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I haven't had southern/bbq or real mexican/salvadoran in over 10 years! Can you help??

Thanks a lot ForFoodsSake--I'm getting the sneaking suspicion Woodbridge is Potomac Mills shopping, a maze of traffic, and lots of houses. Would be great to find some places, there, as well.

I checked out the Allman's site, love the look of the place but read somewhere that some CH was disappointed with their "dry" BBQ...also looked at Post 401 (why "Post"?!). It's certainly great to have options...

I think I may have to dive into Arlington/DC for some Salvadoran/Peruvian/Mexican grub if I can't find places in Woodbridge. Granted those cuisines aren't local, but they're a lot more local there than they are here in Europe!

Thanks for your advice!

Apr 22, 2011
tammyps in Mid-Atlantic

I haven't had southern/bbq or real mexican/salvadoran in over 10 years! Can you help??

(this is what I'm discovering in the process of organizing: others, for some odd reason, aren't as driven as I am to find honest, delicious food. Go figure.)

Apr 22, 2011
tammyps in Mid-Atlantic

I haven't had southern/bbq or real mexican/salvadoran in over 10 years! Can you help??

Is there nothing decent around Fredericksburg or Hague? If I were on my own, I'd love to traipse all over, but with family, I've got, er, some technical limitations...

Apr 22, 2011
tammyps in Mid-Atlantic

I haven't had southern/bbq or real mexican/salvadoran in over 10 years! Can you help??

Thanks much, Foodjack, sasmatt and Naco! I can't wait, I'll be flying into VA this weekend...

Apr 21, 2011
tammyps in Mid-Atlantic

Need Restaurant Picks for Cannes, Barcelona, London, Paris Tour

Another idea:
If seeing the Med is an absolute must but scads of people is a minus, then you could consider Collioure/Banyuls, aka Cote Vermeille, which are what much of the Cote d'Azur was like 30 years ago...Much more scaled down, accessible locals, great wines and wineyards directly on the water. Again, here no Hawaii-style white beaches, but a charming sense of wildness on much of the coastline and down-to-earth villages. Lodging is basic, more affordable and there are some good restaurants, though the choice is sparser, given that bling is more drawn to St. Tropez et al.

Also Cassis is a notably beautiful exception to overcrowding and overdevelopment of the Cote d'Azur. A stone's throw from Marseille, and a trip through the calanques a must!

Mar 25, 2011
tammyps in France

Montpellier / Cevennes

You have the whole year ahead of you before they close, make the most of it! I think they are a bit regretful to close, but 30 years is a long time.

There is only one hotel-restaurant that seems to get any attention in St. Hippo, and that is L'Auberge Cigaloise. Nothing to do with mushrooms, though. Their lunch is pleasant, I think 12 euros for three courses, so I shouldn't quibble if i taste a lot of Maggi in their vinaigrette, right? I have no idea what dinner is like.

Mar 25, 2011
tammyps in France

Montpellier / Cevennes

I have been going to l'Auberge de Bourras for some time...a handkerchief-sized dining area, and you have to walk through the kitchen to get to it! Good food, and while the chef's wife can seem a bit grim, she is quite nice. Just smile at her, a bunch. They are closing their doors after 30 years (so far, they haven;t found anyone to continue the business). They will be missed.

I also like Fageas (especially the gregarious team!), but in going that distance, plan to stay longer and have a good walk after lunch, the views are spectacular.

In St. Hippolyte du Fort, there is l'Armourier, which is quite good despite its unpromising location. The owner can be very slightly peculiar, just to forewarn you, his wife's cooking is first-rate.

A culinary high point (and a bit of a--legitimate--splurge) within reach of Valleraugue is in St.-Martin-de-Londres, and is called Les Muscardins...

Bon appetit!

Mar 24, 2011
tammyps in France

Need Restaurant Picks for Cannes, Barcelona, London, Paris Tour

For Barcelona, I can absolutely recommend Jordi Atal's Cinc Sentits for an over-the-top experience (and an english-speaking sommelier). You can certainly find more about them online, but basically this is high-concept cuisine integrating profoundly Catalan ingredients in novel ways. The restaurant is rather austere, but you'll likely be utterly focused on your plate. To give you an idea, our little amuse was a shooter of maple syrup, with a touch of cream, and sabayon of cava (Catalan sparkling white wine), with a sprinkle of coarse salt at the bottom.

There's a lovely little restaurant where I had the most sumptuous octopus prepared sous-vide, not far from Cinc Sentits, and drat, the name escapes me. I'll come back if I think of it again.

The Cote d'Azur is likely to be clogged with traffic in high summer, even if in the south the school holiday won't yet have begun. I'd take the train as well--and I would avoid Cannes. Lyon is a excellent city to wander, and has loads of excellent restaurants, many of which are gastropubs that are more budget-friendly than the parisian ones...Have a good trip!

Mar 24, 2011
tammyps in France

Advice Needed from "France" Chowhounds.

I agree with you, sunshine842. Being a maid, she may a touch sensitive about the kind of gift she receives. OP: do you know her interests? Does she like food/cooking? I like the Key lime juice idea, heck I love foodie stuff in general, but she might look at it with a question mark...If she has grandkids, she may be a bit old for A&F gear or I heart NYC T-shirts...If you don't know her well enough and don't want to ask her employer about her tastes, then in your position I would go with a small box of artisanal chocolates. Something sweet she can share with others that doesn't take up too much weight or space. Or a beautiful 'American' cream, in the spirit of Burt's Bees but something she can't find in France. (I think I've seen Burt's Bee balm in France...)

Mar 24, 2011
tammyps in France

I haven't had southern/bbq or real mexican/salvadoran in over 10 years! Can you help??

Hi all,

I've been overseas for more than a decade, and am going back in April to see (non-foodie) family, who've recently relocated to Woodbridge. We'll also spend a couple days a bit further south, I think around Bowling Green (Drum Bay maybe?). I just can't wait to have some authentic southern cooking and some Mexican or Salvadoran (or even Peruvian). I imagine the latino food would be more around suburban Virginia, but there have to be some southern, non-chain gems going down I 95 a bit, no?

I'd love to hear any suggestions!

Mar 23, 2011
tammyps in Mid-Atlantic