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lunch near Marriott Marquis

Greetings from DC. Will be in Atlanta for a couple of days later this month, working/meetings in the Marriott Marquis. Dinners already spoken for, but am hoping to stretch my legs at lunchtime. Anything within a reasonable walk that is casual, good food (any type), not crazy expensive? Pretty broad question, i know - i appreciate your thoughts.

Apr 07, 2014
Geoff in Atlanta

Oaxaca, Oaxaca Recs

I'm with DiningDiva. Sorry Hankstramm is just way, way off base. use common sense. don't drink tap water, eat at decent places, etc etc.

Jan 04, 2014
Geoff in Mexico

Ten Tables (Cambridge) vs. Henrietta's Table

Greetings from DC. Organizing small dinner for party of 7. Either would be lovely from all available info - i've been to neither. only requirement: food with FLAVOR. you have any strong feelings about either? Please share, thanks!

Sep 09, 2013
Geoff in Greater Boston Area

Boonville - Table 128 and Aquarelle

Melanie, thanks for asking! The hotel is better than ever, and Table 128 was OUTSTANDING. Aquarelle was booked up for private events, so we ate twice at 128. Seriously - if you haven't been up there in a while, the trip will be well worth it. The Valley continues to be beautiful, and the fare was just great. I had a chance to chat with John Schmidt, who told me that they finally feel (after all these years) like they're really, really beginning to fire on all cylinders. We agree.

Sep 09, 2013
Geoff in California

Lunch near GW hospital

now i'm coming to my senses. not far away are Blue Duck, Rasika West End, West End Bistro, and Ris.

Lunch near GW hospital

Going to be at GW hospital for a couple of hours on a weedday and will have time for lunch afterwards. i'm thinking about that neighborhood and coming up a little blank. thoughts? thanks!

Open Table reservation policy

I've sent open table a message but maybe somebody in the Chowhound community knows - if i want a reservation at a restaurant that has a "one month to the date prior" restriction, at what time (East Coast) will the system let me make that reservation? thanks!

Jul 29, 2013
Geoff in Not About Food

Boonville - Table 128 and Aquarelle

Thanks Melanie. Looking forward to being back in the Anderson Valley. Will certainly post re: food.

Jul 26, 2013
Geoff in California

Boonville - Table 128 and Aquarelle

Posted this on the Bay Area board also, not sure if Anderson Valley fits better here or there.

Will be staying at the Boonville Hotel next month. Have been several times before, and every iteration of the hotel's restaurant has been really, really good. Table 128 appears to be carrying on in that tradition.

A relative newcomer in town in Aquarelle. Looks good, and I've read a few conflicting things about it. So..........

any experience to share? I have reservations for two dinners at Table 128, trying to decide if Aquarelle is worth giving one of those up. Thanks for any thoughts!

Jul 22, 2013
Geoff in California

Bangkok - Third time's the charm (I hope!)

We went to Nahm but not Issaya. If you want "posh" Nahm definitely fits that bill...........and we had a really lovely and amazing meal. No farang spicing here - huge flavor, big spicy, beautiful space. Highly recommended.

Jul 22, 2013
Geoff in China & Southeast Asia

jitlada question

red-ish. yes flash fried basil. that's it. thanks - lets see if this helps anyone else remember specifics.

May 23, 2013
Geoff in Los Angeles Area

jitlada question

Have had a crispy/fried fish dish a few times at Jitlada - divine. For the life of me, can't remember what it's called. it's NOT a whole fish. it's NOT a fillet. it's more like little jagged pieces with some sort of fried coating. comes in a big delicious pile. anyone know? thanks!

May 23, 2013
Geoff in Los Angeles Area

Songkran 2013?

Thanks. And, Sunday April 7 in Virginia at Wat Yarnna Rangsee. it's on their website but you basically need to be able to read and understand Thai.

Woodley Park-Zoo

Agree with other posters re coming up to Cleveland Park. In Woodley Park, I recommend District Kitchen - IMO the only place in the strip that stands out at all. http://districtkitchen.com/

Songkran 2013?

I'm searching around and can't find any good information for a Songkran 2013 festival in the area. Anyone find anything? Thanks!

Oversized food storage bags [moved from General Topics]

This is what I found. They're 2.5 gallon zip-tops. Target had them. thanks all!

Feb 10, 2013
Geoff in Cookware

Oversized food storage bags [moved from General Topics]

thanks everyone, will take a look. i've never even looked for the larger size, simply assumed 1 gallon might be largest. appreciate your comments!

Feb 07, 2013
Geoff in Cookware

Oversized food storage bags [moved from General Topics]

I have some items that won't fit into a typical gallon-sized freezer bag, but i really want to put them into sealable bags before placing in freezer. anyone know of where to get oversized sealable freezer bags, or alterntive thoughts? thanks!

Feb 07, 2013
Geoff in Cookware

Maui - walking from Four Seasons

Monkeypod menu looks nice. Just mapped the walk to Monkeypod and the distance doesn't look like a problem; i guess the grade of the Hill is the issue. 4S provides a little shuttle service in Wailea so perhaps get a lift there, walk back to burn some calories!

Jan 11, 2013
Geoff in Hawaii

Maui - walking from Four Seasons

Good question, thank you. I think walking 20ish minutes for a meal is no problem. double that, unless it's going to be life-changing, proably not interested. Willing to go to neighboring resorts for good food, but also realize they'll be as pricey as 4S. Dropping all my cash at 4S so food, as long as it's good, is one way to economize just a little.

Jan 10, 2013
Geoff in Hawaii

Maui - walking from Four Seasons

Greetings all. Treating ourselves to a few days at the Four Seasons at Wailea. Don't intend to have a car. Sure, can and probably will eat some meals on the resort. But, to the degree possible, want to consider going out. So .... anyone with reasonably recent experiences with anyplace walking distance from the Four Seasons? any meal, any "level" of food, including markets if we want to buy snacks etc.? Thanks so much for your help.

Jan 10, 2013
Geoff in Hawaii

Bangkok - Convent Road

I was on Convent Sunday, Monday, Tuesday during the afternoon and evening. Lots and lots of carts. Especially on Monday.

Dec 26, 2012
Geoff in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok - Convent Road

I have a note to myself that says "go to Convent Rd for vendors/great street food. Tuesday thru Friday." Tues-Fri? Really? Any reaction/info anyone has greatly appreciated, thanks.

Dec 18, 2012
Geoff in China & Southeast Asia

New Years Eve in Bangkok

Will be in Bangkok for New Years Eve and I DON'T want a "special," overpriced, set meal etc dinner. I'd like to have something nice, but casual, maybe like dinner at Baan Khanita or something like that. Plenty of nice or upscale places are doing special things. I'm staying at the Sukhothai -- Maybe i'll just go to a street market, but does anything either in that neighborhood or reasonably convenient from there pop into your head as someplace to go? thanks!

Dec 17, 2012
Geoff in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok - Third time's the charm (I hope!)

Very interesting, thanks for sharing that. we don't have a particular dish/dishes we crave. What we want is good food, big flavor, and spicy (as much as us farangs can take, anyway) is good.

Sukhothai is also recommending Nahm (at Metropolitan Hotel), Bo Lan, and Issaya. Thoughts?

Also, a strategy question. Depending on the weather (we do this in Singapore too) it could make sense for us to do a "nice" meal at lunch and leave the street and super casual stuff for evening, after dark. Do you/others think it matters one way or the other?

THANK YOU!

Dec 06, 2012
Geoff in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok - Third time's the charm (I hope!)

Thanks - I seem to be following you all over Chowhound - many great recs from you for Singapore too. i have a very long list of places from past research that i'm looking at again, and i recognize it's almost crazy to just ask "where do you like to eat?" But......if you have a ready made list or thoughts of places you like for Thai food, and no they absolutely do not have to be posh at all, i'm all eyes/ears. thanks!

Dec 05, 2012
Geoff in China & Southeast Asia

Bangkok - Third time's the charm (I hope!)

For a variety of reasons, had two trips to Bangkok cancelled in the last four years. Scheduled to be there late this month and am looking forward to eating very well. Am doing research and as always am grateful to all of your posts and anyone willing to respond here. Want to focus almost exclusively on Thai food. Not afraid of anything. I imagine a fair amount of skytrain travel.

Staying at the Sukhothai. We have six dinner and five lunch "slots," plus grazing as we're out and about. From past research, i have a long list of places to consider. General strategy is no lunch reservations but stay very casual (and air conditioned, mostly!) wherever we find ourselves in town. Or, be in a particular neighborhood to visit but target a particular place. Does that make sense to you?

Will make dinner reservations. On a recent nontrip we had reservations at Thanying, Supatra River House, Blue Elephant, and Baan Khanitha and Gallery. What do you think of these places and do you think it makes sense to try again? Recommendations for two more in that similar vein?

Am of course reading all posts but always very, very happy to get comments/thoughts/recs. Thanks in advance.

Dec 04, 2012
Geoff in China & Southeast Asia

Quick trip report

We had a lovely but quick visit to NoLa this past weekend. Had a lovely time and ate very well.

Friday dinner: Herbsaint. Truly awesome. Great vibe and food with huge flavor.
Saturday breakfast: Red Gravy. Lovely and super casual. basically a nice diner. excellent food.
Saturday lunch: Bayona. Awesome. Lovely patio on a nice day, set 3 course lunch with huge flavor.
Saturday dinner: Iris. Nice place, good food. Need to amp up a notch on flavor... but after Herbsaint and Bayona, I could have been biased.
Saturday late dessert/coffee, back to Herbsaint. Oh. Yeah.
Sunday breakfast/brunch. Surrey's uptown. Great neighborhood place/vibe, with killer food and great coffee.

Major score all the way around as far as I was concerned. See you again!

Sep 24, 2012
Geoff in New Orleans

Saturday breakfast

Thanks for this suggestion - went to Red Gravy and it was delightful. Good food, friendly atmosphere. Would happily return.

Sep 24, 2012
Geoff in New Orleans

Saturday breakfast

Thanks! Those look like excellent options and certainly "nearby;" only a several block walk. Need the walk to work off a little bit of breakfast!

Sep 20, 2012
Geoff in New Orleans