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Itinerary for Marbella and surrounding areas in the south

Hi! I too am enjoying reading your Spanish food (and non-food) adventures. Were you able to make it to Tragabuches? We will be spending about 3 weeks along the Costa Del Sol and am already trying to drum up how to maximize our mealtimes…hopefully avoid mediocre places. Yes, I have seen the numerous restaurants catering to tourists along the coast…I would hate to end up at a pizza joint in Puerto Banus or Marbella.
Anything that you'd like to add will be most appreciated.

1 day ago
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Expensive Lunch at Farmer's Market

The one good thing about Little Spain is the "chocos"..large calamari. The texture is pretty close to those that Ive'd had in Spain (not overfried hard or rubber chewy). Another highlight is Short Cake's carrot cake….moist and not too sweet.

Apr 10, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Just based on our experience:
Avignon- Le Fourchette (traditional Provencal bistro)
Arles- Le Cilantro (very close to center/coloseum. had my best sous vide salmon ever)
Aix- just snacked there and loaded on thick hot chocolate and callisons)

Apr 09, 2014
trvlcrzy in France

Large Fruit Tart

I second Portos...

Mar 16, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Another Wonderful Dinner at Chi Spacca

I hear ya! I was just there a couple of nights ago..yes, amazing meal. Reminded me so much of a traditional machelerria in Italy (like Ca Dario). Loved to see Nancy Silverton working the orders behind the counter in her apron at Osteria Mozza. Joe Bastianich having his meal at Chi Spacca…I was trying to see what they were having at their table..just to try it out.
The experience, the food, the service were all en pointe. I was actually worried at first since I know a lot of the Battali establishments have absentee chefs. To see the owners there really helps a lot.
What we ordered:
-Salumeria Platter- the trotter croquettes were the bomb and all the salumerias were so rich with good fat content..sublime.
-beef and bone marrow pie. Very decadent and rich but the texture and lightness of the crust gives it great balance. Will order this again when we return.
-parsnips fries- I totally agree with Bacoman..as above.
-meyer lemon crostata was perfect way to finish off the meal. Just the right amount of sweet, tart and crisp.

Mar 16, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

ipsedixit, I'm sure you had the beef and bone marrow pie at Chi Spacca….amazing dish!

For dessert pies, I like the ff. from King's Hawaiian Bakery in Gardena/Torrance:

-Banana MacBerry Pie (strawberries and macadamia nuts)
-Classic custard pie…'nuf said.

Mar 16, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Sushi between Irvine and LAX?

+1 on Nozomi.

Mar 13, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

PIE - LA Dish of the Month (March 2014)

Pie Hole's Mac n' Cheese pie..yes, carb overload but nothing else like it on earth!

Mar 11, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Your Top 5 Trader Joe's Products? - 2014

when baking the chocolate croissants, we cut the still slightly frozen dough in half so you get 8 pcs. and perfect baking. Half the croissant size is perfect for a serving.

Mar 09, 2014
trvlcrzy in Chains

Your Top 5 Trader Joe's Products? - 2014

1. Love the croissants! yes…plain and chocolate
2. Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3. European Style plain yogurt
4. TJ Unexpected Cheddar
5. all their nuts

Mar 09, 2014
trvlcrzy in Chains

Recommendations please!

i hear ya!

Feb 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Las Vegas

Puerto Rico trip report Jan 2014

Thanks for that trip report. Can't wait to try out the places you recommended.

Feb 05, 2014
trvlcrzy in Latin America & Caribbean

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - January 2014!! [OLD]

+1. It's a staple in our freezer.

Jan 09, 2014
trvlcrzy in Chains

THE single best thing to eat

peanut butter

Dec 12, 2013
trvlcrzy in General Topics

Recommendations Please - best steak on Westside?

+1 to overcooking steak...

Nov 03, 2013
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations from the freezer section of Trader Joe's???

Croissants and flatbreads

Oct 28, 2013
trvlcrzy in Chains

Have you ever been censored by Chowhound moderator? I have many times!!

Oh yes....

Oct 27, 2013
trvlcrzy in Site Talk

(Long) Trip Report from my last AMAZING SF visit and what to try next??

Mo Chica is definitely Peruvian...been to their restaurants in Peru too!

Oct 27, 2013
trvlcrzy in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma County Egg Hunt: I Brake for Fresh Farm Eggs

Darn! Anyone know of any of these eggs popping up in SoCal (Los Angeles)area?

Oct 27, 2013
trvlcrzy in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheap Party Attendees

Chips and salsa..not a problem. Once someone brought a bottle of soda and tupperware for leftovers.

Oct 27, 2013
trvlcrzy in Not About Food

Angelina's style Mont Blanc dessert?

Hi! Craving for anyone/anyplace that makes mont blanc dessert like in Angelina's in Paris...crunchy merengue/whipped cream/ chesnut puree, in San Francisco area?

Oct 07, 2013
trvlcrzy in San Francisco Bay Area

Jonathan Gold's Top 101 Restaurants in Los Angeles

Cool! My "secret" hangouts are not on the list!

Sep 19, 2013
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Post-dinner snack/dessert ideas for guests?

I second that.

Sep 18, 2013
trvlcrzy in Home Cooking

Bouchon, first time - review

Yes, we crave the salmon rillettes too! As for the Moules et Frites: it's always on our order list...

Sep 17, 2013
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Specials in LA

Mo-Chica Peruvian cuisine $15 for 3 course meal.

Sep 17, 2013
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Trip Advisor

Same here. I just use Tripadvisor for reviews on accomodations or tours/guides but it's pretty suspect for food. I have gotten bad food/restaurant reviews and ratings on TA (and Yelp). I trust Chowhound more for restaurant reviews..most written by people who are really passionate about food.

Sep 06, 2013
trvlcrzy in Food Media & News

So, what's the average Chowhounder's weight?

depends on the time of the year;-)

Sep 06, 2013
trvlcrzy in Not About Food


I agree, Spanish ensaimadas differ from Filipino ensaimadas. The only topping on a Mallorcan ensaimada is powdered sugar and it is made with lard, rolled thin before getting rolled again into a spiral. Filipino ensaimadas are topped with all sorts of things..like cheese, butter, sugar..
Try making your own as it's really easy..

Sep 02, 2013
trvlcrzy in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - August 2013 [old]

Definitely the Spanish one. Very "green" flavor and buttery. We hoard so many bottles of this stuff at home and I use it for almost everything requiring oil in cooking/eating.

Aug 31, 2013
trvlcrzy in Chains

Most Interesting Bakeries in LA?

Porto's, Joan's on Third, Susina's, Huckleberry, Milo + Olive, Sycamore Kitchen, 85 degrees, Paris Baguette

Jul 24, 2013
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area