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Help! Need delivery options and 2 special dinner suggestions near Royal Hawaiian...

Great comments everyone. Thanks so much! Any opinions on Michel's to enjoy the sunset?

Feb 07, 2012
tschaf17 in Hawaii

Help! Need delivery options and 2 special dinner suggestions near Royal Hawaiian...

Hi hounds, I need your help! We will be in Waikiki at the end of Feb. I am tagging along while my husband attends a 4day conference. He will be committed to work dinners for majority of that time so I need a few delish options that will deliver to the hotel. I am pregnant which makes me a little less adventurous (i.e. I normally adore sashimi, poke etc but that is off limits boo!) We will have two days together once the conference ends so I need your thoughts on Alan Wong's, Nobu, Morimoto, Azure.. We also love saimin, does anyone know of any places nearby? Thank you so much!!

Jan 15, 2012
tschaf17 in Hawaii

Places on my radar in Madrid and Barcelona -- good choices?

I am reading all of these old threads to get a variety of opinions. Thanks for some good tips!

Jan 21, 2010
tschaf17 in Spain/Portugal

Napa Trip Report

great report!! we have reservations at Redd and Botegga and i am looking forward to the food from your very tasty descriptions. i may not be as sweet with the service though;)

Sep 01, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

Your thoughts on Go Fish in St. Helena?

yea! already have reservations for Redd!

Aug 24, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

fabulous! i am already planning to suggest three of these to the girls and i have only made it halfway through your list. thanks much

Aug 22, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

thank you!

Aug 21, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

castello off my list. thanks!

Aug 21, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

your comment is appreciated. we are looking for a true wine country experience and although we are young and looking for a fun vacation, we are not party girls and we are serious about drinking quality versus quantity (as apparently by your comment many choose to do). i would love more insight on the smaller, family run wineries. please advise on your favorite family-run establishments. definitely no DUIs for us! will check out fume bistro

Aug 21, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

Your thoughts on Go Fish in St. Helena?

good advice. i will seach the threads. thanks!

Aug 21, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

Your thoughts on Go Fish in St. Helena?

what better options? we are a bunch of sushi finatics heading west for the wine but we will definitely need a few sushi fixes....we are staying in napa. please advise!!!!

Aug 19, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

Thanks all, my list is finally coming together. We are travelling Sunday-Thursday so I am hoping to avoid the weekend drama.
Please comment on a few other wineries that I have stumbled upon:
BV, Beringer, Rutherford Hill, Robert Mondavi, Sequoia Grove

Aug 19, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

After all of your great suggestions and some random searches, I have started a running list. Please give me your input on what we have so far. Keep in mind we are staying at the Napa Valley Mariott and we will have a car.
wineries -
Del Dotto
Sterling
Castello di Amorosa
Chandon
Schramsberg
restaurants -
Bouchon
ad Hoc
Ristorante Allegria
Bistro Don Giovanni
La Toque
Cuvee
Go Fish sushi (we need at LEAST two good sushi experiences during our trip)
Tra Vigne
Redd
Mustards Grill
Sunshine Market (for picnic)
Boon Fly Cafe (breakfast)
Taco truck???

Aug 18, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

Absolute best burger in Chicago?

KUMA'S hands down. Yes, you will wait FOREVER for a table but it is so worth it. every burger we have had has been awesome. every burger we have tried so far has been awesome but for favs thus far, my husband likes the Kuma and I like the Kaijo. the beer selection is also rock star.

Aug 11, 2009
tschaf17 in Chicago Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

thanks everyone! keep it coming!

Aug 06, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

1st timer

Hey everyone - so we went, we ate and we drank - and we will be back! Thanks to everyone for all of the great advice! A quick run down...
Sat Lunch - Acme for chargrilled oysters (amazing!) and poboys (good)
Sat pre-dinner drinks at Napoleon House - sat at the bar and had a few Pimm's - LOVED this - we would have returned but this was their last night before closing for vacation
Sat Dinner - Patois in uptown - nice hidden spot, relaxed atmosphere, food was good but nothing too memorable. server was very friendly but we definitely felt like outsiders
Sat late-night - Cafe Dumonde (buzz + fried dough and sugar = happy)
Sun Brunch - Johnny's - poboys (best shrimp per hubby and a very stuffed oyster for me) with a bowl of rice and beans (delish)
Sun pre-dinner champagne at Rib Room bar - bartender was in a bad mood and mumbling things under his breath at his coworkers...talk about buzz kill...
Sun Dinner - Restaurant August - FABULOUS service from beginning to end, everything was delicious from the amuse to dessert but my softshell dinner was what i will dream about for weeks...i could swim in the sauce. wine list was very reasonable - big price range for a higher-end place
Mon Breakfast - benedict poboy and gumbo at Stanley - suprisingly good benedict - eggs were perfectly poached and gumbo had some good seafood in it
Mon late-lunch - Acme again - raw oysters for me (I took the risk and I am still alive!) and softshell poboy for hubby (he loved it)
Mon pre-dinner drinks at Omni roofdeck - fabulous views and a pink cocktail (grapfruit something)
Mon dinner - Irene's - Irene is awesome!!! we chatted about Chicago's hidden little Italy (we are from the Chit) and she gave us hugs and wished us a happy marriage...a total sweet heart. We had the creole tomato caprese to start (tomatoes so sweet i could have easily just had another order for my entree) and cioppino for my entree (fresh yet very satisfying and comforting dish) with softshell pasta for the spouse (stunning dish - i made him share). this is place is a definite repeat for future stays in NOLA
Cafe Dumonde to go on the way back to the Omni - nothing like a little powdered sugar in bed;)
Monday brunch - we walked about 1.5 miles to Willie Mae's - chicken was worth it, but we are little rougher around the edges coming from the city ourselves. probably not a good walk for most people. chicken was crispy and light and butterbeans were creamy. no room for dessert and we were glad for the walk back.
before leaving for out 7pm flight, we picked up a muff to go at Central Grocery - we ate half at the airport and the other halt on the plane. soooooo good. my husband hates olives and ate every single morsel. hahahha....another food hate checked off my list.
Thanks again everyone! We cannot wait to return!! SO much more to eat!

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Willie Mae's Scotch House
2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Johnny's Po-Boys
511 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Patois
6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 70118

Irene's Cuisine
539 Saint Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Stanley Restaurant
547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA

Jul 15, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans

Looking for awesome sushi place with a respectable sake list . . .

oh yes! chicago food rocks. right off the expressway, so much quicker trip then doing groceries in K town...but then again you are always in that hood anyways

Jun 10, 2009
tschaf17 in Chicago Area

Looking for awesome sushi place with a respectable sake list . . .

hey gremzo - you know i am the only one that can figure out this alias (other then your fam) - anyways...i saw that you found me. warning. this is addicting to no end.

yep - agreed. i am NOT a fan of katsu. butterfly has a fun atmosphere but sushi is hit or miss. i have heard good things about kaze re sushi but not sure about sake

Jun 10, 2009
tschaf17 in Chicago Area

Trip Report 6/1-6/5 2009

Thanks everyone! I am so excited for my first trip to NOLA. I am kicking myself now for deciding to only stay 3 nights...dangit!
Anyone have any opinions on Irene's? We are planning to try it out our first night.

Jun 10, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans

1st timer

what about Irene? i love the fact that it is less of a touristy spot. besides, the food gets awesome reviews. i think we are gonna scrap MILA completely.

Jun 10, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans

Trip Report 6/1-6/5 2009

hi lovenola, quick non-food question for you since you just got back. how was the omni royal? my husband and i are staying there next month...
is the deck as great as everyone says? good enough for pre-dinner drinks?
i am definitely going to hit up Stanley after your description of the SS benedict...yumm

Jun 10, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans

1st timer

Thanks everyone for such great advice. I am really intrigued by Dick & Jenny's now - the only thing is we would have to go Saturday since they are closed Sunday/Monday. How long is the wait time on a summer Saturday...and worth scraping MILA?

Jun 09, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans

1st timer

Okay, we have fine-tuned our list a little bit more. Let me know what you think...
Sat (arrive 12pm)
Willie Maes - lunch
Cafe Dumonde - dessert
deck on Omni hotel - pre-dinner drink
MILA - dinner
Sunday
EAT - brunch
either light seafood meal or poboys - late lunch
look for good pralines
Napoleon House - pre-dinner drink
AUGUST - dinner
Monday
Cafe DuMonde - light breakfast
Cochon - lunch
Jacques Imos - dinner
Tuesday
break/lunch depends what we learn the first few days
get a muff for the plane

Jun 09, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

Has anyone been to Del Dotto caves? Looks like a good time from the description.

Jun 09, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

4 girlfriends Sept trip to NAPA

hey fellow foodies! my sister, best friend and her sister are travelling to Napa for a 4 night escape in Sept. we would really appreciate any advice on what not to miss. this will be a first time trip for all of us. coming from chicago and NYC, we are ALL foodies and are up for anything...cheap, expensive, casual, fancy, crazy, chill...just as long as there is good food and wine involved. thanks in advance!

Jun 02, 2009
tschaf17 in San Francisco Bay Area

1st timer

Thank you Scarlett Nola! This helps a lot. We like to eat lighter at brunch but plan to do a Sunday brunch. Should we stick with Commanders?
Everyone else...please keep the opinions coming. Thanks!!!

May 12, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans

Business Trip Chicago: HELP!!!

Alinea & Orange are great choices! Tru was a bit disappointing in my opinion. I prefer Lou Malnati's for Chicago style pizza. Hot Dougs is great but more of a funky twist on the Chicago dog. My sis lives in NYC and she still craves her good old Portillo's hotdog.

May 11, 2009
tschaf17 in Chicago Area

1st timer

Hey everyone. My husband and I are going to be in NOLA in July for a 3night/4day long weekend and we looking for great food and an real NOLA experience. We would like to mix it up a bit and plan to do the fine dining thing atleast 2 of the nights and more casual laid back dining during the day. My only problem is narrowing my lists!
Fellow foodies...please help!!!!

Dinners:
MILA
Brigtsen's
Antoines
Emerils
Boucherie
Cochon
Luke
GW Fins

Day chow:
Mother's
Willie Mae's
Central Grocery
Acme Oyster House
Casamentos
Surrey's
Eat

also....any advice on the best brunch?

May 11, 2009
tschaf17 in New Orleans