I bought a Carnival-themed garden flag in January, and now that Carnival's over, we went down to Brad and Dellwen's to buy something everyday/spring/summer. Bought three garden-size flags, a City of New Orleans flag, one with magnolia blossoms and one with a hummingbird. LOVE this store!
Great service at the bar! Had a couple of pints of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, a cup of French Onion Soup, and the Cajun Chicken Pasta. The soup was good, and the main was a nicely-spiced chicken breast over linguini. Nice on-the-road meal.
This was my second trip to this location, and I'll be back.
I've got a couple of choices in Marriott properties that are close to the Exit Certified office where I teach when I go to Phoenix. I chose the SpringHill Suites Phoenix Downtown last year (my first trip to Phoenix), and it worked out, so I went back.
This SpringHill Suites is pretty much like every other one. Internet connectivity was weak on the sixth floor, though. I don't remember the connection being this poor on the trip last year. Otherwise, service good-front desk staff, excellent, housekeeping did fine. Breakfast was weak-their idea of eggs are those patty-things you put on an egg mcmuffin. Turkey sausage and Canadian bacon are weak meat choices. Not that I really care that much, honestly. I can grab a bowl of cereal and a coffee, then stop someplace for a proper breakfast sandwich on the way to the office.
The SpringHill Suites is located on 7th Street and Van Buren, and the office is at 1st Avenue and Adams, which makes for a ten-block walk. That's exactly what I want, because I don't have to rent a car. The hotel has a shuttle to/from the airport, and Phoenix has good public transit if I want to get adventurous. The proximity to decent dining options, such as Pizzeria Bianco, The Rose and Crown, and the restaurants in Arizona Center all add up to a good location.
Nirvana is a nice Indian place within walking distance of my hotel and the office where I work when I go to Manhattan. The atmosphere is laid-back, service responsive, and food is worth your time.
Papad and a nice Sauvignon Blanc as i sat down. For a starter, I had the Achari Mushroom. Pickled mushroom which is grilled with other veggies. The flavors coming together on this plate were just wonderful. I could have easily had a second order and called it a night.
Madras Chicken, Garlic Naan, and rice. Good version of a classic curry dish. The sauce was just the right amount of tomato. Spice content was good--the waiter warned me ahead of time, leading me to believe they've had their share of people who didn't like spicy food. Between growing up in New Orleans and the tastes of some of my Norweigan colleagues, a little spice didn't bother me. Still, I kept it low-key. The naan was excellent, fresh and a good level of garlic spead across.
Gulab Jumun for dessert.
This was my first to Nirvana. I'll be back on my next trip to Manhattan.
I was doing some research at the Notarial Archives office on Poydras Street, near Da Dome, and then went over the the main branch of the library on Loyola, so I stopped at Reginelli's Pizza on Poydras for lunch in between. I passed on my usual chicken-with-gorgonzola salad for "The Downtowner" sandwich, which has "...turkey, prosciutto, hard salami, roma tomatoes and melted mozzarella with a sun dried tomato and calamata olive pesto." It was good--they have great foccacia bread. Sandwich gets good marks, service somewhat less. I was at one of the high-top seats in the front window. The place was busy, but a table closer to my server would have speeded things up a bit, I guess.
My kiddo is a trombone player, and enjoys a wide range of music. To celebrate his finishing up five years in his high school band, we went out to the Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum to see their big band show, and
A solo harpist played during the brunch seating. The Stage Door Canteen serves brunch from 11:30 until 12:45, then they clear away the food, dim the lights, and the show begins.
Food for the Stage Door Canteen is from The American Sector restaurant, which is just down the hall. I had Grillades and Grits, along with Crawfish Egg Sardou in a Jar. The egg was delicious, with the hot Eggs Sardou base in the jar, then the egg itself slid in so it poaches right in the jar. In addition to these goodies, the buffet includes classic breakfast stuff (bacon, eggs, sausage), and lunch food such a roast beef and ham carving station, as well as one of the best duck gumbos I've ever had.
Mrs. Yatpundit and I split the bread pudding, and kiddo had some of the apple crumble for dessert. Also included on the buffet is the strawberry crumble dessert they do over at Borgne, the seafood restaurant at the Hyatt Hotel. Everyone gets one glass of champagne or a mimosa with the buffet, and they'll gladly sell you more. Coffee, juices, and soft drinks are all part of the buffet.
After brunch is broken down, the show begins! The current show done by the 17-piece Victory Big Band is based on Glenn Miller's classic "In The Mood." The band featured two female singers as well as a wonderful selection of 30s and 40s swing music. Truly enjoyable!
Faultline is one of my favorite places to dine in Silly Valley. When I teach for Hitachi at the company's HQ in Santa Clara, I usually stay at a Residence Inn near 101 and Bowers. Faultline is just a two-block walk from the hotel.
I've had anything from a burger to the Pasta Jambalaya to the Lamb Shank and a bone-in Ribeye at Faultline. All were good. The Tempura Ahi rolls and other starters are tasty, and a couple of them would make a great shared small-plate meal.
Faultline is a brewpub, but it doesn't serve pub food. It's a real restaurant in that respect. If you want a bar menu (burgers, sandwiches, pizza), tell the hostess you want to sit at the bar, or at the tables around it. If you dine in the restaurant, they'll give you the restaurant menu. Not sure if they'll bring you stuff off the bar menu at a table.
The beers are excellent. The Kolsch and cask ales are the best, but the stouts and the "Belgian Tripel" are also tasty.
Lots of TVs behind the bar, great place to watch a ballgame, or just hang out.
I've been coming to Camino since a weekend trip in 2009, when I was working for 10 weeks in Altrincham. I took the Virgin Train down from Manchester, and stayed at a hotel near King's Cross. A quick search for tapas places within walking distance came back with Camino, and now I try to include it into every trip to London or Slough I make.
Even though I've never had an issue walking up and getting a table at Camino, I decided to use their online booking. What with all that's going on in London this summer, I figured it was the safe bet. The place was busy, but there were a few seats at the bar, so I would've been OK as a single. The number of tables each server worked was a bit high, but the attitude of staff was good even if response time was a bit slow.
Wine flights! While perusing the menu, I really had no idea what I wanted to eat, so I went back to the wines first. When I saw the wine flight listings, I thought that would be a good change of pace from getting just a bottle of something cheap (since I don't usually buy a good wine all for myself). I decided to start with the dry sherry flight. Clockwise from front, Amontillado, Manzanilla, and Fino.
I paired the sherry flight with the "Tabla de Quesos," which was three lovely cheeses and various sweets, nuts, and crackers. I started with the Amontillado first, going to the Fino, then the Manzanilla last, comparing the wines with the cheeses. More research is required here; all the combinations were enjoyable. Because of the big shift between a sherry flight and a red wine flight, I decided to have a glass of Camino's sangria while waiting for the second set of tapas to come out. So, this meal became more of a starter-and-main sort of affair than just a bunch of small plates
For the "main" -- Conchinillo con Morcilla - Roasted suckling pig from Aragon with Burgos morcilla, apple puree and thyme. Morcilla is Spanish blood sausage...boudin to you New Orleanians, "black pudding" to you lot in the UK. The morcilla is underneath a generous slice of roast pork, which had a great skin and a lovely sauce. The applesauce was such a great addition, as well. Add some great brown bread to these two, and it was a real winner. I added Grilled asparagus with romesco sauce as a veggie, and were they ever wonderful!
To accompany the pork and asparagus--Red Wine Flight! Three Tempranillos, from Castilla y Leon, Rioja and Ribera. Lovely wines, all.
Dessert: Postel de Chocolate, a flourless individual cake with a "molten" chocolate pudding filling, ginger ice cream, and a bit of raspberry sauce. The wine is a all de Xaló Mistela, a Spanish fortified wine.
Service: this trip, a bit slow. Not sure if that's because of the crowd that evening or if there was a problem in the kitchen, but things didn't come out as fast as they have in the past. Gave me time to let all this food settle, but still, problematic.
Overall, however, this meal was a winner, continuing my appreciation for Camino.
My first week of this June trip to Europe started with a class in Slough, UK. That meant flying into London Heathrow Airport, and staying in either Slough or Windsor. I opted for Windsor (at the Sir Christopher Wren). After spending the afternoon walking around the castle and Royal Windsor, I wanted something quick and tasty. Nandos fits that bill nicely.
The Nandos in Windsor is on Thames Road, directly across from Windsor Castle, and two blocks' walk from my hotel. Easy access, and fortunately it wasn't raining. The chain is sort of a step up from something like El Pollo Loco--you order at the counter, British-pub-style, give them the number of your table, then food runners and servers take care of you from there.
I got the "1/2 Peri Peri Chicken with 1 'Fino' side" for £9.85. I chose the mashed sweet potatoes for my "fino" side (you can get one 'fino' or two regular sides with the dinner mains.) I just had a Coke Zero for a drink.
This was my third trip to a Nandos. The first was last year in Slough, then one by King's Cross in London, now Windsor. Each trip was a good meal.