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Help with wineries or wine tasting rooms

Hello again,

I got a lot of helpful and thoughtful posts regarding my last question. I really appreciate it. This time ,I'm wondering if you Chowhounds can help me find some wineries. I'm from out of town but I do have a rental car. I'll be driving from the SeaTac area to Mt. Rainer. So if there is anything that would be on that route. I don't want to pay for some of the wine tours that have been advertised and are set at certain hours. I want to set my own pace and enjoy at my leisure.

Some of the kinds of wines I really love include Rhone varietals, Reislings (which I know WA does!), pinot noirs. I'm very open and really want to tour a winery or try a barrel tasting if possible.

I don't care for oaky, butter chardonnays, merlots are not my favorite and I've only had a few good viogners.

I'm going to try to head to Salumi beforehand and get some of their wonderful meats to pair and maybe Beechers for some cheese?

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Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Oct 11, 2011
Pezzy in Greater Seattle

Help! Visiting Seattle with a picky eater

Thanks, I'll definitely go try the poutine amongst other things.

Oct 09, 2011
Pezzy in Greater Seattle

Help! Visiting Seattle with a picky eater

Thank you, this looks like something right up his alley and like something I may enjoy as well. :)

Oct 09, 2011
Pezzy in Greater Seattle

Help! Visiting Seattle with a picky eater

One more question: is there any place to get some good poutine?

You're closer to Canada than we are! :)

Oct 09, 2011
Pezzy in Greater Seattle

Help! Visiting Seattle with a picky eater

I've never visited Seattle neither has my picky brother. We are doing this last minute (Monday-Thursday) of this week and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for restaurants that may satisfy both of our needs. I'm from Los Angeles and I'm not picky at all. I love the diversity of cuisine that's offered in my city and hope to fall in love with some of your favorites. I'll have a rental car and will be in the "SeaTac" area but am willing to drive for good eats. I'm looking to keep most meals $-$$, with a few $$$ being okay.

He really does like breakfast food so any recommendations for a place that does traditionally American breakfast (waffles, french toast, bacon,etc) really well would be fabulous. Or somewhere that serves really well done pastries or donuts and coffee (coffee for me!).

He likes fast food, so maybe a pub or a place that serves some upscale fast food or fast food done out of the ordinary.

He likes Italian or pizza joints as well.

Is there any must try restaurant with a broad American menu? Even if it is a bit touristy, we'd probably get a kick out of it. I may just have to force him to get a bit out of his comfort zone! I want a Seattle experience! I'm really just trying to get a feel for the local flavor. Is there anything that I'd be able to find in Seattle that I might have difficulty finding in LA, or that you all think is done better? Haha, dont' want to start too many arguments though! :P

Second question: Any recommendations for two kind of bars, one that will make good old-fashioned and any recommendation for a good wine bar or place to take in a wine tasting?

Oct 09, 2011
Pezzy in Greater Seattle

Dining around the State Capital in Sacramento/ Dining in Lake Tahoe

Thanks, yours is not the first recommendation for Amador county. I didn't know Renwood is from there. I've had their zin before. Sounds like this would be worth taking a lil' detour.

Ooh, I do enjoy Italian. Double thanks. =)

Aug 18, 2009
Pezzy in California

Dining around the State Capital in Sacramento/ Dining in Lake Tahoe

Evening chowhounds,

I'll be heading to Lake Tahoe as the first leg of a short (4 day trip). I do not know which side of the lake my boyfriend reserved our hotel on but we're not opposed to driving. Can anyone tell me of any wine tasting rooms or restaurants with a decent wine list. Also, any recommendations for hole in the wall favorites or hole in the wall ethnic food (any). I'll be there next Weds-Friday.

I'll be heading to our state's capital as part of a short excursion and touring the capital building. I'll be here next Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Any outstanding, Sacramento institutions near the capital, ethnic hole in the walls, or again wine pairings that would be worth it for dinner or breakfast.

Thanks!

Aug 12, 2009
Pezzy in California

Best food near Carson, CA (Home Depot Center)

If you go across the street from The Depot, you'll run into Mike Shafer's newest restaurant The Buffalo Firehouse which serves gourmet burgers, wings and such. Also, they serve beer and wine...i'm not 100% sure about mixed drinks. The burgers are filling and range from something close to a cheeseburger all the way to burgers with foie gras. Worth checking out.

Jul 22, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Wine Bar in Las Vegas

Yeah, I missed this as I went to Vegas a day early and did not feeling like paying the hotels 12-15 dollars a day for wifi service. Eek! I'll definitely refer to this thread for my next trip,interesting concept. Thanks for all the tips!

Jul 07, 2009
Pezzy in Las Vegas

Wine Bar in Las Vegas

Thank you so much!

Helix and Double Helix seem to fit the bill of what I'm looking for. I looked through the recession deal thread too. =)

And thanks climberdoc for the warning about the limited food selection. I'll definitely browse the website too.

Jun 30, 2009
Pezzy in Las Vegas

How do you order your burger and fries at in n out burger?

Cheeseburger, raw and grilled onions. I take out the tomato and give it to my boyfriend. =)
Animal style fries.
Diet coke.

Pretty simple.

Jun 30, 2009
Pezzy in Chains

Wine Bar in Las Vegas

Are there any wine bars on the Strip or just off the strip?

Failing that, are there any restaurants that specialize in pairing food and wine?

I'll be in Vegas this fourth of July weekend and thought some wine would be nice to relax with, or enjoy a meal with.

-Thanks!

Jun 30, 2009
Pezzy in Las Vegas

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

Thanks for the reminder, I've eaten here before and was pretty satisfied. =)

Jun 24, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Where to find Tarantas Sangria

It's officially summer and I've been craving this particular brand of Sangria. I like to jazz it up by adding cut up fruit and serving ice cold. They used to sell it at the Whole Foods in the SouthBay area. I talked to the sommelier at Whole Foods and it seems that they no longer carry it (though they still carry other Tarantas products like they're reasonably priced and delicious cava).

Does anyone know of any other grocery store that may carry Tarantas Sangria?

Or does anyone know why I can't seem to find it? (discontinued, poor growing season,etc)

Jun 24, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

Thanks. I've been to Raku Raku tonkatsu late. They changed the menu a few months ago, and I don't like it as much. Although I had some udon there not all that long ago, so...

Jun 22, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

I've seen The Kettle. Is it any good? Looks interesting.

Jun 22, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Late Night Dining in the Torrance area

Inn-n-Out is yummy but sometimes I need something other than a burger. I'm looking for various ethnic foods and hole in the wall type of places, preferably something sit down that closes later than 9:30-10:30 on weeknights. Heck, I'm also looking for places that close late on the weekend, the later the better because it's good to have options. =)

I'm in Torrance but places around the Southbay are welcome. Any price range, as I'm just looking for as many options as possible.

Thank you! Hopefully, I'll find something for tonight.

Jun 19, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

South Bay Favorites (VERY LONG)

Haha, yeah the belly dancing is gut dancing which is sorta funny.

A few more that have already been mentioned but I'll throw my hat in the ring with more recommendations for:

Kotosh in Lomita on Lomita. It's Japanese/Peruvian food. The ceviche is excellent and has garlic in it which makes it different from of the other Peruvian ceviche's I've tried. The house roll looks plain but is sooo flavorful and the fish is very fresh, and good cuts. Also, this roll is quite large so even though you only get 4 it is quite filling.

Il Chianti, which is also in Lomita is a Japanese Italian chain from Japan. It's an interesting take on Italian and the seafood was quite fresh when I went. I had the potatoes agratin and tuna tartare for an appetizer. Yum.

Seafood Kappo, is a little bit on the pricier side but the sushi is extremely fresh, authentic and they actually have real wasabi (not horse radish) which I've not seen outside of Beverly Hills.

Tapas Mezza was also superb, I had lunch on the weekend and ordered a bunch of tapas and immensely enjoyed a majority of them. The restaurant also is nicely decorated and is supposed to have a fantastic happy hour (which I've not tried).

Apr 27, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Where to find Scotch Bonnet Peppers?

I have not thought about calling my local yuppy stores: Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, etc...and will try calling them.

I called Dat Moi and the cashier said they had yellow peppers but didn't know the name. Scotch Bonnets are typically orange so I think they might not have them. The few other places I've called have had them but not at the moment. Drats!

Apr 27, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Where to find Scotch Bonnet Peppers?

I'm trying to cook a particular Caribbean food dish and cannot find these elusive peppers. I could substitute them for Peron peppers but the taste is not quite the same.

Any suggestions for a Caribbean or other ethnic food store or any store that may carry these? Closer to the South Bay would be a bonus as that's where I'm located.

Thanks!

Apr 27, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

LAX hound: Visiting Flagstaff and Phoenix

I am taking a trip starting Friday to Flagstaff and Phoenix. I've already heard that I should try the Frybread house.

But what are some other local items that I wouldn't be able to get or get as good in Los Angeles?

For reference I'm staying on N. Central Ave in Phoenix and on Milton in Flagstaff. I'll also be driving to see the Grand Canyon and Lowell observatory, so I'll be in those areas too. Lots of driving.

I'm not looking for chains, I'm open to all types of cuisine and this is a vacation so price is not necessarily an issue though more moderately priced places would be appreciated.

Oh, and I'm also looking for wine bar and other local watering holes that might have live music too as a bonus.

Thanks so much!

I'm looking forward to this trip.

Apr 01, 2009
Pezzy in Southwest

Best (non-chain) restaurants around the Grand Canyon,AZ

I'm not sure if I'm stopping in Sedona but i'll make note of that. Cafe Elote, I know that means corn...is it Mexican food?

Thanks for the heads up. I think I'm going to be around Flagstaff for part of the trip as well.

Thanks so far!

Mar 17, 2009
Pezzy in Southwest

Best (non-chain) restaurants around the Grand Canyon,AZ

I'll be traveling from Torrance, California to the Grand Canyon for four days during April to be a tourist. What are all the must try restaurants (tourist and hole in the walls)? I'm open to trying all sorts of cuisines! Also, any stops on the way to AZ would be helpful. I know i'll be taking the Interstate 10 for a good chunk of the way, my route isn't all planned out yet. Thanks =)

Mar 17, 2009
Pezzy in Southwest

Mexican Coke SPOTTED!

Piggybacking off this post...so i've heard that Coca Cola makes a version of their soda for Passover that is sugar and not HFCS. Any truth to this? Anyone know where to get it if it exists?

Mar 17, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

which stores besides whole foods carry brougiere's??

Mitsuwa, the Japanese chain store, or at least the one in Torrance carries Brougiere's milks.

Jan 22, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Tortas ahogadas in/around the SouthBay?

I've been to Los Paisa's the sign advertising that it's been on food network caught my eye. They have tortas but not quite the kind I'm looking for. They have some decent Mexican food. Granted, I've only tried the carne asada tacos, torta and chicken taco, as well as chicken flautas on a couple of different trips. I'm not sure that I'd buy meat from their carniceria.

I've not been to Plaza Mexico since I was a kid, and hadn't thought about that. I'll give it a whirl.

Chilquiles verde, you say. Now you have got my attention. Thank you for the suggestions. =)

Jan 14, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Tortas ahogadas in/around the SouthBay?

Any of these Mexican sandwiches in or around the South Bay area? I'm looking for tortas done in a traditional Jalisco style with the sauce and all. Bien ahgada!

Also, any recommendations for good Mexican food, also preferably more traditional than Americanized? I've found a bakery I like but not a restaurant or a Mexican carniceria that I'd keep going back to.

I've found Peruvian food in this area and am thus far happy with Kotosh's (in Lomita) ceviche which was flavorful with a tad of spiciness. I also tried a couple of rolls and found them to have fresh, good cuts of fish as well as being creative. I need to go back and try some more rolls and Peruvian dishes to get a more conclusive feel for this place. =) Oh, but it's small and packed!

As a side note, does anyone know of any sushi places that serve fresh, good quality fish and have creative rolls. Rolls that include carpaccio sauce, any spicy rolls, or rolls with garlic are what's intriguing me now. I'm not necessarily looking for traditional Japanese sushi. I've found decent sushi in the Southbay but not great sushi. I've found great Japanese steakhouses, and noodles but I find myself still driving to the Westside for sushi.

I'm just trying to fill in my gaps for food that I like to eat in this area. Thanks for any help!

Jan 12, 2009
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Chocolatier/ chocolate shop in the SouthBay area??

That's not quite what I'm looking for. Although, I may try this place later (i'm quite fond of vino and chocolate pairings). Although I know exactly where that is. Hmm...using the internet/ and my gps I haven't found anything, or if i have it's been closed. Looks like I may end up going to West LA.

Dec 23, 2008
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Chocolatier/ chocolate shop in the SouthBay area??

Maybe my search-fu is weak but I haven't been able to find any good recommendations for a local chocolate shop. None of this Sees, Rocky Mountian or Godiva (not that they're bad), just not for the occasion. I'm just looking for something a little more special for some last minute holiday gifts.

I'm not looking for any specific kind of chocolate, so be it truffles or some other type of filled or bars would be fine in the Torrance, Redondo, South Bay area.

Where are non-chain chocolate shops around here?

Prices would also help, if know.

Thank you!

Dec 23, 2008
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area

Three Flames Mongolian

How west?

Golden Camel on Hawthorne in Torrance. Only the dinner is all you can eat. Lunch is pack your bowl. =)

Oct 09, 2008
Pezzy in Los Angeles Area