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Need a restaurant rec. where we can be "loudish"

My husband's college friend is coming into town next weekend, and when they get together they tend to get a little boisterous. So, we need a restaurant where we do not have to whisper or be fairly quiet. The other requirement is really great food and a decent wine list. It does not necessarily have to have a New Orleans flair. We originally had thought of August, since the last time my husband and I were there, the people around us were fairly loud, and it was not a problem. However, they are booked for Friday. I would love to take them to Stella, but I think it is a little to quiet for this evening. Any help would be really appreciated!!

Feb 03, 2011
mtleahy in New Orleans

Best place to go for a one off Dim Sum in Vancouver area?

I think this might be a dumb question, but does Red Star offer Dim Sum during the week as well as the weekends?

Jul 05, 2010
mtleahy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Several Specific Vancouver/Whistler Dining Questions

Thanks so much for the recs so far. Please keep them coming! I have an additional question.

8. Izakaya Crawl- Should this be done as one of our dinner options, or can we do this as a late night excursion? Again, another way to squeeze in an additional meal : )

May 21, 2010
mtleahy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Several Specific Vancouver/Whistler Dining Questions

We are planning our annual trip to go to somewhere nice and cool that has fantastic food. Interestingly enough this is our third return in three years to the Pacific Northwest/ British Columbia area. We are from New Orleans so we love great food, but are looking for some specific dining experiences that we really can not get in our area. We are willing to trek (walk/bike/tram/drive) great distances to find the "best" of what ever thing we are seeking. Our itinerary will include at least 5 days/4 nights in the Coal Harbour area of Vancouver and 4 days/3 nights in the Whistler area. I have done some extensive research on this board and have begin making my google map/detailed dining itinerary for the trip. My husband thinks I am completely loony to devote this much time and effort, but hey, I am a stay-at-home mom with 2 little ones, so I need something exciting to do : )

Here are the first of my questions:

1. Dim Sum- We have only had it one time and that was in Victoria. We did not love it, but I want to give it another try. I believe we need to go to the Richmond area if I am not mistaken, but I am lost as to which place would have the best dim sum and also be helpful to the novice diner.

2. Omakase- I, like many others, have watched the Tony Bourdain No Reservations Vancouver episode, so I have grand plans to dine omakase style at Tojo's. Is this a great plan? Is there a better option? How much to spend to get the full experience? We are looking for a lot of innovation. Although we get pretty good fresh sushi in our area, we are wanting to be blown away with both raw and cooked items, so we are wiling to not place limits on this one.

3. Tasting Menu- I am someone who loves a taste of everything on the menu. I usually accomplish trying many things by manipulating my husband to order things for himself that I really want to try : ) Therefore, I love a great tasting menu. Do you have any can not miss recommendations? West Restuarant? Here, there is no budget.

4. Afternoon Tea- I love the idea of sneaking in an additional snack/meal into the day : ) Do you have an idea for a traditional service?

5. Vij's- Is it imperative to eat here for dinner, or can you get a great experience by eating next door in the Vij's Rangoli Restaurant during lunch?

6. Cioppino's- I usually say money is no object for great food, so I want to make sure that it is worth the price to eat here, or is there a less expensive alternative? Maybe there is a tasting menu, although the website does not list one?

7. Banh Mi- I am looking for the best Banh Mi in the area. Maybe we could try several in a close proximity of each other.

Thanks for your help!!!!

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Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

Vij's Rangoli
1488 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

May 20, 2010
mtleahy in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Sid-Mar's

That is good to know. My husband and I shared our very first date at Sid-Mar's in Bucktown. He was too nervous to eat, but I did, and loved it!!

Feb 20, 2010
mtleahy in New Orleans

Kitchens of India Curry Mixes

Maybe I invented a new dish : ) I used lemon curd as per the direction, but according to what you said I should have used lemon yogurt. So, I have to chalk up a new dish to a delicious accident! Next time I will try with the lemon yogurt and see what the flavor difference is. I have to say with the English lemon curd, the meat was super tender, and the flavor was outstanding, it came out really spicy with just a hint of sweetness. Yum!

Jan 19, 2010
mtleahy in General Topics

The very BEST King Cake?

It is Manny Randazzo's: http://www.mannyrandazzo.com/

Jan 18, 2010
mtleahy in New Orleans

Kitchens of India Curry Mixes

Thanks for the tip. I just ordered 3 sets of it. Unfortunately, I was craving some tonight : ( I guess I will just have to wait a few more days! As I think about it, I must have found the packets at Big Lots, but they are not there anymore.

Jan 18, 2010
mtleahy in General Topics

Kitchens of India Curry Mixes

I used the paste for Hyderabadi Biryani and the paste for the Butter Chicken Curry. The Hyderabadi Biryani calls for you to marinate in lemon curd first and then stir it into the paste. I combined both the lemon curd and paste and let it sit over night. It was phenomenal!! It sounds odd, but it was so delicious. I also let it simmer longer than required to make the meat more tender, and just added a little water to make sure it could go longer. Of course it probably helped that I used a beef tenderloin as the meat because it had been sitting in my freezer and I thought it probably would not make great steaks so I used it in this simmer sauce much to my delight!

Jan 18, 2010
mtleahy in General Topics

Kitchens of India Curry Mixes

I used some of these products recently and absolutely loved them. The problem is, I can not remember where I bought them. Does anyone have any idea where to locate them in the U.S. and if possible even more specifically in Louisiana?

Jan 18, 2010
mtleahy in General Topics

Need help to make Guatemalan Tamales & Order Products

My daughter is from Guatemala, so I thought now that she is 3 it is time to start making the traditional Guatemalan tamales for Christmas. I have a recipe from Saveur from last year that I think will work, however, I would like to see if anyone has made these and has a great recipe or good technique advice. Also, I am looking for a good place to order some of the ingredients over the internet, like the banana leaves. I am in a rural area, and would not be able to get those anywhere around here. Thanks for your help!!

Dec 05, 2008
mtleahy in Home Cooking

Chefs

Thanks for the info. I grew up in Broken Bow and OKC and am a graduate of OU, my parents live in Shawnee. Nice to see a fellow Okie on the NOLA board : )

Jul 06, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Chefs

Is the MOJO HD channel only something you can get on-line or is it through cable or direct tv?

Jul 06, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Chefs

What channel is "After Hours" on? I would love to see this.

Jul 06, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Best Steakhouse in New Orleans Area

Have you eaten there, and if so, what did you have? Thanks : )

Jul 01, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Best Steakhouse in New Orleans Area

I totally agree. I can make a fantastic steak at home, but I can not sear it at 1200 degrees or anywhere close to that. That is why I am specifically asking for Steakhouses that would afford me an opportunity to eat something I can not make at home. We had a bone-in-filet recently at a landmark Seattle steakhouse that was seared at 1200 degrees. The flavor was unlike anything I had ever eaten before. The high heat had melted the marrow in the bone and the marbling distributing this rich flavor throughout the steak. That type of steak experience is what I am looking for. Sides and wine are not important on this go around but a fantastic steak experience is. Thanks for getting the question : )

Jul 01, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Beef Carpaccio

Ristorante DaPiero has it on their menu. They are getting rave reviews as the best in the NOLA area even though they are in Kenner. I have yet to eat there, but it is on my short list to try next. Here is their website:

http://www.ristorantedapiero.net/rist...

Jun 30, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Best Steakhouse in New Orleans Area

Since the board has been on a steakhouse topic lately, I was wondering what everyone thought was the "Best Steakhouse" in New Orleans. Where is your favorite place, which cut of steak do you order, and why do you think it is the best. My husband and I are training for a marathon, so he has been on a serious steak craze. I am not limiting you to just New Orleans proper, you can throw in anything within say an hour of the city. Thanks : )

Jun 28, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Where Can I Find Bone-In Filet

My husband and I just came back from vacation where we had a bone-in filet mignon at a fantastic steakhouse in Seattle. Can anyone think of where this may be offered locally? I saw that some menus offer a bone-in ribeye, but I did not know if that has a similar taste and texture. I would venture to say no, but if someone has had both, maybe they can set me right. Thanks : )

Jun 26, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Andrew Jaeger's in Mandeville

I just found where this had opened in Mandeville, and wondered if anyone out there has tried it. The menu looked promising and I wondered if the food delivered, and what the atmosphere was like. Let me know : )

http://www.andrewjaegers.com/

Jun 26, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Visiting Seattle and Vancouver

I recently asked the same question, and my Vancouver questions were moved, so I started a new thread and have got some outstanding information from these Seattle Hounds : ) Here are the links:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/519784
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/517572

May 23, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest

Horinoya

I ditto that a hundred times!!! It is by far the best sushi around. Very fresh tasting. Only knock is sometimes service is so-so because a lot of the servers are college age and there is a good bit of turnover. However, it is worth chancing the service to get the best local sushi.

May 22, 2008
mtleahy in New Orleans

Vancouver: Omakase for lunch?

We are doing a northwest trip, and our plans have changed, so we will only be spending 1 day in Vancouver, 2 days on Vancouver Island, and 5 days in Seattle. I was saving my Japanese experience for Vancouver, but I am now in a timing pickle. We have to board a ferry back to the island at 7:00 at night so I must now try and get my Japanese experience in at lunch. I originally was going to do Tojo's Omakase, but now I am looking for Omakase for lunch. Is this even possible? We will be in the aquarium area for lunch if that helps, but are willing to drive for a spectacular meal. I will even go for East meets West cuisine (if it is good: ) Otherwise, should I just scrap the idea and have Japadogs and a nice stroll? (This is a serious question) Thanks!!

May 21, 2008
mtleahy in Western Canada Archives

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

Ok, one last question : ) I would like to get a really tasty Banh mi sandwich while I am there. What would be your best suggestion. Does the Green Leaf or Tamarind Tree serve this? I searched on this board, and found suggestions of places but most people had forgotten the names of the different places in the ID where it was found. A take out restaurant or sit down restaurant would be just fine. I think we are going to do a "sandwich" crawl one lunch and will start at Salumi's, go to Paseo, and then . . . .

May 20, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

So if I switch Matt's to dinner that will work for the view of the water? Is it a good view or should I consider something else?

May 19, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

Ok, so now I have taken the latest advice and further refined my list. On top of that, I have some more specific questions.

1. Our first night my husband wants to eat somewhere with an amazing view of the water. Of my list, which would qualify, and if none of them do, do you have any additional suggestions? Quality and view are of equal importance.

2. I looked at Cafe Juanita for our pre Cirque dinner and it looks great, but we already have Cucina de Ra on our list. Is it worth dropping Cucina de Ra, or should I stick with having a post show dinner at Palace Cafe?

May 19, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

After many hours of research (probably more than I will actually spend on my vacation : ) I have actually reached a tentative list of eateries. I am open to scrapping any or all of my ideas for better ones, or moving one from one category to another. We will be in Seattle for 5 nights at the end of May first of June, will be staying at Hotel 1000, and have a car or can taxi. Here goes:

Breakfast/Brunch: (so far I only have one, but need some others, or at least some quick bite places)
1. Crave
2. Maybe something on Bainbridge Island?

Lunch:
1. Salumi
2. Matt's in the Market
3. Serious Pie
4. Ray's Boathouse cafe

Happy Hour:
1. Oliver's Twist
2. Harvest Vine
3. Cascadia
4. Earth & Ocean (for the french fries)

Dinner:
1. Dahlia?
2. Lark
3. Palace Cafe (after our Cirque du Soleil show)
4. Crush
5. Union?
6. 1 of these (Elemental, Sitka & Spuce, Dinette)
**Also, I looked at Herbfarm and am willing to go even with the price if it is just that good!! If I can substitute with something a little more affordable that would be better.
**I know this sounds cliche, but I would like to go to a Japanese "fusion" type restaurant. We just do not have anything like that at all in New Orleans. I am going to Vancouver and am going to do the suggested Izkaya crawl later in the week.

Bakeries/Random:
1. Trophy Cupcakes
2. Top Pot Donuts

May 16, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest

Need rec's for a week in Seattle/Victoria/Vancouver

Wow, I feel like I got in trouble from the principal : ) I did not realize it was a no-no to ask about Canada. Sorry : (

Continue to give me Seattle recs!!!

May 10, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest

Need rec's for a week in Seattle/Victoria/Vancouver

These all sound wonderful, I think I will try your Izakaya crawl, that sounds really fun, but I still need some Seattle recs too, as we will be spending more time there, then anywhere else.

May 10, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest

Need rec's for a week in Seattle/Victoria/Vancouver

I also wanted to add that we would like a superb sushi experience while we are there. Something really innovative. We are from New Orleans so our sushi is pretty much run of the mill. Thanks : )

May 09, 2008
mtleahy in Pacific Northwest