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5 Days in Seattle -- Newbie -- Must Eats, Not Too Expensive?

Thanks ... I see that now. Will do.

Aug 26, 2011
rpwilliams in Greater Seattle

Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego

Ah, remodel, eh? Sounds good. I haven't been there in about 6 months.

Aug 26, 2011
rpwilliams in San Diego

Best Seafood Restaurant in San Diego

Very minimalist preparation, and not really a restaurant, but great variety and all sorts of good stuff. Point Loma Seafood. The oysters are a steal and delicious; they have lots of very tasty smoked fish, and they're right where the sportfishers come in, so they've got all kinds of good fresh stuff that they'll prepare simply and deliciously for you.

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Point Loma Seafoods
2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

Aug 25, 2011
rpwilliams in San Diego

5 Days in Seattle -- Newbie -- Must Eats, Not Too Expensive?

I'm going to be in Seattle next week for 4 days for a conference, and I'd love to get your help. I'm currently an L.A. foodie (if you'll forgive the term) and I'm interested in interesting eats, especially of the "only in Seattle" genre (or nearly so), and I of course want to sample lots of seafood. All of this on a budget--I'm no pauper, but I'm trying not to break the bank either.

(I'm staying at the Renaissance Hotel at 515 Madison.)

Thanks in advance!

Aug 25, 2011
rpwilliams in Greater Seattle

Backpacking--No Fire--Tasty Eats

I'm going on a 2 1/2 day backpacking trip in the Desolation Wilderness up near Tahoe. We can't have fires, and I would hate to just eat sandwiches for dinner, so I was wondering if anyone has any tips for tasty food that will keep at cool temps (it won't be too hot) for a day of backpacking and then be delicious that night.

There are the usual suspects: pasta salad with cheese in it, etc. etc. I was thinking of something fun with meat in it though--wouldn't the Middle East be a good guide (thousands of years of nomadic culture and tasty meat pies, etc.)?

I was thinking some sort of nicely spiced lamb meat pie with rice in it, but what does everyone think?

Thanks for your help (recipes--or links to recipes--would be greatly appreciated)

Aug 25, 2010
rpwilliams in Home Cooking

Dining Options in La Quinta/Indian Wells/Palm Desert

Hey everybody:

I'm running a program for work with about 23 people in need of quite a few offsite group dinners. So far, we've hit the pub menu at Arnold Palmer's (good service, food just fine, pub menu not too pricey and with nice variety for what it was), Jackalope (overpriced, but food wasn't bad, pretty cheezy higher-end chain-tastic ambience), and Firecliff (firecliff was actually a smaller group--a lovely little restaurant with good, no-nonsense CA fusion).

I'm in need of 10 more spots! We have a closing dinner scheduled at the Cliffhouse already, but I need to fill in the other gaps. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are shooting for a nice mix of nice places that aren't exorbitantly expensive ($35 mains are out).

As always, fellow hounds, thanks for the help!

Jun 29, 2010
rpwilliams in California

My suggestions+request for new/funky in the West Inland Empire? Covina, San Dimas, Claremont, Upland, Pomona, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino etc.?

I'm a Claremont local and I cannot speak highly enough of the Back Abbey's burgers and excellent fries (fried in duck fat). The moules frites, however, are just a little off--the broth is just a little too anemic for me. It'll do in a pinch, but it won't stack up to your average french bistro. And if you want a cheese plate in the evening, the wine shop just down the street in the "Packing House" area to the west has a much better cheese plate than the Back Abbey. (All that said, the Abbey rocks--grab some tasty interesting beer and a burger and you'll be happy.)

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The Back Abbey
128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

May 17, 2010
rpwilliams in Los Angeles Area

Where can I watch sports on a Sunday as close as possible to Dorothy Chandler?

I have an event I have to be at for work on Sunday the 17th and my beloved Chargers will be playing in the divisional playoffs that day. I hope to sneak out for the middle of the event to catch some of the game.

Does anyone know of a sports bar or restaurant with TVs near the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion that would be open on a Sunday?

Thanks for the help!

Jan 08, 2010
rpwilliams in Los Angeles Area

Proposing in San Fran (flying up from L.A.)

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I've got a lot to work with. Still mulling the many good "the moment" recommendations.

Has anyone been to Epic Roasthouse? Acquerello still sounds preferable to me (a little more interesting and I can count on great service which is a huge plus).

I've also heard that Kokari is excellent. Do either of these stand up to Acqu.? I realize that Kokari, at least, is a big cuisine change.

Proposing in San Fran (flying up from L.A.)

Hey all:

So I am surprising my girlfriend with an unannounced flight from Orange County to San Fran for dinner and a marriage proposal. Any suggestions for very classy/great food/intimate setting restaurants within reasonable range of the San Fran airport? (I don't know the city very well at all).

Any ideas for after dinner--espresso/dessert with a great view, etc.?

Thanks for the help!