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Foodie spots in Tallahassee

My husband and I will be in Tallahassee for a full week in November between a football weekend and Thanksgiving weekend. We always seem to be taken to favorite local places over and over, That's not all bad but I have to believe there are some more interesting restaurants and bars there. I've heard that there are some new local chefs that are doing interesting things. Any suggestions?

Oct 16, 2014
cwmcm54 in Florida

What's a condiment you regularly use that you think most people don't know about?

Chocolate balsamic vinegar - does not have to be refrigerated but I like it cold on rich vanilla ice cream - guests always rave -also great on fruit or mixed with sour cream, crème fraiche or cream cheese - people will ask for the recipe
Dukes mayo - a must with tomatoes,for making tartar sauce or on a banana sandwich - or anytime you don't feel like making your own
Branston pickle - not much better lunch than a hunk of good Scottish cheddar on grainy bread with some pickle - also a go to item for cheese plates or any cold meat sandwich
Duhaime Cranberry,Rasberry, Ginseng, Star Anise Fruit Spread for cheese - I also like it with turkey
Southern- style chow chow (usually purchased at a road side stand if you don't have a great aunt to make it) - for any type of bean dish
Coleman's prepared English mustard - not unusual but I can't live without it

Nov 01, 2013
cwmcm54 in General Topics

60th birthday destination

Checking flights now. Thanks

Nov 01, 2013
cwmcm54 in General Topics

60th birthday destination

Thanks. We lived in Mexico for a year 2008-09 - Sna Miguel de Allende - and loved it and we've been to the Yucatan many times. You are correct. Mexico is wonderful despite the American press insistence that there is danger around every corner.

Nov 01, 2013
cwmcm54 in General Topics

60th birthday destination

Thanks. I Was thinking about Portland. Any specific recommendations re: hotels, restaurants and such.

Oct 31, 2013
cwmcm54 in General Topics

60th birthday destination

I celebrated my 50th in London with 12 female friends. With my 60th coming up in early 2014 I am very late in making plans. This time there will be spouses and my twenty-something sons and goddaughter traveling along. We are limited to a week due to my professor husband's teaching schedule. I want a good food destination with some activities for everyone to enjoy. We live in St Petersburg FL and have visited New Orleans too recently for that to be an option. Also out are Chicago and Colorado. Some friends have suggested Disney or Las Vegas both of which caused me to recoil, but was I too swift to judge? What are other recommended destinations that are interesting and/or fun and foodie within an easy days travel from San Francisco, NYC, Wash DC, Charlotte and FL?

Oct 30, 2013
cwmcm54 in General Topics

Last minute trip to Chicago

Thanks for all the good info. I will look forward to reporting back to you.

May 10, 2013
cwmcm54 in Chicago Area

Last minute trip to Chicago

We are going to be in Chicago May 17-21. We have lived there several times, most recently in 2011, so are fairly familiar with the city. We know it is too late for Rick Bayless places, Girl and the Goat or Spiaggia (a long-time favorite) and similar. Fri and Sat dinner we will be with our 20-something sons (both very well-traveled, one lives at a resort in CO mountains, the other performs at Second City so probably not into high end - also no pizza or Mexican for them) Sun night we will be on our own (I know Sun is tough). Any ideas? Perhaps some hip ethnic with the guys on Fri and Sat and some (undiscovered) gem for the two of us.

May 07, 2013
cwmcm54 in Chicago Area

!8 year old goddaughter for "cool" LA dinner

THanks for all the help. She is a rather sophisiticated 18 year old; elite school; older sibs in SF and Portland; international travel; not sure about the music but I would guess JT, Maroon5, fun, some indie stuff - definitely NOT Bieber. Food is probably less important than attitude. I am in FL and haven't been to LA in five years so no clue. Gjelina looks like a good bet.

Mar 29, 2013
cwmcm54 in Los Angeles Area

!8 year old goddaughter for "cool" LA dinner

My goddaughter will be in LA for her 18th birthday and wants to have dinner at the "coolest" place there. Suggestions please.

Mar 28, 2013
cwmcm54 in Los Angeles Area

CURRENT Tallahassee restaurants

There is still only one restaurnat in tallahasse worth searching out - Barnacle Bills
Fresh fish, fresh shucked oysters and great drinks. The ambiance is old FL = ask for Tavish - greatest waiter ever

Dec 04, 2009
cwmcm54 in Florida

Christmas in London/Hogmanay in Edinburgh

I had no idea finding good places that were open over the holidays would be so difficult. I have some ideas but would love recommendations for a formal Christmas Eve dinner that doesn't surpass 100 GBP per person (excluding alcohol of course) I assume that hotels are the best choice but we would also enjoy a gastropub - What about the Montagu at the former Churchill ( now a Hyatt I think) or the Duke. We arestaying in Blomsbury and I understand transport shuts down around 6 PM Will taxis still be available. We have been in London often but never at Christmas
Also, would like to do tea on Christmas Day in the late afternoon after the Dickens Walk (which we know is fun) any suggestions?
We will go to Sofra for some Middle Eastern goodness one day and have reservations at Rules for my husband's game and Stilton fix.
What about a good Indian choice that is authentic but not over priced like Cinnamon Club or Bombay Brasserie? We would like to take a visiting Amreican friend out for lunch on the 28th or 29th.

Also, any recommendations for not to miss Christmas week activities would be appreciated.

We are on our way to Edinburgh for Hogmanay if anyone wants to weigh in on that

Dec 04, 2009
cwmcm54 in U.K./Ireland

Upscale restaurant with good vegetarian offerings in London?

Try Acorn - all organic and veg and good for foodies
Also Chutney Mary - an old stand by out Kings road but with good veg options and an interesting Raj theme
There are several Sofra retaurants - middle eastern - wonderful - the original is in Mayfair and there is a larger one in Covent Garden

Dec 04, 2009
cwmcm54 in U.K./Ireland

Returning to Chicago after 10 year absence

Thamks chicgail - Good recommendations all!

Jun 23, 2009
cwmcm54 in Chicago Area

Returning to Chicago after 10 year absence

Need recommendations for how to introduce 19 year old and 23 year old sons to the city. 19 year old is a vegetarian and I want to take him to the very best in town. 23 year old loves steak and baseball - Harry Caray's?? We will be there for a week and would love to know if there is a nice French bistro. Our old favorites are Giordanno's for pizza and Twin Anchors for ribs. We loved Courtyards of Plaka in Greektown but know it is closed so what;s the best option. And any place that is simply not to be missed.

Jun 22, 2009
cwmcm54 in Chicago Area

Best Thai in St Pete ( or any eats in St Pete )

Also check out the ongoing thread on St Pete, Tampa, CLearwater

Feb 17, 2008
cwmcm54 in Florida

Best Thai in St Pete ( or any eats in St Pete )

Thai is trickey, but here are some other options......
Check out DeSantos on 3d right downtown, It's new and the SPTimes panned it but we had a nice meal there and the service was way above par for StPete. If you can, eat outside and have the chicken !

The only consistent Thai is King and I on Central around 4th but it is always empty so feels a little strange. If you speak with the owner he will see that your meal is prepared especially - best to follow his suggestions.
If you want to go a little broader in the Asian category, try ABC Seafood on 54th at Haines Rd. It is a storefront in a strip center but when you go in there are tanks of fresh fish and seafood from which to choose. It is typically filled with large families, generally Chinese, having huge banquet style meals. The ribs are excellent as is the whole fish and shrimp with honey and walnuts.
There are also, O Bistro on Central, Ceviche downtown (tapas), lots of folks rave about Z Grille (fish tacos) Park Shore and Bella Brava but all are highly over-rated. Try Bella for happy hour - good mojitos and some tasty appetizer pizzas but skip dinner. Lunch at Fresco's on the water at the end of the pier can be hit or miss - just stick with the salads and enjoy the view.
Our consistent favorite is the Central Avenue Oyster Bar - great friendly service, fresh fish and wonderful hand-shucked oysters (on the half-shell or available baked several ways - ask for them slightly roasted but still moist with mignonette sauce even if it isn't on the menu) Just overlook the gradeschool looking scoop that is used to serve the mashed potatoes - they are garlicky and tasty. The grouper is always grouper (they buy it whole) and there are several specials each day. On Sun evenings there is a great old style "crooner" who performs - order a manhattan or martini from John, Jesse or Becky behind the bar and sit back and relax. Great single malt and bourbon selection as well.
I hear Tedesco's is good but haven't tried it. Hated Savannah's. Understand a Rattlefish "clone" is opening soon.

It depends on how you are defining "best" Some of the best places are the old stand-bys with local flavor. Let me know if you need info on those. The city is just starting to enjoy some "bests" of a higher caliber.

Feb 17, 2008
cwmcm54 in Florida

German Restaurant St-Pete-area?!

I second Good Times. It is about halfway down the island on the right next to a convenience store. Great German beers on tap that like in Germany may change with the seasons and are sered in large pilsners. Try the roast Duck with sauerkraut.

Jul 20, 2007
cwmcm54 in Florida

Lackluster Tallahassee

Just came across this post and I can see that the problem here is folks think Tallahassee is a city. Please keep in mind that while it is geographically in FL, Tallahassee is actually a small south Georgia town. Expecting anything more than local color from a restaurant is a waste of time. The residents are government employees (read that, little disposable income), college professors and staff (likewise), students (need I say more) and lobbyists and legislators who are now legally prohibited from supporting the creation or maintenance of good restaurants.
So, stick with the local color and stop looking for anything even close to fine dining - few in Tallahassee would know how to provide classic service or would expect it.
Go to Barnacle Bills for beer and seafood, take out some barbecue from several local joints or jump in the car and drive to Appalachicola like the locals . And if you can't or don't want to say "Go 'Noles" or consistently dress in garnet and gold clothing, you might as well leave town.

Jul 20, 2007
cwmcm54 in Florida

The "best" in Quebec City

Many thanks. I feel well on my way to a great culinary experience. I will let you know how it was upon my return. Someone mentioned good Vietmnamese cuisine in Quebec City? Any knowledge of that?

The "best" in Quebec City

SO breakfast I presume....

The "best" in Quebec City

We will be in Quebec City for four days in Nov. Plan to have tea one afternoon at Le Chateau Frontenac as resommended by friends but otherwise we are completely open. As we will be there over the traditional US Thanksgiving holiday we are hoping to find a fabulous place for a late lunch on Thurs. Any suggestions? Also, we understand there are many undiscovered ethnic restaurants that we should search out. We are well traveled and adventurous. Please advise.

long weekend in Chicago

I need the ultimate 3day+ plan for a long weekend in Chicago
I am taking my partner for his 60th in mid-August (a surprise) We lived there throughout the 1980's and have returned from time to time since. We have also lived in various parts of the US and the UK and now live in FL so fish/seafood is not a priority.
We will be going to Cubs v. Cardinals so will definitely have some Chicago Dogs (Sports Corner?)
Some of his favorites in the past were -
cheeseburgers at the Billy Goat; Giordano's stuffed spinach pizza; martinis at the Pump Room; ribs at Twin Anchors; steak at Gene and Georgettis; breakfast at Lou Mitchells or the Oak Tree (when it was on Oak Street); Spiaggia; Cafe Babareeba; I need a Greek Town recommendation (Courtyards of Plaka was our old favorite): ;Michael Foley's Printers Row (ooh, the duck); The Garden at the Art Institute; Hatsuahana; Bistro 110; so many choices...
We will have dinner on THUR after we arrive and dinner alone on Fri; dinner with friends for the birthday celebration on Sat night (venue recommendation for around 10 guests?); we are meeting two good friends for what we have termed a "casual evening" on Sunday; of course there are breakfast and lunch oppotunities throughout the visit and maybe even tea in kace of lunch on one afternoon
I want this to be fun and memorable but we don't need to gain 10 pounds nor do we need to do three big meal "events"every day.
Anyone feel up to suggestind a complete weekend itinerary???

Jul 23, 2006
cwmcm54 in Chicago Area