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Charleston, South Carolina

I will be visiting Charleston soon, and would appreciate any tips/recommendations for dining. In the past, I have eaten at Magnolia, McCrady's, Charleston Grill, Anson and SNOB (I especially enjoyed Anson and McCrady's, and would definitely think about returning).

Mar 26, 2009
joc1234 in General South Archive

It's MASCARPONE!

When US descendants of 19th and 20th century Italian immigrants, who have grown up speaking "Americanized" Italian (mortadell, rigot, mozzarell, etcetera) visit Italy, do they add the dropped vowels back? Or are they met with quizzical stares (except, presumably, in Sicily)?

Mar 14, 2009
joc1234 in Not About Food

It's MASCARPONE!

I just ate at Scarpetta (in NYC) and they had "marscapone" on the menu. I was amazed.

I see "proscuitto" on menus far too often. Mmmmmm, proskweeto!

Mar 14, 2009
joc1234 in Not About Food

It's MASCARPONE!

1993!?!
Certainly by now, 16 years down the road, with the meteoric rise of the coffee bar culture, the 'standard' has moved more towards "espresso" and away from "expresso"?

Mar 14, 2009
joc1234 in Not About Food

It's MASCARPONE!

If you asked for a pound of bruschetta, you should be given one pound of bread slices that have been rubbed with garlic and grilled. Perhaps you mean bruschetta "topping," which for some reason in the US has defaulted to mean diced tomatoes, parsley and olive oil.

Mar 14, 2009
joc1234 in Not About Food

It's MASCARPONE!

God, that was terrible!!

Mar 14, 2009
joc1234 in Not About Food

It's MASCARPONE!

How about "vin-a- ga-rette" and "buh-li-ni" (for blini). Aaaarrrgghhh!

Mar 14, 2009
joc1234 in Not About Food

Ranking every NYC pizzeria I've tried (~70)

Frannie's? Grimaldi's? Lombardi's? Arturo's?

Mar 11, 2009
joc1234 in Manhattan

Mexican Flag

Creme de menthe and tequila?!? I understand playful, and I understand the impulse behind design, but honestly, doesn't anybody consider flavor anymore?

Oct 22, 2007
joc1234 in Recipes

Once-in-lifetime NYC dinner: Four Seasons vs. others

Thanks for replying. It's always interesting to hear feedback after someone decides where to go.

Your post almost makes me want to give 4 Seasons yet one more chance; but I'm a little reluctant to make 3 times the charm. ( Actually, my last 4 visits have been less than mediocre.) I am, however, basing my opinion on comparisons of what 4 Seasons used to be when I first started dining there over 30 years ago!

So, I wonder if I do end up giving it yet another chance I should mention that I am celebrating a special occasion. Shouldn't have to, but if that's what it takes...

Sep 22, 2007
joc1234 in Manhattan

Dining in Charleston, South Carolina

I will be there 5 days in late October. I will be staying in the downtown historic district, but will have a car and am completely amenable, excited even, about going anywhere there is a great restaurant!

Sep 14, 2007
joc1234 in General South Archive

Dining in Charleston, South Carolina

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I will be traveling to Charleston soon and would appreciate any input about great places to dine--breakfast, lunch and dinner. Any assistance regarding any cuisine would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!!

Sep 13, 2007
joc1234 in General South Archive

Aquagrill Lunch Review

I'm a big fan of Aquagrill, so this may have a little bias, but the wine prices are extremely reasonable. Jennifer Marshall will not compromise on quality, so there are higher priced bottles on the list than may be found on another list of comparable size, but the markup is well under the usual 200 to 250 percent (or higher) found at other restaurants.

Aug 31, 2007
joc1234 in Manhattan

Aquagrill or Blue Water Grill?

I disagree completely. Aquagrill's specialty is freshly shucked oysters, so even with two shuckers, the sheer numbers of oysters that need to be opened means there will be a wait. Next time you go, ask the server if there is a long wait for the oyster bar; if so, order an appetizer from the kitchen as a first course, have oysters second, and then have your entree.
Also, Aquagrill doesn't have a television, so I'm not sure what is meant by the comment about the shucker being more interested in the game.

Aug 31, 2007
joc1234 in Manhattan

Once-in-lifetime NYC dinner: Four Seasons vs. others

Do not waste your time at 4 Seasons. It is resting on its laurels, and should not be considered in the same class as Daniel, Jean-Georges, Bouley or even Blue Hill at Stone Barns or 11 Madison. Especially since your parents are celebrating a special occasion, they would be doubly disappointed.

Aug 18, 2007
joc1234 in Manhattan