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Affordable coffee beans

I guess I'm the only one is thinks Costco's beans are good. I get their Sumatra (certified organic) roast which is $16 for 2.5 lbs or about $6.50/lb. I think the flavor is better than Trader Joes. Sometimes I splurge for Intelligentsia but I can't really taste that much difference.

Feb 13, 2013
LAMember in Los Angeles Area

Foodiest Spots in L.A.

OK, I cannot resist weighing in here. Let's face it, LA really doesn't hold a candle to NY when it comes to dining out so you have to seek out those experiences which you simply can't replicate back home. For that reason, in my humble opinion, you can skip Providence, Sona, Ortolan, Patina (especially Patina, so overrated). There are simply too many similar and superior choices in NYC. Sushi is the ultimate so cal cuisine (healty, tasty and pretty). For high-end, I like Mori and Nishimura. But there's no need to spend that kind of money for raw fish in LA. Try Sasabune in West LA or Tama in Studio City for great selection at fair prices. I would also trek out to Monterey Park for more exotic Asian. There are long entries on here with specific recommendations. And there really is still something that can be classified as California cuisine in LA (although the Bay Area trumps us, no doubt). Lunch at Joe's or a late night snack at The Hungry Cat will let you go home with a sense of how the locals really eat. Last but not least, despite the tour buses and the kitsch, I would go to the Farmer's market at 3rd and Fairfax. Loteria has good lonchera-style Mexican and you don't have to eat it in your car. Plus the vibe of the whole place is worth the parking hassle. Ask around for other Mexican options since we do that better too (I like Las Barcas in Huntington Beach but that is not likely to be on your itinerary).

Happy eating.

May 07, 2008
LAMember in Los Angeles Area