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ISO: Gourmet Oreo-style Sandwich Cookies in Back Bay, South End, or Downtown Xing?

Hi Rise definitely has them.

about 4 hours ago
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Another question re: places to eat in Nola . . .

Jason, have you looked at the maps on eater.com (the "Essential 38" and the "Heat Map")? I've found them to be very useful for identifying places I haven't been. Like you, I've been to NOLA many, many (100 maybe?) times over the last 28 years, and of late am making a concerted effort to go to places I haven't been before.

about 6 hours ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Elio's UES

I've always found Elio's to be not worth its absurd prices. It strikes me as one of those places where regulars go because they like being regulars there, not because the food is so extraordinary.

1 day ago
Blumie in Manhattan

brief visit to New Orleans from UK

I don't disagree about the uniqueness of Casamento's. It's just that oysters don't fall within the common usage of meat in this context. Nonetheless, it's a good recommendation and the OP can decide if he's interested.

I think Cochon is a great meat-centric restaurant. People also really love Toups Meatery, although I have not been personally.

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans
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brief visit to New Orleans from UK

Casamento's for meat?!?!

1 day ago
Blumie in New Orleans

Eataly?

When I've compared produce prices at Eataly to those at the Fairway around the corner on 6th Avenue, I have always found Eataly to be competitively priced (and often cheaper than Fairway).

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Real Maple Syrup

Chelsea Square Restaurant, an awesome old school diner at 23rd St. and 9th Ave., offers real maple syrup for a $2 upcharge. Well worth it.

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Crawfish

hazelhurst (and other locals), do you know of anyone you'd trust to hire for a backyard boil? Although we're pretty good at doing it ourselves (can't remember the guy's name, but the owner of the former Funky Butt taught us well!), I'm wondering if there's someone out there would could do a really good job for us while we just watch in awe (and drink beer).

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

1 year anniversary - small, seasonal and intimate.

Wow, you're making this tough! Let me throw a wildcard recommendation out there: Roberta's in Bushwick. It satisfies almost none of your stated preferences, but the food is amazing -- whether you go for the pizza or for their more nuanced menu options -- and in the right frame of mind it's incredibly romantic, perhaps because it's almost anti-romantic. I once had a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner with my wife at the bar.

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

The best midtown breakfast I ever had was at Nougatine. Expect it to be expensive (annoying that they don't put prices on the menu), but it's really, really good.

http://www.jean-georgesrestaurant.com...

(Can't vouch for its accuracy, but menupages does show prices: http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...)

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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Eataly?

On the issue of crowds: even when it's crowded, the crowds are almost always there for the restaurants and cafes. So while it's annoying to have to battle the crowds to get to the provisions and grocery items, the wait to check out typically is very short.

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

1 year anniversary - small, seasonal and intimate.

It's a tough reservation, but I would think ABC Kitchen would make you both happy.

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Eataly?

As for the pasta, irrespective of whether the pasta at Eataly is worth the higher cost than Raffetto's, it certainly doesn't match the pleasure of going to Raffetto's and having your past cut-to-order. What you lose out at Eataly is the satisfaction one gets when shopping at an old world store like Raffetto's. (What was wonderful about the old Balducci's was getting both the extensive variety -- meats, fish and seafood, produce, cheeses, etc. -- and getting the old world feel!) That said, since I live a block away from Eataly, it has become my go-to store for pretty much everything, and I can't remember the last time I went to Raffetto's.

Feb 24, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Wishing for Midtown Diners for breakfast

Can you define what you mean by healthy?

Feb 23, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Space in Manhattan for "quiet" dinner for 10 people

Not a round table, but at Blue Ribbon Kitchen, you can get a beautiful open but private room opposite the bakery.

Feb 23, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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Eataly?

Disagree about the produce. I find it to be better quality and no more expensive than whole foods and fairway.

Feb 23, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan

Returning to New Orleans from SF Bay Area, 24-31 March. Thoughts?

I see no issue with Cochon and Cochon Butcher on the same day, let alone the same trip.

Feb 23, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Eataly?

I live a block away and avoided it for its first year of operation because I thought of it as an overpriced tourist destination. But after I finally took a closer look, it quickly became my favorite shopping destination for meat, cheese, fish and seafood, produce and bread. Their products really are extraordinary, and their prices, although not cheap, are no higher than competitors like Whole Foods. So while I don't have any recommendations for special foods that you can't find elsewhere, I do highly recommend it.

Feb 23, 2015
Blumie in Manhattan
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Food Fight!

Maybe we need a thread on where to eat in Acadiana; I don't think I've seen one of those in a while. Wanna throw out some suggestions? (Let me throw out to the other NOLA visitors, if you don't take some time to tour Acadiana when you come to Louisiana, you're really missing out. And to add some atmospherics to your visit, read Longfellow's Evangeline before you do!)

Feb 19, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Food Fight!

Are there any restaurants in NOLA to go to for the real thing? Bon Ton maybe? Is it worth going for?

Feb 19, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Food Fight!

Thanks, Celeste. Either I was not seeing your posts or you've been away from the board for a while. In any event, it's nice to see you back here again. Between you, hazelhurst and the few other real locals on this board (this board more than any other seems dominated by frequent visitors more than by true locals), those of us just faking our way can learn a thing or three.

Feb 19, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

traveling with a vegan

New Orleans, as much as any city, was not traditionally an easy city for vegans, but, like in many cities, that is rapidly changing. Many newer restaurants offer vegan-friendly options, or can alter items to make them vegan friendly. Here is a link to the Eater.com "heat map" of some of the more interesting new restaurants in New Orleans. I suspect that if you pull up menus for these places, you'll find lots of great eating options.

http://nola.eater.com/maps/the-hottes...

Feb 19, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Critique My Dining Itinerary Feb 24-27

If you haven't been to Cochon Butcher in a while, it's time to give it another try. I like that ChicagoGuy has it scheduled for early in his trip; he may like it so much that he might want to try to squeeze in another visit. It's that good.

Feb 19, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Place in the western 'burbs to sit and talk over dinner

I think the Coach Grill pretty much is same as it ever was. I've never considered it stellar. Then again, I'm not much into the "luxury steakhouse" thing. I go because it's comfortable and convenient, not because I'm wowed by the food.

Feb 19, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Critique My Dining Itinerary Feb 24-27

So here's a primer on how Bacchanal works:

When you arrive, you enter in the wine store. Select a bottle of wine to share with your friend, and while you're in the wine store, choose two or three cheeses out of the cheese case. Bring the wine and cheese up to the register, and tell the cashier that you want a cheese plate. The cashier will ring you up (there's a $5 surcharge for the cheese plate; well worth it), open your bottle of wine, take the cheese from you, and hand you a number to put on your table so they know where to deliver the cheese plate. After you pay for the wine and cheese, grab a couple of wine glasses from the rack to the right of the cashier, and head out the side door to the back (or, if it's inclement weather, go out the side door and up the stairs to the upstairs room).

Once out back (or upstairs), find a place to sit and plant your number for the cheese plate on your table. Then head to the window into the kitchen where you will find copies of the food menu. Place you order at that window, at which point you will be given a second number to place on your table. Before returning to your table, grab flatware and napkins from the table next to the kitchen window.

Now just enjoy whatever music is playing, and your wine and food.

Feb 18, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

Place in the western 'burbs to sit and talk over dinner

I haven't. The menu looks beautiful. Do you think it would meet the other criteria?

Feb 18, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Place in the western 'burbs to sit and talk over dinner

Thanks. The old Applebee's, right (and, IIRC, Howard Johnson's once upon a time!)?

Feb 18, 2015
Blumie in Greater Boston Area

Memorable birthday dinner in the city

The NoMad. If you can get a reservation.

Critique My Dining Itinerary Feb 24-27

You don't go to Bacchanal because the food is uniquely New Orleans, but you go because the entire experience is uniquely New Orleans.

Feb 18, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans

New Burger? New Pizza?

You haven't met me! Dat Dog doesn't do it for me. I love me a good hot dog, but in my opinion the Dat Dog roll is too big for the dog and the toppings just further overwhelm it. The concept is good, and it's a fun place, but I don't get as excited about the place as many do. (To further illustrate my point, I've linked two photos, one a trio of Dat Dog dogs, and one of a place in Brooklyn that in my mind looks much better, and that I hope to try tonight!)

Feb 18, 2015
Blumie in New Orleans