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Halloween Office Party

We're in Midtown West/Hell's Kitchen, by the way!

Oct 12, 2011
CarlyNYC in Manhattan

Halloween Office Party

Hey Chowhounders-

I need some help! I'm organizing a halloween-themed office lunch for my 35-person TV Production staff in Manhattan. Everyone works super hard, and rarely has time to leave the office for lunch, so I want to bring in something super delicious to lift the staff's spirits!

Our budget is $15/person (tight, i know!), not including drinks. One thought I had was to have a taco/burrito bar from Qdoba and halloween-themed cupcakes from Crumbs.

If anyone can come up with some more exciting/delicious ideas, I'd love some inspiration! Bonus points for anything halloween-themed!

Does anyone know any fantastic catering companies that could stretch our budget to the fullest?

Thanks so much!

-Carly

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Qdoba
184 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Oct 12, 2011
CarlyNYC in Manhattan

Drinks near/at Columbus Circle?

I've had pretty good experiences at Landmarc in the Time Warner Center...nothing that will blow you away, but the staff is friendly and the after-work (usually post-happy hour by the time I get out 7:30ish) atmosphere has been a good mix of lively and laid-back both times I've gone...

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Landmarc
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Jun 27, 2011
CarlyNYC in Manhattan

Two weeks in Santa Monica...what to eat, where to eat it!

Oyster Happy Hour, yes please!

Jun 27, 2011
CarlyNYC in Los Angeles Area

Two weeks in Santa Monica...what to eat, where to eat it!

Emme, thanks for the suggestions! I didn't realize Conant opened a Scarpetta in Beverly Hills..I've been to his NY location a couple times for work, and it was delicious, but not something I can really afford otherwise.

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Scarpetta
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jun 27, 2011
CarlyNYC in Los Angeles Area

Two weeks in Santa Monica...what to eat, where to eat it!

All great suggestions, I'm so looking forward to this vacation! I'll have all the time in the world to stroll by the beach(much needed for an overworked Manhattanite). Last time I was out I stayed with the same friend and ended up walking along Ocean past Venice Beach until I hit the Marina...I'll have several days of wandering around on my own while my friend is at work, so even recs that seem out of the way are useful; they may not be destination spots, but I may very well just wind up in the neighborhood anyway.

Jun 27, 2011
CarlyNYC in Los Angeles Area

Two weeks in Santa Monica...what to eat, where to eat it!

That sounds ridiculous(ly delicious) ! And their cocktail menu looks amazing...definitely going to check out Zengo!

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Zengo
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Jun 27, 2011
CarlyNYC in Los Angeles Area

Two weeks in Santa Monica...what to eat, where to eat it!

Thank you all for the great recs, happy hour tips are awesome! I'm willing to splurge for a couple meals, but half off the entire menu is a deal I can't really resist :)

Jun 26, 2011
CarlyNYC in Los Angeles Area

Two weeks in Santa Monica...what to eat, where to eat it!

Hey all,

Foodie-in-training (and on a budget) from Manhattan heading out to Santa Monica for 10 days in mid-August and want to taste some of the city's gems! I'm staying with a friend near the Third Street Promenade area and will be without a car for most of my weekday breakfasts and lunches. I'm an adventurous eater, and don't mind walking far, I'd love to explore the area beyond the promenade/mall/pier.

I'm looking for:

-A few places for breakfast and/or lunch that have solid food but are either very casual with a friendly staff or take-out. I'm one of those people who is relatively uncomfortable sitting at a restaurant alone, but will have a few days where my host will be working during the day and I'll be on my own before another friend flies out to join us. (Last time I was in town, I made myself brunch every day before heading out for the day to avoid sitting awkwardly alone at restaurants, but my inner-foodie was appalled at missing so many opportunities for great eats...I'm determined to overcome my fear this time around)

-Any other great breakfast/lunch spots in walking distance of Lincoln Blvd/Santa Monica Blvd for when I'll have company

-The best brunches in Santa Monica; I'll have company and a car for this one!

-Some great, budget friendly happy hour and/or dinner spots (with friends and a car) I've heard that The Yard has a good happy hour...any thoughts? Is the HH menu enough to get a sense of the restaurant, or is it better served with a dinner visit?

-Any interesting places for my fellow east-coast friend and I to occupy ourselves during the day
while our friend is at work (aside from the obvious promenade)

I have a great appreciation for craft beer, so I'd love to make it out to Father's Office, I've heard great things about their bar snacks as well, any thoughts?

Any advice is much appreciated, thanks so much!

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Father's Office
1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Jun 23, 2011
CarlyNYC in Los Angeles Area

Can't Miss Eats in San Diego

Thank you all for the great suggestions!
We ended up cooking more often than going out (it was trickier to coordinate the large group + baby than we had anticipated, and local produce was hard to resist), but we did have a few great meals!

Breakfast at The Mission was delicious; I had the Soy Chorizo and Eggs, which were very tasty, I also had the Mexican Hot Chocolate, which was amazing.

We did take-out from R-Gang Eatery one night, and most of the dishes were great. A couple of us went to pick it up and had drinks at the bar while we waited. I had "The Devil's Kiss" their amazing margarita with habanero infused 1800 silver tequila...perfectly tart with a hint of sweetness and just the right amount of kick from the habanero. I couldn't decide what to order, so the bar tender sold me on the Tuna Noodle Casserole with potato chip crusted seared ahi tuna over egg noodles with marsala cream sauce and veggies. This ended up being my least favorite dish; maybe its because we ordered it to go, but the "potato chip crust" was soggy and barely recognizable on the slices of over-cooked ahi. The cream sauce was pretty bland as well. I also ordered the melon, burrata and proscuitto salad, which was perfect, and tried bites of the other dishes, which were all pretty good (spiced scallops with couscous, shrimp and grits, burger and rosemary fries, monkey bread and orange rocket salad).

We had a great breakfast at Cafe 976, which had perfect outdoor seating for our large group and rambunctious baby. I had the Spanish Oaxacan breakfast, all of the elements were good and well-seasoned, the corn tortillas were great. Everyone else was equally satisfied with their meals. I also had a Mexican hot chocolate which was not as good as The Mission's.

For my last night, we finally made it to Alchemy and were very happy that we did! We all shared a bunch of the "street food" small plates, and a couple people ordered entrees (the roast chicken and the sea bass). The fried green tomatoes were great, I loved the cayenne remoulade, as were the elote, Tod Mun Pla and squash blossoms. The black garlic pad thai was good also, but I was hoping for something a bit more unique. I wasn't a huge fan of the Eggplant Involtini, but others loved it. I thought the lima beans and yellow tomatoes that came with the chicken were amazing. I had "The Keep's Pleasure" cocktail, fresh muddled strawberries, basil and lemon with vodka...delicious, refreshing, and not overly sweet.

I only managed to make it out to a taco stand once on the first night after a few drinks...I think it was Sarah's next to The Beach Comber...the black bean tostada was amazing (but it could have been the Stone IPAs talking).

We had a couple disappointing meals out of convenience as well...The Wave House on the boardwalk and Joe's Crab Shack...not places I'd normally pick, but sometimes you just have to follow the crowd. After those two meals the family opted to let me cook/pick restaurants for the rest of the trip.

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Cafe 976
976 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109

Wave House
3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

Jun 02, 2011
CarlyNYC in San Diego

Can't Miss Eats in San Diego

I'm going on a family trip to San Diego the first week in June. There are seven of us coming from Manhattan, DC and Santa Fe. We'll have one baby on the trip, the rest of us are mid-twenties and older, several of us are moderate foodies, looking for the best San Diego has to offer!

I'd love suggestions for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We are up for anything from local hole-in-the-wall spots to more upscale dinners, looking for a good mix!

We'll be staying in Mission beach for one week, will have cars and will probably travel to La Jolla and elsewhere.

Thanks!!

May 19, 2011
CarlyNYC in San Diego