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Captain Hongo

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  1. I'm booked into Providence on Tuesday April 12, under my real name: Arthur Wilson. I will post with pictures just to update this thread. Honkman from 2 Foodies posted last August with the Summer menu, I'll do the Spring version. This date is midway between our anniversary and my birthday so it's the big celebration for us. In the past we've done Trio in Chicago, West in Vancouver, The French Laundry, Perigees in Toronto (now sadly closed) and Bigas in San Antonio for this occasion. For us, this is the big event of the year, but the first time we've trusted an LA restaurant. We just got b
  2. I'll be in Vegas next week for a few days. Who is doing great BBQ? I hear about Rub and Memphis but don't know them. Can y'all help an old Texan eat high on the hog? And, also, what happened to Salt Lick at the Red Rock? That was my favorite. Thanks in advance.
  3. Cathy Danh (Gastronomyblog.com) is putting on a Bake Sale at Zekes Smokehouse in West Hollywood (7100 Santa Monica Blvd) on Saturday December 5, 2009, 10am to ?, proceeds to go to the LA Regional Food Bank. Good foodie blog, good cause and a good restaurant. I've been to the original in Montrose, Ca. and think it ranks with The Salt Lick in Austen, Tx. Details at her blog (600 baked goods, oh boy!), and at latimesblogs.latimes.com Be there to meet lots of LA food bloggers and foodies on the patio. HOST'S NOTE: This is an member-organized event, not an official eGullet Society event. Pleas
  4. Why are most restrooms "disgusting", and I agree that they are. But, usually it's the patrons that mess up the rooms. They do things that I hope they don't do at home. Flushing anything in sight down the toilets and then walking away from the overflow. Diapers, pads, paper towells, etc. Missing the urinal, throwing hand wipes on floor, butts in the urinal. All these things are common. They restrooms don't start the day dirty, but stuff happens. Your fellow guests are the problem...fixing the problem starts there. IMHO.
  5. Last week I enjoyed a fun dinner at the Border Grill helmed by Mary Sue Millikan and Susan Fenigan (The Two Hot Tamales). This was a margarita paired tasting dinner hosted by Ray Ramos of Corralejo Tequila. Their Triple distilled is my favorite sipping tequila, hard to find, it's at Bevmo. Mary Sue Millikan and The Captain Chef Raymond This was the third or fourth tequila dinner I've attended at Border Grill and it was the best. The Grill is in downtown Santa Monica, just off the Promenade. Fortunately for me, it is located at a bus stop which bus also runs by my home in Venice. No driv
  6. On June 6 this year, we had dinner for 2 at the 9:00 seating, next to the fireplace. And at least one more two top in the ground floor room. Da Capatin
  7. I'd say try either The Lobster Restaurant at the top of the Santa Monica Pier or Marisols at the end of the pier on a Thursday night and then go to the free concert on the pier. A true taste of Santa Monica. Capt. Hongo
  8. Thank you, RJ. We'll be at TFL June 6 and really enjoyed your report. The pictures were exciting and the discussion useful. You and I have communicated here before and your suggestiions have always been spot on. You're a pleasure and an education. Da Captain
  9. Is Bistro Zinc in Monte Lago Village at Lake Las Vegas a version of Zinc Bistro? Da Captain
  10. I want to give a shout out to Ah Sin in the Paris Hotel. Creative and beautfully presented sushi and Japanese cooking. Excellent food and friendly service. My personal favorite. Da Captain
  11. The title is it. We like to try out the local products and the different types of cooking. So, what does Fresno have to Offer. Da Captain
  12. Just a quick report and thanks to those who helped. We stayed at the Marriot Marina Hotel down by Gaslamp. Excellent Margaritas at the Yacht Club at the hotel. We sat on the patio and watched the boats go by and ate Crabcakes and sashimi. Rama is a beautiful white linen restaurant, very formal looking. The waterfall wall is the whole wall, I didn't expect that. It is great. The Nua Kem is fantastic. Beef that's air-dried in a tangerine sauce with a bite. It's not on the menu, but the hotel conceriage told me about it, and to ask for it. Also get the chili tray and play with your flavo
  13. Thanks for the advice. We appreciate the help Da Captain
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