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Out of towner - needs help with a pick up Christmas Eve dinner!

Thanks! Brasa came up in my research - it looks fantastic. I think I've just about convinced them to go with some type of prepared meal Kowalski's. I've got nothing against soup, but it just sounded like the sorriest Christmas Eve I had ever heard of! I'll let them know about Water Street Inn too. That could be a great alternative if they can't get to the store before they close.

Dec 19, 2011
jacocash in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Out of towner - needs help with a pick up Christmas Eve dinner!

Hi Minnesota,

I live on the West Coast and sadly am not able to make it back for Christmas this year. My parent and brother are all working on Christmas Eve and are planning on meeting for a BOWL OF SOUP when they are finished with work. No. I get that they all have to work and won't have time to prepare a big dinner but it's Christmas and soup isn't going to cut it. I would like to find someplace that has fantastic prepared Christmas meals that can be picked up so they can have a proper Christmas feast! Any suggestions? I looked at Bylerys, Kowalski's and Whole Foods websites...any experience with these? They live/work near Stillwater so something on the Eastside would be easiest. Thanks in advance for all of your suggestions!

Dec 19, 2011
jacocash in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Looking for a fantastic 50th birthday lunch/brunch venue

My mentor and good friend is turning 50 next month and I want to plan a lunch/brunch for about 10 of her closest friends. I'm looking for something upscale with great food and fantastic cocktails. A view would be a plus or something with fun holiday decorations! Does anyone have a recommendation for a great venue? Thanks in advance for your ideas!

Nov 28, 2011
jacocash in Greater Seattle

4 days in Santa Barbara

What a great weekend! We absolutely fell in love with Santa Barbara and can't wait to come back. We took a quick detour to LA/Malibu for an overnight so we didn't spend the whole time in SB but really enjoyed our drive down the coast. Here's a quick rundown of our culinary adventures...

Your Place Thai - we went here on the suggestion of our cabbie. Great Tom Kah soup and curry
Julienne - we were a little disappointed that there weren't ANY vegetarian options as we don't eat a lot of meat, but the food was still fantastic. We had a squash appraiser, beef cheek ravioli with fava beans, pork belly with Chinese green beans and earl grey ice cream. We felt all of the items were great and really unexpected. This was our anniversary dinner and loved the romantic setting.
Chase - amazing dinner. This was my favorite food of the trip. We had poor service (had to wait 20 minutes for our wine, brought the wrong food to the table, etc), but the food more than made up for it. I had eggplant parmesan with ricotta and my husband had muscles in a spicy red sauce. Excellent, excellent Italian and a really darling setting.
Boat House Cafe - a really fun find as we were out driving. We both had the veggie tacos and thought they were great. A beautiful setting on the ocean!
Epic Bowl and Backyard Bowl (in Goleta) - we loved both these places and wish they had bowls like this near us! It was great to have a breakfast spot that was quick and really healthy.
French Press - great coffee. We live in Seattle and have high standards :)

Thank you all again for your suggestions! This was a fantastic vacation and we are really looking forward to spending more time in SB! How lucky you all are to live there full time!!!

Boat House
1445 N Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Backyard Bowls
331 Motor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Your Place Thai Restaurant
22 N Milpas St Ste A, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Sep 27, 2011
jacocash in California

4 days in Santa Barbara

Wow! Thank you so much for all of the suggestions. We leave this week and I'll update you when we are back. Very much looking forward to our trip!

Sep 18, 2011
jacocash in California

Where is the best brunch? Seattle? Eastside?

My husband and I moved to Seattle a few years ago and still haven't found a favorite brunch spot. What are your favorite places? We have friends coming into town and would love to take them out somewhere great. We live on the Eastside but would love suggestions anywhere in the city too.

Sep 14, 2011
jacocash in Greater Seattle

4 days in Santa Barbara

My husband and I are coming to Santa Barbara for 4 nights to celebrate our one year anniversary. We are looking for recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the area. We have no plans while we are there other than relaxing, exploring and eating well. All favorite restaurant referrals - low key brunches, romantic dinners, casual cafes, gourmet spreads, hole in walls - are greatly appreciated. Chow on!

Sep 13, 2011
jacocash in California