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Or a Pliny the Elder if you're into IPAs.

1 day ago
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Should I get a Costco membership?

They have an exclusive agreement with American Express and the store card happens to be a solid card for gas. 3% on all gas, including Costco. That's double savings right there.

Jul 18, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

First timer to Rome & Greve - Family of 4 (boys ages 8 & 13)

Near the Vatican I highly enjoyed Pizzarium for lunch and Il Sorpasso for dinner. L'Arcangelo also gets rave reviews but I have not been. Admittedly, Pizzarium and Sorpasso don't really have a "family trattoria" feel but the food is very good.

Prior to dinner at Il Sorpasso, my girlfriend and I deposited ourselves at Vice Cafe for several hours to escape the tourist throngs at the Vatican Museum when it became too much. They have great sweet treats, coffees and teas, craft beers, plus Vice gelato on hand. Sit indoors or tables outside and watch modern Romans go about their lives.

Jul 16, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

Lotus of Siam: What else to add to our order?


I think you've already got a solid variety and should double up on a few dishes so people have an opportunity to try. You should definitely at the minimum double up on the Nam Kao Tod. I recently went as a party of 5 male 20-somethings and we easily polished off two orders.

Other dishes I'd consider doubling based on sizing from when I tried them: drunken noodles, garlic prawns, Khao Soi and the Nam Prik Noom.

Jul 15, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Las Vegas

Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Six 1-lb organic grass-fed rib eye steaks for $79.99. They were in the freezer section and had very good marbling. Can't wait to give them a try. Very inexpensive for grass fed beef.

Jun 09, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Farmed Fish at Costco

The Costco in Marina Del Rey/Culver City is now carrying Verlasso farmed Atlantic salmon: http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/seafoo...

Price was $12.99/pound. Although at that price, I happily "upgraded" to the Copper River stuff at $13.99/pound.

Jun 06, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

The Pastrami List 2014

Gave this place a shot on Saturday. Pretty good but the pastrami was saltier than I like, almost to the point of overwhelming the smoke and pepper. I actually preferred my gf's corned beef on rye. Will agree that the value is killer although negated a bit by the tiny side of coleslaw that cost $1.25.

Jun 04, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Venice: Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane price update?

I went with my girlfriend to Antiche Carampane on 4/2. We shared a scallop antipasti and a half bottle of white wine. She had monkfish; I had their special pasta of the day. We finished it with two desserts and our total was just over 100 Euros. While everything was delicious, we thought our dinner the night before at Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi was a much better deal.

May 30, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

Lotus of Siam. What to order?

Was just there this past weekend. My girlfriend and I shared three dishes: Nam Kao Tod (more sour/acidic than I was expecting but very good), Nam Prik Ong (weakest dish of the 3, was looking for more complexity), and the Khao Soi with Short Rib (our favorite, ordering it with short ribs added $11 to the regular price).

Will definitely go back. Looking forward to checking out more of the braised meat dishes and the jackfruit curry.

May 21, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Las Vegas

Florence, no touristy spots please

+1 to Due G and Sostanza (especially at lunch).

My very first to Sostanza (about a month ago) at lunch was almost entirely Italians and they served an absolutely sublime artichoke omelet; one of my favorite things I ate in Florence.

The bistecca at Due G was quite easily one of the best steaks I've ever had. My girlfriend and I very easily went through a 1KG but were disappointed we didn't have enough room for a serving of their spinach risotto a Japanese couple next to us ordered and asked for a second serving after their secondi!

May 19, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

Venice -- Finding the Restaurants

On a recent trip at the beginning of April, my girlfriend and I found our way fairly easily to Antiche Carampane despite its reputation for being difficult to locate. I used a combination of Google Maps and a paper map that I marked up.

May 13, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

Recommendations for Centinela Mitsuwa?

TBH, I'm not sure. I have yet to personally order it since I actually like it in the bowl...

May 09, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Centinela Mitsuwa?

They now have an option of a tempura "plate" where the sauce is served in a bowl on the side for your personal dipping pleasure.

May 09, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

The Best Butter Available in Los Angeles?

A lot of European butters are also cultured so they add a level of complexity and flavor that isn't found in generic American butter.

Mar 19, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Dining Options while on college visit

I'd throw in Malibu Seafood and the great patio view as an option for the trip out to Pepperdine.

Mar 11, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

100% grass fed dairy products

I've only seen it in the warmer months, as early as May.

Dec 10, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

SAVOY CABBAGE - Highly nutricious! (also, curly leaf spinach)

I've seen savoy cabbage once at Sprouts as well as the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market. I would assume the Wednesday one would have it as well.

Dec 10, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Clotted Cream - the real deal?

Sprouts Farmers Market sells organic pastures raw milk.

Nov 22, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

fresh turkeys for thanksgiving?

The Costco in Culver City/Marina Del Rey is selling three types of turkeys. Foster Farms turkeys for $0.99/lb, Coastal Range Organics (owned by Foster Farms I believe) for $2.79/lb and Diestel turkeys in a brine for $3.39/lb.

Nov 20, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

where is n/naka's michelin star?

Could you provide examples for how SF beats LA in Mexican, NYC wins out in Chinese and DC in Vietnamese?

Nov 19, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Non Soy, Grain Eggs ?

Pretty sure they use soy and corn in their feed. They are pastured but also fed an organic feed.

Oct 06, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

First time at Langers Deli

Having never been to Brent's, how is their corned beef hash? I've only had it at Nick's on Pico and theirs was quite good.

Sep 26, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Oxtail Pho at Phorage

This was my exact reaction when I tried the oxtail pho a few weeks ago. The oxtail pieces were tender and the broth itself was fairly rich, but it lacked the spices/flavorings associated with pho like anise. It really just reminded me of a good stock with noodles in it.

Aug 08, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

Yes I believe so.

Jul 29, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

SANDWICHES - LA Dish of the Month (July 2013)

While not an entree, I highly enjoyed the ice cream sandwich at Night+Market. It was a personal supplement to the Dine LA menu. It makes me think I'm eating a Thai-inspired french toast. The bread was lightly grilled to give it a crunch, the sticky rice was almost like a custard, and the ice cream added that sweet element. I could eat several of these by myself.

Jul 24, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Summer 2013 (7/15-26)

Just to chime in. My GF and I tried Night + Market for the first time last night with another couple and left absolutely stuffed. We tried one of everything with the added starter of pig tails and finished with the ice cream sandwich. Standouts were the chicken wings and khao soi. The wings were especially a hit being all manner of sweet, smokey, salty, and spicy. Great beer food. The one miss amongst my group was the tuna dish. It was a bit mushy and lacked any discernable flavor.

Jul 18, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Jinya Costa Mesa Gone in Three Days

Replaced with a Daikokuya which is now open for business. It was packed when I was there last week.

Jul 15, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for MB Post Newbies?

Very casual. I went about 1.5 months ago for brunch and it was enjoyable. My favorites were the biscuits and the chimichanga. I actually don't remember much seafood on the menu. It was definitely egg and meat heavy.

Jun 28, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Dinner at Manhattan Beach Post (May 2013)

Give their brunch a try. I was there May 18 for the first time and enjoyed everything but I would skip the Benedict if you do. Probably the weakest dish and the chimichanga was the biggest surprise. Gorgeous weather too

Jun 12, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area

Buenos Aires Grill Northridge

What has been your experience with the service? I was there the evening of May 25 and it was packed. Service was pleasant.

Jun 07, 2013
taiwanesesmalleats in Los Angeles Area