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ISO dry-pack scallops

The Whole Foods in Pasadena usually has them, and though they're not cheap they're pretty good (not superb, but pretty good). I assume that other WH stores in the area would carry them as well.

Feb 01, 2011
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Natale a Roma (Christmas in Rome)

Amazing--thanks so much!

Nov 22, 2010
conor610 in Italy

Natale a Roma (Christmas in Rome)

Hello, all! My wife and I will be taking our honeymoon to Rome over the upcoming Christmas holiday, and we'd love some advice about where to go--what's likely to be open on and/or around Christmas itself, what the best places for a romantic meal are, etc. I studied in Rome in 2002 but have no idea what the restaurant landscape is like now. Unfortunately, Checchino dal 1887 is closed for the whole week around Christmas; are there any similar restaurants that anyone can recommend? Thanks for the help!

Nov 19, 2010
conor610 in Italy

dRed 0 - The "Mr. Chow-is-to-Chinese" Mexican Equivalent

I wasn't really excusing the restaurant (well, maybe a little), but more criticizing the sense of entitlement evident in fooddude's post: "Really? 5 days after opening? Memorial Day Weekend? Don't you want to try to make a GOOD impression? "

Personally, I don't care how long the restaurant's been open; if it closes at 10, it closes at 10, and they're really being generous by letting you in at all. But mainly, I wonder why anyone would even try to get in at that time.

Jun 08, 2010
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

dRed 0 - The "Mr. Chow-is-to-Chinese" Mexican Equivalent

Really, fooddude? You walked IN at their CLOSING time and expected to be greeted warmly and with their best efforts? That's really the height of arrogance. Restaurants take, often, hours to clean and close. If I were in the kitchen, I would have just slapped together whatever was still passable and sent it out, too--in the hopes that you'd never come back.

Jun 07, 2010
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

cost no object

But I'm confused: did you like Salts? I've not been to Menton, but will definitely try it when I'm back in town.

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Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 14, 2010
conor610 in Greater Boston Area

cost no object

Salts, in Cambridge, is really wonderful--upscale French(ish) food, perfectly executed, with a great atmosphere--small and romantic. I've only been once but will be going again whenever I'm back in Boston (I'm a transplant to LA). While the food at Salts may not be quite as refined as at Providence (though it's not far), I actually thought the flavors were deeper and more satisfying.

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Salts Restaurant
798 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Apr 14, 2010
conor610 in Greater Boston Area

Jitlada - first time visit

An existential question: can one be said to have eaten at Jitlada if one has not gotten the kua kling, either with beef or lamb?

Mar 26, 2010
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Wine Bar Recommendations

Cube, on La Brea, has interesting wines by the glass and bottle, and has some really excellent food.

Mar 15, 2010
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Your single favorite dish in LA

Osteria Mozza's bucatini all'amatriciana.

Mar 13, 2010
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Anybody's been to Tasty Noodle House?

We went for lunch today and it was delicious. The hot and sour soup was, as Gold reported, fantastic; the pork and leek dumplings were exemplary. Jellyfish head was tasty but didn't seem quite as worthy of exaltation--it's all about the texture, though, so if you're already a jellyfish fan, you'll probably like this version. All in all, a really excellent meal at a very reasonable price.

Mar 13, 2010
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

$500 meal

Go nuts at Animal.

Feb 14, 2010
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Chow Gold Line - rails to good food

Really? Neither of those is at all chow-worthy. Instead of Dona Rosa's, walk another couple blocks to Los Tacos, on the corner of California and Fair Oaks. The lengua is really good. Or hit up El Gallito, a taco truck on Fair Oaks north of California.

Dec 22, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Pumpkin everything....That time of the year!

Whole Foods and Bevmo (at least the ones in Pasadena) both carry Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale.

Oct 25, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

What to order at Osteria Mozza?

I love the octopus. It's a meaty hunk of charred seafood goodness. And the bucatini all'amatriciana was lifechanging the first time I had it, though merely very good the second.

Sep 23, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Just moved back to Pasadena

I really do not understand the Daisy Mint infatuation on this board. We went there on Sunday and had a meal that was really mediocre at best. We had bland summer rolls, a panang curry that was fine but no more, kimchi fried rice that was neither spicy nor sour, and dry, flavorless honey pork. Just a poor showing all around. I understand that those dishes are not the ones recommended by ElsieDee, but still... I expected a lot more from a place that gets such consistent raves from the hounds here. Still looking for a consistently excellent Pasadena eatery...

Jul 29, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Bazaar is Wack

I've not been, so I cannot offer my own take, but it seems to me like you had a fairly small sampling of their food, and like you didn't try any of the really "hypermodern," or whatever you want to call it, dishes. Were any of the dishes you tried from the new tapas menu, other than the salad, particularly interesting, at least? I would be pretty disappointed to go there and not have a minibar-like experience.

Jun 12, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Providence special pricing for tasting menus

Never mind; found it. Thanks--I'm going on the 15h, so just in time! (The deal is good until the 17th, not the end of June.)

Jun 03, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Providence special pricing for tasting menus

Where did you get this info? On the website, the 5 course menu is still listed at $90. Also, what is the difference between the "full tasting" and the "chef's menu"?

Jun 02, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Seafood

This is going to get me kicked off of Chowhound, but...

The other day I was in the Westwood Whole Foods, and the fish looked...good. Not amazing, go-out-of-your-way-for-this good, but...good. The guy behind the counter said that the buyer had "stepped up his game" recently, though he also implied that it was because some West-coast inspector was coming soon, so I have no idea how long the step up in quality will last. Just a heads-up to check it out if you're already in the area--it may not be as dead and gross as it usually is.

Mar 12, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Burger at O'Hara's in Westwood>>> Philly West's

I believe the OP was saying that the burger at O'Hara's (awful, cheesy bar in Westwood Village) is better than the one at Philly West. I've never been to the latter, but O'Hara's is terrible in every possible way.

Mar 06, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Burger at O'Hara's in Westwood>>> Philly West's

The O'Hara's burger is fine--no better--and the bar is abysmal. Unless you wear backwards baseball caps and 2 polo shirts at once, with both collars popped. Then feel free to enjoy.

Mar 05, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Osteria Mozza - Disneylandesque and Terrible Service

It's neither. And as the OP noted, a dish of oil was brought upon request. I just don't see what the big deal is; it's not as if the waiter said, "No, sir, we do not deign to give you oil for your bread." You just have to request it if you want it.

Mar 04, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Osteria Mozza - Disneylandesque and Terrible Service

Oh. My. God. Can this part of the discussion stop? Here's what it boils down to:

1. In Italy, few if any restaurants automatically serve oil (or butter) with bread, and waiters will look at you funny but bring it if you ask for it. This despite olive oil being a vital part of may regions' cuisine.

2. In the US, many Italian restaurants (and virtually all Italian-American ones) do serve either oil or butter or both with the bread.

Batali chooses not to; other chefs choose to. There is no right/wrong answer (though choice 1 is more authentically Italian). That's it. End of story. If you want oil with your bread, you have to ask for it at OM and other places. It's just not a big deal, regardless of the price.

(Oh, and the sommelier kept our decanter of wine on the table, and our waitress refilled our glasses regularly. But that's beside the point.)

Mar 03, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Osteria Mozza - Disneylandesque and Terrible Service

I was surprised at how substantial the sweetbreads were--the waitress described it as a smallish portion, but there were 2 large nodules and 2 small ones: more than enough for such a rich ingredient. There were lots or artichokes and cavolo nero, as well. Frankly, we ordered too much; the bucatini was a very large plate of pasta.

Feb 14, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Osteria Mozza - Disneylandesque and Terrible Service

Went to O. Mozza last night and was very, very impressed by the whole operation. First and foremost, the food was incredible: the octopus was meaty and tender, the bucatini all'amatriciana was smoky and complex, and the sweetbread piccata was piquant and rich. Really, food-wise, I could not have asked for more. The service was every bit the equal of the food. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and got a drink at the bar; in fact, when I was having trouble attracting the bartender's attention, a manager came over and took my order for me. Similarly, our waitress was very attentive; the sommelier did an excellent job recommending a wine in our budget that went brilliantly with the variety of dishes we ordered. In short, the meal was incredible in every way. 2 cocktails, a $50 bottle of wine, 1 appetizer, 1 burrata, 3 pastas, 1 entree came to $240 with tax and tip--not cheap but not out of line. I'm sorry the op had such a bad experience, but mine at least was the exact opposite.

Feb 14, 2009
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Z Sushi (Alhambra) - short review

I guess I need to give Z another try--ate there a few weeks ago and had a really mediocre meal. Admittedly, we got only rolls (apart from a scallop nigiri that was really pretty bad--tasted off), but they were bland, poorly constructed, and uninteresting. What would people recommend I get next time?

Sep 17, 2008
conor610 in Los Angeles Area

Sushi in South Pasadena

(I know this thread is a few years old, but I'm new to the area, so I thought I'd update it.)

Haven't eaten at Ai, but I just got back from a meal at Tokoro. I enjoyed it quite a bit, actually--and it was worlds better than Z Sushi. Tokoro wasn't exceptional, by any means, but the rolls (all we had) were inventive and well-made. Z Sushi, which I had last week, on the other hand, was drab, boring, and not terribly fresh. Tokoro has a very laid-back, informal feel to it, but if all you care about is the food, I'd recommend it as a basic roll place.

Sep 11, 2008
conor610 in Los Angeles Area