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5 nights in Capetown

Another New Yorker here! An interesting food stop for you will be the V&A Market on the Wharf. You will almost certainly be in that area at least once during your stay, so plan to spend an hour there.

You can eat your way through various stands, sampling both local specialties such as biltong, and various ethnic treats--samoosas (note spelling!) and bobotie from the local Indian and Cape Malay kitchens. There is a very good juice stand inside that market.
Saturdays brings a food market in Woodstock but, as you noted, that is about a 20-minute taxi from the CBD.

I love CapeTown and consider the food scene there to be first-rate.
HAppy to answer any and all questions based on my two visits.

1 day ago
erica in Middle East & Africa

5 nights in Capetown

While I liked La Colombe very much, it cost about 600Rand RT by taxi. (about $30US each way, with driver waiting and including tip). I initially had the Roundhouse on my list; even with 7 nights, I could not visit all the interesting-sounding restaurants! Be sure to distinguish between what they term "African" restaurants, which means usually food rooted in tradition of sub-Saharan countries, and "South African," which can mean European or Asian-influenced food with excellent local ingredients. Most SA places will have some sort of white "line-caught"fish on the menu. I had a nice lunch at Beluga about 5 years ago; they have lots of seafood on menu and it is close to your hotel. Casual place located in a repurposed factory building; moderate prices and young crowd:
http://www.beluga.co.za/pdf/Beluga%20...

2 days ago
erica in Middle East & Africa

Overlapping text

Yes, happening on MacBook with Safari.

2 days ago
erica in Site Talk

5 nights in Capetown

Where are you staying? (I am asking only because you mention not wanting a long taxi ride, but you mention dining at The Roundhouse, which is in Camps Bay, well outside the CBD).

If you are ok with taxiing to Camps Bay, The Codfather is popular locally for seafood, and it is fun to choose your own and have it cooked to order..and they are open Sundays, when many places will be closed.

http://www.dining-out.co.za/md/Codfat...

Jul 26, 2014
erica in Middle East & Africa

Best cochinillo/suckling pig in Madrid?

Butterfly that is truly helpful, as well as inspirational as far as trip planning. Thank you.

Jul 23, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

Tickets and 41 Degrees closing? Barcelona must visit restaurants?

Once more, the sagest of advice from PBSF.

Jul 21, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

On The Hunt: New Sesame Pancake Purveyors

Happened upon this post by chance and wonder: What impact does it have it Prosperity has been "thoroughly discovered?" And what does 'just not my thing" mean in relation to Vanessa's? Are you looking for ambience above product? Eat there or take out?

Jul 21, 2014
erica in Manhattan
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Remember Hobeau's?

You might mean Chu Chu Bianco, also known as Rocky Lee, which was on Second Avenue and where the Asian bartender took bets and where Frank, indeed, was spotted. They had good pizza and other dishes. I went often, although was not any way in part of the "in" crowd.

Not far away was Goldberg's Pizza on Second...

Jul 20, 2014
erica in Manhattan

1943 Pizza Cafe-Greenport

Did not have wine on my one and only visit. The list looked interesting. Heard from food-centric neighbors that the pies with add ons, including the fennel sausage, were good. I prefer Grana but the drive to Jamesport is about 35 minutes from my NF base.

Jul 19, 2014
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)

Best cochinillo/suckling pig in Madrid?

Is Aranda where you would recommend if one wanted an overnight in town with a great lechazo restaurant en route from Madrid to Bilbao by car?? (I've been to Pedraza& Sepulveda but never to Aranda)

Jul 19, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

1943 Pizza Cafe-Greenport

Lovely setting. Good crust, but ingredients for the basic "red" pie include low-moisture mozzarella, dried oregano, and good-enough tomato sauce. It may well be the best in Greenport, but I only wish it could come close to the quality of Grana. Prices are fair; we might try a few of the added ingredients (not sure where they source their sausage and fresh mozzarella and ricotta, for example) next time, but I came away slightly disappointed.

Jul 17, 2014
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)

I've eaten here and it was good! (I'll go first) Sweetwater (Boynton)

Many thanks..will be in the area beginning December and always looking for good food (current favorites are Pizza Oceana and Buccan..)

Jul 16, 2014
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pies in Orient, Long Island

Agree, but I wonder if they are doing any baking in Orient, or just sending out the pies from Gowanus...will try to investigate..

Jul 15, 2014
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)

Riverpark Lately

Thanks for your review, and the reminder. I'm always looking for interesting food along that First Avenue-Third Avenue corridor (current faves in the vague area are Estela and Gato) and somehow never remember the existence of RiverPark. Will make it a point to visit soon..thanks again.

Jul 15, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Pies in Orient, Long Island

Planned to buy a pie today only to be greeted by a sign that they are out of pies until the 18th of the month.....

Jul 13, 2014
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)

Alba Italy request please

Please feel free to explain your comment about me, Jock.

Jul 13, 2014
erica in Italy

Strawberries are here, North Fork LI

I will here insert a recommendation for the Oysterponds Farm just east of Orient village on the Main Road. They have black, golden, and red raspberries, along with blueberries of a quality that I have not tasted since my childhood. Prices are on the high side, at $4.40 a half pint, but the quality is superb and, especially for the blueberries, unmatched by others I've sampled at various stands, many of which "import" from NJ at this time of the year. When was the last time you've bought blueberries so good that you can barely make it home with an intact half pint?
Open daily, save Sundays.

http://oysterpondsfarm.com/

Jul 13, 2014
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Alba Italy request please

The OP might want to reconsider his/her remarks. Allende is in the first rank of posters here with formidable knowledge of eating in the north of Italy. Exceedingly helpful to me, and to many others, I am certain.

Looking through your past posts here, I wonder if you have considered reporting back on your experiences in Italy, Spain, or wherever else you've traveled recently. (Perhaps I've missed those reports and if so, I am sorry..)

Jul 13, 2014
erica in Italy

batard, piora, estela or charlie bird

Fan of Estela here...can you recommend dishes from the current menu;I know that it changes slightly day to day..

Jul 12, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Was it called Dosanko Larmen? Somehow that name combo rings a bell (??) And what is "larmen" anyway?

Jul 11, 2014
erica in Manhattan

1943 Pizza Cafe-Greenport

I love Grana, so that bit of info is helpful. (Their bread freezes exceptionally well, too!) I will try 1943 (much closer to me) in the next week or two and report back.

Jul 10, 2014
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)

Barcelona & vicinity for Iberico pork restaurants.

A suckling pig is a pig still on mother's milk and is three weeks or under in age and not more than 6 kgs in weight.
It is not being fed on acorns.

I would recommend suckling pig as one of the finest dishes on offer in Spain, and you should not miss it. Although Barcelona is out of the area most famous for suckling pig, you can find it in restaurants; look for "Asador" in the name, as a general guide. Hopefully you can get a few suggestions for specific places here. The regions of Spain most famous for prime pork are parts of western Andalucia, Extremadura, and parts of the Castillian heartland in the center of the country.

Iberico pigs are a broad classification; the ones solely fed on acorns are a subset of these pigs. So you have jamon de Iberico, as well as jamon de bellota--Iberian hams and Iberian ham from pigs fed on acorns. You'll often see the ternn "pata negra," or black hoof, used to describe the finest hams, and you will see the feet in the markets and bars where the hams are hanging. This is all a vast simplification, but you can learn a lot by visiting a food market in Spain, heading to one of the counters where hams are hanging, and try a few varieties. (You can buy a small amount--1oo grams, or just ask for a couple of slices) There are hams from pigs fed only on acorns, hams fed on acorns in their last weeks, etc. Jamon, or sliced ham, is what you want to try here. In restaurants, a good dish to look for is Secreto Iberico, a particular boneless cut of pig that is much prized on the Iberian peninsula. I like very much the cured pork known as "Morcon;" see if you can find this as well, although it is not local, the markets will have it.

There are books written about the pigs, and their products, in Spain.

Again, while you will find hams in most bars, and pork products on many menus, Barcelona is not considered the heartland of either, although there are some famous and terrific Catalan sausages such as the cured fuet, pernil mountain ham, and Vic sausages including the famous fuet, along with the fresh botifarra, which is made black with blood, or white, without blood. There are many others, so do not despair of finding local pork products!

So, along with the pork, be sure to try the shellfish, the rice dishes (arroces), the marvelous vegetables including artichokes and many others depending on season, and the many other local products.

You might do some reading in advance of your trip; this is a good place to begin:

http://www.jamon.com/iberico.html

http://www.foodsfromspain.com/icex/cd...

Jul 10, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal
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Barcelona & vicinity for Iberico pork restaurants.

Almost any restaurant in the city, or in Spain, really, will serve pork dishes. Is there a specific dish you would like to find?

Jul 10, 2014
erica in Spain/Portugal

Where to buy "bible" Tripe?

Look at Western Beef or any store catering to Latinos in your area. This is the third stomach of the animal, also referred to as "book tripe" or "leaf tripe," not the familiar honeycomb tripe.

Jul 10, 2014
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

See mention of Ballroom above, and its Peruvian chef, the late Felipe Rojas Lombardi, who was one of the first chefs of Dean and deLuca.

Jul 08, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Remember Hobeau's?

I remember the bluefish at Hobeau's..entire dinner for soemthing like $3.95.

I've lived in the area for many decades now, and am trying to re-create in my mind the restaurants along the west side of of First Avenue north and south of Hobeau's. I remember Wylie's for ribs, a few blocks south. And a place called Joe's, which gave you crayons to write on the tablecloths (??)

A block or two north, also on west side of First, Italian restaurant called "La Stanza" or something similar, around the corner from the GH Club. (The neighborhood had a gay nighlife scene back then..)

On 54th and First, next to the long-departed Avon Liquors, Elizabeth White's, near where Jimbo's is today.

Across the avenue, on the east side, Mayfair and Billy's were two popular local watering holes.

Jul 08, 2014
erica in Manhattan

1943 Pizza Cafe-Greenport

So glad to read this; a friend visited days ago and had an equally positive opinion. (These are the people that operated the popular Rolling in Dough truck and they have apparently taken over one of the former Luce spaces)

Can you compare to Grana in Jamesport, a place I like very much?

Are the other former Luce spaces empty? Where is Keith Luce now, does anyone know?

Jul 07, 2014
erica in New York State (exc. NYC)

One week in Puglia - Rate my choices!

Many, many thanks!

More so than in other regions of the country, I think that the more upscale the restaurant, and the more "contemporary" the orientation of the kitchen, the greater the potential for disappointment. There is really no reason to venture into that realm when the regional culinary tradition, and the local products, offer such a wealth of richness.

Do you have a desire to return and if so, would you explore new territory or return to destinations you visited on this most recent trip? (Lots of good eating along the western coast of the Salento, in the Nardo area)

Jul 07, 2014
erica in Italy

Gramercy Tavern and NoMad

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9758...

The thread above is recent and offers a few ideas..I liked the Taglioni with Clams, as I mentioned..

Jul 05, 2014
erica in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I still have a restaurant match collection somewhere, although that, too, has been sadly depleted on the urging of friends and family. "So many tchotchkes! Dust collectors!! Why do you need those..you do not smoke any more??!! When will you ever use those??!!"
I shudder to think of the Ada Boni, the Time Life volumes, the Craig Claibornes, the Southern Junior League cookbook, and all the rest....gone and sometimes, for a brief moment, mourned.

Jul 05, 2014
erica in Manhattan
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