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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
  14. We're going down to SD for a quick midweek holiday before Labor Day and will stay near Gaslamp. We'd like some Thai and thought about tapas for lunch. Are these still great places? Thanks in advance for your comments Da Captain
  15. Maybe off topic. But I'll be visiting Auckland and Christchurch. Whats in Christchurch that's worth a special visit?
  16. Rockin' Baja Lobster and the bucket dinners are a favorite of mine in Old Town. But, the Margaritas are overpriced. So, I eat there and drink at the Coyote Cafe. I just had dinner at Pacifica Del Mar in Del Mar after opening day at the track and had a great time out on the patio watching the sun set thru the clouds. Takoshimi (peppered Ahi in mini taco shells) and the Kim Chee Martini (no longer in a martini glass) were very tasty along with a shrimp corn dog. Da Captain
  17. Thanks, Octaveman and Kalypso for the Old Town update, I appreciate your help. I guess I'll eat at the Rockin Baja Lobster. I'll miss Casa de Pico, it was fun. Delaware North had the concession at Kings Canyon National Park, up near Fresno, but lost it for not doing that good a job. Da Captain
  18. I haven't been down for a while. What's going on with Casa de Pico and Old Town?
  19. Nobody has mentioned Venice and its medium range cafes. At the Venice Pier is the Terrace Cafe for breakfasts and beach watching. Across the street is Bite, a local sushi bar with a nice fireplace. The Beeachwood, on Washington, is an excellent casual restaurant. Just thought I'd give a shout out. Da Captain
  20. I was doing this with a new camera and a new recorder, this caused some bad pictures and notes that I couldn’t hear . Also, several times we started eating before I remembered to take pictures. We tried to rearrange the items correctly, but didn’t do it well enough (bluefin tuna etc.). The plates that the chef presented were beautiful, well composed and irresistible. We messed them up, sorry. We had a bottle of Tawse Cabernet Franc with dinner. We had had a glass with dinner at Susur, the night before and really liked it. Later, near the end of dinner, we were presented with 2 very nice s
  21. On September13, 2005, 2 weeks ago, today, we had a amazing meal at Perigee. Enjoy it with us. The Amuse. 4 different Oysters with Canadian Sturgeon Caviar. They had a small sliver of cucumber in each that made the flavor slightly sweeter and added a nicely satisfying soft crunch. Mini Smoked Bison Burgers, with red pepper cheese, on a sourdough bun with Napa cabbage slaw. Instead of the regular 7 course Tasting Menu, Chef Patrick offered us “a whole bunch of things to try showing what we’ve been doing lately.” The burger had a dusky flavor which fit very nicely with the mustard. Artis
  22. Thanks for the tip. I checked out their menu and now I'll be going there.
  23. There is a fine taco place on Main Street in Santa Monica called "Holy Guacamole". Right accross the street from a very good micro-beer bar called the "Library Alehouse"
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