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Upcoming Trip ... Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Ravello

From Ravello drive to Cetara for dinner. Acquapzza is worth a detour for wonderful fresh seafood.

As I recall, the owner is supposed to be a John Denver look-alike. If you ask, he will tell you the menu is being printed; actually this character has probably never had a printed menu.

The food is excellent, so is the Greco di Tufo you should drink there, and the scene down the main street of this little old-time Italian port is unforgettable. So is the slapdash arrangement of the “dining room” on the street. I’d go again in a New York minute..

1 day ago
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Are most food critics ill-equipped to review a restaurant's wine list?

Collioure may not know nearly as much as you do about wine, but he is a visionary.

Here for your iPhone is Wine Spectator WineRatings+ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vinta...
300,000 references from Wine Spectator.
(Yes, I know, but better wine reference apps will follow in time).

No, it's not reviews of restaurant wine programs, but it's the best you're going to get in this venue.

Apr 14, 2014
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Tasty Tuscany Trails

I'll answer the tourist side of this question. I too will be in Tuscany in September, but for the second time.

Must see - and I skipped them the first time, are Florence and Lucca. The other three must see's are Pisa, San Gimignano and Siena.

Apr 14, 2014
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Russia set to invest $1 Billion in Crimean wine

LOL

Apr 09, 2014
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Chablis vegetable pairing?

Well, I agree with Chef June.

Chablis is rather unique among Chardonnays. So is Montagny.

Apr 08, 2014
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Cinque Terre

We are going to be in Vernazza for two days in September. I see a number of recommendations for Gambero Rosso here, but that looks like a place you find because it's in the central square.

I am a pretty good sleuth in such matters and have settled on Il Pirata and Belcore as the two best dinner destinations.

Comments?

Apr 08, 2014
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Lamb Curry with coconut and lime juice

Thanks to you and to mangeur for your excellent ideas of how to handle this situation.

BTW I opened that Chardonnay/Viognier this evening alongside ginger-lime scallops. Interesting wine with good acids and a good match.

Apr 03, 2014
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What is plonk, really?

First of all, life really is too short for bad wine. That is one of the principles by which I live. The other comes from St. Augustine: "The world is a book. Those who do not travel read only one page."

Plonk is uninteressting wine that is practically tasteless or worse. It is a beverage that does not encourage you to relift your glass. We still have lots of it down here in Roussillon where there still are too many young Carignan vines. Nevertheless I am happy to report after 12 years here that I now have a list of worthy addresses far too long for me to visit even in three afternoons.

Apr 03, 2014
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1 Day in Avignon/Ch-de-Pape

Beaucastel is the vineyard to visit. I don't know how you get in there now.

Apr 01, 2014
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Lamb Curry with coconut and lime juice

It was a good idea.
The dish was like from where that jet went down - in the Indian Ocean. I don't make any dishes from there. So I don't have any wines for them.
It was only by chance that I had bought a few bottles of Chard-Viognier which I thought would have worked well with coconut and lime juice in this tropical recipe.

Mar 31, 2014
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Lamb Curry with coconut and lime juice

And what's more, June, when in France you ask for advice, you are more or less obliged to follow it.

Mar 30, 2014
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Lamb Curry with coconut and lime juice

Yes, Sunshine, but I almost never have rosé on hand. Have two dry ones though.

Mar 30, 2014
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Bistro à Lille

Well, I've settled on Jour de Pêche.
la Tete de l'Art is no more.
Meert is only open 3 nights a week
Chef has left Saint-Jo Steakhouse but may not be needed for a simple formula restaurant.

However, if someone has comments, they still will be appreciated.

Dining at Hofstraat 24 and le Zoute Zoen in Antwerp and at Pergola in Bruges on same trip.

Mar 30, 2014
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Lamb Curry with coconut and lime juice

Well, she served a red wine brought by a guest.

She will supply her own wine from now on.

Mar 30, 2014
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Lamb Curry with coconut and lime juice

My Riesling is too austere = bone dry.
The curry is quite mild.

Mar 30, 2014
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Lamb Curry with coconut and lime juice

I am choosing the wine for a ladies lunch tomorrow when I am absent. My wife has prepared a mild lamb curry with coconut milk and lime juice.

I'vre tasted it. It isn't calling for Gewurz or Pinot Gris.

I am chilling this Chardonnay-Viognier which I have yet to sample
http://www.paulmas.com/paulmas/en/vin...
Am I on the right track?

Mar 29, 2014
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Do you like to walk on the wild side of wine?

I opened a Tursan Blanc (gold medal) last night, made from Baroque and Gros Manseng (and SB and Petit Manseng). Baroque offers mowed grass and green apple flavors. Best with leeks and fish, I read. That makes sense to me. After tasting it I prepared cod with chive beurre blanc.
Interesting wine, I suppose. Won't be rushing out to buy the last six bottles on the shelf though. However, the next time I see a Baron de Bachen (12€), I will buy that!

Mar 29, 2014
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Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Hey, I live in France. I drink bottled wine every night. The only wines I buy at supermarkets are at the fall wine sales, and I'm cutting that source way back now. Too many disappointments - and I buy wines someone knowledgeable recommends.

Go to a wine shop and if money is a problem, buy the less expensive selections. Someone who knows decided to put them on the shelf.

Maybe at a few supermarkets, as mangeur says, you'll find a wise selection of local bottlings, but how will you know?

Mar 29, 2014
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Bistro à Lille

I was going to ask about l'Atelier Gourmand, but that's not even local cusine.

So how about
la Tete de l'Art
Lakson
N'Autre Monde
Jour de Pêche
Meert
Monsieur Jean
Saint-Jo Steakhouse

?

Mar 28, 2014
collioure in France

Bistro à Lille

What do you think of l'Atelier Gourmand?

Oh, never mind. It's not local cuisine.

Still looking then.

Mar 28, 2014
collioure in France

Anyone have an opinion on Patricia Wells' "Food Lovers' Guide to Paris" now available in an iOS 7 appS

I prepare a number of recipes from Bistro Cooking and from her Food Lovers guides. Timeless recipes.
Well, I now make the Boyer recipe for St Pierre over onion confit with tomato butter using store bought coulis of tomato. So much easier than straining those fresh tomatoes and just as good.
Yes, I like Patty Wells. Years ago she sent us to two hardly known restaurants in the southwest. The meal at Michel Trama (before he was famous) was one of the best five in my life.
I still don't know how he puts his chocolate larme together - or how he makes that terrine of leeks and truffle so that you can cut it crosswise without the leeks slipping every which way. His true genius shines in those two marvelous dishes. Never would have landed there without Patty.

Mar 26, 2014
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Anyone have an opinion on Patricia Wells' "Food Lovers' Guide to Paris" now available in an iOS 7 appS

The lady has impeccable taste;
Her books are a godsend.

Mar 26, 2014
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Fete du Pain

Mar 26, 2014
collioure in France

South of France Itinerary Restaurant Recommendations

Thank you. I think that triploids are a recent development of which I wasn't aware.

Mar 25, 2014
collioure in France

South of France Itinerary Restaurant Recommendations

Oysters are not sterile. The Belons reproduce by larvae, whereas the creuse oysters produce via eggs.

The "R" rule is both a matter of taste and health. The non-R months are the summer months when oysters reproduce are and less flavorful. That is also when oysters may contain high levels of bacteria or die and become poisonous.

I believe the better oysters in France come from Avranches and Marennes.

Mar 24, 2014
collioure in France

diet issues in paris

The cards are a wonderful idea !
and will be appreciated.

I use to prepare similar for my travel clients listing the foods they detested.

Mar 24, 2014
collioure in France

Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Deluca's recommendations are on target, but probably not in your price range. Triguedina is just wonderful.

Cahors is now 70% Malbec or Cot with 30% Tannat and Merlot. It is no longer that mysterious black wine but often quite approachable when young.

However, Madiran is primarily Tannat and needs time (5 years, I think)..

I recommend you not buy your wine in a supermarket, but at a wine shop where you can count on the proprietor's selection.

The label I prefer in Jurançon is Cauhapé. Try one. The Petit and Gros Manseng grapes are hardly cultivated anywhere else.

Mar 24, 2014
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Bergerac and Monbazillac wines plus ?

Bergerac is the easternmost of the many Bordeaux-like appellations - emphasizing Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon in white and Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc in red.

My experience with Bergerac blanc is that the wines lack intensity. I don't know the reds as I rarely consume Cabernet Sauvignon (I do drink all the other grape varieties).

Monbazillac, however, known as the poor man's Sauternes, seems to fill the bill with foie gras and yellow/orange fruit desserts.

My preferred wine from the area for decades is Cahors, a great companion to duck. Another good duck-friendly red from the area which often needs more age is Madiran.

Interesting whites both dry and sweet come from Jurançon (also Irouléguy and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh). I recommend all of them.

Finally there is Tursan in white and the new appellation of Fronton in red. I have yet to open my first award-winning bottle of each, but I did buy them.

Personally I avoid wines, mostly uninteresting whites IMO, from the Cotes de Gascogne.

I think that's a pretty good summary.

Mar 23, 2014
collioure in France

What French groceries to buy on a budget

Cheese! And not from the supermarket. Best in the world.

Mar 23, 2014
collioure in France

Bourride vs. bouillabaisse [Split from France board]

Thank you, June. Neither Leslee nor I was ever a student of traditional French cuisine. I don't claim to know those dishes by heart. While secretly she loved butter (l'Ami Louis !!!!) and cream (esp. clotted) herself, she rarely cooked with much of either one.
However, we did share bourride one evening and we had bouillabaisse ensemble too. We both prefer the true, natural flavors of bouillabaisse or its breton cousin cotriade (which she served for many years after a wonderful dinner at Tirel in 1984).
FYI I have driven by Paul Bocuse a number of times now. I never wanted to dine there. Neither did she. Never!

Mar 23, 2014
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