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Any ideas for restaurants in Fontainebleau (near Paris)?

I lived in a nearby village some years ago, so my knowledge may be out of date. When I was there, the restaurants were rather old-school, for what that's worth. I strongly preferred to trek into Paris for fine dining. The problem is that the last train from Paris back to Fontainebleau is at some ridiculously early time like 10:30pm. You can't have a proper dinner in Paris and be on the train by 10:30pm. And I certainly couldn't drive myself home after all that wine. So, I would usually just get a hotel in Paris for the night.

You are coming from Italy so it may be no great pizza for you, but I did enjoy Pizza Pazza quite a number of times in Fontainebleau. The creperie Ty Koz used to be very good (and great for kids), but my last visit was a bit disappointing.

Aug 31, 2011
WtotheN in France

anywhere to get mai tais or scorpion bowls?

I don't have an answer for you, but I like the way you think. Will watch this thread for responses. :-)

Jun 13, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Reporting back on Houston trip

Glad to hear you had a nice Houston experience!

May 09, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Houston Vegetarian? (i know its BBQ world... but) any suggestions?

I've posted on this before - search for posts by me. Houston has lots of great veggie eats. I'm not personally a fan of all-veggie restaurants in most cases, so I've posted about places that are omnivorous but have good veggie choices.

May 07, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

options near Four Seasons (w/o a car, willing to use light rail and transit)

Lankford is open on Saturday (agree that it has been getting mixed reviews)

Apr 29, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

options near Four Seasons (w/o a car, willing to use light rail and transit)

Oh, I forgot about kolaches for breakfast -- might be hard to find a good place within your distance requirements, but so cheap you can spend a little more on the taxi, no? Plus, you can run out in the AM to get the kolaches while your pregnant wife rests in the hotel, awaiting your return with delicious kolache goodness. Google Houston kolaches to find some reviews

Apr 28, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

options near Four Seasons (w/o a car, willing to use light rail and transit)

You have BOATLOADS of options if you are willing to take the light rail or <$20 cab ride. I'm going to stretch you to $25 roundtrip cab ride incl tip. You will have a great time!

Breakfast: Baby Barnaby's on Fairview (not any other Barnaby's location), Breakfast Klub (can take the light rail)

Lunch: banh mi at Les Givrals on Drew & Milam (light rail), Hubcap Grill (have not been there but gets great reviews - check if open at the weekend), Treebeards (love the red beans and rice, but not open on weekends - not sure when your lunches are), Lankford Grocery (legendary - I've only been once. Not open on Sunday)

Dinner: Da Marco (could go over budget depending on wine), Ibiza (light rail), Catalan, Stella Sola (though I've only found Stella Sola to be ok, many people rave about it), Feast, Indika, Hugo's, Dolce Vita (one of my favorites in Houston),

Also peruse the Houston Press food blog for other ideas. Have fun and please report back!

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Da Marco
1520 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

Baby Barnaby's Cafe
602 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Les Givral's
801 Congress St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77002

Indika
516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Hubcap Grill
1111 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002

Stella Sola
1001 Studewood, Houston, TX 77008

Apr 28, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Best Chaat in Houston?

I really enjoy Balaji Bhavan and Shiv Sagar for chaat. Also Bansuri. Only went to Sweet n Namkin once, but it was AWFUL. I did not know it was possible to make chaat taste that bad. Just awful. I was shocked to see the Press' review of the Dahi Puri at SnN - that was the worst Dahi Puri I've ever had. Maybe they had a bad day?

Have you tried the dabeli at Bansuri? I think that's the best dabeli in town, though Shiv Sagar's is very good too.

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Shiv Sagar
6662 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074

Apr 05, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

looking for a restaurant with a meeting room and reasonably-priced appetizers

$5-10 per person is pretty tight. Tight even for homemade food.

Mar 22, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Truffle Butter in Houston?

Central Market and Spec's carry it in the cheese department.

I am not a big fan of the truffles at CM, by the way. They are always bland - not sure why.

Mar 17, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

So where should I go for my birthday dinner?

Da Marco, Feast, Indika, and t'afia come to mind.

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Da Marco
1520 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

t'afia
3701 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Indika
516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Feb 27, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

new yorker in town - best banh mi?

I am loyal to Les Givrals in midtown. A lot of folks like Cali but I've always been disappointed.

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Les Givral's
801 Congress St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77002

Feb 23, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Cheerwine

Was it Ironbru?

Jan 22, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Cheerwine

I don't think it tastes like cough syrup...but it does have a strong artificial cherry flavor (which you might associate with cough syrup if you had cherry cough syrup growing up).

I worked briefly in North Carolina and drank quite a few Cheerwines. :-)

Jan 21, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Looking for huge international market in Houston

I've been to Buford a couple of times. One of the larger Fiesta Marts may fit the bill. For upscale items, try Central Market. If you want to dig deeper into a particular type of cuisine, all the stores mentioned in this thread are worth a visit.

Jan 20, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

What to eat with d'Yquem?

Absolutely roquefort!

Jan 16, 2011
WtotheN in Wine

Seeking Gourmet Stores in Houston region

One more thing to consider: Central Market is VERY open to sampling/demo opportunities, Spec's appears to be open to it (but with somewhat less floor space available for it), and I've never seen a manned sample station at Phoenicia. Without knowing what kinds of brands you are dealing in, that may make a difference.

Jan 09, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Seeking Gourmet Stores in Houston region

Central Market is another one to check out. Note they are not Houston-based (Central Market is Austin-based; the parent company, HEB, is based in San Antonio).

If you are trying to sell in your oil brand, I would recommend checking out the Kroger on Buffalo Speedway at Westpark. They do some local buying and are, I believe, the highest grossing Kroger in Houston (located in a high income area). They buy a lot of those SKUs through a local wholesaler. Post contact info if you'd like details on that.

Net net: if you hit Central Market, Spec's, Phoenicia, Liebmann's and the high-end Kroger I mentioned, you are covering a great majority of the gourmet supermarket shopping in Houston.

Have fun!

Jan 09, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

Butter Brickle Ice Cream

Welcome to Houston!

I am not familiar with butter brickle, but the most popular brand around these parts (Blue Bell) offers buttered pecan and butter crunch. Might they be what you're looking for?

Jan 09, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

To which hole-in-the-wall BBQ place would you go to impress?

A good friend who lives in Boston is coming to Houston for one night and one night only, and he wants BBQ. I want this friend to want to visit Houston more often, so a high degree of deliciousness is critical!

Would you take him to Thelma's? Is Thelma's back after the fire? Are there other joints you would consider?

Jan 04, 2011
WtotheN in Houston

How much wine per glass is served at a several course meal with wine pairings?

Wow, maybe I look like a lush but I've never been served only 2 glasses of wine with a tasting menu. Very nearly always, they pour a 4oz glass per course, regardless of number of courses. I've really got to pace myself during 8-10 course menus!

Dec 18, 2010
WtotheN in Wine

Amarena Cherries in Houston

I just searched Spec's downtown (at www.specsonline.com) and they didn't have them. Have you tried Central Market?

Dec 18, 2010
WtotheN in Houston

Red Wine that Tastes Like the Smell of Dirt

A friend thinks most Argentine Malbecs taste of dirt.

Dec 07, 2010
WtotheN in Wine

Field of Greens - Macrobiotic

Thanks for the report! Glad you enjoyed Hugo's

Nov 30, 2010
WtotheN in Houston

Chicago Foodie needs help for upscale foodie HOU restaurant....please help!

I second the recommendations of Catalan, Feast, and Indika.

I think Da Marco is delicious, but you have great Italian in Chicago, so maybe not that interesting to you.

t'afia offers dishes with a lot of local ingredients, and I like the ambiance (some might think it's a bit minimalist)

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Da Marco
1520 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

t'afia
3701 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Indika
516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Nov 30, 2010
WtotheN in Houston

churros?

El Bolillo has Abuelita out of a machine. It's out of a machine, but at least you've got something to dip the churros into. :-)

Nov 29, 2010
WtotheN in Houston

Fresh handmade pasta & other Italian specialties in the Houston area?

I wholeheartedly agree with all of the recommendations above for the cheeses, oils, etc. Do make sure you check out the Smith Street Spec's as DW mentioned - it's got the largest selection by far of all Spec's locations. And Central Market may be your best shot for fresh pastas. They are already packaged, so maybe not as uber-fresh as you're used to, but I've found them to be quite good -- they are in the deli section right next to the olives.

For pastry shops, frankly you may be better served bringing pastries from Boston. Nundini's *might* have some of what you're looking for, but overall my experience is that Houston has better Mexican pastries and Middle Eastern pastries than Italian ones.

Nov 27, 2010
WtotheN in Houston

Field of Greens - Macrobiotic

Is this for your veggie friends visiting from out of town? I would not suggest Field of Greens in that case - not a going-out-with-friends sort of place in my mind (though I haven't been there in years).

Without knowing your friends so speaking only for myself of course, I would say that I generally don't like being taken to all-veg places. Feels like I'm making everyone else deal with my special needs. ;-) I prefer omnivorous places that are veggie-friendly, and there are plenty of those in the Montrose area. Would your friends be up for some of those options? I'm happy to share a list

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Field of Greens
2320 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098

Nov 27, 2010
WtotheN in Houston

Downtown Dining

In that case, I've heard great things about Reef. Also would suggest you take a look at t'afia and Feast, which are a bit further south of downtown than Reef, but no more than an additional 5 minutes or so by car.

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t'afia
3701 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Nov 27, 2010
WtotheN in Houston

Indian or Mexican in Montrose for a Vegetarian

I third Indika.

For Mexican, I've heard that Hugo's has a new vegetarian menu. Hugo's is a bit fancy though - not sure if that's the Mexican experience you were thinking of.

Also, don't feel limited to Indian and Mexican. Veggie options abound in the Montrose area. Let us know if your friends would like additional cuisines

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Indika
516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Nov 24, 2010
WtotheN in Houston