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A Week in Broward

We're not big fans of La Brochette either. The food is ok, but just ok. We went a couple of times and found that they put the same 2 or 3 sides on every entree, regardless of protein/sauce/etc which seems kind of lazy and uninspired. But hey, some people love it so I guess they're doing something right.

A Week in Broward

We've go to Bash pretty often and always look forward to going back. The food is consistently really good and they always have interesting beers and wines for great prices. I usually get the short ribs or pork chop and my wife usually gets a pasta or chicken and we've never had a complaint. As for ambiance, they just moved about a week ago to a nicer plaza (their old location was definitely somewhat uninviting from the outside). We haven't been to the new one yet but plan to get out there in the next week and expect the same delicious food with the added improved atmosphere. We would definitely encourage anyone to try it, especially if you're out in the Western part of Broward.

Cooper City,West Broward

We live in Western Broward as well, here are the places we enjoy:

Marumi Sushi (Sunrise)- Awesome Japanese food. They have an option for a fresh whole fish (that you pick yourself) cooked how you want. Tell them to let the chef do whatever he thinks is best.

Bash Cafe and Wine Bar (Sunrise) - Awesome comfort food. Doesn't look like much from the outside but everyone I send there loves it and goes back often.

Kristof's Kafe (Davie) - Awesome brunch on the weekends (especially the strawberry and cream french toast) and a pretty good everyday dinner spot. Nothing fancy but consistent good food.

Bru's Room (Pembroke Pines) - Triple Threat extra wet wings. My all time favorite wings.

El Agave Azul (Davie?) - Really good Mexican food

Those are the everyday ones off the top of my head. I'll list some more when I think of them.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Just got back in town yesterday and thought I'd take a minute to update on our trip. Overall, we had an AMAZING time in California and can't wait to come back soon. We wanted to update this for any of you that were curious about the recommendations you gave. I apologize in advance for any spelling/grammatical errors, if there are any. Here is how our trip went.

Day one - We checked into the Intercontinental on Howard and just wandered for a little while. We ran into 'wichcraft and gave it a shot even though it wasn't on the itinerary. We both got the blackened steak sandwich (not very creative on our part) and though it was OK. We didn't make it a point to go back. Dinner was at Gary Danko and was fantastic. I started with the sweetbreads which were the best I've ever had, anywhere. She had the crispy farm egg with polenta. It was good, but not great. It was just really rich and needed something to cut it a little. I had the pork belly and tenderloin which again was really good. The pork belly was a little tough which is something I don't normally expect from it, but the flavors were all good together. My wife had the filet and it was cooked and seasoned well and the tomato corn relish went nicely with it. Desserts were outstanding, both her chocolate souffle, and my praline parfait were awesome. They were also kind enough to send out a lemon souffle cake as a honeymoon gift. Service was exactly what we were looking for in that they were knowledgeable, kind, and helpful without being overbearing. We'll come back next time we're in town.

Day 2 - This day ended up being devoted to the Mission. We set out early to find Knead and try the Pomme D'amore that we heard so much about. Unfortunately, we were too early and they hadn't opened yet. However, they let us know about a breakfast place called Locals Corner a few blocks away that served the pastry with their menu. We really enjoyed in here, we got the pomme d'amore, the waffle with chicory syrup, and the poached egg. Everything, including the coffee was good and the atmosphere was really nice. Lunch was at La Tacqueria was good but hectic. It was packed in there but the staff was moving through the line quickly and neither of us knew what we wanted to get. We ended up getting chicken and pork tacos that were soft tacos covered in hard tacos, chips and salsa, and a tamarind soda. We didn't see what all the hype was about. Everything was pretty average. Not bad, but not worth planning into our next trip. After that we hit Bi-Rite for what was without a doubt the best ice cream we've ever had. The salted caramel was beyond just being good. We tried a few other flavors (one with snicker doodle pieces and one I don't remember) but the salted caramel was everything it was supposed to be. We enjoyed it at Dolores Park. I wish we had more areas like this in South Florida. It was so laid back and comfortable and clean and such a nice place to just sit back and enjoy the ice cream. Overall I really loved the Mission area. The murals were beautiful, the food was really good for the most part, and each section had interesting shops and character. The only time that was a little uneasy was boarding the BART at 16th and Mission. It might have just been us, but it seemed like it was not the best place for us to be.
Dinner was at Zuni. I was disapointed in the chicken here. It was good in that it wasn't dried out and was seasoned well, but it was room temp and the skin wasn't crispy at all. The bread salad was good except that the greens served with it were a little too bitter for my taste.

Day 3 - Easily our favorite day there. We started out walking to the Ferry Building. I had no idea how awesome this market was going to be! Even though we got there at about 10am, we made Roli Roti the first stop. BEST sandwich I've EVER had. I didn't know they could get skin that crispy while keeping the meat so juicy. There's nothing more I can say about that sandwich other than I tell everyone back here about it, show them pictures, and brag about how much they're missing by not eating one. We also discovered Blue Bottle Coffee. I kept wondering why the longest line (outside of Roli Roti) was for coffee and remembered reading about it on these boards. I don't know what made it so good but it was definitely one of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. (We also had Peet's both in our room in Napa and at a mall and didn't find it to be as good as BB). The rest of the market was phenomenal as well. I probably spent 1/2 hour just at the mushroom place amazed at the quality and variety that was there. The produce outside was also impressive, we both had a peach sample and thought it blew away the quality that we have down here. Next time we come out to SF we will definitely base part of our trip around returning to the Ferry Bldg on a Sat. Other than that we did the tourist thing and walked to the Wharf, ate at In-N-Out (didn't find it worth any hype), and drank some wine at a shop next to the Argonaut Hotel. Dinner was at Aziza. The food was great, the specialty cocktails were good, the server was not. We ordered the flat bread and dips and the chicken wings to start. Both were excellent and I'd get them both again. For entrees I had the lamb shank, again excellent, and my wife had the duck. The duck came out below room temp which we brought up to our server. She insinuated that we had let it sit there and get cold, but after talking to a (manager?) came back and told us that was how it was supposed to be. The woman she spoke with came by and explained that the duck was sous vide the night before and that all they did was crisp up the skin in a pan which I get, but it still shouldn't have been cold. The woman was very nice and brought it back to add a little more heat. Our server on the other hand never came back to the table until it was time for the check. Although the food and drinks were good the service was enough to turn us off from coming back next time we're in town.

Day 4 (Napa) - We left early to rent a car and drive up to Brix for brunch. We really enjoyed it here. It was our first up close view of a vineyard and the food was food quality for a buffet. We stayed at The Cottages of Napa Valley. We will NEVER stay anywhere else. Besides the staff being wonderful and the cottages being beautiful and the location being central to most places we went, you get to wake up every morning to a basket full of goodies from Bouchon. How great is that!?! That day we went to Cakebread where we did the red wine tasting with William and loved it, and a four wine flight from Frog's Leap, which we didn't really enjoy. Dinner was at Red Wood. We started with the sweetbreads, than I had the quail and my wife had the pizza. Dessert was the chocolate caramel tart with praline and sea salt. The crust was crisp, the chocolate was nice and dense and the caramel was dark and gooey. Everything, including the wine they recommended was really good. We would come back here next time.

Day 5 - Started out the morning with our treats from Bouchon, so already it was a great day. We than went out to O'Brien Winery. This was one of our favorites. The wines were delicious, the host was knowledgeable and happy to answer all of our questions, and the property was beautiful (but really, all of them are beautiful in their own way). We really loved laying out in the hammock in the middle of the vineyard and enjoying a glass. Afterwards we took the Modavi tour on the advice of William from Cakebread. Overall it was a good tour with a lot of good information, but I don't think we'd come back to Modavi. This is the night that we had planned on dining at FL but, unfortunately, our connection wasn't able to come through with reservations. Dinner was at Redd and again, was really good. The pork belly was ridiculous and something I'll be looking forward to next time we're in town.

Day 6 - We started day 6 at Chimney Rock and enjoyed sharing the Prestige Flight and the Cabernet Vertical. We also got to try a little bit of the Tomahawk. Our host had tons of great stories about the valley and the wines and chefs which made the visit that much more fun. We then had a hard time deciding which sparkling winery to visit. We were deciding between Domaine Carneros and Schramsberg, but one of the other tasters suggested Mumm so we ended up there. I don't particularly care for most sparkling wines so it was really for my wife, who seemed to enjoy it. Lunch was at V Sattui and it was PACKED there. I don't really want to go back there again. Our last tasting of the trip was at Darioush. We enjoyed the Fine Wines and Artisan Cheeses tasting and tour more than any others on the trip (although O'Brien was a close second). Our host was great, the other couple that we met were a lot of fun, and of course the wine and cheeses were fantastic. We even got to try the late harvest Shahpar (which was so good that we took some home) and a few other vintages since our other couple were apparently big spenders in the wine world. After a nice nap I drove over to Bouchon Bakery and bought just about everything that looked good and they did not disappoint. The macaroons, peanut butter cups, cookies, and pastries were amazing. We'll make a point to go there pretty much everyday next time for a treat. Dinner was at Bouchon and it was good, but not great. We didn't go in with crazy FL expectations, just really good bistro food. My steak was great and PERFECTLY cooked. My wife's roast chicken was OK, the skin wasn't crispy and the meat wasn't as moist as we expected. We also had the chicken liver app which was huge for 2 people. Our server commented when he cleared the table that it's usually a good size for 4-6 people which would have been nice to know before hand so that we have tried something more reasonable. Either way it was a good meal, but I don't know that we'd go back.

In the end it was the best trip that we've had in the almost 10 years that we've been together. The people in both places were kind, patient, and friendly and it's easy to see why so many people flock there every year. We are planning our next trip already (sometime between Jan. and March) so I'm sure we'll be on here again soon looking for even more suggestions and recs. Thank you to all of you that helped plan this trip, it was a definite success!

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

We are just 10 days out from our first visit/honeymoon to the West Coast and we couldn't be more excited! We want to post our final itinerary one last time in hopes that we either have it right for what we're looking for, or that we can get some advice on what we might be missing or perhaps a better way to plan some of our outings (I realize some of them are unfortunately a little scattered throughout the city). We will be utilizing public transportation/taxis in SF, and renting a car in Napa. Thanks again!

SF
THURSDAY
Land at noon, get luggage, and check in and get settled. Hopefully done by 1:30pm
Lunch – Fisherman’s Wharf
Activity – Go with the flow and explore a little.
Dinner – Gary danko 8:15

FRIDAY
Breakfast – Knead Patisserie
Activity – Walk the Mission District
Lunch –La Taqueria or Tartine followed by Humphrey Slocombe or Bi Rite Creamery
Dinner – Zuni Cafe

SATURDAY
Breakfast – Dynamo Donuts
Activity – Ferry Bldg Market Place
Lunch – Roli Roti and Scream Sorbet
Dinner –Aziza

NAPA

SUNDAY
Breakfast/brunch – Brix 11:30
2 wineries – Cakebread (1:45), then Frog’s Leap (3:00)
Lunch - Is there anywhere in the area that you can recommend???
Dinner – Ad Hoc or Redd

MONDAY
Breakfast – Hotel
Wineries - Hess, Hendry, Obrien
Lunch – Redd Wood
Dinner – Grace’s table, Boulevard, Mustards Grill,or Benu,

TUESDAY
Breakfast – Hotel
Wineries – Darioush, Chimney Rock, Domaine Carneros
Dinner – The French Laundry

Any wineries that you can recommend to add on, any restaurants that you think we have overlooked, any activities that you feel we may enjoy, and any ways to make our journey more efficient from place to place are greatly appreciated.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

That's exactly what the plan is! I don't usually order a lot of chicken but I keep hearing and reading about how good is it at Zuni so we're in for it.

Father's Day Brunch Ideas

Hi everyone, my father loves the all you can eat brunches and wants to go to one for Father's Day. Does anyone know of any in the Broward/South Palm Beach area that actually puts out good food? Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Banned?? I had no idea about that! Is it banned in all of California? I hope not, I've been looking forward to the torchon at FL for about 10 years now.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Not yet Teacher Foodie. We're heading out in the beginning of August. I've taken all of the recs from here and from some friends and I'm pretty happy with the restaurants, but we're still trying to find a hotel in SF. We want somewhere that's not too far from The Wharf and/or the mission, with a good reputation. We'd like to keep the rate to $200/night or less so if you have any ideas for places you recommend, then we'd love to hear them. Thanks!

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Didn't know about this area but it looks fun. Thanks for the suggestion!

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Honestly I'd love to go to Gary Danko but I just don't think we can budget it. Something to look forward to on a future trip I guess.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

These are great suggestions and really help us with some more ideas. Thanks a lot for the input. Is Fisherman's Wharf big enough to spend the day at or is it something that can be done with in a few hours? Japantown and Chinatown both interest us, is there one that is more interesting for out of towners than the other? Thanks again.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

We'd love to Dustin but we don't really know much more about the area. Would you mind making some suggestions for us?

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

It sounds like either would work for us, but since we're coming out to California we'll probably try La Taqueria. I definitely want to get in some Mexican while we're out there. Those prices are definitely a little high for what we're interested in. We'll still stop by and check out Bi-Rite Market but is there another place in the area to get some picnic food?

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Thanks Robert, we'll scratch Hank's

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

We've taken what many of you have helped us with and updated our itinerary. We've decided to stay one more day in SF and one less in Napa. Please feel free to comment on anything we've chosen. We still don't really know the area so if you see that we've set ourselves up to run back and forth on a particular day, please let us know that as well. We're still open to any and all suggestions as almost every place we've selected has been from word of mouth and not from personal experience of our own. Also, my wife mentioned wanting to spend some time by the Golden Gate Bridge, perhaps riding bikes over it and getting a bite to eat. Please let me know if you see anywhere in the itinerary that I may be able to slide this in. Thanks you all for your help.

Honeymoon Itinerary

SF

THURSDAY
Land at noon, get luggage, and check in and get settled. Hopefully done by 1:30pm
Lunch – Picnic at Delores Park (Food from Bi-rite market) if weather permits.
Activity – Go with the flow and explore a little.
Dinner – Zuni Café
Dessert – Bi Rite Creamery

FRIDAY
Breakfast – Knead Patisserie
Activity – Walk the Mission District
Lunch –La Taqueria or Tartine(not sure about either of these) then Humphrey Slocombe
Dinner – Incanto or Commonwealth

SATURDAY
Breakfast –Somewhere in or near the Ferry Bldg?
Activity – Ferry Bldg Market Place
Lunch – Roli Roti and Scream Sorbet!
Dinner –Aziza

NAPA

SUNDAY
Breakfast/brunch – Brix, then check into hotel
Activity – Rent bikes and tour vineyards within the area
Lunch - Hopefully eat at the wineries with food from Oxbow or Bouchon
Dinner – Ad Hoc (depending on the menu that day. Other suggestions?)

MONDAY
Breakfast – Hotel
Activity – Visit the wineries we want to see (Choosing about 4 between Darioush, Ladera, Caymus,Chimney Rock, Opus, Joseph Phelps, Duckhorn, Kuleto, Keenan, Seghesio
Lunch – ???
Dinner – Grace’s table
TUESDAY
Breakfast – (Hotel or at) Hot Air Balloon with breakfast/brunch
Lunch – Something light, we’ll probably just see what looks good wherever we’re at.
Dinner – The French Laundry

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

That sounds great. We love happy hours!

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Thanks for you reply. I thought I had read about a few wineries that offer sandwiches and tapas on site, but I didn't write them down. If you or anyone else happens to remember some that are worth checking out, please comment as we would appreciate it.
I've had a few people suggest to skip Oxbow since we're already doing the Ferry Bldg and to skip Gott's, so my guess is that we probably will end up skipping them and ask some locals for lunch suggestions.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Thank you for your suggestions, those sound like the type of wineries we would enjoy. Can you tell me a little more about what you mean by Darioush feeling commercial? More info will help us better decide if it's one we end up checking out or perhaps saving for a later trip. Thanks again.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

The caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite is one on my top 5 things that I'm excited about out there (along with the porchetta sandwich, the FL, and a couple others) so I'm glad you're recommending it. Thanks!

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

I didn't know about Knead Patisserie but it looks GREAT! I'm definitely adding that as one of our stops. I also like the idea of visiting HS and Bi-Rite. Yeah, it's probably ice cream overkill, but it's a special occasion so why not go all out? Are they close enough to walk from one to the other?

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Thanks for the reply. Even though it's a lot of money, I think we are just going to go for it if we can secure the FL reservation. I don't know how long it will be before we can get back to that side of the country and I don't want to regret not going there. I also really like the idea of the taqueria crawl. Do they all have the same owner? What do you prefer at each one? Thanks again for your help!

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Thanks for the idea about the picnic area, that's the kind of thing my wife is going to love. Is Delores Park within walking distance to Tartine and Bi-Rite?

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

Thanks for the input and for the info about Redd. I have this long list of places to try and I didn't always remember to mark where they were. I'm glad you're recommending Zuni over Gitane, I've more interested in their menu, especially the roast chicken that I keep reading about. Thanks again and please don't hesitate to comment on any additional recommendations.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

That's a great idea and a perfect way to put together a lot of the places we want to try. Thanks for the suggestion Robert!

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

I know most places will have sorbet but I read that Scream's is supposed to be better than most so we were going to try and make it there, but if you have another suggestion besides Scream and Bi-rite please let us know. We love dessert so we don't mind leaving the restaurant for a place that has something more unique or interesting to offer. Thanks for you help.

Itinerary for our honeymoon in SF/Napa. Thoughts?

After researching the area a little and reading tons of posts on CH we have a pretty good idea of what we'd like to visit while we're on our honeymoon. Please give us any opinions/advice on not only the places we've picked, but on ones we may be missing out on. Our goal with these restaurants and activities is to focus on delicious, fun, and interesting places that are different from what we can find in South Florida.

Honeymoon Itinerary

SAN FRANCISCO
THURSDAY
Land at noon, get luggage, and check in and get settled. Hopefully done by 2pm
Lunch – Roli Roti, (Hopefully they’re at the Market Place because I'm obsessed with getting the porchetta sandwich)
Activity – Walk around Ferry Bldg Market Place
Dinner – Zuni Café or Gitane
Dessert – Bi Rite Creamery

FRIDAY
Breakfast – Boulettes Larder or Hank’s Creekside Restaurant
Activity – Walk the Mission District
Lunch – Flour + Water, Tartine Bakery, or Hog Island Oyster Company
Dinner - Quince, Coi, Gary Danko, Redd, Aziza, Frances or Sons and Daughters (The first choice is Gary Danko, but money may be a factor in our decision)
Dessert – Scream Sorbet

NAPA
SATURDAY
Breakfast – Bouchon
Activity - Possibly checkout the Oxbow Market
Lunch – Bistro Sabor
Dinner – Redd Wood

SUNDAY
Breakfast - Hotel
Activity – Rent bikes and tour vineyards within the area of bike rental
Lunch - Hopefully eat at the wineries
Dinner – Ad Hoc
After Dinner – 1313 Main?

MONDAY
Breakfast – Hotel
Activity – Visit the wineries we want to see (Choosing 4 between Darioush, Ladera, Caymus,Chimney Rock, Joseph Phelps, Duckhorn, Kuleto)
Lunch – Hopefully eat at the wineries
Dinner – Grace’s table

TUESDAY
Breakfast – Hot Air Balloon with breakfast/brunch
Lunch – Gotts Roadside?
Dinner – The French Laundry

Extras – These are places that we're interested in that we may use to replace previous choices
Brunch at Brix
La Tacqueria
Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream
Plow for breakfast
Mustards Grill
Delfina
Incanto
Walking around Hayes Valley (Hayes St btw Laguna and Franklin)

Please understand that I haven't yet mapped this out so I'm sure that right now the order that these are in may be counterproductive, but I just want to find the places that we most want to visit and then worry about efficiently routing them later. We're also considering spending one more day in SF instead on Napa, but we're not sure yet. We are somewhat torn on attempting the French Laundry. We have friends that will be able to secure our reservations, but if we were to forgo FL we'd have more money to enjoy some other local places we were interested in (Redd, Gary Danko, Atelier Crenn, etc...). FL has always been sort of a bucket list thing for me, but if it's not worth it than I'd like to know, so if you've been to FL and have an opinion, than we'd appreciate that as well. Also, if you know of anything fun and/or romantic we can do in between eating than that would be great too. Thanks again, it's people like you taking the time to help us that are going to make this an amazing honeymoon for us!

Floridians coming to Cali for the first time.

Looks like a great reason to get to Napa early on Saturday. We love markets like these. Thanks for the suggestion!

Floridians coming to Cali for the first time.

Excellent points. Although we differ in our opinion of crabs, we can completely agree on produce. It's one of the main reasons I'm excited about this trip. I hear people often talk about how great a tomato or fennel can be when grown properly and I'm excited to taste as much local fresh produce as possible. At the advice of this thread we are also looking at getting a driver. Just wondering, if we only do 2-3 wineries in a day, is a driver still worth it or should we lean towards a cab? I don't know how expensive fares are out there but we would attempt to plan for places in similar locations to save on money. Thanks again!

Floridians coming to Cali for the first time.

Awesome recommendations! You pretty much nailed every place we are looking at (Gary Danko, Benu, Redd) and the porchetta sandwich looks amazing so we'll definitely be looking for that. We are going to the French Laundry if our reservations go through. It's a lot of money, but it's a bucket list thing that we'll regret if we pass it up. We'll also try and check out the oxbow market as well. How many wineries is enough? I know this is a question that has a different answer for everyone, but in your opinion, how many can you do in one day before you've either had enough to drink, or you just want a change of setting? I was thinking 2-3 in a day is sufficient, but I'm looking for more opinions. Thanks!