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currently, what's your favorite cup of Espresso/Capp/Cortad/Latte in town doled out at ?

Gelato Bar & Espresso Caffe: in Studio City on Tujunga.

Jul 11, 2013
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

(Second) Kiriko's $40 Lunch Sushi Omakase, w/Photos

I might have to try Kiriko again based on this. At dinner, I've had HORRID service (multiple visits), but it sounds like at lunch, it's not so busy and you actually get attentive service.

Thanks for the review and pics.

May 25, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Sotto for Dinner - What to Order

Great recs so far.

I'm probably in the minority here, but I thought the pizza was the weakest item on the menu.

Favorites for me where:

- squid ink fusilli
- pig's head ragu
- meatballs: tip, order the bread (add burratta or lardo) and then make a killer hoagie with the meatballs, divine!

May 25, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Westside- Westchester, El Segundo, Venice- Burger Craving

The burger at Rustic Canyon (in Santa Monica) is exceptional; I believe they have a special "burger night" too.

May 16, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Handsome Coffee Roasters -I really liked it.

Every coffee roaster from Peet's to Intelligensia flaunts their dedication to the "best" beans and roasting methods.

I'm with LATrapp, seems like (niche) marketing to me which is smart on their part.

May 16, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Handsome Coffee Roasters -I really liked it.

What's their reasoning behind the "no sugar" rule?

May 16, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy grass fed beef or farm specific beef in LA?

Agree, Hat Creek is awesome stuff!

And agreed, WF is no bueno at all.

Quality -wise, it's a toss up between Hat Creek and Alder Spring, but I've been leaning towards the former because they're based in CA and I feel better about the local purchase.

May 16, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Where to buy grass fed beef or farm specific beef in LA?

I'd chalk up your lackluster experience to a mediocre product and possibly the way you prepared the steak. Even if it's pink, if your grill source is too hot, the meat will dry out.

Low heat is essential and I recommend letting the steak rest for at least 10 min. after coming off of the grill and don't season until you plate it. Last, try and find beef that is dry aged,; that's always a sign of better quality.

As for where to buy, there are lots of options for 100% grass fed beef, but in my experience, the quality is very hot or miss.

I haven't liked anything from markets (WF, TJ's, Gelsons).

The best product I've found has been online buying direct from small ranchers.

Check out:

www.hatcreekgrown.com (ranch in CA

)

http://www.alderspring.com/ (ranch in ID

)

http://www.tallgrassbeef.com/ (ranches in KS)

May 15, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area
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Weekday Sushi Lunch near Century City

I will third Masu.

May 10, 2012
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Norcini - Santa Monica Place

Good to know, thanks for posting.

How does the selection and price compare to Cheese Shop Beverly Hills, Wally's, etc?

Nov 10, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

A Frame Wait

This past Friday night a group of 4 intended to eat at A-Frame, but we ended up walking over to Waterloo & City.

At A-Frame , the hostess told us the wait would be 30 min. when we first arrived and when we checked in with her a little bit later, she said it would be at least 30min, but probably closer to an hour. So, we left not feeling very happy about our wasted time at A-Frame.

On a side note, we had a fantastic dinner at Waterloo; that place rocks!

Nov 07, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Small Private Room on the Westside

Have you thrown a private party there?

Sep 29, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Small Private Room on the Westside

Enoteca Drago

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Enoteca Drago
410 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sep 28, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Akvavit! Skol!

Good to know, thanks!

Aug 26, 2011
vinosnob in Spirits

Akvavit! Skol!

I don't find many similarities between aquavit and gin at all but ymmv.

Like grappa or ouzo, aquavit is an acquired taste; I dislike the two former ones.

BTW, I like gjetost too! And (real) nøkkelost if I can find it.

Aug 26, 2011
vinosnob in Spirits

Akvavit! Skol!

Sounds like you need to drink some new aquavit! ;) Seriously, there's a lot of tradition steeped in this spirit so I hear what you're saying.

Do you like caraway?

Aug 26, 2011
vinosnob in Spirits

Akvavit! Skol!

Linie is indeed made in Norway.

We drink bottles of it every year for our Xmas smörgåsbord/party. Served cold and neat. Any other way would not fly in our house.

My dad's side is all Norwegian and we have lots of relatives back in the home country.

To "Duppie", Thor needs to bludgeon you with his hammer! JK!

Aug 25, 2011
vinosnob in Spirits

Top Five L.A. Sandwiches?

Yes, in LJ.

The sandwich isn't complicated, but just executed very well.

Tender roasted, leg of lamb, pesto, arugula (maybe some roasted tomato?) on fresh focaccia.

Aug 25, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Top Five L.A. Sandwiches?

Have you ever had the lamb sandwich at Piatti's? I've never found one like it in LA...

Aug 25, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

LA coffee scene: are we at the start of a revolution?

Again, I hear you about the ground beans; re-read my posts, I've agreed twice now!!

However, I disagree with regard to your comments about Intelligensia.

I'm paying $20lb; they should listen to their customer. It's that simple. But, I know they're the "cool" coffee shop so I expect them to be defended.

BTW, Conservatory isn't "lucky"; they are interested in listening and helping with getting the right coffee for your machine.

Aug 24, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

LA coffee scene: are we at the start of a revolution?

"Depends on the bean, I've had fruity and complex Sulawesi, Candelaria, and Malabar and others at conservatory. Their standard Peru, Bolivia etc aren't as acidic/bright/fruity and are more nutty. Talk to the guy who roasts them. :)"

+1 You MUST talk with the guy who roasts the beans; the other staff are not as knowledgeable.

Aug 24, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

LA coffee scene: are we at the start of a revolution?

Your response is appreciated.

If you read my first post, you'd see I'm well aware of the downfall of buying ground beans, but that's what I'm stuck with at the moment until I get a proper espresso grinder I can use at home.

Secondly, as I mentioned before, I have my go-to coffee shop (Conservatory) where I purchase beans routinely and I know exactly the type of grind setting I need (down to the grind level/number) that works best for my machine.

Obviously, if I walked into a brand new shop, it would most likely be a different experience since that shop could be using an entirely different grinder; not to mention different beans, roasting levels, etc etc as you aptly pointed out.

Bottom line is the hipster douchebag at Intelligensia steered me wrong on two occasions and blatantly ignored what I told him to do with regard to the grind setting.

Aug 24, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

LA coffee scene: are we at the start of a revolution?

Wrong.

There is most certainly a "right" grind for any machine and mine (gaggia) has one. I've done the research using the same professional espresso grinder (at Conservatory) and found my machine's sweet spot.

Aug 24, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

LA coffee scene: are we at the start of a revolution?

Regarding Conservatory in CC, who is blowing them away on the westside?

I have issues with their staff when it comes to recommending coffee. Really, the guy who roasts the coffee is the only person to talk with when buying beans.

Recently, I purchased ground beans at Intelligensia. I know I know, blasphemous, but they're vacuum packed until I get a proper burr grinder.

The staff there thinks they know my espresso machine better than I do. I went back two times and they still couldn't get the grind right; that doesn't happen at Conservatory. And, for $20/lb, it shouldn't happen at all.

Aug 23, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Top Five L.A. Sandwiches?

Bay Cities - sausage and peppers with provolone and marinara

Langers - #19 pastrami

Dan's Supersubs - roast beef (hot) with extra meat, cheese, no mayo or onions

Cafe Tropical - Cubano. Gotta have a proper Cuban roll and they've got it.

Cole's - French dip (beef or lamb)

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Cafe Tropical
2900 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 22, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Any Rec's for Favorite Farmer's Market Eats?

I love the salchi y papas at the Bowers Sausage stand at the Mar Vista market. I get the chorizo...

Aug 22, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Where Can I Buy Maui Onions?

Thanks all, Gelson's had them!

Aug 16, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Best Fish or Shrimp Tacos in town

Yea, there's controversy surrounding the farming practices of basa and similar farm-raised fish from the Mekong. Hard to know what is fact or fiction since there's a lot of $$ at stake for fisherman in the US and Vietnam.

Aug 12, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Best Fish or Shrimp Tacos in town

Thanks for the links!

Aug 12, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area

Best Fish or Shrimp Tacos in town

What kind of fish does Ricky use?

I went to "Best Fish Taco Ensenada" in Silver Lake yesterday. Tacos are extremely fresh (fried to order), but the overall they were just good, not great.

Aug 12, 2011
vinosnob in Los Angeles Area