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Clambake North Shore.

We ended up with Woodmans. And they were great. Pricey yep. Best food in the world. Not earthshattering but very good. And the easiest entertainment of 27 guests i have ever had. They took care of everything from tent to tables and chairs to bar and with a max of 6 emails and 2 phonecalls. I was twisted as i usually obsess about this stuff and it seemed way too easy. But beautifully set tables, onsite cooking and a totally delightful group of servers. And a lot of food. Thanks for the recs.

A little gloat and a question

Had the chicken for two just for me. Just. Freaking. Amazing. The summer prep includes the usual prep of the bird with foie under the crisp kskin. But accompaniements were smoked polenta and a sweet sucotash( corn, peppers, beans in a light sauce) i nearly ate the whole thing...it was perfect as was the service. Glad i did it.

Aug 18, 2015
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

3 days in Milan...any thoughts on our choices?

Please let me save you some pain...best i can do
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015864

Aug 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

A little gloat and a question

Yes i got NoMad .

Aug 15, 2015
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

A little gloat and a question

Had a vague memory of having the roast chicken a couple of years ago while alone. Can't believe i ate the whole thing...well maybe i can believe it. Just assumed i got it halved. Thanks.

Aug 14, 2015
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

A little gloat and a question

2 nights solo in NYC. Have been cruising Opentable but not much interested me or was a reasonable hour to fit schedule. Popped on today and got Maialino and NoMad. Voila ! Question is do i recall correctly that NoMad will do the roast chicken for a solo or am i just very wishfully thinking?

Aug 14, 2015
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

Clambake North Shore.

Thanks we are planning to host in our yard and think i will give Ipswich a call. Much appreciated and will report how it goes.

Clambake North Shore.

Have searched, nothing recent , family reunion on Cape Ann. 25 people. All ages. Need to rent tent table etc. lobster dogs maybe ribs or chicken. Not worried about price. Want done well. Have seen Woodmans and Ipswich Clam. And thoughts ? End of august . Thanks

Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

We had 2 of the best meals we have ever had in Paris at this restaurant both occurring in the past 3 weeks. One Sunday brunch for which i was 24 hours late by reservation but warmly welcomed and one dinner for which i was 24 hours early and still welcomed. I apparently have a problem with on line reservations. There are 2 dishes that stand out in my mind from Spending 3 weeks in France and environs. The amuse of shrimp at L'Arome in the 8th. Which was an incredible and intimate dinner and the macaroni with truffles at Les Tablettes which i wanted to last forever. It is just a wonderful place.

Jul 25, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Family dinner in Boston and Dorchester

Second or third Tavolo. They did a great job for me after a wake with about 20 people age 2 mnths to 84 years ...loved the pizza and the salads.

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Thanks John you may be right on point. Likely not enough energy or focus to enjoy a new experience. They are both indeed available although Climats availability on Monday ( appears closed or fully booked Sunday) night is very early for us at 7pm. We are 8:30-9pm diners. Maybe take it as it comes once we arrive. And i think both atmospheres are appropriate for how we will be feeling ....not a LAJ , Denise or Josephine kind of trip.

Jul 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

We find ourselves in a very sad and unusual situation. We have lost our dear Friend in Auxerre and are traveling back to France for the services. My post below indicates wonderful ( and happier ) meals less than a month ago at Les Tablettes and Les Climats. The hastily planned arrangements we have made for this trip have us arriving Paris Sunday ( yes in less than 48 hours) in the City Sun Mon with transport to Auxerre for all of Tuesday and a final night in Paris Wed. I have booked an old favorite La Arome in the 8th where we took our Friend on many occasions for Wed and we think we may just repeat Tablettes and Climats as we loved them and dont have much time or energy But i worry that menus are the same and through a difficult time what gets me through is food. Understanding July closures and the challenge of Sunday and Monday as well as the short time to reserve may i impose on you to recommend ( and pls dont spend a lot of time on this) any alternative thoughts. For the first time in my long life i am so sad to be returning to Paris.

Jul 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Trussardi 2 blocks. I would do cafe next time. Mes Amis a 10-15 minute cab ride if i recall. Unless u r starved i would share the classic club for a quick bite at the cafe in the hotel. Its huge. Rebelot seemed a bit longer to me.

Jul 14, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

Local source of smoked bacon no spices?

Savenors had uncured last week. Pricey and worth it.

Native corn

It was quite good. Not as sweet as August corn. But took care of that craving.

Native corn

At Latloff Farm ( sp?) today in Rockport ( Cape Ann). Ears reputed to be from western MA. 65 cents each. Bought 2, cobs small. Shucked , the kernels look good. Sucker for corn and hate waiting. Will report back re taste factor. I am known to make an entire meal of fresh corn ....not a big girl but 6 ear doesnt phase me. Not sure if its the corn or the opportunity to have the butter and salt. Sort of like fried clams and tarter sauce. Chicken and egg thing.

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Ohhh Grampa. A bit harsh dont you think? Hope you make it that far someday.

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Sure Sam. If you read the reviews from various sites on ratana they (to me ) went from glowing to bad as mine....i think at best , uneven but that pasta dish to start for me was as bad as my Husbands gazpacho was good. So depends on how risky you want to be. And frankly if they cant handle a party of that size they shouldnt take the reservation. And i toned my review to be softer than i felt as i didn't sense any apology or regret following this event. There was a lot of head shaking but clearly the staff was generally overwhelmed yet getting on to the next one. We were leaving without one main , no dessert, half finished wine ...No apology from other than the harried waiter and that was weak at best. And it was chaotic.
Re Rebelot we had the panzanella and the market salad , my husband had the fish of the day and I the roast beef salad. It was just a sincere and good feeling to the place. And i will tell you if you keep it a secret....there is this little neighborhood place called Mes Amis.......for all resevations we used the hotel concierge 3-4 weeks in advance. Mes Amis you could walk in , Ratana full at 9 and Rebelot warming up at 10pm Enjoy! 45 minutes and we will be back to Boston. Exhausting ...

Jul 02, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

In the air returning from the sweltering city that is Milan. We arrived delayed from Paris and had a late bite at our hotel The Park Hyatt which is reputed to have an excellent classic club sandwich. I totally agree. We had many cocktails and coffees in the bar there and their generosity with olives, nuts , arancini and all sorts of small bites was indeed unexpected and welcomed.

Trussardi alla Scala - Our first official meal, a lunch. I found it to be fine. Nothing more or less. We are talking the upstairs dining room which in retrospect i think a bit souless ...expensive for what it is and i wondered if we would have enjoyed ourselves more downstairs in the cafe. But it was a must do as we have a greyhound at home and the iconography was enough to make me happy as we missed her a lot by now on this trip. I started with a small portion of the gnocchi ( fabulous) followed by a regular portion of the beef....fine. Good but pricey wine list. Been there done that.
Rebelot - Dinner. A joy. Fun silly creative and the ? Owner/ Manager treated us with great care. Lots of gifts from the kitchen and we shared 4 or 5 small plates. Not too heavy on such a hot evening and clearly a happening spot. Recommend.

RatanĂ  here is where the wheels came off. We loved the setting in such a beautiful building. We had a table for 2 where we could observe the kitchen pass thru. My husband started with the green gazpacho and he loved it. Fresh and invigorating. I started with the tagliolini in red pepper sauce which was an enormous portion. Pasta perfectly cooked but was too much by 3 for a first course for one person and the red pepper sauce imo was cloyingly sweet and i was bored in no time. Bread arrived after first course. But not much else did. We had ordered the meatballs as an intermezzo. Never arrived. Granted they had a party of 18 sit shortly after we arrived but we waited and waited an hour. The meatballs MIA were forgotten and the mains came. When my veal cheeks with mashed potatoes arrived it was stone cold. Not room temp. Cold. There was a half hearted attempt by the waiter to replace or warm it but by then i had no appetite. The meatballs and the veal cheeks were removed from the bill and we quickly removed ourselves from the room. Best forgotten.
But Jangita to the rescue! We reserved at Mes Amis and it was a perfect ending to our trip. Clearly a neighborhood gem. And i mean a precious gem. Exactly what i had hoped for. We were so warmly greeted by Anna. Wine flowed immediately ( 2 bottles!) i started with the eggplant parmesean and my husband with the smoked fish. Generous and delicious. He did the branzino and i the veal milanese. Total perfection! Kind staff, attentive service and excellent food in an elegant yet neighborhood setting. Anna did not know about Chowhound but i showed her and told her to watch for this review. Thank u J for the insider recommendation! All in all, the end is what you remember! Ciao!

Jul 02, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

A quick follow up and thank you for years of recommendations. Quite contrary to my original ask , we dined at Les Climats on Saturday evening. The Initiation menu was excellent, we had fine and professional service and this is a spot we have intended to try and for one reason or another have missed. We would gladly return. Sunday lunch was Les Tablettes JLN and we were greeted very graciously even though i screwed up the reservation and was 24 hours late. A refined and quite leisurely meal. Having spent a week cooking in a villa in the Var, 30 magnificent hours in Paris followed by 4 nights in Milan , i am quite certain my end point for air travel to Europe will forever be CDG. There is no City quite like Paris .

Jul 02, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Montauroux and environs

For those traveling to the Var, La Marina was perfectly fine for a large family meal ( 10 people in Montauroux Center). leClerc hypermarket has every conceivable thing you might need for a full week of relatively fine dining. We grilled beef on a wood fired grille , roasted 3 Bresse chickens and roasted pork loin which was delicious. Every morning there were great croissants as well as brioche pastry from Pain Boulangerie on the plain and we got a killer birthday cake from the patisserie on the opposite end of the plain. No need to go out much as our villa was completely stocked with every cooking gadget and with the roads leading to it, no way did any of us want to drive at night. Lovely lovely part of France. And boy was the wine good and inexpensive !

Jul 02, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Ok so i am a just a bother. After careful consideration ....Les Climates. Been on our list forever ...who gets tired of excellent French cuisine. Thanks for thoughts and recommendations.

Jun 09, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Okay. Dont ask and i wont tell. Sorry for the Asian firedrill. We are reserved at Les Climates. On our list for a long time and i never met a Burgundy i didnt like. Another helpful to others but waste of your time from me post. Thank you.

Jun 08, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Thank you all ... We have bagged Un Posto on the buffet comment alone. We may play this lunch by ear as some of the finest memories we have are the result of " stumbling" onto a place. We are abandoning Amio Nadia as well, as stuffy isnt us. This is our last dinner in Milan on our FIRST trip to Italy and also may i mention we are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary so we want this night to be fun, great food and great wine without pretense...Jangita , Mes Amis sounds delightful but i am not sure special enough for this celebration. WDYT? I will re-research this board which i already researched but any suggestions for that kind of night would be so welcomed. For those familair with Paris we would have this night at L'Arome or if it still existed Lucas Carton. In Spain it would be La Casidra in Barcelona or Arzak in San Sebastian. We are from Boston and this night would be Hamersleys back in the day. Or Icarus. No place meets the criteria now .....Thank you so much for the input.

Jun 08, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Here is the line up for our whirlwind tour of Milan. All thoughts appreciated.

Sunday late arrival from Paris: Camilo Benso at 22:00

29th June
Trussardi alla Scala - party of two at 13.00
Rebelot - party of two at 20.30

30th June
Un posto a Milano - party of two at 13.00
RatanĂ  - party of two at 20.30

1st July
Viola enoteca - party of two at 13.00
Aimo e Nadia - party of two at 20.30

Price and location not a factor. Any clunkers ? Thanks.

Jun 07, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Pti. We did Timgad years ago and i have the gift of an ashtray( truly gifted not lifted) to prove it...when there were such things as ashtrays. It was ok but i felt strongly that the majority of the clientele were men having dinner with their " nieces" ..ha. Food not inspiring. Interested in Chez Rene ( i know not the one in the 5th). At the end of the day we are happy to downscale atmosphere for food and can have our " blow out aka elegant" dinner in Milan. These cuisines interest us. Thank you.

May 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

OP here. Thanks for the helpful comments. To clarify my reasoning, we will be arriving to Paris from 7 days and nights in the small town of Montauroux where research thus far has indicated that with the exception of the occasional pizza joint the restaurants are indeed Provencal and traditional French focused. We are a large group with 3 teens and i dont see us trekking back into Nice for a meal. Then we break off as a couple for one night to Paris. Next step of journey Italy where i am sure we will get our fill of good Italian so one more cuisine eliminated. As mentioned Husband could well be a pescatarian. Me hardly so that rules out sushi. And high end was simply to narrow scope of recommendations to special occasion worthy in recognition of milestone anniversary. My natural inclination for this type of an evening would be L'Arome in the 8th but fearing we would be weary of " French" focused food i broadly used the term Asian. There are some fine recommendations here and i thank you. PhilD if you have such a recommendation for North African cuisine it would be welcomed. John not quite enough time btw Montauroux and Milan to take the trip to China. Pti on your original list we have done Diep and Tang and enjoyed both. Plan to look carefully into Toyo. Thanks.

May 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Thank you. More homework to happily complete.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

A couple of shout outs.

Spent a few days in your fine City on combination of business and solo pleasure. Loved Trinity in Clapham. Third time there ( from Boston). Menu was a bit fish centric tor me but we did tasting with pairing and all were more than satisfied. Feels like a secret special neighborhood upscale gem.
Roux at Landau. Lovely with exquisite service. Happened to be election night so the drama of BBC across the street added to the fun.
I dined alone at Moti Mahal and with the exception of having the bad table ( btw kitchen door and serving area) the experience was lovely. I made the mistake of ordering the lentils cooked in coals for starter which is more liquid than solid but it was so delicious i scooped it all up with great naan.
Had a solo dinner before theater at the Savoy Grille. This war horse has never disappointed me and the kind service for a solo diner and the amazing Dover sole made a perfect night.
Finally a super shout out for Dean Street Townhouse. Saturday brunch and a totally delicious cobb salad with a half carafe of wine made for a super pre theater meal.
Love London. Thanks for your hospitality.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in U.K./Ireland

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

We are spending 7 nights in Montauroux with extended family. Doing our research there. Spending 4 nights in Milan just the 2 of us and will do my research on Italy board. In between we have one night in our beloved Paris. Feel we will be in the mood for very high end Asian for a blow out dinner. Think we will be Frenched out and headed to Italian central. This is the night we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Its a Saturday end of June. Husband big fish lover. Me not so much. Thinking Kei but havent been able to locate recent opinions on the board. Location and price not important. Do you support Kei ? If not where would you recommend? Many thanks.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in France