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Newport Beach dinner recs

When looking at the menus, it doesn't seem that Wildfish is any more expensive than Gulfstream. I guess what turns me off more, although maybe shouldn't be a real turn-off, is that there is a Houston's near my house that I just count on as a place for a less upscale business lunch, or a bit better than a Friday's as a chain.

Jan 16, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition

Haven't checked this for a few days, but am happy to give some tips I picked up along the way. I had applied to be a leader last year, but I have a job with flexibility, but they want leaders to start out as receptionists, and that wasn't something I could do. I have spoken at meetings though. If you have any specific questions, I am happy to answer.
When I started again, and people noticed me losing, they asked why it worked now, I said it was the free fruit! Just joking of course, but that was when fruit became zero points, so I figured why not. The reality was, switching my 100 calorie packs for a fruit was a big help. The other thing I did was to track online. Whether it was with my phone, ipad or laptop, I could track anywhere. If I tracked, and tracked honestly, or close to honestly, I lost. Some of the things that my leader used to say really stuck with me. One of the times was when she talked about how if we went over our 26 points because we were at a party, or whatever, we would just tell ourselves that we were putting it towards our extra 49. She said "How many times a week are you going to use your 49?"

Jan 13, 2015
robinsilver in Home Cooking
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Newport Beach dinner recs

Yes, sorry, it was Wildfish. Sounds like a good endorsement.
Would love a wine bargain, but we won't be there on a Monday night. I was trying to look at The Quiet Woman wine list online, but it didn't seem to be working.

Jan 13, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Newport Beach dinner recs

The Quiet Woman looks good to for an alternative to seafood. Especially if the wine list is reasonable. Our friends always want wine, but then balk at paying more. I only hate to pay because it is usually for a bottle we have in our cellar. At home I am happy to pay corkage.
I might be re-thinking my idea of asking for something more reasonable. 2 restaurants seem to come up, so please give me your opinions. They are Maestro's, and Wildfire Grille.

Jan 13, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Best Chicken Pot Pie Nassau County ??

The thing about buying prepared foods anywhere, be it Chicken Pot Pie or any other thing that a place like Iavarrone, North Shore Farms, Kitchen Kabaret, Guiseppe's, you name it, sells, is that you are doing it for convenience, and it is never going to taste like it does when you make it yourself. My husband (who you know Jim from way back, I think it was through either BBQNYC, or possibly even the Compuserve Wine Forum), loves chicken pot pie, and seeing as I love to cook, but not if I had a hard day at work, I have bought many of these. He eats them and doesn't complain. Some are better than others. I shop at North Shore Farms regularly, and their pot pie is one of my go to picks for him. My mother has recommended the chicken pot pie that Roslyn Kosher Foods sells. Haven't tried that yet, but will have to one day and will report.

On another note, Erica, the new Indian place Delhi6, that opened in New Hyde Park where the Fiza Family Diner used to be, is nowhere near as good.

Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition

I logged on here for something else, but when I saw this, I just had to skim and post. I started WW 4 years ago, and lost 85 lbs. I have gained back about 15, and am re-committing now. I know that tracking is what really works, and it is a life-style change. However, even changing your life-style, and not eating at all like you used to, it is so hard to maintain a goal weight for many of us, especially when we are foodies. Not to mention the wine. Valerie, because of your wine comment, I will relate a story.

The WW leader who works with the celebrities like Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson is from NY, so she sometimes speaks at the local centers. I went to hear her, and she is fantastic, BTW, and someone asked what gives her trouble. She talked about how her and her husband are wine drinkers. She would decide to have 2 glasses, then he would say, Oh let's just finish the bottle. After hearing that, I went home and thought about it and realized this (for those of us who will not re-cork our wine), "It costs me the same to throw it out as to eat it.". this can really be applied to everything. We can all admit that we sometimes eat when we are really full because we don't want to throw out the food. Whether it's extra on our plate at a restaurant, or what the kids left over on their plate. At a restaurant, if there is not enough to bring home, let them take it away. You paid for it already, the money is gone, so just let them take it.

Newport Beach dinner recs

We will be in Newport Beach for a conference at the end of January. We have a bunch of friends who will be there as well, so usually go with group of 6 or 8 for dinner. Any recommendations for places with very good food, but not necessarily the most high end. Some won't pay, so like to keep it a bit more reasonable.

Jan 07, 2015
robinsilver in Los Angeles Area

Special Occasion Recommendation - Nassau County/Western Suffolk

Thanks for confirming that Limani still has terrible service. I remember when they first opened. After asking for more water 4 times (and we ordered expensive food and 2 bottles of wine for a table of 4, so we weren't cheaping out), I gave up. Could not believe that at their prices the service could be so awful.

Special Occasion Recommendation - Nassau County/Western Suffolk

La Marmite in Williston Park would probably qualify as a "really nice restaurant". The ambiance would certainly meet the expectations of the age group. It's been consistently reviewed at the top for close to 40 years.

Some other classics are La Coquille in Manhasset, or Jolly Fisherman in Roslyn.

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

If you pick carefully, there are good things to get at most of these bed restaurants. The Asian chicken salad at Friday's, the dessert pizzas at Papa John's, that kind of thing. My husband has a thing for White Castle, but only probably has it as a nostalgia thing once every few years.
Olive Garden is probably firstbon my list of bad, and the horror of it, they are now being accused of giving the diners too many breadsticks so they are losing money. Maybe if they imrpoved their food they wouldn't be losing money!

Sep 20, 2014
robinsilver in Features

Mrs Wilkes, Savannah?

I read something recently about LJ's Soulfood, anyone been there? We will have a car, so if it is not walkable, we will drive.
Also, if anyone has ever done any of the trolley or ghost tours, any thoughts on a company?

Sep 20, 2014
robinsilver in Southeast

Mrs Wilkes, Savannah?

Every year I go with a bunch of girlfriends on a long weekend somewhere. This year it will be 3 nights in Savannah. A few years ago we had the best fried chicken ever at Gus' in Memphis, and would love to find fried chicken we would like as much. If you think it's really worth waiting at Mrs. Wilkes, we would do it. Talking to others in line would be perfect for us, as we are known as the "yentas".
Suggestions for other restaurants would also be great. We will be arriving on October 30th, leaving on Nov 2nd. Our day for fried chicken might be Halloween, so that is either better or worse, who knows.

Sep 03, 2014
robinsilver in Southeast

Long weekend in Phoenix/Scottsdale

We are going to be in Scottsdale May 13-18th for a conference. Would love to get your feedback, as well as that from the locals about which of those recommended might work better for a group of 8-10. Generally we end up seeing all our friends who are spread across the country, and we hate to leave anyone out.

Apr 30, 2014
robinsilver in Phoenix

Jeans allowed?

Not that you need more comments on this, but I have been to Seattle, and to me it seemed that all of the trendy restaurants had a much different vibe than they do in NY, and jeans were appropriate. It has nothing to do with how much someone is paying, or whether you wearing jeans would devalue their experience. It does however, have to do with what is expected in any particular restaurant, and how others will be dressed.
As for the person who had their 18 year old dressed, I am a real believer in raising children to learn that there are times they should dress. I did that with my sons, and now they know when to wear what. They were raised in the NYC area, and live in the city now, as do their friends. My sons are both in their 20's. What might really make you realize that things are different here is that most of their friends who are getting married here in the city are having black tie weddings. And not black tie and sneakers.

Apr 23, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

Mother's Day dinner

We don't usually do dinner in the city for Mother's Day, but this year we are planning on it. I would prefer something on the east side, and not overly expensive. At the most we will probably be 10 people, possibly less. Would love some suggestions.

Apr 23, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

Keens Steak House, NYC

After hearing friends rave about it, we went a few months ago. I am really not a fan. As I hate lamb of all kinds, the mutton is out for me. However, I love steak. There are tons of steakhouses in NYC, and there are a lot of things that go into enjoying a meal, and considering all of that, I would never go back to Keens over some others.

President's weekend in San Fransisco

Thanks, i noticed that there were a lot of dim sum places in Richmond, but we will only be renting a car for the day on Saturday. Parking at the hotel is ridiculously expensive, so didn't make sense.
If it turns out to be not that difficult to get there, we might make the trip. The last time we were in SF I remember going to a pricier, fancier dim sum place. We have our favorites here in NY, and believe it or not prefer 2 places that are here on Long Island to Chinatown or Flushing.

President's weekend in San Fransisco

We are going to be out in SF for a wedding on Sunday of President's week-end. Luckily, we don't have to worry about a reservation Valentine's Day, as it's a wedding related event, but are looking for a few other things.
We would like to do Dim Sum on Sunday morning. We will be staying at the Drake, so closer to there would be great,
Monday night, we are looking for a nice restaurant with a good assortment of fish dishes, among others.
Will traffic be bad up to Napa/Sonoma on Saturday? We want to go visit our wine we have stored there, maybe arrange to ship it back to NY.

Reasonable priced Italian

We are looking for somewhere to go with a group of about 10 in Manhattan, reasonably priced. The other person suggested someplace in the Bronx because it's not as pricy, but I would prefer staying in Manhattan. Appetizers in the $10-$15 range, pastas $15-$20, and $20-$30 entrees.

Jan 22, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

Carnegie or Katz's, and why?

Funny I should see this today, because yesterday I had deli from Ben's on Long Island, and was just thinking about how going to get a sandwich from Katz's was so well worth the trip, even if I decided to pay the toll at the Midtown Tunnel.
My son lives directly across the street from 2nd Avenue Deli, but don't think it compares to Katz's, and Carnegie, a definite no. Not sure which NY'ers they think eat regularly at Carnegie. Maybe it's the ones who don't want to spend the time or subway ride to get to Katz's.

Jan 20, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

David Burke Kitchen

Have a reservation there tonight to take my son and his girlfriend, who I am meeting for the first time. We just made the reservation the other day, and I wanted to stick with Soho, because her apartment is there, and that was the most recognizable that came up. Usually when we come in for dinner, we are either in the theater district, or go for some of the other name restaurants, although not even as up on them as I used to. After spending over $1,000 a couple at Per Se, I just decided that food can't possibly be good enough to cost more than than some people have to spend in a year.

Any thoughts on my choice?

Jan 17, 2014
robinsilver in Manhattan

Please update French Quarter choices

I guess that explains the price of airline tickets for that weekend. Luckily we made the hotel reservations through a packager quite a while ago.

Oct 08, 2013
robinsilver in New Orleans

Please update French Quarter choices

I did search this board, but there has been nothing posted since early in 2012, so would love if someone could update.
I am planning a trip to New Orleans with 5 women the week-end of November 7th to 11th. So far we have reservations at NOLA for dinner Saturday night, and the Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace for Sunday. For some of them, I think these 2 are going to be their higher priced meals, so would like to stick to more reasonable places for other choices. We are staying at the Hyatt in the French Quarter. We won't arrive until after 7 on Thursday night, so if there is someplace close by for dinner it would be great. Not too heavy or spicy too for that one. Then would love suggestions for other breakfasts and lunches. We had planned to go last year, but ironically we had to cancel due to Hurricane Sandy. 4 of us are from NY.

Oct 02, 2013
robinsilver in New Orleans

Flushing & Dim Sum

If you don't mind driving out to Long Island, there are 2 places that, in my opinion, have better dim sum than Flushing. The Orient in Bethpage, and Fortune Wheel in Levittown. If you get to them around 11:00, or even 11:30, you probably won't have to wait. One of the things I like is that most of their things are not fried, and they have a large variety of choices.

Apr 16, 2013
robinsilver in Outer Boroughs

Gefilte Fish

That sounds a lot like my mother's recipe too. As a follow-up, it turns out that what I am going to do this year is go to my mother's house and make the fish there, so will follow her directions, then should be able to do it myself. She told me that the fish store will filet and grind the fish, and grind onion to put in with it. I didn't notice if that was in the Epicurious recipe. I will leave it at her house to cook, and she will test the seasonings. I am having 26 people, although not all are gefilte fish eaters, we love to have left overs. I will let you know what happens.

Mar 15, 2013
robinsilver in Kosher

Left Coast Kitchen and Cocktails in Merrick - How is this place?

Really enjoyed it, but not what I would call gourmet dining. More of a fun place.

Gefilte Fish

Does anyone make their own gefilte fish, and have a good recipe? I know there are plenty online, but won't go for Wolfgang Puck's with the cabbage, and can't really imagine making Martha Stewart's recipe, and haven't even looked at it.
My mother always made it, as did my mother-in-law before she passed away, but my mother just had a pacemaker put in, so can't handle the big pot of water needed.

Mar 14, 2013
robinsilver in Kosher

All time favorite Seder recipes

I make what I consider a traditional brisket, which is an enhanced onion-soup based gravy. I am having 26 this year, and I do 2 of them, with some kind of chicken dish. I made an Israeli orange spiced chicken for years, and have tried other things lately. This year I am going to do chicken with roasted fennel and red onion in an orange balsamic sauce.
I have always made a parve sweet farfel kugel that is like a sweet noodle kugel. Also, a mixed veggie kugel that I make with grated zucchini and carrots, with sauteed onions. I found a recipe on kosher cooking that I am going to try this year, it is a farfel kugel made with spinach, mushrooms and onions.
Does anyone make their own gefilte fish? My 90 year old mother always made the chicken soup with matzoh balls, and the gefilte fish for me. She had a pacemaker put in about a month ago, so doesn't think she can handle doing both, and the chicken soup is easier. I am going to try doing the gefilte fish on my own. I hate to see the idea of home made gefilte fish go by the wayside. If you have a recipe, or any tips, let me know.

Mar 14, 2013
robinsilver in Kosher

Polish or German potato dumplings

I am having a dinner party Saturday night and was to make potato dumplings. I found a recipe that seems similar to my mother-in-law's, so will use that, but can't find any information about whether they can be kept warm in any way until serving. I plan to saute chopped onions and butter and mix that with the dumplings once cooked.

Feb 21, 2013
robinsilver in Home Cooking

Favorite Long Island Supermarkets

Funny but I was going to say that the only thing that made $1.77 sound expensive was remembering when I wa first married in 1974 chicken cutlets was 99 cents, and filet mignon was $1.99.