Bar Agricole: A Needle in the Haystack

Bar Agricole may not be what you’re expecting to find around the corner from Costco. But this gem is exactly what you’d hope for.

Owner Thad Vogler is known throughout the Bay Area bar scene for his natural and simple yet creative drinks. Now, Bar Agricole represents his perfected signature cocktails.

The bar has a reasonable wine list and a list of simple signature cocktails, typically updates on classics or revivals of long lost combinations. The menu includes innovative combinations like the Planter's Punch, a mix of white agricole, lime, grenadine, grapefruit, and bitters, and the Bellamy Scotch Sour, a blended scotch drink with lemon, honey, bitters, and egg white. At typical San Francisco prices, the drinks are worth every penny. The food follows the drink’s value of simplicity, each dish just containing a few fresh ingredients.

This space, which won a James Beard Award for best design, is the perfect spot to grab a drink with friends. The dark wood, high ceilings, an outdoor patio area, and elegant furniture add to its great atmosphere.

Accompanied with great food, the expert cocktails are the reason to make the trip.

25 of the Greatest Rap Bars of all Time.

In this article, me and Jayden found 25 bars that we believed were some of the bests. Obviously we left some out but not on purpose, If we did tell us some down below. I will give a short description of the bar if you don’t understand the meaning behind it. Thank You For Reading, Enjoy!

25. “Lately I been fuckin’ pissed off (Why?)

’Cause everybody’s sayin’ Lil Wayne spits raw

I’ll start a big brawl, and slam his ass into a brick wall

And have a fat nigga sit on him, Rick Ross (Boss!)” — Hopsin

Hopsin made this list because of the shots fired in this bar, When a rapper takes shots at bigger rappers and it’s actually good is rare.

24. “Come to L.A. and pay rent, nigga

Your bloodshed ain’t lit, nigga

Fuck it, you don’t wanna be a bitch, nigga

You a clown, you IT, nigga” — YG

This is YG’s new song and the reason it made this list is because of the last part as he is calling someone a clown and then referencing the new clown movie ‘IT’.

23. “I was close to go and trying some coke

And a happy ending would be slitting my throat

Ignorance to cope man, ignorance is bliss

Ignorance is love, and I need that shit” — Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi is not scared to speak his mind, this bar is scary because Cudi was actually going through some crazy things himself. Happy to see he is doing better and dropped another album.

22. “Worry I’m not Mike Jordan

Hovi’ baby you Kobe, maybe Tracy McGrady

Matter fact you Harold Miner, J.R. Rider

Even worse you a Purvis Ellis

You ain’t no athlete you Shawn Bradley” — JAY-Z

Hov managed to name 7 NBA players in an 8 line bar. Taking shots at a few but giving credit to a few. As he was the Nets Owner for some years it’s often that he raps about basketball.

22. “We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us

No heat, wonder why Christmas missed us

Birthdays was the worst days

Now we sip Champagne when we thirsty” — The Notorious B.I.G.

This is just an original Biggie verse that is popular and just rhymes so good. It’s just Biggie explaining his come up.

21. “I’m over rappers who smoke weed with white girls, and get Emma Stoned

I’m not saying they’re weak

I’m just saying they’re not me” — Kyle

When Kyle was a young artist he was really spitting some bars. He said smoke weed with white girls, Emma Stone is a famous white girl and when you smoke weed you get stoned.

20. “We turn the good girls bad, then the bad girls break the good mans heart and now the good man’s bad

The bad man, the bad girl brings a little comrade and then he leave

You complain he ain’t a good man dad

Now little man’s sad, ’cause he always see the bad girls bringing bad guys into pad lil lad

Now he grow up treatin’ good girls bad, ’cause the bad girl want a bad man, ain’t have a good grandad” — ANoyd

This bar is really confusing and you most likely don’t know who ANoyd is but, basically he talks about how boys take the good girls, turn them bad, have a baby with them and leave.

19. “I get more pussy by accident than most niggas get on purpose

I got drug spots from New York to Canada

Cause Big L be fuckin’ with more keys than a janitor” — Big L

Big L was underground rapper in the 90’s who got no love. If you’ve ever seen a movie that takes part in school the janitor always has like 50 keys on his belt.

18. “From Chiraq, not Miami, but I’m wearing heat like I play for them

I’ll come at night and put the nine on them

With the long clip, DeAndre Jordan, (DeAndre Jordan, DeAndre Jordan)

I’ll come at night and put the nine to them

With the long clip, DeAndre Jordan” — Montana of 300

Montana of 300 is young and underrated. In this bar he talks about killing someone and an actual NBA play in the same bar. “I’ll come at night and put the nine on them” He said he will come at night as in the killing part but was also talking Knight as in Brandon Knight when Deandre Jordan hit him with the long clip!

17. “Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense

But I did 5 mill’ — I ain’t been rhyming like Common since” — JAY-Z

This bar is easy to understand, Just Hov talking about another fellow rapper in Common in 2 different ways.

16. “I ain’t a killer, but don’t push me

Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ pussy” — 2Pac

This wouldn’t be a rap list without Pac, This bar speaks for itself and really has no backstory, Just Pac talking revenge and pussy.

15. “It’s Brooklyn, be the home of the hardest ever

Where them niggas don’t aim, they just palm Berettas

And bomb whatever, say we don’t move calmly, never

This for my niggas trapped in cells like salmonella” — Joey Bada$

Joey was featured on XXXTentacion’s new album ‘?’. He didn’t ruin his shot and came on a low beat with this sick bar. “This for my niggas trapped in cells like salmonella.” In this he’s talking about people locked in prison cells. But also says salmonella which is a disease trapped in cells.

14. “So say goodbye to the NAACP awards

Goodbye to the India Arie awards

They rather give me the n-nigga please award

But I’ll just take the I got a lot of cheese award” — Kanye West

A classic Kanye bar, of him speaking his mind about his money. Nothing better than that. Am I right?

13. “Try to cancel me like The Cosby Show

Until I put them hands on them like Rousey though

I got a hundred fans waiting in the lobby line

Taking shots like it’s party time

Hands up, ain’t nobody got to die

I just got four rings like the Audi sign” — Joyner Lucas

Joyner is an up and coming young artist. He has flow like no others and can obviously spit. This bar can speak for itself it’s casual rhyming with some great topics. He says “I just got four rings like the Audi sign.” That bar is nice!

12. “I see no changes, wake up in the morning and I ask myself

Is life worth livin’? Should I blast myself?

I’m tired of bein’ poor and, even worse, I’m black

My stomach hurts so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatch

Cops give a damn about a negro

Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he’s a hero” — 2Pac

Pac made it here again and came in with one of the most influential songs of all time and a super influential bar.

11. “Excellence is my presence, never tense

Never hesitant, leave a nigga bent real quick

Real sick, brawl nights, I perform like Mike

Anyone — Tyson, Jordan, Jackson

action, pack guns, ridiculous” — Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie just missed our Top 10 but could arguably make his way in here. He talks about how he performs like Mike. What Mike do you ask? According to him Tyson, Jordan and Jackson.

10. “I’m telling you shit is about to get drastic soon

And break a motherfucker like a plastic spoon” — Big L

Big L is super underrated and could potentially be one of the most lyricist rappers of all time. This bar is crazy and just his flow made this 10x better. We all know how easy it is to break a plastic spoon.

9. “Freedom or jail, clips inserted, a baby’s bein’ born

Same time my man is murdered, the beginning and end

As far as rap go, it’s only natural, I explain

My plateau, and also, what defines my name” — Nas

Nas is legendarty is so are his bars, He exposed Tupac and Playboi Carti! He talks about a baby being born, same time my man is murdered. Which is Tupac and Playboi Carti.

8. “Never say I’m better than Hov, but I’m the closest one

Heard you lookin’ for trouble, what, I’m ‘sposed to run?

Yo bitch invited me inside her, ain’t I supposed to come?

Got niggas that’ll blow your tee off, put a hole in one” — J Cole

Cole is known as a good ass rapper but in this song he spazzes off and goes off. He is Humble and one of the only rappers I know that doesn’t claim to be the greatest.

7. “I start to think and then I sink

Into the paper like I was ink

When I’m writing, I’m trapped in between the lines

I escape when I finish the rhyme…” — Rakim

Rakim is known as a legend. His rhyming skills were insane and in this line he is talking about how he is sinking into the paper as he’s writing rhymes.

6. “I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit

But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is

And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale

Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake

Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller

I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas

Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas

They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas

What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high

Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive” — Kendrick Lamar

I’m pretty sure everyone saw this coming, one of the more famous verses in rap is Kendrick’s song Control. He gives a shout out to all the named rappers but also disses them.

5. “Bitch, real Gs move in silence like lasagna

People say I’m borderline crazy, sorta kinda

Woman of my dreams, I don’t sleep so I can’t find her” — Lil Wayne

I could’ve made a top 25 list of Lil Wayne’s greatest bar’s, He is a top 3 lyricist of all time and will always leave your brain thinking with his bars. In this bar he says “Bitch, real Gs move in silence like lasagna.” In the world lasagna the G is silent.

4. “In the Bible it says what goes around comes around

“Hommo” shot me, three weeks later he got shot down

Now it’s clear that I’m here for a real reason

’Cause he got hit like I got hit, but he ain’t fuckin’ breathin’” — 50 Cent

50 Cent is known as a gangster rapper. In this bar he is talking about the death of the guy that shot him 9 times. Has no chill whatsoever and states that the guy isn’t breathing.

3. “If she was flavor I won’t savor

Fuck you looking at, hater?

I saw them eyes like an ass raper

Try to copy my swag like a cheating classmate

I’ll be the last face you see before you pass

When you get your fucking ass graded like a math paper” — Eminem

You probably just read this and said “Dang how is up so high he is just rhyming.” Well go to the saw them eyes part. Saw them eyes sounds like the word sodomize, sodomize an abnormal sexual activity like an ass raper!

2. “Wake up Mr. West, Mr. West

Mr. Fresh, Mister, by himself he’s so impressed

I mean damn, did you even see the test?

You got D’s, muthafucka D’s, Rosie Perez” — Kanye West

This bar has a nice flow by Ye. But the best part was the last part “You got D’s, muthafucka D’s, Rosie Perez” Some of you guys are asking why did he just randomly say Rosie Perez, Well he was talking about D’s that he got on the test but also he said D twice, Double D’s is Rosie Perez bra size.

1. “I father, I Brooklyn Dodger them

Aww man, I’m Jackie Robinson

‘Cept when I run base, I dodge the pen” — JAY-Z

If you don’t follow baseball or black history this bar could be confusing to you. Hov split up Jackie Robinson’s name in to 3 different parts and also right before there then named the baseball team he played for.

The strstr() function

A while ago, I noticed a nifty trick in the /sbin/start_udev script written by Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman. His code is licensed as GPLv2, so this is, also.

This uses Bash's pattern matching tools to provide a " strstr " function. From the C language man page of strstr : "The strstr() function finds the first occurrence of the substring needle in the string haystack ". This doesn't do exactly that, it just tells you whether or not needle exists in haystack .

An example of running the script looks like this:

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7 After-School Snacks That Won’t Spoil Dinner

Tide your family over until dinner's ready with these quick, nutritious, kid-friendly snacks from Food Network.

Food Network Kitchen’s healthy snacks taco popcorn as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Light, energizing and easy to prepare: That’s the elusive after-school snack trifecta. When store shelves are lined with chips, sugary fruit snacks and other empty calories, shopping for something that fits the bill can feel a lot like searching for a needle in a haystack. The obvious alternative is to skip store-bought options in favor of something homemade, but few people have time to prepare snacks in addition to dinner.

Beat the after-school crunch by preparing healthy foods over the weekend and keeping them on hand for later in the week. Homemade granola bars and trail mixes are a great place to start. Fresh veggies can be washed and cut in mere minutes, and vegetable-based dips such as guacamole or hummus make crudites seem appealing. Here are some more quick, nutritious, kid-friendly snacks to tide your family over till dinner’s ready.

Kids love popcorn, and this is one bowl you can feel good about handing them. Nutritional yeast is the secret ingredient in the taco spice blend. Dried and not active, it’s high in vitamin B12 and has a pleasant cheesy flavor, making it the perfect stand-in for actual dairy.

These nutty bars studded with dried fruit will stave off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner for only 167 calories per serving. Make a batch over the weekend so your family will have them on hand for quick and convenient after-school snacking throughout the week.

Thread: Quest for a needle in a haystack

Ever have one of those moments where you want to kick yourself for NOT buying something that you DIDN'T need, just in case you might need it after it's been discontinued?

Now that I am looking at putting together some "Skeeter" loads in 357 and 44 Special, I have dug out my old Hornady Pistol Powder Measure, the one with the interchangeable brass/bronze bushings that threw predetermined volumes of powder.

Well, long story made short, there are a couple of bushings that I could use that I don't have. Fortunately, I have some duplicate smaller cavity bushings that I can sacrifice in order to make the larger cavity bushings that I could use.

My question is, is there anyone on the forum that has this powder measure and could provide the cavity inside diameter for bushings: 10, 14, and 16? I realize it would be unrealistic to find someone here that may have these bushings laying around and would be willing to part with them!

It was a whopper, I tell you!

Is exaggeration a necessity or a bad habit? And at what point does it become a lie?

Exaggeration is a habitual necessity for fishermen. It becomes a lie somewhere between the boat and the bar.
Gerald Garnett, Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada

Telling the traffic cop that you were “rushing to hospital” is a necessary exaggeration repeating the excuse next day to the same policeman is a bad habit. Both cases involve being economical with the truth.
Mary Garnett, Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada

Mastering the Winchester With Brian Miller

An iconoclast by nature, Brian Miller made a name for himself turning tiki on its head—from incorporating unlikely spirits into the genre’s existing template to utilizing cocktail blueprints that pre-date tiki. “If you tell me I can’t do something,” he says, “I’m going to work really hard to try and do it.”

It’s this rebellious streak that led him to the creation of the Winchester, a gin-based take on the Zombie. Described by tiki authority Jeff “Beachbum” Berry as “the first and best 21st-century cocktail… to push the boundaries of classic tiki,” and simply as “a hell of a good drink” by Martin Cate, the Winchester builds off of the Zombie structure, with a few significant alterations. For starters, Miller swaps in gin—an uncommon base spirit in the rum-soaked genre—that he layers to achieve an effect not replicable by any single brand.

Built on a trio of London dry (Tanqueray), Old Tom (Hayman’s) and navy strength (Miller’s Wesbourne) gins, Miller compares the cumulative effect to the ineffable chemistry of two people falling in love. “It’s like Sleepless in Seattle,” he explains, recalling the 1993 romantic comedy. “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant [they] were supposed to be together.” To better suit the lighter base, Miller then adjusts the supporting ingredients, adding a measure of St-Germain and a proprietary ginger syrup to the expected grenadine, lime and grapefruit.

The Winchester is not only one of the few non-rum tiki drinks out there, it represents the first addendum to a genre that’s particularly rooted in historic recipes. Where tiki enthusiasts typically dedicate their time to re-creating long-extinct rums or recipes from the era of Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic, Miller set about bringing the tiki sensibility to a whole new range of spirits—first with his Conference, a tikified Old-Fashioned, and then the Winchester.

“Who the hell do I think I am that I can add to a genre that hasn’t been added to in decades,” Miller wondered shortly after creating the Winchester. “I don’t know where I got the ego.”

Mastering the Winchester

Brian Miller's Winchester is one of the only modern-classic tiki drinks.

Miller has already iterated on his original Winchester, dialing back the sweetness of the drink and swapping in new gins.

His improved Double Barrel Winchester is featured on the menu at his New York City tiki bar, The Polynesian.

Miller's Double Barrel Winchester, a mix of four gins, grenadine, St-Germain, ginger, lime and grapefruit. [Recipe]

Despite his reservations, the formula stuck, becoming tiki’s first unequivocal entrant to the ranks of modern classics. But true to the obsessive nature of tiki-philes, Miller felt that there was room for improvement. Years later, with a slew of new gin brands on the market, he created his Double Barrel Winchester.

As the name suggests, the Double Barrel Winchester, which graces the menu at his newly opened The Polynesian in New York City, reads as a slightly bolder rendition of his original, calling on four gins rather than three. From the earlier blended base, only the Westbourne remains. “It’s probably the most irreplaceable gin in the drink,” explains Miller. To this, he adds Monkey 47 in place of Tanqueray, citing a similar botanical character, while the last ounce is split between Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom and the overproof Perry’s Tot from New York’s Allen Katz. “I just use the Perry’s Tot like I use Hamilton 151 to see if it can boost other things up,” he says, referencing his go-to high-proof Demerara rum.

To accommodate the altered base—and the few detractors of the original who labeled it too sweet—Miller had to adjust the syrups and modifiers, bringing down the St-Germain and boosting the grenadine and ginger, for a spicier end result. “Yes they’re one needle in the haystack,” explains Miller of these critics, “but I want my haystack to be perfect.”

Clickety Clips

If you’re looking for extra frustration in your life, may I suggest trying to locate dog helpful dog training videos on the web? They are the proverbial needle in the haystack, and trying to find them is an excellent strategy for destroying your daily productivity.

Finding the right dog training videos is a daunting task because there are millions of videos out there and many of them have problems ranging from not being useful to being potential harmful to you and your dog. For novice trainers, it’s a huge challenge just to determine which videos feature techniques that are both humane and effective. Even the most experienced trainers can struggle to wade through the endless amount of material to find what they are looking for.

A new site called Clickety Clips is seeking to streamline the process by cataloging the best dog training videos to make for easier searching. Only videos using positive methods are included. Because the site is committed to positive training techniques, clicker training videos are featured prominently, but if you train with other markers or with a different style entirely, there is still plenty of material of great interest.

The videos are arranged by general topics such as Puppies, Wellbeing, Talks and Fun. Within each main category, the videos are organized further. For example, in the Puppies section, there are videos in the following categories: house training, recall, biting & chewing, before you get a dog, kids & dogs, basic cues and walking.


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Clickety Clips is still a new site that is building its inventory of videos, so I suspect it will grow from its modest numbers now to considerably more in the future. It has some great videos from Sarah Whitehead, Sophia Yin, Ian Dunbar, Susan Friedman, Jean Donaldson and Gwen Bailey among others. I’d like to see them include videos from other well-known trainers including Karen Pryor, Laura Monaco Torelli, Patricia McConnell, Pia Silvani and Teoti Anderson.

I had a lot of fun wandering around the site and watching more videos than I had time for. Two of my favorites are Sue Sternberg’s At the dog park: the importance of participating and The Family Dog’s How to kiss a dog (not). It’s refreshing to see video after video with reputable information and useful instructions.

Have you checked out this site yet and found a video that you really loved?

Finding specific recipes needed for writs? Impossible?

I got most of my missing recipes through guild traders, just checked every trader as I found them. It would be nice if they came up with a search tool that covered all traders instead of you having to travel all over the place for them.

I think the higher level recipes are easier to come across - before I hit level 30 or 35 I hardly ever found a recipe. There are still a couple of low level writ recipes I did not have but all my chars provisioning writs now require vet level 15 food/drink and I had all of those recipes before I needed them for writs.

The other thing is that provisioning writs are the only ones your character does not have to make - only deliver them. So you can find a friend or guild member to make a supply for you.

  1. All chefs and brewers sell writ recipes
  2. The vendors offer recipes for your current recipe improvement passive level and the one below it.
  3. The vendors stop at recipe improvement 5 (bug?)

Generally I've found all the recipes in the inn/bar nearest the location of where I got the writ. E,g I picked provisioning up in riften, went to both bars/inns/taverns in riften and they had the recipes. Same in stormhaven and belkarth and wrothgar.

I only just started on provisioning again after giving up as couldn't find recipes. Now I'm finding recipes everywhere.

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Bar Agricole: A Needle in the Haystack - Recipes

We stopped here after hours of driving on our way to Charlotte. All around are popular chains and this beauty is tucked away in a small lot. The portions were bigger than any of my family expected, but we were all glad to have some food afterwards. Especially considering how wonderful it all was. I highly recommend the garlic knots for an appetizer and then any of the entrees would be perfect. My mom claims the lasagna was better than her favorite local restaurant and I can attest to the stromboli being incredible. Do yourself a favor and stop by Sorrento's.

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We love that we can get great Italian food in town. It is one of our favorite places to eat. Very authentic

Always enjoy our meals and service every time we go. Prices are very good and the food and service is excellent

Just posted a food review, would like to add that the cocktails are lovely and soooo reasonable! I especially like the Negroni!

We have been on a cross country RV trip, and we stopped here on our way home to Charleston, SC. Since we had more time, we looked for a nice place off the highway, and Sorrento sounded great to us. It is conveniently located off of I-77 and then
I-40, and has good parking, no matter how large your vehicle. The bread and olive oil for dipping are as good as other people’s reviews stated. We had two different pasta dishes, and mine with broccoli and garlic was delicious. My husband said his sausage and peppers sauce was outstanding. The owner told him it is his mother’s recipe, and she is still in Italy. We want to “Come Back to Sorrento”, as the song says. . It will be a good stop for us on our way to Charlotte or Asheville, or other points North, East or West.

Bar Agricole: A Needle in the Haystack - Recipes

Amongst many restaurants Costa's stands out with delicious food and an extensive wine list. The chef's creative specials and menu options delight the palate and will keep you coming back for more. Great service and a " must visit" when in the area.

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We have been to Costa many times and have enjoyed the meals, the service and the atmosphere. However, last two times have been a disaster. I booked a reservation for eight people two weeks in advance at the front desk. Luckily, I had to call back because an extra person was coming with us. The restaurant had the reservation for the wrong date and I had to correct it. When we arrived, the large table had dripping water from the air conditioner (?) and we asked to move to another spot. The manager was disgruntled and made that clear to everyone. He did move us to a table near the bar. I ordered the tuna special.The service was slow. When the meal arrived, it was supposed to be sushi grade and seared. It was as tough as leather and both I and another guest returned our meal (I don't do this often). Costa did credit us the meal which is why I am giving an average rating and not a poor one. At the end of our meal, one of our guests went up to the manager and politely vented our displeasure with the whole experience. he did come back to the table and apologized.

First time dining at Costa. Everything was fantastic!
Jimmy was a great waiter. Very personable and knew the ins and outs of the menu. I highly recommend this establishment. We will return on our next visit to SC.

My family had been to this property a few years back when it was called "Bliss" and had a good yet, unremarkable experience. Boy was this first visit to Costa as remarkable as they come.

First of all, 1,000,000 Elvis fans cannot be wrong, correct? All the usual suspects love this place. Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google, etc, everyone loves it a LOT and I know exactly why. When my brother and I travel and eat we view dining as not just another meal but a true dining experience. We seek out places that have good existing ratings and yet are not afraid to try a new place to help others find these culinary gems. Well, Costa is a culinary gem in every sense of the word.

From the moment we walked in without reservations (and two young kids and a teenager) their team was so incredibly accommodating and made room for us, despite having a full book. (So, I HIGHLY recommend reservations and we will not make that mistake again). For appetizers we selected one of the features which was a cheese based and absolutely incredible as well as the meatballs. The meatballs were the best I have ever had, however, understand that most will staunchly protect against besting "mom or grandma's" recipe. Next the salads and soups. While the tomato basil soup was absolutely delectable, it was the house dressing made with Gorgnzola (similar to blue cheese, only much creamier) that closed escrow for me. One of the best house salads I have ever had and the dressing had 100% to do with it, of course. Anyone can find the freshest spring greens and accompaniment. Creating a dressing that deserves its own food group is what separates the wheat from the proverbial chaff.

My nephew ordered the Spicy Vodka Penne which was amazing and I ordered the Veal Saltimbocca which was very good. Different, but very, very good. My brother ordered the diver scallops and if I had a choice to order again I would order those as they were seared to perfection and presented very well.

Although we were tempted to have dessert (and normally go the whole way) we had promised the little ones ice cream at the Garden City Pier.

If you are looking for a relaxed evening out in nice digs (but not pretentious) with exceptionally creative cuisine, put Costa at the top of your list immediately. You will not be disappointed. On top of all of the incredible food was outstanding service. Our server, Jimmy, did not rush us, took time to explain the history, the chef, and the creations that were being served. He also provided some well appreciated suggestions that made our experience absolutely wonderful. We read in another critique to ask for Jimmy, were in no position to ask for anyone with their full book, and ended up with him as a stroke of luck. I know why he is requested, his attention to detail is unrivaled and he is a true professional.

Garden City is a second home to us and our family and friends enjoy trying new places when in town. However, there are also those "Must go" places located on the Grand Strand that you can count on for an out-of-this-world dining experience. Costa has made that list. Enjoy.

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