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World Cup Trip to Brazil

Hey there hounds. Myself and three friends are heading to Brazil for 2 weeks to enjoy some soccer, drinks and Brazilian food during the WC. Spending 1 week in Recife and 1 week in Fortaleza. Looking for 2-3 can't miss restaurants and 2-3 bars we should check out. Staying in Praia Iracema in Fortaleza and Boa Viagem in Recife. Don't want to have to stray too far from those spots as that's where most of our activities will be situated. I've checked out a lot of the higher rated spots but am always like to throw it out there.

Here are some the restaurants I've found. Have no idea where to start on the bars / clubs.

Fortaleza
- Cabana del Primo
- Restaurante Mangostin
- Moana
- Santa Grelha

Recife
- Mingus
- Leite
- Camarada Camarao
- Tapa de Cuadril

May 28, 2014
SPICESupperClub in Latin America & Caribbean

3 Days in San Sebastian

Hello Hounds!

My wife and I are from San Francisco and will be traveling through Southwestern France and Northern Spain driving our way over to Barcelona. We're going to spend 3-4 days in San Sebastian in late August and I'm hoping you all can point us in the right direction. I lived in Seville for a while so I'm fairly competent in Southern cuisine. I grew up eating basque food as my grandparents are from there but have never traveled to that region myself so could use help. I am hoping to do a couple very high end meals and a ton of Pinxtos! Right now (I have yet to check schedules of restaurants) I'm hoping to do one night at Mugaritz and a lunch at Akelarre. Since we'll be doing Mugaritz it's unlikely we'll also want to do MB or Arzak. I'm also considering making the drive to A Etxebarri but would love to know if it's worth the drive vs staying local. For Pinxtos I've heard / read a lot about Astelena, La Cuchara & Zeruko. Are these the ones or am I missing a bunch of others.

We'll be there around a Thursday - Monday and budget is not really an issue.

How about the above. Are we on the right track or headed in the wrong direction?

May 25, 2013
SPICESupperClub in Spain/Portugal

Wineries & Restaurants in the Montalcino & Siena areas

What about Ciacci Piccolomini d' Aragona for the second winery in Montalcino?

Aug 06, 2012
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Wineries & Restaurants in the Montalcino & Siena areas

Thank you! Yeah I think I'll skip Banfi. Not really my thing. I live in San Francisco and sounds like it's similar to going to a big winery in Napa. I much prefer the smaller family run spots. When we were in Mendoza, Argentina our favorite places where the ones where we sat at the table with the wine maker by ourselves and spend 3 hours tasting and laughing. Sounds like we'll definitely do Felsina then in Siena. Maybe to lunch at Malborghetto if possible?? Here's what I'm thinking. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for the TBD that would be great. We'll have a driver so we should be good there.

Day 1 - Montalcino
- Dinner: Enoteca Osteria Osticcio

Day 2 - Montalcino
- Winery 1: Poggio Antico
- Lunch: Poggio Antico
- Winery 2: TBD (something a little closer to Montalcino / Poggio)
- Dinner: TBD (maybe Il Leccio?)

Day 3 - Siena
- Lunch: What about the other restaurants above in Siena?
- Dinner: Arnolfo

Day 4 - Siena
- Winery 1: Felsina
- Lunch: Ristorante Malborghetto
- Winery 2: Brunelli
- Dinner: Osteria Le Logge

Day 5 - Driving to Florence
- Maybe stop at Albergaccio for lunch?

Aug 06, 2012
SPICESupperClub in Italy

Wineries & Restaurants in the Montalcino & Siena areas

Excellent. That's what I was leaning towards. Should I make a reservation now for a dinner in late December?

Aug 06, 2012
SPICESupperClub in Italy

Wineries & Restaurants in the Montalcino & Siena areas

My wife, I and a couple of friends are planning a trip to Italy over the Christmas break. We're going to start in Rome and drive up through Tuscany to Florence for NYE. Along the way we'll be spending two nights in Montalcino and two nights in Siena. We're looking for some feedback on places we've already read about but also any feedback if we're missing a must visit winery or restaurant.

Night One - Montalcino:
- We're going to get in around 5 or 6pm after a visit to the hot springs in Saturnia. We'll likely want to have a nice big dinner as we'll be spending the next day wine tasting. So far I'm inclined to try one of the following restaurants:

- Osteria Osticcio
- La Taverna at Banfi
- Il Leccio

The next day we'll be going wine tasting w/ a driver. For sure want to visit Poggio Antico and have lunch there. For the second winery thinking about Il Poggione, Costanti or Banfi. Anyone feedback either way? Do you guys know if these wineries are open that time of year? (I know Banfi is)

Night Two - Montalcino
- Looking for a later dinner and will likely eat at one of the above unless you guys think we're missing one on the must visit list

The next day we're off to Siena. For dinner I was dying to eat at Il Canto but it sounds like they're closed that time of year. We'll be eating dinner one night at Le Logge but am conflicted about the first night. If Il Canto is open we'll eat there but what about the following restaurants:

- La Taverna di San Giuseppe
- Osteria Ill Carroccio
- Osteria Castelvecchio
- Ristorante Malborghetto

In terms of wine tasting in the Siena area we are schedule to visit Brunelli already but wanted to add a second. Thinking Felsina, Isole e Olena, Castello Vicchiomaggio, Badia a Coltibuono or Castello di Brolio

Aug 03, 2012
SPICESupperClub in Italy

Singapore family seeking help. Please advise and critique my list

Peruvian is a great call as well. Mochica or Piqueos are both very good and owned by the same folks.

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Piqueo's
830 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mochica
937 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Jun 19, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Singapore family seeking help. Please advise and critique my list

Seafood - Swan Oyster Depot is good but it really depends on what you're looking for. For fresh shellfish I would go to Anchor Oyster Company. For fish, etc I'd recommend Water Bar (although a bit pricey) or Swan OD is not bad.

Italian - Don't go to Cafe Sport. Super touristy spot in North Beach. Depending on what type of Italian you're looking for I would recommend La Ciccia (Sardenian), Delfina, SPQR (Roman) or A16.

Steak House - Bourbon Steak is a good Michael Minna spot. Spendy place in a big hotel. Boboquivari's is very good as well. Or Bob's Chop House in the Omni Hotel. The Cote Du Boeuf (Bone in Rib Eye) is incredible. I'd go to Boboquivaris though.

Southern BBQ - Good Choice

Vietnamese - Not crustacean. For better option check out any place in the Little Saigon Area. You could also go to Tu Lan. My favorite. In a bit of a dodgy part of town but VERY good traditional Vietnamese food

Cantonese - Not my best knowledge. For great Burmese food you should check out Burma Superstar

Ice Cream - Ghiradelli is a HUGE tourist trap. But kids would probably love it. Humphry Slocumbe is VERY good. Try the Secret Breakfast flavor. You could also check out Bi-Rite

Breakfast - Check out Mama's

Mexican - Tough question. Which region, style, etc. For a Taqueria experience El Farilito is pretty good.

Burger - Gourmet or more like diner burger?

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La Ciccia
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

A16
2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Tu Lan
8 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Anchor Oyster Bar
579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Jun 19, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Staying in Cloverdale, need some help and advice!

Great idea. Go to the Dry Creek General store and get some food and then head over to Preston.

Mar 12, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Sushi In Tokyo

Hope everyone is ok over there!!

Mar 11, 2011
SPICESupperClub in Japan

Staying in Cloverdale, need some help and advice!

Geyser Peak and Clois de Bois are giant production houses. I wouldn't recommend going there at all. Here's a google map of a bunch of the wineries I enjoy.

http://tiny.cc/NcUGs

Mar 10, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Best neighborhood for restaurants?

Yes! Sorry. Correction. WEST of South Van Ess. Good catch Hill. Basically South Van Ess to Church.

Mar 09, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Best restaurant in all of Japan?

I gotta be honest. I think what you say in the first paragraph is taking the easy way out. I have worked in the live concert business for 16 years and see upwards of 100 shows / performances per year I could most certainly tell you my top 5. I understand that food may be a bit more of a challenge since restaurants come and go, etc. So how about you answer this question. What / where were the top three culinary experiences you have ever had in Japan.

Mar 09, 2011
SPICESupperClub in Japan

Suggestions wanted for 4 day honeymoon trip - first time in SF

You'll love it. Great vibe too.

Mar 09, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Staying in Cloverdale, need some help and advice!

Damn. I didn't know that. What a bummer.

Mar 09, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Staying in Cloverdale, need some help and advice!

Santi in Geyserville is a VERY good restaurant and not to far from where you are. One winery I would definitely recommend is Yoakim Bridge. Very small production. Run by a husband and wife. Virginia (the wife) runs the tasting room and is an absolute hoot. They specialize in Zinfandel.

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Santi
2097 Stagecoach Road, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Mar 08, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions wanted for 4 day honeymoon trip - first time in SF

To the above I would also add Burma Superstar. Also, it's extremely tough to get a seat but for Sushi / Omakase I would go to Tekka. You have to get there early and stand in line since there are only like 7-8 seats. Many people rate it only one star so that it won't show up as high in Yelp ratings so as to keep it a secret. But hell. I think everyone should have the opportunity to experience it.

Also, realized I forgot to mention cocktail bar suggestions. For me this is more about the creator vs the bar itself. Bourbon & Branch is great and not too far from where you are staying. Also, you might want to the Alembic, Romolo, Bar Agricole (Rum) & Smuggler's Cove.

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Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA

Bar Agricole
355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Smuggler's Cove
650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Mar 08, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestions wanted for 4 day honeymoon trip - first time in SF

If you were considering Gary Danko's then price must not be an option. If that is the case I would recommend one of the following. All amazing culinary experiences

Benu - Corey Lee (French Laundry offspring)
Commis - James Syhabout (Fat Duck, Coi & El Bulli)
* In Oakland. If you have a car I would highly recommend this place
Saison - Amazing food and the wine pairings are out of this world.

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Gary Danko
800 N Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Commis
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Benu
22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Mar 08, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

SF itinerary to critique and add to (four lunches, three dinners - at least)

Hmmm. They are two completely different restaurants. If you can get in to Commonwealth I would go there. Guess it really depends. NOPA is really more rustic and since you're already going to Incanto & La Ciccia I would do Commonwealth which is a little more contemporary if that makes sense.

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La Ciccia
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

Mar 08, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Best neighborhood for restaurants?

The reality is that any neighborhood in any city can be dangerous if you're not paying attention. I was mugged in the nicest area of Buenos Aires a few years back. If you're really concerned as another person mentioned just stay east of South Van Ess. I walk around the mission late at night by myself no problem. Especially the Valencia corridor as someone said. That's where most of the great restaurants are anyways. Also keep in mind that on weekends the Mission district is packed with people so there are always safety in numbers. It's definitely the best neighborhood to visit to experience food in SF they way locals would see it. You can visit the embarcadero or the wharf or downtown but you'll miss out a bit on the local flavor.

Mar 08, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

SF itinerary to critique and add to (four lunches, three dinners - at least)

DSF-

Some feedback.

- Agree with Maria. La Ciccia is definitely a great choice. Husband is the chef and his wife runs front of house. Great Sardinian food. Located in Noe Valley.

- Flower + Water is great but with all the accolades it's becoming a pretty tough table

- Zuni Cafe is a great brunch spot. The whole roasted chicken is amazing. Takes and hour to cook but worth the wait.

- Incanto is not my favorite restaurant but is certainly adventurous and has developed a bit of a cult following. The chef is known for using every part of the animal so you never know what you'll really see on the menu.

- NOPA. I'm mixed on NOPA. Have yet to really have an amazing experience there. They're open late so it tends be be pretty popular with the industry crowd.

Here are some other restaurants worth checking out:

- Delfina - Italian

- SPQR - Italian

- Range -

- Chez Spencer - French

- Piqueos in Bernal Hts has amazing Peruvian food. Big bold flavors.

- Saison - People may have mixed feelings about this place. It's expensive but also an incredible culinary "experience". The only do 40 covers a night so make a reservation far in advance. Prefixed menu. Just won a Michelin star in their first year.

- If you have a car I would highly recommend heading out to the Oakland area and eating at Commis

Lastly, I will preface this by saying consider the source as my wife and I run one, but San Francisco has a bunch of new underground supper clubs that have turned up over the years. If you search for them you'll find a list of them. ForageSF is a pretty cool experience. They "forage" all the ingredients for their dinners around the city. Herbs from GG Park, Crab from the bay, etc. Graffeats and Stag Dining are also a couple of others. Many of them only do dinners once a month so just ask around. This is certainly a unique culinary experience.

Happy eating!

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Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

La Ciccia
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

Chez Spencer
82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Piqueo's
830 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Commis
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Saison
2124 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Mar 08, 2011
SPICESupperClub in San Francisco Bay Area

Sushi In Tokyo

Ok good feedback. I'm not worried about price. I just don't want to end up at the biggest tourist spots in Tokyo. I know in SF the places I'd recommend are the hole in the walls where you can belly up to the bar and talk to the chefs. We're staying in Shibuya so around there would be fine. Although I don't mind traveling to another area if it's that good. No problem taking the Sake out of the equation. I'm sure I'll find somewhere else to get my sake fix.

Thanks Silverjay!

Mar 06, 2011
SPICESupperClub in Japan

Cocktails in Tokyo

Going to be in Tokyo for four days in June. Where are the must goes in terms of really good cocktail bars. Looking for small spots where you can really engage w/ the bartenders. I've read about the following:

Tender Bar
High Dive
La Jetee
Albatross
Ishinohana
Little Smith
Shoto-Club
Bar Radio
Star Bar

Are any of these really that good? Any other suggestions?

Mar 06, 2011
SPICESupperClub in Japan

Sushi In Tokyo

My wife and I are traveling to Tokyo this June and are looking for some recommendations for sushi restaurants. We live in San Francisco and have eaten at all the "high end" places etc. That's not what we're looking for. We're looking for the best traditional sushi / omakase experience in Tokyo. Doesn't need to be anything fancy, famous or michelin starred. Just really really good fish. Basically we like all shell fish, tuna, salmon & anything else you tell us is good. Would be cool to find a place that has great Sake too. Not worried about price but am more concerned with the experience. In other words if someone came to visit us in SF we wouldn't send them to Fisherman's Wharf if that makes sense. Also going to Kyoto but can address that in a separate post.

Mar 06, 2011
SPICESupperClub in Japan