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Lunch outside in RI on a beautiful day!

Hi! We are in Providence area visiting friends, and would love to enjoy an outside lunch. Good food a must, view would be a great addition (but not necessary) Any great outdoor places with good food for Sunday lunch? (Preferably nothing where we would have to dress up). We went to Quitos in Bristol yesterday - thought it was only average.

May 02, 2010
rgfoodie in Southern New England

DC KIDS Restaurant week?

I don't really know DC restaurant scene...anything interesting above? We will probably want to stay near the sights downtown. Thanks!

New York City KIDS Restaurant Week?

Thanks for your responses! I think this is such a super idea! I signed up for the email updates at the link below, RGR, but I am looking for restaurants and dates and all that good stuff. Hope to hear something soon.

May 19, 2009
rgfoodie in Manhattan

DC KIDS Restaurant week?

Seems like it is so close without knowing more about this super, super idea! Thanks for your responses! I have signed up for the updates, so hope to hear more soon!

New York City KIDS Restaurant Week?

Does anyone have any information on participating restaurants? My nephew is visiting and he is an adventurous and well behaved eater!

May 18, 2009
rgfoodie in Manhattan

DC KIDS Restaurant week?

Does anyone have any information on the Kids restaurant week? I found a couple things from googling, but I am planning a trip there with an 11 year old boy who is an adventurous (and well behaved) diner. Are there any that both nephew and aunt will enjoy?

Lunch at a small Champagne Vineyard?

My husband and two friends are travelling to the Champagne region in a couple weeks and we would love to enjoy lunch at a small champagne vineyard. Do you know of any such a thing, or do you think I will need to go through a tour for this kind of thing? Merci!

Aug 08, 2008
rgfoodie in France

BB Pancakes, Coffee, and Golf in Portland Area?

After much research, I have updated my dinner rez's for this week to 555 and White Barn Inn. (Not sure what would be fresh this time of year to justify big $ at Arrows?)

Is there anyone who can help on a few specifics in Maine? We are staying in Cape Elizabeth.

Would really like to go out for coffee (preferably with our lovely lab, Fenway), and while I am watching my carbs, would like to enjoy one good breakfast of blueberry pancakes. I was there a couple weeks ago and the one place I tried was not good! Hubby is European, so if coffee place should also have espresso, etc.

Also, if you have any recos for beautiful golf course in the area (we are not great, but love to play 9 holes at twilight).

We are willing to travel up to 20 miles for good stuff - always a bonus if Fenway can sit with us...

Thank you so much!!!!

PS: Any other recos are always appreciated...

I'm sick of being lactose intolerant

Ramon, I used to work with the Lactaid business, and if it is lactose intolerance, the pills should help. The big problem, is that people tend to take it AFTER vs. Before they have a problem (they do no good taken after), and per many posters, multiple pills are necessary because of lactose levels of various foods. The pills do wear off, so you may need to take several during a meal. Also, working on the business, I was surprised to hear how Lactose is in things I never would have suspected, too -- like Hot dogs. I am lactose intolerant myself, although less sensitive than others. There are some snake oil medicines out there, be careful.

Nov 07, 2007
rgfoodie in General Topics

HOT: PLS, Can someone recommend a new restaurant in Philly for tonight?

Thanks to everyone for suggestions. We ended up trying a new local place in Stockton, NJ, just over border from Bucks county, called Via Ponte. We had been for lunch, and the man running the pizza oven said they were packing the place since they opened, so we decided to try. Via Ponte is a restaurant run/owened by a Sicilian chef. My appetizer of escargot was really good - much lighter than french versions I have had. The canneloni was okay. Pretty heavy with a tomato sauce that was okay. No dessert this time, but before I did have a very good almond cake. I thought it would be "authentic" and I did think the escargot and my husband's baccala (sp?) did seem so, not sure sure on the pastas... Thanks again!

Nov 06, 2007
rgfoodie in Pennsylvania

HOT: PLS, Can someone recommend a new restaurant in Philly for tonight?

Any concerns about service? I just jumped on a couple blogs and they said service was bad.

Nov 04, 2007
rgfoodie in Pennsylvania

HOT: PLS, Can someone recommend a new restaurant in Philly for tonight?

Very interesting, percyn. We went to Oseria once, and it was pretty good (it was right when they opened, so it could have been refined). Modo Mio - I haven't been. Have you been?

Nov 04, 2007
rgfoodie in Pennsylvania

HOT: PLS, Can someone recommend a new restaurant in Philly for tonight?

amycakes, thanks. I did a little googling, and it seems like it is a cool place to try, but maybe pricey for not too much food? I think we will try it, but now I am really starting to crave some comfort food --

Nov 04, 2007
rgfoodie in Pennsylvania

HOT: PLS, Can someone recommend a new restaurant in Philly for tonight?

Tomorrow I celebrate a big birthday (rather keep it unsaid) and we are going to Daniel in NYC - fun! Tonight my husband is giving me carte blanche for dinner (we both have tomorrow off). Anyone know of a new place in Philly to try? Not too expensive since we are going to Daniel tomorrow. I was thinking Italian to change it up??? Saw a new restaurant Le Virtu? Does anyone know anything on that - or another new place to try?

Nov 04, 2007
rgfoodie in Pennsylvania

French fries: long and skinny or fat and potatoey?

I am so disappointed when I order french fries and get these soft, thick versions. Ironically, McDonalds's are the right shape and size...but where do you get really good ones? I will go to a restaurant specifically for french fries!

Nov 04, 2007
rgfoodie in General Topics

What is a "regular" at a restaurant and should it get you something?

Interesting to hear the various responses. Seems like a general concensus is that if it is a small gracious gesture, and doesn't put off others, then it is appreciated, but not expected. IMHO, that is where I am at. Going to that restaurant for over two years, and never expecting a line jump (I should have mentioned that they do not accept reservations) - and never getting any kind of small gesture, I guess that was the end of it. I appreciate being "squeezed" in for a reservation at places, and the remembering of sparkling water for husband, flat for me. We do have some restaurants that will "ask us to try" a new soup on the menu or a dessert at no charge. I am always extremely appreciative! I think discretion is important - and I do see it a little differently - I am not being discreetly comped at others expense - rather, really, my own. We calculated at another restaurant spending over $5,000 in one year, and when the manager brings us olive oil with our bread vs. their butter, I think that we are not getting that at the other patrons' expense. Per the "Norm" comments, I think discretion is always best for everyone - and, I don't necessarily want to feel like I am obligated to talk to people at my regular restaurants - sometimes I am tired - that is why I am eating out.

Nov 03, 2007
rgfoodie in Not About Food

What is a "regular" at a restaurant and should it get you something?

Thanks for the responses. Now there have only been a few responders, but if people think a regular just deserves acknowledgement and nothing more, then if feels like there is a big opportunity for restaurants who are willing to acknowlege good customers. I know ther are places out there...we now go to a place - once a week, at least, and they basically make us what we want. Yes, 90% of the time, it is straight off the menu, but if we liked a special, and it's not featured, they will still make it if they can. Needless to say, I am still going to this place once a week - going tomorrow!

Nov 02, 2007
rgfoodie in Not About Food

What is a "regular" at a restaurant and should it get you something?

when you say get your food "quickly" do you mean a consideration for shorter wait for a table?

Nov 02, 2007
rgfoodie in Not About Food

What is a "regular" at a restaurant and should it get you something?

Recently I was sharing a story about a restaurant in Princeton, NJ - that the place has great food, but we stopped going. Here's the thing: for over two years (or more?) we went every other week - usually, every week. While the wait staff was always pleased to see us, we never got any acknowledgement for being - what I would consider - a regular! One night we called ahead for seating (you could do that M-Th) and when we got there, they told us it was an hour wait. I finally said something about coming every week and the guy gave us some free shrimp tempura. Honestly, it was kind of too little, too late. This restaurant is about $80 for two, so it isn't super cheap or super expensive. I don't think my husband and I expect much. Or, do we? What do you think?

Nov 02, 2007
rgfoodie in Not About Food

davidburke & donatella

We have been 2 or 3 times in the past year, and enjoyed each time. Kind of a hipper vibe, impressive presentations, and very good food. 50th? Not sure if this is in the same league as Le Bernardin, as I haven't had the opportunity to eat at LB. My 40th is next week and we are going to Daniel. While I say d&d is different than LB, I will say that the last time we went, it was 3 of us for almost $450, with wine. Anyway, I don't think it is the best of the best, but I think it is quite good.

Oct 29, 2007
rgfoodie in Manhattan

How do you cook your meatballs?

I haven't made them too many times, but when I have, I have seared them then let them cook a little, then put them in the sauce to finish.

Oct 23, 2007
rgfoodie in Home Cooking

Classy labels for homemade wine???

Thanks for the heads up on yellowing. Will give them a call.

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine

WS 7 years now...what's up with ratings?

LOL. Guess i need to try some of those other sites you mention - assume some of them are going to be more "zagat-like." But there are so many wines! Seems like the professionals would steer us toward some finds.

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine

Classy labels for homemade wine???

Thanks, do you know this place? Not sure it connotes the fine quality that we would love to think that we have created!

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine

WS 7 years now...what's up with ratings?

Thanks, there were some pretty funny notes there. But I want to be able to go somewhere to get a "quality" rating - and as simple-minded as it sounds, I don't mind a point system. But, if WS is officially "tainted" then I guess that is that.

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine

WS 7 years now...what's up with ratings?

I used to find some real gems via wine ratings, but they don't make sense now. Seems like there are good wines that they rate really low, and some average wines they rate really high. Not sure these ratings are reliable anymore. Anyone else think this?

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine

Classy labels for homemade wine???

Did that. Also did that for business cards with not too much luck - can't tell quality.

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine

Classy labels for homemade wine???

Okay, he is a wino, too. Maybe a bit snooty on the wine stuff sometimes - but not too snooty to make his own wine and give it away! I guess we wanted to be a bit fun about it, we were thinking of "Castellito..." since it was made in our home. I do like the homemade label idea. Where do you get those labels to write on?

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine

Bon Appetit Thanksgiving

As a reader that updates all my food magazines subscriptions to keep 5 years of each....I really liked the concept. Mix and match.... Did it also include wine - can't remember, that might have been a nice touch. PS My favorite BA Thanksgiving issue is 1995 and I even have it in the main cookbook bookcase in my kitchen. TOTALLY agree on the F&W issue - does anyone really make India inspired Thanksgiving??? And, while I get dressing and accessorizing for my 30's, etc., I don't like to think that cooking is such. I do like F&W though, and have liked it more recently.

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Food Media & News

Classy labels for homemade wine???

My husband is a real wine-lover and this year we did something for fun and made our own wine. It seems to have turned out okay, too! So, we would like to give a bottle to some friends for the holidays, and would like to put a nice label on the bottles. The key here is that we really want a nice label - not something cheesy. Can you recommend a place to source them?

Oct 21, 2007
rgfoodie in Wine