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Los Angeles area farms

I've been to Underwood Farms in Moorpark a couple of times. It was fun. They charge to get in ($5?) but the prices overall are really cheap. I got a bunch of zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, green beans, eggplant, etc for less than $20 - You definitely can't get veggies that fresh or cheap at the grocery store!

http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/i...

Degustation Report

Thanks for the great review! I'm excited to go when I visit NY next month!

Apr 17, 2009
parsleybasilnthyme in Manhattan

Bar Americain, Marseille or Other in between shows?

I guess I'll be nixing Bar Americain! Maze looks really good. Thanks so much for everyone's help - My stomach and I appreciate it :-)

Apr 17, 2009
parsleybasilnthyme in Manhattan

Bar Americain, Marseille or Other in between shows?

Thanks for the suggestions...Which is your top choice?

Apr 17, 2009
parsleybasilnthyme in Manhattan

Bar Americain, Marseille or Other in between shows?

Hi. I'm trying to fit in dinner for 2 between a matinee (2pm) and evening (8pm) show on a Saturday in May. I am looking for someplace nice in the theatre district, but not too lengthy (i.e. - tasting menu) since we have limited time between shows. Price doesn't matter (meaning this is a special trip and we're going all out). It looks like Bar Americain and Marseille are getting good reviews - which is the best choice, or is there someplace else that is better? Other places we're planning to go to during our trip are Babbo, Craftsteak, Degustation...Thanks!

Apr 17, 2009
parsleybasilnthyme in Manhattan

need a ham.....confusion abounds, please help

Not sure about the Organic aspect, but I second Honeybaked - they're really yummy. Plus, they're ready to serve!

Christmas Eve dinner 2008

Melisse's menu looks good. Thanks!

Christmas Eve dinner 2008

I will look at Water Grill as well. Thank you.

Christmas Eve dinner 2008

What was your favorite part of the experience at Providence and what made it unique?

Christmas Eve dinner 2008

I nixed Saddlepeak after reading some of the reviews here. While Cut is great, steak just isn't my idea of Christmas. But, thanks so much for the response. I had not realized that Bastide closed. Too bad.

Christmas Eve dinner 2008

We're looking for a really fantastic Christmas Eve dinner - something special to celebrate the holidays. We went to Grace last year - it was good, but nothing spectacular. Been looking at Providence, Ortolan, or Bastide for this year. Any thoughts? Does Bastide even do a special menu? Anyone have Christmas Eve dinner at any of these places last year? Would appreciate any thoughts on this...Thanks!

Corkage Fee - Max in Sherman Oaks

Great, thanks so much!!!

Corkage Fee - Max in Sherman Oaks

Anyone know how much the corkage fee is at Max Restaurant in Sherman Oaks? Just trying to figure out if it's worth bringing our own bottle for a dinner party there tonight...Thanks!

I love Bouchon (Santa Barbara)!

not sure how long it has been there...$163 (includes the generous tip)

Jun 01, 2008
parsleybasilnthyme in California

I love Bouchon (Santa Barbara)!

The service and food is AMAZING!!! Went there for my Anniversary, which I mentioned when I made the reservation. When we showed up, we were greeted with a "Happy Anniversary" and promptly led to a nice table on the patio, where there were rose petals strewn across the table. Our server, Aaron, came by shortly after with complimentary champagne and a great personality. Needless to say, we felt very special. Aaron was extremely helpful with the menu and wine decisions, as were all the other waitstaff members as I noticed (by eavesdropping on other tables). I forget the hostess' name, but she was so accommodating and congenial with all the guests, making sure everyone was comfortable especially with the temperature of the heat lamps.

I started with the Buffalo Tartare, which was very fresh and good for a starter. The buffalo had such a nice flavor and texture, which really came through. Since there were crispy capers, which were awesome, I did find it was slightly over-salted. But, it definitely did not detract from the dish. My husband had the special broccoli puree, which he thought was simple but nothing special. I felt it was missing something, but not quite sure what.

For my entree, I had the Bourbon and Maple-Glazed California Duck Breast (their specialty), and it was sooooo delicious that I can't even give it justice! All I can say, is that it just became my "last meal" (you know, the one you'd have if you were on death row). The duck confit was to die for!!! Aaron suggested the Palmina Dolcetto wine, which I can say totally enhanced my dinner. In fact, it just became my new favorite Italian wine (used to be Chianti).

My husband chose the Braised Short Ribs. They were melt-in-your-mouth good! He was paired with a Syrah (sorry, can't remember the exact name), which I have to admit went quite well, and I am not a fan of Syrah!

Dessert - I had the Apple Tarte Tartin, which was perfect! The cinnamon ice-cream (McConnell's) was a unique surprise - very light and subtle, not overpowering. He had the Meyer Lemon Curd Tart, which he enjoyed very much. I found it a little strong for my taste, but I am not lemon curd lover.

Our biggest disappointment is that it is not located nearby! We would both go back there in a second! So, the next time you're in Santa Barbara, you should definitely experience this outstanding restaurant - you'll have such a wonderful time.

Jun 01, 2008
parsleybasilnthyme in California