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Kauai, Maui and Hawaii food report

gyppielou,
are the lukewarm feelings about the st. regis limited to restaurant options or generally to the resort. I'm taking my first trip to Kaua'i in July and I was scouring boards for restaurant reports. I saw your comment and wondered if it extended to the resort in general. Am i wasting my starpoints spending part of my trip as a guest at that hotel?

Thanks for posting the report!

Jun 09, 2010
bobjunior in Hawaii

Denver - great food, young/hip scene, that wont break the bank

a guy in D and tatamagouche, thanks for the B&W suggestion. It's precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for.
To be truthful, the only reason I put the $20 parameter is bc I often notice that when people leave their chow posts too vague, its hard for fellow posters to make recs (i.e., the net is cast too wide). I am definitely flexible in terms of pricing but was trying to avoid recs for luxe (french laundry/per se type) suggestions despite the fact that I'm looking for a special night!

Thanks!!

Mar 28, 2010
bobjunior in Mountain States

Denver - great food, young/hip scene, that wont break the bank

HowlinP, I'm so glad you mentioned the jazz spot. I visited a lot of clubs around the country when I did the jetblue all you can jet pass. I dont even think I would have thought of taking my friend to see jazz but she will love it! Great suggestion!

Mar 28, 2010
bobjunior in Mountain States

Denver - great food, young/hip scene, that wont break the bank

Thanks everyone for great suggestions especially re bars!!
Would love more restaurant/dinner options if anyone else has a moment to chime in!!

Mar 22, 2010
bobjunior in Mountain States

Dinner for four - BYO or otherwise: Considering Meme, Cochon, Kanelli, Audrey Claire

Of course not bigley. I had a great weekend. If thats one of the more bad things that has happened to me in the recent past, i'm relatively lucky, right?

Mar 20, 2010
bobjunior in Philadelphia

Dinner for four - BYO or otherwise: Considering Meme, Cochon, Kanelli, Audrey Claire

Loblaw, great point. (And great username -- I'm sure I'm not the first who mentioned it!)

Mar 20, 2010
bobjunior in Philadelphia

Denver - great food, young/hip scene, that wont break the bank

Definitely can wiggle - was just trying to provide some frame of reference bc i know people often post messages with few parameters. There's just too much out there to suggest!

Thank you both for the tips. Going to do some yelp research as well, but Tag certainly looks like a great possibility.

Mar 17, 2010
bobjunior in Mountain States

Denver - great food, young/hip scene, that wont break the bank

Hello Mountain State Chowhounders!

I'll be in Denver from NY this April on a sensitive trip. My best friend (born in Denver) is suffering through a terrible family health crisis for the last year so I am coming into town and staying with her for some moral support and hopefully one night of some serious fun/release for her.

I am treating her to a night in a hotel, dinner and hopefully a great cocktail or dancing scene. Money is a bit tight tho but we both appreciate all ranges of cuisine/nightlife (except for big dance clubs/velvet rope type places). We are staying in the newly renovated Sheraton Downtown.

Dinner-wise I'm looking for a hip spot for two thirty year old women -- but nothing too exclusive or obnoxious. Bottom line most important factor is excellent food. Pluses would add great cocktails and upbeat/chic ambiance. We eat all types of cuisine, and love ethnic/interesting eats -- so anything from standard to eclectic goes.

Entrees under $20 would be ideal - as would a BYO if there's a decent Denver byo restaurant scene. (We're lacking in Manhattan, sadly). Also would love any bar suggestions.

I dont know Denver so I am unfamiliar with neighborhoods and how to get around. Do we want to be in lodo? I'm assuming taxis from the hotel will be easy enough.
My friend knows Denver well but just moved back there so probably hasn't been to places that are newer in the past five years.

VERY much appreciate any suggestions!!

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Mountain States Restaurants
410 S Lincoln Ave Ste A1, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Mar 17, 2010
bobjunior in Mountain States

Dinner for four - BYO or otherwise: Considering Meme, Cochon, Kanelli, Audrey Claire

Thanks to all for the feedback.
We had a great weekend of food with one little mishap.

First, excellent pork, rabe and provolone sandwiches at DiNic's in terminal market. A great lunch but for my wallet being stolen while we ate, only to find out later that the thieves went on a several thousand dollar spending spree at a kmart.

Anyways, had a great time at Helium (though drinks were of course kinda pricey). Then went to Kanella for a wonderful meal. Everything was fantastic except the halumi and the special fish of the day. (I'm not reporting on other specific menu items bc we ate all specials... which is not that normal for us. The homemade pasta of the day was incredible). All around great meal and LOVELY service.

Finished the weekend with a lovely brunch at Distrito. The place was kind of empty (though it was pouring and I know understand that Distrito just started serving brunch) BUT it was great. Service was very good and prices reasonable.

Thanks again! Can't wait to come back.

Mar 17, 2010
bobjunior in Philadelphia

Dinner for four - BYO or otherwise: Considering Meme, Cochon, Kanelli, Audrey Claire

B,
thanks for the tip! is this for this saturday?

Mar 10, 2010
bobjunior in Philadelphia

Dinner for four - BYO or otherwise: Considering Meme, Cochon, Kanelli, Audrey Claire

Thanks everyone!!
Right now we're considering pre-show ressies at Cochon or Meme OR a post show reservation at Kanella for 10pm. I really want to do the late dinner at Kanella 'cause of all the great feedback, though all three spots sounds like a nice experience.

Do you think that the 10pm at Kanella is too late/rushed meal?

The feedback has been a huge help! I will definitely post a summary.

Also, any other suggestions would be welcome as we plan to try many more spots in philly. Saddens me that NYC doesnt have more of a byo scene.

Oh, if someone can drop me a line - how long in advance do you usually need for weekend reservations at osteria? or bibou? And possible Vetri?

Mar 09, 2010
bobjunior in Philadelphia

Dinner for four - BYO or otherwise: Considering Meme, Cochon, Kanelli, Audrey Claire

Hello Philly!

Foodies coming into town for a comedy show at Helium this saturday (Rittenhouse Sq/ Penn Center (according to yelp)). The show starts at 10.30. Looking for excellent eats, any cuisine type. Have read wonderful things about the byo scene -- considering Cochon, Kanelli (if I can get a ressie) and Audrey Claire (same). Also considering Meme (I know its not a byo).

Any other thoughts? We love food, served in a chic but laid back setting. Particularly locally sourced menus. Generally prefer smaller- to medium- sized restaurants, nice/hip (but nothing "exclusive") vibe and of the neighborhood-gem variety over larger, white tablecloth, fanciness.

Flexible re price but would like entree to stick within the mid to upper twenties (or lower, of course).

Any feedback or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Looked into the above, and also:
Alma de cuba
Bibou
Little Fish
Osteria

Ate at Matyson (and quite enjoyed it, but was not blown away) last time I visited.

Thanks!!

Mar 08, 2010
bobjunior in Philadelphia

Restaurant Gift Certificate

I'm looking for a new restaurant where I can get my brother a gift certificate for the holidays. He's a big foodie and loves spots like radius (where he got married) and no. 9 park. something chic and hip that's new bc he's already been everywhere that's been around for a while. Suggestions would be MUCH appreciated! OR a place where I can look for suggestions would be equally helpful.

Dec 18, 2009
bobjunior in Greater Boston Area

Substitute a hand mixer for a stand mixer's paddle or flat attachment?

Thanks for all the input! If I use the hand mixer, anything I should I do to counteract any negative effects. E.g., a friend of mine suggested that a hand mixer might put too much air into the batter or mix. Also, I'm I risking over mixing/beating?

Will post results when I'm done.

Happy Holidays!

Nov 23, 2009
bobjunior in Home Cooking

Substitute a hand mixer for a stand mixer's paddle or flat attachment?

Hi All,
I'm baking my brother a cake for thanksgiving -- its his birthday and he LOVES chocolate. I was going to make the cook's illustrated chocolate sour cream bundt cake, but it calls for the flat beater and I don't own a stand mixer (or the beater for that matter). I have a hand mixer (and an emersion blender, which is even MORE of a stretch)... anyone know if I can run the recipes with this mixer?

I've tried to find other chocolate bundts that dont call for the stand mixer but am out of luck so far.

Nov 23, 2009
bobjunior in Home Cooking

Looking for feedback on our NOLA dining plans - 5 days late September

thanks! i did it. paid the discount rate for the medium airboat and got upgraded to the small one. it was fantastic. also ate like skinny was going out of style in new orleans.

Oct 18, 2009
bobjunior in New Orleans

Looking for feedback on our NOLA dining plans - 5 days late September

STL, Can you tell me where you got the coupon. I just landed in NO last night and this list has been quite helpful. I'm leaving Thursday so if you can get back to me before then, much obliged.

Oct 06, 2009
bobjunior in New Orleans

Ethnic / Unique Eats in Seattle for Single Girl Staying in Downtown, Reasonable Prices

Hi all. Thanks again for recs. I'm off on my next trip to Raleigh and then New Orleans so I cant write a tremendous amount but here's my wrap up...

Saturday night, (prior to reading post replies) stumbled into List in belltown for a glass of wine and then Tavolata. Bar service at List was quite nice. I think it might have been a mistake not to eat there. Tavolata was nice -- had the rigatoni with house made sausage but it wasnt fantastic. Hard to top the various italian offerings in NYC.

Sunday had lunch at Cherry Street Coffee House in Belltown. Excellent feta wrap and latte. (I'm a reformed coffee drinking but had to have my obligatory seattle cup.) Sunday night headed to Capitol Hill for dinner at Quinns. Had the chicken which was very flavorful, well priced and a made for a non-heavy meal. Bartender was quite helpful and pleasant. Afterwards, I headed to jazz cafe for some free salsa.

Monday, walked around the market. Had a lovely savory crumpet at the Crumpet Shop. Grabbed a pear tarte from Le Panier to take aboard my Locks Cruise, both of which I quite enjoyed. Finally, visited Murray at Zig Zag for some custom vodka-based cocktails, dashed to Jazz Alley for a free show and then ended my eating with some apps at Palace Kitchen.

All in all loved seattle. Would have liked to check out some more of the recs here but its just a good reason to come back.

Thanks again for all the tips!!

Sep 21, 2009
bobjunior in Greater Seattle

Unique and quirky finds Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

Hi All,
Manhattan foodie here. Traveling to the area for two nights, two full days and staying at the Cameron Park Inn. Love little nooks, ethnic eats, and local must finds.
If anyone has some suggestions, for any meal (other than breakfast), drinks or snacks, I'd love to hear. Sorry for the late post. (Not looking for super pricey but mid level price ranges are fine).
Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Sep 21, 2009
bobjunior in Southeast

Ethnic / Unique Eats in Seattle for Single Girl Staying in Downtown, Reasonable Prices

Christy319, I happened to stumble into cherry street today after doing some of the tourist spots, and the feta sandwich was fantastic. I'm not a coffee drinker but had my obligatory seattle cup (a latte), which was great as well.

Tonight I'm taking the bust to Capital Hill. Will mull over the suggestions to see if any are in that neighborhood. Tonight I'll end at triple door.

Ilman, I will definitely try Sazerac before I head back.

Thanks again to all.

Sep 13, 2009
bobjunior in Greater Seattle

Ethnic / Unique Eats in Seattle for Single Girl Staying in Downtown, Reasonable Prices

You rule. Thanks!

I'm going to Jazz Alley bc they have a free show Tuesday night. I usually try and stay away from the more main stream pricey spots but free is free. I will definitely look into Triple Door and a bar tender told me to check out Highway 99 for blues.

Sep 13, 2009
bobjunior in Greater Seattle

Ethnic / Unique Eats in Seattle for Single Girl Staying in Downtown, Reasonable Prices

I just made a reservation to check out some music at the jazz alley on Tuesday so any nearby suggestions would be great as well.

Thanks again!

Sep 12, 2009
bobjunior in Greater Seattle

Ethnic / Unique Eats in Seattle for Single Girl Staying in Downtown, Reasonable Prices

Hi,
I'm coming to this late in the game but am in Seattle this beautiful weekend and am looking for reasonably priced eats to carry me through for four/five days between lunches and dinners.
I'll be venturing through most of the neighborhoods at some point or another so any suggestions go as long as its not going to be terribly difficult/sketchy to get back at night to the Sheraton.

Names and some basics would be a huge help. Also, great cocktail bars w/ or w/out food menus, or music venues (jazz, blues, rock) serving food would also be fantastic.

I'm a NY'er. Big foodie Like interesting nooks of restaurants with local produce/meats. I eat anything and am looking for reasonable prices for a great seattle experience.

I've searched the boards but am having trouble figuring out what's reasonably priced. Mid level prices is fine as well. Rough Guide seems terribly outdated.

Help!
Thanks so much in advance!!

Sep 12, 2009
bobjunior in Greater Seattle

Seeking Recreational Cooking Classes

Thanks for the suggestions! To follow up, the cities I will be in are SF, Austin, LA, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Charlotte. Will also be in Nantucket.

Sep 01, 2009
bobjunior in Not About Food

Walk in and Wait?? Momofuku Ssam, Locanda Verde, or Redhead tonight. If not there, then where?

How dumb am I to walk in and wait at any of these three tonight? (bearing in mind it is august and hopefully the city is empty)

My husband has been working like a dog and I want to take him to a delicious meal for the two of us (cant do a reservation because I dont know when he will be home). He's more than happy to wait for a table if there's space/room for a nice glass of wine. How are the bars at these places?

Any other suggestions below 34th; no particular cuisine; entrees below $20; nice for two people (but does not have to be hardcore romantic per se).

Maybe I'll be extra stupid and try babbo's bar area.

Aug 21, 2009
bobjunior in Manhattan

Seeking Recreational Cooking Classes

I'm a new yorker who plans to buy the all-you-can-jet pass from jetblue (http://www.jetblue.com/deals/all-you-...) which will allow me to jet around the country anywhere jet blue flies during the month of september and early october.

I'm looking for suggestions for cooking schools/classes in major cities throughout the lower 48 states (excluding New York) that provide recreational 1 to 5 day essential/technique cooking lessons. I plan to eventually take the five day "Fine Cooking" course at the institute of culinary education in NY but want to use this travel opportunity take classes elsewhere that take a standard home cook tot he next level.

If you have any suggestions of any great cooking classes I'd love to hear thoughts.

Aug 16, 2009
bobjunior in Not About Food

Tonight (Mon) Eat, Drink with -ten- thirty somethings and one two-year old

I need a location tonight for a group of ten 30-35 years old. One couple is bringing a three-year old child. What I have in mind is something casual with entrees not exceeding the 15-17 range that can accommodate a large group and be kid friendly. We're flexible with cuisine and location though downtown is better and the west side might be preferable. We're eating early so I'm less concerned about availability. I'm going to make this request even harder by saying I wouldn't mind if it was a somewhat hip location.

Would love any help anyone can offer! We're also willing to consider a more flexible, bar-type atmosphere were we can all flow freely, eat, and not have to sit down for a 10 person meal.

I ran a few searches but didn't uncover anything yet. Thanks so much for any feedback.

Aug 10, 2009
bobjunior in Manhattan

Romantic/Unique Spot - Philly for 1st Anni

Matyson was delicious. Great service and the paco fish ribs special app was excellent. cheesecake was fine. Service was pleasant and unobstrusive.

Value was good. Bought a bottle around the corner at the state store (which was very convenient).

Thanks again for all the posts.

Jun 23, 2009
bobjunior in Pennsylvania

Romantic/Unique Spot - Philly for 1st Anni

Thanks to all! It was difficult to choose with so many of the options looking fabulous (and right on in terms of what I am looking for) but Matyson has a 9pm and I think majority rules. We'll probably hit Southwark for a cocktail.
Going to try and mix in a visit to the Mutter Museum and the Cezanne show (if its still ongoing).

Jun 17, 2009
bobjunior in Pennsylvania

Romantic/Unique Spot - Philly for 1st Anni

I am traveling to Philly for one day this weekend to surprise my husband. Philly is his home town but we've sadly never spent time there together -- native new yorkers.

I'd like to take him to a unique and interesting setting that is not an obvious choice. We prefer small restaurants with interesting menus, excellent food. Also prefer places that emphasize locally grown foods/free-range meats. But none of these factors are requirements. I'm really just looking for suggestions of diamond in the rough/non-obivous spots where two people can have a unique and delicious first anniversary meal (that will impress a Philly native who has already heard of the le bec fin's in the city). I also do not necessarily need it to be the fanciest digs (e.g., Babbo is not surprisingly my favorite spot in NYC and its not exactly "fancy").

Thanks so much for suggestions. Any cuisine and price point is acceptable. Also any area is fine but we are likely staying in Rittenhouse Square.

Is Friday Saturday Sunday good/great?
A friend also mentioned Southwark but I dont know any restaurants in Philly, period.

Thanks for input!

Jun 16, 2009
bobjunior in Pennsylvania