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HELP - NEED SUGGESTIONS FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUEST

I'm entertaining a friend from SF for the weekend and need some great restaurant suggestions - impressive food, atmosphere, the whole package....

Preferred cuisines: Sushi, Seafood, Thai, Indian, general Cal Cuisine

Here's our general itinerary as far as general location:

The Getty Museum on Sat. morning - then on to tour Venice and Santa Monica/3rd Street.

Sunday we may hit the LA Farmers Market and perhaps Griffith Park.

The rest of the time (Friday and Monday), we'll likely explore the South Bay/Orange County since I live in Seal Beach.

Thanks for the help!

Mar 27, 2008
Newcomer76 in Los Angeles Area

BIRTHDAY DINNER IN/NEAR COSTA MESA?

Please help! I need a restaurant with good food and ambiance (on the elegant side) to take a friend out for a birthday dinner - in or relatively close to Costa Mesa. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Oct 03, 2007
Newcomer76 in Los Angeles Area

SPECIAL DINNER FOR EIGHT NEAR WALNUT CREEK?

Thanks for the feedback :-)

SPECIAL DINNER FOR EIGHT NEAR WALNUT CREEK?

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm trying to choose between Lark Creek, Postino, and the WC Yacht Club. Any feedback to help narrowing it down is most welcome!!!!

Thanks again!

SPECIAL DINNER FOR EIGHT NEAR WALNUT CREEK?

Hi guys - please help!

I need a nice, relatively upscale, restaurant for a dinner for 8 adults (30 to 60 year olds)next weekend. Occasion is to celebrate a doctoral graduation and for future in-laws to meet. Primo looks fantastic, but a bit too pricey I think. I'm thinking Lark Creek in Walnut Creek or Postino in Lafayette - I haven't been to either, any thoughts?

Any other suggestions are welcome. I'm hoping to find great food and atmosphere, but not absurdly expensive.

Thanks!!!!

Passionfish Pacific Grove: Thank you, Hounds!

Ok, so I'm going there next weekend - and now have to know what this wine pricing policy is all about! Pray tell!!!!! :-)

May 02, 2007
Newcomer76 in California

NEED ROMANTIC BIRTHDAY RESTAURANT IN MONTEREY/CARMEL

I'm hearing things about Melange in Pacific Grove - anyone been? is it romantic?

Apr 20, 2007
Newcomer76 in California

NEED ROMANTIC BIRTHDAY RESTAURANT IN MONTEREY/CARMEL

I'm taking my SO to Monterey for a couple days and looking for a special romantic restaurant for the birthday dinner. Possibilities from reading through some reviews are Pacific's Edge, Casanova, Bouchee, L'Auberge. Any opinions on these or other suggestions?

Thanks!!!

Apr 20, 2007
Newcomer76 in California

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH - SF OR NAPA VALLEY

Thanks for the info! I'm hoping to keep it around $100 for two - give or take.

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH - SF OR NAPA VALLEY

PLEASE HELP!

I'm looking for a place to take out-of-town mom for mother's day brunch. We're planning to tour around napa valley that day - any recs? I'd prefer to stay under $100 - so no Domaine Chandon :-)

We may end up staying in SF area, so suggestions in the city/east bay/peninsula are also needed.

Any thoughts on Cliff House, Cetrella Bistro, Moose's, Angele's (Napa)???

Thanks much!!!!

ROMANTIC BIRTHDAY DINNER IN EAST BAY?

Thanks for all the suggestions! To answer someone's question - I'd like to stay under $150. I've checked out some menus - Oliveto and Rivoli seem most appealing. Chez is a risk with their set menu since we stick to fish over meat. We've actually been to A Cote and I'd like to try somewhere else. With the limited options in the East Bay, I may just opt for driving into the city!

Any more thoughts about Rivoli - never heard of it before now, so any input would be greatly appreciated!

ROMANTIC BIRTHDAY DINNER IN EAST BAY?

Please help!

Looking for rec's for a romantic birthday dinner in Oakland or Berkeley. Quiet, romantic, great food. I'm not too familiar with the East Bay, so could use some help!

Oliveto? Garibaldi's? Chez Panisse (although not sure if it's within my budget!)?

Thanks!!

Raleigh - downtown with Parents and college student

I'm not a big fan of 42nd Street - there's nothing interesting on the menu and most of the food seems fried, raw (oysters), or simple grilled fish. It's a mystery to me how it gets rated as top seafood in Raleigh.

Trying for Truffles in the Triangle

I was at Second Empire on Jan. 19th and they had it as a special.

NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

DINNER REPORT - just thought I'd give everyone a report considering the time you all gave giving recommendations - they were much appreciated!

I decided on Second Empire - partially because they have the most seafood options (second to Fins) and also because it seems to have the best ambiance I was looking for. The service was actually perfect - the waiter was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. We had the ahi tuna and goat cheese salad as appetizers - both were great. As main courses, we had the sea bass and the filet. The steak was the perfect piece of meat - served with a wonderful lasagna-type layered sweet potato and cheese side. The fish was very good - wonderful flavors. We had the chocolate souffle for dessert and loved it. Overall, the food was wonderful - although it didn't quite rise to the level of SF restaurants of similar caliber. As far as cost - we had two appetizers, two entrees (1 being one of the priciest on the menu), 1 dessert, 3 glasses of wine, coffee and tea - total bill was only around $140. We thought this was very reasonable for this type of restaurant and food quality. Although in all fairness, we are used to SF prices. In SF, we would have paid more for a meal at this quality of a restaurant. We also checked out the tavern downstairs (where we found the majority of the restaurant patrons!) and are looking forward to trying that in the future.

SECOND REPORT - UNDERGROUND

We also recently tried Underground (tapas - though think small plates rather than Spanish style tapas). This was honestly the overall best meal I've had in Raleigh - the food here easily competes with the SF culinary scene. Each dish was wonderful - and we couldn't get over at how cheap it is!!!! From what I understand, the low overhead at their current location allows them to have such reasonable prices. Also, the owners are so friendly and invested in this place - they take pride in the food, service, and getting to know their patrons. This is easily my favorite restaurant in Raleigh. I was very impressed. It would be great if the place had a restaurant space (to improve the atmosphere), rather than located in a college bar environment (with accompanying bar smell), but I suppose that's what makes the place unassuming, reasonably priced, and not too crowded - so I guess the location does have its benefits! The one serious flaw in this restaurant is the poor wine list - that was disappointing. Their food deserves some better quality wines.

NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

Thanks Tom! So true - the process of shopping for restaurants is fun in itself :-) Thanks again for everyone's input - I'll let you know how it goes!

NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

Enoteca Vin seems to be a great choice - my only concern is that according to the menu it seems to have a southern flair in the food which sorry to say doesn't agree with my pallate all too well. But I may try it nonetheless. I like the idea of being able to have a drink in the tavern at Second Empire before dinner - but at Vin, there's the Glenwood South area to entertain! Still undecided between Second Empire, Vin, and Fins......

Help me make carrot juice palatable

I juice a lot with my juicer. Love carrot w/apple juice. If you have a juicer, you can add beets and/or cucumber as well. I'm not a big fan of ginger, but many people like it with carrot juice.

Jan 15, 2007
Newcomer76 in Home Cooking

White sauce for fish tacos?

I'm looking for a good white sauce recipe for mahi mahi fish tacos. I'm thinking Mayo and sour cream base.

thanks!

Jan 14, 2007
Newcomer76 in Home Cooking

NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

No, I heard about it, but didn't see it. I'll see if I can still check that out - thanks!

NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

Anyone have any thoughts regarding Bloomsbury Bistro?

NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

This place looks fabulous! Wish it was closer to Raleigh....

Best after dinner dessert place in RALEIGH?

OOPS - thanks - all fixed :-)

Best after dinner dessert place in RALEIGH?

Any suggestions for a place to go after dinner in Raleigh for some dessert - somewhere with an intimate atmosphere, with great desserts, (and maybe wines)?

Reviews of Enoteca Vin (Raleigh)?

I'm seeking some reviews of Enoteca Vin - food, atmosphere, etc?

I've looked at the menu online and it doesn't sound that appealing - is this the every day menu? There doesn't seem to be any options for non-meat eaters - are there usually any fish or vegetarian dishes?

Thanks!

NEWCOMER - BIRTHDAY DINNER IN RALEIGH?

Currently - Second Empire is at the top of my list (along with Fins); I've heard nothing but great things about Underground, and we'll definitely try it --- just not sure yet if it's romantic dinner material. Wondering if you could give me more info on your Second Empire experiences - have you gone there often? when's the last time? how's the food? atmosphere? THANKS!!!

Looking for natural vegeterian and fish recipes

That sounds like a great cookbook - I'll definitely check it out!

Jan 07, 2007
Newcomer76 in Home Cooking

Looking for natural vegeterian and fish recipes

Thanks! Asparagus -hmmmm, not so sure about that. But anything mediterranean sounds great!

Jan 07, 2007
Newcomer76 in Home Cooking

Looking for natural vegeterian and fish recipes

Hi there -

My SO and I are trying to eat only natural foods - mostly fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and nuts. We also eat eggs and fish.

I'm looking for some recipes (beyond steamed vegetables) for some healthy and natural meals. Fish recipes are welcome.

Thanks!!!

Jan 07, 2007
Newcomer76 in Home Cooking

SIMPLE AND AWESOME FISH TACO RECIPE?

Thanks! Although if anyone has a recipe without needing a grill, I'd appreciate it. And a great white sauce recipe would be great!

Jan 05, 2007
Newcomer76 in Home Cooking