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Really Small Wedding Reception between Windsor, CT and Springfield, MA

I'm planning a small - no more than 20 attendees - wedding reception for Sunday, October 6. I've looked at a private room at Max's Tavern in Springfield that would work nicely but it only seats a maximum of 14 people, and if our numbers go above that, it won't work. I'm looking for a similar venue where we can use a private room. This isn't a big shindig. It's an afternoon luncheon that will follow a quiet JP wedding ceremony. Any ideas?

Confined to the Peabody - Need a Recommendation

Okay, thanks. Looks like Napa is definitely the favorite.

Jul 10, 2012
mindracer in Florida

Confined to the Peabody - Need a Recommendation

Rona and Sandwich_Sister. Thanks Sounds like Napa's the choice.

Jul 09, 2012
mindracer in Florida

Confined to the Peabody - Need a Recommendation

Thanks. Given the proximity of Vito's and Charley's, they may be viable options.

Jul 08, 2012
mindracer in Florida

Confined to the Peabody - Need a Recommendation

Thanks. I'll look into some of those options, but getting out of the hotel is the problem. I'll have to try to find a block of time when we're both available

Jul 07, 2012
mindracer in Florida

Confined to the Peabody - Need a Recommendation

I'll be staying at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando during a convention next month. My time will be pretty well occupied through the day and night, so getting off property for dinner will be difficult. I'd like to take some time to have at least one decent dinner experience that offers a bit of quiet ambiance. My tastes are varied, and I can make do with almost any menu, and my dining partner is more of a traditionalist. It appears that our best options at the Peabody would be Napa or Capriccio Grille. Keeping in mind that a quiet respite would be a consideration along with the quality of the food, what would be my best option in this respect? Thanks in advance for suggestions

Jul 05, 2012
mindracer in Florida

Need prinskorv for Christmas in Central CT

Thanks for your response. I already checked with Hall's, and they only carry kukorv, which is a raw sausage. The ones I'm looking for are prinskorv, a small cooked sausages a little bigger than a cocktail frank.

Need prinskorv for Christmas in Central CT

Thanks for the info. The Gift Chalet looks intriguing, but it is a bit of a drive right now. I'll keep it in mind for my next foodie road trip.

Need prinskorv for Christmas in Central CT

Thanks for the tip. I'm getting my Christmas standing rib roast from them. I'll give them a call.

Need prinskorv for Christmas in Central CT

One of our Christmas guests usually brings Swedish prinskorv sausages, but couldn't find them this year. The only place I know of that used to carry them was a small shop in Norwalk. They were frozen, and while that in itself isn't a deal breaker, they just didn't taste all that great. Ikea in New Haven used to carry frozen prinskorv from a company in Pennsylvania, but they don't have it this year. Is there anywhere between Hartford and Springfield, MA where I might find them? I'm looking for the real deal, little sausages tied with strings, and not cocktail franks that try to pass for what they're not

Has Anyone Seen Prime Rib Roast at Costco?

According to the circular I saw, it's UDSA choice "certified angus beef".

Has Anyone Seen Prime Rib Roast at Costco?

I don't know if it's available in the southern part of the state, but I was at the Enfield COSTCO the other day and they had whole prime rib roasts for something like $10.99 a pound. Most stuff that's offered as "prime rib" isn't prime grade meat at all, but is just the term commonly used for a standing rib roast, whether the grade of beef is prime or choice. The COSTCO "prime rib" roast is specifically tagged "USDA Prime", so it is the true prime grade meat. The slab I saw was $118, but it was a big piece of meat for the price. I bought a standing rib roast from Highland Park Market two years ago. It was dry aged USDA prime grade. That particular four rib roast set me back something like $150. It was very, very good, but there wasn't enough difference between it and a non-aged, non-prime grade roast from the same market that cost about half that to justify buying it again. Given COSTCO's price, If I had enough mouths to feed, I'd definitely try their prime beef.

Bennington Special Birthday in July - Pangaea, Four Chimneys, or Something Else?

We're planning a small family gathering in July to celebrate a special birthday for a senior member of the family. There will be five of us, and we're staying at Bennington's Paradise Inn.
We're looking for a place for a special dinner and need suggestions. Four Chimneys and Pangaea were our first considerations, and we're wondering about others' opinions as to the the merits of either or both, as well as any other suggestions for a fine dining experience. In our party are a vegetarian, a meat and potatoes person, and the rest are eclectic diners. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

First time visitors need anniversary dinner suggestions

Good idea. Thanks for the tip.

Apr 15, 2010
mindracer in Las Vegas

First time visitors need anniversary dinner suggestions

Thanks for all suggestions. I hadn't considered Prime, but will definitely check further, since it sounds like it would fit the bill

Apr 08, 2010
mindracer in Las Vegas

First time visitors need anniversary dinner suggestions

We're first time visitors celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary, will be staying at Luxor for four nights in late April, and will have a rental car. My partner is generally a vegetarian, but wants a good steak for our anniversary dinner. For health reasons, she can't indulge in gastronomic excesses, so a meal involving several courses isn't really an option. We're willing to spend up to around $250 for dinner that might include a couple of glasses of wine. We'd prefer a reasonably quiet and somewhat cozy atmosphere to a large and/or somewhat sterile space. Swan Court at Aureole sounds like the kind of place we'd enjoy.

A three course dinner seems as if it would be a perfect choice. I checked menus, including some prix fixe choices, at several restaurants, including Auerole, Stripsteak, Carnevivo, Charlie Palmer, Tender at Luxor, about which I've seen virtually no information on the Vegas board, along with other options. The choices are mindboggling. Is Tender decent enough to warrant a visit for a special occasion dinner? While my partner can't devour an entire large cut of beef alone, she generally prefers the flavor of a strip steak to that of a cut she can manage alone (think petit filet). Do most restaurants welcome sharing of entrees?

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

Apr 06, 2010
mindracer in Las Vegas