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5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

We are headed back to the FS next month. Any updates to Scottsdale restaurants and Happy Hours I should be aware of? We've really enjoyed Citizen Public House, Roaring Fork, and Proof at the FS.

Jul 23, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Phoenix

Cocktail suggestions for a Low Country boil

I think ginger ale with bourbon and ice would go beautifully with your boil. Casual and refreshingly good.

Jul 03, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Spirits

Grad Student on a Budget Restaurant advice in Chicago

Ramen... Hi-Five Ramen is awesome and spicy! Super tiny space so get there before they open to get in with the first seating. 15 seats...not kidding. In the burbs, I love Ramen Misoya.

Brunch... I really enjoy Summer House Santa Monica. They take reservations too which makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

Mar 06, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

BEST GYRO IN CHICAGO.

I happen to love the gyros at Flip's on Rt38 in Wheaton. Love!

Jan 17, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@financialdistrictresident

That's what we love about that area is how quiet it gets at night... and the winding streets are so charming.

Jan 16, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@Ttrockwood
That's good to hear about the tartines... that's what I was most interested in at Maison Kayser. But I am still going to look into other choices too. I'll look into The Mark. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jan 16, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan
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Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@monica

We love good fish and chips. Maybe we'll do that for friday lunch? Especially since it's a quick walk from our hotel.

Jan 15, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@financialdistrictresident

I've bookmarked Dead Rabbit for sure. It looks amazing. I guess my only worry is how long the wait would be to get in on a Saturday night.

Jan 15, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@Ttrockwood I appreicate the feedback on Maison Kayser. The pictures I've seen on yelp and Instagram looks super tasty. Buut I know just because something looks good, doesn't mean it taste good. I have never done dim sum. Not sure if I'm adventurous enough to go at it with only another novice, my husband. Looks like I need a new Saturday brunch spot now.

@pernodoj Thank you for the suggestions. A sandwich for the flight sounds perfect. I'll look into Nordic Preserves. Hadn't heard of it before.

Jan 15, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@coasts
Amelie is my favorite movie.

I love black and whites! Thank you for the suggestion. I'll look into your other suggestions. The Empire Diner sounds intriguing.

Jan 15, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@financialdistrictresident
Your suggestions are so perfect!!! The Rubin Museum sounds perfect. Zen like sounds wonderful.
I think Shopsin's is looking like our best choice for Sunday brunch.

Jan 15, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@financialdistrictresident

We are totally flexible...I wasn't aware of The Rubin Museum. I'll take a look.

Is Russ and Daughters worth doing on Friday? I mean, is it more incredible over other choices?

Jan 14, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

@julesTei
We love Italian but feel we get so much of it here in Chicago. I'll take a look at your recommendations though. Unusual menu items may sway us. Thank you!

Jan 14, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

Help with laid back birthday weekend in nyc

Hello everyone. I am planning my 40th birthday celebration in NYC the third weekend in February. Coming from Chicago and staying at the Andaz down on wall street.

We've done big dinner celebrations before... We've eaten at Next in Chicago and WD-50 the last time we were in NYC. I can't say we enjoyed either all that much. Therefor, we've learned that while we appreciate good, flavorful food in intimate spots with good service, we don't enjoy spending a lot of time or money on meals. Also, my husband and I are "light" eaters, so tasting menus usually make us want to crawl into bed.

I've been reading posts and reviews trying to figure out where we would enjoy eating. We like to go to places we haven't been to before and need a bit of help...am I on the right track or are there are other spots that might be better?

Here is what I've got so far...

We get in around 11am on Friday. We are planning to see Sleep No More that night so we were thinking of spending the day wandering and window shopping in Chelsea . I'm thinking the Nomad Bar for the Chicken Pot Pie with truffles and foie gras for dinner before the show. But what about lunch? It can be anywhere between the hotel and the show.

On Saturday, we are thinking of Spending the day the Metropolitan Museum of art... with brunch at Maison Kayser and dinner at Flex Mussels. Maybe with a cocktail afterwards somewhere. We love whiskey and bourbon. We'd even love to try and stay up late enough to do Katz's in the middle of the night... But we're not night owls.

We're still on the fence over what to do on Sunday. Our flight isn't until 7ish. We're thinking the Guggenheim might be fun. For food, we're tossing around the idea of Russ and Daughters, Shopsin's, or Jane... I also have Cookshop bookmarked.

Last time we were in NY, we had brunch at Clinton Street Baking Co., which we loved... though, we detested the 2.5 hour wait. And, even with reservations, we didn't like Sarabeth's very much.

Any thoughts? Opinions?

Jan 14, 2015
Gelato_in_Roma in Manhattan

December Visit- Steakhouse and Brunch Recommendations

I've really enjoyed brunch at Summer House and the Publican. Both take reservations.

Oct 24, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

Thanks again, Beach Chick! I really love Happy Hours!

Aug 11, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Phoenix

5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

Fabulous! Thanks, Beach Chick. We've done Talavera a few times before and always had a nice enough time. I know it's going to sound weird but after spending the entire day at the pool, we prefer to leave the resort for dinner in the evenings.

Aug 08, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Phoenix

5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

My husband and I are heading to the Four Seasons Scottsdale in 9 days. It's been two years since we've been back. Any fantastic new spots we should consider? We prefer eating casual, small portions that pack a big punch.

Aug 07, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Phoenix

Family August trip to Chicago - need some help and direction please

Summer House was awesome for brunch!

Jun 16, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

I get your humor now... lol nice!

Jun 16, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Phoenix
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5 days at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. .

You went to Proof 5 years ago?? That's incredible because it's only been around for 1 1/2 years.

I stay at the Four Seasons yearly. It's not too difficult to drive into town for dinner. Some of favorites have been Citizen Public House, Roaring Fork for happy hour, Beckett's Table, and St. Francis.

Talavera is good... just not awesome or innovative. The views are spectacular though.

Jun 06, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Phoenix

Florida foodies visit Chicago for the first time!

I would add Tanta to your list. It was easily one of the best meals we've ever had. The peruvian food was exciting and incredibly flavorful. Every bite was delicious!
I think Girl and The Goat is fantastic! It sits up there with Tanta as one of the best meals ever.
Other places my husband and I have enjoyed enough to recommend...
Au Cheval for the most amazing tasty burger you'll ever have. We order it with the bacon and egg.
Doughnut Vault for the best doughnut in the states. However, once they sell out, they close.
Publican is wonderful for Sunday brunch. Great atmosphere and food.
Lou Malnatis has the most enjoyable chicago style pizza, in my opinion. You must remember to order the butter crust, though. It makes a huge difference.
For Mexican street food, we love Xoxo. It's a super casual place that offers take out by Rick Bayless/Frontera.

The portions at most of these places are quite generous. My husband and I normally share a couple of items. It's still plenty of food and helps keep our cost of eating out down.

We had a meal at Hot Chocolate, including dessert. Dinner and the hot chocolate were wonderful. The $13 dessert... not so much. I know she's a James Beard award winner and people feel her desserts are incredible. I was completely underwhelmed. Maybe the price point had something to do with it.

Jan 04, 2014
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

New Scotches at TJs

I bought one of the 23 yo bottles last night. Opened it last night. I'm glad I grabbed a bottle. They had just put it out earlier in the day and there were only 3 left on the shelf. It's incredibly smooth and a great buy at $40.

Dec 18, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Spirits

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

I enjoy the rice pudding too! I sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top.

Dec 16, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Chains

Who's been to Eataly?

The good...try the gelato. the cheese selection is wonderful. as is the dried pasta selection.
The bad...It's very busy! And the staff needs a lot more training. They are like deer in headlights.

Dec 12, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

Back for a visit -- new places to try?

Everything we tried is bursting with flavor. No subtlety at all.

Niguiris nikei pobre... skirt steak, quail egg, chalaca, ponzu. Best thing I've ever eaten!!
Causitas clasica... crab, avocado, tomato, egg, huancaina Super duper tasty. It's served cold.
Pulpo... Tender, grilled octopus with potato and a variety of sauces. Simply incredible!
Chaufa Aeropuerto... pork fried rice, shrimp tortilla, spicy garlic. Deliciously rich and heavy.

I also thought the Chupe traditional was good. It's a peruvian stew with prawns, potatoes, and peruvian corn. I thought it was delicious. My husband thought it was good but not awesome.

For dessert... Los Picarones... traditional warm pumpkin and sweet potato fritters, spiced syrup. These were quite tasty and worth trying if you have room.

Dec 11, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

Help...need ideas for one or two bite appetizers for Christmas Party

I'm hosting a cocktail party this holiday season. I, too, tried to choose items I can make in advance. Here's what is on my menu.
Gougeres (cheese puffs) and mushroom puffs... I've already made these... frozen & waiting.
Little links wrapped in puff pastry, sausage stuffed mushrooms...made in advance and baked the day of.
Blue cheese shortbread with fig preserves, black pepper parmesan biscotti... made 3 days in advance.
I'm also putting out a cheese plate and holiday cookies.

Dec 11, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Home Cooking
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Back for a visit -- new places to try?

Longman & Eagle is wonderful for brunch. Publican is another winner for brunch. Au Cheval's burger is the best in the city. I've also enjoyed my meals at Little Goat. It's not as fancy as Girl and the Goat but still super tasty.

Hoosier Mama has the best pie, imho. I've tried Bang Bang but prefer Hoosier Mama for their flavors.

If the weather warms up a tiny bit, give Doughnut Vault a try. Weekdays are better than weekends. And it's best to get there early because once they sell out, they close.

One last suggestion... Tanta. It's the new Peruvian restaurant that has opened up. It's incredible.

Dec 11, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

Out-of-towners visiting in November...recs/advice?

Publican is fantastic... especially for brunch. Au Cheval has the most incredible burger in town or anywhere for that matter. Tanta is a new peruvian restaurant. Food is incredible and different. If you get to Frontera 30 minutes before they open, you'd probably get in with the first seating. Makes the wait a lot more tolerable. However, I much prefer the more casual Xoco two doors down. Great spot for lunch. Speaking of casual, I also really enjoy Little Goat. It's been great every time I've gone.

Nov 02, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area

Labor Day Weekend Chi-Town Line up

Just to add to everyone's recommendations... For a burger, you must go to Au Cheval. Best burger anywhere, not just in chicago. Brunch... Longman and Eagle is fantastic! Little Goat is good too. Go early to avoid the insane wait.

Aug 28, 2013
Gelato_in_Roma in Chicago Area