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Marseille seule

I am going to Marseille on a business trip but will have 2 dinners on my own. Any suggestions for venues? I will be staying in the La Timone area.

Sep 24, 2013
Cokeylicious in France

72 solo hours in Manhattan

If I could get a reservation, I would!

Feb 25, 2012
Cokeylicious in Manhattan

72 solo hours in Manhattan

Suddenly 3 days seems a grossly inadequate stopover! Thanks again Kathryn. It's just what I needed.

Feb 25, 2012
Cokeylicious in Manhattan

72 solo hours in Manhattan

The food truck phenomenon hasn't hit the UK so can't wait to check some out
How do you find them and which ones to try first?

Feb 25, 2012
Cokeylicious in Manhattan

72 solo hours in Manhattan

Thanks Kathryn! That's really helpful. Coming from across the pond, I had no idea what a "halal cart" is!
I guess by unusual I'm thinking something that's unique to NYC. I've eaten well across the globe in both hemispheres and like to go places that typify my destination. Tofu specialist in Tokyo, seafood markets in Auckland, cuy and yucca in Peru etc
Is Ko worth the online reservation hassle? I'm arriving mid March so looks like I have to sit poised over my keyboard for a week to get a place!

Feb 24, 2012
Cokeylicious in Manhattan

72 solo hours in Manhattan

I know that people have asked this question before but the last posting is a year ago. I'm looking for suggestions in the following categories.
1/ Unusual fine dining venues (no budget)
2/ Cheap eats unique to Manhattan (<$20)
3/ Best noodle bar or sushi for lunch
4/ Best quick eats near the MOMA
5/ Best breakfast near Time Square.
6/ Best cheesecake. Yeah, I LOVE cheesecake.
Sorry if it's a bit vague but hope you can help. Chowhounders have never let me down yet!

Feb 24, 2012
Cokeylicious in Manhattan

Birthday dinner in DC for a travelling Chowhound -help!

I'll be in DC for work next month. However, I want to invite my colleagues to a birthday dinner, one of whom only eats halal. I'm looking for somewhere easy to get to by public transport, a smart but relaxed atmosphere, not too expensive but fantastic food. I love food of any description and sadly cannot narrow it down. We do live somewhere which already does fantastic Indian and Pakistani food and one colleague is from Spain so something we don't get at home would be good . Suggestions please!

Where is the best fried chicken?

I've tried brining only once but it didn't make enough of a difference for me to try it again. I don't use salt much in my cooking for health reasons and an overnight soak in buttermilk mix makes the chicken quite plump and juicy. Maybe I'll give it another go next time.

Aug 09, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Lots of Five Alive in the UK!

Aug 05, 2011
Cokeylicious in General Topics

"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Kinder eggs are possibly the least Canadian confection! Manufactured by Italian company Ferrero and marketed through their German subsidiary Kinder, they are available widely across Europe and Asia.

Aug 05, 2011
Cokeylicious in General Topics

Buffalo Wings

This is starting to sound a lot like the fried chicken thread!

Aug 05, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

Where is the best fried chicken?

I've never even thought of ordering fried chicken in a Korean restaurant. Great tip! Sadly bo Korean restaurants in Birmingham but a googled a couple of recipes that I'll try out this weekend! There is fortunately a branch of Seoul Plaza here.

Aug 05, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

Searched this board for Birmingham....and came up with 7 posts?!?

Purnell's is also on my list but I've never managed to get a reservation. The phone is seldom answered and they invariably are booked weeks in advance. Lasan is deconstructed Indian food. I've eaten there a few times and some dishes like the roast quail are excellent but some were simply forgettable. Hard to recommend as consistent at that price range.

Edmund's is good competent cooking and the service was excellent. The food wad just not very innovative. Again, for the prices charged, you really expect more. I spent less at Texture in London and had a far better experience.

Shiraz is good. Persian food, simply served with delicious apple tea. They do get busy so get there early or book. The servings are generous. The grilled meats are very tasty as are the subtly spiced stews.

Aug 03, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

A few questions on English restaurant practices

I couldn't help but feel sorry for her. I always leave the tip as cash in the hope that it goes direct to the person that earns it. After all, it's a reward for good service and is a great incentive if you know you get something out of it. It strikes me as unfair that tips get pooled by management so all wait staff, good or bad, get the same gratuity.

Aug 03, 2011
Cokeylicious in Not About Food

Searched this board for Birmingham....and came up with 7 posts?!?

How is it possible that the UK's second city hardly gets a mention? Have been living here a little while now and wish there were more postings for good food of both the hole in the wall and fine dining variety. In my aimless wanderings my top pics (in no particular order) are
1/ Carters of Moseley
2/ Love's
3/ Chanai Dosa
4/ Great British Eatery
5/ Malaysian Delight
6/ Cafe Soya
7/ The Malt Shovel, Barston
8/ Turner's of Harborne
Someone out there must know of more places!

Aug 02, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

London - BBQ Recommendations

Have to admit, I only order the beef ribs and brisket which are served on limited days and I ALWAYS took my order to go. That way, it's hot, tasty and fresh and I get to devour it in privacy like a prairie lion!

Aug 02, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

A few questions on English restaurant practices

Some places will add an "obligatory" service charge for parties of 6 or more. I had a horrendous experience at a restaurant with terrible service, red wine spilled over a friend's shirt, wrong orders etc. Given the amount of money we spent, a tip of 12.5% would have been well over £100. We didn't think the waitstaff had earned it but left a token £50 instead. The waitress chased us down the road and said that if we didn't pay it, management would take it from her wages. Needless to say, we never ate there again.

Aug 02, 2011
Cokeylicious in Not About Food

Where is the best fried chicken?

Hence the need for a recommendation! I don't think I've ever felt tempted into the multitude of KFC wannabes!

Jul 28, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

What's the best thing you've eaten in Montreal??

Europea tasting menu. Fun and unexpected plates.
Schwartz. Yeah, I know but I love it!
Pho at Pho Bang New York. Extra rare beef and the prawn and pork rolls are great for a greedy brunch.

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Europea
1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

Pho Bang New York
1001 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2Z1J4, CA

Dining in Belfast

Just got back from Belfast. Mourne Seafood Bar was fantastic from the plate full of langoustines, oysters to the salmon fillet on risotto cake. Service was friendly, fast and unobtrusive and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The sticky toffee pudding was apparently a winner though it disappeared before I could try any.
My other outstanding meal was at Ginger's Bistro. A starter of crab and celeriac salad was fresh tasting with deliciously garlicky crisp breads servings as a great texture contrast. However, it was the lamb rump that was fantastic. I barely squeezed in a cheese plate for afters but it was well worth it. The friendly staff reassured me that I was free to return soon as the menu changes regularly.
The St George's market on Sunday was a good spot for brunch. Cheap, fun food and a bit of live music too. Try the milkshake stall and the vegetarian Indian food.

Jul 27, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

Fish and Chips - the best?

My 3 favourites are the Great British Eatery (Birmingham), the Clifton Fish Bar (Bristol) and finally, my favourite, the Fish Club (Clapham, London). They all fry when you buy and have proper chips. The last gives you a choice of coatings but the traditional batter is excellent.

Jul 27, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

Where is the best fried chicken?

I have to say I do make my own but sometimes you just want an instant fix. I marinade my chicken in buttermilk, garlic salt, cayenne pepper and then roll in seasoned flour. Does the job but can't help feel that someone out there does a better job than me! Guess I'll have to wait til my next trip Stateside for the real thing!

Jul 27, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland

Where is the best fried chicken?

I don't know if anyone has experienced the moist, tasty meat and crisp light crumb coating of buttermilk fried chicken but surely there is an equivalent in the UK? KFC just won't do! I'm in the Birmingham area but suggestions countrywide are welcome!

Jul 26, 2011
Cokeylicious in U.K./Ireland