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looking for "real NEW Mexican" in Santa Fe

I did a search but I find it hard to tell what is really NEW Mexican. Thanks.

I will also be willing to drive to Albuquerque for something really good.

1 day ago
Tom Hall in Southwest

looking for "real NEW Mexican" in Santa Fe

I have been to New Mexico and Santa Fe about 15 years ago. I loved the New Mexican food. I see that Santa Fe has a much greater number of restaurants now, many of which are "international" such as French, Spanish, Italian, etc. I would the real stuff and not the Tex-Mex, Cal-Mex, Mexican, etc. Please help. Thanks, Tom Hall

Sep 20, 2014
Tom Hall in Southwest

Needed downtown Denver: farm to table restaurants; places with lots o' beer; pig ears??

Thanks. You, sir, are correct about Falling Rock: an overwhelming number of beers. I will take a look at The Kitchen.

Mar 19, 2014
Tom Hall in Mountain States

Needed downtown Denver: farm to table restaurants; places with lots o' beer; pig ears??

Looking for the better farm to table places in downtown area. Also looking for places with lots of craft beer, particularly draft. Some CO beers is a plus. These do not have to be the same places.

And what is with all the pig ears anyway?

Mar 17, 2014
Tom Hall in Mountain States

Denver near convention center in March (no car); small rem

Coming to Denver for the first time since the late 1970's. I will be going to a meeting at the convention center. We will be staying at around 22nd and Glenarm Place (I now see it is close to Five Points - hoping some things have changed).

I will need lunches close by the convention center and will eat most things. For dinner, we would like some nice places to eat at. Again, we will eat any cuisine but some of my favorite places are the New American cuisine. My wife is a carnivore. A decent wine list or lots of draft beer choices are definite pluses. We are planning a visit to Barolo Grill in Cherry Creek unless the naysayers are overwhelming. By the way, is corkage allowed in Colorado?

In the (very) old days, we would eat at Leonardi's for "cannolis" which were really calzones (I think it was sort of/kind of somewhat near Wahington Park), McFann's on Capitol Hill for prime rib sandwiches (a poor man's prime rib dinner) and the Satire for beer, Mexican food, beer and some more beer. No money but pretty good times.

Thanks for the help. I try to report back.

Jan 20, 2014
Tom Hall in Mountain States

near the Orpheum in San Francisco

What is good near the Orpheum Theater? Any cuisine is fine. I was considering Zuni provided that it will remain open. (RIP, Ms. Rodgers.)

Help dining in the boonies at junction of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio

Could that be the Alimentari Daniela/Danliele?

Tom

Oct 23, 2013
Tom Hall in Italy

NYC foodies in Umbria/Tuscany

Yo David, Not to be a Richard or something but it takes about a half hour to a couple hours for each of those searches if one does them more or less reasonably well. And some of those searches don't exist in an expectantly useful time frame so one has to go offsite (from CH). Just sayin' and not hassling you.

Sep 20, 2013
Tom Hall in Italy

wine storage

My cellar is overflowing "unfortunately."

wine storage

I live out in the Central Valley so going to the peninsula would be a real hassle. Thanks everyone.

wine storage

I need a place in the East Bay (including Livermore, Pleasanton area) to store about a 100 cases of wine. I don't know of any in that area. Thanks.

Help dining in the boonies at junction of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio

We will be in the area (10-15 minutes away) for a couple weeks, so I assume we may well try both probably a few times. Thanks again.

Sep 09, 2013
Tom Hall in Italy

Help dining in the boonies at junction of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio

What would be the difference (more or less) between the two?

Sep 01, 2013
Tom Hall in Italy

Help dining in the boonies at junction of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio

I will try the recommended searches. Thanks.

Sep 01, 2013
Tom Hall in Italy

Help dining in the boonies at junction of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio

We are staying very close to where these three Italian regions meet. We are looking for dining out (probably more lunch than dinner if it is farther away) and places to shop for dinner ingredients and wine. We will have a car and willing to drive for a good meal. Looking for the real local authentic kind of food and not fancy international restaurants. Thanks.

Aug 31, 2013
Tom Hall in Italy

Santa Rosa/Healdsburg: hoping for cassoulet or Dungeness crab

Thanks to both of you. That should be perfect for my cassoulet needs.

Santa Rosa/Healdsburg: hoping for cassoulet or Dungeness crab

I will be heading that way next weekend and have a hankering for either cassoulet or Dungeness crab. Ideally both but obviously not at the same meal. Places to try appreciated. Thanks.

looking for pho/ramen and Thai eastside

Bai Tong was very, very good. Liked the Noodle Boat on a prior visit. Thanks.

Aug 29, 2012
Tom Hall in Greater Seattle

looking for pho/ramen and Thai eastside

Looking for great pho/ramen and Thai in Seattle area, ideally near Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue area but will travel. Thanks.

Aug 27, 2012
Tom Hall in Greater Seattle

Astoria needs

Well... the wine list. I only mentioned it because that "may" be a sign that things are not working correctly. You resolved that issue. Thanks.

Jun 13, 2012
Tom Hall in Pacific Northwest

Portland and nearby wine country questions

Thanks. Very helpful. Higgins is calling me.

What are the major differences between Oly Pro NE & SW?

Jun 13, 2012
Tom Hall in Metro Portland

Astoria needs

Looking for seafood and the good pub/wine/beer thing (AKA "gastropub"). Casual dining preferred. I saw something about Silver Salmon and it looked good but the wine list on the website was at least 5 years out of date. We will have 1-2 lunches, dinner and, maybe a breakfast or brunch. I hate brunch, but whatever, gotta go with the flow. Thanks.

Jun 11, 2012
Tom Hall in Pacific Northwest

Olympia and Lacey area update?

Is there any Korean food of decent quality to be had in the "greater" Olympia area?

Jun 11, 2012
Tom Hall in Pacific Northwest

Portland and nearby wine country questions

The following all pertain to the Portland metro area. Is there a comprehensive list of wine bars? What are the preferred wine stores? What are the best New American locally sourced restaurants? Best pubs with good beer and food ("gastropubs")?

Where is the close by north Willamette Valley wine country (McMinnville and surrounds) supposed to be discussed-here or the regional board?

Thanks.

Jun 10, 2012
Tom Hall in Metro Portland

Twin Cities visit (MSP)

I have to say that the MSP chowhounds are among the most friendly and interactive that I have met. It is rare that I have too many places to go in the time available but that has happened here. It will be 3 dinners at Alma, BLG and piccolo. We will fill in the nooks and crannies with all of the other great options plus the art museums and all the other Twin Cities options. One gripe: taxis look to be rather expensive. I know that is not your fault. Thanks for everything. Tom Hall

Apr 29, 2012
Tom Hall in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Bar La Grassa--First time

So, how many were there? Two, or more?

Apr 29, 2012
Tom Hall in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Twin Cities visit (MSP)

So how does one choose between Bar la Grassa and 112 given that they have the same executive chef?

Apr 29, 2012
Tom Hall in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Twin Cities visit (MSP)

So I have done some more reading. Are there any favorite regular/traditional Vietnamese places? Tom Hall

Apr 25, 2012
Tom Hall in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Bar La Grassa--First time

So just checking: you had two appetizers, three main courses and three desserts?? I think that would make anyone would happy ; )

Apr 24, 2012
Tom Hall in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Twin Cities visit (MSP)

Yeah, I read that and it made me consider going to Corner Table but I see that piccolo gets a lotta love here. There is NO WAY that I want to go to Travail and wait for a table. I hate that game.

Apr 23, 2012
Tom Hall in Minneapolis-St. Paul