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L’atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel or chezbru le bistrot d’eygalières?

Thanks girlfriend, much props for your reply. I do have to say Jean-Luc Rabanel appears to have the most potential to be off the chain. He has 2 Michelin stars, so gives him much street cred. I think we'll go there. Thanks again.

Apr 27, 2014
albatruffles in France

L’atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel or chezbru le bistrot d’eygalières?

We have been doing a bunch of research for our trip and we are divided between L’atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel or chezbru le bistrot d’eygalières while in the area of Arles. Has anybody been recently that could offer some insight, we just care about the food. Lack of service, length of meal, etc isn't our concern. I was also curious as to why chezbru lost its 2nd Michelin star. Thanks in advance and I've already searched the board, so thanks to OaklandBob & famboc for your post.

Apr 24, 2014
albatruffles in France

South of France Itinerary Restaurant Recommendations

now thats how you answer a question directly. Thank you so much.

Apr 13, 2014
albatruffles in France

Our NO rankings [split from Site Talk]

[Note: this thread was split from a Site Talk discussion at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/969011 -- The Chowhound Team]

Oh cool, we just got back from NO. Here's how we ranked our experience:

1 Restaurant R'evolution
2 Willie Mae's Scotch House
3 Peche Seafood Grill
3 Central Grocery Co
5 Mr. B’s Bistro
6 The Company Burger
7 Casamento's
8 Brigsten's
8 Galatoire's (Friday Lunch
)10 Restaurant August
11 Cafe Du Monde
12 Cochon Butcher
13 Parkway Bakery & Tavern
14 Morning Call
14 Southern Candymakers
14 B & C Seafood Market & Cajun Restaurant
17 Drago's Seafood Restaurant
18 Elizabeth's Restaurant
19 Stanley
20 Commander's Palace
21 Arnaud's Restaurant
22 Leah's Pralines
23 Antoine's Restaurant

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in New Orleans

The problem with Chowhound

Just trying to improve CH...while it's around.

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

you hit the nail on the head. My girlfriend is nodding in agreement.

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

completely agree, I appreciate the support

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

You miss the point, I'm asking what you think is the best food, once I get a few replies I can do more research and narrow from there.

How does any publication write about the best restaurants in an area. Do they know about all their readers preferences/parameters. No they just write. CHers should follow suit.

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

Your comment doesn't add much value, you should post more on CH.

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk

The problem with Chowhound

If you need parameters, you dont know your area.

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

The must visits in any city should be a given. It should be the first thing that appears when i go to a city board. And when i ask a question about must visits I'm constantly met with stupidity.

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

Agreed on both accounts

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

My girlfriend posted this:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/968826

8 replies so far and 1 recommendation. You are not an expert if you cant answer a question. This is one of the downfall of this website.

Mar 16, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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The problem with Chowhound

When I ask a question on CH , the local "experts" always say read the previous posts first. Although the other posts have different restrictions on their posts. CHers should just answer the questions being asked and leave their egos at he door.

Also, dont waste my time telling me to read every past posts on a city, just summarize it or me.

Mar 15, 2014
albatruffles in Site Talk
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South of France Itinerary Restaurant Recommendations

That's a good question Parigi, I wish Jen_l would reply. I take it as..who cares about my preferences, what are the best food places that you would put on every agenda if you didn't know their preference. The Eater 38 is a good reference point. I'm from Los Angeles and when I look at the Eater 38, in general those are places I would recommend to anybody coming to LA...Langer's, In-n-Out, Spago, Trois Mec. So Parigi, what's your South of France Eater 38,

Mar 14, 2014
albatruffles in France

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

I have a follow-up question on my quest to taste the most reputable wines in Sonoma. I left a message at Audelssa for a tasting and when I received a call back, it was Repris Wines. She said they bought Audelssa a few years back. Does anybody know what the current relationship is between the two brands and what is the current reputation of Repris wines? They seem to do barrel tastings and a couple bottle tastings. My petunia and I did barrel tasting in Napa and I wasn't a fan.

Jun 18, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Cool, this place is right up my alley, but unfortunately it's in Napa.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Normally, I would agree with you. But, I'm taking my petunia on this trip and she deserves nothing but the best. We can go to a winery that has one or two wines that are below 90, but I'll ask that these wines be removed from the tasting.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Maybe in the future, publications will hire 4 part-time critics (a panel) and do away with one full-time critic. The reality is all products get reviewed in life, whether vacuums or steaks. We don't always agree with reviews, but it can steer us in the right direction.

Also, let me know if any of the wineries I suggested in my OP received an 89 or worse. I've never gotten a B in my life, I would expect the same from the wineries I visit.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Noted, that's something I learned from this post. I'll adjust my expectations accordingly and try something limited at the restaurants.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Thanks to everybody, you were all very helpful. I feel like I have a good list and I will make a few more adjustments and narrow the list to account for driving time and include ones that are close to each other. I will let you know my thought after the trip.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Yes, it's sarcasm. But I did look at the Meadowood wine list to see what producers they liked in Sonoma.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

CW218,

I never associated Ridge (CHer) with the winery. I wouldn't think winery representatives would be on this website, but now that you bring it up, they could lure people to their wineries that way, kind of makes sense. I chose Ridge because it was well regarded by a decent amount of people.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

I think that's a good way to put it, I'm looking for wineries with great reputations. I want to experience the best Sonoma County has to offer.

In my defense, if I can my hand on a local restaurant's wine list, I find that to be reliable as well. But let's be clear, that restaurant has to have a Michelin star.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

You totally took what I said out of context and now you got me in trouble with Ridge. I'll never forgive you for this. : (

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

This is the OP. Ridge, I appreciate your strong opinions, what I asked for in my OP was simply the best wines..whether Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Zin. Only when pressed for details did I say rating matters. I will go to Rafanelli for Zin and age it for 20 years and reply back with my thoughts about the wine and the wife.

I understand your frustration with people that only look at ratings. I can assure that I am not one of those people. Yes, I looked at Robert Parker's ratings for my list. But I also went to Bevmo and looked at Wilfred Wong's ratings.

Let me try to address your "open mind" comment. Wine and wineries can be a bit overwelming. I don't know much about Sonoma wineries and what I asked of CHers was recommendations of the best wines, period. All I care about is what's in the glass. I didn't restrict the price, a bottle could be $20, it could be $200. I didn't restrict the distance, I'm willing to travel 2 hours if the wine is worth it. I didn't ask that winery entrance resemble a French Chateau, we can drink on the back of a pick-up truck for all I care. And to be quite honest, I don't know what I like. I'm not huge on Chardonnay, but I'm hoping this trip will change that. So, I actually think I'm keeping an open mind.

On a brighter note, we are going to Ridge for sure.

Jun 11, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Can you buy the good stuff at these wineries?

Jun 10, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

Regarding Rafaneli and Rochioli, what's the concern at these wineries? As long as the wines are good, that's all we care about. If the view or setting is unappealing, that's not much of a concern to us.

Jun 10, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Wineries in Sonoma County

I would agree that this is a separate thread, I would prefer no replies relate to wineries with good stories or nice dogs. But please let us know what you mean by nice dogs. A big dog, a small dog, one that barks, one that has bitten lots of people, one that is pretty? Or maybe you just mean nice.

Jun 10, 2013
albatruffles in San Francisco Bay Area