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First time to Detroit, one afternoon

What about the Midtown/Art Center area? Traffic Jam & Snug is a unique option, interesting menu and is a brewery as well. Warning, service can be s-l-o-w, but great atmosphere and good food. Motor City Brewing Works is right there, too. You can also check out the Whitney - just pop in and check out the building - if you are there during the lunch hours. And walk down Woodward to the DIA, one of the best art museums in the country and the world. There are some cool coffee shops, galleries to check out in between the two. I drive between the two. There may be a few sketch blocks along the way but during the daylight you will be fine. If you can access that second link I have below it shows you the neighborhood and the density of "stuff" there. I have always found this to be a useful tool when navigating downtown. Have fun!

http://trafficjamdetroit.com/brewery.php
http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=Z9LH2#...

Aug 09, 2012
rosalita in Great Lakes

Good eats and drinks for first time visitor

Thanks so much for all the suggestions! Looking forward to trying as much as I can.

May 19, 2012
rosalita in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Good eats and drinks for first time visitor

Hi,

My mom and I are coming to Montreal for 3 nights in June to celebrate (well, not so much) my 40th birthday. It is our first trip to Montreal, and I would love suggestions where to snack, dine and drink as well as the best places/areas to shop and browse for fun food things.

Some parameters: I am a vegetarian so places with a few veg options - or the flexibility to let me compose a meal of starts and sides - are best. (I actually don't like vegetarian restaurants generally so no need to recommend.) I also have a huge sweet tooth, particularly baked goods, so would love to hear the best places to go. I am partial to "farm to table" type restaurants and an atmosphere that is "cool" but not clubby-type trendy. I would like to have at least a coffee or cocktail in a place that has some historic charm. I am not sure what Quebecois food is...is it veg friendly?

We haven't chosen a neighborhood where to stay yet; I was leaning toward Old Montreal just to experience the history...or Downtown to spend a little less. I would love to hear suggestions, though, for other neighborhoods that might offer more of an experience to eat, drink and soak in Montreal.

And my mother is a very young and fun 68 so no need to water down the suggestions! :)

Hope this request doesn't come off as too particular; I just didn't want to be too general :)

May 17, 2012
rosalita in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Paris Brest in Paris

Perfect! I am printing it out now and will bring it with me. Thanks again, all, for your advice!

Dec 05, 2011
rosalita in France

Paris Brest in Paris

Thanks so much for the recommendations! Can't wait to check out all of these places :)

Dec 03, 2011
rosalita in France

Paris Brest in Paris

Hi,

On my last trip to Paris a few years ago I felt like I saw Paris Brest in every patisserie window, that is until I decided that it was time to eat one; then I couldn't find a single one. I am heading back next week and I am determined to eat at least one! I will be staying by the Pantheon so if anyone can recommend a place near there, that would be great! Otherwise we will plan to wander up to the Montmartre area, Rue Monge, probably the Marais so any recommendations in that area would also be appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

Dec 02, 2011
rosalita in France

Great food with a fun atmosphere

I read about Les Cocottes and had added that to my list of possibilities. Pinxo also sounds interesting and we were planning to head over to that neighborhood - thanks for the recommendation.

Does anyone have thoughts on Les Fables de la Fontaine?

May 06, 2009
rosalita in France

Great food with a fun atmosphere

Hello,

I will be visiting Paris in a few weeks with a girlfriend who will be a first-time visitor. We are looking for places to eat that have good food but also are a fun, lively atmosphere. By lively atmosphere I don't mean lounge/clubs that serve food as an afterthought but rather restaurants where the crowd is a bit more festive. My past trips to Paris were with boyfriends so we ate in more quiet, romantic-type places so I am drawing a blank this time around. I do really like L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon -- are there similar recommendations for restaurants where the patrons eat at the bar? I have lived in SF, NYC and now Chicago and it is quite common to eat at the bar with friends but I have gathered it is not the same in Paris.

We are staying at the Hotel Lutetia so would prefer to go to places within walking distance or a short taxi trip. Price is not a concern but as we will only be there for four days and have lots of stuff to see, three hour lunches probably aren't what we are looking for -- or at least not every day. We are in our midish-30s so when I say lively I don't mean college crowd. Additionally, if there are recs for nice places to get a glass of wine or cocktail post-dinner, I would love to hear them!

Thanks so much!

May 04, 2009
rosalita in France

Restaurant Bar Options

Thank you all for your suggestions. I had intended to write that we were staying at the Westin Waterfront - but I guess I forgot because I assumed we would have to travel to other neighborhoods for good eats.

I had no idea that Cambridge had so many good options - usually when we come to the area that is where we stay. I will have to keep those in mind for next time.

And jajjguy - that is the Mich STATE game ---- not the Michigan game!!! :)

Aug 30, 2008
rosalita in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Bar Options

Hi,

My boyfriend and I are coming to Boston for the long weekend from NYC. We typically like to go appetizer hopping, meaning going to a few different restaurants, and ordering a few plates at the restaurant's bar. We are looking for some places in Boston where that would be an option. Money isn't a concern but good food, good atmosphere and a good wine list are. It would help to know of places that serve later as we are going to the Sox/Sox game on Friday.

On Saturday I must watch the Michigan State game at 8pm and while I know there are plenty of sports bar/pubs in Boston, how about suggestions for some that serve good food??

And one final request, we would like to eat somewhere waterside on the North Shore on Sunday for dinner. Any recs for a nice place - somewhere where I would feel comfortable wearing a nice dress...

Thanks so much for your help!!

Aug 28, 2008
rosalita in Greater Boston Area

Can a vegetarian eat at Michelin rated restaurant?

Thank you so much for the information! I have to admit I was almost hoping that there wouldn't be any options so I wouldn't have to spend so much money :)

Maceo is already reserved and hopefully Amex will be able to get us a spot at one of your other suggestions.
Thanks again!

Apr 27, 2008
rosalita in France

Can a vegetarian eat at Michelin rated restaurant?

Hello,

My boyfriend and I will be spending next weekend in Paris and he is pushing to have a meal at L'Arpege, L'Astrance, or another Michelin starred place. I happen to be a vegetarian, though, and perusing the websites of these restaurants it doesn't appear that they have any options for me.

Is anyone aware of a Michelin restaurant that has a vegetarian prix fixe?

Thanks so much!

Apr 27, 2008
rosalita in France

Returning to SF for the weekend

Hi there,

I left SF for NYC about 2 1/2 years ago and I will be back this weekend for Saturday and Sunday. I am looking for some new places to check out and would love to get some suggestions.

Price is not really an issue but the length of the dining experience is; we won't have the time for a lengthy prix fixe dinner so must have a la carte options. And we must be able to score a table this late in the game. Also need at least a few vegetarian options. Places that I liked while I lived in SF were Myth, Pesce, A16, Cortez, Chez Papa... The key thing is that I want to go somewhere that wasn't open while I lived there.

If you happen to know of any new bars, full and/or wine, I would love to hear about those as well! We are mid-30s, like to go out and booze in nicer places but not into waiting in lines or dealing with table service.

Thanks so much! I appreciate any help!

Nov 19, 2007
rosalita in San Francisco Bay Area

Empanadas

How crazy! I was literally in the middle of eating my first empanada from this place when I read this! I am far from an empanada expert but, I really liked it - I had the spinach and ricotta and a pumpkin ricotta. Both were pleasantly spicy and weren't overly stuffed with filling. My boyfriend liked his though he didn't think it had enough chicken in it, too many beans. Have to say, I liked them better than Ruben's, Pasita and Caracas Arepa Bar; they were cheaper, too.

The place is called Sweetheart Bakery. I have avoided it in the past because it doesn't seem like the cleanest place in the neighborhood but I think I am more willing to risk it now.

Oct 27, 2007
rosalita in Manhattan

Good dinner spots around Woburn/Wakefield?

Hi there,

This coming weekend, I will be making my way to the North Shore for the first time and would love some eating suggestions. Our plans are to spend Saturday driving around Marblehead, Salem possibly up to Essex and then Sunday in Boston.

For Saturday night, I am looking for a nice place with a good seafood menu, a medium to great wine list and a festive atmosphere. Considering that I like to knock a few back, it is probably wise to stay closer to our hotel in Woburn. However, if there are some nice places by the shore then I would love to hear those options as well - I will just have to make my boyfriend be the DD :)

As far as lunch is concerned, would love to hear non-touristy recs for the Marblehead to Gloucester area. I have been to fried seafood shacks on Cape Cod and LI before so I don't really feel the need to replicate that experience, unless North Shore fried seafood is markedly different. I would just like something unique and tasty; views don't hurt either. Again, main thing is no tourist traps (my boyfriend is still scarred from his previous trip to Salem -- "more weight").

And I know this is taboo, but if you just happen to also mention which towns are most worth visiting or which beach happens to be the prettiest it would be appreciated!

Thanks so much for any and all advice!

Aug 12, 2007
rosalita in Greater Boston Area

Pre-Ironman, Post Da Andrea (W Village), nearby for wine?

I went to a new wine bar on Hudson at Leroy last night. I don't know if it has a name yet but the sign above the door is Candy Store or Candy Shop.

We had a delicious rose and riesling; the rest of the list looked good as well. It was low-key when we went but we went after work. Pretty much all the seating was around the bar so I don't know how good it would be for a group of 8 but you may want to give it a try.

IMO, this Candy Store place wins for the wine list as well as a more "grown up" feel but Otheroom wins for its "festive" atmosphere.

Aug 11, 2007
rosalita in Manhattan

Fun, Casual dinner for a group of 30 yr old girls

Here are a few suggestions

*(Marshall Stack, LES, small plates good bar scene. Haven't been hear but have heard good things.
*Mannahatta, Noho, fits the bill in terms of the menu. Good location but it is a bit on the loungey side if you prefer a dive-type setting.
*Core One Nine One, LES, good menu and location.
*Gonzo, G Village, has Italian small and large plates and is good for groups. I have been there a handful of times and there always seems to be a bday party or bachelorette party.

Apr 14, 2007
rosalita in Manhattan

Anyone have a favorite casual vegetarian restaurant?

I went to Curly's for the first time last weekend and really liked it. Kind of a small space but the staff was nice, portions were big, large variety on the menu. Non-veg boyfriend liked it, too.

Jan 20, 2007
rosalita in Manhattan

Cookshop - you've been warned.

I am pretty surprised to read these messages. I have been to Cookshop three times and every time has been a standout; though we did have the same waiter twice. But the hostess, manager, sommelier and waiter were all perfectly nice and welcoming. And we loved the food. I much prefer Cookshop to Five Points actually!

Just goes to show how one bad apple can spoil the bunch.

Aug 09, 2006
rosalita in Manhattan

Breakfast/Brunch at Pink Tea Cup-- good?

I had breakfast there once. While most of the dishes we ordered were all right (yummy cheese grits) the pancakes were awful - tasted of baking powder and were, well, flat as a pancake (ha). The atmosphere is nothing to write home about. While I wouldn't refuse to eat there, I can't say that I am in any hurry to return.

Jul 29, 2006
rosalita in Manhattan