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Noodles or Mongolian BBQ?

I'm pretty sure the author knows it's not truly authentic Mongolian. Quote "...but it is clear Taipei was ground zero for “Mongolian BBQ” restaurants in the middle of the 20th Century."

Florence-- your thoughts on our list...

Del Fagioli was really solid for me in April. Food was good, the atmosphere comfortable, and the service helpful. Their house red is actually very, very drinkable.

Gelato Dei Neri was just ok for me, I definitely preferred Perche No.

Sep 10, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

Sushi Tsujita opens today. How do you think it'll do, w/Kiriko, Mori, Shunji less than 2 miles away?

Kiriko has been on Sawtelle far longer than many of the places and seems to do quite well for itself.

Is Halal Guys Much Better than your Favorite Halal Guy

Not a native NYC-er, but I believe the "imposter" cart workers also wear yellow shirts/sweaters. You have to check the bags.

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/1...

Aug 08, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Manhattan

Venice in April for 7 nights

+1 to Ai Promessi Sposi. The ambiance was a favorite of mine and one of their house white wines which they serve along with their cicchetti was our favorite during the whole trip!

Aug 07, 2014
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Trader Joe's chocolate chunks

How much is a bag? If comparable to the chips, I'd strongly consider grabbing this the next time I make cookies. Hopefully it's the same chocolate as their chips which are easily the best bang for the buck out there IMO.

Aug 06, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2014

That sounds like a great price. The equivalent packages at the Costco in Marina del Rey/Culver City were over $30 for the Iberico and I think just under $25 for the mixed package.

Aug 05, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Alert: Bulgarini Culver City is No More

I'm sorry but the pictures of that gelato doesn't look too great. If you flip through the site, they clearly show them using vegetable oils and other thickeners to modify the product.

Weekend Trip Report

Lotus of Siam: Third trip this year and another phenomenal experience. Actually had a reservation this time at 7PM on a Friday night. Showed up 10 minutes early and was seated right away. It was just myself and the girlfriend so only ordered three dishes: garlic prawns, drunken noodle with sea bass, and the thum ka noon. Garlic prawns were crackly crisp and meaty. I could eat a whole order of this myself. Drunken noodles were solid and the sea bass was lightly fried and still flaky. Thum ka noon was interesting, but not sure I'd order it again. A Thai iced tea rounded out the meal. Damage: $72 before tip

Bellagio Buffet (brunch): Not typically a buffet person but my stay included Mlife resort credit and the girlfriend wanted to try a "real" Las Vegas buffet. It's a term used when compared to the buffet at the Verandah in the Four Seasons which is not typical. Not having tried the Bellagio buffet previously, we gave it a shot. Overall, not bad as buffets go. Best items were probably the prime rib, spicy tuna hand roll, and the pecan tart in desserts. My first steamed BBQ pork bun was pretty solid because it was fresh; a second was dried out on the top. The gai lan (chinese broccoli) were also ok. Scrambled eggs were surprisingly solid, not overcooked or watery. Girlfriend remarked that the waffle was a bit too cakey and dense but not bad otherwise. DO NOT EAT THE FISH. They were all overcooked, dry and fishy in a bad way. Damage: none

Raku: Saturday night dinner with reservations at 8PM. All I can say is WOW. I really wish I had not eaten as much at the buffet. Our order included agedashi tofu, the foie gras egg custard, crispy jidori chicken, grilled chicken wing, the enoki mushroom wrapped in bacon, and the tenma aji from their specials board. All the chicken dishes were juicy and succulent. Agedashi tofu was a very good rendition; their dashi broth is excellent. The tenma aji was presented two ways as sashimi and then the bones were subsequently deep-fried. Sashimi was very, very good. Firm and sweet. I am a big fan of hikarimono so this was right up my alley. Girlfriend who isn't typically a fan of aji loved it. For me, the highlight was the egg custard. While the piece of seared foie had a bit of sinew, the custard itself was silky and luxurious. The girlfriend isn't a big fan of eggs but still only had positive things to say about this dish. A bottle of Sapporo accompanied our meal. Damage: $79 before tip

MR. Mama's: Since being introduced to this spot earlier this year, it's become a bit of a tradition before heading home on Sunday. Nothing about this spot screams destination but the food is consistent and good. Portions are huge. Wait at 11AM was only 30 minutes or so. I had a veggie omelet, hash browns and a biscuit with gravy instead of toast. The gravy is made in-house but the biscuit isn't that flaky, more on the tender, soft side. Omelet is perfectly competent and hash browns nice and crisp. Damage: $24 before tip.

All in all, good weekend of eating. Despite being from LA, I am jealous that you guys get to have places like Lotus and Raku. Cheers.

Aug 04, 2014
taiwanesesmalleats in Las Vegas

Venice in April for 7 nights

I look at Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi as being more of a fun, cultural eating experience than a gastronomic destination. This is not to slight the food, which is quite tasty. When I was there for lunch in April, I'd say about 75% of the customers were Italian and many seemed to duck in, grab a sandwich and a drink and be on their way. The rest would linger inside and out, chatting with family/friends and enjoy the day while snacking on cicchetti. I enjoyed my experience immensely.

Antiche Carampane is definitely a more formal experience but definitely a top notch seafood destination. The food was fantastic and the service kind and warm.

It's time to play MR TASTER'S **NAME THAT PASTRAMI SUPERCHALLENGE™**!

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Wait, what? Baby Blues doesn't make their food in house?

burgers

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

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?

+1

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

100% grass fed dairy products

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

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.

Clotted Cream - the real deal?

Sprouts Farmers Market sells organic pastures raw milk.