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Recommendations for daughter's 1st birthday party

What do people think about doing a 1st birthday lunch at Il Fornaio or Kincaids for about 50-60 people (including kids)? Too formal, too much? Remember this is more for adults than for kids...

Dec 15, 2008
phooi in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for daughter's 1st birthday party

Thanks! We are planning a food party that will have families. We are currently looking at Hokkaido in San Mateo as an option. Any other thoughts?

Dec 13, 2008
phooi in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for daughter's 1st birthday party

Hi,

Looking for recommendations for my daughter's 1st birthday party. We are trying to spend between $20-40/person and expect approximately 70 people (includes kids) and am interested in locations between San Francisco and Fremont. We are flexible on cuisine but I'm here because food is important. The only other requirement is that the place be family friendly.

HELP!!!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Dec 13, 2008
phooi in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a casual nice restaurant for dinner on Saturday

Hi All,

I read a decent review for David's Kitchen on Taraval. Anyone here have any experience with it. Also, any other suggestions? Thanks!

Jan 12, 2007
phooi in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for Weekend in LA/Pasadena?

It's on the corner of Delacey and Colorado, across from Crate & Barrel.

Oct 23, 2006
phooi in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for Weekend in LA/Pasadena?

I'm a SF transplant myself, now living in Pasadena. Welcome!

1. A number of people have mentioned, but Z Sushi is the best sushi in this area and definitely one of the better sushi restaurants in LA (given the price). Sit at the sushi bar towards the left. That is where the head chef works. His name is Toshi & is very nice. The only thing to be aware of at Z is that Toshi tends to take his time so if you're impatient, don't go there.

2. Haven't been to enough to say but have tried Parkway Grill and Little Door. Decent but nothing like what's available in the Bay Area.

3. The Hat. Old school, artery clogging, nightmare causing, pastrami sandwiches.

4. Tonny's (Goat, Chili Verde, Pozole), Tacos Baja Ensenada (Fish Tacos), and Taco Truck (Don't know the name) on Fair Oaks (at the Nisikawa Auto Service).

5. Pie n' Burger (Good ole American diner experience), Marston's, Juliennes, and Crepe Vine.

6. Not a big bar hopper but Magnolia looks decent.

Enjoy!

Oct 23, 2006
phooi in Los Angeles Area

three trips to scoops

Based on everyone's responses, I went to Scoops this Saturday with the wife. I tried a number of flavors but settled on orange rum, brown bread, and orange-red wine sorbet. It was fantastic and we'll be making a trip out there again. The orange-red wine was nice in that it brought out the flavors of the other ice cream.

As a number of you have mentioned, the owner is quite nice and told me that he has created 400 flavors. I only have 397 more to go!

Finally, no one has mentioned what a nice street he's on. It was my first time in that neighborhood. Can anyone recommend other interesting spots in that area?

Oct 23, 2006
phooi in Los Angeles Area

Seattle Area -- Wedding Present Recommendation (Restaurants)

I wanted to thank everyone for their suggestions. I ended up getting them a gift certificate to Kisaku when I found out they liked Japanese food. They went to the restaurant and had a great time. Thanks again!

Oct 21, 2006
phooi in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Area -- Wedding Present Recommendation (Restaurants)

Eva sounds like a wonderful spot -- local, intimate, and with good food to boot. What does a typical evening at Eva run?

Oct 06, 2006
phooi in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Area -- Wedding Present Recommendation (Restaurants)

Bruce,

To answer your questions:

- I would like to spend about $100.
- My guess is that they would prefer a casual to moderate atmosphere. Definitely not too fancy nor stuffy. My friend enjoys good food but not sure about his wife so I would say stay away from "adventurous".
- They are not wine people.
- He has lived in Seattle for over 10 years. Prior to that, he lived in San Francisco. Not sure about his wife.

Hope this helps.

Oct 05, 2006
phooi in Pacific Northwest

Bow wow! Finally made it to Elemental@Gasworks

Would anyone recommend dinner at Elemental as wedding gift given the potential seating and service issues? Thanks!

Oct 04, 2006
phooi in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Area -- Wedding Present Recommendation (Restaurants)

Thanks for recommendations! I wish I could take credit for the idea but I received such a gift from a friend & have always found it very thoughtful. As for the lurking, I have been on the Los Angeles boards. Thus my need for Seattle Chowhound experts.

Oct 04, 2006
phooi in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Area -- Wedding Present Recommendation (Restaurants)

Greetings fellow Chowhounds,

Long time lurker, first time poster. A friend of mine is getting married & I want to give the new couple a wedding gift of an evening out in Seattle.

Can I get some recommendations for great romantic locals only restaurants?

Thanks in advance!

Oct 04, 2006
phooi in Pacific Northwest