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Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Oddly enough, I used to have a '04 Bonny Doon Cardinal Zin poster hanging on my wall, but I've never actually tasted their wine.

Great suggestions! I'll be sure to drive through Santa Cruz if we drive. Thanks nosh.

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Great list. I'll check these out. Thanks smatbrat!

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Probably right by the French Quarter. Stay at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette last time. Possibly the AC Hotel or possibly something a bit fancy since it will technically be our mini-honeymoon.

Ate at Peche last March and had a fantastic meal. Also ate at Luke during happy hour though - but you can't beat oysters for $0.50 a pop. It'll be my fiancée's first time in NOLA though so might want to do something a bit more historic.

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

This definitely helps. Thanks for the recs!

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Thanks goldangl95. I'll check out Meadowood and Farmstead.

As much as we like wine, we really don't have a favorite. When it comes to wine tasting, I think we like really nice tasting rooms (not necessarily pretty, but a room that adds to the experience). I've really only had experience with the Santa Ynez/Los Olivos wineries, but the ones we continually go back to are the ones that are consistently good. Sunstone Winery is our favorite. Not sure if that helps...

Honeymoonin' from Napa/SF to LA (with a stop in NOLA)

Looks like my fiancée and I are postponing our big honeymoon trip til later this year, but we want to do a somewhat local mini-honeymoon instead. We're getting married in Miami so the plan is to stop in New Orleans on the way back (she's never been) for a couple nights, then head to Napa/SF (I've never been) for a few days, then either fly or drive back to LA.

If we drive back to LA, we'll probably make a trip of it...a few nights in Napa/SF, a night in Carmel or somewhere similar, possibly a night in one other city, a day in Santa Barbara (gotta pick up some wine from one of the vineyards we belong to), then home to LA.

Looking for mainly food recs in Napa/SF, but feel free to let me know about places in New Orleans or anywhere from SF south to LA. Any must stops or must stays or anything like that is much appreciated.

Was going to try to make a reservation at French Laundry but realized it's closed. Any other similar suggestions? Any hotel recs around there too? We'll probably stop at the Coppala winery while we're there (we're members) – is that worth staying at?

As for types of food, we're big seafood fans but open to anything. Love fresh seafood, sushi, Chinese, lobster, Vietnamese, Mexican, really anything.

Sorry for all the questions. Again, any help/ideas/suggestions are appreciated.

Affordable Bachelor Weekend Dinners in Vegas

About 7 guys are meeting in Vegas for my bachelor weekend. Most of the guys are married, we're all mid-thirties, so we're looking for some good places to eat that don't break the bank but are still nice, have good food and are Vegas-y.

Made a reservation at Bouchon Bistro for our nicer dinner (steaks seem to be almost $20 less than other similar restaurants)! And a more casual dinner at Cleo (ate there last August and really liked it).

Any other suggestions? Looking for places with entrees under $40.

Also, if anyone knows of any good bars or sports books on the strip that will be showing March Madness games without charging a cover, I'm all ears.

We're staying at the Mandalay Bay in case that helps and we're looking to stay on the strip for the most part.

Mar 07, 2015
cincodemayo1 in Las Vegas

Grilled Whole Fish & Best Lobster & SLS Eats?

Thanks QAW.

Heard great things about Lotus on these boards so may have to finally give it a try.

As for the lobster deal at the Palm, we have one in LA and just went two weeks ago for the lobster special. Not opposed to going again in Vegas, but was hoping for something more Vegas-y. We're from Miami originally so we're big fans of Joe's Stone Crab and I know they have pretty good lobster as well, but again was hoping for something a little more Vegas.

I'll keep searching but I'll definitely check out Lotus. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Las Vegas

Grilled Whole Fish & Best Lobster & SLS Eats?

Heading to Vegas over Labor Day weekend for my fiancée's birthday. Staying at the SLS and fingers crossed their food venues are pretty good. Most are already sold out though but I'll see if I can get in anywhere.

The fiancée is a big fan of steamed lobster. Also loves crab (like Crustacean has). Also a fan of grilled whole fish. Is Crustacean still there? Any other suggestions for lobster, grilled whole fish or crab?

Looking for somewhere fairly nice for the big birthday dinner...up to $200 for two, drinks included. Also looking for a second night dinner suggestion - ideally not as expensive, $100 for two if possible, drinks included. Preferably on the strip but not opposed to going off of it.

Thanks!

Aug 21, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Las Vegas

Fast Casual NYC

These are all good. Gonna check them out. Thanks.

Jun 09, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

Fast Casual NYC

What are some fast casual restaurants that can only be found in NYC? I've heard good things about Salad Pangea, Roti, Luke's Lobster and Dig Inn.

Not looking for Panera, Chipotle or Panda Express. The smaller the chain, the better.

Jun 05, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

I'll check all of these suggestions out. Thanks!

Jun 05, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Great list. Thanks. Answers to some of your questions above.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

All kinds. Anything from a street cart to fine dining.

Home is Los Angeles so we cover a lot of foods here. Just looking for really good meals at all types of places. Ideally, places only found in NYC.

We (my fiancée and I) will be eating out a lot and seeing lots of friends. Party of 2 - 4 for the most part.

Willing to wait for places that are worth it.

Neither of us have tried much in the past 5 years. We went to Zero Otto Nove and Bemelman's Bar last time but didn't have time for much else.

No dislikes, pet peeves, aversions or allergies. We're open to trying most things.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Yes...rrems requested amounts for food only, as drinks and tips vary.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Sure.

$ = $1-20/person
$$ = $20-40/person
$$$ = $40-60/person

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

NYC June 29 - July 3

Heading to NYC for a few days before heading up to Rochester for a wedding. Haven't been in a few years so we're open to suggestions on places to eat, food things to check out, etc.

We'll probably splurge at Eleven Madison Park if our res comes through (on a short wait list apparently). Tried going to Eataly last time but had too large of a group to really do or try anything.

We're staying on 13th between 5th and 6th. I've been told we need to go to Flex Mussels. Yay or nay?

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We'll be dining out ALOT so open to anything from $ to $$$ (closer to $ or $$ is ideal). We'll save Eleven Madison for our $$$$ dinner.

Is Chelsea Market worth checking out? We've never been.

Thanks.

Jun 04, 2014
cincodemayo1 in Manhattan

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Thanks for the info. Waiting to hear back from a few of these.

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Thanks tpigeon and Chowfather. Will check those out.

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Thanks tpigeon. It looks like our dinner is going to be quite large, probably close to 100 people.

Called Mandolin - they can do 40 seated inside, or we could rent the place for 50K. Definitely not in our price range.

We love River Oyster Bar but it's probably too small of a place for our group. Will try Dutch and Michael's.

Open to other ideas too. Anyone been to Moreno's or Havana 1957?

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas?

Planning ahead for a wedding in early 2015. We're both from South Florida originally but we live in LA, so planning isn't too easy.

The wedding will most likely be at a South Beach hotel around 20th St., so we're open to ideas nearby, but also open to ideas that we can easily take a bus to via 1-95.

Trying to come up with a list of fun, casual rehearsal dinner spots. We only come back once or twice a year so not too familiar with all of the newest spots. Any ideas would be great!

So far here's what we've come up with...

Pride & Joy (love the Wynwood area)
Soyka (probably as far north as we'd go)
Perricone's
Monty's Raw Bar

Pros or cons to these? Not sure exactly what the budget for rehearsal dinner is yet, but the cheaper the better. Probably somewhere between $50-80/person including drinks (or some kind of drink option - beer, sangria, etc.)

Thanks!

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Yup, you're right. Just heard back. Was hoping to do a tour but looks like we may miss them. May just have to bounce around sampling the different taprooms.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Awesome. Shot them an email...they have a tour on the 28th but we don't get in til late afternoon. Hopefully they have one on the 29th too. Thanks.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Sounds like sticking to the New Orleans Rum distillery and staying nearby the FQ is the way to go.

I couldn't figure out if they are open on Saturdays though...it looks like they are, but their ticket purchasing site doesn't show Saturday dates. I'll have to call.

Thanks for the advice.

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Brewery or Distillery tours near French Quarters

Heading to NO for a birthday with a few friends at the end of March. Would love to do some brewery or distillery tours. I was just checking out Abita and it looks to be about a 50 minute ride from the French Quarters. Worth the trip? Anything we should check out that's closer?

Feb 27, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

NOLA: March 28 - 30

Heading to New Orleans with about 5 guys for a small bachelor weekend. We're all in our 30's so we'll probably make it a casually fun weekend, nothing too crazy.

But we all love great seafood.

Looking for recommendations for Friday night dinner (something casual probably), Saturday brunch/lunch, Saturday night dinner (something a bit fancier), and possibly Sunday brunch.

It's been about 10 years since I was in NO, so I'm not sure what's good anymore. Hearing good things about ACME Oyster (we're big oyster fans). But all seafood goes. Any cheap or AYCE oyster deals we should know about?

Also, I hear the Foodfest is in town that weekend which we'll definitely stop by. And does anyone know if there's anywhere to shuck your own oysters? Any other fun/different activities you guys can recommend? Obviously we'll do Bourbon, maybe a Pelicans game, but any other suggestions would be great.

THANKS!

Jan 16, 2014
cincodemayo1 in New Orleans

Long Beach for Lunch (Dog-friendly)

Saw that on some other boards. Will have to check it out.

Edited the post to include dog-friendly restaurants. Just found out we'll have our small dog with us. Do you know if they have a patio?

Aug 02, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Long Beach for Lunch (Dog-friendly)

Going to be in Long Beach tomorrow mid-day. Any good places to eat? Nothing too fancy. Something casual. Oh, and we may have a dog with us so somewhere with a dog-friendly patio?

All food goes, but we especially like seafood. Where should we go?

Aug 02, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

What's your favorite restaurant in town that is under $15 per before tax and tip

Take A Bao on Ventura in Studio City (or in the Century City mall). Everything on the menu is under $15 (most items closer to $10), and the salads, soups and plates are generous in size.

Even better, go for Happy Hour...apps are about $3, bao are $4, and beer and wine are between $4 - $6. The GF and I go for happy hour and fill up for under $30 (drinks included).

Jul 31, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area

Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Sounds great. Not sure we'll have time to stay and shuck but they're food truck could be good for lunch. Couldn't find what they serve online. Hopefully they'll post it soon. Know if it's officially open?

Jul 27, 2013
cincodemayo1 in Los Angeles Area