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    Bazaar Del Mundo sign at new location...
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  • Bazaar Del Munto - taken on April 2009 trip...
    Bazaar Del Munto - taken on April 2009...
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  • Casa Del Pico located at Grossmont Center
    Casa Del Pico located at Grossmont...
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    Combined Suggestions: Certified Green Restaurants in San Francisco & LA

    by supune Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you have wanted to be environmentally concious in your choice of eateries, here is a list of restaurants that you can choose from. See the website link below to find the list of hotels. Please write tips in each of the cities for the restaurants that you visit.

    here is an explaination of what the certification will meanfrom the Thimmakka.org site:
    Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants started out with the aim of conducting outreach to ethnic restaurants and quickly transmogrified to Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants. Today Thimmakka Certified Green Restaurants [TCGR] conducts culturally and economically appropriate environmental outreach to Indian, Pakistani, Persian, Burmese, Afghani, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, African -American and Chinese restaurants and bakeries.

    TCGR conducts outreach to 30 ethnic restaurants in Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area. TCGR plans to conduct outreach to 180 restaurants in six counties in SF Bay Area (Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Sonoma and Contra Costa).

    Why Restaurants? Restaurants are the greatest consumers of energy per square foot than any other industry in the U.S. They are also the largest producers of recyclable and compostable solid waste (generally 83% of their solid waste is divertable). Restaurants are very high consumers of water due to their high customer traffic, and large scale cooking requirements. They are significant producers of grease and oil that pollute stormwater, which injures fish and can lead to beach closures.

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    Casa del Pico: One of my favorite mexican restaurants!

    by nwlambear Written May 11, 2009

    As of 18 May 2005 Casa De Pico will no longer be found in Old Town! However, two new locations are planned. Summer 2005 it will open up in the Grossmont Shopping Center along Grossmont Drive and in the summer of 2006 Casa De Pico will open in the New location of Bazaar Del Mundo which will be at the Old Police Station near Seaport Village (haven't gotten to this one yet)!

    Have always enjoyed going to Casa De Pico in the past and on a recent trip went to the new location at Grossmont Shopping Center. Although I miss the old location in Old Town...the one in Grossmont Center still has the same beautiful and festive decor and the food is great as usual!! Diane still has her Bazaar Del Mundo for shopping...which is relocated just outside Old Town State Park. There is also a restaurant there attached to the Bazaar Del Mundo complex, but I prefer the Casa De Pico at Grossmont Center.

    Favorite Dish: Fish Tacos...and of course the chips/salsa Margaritas!!!

    Casa Del Pico located at Grossmont Center Bazaar Del Mundo sign at new location outside... Bazaar Del Mundo Shops near Historical Old Town Bazaar Del Munto - taken on April 2009 trip... Restaurant at Bazaar Del Mundo...

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    Casa del Pico: One of my favorite mexican restaurants!

    by nwlambear Written May 11, 2009

    As of 18 May 2005 Casa De Pico will no longer be found in Old Town! However, two new locations are planned. Summer 2005 it will open up in the Grossmont Shopping Center along Grossmont Drive and in the summer of 2006 Casa De Pico will open in the New location of Bazaar Del Mundo which will be at the Old Police Station near Seaport Village (haven't gotten to this one yet)!

    Have always enjoyed going to Casa De Pico in the past and on a recent trip went to the new location at Grossmont Shopping Center. Although I miss the old location in Old Town...the one in Grossmont Center still has the same beautiful and festive decor and the food is great as usual!! Diane still has her Bazaar Del Mundo for shopping...which is relocated just outside Old Town State Park. There is also a restaurant there attached to the Bazaar Del Mundo complex, but I prefer the Casa De Pico at Grossmont Center.

    Favorite Dish: Fish Tacos...and of course the chips/salsa Margaritas!!!

    Casa Del Pico located at Grossmont Center Bazaar Del Mundo sign at new location outside... Bazaar Del Mundo Shops near Historical Old Town Bazaar Del Munto - taken on April 2009 trip... Restaurant at Bazaar Del Mundo...

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    Combined Suggestions: What to eat?

    by Natrix Updated May 22, 2005

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    Favorite Dish: Well, being on a low budget I was eating at different fastfood-places most of the time (coming from Europe I was amazed at how many different ones there were!!) and they weren't that exciting of course, but one dish typical for S.F. really worth trying is the 'so-and-so chow' (sorry, I forgot the name, but it's famous, you'll find it easily), sold near Fisherman's Wharf, it's a creamy soup with shrimps or so, served in a big sour roll. It's cheap, very delicious and the sand in it indicates fresh ingredients!
    You can also get ALL KINDS of wonderful fresh fruit in California - mangos, avocados, oranges etc.

    Bay bridge panoramic view from Treasure Island

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    A Variety of Places: My List of Places to Eat in Palm Springs & Area

    by deecat Updated May 18, 2005

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    Here's my list of favorite places to eat while in the Palm Springs' Area:

    1. St. James at The Vineyard
    265 South Palm Canyon Drive
    Palm Springs, CA
    (International gourmet cuisine)
    (760)864-9368

    2. 29 Palms Cafe
    Spotlight 29 Casino
    Exit 1-10 at Dillon
    (Sunday Brunch)
    (Surf & Turf on Sundays through Thursdays from four until eleven. Six ounce New York Steak and a 3.5 ounce Lobster tail, soup or salad, vegetable and baked potato for $8.95 per person!)

    3. Cedar Creek Inn
    1555 South Palm Canyon Drive
    Palm Springs, CA
    (760)325-7300
    ("Gismo Special" for $17.95 is a four-course meal which includes one glass of wine, beer, or softdrink, a salad and soup, prime rib or chicken, or salmon, or lamb, or beef tenderloin or green mussles on linguini, and apple crisp or Toll House Pie or Lemon Lush.)

    4. Las Casuelas Terraza
    222 South Palm Canyon Drive
    Palm Springs, CA
    (760)325-2794
    (Mexican restaurant that has been here for 25 years. Great margaritas, and they have live music every night!)

    5. Devane's
    80-755 Highway 111
    West Indio
    (760)342-5009
    ( William Devane own this great Italian restaurant with family style service. Always save room for dessert)

    Favorite Dish: There are many more marvelous restaurants in this area. But it's fun to discover for yourself.

    Las Casuelas Terraza in Palm Springs

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    Millions of fast food!!!

    by rickyvilla81 Written Oct 23, 2002

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    Okay, so in the UK we have McDonalds, we have burger King, and every now and then a Wimpy (rememebr them?), but nothing prepares you for the US. If like me you are a fast food afficionado - be loud and proud, dont be ashamed, I like good food too, I lived in Provence - then you'll be in your ELEMENT! Carl's Junior definitely caught my attention, as did the legendary Taco Bell. But dont forget Jack in the Box, Wendys, and all the others. You will never be short of great fast food in this state - just make sure your car has cup holders!

    Favorite Dish: The Louisiana chicken burger from Carls Junior is mega - have with Curly Fries and a supersize diet coke and you'll be reliving my favourite diet!

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    Food in San Francisco

    by seagoingJLW Written Sep 7, 2002

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    In San Francisco, the food is marvelous. Eat in Chinatown. Eat at Fisherman's Wharf. The restaurants used to be great. I assume they still are.

    Favorite Dish: I loved abalone, perhaps because in those days we couldn't get it in the east.

    Fisherman's Wharf

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  • There are many good...

    by scooter3 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    There are many good restaurants in LA and surrounding areas. Most of the trendy restaurants will be in the Beverly Hills area, which offer pretty good food and good atmosphere.. My favorites in that area are the Crustacean, the Stinking Rose... For a romantic date, many restaurants off of PCH are very nice: Gladstones, Geoffrey's in Malibu.. and after you're done a nice drive on PCH is always nice once you get past the Malibu area...There are also some good restaurants in the Santa Monica area: I like Rebecca's for its great Mexican food and drinks.. They make a killer margarita...

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  • There are some great...

    by renres828 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    There are some great restaurant all around San Diego...from funk to swank
    multi cultural places for authentic state or the far east asian.thai indian,latino
    and soul
    restaurants on my list are not pricey high in quality..original in presentation..

    Favorite Dish: good food prepared well

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    Cheap...El Cuervo Taco Shop in...

    by NanKizziah Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Cheap...El Cuervo Taco Shop in Hillcrest

    Moderate...The Field in the Gaslamp

    Pricey...Cafe Zucchero in Little Italy

    Expensive...Thee Bungalow in Ocean Beach
    They all have wonderful food and the ambiance is excellent

    Favorite Dish: El Cuervo...Carnitas plate, no doubt.

    The Field...Rashers and Cheese Boxty with Newcastle Nut Brown Ale

    Cafe Zucchero...anything

    Thee Bungalow...Roast Duck with either the Orange or Cherry sauce.

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    Visit Fish restaurants (in...

    by kylamees Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit Fish restaurants (in Fisherman's Wharf), or chinese restaorants (one was near the Trans American Building, can't remember name), but food on cruise ships driving to Golden Gate Bridge and Bay is not very good...

    Favorite Dish: Fish... all kind of ocean fish ;) but I liked alligator, but it's more of a Southern US type of food.

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    by rdinsmore Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    First St. Cafe, The Petal Restaurant, Kaigan Japanese Restaurant, El Sandoval, Sala Thai Restaurant are a few samples of the diverse cuisine available at the main street in Benicia.
    My favorite, of course being Asian, is Sala Thai. The food, service and ambiance is terrific. Each item in the menu is freshly cooked and they cater to individual preferences.
    The food is really great. The ambiance is cozy. It is a nice place to go and relax on a Friday evening.
    Kids are welcome but if you have little kids that cannot sit still, you may not want to go there. As I said it has a very cozy and romantic ambiance that a very hyperactive child may be out of place in the restaurant. The price, just like other Asian restaurants, are very very reasonable. The serving size is just right for an individual.

    Favorite Dish: Pad Thai is my favorite. It is a pan-fried noodle dish. Though it will be a mistake to shun other dishes in the menu. They are all equally delicious. All are cooked with fresh ingredients that owner/chef, Kay Kalayanamitr-Loyola, herself picked up that morning at a fresh produce market.

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    South Lake Tahoe has a main...

    by KLomaskin Written Aug 25, 2002

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    South Lake Tahoe has a main street with lots of different restaurants from cheap fast food to expensive steak houses. We liked Marie Callendar's because of their home-style cooking and inexpensive prices.
    If you get a hotel with a kitchen or refrigerator, you can shop at the most beautiful grocery store ever built(check out this Safeway!)

    Favorite Dish: California wines!!!

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    In SANTA BARBARA...there's a...

    by DCsalsera Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In SANTA BARBARA...there's a sushi restaurant called Kyoto that is wonderful, you have to take your shoes off and everything! There's a nice tapas bar in SB also called 'Alcazar' that has a great ambiance. In HOLLYWOOD there's a great place called El Floridita, but be sure to make reservations weeks in advance. There's live salsa music and a VERY upscale crowd. Dress to impress! In ORANGE COUNTY there's a wonderful all-you-can-eat sushi/seafood place called Sumo. Save your appetitie so you can take full advantage of all the different types of food!

    Favorite Dish: Take your pick...have yet to try something I didn't like!

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    In Palm Springs, moderately...

    by ChrisNPS Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In Palm Springs, moderately priced Roys (which is actually located in Rancho Mirage) is Hawaiian-Asian fusion. Salads are $6-9, dinner $17-30. Great Mexican can be had in Palm Desert and Palm Springs at El Mirasol (average price $10) and La Taqueria. People will try to tell you that Las Casuelas is great. It's more on the tourist circuit and in my humble opinion, is a bit over-priced and over-rated.

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