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Birthday dinner in berlin?

Hi all

I was thinking of trying either vau or hartmanns for a birthday celebration for 2. Any strong preferences?

I was also thinking of reinhof (?) but it seems quite a bit more expensive.

Danke

Jun 11, 2012
nbourbaki in Europe

theatre dinner combination suggestions?

thanks,

they have wild bride showing now, which looks pretty good! I am going to skip chez panisse this time, but those two look very good. also found Gather nearby. anyone have strong opinions among these three? we are neither vegan nor vegetarian, would gather still be interesting?

theatre dinner combination suggestions?

Hi all,

I am looking to take the wife out for a dinner and play in the second half of december.

Any suggestions on good plays now showing, and excellent dining nearby? Looking for fine dining, the upscale new american type food sfbay is so well known for.

East Bay or Downtown SF please, and many many thanks for your recommendations.

playa del carmen meat and markets?

Gracias Veggo, I have already printed out a few of your rest. recs., with these thrown in I am pretty sure we will eat very well.

Feb 24, 2011
nbourbaki in Mexico

playa del carmen meat and markets?

Hi all,

I will be in playa for a week soon, renting a villa with kitchen. I have been all over these forums for restaurant and cart recs (thanks!), but I am curious about recommendations for food shopping?

Which supermarket would be best? But mostly, are there particular markets, fishmongers, or butchers worth visiting. Even specific ingredients that might better here than elsewhere? We have several accomplished cooks along.

We will be staying in Playacar if that makes a difference.

Cheers and many thanks.

Feb 20, 2011
nbourbaki in Mexico

hosting largish bbq. where to find....?

Many thanks you all. I think i will give ver bruge and Berkeley bowl a shot. Both very convenient for me.

Should be tasty.

hosting largish bbq. where to find....?

great point. Oakland/Berkeley.

hosting largish bbq. where to find....?

Hi all,

I will be coming to the bay area in a few days, and almost immediately hosting a BBQ for about 40. Menu all planned, etc, but I was wondering if anyone has good suggestions on where to get a few key (but not unusual) ingredients in bulk.

leg of lamb (3-4 legs, butterflied would be nice)
figs (something like 50 of em)
15 lbs good tomatoes (not at whole foods prices if possible)

that about covers it. rest can be easily gotten in smaller quantities.

Cheers, and many many thanks.

recs for nice place that takes reservations?

Hi all,

I will be in town this weekend, staying in Hyde Park.

It will be me, wife, 5month old, 3 year old, and two grandparents, all of whom are adventurous, foodie-type eaters (including the 3 year old).

I am looking for a recommendation of a place that will take reservations, and that bringing two very well behaved restraurant going children to won't be too disturbing. I am not looking for a "kid-friendly" place that serves chicken nuggets, I just don't want it to be so formal that other guests will be bothered by having kids there.

Any thoughts? Closer to Hyde Park is better, but not necessary. In general, we love all foods, but the usual organic, local, fresh, etc is a preference.

Many many thanks,

Apr 01, 2010
nbourbaki in Chicago Area

dinner after theater?

flexible on day of week, but probably 9:30 if we go after (my pref.) or 6:30 if we go before 8pm show.

dinner after theater?

Hi all,

I am planning on taking wife out to a show and a late dinner afterwards. Theater is near Market and 5th.

Looking for a somewhat upscale and classy place with nice ambiance as well as food. Price (within reason) not to big a deal, but ability to get reservations for early august is.

suggestions??

thanks.

Birthday location?

PLD looks great, but a $10,000 minimum is beyond what I had planned for a party of 25, although I would be curious what 400 per person would get you.

Birthday location?

Hi all,

My wife (who is from Bay Area) will be turning 40 this August. We do not live in BA, but will be there for the occasion. I would like to find a great place for a party for about 25 people. Can be brunch or dinner, I think a restaurant would work well.

Or, if you can recommend a great caterer/party planner it could be done at her parent's house.

Many many thanks

Miami for a few days

Greetings CHers,

My wife and I are coming to town for a few days mid October, and would love some tips. We are staying at the InterContinental Miami for a conference, and are looking for a suggestions for breakfast/brunch, great foodie casual dining (more bistro than formal) - especially with carrib/latin flair, and fabulous coffee. You guys got anything like that?

Cheers, and many thanks

n bourbaki

Sep 29, 2008
nbourbaki in Florida

Nashville CSAs?

Hi foodies,

Can anyone point me towards information regarding Consumer Support Agriculture (CSA)s in the Nashville area? I am interested in both Produce and Meat.

If no CSAs, then where do you recommend getting these good things as fresh and local as possible?

Cheers, and thanks.

Easter Brunch in Nashville

great, thanks for those. the Germantown cafe lets you call ahead and get on the list, so that seems perfect, although they all look great.

cheers,

Easter Brunch in Nashville

Hi all,

it turns out me and my family will be in Nashville over easter (we are house hunting), and would love to go out for Brunch on Easter. However, it is likely to be very crowded. Any suggestions? I tried Margot's (rec from this board) but they are full. I have read of Monell's here, but is it likely to be swamped? We will be 5.

Also, BBQ?? We were thinking Neely's, should we be thinking elsewhere?

We have never been to any of these places, and Nashville only once.

Cheers and thanks

avec with baby?

Hi all, my wife, myself, and our 7month-old will be visiting Chi this weekend, and my parents will come down to join us Friday evening.

If we all were to go out together (I am hoping they babysit and my wife and I go out just us!) I was thinking about avec, around 6-6:30.

Is this possible to do with a well behaved kiddo?

any other suggestions? we like good food.

cheers

p.s. I have posted elsewhere regarding places for just the two of us (North pond, blackbird, onesixtysomething, etc).

Nov 14, 2007
nbourbaki in Chicago Area

turkeys?

thanks all for the suggestions. i went ahead and ordered from White Dog Foundation at RTM. Perhaps I will try to get a goose for xmas directly from one of the farms mentioned.

enjoy the holidays.

Nov 12, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

Restaurants That Never Get Mentioned

I haven't been in some time, but I remember liking Figs, near the art museum quite a bit.

Nov 09, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

turkeys?

Hi all,

where are you getting your turkeys this year? In addition to the supermarkets, are you going to RTM? Italian Market? Headhouse? Whole Foods? direct from a farm?

I have never bought a turkey before, so any suggestions welcome.

cheers

Nov 09, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

Philly CH in town for three days

Hi all,

My wife and I will be in town in a couple of weeks for a few days. We will be staying in a hotel near Millennium Park.

For one evening, my parents will be joining us from Madison, I would like to take them to a nicer (up to $30 entree) type place. They especially like places that go for the whole local/organic chez panisse style new american food. Any thoughts?

For the other nights, my wife and I would like to sample the best of the area around the hotel/short cab ride. This can be hole in wall or upscale. in particular, any good authentic tacos?

cheers and thanks

nbourbaki

and let me know when you are coming to philly, I will return the favor.

Nov 05, 2007
nbourbaki in Chicago Area

duck fat in philly?

ok Boognish, you talked me into it. i will give it another go after this (I already have the other ingredients) starting with whole ducks. If I were to separate the breast to use on its own (which I love) do I need to look for a certain kind of duck? the last time I roasted a whole duck I thought the breast was very small and thin.

thanks

Oct 29, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

duck fat in philly?

Hi all,

Thanks for all for all of the suggestions. The retail Aus. and Ting didn't have any there, but the wholesaler does. I will see if I can get some later. There webpage lists a frozen 2lb container for $14. Di Bruno has d'Artagen at 9$ for 6oz. that would be too much money for making my own confit.

I will see this project through, but I have a feeling it will be the last time. I am learning his is one dish well worth ordering when I see at a restaurant, giving its price and labor to produce.

Thanks again.

nbourbaki

Oct 29, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

where next?

it has been a couple of weeks now, but I remember it being way too salty, kind of mushy, with fairly indistinct flavors. Part of it was our fault, in that the other dishes we got were very differnt from this one flavor-wise (more earthy thyme rosemary sweetbread type stuff).

it wasnt horrible, just not as good as nearly everything else!

Oct 25, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

duck fat in philly?

Hi CHers,

I am looking to buy duck fat (cassoulet season is upon us) in Philly, but havent found any at Reading Terminal market.

any suggestions on where to go before I head online?

Oct 25, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

where next?

Hi CHers,

my inlaws are taking us out for dinner, and I am un-inspired for our next choice. I prefer the byob-type place (small, intimate, less formal) even if they have a wine list.

recent locations have been:

Osteria (last night. I though it was good, but not amazing. in particular, the lobster spaghetti was disppointing.)
Matyson (wonderful, ties with the next one for best recent meal in philly)
Marigold (see above)

others that have been a while:

amada
pumpkin
chloe
django

I have been out of philly for a year or so, what should I do next? I wouldn't reallly want to go much more expensive than these here (no morimoto, le bec, stripped, etc).

Cheers and many thanks

Oct 12, 2007
nbourbaki in Pennsylvania

driving and eating?

thanks all, i really appreciate all the replies. we haven't decided on an eatery yet, but what about Zola?

our trip got bumped up to tomorrow (friday), so any tips for weekday parking? Also, anything going on right now that shouldn't be missed?

Cheers,

driving and eating?

Hi CH-DC

I am coming down for a day from Philadelphia with my parents. I have one food and one non-food question.

Food: I am looking for nice but not outlandish place in the $18-26 entree range. Big fans of new-american, locally sourced food, etc. Thinking of places like Blue Hill in NYC, pumpkin in Philly, or even the cafe section of Chez Panisse in SF.

non-Food: parking? We want to ditch the car for the day, will be mostly in National Mall Land. What do you suggest? find a lot? where? take the Metro in? where? There will be 4 adults and one baby.

I appreciate any advice, and would be happy to reciprocate when you come to Philly.

nbourbaki

like blue hill but cheaper?

Hi all,

I am visiting manhattan soon with my wife, and she requested I find a place like Blue Hill (where we had a wonderful dinner a few months back) but this time not quite as much a splurge. Any suggestions?

By "like", I think she means quality quasi-organic alice waters style food preparation more than the simple but unfair "as good but cheaper".

I found Hearth, but that seems to be priced like B H.

I appreciate any suggestions. If they happen to be more like mid-town, even better.

cheers

Aug 12, 2007
nbourbaki in Manhattan