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WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Man those photos of Barone's made my heart sink. Where have you gone Hoppe's? We miss you.

Jul 22, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

WHO HAS THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A. AND WHY?

Loved La Barbara's but Baronies sucked 40 years ago, hope it is better now. Clam and garlic pizza you can find at Village Pizza down in Larchmont.

Jul 15, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

I'm craving...

Right on, Jack in the Box tacos. Stick to your guns, BC. There is something weirdly satisfying about them, but you have had to grown up with them or you will never get them. As an added bonus, perfect for herbivores.

Jul 11, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Good restos near Carlsbad

A couple of new Japanese/fusion/sushi places opened up in CB. Blue Ocean is on Madison where the old Chin's was and Land & Water is on Carlsbad Blvd in the old Victorian. It is sorta off to the side, a Sun Diego is in the main part of the building. Chandler's which is in The Carlsbad Hilton down in Ponto has a killer view and for a Hilton, the food is actually pretty good.

Jul 10, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

America's Test Kitchen reviews are meaningless

I don't think they use the studio audience as the tasters for the ATK or CI taste tests. It really seems that they use professional tasters for their panel. I don't know if they are strict as say a Consumer Reports tasting panel, but as Type A as Kimball seems to be, there is no way he would let the audience be the judge. Also Jack Bishop drops hints during their banter that it is a professional panel. That being said, taste tests are still subjective to a certain extent and their may be a New England bias. It all comes down to, if you like it, buy it.

Jul 09, 2014
littlestevie in Food Media & News
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SD: Places to go if your having an affair. .

The paintings I am thinking of are oil on canvas. In your link, there is an old picture of the Butterfield room and it shows the paintings. I guess his mistress must have been Helen, it is hard for me to think of her as a fox.

Jul 09, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

SD: Places to go if your having an affair. .

They spent some money, but there was a ton of deferred up keep on the place. Too bad all of the cool old paintings of California history that the old man had commissioned are gone. If I remember, the restaurant was actually pretty good. Hopefully the new restaurant will be good as well, because there were not a lot of dining options in Borrego.. We too plan on a visit this fall.

Jul 09, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Del Mar suggestions?

Sbicca gets no love on this board but they actually do a nice Thanksgiving meal. Plus Thanksgiving usually falls on a Thursday which is half price bottle wine night at Sbicca, which they do honor. A good place for meat and fish is Seaside Market up in Cardiff. A cool costal jaunt up from Del Mar. They always have a great deal on live lobsters over Thanksgiving weekend and their marinated tri-tip is killer. Yeah they are kinda pricey, but if you want something, they can usually get it for you.

Jul 07, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

Now I will have even fonder memories when the Boathouse, in its better days, was a Chart House. That goes for the freaking Rowing Club as well. Ahh when the Chart Houses were actually good.

Jul 07, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego
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Iceskimo (@ Pangea Bakery)

Snow is softer? or finer crystals? or neither?

Jul 07, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Iceskimo (@ Pangea Bakery)

Oh ok. I thought it was a textural difference not a flavor, good to know

Jul 07, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Iceskimo (@ Pangea Bakery)

OK I'll bite. What's the difference between shaved snow and shaved ice? In my experience there is a pretty wide variation among shaved ices depending on if it is hand shaved or machine shaved, then the machine doing the shaving and finally the ice itself.

Jul 07, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Anyone tried Rare Form

I wonder if they are trying to emulate Wexler's up in LA. They seem to be in a similar location, Wexler's is in the Grand Central Market and forgive me but both seem to come off as appealing to a younger crowd where as most deli's have a large grey panther crowd. It seems that Wexler's is either loved or hated by the LA hounds. If you want to go thru a long post see the LA board, Pastrami List 2014.

Jul 02, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

No one has mentioned "I'll have what she's having"

Jul 01, 2014
littlestevie in Food Media & News
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Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

From the Natural, when Roy Hobbs is taken out to an Italian restaurant by the Richard Farnsworth character. "You can't spell it, but it eats pretty good, don't it"

Jul 01, 2014
littlestevie in Food Media & News

Del Mar Fair...$2 Tuesday tastings..new food items

Been several times. Did the Taste of the Coast Wine Festival. As usual it was in the garden section of the fair, really nice place to walk around enjoying some wine. The following week was the beer fest, out in the dirt of the Del Mar Arena, maybe that says something about the difference between beer and wine drinkers. They did a really good job with the wine fest this year. Lots of different wines, from some good wineries. Last year it seemed like they had too many wines in the "woo-hoo" class. An added plus was your ticket included 3 food tastings. The food tastings were 3 different taco preparations. The winner for me was an uni taco, different but good. There was a VIP tasting as well, not really sure if it was worth it. The VIPs seemed to be sequestered in a corner of the garden area and I didn't know if they could walk around. I guess I would rather spend that money on more Tasti Chips.

Jul 01, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

I'm craving...

Not Sand Dabs, but I really have a soft spot for the pan fried Petrale Sole at the Fish Market with the Dore sauce. Plus I am pretty sure they have Kumamotos in. One of my favorite meals.

Jun 27, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

Ehh, we're so old, turquoise jewelry has gone in and out of fashion more times than I can count since she got her first pieces.

Jun 24, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

My SO likes to make a pit stop first at the gift shop in the Heard to pick up some Native American bling before Durant's.

Jun 24, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Daily Grill Brentwood Closes June 29

That is a weird ass mall, never really could figure it out. Used to take my mom to the CPK in the same mall until their quality went way down and even my mom hated it. On Saturdays when I was there, the CPK was busy, DG a ghost town

Jun 23, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

Love Durant's. If a restaurant knows that their kitchen is clean enough for the customers to walk thru, then it is just perfect for me. Don't forget about the fresh long stem roses tableside. It is almost worth a day trip out there if it wasn't 100+ freaking degrees right now. The problem is, it would be tough to duplicate out here. Red's is close but not the same. A place like Durant's develops over time, and to start a new one from scratch might end up looking forced or bordering on kitchey.

Jun 23, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

San Diego New Restaurants: 2014

The Curious Fork on Via de Valle, in the same office complex as Pamplemousse. I am not sure how this is going to work out for them. I know it is a GF place. so I hope they get drive in traffic, because that stretch of Via de is really dead for foot traffic.

Jun 19, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

NY/SF style Chinese food in San Diego

I hope you mean Hong Kong restaurant in Hillcrest, not Hong Hong restaurant in Fresno. That would be a bit of a road trip for some Chinese food.

Jun 13, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

No wonder I keep thinking of pushing dasies

Jun 12, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

With hockey finally taking off in LA, maybe there will be a Tim Horton's in the future as well.

Jun 12, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

BC have you been to Betty's Whole Pie's up in Encinitas? It is in Sunshine Gardens where her dessert place used to be. She moved Elizabeth's up to El Camino Real. She has both savory and sweet pies. All I think of when I go there is that short lived TV show, "Pushing Daises" .

Jun 12, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

what does San Diego need in its dining scene?

Oh that's an easy one. A good Jewish deli. With emphasis on the good. House cured/smoked meats are a plus. I would think it would fit in the UTC/Carmel Valley area. On the LA board, the Orange County hounds are griping that there isn't a good deli in the OC as well, so I guess good luck on this one.

Jun 11, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Hanging in Del Mar. .

BC, actually most of the restaurants around the fairgrounds are kinda slow during the SD Fair. Everybody that goes to the fair, tends to eat at the fair. When we lived down on the beach in SB we used to get coupons from the Fish Market every year. Not true during the track season. If you time it right, you can avoid the Via de off ramp crush. Lomas is always a nice alternative.

Jun 07, 2014
littlestevie in San Diego

Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

Yes the parks are nicer, the food options are better, and it is more spread out so it does not seem as crowded, but you have to deal with Orlando in the summer. I'll take Anaheim any day . There is a reason why they screen in their swimming pools in Orlando. Went to Disneyworld for a meeting a few years back over Memorial day weekend, and it was one of the stickiest most miserable weather I have ever been in. And I went to school in St. Louis

Jun 06, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area

The Pastrami List 2014

Following this from afar in lovely SD, Wish we had enough decent pastrami to bitch which one is better. Used to live in LA till about 20 years and still come up to visit mom. I saw Johnnie's on the list and I nearly choked, the only time we would go there was if Tito's was closed and we were already pickled. I don't see any love for Art's out in Studio City, before Brent's came in, it was the deli in the valley. Of course I haven't been there in 20 years but I thought it was better than Greenblatt's which seems to be getting some love.

Jun 04, 2014
littlestevie in Los Angeles Area