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Dinner with Parents in NYC

The B&B we are at says it is at 5th and Madison. Sorry, I'm not from around the area so that's the best I can do. We are happy to cab it to a restaurant, so walking distance isn't necessary. Just looking for great food with (hopefully) an unpretentious atmosphere. Price isn't an object. Thank you!

Jun 29, 2008
Gluten Free Girl in Manhattan

Dinner with Parents in NYC

We are going to visit NYC from Denver in October with my in-laws. They are from South Dakota and we are looking for a good restaurant that will satisfy a couple of foodies as well as a couple of mid-western meat-and-potatoes folks. We will be staying around 5th and Madison. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thank you!

Jun 27, 2008
Gluten Free Girl in Manhattan

Frasca Hype (Boulder)

I sincerely thank everyone for their thoughtful responses. It seems that I need to go back and sample the menu a few times to see what the chef has to offer. As for the mushroom thing - I asked the server first if that was possible, and he said yes. And, no, I didn't ask for anything different at TFL, mostly because you didn't know what you were getting ahead of time (and I didn't know yet that I was GF when I went there). I do appreciate Frasca's use of local and organic food - I forgot to mention that was a huge turn-on for me.

Aug 31, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Southwest

Frasca Hype (Boulder)

Went to Frasca a week or so ago and while it was very good, I had a hard time believing all the hype this restaurant has received. I do consider myself a foodie, and I have been to the French Laundry, so I think I know good food. Maybe it is just me?

Things I noticed:
* the tables are stacked up along the back wall like a celeb haunt in LA or BH. Everyone in my party was fairly slender, but I had been a bigger person, the poor diner at the table next to me would have had my hiney in his face or plate when I got up to use the restroom. We hard a hard time concentrating on our conversation as there were 2 tables packed right next to us and we had to talk over their din. The servers also seemed to have a hard time getting food to the tables and pouring wine and water while squeezing between the tables.
* the food was overpriced for what you get. Like I said, it was good, but it certainly wasn't amazing. There were no specials on a Saturday night - I look for the specials to see what the chef is showcasing (either ingrediants or talent). Maybe Frasca can rest on the laurels of its chef and doesn't do specials, but IMO, the chef has the most opportunity to shine with off-the-menu offerings.
* I ordered the fish dish (pretty much the only thing that was GF on the secondi menu) and I asked for it without mushrooms. It still came with mushrooms. Normally that wouldn't be f a big deal for me, but for a restaurant with the reputation of Frasca, I would have hoped for my meal to come out properly prepared. I didn't feel like I could send it back because they were so busy that I would have received my non-mushroom meal after all my dining companions had finished.

The things that I loved were the gelato (good-sized portions for a good price) and the beautiful wine glasses. Other than that, I just don't get the hype. Am I missing something?

Aug 28, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Southwest

Fargo

We will be visiting Fargo this weekend and I'm wondering if there are any new or great restaurants that we should try. I read about Littlefield's - has anyone been there? We've done Monte's and HoDo in the past, is there anything else we should try? We can't travel beyond Fargo/Moorhead as we will be with my 99 yr old grandmother, so we are looking to stay local. Thanks in advance!

Aug 23, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in General Midwest Archive

What appetizer should I bring?

I love the deviled egg idea! But here's another super easy idea that travels well. Take a container of cream cheese and mix in some blue cheese crumbles (just enough to flavor the cream cheese), spread this on dried apricots (try to get the nice round ones and not the squished ones), and top with a whole pecan. I roast the pecans slightly for a better flavor. The great thing is that you can pack each item separately and just assemble when you get there. Very easy, and gluten free (if that was a concern).

Jun 06, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Home Cooking

cooking corned beef- question

I always cook my corned beef in the crock pot.I fill it up with liquid just enough to cover the meat. I cook for 6-8 hours on high, depending on the size. With an hour to go, I add cabbage, carrots and potatoes. It is always falling apart by the time I take it out and there is lots of yummy juice for the potatoes.

Jun 06, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Home Cooking

Orange Roughy?

You can always do the easy thing...lemon, s&p, butter - then nuke for 3-4 mins. I like mine with fresh dill on top.

Jun 06, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Home Cooking

Carbonara - cream or no cream?

I agree, 2 eggs. But isn't everything better with cream? I'd definitely go for cream.

Jun 06, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Home Cooking

Downtown Denver: What's good?

Also want to mention Pulcinella, which just opened at the corner of 18th and Lawrence. The appetizer plates are great - especially at happy hour, and the prices are very reasonable for some good food.

Jun 06, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Southwest

relocation interview in Denver area, need recs for solo dining

In Highlands Ranch, have him try The Landsdowne Arms off Highlands Ranch Parkway. It is a good pub with a great patio when it's warm. If you like sushi, Sonada's on County Line has a great happy hour (not a tremendous selection, but what they do have is good and they don't skimp on piece size during happy hour). Highlands Ranch is sorely lacking in good breakfast places, but if he likes Mexican, a great (and cheap!) place for breakfast is Los Dos Patrillos on County Line and Holly - the breakfast burrito is enough for breakfast and lunch! Hope he enjoys his stay!

Mar 22, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Southwest

A Los Angeleno's Visit to Denver

I totally agree with Megiac on Mori for sushi. No points for atmosphere, but the fish is very good. For a total hole in the wall but authentic Mexican, try La Fogata on Evans, or Mexico City in downtown Denver. No one speaks english, but the tacos are killer.

Mar 22, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Southwest

Royal Caribbean Cruise

The food is OK...hard to be gourmet when you are cooking for 2,000 people! Research which excursions you want to do before you go...I think you can even book online now so you don't have to try to sign up with everyone else at the same time (and then not get what you want). We always signed up for the early dinner, that way we could go to the show right after dinner and then go to bed! We were always exhausted at night - all the sun, booze, snorkeling, etc. If you are not a big "party animal", avoid the party boat excursions. They are truly "booze cruises" and unless you want to spend 2 or 3 hours with a bunch of very drunk people doing very stupid things, go for something else. Hope you have fun!

Mar 12, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in General Topics

Looking for good wine restaurant near/in Arlington

I am traveling on business this week to the Arlington/Grand Prairie area and I'm looking for a good restaurant not too far from our hotel (on Scots Legacy Road). We would like a place with a good wine list, and hopefully some good vegetarian entrees. Any ideas?

Mar 12, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Texas

Denver area- any Italian restaurants that can provide party platters?

Also try Carmine's on Penn. They do awesome family style Italian.

Mar 02, 2007
Gluten Free Girl in Southwest