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In London for 4 nights this weekend - pls review our food itinerary!

This is a helpful thread for my upcoming thread. How was your trip?

Nov 30, 2014
jmsvss in U.K./Ireland

Fennel bulb substitute?

I have my heart set on a recipe of orange roughy prepared with a sauce of fennel, onion and tomato. I searched for fennel in two different grocery stores without success. What do think a good substitute would be for the fennel bulb? The recipe calls for a low and slow sauté of the onions and fennel. I have celery and napa cabbage in my frig. What if I combine that with some fennel seeds? Any other ideas? I have never cooked with fennel before.

Sep 14, 2013
jmsvss in Home Cooking

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Delicious, easy and healthier than French fries. Even the kids gobbled them up.

May 27, 2013
jmsvss in Recipes

Looking for typical Carnivale recipes

I am hosting a fundraiser with a Carnivale/Mardi Gras theme on March 8 (Fat Tuesday). I have the New Orleans cuisine covered fairly well but I am looking for ideas from other areas. Any ideas?

Traditional Mardi Gras/Carnivale Recipes

Thanks for all of the responses. Yes, it is fairly easy to find NO Mardi Gras recipes. In addition to these, I am hoping to find ideas from other countries, cities, etc where there is a strong history of Carnivale/Mardi Gras. These are some great ideas - many thanks.

Jan 15, 2011
jmsvss in Home Cooking

Traditional Mardi Gras/Carnivale Recipes

I am hosting a Mardi Gras themed fundraiser on March 8. The event will include several food stations representing Carnivale from around the world. I have searched the internet for traditional Mardi Gras/Carnivale recipes and can find little suggestions beyond the New Orleans faire, which will certainly be represented but not solely.

Any ideas?

Jan 12, 2011
jmsvss in Home Cooking

Soliciting opinions and/or recommendations on my Sonoma Area Winery choices

Thanks for your reply. All of your recommendations appear to excel at pinot noir. I'll look forward to checking some of them out.

Oct 20, 2010
jmsvss in San Francisco Bay Area

Soliciting opinions and/or recommendations on my Sonoma Area Winery choices

We are staying in Healdsburg and have a day and a half to tour wineries (Oct 23-24). We enjoy all wines with the possible exception of California Chards but are always open to having our mind changed. We will be more interested in smaller wineries, like to stroll through beautiful gardens, enjoy hearing about growing techniques and winemaking. Sorting through all the possibilities in the area is a challenge

Here are the wineries currently on my list:

Farrari-Carano - 10am appontment
Seghesio - have requested the food and wine pairing but haven't heard back yet
Gary Farrell
Everett Ridge
Deerfield Ranch
Matanzas Creek
Chalk Hill
Davis Family

Debating on Michel-Schlumberger but will probably need to drop one on the above list.

Oct 19, 2010
jmsvss in San Francisco Bay Area

Barndiva, Healdsburg Ca

Thanks for your original review and your recent update. We have only two evenings to spend in the area and you sold us on Barndiva for one of those.

231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Oct 04, 2010
jmsvss in San Francisco Bay Area

recession deals in las vegas

Excellent thread - Anyone know whats out there for late July 2010 or advice on where to look. I'm travelling solo this trip and love the small plate or tasting opportunities.

Jul 17, 2010
jmsvss in Las Vegas

My visit to Raku

Thanks for your review. I was considering this restaurant but hadn't decided. It is now on my list. Which night of the week did you drop in?

Jul 17, 2010
jmsvss in Las Vegas

Staying in New Carollton for Redskins

Thanks for the recs. I thought about staying in Alexandria - of well. The reviews of Jerry's are all outstanding and looks promising.

Staying in New Carollton for Redskins

and wondering where to catch a nice meal on Saturday night. Looking for a nice dinner for my husband and I, I'd like to keep cost below $150 if possible, we like wine, we enjoy all types of food, we will have a car but we aren't familiar with the area and will not want to drive too far, public transportation is okay and we don't mind walking. Anyway looking for a few recommendations. Any ideas?

Tokyo ramen list

I am very interested in your list. We will be in Tokyo Apr 21-28, staying in the Ginza area. I'm not sure your locations will be convenient to us but I am always willing to travel for food as well.

Mar 29, 2008
jmsvss in Japan

Here is where I ate in Tokyo

We're leaving in 28 days and I'd love to know more about you dining experiences.

Mar 21, 2008
jmsvss in Japan

Ryokan with onsen and great food?

We are visiting Japan for 24 days in Apr/May and have reservations at four ryokans, all with onsen and the promise of great food. (At least all reviews are top notch) We reserved through Japanese Guest Houses. It is a great website. You can see where the hot springs are all over Japan and read description and reviews of the particular ryokan you are interested in. I took the names of the ryokan I was interested in and googled them for further reviews on other websites, like Fodors and Trip Advisor, just to get a sense of the validity of the review. I am feeling very good about my choices.
Our Ryokan choices are in Ise, Takayama, Gero, and Miyajima but I am sure you will find suitable choices in your areas.

I am most excited about the incrediblle meals I've heard so much about!!

Good Luck!

Feb 01, 2008
jmsvss in Japan

Nagoya eating plan

This is great info as I will be in Japan for 3+ weeks in Apr/May 08 and am desperately seeking recs for Nagoya, Tokyo, Takayama, and Kyoto. Thanks all

Jan 27, 2008
jmsvss in Japan

Visiting Seattle for 4 Days - Simple Not Fancy Recos?

Excellent recommedations - these will be handy for my upcoming trip as well!!

Sep 27, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Food Trip

Yes, and I've learned something different from every one of them - thanks to everyone!!

Sep 20, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

The Sushi Bar at Shiro's

Thank you for the report - you've added a new wrinkle to my dining dilemna during my upcoming Seattle trip!

Sep 18, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

Seattle sushi: Saito vs. Umi

I have not tried any of the Nobu restaurants and it does sound very appealling and something not readily available in my neck of the woods.

I think we will come back to Seattle for dinner on Saturday after the wineries. I am looking at Union and then going to the Triple Door for entertainment afterwords.

Sep 16, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

Seattle sushi: Saito vs. Umi

Why do you prefer Nishino?

Sep 16, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

Lebanese Couscous

I bought a package labeled "Lebanese Couscous" at an international food store having never seen or heard of it before. Once I got it home I realized there were no cooking instructions and I have not been able to find any recipes - even when googling "Lebanese couscous."

Can any of you help? This is couscous a little more than 1/4 inch in diameter and does not seem suited to the recipes and preparation of the smaller sized couscous I am accustomed to.

Sep 16, 2007
jmsvss in Home Cooking

Seattle sushi: Saito vs. Umi

Everyone has been a great in helping me plan for my upcoming trip. Most everything is decided except this sushi dilemna. Both of these places have been highly recommended. It is unlikely that we will do both. So Hounds, please help me out one more do these two measure up against each other?

Sep 16, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

10 Hot Seattle Restaurants

I was surfing and found this article

about the 10 hottest restaurants in 80 cities. In Seattle the article's picks are:
Dahlia Lounge
Seastar Restaurant and raw bar
Sitka & Spruce

I will be travelling to Seattle for the first time in October and after all of my researching was disappointed to find that not one of these was on my list. My list:
Elliot's Oyster House
Tamarind Tree
Pink Door
Ray's Boathouse
The Metropolitan Grill
Matt's in the Market

On a positive note, in a related article TopPot Doughnuts was one of the top 10 doughnut places in the country (not just the city). At least I can pick a good doughnut place!!

Sep 11, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Metropolitan Grill

Thanks everyone - I am new to this board although I have participated in others so I can appreciate the WIDE range of opinions. I guess the bottom line is someone else is paying. My recollection from the last dinner we had in DC was that he loves fine wine and was not afraid to order and order and order...
With everything is perspective it should be a great evening!!

Sep 05, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Metropolitan Grill

Let me hear something...anything... good about this place. I have been working on my 8 day trip to Seattle and this board has been very helpful with restaurant selections. I just found out today that the company president (based in Michigan) is hosting dinner at the Metropolitan Grill one evening. I really haven't read any recent good reviews So, is there anything redeeming about this place? Any fans out there to cheer me on? What are the dress expectations?

Sep 04, 2007
jmsvss in Pacific Northwest

Le Madeleine a great pre-theater choice

We were staying with friends in Jersey and took the ferry over from Weehawken. With the extra time built into our schedule in case there were crowds we arrived at Le Madeleine 30 minutes prior to our reservation. It was no problem and we were seated immediately - this turned out to be a very good thing. We decided on wine by the glass. We planned on three courses (I liked the menu but was not crazy about the pre-theater prix fixe offerings) I planned on three wines with each course and attempted to order them when we placed the order but our waiter asked me not to because he was afraid he would forget. Our table first ordered the cold califlower soup. The soup was very good. I had the cava with this and it was a nice choice. The second course was the salmon tartare, quail salad, tomato salad and goat cheese salad. Mine was the goat cheese salad and I had the rose wine that also went well with the goat cheese. I tasted all of the apps except the quail. The goat cheese was definitely the best choice in my opinion. At this point the restaurant was PACKED. I am so glad we arrived when we did.

For our entrees two people ordered the scallops, one ordered the duck and I had the fish special which was almond encrusted snapper on potatoe puree. With this i had the Melon wine. I had never had this before. It was one of their artisanal wine and was very good.

Overall it was a very, very good experience. Arriving early made all the difference I think. Our play started at 8pm and we would have had a very difficult time if we had started at 6pm. Service was excellent, especially considering the crowd they had by 6:15. The prices were very reasonable - I can certainly recommend this place - and thanks to everyone who helped.

Sep 04, 2007
jmsvss in Manhattan

some basic tips on how to cook salmon?

Salmon is so versatile. My family favorite is a marinade/basting sauce of maple syrup, lime juice, soy, garlic and sesame oil. Grill over a med high heat. Baste occassionally and don't overcook.

Sep 04, 2007
jmsvss in Home Cooking

Need restaurant rec in theater district

You have all been extremely helpful - I really appreciate it. I have our plans narrowed down to three - Marseille, le Madeleine and Chez Josephine - all pre theater (a change from my original plan). My impression is I probably can't go wrong with any of them but I can only choose one. Please help!!! They seem to have similar menus and prices. Is there anything that makes one better than the other?

Aug 31, 2007
jmsvss in Manhattan