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new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

WE have been to Bremer and Salvestrin and enjoyed them both very much. We will make sure to include Failla in our visit. Thank you for the information.

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

Onion Tears, thank you very much. We haven't been to either one in quite a while, so we will check them out.

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

Thanks, Goldang. We have been debating about Kenzo.

new wine experiences in napa or calistoga

Long time wine aficionados staying in Yountville and visiting Napa and Calistoga for 5 days in January for new wine tasting/ food pairing experiences. We enjoy everything from big cabs to zins to pinots to burgundy style whites. We live in San Fran, and visit frequently. We like to think that there are still some unusual experiences still to be savored. Last visit we did Hess Cab tasting, Larkmead, Hourglass, Long Meadow Ranch, and Maisonery. Members of Biale, Seghesio, Rubicon. Any new suggestions from this august group?

Need recs on wineries to visit in Napa Valley for 11 people in 2 weeks!!

these might have space because they are lesser known. Taylor Family Winery is a great outdoor tasting experience, and they take reservations.
Maisonery is a lovely terrace experience offering wines from small producers. http://www.maisonry.com/

Thin sliced bread for tea sandwiches

Josey Baker bread is quite firm. I have used it for tea sandwiches to rave reviews. The packaged stuff from the grocery store is not good. Looks like what you want, but tastes like cardboard.

Dixie SF?

Dixie is now closed according to the owner.

Vegetarian Restaurants with a View?

If you are willing to drive a little, I recommend Navio, the restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. Request a table by the water. They have a separate vegetarian menu, and it certainly feels celebratory.
If you are willing to forgo the view, Coi, La Folie, and Quince both offer outstanding vegetarian food. Fleurs de Lys also offers a vegetarian menu, but we were not impressed on our recent visit.

Good or bad experience at Ala Romana? Looking for birthday restaurant with homemade pasta.

Has anyone had a good or bad experience at Ala Romana? Looking for a birthday restaurant for May 1 with homemade pasta, white tablecloths, and vegetarian selections. We have done the usual suspects: Acquerello, Perbacco, Flour & Water, Cotogna,Quince, Seven Hills, Ideale, SPQR, Da Flora, North Beach Restaurant. Other recommendations welcomed. Thanks.

Very specific New Year's Eve request

Have you considered La Folie? I have spent a few NYE there, and really enjoyed it. It feels like a very special time on NYE.
They have two seatings.
The food is wonderful--certainly stellar enough to satisfy foodies, and there is an optional wine pairing for 100 USD per person.
Most people dress to the nines, including a few in black tie. They decorate with streamers, balloons, and offer party hats and noisemakers.

Bottled hard cider from Normandy?

I appreciate suggestions from you both. Thanks.

Bottled hard cider from Normandy?

Thank you for the suggestion.

New Year's Day Brunch in San Francisco

Hi, I am looking for a place for a sophisticated and romantic brunch for New Year's Day, and I would prefer not to go to a hotel buffet.

Does anyone have any recommendations where the food is delicious, the atmosphere is romantic and quiet enough to talk with my husband, and the surroundings are tastefully decorated rather than ultra minimalist/ warehouse? Menu items should include selections like eggs benedict, omelettes, waffles.
Would like this to be in SF, but will travel for the right place.
I have looked at open table, but the places that seem to offer breakfast that day are either hotels, or less atmospheric than I seek.
Thank you.

Bottled hard cider from Normandy?

I am on the lookout for some of the fabulous hard ciders I enjoyed from Normandy this year for purchase in the Bay Area.
I have tried the usual suspects--Whole Foods, Jug Shop--and enjoyed their limited offerings, but I want to try some others.
Does anyone recall seeing any Normandy cider on the shelves recently?
First choice would be to find a place in the northwest quadrant of SF, but I am open to travelling a bit if necessary.
Thank you.

Dive bar veggie burgers?

As a long time vegetarian, I am always on the lookout for a great veggie burger.
Hillstone Restaurant on the Embarcadero is quite good.
The Portobello mushroom sandwich at Greens, which is worth eating, is their version of a veggie burger.
Recently, I have enjoyed really delicious veggie burgers at the Legion of Honor Café. Perfectly spiced, and you can top it with avocado if you like.

Paris dinner for 40! Help

I recommended La Saotico to friends for their wedding rehearsal dinner, and they took over the upstairs. I think that it may hold 40, but you need to check with Anne or Hugues at the restaurant.
Le Saotico, located at 96 Rue Richelieu, in the 2nd arrondissement. Their phone is 01 42 96 03 20. Their website is http://ww92w.saotico.com/accueil.asp.

This charming, intimate bistro and restaurant is run by Hugues Gournay and Ann Surcouf, a lovely and hardworking husband and wife team from the French province of Normandy, and the menu and the décor reflect their heritage.
The name “Le Sâotico” recalls the tiny gray shrimp found in the waters off the coast of their native Normandy.

Sep 21, 2013
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Any Cafes and bistros open in the Puces on Sunday for lunch?

Thank you for all of your help. We are going to go to Ma Cocotte. They do not take reservations for Sunday lunch, but we will go later in the day, and take our chances. I appreciate all of your help.

Sep 03, 2013
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Lunch for 10-15 persons on weekday in NW San Francisco

Melanie, I have made reservations at the Presidio Social Club for this Thursday. I will let you know how it goes after the meal.

Last pesky request, I promise... Peninsula Birthday dinner re-evaluation

We went to Reposado last night--a Sunday--and it was quite lively at 6PM. The food was delicious. Some standouts included the crispy plantains served with a sort of peppery creamy dip, the guacamole with three colors of chips, the mole, and the red and green rice. The margaritas were outstanding. The service was very very good, much better than we expected in Palo Alto. The waitress knew all the recipes, and could recite every ingredient when queried.

Any Cafes and bistros open in the Puces on Sunday for lunch?

I am looking for a café, bistro, or brasserie in the Puces St. Ouen for a casual lunch on a Sunday for 3 persons that takes reservations. Any ideas? Thank you.

Aug 29, 2013
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Which bakery has the best lemon birthday cake? [San Francisco]

Thank you, cake baker. They do not have any photos on the website, so I have asked them to send me a photo.

Paris with a vegetarian and a teenager

Riblet, as far as I know and I have dined there about 4 times in the last year, or made reservations for such, a firm reservation at La Saotico means that they seat you on time. You can make reservations for any night, and I have made them for two persons to 10 persons. The cost of the meal there is a great value. I think that you could probably eat very well there and spend about 35 to 50 Euros.

Aug 28, 2013
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Private Chef needed in St. Helena

I have used Eric Magnani for events such as this for my clients with laudatory results.
Eric Magnani, Private Chef
Category: Events and Occasions, Event Planning, Personal Chefs
P.O. box 761, Sonoma, CA 95476


Which bakery has the best lemon birthday cake? [San Francisco]

I need a birthday cake for 20 people for my husband who loves all things lemon. No specific requirements as to type, but just fresh lemon flavor and a great tasting cake. It can be lemon flavored, lemon poppy seed as long as there is decorated frosting, have lemon curd, resemble a lemon tart as long as they can decorate it with "Happy Birthday", and also incorporate another fruit, such as blueberries.
We live in northwest San Francisco, so it would be great if the purveyor could be in that vicinity.
I usually buy his birthday cakes from Schubert's in the Richmond, and if I do not find an alternative, I will order from them again.
Thank you in advance for your help. I always appreciate your generous comments.

Paris with a vegetarian and a teenager

Le Saotico in the second did a great job putting together a thoughtful delicious vegetarian meal for me this May. I gave them a day's notice. The proprietors are lovely, and from Normandy. My husband is a very adventurous eater, and enjoyed what they served. They also have a selection of Norman ciders by the glass and the bottle.

Aug 27, 2013
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Restaurants, cafes, or bistrots open on Sundays for lunch in Puces St. Ouen

I am looking for a café, restaurant, or bistrot that accepts lunch reservations on Sundays for 3 persons in October at the Puces St. Ouen--or very near to it.
My usual suspects--Le Paul Bert and Le 6 Paul Bert--are closed on Sundays. Ma Cocette is open, but they do not take any reservations for Saturday or Sunday lunch.
I need a place where we can make a reservation
Preference would be a casual lunch with Parisian bistrot cuisine near the Paul Bert market, but at this point, I am open to other possibilities.
Thank you in advance for your help

Aug 26, 2013
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Lunch for 10-15 persons on weekday in NW San Francisco

Thank you very much, David. Sounds like a good choice, and definitely worth consideration.

Lunch for 10-15 persons on weekday in NW San Francisco

Chowhounds, I am looking for a nice restaurant for a no host lunch on a weekday for between 10-15 persons, preferably in NW San Francisco. (Other locales are also possible, but NW San Francisco is most convenient.)
The total cost per person should range between 30 and 45 per person, including tax, tip, but no alcoholic beverages. Convenient parking--paid is okay--is a plus. We are looking for a place that is quiet enough to talk. This is not a rowdy group--mostly sedate men and women in their fifties and sixties.
Any suggestions?
Thank you for your help.

Off the radar restaurants in Paris?

I second the recommendation on Le Saotico. The husband and wife team was so very accommodating. We ate there in May, and pronounced it one of the best meals on our trip.
Also, we really liked Goust, although I know that some people on this board disagree. The wine pairings were outstanding. The food was well spiced, which we liked. Each course was a standout. The service was accommodating and warm.

Jul 02, 2013
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Continuous service cafe/brasserie/bistrot in arrondissements 1 through 4?

We are winding down a month long trip in Paris this week, and we have dined in many good eateries: Le Jules Verne; L'Arpege; Goust; La Saotico; Breizh Café; Bread and Roses; Le Relais Comptoir; Angelina's; Restaurant Baudy in Giverny; Maceo. Our only really bad pick was Café Marly, which was disappointing in food and service
This week, we want to readjust to California time before we head home, and we would like to finish dining early enough to be in bed by 9PM.
One of us is a vegetarian who eats no fish, fowl, meat, or seafood, but who eats eggs and dairy products. The other person eats everything.
Any suggestions for some places that might work for us this week? Thanks.

May 27, 2013
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