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Declining quality at Costco?

I really feel like it depends on the Costco you go to. The wine selection at my Costco has actually grown quite significantly. I still can get the imported burrata. Interestingly enough, the organic bag of "Power Greens" I buy regularly lasts beyond the date stamp but the containers of organic spinach has wilted/mushy leaves the day after I've bought it.

Aug 26, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Ricky's Fish Tacos - now a truck?

I finally had the opportunity to try Ricky's after reading about him for years. My lord am I kicking myself for not going sooner. I had three fish and a shrimp taco and still wanted more.

The man himself wasn't in the truck when I ordered but he was around and even greeted everyone eating. Good times.

Declining quality at Costco?

I'm going to assume Treb meant 32c cheaper per gallon as that's usually the case (at least in CA).

Aug 17, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 3rd Quarter 2015

That's interesting. I've never had a bad bunch...

Jul 29, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

Mori...not the same for everyone

What specifically was better about the sushi at those places vs Mori?

Birthday Bao?

They're usually filled with a sweet paste. I like taro. I've never had it in tower form as my parents usually order them en mass and arrive in the typical pink bakery boxes you find at every Chinese bakery in SGV.

Birthday Bao?

I find the bread part to be more delicate than regular bao. Also ever so slightly sweet.

Declining quality at Costco?

I got a container of Washington organic blueberries here in SoCal and they're quite plump and juicy. Could be a little sweeter but still tasty!

Jul 07, 2015
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

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
taiwanesesmalleats in Italy

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
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

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
taiwanesesmalleats in Chains

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.