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Looking for Bitters

Sold at Latina on St Viateur now.

Looking for Bitters

Latina on St Viateur now has a nice selection as well as Jack Ruby and other craft syrups.

Also they are packing a nice range of barrel aged and infused maple syrups - perfect for cocktails.

They have the Orange Angostura bitters as well.

Prices are cheaper by a few dollar or so then Alambika, with a range that is growing to be comparable.

Ironic that MTL finally has bitters but we still suffer with shit choices for the hard staff.

Mate of mine from Toronto is coming over soon with my Plymouth Gin, Four Roses and St Germain shipment.

Charleston - Gluttons Paradise or Indecisive persons nightmare - Help!

Weird huh. I trust comments far more then just clicking a thumbs up or down. I made a booking,

Thanks for the recommendation.

Oct 21, 2013
Kangagirl83 in Southeast

Charleston - Gluttons Paradise or Indecisive persons nightmare - Help!

Thank you everyone for the suggestions.

I am sold on The Ordinary and have a reservation now.

What is the deal with dinning late at night Charleston say 9/9.30?

Do locals eat late? I hope we are not sitting there being scowled at by the staff.

So now my list is shaping up as:

Day One

Lunch - Martha Lou's Kitchen
Dinner - FIG (reserved)

Day Two

Lunch - Butcher and The Bee
Dinner - McCrady’s (Reserved)

Day Three

Breakfast -
Lunch - Husk or Snob
Dinner - Macintosh (Reserved)

Day Four

Breakfast -
Lunch - Xiao Bao Biscuit
Dinner - Cru Cafe (Reserved)

Day Five

Lunch - SeeWee
Dinner - The Ordinary (Reserved)

Day Six
Lunch - Hominy Grill
Dinner - Still up in the air! Contenders are The Grocery, Trattoria Lucca maybe Peninsula or Charleston Grill.

So how does that look? Any other recs or advice on dinners? I think lunches and a sneaky trip to Glazed and Dixie Supply sound great.

Does anyone prefer Snob or Husk (or vice versa) for lunch?

Oct 21, 2013
Kangagirl83 in Southeast

Charleston - Gluttons Paradise or Indecisive persons nightmare - Help!

Trying to be good now and skip breakfasts but i am sure i will give in! I will put Dixie Supply on the list.

Thanks heaps for the suggestion.

Oct 21, 2013
Kangagirl83 in Southeast

Charleston - Gluttons Paradise or Indecisive persons nightmare - Help!

We will def check out SeeWee i have read up and it looks like great fun!

Bummer about the fire, we get lots here in Montreal once the fire hits the ceiling it can jump buildings very fast. Just a couple of weeks ago a new promising resto only lasted one night and then poof up in flames.

Thank you very much for your suggestion.

Oct 21, 2013
Kangagirl83 in Southeast

Charleston - Gluttons Paradise or Indecisive persons nightmare - Help!

Fitting it all in is an issue :) I think your right i am going to move my Hominy booking to lunch and skip breakfasts altogether.

Maybe eat an apple which always makes me hungry in the morning :)

Oct 21, 2013
Kangagirl83 in Southeast

Charleston - Gluttons Paradise or Indecisive persons nightmare - Help!

Hi Chowhounders!

After three years of talking about it we are finally going to Charleston and Savannah.

I have a short list and a few blanks so i thought i would be try and get some moral support from the board, what a tough food decision requiring city!

Day One

Lunch - Martha Lou's Kitchen
Dinner - FIG (reserved)

Day Two

Late Breakfast - Hominy Grill
Lunch - Butcher and The Bee
Dinner - McCrady’s (Reserved)

Day Three

Breakfast -
Lunch - Husk or Snob
Dinner - Macintosh (Reserved)

Day Four

Breakfast -
Lunch - Xiao Bao Biscuit
Dinner - Cru Cafe (Reserved)

Day Five

Dinner - Not sure

Day Six

Dinner - Not sure

So i am short on breakfasts and two dinners. I am not sure if so much fancy food (shocked that i just said that) will smash my appetite near the end of the trip or if i should suck it up.

I was thinking about the ordinary which for some reason does dismal on urbanspoon as another dinner option.

Can anyone help me out? What fancy food or casual/comfort spots should i fit in given my reservations?

I am open to changing what i have and i also feel like i am shortchanging local cuisines; BBQ, Gullah, traditional low country.

My visit has me doing a couple day trips up ashley river way and North to Georgetown/Pawleys as well then working my way down to Savannah maybe i can get my local fix around these areas.

Apologies for my rambling post I cant wait to get down there. I really love these forums and i know Charleston can feel like its been beat to death buuuuttttt its always someones first time :)

Thanks

Kangagirl

Oct 20, 2013
Kangagirl83 in Southeast

First Time in Nashville - Nailed it?

Me again. I managed to get a reservation at the Bluebird on a pew for a 9pm show on Tuesday night for a benefit show.

I have no idea who is playing lol! Every other show i couldnt reserve Sunday/Monday and i read that people show up very early before shows and often dont get in.

I'm not sure given my limited time in Nashville if i wanted to spend a long time in line.

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

Thank you all. Well one thing i have learnt is making choices in Louisville is tough!

You guys have a great scene and to be honest it was completely unexpected. Lousiville was intially just to break up a drive to Nashville i didnt really know much about the city but now i am really excited.

I think i will run with Milkwood and need to decide on Jack Frys or the Mayan Cafe the 2nd night.

For lunch a Hot Brown and Taco Punk though maybe i can do lunch at Mayan Cafe on a Friday?

I want to stop by Proof for a cocktail and bourban sampling as well as Bistro La Coop and Rye and Meat.

Thank you every one. Any final thoughts? I will come back and tell you how i went.

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

I tell you what i think the Mayan Cafe looks like a winner.

Maybe i should swap Jack Frys for it or go for lunch on Friday.

What do you guys think?

First Time in Nashville - Nailed it?

Wow thanks for the recs i will look into it. The problem i have is that i like to eat out... listen to music and drink (not drink drink).

Do you remember (or if i can get a local input) do the bars stay open late on week nights? I am actually in town early to mid week.

I don't know how i will fit everything together. Yet!

Time juggling could be an issue.

First Time in Nashville - Nailed it?

Hey Pete

Thanks for the great responses.

What do you mean by family style. Its just a shared table right?

I am cool with that.

I read about Holland house i will check it out.

First Time in Nashville - Nailed it?

Crap... didn't nail it. Thanks for the Rec!

First Time in Nashville - Nailed it?

Hi

My partner and I are roadtriping through Tennessee on our way down to New Orleans from Montreal.

I am very excited to come to Nashville and will be staying in East Nashville.

Please critique my food targets and if you have any suggestions for great bars (dive,beer palace and cocktail joints) and your fav live music joints i would really appreciate it!

So in no real order i plan on visiting:

1) City House for Sunday night (Reserved) - I have seen a few detractors but people tend to come back to City House again and again. The sunday night special sounds like fun. This is my one major spendy. New Orleans for a week a few days after Nashville is set to destroy my wallet.

2) Pancake Palace - Sweet potato pancakes. Seems to be a mixed choice. Tourist trap?

3) Arnolds - Meat and Three choice.

4) Monells - Lunch. I have never had sourthern food so this seems like a great place to break me in!

5) Boltons (or Princes) - Not sure which one if they are just as good Boltons is near where i wil be staying.

6) Tacos - Mas Tacos. Heard great things.

7) The Pharmacy - I like beers and burgers and not so bad on wallet.

8) Loveless Cafe - Worried that this is a tourist trap now....

9) Marche Artisan - Sounded delicious and great prices.

What do you all think? Any drinking/musicc favs? I dont really like main stream country more of an alt fan (love Lucinda Williams and Gilliam Welch)

I plan on going to The Station Inn.

Thanks for reading

Gemma

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

Thanks so much for your comments. Particularly the Bar recs. Have you been to Jack Frys? Do you rate the other restaurants you mentioned over it?

I am very excited to visit. We aren't doing anything museum/attraction wise we just want to beat the pavement and experience the city.

First Timer Please Critique

Sorry i forgot to mention that we would be there in April.

Apr 01, 2013
Kangagirl83 in New Orleans

First Timer Please Critique

Hi Bdav

Thanks so much for responding.

I thought Chicago was a hard food town to plan for but New Orleans takes the cake.

So taking into account your suggestions i have the following:

Lunch; Cochon Butcher, Galatoires, Commanders Palace, Atchafalya and August (maybe my lunches are a bit intense).

Dinner: Herbsainte, GW Fin, Dantes and Bayona

Cocktails: Arnauds French 75. Any other bar suggestions? I like neighborhood joints. I think we will be more Frenchman then Bourban street people for nightlife.

Oyster/Seafood snacks: Casementos sounds good! Any suggestions for Crawfish?

Thanks again. I know i am the billionth person asking the same questions. I was planning 4 full days in tow but i think i might add a day. Five days seems about right.

Gemma

Apr 01, 2013
Kangagirl83 in New Orleans

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

Hi

We will be coming down to Louisville for a couple of nights in April. We are Australians in our early 30's and love farm to table or local flavors/modern or ethnic with a southern twist (like Milkwood).

I would really appreciate if you could please critique my itinerary or provide other suggestions.

For Breakfast/lunch i was thinking Toast on Main and Hilbilly Tea. I know Hillbilly tea has received knocks for plate size but that doesn't bother me too much.

For lunch we wanted to try the hotbrown at the Brown hotel and undecided on the other lunch spot the next day. We like local flavors and small hole in the walls would be good. Any ideas?

For dinner i have a reservation at Milkwood? Any chowhounders have an opinion? I am not sure where i should go the next night. I was recommended to go to Proof on Main but i am not so sure, reviews seem a bit iffy. Also had recommendations to hit Jack Frys. Any ideas?

Drinking! I really like cocktails and small/local bars. Any suggestions? I heard about Meat and would really like to visit there. Any other ideas? Or some great bars that i can hop around?

Finally! We are planing to drive out to Bardstown the day we leave any ideas? We wanted to try Burgoo.

Thanks for reading i love the chowhound community. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Gemma

First Timer Please Critique

Hi

First time in New Orleans. My partner and I have bought a beat up camper and are coming down to New Orleans from Montreal via Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

We will be hitting meat and threes and other southern staples on the way down but we are guarding our wallets to cut loose in N.O!

The camper (its only 17 ft van) and I have no issues getting out and about for good food.

There are so many choices i am getting overwhelmed so i would really appreciate any assurances or recommendations.

So we will be in town for 5 nights and 4 full days.

For lunch i was thinking: Galatoires (Friday), Commanders Palace,Willie-Maes (or somewhere similar)and Atchafayla. I also heard Restaurant Augusts lunch special is quite good.

What do you think? Any other suggestions?

For dinner i was thinking; Cochon and Dantes Kitchen and then i kind of get stuck. What else would you recommend given that i have knocked of a few of the big boys for lunch? What a broad horrible question. Sorry. I just want to get a great varied experience of the best the city has to offer.

I still have to sort out time and stomach space for Po Boys, Oysters and Crawfish. Any favs for great oysters and crawfish? Just great seafood and cold beer or cocktails for pre dinners or at the rate i am going pre pre dinners.

Anywho! Thanks for reading i am really looking forward to coming to your great city. I am already looking at extending our stay!

Thanks again Chowhounders i love the community here.

Gemma

Mar 31, 2013
Kangagirl83 in New Orleans

Rhode Island - Providence & Newport

Wow. Thanks so much everyone. I will get my research going on all your suggestions and will def write up a trip report.

One last question. I live in Montreal and suffer under a brutal regime of liqor control.

I am a huge rum fan and i want to find a great liqor stor that specialise in speciality/hard to find liqor.

Any recs?

Once again thanks so much. I know ppl said that this is been all written before so i am very gracious for your resposes.

Rhode Island - Providence & Newport

For Broadway Bistro i noticed they dont take reservations. We would probably be around on a weekend does it fill up fast?

Rhode Island - Providence & Newport

Hi Jenkins,

Thanks for the reccomends! The food truck idea seems like a winner so i can save som $ for the main event.

Are there any other trucks you reccomend. I live in Montreal and wish we had a food truck scene.

Do you reccomend any great bars? Well made cocktails and all that.

Thanks so much

Kangagirl.

Rhode Island - Providence & Newport

Hi,

I have heard rumors that Providence is a foodie destination but there doesnt seem to be much chatter on the boards.

We are thinking of coming down that way for a four day weekend and we are looking for the best the state has to offer for lunch and dinner.

We eat it all, and will probably split our time between providence and Newport.

If you had one day to live and could select a place for breakfast/lunch/Dinner where would it be?

What do you reccomend? Fine diing, seafood shacks whatever!

We have a car and can move around easy so even if not in Providence/Rhode Island thats okay.

Thanks

Kangagirl.

Looking for Pig Roaster & Pig - Vermont

Hi,

A gang of us are coming down from MTL to VT in August, We will be in the stowe/waterbury area and are looking to rent.... or borrow :) a pig roaster.

We live inner city and we have always wanted to roast a whole hog.

Does anyone know of anywhere we could sauce a roaster and a hog?

Thanks for your help.

Kangagirl

First time in Miami! Please Rate my Itinary

I love my adopted city but when it comes to Japanese or any Asian food for that matter it really struggles.

First time in Miami! Please Rate my Itinary

Thanks! This is super last minute too. I can't believe i am getting so easy.

I am curious about two other places too:

1) Bourban Steak

2) Yakka San. I looked at Zuma but i dont know. Seemed a bit clubby. Yakka San looks cheap! A big plus given my shrinking budget :)

Thanks for responding

First time in Miami! Please Rate my Itinary

Hi Sobe4u and tpigeon.

Thank you very much for your response. I have made a few changes based on your recommendations.

Here is the new plan:

Lunch One (Dec 24th) On the road up from Key West anyone know a good road side stop? We have a busy day planned we want to try and get a quick taste of the everglades.

Night One (Dec 24th)- Michaels Genuine. I see this restaurant everywhere on Chowhound.

Lunch Two (Dec 25th) - Hakkasan (Christmas Dim Sum!)

Night Two (Dec 25th) - Joe's Stone Crab

Night Three (Dec 26th) - Micheys

Night Four (Dec 27th) - Pubbelly

Night Five (Dec 28th) - Sugarcane (i am a huge fan of tripe, sweat breads etc)

I am going to go check out those power rankings now. Geez sounds like i have a reason to come back to Miami before i have even arrived!

Thanks for the call on Palm d'or i think we would have more fun bar hopping and some great seafood. I live in Montreal so French food wasn't really on the top of my list.

First time in Miami! Please Rate my Itinary

Hi,

First time in Miami (Florida for that matter) and i was hoping to get a quick sound off on some reservations we have.

Some background first. We are late 20's staying in South Beach and really want to experiance the best of what the city has to offer.

Night One (Dec 24th)- Michaels Genuine. I see this resturant everywhere on Chowhound.

Night Two (Dec 25th) - Palme D'or. This is Christmas night. For some reason i am not so sure about this. What do you think? Do most restos open Christmas night?

Night Three (Dec 26th) - Micheys

Night Four (Dec 27th) - Pubbelly.

Night Five (Dec 28th) - No idea! Help!

I have also heard good things about Xixon. Sugar Cane, Sardinias and Naoe (but i think this one is closed)

.

What do you think of what i have so far? Do you have better suggestions. Is there any good Japanese resturants in Miami?

I havent booked anywhere for lunch i imagine we will be trawling around South Beach, Little Havana and Coconut grove. Is there any institions i must vist i heard about a place called Joes stone crabs which sound interesting as well as a Hatian joint called Tap Tap.

I know you must read so many of these tourist posts. I really do appreciate if you could give me some advice. We have no family in North America (Australians) so we are going to replace the family love with food!

Thanks for reading.

Gemma