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Hello,

My friend and I will be heading to Chicago the weekend of June 7-9 to see a White Sox game (Friday night) and a Cubs game (Saturday afternoon) (huge baseball fans - on a side note, we are trying to visit all 30 MLB ballparks) :).

That being said - any suggestions for places around Cellular One field (White Sox, I believe?) for before Friday's game (our flight lands around noon on Friday) - and also any suggestions for before the 3:00-ish game @ Wrigley, and after for dinner, would be greatly appreciated.

We are staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick - so it's only a few miles from the White Sox ballpark.

Looking at earlier postings, I am thinking this so far:

1. (Before White Sox..no clue...please help...:) )
2. Brunch before Wrigley - maybe Jam or Bongo Room? How busy do these places get - should my friend and I try to get there when they open, or if not, do the lines move fast?
3. After Wrigley - not sure. I have been to Chicago so I know at some point my friend and I will be getting Garrett's popcorn (love). I am trying to keep this sort of on a budget, so nothing like Alinea (sp?) price tag, so to speak. Default for me would be pizza, but I have had that many times.

Thank you in advance. So excited to be heading to Chicago - these two will be ballparks #7 and #8. Fun fun fun :)

May 07, 2013
Lucky Basil in Chicago Area

Korean Food- the run down?

Oh-my-gosh - OK, foodie confession! So I went to Mom's Taste after work today and though they were out of kimbap, I ordered 7 orders (2 rolls ea., so 14 rolls...I liked the number 7 today) - to pick up Sunday. But I bought lots of other stuff, and this is being typed after a binge of Korean food I just completed (!!!)

Some fish cake + hot sauce dish (or is it a condiment?) and also some cod pancakes (forgive me that I don't know the Korean term for some if not all of what I am describing here), and a squid salad. I am soooo stuffed, it is not even funny. I guess to make up for it, I have to run my planned 12 miles this Sunday for certain, since I don't know what came over me, except maybe excitement that this is the first time I have had Korean food in months and I am delighted. :)

Next up, try that place that has, among other things, the Korean fried chicken, if you will. And Korea House too (I will have to google map it and see which one is closer, but I will eventually try both).

Thanks (!!!)

~ stumbling off to go catch up on WSJ reading, happily stuffed with Korean food :)

Sep 21, 2012
Lucky Basil in Austin

Korean Food- the run down?

Thanks! I will make sure to hit up Mom's Taste at some point soon. I will be ecstatic for kimbap. I might even have my mother (who speaks Korean..I, sadly, do not to an extent to call myself fluent) call in advance to create some huge order. Super excited! :)

Sep 20, 2012
Lucky Basil in Austin

Korean Food- the run down?

Thank you! I will plan on some Korean-food gathering excursion this weekend, for certain! I am from Boston, and I kid you not, I would buy kimbap at this small Korean grocery store, years ago when I was a student, on campus - and I'd just clear whatever they had and bought it. :) A bit excessive? Maybe, but I run a lot so I tell myself it gives me energy if I am going ten miles or more. :)

Sep 20, 2012
Lucky Basil in Austin

Korean Food- the run down?

Thanks - I will check out Hana World Market this weekend for sure. I will be delighted if they have prepared kimbap, but really just being able to get good Korean ingredients would be awesome :)

Sep 20, 2012
Lucky Basil in Austin

Korean Food- the run down?

Recently transplanted to Austin a few months ago, and am wondering if anyone can give me the quick run-down on where to get Korean food, or Korean take out? I am a HUGE fan of kimbap, and if there is a grocery store that sells that as a prepared food - please let me know or point me in the right direction.

Looking through previous posts, I understand that: Somunanjib has good spicy, Korean fried chicken? (My guess to the technique is that they use corn starch as part of the batter, so to speak, but regardless~) - so should I start here?

What about MT Supermarket? Has anyone been? Do they have prepared foods? Is there a better one I should go to? I live in North (or NW?) Austin so MT Supermarket is ~ less than 10 miles or so from where I work and/or live.

Thanks in advance. :)

Sep 20, 2012
Lucky Basil in Austin

Where to have brunch, close to Reunion?

Thanks for the info. Do you think it is worth it to go to 360? Also, with respect to Toulouse, do you happen to know if, for Sunday brunch, if I can only order from the brunch menu, or also the lunch menu? Makes me wish I was staying longer in Dallas, since Toulouse's menu looks really good!

If my friend and I cancel the 360 reservation, we can go to Toulouse instead, or somewhere else.

Sep 19, 2012
Lucky Basil in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where to have brunch, close to Reunion?

Hi,

My friend and I will be in Dallas next weekend after seeing the Rangers game next Saturday - and am wondering if anyone has recommendations for brunch on Sunday? We also want to visit the Historic district (is that the correct term) and we are staying at the Hyatt at the Reunion.

Tentatively we have a reservation @ Wolfgang Puck 360 - is it worth it? I have read some reviews that it takes forever to get your meal, which probably would not work for us since we need to be back in Austin by evening. I checked 'Smoke' but no reservations for parties under 6 so I am wondering if it will be hard to get a table or if the wait will be long?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)

Sep 18, 2012
Lucky Basil in Dallas - Fort Worth

Margaritas and other recc's

Hi,

Just moved to the area less than a month ago from the East Coast - and my friend is coming down to see me in September. Top on his list of things to do is have a really good margarita. Any recommendations? Any other restaurants he and I "have" to go to? So far, I have only been to North by North West, which I enjoyed, but I am open to suggestions. Thanks in advance ~

Aug 06, 2012
Lucky Basil in Austin

Nachos

Thank you everyone for your tips (!!) Ok, my friend is getting in at 10:27 PM on Friday the 11th, so even if the plane is perfectly on time or even early, getting from Logan --> W hotel for an 11:00 PM reservation at Market (which is the latest they can offer) - I don't think he can make it. Ugh. So, maybe Chinatown is our best bet, if he doesn't want take out.

I won't be arriving in Boston until around 2 PM-ish on Friday, so I probably can't get take out from Neptune.

Why am I having a brain-freeze for what is open in Boston (in the general area of the W hotel) after 11:30 or so on a Friday night? I mean, aside from strictly speaking, bars, which might not work best for me since I don't drink.

Maybe Chinatown it is. OR I could get take out from Market (since the latest reservation I could get was 11:00) and it will be sitting out waiting for my friend for no more than ~ 20 minutes or so when he arrives. (Thinking out loud). The things we do for friends. :)

Apr 07, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

Nachos

Do you think take out from Neptune would be a bad idea? I am assuming I can get take out. Bad idea in that would it go bad? I am assuming my hotel has refrigerators in their rooms.

Yes, Chinatown, love it (!) Even though I have moved, I still visit Boston sometimes monthly to go to my fav. place in Chinatown and visit my salon.

Apr 05, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

Nachos

Thanks for the tip. Never been to Rattlesnake, but know of. Nachos - honestly, the reason is that my friend is also coming to Boston that weekend to see a Red Sox game, my gift. I am from Boston, but to be honest, I would not really know where to get nachos, generally speaking. He loves nachos, and I am flying in on an earlier flight on Friday, so I thought it would be nice if I could get take out nachos since my friend's flight does not come in until quite late Friday.

Alternatively, I was thinking of getting take out from Summer Shack, since he tells me he wants to have lobster roll. Would they be the best? Maybe not, but I am trying to maximize the weekend, at least for him.

Apr 05, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

Nachos

Hi,

I am coming into Boston in May for a weekend, staying at W Hotel (near Chinatown) - any idea where to get food nachos for take out? Around Boylston, Copley, or anywhere close to Chinatown-ish? Thanks (!!!)

Apr 04, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

Egg Cream (??)

Cool, thanks for the heads up (!!!) Will try the weekend in May. I checked their menu, their frappes alone are worth the trip, it seems. (and egg cream) :)

Feb 08, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

Egg Cream (??)

Thank you everyone for the responses! I literally ordered 11 bottles of ubet syrup and just got the package in the mail yesterday. Follow up - has anyone been to Mr. Bartley's? what is the pulse? Meaning, is it packed on weekends? Hard to get a table? Aware of it, just never been. I moved from Boston more than a few years ago, but I'm coming back for a Red Sox game weekend in May, and egg cream (finding one) is on my list of things to do. Thanks in advance.

Feb 08, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

Egg Cream (??)

Hi,

Any suggestions on where to get an egg cream in Boston? Thanks in advance (!!!)

Feb 05, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

Where to go after a Saturday evening performance @ Kennedy Center?

My apologies - scratch whatever I just put up there for Circa at Dupont (allergy medicine is making me drowsy and I am mixing up names)

My apologies (!!)

Jan 23, 2012
Lucky Basil in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to go after a Saturday evening performance @ Kennedy Center?

Hello,

I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions of where to go after a Kennedy Center performance? (This Saturday, 8:00 AM). My date and I are not planning to go out before, but are looking for somewhere after. Having read previous threads, I am leaning toward Cirque in Foggy Bottom? I have been there for dinner a few years ago. And Rivers @ Watergate. Does anyone had other suggestions? I would assume we are getting out of the performance around 10:00 PM. Cost is no issue. Thanks in advance (!!!)
:)

Jan 23, 2012
Lucky Basil in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lobster Rolls / Fenway

Hi,

Two questions:
1. Where can I get the *best* lobster roll in Boston (even willing to drive an hour to an hour and half outside Boston) - either mayo based or butter? Price is no issue.
2. Before or after seeing a game at Fenway - where to eat? Aside from the places around Fenway (e.g., Lansdowne street, etc.) - price is no issue. I am thinking Eastern Standard?

Having browsed the posts in this forum, I gather the best lobster roll is at Neptune? I have never been there. Aside from the bread issue, is James Hook the go-to as well? I grew up west of Boston (Wellesley), and my friend, when asked, immediately said "James Hook." Is that accurate?
Are there any places in Maine (preferably close to MA) that would trump both Neptune and James Hook? What about summer shack? I would guess that would be a good bet? I am planning a trip to Boston with a friend, and he insists on scheduling a lobster roll, the best, at no cost issue. He also wants to see a game, hence the Fenway question. I am not a huge fan of Legal, so I probably won't consider that an option, unless someone can tell me I am wrong with that assessment? Thanks in advance!

Jan 02, 2012
Lucky Basil in Greater Boston Area

The one 'destination' restaurant in NYC...

Thank you everyone. This would have been for Friday night - I have reservations for Saturday Le Bernadin - so definitely love for Le Bernadin.

I was thinking about Per Se, understood its not in my budget, but you're right that it just might come down to where I can get a reservation. I thought about this last minute (like, this morning) realizing that I don't get to take much vacation due to work, and if I am already going to be in NYC for the weekeng, might as well try to capitalize on the time. Needless to say, if I don't come up with anything Friday, I can only blame myself. Maybe I will just try some food truck, which is my new habit when I visit Boston. (For anyone who might be visiting, I am a fan of the clover food truck@ various locations in Boston. I think they also have a restauant).

I will look into JUNGSIK. I was thinking about Momofuku Ssam Bar as well. We shall see how the weekend goes...

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Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

Nov 28, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan

The one 'destination' restaurant in NYC...

How about this - I don't drink, but my friend, if he does, might only have one drink. How about per meal, minus tax and tip - 100/person.

Top budget, per person, should not be over 200, excluding tip, tax.

Nov 28, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan

The one 'destination' restaurant in NYC...

Hello,

My friend and I will be in NYC this weekend. I have been a handful of times (grew up in Wellesley/ Boston area). I am asking that if you could pick *one* destination restaurant in NYC - one restaurant to go to, which would it be? I am having sensory overload thinking of the places I have heard of but have not been (e.g., Spotted Pig, Harvest, Union Square Cafe) and places that I have been (Le Bernadin, Babbo, Del Posto (Mario Batali admirer)) - neither of which is helping me pick the "one" place to go.

Price range - flexible, if the total bill is under $200, that will be ok. (Though if over, if its that good, no worries either).
Cuisine - totally open. I would be happy with a pricey place, or a hole in the wall, if its that good. Coming from Boston, I would say there are handful of both types of places one should try.

We are staying at a hotel across from Rockefeller center. (for location if that matters). Understood that NYC is a destination city for dining, but what if you had to distill that down to one place?

Thank you in advance!

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Nov 28, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan

Deep fried turkey?

Have you or your family ever had an accident? Is is pretty self-explanatory? With peanut oil (assuming) and making sure there is enough room from the top of the oil to the top of the cooker? It does sound really good which is why I am seeking it out. (deep fried turkey)

Nov 16, 2011
Lucky Basil in Washington DC & Baltimore

Deep fried turkey?

Wow, thanks for the heads up everyone! I don't know if I can make it to Bethesda this year, but I will bookmark it in my head for maybe next year. As for frying a turkey myself - I have seen those videos on Youtube and heard of the fire hazards of deep frying turkeys. Before I dive in and get a fryer and attempt to do this on my own, do you think it would be feasbile and/or worthwhile to deep fry something smaller, like cornish game hens? Just to sort of experience the deep fried bird aspect?

Does anyone think that deep frying a cornish game hen (I think some can be the size of like a mini-football...? can be done indoors? Like if I used a really deep stockpot like contraption. Or, am I playing with fire? (no pun intended) I mean, I have 'deep fried' fried chicken, and honestly, sometimes chicken breasts can be pretty large. Thoughts? Has anyone done this?

Nov 16, 2011
Lucky Basil in Washington DC & Baltimore

Deep fried turkey?

Hello,

Anyone know where I can get deep fried turkey for Thanksgiving? I am outsourcing (or trying to) this year. So far, I ordered a package from Balducci's. Preferaly close to Alexandria, but willing to drive. I actually have never had deep fried turkey before, so I am also curious to try. Thanks in advance!

Gobble gobble,
Sarah

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Balducci's
600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Nov 15, 2011
Lucky Basil in Washington DC & Baltimore

Suggestions for a romantic dinner before seeing Wicked @ 8:00 PM / Saturday

Thanks for the tip about dining "nooks" - I will give them a call this week to see if I can get that attached to my reservation (5:30).

As a side note - my date and I will be staying @ the Jewel across from Rockefeller Center (if I have the name correct). That being said, and the fact we are seeing the 8:00 showing of Wicked on Saturday - any recommendations for post-theater drinks or dessert?

Thank you in advance (!!!)

Sarah

Nov 07, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan

Suggestions for a romantic dinner before seeing Wicked @ 8:00 PM / Saturday

Many thanks! Yes, I meant post-theater, oops (!!) :) As for hotel, not sure what hotel yet - we have not booked that. If there are ones better than others, or if you or anyone know o any we should choose on the basis of night caps, we can graviate towards those, but nevertheless, I will update once he and I settle on that. (He is away for work, so we are waiting for him to get back later tonight to D.C. so we can sit down and just start booking / making reservations).

He is very nocturnal (in that he will shoot me emails around midnight / 1:00 AM) whereas, I am asleep by 9 PM and up by 4:30. So we are sort of on opposite work schedules, but I want to prepare for having some noctural night cap, since at the very least we will be on a vacation, so to speak. The last date we had, I think we were both out as late as we possibly could without passing out from sleep deprivation at the end of a work week, and awake enough so both of us could, at a minimum, get home OK. I just want to make it the best possible weekend since we don't see each other, like, multiple times a week. Plus, he is more introverted than I am (very old-fashioned) and he likes it when we both participate in planning something new. (If that made sense).

Many thanks again, sincerely.

Oct 30, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan

Suggestions for a romantic dinner before seeing Wicked @ 8:00 PM / Saturday

Cool....La Silhouette has sweetbreads...I introduced my date to that a few weeks ago with success. (Sorry, random comment)...

Oct 30, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan

Suggestions for a romantic dinner before seeing Wicked @ 8:00 PM / Saturday

Many Thank yous to everyone for all of the suggestions, I will be spending a good part of this afternoon checking them out and hoping to make reservations. 5:30 time slot - will do. I think neither of us would want to feel rushed through a meal before the show. (Side bar: totally excited to see Wicked, even though I have seen it close to a dozen times / hope he likes it). The last place (well, aside from casual dining) we have been to was Zaytinya's in D.C. - love the small plates and a somewhat leisurely pace which allowed us to try many different dishes and dessert.

As a follow-up- my search of posts thus far leads me to believe there is not much in the way of post-dinner drinks or dining? Would that be accurate? Admittedly, I am not sure how awake either of us will be, necessarily, after the show to head out again, as opposed to winding down @ the hotel, etc. But its good to have options. Thoughts?

Again, I thank you sooo much. If I could be of any help in the D.C or Boston area, please let me know.

Oct 30, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan

Suggestions for a romantic dinner before seeing Wicked @ 8:00 PM / Saturday

Hello,

My date and I are coming up to NYC to see Wicked in December (Sat. 8:00 showing). Its been a while since I have been up there and we're looking for sugestions for where to eat pre-show?
Price range: flexible (not too expensive, meaning that I checked "Per Se" and I am not sure we are up for spending $300/meal so maybe not that high) - but I'd say about 100-150 per person? (Or up to)
Cuisine: we love all types, though recently we have been eating at a lot of Tapas places and Indian and Asian cuisine. Not so much into pasta, generally speaking.

Since its a 'date' - somewhere romantic, if possible? We don't get to see each other that much due to both of our work schedules, so both of us are excited to be planning this trip. I have seen Wicked more times than I should say, and I love it (!!) It will be his first time seeing the show.

Thank you in advance!

Oct 29, 2011
Lucky Basil in Manhattan