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Charleston - heat advisory trip review!

That was the rooftop terrace at Regatta Inn on Folly. It was a great place for our late evening cheese plate and for breakfast. Unbelievably, it was very pleasantly cool in the morning before about 11, and in the evening nearing sundown. As you see, it wasn't actually the roof, it had the rest of the building blocking the sun all morning and the cross breeze between the ocean and the Folly river was marvelous. We watched the sun set sitting right there and saw a few dolphins.

They serve some sort of local Firefly vodka and juice punch for happy hour 4-7 and if a person wanted to, I think they could absolutely sit there all evening!

Highly recommended for your next trip to Charleston.

Jun 24, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Asheville Trip Report

Thank you for the great report. I now realize I have to get myself to Hole for a made to order doughnut right away!

Jun 23, 2015
danna in Southeast

Charleston - heat advisory trip review!

My God, it was hot. Born and raised in SC, I was still surprised by the heat. I'll try to remember in Greenville, SC next January, when Charleston is warmer and drier...what the humidity felt like last weekend. Almost to hot to eat....but not quite!

167 Raw: We ate a very late lunch or very early dinner there, which meant we didn't have to wait for a seat. We shared a crab claw, the ceviche and the lobster roll, and a fried oyster taco. Everything was very good, but the ceviche was outstanding. Big hunks of halibut (the best) and grouper. This was the best ceviche I had eaten in years!

Goat Sheep Cow: We picked up Comte, Ewephoria and a buffalo parm. Fantastic snack for later than night on the rooftop terrace at the Regatta Inn on Folly.

'Wich Doctor on Folly: Good but semi-bland thai chicken salad was transformed by the awesome house-made hot/vinegar sauces. Good brisket and kimchee sandwich.

Wild Olive: I ate myself to death. Delicious focaccia, fried calamari, corn special appetizer/salad, beautiful wreckfish, very good gnocchi. I can't go there without getting the affagado. Only drawback was the A/C broke in the dining the room where we were.

Juice Joint "food" truck parked on Folly: We had a fresh green juice (my self-disciplined husband) and a sparkling grapefruit aqua fresca w/ blueberries and mint (sugar-loving me). Fantastic. went back the next day.

Artisan Meat Share: to pick up to-go meat. We got the roast beef, the black pepper salumi, and the landjaeger (sp?). The first two were unimpressive and the last was unpleasant. Very disappointed.

Ordinary: I had the same lovely razor clams that kathryn (nearby report) did at the Ordinary. Also the BBQ shrimp, which were lovely, although I would have preferred the "charred bread" be served separately rather than swimming in the sauce. Also the chips, the lobster cocktail, the squid a la plancha (favorite dish of both my husband and myself) and the peach and shishito dish. It was a great meal, as expected from anything related to FIG.

I love Charleston!

Jun 23, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Charleston Trip Report - R Kitchen, Husk, FIG, Artisan Meat Share, The Ordinary, Butcher & Bee, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Two Boroughs Larder, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Brown’s Court

Great report, thanks!

We went to a few of the same places at the same time. I'll post nearby.

Jun 23, 2015
danna in Southeast

Return to Charleston, staying downtown, no car

I'm considering 167 Raw for Thurs. Are the ceviches made w/ local fish. I hesitate to pick a Charleston restaurant and eat something guaranteed not to be local (the lobster rolls), but on the other hand, I LOVE lobster rolls. Can you comment further on their offerings? I was thinking of going as soon as I get to town , which would probably be around 4 pm.

Thanks!

Jun 15, 2015
danna in Southeast

Return to Charleston, staying downtown, no car

Ooh...good to know. I agree that Charleston is weaker on pastry than any other food subset. just as well I suppose, you need the stomach room for dinner!

Jun 08, 2015
danna in Southeast

Return to Charleston, staying downtown, no car

I have never had pastries from Christophe chocolates, but the chocolates themselves are not very good. They are beautiful, and so I have tried them 2-3 times, but am always disappointed.

fig is indeed a must. There is a very small bar area, so I would try to walk in if I couldn't get a reservation.

Jun 04, 2015
danna in Southeast

Please recommend a restaurant in Milan

Thanks. It was the OP who mentioned a $400 budget. Are you saying Langosteria would be $400 Per person? or $400 for 4 people?

Thanks again.

May 29, 2015
danna in Italy

Please recommend a restaurant in Milan

Langosteria 10 looks fabulous! We want fish/shellfish from the Med! No prices on the menu scares me a bit. Is this common for Italian restaurants not to post prices on the web? How expensive is Langosteria?

Not to hijack, but could you advise which area of Milan I should look for a hotel so that I will be close to lots of good restaurants? If I stay near the Duomo will that be good, or will I be walking past mostly overpriced tourist places?

Thanks!

May 28, 2015
danna in Italy

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

Wow! I'm sure disappointed to hear that about Gan Shan...I was looking forward to that.

For the OP, what about the Thunderbird or Nightbell? Both easy walks to the Orange peel. Or Zambra...

May 15, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

I know what you mean! It's so hard to give a place a second shot in a town where there is so much new stuff to try! I don't know why I encourage people toward the Admiral, Lord knows I miss the days when you could still get a table ;-)

I need to try your All Souls recommendation, I only live 45 min from Asheville, but it's still hard to cover all the possibilities. Did you get pizza there, or something else?

Apr 21, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

I dunno about Mpls supper clubs, but the food I've eaten at the Admiral is NOTHING like a Wisconson supper club. Perhaps you went on a bad night, or just had bad luck ordering. I have occasionally been to the Admiral on a night that just didn't hit me, but 9 times out of 10, it's remarkable. As much as I love Asheville, to me the Admiral is the only restaurant that approaches the quality one finds in Charleston.

You might try it again some time. the very first time I went to Fig I didn't like it, and only gave it a second try because of so much Chowhound love, and of course it is now my favorite restaurant anywhere.

Apr 20, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Apr 20, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asian Peanut Noodles

Apr 16, 2015
danna in Recipes

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Unless it has changed in the years since I've been there, the WNC farmer's market on I 40 is not really worth the trip. I think there is likely a tailgate market in Asheville on some week day.

Apr 16, 2015
danna in Southeast

Coming to Charleston for Memorial Day weekend, how is this itinerary?

Fig is FAR superior to Edmunds Oast. I went to both on the same trip in December. EO is a fun, more boisterous place with good food, but nowhere near the focus on food as FIG. The seafood is always local and perfect. I never order anything but one of the (usually 3) fish dishes listed. That said, if you don't get excited over a pristine salad, ridiculously delicious veg sides, and a gorgeous piece of fish, then it might not be your place. My husband doesn't love it for some reason.

I like McCrady's a lot better than Husk, but it's possible it is closer to the type of food you can get in NY than some other places in town. McCrady's is much more formal in tone than Husk, but I have just not been impressed with the offerings at Husk, they are SO heavy and strangely not vegetable-focused as you would expect based on the press Brock gets.

It really is hard to go very wrong, though, in Charleston. Looks like a good plan and a wonderful trip.

Apr 13, 2015
danna in Southeast

The Oak Table in Columbia SC Sunday Supper (Paella)

Looks fabulous. I've always wanted to make a giant paella over a wood fire ever since someone on Chowhound years ago wrote about doing that for her outdoor wedding! Thanks for posting.

Apr 06, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

thanks for all that info , and the link! I notice it says "dinner" menu...did you go in the evening? I was hoping to have lunch there...guess I should call.

I don't recall the service being awful at King Daddy's, although it's a little "hippie" , another Asheville tradition. We have found it a little variable, but in general like the fried chicken, the waffles, and the salads. I liked the habanero sweet potato fried chicken, but my husband was horrified. ;-) The wild mushroom and rice dish was good except seriously undersalted.

Apr 06, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Another agreement with ms pig. Over Easy is better than Tupelo honey, and a charming spot. Make sure to ask for some of their house made hot sauce.

Also agree that LAB and Barley's are not places for eating.

A couple of other places I'll mention: King Daddy's, Nightbell, Gan Shan Station. I haven't made it to the latter yet, but it looks fantastic online. Can anyone comment?

pig, what kind of food do they have at Sierra Nevada?

Oh, and if you can arrange to find it, El Kimchee food truck is well worth it, get the bipimbap. If you can find it while it's at the WEdge or the Brewpump , you'll have beverages covered, too.

Apr 01, 2015
danna in Southeast

Prime Beef in Greenville SC ?

thanks for reporting back! hope you enjoyed your pass through Greenville.

Apr 01, 2015
danna in Southeast

Prime Beef in Greenville SC ?

Whole Foods has dry aged prime. I'm not aware of anywhere else.

Good luck.

Mar 17, 2015
danna in Southeast

Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

It's a KitchenAid.
https://secure5.whirlpool.com/catalog...

I still like it a lot, it's sooooo much better than electric. The main thing I would caution is not to get one like this that has digital touchpad. I wish I had knobs. It's VERY annoying to come back to the stove top and discover something you thought was cooking has been turned off...apparently you cleaned over the controls or what not. Also, on my model, you have to first touch the box for the eye you want to control before you use the up/down heat arrows. Invariably, I forget and change the wrong eye.

Mar 03, 2015
danna in Cookware

Asheville Recommendations for Dining Alone or Carrying Out

Sweet! In addition to the Admiral, try West End bakery for lunch and breakfast, Biscuit Head for when you really deserve a big lunch, Sunny Point as I mentioned before, Check the food trucks at the Brew Pump just across from West End bakery.

Mar 02, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Recommendations for Dining Alone or Carrying Out

Wow, I see what you mean. I looked around for you and Aloft was $329, Indigo $244 and the best value I saw in downtown was Renaissance at $199. I think everything is $100 more than normal that weekend. I used to be in the same boat for the Cooper River Bridge Run before I lucked into a friend w/ a house down there.

If Rennaisance worked for you, you would be within walking distance of Curate, Zambra, Salsa, White Duck , Seven Sows, Night Bell, laughing seed, 12 Walnut wine bar, and many other restuarants. (but not admiral or sunny point)

Feb 27, 2015
danna in Southeast

Confused about new-wave coffee

Thanks for the advice. I tried the espresso in a drip maker. It was pretty good, but honestly I was so distracted by 3+ inches of snow in South Carolina that I need to make it again and reassess ;-)

So, say you're in a frou frou coffee shop, which descriptive words do you look out for?

Thanks again!

Feb 27, 2015
danna in General Topics

Asheville Recommendations for Dining Alone or Carrying Out

Have you considered changing hotels? Asheville is such a fun, walkable town, it would be a shame to have to drive out to Arden every day. While it's an easy drive in on the interstate, still...

I would recommend dining at the bar at the Admiral above all else. Of course, you couldn't walk there even if you switched to a downtown hotel, but it is so worth it. Sitting at the bar is about the only way to get in the Admiral without reserving several weeks in advance. It's a lively, casual place with great food and you'll meet interesting people also dining at the bar.

I'm not as huge a fan of Curate as most on this board, but they do have a lively and entertaining bar where you can eat the full menu and enjoy seeing it prepared.

Sunny Point makes a nice breakfast-or-lunch. If I wanted carry out, I would try to find the El Kimchee food truck, order bipimbap (sp?) and call it carbing up (rice).

Good luck at the marathon. I've considered doing the half at the Biltmore, it seems like a fun way to keep yourself entertained with scenery during a long run.

Feb 27, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Greenville recs? [SC]

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1005236

Here's the link to the thread Brent mentioned.

Unfortunately, there's nothing walkable from that location. I like Swamp Rabbit Grocery for bfast or lunch(love the hummus sandwich that comes with whatever vegetables are fresh and local + house-made salty stecca bread). Went to Papi's tacos today and had 2 tasty tacos and a nice view.

Northampton Wine Café has a very low key wine bar inside the wine store where you can order from the restaurant menu if I'm not mistaken.

Feb 24, 2015
danna in Southeast

Dining in Greenville, SC - Suggestions?

Thanks for the reply! What did you eat at Stellar? That one has been off my radar lately...I think they may have closed and then re-opened... (?).

I like "nothing like grits and beer for breakfast" ;-)

It's funny, I was about to argue with you over Tupelo being a chain, but sure enough, after looking at their website I see they have really expanded. 10 years ago I'm pretty sure there was just the one in Asheville. I always thought it was overhyped, but was nonetheless pleased when they put an outpost in G'ville. That's the difference between Greenville and Asheville - things I would never go to in Asheville are a serious consideration for me here.

Glad you had some good meals and didn't freeze to death this weekend, and thanks again for reporting back.

Feb 23, 2015
danna in Southeast

Confused about new-wave coffee

I'm at a loss how to know what I'm going to like anymore. I think I need better "coffee words". I have always preferred a dark roast, but I really enjoy Intelligensia, which I understand tends to be lighter. I recently bought a gorgeous Wilfa Precision since I'm going to be working from home some (I rarely made coffee at home before). I'm unsure what beans to buy:

I know I like:
Peets Major Dickason's Blend
Camp 4 Coffee

I know I don't like:
Perc la virgin de quadeloupe
Counter Culter Baroida
Anything out of a Keurig

I'm not a Starbucks hater, but I'd like to try something a little different. I typically don't care for a citrus-y or wine-y flavor in coffee.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Thanks for the remedial coffee education.

Feb 19, 2015
danna in General Topics

Dining in Greenville, SC - Suggestions?

Molly, is Saigon the one on Pleasantburg? Do you prefer it to Mekong? Mekong is my favorite, but I'm not really all that expert at Vietnamese.

Pita house is tasty, I agree. I'm surprised by all the love for Bacon bros. I thought it was ok, but I'm not sure I'd make the drive from downtown.

If I were the OP, I'd drive up to restaurant 17 for an early dinner while you can still enjoy the mountain view. I think it's (by far) the best restaurant in Greenville County.

A heavy, but fairly tasty breakfast can be had at Tupelo HOney. I'd also like to plug Highway2Health on main street for the opposite...healthy wraps, salads and smoothies. Very nice owners of this relatively new spot.

Check out the Community Tap where if you get lucky and there's a food truck parked out front, you can eat inside and enjoy a draft or wine. I believe they have Foothills Sexual Chocolate on tap, but please don't drink it all before I can get some.

Nice pastry at Rick Erwin's market, but food just so so. Nice wine bar at Northhampton wines. New coffee place called Methodical just opened, I'm eager to try.

Please let us know what you try!

Feb 17, 2015
danna in Southeast