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Planning an eating trip, need some input (Japanese, Korean, fine dining, Taiwanese, regional Chinese, Vietnamese, coffee, raw oysters etc)

Dear KK, thanks for your post and reviews. Very informative & useful for our trip next month. My husband likes the offerings at Connie and Ted's so will have to put that on our list along with so many others. I'm jealous of your stomach capacity!

Apr 10, 2015
SanJoseHound in Los Angeles Area
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Best Korean BBQ - cooked for you - not cook your own

Thanks everyone for your responses! Like many visitors, I'm wondering how I'll fit in all the food in my limited amount of time. I appreciate everyone's help.

Apr 10, 2015
SanJoseHound in Los Angeles Area

Best Korean BBQ - cooked for you - not cook your own

We'll be visiting next month and I'm in search of the best Korean BBQ - that is cooked for you. I'm not interested in the cook your own joints. I know that in many places they will help you cook etc. I'm looking for something like Genwa where you have the option to order already-cooked food. Thanks a lot!

Apr 10, 2015
SanJoseHound in Los Angeles Area

Here now, in search of Sweets!

Had a great meal at Raku last night - our first time there. However Raku Sweets was absolutely mobbed at 10:30 PM with two large parties & a full house already. I had to settle for Jean Philippe Patisserie at the Aria.

This morning we have a brunch res at Veranda (donuts!) but want to know what other sweets to add. Thinking of Gordon Ramsay Steak for dinner just so I can have the sticky toffee pudding. Also the Griddle at SLS. What other sweet stops should I make? We have a car & staying at Venetian, so will prob visit Yardbird & Carlo's Bakery.

Jan 18, 2015
SanJoseHound in Las Vegas

Sunday afternoon in Barceloneta?

We will be in Barcelona next week and I had our Barceloneta Sunday lunch narrowed down to Kaiku or Barraca. I chose Kaiku and made a reservation for a table on the terrace. Simple food in a casual setting sounds great. I will report back.

Sep 12, 2014
SanJoseHound in Spain/Portugal

Food Tour Barcelona

We will be in Barcelona during this time period and might be interested in taking this tour on Friday Sept. 26. I read the tour description but it doesn't really give specific details about the places or itinerary. FYI we are already booked for the Feast on Tour (night) for Friday Sept. 19.

What is the best way to contact you?

Sep 12, 2014
SanJoseHound in Spain/Portugal

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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Macarons - Any new places?

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

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