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health-conscious restaurants

I want to get a dining gift certificate for my nephew living in Las Vegas (I'm in California) who just eloped. He's very health-conscious, eats lowfat foods but not a vegetarian. Any suggestions for a suitable, celebratory restaurant? Thanks in advance.

Jul 10, 2010
deltagirl in Las Vegas

Quarter recommendations & beyond/Nov 18-23

First off, GO SAINTS! What a game tonight.

My husband and I had a fabulous visit to your beautiful city. Had bbq shrimp at Mister Bs (absolutely butterly fabulous!). Had a birthday eggs benedict po'boy at Stanleys...again fabulous. Caught K-Pauls for shrimp remoulade before the Hornets game. Had a hearty breakfast at Elizabeth's (a favorite). Rode the ferry across and had lunch at the Dry Dock. Of course, a oyster loaf at Casamento's. Checked out Parkway Bakery (Domiliese is still my favorite shrimp po-boy) and my husband enjoyed the RB po-boy. Had a very nice dinner of scallops and crab cakes at Brasierre Marigny on Frenchman's. Checked the Green Goddess but was closed when we were hungry. Had wonderful bun at Tan Dinh and a great walk out at the Barataria Swamp. Enjoyed EnVie but more Mojo's coffee. Took in the Audobon Zoo and a walk in the park. Galatoire's for my birthday dinner was more interesting for the atmosphere and the very accommodating bus staff...gave us real silverware for our leftovers of trout and pompano...a real look at how the locals celebrate, seemingly many birthday and other celebrations going on. As always, we came away from a visit to our favorite city with a sense of awe...of its food, its culture and its vibrant life. Can't wait to get back. Thank you, New Orleans.

Nov 30, 2009
deltagirl in New Orleans

Kitchen Supply Shopping

I'll be in New Orleans for a few days and wonder if anyone knows of a local kitchenware store. I'd really like to find where the locals shop. Thanks in advance.

Nov 16, 2009
deltagirl in Cookware

Quarter recommendations & beyond/Nov 18-23

Thanks to all of you for the tips. We'll definitely follow up on as many as we can! And we will be going to the Po-Boy Festival on Sunday. Are there any other festival type events happening? We're thinking of catching the Hornets game on Thursday...how's the food at the stadium? Thanks again and I'll report back next week. We're so excited!

Nov 16, 2009
deltagirl in New Orleans

Quarter recommendations & beyond/Nov 18-23

My husband and I are coming to town for 5 days for my birthday (which happens to fall on the Po’Boy festival weekend). Though it’s our 9th visit, it’s the first one in the fall (we usually come for JazzFest). And, too, for the first time we’ll be staying in the Quarter (we usually stay in the Garden District). We always walk through the Quarter, have gone to some music there (Snug Harbor, Palm Court, HOB), and, of course, have our fill of beignets at Café du Monde. My vision this trip is to explore all the gems and nooks and crannies, food, music and otherwsie, of the Quarter that I read about on Chowhound and elsewhere. Given that we will definitely visit our favs (Brigstens, Casamento’s, Dick & Jenny’s) and finally try the Parkway Bakery, all outside of the Quarter, and we have dinner at Galitoire’s on Friday, I wonder if you savvy folks could steer us in great directions in the Quarter for the rest of our stay (breakfast, lunch dinner all). One of my requisite things to do while in your town is to drive out to Jean Laffite Reserve to visit the beautiful wetlands. We’ve not found anything wonderful along the way yet; any suggestions? My husband loves the Canal Street ferry ride over to Algiers (and we’ve had a great lunch at the Dry Dock); any other suggestions? We’re both fans of ethnic food but have rarely tried anything but local Creole/Southern food on our previous visits (because it’s so darn good!). Any Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Mexican recommendations would be very welcome. Every time we visit your vibrant and fascinating city we fall deeper in love with it. Oh! And, I’m a huge fan of Briarhill Farms sweet pickles! I usually buy a year’s supply at the Farmers’ Market on Tuesday when we’re there for JazzFest but since we return to California on a Monday I’ll miss that. Is there anywhere else I can buy them? Sorry for this long post and thanks for any and all responses!

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Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Nov 02, 2009
deltagirl in New Orleans

Santa Cruz - Any yummy, organic and possibly vegan eats you LOOOVE?

Pls try Dharma's in Capitola or Black Beach on Soquel Av for organic treats. There's also Asian Rose on River St that serves up Sri Lankan veggie fare that's quite tasty.

Sep 08, 2009
deltagirl in California

one hungry night in SF

So you know, my pal and I ended up going to Amarena at Larkin x Green. Excellent risotto with perfectly cooked shrimp & clams. As good as the food was the atmosphere and staff. The wait staff were perfectly professional, sweetly warm and most charming. It was a stellar dining experience.

one hungry night in SF

I've always wanted to try Tadich Grill but see that it's closed on Sunday! Anything similar that might be open? Thanks!

one hungry night in SF

"somewhat of a budget" to us means $20-25 b4 tax & tip....alcohol will probably consist of a glass of wine or a singular martini (also not included in the $20). Neither of us dine out much in our home town so an entree at $20 seems a splurge.
thanks again.

one hungry night in SF

We're actually splurging (my friend's idea!) and staying at the Fairmont. We have a car and could taxi to the right place. thanks.

one hungry night in SF

A friend and I are will be in the city Sunday & Monday to explore the Academy of Science Museum. We both enjoy great food but are on somewhat of a budget. We'll lunch at the Museum but wonder about tasty, healthy/fresh "honest" (not pretentious nor fru-fru) food for our Sunday supper. My companion is not extremely adventurous with food (no Burmese, no Vietnamese, no Ethiopian) but is open to Italian, seafood, so-called modern American food, maybe Greek. Any ideas?

Sacramento/Elk Grove help

Don't know if it's too late, but Nathan's Chinese restaurant on Bruceville (x is Laguna) is the best in the area. For fast food, if you must, there's a Habit Burger joint across the street (their veggie burger is actually quite tasty). I spend time in that area because I care for my mom long-distance.

May 13, 2009
deltagirl in California

Santa Cruz -- Best Current Restaurants

The mention of Chef Tong's really dates you! That was a hot spot in the early 80s. No Chinese in SC comes close to CT's, nor to the New Riverside, another wonderful restaurant of the past.

La Posta seems to be the it restaurant these days, though my husband and I are not especially fond of it. Our tastes, at least in our hometown, lean more towards the affordable, fresh....as in Nuevo Southwest Grill on Portola (extremely fresh and flavorful Mexican/California) and Avanti on the Westside on Mission (you might remember it as Papa Joe's Deli....had the best eggplant parm back in the day). Avanti never disappoints me; their quiche is always delicious and the always have whatever is fresh locally featured on their menu.

Feb 13, 2009
deltagirl in California

WHERE TO GO TO CATCH CRAWDADS?

I didn't realize you needed a license. Back in the day, my cousins and I would spend summer afternoons catching crawdads in the irrigation ditches in our backyards in the delta. They're still there but access might be a problem as a lot of the delta is either very private property or nature conservancy and protected.

anniversary dinner in Oakland area

We're celebrating our anniversary by staying at the Claremont Resort next weekend. Not knowing anything about the restaurant scene in Oakland, I thought I'd seek advice from you experts. My husband is carnivorous and will eat any manner of animal; I only eat chicken and seafood. We're adventurous eaters and would prefer quality food and quiet atmosphere to trendy, pretentious cutting-edge places. Any suggestions?

Santa Cruz pier?

IMHO, the best fish tacos (besides my husband's!) to be had in SC are at Kelly's Bakery in the Swift Street Plaza. Delicious! Aldo's at the SC yacht harbor is a great place for fresh fish; kid and dog friendly.

Jul 15, 2008
deltagirl in California

Quick Marigny Suggestions?

Foodcurious, I'd be curious what reasonably priced b&b you're staying at. My husband and I have tried 5 differents ones over our 7 trips and haven't found the perfect one yet. Our tastes run along the "$$$ and higher [amenities] will be avoided" lines....so i'm b&b curious.

Jul 10, 2008
deltagirl in New Orleans

Creole Tomato Festival/NoLa Seafood Festival

Gotta say, those Creole tomatoes were mighty fine. Couldn't get enough...had them at the Festival (with shrimp remoulade and fried green), along with some other taste treats, like the bbq oysters from Red Fish, and had them in some restaurants we tried. All in all, the Seafood/Zydeco/Tomato Festivals were wonderful. Lots of incredible music, great vibes, great food, more locals than visitors (unlike JazzFest) and relatively nice weather (showers to cool everyone off). We thoroughly enjoyed it. Every time we go, it's a little bit of heaven on a dinner (paper or otherwise) plate! Had some incredible meals at Brigtsen's (crab encrusted redfish with tarragon sauce), Dick and Jenny's (seared scallops and the gumbo my husband loves) and at Herbsaint. And had one of the best (notice, I said one of the best...don't want to start a po-boy war) shrimp po-boys at the Dry Dock Cafe in Algiers Point. I love your city!

Jun 24, 2008
deltagirl in New Orleans

Creole Tomato Festival/NoLa Seafood Festival

My husband and i will be in New Orleans this weekend for our 7th visit. We usually go to JazzFest but couldn't this year and we've always wanted to experience New Orleans when there isn't something big going on. I expect the feel of the city will be very different, and we're looking forward to that.

The Zydeco Festival is what compelled us to choose this weekend and I see that these 2 food festivals are happening too. I've read somewhere that restaurants feature Creole tomatoes around this time. Does anyone have opinions about the wonderfulness of these famed tomatoes?

Thanks.

Jun 11, 2008
deltagirl in New Orleans

Sorensen's Resort

We're headed to Sorensen's Resort in late March for a quiet get away. What interesting eats are there near there. I think that South Lake Tahoe is about a 20 minute drive and that's ok. We don't want to get too carried away with driving. Anything interesting en route there from Santa Cruz, say in Placerville or coming any more scenic route? Thanks.

Feb 28, 2008
deltagirl in California

Cambria & environs

That's nice to know about the Creekside. We got the feeling that the folks serving were somehow really invested in the place. The service was great and the ambience very warm and friendly. It was nicely crowded for a Sunday morning with both what seemed locals and what were obviously tourists (us!).

Oct 22, 2007
deltagirl in California

Cambria & environs

Back from our Cambria adventure. Chose to take 101 south and save the Big Sur drive for today. Stopped off at Jalisco's in Salinas for an authentic carnitas burrito for my husband and a very satisfying and fresh shrimp cocktail for me. We got lucky. Dinner on Friday was at Wild Ginger...my appetizer of salmon wonton was light and understated. Husband's pork egg rolls were meaty and plentiful. Large portions there. The fig garnish was especially enjoyed by me. My entree was a seared scallop dish with pomegranate sauce. Was tasty, though the accompaniment of corn salad was less than tasty but the fingerlings potatoes were. My husband had the shrimp in coconut lime sauce....the sauce was terrific though the shrimp way over cooked. Breakfast was at the Redwood Grill...they accomodated my special order of green onions in my scrambled eggs with a side of tortillas and salsa. Saturday we headed for Morro Bay to try Giannoni's (Gianani's?, I'm not sure of the name) but got side-tracked at the Taco Temple. Fabulous calamari served taco style....with cheese, fresh cabbages & carrot with a cilantro sauce with a chipotle aioli on the side..truly tasty for me. My husband was less impressed with his chicken tacquitos and a white fish taco. He was dismally disappointed. But he's a traditionalist and likes his tacquitos just so....Did I say my meal was great? However, the prices there were pretty amazing. Halibut was the special fish of the day and they had a halibut burrito for $30!!! Amazing. We made it to the fry-place on the wharf in Morro Bay (Giavani's) and had a taste of their clam chowder...a disappointment. Personally, I was glad to have been way-laid at the Taco Temple! Dinner on Saturday was at Robin's....we had wanted to go to Sea Chest but were too tired to drive! We sampled the appetizer menu....grilled pear salad with pomegranate dressing, crab cakes, salmon bisque, and chicken skewers. The star was he salmon bisque...excellent. Breakfast this morning was at the Creekside...kind of adjacent to thee Redwood Grill. It was very satisfying....excellent veggie scramble for me (with my requisite tortillas and salsa on the side) and husband got his biscuits and gravy. Aah. he was happy.
We grabbed a frozen chicken pot pie for him from Linn's and headed home. For dinner, we had a well built home-made Caesar salad and he had his chicken pie. And tomorrow, I for one, fast.
Fun eating on the south central coast.

Oct 21, 2007
deltagirl in California

Cambria & environs

My husband and I are taking off for Cambria for the weekend for a much needed R&R, mostly rest! We've spent a little time there....had meals at Robins, Sea Chest, the Thai restaurant downtown, had coffee at the cute coffee place on Main St (?) at the north end of town....but are looking for interesting, local and comfy food this time. We want this trip to be relaxing, casual, regenerative. Driving to neighboring burroughs is a possibility, but close to our B&B would be best. My husband is prone to biscuits and gravy, while I care most about local, fresh, healthy food. He would prefer the best chicken pot pie, whereas I would appreciate a well-composed and dressed salad with a fresh piece of seafood. Any suggestions where we both might be satisfied? Ambience...simple, nurturing, and relaxing. It's mostly about getting away from our Santa Cruz rat race....something to take us away..... As always, I appreciate Chowhounders' thoughts.....

Oct 18, 2007
deltagirl in California

lunch in santa cruz suggestions

And, if it's a nice day....try Aldo's at the Harbor. Great ambience and wonderful calamari. But, you can't go wrong with Avanti. It's wonderful, great pasta and quiche specials.

Oct 18, 2007
deltagirl in California

4 free hours in Philly

Thanks, y'all, for the tips. Is it crazy to think of going to South Philly to check it out? However, the Reading Terminal Market sounds like a great place to explore. We're looking forward to visiting your city!

Aug 28, 2007
deltagirl in Pennsylvania

4 free hours in Philly

My daughter & I will be in Philadelphia over Labor Day for a wedding. We'll have about 4 hours on Sunday before we need to be at the airport to head back to California. Neither of us is a beef eater, so no Philly steaks. However, we'd like to find something regional that is unique to the area. We'll be staying in the northeast area of Philadelphia, but we'll have a rental car. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Aug 27, 2007
deltagirl in Pennsylvania

Black Hills through CO to southern Utah

I think we'll be coming into Colorado through Cheyenne on 25, hooking up with the 70 west into Utah. That looks like the most straightforward route.

Any tips? THANKS

Jul 11, 2007
deltagirl in Southwest

Santa Cruz still a dining waste land? [moved from San Francisco/Bay Area board

I've been really enjoying Avanti for lunch in recent weeks....once an absolutely to-die-for porcini risotti and most recently a orchietta dish with local salmon and capers. The specials are outstanding, in my most humble opinion.

Jul 10, 2007
deltagirl in California

Black Hills through CO to southern Utah

My family road trip has shifted routes now and my niece and I will be travelling from the Black Hills through Colorado to the parks in southern Utah. If anyone has any tips on interesting food along the way, I'd be happy to hear it. We leave this Saturday from the California delta and return on July 28.

I'll post a report when I return.

Thanks in advance.

Jul 10, 2007
deltagirl in Southwest

Any thoughts on the Poet & Patriot in Santa Cruz?

No food these days. But back in the day, when it first opened, they had the best hot turkey sandwiches and the best cheeseburgers in town. Chris Matthews, pub master, is the soul of the place. Left thinking college types and union folks hang there now. Again, backin the day, it was the happening place, with town politicians, Nam vets, and university grad students and staff adding to the ambience. Great place. Real SC.

Jun 28, 2007
deltagirl in California