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DC Chowhound in Redondo Beach

Or you can try Captain Kidds located between the Redondo Beach Pier and Ruby's. Same owners as Quality Seafood.

Oct 16, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

churros

So far, Churreria Ramon is pretty good. Everyone in the family was shocked.There are copycats but Ramon is nowhere near the Puerto Banus tourist trap places type. Don't know what happened to San Gines, but it went commercial and touristy....been going there for years too. And yes, the guy running Churros Calientes is Vevezuelan...closest to San Gines type though in LA.

Oct 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

churros

Churros Calientes is the closest to authentic Spanish churros here in LA....or you can buy the frozen ones at La Espanola in Lomita and fry them yourself at home. FYI, they use sunflower oil in Spain to fry these babies.

Oct 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

churros

Churreria Ramon in the Patio de Los Naranjos in the casco antiguo or old town area of Marbella, Spain. It is pricey being in Marbella at about 12 Euros an entire spiral but so worth the calories! It was rated by a food writer of El Pais newspaper and even he couldn't believe it that one of the best Churros in Spain would be found in touristy Marbella. While there, you can also try to nab a meal at Skina (1 star Muchelin) .

Oct 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

churros

Marbella Old Town, Spain. We did an entire trip just checking out different churro establishments from Madrid to Andalucia area. This one won hands down! The churros were so light, crispy and airy that we inhaled 2 of these entire rounds. Churreria Ramon.
Others we tried:
Chocolateria San Gines- Madrid
Casa Aranda- Malaga
Churreria Ma Carmen- San Pedro de Alcantara, Costa del Sol area.

Oct 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

churros

could it be like this? nowhere in LA...

Oct 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area
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churros

Depends what type: Mexican or Spanish?

Oct 11, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Where to find frozen mini tart/pie crusts?

yes Surfas has them.

Oct 06, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

MALAGA...Malaga city and province of Malaga (environs of Gaucin)

My cousin says Bodegas Quitapenas and Tapeo de Cervantes is owned by the same group. I was also shocked at how El Pimpi has expanded (also runs Bodegas Campos in Cordoba). Lastly, we have been going to Ataranzas for our meals the past 15 years and our local cousins always wondered why we would grab a bite there (now they go there too!).

Sep 29, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Fuengirola Malaga

I second the Ataranzas market in Malaga. Bodegas Quitapenas in Malaga too for tortilla de camarones (light and crispy). In San Pedro de Alcantara we found a place that serves homestyle meals at reasonable prices- Casa Fernando. Very traditional Spanish meals there. For roast suckling pig or lamb, try El Rodeito also in San Pedro...as close as you get IMHO to their Segovia counterparts. Another place just above the autopista by Fuenjirola is El Higueron. You can see it from the highway...more of a business casual place but good food.
The list goes on.... As previously stated, such a wide swath of the Costa...yes. skin a is good too but more elegant cuisine.

Sep 27, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Unique vietnamese in Orange County that I cannot get in bay area?

Brodard's! Nothing like it in the US. I have family that visit California and will drive to Brodard's from wherever they are staying (drive from San Francisco, San Diego, Thousand Oaks....) and take some to go.

Sep 27, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Where can I purchase chicken tails in Los Angeles Area?

Maybe at Asian groceries like 99 Ranch Market or Seafood City.

Sep 25, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Some SF restaurants pocketed the money allotted for healthcare?

Sep 23, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

A top tent list of sorts of beef dishes for an ultimate bang bang bang, etc etc etc etc session, if you will.

Just had Big Mista's last week...gotta go tomorrow again for those tender brisket with the burnt edges!

Where to grab breakfast in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

Remember it to be better during the 'club' hours next door. Anyway, recently found the best churros in Marbella. Some food writer from El Pais mentioned the place and I couldn't believe it until we tried it. He was right.

Sep 23, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Where to grab breakfast in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

I have been many times before (as in over the years from the 90s) to San Gines and these past few visits it was really sloppy. We did request a fresh batch and advised them to remember that every customer should be treated like a new customer. My in laws lived in Madrid from the Franco years and beyond...

Sep 23, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

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

Same experience. I actually like more the TJ Unexpected cheddar. Has better flavor depth.

Sep 21, 2014
trvlcrzy in Chains

DTLA - near Staples

here! here!

Sep 20, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Not sure where you got those figures. Single plans at $15K?

Sep 20, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

We'll never know, right?

Sep 18, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

Haven't seen this add on at every restaurant in San Francisco.

Sep 18, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Where to grab breakfast in Barcelona/Madrid/Sevilla/Granada?

Barcelona breakfast: at El Quim de Boqueria or Bar Pinotxo both in Boqueria market. Just make your way to the bar counter. It was mushroom season and I had grilled forest mushrooms topped with a fried egg and caramelized foie gras drizzled with balsamic reduction..downed with a glass of freshly squeezed oj with cava at El Quim. I also recommend Churreria Laietana instead of La Granja as mentioned previously since we get our churros fresh most of the time at Laietana. This is a must. Do not accept churros that are on a heatlamp. They will usually cook you a fresh batch as they know you mean business and it's an embarrassment to the business anyway to be called for it.

This happened to my friend in Madrid at San Gines as she looked Asian and they thought she was with this big Asian tour group. We had to get upset and tell the server to be ashamed of what they're serving. Just because the patrons don't look Spanish or European doesn't mean they won't know the difference between a god authentic churro and a bad one.

Sep 18, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Exilekiss....

Sep 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

And how do we know when they are collecting more or less for the healthcare premiums of their employees? Healthcare premiums do not fluctuate based on the number of restaurant checks paid. It's a fixed amount per employee.

Sep 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

This is stupid. Not ever going to a restaurant with these silly add-ons. Why not just incorporate them into the price of the item? They sound like the RyanAir of restaurants.

Sep 12, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Who do you follow on the Los Angeles board, and why?

Kevin!!!

Jul 13, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Traveling through Spain this summer

Don't forget the tiny special wild strawberries in Barcelona markets.

Jul 13, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Best condiment to throw on a hot dog?

Sauerkraut.

Jul 04, 2014
trvlcrzy in General Topics

jamón ibérico de bellota

La Espanola in Harbor City carries Jamon Iberico de Bellota but you'll have to order it. They also carry the stand.

Jun 20, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area