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Yountville vs Healdsburg

Hello fellow Canuck :)

First things first- the Napa/Sonoma area is SMALL compared to our Canadian driving distances! You can easily do the whole area in 4 nights. I found the whole Napa side of things to be VERY touristy. We stayed first at the Farmhouse Inn and spent a day biking around Dry Creek Valley (so the Healdsburg area) and absolutely loved it. Gorgeous and not busy at all. Ate at the hotel restaurant and Willi's Wine Bar, and I would recommend both of them. We were sure in for a shock when we got to the extremely touristy Napa Valley.

What I would suggest-
Do Napa first to get it out of the way (of course you must stop in Yountville!). We only went to Bouchon Bakery but have also been to Bouchon in Vegas so I would suggest checking out both these places.

We stayed in Calistoga which, IMO, was a dumpy little town but had a reasonably priced hotel (we stayed at the Cottage Grove Inn which was very nice- Solage is another beautiful hotel but pricier). We made reservations for Pride Winery outside St Helena and it was worthwhile for the intimate tour of the vineyards and the caves, wonderful guide and the views.

For a non-food stop and some exercise, check out Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Farmhouse Inn
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Bouchon
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Jaleo vs Julian Serrano

If you've been to both, which do you prefer and why?

Mar 06, 2011
nuclearali in Las Vegas

3 Days in Vegas

I welcome your opinion because I haven't seen any reviews for it on here.

I'd like a big, loud, fun, uniquely Vegas restaurant. Definitely doesn't have to be sushi.

Jan 09, 2011
nuclearali in Las Vegas

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

Didn't mean to cause so much controversy ;)
I didn't explain myself well but meant that the restaurant was on par with an average Winnipeg Thai or Vietnamese restaurant. Somewhere I'd go if I lived in SF, but not special enough for a visitor. Hope that makes more sense!
Can't remember what we had, I wrote down a few dishes recommended by chowhounders and ordered those :)

Still thinking fondly about my SF restaurant experiences!

3 Days in Vegas

Any chowhound thoughts on my plan? Staying at Encore & would prefer to eat at mid to north strip restaurants. Traveling with my husband; we're in our late 20s.

Dinner- Sage (before the late show of "O")- my Alex replacement
Dinner- Sushi Samba
Dinner- La Cave
Lunch- Buffet at Wynn (repeat from our last trip, husband's choice)
Lunch- BLT burger (we enjoyed Burger Bar last time, husband's choice)
Breakfast-Bouchon

Snack at Bouchon Bakery (need more macarons)

I haven't seen any reviews of La Cave yet but the menu looks appealing.
Any duds in my list?

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Bouchon
3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Jan 09, 2011
nuclearali in Las Vegas

Alex (The Wynn) is closing on 1/15/11

That's too bad. I was looking forward to eating there.

Sage it is, I guess!

Jan 06, 2011
nuclearali in Las Vegas

uhockey reviews Day 3 Las Vegas: Morel's French Steakhouse, Todd English P.U.B., L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Joel Robuchon

Wow that dessert tasting sounds amazing. What a good idea

I'll be in Vegas in March and your reviews are very helpful.

Jan 03, 2011
nuclearali in Las Vegas

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

Just wanted to post a quick trip report (2 months late....but better late than never!)

Burmese Kitchen- pretty good food, but not worth the scary walk from Union Square. Equivalent to any ethnic place in Winnipeg (ie nothing special)
La Taquiera- AMAZING. Went there twice (loved the mango drink and the bean tacos- spicy with guacamole)
Humphry Slocombe- not worth the wait- the ice cream had so many ice crystals in it!
Bi-rite- Loved the ice cream, the fact that there was no line when we went and all the free samples! Tons of delicious flavours to choose from- this is a must visit. We enjoyed the walk from La Taquiera to Bi-rite.
Farmhouse- wonderful example of what to eat in wine country. My husband had the rabbit, rabbit, rabbit and enjoyed it. I loved the wine (I even picked it out myself- I think it's pretty hard to choose a bad bottle of wine there)
Willi's Wine Bar- possibly my favorite stop. Loved all the different types of food and wine choices.
Bouchon Bakery- awesome macarons
Solage (bar)- good food and very cool atmosphere
Burger Bar- we went to this place because we loved it in LV a couple years ago. We didn't enjoy it as much.
Clock Bar- reminded me of Vegas- inventive cocktails.
Canteen- the highlight of our trip. Got to sit at the bar and we just loved the atmosphere! Thanks Chowhound for recommending it!

Wineries-
Pride (wonderful tour and views- nice more "upscale" winery to visit)
Benzinger (good for beginners)
We also biked dry creek valley- nice to visit the smaller wineries too (and very cool garden at Quivira)

Really enjoyed our food experiences in SF...thanks Chowhound!

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Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Guidance Please! It's all about the romance in Napa Valley for us this June

Thanks! I was reading the contacts page (which they should update, since it's misleading), not the reservation page. Guess we won't be trying Cyrus either. Hope you guys enjoy Meadowood.

Guidance Please! It's all about the romance in Napa Valley for us this June

Are you sure Cyrus isn't open on Tuesdays? The website states "We serve dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The bar opens at 5:00 p.m.".

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

Willi's Wine Bar seems like a good bet for our second night at Farmhouse (just found it on another post, with a good review).

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Willi's Wine Bar
4404 Old Redwood Hwy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

Thanks, I think we'll just do our best to be out of there before dark (which I don't think will be too hard to do).

Well from the above poster I'm interested in Burmese Kitchen and A La Turca. The other cuisines I'd be interested in (that haven't been mentioned previously) would be Middle Eastern or Cambodian.

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A La Turca
869 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

Will check out Burmese Kitchen and your other Calistoga recs, thanks!
I'm not too worried about missing out on wineries since we have a good amount of time in the area (3 full days, with us renting bikes one of the days and checking out a bunch of wineries). The other days I envision us only seeing a couple of wineries a day, at most!

Where exactly is the CIA store? Weird it's not on their website.

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

Burmese Kitchen looks interesting, since I've never had Burmese food (but the flavours look like something we would like). Also I am excited you listed a Turkish restaurant, as I was there last year and am missing the food!

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Wow!
Well we will definitely be doing that.

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

Perfect, thanks!

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

How about a Mexican restaurant for someone who doesn't know what any of those things are (but would like to try!). Off to google...

Thanks for the tenderloin recs.

Yet another SF/Napa/Sonoma itinerary post

I will be visiting the SF area in July with my husband for a week. We are both in our 20s and are open to any type of food (but we would like to eat at places that are unique to SF). I've searched this topic and found many helpful posts but I have a few questions that I haven't seen on this board yet.

My husband does NOT want a week full of multi-course fancy dinners (I know, what's wrong with him?). I thought we could compromise and eat at the bar of some of the higher-end restaurants. Good idea? I was specifically thinking of the bars at Michael Mina and Cyrus. We will be staying at the Farmhouse Inn and eating at the restaurant there. It will be my one "allowed" fancy meal, haha!

Exactly how safe is the Tenderloin area? I've found a few restaurants I'd like to try there, but is it safe for us to be walking around at night?

We have never had "real" Mexican food before. What's a good restaurant to try for first-timers?

We will also be checking out the Mission district (maybe Foreign Cinema), but I've bookmarked tons of other recs for that area.

For our time in Napa I was thinking about having our bigger meals at lunch. I've seen many recommendations for Redd, Farmstead, and Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen so I think we'll just choose between those. Any recommendations for a low-key restaurant in Calistoga for supper, which is where our hotel is?

I've read that the CIA has an excellent store, but there's no mention of it on their website. Is there one and is it worth going to?

Thanks. These boards were very helpful when planning my trip to NYC a couple years ago, so I hope the food in SF will be as good as the food I had there!

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Farmhouse Inn
7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110