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Breakfast in Palm Springs (Ca)

Sherman's Deli and Bakery is really good. 401 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs
It is a Jewish Deli, but they have an extensive menu with many great options.
http://www.shermansdeli.com/breakfast.html
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And, though you said you weren't really interested in a big brunch (and some people don't like buffets) The Oasis Buffet inside the Spa Resort and Casino ( 401 E Amado Rd Palm Springs ) is really good quality, fresh, kinda fancy and pretty good price, Only drwaback ther is that breakfast service ends at 10:30 am
http://www.sparesortcasino.com/dine.html

Jan 16, 2012
kc girl in California

Seafood in Modesto ?

So, they decided to go to Mikes Roadhouse and said it was pretty good,

Jan 16, 2012
kc girl in California

Seafood in Modesto ?

My friend wants to find a good fish restaruant in Modesto for her birthday tonight. So, you Modestan's out there....is there a good fish restaurant for her day? She heard that Red Lobster had a fire yesterday evening and so that may or may not be open. She loves their shrimp and those tasty cheddar bay biscuits. Thanks for your help.

Jan 13, 2012
kc girl in California

Butternut squash soup

I actually have some pastina clled Stelline (they are littel stars) that I learned to put in Brodo. Could do that, too.

Dec 08, 2011
kc girl in Home Cooking

Butternut squash soup

Haha, I could make a single serving each time and use a different spice. I would do something like that ! lol
Glad I have an immersion blender. Easier cleaning than Osterizer or Cuisinart.during a meal.
BTW, I've never een able to sautee garlic for that long without it getting bitter . . . just infuse it. Maybe with the onion it is different?

Dec 08, 2011
kc girl in Home Cooking

Butternut squash soup

Thank you Chowhounds,for all the suggestions and comments. If more to come, thanks in advance. I love Chowhound.com !!!

Dec 08, 2011
kc girl in Home Cooking

Butternut squash soup

The Butternut squash is not seasoned yet, not even salt and pepper. The veggies were seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic tossed in olive oil. Havne't combined them yet. Mmmmm. Maybe, huh. Thanks.

Dec 08, 2011
kc girl in Home Cooking

Butternut squash soup

Mmmmm, simple bisque. Thanks.
Not sure how to do the roasted veggie soup. Could be good.

Dec 08, 2011
kc girl in Home Cooking

Butternut squash soup

Does anyone have a recipe for Butternut squash soup?
I have roasted one tonight and ate about 1/9th of it.
I have a little tarragon and some roasted vegetables. Could that make into a rough coulis to top it or swirl into it?
I made croutons out of butternut squash once. Maybe that, too, for texture?
what . . what . . . please . . .?
Any suggestions what to do with this roasted squash welcome.
Thanks

Dec 07, 2011
kc girl in Home Cooking

Great Tuna Melt!

Oooooo, that sounds wonderful.
I get cravings for a good tuna melt and usually can just make a good one at home. I also like tuna melts on rye bread. So, when there's no rye bread in my basket, I go to Farmer Boys. http://farmerboys.com/locations I ask them to put on tomato and lettuce and change the yellow cheese to Provolone (aka "white cheese" there). As with any chain restaurant, you have to get a location with a good cook there. Murrieta, CA is very good at this time.

Nov 10, 2011
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Just moved to Costa Mesa near the Fair...

You're in the mecca of Orange County there.
Add these tree when you want to visit the beach areas:
(1) Sabatino's ~ Friday Clam Chowder
http://www.sabatinoschicagosausage.com/
(hard to find for fist timers because it looks like you're driving into private property - in the shipyards

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(2) Ho Sum Bistro ~ light and fresh "Califoriental"
http://www.hosumbistro.com/

(3) The Side Door ~ high-end comfort food on small plates
http://www.sidedoorcdm.com/site/

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Sabatino's
251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Ho Sum Bistro
3112 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Oct 31, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Sports Bar on the upper West Side to watch the Yankees-Rangers game

Where is the best Sports Bar on upper west side today to watch the game ?

Oct 18, 2010
kc girl in Manhattan

Where can I get some good Swedish Limpa bread in LA, OC or Riverside County ?

You're making me want to go see my brother just so I have excuse to go to Berolina Bakery and Schriner's !
Does the Limpa bread at Berolina Bakery have much of the orange flavor in it?

I just called SideDoor and their Limpa bread is the same they have been serving at Five Crowns for years and years coupled with the sourdough in the tabletop basket. That is a very soft, well-made Limpa, but it doesn't not have much of the orange flavor in it. I've had it many times. I am going for some of that anyway, it is good. One should pre-order if you want to buy a whole loaf, though, says SideDoor.

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Five Crowns
3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Oct 15, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get some good Swedish Limpa bread in LA, OC or Riverside County ?

Had no idea. I've been there for dinner many times. is Side Door something new?

Oct 15, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Where can I get some good Swedish Limpa bread in LA, OC or Riverside County ?

Super ! That is very near my brother's home and I could enjoy both ! Thanks.

Oct 15, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Lake Elsinore

I enjoyed a good breakfast at The Lakehouse. And, the service was great. I had an urge for bisquits and gravy with eggs and orange juice. OJ was really fresh. Coffee was just so-so. Not many people make a good bisquits and gravy. Lakehouse does. And, so does Jody at Big Jim's Grill. Her gravy is really good. I have to say, though, the Lakehouse was empty with just three other tables there at 9 am.
Hunny's just down the street has been there a long time and has great service and really good coffee shop food. I dont know that Lakehouse will make it. I have not tried dinner there, may heed your advice. Breakfast bisquits and gravy with OE eggs and OJ and service was really good, though.

Arrivaderci Roma was good, but Ravioli's opened up on Main Street about the same time and is closer location to the high dollar tract homes in Tuscany Hills than Arrivaderci Roma was on Riverside Drive (across from three lakeshore campgrounds). Arriva food was good. Loved their chicken picatta. Decor was great. Their wine list was terrible. I can assure you, there are many people able to appreciate good food in Lake Elsinore. Many more high money homes are nearer Ravioli's in Elsinore or Crivello in Wildomar/Murrieta on Clinton Keith Road. Some times it's all about location.
And, it sounds like they were nice people to talk with. Hope they enjoy Montana.

But, we do have many many Mexican restaurants. I like El Unica at the park on Main street. And, some say the sister restaurant La Unica is also good. I don't like the big mainstay Mexican on Main St., Guadalajara's, as much as others.

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La Unica
2350 So, Broadway Santa Maria, CA

Hunnys Restaurants
31253 Riverside Dr, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Big Jim's Grill
19980 Grand Ave, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Oct 15, 2010
kc girl in California

Eureka, California — help!

There haven't been many changes in Eurkea restaurants since 2005. Arcata has some choices also.
Gonsea is good, but generally the same as many other Americanized Chinese from the late 80's. I like it very much.
Recommends from local Eureka residents today, maybe you'd enjoy some Italian food to "carb up" before the marathon?
Mazzotti's is fairly standard Italian. 305 F St, Eureka, 707- 445-1912
Also good Italian is at Adel's, 1724 Broadway • Eureka, 707-445-9777
Also mentioned was Sea Grill , 316 E St, Eureka, 707-443-7187
and Avalon , 239 G St, Eureka, 707-445-0500

For a great breakfast, head up to Crosswinds in Arcata, 860 10th St., 707-826-2133
There is also in Arcata, an afternoon soup and salad bar, all organic, inside Moonrise Herbs store, 826 G St., Arcata, 707- 822-5296 (Not on Sunday) that starts about 11 am and goes until about 5 pm.

Or enjoy Chalet House of Omelettes in Eureka, 1935 5th St, 707-442-0333

Have a nice marathon.

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Chalet House of Omelettes
1935 5th St, Eureka, CA 95501

Sea Grill
316 E St, Eureka, CA 95501

Gonsea Restaurant
2335 4th St, Eureka, CA 95501

Oct 15, 2010
kc girl in California

Where can I get some good Swedish Limpa bread in LA, OC or Riverside County ?

Someone just mentioned Pumpernickel bread and it reminded me of the Swedish Limpa bread I loved so much. Found it at Oliver's Restaurant in Costa Mesa, but when that closed I only found it for another year after that in some stores.
For those wo want to know what it is ~ see, http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-limpa...
For those that love it, too ~ please let me know where to get some. I am in Riverside County, but will travel.
Thanks.

Oct 15, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Best Winery Tour/Tasting around two hours from LA?

Within the 2-hour driving limit, there is always the Temecula Valley Wineries.
See, http://www.temeculawines.org/

They have tours on busses or in limos or just research and go on your own. Some have restaurants, some have barrel room tours, some should be avoided as too commercial. If you're going Sunday and not going mid-week, maybe avoid some of the larger ones, like Wilson Creek, Ponte, and South Coast Winery. Their wines are good, but they are known for meeting rooms and conventions, and large tasting crowds from out of town, so . . . ).

(1) Many enjoy Leonesse Cellars as quality. I recommend.
(2) Wiens Family Cellars is great, too.
(3) Hart Winery is very good.
(4) Frangipani Estate Winery has more delicate red wines.
(5) Mount Palomar Winery is the oldest in the area and worth it.
(6) Keyways Winery is very acceptable, especially if you want a quick tour of the residential grand country estates along the way. Exit I-15 at Winchester, then a quick right on Ynez Road. It paralells the I-15 and actually becomes De Portola Road (that is Keyways address). Start there and go on to other wineries on the list as it may get more crowded later. But, the neighborhood along Ynez/De Portola Road is pretty awesome.
(7) Baily Vineyard & Winery is worth touring and tasting, too.
(8) Wilson Creek has a really nice outdoor cafe where you can sit next to the vines. But, it is a litte "commercialized." Go during the week, yet definitely NOT on the weekend if no room in their cafe.

The wineries in Temecula are much closer together than north of Los Angeles. Most are around Rancho California Road (exit from I-15 and turn left). So, have a look at the map of all of them at ~ http://www.temeculawines.org/

I am not going to compare the wine makers north of Los Angeles (Napa Valley, etc.) to those in the Temecula Valley. But, I will say that you can find some good tours about 75 miles from Los Angeles in Temecula.

If you want an organized tour, there are some organized transportation services at "Plan Your Trip" link at ~ http://www.temeculawines.org/

And, another tour is "Going Grape" ~ http://goinggrape.com/ ~ that you may be able to talk with an customize your own tour - even include a horseback tour if you want.

For a beautiful scenic drive, head further south on the I-15 when your done at the wineries, past the cities of Fallbrook and Rainbow- the landscape is round rocks and flora - like The Lone Ranger used to ride through. Then, turn right on Valley Parkway, travel past Lake Hodges, Rancho Santa Fe, end up in Del Mar at the ocean. Then, you are two hours from Los Angeles driving northon the I-5.

Jun 23, 2010
kc girl in California

Looking for good Brie Cheese for sale in Orange County

Two good places, but call to see if they have Brie at the moment; though they usually do.

1.) Picnics Fine Foods
435 E 17th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 722-7200
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays
~ www.picnicsdeli.com/

2.) Laguna Culinary Arts Cheese shop
845 Laguna Canyon Road
Telephone (949) 494-4006.
Hours: 11:30am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday and 11:30am to 5:00pm on Saturday.
~ http://www.lagunaculinaryarts.com/pag...

Mar 29, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

PALM SPRINGS Restaurant Recommendations???

Great ribs at Sherman's. Many good menu items, breakfasst, lunch or dinner. It's an old kitsdchy palce with great food and baked goods. Check the menu.
http://www.shermansdeli.com/

Also, right there on Thursday nights is a Street Fair aka to locals as Villagefest on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

If we get there early, we walk around the Palm Springs Art Museum. Across the street from that is a high-end restaurant. Le Vallauris is Mediterranean French California cuisine; first-class dining. http://www.levallauris.com/

Also, a quite surprisingly good buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner is inside the Spa Resort and Casino call The Oasis. Prepared fresh and a wide variety of differrent cuisine, including tri-tip, Asian stir-fry, fajitas bar, delectible fancy desserts. http://www.sparesortcasino.com/

Have fun. Ask around at the VillageFest fair for more good places.

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Le Vallauris
385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Mar 29, 2010
kc girl in California

Temecula area eats

Update: Penfold's closed.

Mar 29, 2010
kc girl in California

Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula

Thanks justanotherpenguin. Totally agree with the first three. Vincenzo's is truly old school, home-style Italian that some feel boring. I like it alot, as the other two. Quality.

I haven't tried Pepe's and Amato's and hadn't planed to because of others comments. Is is really worth it? Is Pepe's better than Guadalajara? (Guad.. is popular, but I don't like it much-pedantic, plain, and waaaay too loud)

I would add to this list Crivello in Wildomar on the corner of Clinton Keith Road and Palomar. That is also Italian and very well prepared old standards. Can get loud at night with the bands in the bar. Neighbors all know each other there and they sell nice cigars (eeeeeech) for the outside patio.

For breakfast, I would list Big Jim's Grill. And, they are good coffee shop style for lunch and dinner, homestyle. Large beer selection. But, can be a little hit or miss . Near the skydiving airport.

Best Pizza, so far, is the Pizza Bowl on Riverside Drive. But, "best" means you just aren't a Ceasars or Pizza Hut.

Nice afternoon Mexican is at El Unico; 243 South Main Street
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530-4106; (951) 674-2390 They are counter order with nice outdoor park area seating. Not open at night, though.

Asian cuisine, includng sushi is good at Mekong River in Temecula Promenade Mall.
41377 Margarita Road
Temecula, CA 92591-5568
(951) 719-3178

There's more to list. Hoping for continued updates. Anybody agree or add?

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Pizza Bowl
31681 Riverside Dr, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

El Unico
243 S Main St, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Mekong River Restaurant
41377 Margarita Rd, Temecula, CA 92591

Big Jim's Grill
19980 Grand Ave, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Mar 29, 2010
kc girl in California

Dinner, Newport Beach, Romantic, Dressy, $100.00 Max

For those that enjoy fine cuisine, I would like to say that Las Brisas is NOT chowworthy COMPARED to other Mexican restaurants in the area. It is romantic, can be dressy (tho lots of beach vacationers won't dress up to go there), and has a wonderful view and is Mexican fare. That's fits the request of original poster. Maybe it is sad that Mexican restaurants aren't usually "dressy." A good choice for her, Jeff. I hope they have a great romantic time.

Mar 17, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula

Hey, Chowhounds,
Can we start another list for these areas? We need an update.
Please list your good meals, not just favorite restaurant. We have some great places here (and some closures). I would like to keep this area list updated.

Mar 17, 2010
kc girl in California

best mexican in the OC?

They have great Mexican breakfast at the Coyote Grill restaurant in South Laguna. Their lunch and dinner is average. Not bad, nothing special. Happy hour can be fun there and a litle ocean view from the patio. http://www.coyotegrill-lagunabeach.com/

Also, in Laguna is a lunch casual, to-go or eat-in counter-order place with fresh Mexican called La Sirena Grill (2 of them , actually). There's one by main beach on Mermaid Street and there's one across Pacific Coast Hwy from The Montage Resort. http://lasirenagrill.com/
Looks like there is one in Irvine now, too. I have not been to that one yet. The original La Sirena Grill is on Mermaid Street, a whole in the wall that proved fantastic and worth expanding.

Taco Mesa is a unique style of Mexican food. But, I would not call it Americanized. I would call it fresh and healthy, so maybe that seems "American?" There are no plates covered in hot, oozing, plentiful cheese (for that, I really like El Matador Restaurant ~ 1768 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa) In fact, some of the cheese they use at Taco Mesa is low fat, but you can't tell by the taste. Taco Mesa and Taco Rosa is Oaxacan, pre-Columbian cooking fused with Spanish, French and Southwestern culinary influences. Much of their menus is duplicative, but Taco Rosa expands their menu and has daily specials (and increases some prices) (and, the Costa Mesa Taco Mesa can get kind of grungy at times. Not the kitchen or the food, but the patio tables. Costa Mesa 17th street is the original location of Taco Mesa. It's in the old Taco Bell building.)

Feb 18, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

Roadtripping through Cali.. Vegas to the Redwoods.. food hints?

Here's a link with good info for coastal Humboldt County (Redwoods)
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618693

Also, in Arcata is Cypress Grove Chevre. They keep talking about giving tours of the dairy and cheesemaking, but I don't know that they've started that. But, their chevre cheeses are most excellent. Maybe e-mail and see if they do tours. http://www.cypressgrovechevre.com/ At least, if you like goat cheese, I would get some (either at the dairy or at one of the co-op markets in Eureka or Arcata.

About wine country: Many many places to see, wines to taste. But, most of the events don't start until the Fall. IMO, Healdsburg wineries and Russian River wineries are among the best in California.

Feb 18, 2010
kc girl in California

Mother's Market - Costa Mesa - is it moving?

I noticed that Mother's Market will be taking over the space previously held by Border's Books in Costa Mesa on the corner of 19th Street and Newport Blvd. Does anyone know if they are moving from 17th Street in Costa Mesa or adding a second market in Costa Mesa ?

Feb 18, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

How does everyone feel about Tommy's?

Tommy's Burger chili is really unique. Not your regular stuff. It's even a tiny bit creamy, like there's a little soft chorizo and cream cheese in the mix. I LOVE IT !

Feb 17, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area

OC question: Which hotel has better food - the Montage or Pelican Hill?

J.L. They have changed chefs at Studio since you were there. Craig Strong replaced James Boyce last June (2009).

There is really no comparison of food at the resorts. Take a look at their menus in the different restaurants offered on-site and decide what your tastes would be.

Personally, for me, I would choose The Montage Resort and Spa. I have eaten at all the restaurants in that resort. But, their wines are a bit more expensive by the glass than at Pelican Hill. In all fairness, I have not been to Pelican Hill for several years. I just remember the food there just being regular, nothing mind blowing. But, then, it's Italian. Again, it's personal. I learned to cook Italian for four years and it's harder to impress me in that venue.

Feb 17, 2010
kc girl in Los Angeles Area