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Half Moon Bay and Honeymoon Plans

Wow, thanks for all the input. Sadly I didn't get to read most of it until after booking the hotel. I think I can still cancel it, but that all depends on being able to find another place in the city. However, HMB was on my list because it's such a sleeper town–I want a break I don't want lots of people or noise, etc.

I'll look into Harbor Court. As of now, we have a few nights at HMB inn and then a few days at Hotel Kabuki. I figured this way, we get a little time away and get some fun in the city.

We can afford a rental for a day or two so maybe if we get bored, we can always grab one and head out for a day.

Again, thanks for all the help.

Jul 20, 2010
memco in San Francisco Bay Area

Half Moon Bay and Honeymoon Plans

Thanks for the info. That serene atmosphere might work to our advantage. However, the hotel I'm considering doesn't have a fireplace in the room so that makes the cozy evenings indoors less cozy.

I looked into the details of public transit and while technically possible, it isn't ideal, but the budget rules out renting a car so it just might have to do. Thanks for all the help. I've got a great lst of things to eat no matter where we go, which should make the trip that much more enjoyable.

Jul 16, 2010
memco in San Francisco Bay Area

Half Moon Bay and Honeymoon Plans

Thanks for the recs so far. I still have to iron out the details, but I am going to shoot for the best of both worlds. spend 2-3 days in HMB then finish our trip in SF. We'll be sure to visit Cafe Gibralter, Cetrella and Duarte's while in HMB. Frisco is wide open, but I'm hoping to hit Mission Beach, Tadich, and probably Coi. The rest will remain up to whether or not we feel like exploring. I hear there isn't good transportation to HMB except to rent a car; is this true?

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Mission Beach Cafe
198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Cetrella
845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Jul 16, 2010
memco in San Francisco Bay Area

Half Moon Bay and Honeymoon Plans

A friend of mine recommended Half Moon Bay as a potential honeymoon spot. I haven't found much on the boards to talk about it so I wanted to ask is there good eats to be had around there? I was looking at either Mavericks' Inn, Cypress Inn or Beach House as possible stay options any of these recommended?

The appeal of HMB is the serenity of the place, but if we can find a nice quiet hotel in the city that might pique our interest. However, we might be interested in staying in the city if there is a nice relaxing place to stay. I've already scouted out a few places I'd love to eat (listed below), but am unsure where to stay to get at these places. Any good locales? We're not much for touristy things. I was thinking of heading to the wharf, but after the warning that it smells awful and there's not much good food, I'm willing to let that go. One hotel that seemed to fit our budget and taste was Hotel Kabuki. Any advice?

We're pretty open to try all kinds of cuisine. We're coming from LA so we can get a good smattering of things here, and are more interested in things we're less likely to encounter here. We're not big drinkers, though I do enjoy microbrews quite a bit. Wouldn't mind exploring the world of wine a bit, but I'm very much in the dark about it and would need to start small. Our favorite foods are Sushi and Korean BBQ.

Thanks so much!

SF interests:
Coi
Gary Danko
Mission Beach Cafe
Zuni
Serpentine
Fog City Diner
Tadich

HMB:
Mezza Luna
Pasta Moon

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Fog City Diner
1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Mezza Luna
459 Prospect Way, Princeton, CA 94038

Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Mission Beach Cafe
198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Pasta Moon
315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Fog City Diner
1300 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Jul 15, 2010
memco in San Francisco Bay Area

Foodie Honeymoon Getaway

Wow, that does sound like an awesome cruise. I will look for some more info.

Jan 24, 2010
memco in California

Foodie Honeymoon Getaway

Thanks for the rec, I will definitely try to make it to Carmel if not Napa, both of which sound great.

Jan 24, 2010
memco in California

Foodie Honeymoon Getaway

I'm looking for suggestions on where to take a honeymoon in CA that's a bit of a getaway that would appeal to a foodie. I am considering something like Cambria or Carmel as they have the best of the beach and rural scenery, but am open to alternate suggestions. If we do go to a city or stay near one, I'm leaning towards San Francissco. I'm from LA and travel to SD pretty regularly so don't want anything that's too close to the norm. Hotel recs would be a plus as well.

Jan 23, 2010
memco in California

simi valley newbie

Junkyard cafe on LA off of Erringer is quickly becoming a staple. They have incredible chilli: ask them to give you a cup, put it on a burger, an omelette, or eat it off the table it's amazing. Great breakfasts, and a decent burger. Plus, 20oz. schooners. I've not tried their Irish fare, but they celebrate St. Patrick's day every month on the 17th, they do green beer, reubens etc.

Sheck and Shays is good. I'm starting to waffle on this one a bit, but I still have good thoughts about it. Breakfast is probably the best thing here, I like their breakfast taquitos, but their pancakes are also very good. They're organic friendly if that means anything to you.

Mr. Fish and Chips is hands down the best place for F&C in Simi. Near the John's on Cochran and Tapo canyon. It's by no means fancy, decor is very drab, but if you want some very tasty fried fish, you must try this. Also, they do broasted chicken that's pretty good, and I like their slushee drinks. There's also a sushi bar near here that's fairly inexpensive and the fish is ok, I like it because they have a decent price range whereas most everything else out here is way too overpriced.

That said, try Hai sushi if you're looking for a little more high end sushi.

Near Hai is L&L BBQ, it's a chain, but they have good food. It's hawaiian. They offer good fried shrimp, short ribs, etc. I kinda like their macaroni salad too.

FIrehouse Cafe wasn't mentioned, but it's very good for breakfast. It's also incredibly packed on the weekends, so be prepared to wait. I like their waffles and the Chief's breakfast sandwich, but I haven't heard anyone say anything bad about anything they serve.

Senor Gomez is worth a visit. I dunno how authentic their food is, but it's very good Mexican, and a nice atmosphere.

Check out the Stray Steer if you're looking for steak. The place is by no means lively and the decor is westernware straight from the 70s. It's a seldom mentioned steakhouse though, with decent quality steak and at a fair price.

My last rec for the post: Campos Burritos on Tapo. Their breakfast burritos are some of the best I've ever had. In addition, they have good-nay, scrumtrulescent-churros, taquitos are great, and would you believe, they have decent chilli fries?

May 23, 2009
memco in Los Angeles Area

Best fish and chips?

I guess Andria's is on the top of my list right now.

I'm going to throw in a place called Mr. Fish 'n' Chips in Simi Valley. I know Simi is something of a sinkhole for good food, but this place is worth a consideration. I've had Robin Hood's, and it's ok, but nothing stellar (though thinking about it makes me want a Boddington's).

My suggestion though, get yourself a ride to LAX, catch the soonest flight to Perth, AUS and hit up Cicerello's. BEST FnC I've had by far.

Oct 26, 2008
memco in Los Angeles Area

Arclight and Hungry Cat

Yesterday I went out the Arclight in Hollywood, and read about Hungry Cat so I gave it a try. First, if you don't know it's down at the end of the little alleyway after Borders, you might miss it. Second, you're not that bad off if you do miss it and decide on something else. The pug burger isn't worth the $15 they charge you, nor was anything we had. The burger is about half the size of a burger you'd get anywhere else. It's made from fresh ingredients, but is too tall and falls apart too easily. I had to rebuild it about four times before I could get a bite. On top of that, the fries were luke warm (humorously, the waiter asked if we were still munching on the fries or should he take the "beautiful" plate of fries away). Admittedly we didn't get anything from the raw bar, but that doesn't excuse the rest of our meal feeling like it wasn't worth the walk. If you're going to be eating in the area I suggest you look at other places. I read about Lucky Devils, which isn't far, and if you don't mind re-parking or a ten minute walk, then I suggest Blue Palm Lounge, which is much more reasonably priced and has better food.

P.S. I can't seem to get the link to Hungry Cat working. Can someone direct me as to how to do it manually?

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Blue Palm Lounge
6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Oct 26, 2008
memco in Los Angeles Area

Lia's Gourmet Kitchen, Van Nuys

We've been frequenting this place for lunch a lot these days. It's a nice quiet place with fairly quick service, and some excellent food. My favorites are the flat iron steak sandwich and the Khinkali (dumplings). She also does some dishes like beef stroganoff and some pasta dishes as well. Has anyone else tried it? If you're in the area I suggest you stop in it's worth the visit.

http://www.chow.com/places/34690

Jul 30, 2008
memco in Los Angeles Area

Wedding Food Recs [moved from L.A. board]

@Frommtron: "Can you include some rough price guidelines and any food preferences?"

No preferences as yet excepting that if I can get away with it, I'd like sushi. However, our budget for food could be somewhere between $4000-$7000 and we're expecting at least 120 people (is that reasonable?).

@Coco_puff: We haven't decided on a specific location, but somewhere in the LA/Ventura County area.

Jun 03, 2008
memco in General Topics

Wedding Food Recs [moved from L.A. board]

I'm getting married in a little over a year, and it is my goal to have food that doesn't suck! I feel like most of the time it's cold, bland, and dry, which is something I really don't want. What're some of the best places you've had catered food? Also, what are some of the more interesting dishes you've had? I'm curious if anyone has had experience with something other than wedding cakes. Is it possible to have a good elegant looking desert that isn't cake? If it has to be cake I'm also curious about what good cakes you've had.

Jun 01, 2008
memco in General Topics

Getty juice

I'm headed to the Getty Museum, and I'd like to find a place to get some good juice (veggie or fruit) in the area, or in Van Nuys. Since I'm on about the Getty what type of food is at the Getty, and is it any good?

Oct 30, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Fish n chips near Van Nuys

I'm looking for a good place to get fish n chips in or near Van Nuys. I'm a big fan of Andria's in Ventura, and Mr. Fish n Chips in Simi, but I might like to find a pub-like place to go, that would be nice.

Oct 02, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Quiet places

I've never been there I'll have to give it a try.

Jun 30, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Alessio's in Simi Valley

Well, it sounds worth a visit at least once, but the price is a bit daunting. It's been a long time since I've been to Viva La Pasta, I'll have to give that a go again.

Jun 30, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Alessio's in Simi Valley

Lamb you say? Lamb is my absolute favorite meat, if theirs is any good, I'll be there.

Jun 30, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Simi, sushi I can afford

I wasn't impressed with Cho Cho San last time I was there, but I liked it the first time I went. I might try it again though.

Jun 28, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Simi, sushi I can afford

It seems that every sushi bar in Simi is trying to be upscale, and oddly enough, I don't want upscale. I'm comfortable going to Hai and Arigato as they have good sushi, but I'm looking for some place I can get a decent quality meal for around $15. Does such a place exist in Simi? I usually stick to a sashimi lunch (soup, salad, and fish), and tea or water.

Jun 23, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Alessio's in Simi Valley

Has anyone tried it yet? How is it?

Jun 23, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Thoughts on Alessio (Simi) and Marcello Ristorante?

I'm interested in trying both these places, and am curious what people think of each. I'd like to take my girlfriend out somewhere nice, which if either of these is good or should I find somewhere else? What dishes are good? Any vegetarian highlights?

Jun 23, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Quiet places

I'm looking for quiet places for two people to eat in or around Simi Valley. Doesn't have to be a specific type of food just looking for some places to take my girlfriend when we want to talk.

Jun 11, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Thousand Oaks

Hungry Hunter has lost a lot of luster over the years. I went there about a week ago, and was unimpressed with everything but the steak itself, but the meat was oh so good, and my friend said she enjoyed the clam chowder. The roasted potatoes were so-so and the salad was nothing special--wasn't bad, just middle of the road. The atmosphere there is pretty nice, though it was almost empty when we there (might be a good thing sometimes).

May 14, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Book Club Blues

Spumoni on Ventura is a great place to eat. I'm not sure it's the best for feeding a group. Three entres would do it, but that could be a hassle.

May 14, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

Beach bound recommendations

I'm looking for a good place by/on the beach for two. We'd be coming via Caanan (sp?) or similar from Westlake/Augora Hills area. I'm thinking fish 'n' chips, but am open to recommendations. Romantic a plus, but not a requirement. And I'd like to keep it under $30 a person. Any suggestions?

May 13, 2007
memco in Los Angeles Area

LA hound with long Sydney layover and 2 weeks in Perth

I'm staying in claisebrook, which is just a few stops from Northbridge by train. I'll be checking out 44 King St., but I'm looking for some other places as well. I'll try and find the brewery when I visit Freeo on Tuesday.

Nov 09, 2006
memco in Australia/New Zealand

LA hound with long Sydney layover and 2 weeks in Perth

I'm going to have a long layover in sydney on my way to perth from LA. I'm looking for somewhere near the airport that I can eat for a decent price. Any travel advice would help as well. obviously I won't have a car so it has to be accessible to that contingent. Any other things I can do in the meantime would be interesting too. I have 2 layovers there so I'll need something to do. And while not nearly as important because I'll have a guide, what interesting places are in/around perth that I might want to visit?

Oct 14, 2006
memco in Australia/New Zealand

Decent sushi in Simi Valley

Hai is definitely a great place to get sushi in Simi. my other recommendation would be Tomo's, but I haven't been in a while. Oaks isn't just sushi, they do teppan as well, but I really enjoy the monkey brains there.

Aug 07, 2006
memco in Los Angeles Area

Lamb recommendation

It's not a popular dish, but one of my favorites: lamb. I'm looking for a place to have good lamb. I'm thinking of more of a lamb shank than chops, but I'll take good food any way I can get it. I live in Simi Valley, but would be interested in places within a reasonable distance.

Aug 03, 2006
memco in Los Angeles Area