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Restaurant Recommendations? - For Foodies 1st trip to Nola

Second the recommendations for Cochon and Clancy's.
Also recommend Willie Mae's for great fried chicken and Casamento's for raw oysters and their oyster loaf (like a Po Boy). Both of those are only in New Orleans kind of places.

May 04, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Lisbon + Santiago/Galicia 2 week trip ideas?

Can you give me some recommendations for dining in Pontevedra? We'll be there in June?

Apr 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Focacia in Baltimore area

I'm thinking DiPasquale's in Highlandtown. That is if you're looking to buy to take home (as opposed to eating at a restaurant which it's not - more of a great small Italian food market and wine store with a few very casual tables).

Missing Gourmet

Went to find a recipe I had remembered from Gourmet for a spring lamb dinner. It was from April 2005 and reading through the issue brought back how I miss this magazine.
The recipes sounded really good; the photography was beautiful. The lamb dinner wine pairing was a Dry Creek Valley Zin, one of my favorite wines. There was an article by Calvin Trillin about R. W. Apple's 70th birthday party at L'Ami Louis. There was an article by Bourdain about food trends with the line: "the next foam-crazed Adria wannabe who tells me how to eat is going to get a pepper mill upside the head." And there was a Roadfood article about Italian sandwiches in Portland ME.
And this was an issue I just plucked off the shelf.
Sad face!

Mar 29, 2015
chinnyttown in Food Media & News

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

What are you saying? That Turley, Carlisle and Dehlinger are "manipulated?"

Mar 26, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

English please. Actually I went to my cellar and found the WA issue (Aug. 1997). So this was pulled right from the write up. Have you actually read the original Parker review? I'm sure not.

Mar 26, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

If you really think Parker's goal is "manipulating" the demand side, you are really off the mark. The man became incredibly popular, initially because he correctly predicted the 1982 Bordeaux vintage would be great, while the English critics (who were considered the ones with the most authority at the time) said it would be a pleasant vintage but no more. Parker was right. And he gained followers because he loves all kinds of wine. How can someone whose main goal is to make us more educated consumers (which he clearly has) be so castigated for his influence? If he didn't know what he was talking about, he wouldn't have the influence in the first place.
Criticize shills like the Wine Spectator writers, who take advertisements.

Mar 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

They are not "manipulated beyond belief." In fact, more the opposite - they are allowed to reach full ripeness, which admittedly some don't care for.
I don't tend to go for the top scoring wines. If you haven't tried Turley, Carlisle, or Dehlinger (which he loves and go great with food) then you're missing the point.

Mar 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Instead of making "sweeping generalizations" perhaps you should actually read the WA entry.
The first sentence in the entry praises an older vintage, calling it "majestic" and "one of the most compelling CA Syrahs made during that decade." He goes on to call him "one of the pioneers of the Rhone Ranger movement." He opines that one of the reasons his more recent vintages are not as good is that "there appears to be a deliberate attempt to make French-styled wines." Then he says the current releases "possess good aromatics . . but "Where's the beef?" "
Is this what you would call dressing down severely? If so, you clearly haven't been reading his publication.

Mar 25, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

You do know I was agreeing with you . . . Right?

Mar 24, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

A luxury good is something only the most affluent can afford. While there is a very small minority of wines that fit that description, most don't. Wine is meant to complement food. This is how it's best enjoyed. And, as I mentioned previously (and some of the blowhards on hypos post have chosen to ignore), Parker is a champion of wines that deliver good value. I drink wine most nights, recommended in the WA, that is under $10 (and sometimes well under). So drink up the good cheap stuff, Shriners, and chill out.

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

So I would have to assume from your post that you know him personally and have seen him do these things. Or are you just making sweeping generalizations?
What has he done to deserve your ire other than to pursue his passion and introduce many to the glories of wine?
Who do you turn to for advice? Perhaps the Wine Spectator? The Wine Advocate is one of the few publications that accepts no advertisements.

Mar 24, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Robert Parker: High wine prices creating ‘caste system’

Really tired of the Parker bashers. I've met the man and he is a very down to earth kind of person. He got into the business because he truly loved wine, loved sharing that knowledge, and happens to have an amazing palate. If you actually read his newsletter you would know that he enjoys finding bargain wines just as much as finding the next "cult wine." He came into prominence because he had the balls to the challenge the English wine critic establishment that didn't know what it was talking about. He gave wine scores based on merit and not on some outdated caste system. He also introduced me and the rest of the world to the American wine renaissance.
Maybe you don't happen to like the style of wines he prefers. Or maybe you don't understand economics (despite your showy reference to Adam Smith). If something is good it will become more valuable and therefore more expensive.
Or maybe you would like to simply have your local liquor store know-nothing shill recommend wines instead of an educated and experienced palate showing you the way.
One more comment - thanks to Parker I have found a number of American wineries (Dehlinger; Turley; Carlisle) that make great wines and, despite RP's consistently high scores, have little changed their prices in years.
Perhaps you should blame the Chinese economic boom instead of RP.

Mar 23, 2015
chinnyttown in Wine

Steamed Crabs around Towson/Baltimore

In the Towson/Hunt Valley area, I would say the choices are the Crackpot and Ocean Pride. Not anywhere near there but maybe the best crabs in the Baltimore area are at Costas Inn south and east of the city.

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

Thanks. Some good suggestions there.

Mar 21, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

I was looking for a mix of places. I read about D'Berto on the Wine Advocate website and it sounded good since they specialized in seafood (which my wife prefers) and had a good wine list. So I was thinking that might be the pricier option in Galicia.
But we would also like places that would be Spanish equivalents to classic French bistros, places that really reflect the food of the region, or family run moderately priced places.
We're staying in Pontevedra but will also be visiting Santiago de Compostela.

Mar 21, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Portugal and Galicia restaurant recommendations

First time trip in June and looking restaurant ideas. Staying several days each in Lisbon, Porto, and Pontevedra. In Lisbon staying at the Altis Belem which is supposed to have a good restaurant. Any comments on that?
We would like to experience a range of restaurant types; not really interested in places just because they are trendy or Michelin starred.
Would like places typical of the region with good food; a good wine list is a plus.
The other place I had heard about in Galicia is D'Berto.

Mar 16, 2015
chinnyttown in Spain/Portugal

Help Us Enjoy NOLA on a Budget (Long)

Seems like a great and ambitious itinerary. I would vote for Willie Mae's for the fried chicken lunch. Had a good breakfast at The Grill in the FQ although that might be a bit too heavy given all of the places you're going to.

Mar 14, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Dooky Chase vs. Willie Mae's-GO!

Willie Mae's for sure. I found their fried chicken to be superior. Plus their butter beans were a perfect compliment.

Mar 12, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans
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need a plan for the big easy!

For your high end dinner go to Clancy's if you can get in. For an only in New Orleans experience Casamento's has a version of the oyster po boy called an oyster loaf plus good raw oysters; and it's been in business for close to 100 years. That would be good for lunch. And I second Cochon for a fun place with excellent food.

Mar 12, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Go Nostalgic or Go New?

Consider renting a house in the quarter; we just found a great house a block off Bourbon (on St. Ann) on VRBO. Two bedrooms two full baths and a second floor balcony.
For oysters I recommend Casamento's (raw and their oyster loaf). For dinner Clancy's - fits your requirements and one of the best anywhere (and a favorite of Chowhounders).

Feb 06, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Where to eat breakfast?

Stayed at the Ashton B&B December 2013. Beautiful mansion with big and elegant rooms. Owners are great resources and breakfasts were gourmet and incredible. Not in the Quarter but not far.
This December we found a house to rent in the quarter on VRBO. That was good because some mornings we didn't feel like eating too much and the owners provided good coffee. We had a good breakfast at the Grill in the Quarter; not fancy just good food. Heard good things about Stanley and Ruby Slipper.

Feb 06, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

NorCal Hounds with kids heading to NOLA: Feedback on my proposed plan, please!

If your children are well behaved and adventurous I think Clancy's would be fine. As a relatively new visitor from the East Coast it's one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.
Was just in New Orleans in December and liked everything about Bayona; service was excellent.
Went to Willie Mae's last year; Dookie this year. Willie Mae's fried chicken (and butter beans) wins hands down for me.
Loved Casamento's for the raw oysters and oyster loaf. Plus it has a unique atmosphere (been around almost 100 years).

Feb 01, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Emiril's New Orleans

I third Clancy's. If you're into wine both Clancy's and Bayona have excellent lists.

Feb 01, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

Recomendations for 3 days in New Orleans

While maybe not a typical Po' boy place but if you like oysters I recommend Casamento's. Get a dozen raw then their oyster loaf. Almost 100 years old and still going strong.

Jan 27, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

McDonald's walks fine line with 'Signs' commercial

Check out the big brain on Brad!

Jan 22, 2015
chinnyttown in Food Media & News

Affordable, vegan friendly restaurants in SF or East Bay area?

I second Encuentro. I eat anything; my niece and her husband are vegan. This place was great for all three of us. They also have a nice wine list of organic/sustainable wineries. I've never been to Oakland before but I liked the area; seems like it's "on the rise."

Casual business dinner

Blumie,
You have a point. I'm curious whether you've seen any change in the quality of the food at Brigtsen's.

Jan 14, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans

A Long Weekend Plan

Foreman and Wolf run some of Baltimore's best restaurants. The Petit Louis in Baltimore is the one I go to, and the last three meals there have been the best ever (their roast chicken for two was great). I've been to the Columbia location once for lunch and it seemed comparable. So I think that's good choice - for lunch or dinner.
For an only in Baltimore experience you may want to consider Pierpoint for their smoked crab cakes.

Casual business dinner

I'm going to post something similar to what I have recently so please excuse that. I was in town a month ago for three nights. Our dinners were at Clancy's, Bayona, and Brigtsen's. For my friend and my tastes, Clancy's was the clear winner and would be a great choice for a group of six. We also liked Bayona a lot. Brigtsen's however was a big disappointment. The food seemed tired - too much of it and not that good. We went there because it has such a good reputation amount Chowhounders, so maybe it was an off night. Even if it was, I still go with Blumie's recommendation of Clancy's.

Jan 12, 2015
chinnyttown in New Orleans