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Italian couple doing AirBNB in Brooklyn (Bed Stuy) what are some great suggestions?

Closer to their "home" is perhaps Berg'n. I see that Bunk'R, vietnamese, just opened an outlet there. http://brooklynflea.com/markets/bergn/

Emily (on Fulton St) for a quite good pizza and hipster faves like kale salad, Umi Nom for filipino south asian fusion and Locanda Vini e Olii are other possibilities near there.

1 day ago
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

September 2012 COTM My Calabria: Vegetables, The Calabrian Pantry, Desserts

do you like that book? I bought it, and have found literally nothing in it that rings my bell. I rather wish I had not delayed and sent it right back to Amazon. I love baked stuffed figs though, maybe can try that recipe without the chocolate.

Be interested if you have other recommended recipes.

The most recent orange peel recipe I used was in one of David Leibowitz's dessert books. I froze orange and tangerine peels (mostly with the pith scraped off) until I had enough to justify the effort.

1 day ago
jen kalb in Home Cooking

September 2012 COTM My Calabria: Vegetables, The Calabrian Pantry, Desserts

This looks really wonderful! TJ is selling a nice whole milk ricotta these days and I just finished a big batch of candied peel. Thanks for the inspiration!

1 day ago
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Please help narrow down first-day lunch and last-night dinner choices for brief Rome visit

You know you need reservations for the Borghese Gallery, right?
If you are going to Cesare at night, you want to stay light in the daytime wherever you go for lunch, especially on your arrival day. Flavio is a less desirable choice since they serve the same kind of food as Cesare, and arent as good at it.

Terre e Domus (formerly Enoteca Provincia Romana), a winebar with interesting food near the Forum, might be a good Sunday lunch choice if it is open (google seems to indicate it is.)

I would generally not trust, or at least be very careful, relying on TA or Yelp in Italy. if you are going to look at TA, start at least with the Italian language reviews they will give a more realistic food assessment (but look out for shilly friends, too.

Jul 25, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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Best store bought mozzarella for caprese

Personally I dont think burrata is right for caprese - too rich and not the textural contrast I expect with the tomatoes, remember olive oil is a component of this too.... I like the freshly made balls (unrefrigerated at preference) but cant get these every day and frankly not everybody makes mozz equally well.

I have been keeping some of the belgioso sliced from costco in the refrigerator and it is surprisingly good, though we tend to slice the slices into pieces when using.

Jul 25, 2015
jen kalb in General Topics

August 2015 COTM - Voting Thread

I have a copy of the Mendel book, which looks very good, and I love Moro, so I will leave it to the crowd - it all looks good.

Jul 24, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking
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Group Meal in Venice

There have been a couple threads on this topic in the last few years, here is one. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9017...

I think I have recommended Pizzeria Ae Oche before. Many places in Venice are really small - its possible you could book a whole place for the evening if thats what you want.

Jul 22, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

2015 Sicily food report: Ragusa, Siracusa, Palermo, Monreale, Cefalu

Thanks so much for the report! what Relais are you referring to near Cefalu?

Jul 22, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Giggetto disappointment

No excuse for the pasta but I'm wondering if you have had these fritti elsewhere as a standard to compare with giggetto. Maybe the Rome folks here can reccomend where to get excellent renditions

Jul 20, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Brooklyn Bell the Local Ice Cream 843 Classon Ave off Eastern Parkway

Im really looking forward to the walk down to this one!

Jul 19, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 5-8

that looks delicious! time to get some green olives. note that this chapter is titled "small uncooked salads" and the discussion of the turkish salads on p. 179 - sorry for the mistake above - talks about their traditional pairings.

Jul 17, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 5-8

Sorry, the lead in is on 199. it has a very interesting discussion of the preferred "pairings" for these dishes in Gazientep.

Jul 17, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 5-8

THREE SOUTHEASTERN TURKISH SALADS, p,199. I don't have time to post right how but would just like to note some of the special jewels in these salad and veg chapters. The BLACK EYED PEA salad, and WHITE BEAN salad are festive favorites in my house. I tend to use a little pomegranate molasses with these, as per the MUNG BEAN salad recipe, since fresh pomegranates are not always available and I like the flavor.

My vegetarian friends swoon over these.

Id also like to commend the Georgian dishes here - the phahkli recipes (georgian veg pates) aree well worth trying. I hope to cook more, more more in this chapter - I hadnt realized that this, my favorite book by my favorite cookbook author was on the agenda for this month.

July 2015 COTM: The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Chapters 5-8

KISIR WITH RED PEPPER AND TOMATOES. Im so glad all of you are enjoying this salad, whick we just discovered this spring. Ive been shortcutting this by using biber salcasi (turkish mild pepper paste) in lieu of the bells and green chili peppers - it greatly decreases the prep time.

the comments about the initial hardness of the bulghur are spot on, but as noted it softens in the refrigerator. Since the dish lasts and lasts in there, unlike other chopped veg dishes, its a fantastic prepare ahead dish.

Jul 17, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking
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Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

there are a fair number of posts on ravenna - and piadina is a fast food specialty there. If you search for that, you should come up with some of the Ravenna info. One place for Piadena was Tradizione Dolce & Sale but Im not sure there was an actual report. I will be having a quick vist in the fall, to the town center at lunch time and will have to grab a quick meal myself, so will be eager to hear what you find.

Jul 15, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Questions About Eating in Rome in August (2015)

I think Cesare al Casaletto is open on Sunday (at least my slowfood app says so) - its the places in the commercial Center, like Armando, that tend to be closed on weekends.

Jul 14, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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Santa Margharita Liguria

thanks for correcting my correction!! I was probably concerned unduly since all the posts seem to come up on search whatever the spelling.

Jul 14, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Questions About Eating in Rome in August (2015)

Armando is closed on Sundays. I dont know about whether they are taking an August holiday, however.

Jul 14, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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Santa Margharita Liguria

If you put Santa Margherita Liguria (note spelling) into the search you will get quite a number of hits. Or you could try SML also. Some of the posts are rather old but in this area lots of good things stay good, fortunately. Its a wonderful part of the world to spend a few days.

Jul 13, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

I did not know that and share a bit of the same reaction - but its fairly off the beaten track for the AC, so I tend to doubt that that many americans make it there. Look at how many questions and reports we get here about Positano and even Sorrento, and how few about other towns on the Coast.

Jul 13, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

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

we walked in for dinner to Ochina Bianca on a midweek visit in July. Its a small town center and if you have several options I would not sweat it too much. I guess the question is mainly whether they will be vacationing when you are there. Some folks with small restaurants may not have decided yet.
Also, email is still not the chosen medium of communication in italy and they may not get back to you right away. I had good luck sending emails in Italian (google translate helps if you are uncertain) for a couple of trips where pre-booking was important.

Jul 12, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

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

that sounds great. Mantova is a muggy place even though the town, sights and food are great. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. We are going to be in Ravenna (a current recc there would be good) and NEAR La Zanzara in the fall but so far I cant figure out how to get there (no car)

Jul 12, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

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

Here's a place we liked, L'ochina bianca. very nice mantovani cooking (including pickled fresh fish, rice dishes) also popular for very fresh seafood. http://www.ochinabianca.it/contattaci...

Others that seem to be open on Tuesdays (I havent checked for your dates
)I think all of the following have been mentioned here before:
Fragoletta http://www.fragoletta.it/contatti.htm
Ai Ranari http://www.ranari.it/contatti.htm
Due Cavallini is closed Tues http://www.trattoriaduecavallinimanto...
aquila nigra http://www.aquilanigra.it/contatti.htm and its associated place osteria la porta accanto http://www.laportaccanto.it/contatti.htm

allende had a strong recc in Mantova maybe Ai Ranari but Im not sure.

Jul 12, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Negrar (Valpolicella), Gargnano and Riva del Garda (Lago di Garda area), Taormina, Milan

glad to see this report and that you ate well!
did you wind up having any of the lake fish?

Jul 11, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

lunch MXP to Siena

did you see the report on Da Fiorella? Thats actually what I was thinking about - dont have a comment on traffic along the autostradas. All of them can be trafficky or not but you are not going to avoid traffic on a weekday morning by choosing to drive the heavily travelled stretch between Milan and Bologna. Maybe allende who has logged many more roadmiles in this area will tune in on this non food topic.

Jul 11, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

lunch MXP to Siena

Here's an enticing report of a meal along the coastal route from MPX to Siena - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1010... admittedly no the fastest route
see Michelsponts meal report toward the end of his thread.
Its open on tuesday. Here is a link to the restaurant site
http://www.ristorantedafiorella.com/i...

Jul 10, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

lunch MXP to Siena

unless you want to see the ligurian coast and enjoy a different type of regional meal, I can see why you would prefer this route .
Da Amerigo, just S of Bologna would be open for a Tuesday, unless they are taking a holiday http://www.amerigo1934.it/. HOwever, on the route you have picked, if you get out of the airport rapidly, and drive straight through, you will be almost to your destination by lunchtime not somewhere midway along. You might want to check slowfood app or other resources and see what there is S of Florence in Tuscany that suits your fancy. I agree that going into a city like bologna or florence is not ideal under these conditions.

Jul 10, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

lunch MXP to Siena

There are some good suggestions on this recent thread and many other possible choices. Once you decide on the route you want to drive and clarify your arrival time, its easier to address.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9931...

Jul 10, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

Well, I not sure I am adding much since you are a good researcher and I havent been to any of these, but there are a lot of places down in the Sorrentine peninsula with good reps if you want to travel that far - Lo Stuzzichino, a trattoria in Sant'Agato sue due Golfi, La Torre del Saracino in Vico Equense (or the spinoff in Capri) or Osteria Nonna Rossa http://www.lucianopignataro.it/a/anti... several places in Massa Lubrense - for example Quattro Passi, Taverno del Capitano http://www.lucianopignataro.com/artic... La Torre http://www.lucianopignataro.com/artic.... My sister and husband just had a very enjoyable meal in Sorrento at Il Buco. At the other end of the coast, Pappacarbone in Cava'de Tirreni is a place Ive been interested in but never visited . We have much less experience in this area than you, but very much liked la Paranza in Atrani - sis liked it too last spring. There are the places up in Ravello of which I think Il Salvatore has received most favorable reports here (not much reporting on Rosselinis and Il Flauto del Pan, and Cumpa Cosino (which we liked) is not to everyone's taste. Then there are the backcountry places for pizza and land cuisine up in Tramonti.I think; there might be an old thread about this in which barberinibee participated. Dont know houw much Id want to drive around those roads up there by might, but you might want to ask around. finally there is a one starplace now over in Maiori, Il Faro di Capo D'Orso. the description in Gambero Rosso is very enticing.

Looking forward as always to hear about these trips.

Jul 10, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

exactly. even if constituted synthetically chowhound since inception has been a community or cluster of communities, places if you will, that we visit to share experiences and information. The regional boards are still the heart of the site, though some of them have seen big traffic dropoff in recent years. While I think tagging is a great idea, nothing Ive seen so far reassures me that the community experience will be retained.

Jul 08, 2015
jen kalb in Site Talk
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