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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

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

What brand did you try? I don't find the "Made in Nature" ones I have from Costco to be particularly oily but I don't have a point of comparison. Most of the pieces were not in clumps, only the smaller ones.

Nov 03, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

ISO Steak House Recs

Just tried the Cut of the Week this past weekend with my parents. I think it's a great value for sure. However, nothing about the food itself screams must go. It is a perfectly solid steak although my father's NY Strip had a bit too much sinew. The white wine that came with the starter (a Riesling) was very drinkable. The syrah that was paired with the steak was disappointing; definitely lacked a lot of the elements I like in syrah/shiraz i.e. dark rich fruits.

Oct 29, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Las Vegas

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Sorry, I've never had the ones from TJ's. I rarely shop there nowadays.

Oct 28, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

solo dining ideas, staying at Delano

Have had breakfast at Della's on two separate occasions this month and it's perfectly fine but nothing stands out. Tried a guest's omelet and it was a tad overcooked but not bad. My brother's Portuguese sausage hash was good and very filling. My blue crab Benedict this past weekend was interesting but lacked any real texture; kind of looked and ate like a bowl of mush, flavor was ok.

Oct 27, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Las Vegas

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

You never know...The server gave my girlfriend (the only non-Asian in the restaurant) a curious look when we sat down but all was well as soon as I ordered in Mandarin. YMMV :P

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

I cannot say they're "supposed" to be different as I'm sure there's variety in how it's made. I would just say in my experience and personal preference, the interior portion tends to be denser with lots of good chew.

It's different from a mantou. I would say a mantou is "fluffier" or "spring-ier" in its texture. The mo I've enjoyed in the past have always been denser so it can stand up to the meat juices. Think of a burger bun that maintains integrity from start to finish versus a bun that disintegrates before you're done.

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

Gave this place a shot with the girlfriend last night. Was promptly seated at a table with no wait right around 630PM. All other tables were filled with Chinese people, mostly mainlanders and I assume UCLA students judging by dress and youth.

Having been to Xi'an as well as trying Xi'an Famous Foods in NYC and Shaanxi Gourmet in the SGV, I was looking forward to the visit. The two of us split a Chinese Mo, a Liang Pi and a Guilin (Noodle) Soup. The Mo was disappointing. The bread itself while crusty hard on the outside, was thin with no real substance on the inside. The chopped pork filling was very juicy and had a good flavor. But for me, the highlight of doing Mo right is the crusty exterior, chewy and substantive interior that soaks up all the juices from well-braised, flavorful meat. This was a miss for me. The Guilin Soup was solid and a substantial bowl for $7.55. The broth was definitely spicier than I had anticipated at "medium" spicy but not too much. It had a great sour element to it too. The thinly sliced braised beef was good. For me, the Liang Pi was my favorite. It definitely had all the right flavor notes I wanted. Smokey, a little acidic and just a touch of heat. Only problem IMO, the "pi" or noodles used were slightly too thick. Luckily they didn't get in the way too much or I would have been disappointed. Regardless, I could easily polish an order of this myself and still want another bowl.

Total for the food was $20.20 before tip. Great value; we were stuffed. Side note, the parking lot sucks. We were lucky with a spot but there's street parking all around.

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2014

Organic Toasted Coconut Chips. 12oz for $13.49 here in SoCal. Ingredients list consists of coconut strips, maple syrup and vanilla. Dangerous snack for anyone, much less a paleo dieter!

Oct 21, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

I'm not a doughnut fan. *hides from brickbats*

Just south of Stan's on Broxton is a lot that provides 2 hours of free parking if you get in before 6PM. Super handy for nearby food.

Where can I buy European butter?

I find Kerrygold to be richer in flavor with a slight tang when compared to "regular" butter.

Where can I buy European butter?

Can you provide a definition for how you delineate the two, "spread" vs "butter"? Or is it purely on taste?