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Mirazur in Menton?

Thanks for the suggestions folks! I did make a reservation at Mirazur, since it was just so convenient. However, I will take some of your other suggestions and report back as well.
Thanks again for the heads up on roads at night. Mom can't drive at night anymore and I've noticed, even at 40, I sometimes have issues.

So excited to go!!!

Aug 24, 2010
chicagowinediva in France

Mirazur in Menton?

My Mom and I are staying for a week in the town of Menton and plan to do most of our dinners at home. I did see a nice recommendation for Mirazur on the boards, but its from over 6 months ago.
Anyone have a recent experience?

Or any other suggestions for dinners in Menton or lunch in the French/Italian border area? I have no problem driving an hour or so for great chow!

Aug 23, 2010
chicagowinediva in France

Paris fine dining w/ a less adventerous eater

thanks John.
I had actually considered Tour de l'argent as well, but I think its just too expensive for us.

I know this is a difficult mission. thanks for your input.

Aug 18, 2010
chicagowinediva in France

Paris fine dining w/ a less adventerous eater

Good point. I should clarify.

Mostly she has trouble with things she doesn't know - i.e. offal, most shellfish, oxtail. And generally likes to be able to identify them on her plate - moussed items, terrines etc make her nervous.

That said, she would definitely try most any meat or poultry if she generally understands the preparation. I could see her trying a provencale duck breast in honey and lemon sauce or something like that. She loves braised short ribs and osso bucco. So - she's beyond just steak and potatoes.

And yes, Savoy might be slightly out of our price range. You are correct.

Any other ideas?

Aug 18, 2010
chicagowinediva in France

Paris fine dining w/ a less adventerous eater

My Mom and I are headed to Paris for a few days in late September and I'm having trouble finding a restaurant for a special occasion. (Mom is turning 70)

I'd love to try Pierre Gagnaire or Spring or Guy Savoy, but I fear they wouldn't appeal to Mom. We went to Michel Rostang several years ago and she kind of picked at her food. She's not big on seafood or anything moussed, foamed, deconstructed etc.

Ideally, I'd like somewhere where she can get dressed up and feel fussed over, but comfortable with a great 5 course or so menu for 120 euro or less pp. (Not including wine)

any suggestions?

Aug 18, 2010
chicagowinediva in France

Best of Best restaurants in Paris

I second Les Crayers in Reims. Will be visiting again in September so hope to post an update then!

Aug 12, 2010
chicagowinediva in France

Hot Doug's Fans - need your help

On the menu last week was a duck and sauternes sausage with fois gras mousse and truffle cheese. That's the one you're daughter is probably talking about. Have to second the advice about skipping the regular hot dog. Get one of the specials. Another heads up: Doug's is cash only.

Jul 06, 2010
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Coming back to Chicago July 4th weekend

I think Hoosier Mama still sells pies at our all organic, outdoor Green City Market in Lincoln Park. Maybe not since she opened her own space. Anyhoo, its held on Wed & Sat mornings and you can buy a lot of great pastries there from various bakeries. Also a fab burger done by the Sunday Dinner Club folks. Its a medium walk from the el, but very easy trip by bus. chicagogreencitymarket.org

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Green City Market
1750 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Jun 29, 2010
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Iteniary (and logistical) questions for upcoming Chicago weekend trip

Just a heads up on your Perennial reservation. You are a good 10 minute cab ride from Timeline theatre - can be more in traffic. Do not even think about trying to park anywhere near the restaurant or the theatre. Seriously - public transit or cabs. Timeline does not have reserve seating, so you really want to be there when the house opens at 7:30. Even the theatre recommends no later than 7:45. The show is GREAT! Just saw it!

I would second The Gage on Michigan Ave. Portillos is just nothing special or authentic in my opinion.

I love Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen, if that is one you are considering.

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Honky Tonk BBQ
1213 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Jun 29, 2010
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Visiting during Taste of Chicago

Yeah, I have a similar opinion of Taste as the folks below, but having said that - there's always something worth trying. I'm usually a fan of Vee Vee's jerk chicken w rice n beans.

Jun 29, 2010
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Chicago CSA - recomnmend yours!

I love Angelic Organics!

May 06, 2010
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Best Place to buy seafood to cook at home

I second the rec for Fish Guy on Elston. Selection is not huge, but quality is superb.

Apr 14, 2010
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Bachelorette Weekend in Chicago for a group of foodie girls

Pops for Champagne is in River North and might be a fun place to start or end your night.
http://www.popsforchampagne.com/

Apr 14, 2010
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Austin Restaurants

I'm new to Austin and made my first trip to Casino el Camino last week and had a complete opposite experience. But, I definitely knew what to expect - dive bar atmosphere, dark, obscure but fab jukebox, loud. Similar to our (in)famous Kuma's Corner in Chicago.

It wasn't super busy, but not empty. We saw a waitress somewhat frequently - as much as to be expected from a divey bar. Plenty of great local beers. Signs state everywhere that they hand pat and cook burgers to order therefore they can take a min of 20 minutes. Again, I think the experience here has a lot to do with expectations. Our burgers were a juicy medium and just fantastic. We weren't in any kind of hurry, so no idea what the actual wait was, but it didn't seem unreasonable in any way.

We had a great time and even bought a T shirt. A first for me at any restaurant! The godzilla lookin Ts were just too funny to pass up.

Mar 03, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

fresh duck breast

thanks folks! I found a package of 4 duck breast halves at Central Market for about $24. Might have been previously frozen though. Cooked up nicely though. I will definitely check out the farmers market too. Good call!

Mar 03, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

fresh duck breast

Any ideas where to buy fresh duck breasts in Austin?

Mar 02, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

Restaurant Week in Austin

Most restaurants take a limited amount of "rest week" specific reservations. I'll bet those two will be very popular. I'd do it asap!

Feb 26, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

Restaurant Week in Austin

Who has reservations for Restaurant Week? Will my fellow chowhounds please report back? I'm hitting Green Pastures and Paggi House. Never been to either one. Any can't miss spots this year?

Feb 26, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

Best Pizza in Austin?

I second House Pizzeria. True Napoli style pizza and decent wine selection with a nod to organics.

Feb 22, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

crawfish for Fat Tuesday in the city of Austin???

Quality Seafood definitely has crawfish in the house. Was just there last night.

Feb 16, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

good place to watch football Thurs night w/ decent wine

Ended up going to VinoVino and had a great time! Thanks all!
p.s. crispy chicken thigh sandwich on new menu was most tasty.

Jan 10, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

good place to watch football Thurs night w/ decent wine

Cool. I will check out both! (my apologies. just realized i posted to wrong list)

Jan 02, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

good place to watch football Thurs night w/ decent wine

Hi folks. I'm new to Austin and looking for a good place to watch the big football game Thurs night. Ideally they would have better than average bar food and a few decent wines. Hyde Park area would be a bonus. Ideas?

Jan 02, 2010
chicagowinediva in Austin

Great restaurant on Rush St?

Oh my. I think your friends have steered you horribly wrong. No one with respectable hygine or self esteem hangs out at any of the Rush Street bars.

I have to echo others in that the whole Gibson's, Hugo's, Carmines, Tavern on Rush scene is really aimed at middle aged divorcees and business travelers trolling for "company". There is faaaaarrrrr better food, w/out the above scene, a short cab ride away.

Lots of great places in West Loop: Blackbird, Avec, Sepia, just off the top of my head.

Jun 02, 2009
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Chicago baseball trip

There's a Bar Louie in both River North (on Chicago ave at Franklin) and by the ball park on Addison. Respectable bar food and late night kitchens. Not exactly indie/local, but serviceable.

Jun 02, 2009
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Best "local" places in St. Louis?

Anyplace that is remotely Italian will have a STL specialty called Toasted Ravioli. Its usually an appetizer. The other local thing to do would be frozen custard at either location of Ted Drewes. Stop here after dinner and eat a "concrete" leaning on your car.

Please Help this LA Hound avoid a Chain Steak

I'll second Primehouse. Its truly wonderful. If they're not too busy, they may give you a tour of the meat aging "cellar" lined with pink salt. Its pretty cool.

Jun 01, 2009
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Food Trip Questions

urban belly is incredible. dumplings are fantastic

May 31, 2009
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Best butchers in Chicago?

An old post, but I think worth echoing a few places as still fantastic. Paulina Meat Market, - expanded last year, Gepperths, and for special items Fox & Obel.

May 31, 2009
chicagowinediva in Chicago Area

Derby viewing in Savannah

Chicagohound in Savannah for a week and hoping to catch the derby someplaced civilized. Mint Juleps or decent wine a plus. Ideally somewhere where we can watch and be relatively close to the TV without getting to the bar 4 hours in advance. Any ideas?