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good winery to visit near petaluma

anaba, cline, gloria, jacuzzi, robledo, ramsgate, viansa are all about 15-20 min from petaluma. a little longer from downtown petaluma.

Italian version of Mon Ami Gabi?

Excellent. I am liking the different size pours they offer

Sep 07, 2012
alpine chef in Las Vegas

Italian version of Mon Ami Gabi?

excuse me. a friend had told me that there were more of them spread throughout southern california.

edit: thank you for the info. now starting to look at fiamma at mgm. some of these happy hours and late menus seriously reduce the costs= more $$ for food or wine elsewhere!

Sep 07, 2012
alpine chef in Las Vegas

Italian version of Mon Ami Gabi?

i know it's a chain and off of the strip, but any thoughts on ferraro's?

Sep 07, 2012
alpine chef in Las Vegas

Italian version of Mon Ami Gabi?

I do an annual trip with a group of about 10 and we have come to enjoy the food, atmosphere, view and value of Mon Ami Gabi. Do you guys and gals know of an Italian equivalent? Also, our dress is fairly casual and we dine anywhere from 9 to 11p.

Sep 07, 2012
alpine chef in Las Vegas

Wine Pairing for BBQ

dry rose, beaujolais, and zin do very well with bbq imo.

Jul 26, 2012
alpine chef in Wine

Vail - romantic, not too pricey, open Sunday night?

in march i believe it is going to be difficult to find quiet/intimate. some you might want to look into:
la bottega, alpenrose, campo di fiori, montauk.

Mar 03, 2012
alpine chef in Mountain States

Bar food in Vail

i like the tap room for games. i remember having a friend in town a while back and watching games at the restaurant in the evergreen lodge. a lot of tv's. food was typical bar food but a decent variety of wing options (prior to the boom of places like bww)

Jan 19, 2012
alpine chef in Mountain States

Solo lunch -- enjoy bar seating, good wine

stayed at the mgm last may and did a lot of bar "dining" with my friend. we would get a glass or two of wine and a few dishes and/or apps. we had very good experiences at nob hill and fiamma at the hotel. we also had high regards for jaleo, fleur, rm seafood, border grill, and morels.

Jan 18, 2012
alpine chef in Las Vegas

San Francisco institutions...

plouf had patio heaters

San Francisco institutions...

dined at plouf saturday night. very nice experience.

Dim Sum and XLB recommendations

grew up and live in the richmond district, so rarely leave the neighborhood for chinese food. yesterday we did a family day (wife and 5 yr old daughter, who loves dim sum) in chinatown and i found this thread to get some recs nearby. we decided to try city view. fantastic experience. beyond the dumplings, we loved that they offered small plates from their ala carte menu (peking duck, lettuce wraps, etc). mrs doesn't like duck so it was nice to get a small portion for myself. everything was fresh. any fried item we ordered was not greasy. flavors were salient.

thank you guys.

Christmas Dinner in Breckenridge

.... to add: I believe the food is better at relish, but hearthstone will encapture more of the winter spirit.

Nov 25, 2011
alpine chef in Mountain States

Christmas Dinner in Breckenridge

Lived in breck for 6 years. Have been living in silverthorne the past 3. Have been to both restaurants many time..... also well acquainted with many chefs/cooks in summit and eagle. My preference is relish in breck. Mrs and I. Became bored with what hearthstone does. You will get a good meal and nice atmosphere at either. Ski tip, alpenglow, and relish are my favorites in county.

Nov 25, 2011
alpine chef in Mountain States

To Wine Or Not To Wine....


Aug 16, 2011
alpine chef in Not About Food

AT&T (inside the) Park

i am a fan of orlando's

Lakewood CO suggestions

in belmar, i like the oven pizza e vino and el tapatio

Jul 17, 2011
alpine chef in Mountain States

Help with White Sangria

i will either go for the citrus, stone fruit ,or the apple/pear (pending the wine i use). my version..... i do a large dice and create a simple syrup from whichever fruit i use. club soda and (or sprite if i go citrus) a little brandy, schapps, or whatnot. all depends on flavor profile.

Jul 13, 2011
alpine chef in Wine

quick trip musts

about to move back home from vail to sf. one of my favorites for seafood which doesn't break the bank, is Pacific Cafe (33rd and geary). not too far from your hotel you have fleur, faralon, le colonial. maybe just a glass of wine and some apps to stay within your range?

Easy, Fun, Summer Whites

in the summer i fiend for white rhone varietals, dry roses, beaujolais, nw pinot gris, alsacian dry riesling

May 25, 2011
alpine chef in Wine

Are there any good real spanish tapas bars in the SF area.

zarzuela, esparpento, and ramblas are my favorites. as mentioned above-i enjoy thirsty bear, but acknowledge their straying from traditional tapas.

beaver creek/vail

I don't go out like i used to and haven't dined in beaver creek/avon for a while. so..... out the door in vail for $100 or less pp with decent food: campo di fiori, alpenrose, larkspur is possible, but with likely have to share app/dessert, same for sweet basil and la tour.

The George, The Club, Tap Room, Red Lion, Sand Bar seem to be a little more up-tempo. I tend to like Pepi's, Alpenrose, King's Club at Sonnenalp but those are more sedate.

Have fun.

Red Lion
304 Bridge St Ste 1, Vail, CO 81657

100 E Meadow Dr Ste 25, Vail, CO 81657

The Tap Room
2275 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Jan 10, 2011
alpine chef in Mountain States

Honeymoon in Vail/Denver

February in vail/bc, one will find little intimacy. So imo surroundings, atmosphere, and experience play a larger role in setting a mood. A gondola and sleigh ride (obviously a horse is preferable to a snowcat) overlooking a lit village and starry night is a nice prelude to such an evening. There is better food to be had in both vail and beaver creek, but romance is in the eye of the beholder. Please browse reviews at yelp, open table, and trip advisor for client opinions on romance, atmosphere, and food. Negative reviews can be found but are scarce. Poor claire must be misguided as well, as she is the other poster you quoted.

Oct 26, 2010
alpine chef in Mountain States

Honeymoon in Vail/Denver

While I agree that it is a little pricey (though most restaurants up here are), it still provides a solid interesting menu, beautiful views, and charming rustic atmosphere. I certainly am not alone in that appraisal.

Oct 25, 2010
alpine chef in Mountain States

Honeymoon in Vail/Denver

no... i don't find pepi's romantic. i like going for apres (had it in a category of where to go for a drink). a more cozy drink could be had at vail cascade or the king's club (at sonnenalp).

Oct 23, 2010
alpine chef in Mountain States

Honeymoon in Vail/Denver

my first thoughts were beano's and game creek for romantic. for a drink i also like alpenrose, pepi's, tap room, chop house (lion'shead/arrabelle). enjoy the swiss feel at swiss chalet. i generally don't like going out for fondue due to the extreme markup, but they do a nice job and have a number of other good options... also fun for apres. while larkspur is my favorite, i don't find them as romantic as they were when they first opened. in general, come winter (first snow today), very little is inexpensive: garfinkel's, bully ranch, mo's bbq, red lion, la bottega, blu's, pazzo's or vendetta's are going to be better "values"

Oct 23, 2010
alpine chef in Mountain States

Vail: fall specials...

Avondale: $5 small plates, $5 cocktails, $3 beers*

Billy's Island Grill: 50% off all entrees

Blu's: 2 course meal for $20*

Bully Ranch: 25% food menu; drink specials*

Campo Di Fiori: 3 courses for $22

Centre V: $39 glass of wine, app, entree, and dessert

Kelly Liken: 3 courses for $45, 5 for $65; 50% off select wines

La Bottega: 30% off food, wine, cocktails*

Lancelot: $20 entrees; 20% off bottles

La Tour: 3 courses for $39

Larkspur: 50% off all bottles

The Left Bank: 3 courses for $33

May Palace: 30% off dinner bill*

Montauk: $20 entrees

Nozawa: 50% off sushi rolls and entrees*

Osaki's: 30% off all food

Russell's: 2 courses for $25

Sapphire: $19.95 entrees*

Sweet Basil: 3 course menu for $42; $11.95 lunch specials*

Swiss Chalet: 2 courses for $29; 3 for $35

Up the Creek: 3 courses for $35*

Terra Bistro: 3 courses for $39 (limited selection)

Ti Amo: free carafe house wine and 2 soups or salads with purchase of 2 entrees*

Vendetta's: 30% off all dinner entrees*

Wildflower: 3 small plates and 3 glasses of wine for $30

Zacca Za: $5 wings, 10" margherita pizza, 6" deep dish

* = open for lunch

Avon, CO, Avon, CO

La Tour Restaurant
122 E Meadow Dr, Vail, CO

Billy's Island Grill
610 W. Lionshead Cr. C-2, Vail, CO 81657

Centre V
675 Lionshead Place, Vail, CO 81657

Left Bank Restaurant
183 Gore Creek Dr., Vail, CO 81657

Terra Bistro
352 E. Meadow Drive, Vail, CO 81657

Sweet Basil
193 E Gore Creek Dr Ste 201, Vail, CO 81657

2211 N Frontage Rd W Ste 2, Vail, CO 81657

Bully Ranch Restaurant
20 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657

May Palace Restaurant
2109 N Frontage Rd W Ste A, Vail, CO 81657

Zacca Za!
0101 Fawcett Rd Ste Ste 100, Avon, CO 81620

Swiss Chalet Restaurant
20 Vail Road, Vail, CO 81657

Kelly Liken
12 Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657

La Bottega
100 E Meadow Dr Ste 37, Vail, CO 81657

Oct 02, 2010
alpine chef in Mountain States

In Search of NYC Style pork fried rice american style

there is a product, sweet soy sauce, which has the texture of oyster sauce. might be that.

Fine dining recommendations in Telluride?

la marmotte and allred's were my favorites when i visited.

Jul 27, 2010
alpine chef in Mountain States

Looking for a "nice" lunch - Sunset / Richmond

if spruce is in the conversation, i think sociale and the magic flute ought to be considered as well. the cliff house restaurants are doing a lot better than they used to. for an entirely different approach, how about hitting a deli, grabbing a bottle or two of wine and doing a picnic at either ocean or baker beach?