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Feedback please - Oahu & Maui

We will be in Maui at the end of April, and your list is invaluable, thank you! One question. We are staying at a small condo complex tha has a communal BBQ and would love to cook several nights. Any good fish markets in the Kihei/ Lahaina area?

2 days ago
smaiolini in Hawaii


can I bring prosciutto back from italy to the US?

May 07, 2013
smaiolini in Italy

Trip Report, August 1 through 6 (very long)

Great recommendations for New Orleans, any recommendations for the Lafayette area? We will be spending a few days there after N.O.......thanks

Aug 12, 2012
smaiolini in New Orleans

Trip Report, August 1 through 6 (very long)

Wow, what a post! I don't know how you remember all that. I am going at the end of September and will hit your rcommended places. If it is allowable on this board, can you recommend some music venues that are local? We used to go to Donna's, but I understand that may be closed.thanks

Aug 09, 2012
smaiolini in New Orleans

Great find in Orland

Yes it is in downtown Orland. Here is the website that should give you all the info:


Jul 07, 2012
smaiolini in California

Great find in Orland

We travel from San Francisco to Redding or Dunsmuir a few times a year and I am always totally unimpressed with the lunch possibilities going through the valley. We used to go to Granzella's only because it was convenient, but the food was usually mediocre at best. This last time we came across the Farwood Grill in Orland. The food was excellent, and they have a very good local wine list. The restaurant used to be a gentlemen's club in the old days and the furnishings are very nice. The people are very friendly and helpful. I had a prime rib dip with caramelized onions and a blue cheese aoli that was fantastic, and worked well with a red blend from a local winery. Finally, some decent food in the valley.

Jul 01, 2012
smaiolini in California

Banh Mi in the Penninsula?

Anyone know where to get those lovely sandwiches on the Penninsula, say down to Redwood City??

Lemon Digestif

The traditional way to serve this is after dinner, sometimes with an esspresso. It is usually served ice cold in small liquor glasses, that can also be kept in the freezer. Keeping it in the freezer is just for taste. You can get some nice small bootles at places like Cost Plus or Pier One Imports, 375-500 ml.

Dec 15, 2010
smaiolini in Recipes

fresh fish in Kona/Poipu Beach

Thanks a lot!

Apr 21, 2009
smaiolini in Hawaii

fresh fish in Kona/Poipu Beach

We are leaving next week for a week in Poipu and a week in Kona and intend to hit some of the great places recommended here, but will also be cooking a lot. Any reccomendations for fresh local fish markets in either place?

Apr 16, 2009
smaiolini in Hawaii

Mario Rules LV

That was the same sommelier. Here name was Liz, and she was awesome.

Feb 27, 2009
smaiolini in Southwest

Mario Rules LV

First of all I want to thank all of you for all the info I got from this board in my preparation for 3 nights if Vegas, it was very helpful. It was interesting to see all of the different opinions of B & B, but with that menu I had to try it. We ate at B & B, CarneVino, and Enoteca San Marco, and also Fiamma in the MGM Grand. The food at B & B and CarneVino was fantastic, but different from what I read here, the service was great. Especially our lunch at CarneVino, the Sommeiier was so nice that she comped us a wonderful 1999 VIn Santo to go with our biscotti. The servers at both restaurants were very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The food at Enoteca San Marco was a notch below the other two and I wasn't too impressed with the pizza, but it was ok. At B & B we had teh tripe, lambs tongue salad, lamb's brain francobaldi, mint love letters, and the sweetbreads. Now my wife is a sweetbread lover. I already converted her to tripe.

Lunch at Carnevino included a salumi platter, great fried calamari and a wonderful salad with a creamy garlic dressing.

The only dissapointment was Fiamma. We had the winter tasting menu, the kobe beef risotto cakes, carpaccio, and beef cheeks raviolini. You couldn't tell if it was kobe beef or Cosco beef in the risotto balls, and the beef cheek ravioli was not too good. This restaurant was a couple of steps below Mario's places, both in food and service.

My wife and I live in San Francisco and enjoy good food, and Mario's places came through.

Feb 26, 2009
smaiolini in Southwest

Cooking and Drinking Through Southern Italy

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 01, 2008
smaiolini in Features