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Would love some help on really beautiful settings and budget finds in Vancouver and Victoria? Breakfast, lunch, drinks and apps? Someplace with a special setting we won't see in Los Angeles? (Even if we have to put up with good, not great food?)

Thanks everyone, and I do get it. Views and good food rarely meet. If you ever want to know a true place for fresh sea food on the Chesapeake Bay, I am your girl. Appreciate all the help.

Would love some help on really beautiful settings and budget finds in Vancouver and Victoria? Breakfast, lunch, drinks and apps? Someplace with a special setting we won't see in Los Angeles? (Even if we have to put up with good, not great food?)

Thank you so much. We were planning on driving around Cowichan and hoping to visit winerys and the Merriman cidery. I was wondering if there were any decent restaurants or pubs we should visit in the area.

Cowichan Wineries and Lake Shawnigan groceries?

Thanks so much. I WAS hoping to get farm produce, was just wondering where to get staples and a couple bottles of wine?

Cowichan Wineries and Lake Shawnigan groceries?

Thanks so much. I WAS planning to go there, it sounds amazing..Do you know if any of the wineries are worth visiting?

Cowichan Wineries and Lake Shawnigan groceries?

Would love to know what are the not to be missed wineries and cider makers in Cowichan valley? Also any help for both groceries and places to eat around lake Shawnigan.
Thanks so much

Would love some help on really beautiful settings and budget finds in Vancouver and Victoria? Breakfast, lunch, drinks and apps? Someplace with a special setting we won't see in Los Angeles? (Even if we have to put up with good, not great food?)

Visiting Vancouver and then renting a cabin on lake Shawnigan near Victoria. We eat really well in LA and were just hoping for some help on restaurants with beautiful settings (Crab shack, diner, not-so-expensive fine dining??) we could sample (Not rolling in the dough) for lunch, drinks? With our super adventurous 12 year old. Would love help with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and really happy to go out of the way for something special. (Also willing to spend for something great and highly recommended) ALL cuisines welcome, but especially things we don't have here. (Also great dim sum, and any help with fresh seafood!!!1)

Getting lots of help on the boards for great food. But we are willing to eat an ok lunch in a beautiful place we would never have back home.
Any help appreciated.And happy to give any tips about LA.
Thanks so much.

Trip to Vanvouver and Vancouver island with adventerous 12 year old.

That looks FANTASTIC...thanks so much!

Trip to Vanvouver and Vancouver island with adventerous 12 year old.

We are planning a trip from Los Angeles to Vancouver for four days and then taking the ferry to Vancouver island where we are renting a house on lake Shawnigan. We are definitely planning on visiting Sook and Victoria. We would love any reccs' but especially in the area of ethnic eats, seafood, and really any great mid to low priced restaurants.(Would love to hear about things we dont get here!) Our twelve year old eats EVERYTHING, and we love adventures. Any help greatly appreciated and will do the same for the L.A area! Thank so much

What's your drink of choice to get at a bar/restaurant and what is it and where do you get it at ?

SECRET *I love iced gin* (not always but sometimes it is what the dr ordered)

Secret/hidden charming restaurant in a canyon - driving me crazy help!

I LOVE that place. Such a beautiful spot.

Secret/hidden charming restaurant in a canyon - driving me crazy help!

It is still called caoti, and the menu has barely changed (though it is still pretty good.) It is on Tujunga near Aroma cafe.

Secret/hidden charming restaurant in a canyon - driving me crazy help!

God, that was a beautiful place and I had completely forgotten about it. It is a great space so how wonderful that someone is taking it on.

Secret/hidden charming restaurant in a canyon - driving me crazy help!

Malibu cafe at calamigos ranch is really beautiful.

http://themalibucafe.com/

327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

Ikea does a perfectly great elderflower cordial, as well as a rhubarb. (which we ca NEVER find)

What's your drink of choice to get at a bar/restaurant and what is it and where do you get it at ?

I love gin martinis at musso and franks. And the way Churchill had his. (He nodded gravely to the vermouth when he made them)

Los Angeles Lunch & Brunch Blues

AOC has a full bar and a mostly brunchy menu. But I can happily survive on their charcuterie plate with a drink. Ditto their plate lunches. Rays at Lacma have full bar and a wonderful weekend menu also.

Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

I would include lots of tea biscuits like hob nobs (yum) or jaffa cakes? And perhaps some English candy like licorice all-sorts? You can also be brave and get things like marmite and heinz baked beans. ( Two favorite things of my Irish husband!)

Marrakech, Morocco

We went on our honeymoon there last summer and had an extraordinary trip. Please don't worry about safety at all. (Except maybe being pick pocketed) Some of the best food I have eaten in my life. I will try and make a list for you when I have time. But I do highly recommend you stay in a small riad versus a Western hotel. Any riad will have a cook who will make you a home cooked dinner that is out of this world. I took 4 guidebooks for the two weeks we were there, and the ones with the best food/drink reccs were the Time out -Marrakech, and the cadogan Morocco.

What's your LEAST favorite restaurant in LA ? (excepting of course for chains).

Chin Chin.....horrifying food. And Real Food Daily. Like eating cardboard. (And I love M by chaya, great healthy food)

Pub lunches a nice drive from Dublin?

Thank you so much, and I never should have said pub. We are quite happy with a lovely restaurant. The roundwood inn looks really great and exactly the kind of thing we are looking for!

Pub lunches a nice drive from Dublin?

Thanks so much, I do know Cavistons and Dalkey really well. It is beautiful. I was thinking just a little further afield.

Pub lunches a nice drive from Dublin?

My husband and I are going to be in Dublin for the holidays and I am looking for some places we could take his father for a nice drive outside the city for a great lunch. In the past we have been to the Anglers Rest in the Strawberry Beds and had lovely meals. We eat everything, but I would especially love some sea side places with good seafood. Can't wait to get to Dublin and eat at the winding stair! (One of my all time favorite restaurants)
Thanks so much.

Any Reccy's for Palm Springs thanksgiving week?

I am staying at the desert riviera, but we can drive anywhere!

Oct 14, 2013
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Any Reccy's for Palm Springs thanksgiving week?

All the threads on Palm springs are a few years old and I wanted to know if there were any new places and how the old ones were faring. Also, would love any ideas for thanksgiving dinner without breaking the bank. Thanks so much!

Oct 14, 2013
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venue for wedding party 125-150 people

We recently got married in Europe, but wanted to have a party here in the Los Angeles area to celebrate our wedding. We had been hoping to have it a brunch party at the M Cafe at Calamigos, but we have more then 100 people and they can't accommodate. Any ideas of places or edible caterers would be SO helpful. We are foodies who don't want the usual wedding food nor wedding venue.
thanks so much for the help. We are interested in brunch, cocktails, and perhaps dinner. We would LOVE an outdoor venue.