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New Year's - visiting family in Gresham

Hi, I'm coming to visit extended family who live in what used to be the south part of Gresham and is now part of Damascus. My Portland family are not foodies - they love big chain restaurants. We'd like to treat them to a meal out, but pick a place that we'll all enjoy.

We are in town for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and could eat out for any meal except NYE dinner, which we'll have at home. We'll be a total of 9 people - two relatively well behaved children (8 and 4), two mid-lifers (me and my husband), and 5 retirees (my parents and extended family). We will have plenty of cars to get where we're going. We could get to downtown Portland, but would prefer a place to the southeast, closer to where we're staying.

I'm thinking about New Year's Day brunch at Country Cat. Any other suggestions?

Dec 10, 2014
yyc_mom in Metro Portland

Calgary or Banff for most of a day

I'm not super up to date on the Canmore restaurant scene. However, for a great sit down place, check out Crazyweed Kitchen.

In Calgary, for good local food, I would recommend River Cafe, Rouge, and Notable. Those are all higher-end places though. I haven't been to Bistro Rouge yet (the spinoff from Rouge restaurant). I do like Boxwood Cafe, which is the mid-range spinoff from River Cafe.

Girls weekend - Friday dinner [San Francisco]

We're booked for Contigo. Thank you everyone, I'll let you know how it goes.

Girls weekend - Friday dinner [San Francisco]

Thanks for the replies. The three of us coming from Calgary are all happier with good food than bad food, but I'm the only one obsessed with finding the good food. The three coming from the states are people I have not yet met, the "friends of friends". All I know is that one of the ladies is vegetarian. I certainly hope they are not fussy eaters.

Given the info above, I think I will take La Ciccia off the list. It sounds like a great place, but I think given the group composition, somewhere "fun", or at least with good people watching would work out better.

I'll also scratch Chilingo.

I'll try for Contigo or Zuni.

Calgary or Banff for most of a day

Banff is lovely. However, if you've already been in Jasper and Lake Louise, you have to decide whether you want to see more beautiful scenery in a touristy town. In either Banff or Calgary you can get good local food, there are just more places in Calgary.

What day of the week are you thinking about? By end of May/beginning of June, Calgary often has street festivals on the weekends which can be a great way to get a feel for local culture.

May 04, 2014
yyc_mom in Prairie Provinces

Girls weekend - Friday dinner [San Francisco]

I'm coming for a girls' weekend away from the kids in a couple of weeks. Not everyone knows each other, it's a collection of friends and friends of friends (age group 35-40ish). We've got 6 people for dinner Friday night, one is vegetarian.

Some of the ladies are foodies (me!) and some non-foodies. One person suggested supperclub for dinner Friday. I went to the website and looked away quickly! I'm planning to go ahead and make reservations elsewhere and see if I can get everyone to buy in. I'd rather go to a decent restaurant and then go to a club afterward. We're staying a block off of Castro, between 19th and 20th Streets. I'm looking at Canela, Contigo, La Ciccia, Zuni, and Chilango. Any thoughts?

Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building [San Francisco]

It is possible that that will be the case... this is a girls' weekend away from the kids, and we are planning on going out for dinner and drinks Friday night. I would not be surprised if I were dehydrated Saturday morning. :) Thanks for the tip!

Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building [San Francisco]

I'm planning to visit SF in a couple of weeks, and head over the to Farmers Market at the Ferry Building because I've never been. I'm planning to eat breakfast/brunch and pick up food for dinner later (either ingredients or pre-prepared). I didn't see any recent threads dedicated to the Ferry Building Farmers Market. What are the favorite places to eat/shop?

Good, cheap eats near Univ ?

The easiest way to get to Edelweiss is to actually walk through the Banff Trail train station, cross the tracks, and go into the Banff Trail neighborhood. Go to 20th Ave and walk East. It's about 4 blocks or so.

May 09, 2013
yyc_mom in Prairie Provinces

buffets

Several of the Sunterra Market locations have a wide variety of dishes available at different stations. Although those are pay for what you get, not one price for everything, more of a cafeteria style.

May 09, 2013
yyc_mom in Prairie Provinces

Saturday Breakfast - SW

We're planning to head over to Aspen Landing to do some shopping on Saturday morning. That area is outside of our usual stomping grounds, and I wanted to know if anyone had a recommendation for a breakfast place that we could head to before shopping (aiming to arrive around 8:30-8:45am). Is there any place in the area worth a visit that's open that early?

May 09, 2013
yyc_mom in Prairie Provinces

Trip Report by yyc_mom

Yes, that was us. :)

Oct 12, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

Perhaps there was a miscommunication.

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

I don't believe either was on the menu. They had four game birds - grouse, pheasant, and I can't recall the other two. I asked for a recommendation on the game birds, and was steered toward the rabbit.

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

When I searched the boards for "Louvre", I found lots of equivocations... this place has good atmosphere, but it's always crowded... or this place has a great location, but the food is only okay... For visitors to the Louvre, what would you recommend (1) if you could recommend any place? and (2) if you were recommending a place for a quick bite (no reservation, not too expensive)?

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

My husband notes that he did not find the service at CLJ impatient, but he had already made up his mind, and I was still trying to figure out the options...

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

That's the same post that said that the Restaurant du Palais Royal became a more affordable Salon du The after about 3pm....

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7938...

I think this is what I was going off of.

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

Day 5: Morning at the Musee d'Orsay. Lunch at Chez L'Ami Jean. After having the degustation menu at La Table d'Eugene the day before, I didn't think I was up for another tasting menu again. For starters, my husband got the chorizo sausage, and I got Potage de Maman Philomene with croutons ciboulette. The waiter said this was parmesan cheese soup. It was excellent. Fantastic. Absolutely amazing. They brought a giant pitcher of it to leave on the table, but I couldn't finish, as it was mostly cream, and the rest of the meal was still to come. My husband is a fan of lobster, so for his plat, he ordered Homard bleu en cocotte cuit a'l'etouffe. I enjoyed the pigean so much the day before, I asked our waiter about the game birds on the menu. He said they were all very gamey, which I was okay with, and recommended the rabbit. I agreed to go with his recommendation. Both my husband and I found our plats good, but not exciting. I ordered the riz au lait for dessert, and it was quite good. The caramel sauce was really the kicker; without that, it wouldn't have been nearly as good. I think if I were to go back, I would have gone ahead and gotten the degustation menu. Let the chef decide what the best items are to send out to me.

Comparing and contrasting with lunch the day before - CLJ is a fun room, with energy. The people get crammed in. We ended up talking a bit with our neighboring table. The kitchen is fun to watch. La Table d'Eugene is more calm, and a "nicer" room. I think the biggest contrast though, was that the staff at La Table d'Eugene seemed to have more time and patience with their non-French speaking customers. Part of that may have been that CLJ's menu seemed to have more options than at Eugene's. At both places, we had early lunch reservations (it seemed the tourists came in between 12-12:30, the locals closer to 1), but CLJ already seemed impatient with only 3 covers in the restaurant.

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

Day 3:
It was a Monday. My husband was jet lagged - ate in the middle of the night, then slept in. Due to the late hour, I grabbed a crepe from the nearest place as I left the apartment. It put food in my belly, but was not a taste sensation. We spent most of the middle of the day at the Louvre, and emerged around 3pm, ready for a snack. We stopped by the Restaurant du Palais Royal, but when we asked about a menu, they just gave us the regular menu - no discounted salon du the. Since we didn't want to break our budget, we decided to try someplace else. Wandered down rue du Richelieu, which I recalled had been said to have good food feng shui. Wandered into the first brasserie we saw that was open, Brasserie Richelieu. Again, the food was fine, but not anything to get excited about. I had onion soup, my husband had a charcuterie plate, and we both had hot chocolate.
For dinner, we had leftovers from the previous night. For dessert, we went searching for Berthillion ice cream. Unfortunately, they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, so we ended up in a restaurant across the street that serves Berthillion ice cream (there are places all over Ile St-Louis that serve Berthillion - it seems odd to go by a restaurant on the Ile without the Berthillion label on it). It was very very good.

Day 4: Tuesday. Morning at Sacre Couer. Lunch at La Table d'Eugene. It was the food highlight of our trip so far. My husband wanted to get the degustutation menu. Our server (what do you call a lady waiter in France? In Canada, she would be a waiter, but we have no masculine/feminine distinctions...) asked the chef, and confirmed the menu with us prior to confirming our order. We had three entrees, a plat, and a dessert. We began with mackerel with beetroot puree, some dots of sorrel sauce, a couple of slices of green apple, and a crispy accompainment. It was good - an exploration of tastes and textures. The next entree was ravioli, I believe stuffed with fois gras, in a sauce with lentils. It was very rich and luxurious. My husband said "this wins". Next we had fois gras with mushroom puree, vanilla foam, and cocoa emulsion. I thought it was fantastic, but my husband didn't care for it. He doesn't like duck, and it was too duck-y for him. The mushrooms were wonderful with the fois gras. I was mopping up the plate. Lucky me, I ate all of mine and half of his. For the entree, we had pigeon with figs and celery puree, the daily special I had eyed on the board. Again, excellent! I don't recall having had pigeon before. It was meaty, like a steak. My husband said the celery pure was unbelievable. For dessert, we had the signature chocolate ball with ice cream inside that is melted when the hot chocolate is poured on top. It was very sweet. The ice cream was almost like a frozen mousee. It was quite good, but I would have preferred it less sweet, and if they'd used some nut other than hazelnut. My husband figured he got the duck, I got the hazelnuts, so it all evened out in the end. With 3 glasses of wine and water, our total was 145 Euros. The tasting menu was 58 Euros each.

Oct 11, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

The Mont d'Or actually wasn't particularly stinky. The rind was definitely the strongest part. At home, he likes Brie de Meaux, Camembert, and some other soft stinky cheeses I don't know the names of (luckily we live in Canada, where au lait cru is okay). I like the Dauphin and Chateau Bourgogne for soft buttery non-stinky cheeses, and I like some goat cheeses, and a variety of hard cheeses...
For now, the Mont d'Or is mostly gone, and we have some more of the aged Comte to eat. We will buy more cheese again tomorrow or the day after.

Oct 08, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Trip Report by yyc_mom

I am in Paris now, and enjoying myself thoroughly!

My request for suggestions was posted here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871004
Thank you to everyone who made suggestions!

Trip report here:
Day 1, Saturday - The RER from CDG into Paris is under construction on the weekends. We took the bus to Mtiry-Claye and the RER in from there. Met the agent at our apartment, who was very nice, but a little too chatty, since we had less than 4 hours sleep on the plane.

Once we settled in, called Dans Les Landes for a reservation. "You want a reservation when?" "Yes, at 5 o'clock." "Okay." We had a nice walk over (although a bit drizzly), and a nice meal. The restaurant was mostly empty at 5pm. The chalkboard menu is reversible, with English (or mostly English) on the reverse side. We got the grilled quail filets, which were fantastic, Xistora sausage, very good, and the Italian sucrine salad - not at all expected, but quite good - lettuce with pasta and olives and pine nuts in a tomato dressing. Once we finished that, my husband thought he could do with one more dish, since this was our first meal since the muffin on the plane. We got the panis with chorizo and rosemary - some sort of deep fried goody. Mostly tasted like rosemary. Good, but not great. We had all that with a demi-pichet of red wine, some sort of Cote du Rhone. For deserts, we got the madeline fourees au chocolat au creme ovomatine. Excellent. Even though my husband didn't care for ovoltine as a kid, the creme was wonderful. The madelines tasted mostly like citrus though, you could not taste the chocolat in them. We also got the tourtiere aux pommes, which was okay. The total bill was 64 Euros. I think next time we would skip the panis, and try some dessert other than the tourtiere aux pommes.

Followng Dans Les Landes, we stopped at a fromagerie on Rue Monge and got Camembert, butter, yogurt, and ham, and a store on Rue Saint-Germain for fruit. Also got a baguette. This was midnight snack (still jet-lagged) and breakfast. Then attempted to sleep through the partying outside during Nuit Blanche.

Day 2: Market at Raspail. Pastries from Gerard Mulot. Mont-d'Or and aged Comte from Laurent Dubois. We had fun shopping at the Raspail Marche. After that, we went to Gerard Mulot and got a piece of peach tart, biscuit chocolat, and 4 macarons. The peach tart and biscuit chocolat were lunch (with the rest of the baguette and some cheese). The peach tart was tasty, with a nice flavor of cloves, I think. The biscuit chocolat was cake, not a cookie, and definitely had coffee in it. Very good. The total bill for the two pastries and 4 macarons was 14,93, which seems a little high to me. My husband was happy that I told him to buy the Mont d'Or, which he was debating over, because he loves stinky cheese, and I merely tolerate it. He enjoyed it a lot.

Between lunch and dinner, we went to the Eiffel Tower. We should have purchased tickets in advance, but I didn't know what sort of schedule we'd be on. So we stood in line, and ended up only going to the second level because the top was so crowded. Ah well. We will have more views from Sacre-Couer and Notre Dame.

We made dinner with our purchases from the day. To start: fresh radishes with salt and/or butter and/or mint. Dinner: variety of sausages, portobellos cooked with lots of butter and some shallots, and a sort of ratatouille, followed by a lettuce salad with cherry tomatoes and carrots, and a simple vinagrette. Dinner was fantastic. My favorite part was the buttery mushrooms; my husband loved the ratatouille, even with no herbs (he cooked eggplant with green peppers and tomatoes and shallots). After dinner, we had some of the aged comte, and ate the macarons from Gerard Mulot, which were amazing. We had chocolate, coffee, caramel, and almond-vanilla macarons. I think my favorite was the caramel, but they were all excellent. And we drank a bottle of Cote-du-Nuit. The aged comte was almost like candy - creamy with flecks of salt crystals. Excellent. For those keeping track of costs, we spent almost 30 Euros at the Raspail Marche, which is all organic - that included all our vegetables, the sausages, and a boulle of bread, plus some more grapes for breakfast tomorrow. And we have some leftover vegetables for dinner later in the week. The cheese and wine were purchased separately.

I am planning to go to Julien in the 4th for breakfast tomorrow, and then the Louvre. Not yet decided on lunch/snack plans, or on where to get protein for dinner.

I will continue to update my trip report as my trip progresses!

Oct 07, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Honeymoon Part 2: Paris Trip Report

For your picnic at Versailles, did you bring picnic ingredients from Paris, or get them in Versailles?

Sep 28, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Upcoming trip to Paris (Yay!)

Okay, I booked Saturne online tonight for Friday's lunch. We will call a few days in advance and request the bar stools. :)
DH will call La Table d'Eugene tomorrow to reserve.
We are trying to figure out what to do on Saturday when we arrive. We will be jet lagged, and I am not sure what time we will want to eat. I have read that Dans Les Landes is easy to get in on short notice. If we call an hour or two in advance to reserve a spot for late afternoon (say 2-6ish), will we be able to get in?

I am taking Parigi's excellent advice, and just planning 4 meals.

Saturday: Dans Les Landes (timing?)
Tuesday: Lunch at La Table Eugene
Wednesday: Lunch at Chez l'ami Jean
Friday: Lunch at Saturne

We will shop at markets and specialty shops for our other meals. I have been compiling the information from here: http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/... on a spreadsheet that I can print out and carry around. My husband thinks I am crazy.

I will report back!

Sep 27, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Upcoming trip to Paris (Yay!)

While I am happy to dine out almost anywhere with my children, when they are with me, I prefer to have more meals at places they will enjoy, not endure. Additionally, when they are with me, I worry more about whether or not they are getting enough sleep, exercise, etcetera. Therefore, when we're travelling as a family our schedule changes, and our restaurant choices change. We might pick 1 or 2 places solely to please the adults, but other places are chosen with other considerations in mind. I am enjoying planning this trip just to please myself and my husband.

Sep 27, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Upcoming trip to Paris (Yay!)

I am also in love with Parigi, and I have just been reading her posts!

I have not tried any of these restaurants before, it has been 15 years since I last visited Paris. While I certainly hope to visit again before another 15 years passes, I am unfortunately unlikely to find myself back in Paris ASAP. Whenever I do return, I will be much more likely to have my children in tow, which would change the restaurant equation.

Sep 27, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Upcoming trip to Paris (Yay!)

I was originally on the plan you suggest, to eat out less and eat in the apartment more. But the more I read about all the wonderful restaurants, the harder it became...

So, for max in food quality, of the places I list, are there 2-3 places not to miss? Alternatively, are there any other places like Breizh Cafe that are not outstanding?

Le Comptoir de Tunisie - I was looking around for ideas on North African and/or Vietnamese or Laotion places to go. I found a few posts, including this one which mentioned Le Comptoir de Tunisie: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/863780. It looked like it might fit nicely with the itinerary, and provide a small change of pace.

Sep 27, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Upcoming trip to Paris (Yay!)

Thank you to all the faithful Chowhounders who answer so many posts. I have read so many posts and seen so many recommendations, that I am overwhelmed.

My husband and I will be coming to Paris in just over a week for a romantic vacation. Please take a look at my plan and offer suggestions. We will be staying in an apartment on Ile de la Cite, and are planning to shop at markets, bakeries, wine shops, cheese shops (for my husband), and chocolate shops (for me) in addition to our meals out.

Unfortunately, our home renovation project is dragging on and on, putting us on a more restrictive budget than I'd like. My goal is 120 euros a day total food and drink budget for the two of us. Some days more, some days less. I am hoping to keep this in line by limiting the amount of wine we drink at restaurants, and purchasing wine instead to drink with our "picnics" at our apartment.

Saturday: we arrive midday. No particular sightseeing planned, just a day to get on our feet. Maybe a snack or meal at Terrior Parisien. Do I need to reserve? How far in advance?
Sunday: Lunch at Breizh Cafe. Eiffel Tower.
Monday: Louvre. Maybe Le Comptior de Tunisie for lunch? Or L'Office or Chez Casimir?
Tuesday: Sacre Couer. Lunch at La Table Eugene.
Wednesday: Lunch at CLJ (reservation made). Musee d'Orsay.
Thursday: day trip to Versailles. Dinner at Dans Les Landes or Les Papilles?
Friday: no plan yet. Dinner at Saturne or La Regalade?

There are so many other places that sound good... Zinc Caius, Au Passage, Agape Substance, Grand Pan, Reed, Lao Viet... would Spring, CJD, or Le Cinq be too expensive? Should I substitue any of these in our schedule? Any other suggestions?

One final question, I enjoy drinking tea (not coffee)... is this something I should plan to prepare at the apartment, or can I find good places to get tea as I'm out and about?

Sep 27, 2012
yyc_mom in France

Visiting Calgary w/ 4 Yr old

For lunch, you could try Holy Grill for BBQ. You might also want to check out the Calgary Farmers' Market or the Kingsland Farmers' Market.
Also, there are a number of places on near the IKEA off 11 St SE. I know there is a Fatburger and Five Guys for burger places. I can't remember what else is there.

Aug 14, 2012
yyc_mom in Prairie Provinces

Shakespeare in the Park

We're headed over to Prince's Island Park tonight. Any recommendations on what to bring for dinner? I don't really want to pay $34 each for picnic baskets from River Cafe. I'm thinking about stopping at Sunterra to pick something up. Any other ideas on takeout/picnic stuff in the area?

Aug 03, 2012
yyc_mom in Prairie Provinces