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Visiting Chicago from California and looking for suggestions

Hello all,

This is my first time posting on the Chicago board. I'm visiting this week from California and I'd love the opportunity to sample the best of Chicago. As this is a last minute trip, there's no way for me to get a reservation at any of the famous restaurants here in town. I'd love to know some of the hidden neighborhood gems that showcase this city's food.

I eat almost anything and am open in terms of price from $5 to $50.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Apr 02, 2014
SouthToTheLeft in Chicago Area

Restaurant near Union Station?

Hey everyone,

I'm looking for a nice restaurant for an occasion near Union Station. Is this a wish too far, or is there anything yummy out that way?

Thanks!

Jan 21, 2013
SouthToTheLeft in Washington DC & Baltimore

Col Heights/Petworth food: Chez Billy, Georgia Ave, anyone been?

Yes, I went once. Completely mediocre food, awful service, and pretty expensive for what you got.

Jan 19, 2013
SouthToTheLeft in Washington DC & Baltimore

Any place to find tteok (Korean sweet rice cakes) in the Bay?

Hey everyone, I'm looking for a place to find tteok (Korean sweet rice cakes) to serve on New Years' Day. Any ideas where they might be available in the Bay Area?

Dec 29, 2012
SouthToTheLeft in San Francisco Bay Area

Wo Hing General Store — thoughts? [SF]

Hey everyone,

I recently got a recommendation to visit Wo Hing General Store. Anyone been?

Is it worth the hype?

Apr 10, 2012
SouthToTheLeft in San Francisco Bay Area

First trip to Chicago

Hello everyone,

My first post on the Chicago board! I am coming to Chicago for a conference next week, and I'd love some suggestions for where to have some Chowhound-worthy meals.

The conference location is at the Park Hyatt, so I'd love some lunch recommendations around there. I'm staying in Andersonville, but happy to travel almost anywhere in the city to get dinner.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 07, 2012
SouthToTheLeft in Chicago Area

Easy, cheap eats in DC - do they even exist?

I will say I have been impressed with the vegetarian pho and Pho Viet on Park. Not bad at all.

Feb 07, 2012
SouthToTheLeft in Washington DC & Baltimore

Easy, cheap eats in DC - do they even exist?

Unfortunately, I don't have an answer to your question. I'm from California, too, and my heart pines for good, cheap food. Available on every corner, at all hours of the day.

I think we should have a Californian expat meet up once a month and try and find somewhere to go.

Feb 06, 2012
SouthToTheLeft in Washington DC & Baltimore

Easy, cheap eats in DC - do they even exist?

Actually, Busboys and Poets is hella expensive for what you get ($6 for a plate of hummus, for example).

I think we should have a meet up for depressed Chowhounders from California who know what the good life is like.

Feb 06, 2012
SouthToTheLeft in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

I suppose it's time for me to reply to my original post now that I know what I'm cooking:

1) The main entrée will be canard au vin. Going to get the four duck legs this afternoon and keep it in a bag with rosemary, some salt, and bay leaves until it's time to cook tomorrow. Will wash the salt off, then follow a standard coq au vin recipe, but will add 1 oz chocolate into the sauce at the end to thicken it.

2) Caramelized Brussels sprouts made in cast iron.

3) Wild rice with raisins and chopped walnuts.

4) Apple pie with a double thick crust.

I am excited!

Dec 23, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

My partner is a former Antipodean and remains bewildered by the heavy, sauce-rich Northern Hemisphere food that I crave around Christmastime.

Dec 23, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

Squash-rosemary gratin sounds AMAZING! Please share the recipe!

Dec 21, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

I'm also going to be doing a duck, but going to do a duck au vin instead of the traditional roast duck. I love coq au vin, and I love duck, so I thought I'd be creative and combine the two!

Dec 21, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

Back in LA for a week, any suggestions?

Any particular tacos you recommend?

Dec 13, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Los Angeles Area

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

I am going with duck, I think. I'm experimenting with the idea of duck au vin, but not sure yet if it'd be too heavy.

Dec 05, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

Yum, goat cheese!

Dec 02, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

Back in LA for a week, any suggestions?

Yum! It looks really good! Any favorite things you had there?

Nov 29, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Los Angeles Area

Back in LA for a week, any suggestions?

I actually went to Shamshiri. The food was pretty good, and the portions were RIDICULOUSLY large.

Nov 28, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Los Angeles Area

Vineyards in Santa Cruz?

Apologies, I've always considered Santa Cruz as in the Bay Area. I'll wait for the moderators to move this post, but thank you so much for the link!

Nov 28, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in California

Vineyards in Santa Cruz?

Hello!

A visiting family member has requested that we visit vineyards in Santa Cruz. Unfortunately, I know nothing about vineyards down that way. I am turning to you for help in figuring out a few vineyards that are worth a visit. She is especially keen on whites like gewurtz or pinot gris.

Thanks!

Nov 28, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in California

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

How does one reassemble a goose?

Nov 28, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

Back in LA for a week, any suggestions?

Hello friendly LA board,

I've been fortunate to get to come to LA for New Year's for three years and running now, and I've asked the smart and friendly LA board for advice every time. I've gotten some amazing suggestions (Soowon Galbi, pretty much every Vietnamese place I tried in Orange County), some mediocre ones (Border Grill, Mariscos Chente, Jitlada), and some awful ones (Monsieur Marcel).

In that spirit, I'd love to pick your brains for what's new and exciting in LA. I would love to find some exciting, adventurous Mexican. I tried Mariscos Chente, but it's possible I didn't order well because I was not blown away. I'd love to find good Persian food, and Thai. I've been to Jitlada — and even ordered off the Thai menu — but did not find it that special. Is there somewhere I am missing?

I am mostly looking for places on the Westside or in Orange County, and not at all in the Valley.

Any advice welcomed and appreciated!

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mariscos Chente
4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Nov 27, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Los Angeles Area

Does SF have good midrange neighborhood restaurants that are not loud/overcrowded?

What neighborhood are you looking in? There are tons and tons of places to go. Have you considered Mexican?

Nov 27, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in San Francisco Bay Area

What's for Holiday dinner 2011?

Hey everyone,

As I'm starting to assemble my menu for my holiday dinners this year, I was wondering what you were thinking of putting on your plates. Any special family traditions? What are you excited about making this holiday season?

I'm really looking forward to roasting Brussels sprouts with a honey-dijon sauce. I love the combination of the bitter sprouts and the sweet sauce. Also very excited to play around with duck. It's such a luxurious meat!

Nov 27, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

Kin Shop - A wonderful neighborhood restaurant

Thanks very much for the report, I'm excited to try the duck confit fried rice!

Nov 25, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Manhattan

Favorite coq au vin recipe?

Just saw it, looks like it uses lardons. Do you think duck fat or turkey bacon could be used instead?

Nov 25, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

Gourmet Ethiopian?

So I just wanted to add that I tried Ethiopian Restaurant and Mart's chicken and shrimp dishes. They are all stellar. Incredible flavor. The best in DC, by far.

Nov 25, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Washington DC & Baltimore

I need wine recomendations.

I don't mean to be snarky, but I'm not sure that finding the "sweetest, fruitiest" wine is going to be the world's best introduction to wine. To write off white wine as being too dry is ... I'm not sure what the word is, but it's not a good one.

If you want your sweetest, stickiest red wine, you should consider port. However, you could help by sharing what varietals of whites you have tried, and which ones you have written off. For example, have you ever tried a dry riesling?

Nov 25, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Wine

Favorite coq au vin recipe?

Hey everyone,

For Christmas this year, I've decided to make a coq au vin. It's homey, it's rich, it's delicious, and the leftovers are heaven. I've used Jane Hornby's recipe from What To Cook and How To Cook It, but I was wondering if anyone had any real standout recipes? Also, any notes on duck au vin?

Thanks!

Nov 25, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Home Cooking

Visiting Stamford for a week — where to go?

Hey everyone,

Thanks so much for the great responses. So, it looks like I'm only going to have the opportunity to eat out for Friday and Saturday lunch. If you had to pick any of the places you suggested for these meals, any particular standouts?

Thanks!

Nov 24, 2011
SouthToTheLeft in Southern New England