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Looking for Thanksgiving dinner/buffet recommendations near Albuquerque

St Clair Winery experience wasn't the best. We did like the pecan pie. The Pinot Grigio was passable. Others like the ham. $82 plus tip for three.

The gambler's special Thanksgiving buffet at Isleta was pretty good for $14 each plus tip.

1 day ago
hychka in Southwest
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Looking for Thanksgiving dinner/buffet recommendations near Albuquerque

Thanks to ninrn's suggestion, we just had a fabulous Chinese meal at Budai in Albuquerque. The restaurant is very popular, offers a wide range of choices and serves excellent food. The three of us started with a green onion pancake paired with West Lake soup. The mains were steamed flounder and chicken in garlic sauce. We also had pea tips as a green. Wonderful meal served well with tea and water for $60 plus tip.

2 days ago
hychka in Southwest
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Ordering pecans from NM (or TX? or LA?)

We were in Sam's Club in Cruces and local pecans were $7/#. Can't recall the brand, but will look next Monday.

Nov 26, 2014
hychka in Southwest
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Great lunch @ The Shed in Cruces

Three of us for lunch for $33 plus tip. Grey plate is posole and side salad. Blue plate is a build your own omelet with brisket and green and red sauce. The red plate is two brisket enchiladas in blue corn meal tortillas with beans and green and red sauce. Lots of other choices. Great service.

Nov 26, 2014
hychka in Southwest

Santa Fe Trip Report

Thanks. Your posts are helpful as there wasn't much current info. We'll be there in two weeks and will try out some of these.

Nov 14, 2014
hychka in Southwest

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner/buffet recommendations near Albuquerque

As things appear to be filling up, we made some reservations via open table for Thanksgiving at St Clair Winery & Bistro, Friday evening for the sunset at High Finance, and have Budai on our list for either Wednesday evening or Saturday...which leaves us needing one more place, maybe in Santa Fe, or more suggestions if you think we need a rescue. And, yes, we are staying at a Casino and will check out their Thanksgiving offering when we get there.

Nov 11, 2014
hychka in Southwest

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner/buffet recommendations near Albuquerque

Well, maybe not on Thanksgiving Day, but we are definitely going to Budai while we are in town.

Nov 09, 2014
hychka in Southwest

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner/buffet recommendations near Albuquerque

Thanks! I'll look into this

Nov 01, 2014
hychka in Southwest

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner/buffet recommendations near Albuquerque

Thanks! Those are good leads. S

Oct 03, 2014
hychka in Southwest

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner/buffet recommendations near Albuquerque

We'll be visiting my daughter over Thanksgiving, staying in a hotel with no decent kitchen, so must eat out. Searched the subject and found five year old suggestions, which appear suspect what with age and recent reviews of the restaurants. Food doesn't have to be traditional...we are looking for good food and a nice setting in which to be grateful for all our blessings. Please advise.

Sep 28, 2014
hychka in Southwest

Tourist Hate

While I agree that your metaphor is a fair one, what I don't like is the implicit notion that being unpaid gives the person the right to be uncouth, crude, vulgar, rude, profane, bigoted or disrespectful. If a contributor is burned out, take a time out. As was said above, "No-one is being held hostage here."
If I'm reading the wrong thing into your attitude, please set me straight. I do appreciate the times you have helped me and I hope I have said so before this.

Jul 17, 2014
hychka in France
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Tourist Hate

Might have miscounted, but I believe 33 chowhounds have commented on this topic. Of these eleven think there is a problem. If you ran a restaurant and surveyed everyone in the place and one third said there is a problem, would you tell that one third, "No-one is being held hostage here"?

1st Timers in Paris / 2 nights in St. Germain

Ha! My bad...and I can't correct it as the edit button is gone. Ditto for me re the Arch de Triomphe...lots of steps for not much to see.
However, your post reminded me that we enjoyed lunch at La Villa, 37 Avenue de Friedland, 8e, which is about two blocks east of the Arc. We had the special, lamb chops, and they were a big hit. About $25eu each with wine and water. Very popular with the people from my daughter's home office, Constellium, around the corner.

Jul 17, 2014
hychka in France

1st Timers in Paris / 2 nights in St. Germain

Re FISH...sounds reasonable to me as I think they are underpriced and could do better with a little more space and move the bar trade away a bit. The food was among the best (top four certainly) of nearly 40 restaurants we tried on this trip including Aix, Normandie, Nice and Bordeaux areas. No, I didn't try any Michelin starred places as for me that's the fun! Find what hasn't been found and at least half as good for a fifth of the price. Ha!

Thanks for your response as I respect your opinions and efforts here.

Jul 16, 2014
hychka in France

Provence, Vaucluse

Thanks for your report as I plan to return to Provence next spring and need more suggestions. Good ideas for the next visit!

Jul 16, 2014
hychka in France

Chowhound favorite restaurants near Luxembourgh Gardens

We really liked Au Petite Suisse....food isn't state of the art, but good,...great service and fun!

Jul 16, 2014
hychka in France

1st Timers in Paris / 2 nights in St. Germain

PhiD, you're usually spot on, but not this time. We were on the walk and everyone loved their food. All 18! Yes, I was surprised. I asked on this site for advice and did scout out the suggestions. In the end I took Patricia Wells' advice and chose this place. It was the wish of the young lady that her 18th birthday party be at a Paris sidewalk café in a people watching area. Other than she sent back her steak, all went well. My food was good and so was the wine. Her dad was thrilled, ...paid the bill. Happy ending.

What did you think of my other comments? (Please except Grand Marche' as I read your thoughts before.)

Love your insights from so rich a prospective! And, thanks for the response.

S

Jul 16, 2014
hychka in France

1st Timers in Paris / 2 nights in St. Germain

We stayed in an apartment at the corner of rue de Seine and rue Saint Sulpice for awhile this summer, which is fairly close to you. Here are my thoughts from that stay.

Au Petit Suisse 16 Rue de Vaugirard, 6e Friendly service. Good food for a first meal after the plane ride. We shared an Italian salad plate and the soup de jour. About 25 eu each plus a bottle of wine.

Gerard Murlot 76, rue de Seine, 6e. Wonderful pastries. Very busy. We saw people cry when they found the place closed for holiday…apartment’s windows faced the shop. Must see.
Baker/pastry place on Mabillon , 6e (can’t find the name)…very good, bigger bread selection and much cheaper than Gerard Murlot.

Marche’ St Germaine. Good selection. Pricier than many adequate alternatives.

Bon Marche'. Excellent selection and fun to walk through to see their many items. VERY PRICEY when comparing their more ordinary items to those available in conventional outlets.

Pavillon de la Fontaine Luxembourg Gardens, 6e. We shared salad and a toasted cheese and ham. Good service. Fun to be outside and able to hear the childrens' band recitals. Food was a little steep, I thought, but a good experience. About 22eu each.

Les Deux Magots 6 place Saint- Germain des Pre's. Our party of 18 showed up (no reservations...I spoke with the captain the day before) and were seated quickly. Only one person was disappointed...she expected a corn fed steak and got a fairly tough piece of beef. Sent it back and carried on with everyone happy. I had scallops and they were good. Much wine. Probably too much noise. A great evening at a famous old place with seats on the sidewalk. One guest was so pleased with the experience that he picked up the entire tab and I really have no idea what it cost.

Grand Bistro Breteuil 2, Place de Breteuil, 7e.
We were on our way to au Denier Metro, when our Metro broke down in Duroc station. I recalled this restaurant was on Duroc and the Circle and called them. Our guests loved the place. Great choices, decent wine, clumsy waiter. The asparagus starter is exceptional and the sole is cooked and presented very well. We went three times as the place was such a hit with guests. About 55eur each with after dinner drinks.

La Taverne du Nil 16-18 Rue Le Regrattier, 4e Ducked in to get out of a downpour. Warm, friendly, soup was thin. Wouldn’t go back.

chez L'Ami Jean27 Rue Malar, 7e. Exceptionally good food; but, for all the hype, I expected more. We all had the chef’s choices. We were among the last to be seated for lunch and the staff might have been tired. The service was abrupt, whereas I was expecting attention and some warmth, some fun. Didn’t happen. About 75 eu each with wine.
d’Orsay café top floor for lunch. Always delightful and busy. A nice resting spot for wine and conversation. Desserts were very tempting, but I stuck with a Sancerre.

Dinner plans got blown by lost reservations at ZKG. Ate at Le Canton 5, rue Gozlin, 6e. We had eaten there years ago and enjoyed the food and staff. The food has a Chinese/French/Vietnamese blend. Interesting. Our guests liked it. About 35 eu each with wine.

Place du Tertre feed lot, 18e. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we ventured into one of the outdoor seating areas in the square for lunch. Lots of food…big portions! Wine wasn’t much. Service was slow. I got a little sun. Good place to share time with friends. About 30 eu each with wine.

Verjus 52 Rue de Richelieu | (dans le passage Beaujolais), 1e. Excellent. Exceptional food and wine well paired. Excellent service. See my review http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/975866

Columbus Café 23 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 6e. Ducked in out of the rain. Drank wine and water and left never to return. They let a guy smoke.

Dans Les Landes (they moved to a bigger place near Opera). Exceptional food, attentive staff, great service, and lots of FUN! Basque (I think) Spanish influence. Everyone was very happy! About 40eu each with lots of wine and one Scotch drinker.

Interlude of dining in. Great open air markets close by offering much to choose from. We had sole with almonds one night, ratatouille, Boeuf Bourguignon and a bean and vegetable casserole that was wonderful on other nights…all from French recipes my wife found in the apartment.

La Coupole 102 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 14e. Certainly better than most. See my review inside this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/976141. About 75 eu each with wine and coffee.

Chez H’anna 54 Rue des Rosiers, 4e. In my opinion the falafels are the best on the street. And, while the dining area is pretty cozy, it is looser than the sardine can down the street. Our guests really liked their food, especially that meatball falafel. My wife and I shared the larger falafel platter and were happy with the portion. About 20eu each wi9th wine, which could be better.

Chez Marianne 2, rue des Hospitalieres-Saint-Gervais, 4e. We enjoyed the mixed platter for two and a bottle of Sancerre on a warm Paris afternoon and enjoyed watching the people line up for their falafels and other take aways. About $25 eu each.

FISH la Boissonnerie, 69 rue de Seine 6e. We celebrated our 47th anniversary at FISH, which was wonderful! My turbo with cauliflower and bacon was shockingly delightful and wife's hake with roasted vegetables was equally good. The bread the waitresses run across the street for is amazing! Good wine list, too. We had champagne because of the occasion, plus a white I asked our waitress to pick for us. Menu changes, so these dishes were gone when we returned three nights later. About 75eu each with champagne and wine.
Cosi 54, rue de Siene, 6e. Great sandwiches! The bread is simply wonderful!!

Au Dernier Metro, 79 Blvd de Grenelle, 15e. Far from charming, we just had a great "authentic" French meal at Au Dernier Metro amongst an authentic, young, casual and raucous crowd speaking no English loudly for under 60eu with generous tip for two of the de jour with a bottle of wine and a mousses to share for dessert. Love that place. Had the waiter order for us as I recognized nothing but the steak and frites. Mine was what I suspect bacon would look like in thick, thick slabs, but not cured, with mashed potatoes and a lovely gravy. My wife had a bass with an interesting thick sauce and some rice and vegetables. They were both nothing we would order and both were great. See! I'm letting the restaurants broaden my horizons.

Brasserie la Rotonde en Montparnasse 101, Boulevard du Montparnasse, 6e. Just dropped in for wine and a snack. Great onion soup and the salmon tartare was appreciated. Great service and a great old place! Fun to people watch. Can’t recall the bill.

Jul 16, 2014
hychka in France
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Tourist Hate

Just saw this in The Huffington Post and thought it might be of interest and also put some things into perspective...
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"It’s not just the French who love their country; the world loves France too. France was the world’s top tourist destination in 2012, with 83 million foreign visitors -- that’s almost 20 million people more than the country’s total population. "

Jul 16, 2014
hychka in France

Tourist Hate

In Paris they wash down the streets and collect the trash daily in the heavy traffic arrondissements. The spilled ice cream and other stuff disappears.

Likewise maybe CHF needs a blow off page like this one every little while so that pent up frustration gets vented.

Jul 16, 2014
hychka in France
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Tourist Hate

And, thanks to quick work by the moderators here, several particularly nasty exchanges illustrating the point that there is nastiness were appropriately and quickly truncated. One had to do with ATMs .Another with a women with two children suffering from severe food allergies. Another had to do with restaurants that only serve what the chef is serving as opposed to a choice menu. Another had to do with how to avoid tourists by eating cheaper and as well outside the single digit, which quickly disintegrated into a litany of tourists' bad habits and quirks by nation and race. And, there are some others I'm certain will come to mind of daily readers. In each there was much animosity expressed rudely and even crudely in righteous indignation, mostly by "the regulars."

Like several expressed above, these episodes have made me consider putting my time to other interests. As expressed elsewhere instead I decided to try to be a better person myself, and continue to monitor CHF and offer help where knowledge I have can be helpful. The subject, the site, the service performed, and "the regulars" are worth trying for.

But, things always need reevaluation.

Jul 15, 2014
hychka in France

Tourist Hate

It is certainly how I was made to feel over the past few months. I've taken a look at myself and have made some changes. ......................

Jul 15, 2014
hychka in France
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What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Blood orange juice, Schweppes Zero, any number of cheeses, local French wines, good French pastries, several kinds of packaged chocolate and nut biscuits, and really good butter.

Jul 14, 2014
hychka in France

Cote d'Azur near Cagnes sur Mer

Inquiries about areas near the Riviera get few responses. You are best off searching of the thread using various towns on the area. Recently someone asked a similar question and a fellow spending much time on the area gave a great run down of what's what. Look for Nice, Cannes, Cote d'Azur, and you'll find it and more.

Jul 11, 2014
hychka in France

Chowhound favorite restaurants near Luxembourgh Gardens

For something better, you can't miss with FISH on rue de Seine...about six blocks due north of the Palais.

Jul 11, 2014
hychka in France

Chowhound favorite restaurants near Luxembourgh Gardens

My wife and I like Pavillon de la Fontaine in the Garden on a pretty day for a lunch or snack because the service is good, the food ain't bad, you can have sun or shade and we get to heard the children's band recitals.

Jul 11, 2014
hychka in France

Cote d'Azur near Cagnes sur Mer

Thanks for the tips as we hope to vacation in Antibes on our next European trip. Wonderful area!

Jul 08, 2014
hychka in France

Cote d'Azur near Cagnes sur Mer

See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/979524 for my report on Nice, etc. It's all I've got for you, except if Le Bistrot de La Marine is in Cassis, I did eat there and really liked it. Food was good and the view was terrific. We drank a local wine, a rose', the waiter chose for us to go with the fish...very satisfying.

Jul 08, 2014
hychka in France

Sunday Dinner in Paris

Some good suggestions here
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/976141

Jul 04, 2014
hychka in France

St Remy/Avignon and French Riviera on budget

Didn't stop in Cannes.
All I know is posted here
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/979524

Jul 04, 2014
hychka in France