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Wine on the Las Vegas strip?

Well my needs are pretty simple, just a good place to enjoy a bottle of wine around 11:00ish. I know that I'm going to have to look beyond restaurants to find a place to be able to sit back and actually enjoy the wine.

Auerole is still in the lead - their bar is open until midnight.

What's B&B? And where's Enoteca?

Jul 28, 2009
Detroit Slim in Las Vegas

Wine on the Las Vegas strip?

I'm going to Las Vegas this weekend, and getting in late Friday night (around 10:30). I know my eating options on the strip pretty well, but what if I just want a good bottle of wine? I want to hang out with a friend & down a good bottle of red with some appetizers.

My first choice is sitting at the bar at Aureole, but are there any other good options? Where would have a decent wine list without, say, the insane markup that the top-flight restaurants tack on? Does Paris have a good spot for wine? Is there someplace else to consider?

Jul 27, 2009
Detroit Slim in Las Vegas

Miami/South Beach - one night, one dinner

I'll be in SoBe tomorrow night, and I'd love a good recommendation for dinner.

Right now, the best recommendation I've gotten is "Pacific Time", but since I'm coming from California, fusion-seafood doesn't feel all that interesting to me.

I want semi-sophisticated, perhaps a little wine-centric, and certainly if there's something with a good Cuban influence, that's something I don't get much of back here.

The only other restriction is that I've got to be able to get a reservation for tomorrow night! I've only got one night in town, and if I can make a good dinner the centerpiece of my stay, I'd be ecstatic.

Thanks!

Jeff

Oct 16, 2008
Detroit Slim in Florida

Bars in Malibu/SaMo/Beachside

*sounds of palm smacking forehead*

Duke's! Thank you! That's the place I was initially thinking of!

I'll probably head there unless there's some other cool place to get a drink oceanside... it's been a long time since I've headed out that way, and my sense of the coast appears to have atrophied.

Aug 29, 2008
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Bars in Malibu/SaMo/Beachside

Emergency help needed, y'all... I want to take my lady out for some drinks tonight somewhere near the ocean. Searches for "bar" or "nightlife" aren't being that helpful... She's not much of a drinker, so we just need a place that's got a nice hangout vibe.

Was thinking about the Malibu Inn, but I've lived on the west side for years & years and haven't been there since the '90s... Has the vibe changed a lot? Is there another low-key place to get a drink and listen to the ocean that doesn't involve the miserable G***stones?

Aug 29, 2008
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Newbie -- Suggestions, please.

If west side includes west hollywood, then go to Ajisai, on Palm street right off of Santa Monica.

Get a seat at the bar and ask Shoei-san for the basic sushi dinner. The sushi is excellent, the chef is extraordinarily gentle and friendly, and you can get a full sushi course for $20. Ajisai is the best neighborhood sushi place I've ever been to.

Apr 08, 2008
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in Gallup?

I'm on a sudden, surprise road trip and will be in the ABQ area for breakfast tomorrow, or an early lunch in Gallup... The last postings seem to be a year or two out of date, but if we're looking for a local color lunch in Gallup, any recommendations?

Dec 28, 2007
Detroit Slim in Southwest

Lunch in Gallup?

I'm on a sudden, surprise road trip and will be in the ABQ area for breakfast tomorrow, or an early lunch in Gallup... The last postings seem to be a year or two out of date, but if we're looking for a local color lunch in Gallup, any recommendations?

Dec 27, 2007
Detroit Slim in Southwest

Please Explain Sushi Zo

Ike is closing? What's the story on that? Oh no!

Dec 20, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

New Pizza Joint in Eagle Rock

Aaannd.... it's not a proper Chowhound discussion until someone hates it! Brownstones, welcome to the contentious pizza community!

Next time you try it - if there is a next time - just ask the owner to heat your slices up to the temperature of your liking.

I, too, found out the hard way that they're not open until 4:00PM on Sundays... But when I came back, I got a slice as good as the first time I was there.

Might help to consider that Brownstones is all about the Joe's Pizza/NYC slice, which is an entirely different ballgame from the Casa Bianca philosophy of pizza. The paper thin crust, topped with a thin slick of grease, sauce, and cheese is a highly prized delicacy in some quarters.

Nov 12, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Taix or Cafe Pinot?

I'll second Cafe Beaujolais for the good food at reasonable prices. I'll even bump the recommendation up with a nice, tres Parisien atmosphere and terrific staff.

Nov 09, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

New Pizza Joint in Eagle Rock

This isn't a "sit down, get appetizers" place at all. It's about as ugly as any sweatbox pizza shop in Manhattan, but this isn't a place for decor, atmosphere, or to take the kids for a fun evening out.

It's all about the art of the slice, and like the other reviewers have noted, they nail it. Before Brownstone's opened, I would have swapped out Casa Bianca for a branch of Joe's Pizza in a heartbeat... But I went back for another slice, and it was every bit as good as I remember Joe's was back in the day (the mid 90's to be more specific). If Brownstone's keeps up the quality, I won't miss Joe's a bit.

I'd be happy to trade out Casa Bianca, but I'd rather get a really good Indian restaurant in the neighborhood instead.

Nov 09, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

OMG! Just spoke to Joe's Pizza!

Is this a branch of the Joe's Pizza that used to be at Bleecker and 6th?

Out in Eagle Rock, I just had a slice of pizza that rivalled Joe's (full story in my other post).

I don't know at what point I died and entered pizza heaven, but I hope their LA branch is as good as the old NYC branch!

Nov 08, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

New Pizza Joint in Eagle Rock

A new pizza place has opened up in the 'Rock, right next door to the Colorado Wine Company.

I think it's called "Brownstone Pizza", though their signage isn't fully up yet and since I wasn't looking, I'm not sure. To be perfectly honest, I don't care what it's called. What does matter is that this is the best slice of NYC style pizza I've had since I left New York.

My all-time favorite slice of New York pizza was the old Joe's Pizza at the corner of 6th and Bleecker. Most other pizza joints in NYC barely measured up to that standard. The infinite variety of Ray's Pizza were all too soggy and gloppy. Most of the other corner shops couldn't get the balance between crust and cheese right, and too many places use lousy tomato sauce. But Joe's (before they moved a few doors up) used to be flawless. Thin, crispy and yet greasy at the same time, and scalding hot. The new location is good, but the few times I've been there, an inconsistency has crept in.

This new joint in Eagle Rock... the first bite of my first slice took me right back to every great slice of Joe's Pizza I'd ever eaten. Proust had his madelines. I have my pizza. For a moment, I was back in the city in my early twenties. it was 2:30 in the morning, and I was hunched over those rickety tables in the West Village, shoving down a couple of slices of pizza before staggering home from a night of wandering around dirty bars below Houston street.

It was that good. The grease, the sauce, the crust... it was that old school pizza that I loved. This is hands down the most authentic slice of NYC pizza I've eaten outside of the five boroughs, and for my tastes, it's a better slice than most of the slice-and-a-coke joints in the city.

It's a good time to be living in Eagle Rock.

Nov 08, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Boston food for someone in Los Angeles

Great suggestions, and thanks all!

Looks like a shipment from Legal Seafood is going to fit the bill quite nicely.

As for the carne asada burritos, the best I've had are in San Francisco, so even I get stuck when I've got a craving.

Nov 07, 2007
Detroit Slim in Greater Boston Area

Boston food for someone in Los Angeles

I'm out on the opposite end of the country, and my best friend out here is a wanna-be Bostonian. He talks endlessly about moving to Boston and how much he loves it, even though he's lived here for 14 years and has no intention of moving anywhere.

His birthday is coming up, and I'd love to find some traditional/good Boston food to get shipped out here next week. I've done this from time to time with pizza, sliders, & ribs from a variety of places, but Boston is a new one.

I know he's got a big thing for lobster rolls - even though that's more of a cape thing, I take it.

Does anybody have suggestions for something I can get shipped out here that'll have a good Boston feel?

And I've been craving a lobster roll, also. Any recommendations on who might be able to ship one out to the west coast?

Jeff

Nov 06, 2007
Detroit Slim in Greater Boston Area

One blow-out meal in LA please

I'll triple the recommendation for Sona. I haven't eaten at Urasawa, because Sona nearly broke my dinner bankroll, but was unquestionably worth it. It might be as close to Kaiseki-Los Angeles style as you'll find.

The wine pairings were inspired, the individual courses were head-spinning. My date and I received radically different plates for each course, which was even cooler... Somehow we each got a course that was suited to our palette. The service was exquisite, and I thought I was going to burst by the time I left.

Melisse is good, but IMHO Sona is better. Melisse has more of a traditional dining feel, with a spacious, well lit room and heavier, less complicated dishes. Sona is darker, a little more crowded and intimate, with almost as many servers bustling about as there are diners, but the ambience alone adds a seriousness and energy to the meal that Melisse doesn't have.

Not that there's a wrong decision here, but if I had $500 to blow on dinner for 2, it'd be Sona, no questions asked.

Oct 12, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Lunch in the valley - Sepulveda/Oxnard area

Thanks for all those suggestions. I just got to El Jerezano yesterday, and the tacos were great. The refried beans were simmered up just how I like them, too.

I also found Pho999, and really enjoyed my beef noodle soup. There's a few more things on the menu there that looked good, so I'll definitely pop back in there again.

Sep 21, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Trying to remember a kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto... Misougawa? Anyone know it?

I honestly don't remember. I was there in April 2001, and I can't find my credit card receipt, which is why I had to ask if anyone knew the name.

At the time, it was the priciest dinner I'd ever paid for (a record which has been broken twice since). I think it was in the $300-$350 USD range. I don't think there was a bottle of wine added in to that total, but I could be wrong. Or maybe there was a bottle of wine, but no matched wine pairings.

The dinner, though, is something my dad and I still talk about six years later. The food was exquisite, and so was the experience. My dad had found it on the internet, but neither of us knew what to expect. The hotel concierge had to bring the cab driver to the phone to give him directions, and in turn, he had to give us directions to their front door. We showed up in tennis shoes and sweatshirts, couldn't have been more out of place, but the staff was (as one would expect) unfailingly polite and quite interested in what we thought of the restaurant. We could hear a number of boisterous Japanese dinners behind all the shoji... but we never saw a single customer.

I still remember a pumpkin-infused creamy soup with some whitefish, and another extremely flaky whitefish for a main course. The chef came out to visit with us after dinner, and his first question was "how did you find this restaurant?" The only waitress who could translate was a girl from Argentina who was studying Japanese, and English was her 3rd language... but that was all part of the charm.

I know nothing at all about Hyotei, but Misogui-Gawa was worth the price-tag.

Sep 04, 2007
Detroit Slim in Japan

Lunch in the valley - Sepulveda/Oxnard area

I'm about to start a freelance gig on the far side of the Valley from me. The office I'm working out of is near Sepulveda, Oxnard, and the 405.

Any good lunch suggestions? Notable take out or delivery in the area? Any culinary quaqmires to avoid?

Sep 03, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

San Diego - Hillcrest area?

Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions. We had two great meals in the area!

Dinner was Khyber Pass. Here in LA, we couldn't think of any Afghani food, so that made it an easy choice. It was a winner, and one of the better meals I've had lately, easily. By the end of dinner, it felt like a real find and a place I'd look forward to eating at again. I had the filet mignon shish kebobs. Don't know all of what the meat was marinated in, but it was smoky, slightly spicy, and perfectly grilled over charcoal. I was a little sad when I looked down and found the plate was empty. The girlfriend had a lamb dahl, which was also quite tasty. My next trip to San Diego, I'd go back in an instant.

Breakfast this morning was the Crest Cafe... We thought about La Vache, but the home-y menu at Crest was what we were both in the mood for. I had a waffle with raspberries and lemon pie filling, and loved it. We had gone for a slow jog around Coronado island, so I needed a big carb re-fill, and the waffle was a nice fluffy buttermilk, and the sweet fruit sat very nicely on it. Part of me wanted to pour syrup over it just out of habit, but it was totally unnecessary.

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Sep 03, 2007
Detroit Slim in California

Trying to remember a kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto... Misougawa? Anyone know it?

That's it! Thank you so much! I've been trying to remember the name of this place for years.

Astonishingly good food, and a gracious chef, as I recall.

Sep 01, 2007
Detroit Slim in Japan

Trying to remember a kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto... Misougawa? Anyone know it?

In 2001, my father and I spent several days in Kyoto and the highlight of our trip was a kaiseki restaurant. In my notebooks, I have the name of the place written down as "Misougawa"

It was a French/Japanese fusion dinner, and my dad and I were perhaps the only gaijin in the place. The restaurant was located off a pedestrian mall next to the Kamo? river... The cab driver dropped us off two blocks away and told us where to find the virtually unmarked front door.

The food was an excellent fusion of French and Japanese... I remember a lot of cream-based soups and interesting seafood presentation. The chef himself came out to talk with us, and told us about his wine-tasting forays through the south of France.

For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of this place. I've lost the box of credit card receipts, so I can't track it down that way. Can anyone help? Does this ring a bell with anyone local?

Sep 01, 2007
Detroit Slim in Japan

San Diego - Hillcrest area?

My girlfriend and I are heading down to San Diego for a night. We're staying at a B&B in the Hillcrest area (I think it's called)... so where do we want to eat?

What are the suggestions for a great, fun place for lunch & a nice dinner in the area? We're pretty adventurous and like most ethnic foods. What's in the "casual but shouldn't miss" category?

Thanks!

Aug 31, 2007
Detroit Slim in California

Cooking with an opened bottle of red wine

How long can you keep a bottle of red wine in the 'fridge before it goes bad for cooking?

I opened a bottle of syrah a little over a week ago, drank half, sprayed in the preservative gas, stuck a cork in it and shoved it into the refrigerator. I know the other half should have been drunk, but can I cook with it? I'm whipping up another batch of marinara sauce tonight, and would love to pour in a cup or so.

What's the farthest you can push a wine and still cook it down? Any experieces? Thoughts? Guesstimates?

Jul 01, 2007
Detroit Slim in Home Cooking

Italian Alternatives in Eagle Rock

The pastas at the Capri aren't much to sing about, but I prefer their pizza to Casa Bianca. It feels closer to NY style crusts, and it has none of the attitude you get a CB.

Mar 10, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

Lunch at The Ivy suggestions

Definitely get a mint julep or a mojito... Excellent afternoon cocktail.

My mom got a halibut or whitefish (sorry to be fuzzy, but it was many months ago) with a light cream sauce, and it was just about the best piece of fish I'd tasted in a long time.

Overall, it's a great experience, and a fairly above-average lunch.

Mar 05, 2007
Detroit Slim in Los Angeles Area

HELP! I put too much unsweetened chocolate in my chili!

I split the difference with a little sugar, let that simmer in, then a little wine. I was out of tomatoes, and it was spicy as all get-out, so I wasn't diluting the spice too much.

It worked, especially with some chips and sour cream, but certainly wasn't saved outright. Next time, though, I'll use a fraction of the chocolate and have some kick-ass chili.

Thanks for all thelp help!

Feb 04, 2007
Detroit Slim in Home Cooking

HELP! I put too much unsweetened chocolate in my chili!

I like the idea of adding a beer, but will that really help? Or maybe another 1/2 cup of red wine... there's already a cup of red wine in there, so that might help.

I'm also going to check and see if there's more tomatoes to add in. Would tomato paste help?

Feb 04, 2007
Detroit Slim in Home Cooking

HELP! I put too much unsweetened chocolate in my chili!

So I overestimated how much unsweetened chocolate to put into my Super Bowl chili.

As a secret ingredient, it's AWESOME, but it's also too much.

What can I do to blunt the bitterness of the chocolate? Help, please! It's simmering away and kickoff is in an hour!

Feb 04, 2007
Detroit Slim in Home Cooking