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post #7276 of 7388
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Going to be staying in a friends place in la canada flintridge in la if that helps. Looks like Osteria mozza is 30 min away. No idea how parking works but wondering if it's worth or doable. Liked Otto and Babbo in nyc.

just uber everywhere it's cheaper than parking and gas

santa monica wednesday morning or saturday morning (downtown, not cloverfield)

i liked los agaves more than super rica (they're different though, and cheap, so just go to both)
post #7277 of 7388
Truth be told, I've hardly used my Silvia lately. Mostly Espro Press in the morning (or AeroPress). Easy and good. I was just pissed off at the completely alogical dialing-in-issues I've encountered. Like, I dial in the shot perfectly. Then I want to pull another shot with the exact same variables (same weight of grounds, same tamper pressure, same beans (straight from the bag), same grind, same temperature,...). And guess what, the shot just rushes through like water through the tap. It sometimes varies abruptly during the day too. Guess I'll have to contact Mahlkönig. It has to be the grinder..
I can tell you, dialing in the grind size twice, meanwhile wasting like three or four doppios, is no fun.

Good point about cleaning, indesertum. Should happen once a week to flush away the coffee oils. Not time intensive, or complicated, though.

Thankfully, descaling the Silvia is pretty simple since it only has one boiler. You can even disassemble it quite easily (the boiler of my Silvia died after six months, and I had to replace it, hence my relatively rigorous steaming ritual, foodguy).

+1 for Nespresso. Get a Nespresso, edina (they machine itself is cheap with cash back and discount coupons, but the capsules are quite expensive). And an AeroPress.
post #7278 of 7388
I had some espresso from an Illy pod machine, IIRC. Are any of the machines with cheaper/reusable pods worth looking at?
post #7279 of 7388
No. There's some other good pad machines but they're even more expensive per capsule (I think the Illy machine is one of them).

There are 3rd party capsules, or refillable ones, for Nespresso. But IME they all kinda suck. I've also heard that the newer generation Nespresso machines have finer needles (to penetrate the capsule) so the 3rd party capsules aren't really safe to use anymore
--which is why Nestle now builds the machines with finer needles (the 3rd party capsules are made of hard plastic, as opposed to aluminium, due to patent laws).

Edit: Not sure whether these 3rd party capsules are legal in the US. Under EU patent law, they're legal (the first 3rd party capsule company was actually co-founded by an ex Nespresso manager, or something).
Edited by b1os - 9/4/14 at 7:04am
post #7280 of 7388
OK, any thoughts on these? http://www.podmerchant.com/newsletter/PC024-what-espresso-pod-machines-are-available.html


Also, I should not be surprised to find that there is some website somewhere on the internet that gets into the nitty-gritty of any topic but good lord am I surprised to find that site.
post #7281 of 7388
If you want pods...go with nespresso.

If you want refillable pods...skip the pod part and just go with an espresso machine.
post #7282 of 7388
The only other pods I've tried were keurig. Good to get some caffeine in you if it's free I guess

If you get some other pod machine let us know. Interested in what it's like. Heard some positive things about the illy and lavazza pods.

I would be wary of refillable pods tho. If you go that route don't refill them ahead of time. refill one just before you use it cuz you can't seal it like the nespresso factories can.
Edited by indesertum - 9/4/14 at 8:58am
post #7283 of 7388
This is what I get for trying something new. frown.gif
post #7284 of 7388
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Going to be staying in a friends place in la canada flintridge in la if that helps. Looks like Osteria mozza is 30 min away. No idea how parking works but wondering if it's worth or doable. Liked Otto and Babbo in nyc.
la canada, you're not very close to anything good in the mainstream ... din tai fung for great soup dumplings. Pasadena is getting better. I like Union there. Downtown is relatively convenient depending on when you come down and the Grand Central Market/Factory Kitchen/Baco Mercat combination is attractive. Unlike New York, most restaurants in LA offer valet parking. Mozza is terrific, particularly the pizzeria. If you liked Babbo, you'll like the osteria. If you like meat, their Chi Spacca space is pretty awesome as well.
these are all popular, approachable places. I really think someplace like Urasawa is a waste of money for 90% of the people. You have to know and love sushi before you can really appreciate the nuance that makes it great (or so i've been told ... i'm still waiting for an occasion special enough to celebrate there). It's like going to the French Laundry if you've never had fine dining. It's not that things won't taste good, but they won't taste so much better that you can appreciate the difference in cost. YMMV, obviously.
And yes to taking HWY1 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, or at the very least, from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Big Sur is one of the most beautiful spots on earth.
post #7285 of 7388
Why is this dude cooking lamb balls inside a lobster? confused.gif
post #7286 of 7388
because everything else has already been done.
post #7287 of 7388
Looking into getting a good blender. Vitamix vs. Blendtech?
post #7288 of 7388
Looked into a thermomix?
post #7289 of 7388
i have no idea about one vs. the other, but the vitamix with the speed dial is about all you need. I use mine all the time.
post #7290 of 7388
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Looked into a thermomix?

That looks pretty interesting. On the list now too.
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