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Need terrific liquor store near Mich Avenue

You *have* to go to The House of Glunz (1206 North Wells Street 312-642-3000). It is the oldest wine shop in Chicago. They had their own private label 20 year Kentucky bourbon but not sure if it is all gone. Ask for Christopher. He has been bringing in some other one of a kind things recently.
(full disclosure: He's my brother.)

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House of Glunz
1206 N Wells St, Chicago, IL

Nov 02, 2010
Roseolson in Chicago Area

Rome 2nd week of August

Second that ttoommyy. I was in Rome in May and my friends are still raving to all about "my " wonderful restaurant suggestions, all via Katie. I don't even know when my next trip back will be yet I can't stop reading here and her blog all the time for info to save for the return trip.

Jul 18, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

10-year-old's first trip to London

My friends who live there say the tour bus you pick up at the Ritz is the best.

I just took my 14 year old to London and she loved it. There is a very edgy but cool exhibit at Kensington Palace right now on the 7 princesses who lived there. Right next to it is the Orangery for a bite to eat. We also had a lovely tea out on the outdoor terrace on the top floor of Harvey Nichol's (17 pounds verses 34 at Fortnum and Mason's). Green's or Woolsly's are two other central British places to eat at.

Jun 14, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

Sunday "London-y" dinner for 6 including two 13-year-old girls?

Last week we had dinner at the Chop House, down along the river walk just below the far side of the Tower Bridge. It was lovely food and the view was spectacular if you can sit outside looking at the bridge and Tower of London. My 14 year old loved it. They make a good fish and chips for the girls to have their 'British" meal with the view.

Jun 13, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

Harwood Arms?

Just returned from London. I ate here and thought it good but expected much more for the raves it gets here and in Time Out. I found it interesting that many of the places my friends who live in London eat at weren't listed in books or Time Out eating guide and that they didn't know many of the places I found mentioned here or in guides, and they are very social and eat out a great deal. Guess it is just the nature of eating out in a big city.

Jun 11, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

[London] Leaving this Friday with my 14 yo daughter and looking for restaurants

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions.
We couldn't book Harwood Arm's online so just showed up right at 7 PM on Sunday and they had had a cancellation and were very nice about seating us. The food was good but not sure I would say it was the "best". The bill was 75 pounds for 2 glasses of wine, one appetizer, two entrees and two desserts. The food was very interesting, straight forward,. small portions but not a lot of choices.
Had fish and chips at Master's Super Fish one night (looks like a dive but clean). The excellent piece of fish was cooked perfectly with a lovely batter crust and the price was 20 pounds for two orders and two beers. Will return again.
The day we had High Tea at Fortnum and Mason's (a lovely experience but don't think I will do it again at 36 pound a person) we got take away food from Harrod's for dinner. So many yummy choices!
The last night, we ate at a very nice Indian restaurant next to our hotel, Noor Jahan, that was good and filled with neighborhood Brits. We were very satisfied.

Jun 11, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

Fish & Chips in London

I just returned from a week in London and made it to Master's Super Fish based on all the comments here. The fish was excellent. A generous sized piece (glad I knew not to go for the "Special" size...I'd never have finished it!) with a lovely crisp batter. My daughter was very doubtful about the neighborhood and storefront (Mom, who are these chowhounds?) but she agreed it was as good as her fish and chips had at the Chop House a few nights before, at less than half the cost. A steady stream of police officers getting to go orders confirmed our opinion. This stays on the list for next time.

Jun 11, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

[London] Leaving this Friday with my 14 yo daughter and looking for restaurants

I have heard this place mentioned several times, to good reviews. I'll put it on the list. Thank you. Should I book reservations at these places now? I was recently in Rome and amazed at how many restaurants you had to book ahead and couldn't just show up to. Is the same for London?

Jun 02, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

[London] Leaving this Friday with my 14 yo daughter and looking for restaurants

Thank you for your suggestions. I am more than happy to wander away from our hotel, just don't want to be trying to get back from Greenwich at 9 or 10 at night. My daughter is very interested in food. We don't eat at Hard Rock here so we'd never eat at one on vacation. I just wanted to sway the conversation away from only ethnic suggestions, which seem to be so prevalent on this board. With all of the unique cheeses, interest in organic farming and specialty butchers, and being an island surrounded by fishing, I thought there would be more comments on British food spots.

Jun 02, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

[London] Leaving this Friday with my 14 yo daughter and looking for restaurants

I am taking my 14 year old daughter to London for her graduation gift and have been combing the boards for restaurant suggestions. My last visit was about 6 years ago. We will be staying in South Kensington so at night it would be nice to not be off in the outskirts of Central London. Also, she doesn't particularly care for Indian food.

We know we want to go to Master's Super fish for fish and chips, and Fortnum and Mason's for tea. I love Patisserie Valerie for an afternoon pick me up after the V&A. I have always had good pub food at The Grenader, but as I say, it's been awhile. I remember the cafe on the top of Harvey Nichol's as being a nice spot for lunch. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what I am looking for.
Can I get any more suggestions?

Jun 01, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

arbutus or the square? [London]

I am so happy to hear this. My husband and I had our 10th anniversary dinner at The Square, 9 years ago! It is still one of the best meals of our life. The food was incredible (the cheeses!!!) and wines perfect and the service could not have been better. They make you feel so special which is unfortunately, a rarity in so many fine dinning restaurants. Glad to hear that things haven't changed over the years.

Jun 01, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

menu translator

I haven't used either (or really found it worth the effort to carry yet another guide book with me just to figure out a menu). Look at Budget Traveler's website. They have a one page printout with some common translations for often seen items that I do stick into my purse for times the waiter is not around or being helpful.

May 20, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

Lei e molto gentile (a big thank you to all you kind posters)

I have returned from my trip to heaven, otherwise known as Rome. My meals were wonderful thanks to all of you. Lunch at Colline Emiliane, dinners at Taverna dei Fori Imperiali and Cul de Sac, pizza at Ivo's, and the dark chocolate gelato with orange bits at Frigidarium, all make me want to hope the next plane back. Still have a very long list culled from your suggestions, and plan to stick around here adding to it for my return sooner rather than later. Grazie mille.

May 16, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

Fish & Chips in London

Thank you. Look's like Master's Super Fish it is if I can't get to The Greenwich Union (which Katie Parla describes in rather mouth watering detail on her blog.)

May 16, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

Fish & Chips in London

The last post to this question was a year ago...any updates? I'm coming to London the first week in June.

May 13, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

London 4 Days

Just have to add a laugh here as I read this list of restaurants and thought, "Wow! Someone else likes the same places Katie suggests."...then I scroll down and see it is you! Now that I'm back from Rome it's London planning time. Thanks for the restaurant ideas.

May 13, 2010
Roseolson in U.K./Ireland

All Night Bakery in Rome

Thank you all for the suggestions. We are planning on grabbing a bite at Pizzarium in the short hour we have between a walking tour that ends at 5 PM and a Vatican Museum evening tour that begins around 6 PM. Sounds perfect.

May 02, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

Lunch in Assisi

Thank you! Thank you! We are going to be there on Friday. We tour the basilica in the morning, have a mass and then have just about two hours before going to the festival. I am going to try and book a table at the Trattoria. I might ask my hotel in Rome to call ahead for me now. I am so excited to be there for such a neat event. You are wonderful to post all of those links for me.

Apr 30, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

I second the Katie Parla comment. Do you have a fan club started?

Apr 30, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

Lunch in Assisi

Can anyone recommend a good lunch spot in Assisi? I will be there next week and only have about two hours (12:30 to 2:30) in the center of town to eat before going to the Calendimaggio festival.

Apr 28, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

All Night Bakery in Rome

The place I remember was actually the back door of a bakery that wasn't a shop. They made the baked goods to sell elsewhere, but there was always a small line of college students, couples out late, they would sell some fresh hot cornets to.

Thank you though for that great new spot I didn't know about. We need to grab a quick snack before our evening tour of the Vatican and I have been searching for some place in that area. It sounds like we'll be able to find a sandwich or treat there. You have been a great help!

Apr 27, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

Need Rome restaurant suggestions near Via Vittorio Veneto

Just off the Piazza Barberini is Tullio (via San Nicola di Tolentino, 26). I had the most incredible lunch there four years ago and am going again next week. I think for dinner it gets a little more expensive but that is because you *have* to order the steak, which is a dish they are well known for. The menu is online if you want to check it out first.

Apr 27, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

Pizza in Rome

No, no, Katie, say it isn't so...I faithfully follow all your recommendations but Ivo just IS Rome. I loved it 25 years ago and I still love it.

Apr 15, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

All Night Bakery in Rome

Thanks. I guess poor college students who would frequent such a place don't follow chowhound

Apr 14, 2010
Roseolson in Italy

All Night Bakery in Rome

While studying in Rome umpteen years ago, we used to hit the all night bakery near Piazza Cavour while waiting for the bus after a late night out. Three years ago I was back in Rome and couldn't find it. Does anyone know what I am talking about? I am going back in May with some friends and would like to revisit, if it is still there. I did find a mention of another, Dolce di Notte (Via San Francesco a Ripa) that I may try.

Mar 20, 2010
Roseolson in Italy