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Finishing touches for our first trip to Napa !

For now, we have reservations at Press and Goose and Gander for dinner and tour/tasting appointments at Joseph Phelps, Newton, Pride and Spring Mountain Vineyards. We'll def be stopping at Sunshine Market for snacks and hope to have brunch/lunch at Brix and Cindy's if time permits.
Thanks everyone for your advice and tips !

Finishing touches for our first trip to Napa !

My wife and I will be flying in sans kids for a short birthday weekend. I usually have more time to prepare but this trip was a bit spontaneous and I could sure use a little assistance. Thankfully a few recent threads have asked for similar information so I was able to do some research as well as from a few friends who have visited Napa before. We will be staying in St. Helena for 3 days and 2 nights. Besides catching up on our sleep and recharging our batteries, I am hoping to get a good samping of great food and wine since I don't get this opportunity very often with 4 kids, lol.

Our home base will be at Wine Country Inn. Time permitting, we are hoping to visit Joseph Phelps, Pride, Newton and Schramberg Vineyards. We would like to dine at Press, Goose & Gander, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Zuzu and maybe have a picnic at one of the wineries. My wife does not drink but does enjoy gardens and nice scenery. I enjoy all varietals.

I would like to ask which wineries or restaurants you might drop from my list or any can't miss one I should add. Which ones do you recommend for lunch/dinner ? We will probably have our "nicer" dinner on Saturday. Where can you pick up gourmet picnic foods and which of my selected wineries would be the best place to picnic. Lastly, would you recommend any order of my selected places to make our trip smooth and relaxing. TIA !

Need finishing touches for trip this weekend

Bummed that Art of the Table is closed for renovation.... if given a choice for our 'nice dinner ", would you go to Book Bindery or Rover's ? Both sounds fantastic though leaning towards Rover's for their wine component.

Feb 01, 2012
vonger44 in Greater Seattle

Need finishing touches for trip this weekend

Thanks for the tips and endorsements !

Feb 01, 2012
vonger44 in Greater Seattle

Need finishing touches for trip this weekend

This was exactly the sort of help I was looking for...wish we were staying longer, thanks GS !

Feb 01, 2012
vonger44 in Greater Seattle

Need finishing touches for trip this weekend

thanks for checking fooddee, i was already aware that 5/530 would be our only options.. I sometimes prefer earlier dinners knowing I may have some snacks later that night =)

Jan 31, 2012
vonger44 in Greater Seattle

Need finishing touches for trip this weekend

Hello Seattle Chowhounders, my wife and I are flying in sans kids from Southern California for a short birthday weekend. I usually have more time to prepare but this trip was a bit spontaneous and could use a little assistance. Thankfully a few recent threads have asked for similar information so I was able to do some research as well as from a few friends who used to live in Seattle. We are staying at Inn at the Market from for 2 nights so will be hitting the town from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. We enjoy all types of cuisine from hole in the walls to nicer places but really looking for places that represent what Seattle has to offer. We've also lived in Chicago and New York. So here's what I have planned to far though I wish we were staying longer.
Friday Lunch: Matt's at the Market
Friday Dinner: The Palace Kitchen or Quinns
Sat Breakfast: Eat at Lowells or Lola or Sitka and Spruce (brunch)
Sat Lunch: Revel
Sat Dinner: The Palace Kitchen, Quinns, Poppy, or Book BIndery
Sun Brunch: Eat at Lowells or Lola
Snacks: Elliot's Oysters , Donuts
We prefer to walk or take short cab rides, are cabs readily available in downtown Seattle ? Since I planned this trip around eats, any ideas on local attractions nearby will be lovely. Would you replace any of my selections for a " must eat " place or would do you change the order of any of the places ?
I've been to Seattle only once years ago on the way to Vancouver and greatly looking forward to our visit. Thanks so much !

Jan 31, 2012
vonger44 in Greater Seattle

ISO Blue Crab Hand Roll Recipe

Hello,
After years of eating the famous Blue Crab Hand Rolls from Sushi Wasabi (Tustin) or to some Sushi Sasabune (L.A), we are hoping to make the same at home. Besides the obvious blue crab meat, sushi rice, a touch of mayo, good quality nori and maybe a bit of salt, anything else I should add. Has anyone attempted this feat ? Is it possible to buy the mixture already made ?
We realize it will take a good number of blue crabs to accumulate a good amount crab meat but the possibility of creating a decent version of this scrumptious signature dish outweigh the bad. TIA !

Aug 25, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

What Tastes Better Frozen?

Nutter Butter cookies and Junior mints

Aug 08, 2011
vonger44 in General Topics

New " Make Ahead" BBQ Side Dishes needed

Thanks everyone for the great ideas ! I can't wait to try all the recipes !

Jun 30, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

New " Make Ahead" BBQ Side Dishes needed

I am planning our annual themed Summer BBQ and this year theme's is Smoketown USA.
I will be offering up Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken. Besides my staple of grilled corn and cole slaw, I am hoping to try a few new recipes for my side dishes. It would be great if the sides were on the "lighter side" that I can cook ahead. Thanks !

Jun 27, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Yakitori Cooking at Home

Thanks for the recipe !

Mar 30, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Best Baked Bean Recipe ?

Thanks everyone ! Can't wait to try some of these recipes !

Mar 30, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Yakitori Cooking at Home

Thanks for the tips !

Mar 28, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Return to New York 2, with Kids, need new Recs !

I think Otto will definitely be on our schedule, thanks for the rec !

Mar 28, 2011
vonger44 in Manhattan

Best Baked Bean Recipe ?

Anyone care to share their baked bean recipe, esp for big groups ?
Thanks !

Mar 26, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Return to New York 2, with Kids, need new Recs !

Absolutely !

Mar 26, 2011
vonger44 in Manhattan

Yakitori Cooking at Home

I am interested in doing some Yakitori cooking at home and looking for some advice on equipment as well as some recipes. Our 4 young kids love going to Izakaya /Yakitori places but thought I would be a fun idea to try at home. Korin had some Japanese charcoal barbeque grills including binchotan charcoal as well as some of those cooking nets. Anyone have any experience in their products ?
Also, depending on what they are making, I notice the chefs sprinkling some spice (besides salt and pepper) on some of the food. Does anyone know what this is ? I have a pretty large gas BBQ grill as we as a few portable charcoal grills so I am open to maybe customize what I have, but would love to make the food tasting as authentic as possible. Finally, if anyone has a great resource or link to great yakitori recipes, that would be lovely. Thanks !

Mar 26, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

Thanks everyone for all your swell ideas ! We ended up making ribs (par baked then finished on the grill) , grilled corn, and baked beans for our small group. For the big group, we decided to do grilled bbq chicken (par baked and finished on the grill) and a huge pot of corn chowder ! I think our group had the best eats last weekend ! Thanks again and I look forward to trying out some of these recipes in the future !

Mar 26, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Return to New York 2, with Kids, need new Recs !

Thanks for your feedback !
I did check out the menu at Yakitori Totto to make certain they have chicken hearts, which
the kids love along with the normal chicken parts, just need to get there early so they don't run out =)
I am aware of the change at Yasuda and I believe we had the sushi chef who took over serve us awhile back. Does Yasuda have a full menu for table service ? website does not list and I can always call them. I have frequented Joe's Shanghai many of times but thanks for the Shanghai Cafe ref ! Thanks for the recs to Recto and Markt, will definitely check them out !

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Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Markt
676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Mar 25, 2011
vonger44 in Manhattan

Return to New York 2, with Kids, need new Recs !

Hello.
I was able to take my older kids (then 7) to NYC for their first time last summer.
Thanks to some great recs on CH, I was able to visit a few old faves (lived in NYC in the 90s)
and discover a few new ones. Kids loved NYC and are stoked to go back in May when I will be
attending a conference. There are fairly good eaters who are 8 now and again looking for places that are both kid friendly and foodie enough for me and my wife who also will be making this trip. We are staying near Times Square but will be all over the city.
Last visit, we dined at John's pizza, Landmarc twice, Churrascraria Plataforma (pre-theatre dinner), Dylan's Candy Mar, Milk Bar, Shake Shake (twice), Kanoyama and a forgetful deli near Times Square.

Here are some of the places we hope to visit: Keens (for pre-theatre dinner), Landmarc again, Yakitori Totto, Shake Shack, of course, and Sarges (my personal deli fave and old haunt). We would like to try Keste or Motorino for pizza but hope to avoid any lines, any other suggestions for any recent top NYC pizza joints ? Kanoyama was good but another new sushi recommendation that have kid friendly food (teriyaki, rolls) but also a great sushi and sake selection ?. I would love to take my wife to Yasuda which I thoroughly enjoyed 2 years ago but not sure if they have a full menu for table seating for the kids ?
Also, a soup dumping place recommendation, ie Joe's Shanghai ? And finally, a bistro place where I can enjoy the usual bistro fare (mussels, bone marrow, terrines, liver, steak fries, etc) but also kid friendly. We usually have early dinners when restaurants and kids are a good combination and usually have a snack later on =)
Thanks !

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Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Joe's Shanghai
9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013

Sarge's Delicatessen
548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Kanoyama
175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Landmarc
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Dylan's Candy Bar
1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Mar 25, 2011
vonger44 in Manhattan

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

Thanks for the great reference !

Mar 02, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

Another great option to try ! Thanks !

Mar 02, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

I hope to do a pig roast in the next few years after getting more " camp cooking " experience,
I would love your pulled turkey bbq, thanks ! I grill a lot of pizzas at home but will be cooking dutch oven pizza for my first practice meal ! Thanks for the great tips !

Mar 02, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

what a fun way to cook with kids ! something I can only learn about on CH !
Thanks !

Mar 02, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

its more like 90 + tastings ( 8 smaller groups of 10-20, each preparing a entree + side to share )
but it's amazing how much more hungry boys get in the wild...
thanks for the great advice and the book rec ! i was planning on practicing cooking with the dutch oven this weekend in case I use it for the trip. we just starting cub scouts this year so nice to hear from a scamp veteran ! thanks !

Mar 01, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

what a cool idea ! we'll be in the desert next month so this would be fun to try !
Thanks !

Mar 01, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

another great idea, we thought of kebabs but the thought of 50 + kids running around with skewers in the dark scares me, lol but I will be trying this myself, thanks !

Mar 01, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

i concur, bacon is king in my book, I think just plain bacon would
make the kids happy, while shrimp/anything wrapped with bacon just screams for some cool suds ! PP is another great option to consider as I was thinking of having some kind of slider station, thanks !

Mar 01, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking

Camping meal ideas for large group needed.

great idea for the future ! thanks !

Mar 01, 2011
vonger44 in Home Cooking