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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

New item yesterday. Organic all beef sausages in a pork casing from Kiolbassa. The label says the beef is grass-fed with no use of hormones or antibiotics. 8 sausages (24 oz total) for just under $14. I grabbed a pack to try but haven't cracked it open. It was on an aisle end of the refrigerated prepared food section in Marina del Rey/Culver City.

Jun 10, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

How much is expensive in Venice?

They also have half bottles available.

May 21, 2015
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Same aisle as the other snack type foods but sitting at the aisle end facing the main throughway. The bag is green/silver.

Apr 11, 2015
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

Quite a few new findings for me in Marina Del Rey/Culver City last night.

Lemon Poppyseed Almond Cakes - Twenty individually wrapped cakes that are about 2-3 bites worth. Strong citrus scent and flavor, moist texture. They are imported from France and are made with actual butter (the box clearly labels the use of no hydrogenated or palm oils). $8.99 and they are by the cake/bread section.

Kirkland Signature Thick Cut Bacon - Didn't get any but first time I saw these. They're processed in the US but made from European pork bellies. Really thick slices and good meat/fat striations. I think it was 3lbs for about $13? Could be very wrong about that.

Coconut Rolls - The picture makes them look like those sweet Chinese egg roll pastries but made with coconut milk, tapioca flour and of course sugar among other ingredients. Haven't gotten to try yet but the price is $7.99 and the sign had the dreaded * in the upper right.

Apr 09, 2015
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Here's what we liked in Florence, please help us for Rome!

I'd say Sorpasso in the Prati district would count as more "modern". They tend to do spins on Roman classics. Dinner can be quite bustling noise wise.

Mar 11, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

Now that Mr. Tasterâ„¢ is gone, can we please discuss Gjusta?

How does theirs compare to my gold standard from Apple Pan?

Westwood -- Boiling Crab

Had takeout with friends last night. Via the friends' accounts, their takeout "system" isn't set up properly yet and they had to be seated first before they could order and take it to go. Strange. However, the wait on a Monday night around 6PM was apparently fairly short.

Costco or BJ's membership?

Right, which is exactly why making statements like "it's neutral" is just as pointless. It could end up being better or worse for Costco members depending on their situation.

Costco or BJ's membership?

I'm basing this on personal experience as well as anecdotal evidence of various credit card companies compared to each other. It's also a guess, not some opinion being confused with fact.

I expect a high quality product and experience when I shop at Costco. If there is a drop in the level of service I am receiving that I pay an annual fee for, how can I not find that distressing? I never said it's definitive that will be the outcome; I am only speculating as to its possibilities.

Feb 12, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Costco or BJ's membership?

The only potential distress I can see would be the potential drop in customer service received for the new card compared to Amex which is famed for their service.

Feb 12, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

What am I missing?

Your list seems to be devoid of Mexican. Is that intentional?

ROC Kitchen To Playa Vista

I work in Playa Vista. The Runway Center is still a little ways away from completion. For a place in desperate need of food options, I am looking forward to it.

Good casual food in Vegas (bunch of rock climbers looking for just really great casual food)

Mr Mama's

Jan 23, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Las Vegas

Why do so many people call it Ranch 99?

No idea but I have definitely noticed those from the top half of our state more often say Ranch 99 instead of 99 Ranch.

Wanting to eat good without breaking the bank

I always enjoy a pizza from 800 Degrees at the Monte Carlo. The pizzas start under $10 and you can customize.

Jan 16, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Las Vegas

Qin West Chinese Cuisine Westwood (A Photo Story and Review)

I should give the Liuzhou noodles a try. I usually split a liang pi and a Guilin noodle with the girlfriend.

On a recent visit, we also ordered some of their boiled (steamed on the menu) dumplings. They were fine if someone is itching to have some jiaozi; nothing noteworthy, basic pork and napa cabbage filling.

$3.69/lb for prime beef!!

I have definitely seen on occasion where the Prime beef was the same or cheaper than the Choice. My guess is that since they rarely get any Prime meat and it probably doesn't not sell as much as the Choice, they need to move the product.

Critique/revise my rough Italy itinerary (Rome/Florence/Venice)

Rome: Sorpasso?

Florence: Due G?

Venice: Promessi Sposi?

No idea if they are open around the holidays; just throwing names out.

Dec 16, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

Favorite off-menu In-N-Out orders

Standard order for me:

Double double, animal style, no pickles, add whole grilled onion, chopped chilies, protein style

Fries well done, no salt

Dec 15, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Saw duck liver pate in the cold section today in Culver City. A 3-pack of 7oz containers (21oz total) was about $13. FYI, the ingredients list included pork fat for those who are averse to that sort of thing.

Dec 06, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Vietnamese "Food to Go" Places in SGV

Brother ordered 100 cha gio from Saigon bakery on Valley for a potluck dinner and it was <$50. Give them a date and time and a deposit. They came in two steam pans covered in foil, hot and crunchy. He even accidentally gave the wrong date and was able to postpone it when he realized two hours before the original pickup time.

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

Having tried the sandwiches from BC, I have to say I have no clue why you keep pushing the place other than the bread being less dense and crusty. The fillings are pretty weak IMO.

Saigon actually has my favorite bread for banh mi but the fillings are even weaker than BC.

Bread at Banh Mi My Tho changed?

Since they get their bread from external suppliers, I have noticed the bread is different at times.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Available in Culver City/Marina del Rey too last time I checked.

Nov 25, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

Ugh, Western Bagel is terrible. Just mushes into some gummy thing when you bite into it.

Little Jewel

I found a meter a block away at $2/hour on a Saturday afternoon. Really easy to find.

Little Jewel

Gave the place a shot over the weekend since I was in the area and enjoyed it. Shared a half shrimp, half oyster po'boy and a slice of sweet potato pie. The shrimp were plump and snappy. The oysters were fresh and really creamy. I thought the breading was crisp but adherence wasn't great; I think they use a lot more cornmeal than flour in the batter. Didn't ask for light mayo or anything, thought the amount on there was good. My dining companion who isn't really a fan of mayo didn't make any comments about the application. I'd come again if in the area but Orleans and York is closer to me; need to give them a try next.

Thanksgiving smoked turkeys

Isn't the price and the roasting charge two different things? $46 for a set turkey and side or $1.75/pound for bringing in your own? Or am I confused even more?

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Thanks!

Nov 10, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Not an actual find but a question. Has anyone seen coconut flour in a SoCal Costco?

Nov 10, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains