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Guatemala City and Panama City experts?

Thank you to all contributors. I have just returned to Europe from a second trip to Guate at the end of July and can confirm that Panza Verde in Antigua was a winner with me and my guests. Best wishes to all.

Any recent visits to Côte St. Jacques in Joigny?

Many thanks to you and Chef June. In the end I drove all the way down to Chatillon sur Chalaronne and had dinner at the more modest St. Lazare in L'Abergement Clementiat. Stayed overnight at Le Clos de la Tour in C sur C. Very nice both of them.

Aug 25, 2008
r.higgins in France

Any recent visits to Côte St. Jacques in Joigny?

I am driving down from Paris to Lyon on 16 July. I would like to try the Côte St. Jacques but am hesitant to stop at a top restaurant as I am worried that the end result might not live up to the price. Has anyone been there lately? Any finds to report close to that stretch of l'Autoroute du Soleil?

Jul 01, 2008
r.higgins in France

Nice, Cagnes sur Mer and St Cyr sur Mer

Dear Snufflehound. I concur with the recommendations for Cagnes. I've tried all three but my favourite remains Loulou. You have to like simple fish dishes to enjoy this restaurant. Eveything is cooked on the grill in front of you and comes without fancy trimmings. The Campo brothers, who run the show in the kitchen, have a reputation for their strong characters but their food is excellent. In Nice try Sapore, a tapas style restaurant serving French classics (excellent and inexpensive) or Le Merenda (unconfortable dining room but always dependably delicious). Both these restaurants start their first service at 7.30 pm and tend to serve at a fast pace. Enjoy !

Jul 01, 2008
r.higgins in France

Nice: Bday Dinner

Dear Chowhound. You should try Restaurant Le Sapore, 19 rue Bonaparte (Place du Pin) 06300 NICE. T: 0492 04 22 09. They serve a fixed menu composed of many small dishes (tapas if you wish, but French style) at 28 euros/person. It's the place to be. Make sure you book early. Enjoy!

May 11, 2008
r.higgins in France

Tampa, St Pete ... for European Foodies

Dear Chowhounds. I'm spending a week on Treasure Island close to St John's Pass. I've been coming to this area for almost 20 years. So I've tried all the established values. Haven't been since December 2006 though. What's new on the scene for foodies? Thanks for your help (travelling to the US this coming Tuesday morning).

May 11, 2008
r.higgins in Florida

Dinner for 20-25 people - what to make?

In Europe you can rent Raclette sets from a good cheese shop. If you could do that where you live I would suggest you get 4 or 5 machines (it's basically an electric table grill) and let each guest cook his own meal at the dinner table. For Raclette all you need is sliced cheese (it doesn't have to be the Swiss raclette cheese as any hard skin/soft center cheese will be fine), sliced cured meats, jacket potatoes, sliced tomatoes and condiments like pickled onions, gurkins, beetroot, etc. Some even add eggs that guests then put on top of the cheese/meat and cook under the table grill. It's fun for the guests and requires only some shopping and skilful display on the table. Enjoy !

Jan 28, 2008
r.higgins in Home Cooking

Guatemala City and Panama City experts?

Thanks for the tip. Best wishes. Roland

Costa Rica Eats

I spent a few days in Manuel Antonio last September. I stayed at Hotel Gaia. Really spectacular architecture at this hotel. Their rooftop restaurant has great views and serves top class food (cross my heart as a spoilt European). I also tried the restaurant of the Si Como No Resort which is Rainforest Alliance certified for taking extra care of the environment. Ask the restaurant manager to take you on a tour of the kitchen to see how they manage waste and control energy consumption. Excellent place for fish and very pretty view over the rainforest canopy down to the Pacific. Nice hotel too, by the way. Both restaurants are a bit on the pricey side but definitely worth it ! Enjoy Costa Rica and greetings from Brussels.

Guatemala City and Panama City experts?

I'm leaving for GC/Antigua next week and then a few days in Panama City.Anyone around who knows the better restaurants in Antigua? In PC I'm staying at Playa Bonita Intercontinental. Can anyone recommend some restaurants in that area and downtown? Thanks.

What not to miss in Bennelux region?

Hello from Brussels. If you are going to Bruges let me suggest two sidetrips: Ghent a very pretty medieval city that most tours ignore and beyond Brugge (if you're there in spring) spend a weekend on the Coast. Visit the Zwin nature reserve near Knokke (a chique seaside town) and travel up the coast into the Netherlands spend some time in the tiny seaside resort of Cadzand and definitely go to Sluis to eat at Restaurant Oud Sluis (3 stars or top rating in the Michelin guide - you need to book a couple of weeks ahead - a heavenly experience !). Antwerp is a sparkling town booming with innovative restaurants (Hecker, Gin Fish, Le Dôme) and fashion designer boutiques. Don't miss a visit to Pieter Paul Rubens House. In Brussels try the brand new The Dominican Hotel. Best food in town is currently at Le Fourneau (no resersations taken, go early at around 7 pm to get in), Re-Source and Bon-Bon. When in Luxemburg don't stay in Luxemburg City but travel around to little towns like Vianden, Diekirch and Echternach. Nice hotel and restaurant in Gaichel called La Bonne Auberge (also Michelin starred). Enjoy your stay !

Dinner in San Antonio

My reply comes a bit late. Just to report that I loved San Antonio and that I managed to get a table at Le Reve. Though definitely not tex-mex highly enjoyable nevertheless. Thanks !

Jan 25, 2008
r.higgins in Texas

Layover at Newark Liberty

Merci beaucoup !

Dinner in San Antonio

Many thanks to ddavis ! Bedtime here so over and out !

Aug 18, 2007
r.higgins in Texas

Dinner in San Antonio

Hello from Brussels, Belgium. Passing through San Antonio next week, only one night. Where would you send a foodie from Europe to sample the best fare in town?

Aug 18, 2007
r.higgins in Texas

Layover at Newark Liberty

Hi from Brussels, Belgium. Will be travelling through Newark Liberty next week (arriving from Houston and continuing to Brussels). I have about 5.30 hours. Does that leave time to have lunch outside of the airport given security lines? Where would you suggest sending a foodie from Europe?