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Acquarello Venice

This is the restaurant in the St Regis San Clemente Palace hotel, which has recently reopened. May be too soon to have reviews, but thought I'd see if anyone has experienced it yet, and what you thought of it.

Jul 17, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Anything wonderful in Leuven?

Thank you for the translation offer! And if you happen to be moving to Chicago you can definitely walk to wonderful places to eat!

Jul 08, 2014
SueFH in Europe

Chianti Classico council opens first wine centre

Thanks for the link, I'm going to Italy for the first time in September so I'll be watching for reviews and comments before then!

Jul 08, 2014
SueFH in Wine

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Hi! Thanks for asking. We will be in Brussels Saturday afternoon/evening, Bruges on Sunday, and then to Leuven on Monday where our daughter works and lives (until January). Leave for Italy early Tuesday morning.

Jul 07, 2014
SueFH in Beer

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Hi! We will be in Brussels Saturday afternoon/evening, Bruges on Sunday, and then to Leuven on Monday where our daughter works and lives (until January). Leave for Italy early Tuesday morning.

Jul 07, 2014
SueFH in Beer

Anything wonderful in Leuven?

Thank you. I think we will probably skip Ghent and stick with Bruges on Sunday, then Leuven Monday. I do not want to remortgage the house but since this is likely our only trip there, I wouldn't object to nicer, higher end options. If it is great I'd consider it regardless of price. I guess something in the €40-65 range would be pretty special. But something great for €25 would be good too. Point being, I'm pretty wide open.

On TA there was a place in Bruges with a prix-fixe and wine for all 4 courses for 65, that seemed very reasonable (though maybe a bit too fancy for our full day of touring around Bruges).

I welcome any and all suggestions. Thank you.

Jul 07, 2014
SueFH in Europe

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

Thank you all so much, especially for the advocate suggestion!

Jul 05, 2014
SueFH in Beer

Da Pietro Valentine, Rome

Thank you.

Jul 05, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Tasty Tuscany Trails

I am heading to Italy in September also (first time) and greatly appreciate the suggestions already on this thread.

We had planned 6 nights in Florence from which to do day trips, but I wonder if we should instead find a place to stay in the small towns/winery areas for the last night (6) before we head to Rome and meet up with our daughter.

Again, thanks for all the suggestions.

Jul 05, 2014
SueFH in Wine

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

I'm NOT a regular beer drinker, depends on my mood, food, etc.

I don't know the difference between hoppy and malty (if there is a difference) or a pale ale vs an IPA or any of that, though I'd like to learn.

What I do tend to like are darker, richer maybe towards sweeter beers; Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is a favorite, I like a vanilla or oatmeal or chocolate stout or porter. Not a big fan of super carbonated or grassy types.

In an effort to start my education I purchased a Duvel and a Caroulet (??i think) Tripel. Didn't care for the basic Duvel, just tasted thin to me. The Tripel was better, though it still tasted very fresh maybe? I apologize for the limited vocabulary.

Can you guys recommend a few names for me to start tasting? I'm in Chicago and would happily (actually love to) find someplace to do flights and get some breadth rather than buying the big bottles only to discover I don't like them. Non-judgmental pourers would help.

TIA.

Jul 05, 2014
SueFH in Beer

Da Pietro Valentine, Rome

Local friend recommended this as a must, having gone last year and loving it. However I've found nothing about it here on CH and only an ancient pan on TA. Anyone?

Jul 04, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Anything wonderful in Leuven?

Thank you. I'm thinking Ghent won't happen this time UNLESS my daughter gets there first and thinks we should do it. Appreciate your comments.

Jun 30, 2014
SueFH in Europe

Coffee in Italy

That sounds interesting. I had wonderful barley tea at a Korean place once, wonder if the orzo is similar.

Jun 30, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Coffee in Italy

Thank you!

Jun 30, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Rome: Sid's Short List for those new to Rome

Thank you Jen. sujormik is the first part, @ gmail.com comes next. Sid I'd appreciate your recommendation for a guide.

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Coffee in Italy

Mentioned this in an old thread after searching but I think more people respond to newer threads. If that's bad form, I apologize.

I love coffee, the smell, the flavor, the ritual. But I cannot handle caffeine. It doesn't wake me up, just sets my heart racing and makes me jittery.

So I must ask: is de caffeinated coffee available routinely? Occasionally? At specific spots? Or pretty much never?

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Anything wonderful in Leuven?

My daughter is spending 6 months in Leuven and we will be visiting in September. We arrive in Brussels early afternoon on a Saturday, had anticipated spending the afternoon around there, then going with her to Bruges on Sunday and visiting her apartment and workplace in Leuven on Monday before our early Tuesday flight to Venice.

I've searched here and nothing comes up for Leuven except a comment about it being heavily student frequented. Now I'm wondering if we should just do a short visit to Leuven then head to Ghent for the afternoon/evening and dinner.

I also worry that everything in Bruges may be closed on Sunday (as seems to be the case in Leuven, or so she said after today) and also that the trains supposedly don't run on Mondays due to some labor strife which would affect our original plans as well.

Thoughts, suggestions?

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Europe

BELGIUM: Simple, unpretentioius, inexpensive restaurant(s) sought in Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent

I so wish the OP would've reported back on where he ended up gong.

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Europe

BELGIUM: Simple, unpretentioius, inexpensive restaurant(s) sought in Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent

I so wish the OP would've reported back on where he ended up going.

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Europe

Rome: Sid's Short List for those new to Rome

Is there a private messaging function on CH so we could talk guides privately? If we discuss restaurants near where we would be touring could that get us around the restriction (teasing about that, sort of).

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort Via Giovanni , Barga, Lucca 55051 45 miles from Florence

Thank you so much for commenting.

We have to balance the price (free) with the bit of inconvenience (additional time driving). I'm thinking of doing a full day tour from Florence that would include a stop in Pisa (as well as Siena and a winery I believe) so we'd get that done ahead of time.

I genuinely appreciate anything else you might like to add! We will only be there 2 nights, won't be there on a Sunday.

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Mostly meat in Venice -trip report

Thanks for sharing,I'm going for the first time in September and while we love seafood sometimes my hubby needs meat too!

Jun 29, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort Via Giovanni , Barga, Lucca 55051 45 miles from Florence

Spending two nights (free) at this Marriott connected property. Should have a car. Anyone familiar with the area, hotel dining options (which haven't sounded great where I've looked so far), don't-miss in Barga, Lucca and also Pisa which is supposedly close.

We aren't married to this place (using points we can cancel almost up to the arrival date) but thought maybe a couple R&R days between Florence and Rome might be nice.

Jun 27, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Venice/ Florence/ Rome Trip report (very long)

I'm going to bookmark this to read when I have time, but am doing a similar itinerary and greatly appreciate having your message to consider. Thanks for taking the time.

Jun 27, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Breakfast in Rome

Re:coffee. I love it, but I have an aversion to caffeine (yes, I've heard it all!) and wonder if there is ANY de caffeinated stuff to be found?

Jun 27, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Rome: Sid's Short List for those new to Rome

Going to Rome for the first time in September for 4 nights. Staying near Campo de Fiore. My husband is NOT an adventurous eater but will go along with almost anything but sweetbreads. I'd like to dine in/explore the Ghetto (are places generally closed Friday nights?), find a great pizza bianco, and maybe a guide to get in the major sights and skip lines so we can take everything else leisurely. My daughter will be with us in Rome. All suggestions and commentary will be greatly appreciated, I mainly want to try to avoid overpriced touristy stuff and figure out which local spots are great and reasonable. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Foodie Trip Report: Pisa, Lucca, Vernazza (5 Terre) and Lucca

So hoping that some of your selections are still around, what a wonderful post!

Anybody intrigued by this bump and the thread title who'd like to update? I'm all ears, going in September and spending 4 nights in Florence, 2 in Barga at the renaissance resort. That Mario's sounds pretty darn great...

Jun 23, 2014
SueFH in Italy

Miami/SoBe: any don't-miss NOT fine dining but great food?

I fully expected them to laugh at my comment about discussing it online, I realize Joe's IS Miami and I'm a peon. I don't care.

Insofar as the implication I was somehow conducting a shakedown or expected something over and above what I was due...that's just wrong and I will blame my imperfect writing skills and inability to better explain the circumstances. But I assure you, I was in no way improper or rude...or entitled.

I'll stick to other sites in the future.

Mar 19, 2014
SueFH in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Foodie Spots in Orlando

I second Ravenous Pig. Went for lunch 2 weeks ago and the SALAD had me raving. I swooned over the shrimp and grits, the dessert, and the waiter even brought me some gruyere biscuit ends from dinner. I LOVED it, cannot recommend it highly enough.

Another place I enjoyed was White Wolf Cafe. Here's what I wrote on another site:
Brunch In downtown Orlando it was about 20 minutes from Sea World (we stayed in that area), just blocks off I-4. While the service wasn't great (didn't get setups until well after our food came )their cinnamon rolls were excellent and the grits, eggs, bacon and pancakes were really good. Plus on Sundays they have $3 mimosas and bloodies, we sat at the bar waiting for a table and the people just never stopped coming.

Hostess said it is frequented mostly by locals, she was surprised we were from Chicago, and I'd definitely go back if I was in Orlando again.
www.whitewolfcafe.com

Mar 19, 2014
SueFH in Florida

Drive MIA to Orlando--anything "don't-miss" close to main highways?

No problem at all, was literally a minute of our day. Just wanted to share in case anyone was following.

Mar 11, 2014
SueFH in Florida