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What's your favorite chilled soup?

This sounds lovely. What have you been using in place of "freshly pressed" white grape juice? Concentrate or the stuff out of the jug okay presumably?

May 13, 2013
jbeaux in Home Cooking

I-5 LA to Bay Area. Where to get good coffee and eats?

I feel for you - I do this drive often to visit my in-laws. I've been wanting to try Noriega's in Bakersfield ever since I heard about it (and even more so, after it won a James Beard Award). Might not be the quickest stop ever, but I suspect it would be memorable:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/din...

May 13, 2013
jbeaux in California

Need help i.d.'ing a dish I saw people eating in Honolulu's Chinatown

You're on!

Jul 28, 2011
jbeaux in Los Angeles Area

Need help i.d.'ing a dish I saw people eating in Honolulu's Chinatown

Fantastic - that's it!! Thanks for the wiki page -- there was a link to a recipe. Will have to try it ASAP.

Jul 27, 2011
jbeaux in Los Angeles Area

Need help i.d.'ing a dish I saw people eating in Honolulu's Chinatown

It was the Maunakea Marketplace, so could have been from any one of the multiple food stalls there. But that's a good idea; I'll ask the Honolulu hounds. Thanks!

Jul 27, 2011
jbeaux in Los Angeles Area

South Orange County (Laguna, Dana, SJC) Recs for a Fun/Young Group Dinner on a Friday Night?

p.s. I have friends that really like Eva's. Haven't been myself, but heard it's got a really fun vibe.

Jul 27, 2011
jbeaux in Los Angeles Area

South Orange County (Laguna, Dana, SJC) Recs for a Fun/Young Group Dinner on a Friday Night?

Hi there. Aren't you lucky, going to So Cal. I'm a Laguna and San Clemente native now living in NYC. Wish I could say it wasn't so.

My two cents about El Adobe is, don't go. I went to a wedding there a few years ago and was terribly underwhelmed by both the food and the ambiance. It's quite dark inside and felt stodgy (to me anyway), and I didn't think the food was particularly memorable.

For a group of young professionals, I'd say stick closer to the coast. The temps will be cooler, the resto scene younger (and dare I say, hipper). And there's better bar hopping for postprandial fun (tho Swallows Inn does look like a good time too..).

If it's Mexican you're looking for, one possibility is Javier's in Crystal Cove, which is on the PCH and dead center of Dana and John Wayne Airport. The prices run from ~$15-50 for entrees, depending on what you order. The food is really good, the drinks runneth over, and you can't beat the view at sunset. Sometimes great people watching too (it can run to the Real Housewives of OC-types, but not always), esp on a weekend night.

It's much more beachy/casual & bungalowish, but Avila's El Ranchito is right in the middle of downtown Laguna Beach and perfectly situated for strolling the PCH and Main Beach after dinner (ditto for bar-hopping). The food is generally good and the prices reasonable. But I'd call ahead, b/c they might be too small to host a group your size. (Coyote Grill is similar, also small, and the location is terrible. You'll have a helluva time finding parking if I remember correctly, and there's not much else around on that stretch of PCH for after-dinner strolling/drinking).

There's also the Crow Bar and Kitchen, which is a great little gastropub on the PCH in CDM, just down the hill from John Wayne. It's got a super hip, 20s-30s scene & tasty vittles in the $25 range. It was a little sceney the last time I was there, but that might be what you're looking for. Also, it's rather small, so def call ahead and reserve a table if you can.

It's a bit more of a jaunt south for your folks coming from the airport, but Fisherman's on the San Clemente pier might be fun (& for your Nixon fans, there's the "West Coast White House" mystique of SanClem). The pier is nice for strolling and really near one of OC's better surf spots, so can be good for watching body boarders and surfers. There's a super low-key bar side that's always slammed on the weekends, and a separate restaurant side. Request a table under the heat lamps, on the resto side. Parking can sometimes be a headache, but you're going to find that to be the case just about anywhere during the summer.

And my last little bit of two cents is -- you'd be depriving yourself a truly memorable experience if you didn't go to The Ramos House Café in historic SJC for your hangover brunch. You can read more about it online, but the place and its owner are one of a kind. It's "fun" and I find a lot of interesting, artsy types like to go there. The brunch is spendy, but worth it, I think. Their Soju Bloody Marys kick ass, too.

Good luck and have fun. Jealous!

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Ramos House Cafe
31752 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Swallows Inn
31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

White House Restaurant
340 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

El Ranchito Restaurant
3401 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

El Adobe
31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Jul 27, 2011
jbeaux in Los Angeles Area

Need help i.d.'ing a dish I saw people eating in Honolulu's Chinatown

Hi all - I was recently in Hawaii visiting my grandmother and while in Chinatown one afternoon, I saw a family at a table near to us eating what looked like fried rice, which they were garnishing with Thai basil and chili paste then wrapping in the most beautiful leafy lettuce. It looked so fresh and tasty. I've made my own versions of it with lopchang, green onions, sesame oil, etc. etc. since coming home, but I was hoping someone could i.d. this dish for me, and maybe suggest a restaurant that makes it.

Thanks!

Jul 27, 2011
jbeaux in Los Angeles Area

Pre-IFC brunch on Saturday

These all sound great. Thank you! I was able to get a reservation at Perilla for tomorrow, even at this late date. Five Points also sounded terrific, but too many other people had the same place in mind. Totally booked.

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Five Points
31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Apr 15, 2011
jbeaux in Manhattan

Pre-IFC brunch on Saturday

Looking for a nice place for brunch that is within a 15-20 minute walk from IFC for Saturday around 12:30. (IFC is @ 323 Avenue of the Americas). Preferably someplace where we can make a reservation, or get seated within 20 minutes or so, since we'll need to get to our show by 2:30p. I'm thinking of something like Cafe Mogador in the EV for general ambiance and price point, but any kind of food is great, as long as it's tasty. Thanks!

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Cafe Mogador
101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Apr 13, 2011
jbeaux in Manhattan

Red Hook restaurant recs for tonight

My husband and I are making an unplanned stop in Red Hook tonight and could use some help finding a fairly low-key resto with really great food. Preferably local/ seasonable fare. Ideas?? Thanks!

Oct 02, 2010
jbeaux in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best Mexican food in NYC

I've lived most of my life in Southern California, so moving to NYC was a bit of a kick in the face, Mexican-food-wise. But my husband and I did find La Esquina Taqueria in Soho, which puts out some really tasty tacos. I really like their aquacate con queso, which is really fresh - mostly avocado, pico de gallo and salsa verde with queso fresco - and i love their hongo y epazote tacos with mushrooms, hominy and epazote. Also, we almost always order their cochinita pibil, which is a pulled pork, shredded cabbage deal, with habanero pickled onions and jalapenos... so good! Whenever friends from San Diego or Santa Ana come to visit us and we're about Soho, doing a little shopping, we almost always stop by La Esquina and eat our tacos standing outside at the outdoor counter.

Nov 20, 2009
jbeaux in Manhattan

Looking for something like Cafe Mogodor around 53rd/7th

My parents are in town for the weekend and we're going to see the 8pm showing of Billy Elliot. I don't know the 50s very well and need some helping finding a place for dinner that's fairly moderately priced, but has great ambiance. I'm thinking something like Cafe Mogodor, though it can be any kind of food really, so long as it's tasty. Thanks!

Nov 19, 2009
jbeaux in Manhattan

Best Lobster Rolls in NYC

I second Luke's. It's a good-size roll for one person and the best thing about it (apart from the price) is the seasoning -- light on the mayo, and i think.. celery salt? Anyway - I shared bites with two other friends and we all really liked it.

Nov 16, 2009
jbeaux in Manhattan

Canning time!

Oh, please post any chestnut recipes that turn out well. I've been harvesting tons of chestnuts from my yard and would love to preserve some.

Oct 05, 2009
jbeaux in Home Cooking

Visiting with in-laws: lunch in Penn Qtr, dinner in Dupont? suggestions?

Thanks! I've heard great things about Mitisam. Mourayo - I'll check it out.

Jun 26, 2009
jbeaux in Washington DC & Baltimore

Visiting with in-laws: lunch in Penn Qtr, dinner in Dupont? suggestions?

Hi ya hounders!

My husband and I are taking the the train from NY to DC to rendevouz with my in-laws for one day, July 3rd. They've never been to DC and since I was an intern there years ago and have raved about the city ever since, they're now turning to me for suggestions - problem: I was on a student budget back then so eating out wasn't really my thing. I could really use your help.

We're arriving late on the 2nd and staying at the Rennaisance Marriot in Georgetown/Foggy Bottom. For breakfast on the 3rd, they're basically coffee and bagel folks, so I was thinking K Street Cafe & Bagel. Any other bakeries or coffee shops worth trying and in the area, I'd like to hear about them. Since we're only going to be there for the day, we want to eat quick and get touring.

We'll be on the Mall most of the afternoon and then possibly into Old Town Alexandria. If we hit up Old Town, I thought Eammon's. But if we stay on the Mall, I'd appreciate recs for cheap, tasty eats. Food trucks or anything fast and delish in Penn Quarter would be great! I have Teaism on the list as a possibility..

Dinner.. my in-laws aren't really foodies, but they do appreciate a good meal, decent size portions, etc. As long as the menu is more sirloin than sweetbreads and they can get a good glass of wine they'll be happy. I'd prefer intimate and special over tres chic. Potenza looks about right, but not Proof or Blue Duck Tavern. Oh - and $50+/- pp, not counting drinks.

Thanks!

Jun 24, 2009
jbeaux in Washington DC & Baltimore

Eating without the din near Columbia University?

I really like Symposium; the two times I've been the ambiance has been really pleasant. The host is very sweet and it was certainly quiet enough for my companions and I to have conversations without shouting. We, too, like the octopus quite a bit.

Jun 19, 2009
jbeaux in Manhattan

Dirt Candy - new veg restaurant in EV

I was disappointed too. Precious presentations with zero oomph is what my date and I thought. Bland is the right word. But obviously some people don't mind that - the restaurant is full most of the time. Of course.. it IS teeny tiny..

Jun 04, 2009
jbeaux in Manhattan

Lakeland/Plant City/Tampa Good Eats -- no chains please!

My husband is spending the week in Lakeland on business. I told him I'd reach out to my fellow hounds for help finding good eats nearby. Any suggestions for restaurants using local produce/pastured livestock would be much appreciated, as would recs for standout mom'n'pop joints, particularly those serving ethnic fare, or local seafood.. he's a pretty intrepid eater, so fire away. Thanks for the help, hounds!

Jun 04, 2009
jbeaux in Florida

Chinese cookware for Mom's Day present

Thanks, CACook!

May 14, 2009
jbeaux in Cookware

Chinese cookware for Mom's Day present

I'd like to buy some new cookware for my mom, maybe 2 or 3 really good pieces, and I know she wants some that are good for Chinese cooking. In the past she's talked about not wanting to buy All-Clads b/c they don't "cool off fast enough," which is important, especially for stir fry(??). Any recommendations, particularly for whichever brand makes the best wok, would be appreciated.

May 09, 2009
jbeaux in Cookware

Grocery stores that sell local produce in NYC?

I try to get to GreenMarket a couple times a week, but since I mostly only have nights free I don't get to the farmer's markets nearly as often as I'd like. I'm new to the city and am wondering if anyone knows of grocery stores (preferably in the East Village area, but not necessary) where I can buy local, organic produce and meats. The only local produce Whole Foods on 14th has right now is onions... Thanks for the help.

Jan 15, 2009
jbeaux in Manhattan

Dirt Candy - new veg restaurant in EV

Well, I do like the idea of a communal table. Might be nice on a crisp October night.

Sep 09, 2008
jbeaux in Manhattan

Grenadian market on Nostrand in Bed-Stuy?

A friend of mine from St. Lucia recently suggested I check out a Grenadian market on Nostrand and Midwood aves. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Anyone know of this one? A name would be great. Thanks.

Sep 09, 2008
jbeaux in Outer Boroughs

best inexpensive take-out in the EV

HEy, sorry it took me so long to get back. Thanks, all, for your fabulous suggestions. Will let you know how I do. :)

Aug 23, 2008
jbeaux in Manhattan

Dirt Candy - new veg restaurant in EV

Has anyone heard anything about the new vegetarian restaurant, Dirt Candy, that's supposed to be opening on E 9th? I read that it's chef Amanda Cohen's venture, supposedly of the now-closed Heirloom, which didn't seem to receive all that great of reviews. And I was really hoping something fabulous and affordable was going in there. Anyone know anything?

Aug 23, 2008
jbeaux in Manhattan

best inexpensive take-out in the EV

I just moved to the East Village from Southern California and I'm unpacking all weekend, so I need really tasty, inexpensive take-out (or better yet, delivery). My husband and I will eat just about anything, so all suggestions welcome. Thanks!

Jul 25, 2008
jbeaux in Manhattan

instead of escarole?

Great, thanks. I know at least that I can find chard.

Jun 18, 2008
jbeaux in Home Cooking

instead of escarole?

I'm making a Martha Stewart recipe tonight: escarole & meatball soup. It looks really tasty, but I haven't been able to find escarole. I've heard swiss chard would do. I've also heard spinach, although I worry this might go too limp in a soup. Suggestions?

Jun 18, 2008
jbeaux in Home Cooking