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50th bday weekend looking for restaurant/ethnic market advice near Gold Coast

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50th bday weekend looking for restaurant/ethnic market advice near Gold Coast

wvdthree | Feb 25, 2010 07:37 AM

Hello all,
This is a hail mary play looking for advice for this weekend. It's my 50th this weekend and my wife has booked us for two nights at the Hotel Raffaello in the Gold Coast I guess. Normally I would have done much more research but things go in the way of doing that for this trip.

We do have reservations for Fri and Sat night. We are probably dining at Sepia on Friday and MK or Cafe Spiaggia on Saturday night. What we are looking for are ideas for ethnic markets and lunch spots around the gold cost area,or further afield if necessary. We move to Madison WI from Minneapolis a few years ago and really miss the ethnic markets. One thing in particular we are looking for are great german/east europe/polish markets that produce their own sausages.

As far as restaurants what appeals to us most are places where the food is of foremost importance and the setting is not overly formal. Bold,rustic flavors and the older I get the less interested I am in food that has been fussed over and played with too much. If Avec took reservations that's the sort of spot that appeals to us. If anyone could provide links that they know of with posts regarding ethnic neighborhoods it would be great. Asian,Italian,German,best place for authentic French breakfast pastries are among the things we will be looking for.

We'll be there for most of Fri,all Sat and some Sunday and just looking to troll great food neighborhoods and have a great time. Sorry for the disjointed post but all replies will truly be appreciated.

Cheers,
wvdthree

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