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Andrea at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach) -- Worth the fuss??

Mrs. Brewer adores pasta, and we'd love to mix in a sunset ocean view with dinner during our visit in March.

Andrea at Pelican Hill looks like a score on both fronts. Does it live up to the pomp (and price!), or does it fall short?

Any other recommendations for Chow-ish oceanview dining within a reasonable drive from Irvine? Thanks!

Jan 26, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Thanks, Mikester. Hope to check out the Beef Palace, SoCo, Dough Exchange, Puerto Madero and Claro's.

Thanks also to JAB and TNT for the Cream Pan recos!

Jan 26, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

Orange County -- Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Our family will be renting a house in Irvine in March, and we plan to make some fun foodie dinners in the nice kitchen at the house.

Any suggestions for highly recommended or unique markets/farmer's markets, bakeries, seafood markets, butchers, or other specialty food shops (esp. Italian markets) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Jan 17, 2015
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

Thanks, everyone! The Ranch looks like a good fit for one night, and I might check out the Packing District, too.

I'll be sure to report back :)

Sep 29, 2014
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

Just re-upping my question. Anything within even a 15-minute drive of the Convention Center/Disney that's chow-worthy?

Sep 24, 2014
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ANAHEIM -- Anything Chow-ish near the Convention Center?

I'll be attending an event at the Anaheim Convention Center in late October, and I'm flying solo. Anything remotely Chow-worthy near that area for someone willing to explore?

An initial scan of the map nearby didn't look promising, but I'm hoping there might be something within even a 10-15 minute cab ride of the Convention Center that would be worth a trip.

Either breakfast or dinner recos would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Sep 04, 2014
BernieBrewer in Los Angeles Area

ORLANDO - Where to get good, local citrus?

Any tips on where to find good local citrus in Orlando area? We may be down to just grapefruit by the time we get there, but I'm hoping for some guidance in sorting the wheat from what I fear may be lots of chaff in tourist-heavy Orlando.

If it's helpful, we'll be in Lake Buena Vista. Thanks!

Feb 02, 2014
BernieBrewer in Florida

ORLANDO AREA - Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Looks good! Any idea whether Fatto in Casa sells fresh pasta? If not, any other suggestions for getting fresh pasta in the area?

Dec 11, 2013
BernieBrewer in Florida

ORLANDO AREA - Can't-miss markets, bakeries, butchers, etc.?

Our extended family will be in Lake Buena Vista in early February for a week, and would like to do some fun cooking on-site at the villa.

Any suggestions for highly recommended markets, bakeries, seafood markets, butchers, or other specialty food shops would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Dec 02, 2013
BernieBrewer in Florida

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Banger's looks like an EXCELLENT candidate for my criteria. Thanks, slowcooked!

Oct 21, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Not crazy late -- maybe between 9:00pm and 10:00pm. Mostly want to be sure that we won't be closing the place down on Sunday or Monday if we come in at 9:30pm.

Oct 21, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Actually, one of the receptions we're attending Monday night is at Max's, so that will probably rule it out for "dinner" after we wrap up. Sounds like food at the reception is likely to be good, though!

Oct 17, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Late Dinner Near Convention Center/Hyatt Place?

Hey, Austin Hounds!

Any tips on a late dinner within walking distance of the Hyatt Place Downtown (just west of Convention Center at E. 3rd St/Brazos St.)? I'm at the Convention Center in late October for a business trip that is likely to soak up the entire day, and bleed well into the evening on Sunday and Monday.

Our schedule probably won't work for reservations, and after a long day, my boss and I may be looking for something a bit more casual. Suggestions?

Oct 16, 2013
BernieBrewer in Austin

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

We ended up going with "Blackberries Three Ways," and we did it as a dessert amuse:

Blackberry-Lemon-Thyme Muffins (from Bon Appetit);
Blackberry-Lemon-Honey Frozen Yogurt Bites (also from Bon Appetit); and
Blackberry Lemonade (muddled blackberries in Trader Joe's organic lemonade)

It turned out great, and was a fun way to feature the berries. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! (esp. Dirtywextraolives for the muffin idea)

Jul 11, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Business Dinner in Princeton for 20-30 people?

Any suggestions for where to host a business group dinner for 20-30 people in Princeton? No need to go over the top -- I think the per-head food cost of the last dinner for this group was $60-$70 (not sure about wine/drinks).

All attendees will be from out of town, so thanks in advance for your advice! (We'll be staying at the Marriott at Forrestal, but are willing to drive into the city for dinner.)

Jul 11, 2013
BernieBrewer in New Jersey

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

Like the mini-muffin idea!

Sorbet had crossed my mind -- but I worried that the blackberry might be too much flavor for a palette cleanser. Have you ever used it in that way?

May 26, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

Thanks, everyone! I think a crostini-type amuse is likely the way to go. The menu is largely Italian-inspired, but not rigidly so.

The duck confit idea is intriguing, though. A bite of confit on toast might be fun...

May 25, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Suggestions for a blackberry amuse bouche?

We're doing a multi-course dinner for extended family this summer, and we'd love to work some of my MIL's blackberries into an amuse bouche (she'd get a HUGE kick out of it!). Any suggestions?

So far, the best ideas I have are either to make a blackberry-balsamic sauce for a bite of meat, or a blackberry BBQ sauce (potentially as a ravioli filling).

Thanks, 'hounds!

May 24, 2013
BernieBrewer in Home Cooking

Dinner for 20 near Downtown Marriott

Any suggestions of places within reasonable walking distance of the downtown Marriott (next to City Hall) to hold a business dinner for 20? Not really looking to break the bank, but the group does include a number of people who appreciate Chow-worthy food.

Thanks, Philly Chowhounds!

May 16, 2013
BernieBrewer in Philadelphia

Piccolo Sogno vs. Piccolo Sogno Due?

Mrs. Brewer and I have a quick getaway to Chicago at the end of May. House-made pasta is one of Mrs. Brewer's passions, so it sounds like Piccolo Sogno should be on our short list for dinner. If the pasta menu is our primary interest, is there much difference between PS and PS Due? (I'm familiar with Due's greater emphasis on seafood.)

Right now, even a month out, weekend reservations for dinner at PS are slim pickings. If we don't lose anything by choosing PS Due over PS, we would be able to snag a much more civilized time for dinner :-)

Thanks for your help, Hounds!

Apr 22, 2013
BernieBrewer in Chicago Area

Early Breakfast Near Central Park South (Marriott Essex House)?

Any recommendations for an early breakfast (either sit-down, or grab-n-go) near Central Park South? A quick work trip to the Marriott Essex House (Central Park South, between 6th and 7th) won't leave much room for chowhound exploring, but I'm on my own for breakfast before we start a day of meetings at the hotel at 8:00am.

I considered Sullivan Street Bakery, but they don't open until 7:30am, which is cutting it too close to my meeting start time. I fear that I may have limited options, but thought the NYC chowhounds might be able to come to my rescue. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

Mar 18, 2013
BernieBrewer in Manhattan

Minneapolis Dish of the Month (Dec 2012) - Voting

NON-STUFFED HAMBURGER

Dot's Bakery,Round Pond,Maine

We visited Dot's about ten days ago, and it was FANTASTIC!

Portland Wednesday Farmers Market -- Worth a visit for an out-of-towner?

We won't be able to stop at the Saturday Portland farmers market when we come to Maine in a few weeks, but are planning to hit the Wednesday market. The Saturday market seems to be quite a thing -- will we be glad we made the effort to get to the Wed. market? We'll be cooking at our rental home a lot while we're there, so I'm really hoping to get some good local produce to use in our dinners.

And if you would recommend a stop, any favorite vendors we should be sure not to miss? Thanks!

Grocery Options? -- Brunswick, Bath, etc.

We'll be staying in Harpswell in October, and we're looking forward to making many of our meals at home. Any suggestions for grocery options in Brunswick? Any of the chain stores better than the others? (We're from Minnesota, so don't even have that perspective on things.)

We'll probably try to hit a few specialty shops on the way up from Boston, but I'm sure we'll need a few trips for other supplies over the course of the week.

ASHEVILLE -- Light Dinner Suggestion?

Thanks to everyone for your comments. I have full report of our trip up on a separate post:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865868

We actually ended up making Curate our "light" dinner for the trip. That worked out really well -- while we probably could have found a number of other items there to enjoy, we were able to pick out a few items that felt like a meal on their own, and we were able to feel like we got most of the experience of the restaurant, too.

Early Girl got bumped for Over Easy and Sunny Point, and White Duck and 12 Bones got switched out for Homegrown (most other lunches were picnics during our day trips). Enjoyed both a bunch.

Sep 02, 2012
BernieBrewer in Southeast

Door County Report -- JJ's Waterfront, Wave Pointe resort, Malvitz produce stand

Thanks, GN. Our last trip to Trio was on our anniversary, ten years ago. While we enjoyed dinner then, that data point is more than a little stale!

A couple other favorites that we've enjoyed on our travels through Door County:

Summer Kitchen (Ephraim) - Nice, scratch-made sandwiches, bread, and soups. They're especially known for their soup bar, which comes with every entree. It's a bit pricey, but I think you have to expect a little bit of price premium for that quality of scratch cooking that far up the peninsula. http://thesummerkitchen.com

Door County Ice Cream Factory (Sister Bay) -- Lots of house-made ice cream favorites. We just got straight ice-cream, but I'm wishing we'd tried the "chipper sandwich" (vanilla ice cream sandwiched between chocolate chip cookies, rolled in chocolate chips). http://doorcountyicecream.com

Also, since I forgot websites on my first post:
http://jjswaterfront.com
http://www.wavepointe.com/gilmos_bar_...
http://www.doorcountypies.com/
http://www.marchantsfoods.com/

Sep 02, 2012
BernieBrewer in Great Lakes

Best Chocolate Cake in Portland?

My extended family will be celebrating my father's 60th birthday in mid-coast Maine in October. Dad's favorite dessert is chocolate cake -- no frills, no mocha/coffee/stout/fruit adornments, just straight-up, all-American chocolate cake with chocolate icing.

We'll likely be stopping in Portland for provisions on our way to the rental house. Any suggestions for bakeries, etc. in Portland (or elsewhere in mid-coast Maine, for that matter) with top-notch classic chocolate cake?

Best candy & bakeries in NE Wisconsin (GB/Manitowoc/Fox Valley)

COJ, did you ever make it to Hartmann's?

Sep 01, 2012
BernieBrewer in Great Lakes

Trip Report – ASHEVILLE (long)

If you haven't been to C24 or Market Place recently (or ever), I'd definitely recommend moving them to the top of your queue. Both would fit in very comfortably among the top tiers of our favorite Minneapolis restaurants.

We had seen some mixed reviews (or at least, tepid reviews) on C24, but Mrs. B's three favorite kinds of food are: (1) Italian, (2) Italian, and (3) Italian, so we made sure it was on the list because it seemed to be the best bet in town for Italian. Having been there, I can say that it belonged in our final four of dinner spots, even if we hadn't targeted Italian.

Market Place has a nice, broad array of influences and flavors in its menu. I would suspect that they probably have a number of interesting dishes at all times of the year, but especially during the peak of summer/fall produce.

Sep 01, 2012
BernieBrewer in Southeast