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Indianapolis & Bloomington on Easter Sunday

Thanks all...btw, I did call Uptown, closed Sunday dinner.

Apr 15, 2014
ceekskat in Great Lakes

College visit with teens

Thanks, will keep in mind but have become disenchanted with Food Trucks as the ones here are generally mediocre.

Apr 15, 2014
ceekskat in Atlanta

College visit with teens

Good to know, thanks.

Apr 15, 2014
ceekskat in Atlanta

College visit with teens

Last question: what are the must tries at General Muir for dinner (Wed)?

Apr 15, 2014
ceekskat in Atlanta

College visit with teens

Thank you all for your thoughtful replies. ESS seems to be an unanimous choice, will think about it. Was also thinking of something a little simpler/more comforting (Wisteria's menu LOOKS perfect).

Tomo & Gu's look great but former is too expensive & latter too far away. Will skip Asian...coming from the 'burbs of San Francisco.

One of the reasons for Flip Burger was so that DD#2 can enjoy a lamb burger as she does not eat beef. Burger isn't a must; just trying to avoid $150+ bill every night.

Love the runaway comment about Cardamom Hill, but sad to hear as there are so few good, creative Indian restaurants in the U.S. Looking forward to Suvir Saran's arrival in SF!

Will definitely get to General Muir & I think the girls will love Bocca Lupo.

Apr 15, 2014
ceekskat in Atlanta

Indianapolis & Bloomington on Easter Sunday

Hi, thank you for your reply. Oceanaire is probably more than we'd like to spend plus two of us allergic to shellfish. Will keep Palamino in mind. On a college tour, coming from several days of eating out in Atlanta. Home is SF 'burbs.

I just realized I may not want to see heavy foods by Sunday lunch, but kids may enjoy Steak 'n Shake. Mom & dad can have salads?

Apr 15, 2014
ceekskat in Great Lakes

Indianapolis & Bloomington on Easter Sunday

First time in Indiana arriving approx. 1:30 at IND with two teens to visit IU Bloomington. Thought we could eat somewhere first, drive by Lucas Oil Stadium, look around the city a bit then head to Bloomington. Probably a light meal in the evening.

DH's first thought was Peyton Manning's (?) favorite steak place, but I believe it is closed this Sunday.

Would like a place between airport & Lucas Oil Stadium. Brugge Brasserie sounded great 'til I realized it is further north. RBistro is closed. Something along those lines or actually, we might be up for Indian...recs appreciated.

Bloomington - Sunday evening? May be Uptown Cafe for Monday night.

Apr 14, 2014
ceekskat in Great Lakes

College visit with teens

We'll be staying at Omni CNN Center this Wed (arrive 1:35pm) thru Sat. Seeking good food with bustling atmosphere (DH & I love cocktails).

May be Decatur or Buckhead for Saturday night; looks like some chow recs in Decatur have limited menu (not sure if it would appeal to my girls, one of whom is allergic to shellfish & abstains from beef). Currently have Iberian Pig for Saturday night...too "old" for teens? Would rather not go above 20's for entrees.

Would love to try "new Southern". Miller Union? I have JCT Kitchen for Friday. If I do Miller on Thursday, is that too similar? ESS looks good but pricey.

Also have General Muir & Flip Burger on my radar. Would appreciate pizza/pasta, Asian, Indian & other burger recs too (17 yr old dd is just getting back from school UK trip, wants FLAVOR). Picking up pupusas before airport pickup today :)

Thanks.

Apr 14, 2014
ceekskat in Atlanta

Family friendly breakfast diner in San Francisco?

Great place just 10 min. north of Mtn. View...

Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill
http://www.paloaltocreamery.com/

Apr 14, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Dosa party vendor recommendations?

Recently picked up food from Tirupati Bhimas for a party and it was quite good. A friend at this event mentioned she had attended a "dosa party" catered by Bhimas & it was excellent.

As for Aachi Aappakadai - have only had appam and it was excellent, especially with minced chicken. Obvious bonus here is you get non-veg items as well; also loved their goat curry.

Apr 14, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area
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Touristy Spots Worth Visiting

Bouchon Bakery @ Rockefeller Plaza as seen on NBC Today show? Haven't been to the NYC locations but my teens love going to the one in Napa Valley.

May be Rice to Riches- Unfortunately, didn't make it there on our visit.

Also, please be sure to get a fresh fruit smoothie from the cart parked somewhere 40's end/beg 50's at Park Ave. owned by Vietnamese I believe. Our favorite was a mango one. BTW, the Halal Cart was a hit with my spice loving teen.

Apr 11, 2014
ceekskat in Manhattan

40th birthday in Sonoma with 20 friends

My friends love that place & have taken visitors there; however, not for a hosted event. Also, I'm not sure it would meet your "that isn't too expensive for lunch" requirement.

Mar 27, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

3 nights in Napa (foodie trip first wine secondary)

I don't believe Araujo is open to the public. For really nice pinots, I suggest Failla. Tastings by appt. in small groups in a charming cottage.

Mar 26, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

good to know, thanks.

Mar 21, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Walkable in the Marina? [San Francisco]

Yukol Thai...anyone been recently? Really liked it when we went years ago.

Mar 20, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Mini taco crawl on Middlefield [Redwood City]

Thank you for the report. Look forward to trying Taqueria MexCal, one of the more newish places there I believe. Good to know about El Paisano's tortillas being made order; however, not exactly a welcoming storefront :)

We've been going to Tacos Los Gemelos (1630 el camino) more & more as Chavez' quality has slipped quite a bit. My girls love the sopes at TLG & I like their goat tacos made with hand made tortillas.

As for Chavez, they don't seem to make fresh tortillas anymore nor do they griddle them when ordered. Last two times I've gone, meat came from the steam trays vs. off the spit for al pastor. Don't know if they are trying to be more efficient or trying to cut costs, either way, quality is suffering. Really bummed as this is not too far from home and the people are nice.

Mar 18, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Off the Grid tonight in Menlo Park- recs?

Looks like they've started gathering at the train station

http://offthegridsf.com/markets#33-me...

Chairman, The Creme Brulee Cart, El Sur, Gold Rush Eatery, Blendid, Waffle Roost, Boneyard, Hiyaaa, and may be Me So Hungry Too.

We are diehard fans of Chairman, like the Creme Brulee Cart too- any other do's or don'ts?

Mar 05, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Did anyone get any awesome chocolates for Valentines Day?

Didn't receive but did taste Kona coffee chocolate truffles that were pretty good at Trader Joe's last week.

Feb 20, 2014
ceekskat in General Topics

4 days in San Francisco

Yank Sing, Great Eastern for dim sum...latter will be less expensive. My girls love Perbacco for Italian (Zero Zero is another more casual option).

Thursday morning at Ferry Building. Also, if you find yourself needing something close to hotel, try Thirsty Bear. Fang may be another for "need something"; haven't been.

http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.c...

Feb 14, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Reservation for 8, barely 1 week notice, ideas? [San Francisco]

Radius- great service, solid food, nice wine selection, and fabulous dessert in the lemon curd tart. We were there early one saturday last Sept. so place was empty but had filled up by 7:30. Under the radar perhaps due to less than optimal locale.

Feb 12, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Continental Breakfast Challenge - so sick of Costco muffins & Yoplait.

My high schooler has to take a mid-morning snack about 2 times a year for a group of 10...perennial favorites are croissants, nutella & strawberries; mini almond bear claws from Safeway; bagels with plain cream cheese & strawberry cream cheese.

DD says for some reason, the boys love the bear claws. And 3/4 kids like plain cream cheese & 1/4 like strawberry.

I'm sure homemade banana bread, cranberry bread, etc. would go over well too.

Feb 08, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Standing in line, decided to pick up the 'Lattemiele slightly sweet milk & honey biscuits' from Italy. YAAY, love them. Great snack for after school or to go with your afternoon
tea :)

Oh, don't know if someone else has mentioned it but the dried Organic Turkish Apricots are excellent (I've yet to try Apricot King).

Feb 08, 2014
ceekskat in Chains
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Which Trader Joe's Holiday Items do you wish they had year-round?

Weisella cookies

Feb 07, 2014
ceekskat in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

Had a sample of kung pao chicken (freezer bag)...not bad at all. They didn't hold back on the heat!

Feb 05, 2014
ceekskat in Chains
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Broadway Masala, new indian, RWC

Went here last week for a birthday lunch with girlfriends. Nice to see the place bustling at lunchtime. The mostly under $10 lunch specials included rice, salad & naan. Our group ordered roganjosh, murg curry, veg. biriyani & paneer kathi rolls. Everything was very good, though the somewhat thick but tasty paratha seemed to overwhelm the paneer/onion filling. Service was friendly and efficient; however, we weren't offered any dessert...just presented with bill. We were way too full that we probably wouldn't have ordered any anyway.

Friend had originally planned on Amber Dhara, so glad I redirected the party here. Great addition to downtown RWC.

Feb 01, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Bottle of Wine for Braising an Italian Beef Dish?

Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone is 7.99 at my local TJ's & the two buck or three buck chuck shiraz is not bad either.

Jan 24, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Eater Silicon Valley Heatmap

Been only once to Refuge, MP...was underwhelmed by the pastrami sandwich. Really messy which turned me off. Same with the pulled pork sandwich. DD didn't realize cole slaw was going to be inside & there was a lot of it making it one wet, sloppy sandwich. Plus, the combo didn't work.

Just checked the Gochi website; nice that there is a dedicated vegetarian menu. Unfortunately, appears they are in danger of losing their Mountain View lease due to real estate development. Wonder if that's the case for nearby Rose Int'l Market, though not part of same complex.

Jan 22, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

Marcella Hazan's Tomato Butter Sauce

I made this a few years ago after reading here. Reminded me of tomato chutney that we eat with dosas & idli, without the spice of course. Not for spaghetti, thank you.

But now I'm here reading again, what exactly is the original version? Canned or fresh tomatoes? I had used fresh (as per that thread). Guessing taste would be vastly different if using canned.

Jan 17, 2014
ceekskat in Home Cooking

Menlo Park-area Asian food with private dining room?

Mandarin Gourmet, Palo Alto. Depending on your budget, Tamarine, Palo Alto.

Jan 14, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area

4 Nights in San Fran - Help me narrow it down!

Sorry, I had edited at same time. Saison is $248, though Coi is also expensive @ $195pp...wow, I didn't realize it has gone up so much in the last couple of years.

Jan 14, 2014
ceekskat in San Francisco Bay Area