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Krakow!

Making my first trip to Poland and looking for authentic food like my babci used to make. I'd especially LOVE to find a restaurant serving white borscht (barszcz bialy) since it's a staple on my Easter breakfast table. Recipe passed to me from babci and I'd be really interested in tasting it there.

Otherwise, looking for pierogies, golumpki, pork, kielbasa - traditional Polish fare. We're staying in old town but will travel for good food! Thanks for any suggestions.

Aug 15, 2012
mommabear in Europe

What do you think of these picks in Florence?

OK, Cinghiale Bianco is definitely off my list. Thanks.

Aug 17, 2011
mommabear in Italy

What do you think of these picks in Florence?

Found it! Looks like the market is a good place to shop for foodie souvenirs. Thanks for your help.

Aug 17, 2011
mommabear in Italy

What do you think of these picks in Florence?

Elizabeth, I can't find any mention of Semel. Googled it, TripAdvisor, etc. Does it go by another name?

Aug 17, 2011
mommabear in Italy

What do you think of these picks in Florence?

Thanks so much for your suggestions. I'll make those substitutions and will raise of glass of wine to all of you!

Aug 16, 2011
mommabear in Italy

What do you think of these picks in Florence?

I try not to get too crazy about searching for just the right restaurant, but. I sure do love good Italian food!

Is the bistecca better at Sostanza, as others have suggested?

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Sostanza
Via della Porcellana, 25, 50123, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

Aug 15, 2011
mommabear in Italy

What do you think of these picks in Florence?

Another question: If I have the bistecca at Cipolla Rossa, should I skip Sostanza and add Cammillo instead?

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Sostanza
Via della Porcellana, 25, 50123, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

Cipolla Rossa
Via de' Conti,53, Florence, Toscana 50123, IT

Aug 14, 2011
mommabear in Italy

What do you think of these picks in Florence?

I'll have 4 nights in Florence in December and have narrowed my restaurant choices down to these. My friend and I are looking for trattoria-type casual atmosphere and local foods. Are we on the right track with these, or would you substitute someplace else? Lastly, at which restaurant would you order the bistecca?

LUNCH
Nerbone
Procacci
I Due Fratellini
Trattoria Mario

DINNER
Osteria del Cinghiale Bianco
Trattoria I due G
Cipolla Rossa
Sostanza

Thanks for your help.

Aug 13, 2011
mommabear in Italy

Naha and which steakhouse near Chicago Hilton?

Thanks to all for your recs. I'll try Burke's - it seem like a favorite on this board.

Mar 08, 2010
mommabear in Chicago Area

Naha and which steakhouse near Chicago Hilton?

I'm staying at the Chicago Hilton next week and am looking for advice on my picks.

My first night I'm looking for a good steakhouse and have a couple of questions:
1) Are there any good steakhouses within walking distance of the Chicago Hilton?
2) Can someone explain wet-aged steak?

A second dinner is not in the cards, so I made reservations for lunch at Naha. I can't get black cod at home, and I see they have it on their menu. Is Naha a good choice for lunch?

Mar 05, 2010
mommabear in Chicago Area

Trip Planning: Restaurant Feedback (Orvieto, Montalcino, Castellina, Bologna)

Orvieto this past spring - LaPalomba was sooooo good. Don't expect anyone to speak English, and that's fine by me. Excellent wine-braised boar, fresh pasta topped with truffle that the genial host just kept shaving and shaving!! Another authentic place is Trattoria Mezzaluna, a great place for a hearty lunch of fresh pasta and house wine. Mmmmm. my mouth is watering!

Last year in Orvieto, I had lunch at Trattoria La Grotta and it was delicious too. Can't remember too many details from last year, but I remember the pasta with truffles!

Sep 07, 2009
mommabear in Italy

Tuscany & Umbria Trip

I haven't visited Siena or Perugia so I can't compare those cities. I will say that this past spring I spent 3 nights in Spello and 2 in Orvieto and I wouldn't change a thing - except to stay longer in both places!!

Spello is a sweet little hilltown with just a handful of camera-totin' tourists. Wonderful restaurants in the town, plus there are so many options just a short drive away - Montefalco (great wine), Assisi, Bevagna, Spoleto, Trevi (great olive oil). Don't worry too much about the driving - it's easy driving as each town sits right along the highway.

Orvieto is a beautiful hilltown with gorgeous views and very good restaurants.

Sep 07, 2009
mommabear in Italy

Feedback on Choices in Rome, Please

This restaurant is about 5-6 blocks from Piazza Navona which doesn't fit in with your preferred location, but the food was outstanding. In fact, the first night was so delicious I went back again two nights later. No one speaks English, and the menu is tutto italiano, so be prepared. The antipasti are fabulous, the fish - super fresh, the ambiance - pure Roma.
L'Osteria de Memmo, Via dei Soldati 22-23, Tel. 06.68135277

Sep 07, 2009
mommabear in Italy

Just back from week in Umbria with reviews

I spent three nights in Spello and had three wonderful dinners:
La Cantina - beautiful setting with rustic stone walls and cane chairs. Very nice menu. I had the tagliate of beef.
Il Pinturicchio - great meal, very good service. Lamb tonight, prepared in the local style.
Il Molina - another great meal. Very interesting pork dish - sort of a timbale - very tasty.

Orvieto:
La Palomba - my server lavishly shaved black truffle over my pasta - oh so good. Had the cinghiale (boar) as my secondi.
Trattoria Mezzaluna - great for lunch, they serve large portions of fresh pasta. Perfect with insalata mista.

Torgiano:
Ristorante Siro - very popular local place, lots of pasta choices. More black truffles!

One more thing....there was a street market in Spoleto with two porchetta trucks. I skipped the bread and just asked for a few slices of porchetta with salt and pepper. OMG, so delicious!!!

Mar 22, 2009
mommabear in Italy

Need BYOB Help in Montco!

You could try Mirna's on Rt. 202 in Blue Bell. It's our go-to place....been there about 50 times over the past 4-5 years. Good, reliable food.

Jan 10, 2009
mommabear in Pennsylvania

Seeking Seafood in Vancouver

Forgot to post when I got back....
I had the sablefish at Joe Forte's and I could have gone back again and again......my mouth is watering just thinking about it.....exceptional.

In Whistler I ate at Bearfoot Bistro.....OMG....one of the top 5 meals I've ever had. Amazing and innovative.

Oct 01, 2008
mommabear in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Lancaster PA

We return again and again to El Serrano for excellent Mexican food and ambience.

My son is a senior at F&M (after looking at Dickinson too!) and he can't imagine himself at any other school. Excellent faculty and administration.

Oct 01, 2008
mommabear in Pennsylvania

Seeking Seafood in Vancouver

Thanks for the heads-up. I would have expected the Fish House in Stanley Park to be more of a tourist-y place.

Jun 29, 2008
mommabear in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seeking Seafood in Vancouver

Thanks for the explanation of sablefish, AKA black cod. I'll have to try it.

Jun 27, 2008
mommabear in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seeking Seafood in Vancouver

OK, now we're getting somewhere. Thanks to all for your suggestions. The Boathouse looks promising - I like a restaurant that has a daily offering of fresh fish, rather than a standard menu item. Kettle of Fish has a nice menu. I did look at Blue Water Cafe, but I think it's pricey for a fillet. I'd expect to pay in the mid-30s for a whole fish.

We eat lots of lobster and Dungeness crab at home, so I like to order fish rather than shellfish when dining out. I had a whole branzino last week - exquisite, and I love arctic char, red snapper, halibut, etc.

By the way, I've never heard of sablefish....what is it similar to?

Things to consider: I'm traveling (and dining) solo, won't have a car, and am staying at the Hyatt.

Jun 27, 2008
mommabear in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Seeking Seafood in Vancouver

I'll be in town for a weekend next month and have been reading posts on Vancouver restaurants, but I'm confounded by the recommendations.

I would expect Vancouver to really specialize in seafood - salmon, halibut, cod, etc., but I'm seeing very few recs for a good seafood dinner. Many, many more recommendations for ethnic. So, what's up with that?

I've looked at online menus for so many restaurants, and it seems like their seafood offerings are pretty sparse - maybe one or two fish dishes at most. Even the Cannery - their menu has trout and salmon, period.

Maybe I'm used to more variety, even here in Philadelphia, where there are almost always several fish dishes on the menu. Is seafood just not that popular in Vancouver?

Jun 26, 2008
mommabear in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Giglio D'oro, etc. in Orvieto

I was in Orvieto last weekend and had lunch at Trattoria La Grotta di Tittocchia Franco at Via Luca Signorelli, 5. My friend and I shared a bottle of Orvieto, ravioli with black truffles and pappardelle with boar sauce. With water and bread, the bill came to 37 euros. (I was very upset to find that the restaurant didn't charge the usual 1-2 euros for bread, but instead FIVE euros!)

Mar 13, 2008
mommabear in Italy

Rome Dining Lineup

I just returned from Rome and dined at L'Osteria de Memmo at Via dei Soldati, 22-23, Tel. 06-68135277. http://www.osteriadememmo.it/ The restaurant is a two-minute walk from Piazza Navona.

A friend in Rome suggested this place and she was right. It's the kind of place you would go to again and again. Very Roman. They speak no English at all. The antipasti was amazing in its variety: roasted peppers, eggplant, zucchini, fennel, olives, mozzarella, ricotta buffala, rice balls, meat balls, fagioli, prosciutto, and more. I had a very fresh sea bass which was excellent.

On my last trip to Rome (November) I ate at Osteria da Nerone and it was very good. Great selection of antipasti. I had the house pasta (Nerone?) which was scrumptious.

Mar 13, 2008
mommabear in Italy

Todi or Orvieto for an afternoon?

I was just in Orvieto this past Saturday. It's a charming town, very relaxed, easy walking and a sweet little store with handmade toys (Il Mago di Oz). We had lunch at Trattoria La Grotta di Tittocchia Franco, Via Luca Signorelli, 5. Ravioli with black truffles were excellent, as was the pappardelle with boar sauce.

Mar 13, 2008
mommabear in Italy

What do you do with your "busts"?

I have a sweet, funny son-in-law who is known to exclaim at the dinner table, "Mom, experiment on your own time. Just stick with the tried-and-true when we're here."

Luckily, I really love the guy!

Jan 02, 2008
mommabear in Home Cooking

Killed the New Year Pork Roast...how to recycle

Funny you say that! I haven't used my slow cooker in years....I thought it was just me! Any large piece of meat comes out dry.

I have a new dual fuel oven and it's the heart of my kitchen. The slow cooker is now in the basement!!

Jan 02, 2008
mommabear in Home Cooking

Ribeye Roast

I make a standing rib roast every Christmas....guests are always wowed, and they have no idea that it is the absolute easiest thing to cook. I chop some fresh thyme, rosemary, and garlic. Mix it with lots of kosher salt and pepper and combine with about 3 tbps of olive oil. Rub all over the roast. I roast it at 375 until internal temperature reaches 125. Remove from oven and cover with foil for 20-30 minutes. Carve. Accept compliments.

Jan 02, 2008
mommabear in Home Cooking

things you put ketchup on

Mmmmm.....ketchup on scrapple! (You'd have to be from Philadelphia or Lancaster County to know what it is.)

Jan 02, 2008
mommabear in General Topics

Need restaurant suggestions for private party in St. Pete area

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check out their website.

Do you have any info on Pepin's in St. Pete?

Jan 01, 2008
mommabear in Florida

Need restaurant suggestions for private party in St. Pete area

We're joining my parents in St. Petersburg for a small family reunion. Can anyone recommend a restaurant within 15 miles of Old St. Petersburg? We need a private dining room that can accommodate about 15 people. Appreciate any and all suggestions!

Dec 30, 2007
mommabear in Florida