Pacifica Seafood Restaurant
73505 El Paseo F-2608
Ph: (760) 674-8666 or reserve online
With only one evening to dine out and a plethora of fine dining options in the area to choose from, I decided to try a seafood restaurant. Pacifica Seafood seemed to be a popular recommendation so that's where we went.
With two main dining possibilities other than room service as Sirocco was closed, on my first evening at the hotel I opted to try Cava for supper. Cava is the hotel restaurant adjacent to the pool area, serving fresh California cuisine.
After some debate with myself about the carbohydrate/caloric load of a burger I ended up ordering the Greg Norman Kobe burger and fries. It came with aged cheddar cheese and caramelized onions, and a sundried tomato horseradish sauce. I only took a couple of bites of the bun but enjoyed the Kobe beef patty with the onions, lettuce and cheese. The burger was very satisfying after the foodless plane trip and I also treated myself to a glass of Wairau River New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
This time en route to board the Crystal Symphony for a short cruise from New York to Halifax, I planned a two night stop-over in New York for dining and theatre. Despite the limited time I managed to enjoy several excellent restaurant meals and three shows.
The Capital Grille - NY- Time Life Building
120 W 51st Street (between 6 and 7th Ave)
PH: (212) 246-0154 or reserve online
For the first pre-show dinner of my 2014 Spring New York Stopover I decided to try The Capital Grille. About a twenty minute walk from my hotel, it was just a couple of blocks away from the Eugene O'Neill Theatre where I was going to see The Book of Mormon.
We were seated promptly and water and drinks offered. I regretted that had forgotten to bring my small flashlight for help reading menus in poor light but as it turned out, after hearing the night's special dishes I decided to try them rather than battle with reading the menu.
DB Bistro Moderne (212) 391-2400or book online 55 W 44th Street New York, NY10036
For an early lunch before heading off to the 2 PM show of Kinky Boots, we decided to try DB Bistro Moderne. I had read about the famous DB Burger that incorporated foie gras and truffle but I had had a latish breakfast and the thought of a burger was just too daunting. So I decided to take up the offer of one of my co-diners to have a taste of her burger and instead opted for the Alsatian Tarte Flambée.
I had dinner one evening at Hakkasan in London. I loved the food there, only bemoaning the fact that as I was dining on my own, I could not taste more than a couple of dishes, but they served a soft shell crab preparation that I thought was the best I had ever tasted.
630 Ninth Avenue (cross street 45th)
New York, NY 10036
Ph: (212) 333-2323 or Reserve online
On my way back to the hotel after picking up theatre tickets at the box office, I passed a plethora of eating establishments from pizzerias to fine dining. The menu outside Marseille caught my eye and I decided to drop in for a light lunch.
Urban Thai Bistro
1119 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Phone (604) 408-7788
After a hard day of training, the thought of my usual "nutritionally correct" supper of baked salmon and green salad was not really appealing, and instead we decided to head up to the local restaurant rows on Hamilton and Mainland Streets and pick somewhere for dinner.
Vienna may be variously termed the City of Music, the City of Dreams or the City of Waltz, but it most definitely merits the title of City of Fabulous Food and coffees. In a short visit one can only touch the surface of the restaurant, cafe and coffeehouse scene but I certainly got a taste, so to speak, of the overall food scene, and I did not have a single bad dining experience.