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Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

It's strange they don't have all the normal sides like stuffing. Oh well! I think I may try Brennan's, but when I called the lady wasn't sure they would do it "to go". I'm not sure why not???

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Thank you!!! I was about to pony up $110 just for the two of us to get a thx take out dinner and then I thought..hmmm... we could go out to a nice buffet for that price! Relieved to hear of other options.

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Great! Another good options thanks :)

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

A ha! I have heard of this spot. Thanks so much!

Thanksgiving Take Out in Berkeley?

Visiting BFF and her family in Berkeley. She and her husband are turkey haters and prepare steak for their thanksgiving meal every year. My boyfriend and I are traditionalists. I want take out (just for two people, generous portions) of turkey, stuffing, and maybe a couple other sides. We're making our own mashed potatoes and pecan pie. Any suggestions? Thanks! She lives near Sacremento and University, not that it has to be walking distance.

Guidance needed for week-long LA visit

Your list is pretty great. Ink is exceptional, Red Medicine's desserts are mind blowing you could even stop by just for dessert, Animal is a great choice as well.

To get the LA experience, you should definitely get Tacos and Korean BBQ in there. If you like Buzz, Roy Choi (Legit famous, he's on Top Chef as a mentor/judge, was in the end credits of the film Chef) has a new Korean/modern gourmet interpretation place called POT in Koreatown. The lobby bar is also a big scene there. To go more traditional, Park's or Soot Bull Jeep or I have bookmarked from Eater LA Kang Hodong Baekjeong.

I think Tar and Roses is superior to AOC or Luqcues, if you want another california/small plates option.

I'm also obsessed with the burger at Plan Check and pretty sure you are not going to eat a burger that delicious in London.

Where are you getting your mexican before LA? Becuase LA has much better Mexican food than most american cities. And tacos are such a part of LA culture! You could also have great fun visiting a place like Central Market downtown which is a foodie market/food court scene.

Dumplings perhaps at Din Tai Fung?

Aug 05, 2014
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Cheapest place to buy mason jars?

What about those cheaper restaurant depot type places? The one on Washington Blvd near crenshaw? The one at Fairfax near Wilshire?

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Summer Truffles; where has it ??????

I had a crazy yummy summer truffle pasta special at Angelini Osteria. $40 generous with truffles. But the veal shank angolotti with parmeggiano sauce was even more delicious ($26)

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

favorite sushi right now ????? price no object, natch.

Zo's newer downtown post. dayyyyyum it was good. We spent $300 and haven't been back because of that, but if I were suddenly wealthy I'd go all the time.

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

The Early Bird Special at Flores and The Ladies’ Gunboat Society

What are the hours for the early bird special? Not seeing on the website :)

Jul 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Is Qui better than ESK?

Oh, that would be very hard for me! I guess it seems unfair to judge when I wasn't hungry, but for the right food I seem to get hungry if that makes sense.

Jul 16, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Hey all- Thanks for the feedback. Thought I'd follow up with a report-

I wasn't terribly impressed. But sadly, I got stuck eating lunch at work late that day and I wasn't that hungry when I arrived at Qui. I had the Ode To Michel B Ras
selection of vegetables from austin farmers vegetable plate (lovely), the Amberjack Philipino Ceviche (tasty but way too salty) and then because the girl next to me seemed wildy crazy about it, the short rib wrapped in banana leaf. Strangely, she had a ton of cool vegetables served with hers, mine came only with cabbage. It was a huge amount of fatty meat for someone without a big appetiite, I should have stuck to my first inclination to get the Kare Kare peanut curry.

Nothing was bad, but I just felt meh about it all. It wasn't exciting or worth the price, and the best thing was definitely the pretty veggie plate. The cocktail "Austin" something, their version of the mojito, was tasty but a lot sweeter than I was expecting after the waiter specifically said it wasn't very sweet. I needed something less sugary to stir up my appetite. Then I asked for a wine glass recommendation and was pointed to a chilled red that was just...weird. Disappointing, but I was glad I made it back to Uchiko for a second time before leaving Austin. Next time I'm in town I'll try some of the suggestion instead-ofs from this thread. Thanks for the tips!

Jun 30, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Thanks! To all replies. I think I'll give it a chance :) I'm very curious.

Jun 13, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Qui better than ESK?

Hi everyone- Hate to introduce myself with a negative post, I'm really not a hater- but here's my time-sensative question. I'm in town for only a short while more and have a rez at Qui for my last night. Thought I'd go out with a bang.

However, I was pretty disappointed by East Side Kings (Lamar location. I had pork buns, octopus taco, Brussels sprout salad, and beet home fries). Nothing was "bad" but nothing was as tasty, satisfying, complex, or interesting as I was expecting. I went in a Top Chef fan, high hopes, etc.

My question is - is Qui a lot better? Or if I didn't like the flavors of ESK, do you think Qui is of much better caliber and I should still give it a chance? It was my understanding it enjoyed the best marks in Austin with Chows, is there another place I should focus my last night attention? I'm good on BBQ and Tex Mex, and not looking for Italian/Mediterranean flavors as I have abundance of those back home.

I've been to Uchiko and Uchi (loved) and I'm definitely going back to Uchiko one more time….

Thanks!!

Jun 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Austin

Is Settebello pizza special?

I like it much better than Mozza. Mozza was a big dissapointment to me, because I was expecting it to be an authentically Italian style when it first came out. Instead it's kind of a puffy sour dough. But if you love Mozza pizza, you may just have different pizza taste. Settebello is more traditional in its Italian/Neopolitan style. Thin and crispy but a little soggy in the middle. Yum! Haven't had Ortica or Pizza e Vino yet.

Another great one if you like authentic Italian style is Milo and Olive.

May 13, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Hey! I'm always on a always on a salad dressing hunt as well. Here's something that worked for me recently. A) Bolthouse Yogurt Caeser something. If you like a yogurt tang, two points. B) Always loved Trader Joe's Goddess dressing (3 points for 2 tablespoons) but it's soooo needlessly thick. So I put one tablespoon in a little ramekin sized tupperware with some water, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard, Doubling the amount of dressing but not adding any points. Now I have 1 point dressing. C) Have you ever tried using hummus as a dressing? I've been doing that recently (with Sabra classic hummus, my favorite) and it works surprisingly well. The amount of flavor and the satisfaction of mouth feel are great!

May 08, 2014
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Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

POT is literally all the rage here in LA, you would get major foodie cred if you went there Friday night. Ktown isn't super far from DTLA....maybe even in your car radius. btw that is an awesome idea for a hotel accommodation! Or Chego is also Roy Choi's and is downtown, and more low key like fast food almost.

So glad you're going to Tar and Roses! Some of the not to be missed dishes there is the Phopaccio, the roasted peas, and the strawberry rosemary ricotta dessert is insane!

As for Pastries downtown I have "Semi Sweet" bookmarked. Oh and of course you could go to Little Tokyo Village in dowtown where they have various mochi and 'Lettes Macarons and all kinds of yummy sweet things.

May 07, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

ROME: Pasta and classic trattoria fare near Via Veneto area?

Grazie!!!

May 07, 2014
sarahbeths in Italy

ROME: Pasta and classic trattoria fare near Via Veneto area?

For my mother, who lived in Rome in the 80s and loves pasta and Italian food fiercely, but doesn't love fussy, expensive restaurants. She doesn't want modern at all, but traditional roman/italian stuff. She'll be alone and she prefers dinners not too far from her hotel (Near Via Veneto embassy area).

Grazie!!!

May 05, 2014
sarahbeths in Italy

Did I imagine a Settebello in Santa Monica?

You may have seen Stella Rosa? its similar

May 05, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Yet Another SF Hound Seeking Advice

Downtown consider: Chego. Bestia over Sotto. If insanely good but pricey sushi is your thing: Sushi Zo's downtown location

Santa Monica consider: Tar and Roses (crazy good)

Plan check yessss!!!! westside on sawtelle chiller atmosphere with outdoor tables too.

May 05, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

It's partly an atmosphere recommendation. The food is not as good as Angelini which I admitted- but its still delicious.

Apr 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

So West Side is a little vague- like full out Santa Monica/Venice/Culver?

not west hollywood?

If you want the former, I'd suggest
-Ado in Venice (which had a michelin star when LA was getting them)
-Capo in Venice which can totally fit your budget if you don't order anything with truffles. Also had a michelin star.

IMHO Piccolo Venice isn't as tasty as it expensive. I've had two meals there that were good, but not as good as other Italian restaurants in LA, and not worth the price.

As delicious as Georgio Baldi was when I went for a special occasion, I didn't like the service or atmosphere. I was treated like someone who should come and go quickly, and we were crammed into this tiny little restaurant.

Now if west hollywood is an option- RivaBella has such a beautiful dining room, it's very romantic. It's on the Sunset Strip but on the west side of it. The restaurant is a foodie/corporate mashup- a cooperation between a big restaurant company (forgot its name) and the owner of Angelini. It might be a little bit cooperate, but it's delicious! The lemon tagliolini is a wonderful dish.

If mid-city is west enough, Angelini Osteria is my fav restaurant in LA. The atmosphere isn't super romantic because its very small and cozy. Wine and beer only. However I always feel super romantic when I am there because I love the food so damn much, it makes me so happy. To me, great food is romantic. We go for Valentines Day.

But it's always romantic to be near the beach, especially for out of towners, so the Venice ones may hit the
bill. There are a lot of beautiful places to have a drink before or after dinner near the ocean. The rooftop bar at the Shangri La Hotel is great, or if you make a reservation hotel erwin in Venice has great sunset ocean views at its roof bar.

Apr 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Your best meal of 2013?

how much does that run?

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

SUSHI in DTLA tonight NYE no reservation.

Not sure exactly what time we can get downtown (partner getting off work/taking metro from westside) and Sushi Gen is fully booked. Was originally gonna wait it out at Sugar Fish, then thought maybe I should try somewhere new. Alas, can't reserve and its a busy night! Thoughts???

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Angelina's Pizzeria - Authentic Neapolitan pizza in Dana Point

Where is Angelina's? Is it new?

I love Milo & Olive's pizza. Settebello (Pasadena/MDR) is good authentic Neapolitan but silly atmo. Stella Rosa in Santa Monica same.

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

First date

Wow! That's awesome. But hope it doesn't mean they might close, I like that place a lot.

Nov 30, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

My vote is Melisse. I've had the best meals in Los Angeles there. Also it has two Michelin stars. I've heard very mixed things about Providence and so haven't gone.

Also a tip on the french laundry- if you book a hotel in Yountville they can sometimes get you the reservation. My stepmother got a reservation this way and it wasn't 2 months ahead....

Sep 09, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Boiling Crab Westwood

YUM!

Sep 09, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Hey Everyone !

Just wanted to follow up- We went to the Wolfgang Puck at Bel Air. I really wanted ambiance and romance above all else. It was pretty romantic! I loved just touring around the hotel (I had never been) and checking out the swans, the fireplace in the lobby, the gardens, and having a fancy drink at the gorgeous bar before dinner. The bar automatically put the drinks on the restaurant bill and seated us when they were ready.

The setting was romantic, and the waiter right away checked what kind of occasion we were celebrating. The server brought us samples of different wines just to pick which we would order by the glass! (Almost never happens, always blows my socks off when it does). We ordered the "4 course" tasting menu with one modification (no lamb). I use quotes because you also get an amuse and dessert, so it's more like a 5 course. Plus a great bread basket. We had caviar, a fish crudo, lobster ravioli, Were told we'd be brought beef instead of lamb, either the short rib or the new york steak. By a lucky twist of fate with got BOTH! A bank error in our favor, as they say in monopoly. The server also gifted us a glass of his favorite red to share with the short rib course. It as the perfect amount of wine for us, very sweet. The dessert courses also had one plate reading "Happy Birthday" and one plate reading "Happy Anniversary", and then the full plate of cookies after dessert was a big hit. Not the best meal I've had in LA, but definitely worthy of the occasion and super romantic. Not at all wasted $$$$.

Thanks chows!!!

ps. Totally going to Saddle Lodge sometime. And many of your other suggestions....

Sep 03, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area