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Last minute Vegas Trip...to the Strip

Well, I have mixed feelings on this....I had a reservation the last night at the Cellar but then I got an offer for two tickets to Le Re've. Fearing I wouldn't be able to make the reservation, I cancelled it and ate at Allegro in the Wynn next to the theatre. That was my only mistake as the show was fabulous. Thank you for the rec and I will definitely make it the next time.

Aug 10, 2014
Greatfallsdeb in Las Vegas

Last minute Vegas Trip...to the Strip

Thank you! We did eat at Table 10 and made a stop at Otto. Appreciate your help.

Aug 10, 2014
Greatfallsdeb in Las Vegas

Last minute Vegas Trip...to the Strip

Thank you in advance for assistance...I know if I had hours I would and could comb the boards for this question. I love reading through all the threads...when I have time. Heading to the Venetian tomorrow for the week. Need dinner recs for 3 nights. I haven't been to Vegas in years so am not up to date. I will have 3 others with me...one unknown, one who tends to lean vegetarian, one very non picky eater...and me- an adventurous food-lover! This is business so can't break the bank like I would do on my own. Italian is always good and certainly close at hand. But, I am not interested in the "names", just quality. I spent $60 on a cab ride in Vegas once just to have dinner in a great place NOT well known so that is my background. Thanks for any help!

Aug 03, 2014
Greatfallsdeb in Las Vegas

Trip to Whitefish, Montana

No. Not much in the park at all. It's all run by a big concessionaire outfit. Not bad but not noteworthy. I would suggest trying to catch a dinner right outside West Glacier at the Belton Chalet...an historic lodge right on the hi way outside the park entrance. Also a great place in downtown Columbia Falls ( about 20 miles away) called the Three Forks Grill.

As for Kalispell, I would look up the Rising Sun Bistro which moved there from Whitefish. In Whitefish, I love Tupelo Grill. In Bigfork, the other reviewer means Showthyme which is fairly famous in our part of the world.

When you are in the park, go to the Visitor's Center at the top of Going to the Sun Highway. Park and take the Hidden Lake Trail...just hiking up to the overlook is fabulous and the trail down to the lake and waterfall is great. Lots of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, maybe some bears (saw my first grizzley bear on this hike).

Jun 25, 2013
Greatfallsdeb in Mountain States

Please give me feedback on some suggestions for restaurants for 1 week in NY!

Just returned from NYC. Had dinner at the River Cafe and it was very special- 3 course fixed menu for $100. The view? Priceless. It was in the evening and I can't imagine the lunch view could be anywhere close to as beautiful.

Aug 19, 2012
Greatfallsdeb in Manhattan

Madrid on Christmas Day

My friends ended up at Botin. And, although I have not heard details about the trip- she said it was a wonderful recommendation. So, thank you all. I passed all 3 on to her before she left.

Jan 22, 2011
Greatfallsdeb in Spain/Portugal

One or Two Nights in DC-February 2011

Thank you for all those suggestions. I am sifting through them and consulting with my travel friend. I really appreciate the response.

One or Two Nights in DC-February 2011

Going to DC for the first time in decades. Will be at the Renaissance. Want something special and different (which won't be hard since I live in Montana!). A couple of places have popped up one way or another- Birch and Barley, RIS, 1789, and a few more. Will be with others but my preferences are for excellent food, great atmosphere (smaller and intimate). I eat anything except sushi. Not interested in trendy. Thanks for any guidance or thoughts.

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Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

RIS
2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Madrid on Christmas Day

Just found friends heading to Spain for Christmas and they are worried about eating out and about on Christmas Day in Madrid- any recommendations? I don't normally post on the Spain board so have not had time to research this so I apologize if someone has asked it recently.

Dec 09, 2010
Greatfallsdeb in Spain/Portugal

Sept 2-12 - Venice to Bologna to Florence to Tuscany to Rome

Can;'t tell from your timing when exactly you will be in Tuscany area- but we just did a one day cooking class at Badia a Colitbuono which is in the Chianti region- fairly close to Florence or Siena. While it wasn't a high level intricate gourmet class, we all enjoyed the hands on 3+ hour preparation followed by a lovely late luncheon and tour of the wine cellar. I have done a one week in Tuscany as well, near Chiusi, but that doesn't sound like an option for you. They have a very comprehensive website and answer email inquiries very promptly. I agree with rrems, if you search, you will find an overabundance of recommendations for the cities you plan to be in- more than you could likely take in.

Jul 15, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Orvieto in early June

We stopped in Orvieto for the day about 3 weeks ago and ate lunch at La Grotta. It was very nice. We had a traditional antipasti platter, I had gnocchi. and I can't immediately recall what my husband had. We both wanted to order a 2nd, but we just couldn't eat it all. I am thinking I also had their chickpea soup which was also delicious. Our waiter did not really speak english at all but it wasn't a problem. We had a late lunch as I recall and there were very few diners. We just walked in. There really did not seem to be a large amount of tourists in Orvieto that day. It was the market day- maybe a Thursday?

Jun 17, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Back to Positano

Have not been to Villa Maria but just came back from Positano two weeks ago and did go to Cumpa Cosimo- it was one of our favorite places. Also, did Il Ritrovo and it too was one of our favorites. I agree with grantham regarding La Cambusa. Those were my top 3 in Positano area. As noted on another thread, we found Buca di Baca to be our least favorite dinner on this trip. We were there in May, and I believe that is the "start" of the busy season but we heard over and over that business/bookings were way down because of the economy and that Americans weren't travelling. We never had to wait for a table anywhere although I did reserve in advance except at Cumpa Cosimo. I think we were there Saturday-Wednesday.

Jun 16, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Sienna cooking classes

I just finished one at Badia a Coltibuono- a one day although they usually do one week. They also recently sent a notice out about Palio week but since I just got back (and there is no way to be there again in July) I didn't pay attention. There are tons of places though. I might have a wine tour recommendation for you too- you are there now?

Jun 15, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Montepertuso (La Tagliata or Il Ritrovo) & Ravello (Villa Maria)???

Not sure if you are just in Ravello for the day, but maybe you could get lunch at Cosimo. If you are looking for a local experience, this is it. The owner (later post on this) was afraid my husband wasn't liking his food (he was just stuffed....) so she kept bringing him extra plates of surprises. He didn't want to be rude, so tried to eat some of everything. It was hilarious.

Jun 11, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Montepertuso (La Tagliata or Il Ritrovo) & Ravello (Villa Maria)???

So were we, Indy 67, let me tell you.

Jun 11, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Montepertuso (La Tagliata or Il Ritrovo) & Ravello (Villa Maria)???

Well, my all around favorite was in Ravello- Cosimo- no view but wonderful food. I also of course favored Il Ritrovo. In Positano, I really liked La Cambusa, right above the beach, especially for seafood. A lot of the rest of our dining was very casual (a bar) or not particularly noteworthy although we did not have a bad meal anywhere. My least favorite for dinner was at Hotel Buca du Bacco, I know some people on Chow rave about it, but we felt it was the least special and the service was adequate.. We stayed at that hotel.

I should note that I am a huge Tuscany/Umbria lover and the bulk of my 3 weeks was centered on that part of Italy.

Jun 10, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Montepertuso (La Tagliata or Il Ritrovo) & Ravello (Villa Maria)???

Not sure if your trip has already happened---we are just back from 3 weeks touring Italy and spend 4 nights in Positano. Based on Chow postings, Il Ritrovo was on my must -do list. I can't compare it to the other choices you note as we did not eat at either but my husband and I both agreed that dinner at Il Ritrovo was one of our top 3 in Italy. The service was extremely good and personal. They were very friendly. We ate on the patio overlooking that unbelieveable view- it was just warm enough. I understand that the area is suffering from the recession and I believe it- we rarely encountered a crowded restaurant anywhere. I would have to review my notes to remember exactly what I ate that evening and it might be awhile before I could post more detailed info, but wanted to chime in as many of these entries helped me plan our trip through Italy.

Jun 09, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Venice: The Great Binge of '09

Just a few words from me...based largely on Chow, we made reservations in advance for Il Ridotto for a Friday night ahead of time-maybe a couple of weeks in advance for Friday, May15 I think. The chef was not there that night. And, they were not full (six diners in total- one noted he had come the night before and was back again). We had a fabulous dinner and I preferred it over Fiaschetteria Toscana (where we ate the night before). Although I would emphasize that we had wonderful food and very good service at both and the staff were very attentive and took the time to explain dishes to us and make recommendations as it was our first visit to Venice. I scribbled on a piece of map so I would remember what I had that night (my pics don't seem to have survived the remainder of my 3 week trip!). However, I wrote it all in Italian and have not had time to translate it all back. Maybe of no particular interest to many, I loved the way the dinnerware was different for each course- some of it was very beautiful (more pictures). I do remember that the risotto was outstanding (and huge). We had ordered one, planning to share it and as served, it was huge. I also remember distinctly the rice ice cream, which I had never eaten before. Light and lovely. It was really wonderful and I would recommend it. I didn't find it hard to find at all- we were based in the Accademia area and walked nearly everywhere. Had actually wandered by Il Ridotto just while out walking around so we had no troubles finding it at night.

Jun 09, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Report on My Trip to Rome and Venice

We have reservations next Friday for Il Ridotto and it seems that might be the culinary highlight of our 3 week trip to Italy. I am so looking forward to it. Thank you for the lengthy comments on Rome as well as we are spending 4 days there at the end of our trip. Le Collne was on my short list but might well skip that. I am not a regular poster on Chow either but plan to post several about our trip to Venice, Tuscany, Positano and Rome. Thanks again for taking the time to provide the details!

May 09, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Rome Trip Report (1 of 2)

I too am heading to Italy next week and Rome in about 10 days- these 3 are on my list too. What a wonderful first report- I learned a few things just reading it. And, it appears that one of my shopping stops- Rance- indeed must have relocated. No ideas from me as to where that might be.

May 04, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

leaving in 2 weeks. Husband thinks i have travel o.c.d... have made a list a mile long and would love any feedback, good or bad on my "rough list" and any obvious wonderful spots I am missing for Venice, Rome, Tuscany and Florence. THANK YOU!

I would second lizreedy- loved Sostanza- chicken, beans, meringue cake...and 4 Leoni as well. Would have gone to either more than once.

May 02, 2009
Greatfallsdeb in Italy

Pomegranates - what am I missing?

That's a bargain. Try $5- each! (Montana- we don't grow em here, that's for sure.) I am anxious to try the water method. Have only had the POM juice to this point.

Oct 27, 2008
Greatfallsdeb in General Topics

Bialetti Mukka glass cappuccino maker

Has anyone had good or bad experience with the glass mukka? Not sure if it is a WS exclusive but I read about it somewhere and see it in my new catalog.

Aug 24, 2008
Greatfallsdeb in Cookware

Tastebook, proliferating food companies

Although not cookbook specific, I am looking at blurb.com where you can make hardbound books (including cookbooks) from free software for what appears to be a very reasonable price. Just started looking at it tonight.

What's a great book about eating in Italy?

I am enjoying "A Culinary Traveller in Tuscany- Exploring and Eating off the Beaten Track" by Beth Elon. Can't remember where I heard of this book, and I have read a dozen at least, but this one is wonderful!