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Honeymoon in Napa

Thoughts on wineries?

Honeymoon in Napa

Thanks for the info Carrie and everyone. As to the where and varietals, we are staying in Yountville.

My wife loves sparkling, but we are already planning on hitting Chandon. I've heard great things about Sterling and Spring Mountain as well.

I am partial to Merlot and Syrah. I like a good Cab on the rare occasion we have steak, and we both like minerally Sauvignon Blancs.

Hope that helps and thanks again!

Honeymoon in Napa

So, my wife and I are going to Napa for our honeymoon, two years after the fact, but be that as it may. I'm very excited about our dinner reservations one night at Meadowood.

However, that will be our blowout meal, with a possibility or Redd or Auberge de Soleil (probably for lunch). Other than that, would love to get thoughts on breakfast and lunch places.

Also very interested in thoughts on must hit wineries. Doing the research can get overwhelming with everything available.

Everything I read says I should get reservations for things "well in advance". We're going the weekend before Memorial Day, so should I be making reservations now?

Thanks in advance.

Little Moir's / Leftovers Cafe - Creative, Terrific Casual Seafood in Jupiter

Been going to Food Shack since it opened as I was lucky enough to grow up in Jupiter and never once had a bad experience. It is the seafood restaurant that I compare all others to, though Oystercatchers in Tampa is solid, just a different style (read high end dining and the fish stands alone).

Been to Coolinary Cafe now a few times and likewise, always very good. Unique take on chicken and waffles that were light with a sweet citrusy glaze instead of overpowering syrup. Rabbit tacos were just a touch gamey, which I loved, with a great cabbage slaw. Awesome beer selection for such a small joint.

Curate - Asheville

My wife and I are hugely in to tapas having lived InSpain for nine months. We recently ate there and at Jaleo, Jose Andres' restaurant in DC, and while the food is outstanding at both establishments, prefer Curate.

May 25, 2012
DEVO2172 in Southeast

Jupiter - What are the great restaurants in this area?

Can't beat Food Shack or Leftovers. Generally the same menu or similar.

Casa Mia has very good Italian. The Bronzino and wild boar parpardele especially.

Hog Snapper is pretty decent sushi and Asian ish, been a while.

Lazy Loggerhead at Carlin Park has great breakfasts.

Dec 19, 2011
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Jeannie Pierola and Kitchenbar

OK. Kitchen Bar Part 2. Back to the KB that I've found so outstanding from the git go. Coloradosmom, you're right about the oysters through and through, delicious, but too few and overpriced for three little oysters. went to Maritana two weeks ago and got a half dozen Kumumotos for $16.

I have to disagree on the poutine. Thought it was delicious, the fries were crisp and pillowy on the inside, the tandorri oxtail had a nice flavor and the mint and crema added a nice fullness and tang to it.

I had the vichysoise, which was very, very good with the compressed pear. The shrimp/foie toast was more of a stuffed croquetta and I loved it. Added a very nice earthiness to the chilled soup.

My wife had the crab imperial, blue crab with black truffles. Basically an amazing, earthy crab dip. Would have been amazing with toast points, but very strong on its own.

We split the lobster risotto tonight, and it was a good as our friends made it seem. The white chocolate foam was a wonderful surprise.

Our friends split the Kobe with beef salad, and they killed it, but who doesn't like kobe. it was a large piece and looked delicious.

For desert, we had the peach blackberry milkshake and peanut butter chicory milkshake. Both were outstanding and we wanted more. The buttermilk in the peach shake added a nice little something that I just can't put my finger on.

Back to old form, and I would go back again were they open for a longer run.

Dec 14, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

Jeannie Pierola and Kitchenbar

Went last night and it was good, but not as mind blowing as previously. Had several small plates around the table and the couples split two entrees as follows:

Subared/Lavendar Marcona Almonds - Good almonds with powdered sugar and fried lavendar and a large portion. Nice starter for the table.

Hush Puppies - Hush puppies are hush puppies, the spicy dipping sauce they came with was quite good.

Fingerling Potatoes - 2 potatoes, a baby carrot chopped in half and 2 cippolini onions with a buttery jus. Not at all worth it.

King Crab Salad - 4 nice pieces of king crab leg with fennel and a citrusy vinagrette, quite good and very well balanced.

Burrata Salad - Burrata, kale, diced squash, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Its impossible to mess up decent burata, but the whole dish didn't flow for me. the dressing was over powering.

Lobster Risoto - fennel polenta and white chocolate emulsion/foam. Very, very good, was mopping the plate.

Yellowtail Snapper - sweet potato puree and greens. Good but nothing to write home about.

Chocolate Chocolate stuffed Beignets - Chicory ice cream, peanut butter crumble and black cherry compote. Looked outstanding going by the table, but the beignets were way too doughy, the chocolate stuffing wasn't actually in the beignets. The cherry, ice cream and peanut butter crumble would have been a wonderful stand alone desert as a deconstructed PBJ. No need for the beignets.

The service was very much meh. Water was filed only once over the course of a two hour meal, which should have been shaved by a half hour, not that I don't enjoy sitting with friends. There was no tasing menu.

However, I am going back tonight with some other friends and will try different things to let you all know. So far, it hasn't been as great as the past incarnations, but definitlly a nice change of pace.

Dec 14, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

Tampa recommendatons please (Researched!!)

That's disturbing to say the least, especially the commentary section. I'm still going to eat there because the food is damn good.

Dec 12, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

Tampa recommendatons please (Researched!!)

Can you link on the KB article. Tried to google it without luck.

Dec 12, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

Tampa recommendatons please (Researched!!)

Red Mesa is OK. Nothing great. About a 20-30 minute drive down to St. Pete. Its the higher end version of Red Mesa Cantina, which I find to be more fun and interesting, but at the end of the day, neither really blow me away.

Would check out Pane Rustica over Red Mesa.

You're gonna need a reservation for Kitchen Bar and probably need to do that ASAP - (813) 374-4537. Good luck and good eating.

Dec 12, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

Tampa recommendatons please (Researched!!)

I've found the refinery to be really hit or miss. Have been there 4 times and never been truly impressed. The menu always is interesting and inspired, but the execution has never landed for me, no matter how much I want to like it.

As for Sideberns, the former chef, Jeannie Pieriola, is doing a run of her popup restaurant, KitchenBar, and they are open Christmas Eve. Every meal I've had there has been outstanding, and my foodie friends love it too. Am going twice next week.

Definitely check out Pane Rustica. Menu changes regularly, interesting fare always. Best bang for your buck in South Tampa.

If you're willing to go to Ted Peters, you can always drive an extra ten minutes to the Don Cesar for brunch on Christmas. Never been but heard it's definitely on par with Oyster Catchers.

Mise en Place is outstanding but higher end in cost and atmosphere than Pane.

ceviche is very good Tapas. Having lived in Spain for 6 months, pretty close to the food you get there. Only better tapas I've had is Curate in Asheville,NC. (chef worked at El Bulli)

Never been too impressed by Red Mesa. Taco Bus is better street Mexican.

Dec 10, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

NOCA or Binkley's

Ted Peters is good, but I prefer to make my own fish dip. La Teresita has always been hit or miss for me. I'd rather hit Taco Bus for Mexican or Pipos for Cuban. Not the greatest Cuban I've had but good and consistent.

Oct 20, 2011
DEVO2172 in Phoenix

NOCA or Binkley's

Thanks for all the feed back. I think Binkley's is the clear winner. My only concern is the drive, since I was informed we are staying in Peioria this time seems about 45 minutes or so. We're gonna go, I'm just going to have to pass on wine unfortunately. Next time, we'll stay reasonably closer.

I wish we had food of this calibre in Tampa. We have some great restaurants, but no accolytes from the French Laundry opening up joints in our back yard.

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Binkley's
6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Oct 20, 2011
DEVO2172 in Phoenix

NOCA or Binkley's

... So, my wife and I come into Phoenix 2-3 times per year (she's from Yuma) and I wanted to take her somewhere nice but not break the bank. After lurking here for a while, I can't decide between Noca and Binkley's as both seem right up our culinary alley. So what say ye Phoenix Chowhounds, Noca or Binkley's?

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Binkley's
6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Noca
3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Oct 18, 2011
DEVO2172 in Phoenix

2011 Favorite Places to Eat - Tampa / St. Pete

If you like Wood Fired Pizza, definitely have to check out Pizzaolo Bavarro on Twiggs and Franklin downtown. Some of the best pizza I've had without havign to drive up to Bearss. I will admit, though, that Pizzaolo's menu is significantly more limited that Wood Fire, but not a bad substitute.

Feb 20, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

South Tampa - Monstah Lobstah, Restaurant BT

just a long day at work

Feb 17, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

South Tampa - Monstah Lobstah, Restaurant BT

I went with my fiance to BT the weekend before Valentine's day at their new location on MacDill, which is about a block north of Datz and in what used to be a restaurant supply store. If you don't know where it is, it is very easy to blow right by, as parking is in the back.

The food was fantastic as always. Beautifully presented, especially the roast duck pancake, and damn tasty.

I had the Cobia special with sun dried tomatoes and truffles which was great. My only qualm is that there was a sid eof saffron "risotto", which was just safron stick rice. While not what was advertised, it added a very nice layer of depth to the other flavors.

The finance had the lobster over noodles with shrimp powder. The lobster was very god, but lobster is lobster, and the noodles were outstanding. As an Italian who regularlly makes his own, the linguine was fantastic, fresh and perfectly cooked.

As for the new layout, it is a bit off at first, as it is now a much small space and with much lower ceilings. Sitting at the bar, you will notice this the most, but once moved to a table, you barely notice. Additionally, there is outdoor seating, which you have to walk through the kitchen to get to, which I always enjoy.

Also, the chef was a regular presence in the dining room, checking up to make sure that everything was going well. A very nice touch.

Although its pricey, the portions are big enough to split, and I will work this into my heavy rotation along with Pane Rustica.

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Restaurant BT
1633 West Snow Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

Feb 16, 2011
DEVO2172 in Florida

Top 3 New Restaurants in Tampa?

Went there once and I wasn't in love with it, but I may have ordered wrong. The moules frites were kind of blah and the swordfish was dry. I'll definitely give it another try because most of their food is local, they have a great beer selection, the menu is rediculously inventive and the upstairs is cool. I've heard nothing but great things otherwise.

However, I've been to Ella's on 3 occasions and I've loved everything I had.

Oct 27, 2010
DEVO2172 in Florida

Best Burgers in Oregon

Farm to Fork in Dundee has a mean burger. The house sweet pickles and onions are great.

Mar 04, 2010
DEVO2172 in Pacific Northwest

lunch near Convention Center / downtown

My GF is out there for that as well, and I have some family in the area that recommended Ping (same owners as PokPok), Slow Bar, and Screen Door. All look pretty good. If you can get across the river and like beer (for dinner), I would recommend hitting up the Rogue Brewery. There's tons of good food all over Portland, just gotta find it.

Feb 22, 2010
DEVO2172 in Metro Portland

Long Weekend in Bend

Thanks all. Merenda was the most interesting looking one to me, and now 900 Wall looks to be about tops along with Ariana for a nice dinner out. I keep seeing references to Di Lusso's bakery, is that open for breakfast or anything, it sounds great.

Thanks, again.

Feb 13, 2010
DEVO2172 in Pacific Northwest

Long Weekend in Bend

I'm going to be takign a 4 day weekend (Fri. - Mon.) in Bend, Oregon, with my GF in a few weeks, and am trying to get a lay of the land. We'll go out to one nice dinner (budget be damned), and would like to get a feel for the local fare otherwise, good brunch/lunch spots and so forth.

There seem to be mixed reviews in the past on Blacksmith, and we're wondering how this is, and if it is basically a steakhouse or if it has more eclectic fare. Being from Tampa, we're well accostomed to great steakhouses (Bern's, Charlies...) and are always into trying something new and interesting.

Feb 12, 2010
DEVO2172 in Pacific Northwest