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Charleston advice on reservations please

Nofolady: Thanks for that great summary of local eating spots. We will pass by again in April and our posts will surely prove very helpful. Does NOFO mean North Fork of Long Island and if so, did you own anyplace out there? (We spend summers in Orient, so just curious...). We will also be staying near Bluffton so any ideas about that city and environs would be helpful.

37 minutes ago
erica in Southeast

Bamboo Fire Discount

Ok..I trust my fellow local CH'ers and will give it another try. When I ate there I was accompanied by two older non-chow-ish relatives and ordered more to satisfy them than to experience what was on offer. So will return soon..and report back.

ps. Price/value means, in few words: Is that dish worth the price charged. A dish that costs $100 might be "worth it" for ingredients, preparation, presentation, while a dish for $4.00 might be grossly overpriced. So people are silly if they compare one fish at one place that costs $14 with another fish at another place that costs $35. You need to factor is much more than the price alone.

I believe I first read about this in French-language food blogs and use it sort of as a personal guide. I am sorry because I'm sure I am not explaining this as well as others might...might even be a topic for another board...

about 1 hour ago
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Bamboo Fire Discount

Curious as to which dishes you recommend at BF. I've been there just once, last year, and honestly could not understand where all the raves were coming from.
Perhaps I ordered the wrong things.....do remember being charged for some slices of white bread with garlic. I am all about price/value..do not mind paying what I think a meal is worth (example: I think Buccan is a good value, with great food and excellent service) but never did return there. Again, perhaps I missed something.

about 23 hours ago
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Lake Como recommendations

One local dessert is MATALOCH with lots of candied and dried fruits.
I sampled some in the grocery near the wharf.

You need to think of two different general cuisines..lake cuisine and mountain cuisine.

2 days ago
erica in Italy

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

Which pizzeria will be the first to charge for "artisanal" peperoncini?

Seriously tacky. I am a fan of Craft (never been to CraftBar) but if I saw this charge on my bill...who knows, perhaps they do it there as well.

Feb 21, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Lake Como recommendations

Here is a report on Silvio; I would also explore the Tremezzo area, in the hills:

erica
Feb 8, 2009 11:59 AM
Our lunch at Silvio was one of the best we had on a recent trip to Lake Como; here are a few notes from that meal:

restaurant of the Hotel Silvio, in the Loppia frazzione of Bellagio.

http://www.bellagiosilvio.com/framese...

The restaurant was almost full when we were shown to our window table facing the Lake. When we noticed two long tables filled with members of a local gastronomic society, I knew that we were in for a good meal!

We bagan our lunch with a selection of mixed lake fish: marinated agnoni in carpione; laverello with green sauce; and several other treats. We could not visit Bellagio without ordering the unique fish preparation of the region, so we supplemented the antipasti with an order of missoltini, allis shad that have been air dried, salted, pressed with weights, and preserved with bay leaves in barrels known as missolte. For serving, the fish are reheated on a slow fire which imparts a smoky taste, before being sprinkled with oil and vinegar. The missoltini was strong and salty, and another time I might sample it in smaller doses in one of the typical pasta preparations of the area. On the terrace below the dining room we could see racks of this small shad being dried specialized wooden racks.

One of my friends chose a spaghetti dish to follow. I had not eaten meat all week and so decided upon the filet of veal with porcini, which I split with my other table mate. Accompanied by sliced of roast fennel and potato, this dish was thrilling. Absolutely wonderful! For dessert, the traditional apple cake of Bellagio, “miascia.” Which bore some similarity to the American bread pudding and contained, in addition to apples, raisins and citrus rind. (Later that day I would discover that Menaggio, too, has its own typical dessert!


)With wine and water, a selection of sorbets, and coffees, our lunch for three cost 82 euro. Highly recommended! (Note that the hotel will pick up diners at the ferry pier by prior arrangement)

After lunch we took a peek at two of the rooms in the hotel. The smaller of the two offered a very pleasant lakeside terrace which might overcome the snugness of the interior. A big plus in favor of choosing this hotel is the quality of the restaurant and, for me, the location in a particularly beautiful area of the town. The hotel also rents apartments for longer stays.

Will you have a car on this trip? If so, there are a few places that we could recommend.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594068

Feb 21, 2015
erica in Italy

Favorite broccoli raab (rabe) preps?

Look up Bittman's recipe for baked rapini
with pecorino..excellent, and easy.

Feb 20, 2015
erica in Home Cooking

Around Okeechobee: LaBelle, Clewiston, Immokalee, Belle Glade, Lake Placid

Also looking for interesting eating in this area...as a day trip from WPB/Boynton area. Worth the drive? Would weekends be best?

Feb 19, 2015
erica in Florida

NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

Yes, will look forward to a meeting once I return from Florida in May; meanwhile I can heartily endorse the Bien Cuit bread served at Estela and their other breads at the Brooklyn flagship.

Please hear my plea: We need great bread in midtown Manhattan, east side!!

Have not been to Contra but am up for it after reading reports.

Was not enamored of Pujol, but Cosme is exerting magnetic force field. Duck carnitas....ay Dios Mio, como no?

Feb 19, 2015
erica in Manhattan

NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

I was taken aback by the nomination of Marea for outstanding service.

Feb 19, 2015
erica in Manhattan

NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

You miss my point. I know you are not involved with them, or with EMP. And I have had no real problem at any of the eateries in those stables with exception of rather paltry dinner at Betony a few years ago. I do recall how you jumped on me after I suggested that the portions of that meal were scanty.

It's all good...happy to have you reporting here..just suggesting the your rather relentless praise here of those establishments, both on CH and on YELP, might cause some eyebrows to waggle. (Or is it ears that waggle and eyebrows that raise??)

Again, happy eating....and all the best! And as Nana would say, and say again, "that's what makes horse races!"

And say, why not have dinner together at, for example, COSME? Or at one of my long-time favorites, ESTELA?

Feb 19, 2015
erica in Manhattan

NY James Beard Semfinalists Announced

Ellen, as much as I respect your opinions, your posts of late with their unrelenting kudos for for Chang and Betony seem as if you are part of the pr team for either Chang, or Betony, or both.

Happy eating to everyone!

Feb 18, 2015
erica in Manhattan
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Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

OMG...TileFish chowder with house-cured guanciale (pig jowl) just might have been the best soup I have ever, and I mean ever, eaten.

And who knew that a simple sandwich could be so delectable? Talking here of the capicola sandwich on house-made bread, with butter and cress.

Not to mention the white pizza with onion and three types of cheese...

Pretty soon I will have to move in. Highest recommendation!

Not to mention that we finally got to meet Local Food Sage Charlie Byrne, who (along with his wife) was sampling a few of the same dishes at his preferred station at the counter inside.

Feb 14, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

If you could eat at only one restaurant in NYC, what would it be?

I am curious about the snooty comment. How extreme was this attitude and how did it manifest itself? So extreme that it would cause you not to book a place you wanted to try?

Agree with Estela mentioned below.

Feb 13, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Best Fresh ricotta in nyc?

And my guess is that the price you pay per pound for the Lioni is a lot less than the price of the Salvatore ricotta. I did like their smoked ricotta, bought at Beechers, but very pricey and Beechers no longer carries it.

Feb 11, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Best Fresh ricotta in nyc?

Oh, sorry! Thought you were talking about Lioni mozzarella.

Agree that ricotta does not suffer as much, and I even have good luck with freezing for use in a cooked application such as incorporating into a pasta sauce.

I'm in south Florida for the winter and I see that the Costco here carries Lioni mozzarella, in water in plastic containers. Might try one of these days.

Feb 07, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Delray Beach and area restaurants

Agree! Farmer's Table may give you a good meal, but so can a lot of other spots. Nothing "rave" worthy there.

Feb 07, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Fresh ricotta in nyc?

Lioni has been refrigerated, no? I prefer my mozzarella freshly made.

Feb 07, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Cosme Dinner Reviews

Not at all, in fact far less so than I have encountered in Europe, for starters.

Feb 04, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Cosme Dinner Reviews

Although I was on the fence about our comida at Pujol a few months ago, I am keen to try Cosme; surprisingly, the menu sounds much more exciting to me than the fixed menu at Pujol DF.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996300

Feb 04, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

Charlie: How about a CH dinner at PO sometime this season?

Feb 04, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Sybarite Pig boca raton

Dan and staff just got a good review in the local newspaper.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/ent...

Curious as to what locals think of the food press around here....do you follow any reviewers in particular, or disagree with others vehemently?

Feb 04, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Help with our trip to Italy April 2014

Will you have a car, and/or are you willing to take taxi or bus to eat outside Sorrento city, on the peninsula? If so, I'd recommend La Torre near Massa Lubrense. Prices here, and at many restaurants, are the same for lunch or dinner. But do a search, as recommended; there are so many threads on these destinations.

Feb 03, 2015
erica in Italy

Freshly squeezed orange juice in Manh/Queens

The grocery in Chelsea Market sells these in quarts and half gallons, maybe gallons, too, as well as lime and lemon juices.

Feb 02, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Visiting hound needs Boca / Delray help

Lots of coverage on CH on most of those spots. I've not been to Sybarite Pig in two years and from reports here, it's gone downhill.....any comments on that based on a recent visit?

Tacos al Carbon is a good rec; these would be normal street tacos in Mexico but they do stand out here as authentic and tasty.

Buccan is great.

Would steer far clear of anyplace calling themselves "world tapas," sounds like an attempt to charge high prices for an array of small dishes!!

Feb 02, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

JUMBO KING CRAB LEGS

Are those the large legs, frozen, that I see at Costco? They seem too large to fit in the pot but on your recommendation I will take a second look.

All of these crab versions are previously frozen, and shipped in from the NW and Alaska, right?

Feb 02, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Boynton beach west anything good

Leaving aside the board issue for the moment, I can tell you that I am a Manhattan resident who has rented here in WBB for three winters. We dine out about once or twice a week. When we do, we either make the drive to PB and dine at Buccan, or to Lantana for Pizzeria Oceano (more than just pizza on their menu, but quirky as far as operating hours). We no longer go to Delray much; Max's was a favorite in the past and still may be great; prices are on a par with the better places in Manhattan and I am not aware that the menu changes much from season to season. There are plenty of "good enough at high prices" place in Delray; I wish I could find something really special there. Having said that, we had a pretty good meal at Casa de Pepe last week.....

Feb 01, 2015
erica in Florida

Recent experiences in Bari, Matera, Lecce, Monopoli?

If you will be near Bernalda (not far from Matera) you might find this interesting, from my most recent trip to Puglia, and Basilicata:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/832324

We had an excellent lunch, on that trip, at Art Nouveau, in Sta Maria al Bagno, in the area of Nardo, not far from Gallipoli; we were based near Ugento for a few days of that visit.

Jan 27, 2015
erica in Italy

Fish and Shrimp (raw) Sold from Roadside Trucks? West PB County?

Steve, at Bedners almost daily except sundays, has head-on shrimp this winter.

Boynton beach west anything good

I've rented a condo in this area for three winter seasons. I will be happy to share ideas with you if you let me know a bit more about what you are looking for and how far you are willing to drive. The short answer to your question is, in my opinion, "No." But I can give you a few ideas for places I like that are a fairly easy drive.

A wait person in one of our favorite restaurants has mentioned Sweetwater on Federal Highway in Boynton; we have not yet tried this place, but have it on our radar.

Would Asian food be ok?

Are you willing to drive 20 minutes?

Jan 24, 2015
erica in Florida