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El Pecat in El Born, Barcelona

Hi Michael,

I've seen your posts on the San Francisco Bay Area board and I was wondering if you had any other Barcelona recommendations? My husband and I will be visiting in Sept. I've already read about a ton of places but really appreciate your rec of El Pecat in El Born since we will be renting an apt in the El Born area. Thanks in advance!

Carminia

Jul 02, 2014
SanJoseHound in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

These 2 places are also on my list for our upcoming trip in Sept. Great trip report on your honeymoon BTW!

Apr 01, 2014
SanJoseHound in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

Hi Carrie, I've really enjoyed your SF Bay Area posts so was happy to see you on this board :)

My husband & are spending a week in Barcelona at the end of Sept and hope to visit 41 Degrees also. I checked availability for May last night - and I can't believe how fast the dates have booked up! Those same tables for two that were available last night, are now booked tonight! I know it is very difficult to get a reservation... Let us know where you end up. Good luck!

Apr 01, 2014
SanJoseHound in Spain/Portugal

Boba Milk Tea - SF stepping it up!

Any places you would recommend in the South Bay? I'm in San Jose. I think I will just have to bite the bullet and drive to Super Cue in Fremont. Thanks!

Jan 04, 2014
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Escape to Sweets Raku from the Strip? & MGM Questions

Thanks MrsCris & rcurtism - if my boss asks for my opinion, I will probably lean toward Emeril's, or PUB. I'm guessing she might lean toward Craftsteak. I'm not paying so technically I should have no complaints ;)

Nov 08, 2013
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

Escape to Sweets Raku from the Strip? & MGM Questions

Too bad! I would take you up on your offer and we could talk about fun stuff like ICD-10 & electronic medical records.

If I have enough time I'd love to go to Raku first, then Sweets Raku. I wish they were open on Sundays because that seems to be my lightest scheduled day. At Raku, how's the wait for a single diner, on a non-weekend?

Nov 08, 2013
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

Escape to Sweets Raku from the Strip? & MGM Questions

I'll be in town this Sunday to Wednesday for a medical software conference that my boss has packed with mandatory activities including meals. We'll be staying at the MGM, no car. I would like to make a trip to Sweets Raku for the foie and sweets, which are 2 of my biggest weaknesses. If I am done with all my work activities by say, 8pm - can I cab it to Sweets Raku and back? Sounds like it is more crowded after 8pm but that is unfortunately the only time I might have free. If there is a long waiting line, do you wait indoors, or is the space small so you have to wait outdoors?

MGM Questions - my boss is not an adventurous eater and although I really enjoyed L'Atelier, I doubt she would. Are there favorites among Pub 1842, Fiamma, Craftsteak & Wolfgang Puck? She is going to want to stay on property for meals.

I would love to escape to Jean Philippe Patisserie, Payard for an almond croissant or even Serendipity if I get the chance. Maybe my only option will be Sugar Factory since they don't close. Wish me luck!

Nov 05, 2013
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

...95 hours in Vegas, 3:00pm 12/21 to 2:00pm 12/25 - the short story.

We have some in our party that will be pleased by the beer selection at Public House, so they can leave me to my foie :) The bone marrow w/bacon marmalade sounds interesting too.

Happy to see I can order the terrine at brunch, while my husband has his chicken & waffles at Bouchon.

Twist next trip, when I have only my own palate & wallet to answer to ;)

Jan 10, 2013
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Booked a family dinner at Jaleo on Thurs 1/17. I looked at the menu & there seems to be enough variety to please all. When we had dinner at e last year, we got to see a lot of the dishes at Jaleo while we were at the bar waiting. They all looked & smelled great, especially the giant pans of paella. Hope Jose Andres doesn't disappoint!

Jan 10, 2013
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

...95 hours in Vegas, 3:00pm 12/21 to 2:00pm 12/25 - the short story.

Always great, concise reviews - thanks! This info will come in handy for our trip there next week. Being from California, I plan to eat as much foie as possible. Public House sounds like it just made my list.

Jan 09, 2013
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

Pizza Bocca Lupo (Neopolitan style), Downtown San Jose - Review w/ Pics

Thanks for your review! We just drove to SF yesterday to try Tony's in North Beach - nice to know there is a much closer, cheaper place. My question: how is the seating? Is it all outdoors? From other reviews I've read, there is a central seating area. Are there outdoor heaters? I'm always cold. Thanks!

Feb 06, 2012
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Croissants, kids, and other questions

Hello Vegas hounds! We'll be there starting Monday for a trade show at the Sands & we're staying at the Venetian.

Here are my specific questions:

1) Best croissant/macaron? Is Jean Philippe Patisserie my best option? I wasn't impressed with Payard in New York. We usually visit Bouchon Bakery when we're in Napa, so I'd like to try something different.

2) On Friday night we're taking our friends and their 3 kids (ages 5-13) to dinner. Can you recommend somewhere kid-friendly with great food? Caveats are: no steakhouses, burger places or beef-centric restaurants because my husband has gout. We will have a car since our friends are picking us up.

3) Our splurge meal will be at restaurant e on Wednesday and we are going to the buffet at the M on Thursday - however still need 2 more dinner recommendations. Price range is roughly $50-$60 per person NOT INCLUDING drinks. Budget is flexible & can be increased if the food merits it. Same caveats as above. Would like to stay on-strip. Taxis OK.

4) The last time we attended this show, lunches were limited to the concession stands inside the Sands and the "fast" food court at the Venetian. We tried Pinot Brasserie (Joachim Splichal) one day but due to the sheer volume of people, food quality & service suffered. It made for a very long lunch. If there are any other options please advise.

Thanks in advance for your help. Can't wait to be back in one of my favorite cities!

Jan 13, 2012
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

Macarons - Any new places?

I agree that the texture is much improved from Paulette. I also thought the flavors stood out a little more distinctly from Paulette as well.

Sep 30, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

uhockey reviews The Bay Area 9/2-9/7 Including: Meadowood, Cyrus, Saison, Atelier Crenn, Commis, Redd, Benu, Plum and more.

"Clinical duties"? You've missed your calling! The reviews were all a pleasure to read. Hope you become a regular on the Bay Area board.

Sep 30, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Last Minute Italian in San Francisco

Barbacco question: seating is either at the bar, or communal tables? Any 2 tops? Or we will have to be social?

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Barbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Aug 03, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Macarons - Any new places?

Thanks for the tip! I should check Chowhound more often, had a little extra time in SF this Monday, darn. Can't wait to try, as I love the fruitier-flavored macarons.

Aug 03, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Last Minute Italian in San Francisco

Our schedule just opened up for this Saturday night, which I am finding out is last minute for SF. Calling directly & via Open-Table, NO availability (for desired time of 7-ish, give or take an hour) at: La Ciccia, A16, SPQR.

Seeking a place we've never been before, but other places we've liked a lot: Incanto, Perbacco, Delfina.

Is there any hope?

Or is our best bet Oliveto in Oakland? Will be coming from San Jose with our own car, so transportation isn't a problem. We liked the downstairs cafe a lot but have never dined upstairs.

Thanks Hounds!

-Carminia

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La Ciccia
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Aug 03, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma - how to fit it all in?

Thank you for all the suggestions! I will report back after our trip. Told my husband about El Molino Central, and since he loves Mexican food he's very excited.

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El Molino Central
11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

Apr 20, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma - how to fit it all in?

Thanks! I checked out Underwood's menu and it looks right up our alley. I'm so bad with geography - is Graton close to Merry Edwards, Lynmar, Dutton Goldfield?

Apr 15, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma - how to fit it all in?

We are having brunch at Brix. If we make it back before El Molino Central closes we'll probably stop in.

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Brix
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

El Molino Central
11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

Apr 14, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma - how to fit it all in?

Yes, we live in San Jose and are staying at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, CA 95476

Apr 14, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Sonoma - how to fit it all in?

Last minute Easter weekend trip to Sonoma. My husband and I are staying at the Fairmont. However we plan to drive up on Saturday morning and hit the Russian River Valley area. Where can we stop for a quick pastry and coffee (not a sit-down breakfast) on the way from San Jose? Then on to Merry Edwards, Lynmar, Dutton Goldfield and maybe one more? Joseph Swan/Siduri/other? We also need a lunch suggestion in this area. Barndiva looks interesting. Lighter fare would be nice. Must make it back by 6pm for reservation at Sante.

For Easter we're picking up my aunt in Napa and going to brunch at Brix, but we have nothing planned for the rest of the day.

On Monday: GunBun and Buena Vista. If I should swap out, let me know.

How can I fit in Fremont Diner (husband LOVES fried chicken) and El Molino Central? If one of them is open for Easter dinner then we'll be in luck. We can have lunch at the other on Monday.

Sorry my post is so disjointed. As always, thanks in advance for your advice and feedback.

-Carminia

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Buena Vista Cafe
2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Barndiva
231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Brix
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

Sante Restaurant
100 Boyes Blvd, Sonoma, CA

Fremont Diner
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

El Molino Central
11 Central Avenue, Boyes Hot Springs, CA 95476

Apr 14, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Macarons - Any new places?

Thanks for this great tip! Can't wait to try. Will report back.

Mar 11, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Macarons - Any new places?

I love macarons! At the last Underground Market in SF, I was able to try ones from the Occasional Macaron. I really liked them a lot. The maker is French and works at Stanford. They are available sometimes at Tootsie's but sell out fast. You can pre-order online and pick up at Tootsie's. I don't like the ones at Cocola, which I have also seen in the Costco freezer. I've heard good things about the macarons served at Satori Tea in downtown SJ but haven't had a chance to try yet. I wonder if they are made in-house or purchased from elsewhere.

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Tootsie's at the Stanford Barn
700 Welch Rd Ste 118, Palo Alto, CA

Satori Tea Company
37 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA 95110

Mar 11, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Good Eats in the Downtown San Jose Area

I agree with the recommendation of Mezcal. Love the moles, and how they give you a sample of the different kinds, along with your chips. They have good cocktails and its one of the few places in downtown San Jose that I actually like the food, the vibe, and the crowd. Unfortunately bbulkow's earlier comment is spot on. Slim pickings in San Jose. We live here, and usually end up driving outside of San Jose.

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Mezcal Restaurant
25 W San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95113

Feb 26, 2011
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Macarons, Breakfast Panino, Etc. @ Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn (Palo Alto)

I'm excited that there's a place closer to home for macarons. My husband would love that breakfast panino. We've never been to Tootsie's but may have to stop by when doing our next errand in PA. Thanks for the review.

Jun 10, 2010
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Oenotri question - Saturday

Had a great meal at Oenotri this past Saturday, June 5. I called and was able to get reservations with no problem. At 6:15pm, the restaurant didn't seem any more crowded or busy than a regular Saturday night in Napa, but I appreciate being forewarned about the possibility. My aunt really enjoyed her meal, and since Oenotri is a 10 minute drive from her house, maybe this restaurant could be added to the rotation. Will post details of our meal on the other existing Oenotri thread.

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Oenotri
1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

Jun 08, 2010
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

[SF] Hayes Valley Macaron Crawl

Also, customer service at Patisserie Philippe was spectacularly bad when we went recently. Their attitude was as if we were bothering them and they were irritated I wanted to buy something from them. The man at the counter grudgingly listened to my macaron order, then turned around to make a salad for another customer. Another person had to take my order, all over again. Not spending $$ here again.

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Patisserie Philippe (moving)
655 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Jun 03, 2010
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

Oenotri question - Saturday

I will call her later with this suggestion. The menu looks like something she would be pleased with. Thanks! If I could avoid being there this weekend, I would. Guess I could always get hot food to go, from Whole Foods. I'll let you know where we end up.

Jun 02, 2010
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area

[SF] Hayes Valley Macaron Crawl

I've never been to Feel Good, must add to my macaron list. I love peanut butter, and will have to try it. At the mushroom place in the Ferry Building I tried a white truffle macaron, and I am not sure truffle is a good flavor for macarons either, although I love it in all other incarnations.

As an aside, went to Patisserie Philippe this Saturday and almost chipped a tooth on a fresh from the freezer Earl Grey macaron. Yikes! They should warn people.

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Patisserie Philippe (moving)
655 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Jun 02, 2010
SanJoseHound in San Francisco Bay Area