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Help me choose my wedding wines!

I need a red and a white for table service (bar wines already chosen). Which would you select, oenophiles?

Almos, Malbec, Argentina
Astica, Syrah, Argentina
Avalon, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
Boneterra, Pinot Noir, CA
Canyon Road, Pinot Noir, CA
Castillo Molina, Syrah, Chile
Cono Sur Bicletta, Merlot, Chile
Cono Sur Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile Crios de Susan Balbo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile Cupcake, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
Don Miguel Gascon Colosal Red, Argentina Don Paula Los Cardos, Malbec, Argentina Garnet, Pinot Noir, CA
Guardian Peak, Merlot, CA
Hogue, Merlot, WA
La Posta Pizzella, Malbec, Argentina
Lost Angel, Pinot Noir, CA
Lost Star, Pinot Noir, CA
Mark West, Pinot Noir, CA
Paso Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA Predator , Zinfandel, CA
Punto Final, Malbec, Argentina
Row 11, Pinot Noir, CA
Santa Carolina Famila Res, Malbec, Argentina Terre D'Oro, Zinfandel, CA
The Seeker, Pinot Noir, France
Thorny Rose, Red Blend, WA
Tillia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
Trapiche, Pinot Noir, Chile
Troublemaker, Red Blend, CA

White
10 Span, Central Coast, Chardonnay, CA Alexander Valley Vineyards, Chardonnay, CA Benzinger Sparkling Moscato, CA
Berneir, Chardonnay, France
Beuna Vista, Sauvignon Blanc, CA Bex, Riesling, Germany
Callaway, Sauvignon Blanc, CA Chateau Ste Michelle, Riesling, WA Copperridge, Chardonnay , CA Dibon Cava, Sparkling, Spain
Dom Ste Michele, Sparkling, WA Dreaming Tree, White Blend, CA Fernlands, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ Folonari,Pinot Grigio, Italy Guenoc, Chardonnay, CA
Honig, Sauvignon Blanc , CA
JP Chenet Brut, Sparkling, France
Sartori, Pinot Grigio, Italy
Sean Minor, Chardonnay, CA
Simply Naked, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ
Thorny Rose, Riesling, WA
Trivento Amado Sur, White Blend, Argentina Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ
William Hill, Central Coast, Chardonnay, CA Woodbridge, Moscato, CA

Aug 21, 2014
janbrady in Wine

Wedding wines

Thanks, all--very helpful!

Apr 06, 2014
janbrady in Wine

Wedding wines

Help! I have to choose the wines served with dinner at my 300-person wedding. Can't afford to splurge on my personal favorites, but am trying to find options that won't have my guests gagging (and also with the knowledge they'll already be tipsy from cocktail hour come dinner time). Anyone have anything positive to say about any of these choices of maker from the catering hall?

Ecco Domani
Trinchero Family Estate, California
Beaulieu Vineyards, California
Columbia Crest, Washington
Redwood Creek, California
Forest Glen, California
Trapiche, Argentina

Thanks in advance!

Apr 03, 2014
janbrady in Wine

Chinese place to meet the parents?

Ding ding ding--this looks perfect!

Feb 16, 2014
janbrady in Manhattan

Chinese place to meet the parents?

Thanks so much, everyone! I think we're going to go with Tang Pavilion (thanks for the rec, diprey11). This is one case where decor and comfort might outweigh food. Love Szech Gourmet, and do want to try Hunan Manor at some point.

Feb 16, 2014
janbrady in Manhattan
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Chinese place to meet the parents?

Bride's parents don't like Japanese. This is tough, I know!

Feb 16, 2014
janbrady in Manhattan

Chinese place to meet the parents?

Thanks! So, the groom's parents are Jewish/Italian, the bride's are Chinese/Indian, and non-spicy Chinese falls into the small space on the Venn diagram of foods they all like. Bride's father does not like most American or European foods, nor Thai. Groom's parents are actually quite adventurous but cannot eat anything very spicy and are not Indian food fans. So we figured Chinese was a good way to meet in the middle. Price is no object, but see note above--parents are not into frou-frou Buddakan-y fusion-y food. We just want a nice meal where we can all get to know each other over tasty food in a quiet atmosphere that isn't dingy or dirty.

Feb 16, 2014
janbrady in Manhattan

Chinese place to meet the parents?

No--price is no object! My parents are Asian, though, and aren't into "upscale" froufrou Asian/Asian fusion, if you know what I mean.

Feb 16, 2014
janbrady in Manhattan

Chinese place to meet the parents?

Looking for someplace quiet with a bit of ambience and, of course tasty food. But nothing TOO adventurous, and Szechuan is out, as boyfriend's parents can't do spice. Hunan Manor perhaps--anyone been?

Feb 15, 2014
janbrady in Manhattan

Food at Wyndham Peabody Court?

Thinking of having my wedding rehearsal dinner there this summer (because most guests will be staying there, though the actual wedding will not be there). Has anyone eaten the food there? Is it terrible? Actually good? Any thoughts welcome!

Brown's or Claridge's for Boxing Day afternoon tea?

I made a reservation at Brown's, since it seems to be the Chowhound favorite, but my British co-worker is extolling the virtues of Claridge's. Any reason you can think of to switch reservations?

Dec 20, 2013
janbrady in U.K./Ireland

Blue Nile vs Addis vs Asmara vs... for birthday dinner

HA. Nothing so gored. I love tej jokes!

Nov 25, 2013
janbrady in Greater Boston Area

Franny's wait on a Wednesday?

Update: Loved Convivium! Luckily we had enough cash--forgot that they were AMEX-only. The space was so cozy and romantic, the service delightful, the food tasty. Thanks!

Nov 21, 2013
janbrady in Outer Boroughs

Blue Nile vs Addis vs Asmara vs... for birthday dinner

I should clarify that I'm not warning people against this restaurant--and the birthday boy and crowd took this all in good-humored stride. And the servers are sooo nice. Just wanted to share the experience in case others try to take a large group!

Nov 21, 2013
janbrady in Greater Boston Area

Blue Nile vs Addis vs Asmara vs... for birthday dinner

Yep, they were just way overwhelmed--not enough servers for the crowd. Our fault for bringing such a big party. We didn't think the place would be so packed, and I don't think they did either!

Nov 21, 2013
janbrady in Greater Boston Area

Blue Nile vs Addis vs Asmara vs... for birthday dinner

Update: Took a party of 13 to Habesha. As other reviews have dictated, while the food was good, the service was horrendous (albeit very very sweet). Food took forever. Drink orders were incorrect and no one came back to take second drink orders. One of the waitresses tripped coming out of the door and spilled an ENTIRE PLATTER OF FOOD on guests. The fire alarm went off for a loooong time and firemen arrived. All this kind of overshadowed the deliciousness of the food. Might have been a different experience had we been a smaller party!

Nov 20, 2013
janbrady in Greater Boston Area

Franny's wait on a Wednesday?

Thanks! Convivium reservation made.

Nov 13, 2013
janbrady in Outer Boroughs

Franny's wait on a Wednesday?

Hi all, thinking about taking my boyfriend to Franny's for his birthday on a Wednesday night, but have never been--how long is the wait around 6:30-7? Don't want to spoil the celebration with a hungry stint in a line.

Any other delicious Brooklyn suggestions welcome--we love Applewood, Al Di La, etc. Looking for someplace with amazing food but also a bit of a special-event vibe. Thanks!

Nov 11, 2013
janbrady in Outer Boroughs

Blue Nile vs Addis vs Asmara vs... for birthday dinner

Thanks all! Leaning towards Habesha for the authenticity factor. Will report back.

Oct 20, 2013
janbrady in Greater Boston Area

Blue Nile vs Addis vs Asmara vs... for birthday dinner

Hi all, I know there's hot debate about the best Ethiopian in the Boston area. I'm trying to throw a birthday dinner for a group of about 10. The birthday boy wants the best/most authentic, someplace that's truly Chowhound-approved, over best ambience. But of course, should be a place that will be amenable to a group. What think?

Oct 16, 2013
janbrady in Greater Boston Area

Ice cream sheet cake to go?

Thanks so much, ladies!

Aug 23, 2012
janbrady in Manhattan

Ice cream sheet cake to go?

Looking for a Carvel-style ice cream cake to take to a friend's birthday party (i.e. please don't tell me to go to Parm for a slice of ice cream cake). Birthday girl does NOT like the Baskin Robbins-style ice cream cake which has actual cake--she likes all ice cream. Will go to Carvel if all else fails but wondering if there are any other tasty options I should consider. Thanks!

Aug 15, 2012
janbrady in Manhattan

Old Fashioned Cocktail Neat?

I recently was asked, at one of these newfangled bars in NYC that specializes in old-fashioned drinks (no pun intended), whether I wanted my Old-Fashioned up or rocks. Having never had one up, I asked if that was the traditional way. The bartender noted that neither way was "correct," but it was just a matter of preference. Still, I have never seen or been offered an O-F up before or since.

Feb 15, 2012
janbrady in Spirits

What are you cooking for Valentines day?

Crab cakes, simple salad, cheese grits, and creme brulee for dessert. Veuve for me, bourbon for him. Delicious (even if the crab cakes did fall apart a bit in the pan)!

Feb 15, 2012
janbrady in Home Cooking

Bland crabcakes

This crab cake recipe is the most flavorful I've ever tried--and I'm from Baltimore! So easy, too. Very tangy and moist with lemon, mayo, Dijon mustard, and Old Bay in it. I also sub in a half tsp of Sriracha for the jalapeno called for.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Feb 15, 2012
janbrady in Home Cooking

Looking for a brunch place in manhattan 25 people / $20-$30 pp

I just held a brunch at Beauty & Essex for 22 people; I believe it was $30/pp. Gorgeous space, delicious food.

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Beauty & Essex
146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Feb 15, 2012
janbrady in Manhattan

Can I refrigerate crab cakes pre-frying?

Thanks to you both--chilled overnight, and came out great!

Feb 15, 2012
janbrady in Home Cooking

Can I refrigerate crab cakes pre-frying?

Hi all,

I'm making this crab cake recipe tomorrow:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Do you think I could form the crab patties tonight, refrigerate overnight, then fry tomorrow? Trying to do as much ahead of time, since I'll be running home to cook these after work!

Thanks in advance.

Feb 13, 2012
janbrady in Home Cooking

Can I clean shrimp a night in advance?

Thanks all!!!

Feb 08, 2012
janbrady in Home Cooking

Can I clean shrimp a night in advance?

Hi all. I want to cook Valentine's Day dinner this year, but tend to work late and want something make-ahead and/or something I can throw together very quickly. Was thinking of shrimp and grits, cleaning the shrimp the night before and cooking the night of. Will the shrimp stay good? Thanks in advance!

Feb 04, 2012
janbrady in Home Cooking