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Should Orange County have their own board?

I would love an OC board. I get frustrated trying to find posts on the LA board and usually end up looking elsewhere which isn't ideal. We may be close geographically but not so much logistically. I would come here a lot more often. And to be honest it would be nice to avoid the anti-oc sentiment sometimes expressed. We know LA trumps us in options but that doesn't mean we don't have plenty of great places and I would love to be able to find out more about them.

Oct 23, 2014
nocukes in Site Talk

Where can I find apple bananas?

Does anyone know where I can find apple bananas in Orange County? Preferably not too far from Placentia. I saw them at an Albertson's a few months ago but none since.


Nov 15, 2013
nocukes in Los Angeles Area

blues restaurants

The house band at Arcadia Blues Club is good but the food is horrible. The fish for the fish and chips were only 1 small step up from fish sticks. The fries were typical frozen, not cooked enough. The headliner we went to see wasn't blues, but the posters showing upcoming shows looked like it would definitely be a place to go back to. Just eat somewhere else first.

Nov 29, 2012
nocukes in Los Angeles Area

Need recommendations for Anniversary dinner this Saturday

Thanks for the suggestions!

The menu at Sage may be a little challenging for the hubby. I get a blank stare when I mention cheeks. But the lounge menu has a couple of things he likes(oysters and humboldt fog cheese), so maybe a good choice for a snack sometime while we're there.

Not sure about how romantic swans are, but the tasting menu looks like something that isn't too boring for me and not too challenging for him. We usually avoid prix fixe because neither of us are big dessert people. That might be a winner.

I was looking at the Fleur menu. It seems more casual, probably not romantic, but looks like we could both find something we like among the small plates.

Aug 31, 2012
nocukes in Las Vegas

Need recommendations for Anniversary dinner this Saturday

The hubby and I decided last minute to head to Vegas this weekend. I usually have more time to research so I am asking the board for help.

I am looking for someplace romantic for our anniversary dinner Saturday night. He wants a bone-in ribeye and I am a foodie who loves tasting menus. We won't be bringing anything fancy to wear so the casual side of business casual is the best we can do. We are staying at the Palazzo.

He just about had a heart attack when I told him the prices at Carnevino. I think he will remain standing if the entire bill comes to $200 - $250 (or less) with wine (wine by the glass is fine as we aren't huge drinkers). I have been to many of Mario's place in Manahattan so would like to try something else. We have both been to Spago (great tasting menu), Emeril's fish place at MGM years ago (bad experience), and Nobu (disappointing). A "famous" chef is not required, but it would be fun to try someone new.

So, to summarize, romantic, not insanely expensive, business casual, make the ribeye eater happy as well as the foodie. Maybe a good place for ribeye that also has a good selection of small plates and wine by the glasss?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

Aug 30, 2012
nocukes in Las Vegas

SF Chowhound going to SLO/Cambria/Paso Robles/Cayucos help - did some research?

In Cambria I recommend Robin's.

Ken Volk is my top choice for wine. His winery is in the Santa Barbara wine region, but he has a tasting room on Highway 46 between the 1 and 101, closer to 101. It is located at the Lone Madrone winery.

Robin's Restaurant
4095 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428

Oct 04, 2011
nocukes in California

Special Occassion, Not Too Dressy

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I'm leaning toward EMP or Degustation.

If I choose EMP it will probably need for be for lunch. Dinner prices a little steep. Degustation is good price wise, but I am concerned it may be too adventurous for the hubby.Maybe a good opportunity to open him up to new things.

Has anyone been to Perilla? That looks to be a good option too. The tasting menu price is right. But how is the food? It's close enough for quick stumble home after a bottle of wine.

I recently made a reservation for Artisinal for an early dinner before our concert in case nothing else works out. I keep missing Balthazar everytime I'm there. I'm determined to get there for lunch some day while we are there. Maybe even takeout if they are really busy, which they always seem to be when I walk by. Now that there is a Craft is Los Angeles I figure I will try that out here.

Littleman, the weather here is warm and sunny, as it usually is.

Saturngirl, I was hoping Restaurant Week would fall the last week when we are there ,but alas, not. The last day (Sunday) will be my only chance. Waiting for the menus to come out.

9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Jun 19, 2010
nocukes in Manhattan

Special Occassion, Not Too Dressy

I have been lurking for years and have spent many hours trying to find the right place. I'm finally admitting I need some help.

My husband and I will be celebrating 25 years together with a visit the last week of July. He also owes me a foodie birthday dinner. I prefer WV, Soho, LES, EV areas, but am willing to branch out if need be for the perfect spot. He won't be packing a suit, and I doubt even a sport coat.

Food is my thing, I love to eat it and prepare it (yes, I love to watch Top Chef, especially the Masters). To him, it is sustenance, but he has been known to enjoy the finer things.

Price range: $300-ish for 2 with wine. Could possibly inch that a bit higher (he has owed me this dinner for 2 years and I do have yet another birthday between now and then I could use for leverage)


Me: Cucumbers, oysters, watermelon, beer
Him: Anything too adventurous (thinks I'm crazy eating sweet breads), spicy cuisines (Indian, Ethiopian for example), tomato based sauces


Me: Tasting menus with wine pairings (but not all seafood), champagne/sparkling wine, fried chicken, potato salad (anything Southern/Midwestern)
Him: Steak with a good Cabernet, oysters, seafood pasta, corned beef, matzo ball soup, foie gras

Would like to avoid Sushi, Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese (we live in Southern California).We rarely order desert, but if we do it's usually dark chocolate, berries, or something lemon. Neither of us drink coffee, but some good tea would be nice at the end of the meal.

I have already been to Babbo which I enjoyed, but want something different. We love a place here called Watermarc Grill that has small plates and wines by the 1/4 and half glass so would be open to something similar. Someplace romantic, a nice view, and/or outside dining would be nice, but not necessary.

I hope that helps to narrow things down...and isn't too picky

I am also looking for somewhere casual (jeans & T-shirt) to eat after a Wednesday night concert at MSG, possibly with a few friends.


Jun 17, 2010
nocukes in Manhattan