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seeking LA board advice for SLO, Big Sur, Carmel Valley and back

Deborah | Apr 23, 200212:44 AM

I feel sheepish posting this request a)here and b)again but I have spent so much time searching the boards for old posts that I know existed and that would have obviated the need for me to take this issue up with you again but things seem to have disappeared, or at least aren't turning up, which amounts to the same thing.

That takes care of b) and I would explain a) with reference to the logic that governs my restaurant- review-reading and waiter-recommendation-asking practices, a logic I suspect you all share but which baffles dining companions who don't understand that one derives useful gustatory information from a complex though admittedly impressionistic calculation of variables including but not limited to form and content of advice and adviser. I am reminded of the exchange I just read between was it megan and ChinoWayne about Pantry breakfasts.

I read the LA board most frequently and have a feeling for the participants and would rather have your advice on my trip than that of the CA board people. Which is not to say that I do not recognize that many of you are quite cosmopolitan and share your talents broadly. There may even be cross-posting.

But I digress.

I shall be leaving LA on Thursday next for two nights in Carmel Valley and one in Big Sur. I have made a Thursday reservation at Tarpy's Road House, and a Friday reservation at Marinus. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast are set affairs at Ventana.

I'm looking for confirmation of the wisdom of the decisions I've already made (or urgent alternative suggestions) and guidance for the spots I've not yet managed to identify. Lunch Thursday is an issue. I'm told that San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles would be a good target. Have done Trattoria Grappolo before (ok but weird, maybe it's the suburban thing), also Bistro Laurent? Know about Villa something in Paso Robles (across from Laurent). Laurent was fine, but would be keen on other suggestions too.

Need Friday and Saturday lunch, and importantly, Sunday dinner-- comfortable, reasonable close to home (LA), but still special. I don't want to be cross at an indifferent meal at the end of a holiday. Sunday is always a problem, too. Super Rica?

Also off LA board topic: would appreciate advice for Carmel Valley area activities Friday and Saturday-- riding, hiking, wineries, whatever.

Thank you for indulging me.

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