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Alba on Sunday and Monday

there is a Gambero Rosso app but I am struggling with it a bit - I suspect I will have to subscribe to get full functionality. Ive not been able to access the restuarant list online maybe someone else has been more successful.

about 11 hours ago
jen kalb in Italy

Alba Italy request please

If you are the same intrepid who has contributed on this board for a number of years you know the drill. The OP does not "own" the thread. The OP starts a discussion and hopefully get some help if help is asked for. Since we are mostly looking for really excellent food when we come here, I think Allende was being sincere and not snarky. His advice is worth considering. If you need to stay in Alba for your meals, hopefully someone will chime in with some suggestions.

In the meantime here's a link to a thread last year that goes through some of the alternatives.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9130...

about 11 hours ago
jen kalb in Italy

Local dinner choices in Park Slope

ok this is my nabe and it has some good food. No good Thai, though, you will have to travel for that.

There is a hotdog specialist, BARK. Ive not actually been to this one, my husband laughs at gourmet hot dogs but they are supposed to be pretty good.
Morgans BBQ on the corner of St. Marks Ave and Flatbush dishes up very tasty texas BBQ. We have liked both the fatty brisket and the pork. they have a ginormous (their word) beef rib we have not tried and other items, including good chili, frito pie, etc.
Franny's and Marco's are two related restaurants serving very refined, italian-ish food. Franny's has very good pizza. If you want a locavore, serious vibe and are willing to pay, they are a good bet.
Amorina, on Vanderbilt near Prospect Place has quite good pizza and other dishes at a lower price.
There is excellent felafel in the neighborhood. My favorite is Kulushkat, on Dean Street just w of Flatbush ave. In addition to fine felafel, and homemade desserts, they also have an eggplant sandwith with an egg in it that is stellar. Eat on stools or takeout. ChicPea on Bergen just E of 6th Ave is also good but a shade less interesting. Has a couple of tiny tables.
67 Burger, on Flatbush just W of Bergen has quite good burgers in many variations. I like.
Cubana Cafe is on 6th Ave between Flatbush and St. Marks has pretty good, large cuban sandwiches and goodrum/ lime drinks to a yuppie audience. For more of an old school approach to hispanic chow, there is El Viejo Yayo on 5th near Dean where the local hispanics go for their rice and beans, fried bananas and grilled meats. Its pretty good but a bit bland.
A couple of places on Vanderbilt you might like - Ample Hills Ice Cream at Vand/St Marks is a major family/hipster scene. Rich icecream, the salty caramel crack is very good. they sell kid size cups/cones if you stick at the price (expensive)
Joyce's Bakeshop on Vanderbilt (Park Pl) has stylish, good french pastires and coffee, the Milk Bar (Prospect) is also a popular coffee shop not sure what they corrently offer. The Hungry Ghost at Flatbush and 6th has Stumptown coffee, and the Brooklyn Larder (Flatbush between Bergen and 6th has coffee prepared food, cheese and other pricey but well -"curated"( their word) specialties
Convivium, on 5th between St Marks and Bergen (I think) is an upscale and very good Iberian/Italian restaurant - costs about the same as Franny's with more generous servings.
Sugarcane on Flatbush (weve never been) has a good rep among caribbean folks - Id say go early if you want to try, its a boisterous, crowded scene. I dont recommend Kombit (Haitian) on Flatbush based on an incompetent meal quite a number of years ago. Who knows, it may have improved.
The Koelner Bierhalle is at St. Marks just E of 5th Ave.
http://thekbh.com/
Kaz A Nou is a french caribbean restaurant on 6th between Bergen and Dean., SMall and friendly I think still byob. http://www.kazannou.com/

about 12 hours ago
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Inverness and on up to the Orkney Islands

I hope you are all organized by now. I would not be stressed about where you eat and what you are wearing. We spent several weeks in northern scotland (Grampian) at one point and lunched at many lovely hotels and pub in our hiking clothes - some of the locals were a bit better dressed but others were very casual I dont think the standards of dress in Scotland differ much from New England, It is nice to look nice dining out in the evening but I really think a bindi is not needed!

Taste of Scotland is a pretty good source of info http://www.taste-of-scotland.com/inde...

Frankly you will be travelling through a very lightly populated area with very few eating options -many are at the hotels. I think you will be able to ask and obtain local recommendations. i dont remember a single booth on visits to Scotland

do report back!

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1 day ago
jen kalb in U.K./Ireland

Herbes Salees

Its been a plan of mine for several years to make this herb mixture - years ago I bought a jar in magog and it was fantastic in pea soup and other dishes - but I wanted to use summer savory, which I never found in the market when thinking about this recipe, Well I found it and just made a batch using parsley, summer savory, chives, green onions, celery carrot, thyme - and salted it.Now its sitting in the refrigerator (probably 2 years supply!) and I am wondering about preservation. My commercial stuff lasted 4 or 5 years at least after opening - does anyone here make this seasoning - should I just place in a clean jar in the refrig, or could it be frozen after it cures? Any experience with canning (Id prefer not to heat it, however.)

1 day ago
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Southern Tuscany report (part 1): Pitigliano, Valiano, Montalcino, Siena

Its great to have comprehensive reports like this! I really enjoyed!!

1 day ago
jen kalb in Italy

Early dinners

there is a good reason why people historically took siestas in this part of the world. Even now when many Italians are taking quicker lunches or not going home for their midday meal there are midday closings extending to mid-afternoon which make a lot of shopping and touring more complicated. (of course places like the Forum, which are intolerable in the noon sun, stay open) Noon is a particularly nice time to have a long comfortable lunch, sit in a shady park or maybe go home for a snooze!. Id say that Flavio al Velavevodetto in Testaccio is a nice place for lunch with kids in the summer - it is spacious, has outdoor seating (if desired) and its near the Protestant Cemetery which is a lovely place to meander and find shade. Flavio has largeish servings - while its roman cuisine is not the finest Ive had their ravioli with a light tomato sauce and fresh marjoram would be a good summer dish.

1 day ago
jen kalb in Italy

Lunch in Pontedera?

Here are a couple of possibilities (Ive not been there) which I collected a while back -- hope you report back what you find.

Aeroscalo
0587 52024
Via Roma,8
Gambero Rosso Lowcost Guide says this Trattoria offes traditional seasonal dishes, especially game,such as papardelle with game sauce, partridge and truffle risotto,lepre alla cacciatora, cinghiale maremma style
closed Mondays

here is also a rather more upscale, seafood place in Michelin (but noted as a good value), La Polveriera
http://www.viamichelin.it/web/Ristora...

1 day ago
jen kalb in Italy

Doughnut Plant Prospect Hts.

This is probably not news to anyway tuned into the food zeitgeist but the Doughnut Plant is opening a location in the triangle bldg next to the Bergen Street 2/3 station (where Yummy Taco and before that a pervy sign shop used to be). and across the street from Brooklyn Larder. There is also a purported french bakery opening up farther up the strip. Have to say the doughnuts are a bigger potential challenge to me than the specialty cupcakes that will be sold on Vanderbilt, kattycorner to Ample hills. that will the be kids corner for sure.

1 day ago
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Out of the Past, a Pecan Pastry You Won't Forget

Leske's bakery in Bay Ridge has an excellent pecan ring as well. the

2 days ago
jen kalb in Features

Restaurants near Castelfalfi?

ps lodging is offtopic for CH - sites like slowtrav for example might be better resources for that specific purpose.

Jul 11, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Restaurants near Castelfalfi?

its not particularly centrally located or close to any of the major sites - 75 min to siena, 45 to Volterra, more than an hour to Castellini in Chianti, 50 min to Pisa - san Gimgnano is 28 min away. Of course you can do touring arriving and leaving the resort which would increase your scope and the restaurants and towns you could sample.

When I did some fairly intensive research on this corner of Tuscany a couple of years ago looking for food near Lajatico I did not find much and the map shows relatively few towns.. but Tuscan food is pretty simple and there could be undiscovered gems in the area near this beautiful resort..

Jul 11, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Restaurants near Castelfalfi?

looks lovely, but seems a little bit remote to me, also pricy....I remember a long slow drive many years ago on secondary roads through this area from Pisa to San Gimignano. Looks more like a destination resort than a touring base but maybe what you want for a honeymoon?

There are quite a few castle-village redevelopments like this in Tuscany - here is the one we stayed at, also many years ago. It has a casual restaurant on site and the estate makes wonderful oils as well as providing delicious wild boar for the ragus. once...http://www.gargonza.it/index.php#

Jul 11, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Is La Pergola, Rome, worth it?

wow, sounds really wonderful! - and congratulations! look forward to hearing about it!

Jul 11, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Is La Pergola, Rome, worth it?

hey would be good to hear some more about your recent Italy trips!!

Jul 11, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Early dinners

our approach during the kid years was to have our main meal at lunch time and go light at dinner, pizza, eating takeout in our room etc. Preferably renting an apartment so the whole thing worked more smoothly.

If you are coming from the US you could also consider adjusting the kids to a later bedtime for the visit. since they will have to make a jetlag adjustment anyway.

Jul 11, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Hostaria da Ivan

Thank you! Sounds absolutely delicious.

Though I know its not the point I am wondering - did any fruits or vegetables make their appearance on the table there?

Jul 10, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Some I-80 faves for travellers

craft brewing is big in that area - when we went to Old Forge just before Memorial day weekend there was a sign posted about a set of organized summer paddles down the Susquehanna starting in Berwick and stopping at I think 6-7 different string of breweries/brewpubs along the way.

Have to say that my burger at Old Forge was really excellent - they even offered a choice of burgers with beef from a local farm. Husband liked his brew (I cant remember what he chose), well enough. Like many of these places they brew an awful lot of different items and it can take a while to figure out the standouts/which you like, id guess.But we were lucky to find a seat, on a weeknight.

Jul 10, 2014
jen kalb in Pennsylvania

Best non-fusion Italian in Rome

we havent been in Rome in the summertime since our very first trips more than 30 years ago - we decided early on that the glaring sun was not ideal for our kind of active holiday. I do remember enjoyable meals, but mostly not of the heavy pasta and meat specialties. Grilled trout and such (dont know if this appears on ANY Rome menus these days, pollo alla romana and a tomato-pepper-basil scented risotto under a grape arbor at highly touristic Angelo ai Fori, near the Roman Forum, and sitting in the courtyard at Otello alla Concordia with their fruit fountain dripping, coolly, watching Italians/europeans eating pears with knife and fork and eating cherries served in water with ice (this was early June), http://www.otello-alla-concordia.it/, strill there. having cool vegetable appetizers and, I think florentine steak under an awning at Osteria Nerone. Then too, indoor restaurants become cool caves/ refuges from the summer heat if you dont have to trek too far to get there.

It would be nice to see some particular recommendations for (todays) summer fare in rome.

Jul 10, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Aux Epices, New Malaysian in C'town: anyone try it yet?

I liked what I ate at this restaurant but I did not try the laksa. Wondering whether there are any NY restaurants that prepare laksa that you like?

Jul 10, 2014
jen kalb in Manhattan

Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

for heaven sakes, yes!!

Jul 09, 2014
jen kalb in Great Lakes
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

You wont have any problems driving this stretch . Its up to standard Interstate standards and not at all curvy - while there are a fair number of big trucks the traffic thins out significantly after the Susquehanna is crossed - the truck traffic is much worse in the eastern part of the state. We've driven in day night, rain and snow and its fine. Much of the road has been recently rebuilt (we first drove it around 1970 when new) and is in good condition - there are a lot more gas stations, truck stops etc built since then, believe me.And the old towns along there like Danville, Clearfield,Bellefonte etc are nice for a leg stretch.

Jul 09, 2014
jen kalb in Great Lakes
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Some I-80 faves for travellers

thanks - here is the corrected link which should work. Ironbridge, mentioned below, is part of this same group
http://www.springfields.com/

Jul 09, 2014
jen kalb in Pennsylvania

Some I-80 faves for travellers

Yes I know that large stretches of this road dont have much going on. But I thought I would just put up a list of a few of the more worthwhile places we have been to in the last couple years driving from NYC to Ohio on 80

East to West:
the Powerhouse (White Haven, in the Poconos http://www.powerhouseeatery.co/#about
from sandwiches through a full dinner menu, all well made in a really interesting former industrial setting (old powerhouse

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Berwick Brewery - Berwick PA http://www.berwickbrewing.com/- a full range of housemade beers and interesting pizzas, including inside space plus beer garden overlooking the beautiful Susquehanna River - maybe a bit too far off the highway if you are in a rush
Danville - in the nice old downtown, the bustling new Old Forge Brewing Co. www.oldforgebrewingcompany.com/ - visited on our last trip - I had a great burger and husband enjoyed his beef sandwich - wide range of beers - made me a very good russ/n with a belgian white beer and freshly made lemonade - they brew their own soft drinks as well as beers here. There are a couple traditional barebones places selling Philly cheesesteaks and such we have been to over the the years but the burgeoning Old Forge tops them in appeal
Bellefonte - Cafe on the Park has pastries and light meals including gluten free http://www.cafeonthepark.net/ Sam Nastase's Beer Distributor on Zion road, entering town from the East has a fairly good selection including local favorite Straubs, from St. Marys.

Woodland, one exit E of Clearfield, on Rt 322 - Gio's BBQ http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/252/14811...

We really enjoyed our spare ribs, pulled pork and chile beans at Gio's - good value big serving size, bare bones fast food style place. If you're in the clearfield area for lunch or dinner its worth a stop.

Ethan's Cafe in the old commercial center of Clearfield is a simple cafe with fresh made salads and sandwiches, good for a light lunch

Brooksville - the Courthouse Grill and Pub is an old courthouse restaurant in the center of town (historic area, very nice to stroll around) which is currently being run by some greek folks. Pretty good greek food in a pleasant historic setting.

We tend to stop at beer distributors when crossing PA to pick up a case or two - Plylers in Brookville is one where we have stopped more than once. Notable for the fact that it is built into the side of a hill (like a cave) and friendly helpful guy. https://plus.google.com/1108467791344...

Western PA - near Mercer and Sharon - Rachel's roadhouse is one of the growing springfield group of restaurants http://www.springfields.com- on US 19 S of Mercer. Its a big informal place - when we were there it was full of people kicking back for Friday lunch. I liked my reuben, husband and kids liked their meals too and the well-priced beer.

Jul 08, 2014
jen kalb in Pennsylvania

Bergamo, Schilpario, Florence, Lake Como, Rome

At the end of this thread is a report on a place we liked on our last visit to Bergamo. The Cooperativa in Citta Alta is an endearing instituion in the town and the food was cheap and good.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/793665

Jul 08, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

Purple Yam is not attempting to fill the ethnic niche where you get a lot of food for your $ and people eat just like back in their home country. They are also not attempting to fill the supercheap food for nurses niche.. They have a soothing, attractive space, polished service and nice presentation on the plate. Umi Nom likewise though their space is not as attractive (to me) These two also will use some creativity and do not limit themselves to filipino standards - they tend more to a fusion approach. Both are recommendable - Im not up on the Woodside scene enough to comment on the choices there.

Jul 08, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

One week in Puglia - Rate my choices!

looking forward to hearing how your trip goes!
good eating and all!

Jul 07, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Venice: Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane price update?

Id just say to clarify that in general whole fish cost more than other seafood or fritto misto, risotto or seafood pastas in Italy.So staying away from the whole fish can be one way to keep the prices of a meal in a manageable range. Ordering a seafood appetizer and then some pasta, and perhaps some salad or a veg is a very reasonable approach. Its well worth it to go to one of the places discussed on this thread and sample the venetian seafood specialties.which you will not find elsewhere.

Jul 07, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Spicy Lanka: Sri Lankan Cuisine Returns To Queens

Thanks to all of this thread, we had a great dinner at Spicy Lanka last night -

We started with fish "rolls" three quite substantial deep fried rolls filled with shredded white fish, potato,dal, spices and herbs - great seasoning with the subtle touch of well roasted sri lankan curry spices, curry leaves and plenty of chile heat - well fried and delicate. This was followed with a big serving of mutton kothu roti - looks quite like the picture above, but I believe made with a bread (roti) rather than rice noodle base - very moist and light, delicious mutton (goat) curry with curry leaf and other herbs and vegetable shards - I could joyfully eat this every day - along with an order of beef devil and a vegetarian thali. The thali included an ample serving of red rice, beautifully cooked and fluffy, a slightly sour and very flavorful drumstick curry, including yogurt hard to eat but very worth the mess, a good bean curry, a dry eggplant curry excellent dry dal and a dryish fresh coconut and herb chutney, accompanied by a small bowl of very nice cucumber raita and a fried bread. the "devil" was a dry beef sautee - our dining partner said it reminded him of chinese orange beef, but with its bright sweet/sour flavor modified by significant amount of red chile spice, and the smoky flavor of maldive fish and the accompanying lime slice, it was satisfying and distinct..

Very high quality of cooking going on there,intriguiing and distinctive spicing - while there are not too many dishes, I hope that as patronage increases they will add more. Friendly waitress, pleasant surroundings - Wish I lived closer.... GO!

Our very ample meal, which yielded a big doggy bag, cost all of $35 (no drinks or desserts - we were too full.

Jul 06, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs
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Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream?

We went to Oddfellows last night and what we had was not particulalarly sweet - burnt caramel, miso cherry, tarragon lime sorbet. Nor was the very good "ants on a log" - celery sorbet studded with raisins and just a little PB. Really interesting and good.Just ate in cups -no cones. KId's servings are a good alterrnative if you want the taste and less expense.

More on topic for this thread, we liked the icecream when served at General Greene's. Worth a try.

More on topic for this thread, we liked

Jul 06, 2014
jen kalb in Manhattan