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Amalfi Coast-Conca dei Marini Dining?

I had a few nice meals at Bacco (stayed overnight a few days) but would recommend La Torre in a suburb of Massa; never mind the fancy website, it is a casual place with outdoor tables.

http://www.latorreonefire.it/

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/974302

Do not confuse this with another place, an agriturismo, in the same area...

Jun 29, 2015
erica in Italy

My review on Michelin 3 Star and other restaurants after taking a "tour" for a month

I will be the first to commend you on your impressive note-taking and willingness to share. I am available to accompany you on future dining adventures.

Jun 29, 2015
erica in Manhattan
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George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

That rice sounds disappointing in the extreme for the price. If you love seafood flavored rice dishes, studded with lots of actual seafood, try the Lobster Rice at Mission Chinese. Worth a detour. Worth a trip.

Jun 28, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Won't be returning to Per Se

Tipping 50% to 100% is pretty outlandish. I think this is a topic that deserves it own thread because I expect the responses will be all over the map. I've enver heard of doing that in a restaurant and there is something that strikes me as….not sure how I would put this, but it really does seem off to do so on a regular basis at a high priced restaurant such as those you mention. I have heard that in Europe the reaction to an ovely large tip would verge on derision on many restaurants, and mark the tipper as a foreign rube….never heard of this being done hear on a regular basis at a high priced venue, and as I said, would like to read others responses.

I do not drink much alcohol beyond a glass or two of wine, and my usual dining partner drinks none at all. Should we think of upping our tips to compensate?

Jun 26, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Soft shell crab season!

Reporting back, sorry that this is a bit late. I had excellent fried soft shells, a generous order comprised of two hefty crabs, at Babbo last week.
Served with spicy/sweet Calabrian pepper jelly, these were impeccable.
Had not returned to Babbo in more than ten years and have already booked my next reservation for a few weeks from now, hoping that the soft shells will remain on the menu. Terrific service, good value..and most important, very very good food! Count me among the local fans.

Anyone else have a good recommendation for soft shell crabs?

Jun 20, 2015
erica in Manhattan

GREENPORT: JB WINES....SCARY

Thanks for the support here. I did call Osprey's Dominion and encountered a very pleasant person (female, forget her name now) on the phone. I confirmed that the 2011 is the vintage currently released in shops.

They did offer to "make things right" for me (my words, not theirs)

I am not looking for a refund (that should come from the retailer but that is not happening and frankly, I am almost frightened to return there) but the person I spoke with at OD was very gracious about this and I had a feeling that this might not have been the first time that they had heard comments about this retailer.

When I think back, the shop was so packed with cartons and in such disarray that I wonder if some change might be afoot there. It is all but impossible to walk around and browse, and this was not the case (!) on previous visits.

GREENPORT: JB WINES....SCARY

Yes, very strange. This is person was so out of control that he frightened me.
Prior owners, from Turkey, were very welcoming and although there was not much guidance for wine buyers, it was a pleasant enough shop. The aggressiveness and hostility of the male person in charge today (who claimed to be a member of the family of previous owners) will keep me forever way from that address. Not to mention that prices are not marked and seem to be settled only upon back and forth discussion.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/j-and-b-liquo...

GREENPORT: JB WINES....SCARY

I had an awful experience at this small family-owned liquor store across from the IGA in Greenport. Since I prefer not to sign up for Yelp only to post a poor review, I will report my experience here. Bottom line: After the male worker/owner pushed a local Riesling, I purchased two bottles only to return home and open one to find it had turned. When I phoned to report, I was subjected to a torrent of abuse more repulsive and threatening than any in recent memory. The wine in question was a local North Fork wine and the retailer told me that if I was not happy I needed to take it back to the winery. (2011 Riesling). I will bite the price but want only want others to stay away; there are other options in Greenport Village.

Vintage, hard-to-find and cult brand names

Good to know. I have quite a few white Kobenstyle casseroles with lids as well as two or three of their white baking pans, given to me in the 1970s and never used! What to do?!

Jun 16, 2015
erica in Cookware

Good source for bones for Bone Broth

There is a farmer who is selling bone broth, so maybe ask him or her is the bones would be for sale. I am sorry I do not recall the name of the stand, but think it might be Tamarack Hollow or Violet Hill. On the west side of the market Saturdays or Wednesdays.

Jun 10, 2015
erica in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

Thank you!!! I will try this next time. I was thinking more of those multi-layered mock duck preparations so would have overlooked this without your tip.

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/kung-f...

Jun 10, 2015
erica in Outer Boroughs

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

Duffy you win the bargain contest; I paid $91 incuding NYS tax.

This is a GREAT thread, especially useful since I am now outfitting a kitchen in a newly purchased Florida condo where I plan to install induction range. Can't hope to find everything at yard sales!

How do you all find these bargains…just by searching on Amazon page and looking for "open box and warehouse" and then clicking on "Home and Kitchen?" And then on the various manufacturers on their list?

There are so many offerings that I could spend hours plowing through them.
How often does the list change…does it pay to look daily?

Thanks so much too those who take the time to alert us on these deals!!

Jun 09, 2015
erica in Cookware

Best BBQ in South Carolina?

Not the very best, but Smokin Pig inRichmond Hill, Ga, not SC, has an awesome smoked chicken sandwich as well as all the usual pork options. About one minute off I-95 and open daily until 8pmm or 9pm, just next to a BP station.

http://www.smokinpigbbqjoint.com/Home...

Jun 08, 2015
erica in Southeast

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

This thread is great, but it is costing me ots of $$$! I bought the pan as well. Thank you for the tip.

Jun 08, 2015
erica in Cookware

Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

I thought immediately of that delicious, butter, dipped radish at NoMad but the ones I was served thre were not the French breakfast variety but a rounder radish. Maybe they change due to season.

Jun 07, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Wildair (from the great team behind Contra)

Yes, referred to by that name. I've seen them at many restaurants in NY (just do not ask me to name any just now) and they are abundant at the Greenmarkets. Flavor is not different than the rounder variety in so far as I can distinguish.

Jun 06, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Went to Gato last night

Thank you. I've not been to any on that list, so will see if I can remedy that and report back..

Jun 06, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Went to Gato last night

I've thought about attempting at home. In any case, you could approximate the flavors. I forget now the ingredients apart from eggs, Boucheron, and Romesco with almonds instead of hazlenuts. And they confit tomato for the toasts, I guess.

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I will try to learn more when I return. I did ask for the recipe for the salad dressing on the frisee salad and they kindly wrote down the ingredients, one of which was fresh apricots.

Flay has been in the kitchen more often than not when we have been there. I have never read any of his cookbooks but I might be tempted by one featuring the Gato recipes.

I like the strong flavors at Gato; Rrems, where else would you recommend?

Jun 05, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Soft shell crab season!

I've not managed to find any crabs this season, at least not in the places I've eaten. Hope to try them this week at Babbo, but would love to hear of other excellent non-Asian restaurants where they are appearing regularly on the dinner menu.
Maybe a step or two lower in price level than Marea, if possible. (Had them last year at Gato and ABC Kitchen but neither place is offering them this year, or at least not on the recent nights I've visited). Thanks!

Jun 05, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Went to Gato last night

Gato remains noisy, but the level is very tolerable when we go, early in the evenings. The octopus and the frisse salad are two of my standbys and I can't remember a better salad, or a better octopus dish, in any NYC restaurant in recent memory. I rarely order the main courses, though, as most do not sound all that interesting although I do remember an excellent pork chop about a year or so ago.

Jun 05, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

My sister asked for still and I asked for sparkling. I imagined we would be served a glass of each, both filtered tap water. My sister thought the glitch was that I asked for sparkling, which she insists always carries a charge, but I am not so certain about that. (??) In any case, the $8 charge for the flat was removed from the final bill.

What kind of systems do restaurants use? Does all their water flow through the filter, as if one had one of those filters underneath the kitchen sink at home? Maybe they charge to offset the coast of installing such a filter..

Jun 04, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

That is interesting. As I recall, we asked for tap but my companion asked if the tap was filtered. The response she received was that the restaurant filters the tap water with its own system. But the water arrived in two large plastic bottles (one still, one sparking) with names printed on them that I did not recognize. So maybe there was a miscommunication here. The server did very graciously and without any question removed the charge for one water when we questioned the charge. In any case, the evening was lovely.

Jun 03, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Rec needed for Trendy (but not too loud) and Good Food/Cocktails

I love Estela but the noise level can be deafening. Morini is loud as well.

Might be a long shot, but what about ABC Cocina, a touch easier to get into than ABC Kitchen? Or Pearl and Ash? L'Apicio?

Jun 03, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

Sorry to report that we had a similar situation at Batard this week. We asked if the tap water was filtered and were told that the restaurant had a filtration system for water. Two bottles of water, at $8 each, appeared on our dinner bill;
when we questioned this, our server quickly removed the charge for one of the bottles.

Putting that aside, we enjoyed the restaurant very much. Highly competent, professional service, excellent food, cozy space, and not nearly as noisy as many reports had stated.

Jun 03, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Via Carota on Grove Street in the Village

If they do not take reservations, how is the wait on weekdays assuming one arrives near opening time? Appreciate comments if anyone else is an early bird type.

Jun 03, 2015
erica in Manhattan

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

P: Thank you. Have not tried either of those but they both sound good. Is the wine chicken in the cold case? I did see a plain chicken in there that looked very good.

If you have not tried the scallion pancake with beef…..do so next time! I know I've had a good food item when I think about it for days after…

I walked around looking at other tables' dishes (place was packed yesterday around 3pm) and there were lots of good looking dishes….

Jun 02, 2015
erica in Outer Boroughs

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

Polecat, I need help! Had lunch at Kung Fu yesterday and had hoped to try the mock chicken-type tofu dish, but found no listing of that, or anything similar, on their menu. The closest thing to a braised tofu dish that I found was a soup with cubes of tofu and clear vermicelli noodles. It was quite bland and we did not finish the bowl.
Can you be more specific as to the name of the mock-chicken-type dish, please?

On the brighter side, their scallion pancake with beef was excellent, as was the kaufu; dried bean curd with celery and pork was very good. Nice place; very clean restrooms, very good tea. Cash only.

Jun 02, 2015
erica in Outer Boroughs

Duck King in Boca Raton

Too bad, for them and for us. Thanksk for the update.

Jun 02, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

George Mendes's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

On the strength of that post, and others here, will add Lisbon to my "future" list.

Just took out MY PORTUGAL the Mendes cookbook, from library. Contains the piri piri recipe (bird's eye peppers instead of dried piri piri peppers for those of us in the US; bourbon as surprise ingredient) as well as the one for the Lupulo sardines.
That sauce was outstanding, but of course, I have no frame of reference..)

I've not cooked anything from the book yet, but might be of interest to others with an interest in this cuisine...

http://www.amazon.com/My-Portugal-Rec...

Also, from the excellent website:

http://leitesculinaria.com/7745/recip...

Jun 01, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Oaxaca for dummies

I just might give those nieves a try next winter, as a friend has come upon a house exchange in San Miguel, so we might do some touring from there....will be posting here to inquire about eating, although not so hopeful about the food scene in SMA.

May 31, 2015
erica in Mexico