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Loire Valley recommendations?

Thank you so much for this rec! We had an amazing lunch at the Cheval Blanc! The food was terrific and the presentation was very nice. This was definitely the best meal we had in the Loire with a little place in Blois coming in second.
The only bad part (more weird than bad!) was that they wouldn't allow my vegetarian friend to have a cheese course (her only course at the meal!) and a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Seriously!!!! They acted like it was against several french laws to sell ice cream to someone who had already eaten cheese! It was somewhat humorous...

Jul 15, 2007
chowesq in France

Blackmarket Bakery review

OK, I decided on Blackmarket for my husband's super fancy fondant, 2 layer crazy decorated beautiful birthday cake....it was awesome! The cake was 2 flavors- one was the pecan cake and caramel icing (backwater belle) the other was a white cake with berry crush (Mister Special). Both flavors were awesome. The cake was gobbled up in no time because people ate at least 2 pieces each! The fondant decorations were so cool (it was a 1967 theme party- the cake was covered in paisleys and flowers). I was very happy with the quality of the cake and decoration!!!

Jun 28, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Rick's Secret Spot- catering review

OK, so after much stressing I used Rick's to cater my party. When I tasted the food at the restaurant it was pretty darn good....but Rick REALLY out-did himself for my party!!! The ribs were heavenly and the bbq chicken was divine! I didn't get to taste the mac&cheese because it was all woofed down before I could get any! The hot and sticky beans have enough meat and flavor to be a meal on their own and the cornbread was delish! And the collard greens knocked my southern-raised socks off!!!!!

Rick's rocks! I had a LOT of southerners who KNOW their 'Q at the party and they were bowled over...I even got a few "that's the best barbecue I've ever eaten" comments. Rick's gets 3 thumbs up!

Jun 28, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Loire Valley recommendations?

We are staying 2 weeks in the "eastern part of the Loire Valley area : 40 minutes north-east of Tours and 20 minutes west of Vendôme" (from the website of our rental). None of us have been to this area before, any suggestions? Also there may be a large group (8+) at any one time going to eat, will that be a problem? Will we need reservations everywhere? Is there any such thing as 'not touristy'? Also we may have a 1 year old (who eats anything!) with us so let me know if a particular restaurant frowns on children. Thanks!!!

May 08, 2007
chowesq in France

Laguna Beach- a la Carte Catering

Anyone familiar? Anyone who has been at an event they have catered? How's the food?

May 07, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Revisiting the Laguna question: Studio or Loft?

I have been to the Loft- good but not memorable and not a good 'value'. (Don't mind spending $$$$ if it's worth it!)

May 07, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for week long visit- E 91st St

We went to Sarabeth's the last time we were visiting. It was good, thanks for reminding me!!!

May 07, 2007
chowesq in Manhattan

Phillips BBQ- disappointed

Years ago I had some good food on the way home from the track but unfortunately I can't remember the name or address. That's why I got so excited over the Phillips reviews, I had my fingers crossed that it would be that perfect combo of tender, smoky, sweet ahhh now I am making myself hungry!
It was funny back home- everyone had their 'place' and would argue over which BBQ was better. They were all good to me, somehow you leave the south and the Q is just not the same.

May 05, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Suggestions for week long visit- E 91st St

LA Chowhounds are going to be visiting NYC for a week staying on E 91st ST. Where would you suggest? Breakfast Lunch or Dinner! Also, anywhere good we can order for delivery for dinner one night for a small group??? THANKS!!!!

May 05, 2007
chowesq in Manhattan

Looking for Studio City Fav's...

Oh yes, Minibar! We just ate there last night. Tasty!

May 05, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Bored With Hollywood...help!

What about Moules Frites night at Mimosa (tuesday)?

May 05, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Sushi Ike

I love Ike. The crab roll is amazing as is their spicy scallop roll.

May 05, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Studio City Fav's...

Breakfast-
Jumpin Java or Banana Pancakes at Vivian's (sort of Studio City adjacent on Ventura closer to Universal)
Lal Mirch (Indian, Ventura) was good the other day for lunch.
Great India (I think that's the name, Ventura near Whitsett) can be really good and sometimes is just barely OK. They do deliver though.
Oyster House (border of Studio City/ Sherman Oaks, on Moorpark?)

May 05, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Phillips BBQ- disappointed

After all the good posts about Phillips I couldn't wait to get there and try it. We had the baby backs and the ribs.
The baby backs were too smoky. Like Liquid Smoke smoky. Yech.
The ribs were tough. The flavor was better than the baby backs though.
The cole slaw was terrible. Candy sweet.
We're from the South. Phillip's wouldn't make it there.

May 05, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Trader Vic's In Beverly Hills CLOSED!

I'm sorry, but aren't the drinks secondary to the fact that this is a tragedy that a piece (and one of the dwindling few left) of Tiki culture is being destroyed?

May 01, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Which is better- Tulsa Rib or Rick's Secret Spot???

Upland is 50 miles away so I don't think that's a good alternative. Both Tulsa and Rick's are local and are in my price range so I have narrowed my choices to these two. I would love to be able to sample both and really dive into this decision in an optimum manner BUT it is a surprise party for my husband AND I have an infant to take care of right now- between these two I really can't pull off going to do the necessary research so I am dependent on the internet and any help I can get from fellow chowhounds!!!

May 01, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Which is better- Tulsa Rib or Rick's Secret Spot???

I feel totally bbq traumatized! I had pretty much decided to go with Tulsa because of all the good reviews. I am a southern style bbq lover as I am from the south so now I am second guessing. The other thing that made me think Tulsa might be better is that they seem to really have their stuff together on the catering- big catering department with someone that manages only catering, I can't have some snafu where the food doesn't show when I have 50 guests!!! Oh what to do, what to do.....

May 01, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Lunch suggestions near the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo

I need something amazing!!! I need to WOW some out of town guests. Price is not an issue. Oh and it's for a Sunday, so obviously I need something open on weekends.
Thanks!

May 01, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Indian Restaurants

The baingan bartha was definitely different than any I have ever had. It was very creamy with a wonderful texture, not like it had been pureed. I have never seen this dish prepared this way, usually it is tomato-y, this was like it had a heavy cream type sauce. Very tasty.
The tandoori chicken was the moistest I have ever tasted and I could tell it had actually been marinated and seasoned as opposed to the normal red spray paint chicken that is so often called tandoori.
The pickles were delightful, spicy not hot.
I spoke to the staff who told me that they were from Bangledesh and that they called it Indian because they thought no one would come to a Bangladesh restaurant. He said the cuisines are the same. I don't know.
I was there for lunch, I would like to go for dinner with a big group so I could taste many dishes.
The prices were amazing- the tandoori chicken was $7.95 for lunch and included a large half chicken divided into 2 pieces.

May 01, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Indian Restaurants

Surya is tasty. We just found Lal Murch (where Hortabagy Hungarian used to be) on Ventura in Studio City the other day, quite delicious. It is new and was uncrowded at lunch but our waiter said they were very busy at night and I see why! (There is indian food- pretty serviceable and very similar everywhere and then there is INDIAN FOOD with spices and each dish tastes different!)
My all time fave is that little slice of spicy paradise in Pasadena across the street from the COntainer Store in Old Town- anyone know the name? It is AMAZING!!!!

Apr 30, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Trader Vic's In Beverly Hills CLOSED!

Yes sadly Vic's is dead. Evil developers needed to make some more $$$.

Apr 30, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Best dinner in Laguna Beach?

I certainly wouldn't rank Las Brisas anywhere near "best" dinner in Laguna. The town has some seriously good food. AND the post says that cost is not an issue so I am going for no-holds-barred serious dining.

Apr 30, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Best dinner in Laguna Beach?

Oooh Cafe Zulu is amazing swordfish but the decor is a little funky in a bad way.
As for the 2 Las Brisas nods- go for a drink and the view but do NOT eat there!!!!!!!

Apr 30, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Best dinner in Laguna Beach?

My definite #1 in Laguna is Tabu. It is simply incredible. Great food, great atmosphere, great wine list. The Montage has some good food but the atmosphere is really hotel-y and lame. Do yourself a favor and skip Hush, it isn't worth your time now that Jonathan Pflueger is no longer in the kitchen.

Apr 30, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Which is better- Tulsa Rib or Rick's Secret Spot???

Yes, I know I am the queen of indecision but I must choose a caterer. Please please please help me decide between these two!!!!

Apr 30, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Laguna Beach- BBQ caterer...which would you choose?

OK, so Rick's Secret Spot in San Clemente OR Ribs on the Run in Laguna Niguel???

These are the 2 that cater in my price range. Can anyone compare these two places? An opinion on either one???

Apr 27, 2007
chowesq in Los Angeles Area

Free Tap Water in Restaurants [moved from California board]

As far as the restaurants wanting to 'sell' something and not give away water- I waited tables for years and I can't tell you how many times someone would order "water with lots of extra lemon" and then I would see them squeeze the lemons into the water and add sugar....I always wanted to yell at them!!! I guess they took that old saying about making lemonade too seriously!

Apr 27, 2007
chowesq in Not About Food

Free Tap Water in Restaurants [moved from California board]

There is an outdoor restaurant that WILL NOT serve tap water. It was driving me crazy so I finally broke down and asked the server- she said it was because they didn't have a tap....of course my next question was- Where do you wash your hands??? Ick!

Apr 26, 2007
chowesq in Not About Food

Isn't it normal for a caterer to provide a sample?

Do you happen to have any contact info for West Coast?

Apr 26, 2007
chowesq in Not About Food

Isn't it normal for a caterer to provide a sample?

$$$ is definitely the ISSUE here! I'm trying to find something inexpensive and I fear that I may be harming quality.
I would LOVE to have my choice of caterers!!!

Apr 26, 2007
chowesq in Not About Food