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barcelona on a sunday

I would definitely like to know more about where to 'go local' on a sunday night. It will be my last night in Barcelona and dining by the sea would make a great finish to the trip. Bonus points for a place that has a view of the sea! thx

Mar 17, 2014
remdog99 in Spain/Portugal

barcelona on a sunday

This thread could use an update. I'm looking for an excellent dinner on a Sunday night in Barcelona, something that will make my last night in Barcelona memorable. Suggestions?

Mar 16, 2014
remdog99 in Spain/Portugal

where can I find top quality chorizo?

Looking for the best chorizo available for a roasted onion stuffed with chorizo recipe. Mmmm!

Feb 07, 2014
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where are they now--Chef Dave from Le Bienville

Awesome! Can't wait to go back home to chef Dave and his magic goodness!

Oct 29, 2013
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where are they now--Chef Dave from Le Bienville

Anyone know if Chef Dave from the now defunct Le Bienville has landed elsewhere in MTL?

Oct 18, 2013
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Amelia Island update

Just spent the weekend on Amelia Island. I dined at:

-Espana--its as great as everyone says it is, go!

-David's-pricey but if you are looking for a more upscale ambience, this is the place. The food did not disappoint. I ended up dining solo at the bar, which is in a lounge where there was live music, and guests wandering in and out at different times of the night for aperitifs/digestifs. Bartenders Tristan & Benny took good care of me!

-Salty Pelican--recommended by the locals when I asked where the best spot is for raw oysters. Casual typical seafood bar/resto, overlooking the 'river' (in quotes because I learned on the Shrimping Ecotour that it is no really a river!). Serving local shrimp, oysters, so a great to go for both, which i did 2 days in a row for lunch. Nothing fancy, but good at what they do. Great spot for lunch.

I almost went to Salt at the Ritz for dinner the nite after David's---it would have been pricey, but I am sure it would have been good, as the locals even agreed.

This is island is a gem, I hope the dining scene continues to grow.

Aug 25, 2013
remdog99 in Florida

Versailles

Recommendations for a couple of good lunches and dinners in versailles? Looking for mid-price range, great food but not necessarily mind-blowing. Also any good spots for a drink before dinner with a good charcuterie platter or something similar (or maybe that could actually be dinner in some cases).

Jul 15, 2013
remdog99 in France

Best Waterfront Dining

That's what I'm looking for. Places that are on the water, in the Montreal and surrounding area (Laval, South Shore, West Island) AND maintain at least some degree of Chow worthiness.

Jun 19, 2013
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Waterfront Dining

This one could be a challenge--best dining on the water in Montreal and area? If the place isn't 'on the water', it should at least have a great view of some body of water. Al fresco option is a plus.

Jun 19, 2013
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Top Calgary Picks for Montreal Hound

My first time chowing in Calgary. I'm looking at a weekend stay so Fri & Sat night, and a lunch on Sat. What are the best of the best, price no object? thx

Mar 10, 2013
remdog99 in Prairie Provinces

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

It was really great. Never made it to Pops, after that massive lunch at Tompo. El Ideas was really awesome! The pizza at Lou's was very good, but really is not on the same food level as the other resto's we dined at, it was more of a Chicago experience than anything else. Boka was also excellent and very unique from the food to the decor. Overall, a great time was had by all. Thanks again so much to all the Chicago hounds!

Feb 14, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

Trip report so far:
Last night's dinner at Sable was excellent. In addition to sampling a variety of dishes, we were thrilled to be seated in full view of the open kitchen (by request in advance), as well as their very extensive drink menu, where we sampled new whiskies and beers.

Today's lunch at Topobolampo was outstanding. As good as the starters and mains were, the cocktails and desserts were even more spectularly excellent, not to mention the mezcal dessert coffee. Wows all around!

And great news--we snagged a last minute cancellation for El Ideas tomorrow night--can't wait!

Off to Boka for dinner!

Chow, hounds!

Feb 08, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

I feel I need to explain my attraction to Pops:
1) I love oysters, and they have $1 happy hour oysters
2) I love bubbles. Nuf said.
3) Now that you mention this is really the go-to place for the ladies, well, that's reason #3 :-)

Feb 06, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

I will try that, thanks!

Feb 06, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

Update:
OK, here's how we're shaping up...

Thursday pre-dinner: Yusho
Thursday late dinner: Sable

Friday lunch: Topolobampo
Friday pre-dinner: pops for champagne
Friday Dinner: Boka

Saturday Breakfast: Bongo
Saturday lunch: Lou Malnati's or Pizano's.or Burt's Place
Saturday pre-dinner: Bigstar
Saturday late dinner: publican

good?

Feb 05, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

Just a couple fo days to go before our arrival. So, who's got a rsvp they'd like to give up to a couple of Montrealers who promise to spread the good word about El Ideas or Schwa? Friday or Saturday night. Pretty please!!

Feb 05, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

OK, here's how we're shaping up...

Thursday late dinner: Sable

Friday lunch: Topolobampo
Friday pre-dinner: pops for champagne
Friday Dinner: open

Saturday lunch: open
Saturday pre-dinner: open
Saturday late dinner: publican

As you can see, we are covering the spectrum of higher-end to mid-range, so anything goes as long as we leave with a great dining experience. We also really enjoy siting at a bar where we can watch the food masters doing their thing in the open kitchen--any suggestions?

Feb 01, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

Staying at the hotel felix on W. Huron.

how about some post-dinner spots? any good jazz/wine bars?

Also, how about some rec's for Italian?

Jan 26, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

at Europea in Montreal.

Jan 26, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

Snagged the lunch spot at Topolo!

If we were to do a happy hour type of pre-dinner each night, somewhere with a good vibe to get a few drinks and some above-average bar snacks, any rec's? Also, any good happy hour oyster bars around?

Jan 24, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

Thanks for all the detailed responses, I truly appreciate it. keep em coming!

Dates of visit: feb 7-10. yes, right in time for restaurant week!

Jan 23, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

Thanks for all the replies so far folks. A couple of observations:
-tickets for reservations? Really?
-more importantly, either the food is infinitely better than the top resto's here in Montreal, or Chicgoans are getting ripped off. I recently paid $200 per person for a 10 course tasting menu with wine pairings at what was recently ranked as 9th best restaurant in the world. it was outstanding, and made all my previous 5 star dining experiences here pale in comparison--and that's no easy feat in this town! So to hear about $300+ per person in Chicago, well, is it really that much better?

All this to say, I'd love to hear some rec's of great spots up to the $100-125 per person range. I know they may not be as incredible as the $300, but still curious as to what you recommend.

thx

Jan 19, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Montreal Hounds Doing Chicago

My buddy and I (dudes, early 40's) from Montreal are huge foodies and will be headed to chicago for 72 hours of the city's finest. Rec's?

Unlimited budget, but atmosphere, variety and quality all count. From the finest white tablecloth to the do-not-miss hole in the wall, let's hear about 'em!

We're staying in NMA area, no car, so looking for spots within walking distance/public transit or 15 minute cab ride.

Merci!

Jan 14, 2013
remdog99 in Chicago Area

Rec's for dinner near Delta Chelsea (downtown Toronto)

2. no restrictions.

Nov 14, 2012
remdog99 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rec's for dinner near Delta Chelsea (downtown Toronto)

Friday night. Willing to walk within 30 min of the hotel. Suggestions? Unlimited budget but it better be good!

Nov 13, 2012
remdog99 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Sourdough Starter needed in Montreal

My wife has had some living with us for quite a while, I'm sure she'd be happy to sure. How can I put her in touch with you?

Nov 12, 2012
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Blackstrap BBQ – Verdun

I think the reality is that although low & slow BBQ has gotten better in this city over the years, it is still nowhere near what it could be. And with the city cracking down more & more on wood burning, the future is not looking bright for BBQ in this town.

Oct 28, 2012
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Blackstrap BBQ – Verdun

After eating there a few nights ago, I have to say it was good but by far not the best bbq I''ve ever had, including just in Montreal. Now, maybe I'm biased because I've tasted the bbq fruit of the gods in places like Kansas, Carolina, plus I do my own smoking chez moi. But all that aside, my biggest problem with blackstrap is that I didn't taste very much if any smoke in their meats. Isn't that one of the biggest parts of bbq--the smoke?! I've heard rubs is better.

Oct 27, 2012
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Finest Italian--Graziella or Da Emma?

Finally went to Da Emma last night. It was a business dinner, and absolutely unbelievable! For a Monday night, it was almost packed--that speaks volumes! I will be back. BTW, compared to Graziella, totally different ambiance, and I found the food to be even more traditional and 'old country' than Graziella. But I would recommend both without hesitation. Beliisimo!

Oct 16, 2012
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Montreal Restaurant For Lamb?

I was at Modavie a couple of years ago, it was very good. There are probably also a few Greek resto's that do lamb well, and maybe others. Suggestions? thx

Sep 03, 2012
remdog99 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)