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tears are in my eyes as I read this thread. This feels like the end to me. I dont see how a community user experience will be maintained without a Board structure.

about 23 hours ago
jen kalb in Site Talk
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Lunch in Parma/Bologna area on Saturday?

At Il Cavallino Bianco, large platters of cured meat are served- if you are two I recommend ordering "uno per due" and you will enjoy the rest of your meal more. The fresh pasta with culatello or prosciutto is also very good in this area. My recollection is that their dry red house wine was harsh - I would not select that from their wine list. Do make a reservation if you want to be sure - its easier these days than in the past

Jun 30, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

First Italy Trip for my Girls

Re Rome - Since you have an apartment thats already good. You will have much more eating and relaxing flexibility that way. My advice for a summer visit is to eat your main meal at mid-day, and get out of the sun. You will be having your rest when the Romans are resting and many stores and attractions are also closed. If you take that approach, you will probably want to eat your lunches near to your touring destinations and it will make your eating plans much easier. Put some of the main destinations (i.e. Vatican, Colosseum) into the search and you will see some recommendations.

My kids loved (and as adults love) dining in Rome, especially the pasta, the lamb and as adults the salads and vegetables. A few places you and they might like based on my family's pleasure: Armando al Pantheon, Sora Margherita (Ghetto), Flavio al Velavevodetto (Testaccio), Osteria Nerone (near Colosseum) Enoteca Provincia Romana - (near Forum/Capitoline),Cesare al Casaletto (tram ride out to suburbs). Emma is a recent place near your apartment for pizza and other things - its gotten positive reviews here, but my sister and her husband were not wowed by the pizza in a visit this spring.

Pizza and gelato outings and food brought in from your daytime wanderings can be great in the evenings- you have great sources of fruit, salad fixings cold cuts, cheeses and bread near your apartment.

Jun 29, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Venice - Input on Restaurant Itinerary Requested

there is a lot of bad, commercial (even industrial) pastry in Venice cafes. Please make sure you buy your cornetti at a good pastry shop such as one of those recommended by PBSF. Doing your homework pays off! And do buy it in the am.

Jun 29, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Venice - Input on Restaurant Itinerary Requested

Id have to agree about the Giotto frescos. One of the greatest of the great things in Italy. You must reserve your time ahead however, these days.

Jun 29, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Lunch in Parma/Bologna area on Saturday?

We were in your situation a few years ago and headed to Il Cavallino Bianco after our arrival at Malpensa. In that case, we were staying nearby, in Bussetto, and checked in at our hotel and took a stroll along the Po before going to the restaurant. It has several dining areas (obviously large parties are accommodated at times) but it was quiet on the Saturday we went and we were one of two couples in their informal tavern room. We enjoyed some very nice culatello, pasta and sturgeon from the Po in very pleasant surroundings. (no reservation, arrived at around 2). In the past we usually have not reserved for lunches when travelling and have done ok (Giusti being the exception).

Because of Giusti's small capacity, need to reserve and its urban location, Id be reluctant to plan it for your arrival day, especially when you aretravelling on so far. Wherever you go do make a reservation if you can and have some fallvbacks.

Jun 28, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Rome: Upscale Lunch Restaurant Preferably Near Borghese Museum

Il localino do Claudio perhaps? It's nearby. Use the search box and you will find some comments and reviews of it.

Jun 27, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

A few Venice questions

you might be interested in this old thread about Da Romano with its picture of risotto being tossed . Ive not eaten on Burano or Mazzorbo so cant comment on that aspect.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5880...

Jun 26, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

A few Venice questions

Its a few years since we have been to La Zucca but we differ somewhat from PBSF in our opinion. The food is not cooked in a light style - It is richer, butterier and has more of a rustic feel than most venetian places which typically use more of an olive oil-lemon-parsley palette in seasoning. We have enjoyed layered lasagne type dishes with fish, radicchio and such at traditional places in venice for many years and La Zucca offers some such dishes (without the fish). The cuisine is also not strictly vegetarian, I think of it as more NE italian land cuisine - for example we had pizzocheri there which was pretty good Their pumpkin flan is superlative - now that I have a recipe I cook it as best I can in NY. Go there in winter and you would be satisfied is my guess.

Jun 26, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Recommendations for 3 nights and 3 lunches in Rome

Here is my sister's account of an April visit to Alfredo's, which I have been steadily walking past without stopping since 1978. I will post the rest of her report later. Note, on their tongue in cheek rating scale, "very good" is a middling grade.

"We arrived in Rome just after noon and headed toward the Centro Storico and La Campana, which you had recommended. However, we found that it was closed on Mondays. By the time we got there (we made several church stops on the way) it was well past 2 and we were quite hungry, so we consoled ourselves at Alfredo alla Scrofa (Via della Scrofa 104). We both had the same meal. We began with fresh fusilli with mushrooms, radicchio, and walnuts. This dish was very good but not terribly memorable. We followed this with a delicious stuffed rabbit with a savory gravy and a flan of mushrooms, radicchio, and plums, which was very good to excellent. The plums were also used to stuff the rabbit. We finished our meal with desserts of fresh wild strawberries – W had hers with sugar and lemon and H had his plain. Each of us felt we made the better choice and the strawberries were delicious. We finished with good but overpriced coffee. In retrospect, passing on wine at this restaurant was a wise move for our pocketbooks."

Jun 24, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Dresscode at Osteria Francescana

I think short sleeves would be fine - just think stylish, not athletic, beachy or hipsterish (no untucked shirts unless they are intended to be worn that way, no white or colorful athletic shoes or hiking boots, no shorts).

Jun 24, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Duomo or La Madia in Sicily?

I think you mean Crocifisso?
http://www.ristorantecrocifisso.it/wps/

Jun 23, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Coming Soon: Post Tags

In the case of trip reports, this isnt going to capture all of them unless there is a change in behavior. A lot of people either add their trip report on to complete their original query thread. Other people never file a trip report per se but do their report in the context of replying to someone else. Sometimes its easier - this is not fodors (say). In particular new reports by frequent visitors to a particular area provided in the context of an apply thread will not be identified. Do you just want to capture trip reports or reviews generally?

Jun 22, 2015
jen kalb in Site Talk

Tocqueville - what to get

They have a multiplicity of menu formats and seem to offer their pre-theater dinner all evening long - for $69. That does not sound like an all evening format

http://tocquevillerestaurant.com/them...

Jun 22, 2015
jen kalb in Manhattan

What were your best eating experiences in Rome? Offer me recs!

On our last visit to Rome we had our best Roman cuisine meal at Cesare al Casaletto, a tram ride away from the Center. Its a very friendly unpretentious place and I think it would feel best at lunch time - they have quite a number of two tops and I saw some single diners the day we were there. I think if you read the posts here you will find a number of other traditional trattorias that would suit you solo - Armando, Nerone, La Campana etc. To me bigger restaurants are a bit more of an issue. Flavio, for example is really set up for groups - whenever we have been there they have dominated. I at least havent liked its cuisine, as well as the other cited, except for their ravioli with fresh marjoram. More intimate restaurants we have tried, like Urbana 47 (not visited for a couple of years, say, or Terre e Domus (formerly Enoteca Provincia Romana), which we enjoyed a great deal last winter might feel better as a solo than some of the other places on your list. You might look at some of the recommendations here http://www.parlafood.com/ as well as at the recommendations of site participants Elizabeth Minchilli and Maureen Fant for more ideas.

Jun 22, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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Coming Soon: Post Tags

Definitely geographic tags -city, state or country in regional boards, borough and/or neighborhood in city boards. zip maybe, but so much of the data here is legacy I dont see that helping much. some judgment in the tagging through - are there going to be pulldowns like on other food related sites or will this be entirely user-generated?

Will there be any attempt to tag the legacy posts?

is this tagging going to be purely post-specific or thread specific?
there is a lot of mixing of query/discussion and trip reports on regional boards, just as there is a lot of mixing of food questions, cookbook discussions and actual recipes on Home Cooking.

Jun 22, 2015
jen kalb in Site Talk

Dinner near La Fenice in Venice

did you go back to your original thread? PBSF gave you an additional suggestion there.

Jun 22, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Late night dinner in venice

Here is one post - maybe you can get an update

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8654...

Jun 21, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

You should definitely get the zhoug (spicy green sauce) with your sabich - really raises this dish to the heavens. And not terribly hot.

Jun 19, 2015
jen kalb in Manhattan

Real (and fake) Authentic Sichuan Food in Park Slope!!

UPDATE
Tofu on Seventh is now Tofu on Fifth,
384 5th Avenue

still great Sichuan chow, we are so lucky to have this in the neighborhood. Last visit (just before move) had chef special "hot sauce fish", recommended by the proprietress a stir fried dish with tea smoked pork, great fullflavored bbq effect and a cold dish of smoked pressed tofu with chinese celery. 3 meals for the two of us.

Jun 16, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

pizza crawl

L&B isnt for everyone and who knows, maybe not as good as it was say 30 years ago, but I do like the scene on their patio. there was a funny article last year about that Alcock guy in the Rockaways - they called him the "pizza nazi" last year, but Ive never seen an actual report here about his pizza.

Look forward to hearing about how this cruise goes.

Jun 16, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

August 2011 COTM, World Vegetarian: Dried Beans, Dried Peas, Lentils, and Nuts

Ive never HEARD of rubbing off the skins of blackeyed pea. They are fully edible and will add a little fiber to your fritters. Maybe the texture would be more floury without the skins?

ps I see this post Ive just replied to is 4 years old! Was glad to see it anyway

Jun 16, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking

pizza crawl

are you planning for this to be in the daytime? Paulie Gee does not open until evening - you might want to start with the more distant points and work your way back toward Manhattan, ending with PG. Other possibilties I guess, L&B with its picnic tables which could also be a fun stop at this time of year, Juliana's under the Brooklyn Bridge or even this weird place (note, I havent been), if you decide to finish your tour at a more distant point http://www.yelp.com/biz/whits-end-roc....
Its easy enough to plot something like this on a Google Map you create.

Jun 16, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

One lunch in Bologna next week (6/12)

I dont think Trattoria Via Serra is far from the station - its the opposite direction, north from the center. Ziggy posted a review of it somewhere here, and ever since I read that it was a new incarnation of a slow food country fave Ive been intrigued (its now in the guide at this location) If I recall correctly Drogheria has received very mixed reviews in the past, but whatever you choose it would be good to get a report back.

Enjoy!

Jun 16, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

The 10 Best in Venice? I have my doubts

PBSF responds with personally recommendations to every many many Venice posts. how can he be faulted if his mind does not operate that way. As you know, many folks have expressed appreciation for your posts and city lists - different strokes.

Jun 15, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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Fish Restaurant Rome

we didnt have any pizza at all the last time we visited Naples - generally in love with the campanian cuisine.

Jun 15, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Fish Restaurant Rome

we didnt have any pizza at all the last time we visited Naples - generally in love with the campanian cuisine. Good luck with the house!

Jun 15, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Fish Restaurant Rome

did I miss the much awaited report from you on this visit?

Jun 15, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

UES Staples

+1 on Francela. Very good food and generous on their sampling policy so you can find what you like. Have you tried their meat or fish? (we havent)

Jun 15, 2015
jen kalb in Manhattan

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Im not getting how Riva fits into your route - Ive been through Riva a few times and its down on the flat by the lake (instead of in the mountains). Its perfectly pleasant little venetian town but not particularly scenic or cool (temperaturewise). The top of the lake is headquarters central for air/water sports like parasailing, hangliding, etc (at Monte Baldo) - if you get out on the water in a ferry for example (good for cooling off) you may get to see some of this.

There is a new Slowfood listing in Riva, Sant'Allessandro (Im guessing you already know this since Al Pescatore Castelletto/Brenzone is already on your list. If you arent planning to drive down the W side of the lake, which has all its mountain tunnels, maybe you might as well stay on the E side. It you are already planning to go down by the lakeside, you could sample the hill cooking at a place like Maso Palu. they have a facebook page with a few pictures and their current menu. http://www.masopalu.com/1/1703/benven...

Jun 15, 2015
jen kalb in Italy