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  1. SiseFrome- A while back you mentioned Hans' ice cream. Where is that? Also, an update on Bennet's. I went back for a second chance and it was definitely less gritty than I remembered, but there's still nothing great in LA. This past weekend I was in New York and went to Mary's Dairy Bar. THAT is premium ice cream.
  2. Thank you for all of the suggestions. We ended up having a six-course tasting dinner at Sage and Onion and it was fantastic. Fresh local asparagus soup, Santa Barbara Abalone with Garnet Yam Hash and white truffle butter, Foie Gras, Alaskan Halibut with white corn and fava succotash with a tomato fondue (my favorite course), venison with a blueberry, syrah reduction and a wild berry soufle.
  3. I'll be in Santa Barbara for one night and we are deciding between dinner at Wine Cask, Nu and Sage and Onion. We want something with a lively atmosphere but sophisticated food. I've looked at past threads and at the menus of each, but wanted to see what people say when having to choose between the three. Can't wait to hear what your thoughts are!
  4. Thanks for the warnings and suggestions. I ended up bringing a salad to hold myself over instead of wasting the time walking to any of those places. Especially since it was pouring out!
  5. I'll be at the Natural Foods show this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Any good suggestions for a quick lunch within walking distance?
  6. If you get a chance to go to Mashti Malone's or Bert and Rocky's Cream Co, would you mind reporting back? Actually, I'd love to hear an newcomer's report on any of those places. thx ← I was at Mashti Malone's last Friday. They were very friendly (I think I tasted almost every flavor they have before deciding on the two I wanted. I usually use vanilla or chocolate chip as a judge of how good a place is, but I wasn't that impressed by either of theirs. However, their ice cream was pretty good. It's only 14% butterfat, though, and while it is techinically super-premium, it doesn't taste as creamy as it could. I was very happy with my ultimate selections, though. The Ginger Rosewater was good, though after a while I lost the ginger flavor and could only taste the rosewater. And for those that like a rich ice ream, the chocolate fudge brownie was great. The fudge and brownie make up for the not-so-rich plain chocolate ice cream (in the rocky road, I the nuts and marshmallows couldn't do enough for the chocolate flavor). So, if you are in the area, I would definitely pay it a visit. But I wouldn't make a cross-country trek just to get some.
  7. Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I can't wait to start trying some of these.
  8. tanabutler- are you going for the fancy food show too? What was the Tuesday notation with Fringale? Or is that for any Tuesday for a special?
  9. I am going to be in SF for the Fancy Foods Show, and I haven't been there in years. One night I'll be eating at Chez Panisse, but for the other night, I'm looking for the best Cioppino in the city that is not too touristy. I love Boullibaise, Zuppa de pesce, and any other synonym for Cioppino, and since SF is supposedly famous, I want to see if there is one that beats some of the other great ones I've had. Any insight is appreciated. Also, I'm looking for some good lunch spots near the Moscone Center where the Show is at. Thanks
  10. I just moved back to LA after 8 years of living on the east coast. I am now very particular about my ice cream after having the luxury of eating homemade ice cream all summer long in Nantucket. Anyone have some good homemade ice cream spots in LA? I've been to Bennet's at the Farmer's Market and was not at all impressed. This is my first post on eGullet, so don't let me down Thanks
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