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Best Pasadena Lunch

agreed! revets2

Apr 14, 2014
italiana3 in Los Angeles Area

Best Pasadena Lunch

I don't see Little Flower Candy Co posted. I practically have lunch there everyday. Hands down the best lunch spot in Pasadena....
I also like father nature in old town....
Le Pain Quotidien in Old Town is consistently good too

http://littleflowercandyco.com

Apr 13, 2014
italiana3 in Los Angeles Area

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

I plan on getting the book...but figured I could try out my rusty italian on the app! ha!

Oct 30, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

thanks jen and life italian style...the book osteria d'Italia 2014 has a an app, which I purcahased , as well as the slow Umbria Slow App

Oct 30, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

thanks Jen...I am not sure if it is in English Translation.....I need to investigate.

Oct 30, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

grazie! I need to translate this! But I think you said there is a restaurant close to greve named Fattoria Montagliari!!
I will check it out!

Oct 30, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

thank you! I will check out the app )
As for the villa, we are locked into that already....as it was the highlight of the trip for our friends that recommended it. I agree, we do not want to feel like "we spent the whole trip in the car". We plan to visit places that are relatively "closer" to Cortona, montipulciano, montalcino, Lake Trasimento etc. We also plan to spend time at the villa as well. I will check out the app :)

Oct 30, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

Cara Judy!
Devo il tuo "website" bookmarked already! Grazie per la informazione. I need to practice my italian quite often before next summer!! In your opinion, do you think Norcia is a "must see " destination for one night? By the way , I have your "app" already too :)
Ciao!!

Oct 30, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

got it!! I agree about this ambitious trip,...I am leaning towards leaving out Norcia
Thanks for your book tips. I appreciate it

Oct 29, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

http://www.amazon.com/Osterie-Locande...
is this what you mean? It looks like a fantastic resource!!!

Oct 29, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

thank you DavidT!!! I can't wait to check these out....grazie mille :)

Oct 29, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and Bologna Itinerary

Hello!
I am overwhelmed planning my itinerary to Italy next summer. WE have about two weeks (although we are flexible because I am a teacher :)
So....this is what I was thinking :

Rome -Spend 4 full days (i have been many times, but my husband has never visited there before

AFter visit to Rome, rent car to take us to our villa that we are renting in Cortona for the week. While there, we plan to take day trips to Orvieto, Montepulciano, Spoleto...as well as relaxing at the Villa and taking a cooking class etc (we were thinking of spending one night in Norcia before arriving in Cortona...not sure about this thought....)

Next on to Greve in Chianti. I was thinking of making this our "base" in order to wine taste in this region. I was thinking of staying here 3 days and staying in another agrotourismo (cheaper than Florence). While in Greve, was thinking of taking a day trip to Florence (not really sure about this because I have visited Florence many times, and we also went on our honeymoon...not sure if it makes sense to go again...I also do not need to visit Siena, San Gigmanagno etc. I have visited these cities in the past.

Finally, we were thinking of going to Bologna and spending two days there (my husband is a ducati owner and MUST make this pilgrimage!!! :) Planning on flying out of Bologna. We are renting a car while in Italy. Does this seem like a lot of ground to cover in a 16 days or so? I do not like to feel like we are rushing from place to place! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
Grazie!!!

Oct 29, 2013
italiana3 in Italy

Vancouver Dining with only three nights!

I will report back after our trip :)

Jul 08, 2013
italiana3 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Dining with only three nights!

thanks anewton! I loved the menu at stage...we will be visiting on our day in Victoria :)

Jul 08, 2013
italiana3 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Dining with only three nights!

thanks waylman! I want to check out Bao Bei...it looks fun!

Jul 08, 2013
italiana3 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Dining with only three nights!

thanks Greyelf! I figured the Cactus Club would be the equivalent to "the Cheesecake factory" in Ca..... :)
Ive changed things around after reading all of these great comments.
I made a reservation for Provence. I liked the menu and the location.
I have swapped out blue water for FAble. I LOVED the menu...and I was concerned about the "corporate feel" as you mentioned ...and it seemed a bit too pricey

I liked stage in Victoria
and finally for our last night...I am thinking of Bao Bei. You mentioned authenticity. IT is very important to me in regards to ITalian food....however for chinese, I think my taste leans more towards the "western style" chinese with good cocktails"

Jul 08, 2013
italiana3 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver Dining with only three nights!

Hello everyone,
We will be staying in Vancouver for 4 days (one day we will be going to Victoria). I am trying to narrow dine my three dinner meals in your fine city. I am looking for "the Vancouver experience" and things that I do not normally get at home ( my husband and I are from Los Angeles and I was born and raised in NYC).
Food quality is important, but so is atmosphere for me. I do not necessarily need "very high end places" or "fine dining" either. We love Italian food, but I have been reading that your Asian inspired restaurants are great. We usually spend about 100-120 USD for a meal for two people.
These are the places I am leaning towards:

CActus Club in Coal Harbor- I am not a fan of chains...but this place looks so great and I love the atmosphere and views. They do not take reservations which I am concerned about :(

Blue wAter CAfe- My hubs and I are healthy eaters and want to try out the great fish in your area

La queciera (sp) Looks fantastic...but I have many Italian places on our trip(we are going to seattle too) and we are also going to a tasting meal at the Herbfarm in Washington

Maenam or Bao Bei- These look unique and I love the Bao BEi menu and the space.

We plan to have dinner in Victoria one night....either il terrazo or cafe brio
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Jul 07, 2013
italiana3 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

A Seafood Restaurant Question for Seattle

thanks quintious for your insights. I know I am splitting hairs because all of these places will be great! Have you tried boat street cafe? My co worker just came home from Seattle and has been raving about it. BTw...I am not set on "just Italian" food....I want to sample things that I could not get anywhere else. I am sold on Seastar and Spinasse...but have one more night for dinner. Another poster mentioned Altura which looks amazing...so I am thinking Altura or BSC for our last night.

Apr 05, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

A Seafood Restaurant Question for Seattle

Thanks for this great info! I truly want a " fish " experience .... So my three res are : spinasse , seastar, and anchoives , olive. Do you think this typifies what Seattle has to offer ? Oh and tp for breakfast

Mar 28, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle
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A Seafood Restaurant Question for Seattle

Hi fellow chow hounds.....
I have a question regarding my two choices for seafood in Seattle. WE will be in town for 3 nights. One night we are going to Spinasse . I was thinking of going of going to Toulose PEtit for happy hour another night. My final night was going to go to Seastar . However, I just heard about Anchoives and Olives and it looks really fantastic. I am thinking of switching out Seastar for A and O. AS you can tell by my name, I LOVe italian food....
Thanks for your ideas in advance!!

Mar 26, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

First trip to Seattle (from Florida), looking for ideas

That is great! I have been very busy reading all of these posts....I have reservations at Seastar , Spinasse and your rec Toulouse Petit although we might try for the happy hour there instead. One question...did you find any of the products from Salumi at Pike Market? I thought I read that some where...Glad you had a great trip!

Mar 13, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

First time to Pacific NorthWest....Seattle first stop!

I made a reservation at seastar...thanks for the rec!!

Mar 13, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

First time to Pacific NorthWest....Seattle first stop!

Well....I have my homework cut out for me! More research on these amazing places you have recommmended. Yes, we are visiting this summer. After our three nights in Seattle we are staying for two days in Mt rainier. We are early risers and plan to leave early in the am. After that we are driving to willows lodge and staying there two nights. I have a res at barking frog .....and as I mentioned the herbfarm for the other night. After this we plan to drive back to Seattle and drop of rental car and take train yo Vancouver. We stay there for 4 nights ....then back home to so Cal. Thanks for these amazing recs. I do have some time before we leave!

Mar 12, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

First time to Pacific NorthWest....Seattle first stop!

thanks gizmo for your detailed response! You are helping me to narrow my choices.
Boat street , Spinasse and TP are my top dinner choices. As for Canlis ( I cant get those pictures out of my head! ) I will keep that on the "back burner" and perhaps check it out for a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar.
In your opinion, do you think the three dinner choices are "unique Seattle experiences? I don't want to visit places that I can find "at home"....btw ...I have read McCormicks is amazing for their fish...but I am having a hard time "wasting" a meal on restaurant that I can find in LA etc....although I do know the fish is outstanding there.
Thanks again!

Mar 12, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

First trip to Seattle (from Florida), looking for ideas

Hi BBVL
I am bookmarking this post ! I am going to SEattle with my husband this summer....and I will check out your spots in Pike's Market.

Mar 11, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

First time to Pacific NorthWest....Seattle first stop!

My husband and I are visiting SEattle this summer . We will be staying in Seattle for three evenings and I really want to choose wisely on our dinner options. I have started to compile a list of places that I would like to try for our limited dinner meals :). ITalian cuisine is very important to me, and I would love to try out the amazing fish that Seattle has to offer. We try to stick to less expensive items for lunch and breakfast and then splurge with dinners. WE also plan to visit Mt. Rainier. We will also be staying at the Willows Lodge and having dinner at Herbfarm (I really hope it is as amazing as I have read. It is one of our "splurge meals" for our anniversary. . OUr budget in SEattle is about 120 dollars for dinner for two people. Here are the places on my list:

Spinasse (I made a reservation for this place. I think this is a "must " for me

Canlis? I am not sure about this. IT seems extremely expensive. I have read that the location is fantastic. Also...since this is my first time in Seattle, it might make for a memorable experience. This would be a "splurge" but I was also thinking of having drinks at the bar before dinner so that I could experience the location.

Toulouse Petit....Looks great and I also love their happy hour menu. We might do that instead of having dinner because there seems to be many options.

Boat street cafe? Looks great and I love the men
Bar del corso for lunch?
Pike Market (I am sure it is very "touristy" But I am a tourist after all! and i have read there are great places to check out

Salumi - another lunch sandwich spot. I am a native NY and I would like to try out papa Batali's famous cured meats!
Serious pie?
That is all I have at the moment....andy suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Mar 11, 2013
italiana3 in Greater Seattle

VISITING BOSTON? One Hound’s Guide to Historic Areas and Restaurants

thanks oc! I have it bookmarked...and will be doing lots of reading on your thread . AS I get closer to our trip , I will give you a shout!

Apr 23, 2012
italiana3 in Greater Boston Area

VISITING BOSTON? One Hound’s Guide to Historic Areas and Restaurants

Wow! Not sure if this thread is still active....but that you OC for this!! I am a native New Yorker and now living in Pasadena. I come home to visit NYC every summer. This is the first visit that my husband and I will incorporate some travel with the family visits. I have lived on the East Coast for 38 years and I never visited Boston!! Well this will change this summer. We are really excited and I will be reading through your selections. I hope I can narrow them down:) We will be taking the train from nyc and staying three full days in Boston. Thanks again!!

Apr 22, 2012
italiana3 in Greater Boston Area

Ginger Pear Marini

thanks everyone!! I will start experimenting this weekend :)

Jun 11, 2011
italiana3 in Spirits

Ginger Pear Marini

Hello all
I had a great ginger pear martini at Roy's Hawaiian and I want to make it at home. The bartender wold not give me the recipe...but I watched him intently!
The description on the menu had : nigori sake, four square vodka, agave nectar...I watched him make it numerous times and I could also see that he put in canton ginger liquor. He served it with crushed ice and a pear slice.

I have been doing some research , but I am not sure of the amounts....also, I was thinking of making a home made pear nectar to add to the alcohol.
Any advice would be appreciated!

Jun 10, 2011
italiana3 in Spirits