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Two nights in Amboise

Memorable as in restaurants. We have a car and can travel

Oct 09, 2014
dave11743 in France

Two nights in Amboise

Will be staying in Amboise with a car. Have visited the town before and managed not to find anything memorable. Any suggestions from the board? Thanks for your help.

Oct 09, 2014
dave11743 in France

What's new in the Dordogne

Heading back to the Dordogne next week and will be staying in the area near Souillac. Will be sure to visit Le Vieux Logis in Tremolat, La Gabarre in St. Julien de Lampon and hopefully Relaise St Ann in Martel. Our old favorites. Any new places or new recommendations that we shouldn't miss? First visit in three years. Thanks so much for your help.

Oct 08, 2014
dave11743 in France

An October return to the Dordogne

Heading back after an absence of three years. Can't wait. Will be staying again a little South of Souillac. Anything new on the dining scene? Our favorites in the past were La Gabarre and Le Vieux Logis in Tremolat. Are they both still going strong? Looking forward to hearing what Carlux and Parigi have to report. In the past we have visited in July. Loking forward to fall and any seasonal recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help. Dave.

Sep 16, 2014
dave11743 in France

60th birthday in Honolulu! HELP

3 people
Sept 7th sunday night ( getting in on Saturday could do Saturday I suppose if we had to)
Food and ambiance both important but ambience (social sophisticated but fun) first with food a very very close second
can go all out re. budget
thanks for your help
appreciate the guidance
best
David

Aug 15, 2014
dave11743 in Hawaii

60th birthday in Honolulu! HELP

Will be in Honolulu for business but a colleague will celebrate his actual 60th birthday while we are there and we would like to do something special for him. Suggestions, Please. He's a pretty persnickity guy so it needs to be nice. We want to do this right. Many thanks. Dave

Aug 15, 2014
dave11743 in Hawaii

Best restaurant gems in Sicily??

I was in a wine shop in Little Italy (New York City) this afternoon looking for Sicilan wine and sharing with the propietor our love for La Madia. We were there in October 2012 so this review is a year and half old. But as I said to Sammy at Entoca Di Palo not two hours ago: I think this was the best meal I have had in my life" I can remember every course. The flavors were astonishing, pure. simple, and the presentation was artistic but not to the point of being silly.It was a gastronomic marvel. The decor in the restaurant is nothing to remark on at all. The restaurant is hard to find and you won't believe that a restaurant of this quality is in as unassuming a spot as Licata. They unlock the door toi let you in but don't let that put you off. The food is sublime. The day we were there the wait staff had little to no English but don't let that put you off. Service was impeccable. The recommended wine was excellent. The price though not inexpensive is worth every euro. As you can see an experience that has and will long linger in the mind and palate. If you go, I envy you.

One more suggestion in Siracusa. Go to the main market in Ortygia and facing the water two shops from the end on the left is an amazing shop selling meat, cheese, olives, spreads, salads, beer, wine etc. etc. They will try to lure you in with free samples. DO NOT RESIST. Take everything they offer you. Turn nothing down. They are the most generous people and their food is fantastic. They will "make you present." ACCEPT. TASTE and BUY. They will make you a snadwich, offer you beer, wine, cookies and believe me you will want to buy more of everything you taste. The young woman's name is Nazarina. It's a family business, and it is a national treasure of a food emporium.

We loved our time in Sicily and am sure you will also.

Jan 29, 2014
dave11743 in Italy

Bouillabaisse in Provence (not necessarily Marseilles)

Looking for recs for great bouillabaisse. Staying Gordes but thinking perhaps Cassis or wherever. Just trying to get a more current rec and not necessarily fight traffic in Marseilles Many thanks chowhounds.

Aug 23, 2013
dave11743 in France

Sarlat and Dordogne Restaurants

The choices are many. South of Sarlat I recommend La Gabarre in St. Julien. It is informal but delicious and not expensive at all. For a great meal in a fabulous setting Le Vieux Logis in Tremolat is terrific. The tapas lunch is a bargain.

Mar 25, 2013
dave11743 in France

Terrific Dinner in Kennebunkport

following the recs on the board went to On the Marsh last night and the meal was excellent, service spot on, the setting elegant yet causal. The scallops were perfectly prepared, the desserts (all four that we sampled) were first rate. From the warm welcome at the door to the complimentary dessert wines as we were leaving, this experience left nothing to be desired. A unreserved recommendation for a terrific restaurant. Kudos to the kitchen, waitstaff and management.

GREAT FOOD IN SIRACUSA SICILY

After two weeks sampling the scene in Siracusa my verdict is that the restaurant offerings while good to very good are often less than excellent. By contrast there are two establishments, however,that are so spectacular that they must not be missed by anyone who takes eating as one of lifes great pleasures. Located next to each other at the seaside end of the market in Ortygia there are two astoundingly good food stores. Both offer top quality Sicilian products and samples are lavished on the casual visitor. The first is F.lli Burgio which specializes in prepared vegetables and spreads, olive oils, jellies and meats. The ham and sausages come in many varieties and while we did not sample all, all those we tried were superb.

The second establishment right next door is Caseificio Borderi an even more impressive esablishment. Father, mother, son and daughter in law are all behind the counter. They lure you in with samples dispensed on the street and the operative rule is say yes to anything they offer you. The establishment makes its own cheese and dairy products and each is impressive. Nazarino and her husband are charming and speak excellent English and French. On the first visit after our first tase of tricotta = a baked firm ricotta = on bread with a spread of sun dried tomatoes in olive oil with mint, capers, and hot peppers we were hooked. Now we were inside the store and what followed was the offer of small sandwiches of mayorkino (I probably didnt get that name exactly right) with garlic, and basil. The feast continued with store made mozzarella, ham, thickened cream of balsamic vinegar and oregano. And we hadnt bought anything yet. They opened bottles of home made beer. Then small samples of wine. As if that wasnt enough then came wonderful almond cookies that were delicious accompanied by glasses of moscato. We turned down smoked mozzarella. Nazarina kept saying I make you present. I make you breakfast. I make you now something very special. And mind you this wasnt just for us. Her husband was doing the same thing in French for another couple. Of course we bought some of everything and got a bottle of Moscato as another present.

The next visit two days later Nazarina remembered us and started on a whole new menu. Brasiola with lemon and garlic and a cheese I believe she called Perdura - meaning lost cheese - and caper berries. She was sorry they were out of the almond cokies we wanted more of but ran to the back and brought out just made cannolies. The sweetend riccota was delicious. It was 11 AM and there was no need for lunch. Though the store does make sandwhiches to go.

Our third and last visit produced new cheeses an array of sausages both sweet and mild, different wine, more beer. Again, we werent beeing treated differently than any of other people who walked in the store. Yes, most people were buying after sampling but the samples were offered with such enthusaism and kindness and the food so genunely excellent these were not purchases made from guilt. The combination of genuinely great food and genunely warm hospitality is a marketing strategy that cant be beat.

Of course we bought more than we could possibly eat and had more items vacuumed packed to take home. This was a great experience and a wonderful memory of Siracusa. A truly not to be missed foodie experience.

Oct 18, 2012
dave11743 in Italy

Gem between Siracusa and Agrigento; La Madia in Licata

Just back from La Madia yesterday and a resounding affirmation to all the glowing reports above. The food was as described creative memorable exciting. The service was spot on. The wines suggested were lovely. A standout Feudo 2008 Girola Russo Randazzo. The execution of each dish was artistic with concern for all the senses. A truly memorable meal. Finding the place is a challenge however. And the drive there is at best an adventue bordering on an ordeal. About three hours from Siracusa. Dont let that put you off. Combine it with a morning visit to Agrigento an hour away and your three hour drive is redeemed with the three hour lunch. Our waiter spoke little to no English but my partners French and Portuguese got us htrough. At one point I could cobble together enough Italian to say I am sorry I dont speak Italian but I want words to say good good godd. The waiters very sweet reply was along the lines Not necessary I can see what you want to say in your face when you taste the food. A true place of gastronomic pilgrimage.

Oct 12, 2012
dave11743 in Italy

From a food lovers perspective, is Venice worth it?

Your restaurant list is impressive and good luck with such impressive lunch and dinner loactions in succession. Don't be afraid to cancel if you feel you can't possibly eat another meal that day. Take it from me, you can fast arrive at the phrase "if I eat another bite I'm going to explode." In Venice do not miss the Scuola de San Rocco - the Tintoretto ceiling is amazing and my experience is that the place is far far less crowded than the Doge's Palace, Academia, etc. I've often had the place to myself. Don't miss the Customs House at the end of the point for the space if not the art. And a drink at the top of the Hilton on the Guidecca may not be the most expensive you've ever had but it will be close - the view however is fabulous. We are off to Sicily the same time you will be up north.

Sep 24, 2012
dave11743 in Italy

30th Anniversary dinner in the Dordogne

AGM

I'm also a Cape Codder - Wellfleet - and a big fan of the Dordogne. I also reccomend Le Vieux Logis but go ahead and spring for dinner. It's pricey but terrific. I did my 60th birthday party there and don't regret a euro of it and the euro is at it's lowest in years. Enjoy.

I have also enjoyed Le Ponte d"Ouyesse (I probably didn't spell that correctly) outside of Souillac and don't miss lunch at Relaise St Anne in Martel. I think they only do lunch Friday - Sunday. Its superb. and the setting is lovely.

Jun 04, 2012
dave11743 in France

Have $50-$75 to spend on dinner for one. Want something fun/interesting, possibly a tasting menu.

I like Lupa a lot but its hard to get a reservation at a decent hour. Try Lavagna for quality and a sweet casual place. No tasting menu but the food is predictably excellent.

May 14, 2012
dave11743 in Manhattan

Like Per Se but not stuffy

I have to say that IMHO you were spared the experience of dining at Per Se. The quality of the food in no way justifies the prices. The room is nothing to boast about. And the struggle to even snag a table is unnecessarily difficult. We cleared the wait list the day before and were told we had ten minutes to accept or the table would be given to someone else. Have to say the service was personable but for $1000 for two people I have rarely felt more disappointed.

May 14, 2012
dave11743 in Manhattan

Anything new in the Dordogne/Lot

Driving around in the rain today stopped in at Restaurant Les Pres Gaillardou outside La Roque Gageac. No plan just cosmic restaurant vibe that it might be good. Excellent meal at a very reasonable 15 euros. The place has a mention in the Michelin come to find out. The dining room is quite nice. Had a very good lentil salad for a starter and then coq au vin foe the plat. Nice discovery. Good place to stop if you are doing the Domme Roque area tour.

Jul 19, 2011
dave11743 in France

Best foodie experiences for bike trip in Dordogne

In the dordogne at the moment staying outside Souillac. Here are my suggestions for you. tremolat of course is the site of Le Vieux Logis which has a great lunch at excellent value. Across the street is their bistro which is also good. In Lacave is Le Pont de L'Ouysse which has one Michelin star. Somewhat formal food but very informal setting on the terrace. chateau de la Treyne is also in LaCave but is very very expensive. If you swing thru Martel the Relais St. Anne is excellent. Lunch Is available only on weekends.

Jul 16, 2011
dave11743 in France

Anything new in the Dordogne/Lot

Just to confirm another enthusiastic thumbs up for La Gabarre. Three meals there and everything first rate. The setting is quite lovely. The food is consistently excellent and Valentine who runs the front of the house is a delight. carlux we drove through your town. very impressive,.!

Jul 16, 2011
dave11743 in France

Searching for food experiences in and around Sarlat and Dordogne

Has anyone had dinner at Chateau de la Treyne recently? Any thoughts on quality at what seems a very hefty price?

Jul 06, 2011
dave11743 in France

Anything new in the Dordogne/Lot

Heading back to the Dordogne this summer. Any new restaurants or bistros pop up over the winter worth a visit. Thanks for the update.

May 30, 2011
dave11743 in France

Where would you take a 10 year for birthday dinner in Paris

Take her to the Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower. It's never too early to start her gourmet training. I'm joking, of course. Happy Birthday, to a very lucky young lady. I spent my tenth birthday in a small town in Virginia. Best!

Mar 12, 2011
dave11743 in France

Bordeaux Recommendation for a Very Special Meal

Again a drive from Bordeaux and might be a bit far but I had a great meal in St Emillion at Hotel de la Plaissance. Very formal but the fois gras lasagna remains as s a wonderful memory.

Feb 20, 2011
dave11743 in France

2 nights in amboise for honeymoon

We were in Amboise last July and your planned itinerary mirrors ours to a T. We stayed at Les Minimes and loved it. Stylish but not stuffy. Our windows looked out on the courtyard, chateau and river. The breakfasts in the hotel were quite good. We also ate at both Epicerie and the Le Pavillon de Lys. It was summer so both meals were outside. The food was very good - not exactly memorable in an OMG kind of way - but very very good and I would certainly recommend both. If you are in Amboise on Sunday the market is quite something and worth a stroll through. Great selection of local produce, wine, cheese, etc. We also went to Chenonceau and while lovely it was quite crowded on a Sunday. We also managed to hit a mushroom festival along the way in one of the small towns and missed the black sausage festival by a week - so check the local listings for similar fetes. Quite fun and great stories to tell. I think you will enjoy Amboise. We're going back this summer for two days as well and looking forward to staying at Les Minimes. I'll post a couple pics from another computer. So share your finds and recommendations. And congrats on your marriage. Have a wonderful time.

Feb 20, 2011
dave11743 in France

new in the dordogne

I am beginning to research a return trip to the Dordogne for summer 2011. Spent two wonderful weeks in teh area around Souillac last year. Any new finds, new places to share? Thanks everyone.
Dave

Jan 20, 2011
dave11743 in France

Moustache in the 6th: Undiscovered as yet by the big boys, but it could well be this year's Spring, Afaria, Frenchie

Had dinner at Moustache last night. The meal was first rate. The room was comfortable and the entire experience was charming. The chef was a most genial host. The food was excellent. The filet was perfectly done with a rich sauce, the steak tartar was terrific. The chocolate dessert was a standout. All the positive reviews on this site are well deserved. A very positive recommendation from this diner.

Dec 19, 2010
dave11743 in France

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

Do we get a final review on all your final choices?

Nov 07, 2010
dave11743 in Italy

Thanksgiving in Venice

I've spent several Thanksgivings in Venice. The crowds are absent and the weather overcast and did manage to be there for the worst flooding in 30 years, but the city is still a delight that time of year. Usually spend the actual day with ex-pat friends who manage the traditional meal. One year we did go to an Italian inspired Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant called La Bita. They may have been accommodating a film company that year but the meal was close to traditional. The owner made a marvelous pumpkin pie. They serve no fish usually. The restaurant is close to Campo Santa Margarita. The restaurant is small and reservations are a must on an ordinary day. It's worth a call to see if they are doing anything thi year. Its a bit hard to find but is located on Calle Lunga de San Barnaba, 2753
30123 Venice, Italy
041 5230531
Hope this is helpful.

Nov 07, 2010
dave11743 in Italy

From San Sebastian to the Dordogne…

I can second le vieux logis in tremolat. The seeting is like Eden and the food is great. Took a group there for my divisible by 10 birthday last summer - the tapas lunch was very good and the price very reasonable. The fois gras creme brulee was amazing and the hit of the many many small coursed luncheon. Had dinner there once and it was great. I would rec this place very highly.

Oct 20, 2010
dave11743 in France

From San Sebastian to the Dordogne…

more pics

Oct 06, 2010
dave11743 in France