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A World of Sours

Wow, I actually recently blogged about this very cookbook, and this same adobo recipe (http://burntlumpia.typepad.com). It's a great cookbook all around, I think I am just used to my mother's cooking though.

Mar 12, 2007
martymitz in Features

Asian Markets in Inland Empire

Thanks, but are any open now?

Feb 20, 2007
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Asian Markets in Inland Empire

Does anyone know of any good asian markets in Rancho Cucamonga/Corona/Riverside areas? If anyone knows of any Filipino markets, that's even better, but a general asian market would be good too.

Thanks.

Feb 20, 2007
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Buddha's Favorite in Newport Beach?

Anyone out there?

Feb 08, 2007
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Buddha's Favorite in Newport Beach?

Has anyone been here before? How is the sushi? I was invited to a dinner party here and I want to know what I'm getting into. Thanks.

Feb 07, 2007
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Mozza Pizzeria - Perceptor's Report

Aha! From your pictures, it doesn't seem that the Lardo Pizza is on the menu. I went to Mozza a couple of weeks ago, and noticed they didn't have Lardo on the menu then. But when I reported that here, many people said that it is indeed on the menu, and that I probably just missed it. But from your pictures, it seems that it isn't on the menu. Am I blind, or is the Lardo really not on the menu?

Also, I enjoyed Mozza very much and I plan on going back again. Your pictures are wonderful.

Dec 29, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Mozza -- Batali in DA HOUSE!

No, Lardo was definitely not on the printed menu on Wednesday night. And when I asked the server about it, she said they didn't have Lardo and that she didn't know when it would be back on the menu. I thought it to be very strange.

We sat at the pizza bar and it seemed that the most popular pizza that night was the squash blossom. I would say the fennel sausage was also largely requested that night.

Dec 15, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Mozza -- Batali in DA HOUSE!

I was at Mozza for the first time last night (Wednesday) and yes, Batali was there again. We sat at the pizza bar right in front of Nancy Silverton and Batali pretty much just stood in the kitchen all night and oversaw everything. It's pretty amazing to see how organized the kitchen staff is. And besides Batali being there, a couple of hollywood stars were spotted and introduced themselves to Mario.

Anyways, besides all that, the food was great but I was quite disappointed that they didn't have the Lardo Pizza on the menu as I was looking very forward to trying that. Anyone know the deal on the Lardo? I've read here that sometimes it's on the menu, sometimes not. Instead, I had the egg and guanciale pizza and it was delicious. My wife had the funghi misti and she was pleased with that as well. We are definitely going to go back soon. Hopefully next I will be able to try the Lardo.

Dec 14, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Garlic in Monrovia?

How are the lunch prices? I remember the previous tenant had lunch specials for under $10.

Dec 07, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Sweet Garlic in Monrovia?

Anyone ever been to this Thai restaurant in Monrovia? It used to be a Thai restaurant under a different name. I forget what the old place was, but it had decent Thai for a decent price.

How is it now? It looks a bit fancier than the old place, but how are the prices and food?

Dec 07, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Do people hate the Old Fashioned?

I myself love Old Fashioneds. I think most people's problem with the drink is that they've never had one, or they've never had a properly made one.

Yes, an Old Fashioned contains sugar, but the drink itself shouldn't be sweet. And if I'm not mistaken, the sugar isn't the object of the muddling, the orange is. The sugar should already be disolved in a splash of water before even beginning to muddle the orange slice. To get around dissolving the sugar, you should make up a batch of simple syrup ahead of time, place in a squirt bottle, and squirt in about a teaspoon of syrup per glass. And there should never, never, ever be any soda water in an Old Fashioned.

Anyways, here is a very good read on the Old Fashioned cocktail: http://drinkboy.com/Cocktails/recipes...

Nov 27, 2006
martymitz in Spirits

Nice (but not too expensive) dinner in the OC?

Well, to be more specific, I guess the city of Orange, Tustin, and on through Irvine would be good locations. As for type of food, I'm thinking along the lines of Italian, French, or just a plain 'ol steakhouse - something safe that everyone will like.

Also, this may sound strange for the occasion, but we are all also going to see Borat after dinner, so maybe a restaurant near a movie theatre would be good, but not a must.

So far, Chat Noir looks pretty good. But more suggestions are welcome.

Nov 02, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Nice (but not too expensive) dinner in the OC?

My best friend just got engaged and I would like to take he and his new fiancee to dinner this weekend in the OC. I'm looking to spend $200-300 total for a dinner for 4 (Me, my wife, my buddy and his fiancee). Any recs in the OC? Any kind of food will do, but no chain restaurants please.

Thanks.

Nov 02, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Sports Bar btwn Orange and Riverside?

I'm meeting a buddy of mine next week for a bite to eat and some drinks. He lives in Orange, Me in Riverside. Any recs for a sports bar in between, off the 91?

Oct 04, 2006
martymitz in Los Angeles Area

Amount of food in Omakase? Long post. [moved from L.A.]

How much food should be expected for an Omakase that ended up costing $85 total (before tip) for two people? I know it's different for different restaurants, but my wife and I went out for Omakase last Friday at a restaurant we've never been to and left still very hungry. We just moved to the Inland Empire area (yes, I know, it's a food wasteland), so we tried Ken's Japanese Restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga. It was very good, and Ken was very nice to us, but we were just underwhelmed by the amount of food we got. We each had one beer, each had nine pieces of nigiri, and three pieces each of a maki roll. So that's 12 pieces of sushi each! It was indeed very good sushi and very high quality. But is that amount of food normal for $85?

Also, I'm not sure if we did something wrong, but Ken, the sushi chef, just all of a sudden stopped serving us. We never told him a limit of how much we wanted to spend, or how much food we wanted, but he just stopped serving us at one point. He wasn't even particularly busy. But we waited for about 20 minutes after the last thing he served us, and since I really don't know any of the etiquette I didn't want to ask him for more and figured that we should just ask for the check, even though we were still hungry. He didn't seem mad or annoyed, he just smiled and we got our check for $85 dollars a few minutes later. Is that normal? Should I have asked for more sushi?

Just for reference, this was only our second time trying Omakase, we usually go to another restaurant for all you can eat sushi. And our first time trying Omakase was a few years ago at Morimoto's in Philadelphia for $300 total for two people. So I can't really use that as a reference point. Are my expectations of sushi totally off-kilter because I usually frequent an all you can eat place, and because my only other Omakase experience was probably the best meal I've ever had? Did I do something wrong? Or is $85 normal for 2 beers and 24 pieces (12 each for me and my wife) of very good sushi?

Sorry for the long post, but I'm just trying to get my sushi bearings straight as I'm still learning. And for the record, the sushi I had at Ken's was excellent, I was just expecting more of it.

Sep 18, 2006
martymitz in General Topics