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Food/Trip Planning Assistance Needed for Yokohama

Thanks, mirdreams! Prices sound very reasonable and I like that it is a small, intimate atmosphere. I appreciate your recommendation and have made a note of it. Thank you!

Mar 11, 2013
marshalmissy in Japan

Food/Trip Planning Assistance Needed for Yokohama

Atami sounds interesting, thanks for the heads up on it. Looks like there are many things to do there, according to Trip Advisor.

I loved the suggestion you had in your last paragraph, even if its too much for my mother to do, I can do this day trip alone since your instructions are pretty clear. Thank you so much!

Mar 11, 2013
marshalmissy in Japan

Brunch in Annapolis, MD (private room required)

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Chowhounds come through yet again on a quest! We've altered our plans to lunch instead of brunch and Stoney River offers three different private dining rooms. We ordered many items off of the lunch menu to see how the food was, and everyone was happy with all of the items we had. This is where we will hold our retirement party. Thank you for suggesting Stoney River and thank you sincerely for everyone who offered up a place to check out.

Jan 07, 2013
marshalmissy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brunch in Annapolis, MD (private room required)

I drove out to the Chart House on Sunday and their brunch offerings were terrific, but they really couldn't offer a private room for 30 people. This is a retirement party, so we really need something separate where people can make toasts, etc. Thank you for the suggestion though, I'd certainly go back for myself!

Jan 07, 2013
marshalmissy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brunch in Annapolis, MD (private room required)

Rockfish did turn out to be a possibility, but couldn't accommodate what we are looking for. Thank you for suggesting them!

Jan 07, 2013
marshalmissy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brunch in Annapolis, MD (private room required)

I'll look in to this, thank you!

Jan 04, 2013
marshalmissy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brunch in Annapolis, MD (private room required)

Thank you for recommending this place. I called them today and unfortunately the don't do brunch. :-(

Jan 04, 2013
marshalmissy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brunch in Annapolis, MD (private room required)

I'm looking for a restaurant in Annapolis for brunch. The requirements are:

1. Private dining room for 20-30 people
2. In Annapolis or within a 15 mile radius

I looked on Yelp and can't really find anything that can accommodate what I need. It seems most places don't like hosting super large groups because of the big business brunch brings. This will be for late January/early February.

Does anyone have a place that they recommend?

Thank you in advance for any help and for reading my post. :-)

Jan 03, 2013
marshalmissy in Washington DC & Baltimore

Food/Trip Planning Assistance Needed for Yokohama

Hello ealc!

This isn't my first trip to Japan, but it's the first one in many, many years (and as an adult).

My mother's family is near the Tsurugamine station in Yokohama and I think the only thing she really wants to see this time is Tsukiji. The other thing she wants to experience is an onsen. We have been to several, all paid for by her sister, but this time I am the one paying (no where near my aunt's expensive tastes) and of course, my mother and her sister are many years older. The rest of the time is probably going to be spent with her family, sitting around and eating food. I suspect going to Japan is much like visiting NYC-find one neighborhood and stick with it to avoid being overwhelmed.

As far as restaurants go, I want to focus on anything that is highly recommended and close to the Yokohama train station. I don't want to make my mother travel/walk -too- much, so if I could stay within 3-5 stops of the Yokohama station, and then find a place within walking distance of the station we end up at, I'm guessing that would be ideal. We eat everything (not Andrew Zimmern crazy, but "pretty much" everything), so if you have a recommendation, you have no idea how much I'd appreciate it.

At first glance, the onsen mentioned in one of the replies looks like it's fairly easy to get to, I just have to look harder at how it relates to the train lines going through the Yokohama station. I'd like to spend one night in an onsen.

I'd give anything to attend a sumo match or practice, but not sure how lucky I would get in attending in April....

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply; I appreciate it so much!

Nov 15, 2012
marshalmissy in Japan

Food/Trip Planning Assistance Needed for Yokohama

Thank you for the referral, Smoothiemeister! I took a look at the website and not only does it look like a place we would enjoy going to, it doesn't look at that difficult to get to. Thank you so much again for passing along this info!

Nov 15, 2012
marshalmissy in Japan

Food/Trip Planning Assistance Needed for Yokohama

Thanks so much, wekabeka! I'll put it in my Evernote! I appreciate the review from The Japan Times, thank you.

Nov 15, 2012
marshalmissy in Japan

Food/Trip Planning Assistance Needed for Yokohama

Hi Friends,

I'll be taking my mother to Japan in Spring 2013. She feels like it will be her last trip to see Japan and her family (she will be 80 when we go), so I want to make it a memorable trip. I want to do two to three indulgent, memorable meals (whether they are at a restaurant or even an onsen) that would cost no more than 75.00 per person (I'd be paying for as many as 5 people), drinks not included.

Her family lives in Yokohama, so I'd really appreciate any food tips that are within 1-2 hours of there. I want to ask her sisters where we can go, but they don't speak English and I don't want to use my mother to translate the question of, "What are some special places I can take my mother for her last meals here?" My aunt also has expensive taste, so I'd like to do -some- planning on my own.

One thing my mother absolutely wants to do is go to Tsukiji and have some sushi there--she hasn't been there in many years.

We are open to ALL Japanese food and would appreciate ALL recommendations.

Here are my specific questions:

1. Are there any specific cities/prefectures within an hour or two (by train) from Yokohama that would be good for a fairly active 80 year old to walk around? A plus, obviously, would be hole in the wall food joints combined with good sites to visit. I read that Kamakura and Niko were two areas that aren't too far from Yokohama...anyone have any thoughts on either place?

2. What kind of game plan should I formulate to go to Tsukiji (is one day of the week better than others, is the tuna auction a "must see"?, what's the best train station to get off at) and where is a solid place to eat there?

3. Can anyone recommend an onsen that is reasonably priced and also provides good meals?

4. The two to three memorable meals I mentioned above doesn't have to be at a 5 star joint or fancy. The food just has to be very, very good. I realize my price of 75.00 per person may be limiting me, so if this is unreasonable, let me know so I can figure out how to cut other costs to raise my limits.

I really appreciate any input that can be provided; I'm hoping that by starting planning now, I can come up with some stuff that will make my mother's trip very memorable.

Thank you!

Aug 31, 2012
marshalmissy in Japan

A day in Frankfurt

I really enjoyed Klosterhof (not too far from the Euro sign) and had both the Hunter's style schnitzel and a marinated pork steak. I've tried the Hunter's style in several restaurants, but really liked this one the best. Service is top notch and I loved the option to sit out on their nice patio. It was recommended to me by FRA based flight attendants and they didn't get this one wrong!

For cheap and filling food, I often go to Koylu-Doner for Turkish pizza. It's over in Sachsenhausen and not too far from a train stop. The service is very good; they're nice to me and I appreciate that.

May 20, 2012
marshalmissy in Europe

How Would You Spend a 4 hr Layover at ORD?

Such great tips and information! I've cut and pasted all of this into Evernote so I'll have all of this for my next trip to ORD (hopefully for an overnight rather than a long layover). I come into ORD a -lot-, so I've eaten at Tortas Frontera many times (so delicious). I just wanted a change of pace today, so I did a little research on highly rated places near the airport and went to a place called Al & Andy's. Total mom & pop place, hole in the wall with friendly service and good food. Thank you all for taking time to reply to me and giving me such a wealth of information. I would have been more adventurous if I didn't have to worry about the Sunday schedule for the el and brunch/breakfast crowds. :-)

Dec 04, 2011
marshalmissy in Chicago Area

How Would You Spend a 4 hr Layover at ORD?

Thank you for taking the time to reply to me. I looked at some of the reviews of the places you recommended and think I'll save some of those for when I've got more time on my hands to appreciate both the food and venue. Thank you again!

Dec 04, 2011
marshalmissy in Chicago Area

How Would You Spend a 4 hr Layover at ORD?

Your response was so helpful and very appreciated! I never thought to consider that the train would be running on a different schedule. I realize today is Sunday, but in my world, it's my Monday, so I really hadn't thought about that part--until I read your post. I managed to find a place not too far from the airport (Al & Andy's) that served a very good breakfast with great service. Cabbed it both ways and breezed through security when I got back. Thank you again for your list (I'm especially curious to try Lula on my next LO there) and your time. :-)

Dec 04, 2011
marshalmissy in Chicago Area

How Would You Spend a 4 hr Layover at ORD?

I arrive at 9am on a Sunday and connect on a domestic flight. I really want to leave the airport and wanted to know if there was any place accessible by the train at the airport that I could go to. Maybe a great breakfast spot that isn't too far from a train stop?

Dec 03, 2011
marshalmissy in Chicago Area

6 Hours in Rome

I've been to various places in Rome, but my thing on this trip, because it's so short, is to get good food. :-)

Apr 30, 2011
marshalmissy in Italy

6 Hours in Rome

Thanks for the info, Steve H.!

Apr 30, 2011
marshalmissy in Italy

6 Hours in Rome

I was planning on taking the train from the airport to Termini and then take the metro, if that is possible. It will be on a Monday that I'm there.

Apr 30, 2011
marshalmissy in Italy

6 Hours in Rome

I've got a 13 hour layover in Rome and staying near the airport. This is a rare chance for me to eat in Rome and I want to make the most of it.

I'll need to sleep for a couple of hours, but plan on being in the city between 10a and 4p. I don't know if most places are open during these hours, but that's what I've got to work with.

I love all food and am not picky about what I want to eat--I just want it to be good, memorable, and no more than 30 USD for one person's meal. I prefer hole in the wall cheap, where the food is so good there's no where to sit because everyone wants to eat the good food.

Can anyone help this solo traveler out???

Thanks in advance!

Apr 30, 2011
marshalmissy in Italy