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Basque Restaurants, where are they?

I completely concur on the Old Basque Hotel. Enjoy a picon at the bar before going into the dining room.

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Basque Hotel
1102 F St, Fresno, CA 93706

Aug 20, 2010
adlevy in California

Going to Bakersfield/Delano

For Basque in Bakersfield I think the Noriega Hotel is an experience not be be missed. They have one sitting a night and you sit at a long communal table. The 5 times we have been there we have found our dining compantions to be fascinating. Last month we sat next to an elderly and lively Basque gentleman who used to be a sheep herder in Bakerfield who had fascinating stories of the Basque culture both in the old country and in Bakersfield.

The food is excellent and be advised you do not order off the menu but get whatever is served that night. You better come very hungry for the full enjoyment of the experience.

There is a bar in front to have a Picon Punch while waiting for the dinner bell. They want reservations to determine how many people will be eating that night.

Feb 26, 2009
adlevy in California

ISO Best Sacramento Chinese

Golden Dragon Chinese WOW!

Following several recommendations we made the drive to the Golden Dragon in Rocklin for lunch today. The waitperson ,who I assume, is the co owner gave us a lunch menu. I asked for the Szechuan menu. She returned with a larger menu but this one was the regular menu. A third try got us the "Special Menu". Be sure to ask for it by that name and there will be no problem.

We ordered the spice dumplings Sichuan style, double cooked pork dry bean curd, and the tea smoked duck. All the dishes were fantastic. The noodles of the dumplings were the softest I have ever eaten. The tea smoked duck was tender and had a smokiness that you have to experience. The double cooked pork was ordered on the recommendation of the owner. She said it was her favorite and indeed it was good.

The service was also very friendly. The owner's English is far from fluent, but she loves to talk about each dish and is an extremely charming person. She also asked us what degree of hotness we wanted. We opted for a 8 out of 10 and it was perfect. She stopped by to inquire about the heat and said that she believes that if it is too hot it overpowers the flavor. I tend to agree with her.

When we left she gave us a paper take out "Special Menu" which she checked off the dishes we ordered and told us that when we returned she would recommend other ones that we would like.

This restaurant would be must eat at even in the Bay Area, but in Rocklin it is an unbelievable find.

Feb 25, 2009
adlevy in California

Little Joe's 2007

As a visitor to the City (3 or 4 times a year) from Southern California I have been going to Little Joe's since Frank was located on Columbus probably about 30 years ago. On our latest stay for a month, we discovered that his new location was in the Pickwick Hotel so my wife and I had to visit the new location.

My impression was that it was a definite improvement over the Van Ness location, but sadly nothing will every come close to the original Columbus store. The waitstaff was spiffed up in black and white uniforms and did not resemble the old crew on Columbus and Broadway.

It was a Friday night and we arrived at about 6:30. A few tables were full and Frank was, as usual, in attendance. Our wait person got our veal parmagiana orders wrong, but to her credit she insisted that she would pay for our wine. Refusing to put the wine on our check we just added the amount back on her gratuity.

The veal was just like it has been for the past 30 years so if you remember the old Little Joe Baby Joe you will not be disappointed. My only criticism was that they do not offer wine house wine by the carafe anymore, but just the bottle and by the glass. I thought $6.00 for house wine was a little too much but maybe I am remembering the reasonableness of the old place.

Don't expect yuppie or gourmet Italian and you will not be disappointed. Too much of the old San Francisco North Beach restaurant scene has disappeared and it is great to have a taste of the "old days".

Aug 11, 2007
adlevy in San Francisco Bay Area

Sultan, new location?

I have read the rave reviews of the Sultan. I heard that the Sultan recently moved from Taylor St. to a new location in the Tenderloin. Since I don't care to wander in the 'loin looking for the place does anyone have information if it has indeed moved and to where?

Aug 06, 2007
adlevy in San Francisco Bay Area

Gold Miner Cafe, Folsom - What's going on?

Jun 08, 2007
adlevy in California

ISO Palm Springs Dining

I will second Manhattan in the Desert. Had lunch there yesterday and thought the pastrami was the best I have had in the desert. Not quite Langer's, but not a 100 mile drive.

Jun 08, 2007
adlevy in California

Gold Miner Cafe, Folsom - What's going on?

I posted a few months ago that the Rocklin location was still owned by the original Folsom owner, but now has a new name. The Folsom localtion was closed. No one responded to the post.

Jun 08, 2007
adlevy in California

the best SANDWICH in (Los Angeles) period.

"Deli misguided" I think not. Sorry but Langer's pastrami sandwich is second to none. Three votes to one! I guess that settles it!

Jun 08, 2007
adlevy in Los Angeles Area

Palm Desert Pizza

Mario's in Palm Desert (actually across the street in Bermuda Dunes) on Washington is good. Also in La Quinta is the Stuft Pizza. They have a good individual wood fired pizza as well as traditional. There are two large patios that have a wonderful view of the Cove especially at sunset.

May 29, 2007
adlevy in California

Wedding in Palm Springs? [moved from LA board]

Sorry I forgot to include the link for Woodhaven. www.woodhavencountryclub.org. Oh,am I embarrased! This was the incorrect Woodhaven. The link to the Calif. Woodhaven is under repair

May 29, 2007
adlevy in California

Wedding in Palm Springs? [moved from LA board]

Not in P.S. but in Palm Desert. The Woodhaven Country Club has been doing weddings. They have a newly remodeled club house that faces westward (toward the sunset) across the golf course and not a body of water. They also have a gazebo outside for weddings as well as white chairs. I don't know the costs but my guess is it would be very moderate.

May 29, 2007
adlevy in California

Palm Desert Pizza

I found the Stuft Pizza in Old Town La Quinta pizza excellent. They have an individual wood fired pizza as well as the traditional. The pizza wasn't like wood fired in Italy, but nothing in the U.S. is. They also have other items on a large menu that looked really good.

Apr 04, 2007
adlevy in California

Gold Miner in Rocklin--Change of Name

Read the reports of many CH's about the Gold MIner. We stopped there yesterday for breakfast and hesitated to go in since the name was Granite Grill. Since we were hungry we chanced it.

Found out that the owner sold the original location in Folsom which still carries the Gold Miner name, but the Rocklin location has the new name. This was per the waitress.

The breakfast was excellent with the omelets very good and the biscuits were the best I have ever had.

I don't know if anyone has posted this change, but in case they haven't here it is!

Mar 31, 2007
adlevy in California

What' s great in Palm Springs?

A hidden ethnic is the Velvet Turtle although it is sometimes called Chef George's. It is so hidden that it might not even have a sign outside. The menu has some very good Hungarian dishes. The owner/chef is George Ristich who once owned George's Camelot in Newport Beach. It is located on Washington St. and Country Club (southeast corner) deep in a strip mall set back in the mall's corner. Hard to find and reservations might be very helpful as it is small and popular.

Mar 23, 2007
adlevy in California

What' s great in Palm Springs?

What do you expect in the PS /PD area? You denigate places (...decent, but older) because of the age of the clients. I would agree that seniors don't dance on the tables and make fools of themselves as often as the "fun" crowd.

Mar 23, 2007
adlevy in California

Palm Desert Indian?

Moved recently from Orange County and Bukhara in Huntington Beach is sadly too far away except when visiting Orange County. Is there any reasonable and good Indian place in the Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indio, or Indian Wells area?

Mar 09, 2007
adlevy in California

Palm Springs: Any farmers' markets or CSA?

The Palm Springs/Palm Desert area is a produce wasteland. There is a produce market at College of the Desert in Palm Desert on weekends, but the prices seem too high and the produce is not that great. It is a shame since the Coachella Valley produces so much produce, but apparently it is all grown by large producers and shipped out. I did post a request about a year ago on Chowhound asking if anyone knew of any produce markets, but received zip in response. Too bad since I was so used to a great produce market in Costa Mesa before moving to the desert.

Feb 25, 2007
adlevy in California

Palm Springs, Date Shakes, etc.

Hadley's is hardly (pun) a good shake. It isn't a bad shake, just does not have the quality of the shakes at Shields.

Feb 23, 2007
adlevy in California

Huntington Beach

Not on the beach but my favorite in Huntington Beach is Bukhara Indian on Edinger

Jan 19, 2007
adlevy in Los Angeles Area

Indian Casinos Palm Desert and Indio

I have the same question as the San Diego question except I'm interested in anyones experiences in the Palm Desert area. Not interested in Cabazon or Palm Springs, but in the eastern part of the valley.

Jan 15, 2007
adlevy in California

Bukhara (Huntington Beach) New !

Just about everything. I love the chicken tikka and the spinich. Never had anything that wasn't excellent. Also try the Indian tea. They make it from scratch.

Jan 12, 2007
adlevy in Los Angeles Area

Bukhara (Huntington Beach) New !

A few weeks ago my wife and I ate at an old favorite, Bukhara in Huntington Beach. Since we live in the desert area now it was a special treat. Good as ever.

The owner said they have a new location by the John Wayne Airport and her husband spends his time there and she handles the old location.

Forgot to ask the address of the new store but those living in South County might want to follow up on the new place.

Jan 09, 2007
adlevy in Los Angeles Area

Hard cheese grinder

Just returned from a month in Italy with a lot of Reggio Parmisiana cheese. While in Italy we saw cheese grinders that sat on the kitchen counter with a crank on top and a drawer for the ground cheese. The only grinders I have found back in the U.S. are the hand held grinders. Does anyone know of anyplace that sells the counter top grinders?

Nov 30, 2006
adlevy in Cookware

coffee liqueur?

Ecustard is correct re: XO Caffe. Once you sip a glass of XO all coffee liqueurs become insignificant. Not easy to get, I get my at High Time Liquor in Costa Mesa, CA, it is worthwhile seeking out. One word of caution. It is 40 proof which is about twice the alcohol content of liqueurs.

Nov 30, 2006
adlevy in Spirits

Outside of Bologna and Ferrara! What an Experience!!!!

As best as I can remember. The first course was a generous serving of mortadella with a salad on the side dressed with oil and balsamic vinegar. Next creme of potato leek soup. Next was homemade gnocci that melted in your mouth with a delicious ragu.

The meat plate was ucceletti which was a rolled veal rolled around ham. It was served with several vegetables, chard, kale that was in several ways. Also a sweet and sour mixture of carrots, onions, peppers and possibly tomatoes. Another platter of another green was brought a little latter. More hot bread just out of the wood burning oven was brought during the meal.

A small palate cleanser of a fruit creme and very rich whipped creme was served before the desert a strawberry barranse -sort of like a mousse with more whipped creme.With dessert we were served a glass of sweet asti moscado wine which was not overly sweet and a nice contrast to the mousse.

After coffee we were offered a noccetto which we did not take, but Cris brought over a glass of homemade lemoncello which was chilled.

Oct 30, 2006
adlevy in Italy

Le Occare Forgot to post the cost

Dinner for 2 with a good bottle of wine was 86 Euro

Oct 29, 2006
adlevy in Italy

Outside of Bologna and Ferrara! What an Experience!!!!

We have been in Ferrara for the full month of October and today we ate are most memorable meal while in Italy. Located about 20 minutes by car from Ferrara toward Bologna (south) is the Le Occare guest house and restaurant. The restaurant is in a restored farm house on farmland in Runco. There are 4 tables so reservations are not a bad idea, but not absolutely necessary during the winter. I e mailed Chris, the owner, a few days ahead to book. My wife and I had the full set menu which consisted of 5 courses which included sweet asti wine with desert and homemade walnut liquer after coffee. The dinner was fantastic with all vegetables from their farm. The small dining room was beautiful with old stone flooring in a very romantic old room. All their bread is made in an ancient wood oven and included many different types. The service was gracious and personal. After dinner Cris who speaks a little English chatted about her place. She also teaches cooking classes and is the chef along with her husband and another woman in the kitchen.

She would not let us leave without her husband coming out (he speaks very good English) and thanking us for coming. What a gracious couple!

You can look at the website at www.leoccare.com We will remember with warmth this wonderful experience

Oct 29, 2006
adlevy in Italy

Modena

Let me know your experience.

Oct 26, 2006
adlevy in Italy

Modena

I found what I believe is a hidden treasure in Modena. Right across the street from the food market at Via Albinelli 40 is the Tratorria Aldina. Do not look for a sign or any obvious indication of a restaurant on the outside. There is a small placque by the mailboxes that indicate the restaurant is up the stairs on the 1st floor(our 2nd floor).

It was packed for lunch with just about all tables full. The noise level was high which I think added to the Italian flavor. Service was very friendly, but not rushed. If you don't have a lot of time and want a romantic atmosphere this is not the place to go. We had to ask the waiter for bread and additional glasses for our wine, but I think the food was well worth the effort.

There was no menu and the selections were offered verbally (in Italian). We speak limited Italian but understood most of the offerings. My pasta al forno was perfect. My wife had ravioli which she thought was delicious. The 2nd plate was veal in a balsamic reduction.

There was a graduation party with about 15 students at the next table. Noisy and created a perfect Italian experience.

The bill came to 37 Euro for the two of us for the first and second plates, wine, water, and expresso.

Oct 24, 2006
adlevy in Italy