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Vin Jaune

robo,

I have had a Vin Jaune (I had it by itself and may have enjoyed it better if properly paired) as well as Poulsard and Trousseau (both red)...one at NoMad and one at Gramercy Tavern. I wish I recalled the producers but do not.

Dec 18, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Vin Jaune

robo,

I believe the NoMad (NYC) has some on the list (in addition to other great Jura wines), not sure about BTG. If you ever get down to Boston (Somerville) Bergamot has one BTG. I know the question is directed at Paris but I have not been recently enough to know. Best wishes.

Dec 18, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Restaurant Behavior Advice - Paris

Typing on CH is as loud as I get and I can control the rest of the crew (minus baby...who will end up outside if she makes any noise. I may even go out with her). I abhor loud, obnoxious people in any country.

Dec 18, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Restaurant Behavior Advice - Paris

Maybe I will just not order foie...but do appreciate all the serious advice

Dec 12, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Restaurant Behavior Advice - Paris

vielleanglaise

Thank you. I was looking more for advice that may not be such common knowledge.

"There's a path you take and a path not taken..." Tony and Angela would be proud.

Dec 11, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Restaurant Behavior Advice - Paris

So, this may come across as a bizarre question but I would general advice on dining in Paris (I suppose I mean versus dining in the US)...not necessarily which restaurants but more behavior-centric advice that an American who may have never dined in France could use. We are well indoctrinated at dining in the US and a couple of us have been to Paris but I never asked for this type of advice before.

For instance, that tipping is not expected...things along those lines. I want to cause the least amount of trauma on the city and our group when we visit.

We will have an 11 month old and we always scurry her out or silence her when she makes the smallest of peeps.

We will have a group of 7 people total (including the small one), 5 adults, 13 year old and the 11 month infant.

I have an additional thread about the 15th and we anticipate taking several meals in that area but will probably dine in many other areas as well.

So, maybe there is nothing of import to know...but if so, I am all ears. Thank you.

Dec 10, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Five Days in the 15th

Copy that on removal. Less tolerance from me than anyone. She is 7 months and eaten out over 100 times, relatively well indoctrinated. There are those occasions where I am outside with her while my wife imbibes as I watch through a window. We are doing L'Arpege for lunch one day, baby is not invited to that one.

Dec 06, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Restaurant Gift Card for Client in Spartanburg, SC

Chophouse 47 has the feel of a Mortons if that is what your client likes. As Rob says, the Spartanburg dining scene is lackluster. Greenville may be best the best option. Rick Erwins is nice for steaks as well and has, imo, a better feel than Chophouse.

Dec 06, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

Five Days in the 15th

I imagine we will do some public transport so this is good info. We have a couple black belts and everyone is in good enough shape to lug around the baby. We are definitely going to be out of the 15th most of the day everyday but may stick nearby for evening meals (esp since the baby's body clock will be trying to figure out why we are eating at midnight).

Dec 06, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Five Days in the 15th

Mr. Talbott,

I have not and my opinion is uninformed and predicated on what I see here in the states. I can always buy a cane...

Dec 06, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Five Days in the 15th

Parnassien,

Thank you for devoting 10+ minutes of your life to a total stranger...the reason I visit and love CH. Complete transparency here is that we will/should walk for a few reasons: we have several people with us, including a very young one. I think walking will be more successful than hauling our necessary equipment on/off other modes of transport. Additionally, I love to walk and use it as my daily exercise...and will need a lot of exercise. I like to eat more than I like to walk.

This is amazing information and very helpful since many of the places I was considering are closed Saturday/Sunday...Les Trois Garcons sounds like a great spot.

We are staying in an apartment with the owner...and she may do dinner for us one evening or we may use this rec for the great markets.

Thank you so much

Dec 06, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Five Days in the 15th

This bakery sounds great. One goal of mine is not eat bread 24/7, which I am inclined to do...but I will make a stop (or ten) here. Thank you.

Dec 06, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Five Days in the 15th

Mr. Talbott,

Thanks much...I have been looking at your blog as well...great information and very helpful.

Dec 06, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Five Days in the 15th

Greetings. We will stay on rue de l'eglise in April and would love any input on nearby dining (10-30 minute walk). I am looking for more of the "bib gourmand" type establishments rather than Michelin spots. I have researched the actual bib gourmand places in the guide...however I know the real knowledge is here. Thanks much.

Dec 05, 2013
winefuhrer in France

Blue Kudzu Sake Company - AVL

We went Sunday for brunch and had a nice time. Beef Pho (large portion...too large for us) was good. The Tuna Tatiki was delicous, dynamite mussels good (nice green lipped with a light but flavorful dynamite sauce), and pork dumplings. Bottomless mimosas were $12 and everyone in the place, aside from me, had one. I had some delicious sake and a couple glasses of wine...nice space, friendly staff...and karaoke on Sundays (unappealing to me but the room was filling when we left around 1:30 PM). Worth a try...

Nov 26, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

What's the next best eating town next to Charleston in the Carolinas?

WD,

I think that is the right choice.

We often stay at Hotel Indigo downtown but there are some nice B&Bs and other "luxe" places outside of downtown as well (not sure if you need accommodations). I do not live in AVL but we visit once or twice each month for the food...that said, I came to DC for a wine show last year and was very impressed with the food there.

Nov 21, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

Blue Kudzu Sake Company - AVL

Anyone been? Looks interesting.

Nov 21, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

What's the next best eating town next to Charleston in the Carolinas?

Asheville gets my vote. I like that it is pretty walkable and although many of the good restaurants are not downtown, several are as well. I have not walked Durham enough to be an authority but it seemed less maneuverable than AVL. Greenville SC is decent but well below AVL and Durham.

Nov 21, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

Greenville SC Weekend

This sounds pretty delicious. We were at the Four Seasons hotel in NYC last week and one person in our party ordered a burger...it had to be 6" high. I could not believe it.

Nov 21, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

Greenville SC Weekend

CHers,

Looking for some weekend advice for Greenville, SC. I have read about, but not been to:

Paulista's Delight Cuisine
Swamp Rabbit
Southern Culture
Rick's Deli (the wife and in-laws have been and enjoy it)

Nov 19, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

Boston Report Nov 1-5

kimfair1,

I enjoyed the burger and especially the fries. I usually prefer "skinny" fries but these were more substantial (like I am now). I would not say the burger was the best I have had but I thought it was done well. I liked the vibe in Craigie, real busy and lively.

Boston Report Nov 1-5

We live in rural NC...we splurge a bit when we get out of the "sticks"...leaving for NYC tomorrow AM. We did walk 40+ miles in Boston but, after looking at the scales, it was not enough.

Boston Report Nov 1-5

Thank you to all Boston CHers who helped with input on our trip.

We started Friday at Neptune Oyster in the North End. We had a bottle of delicious Bandol blanc, a dozen oysters and the hot lobster with butter. We sat at the bar and service and food were wonderful. We had a bit of a wait before we could sit so we went to Quattro (up on the corner) and had a couple beverages while waiting. Neptune takes your cell # and calls when your table is ready, a nice touch since they do not take reservations (at least for smaller groups, not sure about larger parties).

Next we hit Carrie Nation and Moo in XV Beacon, respectively, for drinks. I had a very good drink called Spigot Bigot at Carrie Nation.

We went to Newbury Street where my wife found a hairdresser. I viewed this as the perfect opportunity to head over to L’Espalier for some cheese. I sat in the lounge area and had too much cheese and a glass of a lovely Secondé Rose Brut. The wine paired very nicely with each cheese.

We stopped at Myers & Chang for takeout.

Saturday was the parade. We had ballet tickets so wanted to dine relatively close to the Opera House. At the recommendation of several people on the board we did Bistro du Midi. We had a nice white Minervois, wife had a chicken Caesar and I had a very nice piece of chicken with crispy skin and polenta.

We did drinks at Hawthorne (real swanky, had a nice scotch + ginger drink) then Shojo (great take on the painkiller served in a tiki glass).

Dinner at Oishii…it was fine, would not return. I thought the quality of the food was good, but too much pomp and circumstance for me. I was not crazy about the space. I did 5 pieces of sushi (toro, white salmon, salmon, shrimp) and wife had a roll. The wine list was surprisingly very small but we had a really delicious bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.

Sunday it was rainy and cold so, of course, I insisted on walking to Cambridge to burn some calories. This was not the best decision I made on the trip. Fortunately, the brunch choice was a home run. We did TW Food, very, very small space…I counted 40 seats. The menu is a la carte or prix fixe (starter, main, and cocktail or dessert) for $33. We did a charcuterie plate, smoked salmon and watermelon salad, and two omelettes…and a couple delicious mimosas with freshly squeezed oj. Space was very nice, servers and service was top notch. Sundays TW has live jazz as well.
Next Craigie on Main, split a burger with a couple drinks. The burger is well enough known I will not expound.

I stopped at some place (cannot remember the name) and had a couple scoops of great ice cream (maybe Toscana or something like that).

We took the T back (it was this or divorce) then back to Somerville that evening for dinner. We did Bergamot and I thought this was one of the highlights of the trip. I started with potato pierogies, which were full of flavor yet delicate. I had a vegetable raviolo as an entrée. We had a couple btls of a Faury Syrah that worked well with the food and was very reasonable.

Monday we did breakfast out. We went to Paramount and I had the banana and caramel French toast. We had mimosas in the plastic Champagne flutes pulled out of a box at the register: interesting. Monday was more up in the air than other days so we just walked around. We ended up back in the North End and had lunch #1 at Antico Forno. It was decent, not great. My wife tries to do gluten free and it was one of the daytime spots I found that has gf pizza. Service and food seemed a bit uninspired but it was fine. I had a pizza with three ingredients and, essentially, each ingredient was on one third of the pizza rather than dispersed equally.

We had to do Neptune again before leaving Boston. We repeated day 1 procedure, put down our names, went to Quattro and had a drink, then to Neptune. Food was very good again. We did the triton plateau. We would opt for something else next time (not a huge clam or cold mussel fan).
We went downtown to shop for a bit. When I started to fall asleep waiting at the makeup counter I decided to go have a beverage somewhere. I ended up at JM Curley. The bartender was a young man named Watson who was so pleasant. He made a great drink (or three as the case was) as well. I had the obligatory Dark ‘n Stormy plus a couple other cocktails from the list. Everything was wonderful, a nice bar with nice staff.

We stopped at Windsor for dim sum on the way back to the room. I think I fell asleep then ordered to-go from Picco. The pizza was amazing…very, very crisp crust. I ordered the homemade ice cream sampler also and had dense, creamy raspberry chip, peanut butter chip and ginger ice cream.

Tuesday, we went to Flour in the South End, had a lemon and ginger scone, walked around and realized we missed a ton of great spots there (Toro, Gallows, etc)…had a couple mimosas at Moo then lunch at Carrie Nation (one of the few spots I could find that opens at 11h00 for lunch). We had mussels in tomato, coconut milk broth, a Greek salad, and a burger…everything was fine. The wine list was small but had enough solid choices. I was not “wowed” but have no real complaints.

Got on the plane, back home, weigh a lot more but fell in love with Boston, the people, the food…thanks for the input and a great time. We will be back to further support the food and drink scene.

Saturday Lunch near Opera House

hotoynoodle

No real reason how I decided on Gaslight/Beehive but I put more stock in CH than I do in what I read other places. I have revised a bit anyway and think we will head to TW Food and Craigie on Sunday morning, then back Sunday evening to South End after meeting some friends for drinks. Also, on tap I have:

Oishii
Myers & Chang
Toro
Shojo

I am open to any suggestions about anywhere...

Appreciate all the feedback

Winston-Salem please help

Spring House and +1 for Sweet Potatoes. We go to Full Moon Oyster Bar in Clemmons on occasion. Also, if you are up for driving Brothers (Clemmons) and Milners are decent.

Oct 30, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

Saturday Lunch near Opera House

Greetings from NC. We are attending the ballet Saturday at 1 PM. I would like a good spot for lunch relatively close to the Opera House. I imagine lunch will take 1+ hours (hopefully) so somewhere we could walk to the Opera House within 15 or so minutes. I think most lunch places open at 11h30, anything that opens earlier would be great as we like to drink wine and relax while we dine.. I have looked at Marliave, been to too many Jean Georges places already, Moo seems to do more of a brunch than lunch. I use Open Table but do not want to limit myself to only Open Table spots. We are doing brunches (two, I hope) at Beehive and Gaslight Sunday so prefer to do more of a lunch rather than brunch. We are open in the areas of cuisine type and price. We are staying at the Doubletree near Chinatown so will walk in the direction of the Opera House (weather permitting). If there is an incredible Saturday lunch spot further away that allows time to be back for the ballet, I am all ears...we can get a cab/car. Any input is appreciated. Thanks much.

Toddler-Friendly in Asheville?

Maybe I shouldn't but I take my little one everywhere...and take her out (meaning outside) if she makes a peep. She has been to Seven Sows, 5 Walnut, Table, MG Road, Cucina, White Duck, Homegrown, Ben's, Bull & Beggar, etc etc etc...plus a lot of "fancy" places outside of Asheville. I work quite a bit and she, at 4 months, has been to more restaurants than I in the past 4 months...true story. We are extremely mindful of others and her first peep means one of us leaves with her. This may be a bit easier than a toddler...not sure...and have forgotten since my first was a toddler. Best of luck.

Sep 26, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

The Green Room, Greenville, SC

Danna,

Thanks much. We may check it out next trip to GVL. Sounds exciting.

As info, we had a great brunch at Bull & Beggar in AVL a few weeks ago, the menu is short but great. I had a potato and kale cake...replete with three bottles of delicious Loire whites.

Sep 04, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

The Green Room, Greenville, SC

Danna,

Yes, like WonderBread (except this was wheat). I am not a complainer in restaurants, I get too worked up...so I rarely say anything, just go elsewhere next time. We went up to Sip afterward and had a bottle of Sauv Blanc. The setting is pretty nice up there.

We usually do AVL for brunch...just wanted something different. I am not sure I see the same passion for food in GVL as AVL but I may be way off base with that comment, not living in either place. Swamp Rabbit looks like great fun.

We did Bacon Bros for lunch Monday. I enjoyed the atmosphere (for a casual spot) and food. We had a nice cured meat plate. The desserts were nice as well (turtle brownie with vanilla ice cream).

Sep 03, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast

The Green Room, Greenville, SC

Danna,

We did The Green Room and I would not return. The servers were disinterested, food mediocre, and overall, a big disappointment. We had mussels that had a decent pesto broth...large portion of mussels but two pieces of bread. I asked for more bread and received loaf bread...for $1.50...too humorous to even address. I brought some pretty decent wine (a grand cru White Burgundy and a nice 2001 Napa Cab). I had hoped to find a spot where food & wine could have a great time together...this was not the spot.

Thank you for your recommendations though...we will try one of those spots next.

Sep 03, 2013
winefuhrer in Southeast