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In quest of good eats...

Thanks for the info thus far. Gives us several options to study and explore.

Not really concerned about the dining opportunities being 'high end'. Nothing wrong with candle light and an old picnic table, so long as the food's good. Course, waves softly breaking on the near-by beach and a nice cabernet doesn't hurt, either.

We're inclined to stay coastal, for both just hanging out on the beach and the freshest seafood, but will certainly look into the non-coastal towns/villages as well. Do enjoy exploring new things, and our experience thus far is that west-coast snorkeling is not really all that thrilling.

Todd

Oct 26, 2011
ecolnago in Mexico

In quest of good eats...

Wife & I routinely try to get out of Indiana for a few days in early February, heading for warmer climes. Our ideal destination offers both diverse outdoors opportunities (hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, etc.) and great food.

We've tried Playa del Carmen/Cancun/Cozumel and found that's just not our thing. Went all-inclusive, but still ended up going into town for dinner every night only to find nothing inspiring, or even memorable. Not Mexico, we've spent time on Ambergris Caye - Belize. OK, but not enough to want to go back. Old town Puerto Vallarta's restaurants were much more to our liking, everything from the shrimp huts on the beach to fine dining. Should nothing else evolve, we'll gladly try PV again.

Know it's a rather broad inquiry, but would love to learn of other Mexican destinations we should consider exploring, with good eats being a primary attribute. Not concerned about the size of the villa/town/city. Prefer not to 'rough' it, but don't necessarily want/need upscale stays, either. Also need to consider travel time. We'll likely do five days, and prefer not spending too much time (read: entire day) in transport from an airport to our destination.

Thanks in advance for any/all of your suggestions,
Todd

Oct 23, 2011
ecolnago in Mexico

Dining along Oahu's north shore?

Thanks for passing along these blogs. At a quick glance, they appear both very informative and comprehensive. We'll enjoy taking time to explore both. Wife is a curry nut, so we'll certainly look into Fiji.

Feb 02, 2011
ecolnago in Hawaii

Dining along Oahu's north shore?

Appears everyone's got their favorite (Giovanni's, Mackey's, etc.) and I've only seen a couple that have had 'avoid' reviews. Will definitely hit at least one of them. Romy's seems to be spoken of highly and often. Is their fare different enough from the Hale'iwa trucks to warrant the extra few miles drive?

Feb 01, 2011
ecolnago in Hawaii

Dining along Oahu's north shore?

Nice reply. Agreed, 'decent wine' is a very subjective description. Guess the question should have been 'can I hope to find a decent range of wines available?'. While I don't recall ever having what I thought was a 'bad' $50 (store price, not restaurant) bottle of wine, at $20 I've had everything from astounding to 'pour it down the drain, and fast'. Likely p/u a bottle or two in the metro area before heading north. If we need more once we get there, we'll see what we can come up with.

Jan 27, 2011
ecolnago in Hawaii

Dining along Oahu's north shore?

We'll be in a condo w/ a kitchen. Not having seen her own kitchen for while, I suspect my wife will be going through some major withdrawal, and we'll likely prep a dinner or two for ourselves at the condo. Thanks for the poke suggestion. Be fun trying the different poke(s) and seeing what all the markets have to offer in fresh seafood.

Sort'a off topic, but would you know if decent wine (preference for full-bodied reds) can be found up north, or might it be best to find it in Honolulu and take it up w/ us?

Jan 27, 2011
ecolnago in Hawaii

Dining along Oahu's north shore?

Thanks guys, this helps.

Jan 26, 2011
ecolnago in Hawaii

Dining along Oahu's north shore?

Wife & I will be spending 4 nights on Oahu's north shore (Haleiwa) late February. First-timers to the islands, while we always get excited about visiting new places and trying their fares, confess that skimming through some of the TA restaurant reviews has been somewhat discouraging.

Figuring we'll be fine for breakfasts/lunches with the bakeries, sandwich shops and shrimp-trucks, etc., but could use a little help w/ the dinner stops. We'll spend an evening in Waikiki (probably try Alan Wong's or La Mer) before heading north. We'll have a rental car, and as we'll likely be doing some driving to some of the hiking trail-heads & snorkeling coves, we're not opposed to driving to other parts of the island for food, too. Not expecting 'fine dining', we'll be just as happy (well...almost) w/ plastic forks on a tired picnic table, so long as the food, drinks and company are good.

Read 'Foodies first time in Oahu' thread, but appears other than the shrimp-truck and shaved-ice, nothing else outside of the metro area got mention. Any advice to be offered towards some decent dining opportunities that don't require driving back into the Honolulu area each evening would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Todd

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Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

La Mer
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Jan 24, 2011
ecolnago in Hawaii

Sunday Brunch near The Met Museum please

As 'nice' is a relative thing, I'll throw the Central Park 'Boathouse' as an option to consider. You'll no doubt find swankier places to eat, but this is very easy to get to from the Met. Our brunch here was a very pleasant experience. Pretty good food, reasonable price & nice views.

Todd

Jan 06, 2011
ecolnago in Manhattan

Seek NYE dining ideas...

Answered my own question on The Modern. They are offering only a 7-course prix-fixe for their second seating at $375/head. We do enjoy the experience of a good meal, but that'll be a bit hard to swallow (poor pun, but intended), well...that, and the divorce that would likely ensue.

Looks like they are not taking reservations through Open-Table for the Bar area. Oh well.

Gilt is apparently doing something similar, as they are not using O-T for that evening, either.

I'll take a look at A Voce's schedule.

Todd

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A Voce
41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

Dec 02, 2010
ecolnago in Manhattan

Seek NYE dining ideas...

Thanks so much for all of your time and advice - particularly 'citykid'. Guess I neglected to add one key component, in that I was hoping to find something with reasonable walking distance. We're fairly fit and enjoy an after-dinner stroll, but having spent very little time in Manhattan it's difficult to gauge what is a realistic walking distance in nicer attire and potential winter weather? My leaning towards Serra was largely due to it's close proximity to our hotel. As our trips to NY border on rare, perhaps that shouldn't be such a large part of the decision...

Citykid, I took a peek at your recommendations and suspect we would be quite pleased with any of them. A Voce looks walkable and will look into that one a little deeper. Couple others that I've run across that appear walkable are The Modern and Gilt. Looks like the Modern Bar offers full fare in a less formal atmosphere, which perhaps better suites our mid-western up-bringing. Anything anyone would care to offer on these?

Todd

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A Voce
41 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

Dec 02, 2010
ecolnago in Manhattan

Seek NYE dining ideas...

Staying at the Setai @ 5th Ave on 37th Street over the NYE weekend. Seek dining ideas for the evening of 31 Dec. Prefer to find dinner for two at $250 + drinks, or less. Figuring it's best to head south/east of our hotel to avoid the Time Square scene. Looked at tons of reviews for various establishments, and leaning towards Serra Mediteranian Bistro for the moment. Any other places I should be considering before making reservations? (open to any & all cuisines, so long as it's good eats!)

Thanks in advance,
Todd
Indianapolis

Dec 01, 2010
ecolnago in Manhattan