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Orange County Bachelorette Party

Looking for a restaurant in Orange County/LA to have a friend's bachelorette dinner party. The right place would have a fun party atmosphere and good food at decent prices. Under $30 per person would be great. Cuisine unimportant but we do have a few people who don't want anything too spicy or exotic. The following cities preferred: Fullerton, Brea, Orange, La Habra, Whitter, La Mirada, Cerritos, Buena Park or Huntington beach. Also if you can recommend any fun stuff or cool after hours places in the area that would be great too. Dancing, Pool hall, gambling, strip club, etc. Thanks!

May 13, 2009
lonelyarethebrave in Los Angeles Area

Three days in Paris- A Review

Just returned from a three day trip to Paris and wanted to post my experience as a thank you to all the hounds who helped us to decide where to eat and what to avoid. We did manage to make it to one of the board's suggestions as well as finding a few places on our own. Here's a list of highlights:

Caffe Jadis
http://caffe-jadis.com/

After hours of walking around the city (and having the blisters to prove it) we stumbled upon Caffe Jadis. Feeling the well decorated yet comfortably chill ambiance we decided to stop in and do dinner. For an appetizer we started with the escargot, which was prepared with a light butter, garlic and chopped spinach dressing. It was a wonderful departure from the butter soaked snails I expected from previous experience. For entrees I had the calf's liver which was perfectly cooked and melted in my mouth. Mash potatoes were served as a side dish and flavorful without being overly rich. My dining companion had the sole which was probably the best fish I have ever tasted in my life. Once again the flesh dissolved as soon as fork and mouth met. An excellent vegetable ragout came alongside. For dessert we had a crème brûlée that had a perfect crust with a wonderful slightly bitter crunch and a strawberry tart. The tart was my favorite, pairing the inherent sweetness of the strawberry with a light custard. Service was great and price reasonable.

La Grande Epicerie Paris
http://www.lagrandeepicerie.fr/

Walking around this food market was a feast for the eyes...everything looked so delicious we had a very hard time selecting items for a picnic we planned! In the end we bought various sausages, roast beef, and ham along with a selection of cheese, baguettes, olives, and anchovies recommended by persons manning the counter. Everything was superb but those anchovies are going to be in my dreams at night. I don't even want to admit how many I ate! We also bought a few different types of wine that came in single serving cans (we lacked a bottle opener and didn't feel like buying another to add to the ten we have at home) and were surprised how good the wine was! I think I expected something Boone's Farm-ish but luckily instead they were quite tasty.

Restaurant Chartier
www.restaurant-chartier.com

Luckily we got here early and managed to avoid the crowds, ten minutes after we arrived the line was out the door. This was a place recommended by hounds and had a cool yet classic interior. Service was informally friendly and we quickly received drinks and an overflowing bread basket. I had the steak tartar which was good although I really missed the Worcestershire sauce I add when I make at home. Not authentic I am sure but my taste buds enjoy it! My companion was disappointed by his steak which was much chewier than he expected. I took a bite and agreed. It was edible, just not that good. Profiteroles with a dark chocolate sauce were an excellent choice for dessert and in a weird way made me nostalgic for the simple things that make life so good.

Restaurant Le Dali
http://www.lemeurice.com/restaurants_...

This was probably my favorite meal in Paris. Ambiance was elegant and romantic with live music and extremely attentive wait staff. Started off the meal with seared foie gras and poached quail eggs in chicken broth. All I can say is-wow. This dish made me almost want to break out into a food dance of joy at the table. Luckily I controlled myself as I doubt the chic clientele would have appreciated my display. The saltiness and herbs of the broth mixed with the rich foie gras and oozing yolk can only be described as perfection. My lamb served in a small cast iron pot at the table with a stewed green beans and onions was delicious as well. The meat was tenderly slow cooked and no knife was needed nor brought to the table. For dessert I had the salted butter caramel ice cream which was another moment I almost broke out the food dance. A blueberry and roasted hazelnut topping covered the slightly bitter yet sweet ice cream. I was full after two bites but it was so good I had to enlist help at the table to finish. No one turned down my offer to share.

I miss Paris already!

Apr 08, 2009
lonelyarethebrave in France

1 star restaurant for anniversary in Paris

My husband and I will be coming out to Paris next week for our anniversary, a first trip for both of us. We are looking for a one star michelin restaurant (or a place of comparable quality) to have a nice dinner at while we are in town for under $100 per person with alcohol. We eat everything but would prefer something that best represents modern or classic Paris cuisine. Suggestions appreciated, thanks!

Mar 30, 2009
lonelyarethebrave in France

Last Meal: Soho breakfast/brunch

Having one last meal tomorrow morning before having my teeth whitened at the britesmile in Soho. As you may know after whitening you're stuck eating white or clear foods only for 24 hours. Sucks. But I digress please help me enjoy one last meal of stainy foods (oh coffee I will miss thee on Monday) somewhere near prince/wooster with great food and reasonable prices. The earlier they open the better....thanks!

Jan 10, 2009
lonelyarethebrave in Manhattan

HELP Classic New York

Thanks for confirming..... we wound up downtown and decided to check out the Libertine. While our waiter was nice and the decor outstanding the cocktails and food were merely "ok." The hubby is a bit of a cocktail snob and was not happy with his old fashioned. The lobster roll appetizer was decent but my main course steak and kidney pie was more like pot roast with a crust and kidney sauce on top. It didn't have that savory aspect I expect from comfort food. We are going to check out Keen's in the very near future.

Michael G I'm wondering if you are psychic as our favorite drinks are sazeracs and manhattans! Now I'm wondering how Keen's handles the elusive bullshot....

Nov 12, 2008
lonelyarethebrave in Manhattan

Favorite Cocktail Specialist Bar

I enjoy PDT and Pegu Club but my new spot is The Hideout in Fort Greene BK. The bartenders make excellent drinks whether you order something classic or one of the specialty cocktails on their menu. Last time I was in I had an absinthe cocktail and it was the first time I actually enjoyed the taste of absinthe in a mixed drink. At PDT or Pegu I always run into someone I know so the Hideout truly is a Hideout for me. It's fairly small so arrive early or risk having to stand in the no man's land spot near the door.

Nov 12, 2008
lonelyarethebrave in Manhattan

HELP Classic New York

So I screwed up royally and forgot to make a reservation at Luger tonight for dinner with the better half....be my salvation and suggest a restaurant that has a classic nyc vibe and serves up steak, seafood, american, or french....doesn't have to be $$$ just a place that knows how to sling a drink and where the waiters are lifers. Any location in manhattan below 90th fine. The sooner the better...thanks!

Ps. I was thinking Keen's....... thoughts?

Nov 07, 2008
lonelyarethebrave in Manhattan