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Portuguese Fig Liquor!

It's not Portuguese, but try Feigling, a German fig vodka (though some dispute whether it is a vodka or a liquer.) At any rate, it's a clear beverage, delicious on the rocks.

Sep 13, 2009
llman in Spirits

Why does coffee upset my stomach so much?

A few years back I noticed that coffee suddenly seemed to be burning a hole in my stomach. I did two things that have alleviated the problem. 1) I switched to Decaf ... and if you say you don't need the caffeine, but like the flavor, you might as well switch. 2) I always drink café au lait -- half coffee, half milk. (If you order it at Starbucks, they call it a misto) I warm the milk in the microwave so it doesn't cool the coffee. I never have a problem now ... even on an empty stomach.

Sep 13, 2009
llman in Not About Food

4 Days in Seattle; Restaurants for Dinner for 1 at Bar

Try Sazerac on 4th and Spring (in Monaco Hotel). Definitely a lively, trendy place. They have a large bar where you can eat.... as well as nice bar area seating and a large dining room. I ate there a few times when I was in Seattle on business. Since I was on a low per diem, I was most interested in their happy hour menu (4-8 pm M-Sat). Cheap, but interesting food and cheap drinks. ($3 beers, $5 well drinks) They have a full menu though too. Check it out at www.sazeracrestaurant.com

Sep 13, 2009
llman in Greater Seattle

St. Paul budget-friendly suggestions needed

Thanks for all the suggestions ... and web sites to ease my research! Will just have to see what we're in the mood for at the time. Now I'm wishing I were going to be there longer to try out more than just two of these places!
Thanks again!

Sep 13, 2009
llman in General Midwest Archive

Ethnic / Unique Eats in Seattle for Single Girl Staying in Downtown, Reasonable Prices

If you're looking for reasonable eats, you must try Sazerac! it's on the corner of 4th and Spring attached to the Monaco Hotel... an easy walk from the Sheraton. Their happy hour is 4 - 8 pm Monday thru Saturday. No drinks over $6. Beer is $3 ... try the Naughty Nellie local brew or a tasty $5 Bloody Mary. Stay away from the margarita ... overkill on lime juice! Order off the Happy Hour for some tasty cheap food ... $2 sweet potato fries with 3 tasty dipping sauces, $3 goat cheese stuffed dates with a balsamic glaze, and $5 wood fired pizzas (I loved the white pizza best). It's a fun, lively place with modern decor and you can eat at the bar or at a table... plenty of space.

Sep 13, 2009
llman in Greater Seattle

Springfield, IL Restaurant Recommendations

I am in Springfield at least once a year on business and am always in the downtown area, so all my suggestions are in walking distance of the Hilton, Abraham Lincoln Hotel, and convention center nexus. One restaurant I just tried in July and highly recommend is:

Caitie Girl's: http://www.caitiegirls.com/ Decor is fun and whimsical, all the staff was very friendly, food was unique and tasty and not overpriced. Local business owners recommended it as "a twist on comfort food." My colleague had the mac n cheese which had pulled pork and pepperjack cheese in it -- delicious! I had falafel tha came with a delicious side salad that was topped with blueberries, strawberries, corn (sounds wierd, but yummy!) and a nice vinaigrette. It also came with beet chips.

Trout Lily Cafe was also good. Had lunch there. It's small, nothing fancy, but I had a good piece of quiche and a curry couscous salad and delicious blackberry jasmine tea!

The Feed Store was also good for lunch. Variety of sandwiches and side items.

Linsday's, which is the restaurant in the A. Lincoln Hotel, is decent. Although I try to stay away from hotel restaurants, their prices are good and staff is friendly. I had a pecan-crusted tilapia that was really tasty. Their corn chowder is also delicious.

Sammy's Sports Bar & Grill is good if you're looking for casual, inexpensive bar food. You must have the Horseshoe, a Springfield specialy. You have your choice of sandwich, which is topped with french fries, and then a cheese sauce! Completely unhealthy but worth trying. Make sure you have a couple brewskis to wash it down! Cheap beer! It was a perfect end of a long day at a conference for my colleague and me. It's also good if you want to catch a game ... lots of tvs.

I must also say you should go to Del's Popcorn Shop -- not for a meal unless you love popcorn! They have great homemade popcorn (cheese, caramel, candy, kettle) and candies. Great for a late-night snack back at the hotel.

I've heard good things about Augie's Front Burner ... a long-time locally owned establishment that's a bit more upscale. I just did not make it there on my last trip.

Enjoy Springfield!

Sep 13, 2009
llman in General Midwest Archive

St. Paul budget-friendly suggestions needed

I will be in St. Paul in 2 weeks for business over a weekend. I am looking to take out an author for dinner at least once. And my colleague and I are on a paultry per diem. We'll be staying by the Excel Center and although we have a car, would prefer not to drive too far. Would love unique places--no chains, prefer no bar food--and need restaurants with vegetarian options. I have read some on here about Kyber Pass, Barbary Fig, and Babani's but not all reviews are recent nor consistent. Any recent experience with these places? Thanks in advance!

Sep 13, 2009
llman in General Midwest Archive

Expense Account lunch and dinner recommendations please

If money is no object, I'd suggest Nine. It's a unique place with great decor, very modern. Service is great, food is excellent, good wine list, circle bar in dining room, dj (hidden to one corner) playing great tunes. Inventive items, especially for dessert- one is a "circus" theme with cotton candy, another (which I ordered) is a make-your-own s'mores plate- YUM! I had the very best scallops I've ever eaten at Nine. Calamari was also top-notch. Menu (at least in December when I went last) was a bit seafood heavy, but they did have some nice meat entrees.

Sep 08, 2006
llman in Chicago Area

In Philly on business... need suggestions

Thanks for all the suggestions! After I do some research, I'm sure I'll have a great list to take with me. Can't wait to check out the Reading Terminal - sounds fun!

Aug 16, 2006
llman in Pennsylvania

Glacier Vodka [Split from General Topics board]

Do you remember what liquor store had it? I live west of Chicago and would love to get some. I bought Iceburg Vodka a few years back on a trip to Calgary and never could find it in the states.

Aug 16, 2006
llman in Spirits

Mojito time!

As I'm not a fan of rum, I sub tequila (which in my opinion is the nectar of the gods!) for it. My local Mexican restaurant owner/friend taught me this.

After muddling the lime and mint, I like to remove the "too-smushed" limes and add fresh wedges in the glass. Nothing better on a hot summer day!

Aug 16, 2006
llman in Spirits

In Philly on business... need suggestions

I'll be in Philly for 5 days over the Labor Day weekend for a conference at the Convention Center, staying at the Marriott. I'm looking for suggestions of restaurants within short walking distance for lunches/dinners. Willing to try all kinds, hoping to keep it fairly inexpensive. Anything I just can't miss?

Aug 16, 2006
llman in Pennsylvania