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Taipei, around Grand Hyatt

Thanks, Peech. Yes, well, the TV thing has been a bit weird, but it's gotten us lots of good service!

Thanks, we did the 101 food court last night and were pleasantly surprised with the Shanghai Dumpling. Certainly not like an American mall food court. I'd seen the Do It True listed in the Rough Guide. Might give it a go -- perhaps in the food court version, to enjoy the ease of travel.

Taipei, around Grand Hyatt

Hi -- my wife and I are adopting a child from Taiwan and are staying through Saturday, 1 August at the Grand Hyatt. We have the child with us, just awaiting some final passport paperwork from AIT. We'd like to venture out. Thankfully, the child loves to eat everything, as much as the parents do, but she's very young (18 months), it's hot, and we don't speak mandarin (actually, she seems to understand a few things, but not enough to ask for "good place for beef noodle").

Anyone have any suggestions for a place within walking distance or a short taxi ride? Some place that could work with venturesome but doofy Americans and their 18-month old child?

Many thanks in advance!

Berlin/ near Markisches Museum

We're staying in a lovely hotel near the Markishes Museum -- the Art'otel Mitte -- but our fabulous deal doesn't include breakfast, which is fairly expensive for a good but unspectacular buffet. Any suggestions for a good, hearty breakfast within a 10-15 minute or so walk from here? This doesn't seem like the type of neighborhood that would have anything like that, but I thought it's worth a shot.

Portland, lunch in or near airport

That's fantastic, extramsg, may the chowhound lords shine sweetly (and/or sourly) upon you!

Oct 01, 2006
mfenster in Pacific Northwest

Portland, lunch in or near airport

Nettie's suggestions are really helpful -- the real issues are (1) we don't know Portland; and (2) we're likely to be tired and famished. So we'd like a relatively easy find that doesn't take us far out of our way and won't get us lost or confused. We come back through Portland for a few days at the end of trip so we have later opportunities to hit better food. What we'll want is something that's good and reasonably fast and convenient.

Oct 01, 2006
mfenster in Pacific Northwest

Portland, lunch in or near airport

We're arriving in Portland around noon on a weekday after an early-morning flight from the east coast. We're going directly from the airport via a rental car towards the coast (heading to Cannon Beach/ Manzanita). We predict near-starvation conditions will prevail, and would like to be able to eat within 1 hour of deplaning (assume a half-hour of which is taken up by baggage claim and rental car pickup).

Any suggestions for a place to eat within a half-hour's drive of the airport that won't take us out of our way?

Sep 30, 2006
mfenster in Pacific Northwest

mid-priced, walking/ short cab distance to Inner Harbor

Well that is good news all around -- thanks to both replies. Never having been to Baltimore before, and having looked at the diatribes against "Inner Harbor" dining, I was afraid I was in for it. I'd say price point is $20 entrees.

I'm going to Pazo the night before, for a dinner set up by someone who lives locally. So Pazo would be a good anchor on which to hang any further recommendations. And walking distance is definitely preferable -- it doesn't seem like it'll be too terribly hot this weekend (though I live in Florida, so anything below 80% humidity this time of year seems positively balmy).

And thanks for the lunch recommendation. If there are any others as well, I'd love to hear them as I'll need to take care of that meal for a few days, too.

mid-priced, walking/ short cab distance to Inner Harbor

I'll be stuck at a conference in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore (Marriott Waterfront) this coming weekend, but have read enough on this board to know that I won't find a decent meal there. I'm planning to go out with a group of about 4-6 people -- where might you recommend for a place that either has a nice walk, or a short cab ride (or water taxi, I guess) and either takes reservations or a wait on a Friday night this weekend won't be too brutal?