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Whistler- dinner suggestions midweek

First trip to Whistler ...I am looking for any recommendations on places to eat in Whistler (staying in Blackcomb, but I have a car)- looking for any good independent restaurant/ or a good value/ ethnic is grand/ pub food grand too) trying to avoid overpriced ski resort dinners (is it possible)? Many thanks.

Jan 18, 2014
weezy1074 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver 3 nights // Whistler recommendations

Thanks. Just booked a table at Guu w Garlic.
Sounds like Alibi is a good place for a saturday afternoon when we need a little rest...and a nice beverage for adults!

Jan 14, 2014
weezy1074 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vancouver 3 nights // Whistler recommendations

Do the heavy drinkers frown upon children drinking heavily?
Thanks. It's always hard to tell what goes in various cities, and what type of an establishment it might be. Brew pubs here are fine for children, before say...8pm.
Thanks.

Jan 14, 2014
weezy1074 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

mmmmm!
for me...Smoked (?) salmon over pappardelle with a cream sauce. I had it when I was about 17 in the Isle of Sylt with my family. (in the late -80s) I should just give up..but am always hopeful when I see salmon on a menu with a cream sauce.
Thing is, I have no idea what the restaurant was called, though I recall it was near the sea, an extremely large window faced the sea, and it was a stormy looking yet spectacular sky when we ate there. If only I could recreate this..

Jan 13, 2014
weezy1074 in General Topics

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

Smoked (?) salmon over pappardelle with a cream sauce. I had it when I was about 17 in the Isle of Sylt with my family. (in the late -80s) I should just give up..but am always hopeful when I see salmon on a menu with a cream sauce.
Thing is, I have no idea what the restaurant was called, though I recall it was near the sea, an extremely large window faced the sea, and it was a stormy looking yet spectacular sky when we ate there. If only I could recreate this...

Jan 13, 2014
weezy1074 in General Topics

Vancouver 3 nights // Whistler recommendations

I'm heading to Vancouver from SF...I'm looking for one or two dinner suggestions, as well as a lunch and a breakfast recommendation in Vancouver. Cheap and cheerful independent and/or locally sourced would be our preference, emphasis on especially as we'll be in Whistler for a few days. We want good and authentic food at a fair price.

Vancouver
Is Vij's still outstanding or has it been replaced by another better/hipper Indian restaurant?
What should we not miss? Is Guu worth going to? Is the menu the same? Original, Garlic or Otokomae?
Is Alibi room good (great for craft beer, no)? Can we take small children? (perhaps if we go really early?)
Is Choux choux charcuterie still around?
We'll be staying off of Hornby St, near the Burrard skytrain. We don't mind a walk.

Whistler (staying in Blackcomb)
I presume we'll be cooking in and early to bed on several evenings as our smallies will be skiing all day, but it would be good to know of a few places to go - where the food is good (or great even!) and fairly priced!

BTW,- We have 2 smallish children...who are good w ethnic food and well behaved.

Thanks for your suggestions. Many of the postings for Vancouver look quite old.

Jan 13, 2014
weezy1074 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Recommendation for last minute dinner for 2 [San Francisco]

That is a good suggestion. Thanks.

Jan 02, 2014
weezy1074 in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendation for last minute dinner for 2 [San Francisco]

Looking for dinner tomorrow night...something solidly good, yet also somewhat new or hip.
We love the likes of Delfina, Starbelly, Bar Jules, Bar Tartine...etc.
What I want to avoid is over rated and unnecessarily expensive places, just for the name/experience where the food isn't all that good.

Recently I went to AQ and found it excessively expensive, for the food and service.

Suggestions please.
Thanks.

Jan 02, 2014
weezy1074 in San Francisco Bay Area

DC dining for 4 nights?

I will be in DC for 4 nights, beginning tomorrow. While I lived there for years, I have been away for nearly 15. What are the must visits in the city proper? (I will be in Farragut West, going to the conference center every day). I am looking for good food, that isn't crazyily expensive (doesn't need to be Nora)!
Is the place still around in the Eastern Market that sells amazing crab cakes?
Is Jaleo still good?
Ethiopean/Erritrean recommendations?
What are the talked about places these days?
Thanks!
Denise

Oct 31, 2013
weezy1074 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Last minute restaurant in Napa

We are fortunate to find ourselves in Napa on Saturday night. (This Saturday!). Any recommendation for a good restaurant - good food, doesn't need to be expensive or fancy. We live in sf, and are spoilt by good restaurants that don't over charge. We are a party of 4...2 are 6 and 3! Suggestions please!

Oct 25, 2013
weezy1074 in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a recommendation [San Francisco]

We have been away for 18 months...looking for a good restaurant to go to w our friends who used to live in the city. Emphasis on really good food, hip/chic, not hipster crowd. We love delfina, beretta, Starbelly, flour & water. Looking for a new comer that we haven't been to, or hear of as we were away. Something that might accommodate us on a Saturday night w out reservations! Thanks!!

Sep 19, 2013
weezy1074 in San Francisco Bay Area

Amsterdam and Brugges recommendations please...

We will be in Brugges for 2 nights (Sun-Mon night) next week, and Amsterdam for 5 nights (Tue - Sat night) with 2 small children - 5 years and 2 years. I am looking for suggestions on places to go to eat, be it a sit down restaurant or street food not to miss - we are mainly looking for places casual locals go, but looking for some really good food.
We are from SF, and know it doesn't need to be white table cloth and expensive to be really good Our children will be with us every evening, but they are very well behaved (have been to Cinc Sensis, etc) and they like to eat!

These are some of the places I am thinking of (found from previous CH posts, DutchGrub and Amsterdamfoodie - thank you all!!), if any of these should be avoided, please advise, and please advise if there is a place not to miss! Thanks! Are children welcome in Dutch restaurants? We are living in Dublin at the moment where restaurants are not child friendly!

Brugges:
Bistro den Huzaar
Den Dyver

Amsterdam:
Blauw
gartine
Restaurant Greetje
Tempo Deoloe - Rijsttafel
Sampurna
De Bekeerde Suster
Pancakes! Amsterdam
Vleminckx French Fries
Japanese Pancake World

Amsterdam terraces -
bar brandstof
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Gent aan de Schinkel
Cafe de Jaren Cafe ‘t Sluisje
Cafe Hesp
Café Onder de Ooievaar

Apr 14, 2013
weezy1074 in Europe

Recs for Ireland...

The Vintage Kitchen in Dublin (off poolbeg street) is meant to be very good, book early.
Also, the Pigs Ear across from Trinity (Dublin city center) is fantastic - a great example of excellent local Irish cuisine!
If you cant get into pigs ear, The Winding Stair is also really good - a bit more expensive (not better) and one of our favorites in Dublin is called Mulligan's Grocer - in a place called Stoneybatter, about 15 min walk from Dublin city center. Fantastic locally sourced Irish food - in a gorgeously authentic pub setting. Book all in advance if you can, Mulligan's grocer is recently getting good press. Are these off the beaten path? Not really, but they are smart casual and really good. Coming from SF, I have found Dublin has many expensive or just overrated restaurants. These are solid. Try Pigs Ear and Mulligans - you won't be disappointed!
Another place just came to mind - Rigby. Off Leeson Street (10 min walk from city center) by day it's a deli, by night its a small restaurant w/ no menu - lovely and quaint. 2options of offerings for 3 courses - only. Perfect!

Apr 12, 2013
weezy1074 in U.K./Ireland

Salzburg, and Kaprun, Austria

Thanks for the recommendation. The Goldener Hirsch looks very quaint and is just what we are looking for!

Jan 29, 2013
weezy1074 in Europe

Salzburg, and Kaprun, Austria

I am hoping to find some recommendations for restaurants in Kaprun (or nearby,we will have a car) and Salzburg. I will be in Kaprun at the end of February for about 5 nights, then will be in Salzburg on a Saturday night. I am looking for good, traditional cooking. Nothing fancy necessary, just solid Austrian food! Any recommendations of spots for coffee in Salzburg are also welcome. We will be staying in the old town. Thanks for your I recommendations!

Jan 23, 2013
weezy1074 in Europe

Driving through Bavaria next week

Yes!
We had a coffee/bier and late lunch at Meisers Cafe Restaurant Goldenes Lamb was quite good on Weinmarkt 10.
Dinner was across the street, at Restaurant Sonne Cafe - Weinmarkt 11. It was a cozy restaurant. It felt like a gasthof, personal, not too large, and casual. We were there w 2 children and they doted on the little ones.
It wasn't high dining, but it was solid food from the region!
If you get a chance, and are near Wurzburg, just outside of Wurzburg is a small village called Eibelstadt. It's a charming village set beside the vineyards, partially intact walls and towers - which people have made into homes. In this charming village, we had an exquisite dinner at Weinforum Franken. It was simply fantastic! Kurbis was in season when there, and the menu featured kurbis (pumpkin/ or more accurately hokkaido squash). If you make it to Lindau - the Restaurant Old Poste is very good. More formal than casual, but very good. A month later I cant recall the price range, but I remember it being very good value (could be because I live in Dublin and everything is terribly overpriced and most are very average). Sorry I don't have more details, it was now at least 5 weeks ago.

Nov 10, 2012
weezy1074 in Europe

VACATION! What to do?! Help!

I second the suggestion of Sicily - you can't help but be inspired by the food there. You have mountain/hill towns, seaside villages, sun, fish, locally produced/grown vegetables. I was delighted when I was there to see carts and carts of gorgeously red tomatoes, and they tasted exactly the way a tomato should!
If you go you should go to Modica (not far from Ragusa) in the south west. Fattoria del Torre was simply heaven! There are something like 20+ chocolate factories in Modica alone, which make a grainy chocolate bar - odd at first but delicious! Check out the BBC 3 part series Sicily Unpacked George Locatelli and Andrew Graham Dixon and you will be inspired to go to Sicily! Good luck!

Nov 04, 2012
weezy1074 in Europe

Copenhagen 2 nights

I will be in Copenhagen for 2 nights...arriving at 10pm on nov 30 and leaving Sunday dec2.
I am looking for recommendations for late night dining (Geist.) for Friday night. I am looking for Scandinavian cuisine or new Scandinavian cuisine, smorbord, etc. (not kabobs,pizza on fri)

Any recommendations would be appreciated. although I know I would enjoy Noma, I don't want to spend an obscene amount of money, and think i can have a somewhat similar experience at a lesser known and less expensive restaurant. I do realise copenhagen is expensive, that said, I still want good food. Is MR still around? I have thought about trying to book a table for sat night at... Geranium, fiskebaren...

Thank you.
Denise

Oct 29, 2012
weezy1074 in Europe

Driving through Bavaria next week

Fellow chowhounds,

Please help me find some restaurants/gasthauses, etc for my drive through Bavaria next week.
We will be in Wurzburg Monday 1st October, Rothenburg Tues Oct 2, Dinkelsbuhl Oct 3, and most likely in Lindau on Thursday Oct 4.
We are looking for good food, and good atmosphere, serving either "Traditional" or "modern" German cuisine is sought. I want to avoid touristic restaurants and I know there are many. Price range 80 Euro for 2, less is fine, more is ok, if it's very good.

If you have any suggestions for Munich as well I would also appreciate that.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Sep 27, 2012
weezy1074 in Europe

Recommendation for Dublin eats?

Somewhat new to Dublin (6 mo) from San Francisco! I am finding it difficult to find a restaurant that I like that isn't outrageously priced (I know Dublin is expensive...). A range of restaurants with low end, midrange and high end is what I am in need of. I got the top 100 restaurants by one of the papers, but I haven't been impressed with what is there.

I am looking for a range of suggestions...
My favorite at the moment is Dunne and Crezensci (good food, good value!), I liked Bite. Most of the other places have been over priced or just disappointing - 16 Euro for a burger that I can't even have cooked the way I prefer, or a burrito for 17 Euro?

I would like some suggestions for high end, but really am looking for solid food and good value. Something that we can take the kids out to (and we do!) or go to ourselves. A range of restaurants with low end, midrange and high end is what I am in need of. All suggestions appreciated!

Thanks!

Denise

Jul 19, 2012
weezy1074 in U.K./Ireland

From a food lovers perspective, is Venice worth it?

If you go to Venice, you must go to Il Ridotto! It's amazing, very tiny and intimate. We were there about 2 years ago with our 2 yr old and the chef makes a point of talking to every table. I would go back to Venice (and fight the tourists!) just to go to Il Ridotto. his other restaurant nearby is also not bad.

Jun 13, 2012
weezy1074 in Italy

Restaurant recs for Sicily

Any recommendations for rustic trattorias in Palermo would be appreciated

Jun 13, 2012
weezy1074 in Italy

Restaurant recs for Sicily

Looking for restaurant recommendations for a week in Sicily, starting Thursday June 14.

We'll be in Palermo for 3 nights, Agrigento for 2 nights, and Modica (in the south, near Ragusa) for 2 nights. In Agrigento and Modica we'll be staying at Agritourismos. We plan on one evening meal at each agritourismo, unless we have good suggestions.

We need suggestions for non touristy restaurants (lunch or dinner) specializing in local cuisines in Palermo, Agrigento and Modica. Any other suggestions of places like bakeries would be ideal too!
Thanks.

Denise

Jun 13, 2012
weezy1074 in Italy

Barcelona April 17th through 22nd

PBSF, thank you so much for your suggestion of Cafe de L'Academia. It was rustic inside, as if it had been serving diners for centuries. I had the lasagna - it was made with sausage and morcilla. How extraordinary it was! It was a deconstructed lasange made with 3 types of sausage, including morcilla. My husband had something else (for his starter) that was equally excellent and inventive! We will definitely put this on our list for return visits! Thank you so very much!

Jun 11, 2012
weezy1074 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona April 17th through 22nd

A very late reply, but Cal Papi was a perfect choice! The food was so fresh. We had some sort of cod buneloes or something. mmmmm! Almost like tempura cod, but so fresh and delicious! Thank you for the recommendation!

Jun 11, 2012
weezy1074 in Spain/Portugal

Sicily (Jun 14 - 21)

We are looking for non tourist suggestions for our week in Sicily.

We will be in Palermo for 3 nights (14, 19, 20) and most likely in the Trapani province for the remainder of our visit. (just outside of Marsala for the weekend, and in Calatafimi 17th and 18th).

We would like to eat in authentic restaurants, places locals eat, rustic trattorias,or in Agritourismos. We don't mind a drive if the restaurant /agritourismo is worth it.

We plan on some day exploration/excursions, (Agrigento, Castelbuono, etc)

For what it's worth mentioning we will be traveling with 2 children, who are very well behaved and adventurous eaters.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Ciao!

Jun 10, 2012
weezy1074 in Italy

Barcelona April 17th through 22nd

Thanks very much for the discourse. I am from SF, but am currently living in Dublin, and am very frustrated at the prices charged in restaurants for food/service/quality that just doesn't measure up. Understood, that this is in part, because we were spoilt for choice of restaurants in SF.

Don't get me wrong, I would love to visit a Feran Adria restaurant, but I don't think one needs to spend lots of money to eat well. Part of the challenge of visiting a city like Barcelona is finding good quality restaurants that aren't terribly expensive. Having been to Barcelona a few years ago, I think (hope) this is still the case. I agree fresh/organic/and sustainably farmed ingredients generally will run more than not. I want to eat well and see if I can do so without eating each meal in expensive restaurants. I'll weigh in upon our return. I look forward to trying some of the suggestions and hope to find a gem along the way. Thanks.

Apr 12, 2012
weezy1074 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona April 17th through 22nd

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions.
Is lunch at Cafe de L'Academie to be avoided(touristy) or a good place to go? I will try Can Mano - for us, part of the joy of traveling is eating with the locals. We may pass on Fonda Gaig. In Barcelona one can eat so well without spending lots of money (as in our home in SF, CA).
Again, thanks for the suggestions!

Apr 12, 2012
weezy1074 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona April 17th through 22nd

thanks! sounds like Los Caracoles is what I want to avoid

Apr 12, 2012
weezy1074 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona April 17th through 22nd

We will be in Barcelona for 5 nights (April 17-22) and are hoping for some suggestions.
Tapas, Catalan style restaurants and sushi is what we'd like most. We will also have our 2 intrepid young diners with us - 4 yr old and 18month old, who are very good in restaurants.

When last in Barca we dined in Cinc Sentis and it was fantastic, also had tapas at Bar Pinxo in the market.

Below are a few places I was thinking of...I'd love to hear if we should cross any off our list, and if we should add something to our list. We would prefer not to spend too much, as I don't think we have to do so to eat well in Barcelona. (50 - 60 Euro for two). Wouldn't mind a recommendation for one meal that is more expensive, but only if it's really good.

sushi - Nakashita in El Born
Sant Joan -
Tapac 24
bar pinxto or El Quim
Tickets - any suggestions on how to get in?
Fonda gaig -
Los Caracoles - in Barrio Gothic - should we go or not?

Many thanks!

Apr 10, 2012
weezy1074 in Spain/Portugal