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Belated Honeymoon - First Week in October - California Coast from Sonoma to L.A. - Help!

I appreciate the thoughts on Willi's and Barn Diva. I had a feeling that they might be a disappointment based on the menus/websites alone. What didn't you like about Farmhouse? We're staying there, so I thought it would be easy our second night after a long day of wine tasting/touring.

Good idea on Big Sur Bakery. Thank you!!

Belated Honeymoon - First Week in October - California Coast from Sonoma to L.A. - Help!

Okay, thanks for the suggestion. I'll try to figure it out!

Belated Honeymoon - First Week in October - California Coast from Sonoma to L.A. - Help!

My husband and I are finally getting around to taking our honeymoon (we were married last August) and will be travellling the California Coast from Oct 1 - 9th this fall. We're really into food and wine, but we're not pretentious, so we can do the super upscale and yet fully appreciate the hole-in-the-wall spots that we'd never know from our hotel.

Our itinerary includes Sonoma, Carmel/Monterey, Big Sur and L.A. Sadly, we're skipping Santa Barbara. I have put most of the itinerary together, but need some help on some restaurant recommendations. I'm trying to balance the evenings between foodie and casual so we don't end up having 8 nights of tasting menus.

So far I have the following:

Sonoma - Staying at Farmhouse Inn, Forestville
Dinner first night at Scopa, Barndiva or Willi's Wine Bar
Lunch at Spoonbar
Dinner second night at Farmhouse
*Do we splurge for Cyrus if we're doing tasting menu at Farmhouse?
*Someone else also recommended Kenwood Inn

Monterey/Carmel - Staying at Carmel Valley Ranch
Dinner first night at Pacific's Edge
Dinner second night at The Tap Room at Pebble Beach (my husband will be golfing that day)
*I have heard the restaurant at Carmel Valley Ranch is very good, but it looks like they changed chefs.
*Thoughts on Bernardus Lodge or L'Auberge Carmel?

Big Sur - Staying at Glen Oaks
Dinner first night at Detjeens?
Lunch at Nepenthe
Dinner second night at Ventana Inn?

L.A. - Staying at SLS Beverly Hills
Dinner first night at Katsuya Brentwood (we need some sushi somewhere on this trip!)
Drinks at Seven Grand
Dinner second night at The Bazaar by Jose Andres

I would be open to any alternate recommendations or swaying from my current selections. I have been reading review after review and am starting to lose my way.

Thanks in advance, you guys...


Farmhouse Inn
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

109 Plaza St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Power breakfast near Grand Central

I am in need of great places to grab a formal, sit-down breakfast in or around Grand Central. Anything between 32nd and 48th would be best.


Aug 11, 2008
jessicaggh in Manhattan

Help! In desperate need of great coffee near 36th & 5th

Hi - I have a business meeting tomorrow morning and am in desperate need of a great cafe or brasserie near the client's office on 36th and 5th.

Any suggestions? Best if they take reservations.


Aug 11, 2008
jessicaggh in Manhattan

Power Lunch and Business coffee

Brasserie looks amazing...
will definitely try it!

Aug 07, 2008
jessicaggh in Manhattan

Power Lunch and Business coffee

Thank you, all!!!
so helpful...
I ended up having coffee at Bottega Del Vino, which was great and sooo busy.
The others are definitely going to targets also.

Next challenge - A great coffee place near 36th and 5th...any ideas?

Aug 07, 2008
jessicaggh in Manhattan

Power Lunch and Business coffee

Hi - Looking for some great places to power lunch or have a great business coffee (NOT STARBUCKS or Oren's obviously) around Madison Avenue between 56th and 65th. Any suggestions? Help...I am wine-ing and dining and don't know the city well.

Jul 16, 2008
jessicaggh in Manhattan

Sabatiello's in Stamford?

Sabatiello's totally disappointing. Last I heard it's a hot spot for divorcees on Saturday nights because they have good disco music upstairs. Stay away.

Columbus Park is consistently the best Italian in town. Hands down.

Or for inexpensive, hit Capriccio on Bedford and even the new place, Remo's. Good salads and pizza.

Visiting Scottsdale in September.

Lon's at The Hermosa Inn
T. Cook's at The Royal Palms
Mastro's Ocean Club at Kierland Commons

I do a lot of business in Scottsdale and this is where we take clients. They are all great. Mastro's has less of the Arizona ambiance, but it has fantastic seafood.

Jun 29, 2007
jessicaggh in Philadelphia

Suggestions for Las Vegas dining?

I just spent four days in Vegas and had the most amazing steaks at both Craftsteak (MGM - Tom Collichio) and Stripsteak (Mandalay Bay - Michael Mina). Stripsteak was amazing! Well worth the expenditure.

Also great, Joe's Stone Crab and Spago - both at The Forum Shops at Caesars. I really suggest making reservations in advance!!!

Stay away from DB (Daniel Boulud). I had a terrible meal there.

Jun 29, 2007
jessicaggh in Southwest