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Natural Casing Hot Dogs in O.C.?

How about GLobe deli on Harbor. They sometimes carry them. Made somewhere local just for them.

Jul 08, 2013
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Laguna and Newport Beach

Marche Moderne. Their tasting menu is spot on right now and a la carte offers the best dining in the OC right now for upper end. Playground in Santa Ana (not far) is fun. Laguna is sparse for decent food. 320 Commons is solid and nice buzz.

Apr 16, 2013
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Dory Wharf in Newport

The Dory usually has limited selection: some crab, rock fish, not usually scallops; usually a black cod, etc.
Pearson's also has local crab, spiny lobsters and SB prawns in season. Usually have a couple of local fish and also have some non local products including a fish or two, scallops and maybe another shellfish.
Great people at Pearson's.

Apr 02, 2013
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Authentic French restaurant in OC?

Have had only mediocre to poor food at Brasserie Pascal over the last two years.
Service tends toward the lackluster as well.

Oct 22, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Wine Store in Orange County for Gift Certificate

Or Wine Exchange if not Hi Times

Oct 18, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Where would you go in OC environs for an all beef, natural casing hot dog ?

Globe deli on Harbor. Not sure where they get them, but they should work for you.

Oct 16, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Searching for 20/23 year old Pappy Van Winkle

Try Hi Times in the OC. They sometimes have it but I agree with the unicorn search. Was told by a buyer that they get a bottle or two for multicase purchases of the other whiskeys.

Oct 03, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Texas transplant craves fried catfish near Laguna Beach

I think that Memphis on Bristol also has this sometimes.

Oct 02, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Monterey area

Yep. Been there and that is on my list again.
Wine list alone could get me to go, although doesn't seem as deep as it used to be.

Sep 26, 2012
thompkin in California

Monterey area

Gonna be in Monterey for a meeting end of October for a few nights for a meeting.
Any interesting or must dine spots?
Thanks in advance

Sep 26, 2012
thompkin in California

Santa Monica/Hermosa Beach/Laguna Beach

Studio at the Montage is very nice. Elegant, but I would say that really low on the bang for buck scale. Try Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza instead. Won't regret it. Montage can't be beat for a beautiful (but expensive) sunset drink though.

Aug 27, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Ireland - First visit must eats

Returned from a great trip to Ireland.
Have to say that our 3 best meals there were a few of the best I have had in the past 5 years.
Pigs Ear in Dublin was great all around. Ambience was perfect. Sophisticated but not stuffy. Could have felt comfortable in jeans or a jacket. Food was solid, not particularly adventurous, but prepared perfectly.
Aniar in Galway was also superb. Again, the ambience just right. One thing that we don't seem to be able to do well in the States is to combine sophisticated food with a relaxed environment. Done just right here. Locally sourced food products, many of which we never see here, prepared without fuss and without spoiling what nature has given the chef.
Ginger Bistro in Belfast was also well worth the price of the ticket.
All in all, way more than expected (chalk it up to my own naivete).

Aug 13, 2012
thompkin in U.K./Ireland

Eating in Dublin on Sun/Mon nights

My two sons and I kind of eat it all. We have a winery in So California and have had a bistro style restaurant in the past. My wife, sorry to say, tends toward vegetarian, but can be persuaded to eat a bite of fish every once in a while.
Want to see good pub food at some point.
Traveling from Dublin South, then West then over to Galway, Clifden, and then Belfast before returning to Dublin (2 weeks)

Jun 03, 2012
thompkin in U.K./Ireland

Eating in Dublin on Sun/Mon nights

Same situation early next month. Any suggestions for an after hurling event dinner on Sunday the 8th? Gonna be walking back into town from the event site.

Jun 01, 2012
thompkin in U.K./Ireland

Ireland - First visit must eats

Staying near Grand Canal area. We don't mind a good walk, so fire away.

Apr 30, 2012
thompkin in U.K./Ireland

Ireland - First visit must eats

Thanks everyone.
Will report back.

Apr 30, 2012
thompkin in U.K./Ireland

Ireland - First visit must eats

Hey all,
Just a shout out to others in the know. Will be visiting Ireland for two weeks in mid July.
In and out of Dublin and then around the country with stops in Belfast, Galway and towns in the
Southwest.
Any must eats? All types of spots welcome.
Also, although this isn't the exact forum, are there any locals who know how to get tics for the hurling match in Dublin on Sunday July 8th.
Thanks

Apr 16, 2012
thompkin in U.K./Ireland

Downtown LA pre theater dinner

For some reason I can no longer see a search button on this site.
Gonna be downtown next Saturday and looking for a moderately priced, fun dinner spot.
Throw me out a list of five!
Thanks

Mar 16, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Craft cocktail bars in the OC

Amar's on Broadway in Laguna and Haven's in Orange depending on the barkeep.

Mar 12, 2012
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

1st trip in 15 years - 4 nights....do me up.

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Will let you know what we end up trying. Keep the suggestions coming if something comes to mind.
Cheers

Jan 18, 2011
thompkin in Manhattan

1st trip in 15 years - 4 nights....do me up.

Gonna be out to the city end of Feb looking at schools with my son.
Eat everything and so does he. Looking for both some truly NY spaces (small italian, etc), and some truly outstanding but not fussy newer spots.
As a reference, we live in SoCal, and our favorite LA spots are Lucques, Providence, Mozza pizzeria, Hatfields, Church and State, etc.
Hope that gives the right picture. Help us out.
Have a reservation at Prune one night already, will probably try to wait at Spotted Pig.
How about SD26?
What else?
By the way, staying near Union Square if that matters.
Thx

Jan 17, 2011
thompkin in Manhattan

Arzak vs Akelare

Thanks Q
We have reservations at Akelare already the night we arrive.
Was reading through Heston Blumenthal's "The Fat Duck" last night and he kept mentioning Arzak. Made we reconsider but I think we'll stay with Akelare.
Will report back.

Mar 12, 2010
thompkin in Spain/Portugal

Arzak vs Akelare

Going to be in San Sebastian for about 5 nights at the end of April. Planning on doing pintxos 3 nights. Dinner one night at L'Auberge Basque and trying to decide between Arzak and Akelare for the other night.
Any suggestions/help?

Mar 12, 2010
thompkin in Spain/Portugal

Short Visit - Time for One Great Dinner - Newport Beach/Laguna Area

Another possibility would be Marche Moderne (covered in other posts on this site).
Florent and his wife turn out some really great food with the added bonus that you can spend 10K for a Patek watch in SC Plaza before (although that would personally cause me to lose my appetite!).
I second Studio or The Loft at Montage.
Never been impressed by Hush (food wise).
Stonehill was also really nice when we ate there but I have heard some less than positive feedback recently.
Vine in San Clemente is anothe possibility. Justin and Doreen have created a really nice spot in an otherwise somewhat culinarily sparse town.

Aug 01, 2008
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Food in the Sawdust Festival

I would agree with the dearth of food at the festival and disagree with the MANY fantastic restaurants in Laguna. As for fantastic, either restaurant at the Montage resort, but doesn't fit into the not too $$$ part.
If you are travelling back to SFV, I would just stop in LA. Newport has Marche Moderne at South Coast Plaza (also may not fit the $$$ criteria). Golden Truffle can occasionally be interesting in Newport. You could try Old Vine Cafe off of Bristol. Very small, young guys own it and try really hard. Wine oriented.

Jun 24, 2008
thompkin in Los Angeles Area

Do you need lunch reservation for Chez L'Ami Jean?

Was there last week for dinner and had a glance at the res list for the next day lunch which was fairly booked. Was a bank holiday so that may have been part of it, but it wouldn't hurt to book.
By the way, the food was some of the best of its kind we have had in Paris.

May 12, 2008
thompkin in France

La Ferrandaise, Le Timbre or Maison du Jardin?

Ate at Le Timbre last week and was really impressed with the food!
Very small and tight space but the wait staff (of one) and the chef (a Brit) really turned on the charm.
Not sure if they are open on Monday, but defintely worth the trip.
Pigs head pan fried on a mustard vinaigrette to start was beatiful for the way this dish was prepared and presented. Not too heavy on the palate.
Wife was less impressed with her starter of asparagus (don't remember the preparation).
Will post the rest of the review later but I would have gone again if we had an open night.
Enjoy

May 12, 2008
thompkin in France

Cheese affineur with some time on their hands

Thank you for the info.
I actually had emailed Cantin yesterday and they graciously offered their time next Tuesday.
Look forward to the chance to learn a bit more on this subject.

Apr 22, 2008
thompkin in France

Cheese affineur with some time on their hands

Would love to find a cheese shop in Paris who would entertain our questions for a while (aging conditions, aging process, etc.) in English plus bits of French.
We will probably just pop into one or more but if someone knows of a quieter shop where the proprietor is especially friendly, forthcoming, that would be great.

Apr 21, 2008
thompkin in France

La Jarre-Any info/tastes since new owner/chef

Was planning on visiting La Jarre in Antibes and noticed that there is now a new chef.
Anyone tasted or know of anything to assist in making a decision.

Apr 21, 2008
thompkin in France