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  1. Traveling to Anaheim next week for a meeting and will have time for one dinner with business associates. Can someone recommend an upscale spot? Price is not a concern, but it must have a good wine list and must be in Anaheim. Thanks.
  2. rich

    Le Bernardin

    Really like LB, but no one should feel honored to eat at any restaurant. As a paying customer, the honor is within the eye of the beholder.
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    Went with Weinoo (and my wife and another couple) and thought there had their "A" game going last night. The soft shells were perfect and as I have said, the Chicken Provencal is the best chicken dish in captivity (IMO). We had the Two Angels Petite Sirah - at $42 a steal. All in all one of their top efforts and made better by the great company.
  4. Well, several years later this has changed. In my opinion, the best are now Wolfgang's and S&W. Sparks has fallen off the radar as far as I'm concerned. It appears to have lost ground after the expansion.
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    Read this and the same is still true today. Nothing compares with Parkside. It's still the best of its type in the city. While others play with the Italian format, Parkside does the best Italian-American version. I realize now comparing it to Babbo was silly because it's an apple/orange thing. Babbo is an Italian-Batali restaurant and has no realtionship to the cooking of the Italian-American immigrant. It's only his version of what he thinks Italian food should be. So try Parkside, and take grandma, she'll love for it.
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    Wine & Food Dinner

    Bringing back an oldie. This was a great dinner that was never replicated. The cost (even in 2003 dollars) was inexpensive. Thinking of calling both parties to suggest they bring back another version. I'm sure people here would be willing to pay $100 per for something similar. Yes?
  7. rich

    Momofuku Ko (Part 1)

    What does 2xinfinity equal?
  8. rich

    Momofuku Ko (Part 1)

    pork & beans grits cupcakes
  9. Again, possibly. I don't know anything about the women-hating angle, but the interior decorating part is fair and may have nothing to do with him being gay. He, more than any critic I recall, places a very strong emphasis on decor (lighting, music, colors, bathrooms to name a few) and ambiance. Even to the point of complaining when someone knocked over a lamp (Bouley review). So if someone said he should have been an interior decorator, can't they mean it as a non-sexual criticism? Does everything need to have a sexual overtone? I was under the impression most people got over that while in high school.
  10. Possibly, but I know male people who are interior decorators and/or women haters who are straight.
  11. I need to ask a serious question. Since I was one of two (I think H. was the other) who didn't know the Times critic was gay, nor did/do I care, how do so many people know what other people's sexual orientation is? Is there some web site that lists these things? And most importantly, why do people care what other people do in their bedrooms?
  12. It's an interesting point, but I'm not sure if there is a blue trend. I'm a big Zin fan and I enjoy all types for the specific reasons mentioned. It's the most versatile wine on the market and has the most unique and complex flavors in my opinion. So while I enjoy the blue versions, I also enjoy the classic bottlings. One of my favorite wines was the 1969 Joseph Swan Zin (and I still have one bottle that's waiting for that perfect moment).
  13. Sources tell me he's third in line behind Egan and Giuliani.
  14. Isn't that considered an oxymoron?