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Take-Out for a Bridesmaid Luncheon in Montgomery

There is a Chicken Salad Chick on Zelda that might work. You would have to pick up. I believe Zoe's on Zelda would deliver downtown. Or you could walk to pick up from any of the downtown restaurants; I just can't think of any with the type food you've mentioned.

Jun 05, 2014
Court7221 in Central South

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

That sounds like a good plan--thanks!

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

I was wondering about specific 4th plans! Could you tell me which golf course? (Or is there only one...or should I know this by now??)

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

Thank you! I think to some extent we are just going to have to play it by ear. You both have given us options to consider depending on how much time we have and just how bad traffic is. I really appreciate the help!

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

Thanks for clarifiying the traffic situtation!

I have searched many, many threads in planning my itinerary, and have enjoyed reading the advice you and so many other regular posters offer.

Cakebread: maybe it's just sentimental, but we like their wines. We have been there for a tasting and decided to go back for a tour. Wine, like most things, is subjective!

That said, we would still welcome any suggestions. Thanks again for your help!

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

Thanks for the traffic help!
Oxbow market is exactly what I was thinking. We'll just walk around and see what looks interesting!

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Oops--forgot to reply to you! I called Plumpjack, and they said that they have recently started the tour. We decided to try it out--I'll report back in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the suggestions!

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Thanks for the advice! I have a feeling we will be finding a winery where we can just taste, prob. Sinskey, Frog's Leap, Pine Ridge or other. (Husband will not shop before wine, esp. in Napa Valley!)

Traffic is a huge concern, and that's where I'd most like local guidance. For example, about how long will it actually take to get from Cakebread to Schramsberg? Any ideas? I am hoping that 2-and-a-half hour window will allow us time for lunch, but with traffic, is that realistic?

I have also completely looked past our arrival day, Wednesday. It is the 4th! Any ideas about what we should do? I am thinking very casual, probably in Napa. Thanks!!

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As I am making appointments, I am seeing gaps in my schedule that you may be able to help me fill. Here's the latest plan:
Thursday- Need a morning (start to our trip) idea
1:00 tour at Plumpjack
4:00 tasting at Miner
8:00 dinner at Oenotri
11:00 Tour at Cliff Lede
Ideas for the rest of the day??
8:30 dinner at Morimoto
10:30 Tour and tasting at Cakebread
2:30 Cave Tour at Schramsberg.
8:15 dinner at Redd
If you see any glaring problems, please let me know. Some of the appointments were the only available times, so we may just have to work around them, if possible. Thanks for your help!

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Hmmm...Plumpjack's website it showing a "Hilltop Tour and Tasting." Maybe it is something they are just starting. Regusci looks interesting to me.

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

Thank you! Appointments are not a problem, I just want to feel good abt. the timing--not rushing from one great place to make a mediocre one on time. Advice about touring vs. tasting at Miner, Plumpjack and Cliff Lede would be welcome. I am not sure we want to tour at all three, but I don't know which is best.

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

Thanks for the lunch advice! Cook and Farmstead both sound great, but Gotts is probably more within our budget for lunch.

Please review my Napa area itinerary.

Please help with the last few details/logistical issues! I have had great success on trips to Maui, Scottsdale and Boston through board searches, and am looking for some specific help for our upcoming trip.
My husband and I are flying into SFO on July 4 and driving to Napa. We are staying through the weekend. I have not included hotel info. because we have not yet booked! We drink mostly reds, but we certainly enjoy whites, too. We have visited the area once before and enjoyed tastings/tours at Pine Ridge, Robert Sinskey, Frog's Leap, Silver Oak, Sequoia Grove, Cakebread and Reynolds Family. We would like to do at least two tours--one at Schramberg. For the other wineries, we may just stick to tastings. Any thoughts on tours vs. tastings are welcome.
Here's our tentative plan:
Wednesday-- Land around lunchtime and drive to Napa. Probably wander Oxbow Market. Not sure what to expect since it is the 4th. Any helpful info. is appreciated.
Thursday--Miner and PlumpJack. (Two of my husband's MUSTS.) Looking for lunch rec. and possibly another winery rec. Late dinner at Oenotri.
Friday--Drive to Schramsberg. Possibly include Duckhorn and/or Frank Family. Again, looking for lunch recs. Late dinner at Morimoto.
Saturday--Cliff Lede (Another MUST.) We are open to suggestions in the area. Late dinner at Redd.
Sunday--drive back, possibly to Oakland first to catch a baseball game. We are both big baseball fans and the Red Sox are in town--we'll probably just play it by ear. Fly out of SFO on red-eye.
Some other places we are interested in include the Patz and Hall salon, Stag's Leap, Elizabeth Spencer, Jos. Phelps, Cakebread, Frog's Leap and Robert Sinskey (yes, again). All of our "activities" will be winery-based--no balloons, massages, hikes, etc. for us. Thanks for your help!

Beer on a Plane

My husband brings back all the Fat Tire he can fit into his suitcase/golfbag everytime we venture west of the Mississippi. He has been doing this for ten years and has had only one bottle break. He just wraps each beer in an article of clothing.

Jun 21, 2008
Court7221 in Beer

West Maui Trip Report-Long

My husband and I just returned from our first trip to Maui in ten years. Thanks to chowhound information, we had great meals every time we ate! Our first real meal in Maui was breakfast--at The Gazebo, of course. We stayed in Kapalua and were thrilled this place was so close! We ended up going there three times and ordering the same thing every time. He had banana pancakes, and I had macadamia nut pancakes. Our first dinner was at Pineapple Grill. We did not plan ahead, just walked over on Sunday night about 6:45. We were seated at a table in the bar area. Our bartender/waitress was great! My husband ordered short ribs on the rec. of the waitress, and they were wonderful. I had the monchong, and I enjoyed it. A great start to our trip! The following night we had reservations at the Plantation House. We both had the fish of the day- mine was Mediterranean style, his Upcountry Maui style. His was very good; mine was less so-a little overbearing--lots of onion, dark brown sauce. The next day we drove to Hana and had an incredible lunch at the Hotel Hana-Maui. We both had mahi-mahi sandwiches. Heaven! That night we went to the Maui Brewing Co. I was very excited to have found out about this place, as it sounded like the sort of place my husband would love. We had already had the beer and liked it, so we were looking forward to good bar food to go along with it. The second we walked into the place, we changed out minds! Half the restaurant was closed for renovations, with a sign on the door indicating they were about to close the rest of it too for about six weeks. The part we were in was stale, sticky, and greasy. We had a beer and hightailed back to Kapalua to Sensei. No reservation meant a 45 minute wait, but we didn't mind- we hung out in the bar. Soon we got seats in the bar, and Trudy. our bartender told us we didn't need a table. She told us she was the best server in the place, and the couple next to her agreed--that's why they were eating at the bar. We did get a table and enjoyed our meal there, but I think Trudy was right. We should've stayed put! Wednesday night was Wine Wednesday at the Banyan Tree at the Ritz Carlton. (Order an entree and your bottle of wine is half off. The fine print is the 18% gratuity is charged before the discount is taken...not quite half price wine, but not a bad deal.) For some reason, I was not expecting our meal to be on par with some of our other dining choices, but I was wrong. My husband ordered the filet, and he enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, but certainly good. I had the flounder. It was the single most beautiful plate I had the whole trip! Swiss chard topped with flaky white fish sprinkled with oyster mushrooms and heirloom tomatoes. Wonderful! Thursday night we went to Lahaina to Mala for the sunset and drinks. We were not disappointed. We found seats at the bar and had margaritas as the sun went down. We were torn about dinner that night. We had planned to go to Roy's, but were very tempted to stay at Mala. We did go to Roy's and had a great meal there. My husband had mahi mahi, and I had monchong. Similar preparation to the dish at Pineapple Grill. Both were good. And Friday, for our last dinner in Maui, we went to Mama's. We were enchated by the location and atmosphere. We went early for a drink and enjoyed talking with the bartender. (Someone had complained about surly bartenders in Maui. We found just the opposite of that. Every one we met was engaging, helpful, delightful. And we met lots of them!) For dinner we both ordered the ahi--one of our favorites. We were not disappointed at Mama's. Again, thanks to everyone who posted on their Maui favorites.

Jun 18, 2008
Court7221 in Hawaii