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Puglia July Trip Thoughts???

It's touristy because it's one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Would you not go to Venice or Florence because they are "touristy"? You should go to Martina Franca and Locorotondo also, if you have the time, but not instead of Alberobello. We visited all of these in one day, and had 2 nice meals in non-touristy restaurants in Alberobello.

Jul 01, 2015
rrems in Italy

Puglia July Trip Thoughts???

Bari is not a must if you have limited time, but why on earth would you pass on Alberobello?

Jun 30, 2015
rrems in Italy

Puglia July Trip Thoughts???

Try this for starters:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9250...

I also posted more extensively on both food and touring on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

There are other threads on Puglia too, just use the search box at the top of the page, search for Puglia and the individual towns/cities.

I don't have any experience with the places you mention, but maybe someone who does will chime in.

Jun 25, 2015
rrems in Italy

Where do you research restaurants outside of Chowhound

Being that you are asking this specifically on the Spain/Portugal board, I am assuming your reason is that this particular board is less active than the France or Italy boards, and therefore it is harder to glean useful information, particularly for smaller cities and countryside.

This is the problem I ran into when planning a trip to some of the less touristed areas of Spain (by Americans at least) last year. While my searches on CH did turn up some useful advice, I found myself using Tripadvisor and Michelin extensively, something I would not generally do in other countries. I also like TA because many restaurants take reservations through it, and sometimes there are discounts.

If you read user reviews on TA very carefully, you can weed out the obvious know-nothings and figure out who knows what they are talking about. Michelin, while providing less information, is still very useful, as I've found that just being listed in the guide is a good indication a place is worth considering. We ended up eating very, very well, and I have reported on CH in the hope that our experiences will be helpful to future visitors. CH is still the best place to get advice, so reporting on our travels is of utmost importance.

Jun 24, 2015
rrems in Food Media & News
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Dinner with my mother - recommendations

OP asked for quiet. Market Table is one of the loudest restaurants I've ever eaten in.

Jun 21, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Madrid dinning

A bit of friendly advice: This sort of (extremely) vague question is not going to get you any useful advice. If you want responses, you need to do some research on this board (type Madrid into the search box), see what interests you, what fits your budget and culinary style, and then come back to ask specific questions. Good luck!

Jun 16, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

52 Main (Millerton, NY)

Certainly does! I hope to try it in the next couple of weeks. Looks like a great spot for a weekend lunch.

Went to Gato last night

erica,

We tend to do mostly more moderately priced places these days, but when I think of things in the upper-middle range a few examples of what I find more compelling are Riverpark, Andanada, Rebelle, Recette.

Jun 06, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Went to Gato last night

I've only been once also. Liked the food, and would go back if it weren't impossible to get a prime time reservation, and if I could be sure we would not be kept waiting as we were that time. At this price point there are better choices.

Jun 05, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Piemonte 2015 and some links to prior years

allende,

I have been drooling over your great reports. As I said at the beginning of the thread, it is a wonderful resource. Though a trip to the Langhe is not in the cards for this year, I am hoping it will work out for next year, and will be rereading your comments then. Thank you very much for all your effort.

Jun 04, 2015
rrems in Italy

Great Indian Restaurant in Manhattan?

Bob, have you been to Malai Marke since the menu changed?

We were there 2 days ago and it was disappointing. The menu has been reduced in size, just as it was at Haldi, and my fears have been realized. They've removed some of our favorite dishes, the food was not as spicy as it used to be or should be. Kitchen was ridiculously slow. 45 minutes to get an appetizer. I've emailed them with my comments, and have not gotten a response from Mr. Mathur as yet.

I would highly recommend Awadh, even though it's slightly more expensive.

Jun 04, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Louro closing

What a shame! I have to say I wondered how he was surviving even at the old rent, as the last few times we were there it was pretty empty, and I worried that this might happen.

Jun 04, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

In NYC for a theater weekend

It would be very helpful if you would specify a dollar amount for food alone (before drinks, tax, tip) or price of a main course.

There is so much info already out there on this board. Has anything caught your eye so far?

Jun 03, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Hudson NY September 2013

Lost interest in DABA quite a while ago. Maybe someone who has been more recently can chime in. I'd still highly recommend Swoon. We go to Red Dot occasionally, and though they try to emulate Swoon, it's not that exciting. For a splurge, Crimson Sparrow is still the way to go. We haven't tried Fish and Game yet, but I do intend to in the next month or so. It seems you either love it or hate it. Friends we consider reliable have had both reactions.

Italian Restaurant near NYU

Thanks. This is less a concern than the food. How would you compare that?

May 28, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Red Hook, NY

The CIA gets a lot of mixed reviews. Even though I've lived part time in the area for 25 years, I've never felt compelled to try it. It is a cooking school, after all, with everything done by students, so though it may be an interesting experience, I wouldn't expect to be wowed.

Definitely do not miss Mercato. Also, Queen City Bistro in Poughkeepsie is quite good.

I've written about both on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

Hudson is within a 1/2 hour drive, so I would put that on my list. Ca' Mea is not quite as good as Mercato, but still quite tasty and adds another Italian option. I would definitely try Swoon, and if you are up for a splurge, you MUST go to Crimson Sparrow.

Lunch in Gubbio

It's been many years since we were there, but Taverna del Lupa was a memorable meal for us. I still recall the coniglio alla taverniera (stuffed rabbit leg), which was the house specialty (don't know if it still is), and lasagna with white truffles.

May 24, 2015
rrems in Italy

4 hungry nights in Paris

I also prefer strong flavors, and love spicy food, yet I was very impressed with Ober Sale. We didn't find it bland at all. I think it would be a mistake to eliminate it based on that concern.

May 21, 2015
rrems in France

Italian Restaurant near NYU

No "sort of" at all. I'm very happy that we inadvertently ended up there. A better dinner than we would have had if Lederhosen had been open, though we need to get back there too.

May 19, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Italian Restaurant near NYU

We tried Via Carota last night, and I found it to be quite reasonable, though I agree it may still be high for a student. The food is excellent. Portions are larger than I expected. Full report on my blog:

http://robertrems.com

May 19, 2015
rrems in Manhattan
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3 weeks in Spain - recommendations

We do what our Spanish friends do, no tipping in tapas bars, 3 to 5% in restaurants (high end or not).

May 19, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

3 weeks in Spain - recommendations

There is quite a bit of information on this board already, for the cities you will be visiting, if you just do a search for these cities. To get you started, here are my reports on Granada and Madrid:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996429

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996428

May 18, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Spain report, Part 4 - Malaga, Benalmadena, Granada

How was your trip? Can you give us a report on where you ate?

May 18, 2015
rrems in Spain/Portugal

Feedback on 10-day eating itinerary

Louro and Recette are favorites of mine. We recently tried Rebelle and were very impressed with the food, and it's on the LES:

http://robertrems.com/2015/05/11/rebe...

May 17, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Honeymoon in Italy (Genoa, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Modena, Parma, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence)

Don't feel bad. I've done it on occasion too.

May 16, 2015
rrems in Italy

Dinner, 5/13: James Beard House

I'm sure it varies depending on where the chef is coming from, what they are serving, etc., but I'm just reporting my experience.

May 16, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

Honeymoon in Italy (Genoa, Cinque Terre, Bologna, Modena, Parma, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence)

This thread is nearly a year old. The OP has presumably been there months ago (though he never did report back).

May 16, 2015
rrems in Italy
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Dinner, 5/13: James Beard House

<the tiny kitchen -- how you can do a seven-course sit-down meal (plus three sets of passed hors d'oeuvres) for 80 people in that space is beyond me!>

The way they do it is that the food is prepared in advance and brought in, to be reheated, plated and served from the kitchen. There isn't much actual cooking going on there. My one experience there was that the food was decent, but suffered from that logistical problem.

I'm glad your experience was better.

May 16, 2015
rrems in Manhattan

4 hungry nights in Paris

Drop Semilla. Substitute Pirouette or Ober Sale.

May 12, 2015
rrems in France
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Italian Restaurant near NYU

Da Marcella looks like a place I need to check out. How would you compare it to Da Andrea, my favorite inexpensive Italian?

May 11, 2015
rrems in Manhattan