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3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

We'll never know, right?

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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.

1 day ago
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

Bourdain in Thailand

Same here. Our worst case of food poisoning actually happened at well recognized restaurants. At least with street food, you can see the cooking process itself versus a restaurant where the cooking happens behind closed kitchen doors.

Jun 09, 2014
trvlcrzy in Food Media & News

Barcelona/Girona/San Sebastian Dining Report

Great post! Reliving our experiences as well…Can Roca to date is still the best on our spectrum too. It's a tight squeeze at Cuchara de San Telmo but the veal cheeks are worth it!
We're off to new adventures this summer in Spain. Can't wait!

May 26, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Costa del Sol recs needed for the summer

thanks for this. will sniff it out for sure.

May 25, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

NYC Spanish-speaking foodies looking for Madrid, Seville recs

Thanks for tips! Will be returning to Spain for the summer. Hopefully some places are open in August as that's the time we'll be in Madrid….mostly we'll be in Andalucia area (Costa) for the summer.

May 24, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Costa del Sol recs needed for the summer

Thanks for the tips. It's been a while since we ate in Estepona. It was a small box restaurant, can't recall the name but lots of locals and the best 'tocino del cielo' I had ever. Will check out Benahavis then...

May 02, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Where can I find mantecados in Seville?

Lots of Convents selling different cookies/sweets like Santa Ines or Socorro…just google them.

May 02, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

cacio e pepe

Bucato..ask nicely and you shall receive.

Apr 22, 2014
trvlcrzy in Los Angeles Area

Costa del Sol recs needed for the summer

We will be spending a month in Elviria area (by Cabopino) close to Marbella town and would like local places to eat at. Our requirement is just plain good food….not mediocre touristsy places. I know it is loaded there with places catering to British, Germans, Russians, etc but as long as they also have good local fare (seafood, tapas, paellas)is ok. Thanks.

Apr 21, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Spanish olive oil

I agree on the saffron. We bought a small plastic 'case' of wound saffron threads at the market. It was excellent quality for our paella days.

Apr 21, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Spanish olive oil

I agree..I stock up on loads of Trader Joe's Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It's actually pretty close to the ones we get in Spain.

Apr 21, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

À la carte at Asador Etxebarri?

Ala Carte is no problem…We actually preferred it over the tasting menu as we wanted to try some items not on the tasting menu.

Apr 21, 2014
trvlcrzy in Spain/Portugal

Double carbs - or carbs with a carb filling... is that wrong?

Love Pie Hole's Mac n' Cheese empanada topped with crunchy parmesan cheese bits.

Apr 21, 2014
trvlcrzy in General Topics

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.

Apr 19, 2014
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