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One night in S.F./Two nights in Napa region

Carneros/Sonoma area-
Adastra Wines (Pinot Noir/Merlot/Syrah)
Sojourn Cellars (Pinot Noir/Cabs)

St. Helena area-
Delgadillo Cellars (Cabs aged at least 5 years, they're pouring 2010 now)
Meander Cellars (Sauvignon Blanc/Cabs)

Calistoga area-
Amici Cellars (Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Noirs/Cabs)

All suggestions are appointment only.

about 6 hours ago
attran99 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help with meals in Sonoma/Napa J vineyard/Girl&theFig/Adhoc/Bottega so far.....

It would likely be easier for you to use the search function to research options and then come back to board with more specific questions. There are likely many posts related to what you'd like to do. This board can confirm if those options are still viable or offer suggestions like what you're considering. maria lorraine has given you some pretty solid ideas to consider as you put together an itinerary.

about 6 hours ago
attran99 in San Francisco Bay Area

Class-Action Lawsuit Claims Top Los Angeles Restaurants Are Fixing Prices

A mere 3% is nothing when you walk into an establishment with the intent of spending at least $100 on a meal. I don't mind at all.
These people who are making a big deal out of it have other choices for establishments to dine at. They can easily skip these places if they don't agree rather than make a fuss.

about 6 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area
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L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

That looks so good...I'm game to try it this weekend.

about 11 hours ago
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

L.A. Dish of the Month, September 2015 -- POTATOES

(Animal-style fries) Melted American cheese, grilled onions, and Thousand Island spread top In-N-Out fries...I like to get my fries well done so they'll hold up more with the toppings.

Dress Formal + Eat with a Budget in LA

The aforementioned Papilles and Mare would likely suit your needs. Happy Hour at Petrossian might work, too.

Aug 31, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dress Formal + Eat with a Budget in LA

I think Dal Rae is out of their range unless all they're going to get are apps and salads.

Aug 31, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Dress Formal + Eat with a Budget in LA

I'm quite certain you're looking for unicorns. Any place with a $10-15 range are certainly not dress up.
You might want to consider having a dinner party at someone's apartment instead.

Aug 31, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Redondo Beach

Quality Seafood...fresh crab and sea urchin...so good!
Also try using the search function. Should yield you even more options.

Spiralizer recipes/tips/etc

I was just gifted with a Paderno spiralizer. Outside of the zucchini noodles, what other dishes can I use the tool for? I used the search function, and couldn't find a centralized source for tips/ideas/etc.
Thanks!

Aug 24, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Best Fried Zucchini and Fried Asparagus in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.

Also delicious and probably not too good for you at Paul's Place. Locations in Buena Park and Cypress and a few other cities in the general area.

One night solo in Beverly Hills

Scarpetta's happy hour is great...and I use it as an excuse to have the divine spaghetti.

Aug 20, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Where to stop from LA to Palm Springs?

The breakfast cupcakes at MyDelight are fantastic.
For a more traditional breakfast, BC Cafe/Kickback Jack in Claremont makes blueberry pancakes that taste like blueberry muffins smashed flat.

Aug 19, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

First trip to Sonoma County- help!

For northern Napa, I'm a fan of Midsummer Cellars, Meander Wines (the Conspire Sauvignon Blanc is spectacular), Delgadillo Cellars (a cab staple), and Amici Wines.
For southern Napa/Sonoma, I like Adastra Wines and Sojourn Cellars.
I haven't had a chance to get to know to Sonoma County much yet.
You might want to review posts from maria lorriane as she's super familiar with the area and always has lots of helpful tips.

Where to stop from LA to Palm Springs?

If traveling on the 10, a great mid-way stop is the Back Abbey in Claremont. Great selection of beers, really good burgers, and duck fat-fried french fries...along with housemade condiments. So so good!

Aug 19, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

2nd Anniversary Dinner

Aug 11, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Best Cheap Eats 2015

Ess-a-bagel is fantastic.

Aug 06, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

What to serve?

I recently made cucumber cups filled with smoked salmon, creme fraiche, lemon juice, dill, and pepper for snacks the other week and they were fabulous. Light, refreshing, canape-sized. I used English cucumbers, and removed only a bit of the skin with a vegetable peeler. I cut them about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and used a melon baller to remove the seeds to create a cup.

Exorbitant cocktail pricing?

I consider myself fortunate whenever I can get out of a place paying less than $15 per drink. I've come to expect the $15+ per drink pricing.

Aug 05, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

In the Costa Mesa area, can anyone give a NC Hound a dinner rec?

Shuck Oyster Bar has some amazing offerings. The oysters are first rate and they have cooked food items that are very good, too. I love their salad and grilled cheese. Today also happens to be National Oyster Day, so they're offering their Happy Hour special ($2 oyster and $2 off beers) all day. I always sit at the bar when I go.

Aug 05, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

4 Day Trip to LA/OC - Summer 2015 - Report

Thanks for pointing out new places for me to try in my neighborhood. Lunches are perfect at Somunnan on hot summer days and cool winter days.

Aug 04, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area

Magnolia's banana pudding vs Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's banana pudding

I make all the components and then layer each. I let it sit overnight. The banana aroma permeates the pudding. think it's the perfectly banana-y. It has to have a strong banana presence, otherwise it's not banana pudding...just vanilla pudding with banana.

Jul 30, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Magnolia's banana pudding vs Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's banana pudding

I don't like bananas and Magnolia's banana pudding makes me forget that. It's the only banana dish outside of banana bread that I'll willingly make and eat.

Jul 29, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Two New Yorkers spending two nights in Los Angeles. Help us eat great!

I've only ever been there on Saturday nights and dinner is great. The hamachi tostada is devine as is the foie loco moco. Pricing is good if you're ready to spend about $40 per person not including drinks. Lots of shareable plates.

Boston Hound 2 nights in SOHO with kids

Afternoon snacks of cookie shots at Dominique Ansel Bakery would be a fun idea for the kids. Don't show up exactly at 2PM. We showed up close to 4PM in May and were still able to get some (albeit, we did not take our kids on our NYC trip).
The cronuts were good, but I'm not sure you'd want to wait in line with the kiddos so early in the morning.

Jul 28, 2015
attran99 in Manhattan

Kid Friendly Dining in SD

I went in January and got this great list from the SD CH.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001182

Jul 28, 2015
attran99 in San Diego
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Help!! Cooking 30 lbs of ribs in oven

I've done this before plenty of times before for family/holiday meals. I dry rub them overnight in their foil packaging. Then I throw them into the oven for 4-5 hours at 220. Sometime along the way, I'll make the BBQ sauce (either a bourbon or root beer spiked sauce depending on my mood). Prior to serving, I brush on the sauce and grill to get the charred flavor and texture...usually 5-10 minutes. Beware, the ribs are fall off the bone tender then you take it out of the foil packaging and may fall apart if not handled properly. I usually open up the packets to let them cool for a good 30-45 mins before grilling. After the grill brush some more sauce on.

Jul 28, 2015
attran99 in Home Cooking

Two New Yorkers spending two nights in Los Angeles. Help us eat great!

This list of Mexican/Latin eats is something you can't get in NYC. All the others previously listed are good, but you can find something like that where you're from.

One evening in San Fran / 5 nights in Napa

Napa is not a hot bed of Asian cuisine. That's the last thing I want to eat when I come to town for a visit. I've enjoyed the following:

Grace's Table - Eclectic menu that with lots of farm fresh ingredients. I loved the salad and empanada.
Gott's - while this rec might not sit well with the rest of the hounds, I really really enjoy the ahi tuna poke tacos. It's the only thing my husband and I come for.
Oenotri - Fantastic pizza, housemade pasta, and salume. Get it all.
Hog Island Oyster Company - I love oysters, and the selection here is quite good.
The Fatted Calf - some of the best charcuterie I've ever had.
Bouchon - lovely French bistro for those of us who haven't been able to make the French Laundry cut. The bakery offers some really delightful treats, too.
Palisades Deli - located in St. Helena, the sandwiches and salads work well if you're in need of a quick lunch. I'm a huge fan of the beet salad.
Sonoma's Best - located in Sonoma, it offers some nice panini and sandwiches if you're looking for a picnic-style lunch.

Wolvesmouth dinner - Saturday, July 25

I've got two seats for a private Wolvesmouth dinner at the their secret loft that I can no longer (family emergency) go to on Saturday, July 25th at 6:00PM. This was booked for me through a friend of a friend and it's a fun foodie group, so the there's a specific price set for dinner at $150 per person. Dinner is supposed to be about 9-12 courses depending on what Chef Craig feels like doing.

Additional details can be found here http://wolvesmouth.com/faq

Anyone free to take my spots? My E-mail can be found on my profile.

Thanks!

Jul 23, 2015
attran99 in Los Angeles Area