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Report -- 3.5 days in Portland

My DH and I tried to go to Eventide on Saturday night, but it was packed so we tried Hugo's - we were fortunate that they gave us their two "bar seats" not designated for dining and took pity on us and served us dinner. It was truly an experience unlike any other - Wonderful staff, great drinks and the food was just perfect. Words can't do it justice. Place was full, but didn't seem crowded.

Jul 08, 2013
happensatonce in Northern New England

Moving to Portland - family friendly and take-out/delivery recommendations needed

We enjoy the food at Cantina El Rayo (the more casual side, built in an old filling station) and there's always lots of kids there.

Jun 21, 2013
happensatonce in Northern New England

Best restaurant in Portland???

I peeked in there yesterday and they've got a lot of work to do if they are going to be open in a couple of weeks!

Jun 21, 2013
happensatonce in Northern New England

Takeout in Portland

Zen Chinese Bistro is good Chinese food on Danforth. It's usually piping hot when we get it home (but then again, we live next door).

Jun 18, 2013
happensatonce in Northern New England

Maine Maple Sunday, March 24, 2013

Thanks for the link! We were looking for something like this!

Mar 23, 2013
happensatonce in Northern New England

Carmen at The Danforth in Portland, Maine

We enjoyed a great birthday dinner at Carmen in late December. The service was great, the room is beautiful, and the food is amazing - very creative and delicious. I recommend it without hesitation. We even got a chance to chat with Carmen.

Mar 04, 2013
happensatonce in Northern New England

Portland Trip Can't Miss Dish Suggestions - Researched

We love the Salt Exchange. The bone marrow is great, if it's on the menu.

Nov 19, 2012
happensatonce in Northern New England

Grazing in Portland ME

Suggest the fried oyster bun at Eventide, right across from Duckfat.

Aug 29, 2012
happensatonce in Northern New England

Pea shoots

Try any of the Asian Markets - H Mart, 99 Ranch Market and the like. They get them and they are very inexpensive.

May 02, 2012
happensatonce in Dallas - Fort Worth

Ft. Worth lunch spots

The Woodshed is probably exactly what you're looking for. Beautiful area with the river drifting by, great patio, interesting (and delicious) menu, great beer selection, friendly service. The patio is dog friendly. On our recent visit, they had a guitar player.

Apr 19, 2012
happensatonce in Dallas - Fort Worth

Looking for (non-American) Supermarkets to Check out

Can anyone recommend a decent Italian deli or grocery market in North Dallas?

Mar 04, 2011
happensatonce in Dallas - Fort Worth

San Diego Closed restaurants from the Down Economy

Gaslamp Strip Club is a Cohn restaurant.

Oct 12, 2009
happensatonce in San Diego

Anyone watch Chopped?

DH and I can't believe that someone who gets a hair in the dish or omits an ingredient is allowed to continue past the offending round. We love the random assortment of goodies in the basket, and play that game with ingredients in our pantry.

Sep 17, 2009
happensatonce in Food Media & News

SD: Craving me some Potatoes..

Baked Potato - Red Tracton's in Del Mar - with the works. It's a meal by itself!

Sep 04, 2009
happensatonce in San Diego

OLD SCHOOL CHINESE (PuPu Platter) IN SAN DIEGO?

King's Garden has several locations in San Diego (Solana Beach and Mira Mesa) that has many "old school" favorites.

Aug 21, 2009
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Food delivery in/around Encinitas?

I agree that Mobile Waiter is a great option. We use them at work and they are very dependable in San Diego (Solana Beach). Another idea is to send one of those Edible Bouquets - even the staunchest heathy eater can't resist fruit !

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FruitFlowers - Incredibly Edible Delites
276 North El Camino Read, Suite D Encinitas, CA

Jul 23, 2009
happensatonce in San Diego

San Diego Places where the wait is baffling.

Are you saying that you never wait anywhere because your time is too precious? Or just at the restaurants you name?

Apr 14, 2009
happensatonce in San Diego

Staying at Marriott Del Mar

It's a bit of a walk (maybe about a mile), but the weather is supposed to be gorgeous this week. There's a tiny Italian restaurant on Carmel Valley Road called Trattoria Ponte Vecchio. We love it there. http://www.pontevecchiodelmar.com/home/ .

Unless you're desperate you should avoid Pat & Oscars (a local chain) and Tio Leo's, which are temptingly close to the hotel.

Mar 24, 2009
happensatonce in San Diego

Headed to Tucson...from Massachusetts, Help!

Hi Lilibet - I moved to Tucson from MA about 12 years ago, have since moved on to California. It's been a while since I've been there, so don't know if my recs are still open.

In Tombstone, there's not much good, but we liked Don Teodoro's Mexican restaurant. It's off the beaten path of Main Street - excellent (hot, hot, hot) salsa. Don't miss the Courthouse in Tombstone.

In Bisbee, a town we loved, there was a restaurant called La Roka that was very good. Make sure you go to the Copper Queen mine tour.

Mar 13, 2009
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Casual early dinner in Oceanside

Yes - we're playing Arrowood - and from what I hear about the narrow fairways, we'll need a couple of bottles of Moretti after the round! I appreciate your recommendations!

Mar 12, 2009
happensatonce in San Diego

Casual early dinner in Oceanside

We're golfing mid-afternoon in Oceanside on Saturday and were hoping we could count on some recommendations for an early, casual dinner. Any recommendations?

Mar 12, 2009
happensatonce in San Diego

Las Vegas recs for classic cocktail fanatics, on or off strip?

We visited the Minus 5 bar at the Mandalay Bay in November. It was a lot of fun because we had a great group. It was a really fun time - even the glasses are made of ice. There was an eight foot ice sculpture of Elvis and a wedding altar inside. That said, it was a bit of a gimmick - not romantic in the least - and FREEZING. Having been to the bar (and the Vodka Locker) at Red Square would recommend that instead of Minus 5. We also enjoy the cocktails at Olives (I know you get those in Boston) and watching the fountains just outside at the Bellagio (not available in Boston). I would particularly recommend the fruit-infused vodka martinis and the beef carpaccio. We never miss it when we visit Vegas. Have fun!

Feb 23, 2009
happensatonce in Las Vegas

Las Vegas on Sale

Not that I would take advantage, but the Excaliber emailed me about a $25 all-day buffet. Breakfast, lunch & dinner at their buffet - all you can eat. In and out privileges.

Feb 09, 2009
happensatonce in Southwest

Best place to eat in Bellagio?

Each of our trips to Vegas includes a stop at Olives for the beef carpaccio. We sit at the bar and enjoy a couple of their fruit-infused vodka cocktails. Nice view of the fountains from the inside out. Can't vouch for the rest of the menu because we always get the beef.

Jan 27, 2009
happensatonce in Southwest

Encore - Las Vegas

Has anyone seen a good summary of the new restaurants at the Encore? We're heading to Vegas this weekend and wanted to check them out. Can't seem to manage their website to get the info I'm looking for.

Dec 23, 2008
happensatonce in Southwest

San Diego Sports Bars

Try Junior Seau's restaurant, we've had lots of fun there "pre-gaming"

http://www.seau.com/

Dec 23, 2008
happensatonce in California

Help me build a "best XXXX on the vegas strip" scavenger hunt!

You beat me to the beef carpaccio at Olives! We were there in mid-November and the bartender told us that some Food Channel show (he wasn't sure which one) had just filmed a segment on it.

Dec 15, 2008
happensatonce in Southwest

Thank you, Venissimo cheese (SD)

Aniata used to keep your phone number in their system along with your purchases and they could look up what you purchased last time-for those of us whose senior moments occur sporadically. Does Venissimo use the same system? I confess to not visiting the Flower Hill location since the takeover, but anticipate doing so soon.

Oct 21, 2008
happensatonce in California

Best Cioppino in Las Vegas

I second the recommendation for Nob Hill - My husband had it for his 50th birthday dinner and has raved about it ever since. So very memorable.

Oct 15, 2008
happensatonce in Las Vegas

Raw bar near the cruise dock-S.D.

Thanks so much for posting that you liked Oceanaire - I'm glad you liked it.

Oct 13, 2008
happensatonce in California