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Kauai Trip Report (March 2014)

Aloha Beach Chick

The Westin Villas were very nice similar to Westin villas in Maui but not as many complexes. I think the food is better at Maui. Good activities though yoga, zumba and aquasize to wear off the indulgences. off to Amsterdam and france soon so looking for chowhound recommendations.

Aloha

Jun 13, 2014
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France: One great meal in Lyon?

I'm also travelling to Lyon but with teenagers. We are looking to do either brasserie nord or sud for dinner as our hotel is in between them. They are both part of the Paul Boscue empire but not the supper high one located outside of town. Good luck and I hope you get some responses.

Jun 13, 2014
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Kauai Trip Report (March 2014)

I posted on the board in February looking for farmers markets and places to buy fresh produce and fish. I appreciated the responses and here's our updates.

We loved the Hanalei Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. We bought mixed greens, herbs, arugula from a local organic grower. They were very fresh and lasted a long time. Limes baby bananas and pineapple from another vendor. Fresh squeezed mixed juices and a salsa. Hard to find meat there.

For fresh fish, we purchased at Dolphins in Hanalei 3 days and 1 day at the Supermarket in Princeville. All excellent. Local pork we found at the Times supermarket in Hanalei. Found aloha spices and brought them home.

For wine, we purchased at Costco and the supermarket in Princeville. The wine store in Princeville had a decent selection but overpriced and the sales person was not knowledgeable at all.

We ate at the Tavern twice - once for dinner and once for lunch. Dinner not to missed. My husbands pineapple crisp ranks in one of his top 3 favorite restaurant desserts ever. Great salads and fish. Kids enjoyed their chicken. Very reasonable and could take the Westin shuttle there.

We enjoyed Merryman's upstairs but not our kids. Lovely sunset and good service. We also ate at Keioki's paradise while noisy was pleasantly surprised with the food quality. A nice short walk from the Sheraton Poipu too.

I also enjoyed the health store/café in Hanalei a couple of times while the boys liked the burger place in the park.

We also unexpectedly met Calgary friends in Costco and met up with them at Hukilau Lanai for dinner in Kaapa. It was busy there but pretty good food.

Overall, a lovely trip. We also tried quite a few coconut shrimp but missed supposedly the "best|" at the Shrimp Station. Our favourite was at Savage Shrimp.

Brunch at Gaylords was a bit of a disappointment for the price with such a lack of variety. Love the house and rum tasting but brunch is a miss in IMHO.

Appreciate all the help from my original post.

May 29, 2014
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Kauai requests for where to buy wine, fish and local proteins and fruit and veg

I'll be looking for the Kaneshiro farms pork and we may avoid beef based on what I am seeing here. No option to bring beef given the distance. I was LOL when I read force my keiki to eat fish...I know I will and I might be able to get the younger one. I'll report back on that too.

Thanks again Kaleo and Wabi

Feb 06, 2014
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Kauai requests for where to buy wine, fish and local proteins and fruit and veg

Thanks wabi and kaleokahu for the food perspectives. SO and I like to cook and since we are staying in Princeville for most of our time and don't want to drink and drive. We are from Calgary and have excellent beef, bison, elk etc and SO also grills extremely well so any recommendation to get good beef as teens are carnivores. We are big supporters of food to table so will be hitting the markets as much as we can.

Feb 03, 2014
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Kauai requests for where to buy wine, fish and local proteins and fruit and veg

Great more advice. Love it. Thank you so much Beach Chick, Kathry and Wabi. I this SO likes poke and I will get my nerve this time with these recommendations. Teens will run and hide but I sure we can find something for them. Have been to Roys in Waikiki but don't need it again in Kauai. I think we went to Josselins previously but I love Tapas so may add again. 12 year old like menu at Keoki's and has put in a request.

I have a friend taking me to Costco this Thurs so will invest in membership.

Is Tiki Iniki ok for teens? I'll research Med. Gourmet as would like oceanfront.

We missed Merryman's in Maui two years ago hence why I put on the list.

Not much time in Lihue but maybe hit Hamura's on the Sunday before we fly out that night.

Thanks again everyone for suggestions. I just wish the trip was sooner.

I'm in Calgary and we have had the most snow since I have been here (1990) and really tired of winter. And we get snow in any month. But ususally always sunny here....just cold...

Jan 28, 2014
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Kauai requests for where to buy wine, fish and local proteins and fruit and veg

Thanks Bellachefa and Kaleo for replies. I'm excited about the fish places and the markets....

I saw there was a wine market in Princeville too but not a lot of info on the site I found...

Jan 27, 2014
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Kauai requests for where to buy wine, fish and local proteins and fruit and veg

We haven't been to Kauai for over 13 years and going for spring break this year. Bringing our 16 year old and 12 year old. I have read the recent reviews on restaurants from others and found them helpful. Thank you especially Kathryn. Below is a tentative itinerary and looking on where to buy fresh fish and local proteins and vegetables. We are staying in Lihue the first night as we fly from Calgary to Vancouver and then to Lihue. We don't arrive till 8:30 pm and not sure if we will need dinner. Next day we leave for a week in Princeville at our timeshare. Then back to Poipu for 2 night stay probably at Grand Hyatt.

The farmers markets were great before but kids will not want to drive to one every day. Which ones are the best for variety and open on Friday or Saturday so we can stock up?

We don't have a Costco membership but willing to get one if that will get us some good white wines especially Viognier, Albarino or Sancerre. Or will Longs, ABC or Foodland be okay?

Have booked Merrymans in Poipu for one night for sunset dinner. Thinking of St. Regis for adults only 1 night (looks similar to flying fish restaurant in Aruba)...Kids are not fish eaters or big on Asian (as one has allergy to all treenuts and sesame).

Like Hunt we will not want to drive far at night as we enjoy our wine too much. But will drive in the day..

Thanks in advance.

Jan 26, 2014
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Lebanese ingredients in Calgary

Lina's Italian market also carries these and harissa paste. harissa paste was only 2.99 for a large tube.

Sep 22, 2012
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Maui trip report and Waikiki

Had some great fish in Maui both at restaurants and grilled by hubby. The fish market in west Maui north of kaanappali was great. You have to go around 2 or later when they are back with the catch. We had waloo (butter fish), pink snapper and one other - all delicious. They also do a decent pineapple salsa. Enjoyed David Paul they even had a kid menu for our youngest. Service was good but time between appetizers and entrees was long. Hula grill noisy but okay. Mama's fish house for lunch was a highlight. We treated it more like dinner than lunch. My only regret was not getting the shrimp instead of the scampi with vanilla. My oldest son was crazy for the passion fruit brûlée. I had the banana crisp which I am normally not a fan of but it was delicious. I agree with Hunt it would be great to stay there so you don't have drive. Good selection of wine on the island and provisions. Only thing I couldn't find was the surfing goat cheese. The outdoor bar on fri at the westin villas does a gastro pub theme. It hit the spot for the kids and us for ou r first night. In Oahu, we ate lunch at Dukes and Margaritaville and a local burger chain Tony's. Dinner was Alan Wong's, Town and Roys. I loved Alan Wong we have his first cookbook. Service was top notch and they didn't make us feel bad with our kids (two boys 10 and 14). We all loved Town except the dessert menu so we headed to Frost City for Taiwanese Shaved ice. (more like frozen shave fruit) and it was delicious. Sunday the boys wanted to head to Leonard's for their Portuguese donuts. While they are made fresh and delicious I found the fillings average ie the chocolate was like instant chocolate pudding. thanks to all the chowhounders who post their tips and reports as it was helpful.

Apr 26, 2012
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Off to Phonenix for one night and then to Hawaii

Distrito was enjoyable but not outstanding. Everyone liked the pulled pork best. Scallop dish could have used a better sear. Huarache was very good. Hubby enjoyed the flight of tequilas. Barbeque half roast chicken was pleasant. Good for the one night except for the taxi driver who couldn't find it on the way there.

Apr 26, 2012
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California for two weeks - SF, Napa, Yosemite, and Highway One [trip report]

I have never done the drive as we come from the Rockies in Canada. In Paso Robles we have dined at Artisian but found others to be better. They were busy it was the first Sat in Dec but nothing stood out. We enjoyed our meals better at Thomas Hill, Villa Creek and il Cortile. We had breakfast at Panolino and we hit Route 46 for lunch. We ate outside at Route 46 besides the pizza oven. It was great. Too bad the tasting fee at four vines along with unknowledgeable staff left us grumpy. Going back in June with friends for a long weekend. Can't wait.

Apr 26, 2012
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Off to Phonenix for one night and then to Hawaii

Thanks for your replies. I noticed my bad spelling on my request...still getting use to auto correct on the iPad. We would like to be in Phoenix. The restaurant I was thinking of was Distrito's in Scottsdale. We won't have a car though.

Mar 15, 2012
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Off to Phonenix for one night and then to Hawaii

Hello Chowhounders: My family of 4 (includes two boys 10 and 14) will be in Phoenix for one night. We have eaten at T.Cooks and quite enjoyed it. Thinking of Desisto perhaps...Our favourite cuisines are Italian, Mexican and French and wanted to avoid "chain" restaurants. We have not booked accomodation yet but will be a Sheraton/Westin/Hilton/Marriott to use up some hotel points close to either what restaurant we pick or the airport.

Mar 14, 2012
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In Edmonton for the July long weekend with my family and brother in law & family from Ont on their first visit

Thanks for this. I am thinking this is not downtown because of the address?

Jun 13, 2011
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In Edmonton for the July long weekend with my family and brother in law & family from Ont on their first visit

Thanks for your confirmation of blue plate. Have you done dinner there?
I think we will be staying downtown which included July 1st. We will end up at the mall on Sat I would think. Yes all meals out.

Jun 13, 2011
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Friday Night Dinner in Calgary

Echo previous comments. If it is a nice (warm) pleasant evening, River Cafe. There are some other lovely patios but slightly outside of downtown core.

Jun 12, 2011
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In Edmonton for the July long weekend with my family and brother in law & family from Ont on their first visit

Hi: Looking for moderate priced places - non chain. I think Jack's grill, hardware grill and blue pear are out. Blue plate dinner looks interesting for brunch or dinner. any other suggestions - I think both families are good with chinese, thai and italian. A good wine list is also very helpful

Thanks

Jun 12, 2011
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Marda Loop dinner

Pegasus is now in Marda loop area on 16th Street SW and 48th Avenue. It has some really good appetizers but some of the entrees aren't great. Rasoi on 33rd is modern Indian. IMO, it is above the moderate price point. I sampled some food from the TROP at a recent food event and it was quite good but I have not been in the restaurant since the reno. If you don't want to go out but want good take out check out forage, red tree and fresh kitchen.

Jun 12, 2011
gpjba in Prairie Provinces

Where do you go when you visit Aruba?

We were in Aruba last April over Easter. I would rent a car and go to the flying fishbone. We were there on Easter Sunday with our 2 boys (8 and 12 at the time). Their website leads to one to believe they are not kid tolerant. It was mostly families that night and our kids enjoyed it.

There is also a local pancake (pannekok) near the main strip that after asking 3 - 4 locals we finally found it. Sorry I can't remember the name. It was about a 15 min walk from the Westin Aruba away from the water and across the hghway.

Toasted Millet Salad

we made this recipe without the olives. My husband went crazy for it.

Jul 16, 2010
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coming to San Fran with an artsy/writer and her husband and us canadian chowhounds

My husband and I have been to San Fran before but either have had our kids with us or commuted in from San Ramon - so haven't got to explore the dining scene as much as we liked. Last trip in June did go to Laiola and while we waited an hour for our table - we did have a reservation - the food was quite good and they comped us free round of drinks and the delicious chickpea croquettes.

Have been reading on the SF board on and off for the last 3 weeks. Have really enjoyed the threads by uhockey, greywolf, Robert L, Ruth, Melanie, ROrange and others...

Three of us arriving Nov. 12 around 8:00 ish. Staying at the Triton and looking for a good tapas/wine bar close to hotel. Checked out bocadillos and if we don't get there it looks like there is breakfast or lunch if we want. Anadula also looked interesting or 1550 hyde wine bar. For Greywolf maybe something like Tapestry or one of the "Bin" places in Vancouver is what I am hoping for.

We will be walking all over the city - looking at galleries and other such things MOFA on the weekend and as always will go to the ferry building. Friday - when the other person arrives thinking of maybe a tour to Hanger one via the ferry. Or maybe thirsty bear...or more art galleries etc. I also found foreign cinema which I think will appeal to friends though I am hoping more for brunch on Sun than in the evening. ( I don't need to see Rosemary's baby which is playing. ) They also have a request to go to writerswithdrinks which is at the makeout room - not sure about food. Any advice? Also we may have friends join from San Ramon - one who is a vegetarian but who eats fish.

High end choice for Fri or Sat is maybe Spruce or Quince. I like the local emphasis on Spruce. Also terested in good lunch places for californian in either northbeach, MOFA area, nob hill. Thanks for your help. I hope I did this correctly.

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Laiola
2031 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Nov 02, 2009
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