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Happy Hour in London

Will be in London for an 8 night vacation from April 9-17, and must try to keep myself on a bit of a budget (damn you, US$). Anyone out there have some good recomendations for good bars/pubs that run Happy Hour specials? I'll be staying near Queensway, but will be out and about town, so anything really within Zones 1 and 2 works. Thanks again to all the CHounders out there that hooked me up with great cheese advice on my previous post! -Prizat

Mar 28, 2011
prizat in U.K./Ireland

3 days in Philly, good food choices?

Don't miss out on the pig popcorn, house made ricotta, meatballs, and pizza at Barbuzzo!!! Talk about food porn...

Mar 23, 2011
prizat in Philadelphia

British Cheese

Zuriga1,
Philly has definitely become a foodie spot. Make sure you check the Philly posts here on Chowhound, there are so many good restaurants and markets now its almost overwhelming. Some of my top picks right now are- Zahav, Barbuzzo, reading Terminal Market, Amada (for your Spanish fix) or really any of Garces' restaurants, Nick's Roast Beef (been there forever and is such a great South Philly dive that you can't miss it), and Honey's Sit and Eat in the Northern Liberties (a neighborhood that rose out of empty warehouses and burnt out buildings). Enjoy in the Fall.
Brindisi sounds right up our alley. We were in Spain last year, and whatever town we've been in since, we always end up at a Spanish joint at some point. Thanks again, Prizat

Mar 16, 2011
prizat in U.K./Ireland

3 days in Philly, good food choices?

I second the idea of Barbuzzo. Man, did I have a great meal there last week. I can't believe how many plates the 4 of us had, and how affordable it was. I am sure I'll get some flack here, but their pizza is better than one I had at Osteria a few weeks before. Best pizza I've had in I don't know how long. Anyway, I really think you have try a Garces restaurant as well. And I totally agree about Zahav. Do it. Have fun, and eat lots!!!

Mar 16, 2011
prizat in Philadelphia

British Cheese

My wife and I will definitely have a cheese picnic. I am so happy we decided to rent a flat instead of staying at a hotel. The hotel might have kicked us out, because of the funk!!!
I have had the Stinking Bishop before, and LOVE it. The Montgomery's Cheddar is also one I've tasted and really enjoyed, but its been a few years. Thankfully, I am blessed by having an excellent cheesemonger, DiBruno Brothers, close to me in Philadelphia and a very generous Aunt who lives in Wisconsin, so I almost always have a delicious cheese close at hand. If any of you are ever in the Philly area, you MUST get to the DiBruno in the Italian Market on 9th Street. Its a claustraphobic condensed space that is floor to ceiling meats and cheeses, olive oils and vinegars. A true offense if missed while visiting Philly.
One last question for everyone- As much as a cheesehead as I am, I am equally (if not more) in lust over cured meats and charcuterie. My idea of heaven involves Iberico pigs, cask ale, and Brooklyn Decker... Where was I? Oh yeah, are there any small production guys and/or gals out there making really nice artisanal ham, bacon, pate, etc? Would LOVE to have some swine to compliment my cheese. Thanks again, you guys are a wealth of info, Prizat

Mar 16, 2011
prizat in U.K./Ireland

British Cheese

Wow. Neals Yard definitely sounds like the place to visit. Thanks so much to everyone for their info. Anyone have a favorite cheese? The Black Bomber sounds excellent. My tastes are all over the board. I love bloomy, sharp, raw cow, sheep, whatever. The only cheeses I just can't get down with are strong goat's milk. I think my carry on luggage is going to be a bit smelly on the way home to the States! Cheers, Prizat

Mar 15, 2011
prizat in U.K./Ireland

British Cheese

My wife and I will be in London next month, and are very excited to try some wonderful British cheese. I am especially interested in trying small farmhouse cheeses that I might not be able to get in the States. Anyone out there have some nice suggestions? Also, I've been told Paxton and Whitfield is THE place to go. I'll be staying near Notting Hill, so I was also told to check out Jeroboams. Sound good?

Mar 14, 2011
prizat in U.K./Ireland

Cider and Perry in London

Does anyone know of a good pub in the West End that serves a nice selection of cider, and especially perry? I have never had perry, and would as love to know some good makers/brands that I should try. Thanks in advance, Prizat

Mar 09, 2011
prizat in U.K./Ireland

Puerto Rican Comfort food near Condado

My wife and I are off to Condado beach for our first time to Puerto Rico around late November. We are both very interested in finding some excellent "abuela" type comfort food places. Most of the posts I've read here are regarding the higher end restaurants. I am looking for plastic table and chair, neighborhood spots. Any good recs out there for me? Thanks again, Chowhownders always seem to come through! -Prizat

Nov 05, 2010
prizat in Latin America & Caribbean

Duck in Brussels, Brugge, and Amsterdam

My wife and I love duck, and would love to know if anyone out there has had an outstanding duck dish in any of these three cities, and where you ate it. I am salivating just thinking about the duck confit I had last night at Domaine Hudson in Wilmington, Delaware in the States. Thanks, Prizat

Sep 09, 2010
prizat in Europe

Eat around Amsterdam

Anyone ot there have some good suggestions for a "tapa" style restaurant and food crawl around Amsterdam? We'd love to take an evening exploring a neighborhood through its bars and restaurants by having a small plate and a drink in four to six restaurants over the course of a night. Is this kind of dining possible? And if so any neighborhood recs? Thanks again for your help, -Prizat

Sep 08, 2010
prizat in Europe

Ghent grub

I'll be spending a day exploring Ghent in October, and could use a few recommendations for a nice lunch. Would love to eat any local Ghent specialties. Anyone out there have a suggestion? Thanks for your help! -Prizat

Aug 31, 2010
prizat in Europe

Brussel's chocolate

My wife has set aside a hefty amount of Euros for her chocolate adventure in Belgium, and would like your advice on where to get the best in Brussels and Bruges. Any suggestions? I am saving all my Euros for beer. "Mmmmmm, beer..."

Aug 31, 2010
prizat in Europe

Favorite dish at Picasso

My wife and I will be having dinner at Picasso in about a week. Anyone have a fav dish they'd like to recommend? Should I just go for the tasting menu, and if so which one? Thanks, Prizat

Aug 05, 2010
prizat in Las Vegas

Mirage Restaurants worth dining at....

Had a pretty miserable experience last summer at Kokomo. All 3 of my dining companions and I have worked the front of the house in fine dining establishments, so I think we are accurate judges of service, food, etc. We all agreed the service was lacking (slow to walk by after the food has been served), and a tad pushy (strongly upselling wine we didn't want). Meats we ordered were either over or under cooked, and most dishes were either uninspired or just missed the mark. I've stayed in the Mirage 3 times over the past 2 years and would strongly steer you towards Japonais which has failed to disappoint. Oh yeah, the Carnagie Deli is the real deal as well. Bon Appetit!

Aug 05, 2010
prizat in Las Vegas

Best Bloody Marie

As most of us do when we go to Vegas, I usually tend to over indulge, so my mornings can be a little rough. Anyone out there recommend a place to get a stellar Bloody Marie to set me straight for the day. I'll be at the Bellagio, and later the Encore. Cheers, Prizat

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Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Aug 05, 2010
prizat in Las Vegas

Best Local Eats in Las Vegas?

I am a once a year visitor to Las Vegas, and will definitely agree with Lotus of Siam as a Vegas gem. I also never miss Ping Pang Pong or a few games of bowling upstairs in the Gold Coast. PPP is the real deal, and although its in a casino this place could be the hit of any Chinatown in any city in the US. Don't miss it. -Prizat

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Ping Pang Pong
4000 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Aug 05, 2010
prizat in Las Vegas

Spanish Olives

Hopefully my fellow Chowhounders can help me with this one. I had an amazing trip to Madrid this past March, and really got hooked on a specific type of olive that was typically served as a free tapa in many of the Madrid restaurants. My dilemma is I can't remember the name of it and have not seen it here in the Philly area, even in specialty markets. It is a small bright green olive cured in a very dark brine and the flavor has a pronounced garlic bite. Does anyone know what I am talking about? They were very common in Madrid, but I did not see them down in Sevilla. Please help an olive junkie out, b/c I need a hit of those olives! Thanks, Prizat

Jul 12, 2010
prizat in Spain/Portugal

Amsterdam Eats

Although blauw de wal looks like a great spot (which I am adding to my list), it looks like Mediteranean cuisine. Anyone out there have a reccomendation for Indonesian?

Jul 08, 2010
prizat in Europe

Amsterdam Eats

Anyone have a favorite spot for Indonesian in Amsterdam? Looking to sit down to a rijsttafel and experience some serious small plates. Thanks, ZOT

Jul 07, 2010
prizat in Europe

Eating and Drinking Under the Radar in Budapest, Hungary

Wow. I was in Budapest about 2 years ago, and you will not be disappointed when it comes to the divine swine. Pressed for time here, so let me give you just a couple tips. Go to the big market in town, and you'll be in salami heaven. Head upstairs for a couple of beers while you are there. As far as nice meal out, you need to go to Menza. One of the best dining experiences in Hungary. If you like Fois Gras, order it!! Menza is a cool upscale spot that does it right, and does it with Hungarian sized portions. Being from Texas, you should be used to the insane portion sizes of Hungarian meals. I'll get my Aunt to jump on this site and help you out, as she just returned from a trip to Hungary. Have fun, and enjoy! -Prizat

Jul 07, 2010
prizat in Europe

Great cheese shop in Madrid

Anyone have a favorite cheese shop in Madrid? There are some varieties that I've been reading about that I have never had and can not wait to try, ie San Simon and Ahumado de Aliva. Any other recommendations? Also, what is a fair price for a 100 grams of jamon iberico in a market or store? Cheers, prizat

Jan 05, 2010
prizat in Spain/Portugal

Wine in Madrid

Thanks for the help. Sounds like you know your wine and where to get it. Do you have any suggestions for small production wine that I wouldn't typically find abroad? My tastes are all over the board, and am willing to try anything. Thanks again, Zot

Nov 18, 2009
prizat in Spain/Portugal

Segovia

Anyone have a favorite few tapas spots in Segovia? Will be there only one night, and would like to a do a tapas crawl. We will hopefully be staying in the center of town, so anywhere within walking distance would be great. Thanks, Zot

Nov 18, 2009
prizat in Spain/Portugal

Wine in Madrid

Anyone have a favorite tapas joint in Madrid that serves Txocoli? Also, if you could only have one tapas in Madrid, what and where would it be? Cheers, Zot

Nov 16, 2009
prizat in Spain/Portugal