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White Wolf Lodge Update, 2014

Maybe you already planned this, but I can recommend getting Glen Aulin to pack you a lunch (surcharge) and hike down to WaterWheel Falls.

A group of guys had wine hauled in by mule - I think it was only $5 a bottle to provide this service, but not sure. The friendly family style meals meant they were willing to share and no reason to not drink it up if it was going to cost them another mule to haul it out. Drinking in the pine scent was good enough for me. Water was at a premium at Glen Aulin - cold wash ups only during a short time period - probably worse now. But you can always dip into the lovely falls and pool next to the camp. Brrrrr. Bringing some water treatment device might be a good suggestion if you want to rely on any left over flowing spring water. I loved this hike, did it as a kid and then 55 years later. Hiking poles a must for me now.

Jul 21, 2014
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White Wolf Lodge Update, 2014

Thanks for your reprt. Have always been intrigued with White Wolf for a short stay. Having done one of the Sierra High Camps (Glen Aulin) a few years back we can endorse the very good food we had there as well. Mules haul in fresh supplies every few days and it was pretty spectacular what the cooks/chef was turning out in these highly remote settings.

Jul 21, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Gonna be in San Simeon tomorrow night

They are seriously running out of water in the Cambria area.Plan accordingly.

Jul 18, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Uni in Santa Barbara

Arigato could be your best bet, on State Street in the 1200 block. Or try the restaurants in the SB Harbor area. I don't have first hand knowledge about this but know Arigato gets the best reviews of sushi here.

Jul 18, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Ojai for the weekend?

Both - price is good for the food. This is chow, rather than fine dining please understand. But their heart is in the right place and you will be fed well. Fresh food, full flavors for simple and hearty menu items.

Jul 09, 2014
glbtrtr in Los Angeles Area

Ojai for the weekend?

Boccali's has old fashion strawberry short cake and reasonable Italian dishes in a great casual indoor/outdoor setting .Feels really local. Strawberry season is almost over but give it a try. On the outskirts of town heading east.

http://www.boccalis.com/

Jul 09, 2014
glbtrtr in Los Angeles Area

What Pastries and bakeries makes your mouthwater the most in Denmark and the greater Europe?

Bornholm Island has the best danish pastries in Denmark. See if you can get out there - worth the trip because the ones in Copenhagen on the same trip tasted like they were cutting corners.

Jul 04, 2014
glbtrtr in Europe

Roadfood along the 5 btwn SF and LA?

Agree, skip Harris Ranch. Nothing wrong with a MacDonald's fish sandwich, fries and coke when you are traveling in fast food land and there is no IHOP.

Jul 04, 2014
glbtrtr in California

South Shore Lake Tahoe

The venerable old school Swiss Chalet is definitely worth a visit.

Jul 04, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Santa Barbara Seafood (family friendly)

Thanks for your follow-up report. Always good to get feedback and that no culinary crimes were committed recommending deep fried candy bars at Mac's.

Jul 03, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Avocados

Mash them up for guacamole and add some chopped tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, tomatillo, parsley, seasonings and oregano and no one will notice the discolorations.

But it sounds like they got over-ripe or were held in suspended animation somewhere along the supply chain to keep them from ripening before sale. Good advice - try a mexican type market because they won't settle for less than the best fresh.

Jul 02, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Family Restaurants In SB and the area...An update?

I like your challenge because I look for the same things when visiting new places- how to get a feel for the place.

There is a cluster of restaurants around the 1000-1300 blocks or State Street and the side streets that cover pretty much what we have to offer in this town for variety and types of cuisine and hard to go wrong at any of them so this is a good place to head and then just pick what appeals to you.

High ambiance and high end are elsewhere than the list we now have for you, and sometimes a mixed bag in their reviews but if you want a very special luxe experience with views and history: The El Encanto Hotel; The San Ysidro Ranch and the Biltmore Hotels all have stunning settings and gracious grounds.

One of the most ambiance-loaded local restaurants is the old stage coach stop at Cold Springs Tavern (lunch and dinner) about a 20 minute drive up into the hills behind Santa Barbara and a good place to explore the sights of the Santa Ynez Valley and Solvang -which are a worthy day trip to see our "back country" California.

I'll keep working on this. More later.

Jul 02, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Family Restaurants In SB and the area...An update?

Emilio's is now Toma Toma and getting some very nice reviews. I believe the Emilio's employees took it over. If your family is young, the Pardaro Beach Cafe has lots of outdoor tables and play equipment for families in Summerland/Carpinteria Santa Claus Lane area.

My favorite in Carpinteria is Gianfranco's on Linden - nicely casual and top end Italian with a Sicilian twist. There are also spots now in what is called the Funk Zone (website).

Especially good for kids and their attached parents is the brand new Santa Barbara Public Market in the 1200 block restaurant zone off State Street and West Victoria, by the Arlington Theater. More like a food court with lots of excellent and creative choices - something for everyone there.

Jul 01, 2014
glbtrtr in California

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

Trip report: got to only a few of our original choices. Luggage lost by the airlines so we waited at the hotel instead of getting to HELL'S KITCHEN.

Enjoyed KRAMARSZUK'S a lot for lunch - yummy German potato salad, I had the crepe with sour cream and DH had the polish sausage sandwich with saurkraut which he declared to be the best polish sausage he had ever had. My red cabbage was a disappointment. But too full to try the lovely looking walnut torte.

Bought some of their Bavarian style mustard, some Hungarian Paprika and a yummy marzipan candy bar. Liked what we saw in their deli choices but did not know how were were going to bring coils of sausages home in our suit cases. Wish we had now.

Room service dessert at the HOTEL MINNEAPOLIS was very good - lava cake and a rice-crispie and ice cream for me and a salty caramel ice cream and candied popcorn for DH were perfect - also available at MAX'S restaurant down stairs.

MILL CITY MUSEUM makes a good gingersnap cookie for a midday treat. And a very nostalgic look at Betty Crocker throughout the ages and iconic American food brands.

Wedding buffet at LORING PASTA BAR was very tasty with an excellent Greek Salad and perfect dressing. Very nice buzz to that place.

Sad to report after making a special trip to GLOCKENSPEIL in St Paul it was not open on Sunday when we arrived at 11am, and then later when we returned.

So back up choice on the way to the airport was the CORNER TABLE off Nicolett (4500 block) for some pork belly benedicts with hash browns which were filling, if a little disappointing in execution.

But that was a great restaurant choice for brunch with plenty of creative and very yummy dishes coming out to happy and obviously repeat diners, who knew the menu better than we did.

Not quite satisfied with our savory egg dishes at Corner Table we topped them off at FIKA with a cardamom roll and a rhubarb muffin, so I did get a tiny bit of rhubarb after all. Loved the Swedish Institute gift shop and picked up some "Queen's Jam" (raspberry and blueberry) and some cooking utensils, along with "In Cod We Trusts" about an American couple's adaptation to life in Norway. We are heading that direction in our travels next year.

There was so much more to explore and we did miss all of the top pick due to our schedule and family gathering and a very crowded town that weekend which had gobbled up all the reservations ahead of time.

One can certainly dine across the globe in the Twin Cities and we wish we had more time to go into more depth. TwinCities - very chow worthy. Yes!

Thanks to all who help send me the right directions and my only wish is restaurant websites were more helpful as to times, locations and up to date information.

Sorry the Glockenspiel did not work out because I wanted to try saurkraut fritters, curds, and take on that all you can eat promised Sausage Sunday challenge.

Jun 30, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Santa Barbara Seafood (family friendly)

Family friendly - Mac's Fish and Chips on State Street with their deep fried candy bars. A Mom's nightmare, right? But it is the real deal like what one would find in the UK. And their mushy peas are a great way to get them to eat their vegetables. Cole slaw is fresh and good along with their pickles. Casual place - stools and high chairs, or some tables. Self-serve.

The outdoor patio dining at the BoatHouse at Hendry's Beach at the end of Las Positas Road is as family friendly of a beach restaurant as you will find in town, plus have the fun of visiting the beach too. Mom and Dad can enjoy a drink there too.

Jun 30, 2014
glbtrtr in California

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

Okay, time to get serious for the last minute pre-trip details: where and/or what is the best rhubarb dish?

FRIDAY: Looks like our BREAKFAST/LUNCH samples will include Hell's Kitchen, Kramarszuks during a walk around downtown and across the river. With some exploration also of Brassiere Zentral.

SATURDAY: Then maybe FIKA for BREAKFAST, LUNCH at Lucia's as there are activities planned at Lake Calhoun mid-day.

SUNDAY: Then the wide open choices now for SUNDAY BRUNCH since Haute Dish is solidly booked the entire time we are there: Bachelor Farmer or Glockenspeil. I do want to explore the neighborhoods of old St Paul.

Other meals are covered by family events.

Breaking news: just recommended on another thread - Sunday brunch at Corner Table - for pork and old Minnesota all in one place?

Jun 25, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

Sad to report but after zeroing in on Haute Dish for our Sunday brunch, the online reservation service said they are already fully booked.

Anyone know if one could still take a chance dropping by on Sunday to see if there is an open table?

So still casting about for a Sunday brunch (again looking for "old" Minnesota) and see that Brassiere Zental is not open on Sundays.

Intrigued by the recommendation for Glockenspeil in St Paul - all you can eat sausages on Sundays (!).

Do love really good sausages -old style, European German/Swiss - not new style California ones with blueberries, feta, wheat germ and hemp seeds.

So Sunday brunch suggestions - we will be heading back to the airport late afternoon - but can do a small road trip into the surrounding area that makes for easy access back to the airport.

Jun 25, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

It's Tuesday, and We Want Steak!!

We are coming to this are too, and we want pork and we want it now! ..... so please let me coat-tail your meat lover thread. ;-)

We are coming from the weeds and seeds west coast where vegan rules along with gluten free, hormone free, fat free, carb free, HFCS free, sugar free, lard free, MSG free and taste free has held sway for far too long. We are coming to Minnesota to visit food.

Umami rules!

Jun 24, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

How about Pracna on Main -- like the idea it is in a building that was there when my grandparents lived in St Paul -"oldest restaurant on the oldest street in Minnesota" -- any thoughts about this place? We will be doing a river walk exploration of downtown our first day. Nicolett Island Inn?

Clearly some top picks are emerging - agree Haute Dish sounds like the best way to enjoy "middle-western". I see this week they are going BBQ according to their website. Hope we can get in.

We have a Sunday brunch time still open before our airport departure in the late afternoon. (When I thought we would go to Black Forest Inn ---NO more!)

Jun 24, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

Garrison Keillor ... IS .... Minnesota to us Left-Coasters and we pay $100 a pop to see him perform out here and wonder what the heck powdermilk biscuits are all about.

BTW, we are lusty meat eaters and miss getting really, really good pork. Any restaurant hints to satisfy that fetish?

Jun 23, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

Prefect thread. I will print this out and it does have names that seem to come up a lot, and it appears to follow pretty much which we are looking for too.

Please, if there are any updates to this thread happy to get them. Thank you fellow Chowhounders - the best travel dining resource out there.

I'll owe you one.

Jun 22, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul
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A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

You are all right about failing to give a little more background when asking my dining questions - from West Coast so asian, mexican, nouvelle, foodie, chi chi etc are not on our radar for this trip.

Will have a car, only two of us doing the culinary exploration and looking for "heart land America" as it might translate to a west-coaster, which is why I was looking at "German" at the Black Forest Inn. We don't do German, or anything Middle European out here on the West Coast.

Come myself from German/Danish St Paul stock a few generations ago. Guess I am trying to find something my grandparents might have known --- or that grew out of their newly immigrant experiences back in the late 1800's..

Funny how one culls tourism info about "must eats" when visiting a new place, that often leaves the local scratching their heads.

I once saw marshmallows recommended as must eats for Europeans visiting America for the first time, along with beef steak and apple pie.

Reading across the recommendations here, I can see Minnesota today has a lot more than just "powdermilk biscuits" these days, but there is part of me who would like to know what the heck a powdermilk biscuit actually was.

Hotel is on 4th Street downtown, we like to walk (humidity -what is that???) Skywalk looks interesting as a city planning experience. Willing to take public transit to avoid parking driving problems. Want to take is some of the local scenery, lakes, lifestyle too.

BTW: I love rhubarb. Yep, still Danish enough for that which is hard to find out West and impossible to grow. Money not a primary consideration. Casual to high end special okay for us

Jun 22, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A few days in Minneapolis area - did my CH homework

A few day in the Minneapolis area to attend a wedding that will be held the Loring Pasta Bar venue (which was a surprise to see this place will work for a wedding regardless of the unlikely name)

In addition we have a few meals to cover from our downtown hotel, as we spend some time exploring the close in area. (Fri/Sat/Sun)

So far it looks like a breakfast at Hell's Kitchen and Sunday lunch/brunch'dinner at Black Forest Inn to sample what might be truly "local" to the Twin Cities and its historic culinary past.

Of course, this does not include a Jucy Lucy but not sure there will be room for one, stomach wise, even if there is time wise for a few more sampling spots.

Any other local and/or historic spots and or local/historic dishes? Al's for breakfast sounded great until we read about the waiting lines. What is the story about "Eat Street"?

Thanks for any tips, warnings or confirmation.

Jun 22, 2014
glbtrtr in Minneapolis-St. Paul

LA to Cambria

Take a look also at Peachy Canyon Road from Paso Robels, and the Far Out Wineries (website) for a very pretty cross-country drive and some wine tasting along the way from 101 to Cambria.

Jun 13, 2014
glbtrtr in California

LA to Cambria

Have you checked on the drought status of Cambria - heard they are now 100% out of water and it all has to be brought in by bottles. Maybe a local can give us an update how this is affecting its tourism right now.

Solvang mid-day always leaves us a bit flummoxed. Solvang area: take a look at the little town of Santa Ynez suggestions.

Or there is nothing wrong with a bit of a traditional pig-out having just abelskivers at the walk-up window on the main street. Not great, but at least unique.

We also liked the Firestone Walker 805 brewery in Buellton at 101 for very good burgers and fries..

Jun 12, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Tahoe City - Moe's BBQ to open in mid-June

Road trip!

Jun 08, 2014
glbtrtr in California
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La Villa de Jerez, Hollister (East Street location)

Thanks for the trip report. We make the 101 run often so it nice to break it up a bit with some new detours.

Jun 02, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Freebird's in Isla Vista, the original one, for the nachos ????

We liked Firestone Walker in Buellton - great burgers an fries and non-pasturized draft beer made on site.

May 23, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Freebird's in Isla Vista, the original one, for the nachos ????

Tried their burritos (not nachos) only once and wrote it off as a volume place, plus its cute gimmick of getting photos of people all over the world pretending they are lifting a heavy load of Freebirds. So no, I did not find them to be particularly good nor bad for chow, and you do get volume for the money. I would suspect the nachos would be the same.

Parking is hard in Isla Vista and not much else out there to be worth the trip, IMHO.

Our favorite savory nacho place is Super Cuca's on San Andres and West Micheltorena on the Westside of Santa Barbara - not the Eastside Milpas group. Love their nachos supreme with marinated pork and a tall horchata. Dinner for two. Consistently the best burritos too, plus a little Mexican market for food stuffs: http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

May 23, 2014
glbtrtr in California

Please help me plan for a trip to Sacramento

Having spent many a trip doing exactly the same thing I know what you are up against.

I liked the Frank Fat traditional chinese wedding dinner items, which is a few blocks down the street from the Hyatt towards the river - this is the old famous political watering hole - their walnut shrimp alone are worth the trip. And top it with their famous and out of character banana cream pie.

Then must later I also learned about the collection of small restaurants heading away from the river up about 5-6 blocks in a historic little cluster on J Street I believe - lots of choices. But most of the places right around the Hyatt and Convention Center were pretty routine.

May 23, 2014
glbtrtr in California