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LA NYC foodie needs SF recs

Thank you to everyone, so amazing! Will report back on where we go and our thoughts. Cheers, annette

LA NYC foodie needs SF recs

Hi Chowhounders! Hoping you can help. My husband I come to SF every week now from LA and never know where to eat. We have been a few places we love- Wayferer Tavern, Slanted Door- but dont get the chance to explore much- but we want too!
What we love: Farm to Table, Italian, Seafood, Local substantial food, Southern
What we dont love: fussy, foam, too fancy
We dont mind spending money on great food, just not into the more fancy service places
Places we love if you know them:
LA: Umami, Tasting Kitchen, Gjelina, Ink, Red Medicine, A Frame, Animal, Son of a Gun, Huckleberry, Farmshop
NYC: Blue Ribbon Bakery, Omen, Raouls, Little Owl, Diner, Freemans, Marlow and Sons
Any recommendations welcome, and please let me know if I can recommend for you in either NYC or LA !

Thank you

Thanksgiving in Seattle

Hi all!

My husband and I are going to visit Seattle for the Thanksgiving Weekend. We have done some great research so far, but would love to know if any of you know a fantastic place that would have an amazing Thanksgiving dinner :)

Here are the places we are going to visit so far (so you get a sense of the food we like):

madison park conservatory http://madisonparkconservatory.com/
the walrus and carpenter http://thewalrusbar.com/menu/
The Willow Inn on Lummi Island
http://www.willows-inn.com/dining/menu/

Jul 25, 2012
annettegallo in Greater Seattle

Help! Foodies in palm springs

Thank you so much! Very helpful

May 24, 2012
annettegallo in California

Help! Foodies in palm springs

Hi all,
My husband and I are staying at the Parker, which has great food. The problem is we are here for 6 days and need some new places to go. We live love cheeky's and love native foods. Anywhere else we should try ? We are looking for either farm to table, no chains, authentic Mexican or greasy spoons. Totally willing to drive outside of the area as well. By the way, went to purple palms, did not like, overpriced, jimmy Buffett ambience, definitely a tourist spot!

Thank you in advance!

May 18, 2012
annettegallo in California

Great places for dinner gift cards for the holidays?

Thank you!

Great places for dinner gift cards for the holidays?

HI!

Hoping you can help chowhounders. I am now living in LA and need to send my Mother In Law and my Sister in Law and her husband gifts. I decided to give them a nice dinner to a great place. My MIL is somewhat reserved but like fancy places, no foam infused food for her, thinking like a great place to have a fancy afternoon tea? or a elegant restaurant?

My SIL and her husband are vegetarians, so any place upscale, I know they love South Boston and North End.

Any help is greatly appreciated! Looking to spend around 150 each (figure they can pay for wine and tip)

Thanks

Carmel and Big Sur- with new baby

Just as an update: Big Sur was fantastic! Lunch was def our main meal as many places would not be appropriate for us with a little guy. We ate breakfast twice at Carmel Belle in Carmel- amazing food! Big Sur Bakery was just as good as everyone raved, delicious baked goods and amazing chard quiche as well as yummy sandwiches on their own bread. We went to Nepenthe for the views, the burger was just ok, but really its for the ambience not the food. We stopped by Post Ranch, which if we were alone we would have done as everyone says the food is exquisite, but seemed a little snobby to tell you the truth and we have been to some of the most amazing places so we skipped it.
Great weekend all in all!
thanks for all your suggestions!

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Big Sur Bakery
47540 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

May 15, 2011
annettegallo in California

Carmel and Big Sur- with new baby

thanks everyone! I think we are going to cut over in Cambria and take the detour from there. We are staying north of the closure so I think we will be good :) Ill report back on the eats!

May 09, 2011
annettegallo in California

Carmel and Big Sur- with new baby

Hi Chowhounds,

Hoping you can help, my husband and I are going to Big Sur for our 3rd anniversary next weekend. We are bringing our new little baby (new like 8 weeks). He is very quite and pretty much just chills in his car seat. I've scoped out Big Sur Bakery, which totally looks like our style, wondering if you can recommend other like places that would be baby friendly (nothing too fancy or small, but also nothing that resembles a kiddie playground!). We love organic, farm to table type eats- we live in LA and our faves to give you some direction are Gjelina, Animal, Red Medicine, Blue Plate, and Osteria Mozza

Thanks!!
Annette

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Big Sur Bakery
47540 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

May 07, 2011
annettegallo in California

Where can we buy a niman bone in Boston pork butt in la? Bo ssam!

Thank you all! Our flight finally got in calling now :) I'll let you know how it turns out! A

Dec 31, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Where can we buy a niman bone in Boston pork butt in la? Bo ssam!

Hi chow hounders!
My husband and I just had the Bo ssam at momofuku in NYC and want to recreate it at home. We found the recipe and now need to buy the pork! We live on the west side in Venice but can travel anywhere to purchase. Also would love to know of a good koren grocery store to buy kimchi.
Thanks!
Annette

Dec 28, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Brunch with Anson Mill Grits and Biscuits (or similar?)

Thanks Harry and Servog! I will try out Pann's- if you ever hear of a place in LA serving Anson or the like let me know! and if you are ever in Brooklyn try out Char No 4, its life changing!!

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Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop
6710 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Oct 28, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Brunch with Anson Mill Grits and Biscuits (or similar?)

Hi Chowhounders!
My hubby and I moved here in May for NYC (loving it and the food is amazing!)--having a major brunch hankering for Anson Mill Grits and Biscuits. I mention Anson Mill, so for those of you in the know on grits, its a big difference from instant grits or even those grits usually found at diners. They are creamy and usually a bit heartier. I think there are various other kinds of more elevated grits like Anson Mills so open to other suggestions! I would love to find a brunch spot in LA (will travel in any direction, we live in Venice) as my go to for a yummy grits breakfast! For anyone who is familiar with the NYC/Brooklyn Brunch scene, we are majorly missing our brunches at Char No. 4, which had the most amazing grits and biscuits!

I found a few posts, most recommending where to buy or get more diner grits, so any help on my more specific request much appreciated!!
Thanks!

Oct 28, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Scachatta? Deviled Crab?

thank you!!!

Aug 26, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Scachatta? Deviled Crab?

Hi fellow chowhouders,

We are new to LA and I am dying for my families cuban food. I was wondering if anyone knew where to find: Scachatta, Deviled Crab, Papa Renella's. Tried Verislles no luck :( Anyone have any ideas, will travel!

Thanks
Annette

Aug 23, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Thanksgiving in Portland!

Hi chowhounders- My Husband and I are taking a trip to Portland for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be there from Nov 24 - 28. We haven't been in over a year but still have heavenly dreams about the food we had the last time we were there! We loved Le Pigeon. We are big into Farm to Table style places, love rich amazing food. Not so much into fusion or foams :) We have a good budget and a car so would love any and all suggestions, also for Turkey day, where would you go?
Thanks!!

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Le Pigeon
738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Aug 16, 2010
annettegallo in Metro Portland

Maine only- Summer Mainer looking for lobbies in LA

Thanks MissCast. Just went there, got two 2.5 lbs for $60, expensive but hopefully worth every penny!! You really helped a homesick Mainiac ;)

Jun 26, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Maine only- Summer Mainer looking for lobbies in LA

Hi,

So I've seen several posts about finding a good lobster dinner (or lunch) in LA, but no results that I could find for MAINE lobster. Now I am challenging you all, we are new transplants and live in Venice. We will travel for this if need be, but our normal summer time consists of Maine Lobster, Popovers, and Lobster stew (with cream sherry and butter). If anyone can help me find this in LA I will be eternally grateful. I've found Nova Scotia Lobster, but looking for Maine!

xo
Summer Mainer longing for Jordan Pond House.

Jun 26, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Best Brunch near Venice?

Wow, you all are the best, I am loving LA!!!

May 31, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Best Brunch near Venice?

Thanks everyone!! Places are looking closed as I call one by one :(

May 31, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Best Brunch near Venice?

I should add we have been to Gjelina's, which is great but want somewhere new :)

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Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

May 31, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Best Brunch near Venice?

Hi,
Hubby and I just moved here form NYC, and we love our brunch! Today looks like its going to be beautiful! Any rec's for brunch spots near Venice? We will drive but would like to stay along the coast line (Santa Monica, Malibu, Marina Del Ray, etc)

Thanks!!!

May 31, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

NYC transplant in LA (Venice)- Hirata and Ramen in LA??

You all are the best!!! thank you so so much!

May 30, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

NYC transplant in LA (Venice)- Hirata and Ramen in LA??

Hi chowhounders! Husband and I just moved here and jonesing for the hirata buns and ramen from Ippudo. Anywhere in LA similar type of food? Thanks!!!

May 29, 2010
annettegallo in Los Angeles Area

Marfa-Alpine-Big Bend

Husband and I just went to Marfa for 4 days, such an amazing place! Lunch _ Food Shark is a MUST- didn't go anywhere else. For dinner we tried a few places but wish we ate every night at Cochineal, it is truly some of the best food ever (and we are from NYC!)- also Padre's is great for burgers or frito pie!!

May 10, 2010
annettegallo in Texas

Help! Venice- Restaurant-Off the beaten track, Mama in the kitchen

Hi
I am hoping Chowhounders can help! My husband and I were in Venice this time last year and had the best meal of our life, I cannot find or remember the name for the life of me.
It was located in a desolate part of Venice, the restaurant was small and only had 2 seatings. It was run by the daughter, front of house, and mama in the back cooking. There was no menu and you have 5 courses with wine included for around 30 eu a person. Does anyone know what this place is called?!
Thanks!
Annette

Dec 21, 2009
annettegallo in Italy

Please critique my list for Rome

Happy to help SteveG! I am going to submit a full report when we are back but in Firenze I can tell you some of my favs:

Oliverio- Very classic- The books say Sophia Loren used to hang out there. For the money it worth every bite, the wine was fantastic and the food was really very good. A little bit of twist of traditional Tuscan cuisine, I liked it very very much (and the atmosphere is beautiful)- for 3 courses, dessert and a bottle of red was $140 euro

La Giostra- Please stay far far away from here, its like a wannabe Italian Waverly Inn with a TGIF undertone. So cheesy. The food was way overpriced, huge portions, service was rude, saw at least two strange 80 year old men with 20 year old Russian model-types (not sure what that means but it gave me the chills). Super tacky and our bill was 156 euros for less than great food.

Cafe Zero (I think this is the official name)- I never got the exact name but we happened upon the place for lunch and were so pleasently surprised. It is in the oltrarno district. We ate lunch here and and the most amazing view of Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi. The place is huge and is partial stand-up cafe with great pastries and part sit down eatery. Try both, we did! Its on Via de Bardi, take a left when you get off the bridge and its on the river side of the street.

Also one other place in Palermo I forgot to mention-
ANTICA FOCACCERIA SAN FRANCESCO
Now lots of people on here love this place and rave about the Milza (a small "sandwich" with spleen and ricotta) and sounded to me about as rustic and traditional as you could get. We made reservations and dined upstairs. I have to sadly, I was so disappointed the food was really heavy and not in a good way. Not much flavor. We tried the Milza, which I think is an acquired taste but if you like organ meat then you will probably like it, but also ordered other traditional offerings like pasta with sardines and tropea red onions, have to say this was not so great. I would recommend going for lunch hour if you are interested in getting a taste of the miza and just ordering from downstairs. You are better off eating at Sant Andrea every night (I'm still dreaming of my semolina ravioli with sea jack sauce)

Have an amazing time!

Jan 08, 2009
annettegallo in Italy

Please critique my list for Rome

One other thing- call Piperno before you go, it might be closed

Jan 07, 2009
annettegallo in Italy

Please critique my list for Rome

We are traveling in Italy right now so hopefully this will help-

Rome-

Renato y Luisa- AMAZING- best food best service- very rustic food, hearty and great wine/bread.
Dal Cavalier Gino- Very good also, very much a locals place, make sure you know some Italian or you might meet with unfriendly service (my husband spoke English and we both could have sworn the waiter was seriously PO'd!)

Sicily- not sure where you are going but we have been following
Palermo-
Sant' Andrea- A MUSt- it was insanely good and wished we had eaten there every night- hearty, food for the soul, we had a beautiful Sicilian red with angler fish tortillini plus the most amazing seas bass rolled with creamed cauliflower. I'm a big bread person also, for some reason I've noticed that if the bread basket is good and fresh the food ends up being amazing, so hence this had some of the most amazing traditional rolls from Sicily with orange rinds.

Osteria dei Vespri - Was not a fan at all- way too pretentious , lots of foam and strange bread- but I am a big fan of local hearty rustic cuisine.

We also have visited the following cities so let me know if you need more recs (you can email me at annette.gallo@gmail.com)
Florence
Venice
Tropea
Vibo Marina (AMAZING food)
La Sila (AMAZING food)
Milan

Jan 07, 2009
annettegallo in Italy