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Bangkok's Top Restaurants Guide 2014

Thank you ThaiRestaurantGuide. You are so right making recommendations are tough and very subjective. It seems to me the most Chowhounds are Foodies and having said that I think first and foremost quality and taste have precedence over fancy and price. I love your Food Tour suggestion. I have done this in both Paris and Rome and it was wonderful and they did take us to the non-tourist type places which I prefer. I do consider myself a "foodie" and although I am a "tourist" I prefer to stay away from those establishments and find the small local restaurants. I will look into a food tour in Bangkok to see if something good is offered.

about 8 hours ago
sunniew in China & Southeast Asia
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Bangkok's Top Restaurants Guide 2014

I will be in Bangkok next month. I am not looking for fancy but just good authentic Thai food restaurant recommendations. Also I was told that if Thai's think Americans are dining they always add sugar to cut the spice - has anyone heard of this. I appreciate any input for some good Thai food. Thank you.

about 24 hours ago
sunniew in China & Southeast Asia

Best Gelato in Florence

I agree whole- heartedly with Katie on Carapina. I am currently in Florence and a longtime local resident of Florence recommended Carapina to me. It is the most divine gelato I have ever had. Nothing artificial and all natural ingedients made by artisans. You have to try it. It will blow all other gelatos out of the water. I plan to go back every day that I am here. Ciao.

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Carapina
Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan,2r, Florence, Toscana 50136, IT

Jun 02, 2011
sunniew in Italy

London Dining Help

Thanks so much. I knew you all would all come through for me. We are going to go with Moti Mahal and The Ledbury. I will make sure to post a review. I read one post that gave a recommendation for how and what to order at an Indian Restaurant since I haven't had Indian food. I have had Sri Lankan and many other Asian foods so this will be a whole new experience for me. Cheers

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Moti Mahal
45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, GB

May 01, 2011
sunniew in U.K./Ireland

London Dining Help

Hello Chowhound London I need your input please. I will be in London next month and seeking recommendations for casual dining. We are staying at the Hilton Park Lane (near Mayfair). I am not familiar with pub fare? Can anyone explain this type of food? Also we are going to the theatre at the New London theatre so looking for a pre theatre dinner recommendation as well. I appreciate any input. I have been searching the boards and a couple on restaurants keep coming up - The Square, L'telier de Joel Robuchon, The Ledbury and J Sheekey. I am seeking expert direction for good food experience. Thanks.

Apr 30, 2011
sunniew in U.K./Ireland

Need Dining Recommendations for Palermo & Siracusa

I will be sure to post my trip report when I return. I know it's helpful for others. Thanks Jen.

Apr 26, 2011
sunniew in Italy

Need Dining Recommendations for Palermo & Siracusa

Hi Jen, Thanks for taking time to reply. I do appreciate your efforts. I did see the list of restaurants but I was actually hoping to have some personal recommendations from the forum. Ciao.

Apr 26, 2011
sunniew in Italy

Need Dining Recommendations for Palermo & Siracusa

I am having some challenges finding a wonderful trattoria type dining in Palermo & Siracusa. Any recommendations from the board would very much be appreciated. I really wanted to try Zia Pina but I only have an evening in Palermo and this restaurant's only open for lunch. Thanks so much.

Apr 26, 2011
sunniew in Italy

Rome dining...overwhelmed!

Hi Elizabeth,
I just got your app Rome Eats - love it! Yes. so many to choose from. I have narrowed down my two nights in Rome to La Campana and Roscioli (hoping both have availability). Do you recommend any back-ups to these? Also for lunch I was thinking Nino's or Babette's (any thoughts) I figured Nino's because I will be shopping in the area. Thanks.
sunnie@maui.net

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La Campana
Vicolo della Campana, 18, Roma, IT 00186, IT

Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Apr 18, 2011
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Aloha Jostber,
Thanks for your post. I appreciate the information. Especially thanks on the gelato tip I will definitely have to look at that. Looking forward to seeing a different part of Rome. We always spend so much time in ancient Rome and the typical high tourist spots. I make sure to post my findings upon my return. Warm Aloha,

May 02, 2010
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Thanks so much. I really appreciate your input. We go to Europe so often and I respect hard working people and like to take care of them. On the other hand there has been many times when they don't deserve anything extra so its nice to know we shouldn't feel compelled. Thanks again. I hope I bring some sunshine on Thursday it looks like a lot of rain. ugh! Warm Aloha

May 02, 2010
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Aloha Vinorama, This is a sort of non food question. I believe you live in Italy so I thought you might be able to answer this question. My family that lives in Europe has always told me not to leave a tip like in the US (15% - 20%). They said we should just leave what ever change is leftover ie. the bill is 72 euro so round it up and leave 80 euro. I was in Lake Como in September and every time we asked the server if gratuity/service is included they say no and seem to expect a % of the bill. I don't know if they do this because we are from the US and they know what our custom is or if they are being honest. Do you have any comment or suggestion on this matter. Thanks so much.

May 01, 2010
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Thanks again to all the people who responded on the board. I appreciate all your input and will definitely give you my report upon my return. I think I got it all down now. Warm Aloha to all of you. If you ever come to Hawaii I will be sure to tell you all the good food in Hawaii and the place not to miss

Apr 29, 2010
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Thanks again for taking your time to help me out. I did request pizza but not a priority I think I would prefer dining in a restaurant at night instead of a pizzeria at least I have my options and will leave it up to my hubby on what he feels like having. I like to be somewhat spontaneous anyways. By the way you did not misunderstand me you were right on I was the one confused. I have been on information overload trying to figure out what was best. I will be in Rome this time next week and can hardly wait. Thank you once again. All I need now is wonderful weather and I couldn't ask for anything more perfect. Warm Aloha

Apr 29, 2010
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Aloha Jen,
Thanks for your reply, I really appreciate you taking time for your input. I am set for dining on Friday night but your right I don't want to go back to Testaccio Sat. night since I will have been there on Friday night for dinner and Sat. morning at the market. Is it worth even going to Trastevere to walk around during the day to check out the neighborhood? I have never been. Maybe I should stick with strolling around Piazza Navona and Pantheon on Saturday after Testaccio. I actually thought about Trattoria Monti, Armando and Antico Arco but I have read many mixed reviews on this board. It seems I am having a difficult time finding a trattoria for Saturday night. I really don't care where it is since I can take a taxi anywhere. I found a list of mbfant trattoria recommendations but I believe it is outdated. I am stumped here, any suggestions. I prefer to go to places that don't have many american tourists just good old fashioned Italian cooking with the fresh homemade ingredients. I tend to stay away from the restaurants written up in guide books & US travel magazines because although they may be good they often are just filled with tourists (like me - although I like to blend in with the locals).

Apr 29, 2010
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Your input is greatly appreciated. I will go to Checchino then on Friday evening, do you know if reservations are recommended? I am staying at the Rome Cavalieri and having stayed there many times I take their shuttle to Piazza Barberini and then either walk or cab to wherever I am going. I wanted to try the metro this time, would you recommend I take the metro or cab to Testaccio? I definitely want to go to the Testaccio market on Saturday morning and then walk around Testaccio hopefully pick up some items at the market for lunch or dine at a restaurant in Testaccio then walk over to Testevere or possible have lunch in Testevere. Do you have a recommendation for dinner on Saturday evening? I usually like to stroll around all day go back to the hotel rest and then come back into town for dinner around 7:00 pm (early in Rome) and then have an evening stroll have some coffee and gelato. I have got to try your gelato recommendation I have never been to Prati I will have to look up on a map to see where it is. Oh yea one more question I want to confirm that at Remo they serve the pizza in the evening like most places? Mahalo

Apr 29, 2010
sunniew in Italy

Rome Dining Recommendations - Going next week

Aloha,
Just stumbled across this board and boy am I glad I did, what a wealth of information. However; I have read so much conflicting advice on the various restaurants it has confused me further, I guess you would say I am on information overload. Being Italian and raised on made from scratch home cooked Italian food has spoiled my palette. While in Rome I am not looking for anything fancy or expensive although price is not a factor, I am most interested in charming trattoria's that have quality ingredients from scratch. I have been to Rome a few times so this time I am not doing anything touristy just want to take some nice strolls and really take in the city. I always go to the market at Campo Dei Fiori but it seems like I should try out the market in Testaccio, can anyone enlighten me as what the difference are of the two markets? Also I was thinking of the following restaurants based on the board recommendations - Checchino Del 1887, Cavour 313, Trattoria Felice and pizza at Roscioli (I love the real thin crust). I only have two days in Rome which is next Friday and Saturday. I appreciate any information and recommendations. Oh yea and of coarse your favorite Gelateria. It seems most of the board is partial to Giolitti. Mahalo

Apr 28, 2010
sunniew in Italy