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Where to buy octopus in Santa Barbara?

Made one of my favorite NYC dishes, Fusilli with Red Wine Braised Octopus and Bone Marrow (from Marea).

Mar 03, 2014
Corporate_40 in California

Where to buy octopus in Santa Barbara?

Thanks, the store was awesome and had everything I needed.

Since this was such a win, any idea where I can buy lardo in Santa Barbara?

Mar 02, 2014
Corporate_40 in California

Where to buy octopus in Santa Barbara?

Looking for fresh or frozen (raw) baby octopus. Any stores or fish markets sell in in Santa Barbara?

Feb 20, 2014
Corporate_40 in California

Dining Room at El Encanto [Santa Barbara]

Thanks, I apprectiate the info. I'm a local now for about 6 months now too.

I didn't thinkg the prices looked that bad in comparison to Bouchon and Scarlett Begonia dinners, if anything they were a tad higher for a few items. But I agree after waking up this cold morning that it might be better to wait until it warms up a bit.

That being said I need to pick another place to eat. I went to Juliene in June and had a decent meal, but given the high praise I think it just might have been an off night for them. I also haven't been to Wine Cask yet.

Any other special occasion places you can think of I should consider?

Dec 05, 2013
Corporate_40 in California

Dining Room at El Encanto [Santa Barbara]

I have reservations for dinner on the terrace next Tuesday for my wife's birthday, and was looking for any recommendations on the menu, and also for a dress code for the restaurant. Would we feel out of place in nice jeans?

Dec 04, 2013
Corporate_40 in California

Pork belly in Santa Barbara

Looking to buy some slab pork belly, skin on or off. Are there any Asian markets or butchers in the area to easily get this?

Dec 01, 2013
Corporate_40 in California

One dinner in Santa Barbara...

OK, so based on some recommendations, the night we arrive we're going to keep it casual and check out Cielito. Figured that's a good start, and we'll be able to walk around downtown and check things out.

Scored a reservation for Julienne for the following Friday night, so very excited about that. Not sure if we'll do another high end place on Saturday, but I have plenty of reservations for casual lunch and dinners during the weekdays.

Last question I have is in regards to dress codes. We're originally from Philadelphia and currently live in Orlando, do we're aware that different parts of the country differ greatly in what's acceptable. So for a place like Cielito or Julienne, are they both relatively casual places? Would a nice t-shirt and jeans, and even stylish sneakers be appropriate? Just not sure how trendy or dressy these places are.

Apr 03, 2013
Corporate_40 in California

One dinner in Santa Barbara...

Wow, that's a lot of great info. Yeah, I guess I forgot to mention that I'm a huge foodie (I really hate that term), and we both eat pretty much anything. We love all places from hight end to complete dives.

From my preliminary searches and menu look ups, Julienne is the one place that got my attention. We're now both in town for 2 solid weeks, so I'll do some research on the rest of the places you mentioned as well.

Apr 02, 2013
Corporate_40 in California

One dinner in Santa Barbara...

I'm coming out to Santa Barbara for a couple weeks with the possibility of moving there permanently. I'm flying my wife out for a few days, and need a recommendation for a great, quintessential Santa Barbara restaurant to help convince her that moving there is a great idea.

We're staying downtown, so that area would be preferable (but not a huge deal if a short ride is worth it).

If such a place exists, please help me out.

Apr 01, 2013
Corporate_40 in California

First time in Chicago...

Scored reservations for Frontera Grill on that Friday night, so I'm all set. Thanks again for your great recommendations...

Feb 13, 2013
Corporate_40 in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago...

This is great information, thanks so much. I didn't realize that Mercat a la Plancha was a Jose Garces restaurant. I'm originally from Philly, so I'm a big fan of his. That helped me make up my mind quickly for my last dinner.

Thursday - Girl & the Goat @ 7:15pm
Friday – Topolobampo or Frontera Grill
Saturday - The Publican @ 8pm
Sunday – Mercat a La Planxa @ 8pm

With regards to Frontera Grill, for their limited reservations, do they take those 3 months in advance as well. Would you recommend FG or Topolobampo?

I'm going to do brunch at North Pond and then check out the Lincoln Park Zoo, so that works out well. I also have Malnati's and Portillo's on the list for lunch as well.

Again, thanks for all the help, this trip and food planning worked out perfectly with one last reservation to grab.

Feb 12, 2013
Corporate_40 in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago...

Actually just realized that Yusho was a bit further away from our hotel then I wanted (we're staying at the Hyatt Regency Chicago downtown).

We're definitely going to try for dinner at Topolobampo or Frontera Grill on Friday night, so now I just need something for Sunday relatively close to downtown (no more than a short cab ride).

Feb 12, 2013
Corporate_40 in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago...

Thanks.

While I would LOVE to do Alinea, my recent trip to EMP in NYC has left me a little broke, lol. I could go there, but then I'd have to only have cheap eats the rest of the weekend, and I'd much rather experience a bunch of restaurants.

Feb 11, 2013
Corporate_40 in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago...

Been reading a ton of posts and have reservations at Girl and the Goat, The Publican, and Yusho. Looking for one more great dinner, preferably something that is truly Chicago that I can't get in any other major city. Only caveat is that they have to take reservations (Fri night over Memorial Day weekend).

I've been considering a Bayless restaurant, but just looking for other advice.

Feb 11, 2013
Corporate_40 in Chicago Area

Finally got EMP reservations!!!

Good advice. Thanks!

Dec 04, 2012
Corporate_40 in Manhattan

Finally got EMP reservations!!!

The more and more I look at the wine list, the more I think I'll end up with a couple cocktails and a couple bottles of wine. Should I really expect to spend 4 hours eating? Also, should I ask for a tour of the kitchen when we're seated, or after dinner?

Thanks for all the comments...

Dec 04, 2012
Corporate_40 in Manhattan

Finally got EMP reservations!!!

I'm in NYC every Christmas holiday season, and have been trying for 4 years now go get in to EMP. Well, I finally got a reservation for Saturday, Dec 29th @ 7pm and cannot wait.

Just wondering about a few things. Now that the format is tasting menu only, how much is the wine pairings per person, and is it worth it? And I'm assuming that I won't be overdressed in a suit and tie?

Anything else I should know about or specifically ask for?

Thanks in advance...

Dec 01, 2012
Corporate_40 in Manhattan

My Charleston Itinerary...

Got my reservation at FIG, so itinerary is set!

Thanks for all the comments, very excited for our first trip to Charleston.

Aug 03, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

Yeah, I do tend to overthink my dining options to the point I can't even discuss them with my wife anymore, lol.

The only thing that has me leaning towards High Cotton for brunch is they have a jazz band playing, and that sounds like a fun time (the menu's are pretty similar, so that's a push).

Jul 23, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

So I've decided to move my Husk reservation to Sunday night, and eat at FIG on Saturday night (waiting until Aug 2nd to make my reservation).

I'm sticking with Macintosh for Friday night b/c we'll get in late, just want to share a few apps in a festive bar environment. Plus is seems close to other bars we'd like to go to afterwards.

So that leaves me with brunch. I orginally chose Magnolia's b/c I like the menu and saw it on several Cooking Channel shows. However I've been reading a lot of good things about the Sunday brunch at High Cotton.

Any thoughts on Magnolia's vs. High Cotton for brunch, or is there another spot I should be looking at for a memorable, fun brunch?

And thanks again for everyone's inputs and comments. They are very much appreciated.

Jul 19, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

That's great news, thanks. I think I'm going to keep my reservation at Husk, and swap out SNOB for FIG should I be able to get the time I need.

Jul 15, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

Yea, that's sounds like a must do.

Jul 14, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

Well, just checked and FIG is booked Fri and Sat night, so there goes that option.

Thanks for the comments though...

Jul 12, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

As I've been reading the Charleston posts, I've keep seeing the same thing about Husk. That's disappointing, b/c I really wanted it to be the highlight of my weekend dining, but from the sounds of it, it might not be.

How is Brock's cooking there compare to McCrady's? Would you recommend one over the other?

I've looked at both FIG and Grocery. Would you choose one of those over SNOB?

Jul 12, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

This will be my first time in Charleston. I have been trying to plan this trip for some time, and am very excited its finally happening. Coming in over Labor Day weekend to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. We're getting in late Friday night, and leaving Monday after lunch.

We're staying at the Charleston Mill House. Here's what I have planned so far. Let me know if I'm missing anything or you'd change something...

Friday Night
The Macintosh (good since the kitchen is open late)

Saturday
Lunch – Fleet Landing (wife loves eating by the water, so while the foodie in me doesn't want to go, I have to give in on some things)
Dinner – Husk

Sunday
Brunch - Magnolia
Dinner - SNOB

Monday
Lunch - Hominy Grill

Jul 11, 2012
Corporate_40 in Southeast

First time in Montreal - Looking for dining advice...

Thanks for that. I think I'm pretty happy with my restaurant selections.

And yes, time willing we will definitely stop in for a bagel. Also going to get some smoked meat, as well as maybe stop at Romados for lunch one day.

Jun 15, 2012
Corporate_40 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

First time in Montreal - Looking for dining advice...

Great. I'm leaning towards replacing Le Bremner with Le Filet, as I love the small plates and sharing.

Thanks for the advice, and if you think of anything else I must try, please let me know (Schwartz's Deli is now on my list to check out for lunch).

Jun 13, 2012
Corporate_40 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

First time in Montreal - Looking for dining advice...

Thanks for the advice. In looking at the Le Filet menu, based on the pricing it seems they are all appetizer sized portions. Is that the case there (which I love, so that would be a good thing)? CCeP seems to be more the traditional app and entree design.

If you were to pick one of the two, which would you prefer?

Jun 13, 2012
Corporate_40 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

First time in Montreal - Looking for dining advice...

My wife and I are going to be in Montreal for 4th of July weekend for 5 days/4 nights. Its our first time in Montreal, and are also going to be able to enjoy the Jazz Festival that week.

I have my dinners picked out, and wanted your thoughts if I’m missing anything. I tried going through all of the other recommendations, but again, having never been there, I’m sure there’s something I left out.

I have dinner reservations for:

Les 400 Coups

Liverpool House

Garde Manger

Le Bremner

Some obvious ones missing from other posts are Joe Beef (I was unable to get a reservation, so I thought that Liverpool House would be a good alternative) and Au Pied de Cochon (haven’t tried making reservations yet, just not sure where I would fit it in). And I know I have two Chuck Hughes restaurants on my list, but I have to go to Garde Manger and the reviews sounds so positive for Le Bremner, I figured why not.

So anyway, are there any places I’m missing or changes you think I should make. Also, are there any uniquely Montreal dining things I should try? I’ve been told to go to La Banquise at least once, but not sure what other specialties to check out.

Thanks in advance for any help…

Jun 12, 2012
Corporate_40 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Easy Philly Cheesesteaks

No mushrooms or peppers on a Philly cheesesteak. Also, any self respecting Philly native knows both Pats and Genos are tourist traps. Anyway, sliced or chopped is a matter of preference, I prefer sliced rather than chopped up. But there are places that do both well, like Steve's, Tony Luke's, or John's Roast Pork.

May 29, 2012
Corporate_40 in Recipes