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Surf Spot, Pacifica: Opened this week

Have a recommendation for a lunch spot in Pacifica/HMB? Just driving through from SFO to Santa Cruz next month. Thanks!

Apr 24, 2013
anb722 in San Francisco Bay Area

Reasonably priced anniversary dinner in Santa Barbara

[Re-posted to fix subject to SB]
My husband and I are doing an anniversary trip from SFO to LA, and our anniversary falls on the day we are in Santa Barbara. We are looking for a special place that won't break the bank, maybe in the $20-25 entree range? We have considered Bouchon, but have been to the other Bouchon locations and want to try something new. Thanks!

Apr 23, 2013
anb722 in California

Reasonably priced anniversary dinner in Santa Monica

My apologies! I meant Santa Barbara! All of these names are running together in my head. Thanks for catching that, @PeterCC.

Apr 22, 2013
anb722 in California

Reasonably priced anniversary dinner in Santa Monica

My husband and I are doing an anniversary trip from SFO to LA, and our anniversary falls on the day we are in Santa Barbara. We are looking for a special place that won't break the bank, maybe in the $20-25 entree range? We have considered Bouchon, but have been to the other Bouchon locations and want to try something new. Thanks!

Apr 22, 2013
anb722 in California

Looking for market/street food recs in Playa Del Carmen

p.s. anyone ever stayed at the Valentin? Any tips?

Jan 10, 2011
anb722 in Mexico

Looking for market/street food recs in Playa Del Carmen

Spending a week at the Valentin Imperial with another couple later this month. Since our resort is all-inclusive, we aren't looking for much in terms of restaurants, but are interested in spending a few days trolling for some really good authentic food that would be relatively easy for us to find. Also any recs for open-air markets that aren't too touristy would be welcomed as well.

I have searched the board and all of the info includes restaurants and is a little overwhelming, so I thought you guys may be able to narrow it down for what we are specifically looking for. Looks like Rick Bayless recommends looking around the DAC market. I've also been told to look for the push carts at the bottom of Juarez next to the church and 5th. Any thoughts or other ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Jan 10, 2011
anb722 in Mexico

One night in DC with the in-laws

So I looked at these and they all look like great restaurants that I would want to try, but I'm afraid none of them fit the bill with the in-laws. I think it would be weird if I came to visit and said, "hey I made reservations at a restaurant!" I was hoping I could just say something along the lines of "hey I was reading about this place online and it looks good, have you guys tried it?" So places who require reservations might not be best, and like @Raids was saying, $30/person is probably going to be too high for them as well. Maybe we need to get out of the area to find something a little more casual/cheap? In terms of cuisine, the in-laws aren't too adventurous with food, and like i said, usually just default to chinese takeout. So thai, japanese, and to some extent, tapas, are all out.
Sorry about all the restrictions- I just dont want to suggest a place they'll hate!
What do you guys think?

One night in DC with the in-laws

Ok, so my husband and I are going to be in DC next saturday night for one night, staying with the in-laws. I was hoping we could make a restaurant suggestion because they aren't too concerned with food and usually just default to chinese takeout. They live really close to the mall and Newseum, so there have to be some good places near there, right?
So I need suggestions for a place that wouldn't be too far away, too fancy, or too expensive. Just a casual, delicious place. Any thoughts?
Thanks!

Moving to Nashville may be in my future, basic questions need answering.

I would second the East Nashville recommendation, especially if the Hillsboro Village/Green Hills options are out of your price range (as they are for us, even though I rented in Hillsboro Village in college). We live off Eastland Ave in E. Nashville and are loving the convenience of Eastland Cafe, Silly Goose, Wild Cow, Rosepepper Cantina, Mitchell Deli, Nashville Biscuit House, Las Maracas, Allium, and most recently, Holland House. Yeah, the grocery store options are not great (although improving), but you'll find a little more character and adventure in E. Nashville (as well as a really strong neighborhood-y vibe, check out our massive neighborhood listserv here: http://groups.google.com/group/East-N...). We also lived Downtown at the Viridian for 2 years and liked it, but didn't love it. East is our favorite part of town, by far.

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Rosepepper Cantina
1907 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Nashville Biscuit House
805 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Apr 10, 2010
anb722 in Kentucky & Tennessee

One night in Nashville with small kids

I would second the Fido recommendation, and since you are going to be close to Vandy, I would also recommend The Dog of Nashville, which is a great hot dog place and perfect for kids. I would definitely avoid Amerigos- very chain-based, predictable Italian food, and not cheap! SatCo (San Antonio Taco Company) is fun and close to campus, not the greatest texmex in the world, but good for kids too. Oh yeah and Monell's is fantastic, and really fun- family style, all you can eat, southern food, sit with strangers and pass the mashed potatoes.

Apr 10, 2010
anb722 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Jewish rye in Nashville

I'm pretty sure Noshville could hook you up? You might also call Provence or Bread and Co. And you can get Silke's bread at both Marche and Mitchell Deli in East Nashville (but I would call ahead because their breads are on a weekly schedule).

Apr 10, 2010
anb722 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Mulled Hard Pear Cider

i made this in a big batch for a party over the weekend. it took a LOT of tweaking before it was actually good. i had to use woodchuck cider (yuck) because it was all that was available (or affordable) at my store. i had to boil down the cider for a while but then it still tasted really astringent. i added butter to give it a better texture and that really brought out the pear flavor. i also used raw sugar instead of honey so that it wouldn't taste too medicinal. hope this helps!

Dec 21, 2009
anb722 in Recipes

Nashville - post Valentine's day dinner

I would recommend Germantown Cafe. They don't necessarily stress a vegetarian menu, but they always have good options. It is very close to downtown with a great view of the city.

Feb 04, 2009
anb722 in General South Archive