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Deals on Kona, Jamaica Blue Mtn . . if you can get to the right Costco. Worth it?

Altho I don't remember it being a roadshow, I did see 100% Kona 1 lb bags for $20 at the Van Nuys Costco a few days ago. I have not tried it, so cannot vouch for taste. That store has an in-house roasting area near the freezer food. They always sell something called Seattle Mountain (I think); additionally almost always offer a premium bean or roast too for a little more $. Kona is the special offering currently

Nov 21, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to Sea/ Bellevue/ Redmond in a couple of weeks

Reporting back after my visit. Thank you to all of you. Clearskies, I did eat at Chantanee and it was very good. Asked the staff what the best thing to order was and they replied the crispy garlic chicken. I mentioned Chowhound and ears perked up. The meal was delicious and garlicky and if I remember correctly, served with fried basil. I had it with brown rice. Ate it cold the next day while sightseeing at the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder.

Pike Place Market is a dream. I want to live there! I bought a dozen assorted donuts from that little stand there in the market; also delish. Peaches and Ranier cherries were outstanding. I sampled the Pike Place ale from the pub.

Cafe Ladro served me a memorable Americano.

There are not enough meals to try all of the places I wanted to try. I bought one piece of beer battered fried salmon at a little place on one of the piers and some alaskan cod at another little hole in the wall. All was good and thanks to all of you.

Jul 25, 2009
dip22 in Greater Seattle

Need to buy uncooked ravioli for a party

Cavaretta's in SFV on Sherman Way at Topanga is where I get all of my italian food ingredients. They sell frozen ravioli in boxes. Wonderful store and people.

Jul 23, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Dry ice in the SFV

I have seen it right next to the regular ice freezer at the front of the store at the Reseda one (Sherman Way/Corbin)

Jul 13, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Best Ice Cream in los angeles????

I did not read entire thread, so forgive me if this has already been mentioned, but for those of you who like vanilla and for those of you who are annoyed like me with the smaller sizes of containers in the grocer's freezer aisle, don't write off costco's kirkland brand vanilla premium. for $7.50 you get 2 half gallons of rich, fatty, vanilla yumminess. I am a Haagen Dazs fan and this ice cream is just as good, maybe better. For about the price of a quart of HD, you get a whole gallon. Only comes in vanilla flavor, tho. I always have this in my freezer.

Jul 12, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Sherman Oaks: is there any place worth crossing the hills for?

Love the beef (machaca) tacos at La Fogata on Van Nuys/Magnolia. $2 each. I just wish they gave some chips away for free. parking is a bit of a mess.

Jul 11, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Best Pizza (NY Style) in LA

Bravo Pizzeria
2400 Main St Santa Monica, CA

Jul 07, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Best Hot Dogs

another vote for fab's from a new devotee

Jul 07, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Visit to Sea/ Bellevue/ Redmond in a couple of weeks

thank you very much everyone... i will print this out and try as many of your suggestions that i can and report back in a few weeks. the ice cream, coffee, ethnic food and indian suggestions are right up my alley.

thank you again

Jul 07, 2009
dip22 in Greater Seattle

Visit to Sea/ Bellevue/ Redmond in a couple of weeks

this will be my second visit to the Seattle area. 3 days and nites, staying in Bellevue. Please suggest your local favorites for the Bellevue area for mid-July. Re: Seattle, I've already experienced Pike Place Market, which I loved and will probably re-visit. So, any suggestions for lunch in that area are very welcomed. I've also done the original Starbucks, so I'd like to know any other good coffee houses.

I'll likely be taking public transportation within Seattle and like to seek out unusual, cheap breakfast/lunch/snack types of places. I like ALL kinds of food and will try almost anything. Seafood will need to be in the mix; I mean this IS the Pacific Northwest after all and I am a salmon fanatic. I should probably go to the downtown area and maybe ride the monorail and see the Space Needle, too, huh?

the post about the breweries and wineries was very helpful. Any types of cool places, things to do, ideas for this Los Angeles hound are most appreciated.

Thank you thank you!

Jul 06, 2009
dip22 in Greater Seattle

Fab's Hot Dogs in Reseda

reelmike, next time you go, sign up for their newsletter and you'll get a weekly email telling you about the "secret" items for that week. I got the email yesterday saying that the village dog, which was the secret item last week will be on their specials board this week for all to try.
so what you've been told may be right, or vice versa anyway.

Jul 06, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Looking For Cheap Cold Cuts, Etc.

Well, I've never had a complaint from my friends or family and I've been buying produce from there for over 8 years now. Since it's SO busy, there is a fast turnover of food, believe me, so that tells me that it's good. I have a feeling that a lot of smaller restaurants buy their supplies from there because i see people buying bags and bags of items there . Fruits are almost always sweet (I am regularly disappointed with the quality of big grocery chains like Ralphs for produce, plus Ralphs charges way too much for produce that is less than par IMHO) , veggies are not always cosmetically perfect, but to me that matters not ... I'll admit that I have not bought a lot of cold cuts there, but it's usually because I forget that they sell them.

When I can get to farmer's markets, I buy there because I do believe in supporting the local farmers, but for the rest of the week, it's Valley produce

Jul 05, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Looking For Cheap Cold Cuts, Etc.

Valley Produce on Vanowen at Reseda is ridiculously cheap. I shop here every week for produce. They have a cold cut section that regularly puts cold cuts on sale ($2.99/lb for hams, cheeses, etc.) They are mostly a middle-eastern type place and have a huge variety of olives and about 4 or 5 different types of feta cheese alone. Their produce, tho is what they are known for. I regularly get italian parsley, cilantro, green onions for 10 cents, armenian cucumber for around 50 cents a pound, this week's special is 10 lb bag of potatoes for 99 cents, etc. Lots of types of rice, pita breads, bulk dried beans, bulk spices. This place is GREAT for bargain hunters, but beware that it's always crowded and customers can be pushy and it is NO frills whatsoever.

Jul 05, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Fab's Hot Dogs in Reseda

Tom, I live one mile away from Fabs and Brooklyn Pizzeria and I'm so happy that I do.

First, Fabs.... i've been 4 times since i discovered them via Chowhound a couple of months ago. Had the ripper, the bald eagle, a regular grilled and today was a special "Village dog". All have been wonderful. If you sign up for the email newsletter, you'll get an email once a week or so that offers "exclusive" items for its subscribers. This week's was the Village Dog, which is bacon-wrapped with avocado and cream cheese and a spicy sauce for $4.50. Sounds strange, but oh what a delicious lunch. The saltiness of the bacon, the perfect snap of the dog, and the richness and creaminess of the avocado and cream cheese...hot dog heaven.

I've been a customer of Brooklyn Pizza for many years now. It's pretty good. I like their sausage for some unknown reason. Maybe because it's tiny pieces that crisp up nicely on the pizza top. Definitely would recommend you trying it. I also like D'Amore's a lot, but they are expensive. Great crust and the cornmeal on the bottom. But I especially dig their white pizza (spinach, no tomato sauce) which surprises me because I typically want traditional types of sauce/toppings on my pie.

I lived in NYC for a few years and my husband is a native Ny'er and for me, D'Amore's is about the closest to NYC pizza I've found (with the exception of a place down in Santa Monica that i can't remember the name of). but when i'm picking up pizza for the family, i usually am short of cash, so i rarely get D'amores, altho i'd like to.

Even tho this may be horrible to say, I have to admit to loving California Pizza Kitchen's BLT pizza. It's hot and cold at the same time and exactly what it sounds like... cold lettuce tossed in mayo, tomatoes and bacon atop a hot crust. OMG, I could eat that every day. CPK may be a chain, but they are always consistently good in my opinion. I can't go there without ordering the singapore shrimp rolls and those avocado egg roll thingies.

Jul 03, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Kintaro Sushi - Sherman Oaks - Anyone been?

Yes, I get takeout from there about once every couple of months. Their Bento Lunch Special is the best deal around - a LOT of food and it is fresh. For $6 you get a big portion of chicken teriyaki, steamed rice, miso soup, small green salad, 2 gyoza, 2 pcs. california roll and 2 pcs. spicy tuna roll. My only complaint is that the chicken could stand to be a bit more teriyaki-ish... it lacks a bit in flavor and the teriyaki sauce is watery and thinner than I like. But the soup, gyoza and sushi are flavorful.

They have interesting looking specialty rolls, but are too pricey ($10-15) for my frugal lunch budget, so I have not tried those.

May 08, 2009
dip22 in Los Angeles Area

Casual good food in Woodland Hills

Agree with Poquito Mas. Excellent, authentic "fast" Mexican food. Also, right across the street is a new Trader Joe's that stocks an extensive selection of wine. I remember having a decent Philly Cheese Steak sandwich in the big Ralphs strip mall where that Jerry's Deli and Crazy Tokyo Sushi, but I can't remember the name of the sandwich shop.

Also, PF Chang's is up in that Promenade Mall.

Dec 02, 2008
dip22 in Los Angeles Area