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Chow Fun noodle recipe - no, not a dish, the actual noodles....

So punny! Lol :)

This is a restaurant and bakery and, apparently, the only mfg in the bi-state area. So I'm VERY happy to find them!!

Jun 23, 2013
ChasingChe in Home Cooking

Chow Fun noodle recipe - no, not a dish, the actual noodles....

Too funny! I checked an email account I rarely use and got all sorts of new reply notifications. :)

I've actually found fresh noodles now. We have a restaurant that sells me packages of them whenever I want. :)

Thank you all for the links and help!!

Jun 23, 2013
ChasingChe in Home Cooking

Looking for recommendations in Coronado or San Diego

Yeah, I'm not concerned about our safety in Coronado. I read another thread here about the best mexican in San Diego and several people commented "not going there at night" or something similar (regarding specific restaurant recommendations).

I have been to the area before.

I'm just looking for a really great mexican restaurant in the area.

Jun 14, 2011
ChasingChe in San Diego

Looking for recommendations in Coronado or San Diego

LOL Thanks for the laughs.

Home is the midwest. Not a lot of noteworthy cuisine here, which is why I love to travel so much. :)

I figured San Diego would be a mecca for good mexican, so I'll put it in your hands. We're open to going anywhere, but staying in Coronado.

El Vitral looks good - with an excellent Happy Hour menu. What say you? :)

Jun 14, 2011
ChasingChe in San Diego

Looking for recommendations in Coronado or San Diego

Hi, chowhounders!

I'm getting ready to take another trip, which means I need the sage wisdom of my fellow foodies.

There will be two of us (women) traveling alone, so I'd like areas that are fairly safe to be alone in at night. We'll also be taking a cab from Coronado, so excellent margaritas (or cocktails) are a must!

I'd prefer somewhere the locals eat but somewhere in the midrange. We'll be in summer casual attire, but also want food that will be remembered. Touristy is okay, as long as it isn't a chain. But, definitely something that isn't run of the mill American Mexican food we can get at home.

California contemporary cuisine also would be great. My traveling parter doesn't care for seafood, so that's out.

Thanks for any ideas! I've checked previous threads and couldn't tell which locations would be safest for us.

Jun 14, 2011
ChasingChe in San Diego

Looking for casual but knock-your-socks off dining around Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey

Would that be Peter B's Brewpub?
http://www.portolahotel.com/dining/pe...

It'd be great if that was a decent place to sit, being that it's so close.

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Peter B's Brewpub
2 Portola Plz, Monterey, CA 93940

Jun 17, 2010
ChasingChe in California

Looking for casual but knock-your-socks off dining around Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey

You all are amazing. Off to read the links.

I'd love to also have a place where the girls can walk to get drinks in the evening. And, yes, we are indeed staying at the *hotel* :)

Thank you!

Jun 16, 2010
ChasingChe in California

Looking for casual but knock-your-socks off dining around Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey

I'd love to find something that the locals flock to - that hidden gem that may not be the tourist hot spot, but that everyone knows and loves.

Staying at the Portola and they have a restaurant whose menu looks great. (Jack's) Do they perform?

We'll only have a day in town and I'd like to have a moment to taste monterey.

Jun 01, 2010
ChasingChe in California

Chow Fun noodle recipe - no, not a dish, the actual noodles....

I have no source for local, fresh chow fun. (Believe me, I've looked for literally decades)

The local restaurants don't even have access to them. Even they use wide, flat *dry* rice noodles, rehydrated.

My kids are gluten-free and I would love to find a way to make these at home for them, but google and searching here has yielded no results for the actual *NOODLE* recipe.

I want the big, fat, thick ones I remember from my childhood in California. They were pure white, greater than an inch wide, and served in black bean sauce. Delish!

Thanks for any help you might offer.

May 11, 2010
ChasingChe in Home Cooking

Mint, mint, everywhere...

Not a fan of a mint julep and don't make lamb chops with mint jelly, yet the mint is taking over the garden and I feel the need to embrace its loveliness.

Any suggestions?

May 06, 2010
ChasingChe in Home Cooking

Help! Bartender extraordinaires and mixologists. Need a pomegranate-grapefruit margarita recipe.

Awesome! Thanks :)

Apr 15, 2010
ChasingChe in Spirits

Coffee or Toffee Crunch Cake from the bakery inside Vic's in the 80s in Sacramento?

As a child, we always had a coffee crunch cake for birthdays. If my memory serves, it was a white sponge with whipped cream, then an espresso/coffee glaze and bits of toffee/crunch on the outside.

I heard the owner passed away suddenly and they closed the bakery. I would love to find this recipe and have googled for years in hopes of finding it. I now live in the midwest and nothing is quite right on my birthday.

Thanks!

Apr 15, 2010
ChasingChe in Home Cooking

Cocktails that pair well with cupcakes

What kind of cupcakes?

Big difference from, say, red velvet to a chocolate overload. :)

Apr 09, 2010
ChasingChe in Spirits

Help! Bartender extraordinaires and mixologists. Need a pomegranate-grapefruit margarita recipe.

I had a cocktail last night at a *gasp* chain restaurant (The Cheesecake Factory) with girlfriends.

The menu states that the drink consists of Cointreau, pomegranate and grapefruit juices, and Patron Silver, natch. It was served in a tall glass with a salted rim and a twist.

It was tart, like cranberry juice, so I do not believe it was sweetened with simple syrup or superfine sugar.

I've googled to no avail, so I turn to you.

Thank you!

Apr 09, 2010
ChasingChe in Spirits

Ft. Walton Destin Local, Quirky, Quaint, Family, Best bang for your buck?

I have Dewey's noted on several of the lists. However, I'm a little intimidated by the location. Is it terribly difficult to find?

Is there ANYTHING worth eating in FWB? LOL!

Jun 13, 2009
ChasingChe in Florida

Ft. Walton Destin Local, Quirky, Quaint, Family, Best bang for your buck?

Thanks, Nancy - I spent a good part of the day reading many of your blogs and posts on the SoWal forum, coincidentally :)

I'm off to look for these restaurants. If anyone has links to menus and/or website, I'd be MOST appreciative. Google isn't proving too helpful.

Jun 13, 2009
ChasingChe in Florida

Ft. Walton Destin Local, Quirky, Quaint, Family, Best bang for your buck?

We are a family of traveling foodies with many mini foodies in the making.

I've searched here, and elsewhere, and am hoping for some recommendations for those little out of the way fantastic finds. Affordable a huge plus. Diners are great, but they seldom have room for a family of 7, so bear that in mind when making your recommendations, please. :)

We love unique, local favorites - no chains, the most affordable we can. Our kids are well-behaved in nice restaurants, but this is a beach trip! We don't mind getting a little dressed up for dinner (have a birthday while we're down there) - but again, affordability is a must.

What'cha got, Okaloosa Island!? :)

Jun 11, 2009
ChasingChe in Florida

Kissimmee/Orlando/LBV Mother's Day brunch - non-buffet?

I am hoping to find a location for Mother's Day brunch. We'll be visiting the resort area and are driving over from Port Canaveral that morning. Breakfast will be served on the ship, so I was hoping to find a light lunch - maybe even tea - around 1 or 2 pm.

Disney cancelled their Epcot brunch and their restaurants are insanely sold out due to that. I see that Brio has a brunch and, of course, many resorts do as well - but I'd especially like somewhere we can sit since I imagine I'll be a little wobbly after the cruise and don't want to be up and down getting food for the kids.

Thanks!

Apr 13, 2009
ChasingChe in Florida

Need a quick, excellent drive-through stop in Jackson, MS area

Coming through the south en route to our destination and need another stop. Going to Interstate BBQ for lunch and need a dinner.

Must be fast and close to 55.
Thanks!

Pensacola area birthday dinner for 2 year old?

(Whose parents are foodies?)

We're taking our kids down to the area for his birthday (just a couple days). I considered going somewhere like Calypso Joe - but it appears that's a long drive.

We don't do chains, so I thought I'd ask here where people REALLY know. :)

Kitchy, local, grassroots a huge plus.

Kids are well-behaved and were raised in restaurants, so no concern about disturbing others. But, we'd like it to be fun for him as well, being that it's his birthday.

Fish, Trains, and Airplanes a plus - but not a must. Maybe something near or on the beach?

Jul 25, 2008
ChasingChe in Florida

A Chicago Restaurant FOR the kids - not just with the kids

I need a fun place to take the kids - gimmicky is fine, Downtown is NOT. :P

We're taking the kids out to dinner tomorrow night for a celebration and I just want it to be something they'll really love. We've been to Greek Islands and Portillos. We'll be in the western area of Chicago and then in the South/Western 'burbs.

Any ideas? I'm tapped out.

I know there's a Rainforest Cafe in Schaumburg - something else, though.

Sep 25, 2007
ChasingChe in Chicago Area

Where to buy pierogies and chow fun to bring back home? (and thank you)

Fantastic. I'll mapquest that.

Does anyone know, for sure, of a place I can find Chow Fun that I can take home - to the St. Louis area. I'm JUST looking for noodles - not prepared :)

(five kids - unfamiliar territory - I know my husband will not want to be running in and out of asian grocers hoping to find it *somewhere*) :)

Sep 25, 2007
ChasingChe in Chicago Area

Where to buy pierogies and chow fun to bring back home? (and thank you)

Thanks to everyone who helped so much on our last trip to Chicago with great recommendations. We loved the kitchy wonder that was Portillo's, the Greek Islands dinner was fabulous, and we really had fun sampling some Chicago favorites.

This time we're only going to be up for a quick doctor check-up and only need to be there one overnight. I was thinking I'd pick up some things we can't get in our area - like real pierogies and some fresh chow fun that we can cook back home.

Again, we'll have five kids with us - so minimal driving is greatly preferred. We're staying in Bolingbrook.

Thanks again! :)

Sep 21, 2007
ChasingChe in Chicago Area

*CHICAGO* Dining for a family - what is representative and classic?

Fantastic.

Now, does anyone know a good place to get real chow fun? We don't get it down in these parts and I crave it like mad - especially with black bean sauce. Or, how about char sui bao? (pork buns)

Aug 02, 2007
ChasingChe in Chicago Area

*CHICAGO* Dining for a family - what is representative and classic?

Thank you all - I'm taking lots of notes. Does anyone care to reply with specific dish recommendations for the following (or an expanded description of what we might find there)?

Also, if we go to Shedd, where should we go for dinner that would be nearby? Gimmicky is fine - but interesting - no chains, nothing we have at home. We like GOOD food that is interesting - ethnic is great, but tasty is key. Also, can you clue me in to attire for the list below? We're looking for somewhere the kids would be appropriately dressed in dresses, versus a little hole in the wall or picnic table place for our dinners. :)
Thanks again!

Lou Malnati's pizza
Greek Islands in Lombard
Portillo's
Giordano's pizza
Uncle Bub's BBQ in westmont
Emilio's Tapas in Hillside
Johnnie's in Elmwood Park

Aug 01, 2007
ChasingChe in Chicago Area

*CHICAGO* Dining for a family - what is representative and classic?

We're coming up to Shriner's hospital - staying in Oak Brook.

I saw that Gale Gands has a coffee shop up there, so we're making a side trip to head there.

We're coming from the St. Louis metro area - where we have lots and lots of good food and lots of diversity. I was also raised in California, so we've eaten just about everything there is to eat.

Oh - another consideration is our family size - we have five children and will be travelling with a total of three adults. So, sometimes small quaint places prove to be a challenge.

Thanks for your input thus far.

Jul 30, 2007
ChasingChe in Chicago Area

*CHICAGO* Dining for a family - what is representative and classic?

We are coming up for a medical appointment next week and are bringing a relative to care for our other children while we're occupied.

We'll have a couple evenings that we'd like to go out to eat. The kids were raised at the table of good restaurants and are, typically, very respectful diners. That said, we do not appreciate second hand smoke, so little jazzy bluesy places are often out for us.

That said, what is representative of Chicago - in a safe area - good parking that is convenient with five small children.

We're thinking we'll hit SuperDawg at some point just for kicks. :) It looks like a hoot and the girls will love it. (Comparable, perhaps, to Ardy & Eds in Wisconsin).

We love regional foods and consider it as much as a part of our travels as the scenery. Any insight appreciated.

Thanks!

Jul 30, 2007
ChasingChe in Chicago Area