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Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Thanks! We're all pretty adventurous eaters so I don't think that would be a problem. Tarla has actually been the most proactive in responding to me and seemed very accommodating over the phone. They do have a private room.

On Angele's website it says they can accommodate parties up to 182 but I haven't heard back from them.

I will contact Oenotri too. I totally agree that there are other factors at play when picking a group restaurant.

Thanks for the parking tip!

Feb 28, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Thanks to you both! I have inquires into Grace's Table and Angele. Kitchen Door said that they don't take group bookings for weekend brunch unless we book out the restaurant. One of the concierges at the Andaz also suggested Tarla. Any thoughts on that one?

Feb 27, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

Grace's Table looks great. I'm not clear if Kitchen Door takes reservations and offers table service. We definitely want both. Sorry if I wasn't clear. Any recs similar to Grace's Table would be great in case they're unable to accommodate us. Thanks!

Feb 26, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Group/family friendly lunch/brunch on a Saturday in March in Napa

I've somehow found myself tasked with arranging a Saturday lunch/brunch for a group of 30 (including 8 kids) in Napa even though I haven't visited Napa in 20 years, help! This will be a pre-wedding family gathering (the bride and groom will not attend) and most of us are staying at the Andaz Napa so some place nearby or even walking distance would be a bonus. Looking for casual and family friendly, thanks!

Feb 26, 2015
PattyC in San Francisco Bay Area

Holman Ranch/Carmel Valley: 2015 "In Your Backyard" food/wine tastings.

I just signed up for Ron's class and the one in June too. I'd go to all of them but March and April were already sold out :(

Feb 18, 2015
PattyC in California

Highway 1

Our current faves in Carmel are La Balena, Basil, Mundaka and Affina or Aubergine if you want fine dining.

Jan 24, 2015
PattyC in California

Carmel wineries intro

There are about a dozen tasting rooms in the River Road/SLH area now which are mostly open on weekends. That's the place to go if you want to taste at actual vineyards as Carmel Valley generally consists of off site tasting rooms. Most of Monterey County's grapes are grown in the SLH.

Jan 10, 2015
PattyC in California

Carmel Restaurant Options

Mission Ranch is the only one on your list with a view. Their patio overlooks river beach, pasture and sheep. It's a lovely place to sit outside and have a drink. I wouldn't necessarily eat there.

Most places in Carmel don't have a view and the view restaurants I've been to in the area tend not to have great food. I would say The Bench at Pebble Beach is your best bet if you want a sea view and good food.

On your list, I love La Balena. Other places we enjoy are Basil, Mundaka and Affina. Bouchee is good but the atmosphere is more quiet than lively.

I haven't been to Flying Fish or Passionfish.

Jan 06, 2015
PattyC in California

Carmel wineries intro

Bernardus and Talbott are the biggies. I think Georis is skippable. I've heard good things about Boekenoogen from friends. We recently tried Chesebro and liked their wines but I don't think they reopen until Thursday.

There are quite a few tasting rooms in Carmel By The Sea too, almost as many as in the valley. Some of our favorites are Figge, Silvestri. Albatross Ridge, De Tierra and Caraccioli for their sparkling. The visitor's center sells a wine walk passport http://www.carmelcalifornia.org/thing...

There's a list of all of the local tasting rooms in the Weekly's Food & Drink guide http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/e...

Jan 05, 2015
PattyC in California

Farm to table restaurants in Carmel / Monterey ?

Don't know when you're visiting but just FYI, Bernardus Lodge is closing for renos for 3 months starting Dec 1st. If you're thinking of venturing to Carmel Valley, Lokal is another possibility.

Nov 14, 2014
PattyC in California

Farm to table restaurants in Carmel / Monterey ?

La Balena, Basil, Carmel Belle are a few that come to mind. I've seen several other local chefs at farmer's markets and locally farmed meat pop up on many menus as well.

Nov 08, 2014
PattyC in California

Carmel by the Sea Thursday farmer's market update

Good question. Looked like the same management was there. I believe the city is still looking for a new one. To be honest I've stopped following the drama as closely. I found out my across the street neighbor is one of the staunch anti-market people.

Nov 06, 2014
PattyC in California

Carmel by the Sea Thursday farmer's market update

The hours have changed again. Back to 10am-2pm effective today even though no one was notified. And starting next week, it will take place on 6th St just north of Devendorf park instead of in the park. I think they've relaxed some of the rules like allowing produce from other counties but I didn't have time to really ask today. It may be too little, too late anyway. It was down to 2 produce, 2 fruit/nut and some flower vendors today.

Nov 06, 2014
PattyC in California

Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

I had that thought as well. It was good!

Nov 03, 2014
PattyC in California
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Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

I'd never run across it before either. It wasn't cooked to order but the naan did come fresh out of the oven.

Nov 02, 2014
PattyC in California

Avatar Indian Grill in Salinas

My husband went to Northridge mall today so I asked him to bring home some takeout from their new location http://www.avatarindiangrill.com/nort...

He came home with two platters and some garlic naan so we got to try their chicken tikka masala, tofu tikka masala, chicken curry and a palak dish with hominy which turned out to be my favorite item (my husband said it was labeled "spinach with corn"). We both thought that the chicken tikka masala was overly sweet (though the tofu wasn't) and is the only one we probably wouldn't get again. Chicken curry was good. The portions were generous. I wish I had remembered to ask for a mango lassi.

We both liked it better than the lunch buffet at Ambrosia (we haven't tried their dinner) and want to try the Constitution Blvd location next time.

Since he was there to get new tires and wanted to test them out on his drive home, this was what our platters looked like by the time I got to see them.

Nov 01, 2014
PattyC in California

Apple Hill visit ...... any tips?

My problem with Abel's was their donuts weren't fresh. After having the fresh ones at Rainbow, we were spoiled. We did quite a bit of shopping at the Smokey Ridge Charcuterie (thanks, Melanie!) farmstand. They didn't have their downtown Placerville location last year so that might be something to check out.

Oct 29, 2014
PattyC in California

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Are you going to BSFW? We're looking at Thursday night.

Taste of Carmel was a lot of fun and a good selection of restaurants and wineries for the price.

Oct 26, 2014
PattyC in California

Anniversary in Carmel Valley

When is your trip? Bernardus Lodge will be closing for renos from Dec through Feb.

If you're interested in high end dining, I can recommend Aubergine in Carmel.

Oct 14, 2014
PattyC in California

Anniversary in Carmel Valley

What kind of food? Price range?

Oct 11, 2014
PattyC in California

Anniversary in Carmel Valley

Are you looking for recs in the valley? I like Lokal for dinner. Corkscrew and Cafe Rustica have nice patios for lunch.

Oct 11, 2014
PattyC in California

LA to San Luis Obispo...where to eat?!

Nope. It's a tiny hole in the wall with a few tables on the sidewalk. I think they also have a food truck now.

Oct 10, 2014
PattyC in California

Affina in Carmel

I should add that with a glass of cava, another glass of wine and an expresso, the total with tax and tip came to $90. We didn't order any of the larger plates. There is a grand piano in the restaurant and they're waiting for their live music permit.

Oct 08, 2014
PattyC in California

Affina in Carmel

As a follow up to my post about Affina in this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9881... we returned for dinner this past Sunday. The chef is James Anderson formerly of La Bicyclette. The French exec chef is still stuck somewhere in France with visa problems. The menu has expanded and on the specials board was hummus, baba ghanoush, pork rillettes, abalone style scallop, ling cod and baklava. Lunch consists of the lunch menu in addition to the regular menu. We were comped some hummus and baba ghanoush and ordered the rillettes, scallop, confit mushroom toast and octopus again with the pot de creme for dessert. The baba ghanoush was light and refreshing, full of eggplant flavor which unfortunately my husband is allergic to so I had to eat it all myself :) Our favorite dish was the mushroom. I thought the prickly pear jam paired with the rillettes made it a little overly sweet but that's partially my fault for not reading past the word rillettes. This is definitely one to add to our La Balena/Mundaka/Basil rotation!

Oct 07, 2014
PattyC in California
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LA to San Luis Obispo...where to eat?!

Taco Temple in Morro Bay

Ruddell's Smoke House in Cayucos

Sidecar in SLO

Oct 07, 2014
PattyC in California

Mundaka in Carmel

I've noticed a gradual shift in their menu toward more traditional bar food recently. I passed by yesterday and checked out the current menu. Gone are the ramen, confit fried chicken, mussels, etc. Still on the menu are the pork sandwich, burger (which is supposed to be very good but I've yet to try), tacos, quesadilla and they added chili. This is disappointing and I'm hoping to see a reversal in this trend!

Oct 06, 2014
PattyC in California

Carmel area visit report

Monterey Bagel Company is exciting because it's the only real bagels we have!

Did you go to the Tue farmer's market on Alvarado? That one is better for prepared food. The Fri market at Monterey Peninsula College is the best one around here for produce.

You probably ate at The Bench at Pebble. We like to take visitors there.

We usually go to Monterey Fish Company on wharf 2 for fish. Next door is Monterey Abalone Company for live abalone and urchin. Also Robbie's Ocean Seafood (they have an outlet at the Wharf Marketplace) usually has good fish.

Glad you have a good time!

Oct 05, 2014
PattyC in California

Oahu Trip Report - September 2014 (LONG)

I've been to La Mer twice and thought the atmosphere and service was better than the food. The food is fairly classic which I tend to under-appreciate. It reminds me of a tropical version of Le Cinq though not quite as refined.

Love, love, love HWAK but again not necessarily for the food.

Oct 02, 2014
PattyC in Hawaii

Oahu Trip Report - September 2014 (LONG)

I haven't had time to read all of this yet but just wanted to chime in and say what a fantastic report! I agree with your assessment of AW and also in comparison to a place like Aubergine (can't wait to see what Justin is doing tonight). Hadn't heard about Kona Abalone til now. What was the menu price at Vintage Cave? This is definitely a bookmarker for my next trip.

Oct 02, 2014
PattyC in Hawaii

Abalone?

Enjoy! Here's the Basil version.

Just FYI - Big Sur Food & Wine is going on then in case you're interested http://www.bigsurfoodandwine.org/