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what's coming in limoncello/tollgate space in mamaroneck?

This was printed in February. Hopefully thisi is wrong and The Cookery is coming in.

http://soundshore.lohudblogs.com/tag/...

Jun 04, 2012
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

WORD ON STREET for former Lemontree/Ye Old Tollgate Site--Mamaroneck

I have heard that David DiBari, the chef/owner from The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, will open his second restaurant in this space. I hope this is true!

Feb 16, 2012
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

Is there such thing as awesome food at an all inclusive?

I've posted on this topic once before. This past January I spent 5 nights at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. I would describe their food as the best I have ever had at a warm weather resort (caribbean & mexico), all-inclusive or not. My expectations were high going in and I was not disappointed. Check out the reviews on trip advisor. 9 out of 10 have very favorable things to say about the food at GV as well as the overall experience there.

May 23, 2011
elizabean in Mexico

Which all-inclusive resorts in Cancun, and the surrounding areas, have the best food?

My family of five stayed at the Grand Velas for five night this past January. I would describe the food as fantastic. Soup to nuts, we enjoyed every meal at every restaurant. To put this in perspective, in the past few years we have stayed at Little Dix, Las Ventanas and Tortuga Bay. These resorts are not all-inclusive and the food at Grand Velas was much better than LD & TB, and as good as LV. Not to mention that these other resorts are 50% more expensive than GV. I think GV takes the all-inclusive concept to a whole new level.

Mar 24, 2011
elizabean in Mexico

Problems at OC Sushi Shibucho – Questionable Fish quality

Eric, If you do not mind, could you recommend a traditional sushi place near Newport Coast. I've posted on this board recently and most people have recommended Sushi Shibucho. If not there, where else should I go?

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Sushi Shibucho
590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Aug 12, 2010
elizabean in Los Angeles Area

Highway I5 from San Diego to Newport

Portieowner, tyvm for the info, very helpful!

Aug 02, 2010
elizabean in San Diego

Highway I5 from Newport to San Diego

Thanks again everyone for your recommendations. Break of Dawn has a very interesting breakfast menu. We will definitely try it. How about Mexican food? I live in the suberbs of NYC. Our Mexican options are not so good. I know California has awesome Mexican food. Anything i must try? I prefer the super casual places over the fancy ones.

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Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Jul 28, 2010
elizabean in Los Angeles Area

Highway I5 from Newport to San Diego

Hi all. Thanks again for the recs. For sushi, I prefer more traditional restaurants. Jacknhedy (or anyone else), are you familiar with Kingyo Sushi? Bluefin looks like a trendy restaurant. Thoughts?

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Kingyo Sushi
21135 Newport Coast Dr, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Bluefin Restaurant
7952 E. Pacific Coastal Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657

Jul 28, 2010
elizabean in Los Angeles Area

Highway I5 from Newport to San Diego

Yes & Yes. It will be separate day trips to SD and it will be a lot of driving. We're in OC for seven nights, so two or three trips to SD should not be that bad (I hope). Ramos House Cafe gets a lot of press on CH. We'll make an effort to try it. Thank you.

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

Jul 27, 2010
elizabean in Los Angeles Area

Highway I5 from Newport to San Diego

Hi. We are staying at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas. I checked out Break of Dawn location on the map. I'm not too worried about traveling th extra few miles for a good meal. Thanks in advance for making the rec's. Also, any other dining rec's for OC are appreciated.

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Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Jul 27, 2010
elizabean in Los Angeles Area

Highway I5 from San Diego to Newport

Hi Daantaat. We will visit Legoland, Seaworld and Wild Animal Park. I've found a bunch of posts about dining options near each venue. However I am also interested to find a few dining options inbetween Newport and SD. Given how much driving we will do, my goal is to break up each trip with a good meal, either breakfast or dinner. Thx.

Jul 27, 2010
elizabean in San Diego

Highway I5 from San Diego to Newport

My family will be vacationing in Southern California for 7 days in late August . We are staying in Newport Coast and plan on visiting a few of the theme parks in San Diego. I need to find a few Chow worthy restaurants for dinner inbetween the two cities, just of I5. I am looking for places that are family freindly but also have great food. Any help is appreciated.

Jul 26, 2010
elizabean in San Diego

Highway I5 from Newport to San Diego

My family will be vacationing in Southern California for 7 days in late August . We are staying in Newport Coast and plan on visiting a few of the theme parks in San Diego. I need to find a few Chow worthy restaurants for dinner inbetween the two cities, just of I5. I am looking for places that are family freindly but also have great food. Any help is appreciated.

Jul 26, 2010
elizabean in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations from Chows experienced with Vegas

I know I am in the minority, but I have eaten at many LV steakhouses and I am not a fan of CUT. I love Wolfgang Puck restaurants, but CUT was disappointing for me. Speaking of Wolfgang, you should try Spago for lunch or dinner. It doesn't get as much press anymore, but it is easily my favorite restaurant in LV. For steak you should consider Prime, Stripsteak or Charlie Palmer Steak.

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Charlie Palmer Steak
3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Mar 17, 2010
elizabean in Las Vegas

Something that I can't get at home in NYC!

I just returned from LV a few days ago. I am also from NY and prefer to eat at restaurants that do not have a NY presence when in Vegas. My two recommendations for you are Spago at the Forum Shops and any Michael Mina restaurant. I ate at Spago twice this trip (I stayed at Caesars) and loved both meals. I also had a great meal Michael Mina at Bellagio. Last August I ate at Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay. It is Mina's LV steak restaurant. Great steak made with a unique preparation and great sides. Have fun.

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Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Mar 17, 2010
elizabean in Las Vegas

Wood chips for smoker on Long Island - HELP!

I live in Westchester and buy my wood chips a my local hardware store.

Jan 01, 2010
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

Going To US Open: Needs Advice

Heading to the US Open this week. Will attend the evening session. Can someone please recommend a few dining options for dinner. I am very familiar with Astoria, so no need to focus on that area.

Aug 31, 2009
elizabean in Outer Boroughs

LV Trip Report: Strip Steak, Il Mulino, Olives and a surprise.

Just returned from LV yesterday afternoon. He is my review of each restaurant we dined at:

Strip Steak: I've been to many LV steakhouses once, but have not been to any of them twice. The list includes: CUT, Charlie Palmer Steak, Craft, Prime, S&W and The Palm. After dining at Strip Steak I have decided it is my favorite steak place in LV. Our meal was excellent. I ordered the wedge salad, the ribeye and for sides we had the mac and cheese and sauteed mushrooms. Everything I ate I enjoyed, especially the ribeye. The way they prepare their steaks is unique and I think makes a big difference. (I think they poach in butter than a quick sear over natural wood to bring it to serving temp). I also thought that the service was very good. My only complaint is the markup of their wine list is too large.

Il Mulino: This was not my first choice for our only other dinner in LV but a few people in our party really wanted to try it. (I'm from NY and have dined at the original many times). Overall it was better than expected. Best way to describe it is straight forward Italian food that is well executed. Menu: Shared apps were Clams Casino, Fried Calamari and Carpaccio. My main course was Veal Milanese with salad. This is something I order frequently. Their version is above average. The service is a bit slow and the wine list is not just over priced, they also have very few bottles under $100, which I really bugs me. Overall I enjoyed Il Mulino, but for the money I think you could find other Italian restaurants in LV that are just as good and cost less.

Olives: Won't go back. BBQ pizza was so so at best. My pasta was way over sauced and it's flavor was off. Disappointed that we wasted one of our meals here.

By far the biggest surprise of my trip was the cheeseburger I had at the snack bar at the Bellagio. This is the small cafeteria style restaurant located near the Bellagio poker room. I loved this burger. Maybe I liked it simply because my expectations were so low. I do not eat many burgers and I have not dined at any of the other burger joints in LV. But either way, if you are at the Belaggio and want a quick lunch, you will not be disappointed with this burger.

Aug 10, 2009
elizabean in Las Vegas

June & Ho in Rye

fairly certain that J&H does their own baking.

Jun 22, 2009
elizabean in General Tristate Archive

Best sushi on the strip in Vegas?

Last summer I ate solo at Sushi Roku. Had the Omakase. Loved it!

May 22, 2009
elizabean in Southwest

Eating at Tarry Lodge

Dolores, I may have misunderstood one of your posts. You mentioned that your deli MAKES burratta. I too shop at Cosmo. On occasion they do sell burratta, but they do not make it. I purchased it once, only to throw it away because it had already spoiled.

Dec 08, 2008
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eating at Tarry Lodge

Please read the links. Also, I think annrudy used '20x" as an exaggeration to prove a point. Find a restaurant that serves the whole Burratta, try it, and you may understand annrudy's point.

Happy Eating!

Dec 08, 2008
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eating at Tarry Lodge

Dolores, I find it HIGHLY unlikely that your deli, or any deli in WC makes Burratta. It is a very fresh cheese that should be eaten within 24-48 hours after it's been made. Burratta was not available in the US until recently. The advent of overnight shipping has made it possible for restaurants to offer it on their menus. It has also only recently been produced in the US. Click on the links below for more info.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrata
http://www.italiancookingandliving.co...

Dec 08, 2008
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

Eating at Tarry Lodge

I had lunch at Tarry Lodge yesterday. I was not impressed. I've had better meals at Nessa (around the corner from TL). I ordered Beets, Octopus & Potatoes, Pasta Carbonara. The beets were excellent, the octopus I would never order again and the Pasta was just O.K. The cabonara at Spadaro is better.

As for the Burrata discussion. I understand annrudy's comments. It may not be 20 times larger at Antipasti, but that is not the point. I believe that Antipasti serves Burrata the only way it should be served. That is to be served the whole thing and not a piece of it. The pouch should be opened right before serving. For those of you that do not understand why, please do some research on what burrata is and how it's prepared. It's nice that restaurants are able to offer burrata now. But if they cut it in the kitchen, I'm not interested.

Dec 05, 2008
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

El Charrito: Taco truck in Stamford. We have arrived!

Has this taco truck moved? I tried finding it for lunch today, without success. Could they be closed on Wednesday?

Oct 29, 2008
elizabean in Southern New England

Disney Dinner Recs Needed

Yes, we would like a sit down dinner. The type of food is not that important. The three factors I am considering are comfort, cost and location. In terms of location I would like to be walking distance from the Beach Club. For comfort I want a restaurant that can easily accommodate a group of 15 people. As for cost, we do not need to eat at the most expensive restaurants. Thanks for asking. And thank you for those that have already responded.

Aug 25, 2008
elizabean in Florida

Disney Dinner Recs Needed

I am going to Disneyworld in February with my family, My two sisters families and my parents. In total we will be eight adults and seven children, ages 1-12. Can someone please recommend a few restaurants for us to have dinner at. We will be staying at the Beach Club but are willing to travel a bit. Thanks in advance.

Aug 23, 2008
elizabean in Florida

Juarez - authentic Mexican in Mamaroneck

Where is it on Mamaroneck Ave?

Aug 17, 2008
elizabean in New York State (exc. NYC)

Craftsteak or should I say coolsteak?

I had dinner at CUT on Monday night (Aug 11th). The meal was average at best. The apps were O.K. but I was a little disappointed with my Ribeye. It looked impressive but tasted just O.K.. This could be because it was wet aged and not dry aged. Either way I definitely recommend Craftsteak. I visited the NY location recently and had an outstanding meal. (Also visited the LV outpost three years ago and enjoyed that visit as well).
For lunch (or dinner) I recommend Sensi at the Bellagio. I had an $85 credit to use at Sensi through a promotion from my Amex Platinum card; otherwise we would not have dined there. I thought our meal was excellent. The menu is interesting. Everything we ate we enjoyed (Sashimi App, Lobster tempura salad and a curry chicken dish from a tandoori oven.) Also, it's a very relaxing and quiet restaurant which is a nice change of pace from the noisy casino just outside it's front door.

Aug 13, 2008
elizabean in Southwest

Nice Relaxing Diner for Solo Foodie in Las Vegas. HELP!

I just returned from LV a few hours ago. Last night I dined solo at Sushi Roku at the Forum Shops at Caesars. I had the Omakase and thought it was outstanding. I highly recommend it. I also ate at CUT at the Palazzo and was not impressed.

Aug 13, 2008
elizabean in Southwest