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Help please with Amsterdam trip?

Hi Seal,
Yes, we ate at Sea Palace and would go back for a nicer evening (or lunch) out. You'll see it - it appears to be a large red and green pagoda sitting on the water in the harbor! It's on the higher-priced end but the food was just lovely - they serve several types of Chinese cuisine (Hunan, Szechuan, Cantonese, etc.) and of course the view could hardly be beat.

Another place I liked was Cafe Luxembourg at Spui 24. Though it's more of a bistro/cafe than a formal restaurant, the food was quite good ( the frisee salad with lardons and poached egg was wonderful) and I loved the Belle Epoque decor.

I've never taken one of the dinner cruises - just the daytime ones that don't include any drinks or meals.

Have a wonderful trip! Bring a scarf and gloves as it appears to be still fairly chilly there.

Mar 12, 2012
ultravox in Europe

Help please with Amsterdam trip?

And one other thing (sorry to make so many replies, but I keep thinking of places - we love A'dam and have been there several times, and will be there for 2 weeks starting March 22) - many small pubs/ cakes have excellent homemade soups every day, especially tomato or split pea soup. That with a roll, and maybe a side dish, makes a good pick-me-up or light lunch.

Mar 11, 2012
ultravox in Europe

Help please with Amsterdam trip?

Ooh, I forgot - La Grotte on Haarlemmerstraat for very good breakfasts. Try the tosties - they're a grilled cheese sandwich, Netherlands style. You can order them with salad and French fries for breakfast. Really great with a cup of tea or coffee.

And another tip... I don't know what your feelings are about the coffee shops, but almost all of them serve delicious freshly-squeezed orange juice, at a fraction of the cost in the US. Coffee shops are also a good place to sit and have a cup of tea (many varieties). No one will hassle you, if you don't mind the smoke.

Mar 11, 2012
ultravox in Europe

Help please with Amsterdam trip?

Cafe De Blaffende Vis (The Barking Fish) at Westerstraat 118 near Noorderkerk - nice pub, good, inexpensive food. Great salads.
La Perla Pizza, Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14 in the Jordaan. GREAT pizza, Only open 5-10 pm, very little seating and there's always a line - for a good reason. Eat the pizza standing around or sitting on the sidewalk like everyone else.
Doner Palace, Rozengracht 89. A hole-in-the-wall that has great Turkish food, to eat there or to go. Cheap.
Sara's Pancake House, Raadhuisstraat 45. A bit slow but the Dutch-style pancakes are wonderful.
You'll see a lot of steakhouses - Uruguyan Steakhouse, Brazilian Steakhouse, Argentinian Steakhouse. They're all the same and not really very good.
Be sure to try French fries at any stand with your choice of sauces (curry, sate, etc.) - best fries ever. Also herring at one of the herring stands.
Puccini Bomboni, Singel 184 - amazing and very pricey chocolates.

Mar 07, 2012
ultravox in Europe

Funniest Thing a Server Said to You

At a work lunch with about 10 co-workers:

Waitess, describing the specials: "And the salmon is topped with butter, garlic, and capers, which are, believe it or not, anchovy eggs!"...

After the waitress left, everyone turned to me (the unofficial office cook) and asked, "Is that true????" I didn't want to say out loud that the waitress was dumber than a rock, so I briefly explained that capers are a pickled flower bud and have nothing to do with anchovies.

I later decided that someone was having fun with the waitress and told her that was what capers are.

Jan 12, 2012
ultravox in Not About Food

Northern California dinner train recommendations?

We went on the McCloud Dinner Train a couple of years ago in November. It was just lovely, though at that time of year it gets dark early so we couldn't really see anything outside. It gets quite cold there at that time too so be prepared when you get on/off the train to have a coat!
Anyway, the food was really very good. There was a selection of assorted breads to start, then salads, then our mains - I had venison with lingonberries; my BF had beef Wellington. Then there was a choice of sweets after. We bought a bottle of wine (wine is not included in the price) - I believe it was a Pinot Noir for about $16.00.
There was a break between the salad and the main - as I recall there was a car for dancing which you could go to (we stayed where we were). You may choose to pay extra for a table for two when you make your reseveration (otherwise you might be seated with other people, which we didn't want to do).
There is a hotel directly across the street from the train station and there are several good B&Bs in McCloud.
We had a very nice time and the food was quite good.

Jun 03, 2009
ultravox in California

3 dinners in Auburn, one in Sacramento

Enotria Cafe and Wine Bar, 1431 Del Paso, Sacramento - not that far from Old Sac. Wonderful food, great if you can dine out in the garden. The neighborhood doesn't look like much but the restaurant is a diamond behind what looks like a tavern door.

May 23, 2009
ultravox in California

Humboldt-Ferndale and Trinidad need recs

The Larrupin always has at least one fish/veg option so you'd be provided for. The entire North Coast area is vey veg-friendly. Have a great trip!

May 11, 2009
ultravox in California

Anyplace to eat in Redding?

La Cabana, 1335 Market St. GREAT fish tacos, carne asada, carnitas. Cheap and quick too. El Mariachi is a sister restaurant.

Fast Weenies is good - great potato salad. Lunch only.

Yama Sushi - unusual sushi & sashimi offerings. Don't be put off by the touristy setting (sushi bar with boats floating by) or the locale (strip mall). This is really delicious.

Racha Noodle - get the pho or the ginger chicken, plus the mango sticky rice. Cash only. Closes at 8 PM.

Burrito Bandito
2805 E. Center St. Anderson, CA 96007
8938 Airport Rd., Redding, CA 96002
3365 Placer St. Redding Ca, 96002 (in the Holiday Market shopping center) - huge burritos made to order with a variety of fillings, plus assorted salsas. Short on atmosphere but you can get it to go and find a better spot to eat.

May 10, 2009
ultravox in California

Humboldt-Ferndale and Trinidad need recs

The Larrupin Cafe, 1658 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA 95570, open for dinner only (but call ahead, as they might be closed for private parties, and you'll almost certainly need a reservation - it's that popular). BBQ oysters, BBQ game hen, grilled local fish, spanikopita, spicy tri-tip - desserts include panna cotta. Wine & beer only. Figure around $30 per person.

Also the Seascape at the pier in Trinidad - good breakfasts & lunch, dinner is OK. Gets very crowded. On nice days you can eat outside.

May 10, 2009
ultravox in California