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Seattle and Bellevue with Kids

Thanks for the tip. I've been craving Indonesian food since my local place closed down and I never crave it enough to brave the Los Angeles traffic at dinner time.

Jul 27, 2014
BobMack in Greater Seattle

Seattle and Bellevue with Kids

Residence Inn off the 520 & 148th Ave NE. The address says Bellevue but it's referred to as Redmond in some instances. We are willing to drive 10-15 minutes with no problem.

We love all sorts of food and will be craving anything that doesn't resemble camping food. We like all types of ethnic cuisine but we have an abundance of Japanese and Korean places at home. My kids like everything as long as there are less spicy options. Pizza is not high on the list either.

Jul 27, 2014
BobMack in Greater Seattle

Seattle and Bellevue with Kids

We are spending a few days in Seattle with two adults and two kids (5 and 3).

We have a good bunch of meals planned out based on our sightseeing but need advice for a couple.

The 1st night we get in we are staying in Bellevue Marriott near the Microsoft campus. We are looking for dinner in this area since we'll be driving from Olympic NP that day and don't want to mess with going to the city.

The other days we are staying at Marriott near South Lake Union. It seems like we'll be in the South Lake Union area for one lunch and one dinner (we have a car). We were thinking Serious Biscuit for a lunch and Wurst Place for a dinner. We also thought of picking up Kedai Mekan for dinner. Any other suggestions?

One day we will be doing dinner in the Fremont/Ballard area. We liked the idea of Skillet Diner (is this good?) since there's it's in close vicinity of the Locks and a bunch of ice cream shops.

Any choices near Pike Place Market or on the way to the ferry for lunch? We are debating about eating at Marination Mai Kai at Alki Beach.

Also what is the best coffee place walking distance from the hotel?

On a side note, places with a great local beer list are a bonus.

Thanks

Jul 22, 2014
BobMack in Greater Seattle

Lunch in St. Helena/Yountville with Toddlers

My family is heading out on an early hike around St. Helena and were looking for lunch in the area. My kids are 5 and 3 and well behaved but still kids who prefer to not be stuck in a super formal environment. They eat everything and anything

On the board I've seen some suggestions for Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen and Farmstead but not much else. After lunch we will be travelling towards Napa so anything in that direction will work. We will be changing clothes after our hike so that's not an issue.

Any recs for a quick New Years Eve dinner around Santa Rosa would be helpful too!

Thanks

Dec 30, 2013
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Orkney Dark Island Reserve

I bought a bottle of the non reserve for $13 and it was one of the top 5 beers I have ever tasted. I'm not sure if the scotch barrels would make the beer better. I'd probably stick to the regular edition unless a couple of friends pitched in and we got a sip each.

Oct 23, 2013
BobMack in Beer

Wine Tasting from Sonoma to Santa Rosa

Thanks for the help. Can you all help me get a head start on an itinerary that would take me from Sonoma to Santa Rosa with a breakfast, lunch (picnic?) and a winery or two? It is possible that we meet our friends in Santa Rosa for lunch if that helps at all.

We are staying at the Marriott across from Train Town both nights.

My wife loves Fremont Diner so we may be able to throw that in before heading home the final day. It's slightly out of the way but worth it for a fun breakfast.

Also, my littlest one went through a crazy carsick phase and it would be no fun on a long vacation.

May 26, 2013
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Tasting from Sonoma to Santa Rosa

Thanks for the replies. Our geography is a little whacked since we have to meet some people for dinner in Santa Rosa. I've been on one of the winding roads and agree that internet maps were not the most accurate regarding time frames. Actually they were very inaccurate and the roads were much more curvy than expected.

Sorry about Ad Hoc, I meant the Addendum to pick up the box lunch.

We are actually coming in from SF and staying in Sonoma for two nights. On the way in to Sonoma we were planning on visiting the Muir Woods then stopping in Petaluma before heading to the hotel.

May 26, 2013
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Tasting from Sonoma to Santa Rosa

We are taking a mixed family trip (Five 30+ and two toddlers) to SF and Sonoma and I need some help with wine tasting.

I'm not looking for a kid friendly winery but instead a nice winery for four of the adults that is really close to Yountville. A nice tour is a plus. The plan is for me to take the kids to the park in Yountville (awesome little park!) after dropping the adults off at a winery.

Our itinerary for the day is:
Sonoma to Napa - Breakfast at Fremont Diner and a stop at Oxbow.

Napa to Yountville - Pick up some picnic lunch at Ad Hoc and some baked goods. Drop off the adults and go to the park

Yountville to Santa Rosa - Another good winery but this time we will probably stop at Castello di Amorosa so the kids can see the castle.

I haven't been to St. Helena or Calistoga but do these have interesting walkable areas with shops?

May 26, 2013
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Bethesda with Kids?

Getting ready to head out tomorrow morning and remembered that I ate at Freddy's on Half price burger night. They had only two burgers left and we got them. The beer list impressed me the most though. Any other places in Bethesda with a beer list like that? Never know when the kids will go to bed early.

Apr 05, 2013
BobMack in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bethesda with Kids?

Thanks everyone for all the great choices. The Afghan and Indian food sound delicious. Any Ethiopian worth visiting in Bethesda?

Feb 27, 2013
BobMack in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bethesda with Kids?

I'm going to spending a week in Bethesda (Residence Inn) in a April and have decided to bring along my 4 year old and 2 year old. They eat anything and everything but are still better off in a kid friendly place.

Any recs on kid friendly places that are affordable for lunch and dinner in Bethesda? Other than lunch and dinner any recs on ice cream, cupcakes, etc are appreciated as well.

We are willing to take the metro a short distance but not really looking to go all the way to D.C. as we will spending a couple days there as well.

Feb 26, 2013
BobMack in Washington DC & Baltimore

Casual Wine Country Dining and Food Shopping with Kids

Thanks, we are going to fit it in somehow. It looks like we will be in Santa Rosa on a Monday so (if they are open on Monday's) that might be a perfect time for a quick stop.

Jul 17, 2012
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Casual Wine Country Dining and Food Shopping with Kids

Thanks for the tip on Grace's Table, I looked it up on the board after your suggestion and it looks like the sort of place we'd like. We eat dinner early so the half price apps would be great too! I'm guessing there's no wait around 5-5:30.

Jul 17, 2012
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Casual Wine Country Dining and Food Shopping with Kids

That is sad to hear about Russian River since they make some of the best beer in the world and Lagunitas doesn't sound like it would be appetizing to my kids even though my youngest has an obsession with pretzel sticks. Regardless we are going to stop by RR to at least pick up some beer!

Jul 16, 2012
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Casual Wine Country Dining and Food Shopping with Kids

Thanks, this was exactly the type of food product info I was looking for. We are heading to Fatted Calf on our way out. Any idea if their selection of Rancho Gordo product is extensive enough to skip a trip to Ranco Gordo store?

Jul 16, 2012
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Casual Wine Country Dining and Food Shopping with Kids

We are taking a two day trip to Sonoma/Napa area and have planned a couple meals for my wife and I and two kids (4 and 2).

We like Sonoma but had to stay in Napa because of a great deal. We eat early dinners around 5:30 - 6:00 and right now we just planned on going to Bistro Sabor and Gott's. Is there anything that is closer to fine dining type food but in a casual environment? I'm talking about a true family restaurant that serves good fresh food.

Also for lunch we'd like to go to Russian River Brewery or Lagunita's since I'm an avid beer drinker/homebrewer. Any opinions on these two for lunch with kids? Bad idea? Also any other great lunch ideas around Napa/Sonoma?

Lastly are there any great local products to keep an eye out for like honey, oil, cheese, etc? I know about the Rancho Gordo but what else should I keep my eyes open for? The more specific the better and also a great market that carries a bunch of them in one place would be perfect.

Thanks

Jul 13, 2012
BobMack in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish Taco - Driving South to San Diego

We are taking a trip to San Diego (Paradise Point) and coming from Los Angeles on Friday. We are looking for the best SD style fish taco that's somewhere on the way. I looked through the recs and to be honest I'm not sure where most of the places are geographically so it's tough to sort out.

We are looking for a quick stop since it's in between meals and we don't mind taco trucks (actually might prefer them).

Also any recs for a Saturday lunch since I hate resort food. We have two kids (3.5 and 1.5) and we will be eating a dinner at one of the Pizza Ports and a lunch at Stone Bistro on the way back to LA. Any other great recs would be appreciated. Strangely my kids love seafood of all types.

Jul 03, 2012
BobMack in San Diego

Dinner and Bars?

Now I'm scared!

I'm not very hipster but I love a good beer selection. I don't know a few of the other people so I'll have to do a mustache/jeans check before finalizing plans.

I'm thinking blind lady looked good for the beer and food selections but the wait times I've been reading about haven't been to appetizing. Any truth in the long waits for a table?

Apr 14, 2011
BobMack in San Diego

Dinner and Bars?

Thanks for the new list everyone. We are in our mid 30's so nothing too clubby. If it were just me I'd probably hit Hamiltons or Toronado but we may be with some Hipster types.

Apr 14, 2011
BobMack in San Diego

Dinner and Bars?

Do any of these food serving bars/pubs have live music or DJ's? I'm more of a jukebox person but you never know.

Apr 12, 2011
BobMack in San Diego

Dinner and Bars?

Thanks for the help. Now I've got a good starting point for some more research.

Are these restaraunts in the $10-15 food range or the $15?

Are there any bars in the 30th st area (since that seems to be the best area) that have really good food?

Apr 11, 2011
BobMack in San Diego

Dinner and Bars?

A group of 7 of us are heading out to San Diego for a quick overnite.

We are hitting some of the breweries on the way up from LA then staying the night somewhere in SD.

We are looking for a good place to have dinner which is located in the vicinity of 2-3 good bars where we can hang out afterwards? It would be nice to walk but we have a designated driver so a short drive wouldn't be terrible. The bars and restaraunts have to have a good beer list and a good vibe.

We're all really casual so nothing too fancy.

BM

Apr 11, 2011
BobMack in San Diego

Equipment for Making Preserves?

I'm looking into some early holiday shopping and my wife has expressed interested in making preserves/jams etc.

I have no knowledge on this subject but I looked into a couple books and saw that they recommend a copper preserving pan.

Questions:
What else would I need to get so she could hit the ground running?

Also, is there a good equivalent to the copper pan? The copper is like $200+ for anything more than 10 quarts. Anywhere good to look?

Thanks

Nov 24, 2010
BobMack in Cookware

Booze flavored Ice Cream

I love Ice Cream mixed with some alcohol in it but I'm looking for some new flavors to try at home. Anyone have some good originals?

-I've tried a bunch of versions of Stout Ice Cream (Chocolate/Milk Chocolate/Malt)

-Avocado/Beer (taken from a local ice cream store)

-some whiskey Ice Creams

- Rum/Coconut, Rum/Banana

Some Tequila and Beer ideas would really be great.

Jun 30, 2010
BobMack in Home Cooking

Julian Serrano or Other?

We are looking for a place to take our 21 year old niece for a nice birthday lunch or dinner.

Problem is we have a 2 year old (very mellow) and have to take her since we are out of towners. Is Julian Serrano mellow enough to bring a kid to lunch?

We were also thinking Mesa Grill or the new Puck place in the Crystal mall.

Any other recs?

We are staying at Aria.

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Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

May 20, 2010
BobMack in Las Vegas

Rivera - Bar

Does anyone know if Rivera serves food at the bar?

How is the crowd factor around 6:30-7:00 on a Saturday night.

Going to be hitting LA Live and looking to eat at a bar area. Any other suggestions?

BM

Jan 30, 2010
BobMack in Los Angeles Area

Stock my Fridge

Thanks for the tips. We have a couple Whole Foods around my place and they have really different beer sections when compared to each other.

Jul 17, 2009
BobMack in Beer

Stock my Fridge

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll definitely check out some German Beers too since I live pretty close to a German market. They have a lot of interesting German wine but I never checked the beer section.

Jul 17, 2009
BobMack in Beer

ice cream recipe favorites?

I made a Longan Black Tea ice cream that turned out pretty tasty. It was a first effort so it's still a work in progress.

Jul 17, 2009
BobMack in Home Cooking

4th of July Ice Cream Flavors

Need some help with Ice Cream flavors/theme for a 4th of July Bash.

Every year I whip up some kind of Ice Cream bar for my 4th of July party. Last year I kept it simple with a banana split theme (3 flavors and banana split toppings). I'm sort of stuck on what to do with this year.

It's an almost all adult crowd (the ice cream doesn't make it out until the kids are all asleep, pretty evil!).

Jun 28, 2009
BobMack in Home Cooking