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LIGHT dinner in Rome

Any suggestsions for very light, delicious dinner -- soup, pizza -- near Reppublica or Barbarini metro stations in Rome. We'll arrive after flying into Rome from Los Angeles. It will be dinner time for them and breakfast time for us. Any suggestions for a light meal that will help us transition gracefully into Rome?

Dec 08, 2009
labkfoodie in Italy

Paris in January, critique my options and profer reccs

Thank you all for the great reccs. I'll let you know how it goes!

Dec 04, 2009
labkfoodie in France

Paris in January, critique my options and profer reccs

Are any of these typically open on New Year's Day? Some cities really close down that day -- is Paris one of them?

Dec 03, 2009
labkfoodie in France

Suggestions for upcoming trip to Rome, Florence, and Venice

Let me elaborate. This is our first trip to Italy and we are interested in eating where the locals eat -- at mid-price (not upscale or high-end) places, though there is room for a splurge dinner here and there, so I'd like recommendations for those, too. We're especially looking forward to meals with fish, since we'll be so close to the ocean in Rome and Venice. But we like all sorts of food. That said, if someplace specializes in offal and the whole menu is that, we'd probably pass. I hope this helps!

Dec 03, 2009
labkfoodie in Italy

Suggestions for upcoming trip to Rome, Florence, and Venice

My husband and I are spending a couple weeks in these three cities. After a lot of research and suggestions from all directions, here's a list of restaurants we're considering. Please help critique our list and provide any suggestions that will help us. Thanks CHOWs, I trust your taste and opinions!

Rome:
Buccone (lunch)
Da Franco ar Vicoletto
Armando al Pantheon
Renato e Luisa
Antico Arco

Florence:
Acqua al 2 (Christmas Eve)
Parione (Christmas)
Garga

Venice:
Fiaschetteria Toscana (lunch)
Alla Madona
Osteria Enoteca (lunch)
Vini da Gigio
Corte Sconta
I need a lot more suggestions for Venice, please.

Thanks in advance for all your help!

Dec 02, 2009
labkfoodie in Italy

Paris in January, critique my options and profer reccs

Thanks Parigi. Which of the hearty places from my list would you dump (aside from Balzar which is now waaaay off the list)? Any suggestions to replace?

Dec 02, 2009
labkfoodie in France

Paris in January, critique my options and profer reccs

Thanks for all the feedback. Very valuable and confirmed some of my hunches. Another question: Are any good places going to be open on January 1st for lunch or dinner? We're not interested in a disappointing 'Happy New Year' meal, though. Any suggestions?

Dec 02, 2009
labkfoodie in France

Paris in January, critique my options and profer reccs

Hy husband and I will be in Paris for a week starting January 1st. I've done a lot of research, but found conflicting information. I trust the CHOWs, so please have a look at the restaurants I'm considering for L/Ds and give me your opinions and suggestions.

Breizh Cafe (lunch)
L'As du Falafel (lunch)
L'AOC
Les Fables de la Fantaine
Le Petrelle
La Grille (on Faubourg-Poissonniere)
L'Ambassade d'Auvergne (having trouble finding choices for Sunday)
Le Balzar (would this be a waste?)
Fish, la Boissonnerie
Le Comptoir du Relais (lunch)

The list is in no particular order, but highlights our budget and tastes. There is room for a splurge, too, but not sure what to pick. Our favorite meal from the past was at Taillevent (lunch), so we were considering L'Angle du Foubourg, perhaps.

We'd also like to stop for tea/hot chocolate some afternoon(s) and would like your suggestions. We've been told to go to Angelina, but wonder if that's just hype.

We'd greatly appreciate any advise. Thanks, CHOWs!

Dec 02, 2009
labkfoodie in France

New Year's Eve in Monaco, NY's day in Paris

Thank you so much for the links, John!

Aug 30, 2009
labkfoodie in France

New Year's Eve in Monaco, NY's day in Paris

We're not looking for celebratory meals on either evening, just good food. Do you have another suggestion besides eating out on NYE? We're just passing through Monaco for the night and don't know anyone there.

Aug 30, 2009
labkfoodie in France

New Year's Eve in Monaco, NY's day in Paris

Hubby and I will be in Paris for a week starting January 1, but will be in Monaco the night before. Will restaurants be open in Paris that day? Any suggestions in either city?

Aug 22, 2009
labkfoodie in France

Christmas Eve/Christmas day in Florence

Hubby and I are traveling to Florence in late December. Will restaurants be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas day? Any recommendations?

Aug 22, 2009
labkfoodie in Italy

North Lake Tahoe Favorites?

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Here's where we ate:
Le Bistro - very disappointing to us. Overly fussy; not very impressive food. Overpriced.
Bite - American tapas. This place was wonderful! Ate there twice and had more menu items we'd love to try. Great dishes included: Ahi sliders, mac and cheese w/ bacon, brussel sprouts w/ bacon, fish tacos, fish fu kung (non-traditional sweet/sour).
Baxter's - in Norhtstar. Went for Brunch. By the folks at Moody's, which we love. Less impressed by Baxter's. The cheesy fries with truffle oil were crazy good, though!
Moody's - reliably good. Love the pulled pork sandwich and the s'mores for dessert. Also great was the steak sandwich.
Blue Agave - sadly mediocre mexican food. Too bad.
Big Water Grille - got our order wrong. But the fish special and the spaghetti bolognese were good. Best part was the view at sunset.
Log Cabin Caffe - Wonderful for breakfast! Had the bacon waffles w/ a side of creamed spinach - sooooo good! Hubby loved the salmon benedict.
New Moon Cafe - Leaving town we went here in Nevada City for lunch. Very good local upscale, but a good value. Had specials off the board - pulled pork southwest tacos and goat cheese ravioli. Nicely inventive.

Mar 22, 2009
labkfoodie in California

North Lake Tahoe Favorites?

We love Moody's in Truckee, but we're getting lots of other good suggestions for there, too. We probably will circle the lake at least once and could end up in South Shore.

Feb 22, 2009
labkfoodie in California

North Lake Tahoe Favorites?

Thanks to everyone for your reviews! I'll let you know where we go and what we thought. Till then, eat well Chows!

Feb 22, 2009
labkfoodie in California

North Lake Tahoe Favorites?

Dear Hubby and I are going to North Lake Tahoe for a week in early March. In the past we've stayed in SLT, so don't know much about NLT (other than Moody's in Truckee, which is one of our favorites!) What are your favorites in the area?

Jan 17, 2009
labkfoodie in California

cheap but good food on kauai

I second Hamura's Saimin (delicious saimin and chicken sticks. Skip the pie.), Lihue BBQ Inn and Mark's Place (tho we went to the other location)
Other good deals, delicious food:
Hanalei gourmet
Wishing Well shave ice (skip Paradise shave Ice and Bubba's burgers)
Duane's Ono Burger in Kapaa
***Kilauea Fish Market*** (Ahi wrap is the best!)
JoJo's Shave Ice in Wailua (go to the one around the corner from the hwy)
Shrimp Shack in Wailua (I think)

Oct 28, 2008
labkfoodie in Hawaii

cheap but good food on kauai

Had dinner at Toi's Thai last night. Wonderful food: green papaya salad, beef panang, pad thai. All really delicious, especially the panang and salad. Prices higher than on the mainland, but very good value for the price. Would go again.
Puka Dog (Poipu) is a great value. Delicious dogs in a surround-bun w/ interesting sauces. Great lemonade.
Lihue Barbeque Inn is another great deal. Had the pork and cabbage -- soooo delicious! Complete dinner: soup, entree, drink, dessert for $13!
Tip Top restaurant for breakfast. Just okay cheap eats.

Oct 01, 2008
labkfoodie in Hawaii

Best pie on Kauai

Wherever we go, from Maine to Hawaii, I'm looking for pie. Well, not just pie, great pie. Right now I'm on Kauai and I'm, of course, in the mood for great pie. Any recommendations?

Oct 01, 2008
labkfoodie in Hawaii

Kauai Report

I agree completely! Sat at a no-view table and the food was awful. Love your Denny's reference. Perfect comparison! We would have been better off picking up food from Fish Express and sitting on Beach House lawn.

Oct 01, 2008
labkfoodie in Hawaii

Kauai (mostly south) report

Just went to the BH our first night on Kauai. No reserv, so we were seated next to the kitchen w/ no sunset view. That would have been okay if the food had been (even) good, but it was AWFUL! My seafood chowder was a bowl of pink paste. The thai beef appetizer had barely any flavor and the ahi roll continued the mediocrity. Husband's entree was slightly better but dessert (choc/haupia cake) tasted like their refrigerator. Horrible meal! And, yes, the solicitation was annoying as was all the jumping up to go see the view. The people at the next table said they come here all the time for the perfect food. Apparently not Chowhounds.

Second night dinner was really good, thank goodness! Lihue Barbecue Inn. Had the kalua pork and cabbage and husband had the special Mahi Mahi. Both really delicious! Service was even more attentive than at BH. The ambience was the other end of the spectrum from BH. This is a little family diner in a commercial district. But i'd pick this over BH any day! It's all about the food.

BTW: we thought Puka Dog was really good. Both our dogs were delicious and the lemonade, wonderful!

Sep 30, 2008
labkfoodie in Hawaii

Any recipes for sour (not dill, not garlic) pickles?

Thanks for the help, but I'm looking for a recipe that doesn't have dill or garlic and this recipe has both. I want a plain sour pickle recipe without any seasoning that I can use as a base recipe to experiment from with other herbs, spices, etc. Thanks anyway. I'll keep searching.

Aug 06, 2008
labkfoodie in Home Cooking

Any recipes for sour (not dill, not garlic) pickles?

Thanks for the help, but this recipe has both dill and garlic and I'm looking for a recipe that has neither. I just want a pickle recipe that's sour but not flavored with anything else--a base recipe that I can experiment with adding other herbs, spices, etc. Thanks anyway. I'll keep searching.

Aug 06, 2008
labkfoodie in Home Cooking

Any recipes for sour (not dill, not garlic) pickles?

I'm looking for a recipe for something I've never seen in the stores: sour pickles that are neither dill nor garlic. Does anyone have a recipe? A quick version would be nice, too. Thanks!

Aug 01, 2008
labkfoodie in Home Cooking

Recipe for Egg & Eye coleslaw?

The long-defunct wonderful omelette place that used to be across from LACMA served a southern-style (?) coleslaw on the side that had pineapple and peanuts in it. Does anyone have the recipe?

Dec 10, 2007
labkfoodie in Home Cooking

Great pie in White Mountains and/or Maine coast?

Thanks for the suggestions! We tried to find Valley View Orchards but didn't get enough info pre-drive and figured we'd see signs in Hebron, but didn't. Too bad.
Went to Helen's in Ellsworth and thought the pie was horrible. Uneven mixture of cinnamon sugar in my blueberry pie made it overwhelming and dry in spots and tasteless in others.
Best pie we found was at Moody's Diner. Soooo tasty! I had the 4-berry pie and took along a piece of walnut for breakfast. Great filling and great crust, too!
Also had really great cranberry apple pie at the White Mountain Cider Co on Rte 302 in NH--plus the bonus of the freshest-tasting cider to go along with it! (www.whitemountaincider.com
)Thanks again!

Oct 27, 2007
labkfoodie in All New England Archive

Great pie in White Mountains and/or Maine coast?

Thanks for the suggestions! We tried to find Valley View Orchards but didn't get enough info pre-drive and figured we'd see signs in Hebron, but didn't. Too bad.
Went to Helen's in Ellsworth and thought the pie was horrible. Uneven mixture of cinnamon sugar in my blueberry pie made it overwhelming and dry in spots and tasteless in others.
Best pie we found was at Moody's Diner. Soooo tasty! Had the 4-berry pie and took along a piece of walnut pie for breakfast. Great fillings and great crust, too!
Also had really great cranberry apple pie at the White Mountain Cider Co on Rte 302 in NH--plus the bonus of the freshest-tasting cider to go along with it!
info @www.whitemountaincider.com
Thanks again!

Oct 27, 2007
labkfoodie in All New England Archive

Great pie in White Mountains and/or Maine coast?

My husband and I are traveling through New Hampshire's White Mountain area (Littleton, Jackson), then across to Bar Harbor and down the coast of Maine. We'd love to find some great pie, especially here in New Hampshire. We've seen the postings here for places along the lower coast of ME, but are wondering about further up. Any suggestions?

Oct 14, 2007
labkfoodie in All New England Archive