard) and good sandwiches (steak sandwich is very good), pretty tasty pizza, etc. In that same courtyard there's place that's supposed to have pretty good burgers, but I forget the name (Howdy's, maybe?) -- but I've never been there myself. There's also a Marmalade Cafe near Malibu Kitchen -- it's a small chain, and while I've never been there, I think it's supposed to be good.

Much further up the road (north end of Malibu -- 20 miles or so) is Neptune's Net. Not the greatest (or healthiest) fare -- lots of fried seafood, stuff like that -- but kind of a fun place to go, popular with bikers.

Jul 22, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

Eats in Framingham/Natick

Franco's -- wow -- do Franco and Donna still run it, or maybe Franco's brother? I worked for them long ago, when it was Tano's (and in a different location -- across the street, basically).

Is the "new" place any good?

Jul 22, 2006
weaver in Greater Boston Area

Restaurants in North Lake Tahoe

PlumpJack has very good burgers (in their bar area, not necessarily the more formal part of the restaurant) and some very good beers, too.

Jul 20, 2006
weaver in California

Can anyone recommend Cynthia's on 3rd Street?

I haven't been there since last year, but we never had any problems with Cynthia. In fact, she tended to be pretty friendly. Cobbler is great, and other food ranges from OK to very good, I think. Like the fried chicken a lot. On the expensive side, for what it is, but when we go out we look at it as paying for dinner (atmosphere, experience, fun with friends, etc.), not paying for chicken, so to me it doesn't matter much.

Jul 14, 2006
weaver in Los Angeles Area

Chicago Style Hot Dog In Boston

(OT: Fried clams there any good?)

Jul 12, 2006
weaver in Greater Boston Area

Need Inexpensive Wine Recs

Skyhawk Lane and Waterstone are 2 that come to mind that make cabs and/or merlots in the $20-25 range. There's a weekly column in the Wall St Journal that could prove helpful, assuming there's an online archive. However, as the Skyhawk and Waterstone may not be available where you are, and same goes for many particular wines, really, the suggestion of going to a good local wine shop probably makes the most sense.

Jul 09, 2006
weaver in Wine