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Gastro-cultural walking tours in Rome

Go - i just purchased this prior to my trip to rome based on EM's thoughtful recs here on CH. It's a wonderful app. We got here two days ago and have been to Forno Campo Di' Fiori, Panella, Trecolore, al vino al vino - all listed in the app- all fun, interesting and good. The app offers a realistic description, wonderful pictures and a detailed map. This makes it Very easy to find the places. We'll contine to eat our way through the lists of This app by E. Minchelli(who accoding to the app, does food tours?) as well as Katie Parla, Vinorama' and mfant of the Italian CH boards.

Sep 25, 2011
foggy in Italy

Tastings in St. Petersburg closed??

Can't say this is a surprise. I've only been twice (both a disappointment) and both times the place was empty. Great concept just not executed well.

Dec 18, 2008
foggy in Florida

Where can I buy prosciutto in LOL/Lutz?

Our local Publix has Boars Head prosciutto. I believe it's domestic not the true Parma ham, but it works in a pinch. I've been to the Italian market, Castellano and Pizzo on Henderson. Call before you go as they have a lot of American Italian foods but not the stuff you'd find in the great Italian neighborhoods of NY, Chicago or San Francisco. Their number is (813) 289 5275. Good luck.

Dec 18, 2008
foggy in Florida

St. Pete Beach - best sub sandwich shop and best pizza

Hi lrread

You may want to call Vito & Michael's (7704 Blind Pass Rd, St Peter Beach
(727) 360-3658) to see if they deliver. They apparently have pretty good pies and they're out by the beach. I'm not sure if they could handle the # of people or if they deliver but it's worth a shot.

Aug 17, 2008
foggy in Florida

Reliably good food in Downtown St. Pete?

Tampa, Here are a few of my favorites within a short distance of the museum.

Primi Urban Café – 4th Street between Central and 1 Ave. N.
I highly recommend Primi Urban Café in downtown for lunch or dinner. I’ve been going since they opened and have eaten everything on the dinner menu. Lunch is also good but I’ve only been a few times. Everything is prepared fresh, the portions are a good size – I haven’t had a bad meal. While everything is very good, I do have my favorites: the Shrimp & Garlic appetizer, Recco or Chicken Recco pasta, Mussels in Curry Sauce, Chicken Picatta, Tuscan Steak, and Steak Salad from the lunch menu – not sure if it’s still on available for dinner.

Café Alma, 1st Ave. S.
I’ve only been here once – on a Saturday – and had the most wonderful meal. In addition to a ‘build your own Bloody Mary bar’, they had the most incredible eggs benedicts and omelets. Anyone who can make a great fresh hollandaise sauce gets kudos from me. While I don’t like to eat early, they do have a Sunset Menu that seems interesting

Ratchada Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 1st Ave. N corner of 3rd Street
You can get Japanese, Chinese and Thai all at this restaurant. I’ve only had the Thai and it was good. Not the best I’ve had but good for St. Pete, I’ll be going back.

The Chattaway, 358 22nd Ave S (no website
)Old Florida, sit outside in their tropical garden, great burgers and daily specials, cold beer. I had a beef stew special here that was to die for. I usually go for lunch but they’re open for dinner as well.

Beak’s Old Florida, Central Ave between 24th & 25th Streets
Go for cocktails and appetizers. Funky, place with decent appetizers and burgers.

Coney Island Sandwich Shop, 250 9th St N
Nothing fancy, just an old sandwich shop with the best chilidogs. For a real quick taste of old Florida, this is the place to be. Sit at the counter and talk to the guys making the dogs.

City’s Café & Marketplace, 3238 4th St N – not right downtown but a 10 min. drive which is well worth it for their Twilight Menu available from 5-7 in. Here’s my review from my first visit. Our second visit we tried the Crab Cake, Sausage Gumbo, Stuffed Pork loin & Chicken Parm. All very good.

Jun 05, 2008
foggy in Florida

Indian Shores/St. Pete restaurants?


I'd skip Salt Rock Grill completely. It used to be good but no more. It can also be very expensive if you don't watch it. The last time I ate there, the food was so salty it was inedible (8 separate appetizers and 6 different entrees). I'm a salt freak and even I couldn’t eat some of the dishes.

Guppy’s is great and if you feel like a drive and you like smoked fish, you HAVE to try Ted Peters. Also search the Florida board for nearby towns. Some posters like Laurie, Joan, RibDog, rhnault have excellent taste and know the local joints well. I found Ted Peters through them! Good luck and enjoy.

May 01, 2008
foggy in Florida

Tampa: near Convention Cntr & more

There's a cute french bistro close to the convention center called L'Eden. Excellent food - husband and wife team - he cooks, she does the front of the house. I've only been a few times and had savory crepes but the other dishes coming out of the kitchen looked fabulous. There are at 500 Tampa Street and I'm attaching a link for their menus. Good Luck.

Mar 29, 2008
foggy in Florida

Malena's Mexican (Tampa)

Thanks Andy, I've visited many places you have recommended here on CH (you're like my Tampa food guru) so I respect your opinion. I don't even pay attention (or read) that other blog anymore since it just seemed to be off. I don't need someone else to link me to food related articles and just never cared for the places they recommend. But then we all have different taste when it comes to food:-) Thanks for the heads up or thumbs down on Malena.

Jan 17, 2008
foggy in Florida

Portuguese in Tampa Bay?

O Pescador has been closed for about 6 months. So there is no longer a Portuguese place in St. Pete

Jan 17, 2008
foggy in Florida

RIP Jack Mitchell, Long Live Mitchell's Ice Cream

Thanks for posting this. I'm with you - off to Mitchell's for a scoop of Mexican Chocolate.

Jun 16, 2007
foggy in San Francisco Bay Area

Foodie finds near emabrcadero?

Try the Hi Dive @ Pier 28 and Bryant - it's a short walk down the Embarcadero under the Bay Bridge. They have pretty good food and you can sit at the bar & chat w/the 'Tender if you like. They have a nice mix of food - ethnic, etc. Also, if you'll be in town after January, try Pier 23 - also good food, fun bar and music if you want to hang out.

Jan 25, 2007
foggy in San Francisco Bay Area

Dottie's True Blue--can we avoid a line?

I'm an early bird so I'm usually part of the line that forms at 7:30 and yes, there is a line waiting for them to unlock the doors. We usually all get seats but by 7:45-7:50, people are waiting for tables. The food really is great so it's totally worth getting up a little early if you can. Also, agree with Absonot about the counter (no wait & poetry in motion) but last weekend, there were no seats to be had at the counter just after opening.

Jan 25, 2007
foggy in San Francisco Bay Area

What Specialties Shouldn't SF Hounds Miss in Central Florida?

Check out Dixie's - I don't think you'll find a place like this anywhere else in the states. You want to try real shrimp? You've got to get it at Dixie's

Oct 05, 2006
foggy in Florida

Who makes the best Carnitas in BayArea?

Yes, the restaurant - really, really good puerco en salsa roja (pork in red sauce) as well and they do breakfast on the weekends. Okay, so I get carnitas or the port for breakfast, what can I say:-)

I think the store and restaurant are owned by the same people. I go to the store for queso fresco - good stuff.

Sep 22, 2006
foggy in San Francisco Bay Area

Caper question


Saute a little butter, white wine, fresh parsley and the capers - serve over chicken with a little grated Parm.

For brunch served buffet style: put out a plate of smoked salmon, a basket of bagels or small pumpernickel bread, diced purple onion, and the capers. Folks can then build their own bagel and lox...ymmm.

Soak the capers (regardless if they're packed in salt or brine), changing water frequently, otherwise they'll be too salty/vinegery.
Good luck.

Sep 22, 2006
foggy in Home Cooking

Butcher Shops in Florida

Hey John,

I've been looking for a good butcher as well - so If you ever find one, post it here. I'll do the same.

I found this website in an article I was reading on grass-fed beef.

Apparently Florida has a few farmers who raise, then butcher their own meat. One guy, Lee Sly, is in Bradenton. I haven't looked into these guys yet, but thought I'd pass it on.

Sep 22, 2006
foggy in Florida

Best canned tomato soup

I second the Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup. I picked it up by mistake at Trader Joe's (thought I was grabbing a box of Pacific's Organic Creamy Tomato - my second favorite soup).

Sep 21, 2006
foggy in General Topics

Ann Arbor is the place to be, college living is the life for me....

Just spent the weekend in Ann Arbor and following some recommendations from this board we had a wonderful Indian meal at Shalimar (on S. Main). Don't know their hours but boy the food was good.

Also, we went to Silvo's Organic Pizza Restaurant (715 N. University) and had one of the best pies outside of Italy (and NY). Okay, I'm a pizza snob and this place is fabulous. Silvo, who's from Italy, makes great effort to use the best ingredients on his incredible pies. The crust is perfectly thin and crisp so it "snaps" when you bend a slice to take your first bite. The sauce and cheese are also of high quality - no can/jar sauce here! We had a fresh mushroom pie with large slices of fresh mushroom, the perfect amount of sauce and cheese - I'm really making myself hungry. I also saw an order of spaghetti & meatballs go by - this will be my next dish at Silvo's - the portion was huge AND it smelled great. If you like thick mushy crust, jar sauce so over the top with spices or too much cheese to taste anything else, this is NOT the place for you. If on the other hand you want a perfect balance between a thin crispy crust, fresh flavorful tomato sauce and perfect amount of cheese for flavor, Silvo's is the place.

I wish I lived close by so I could make this one of my regular places. I will go here every time I'm in the area so Chowhounds discover this place so they'll be there for me next time:-)

Sep 12, 2006
foggy in General Midwest Archive

Best online source for great coffee?

"Not just a cup but a just cup". Okay that's the tag line for Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg, CA. I got hooked on their coffee on a trip to NoCal. Their on-line site is very easy to navigate where you can sign up for monthly service OR just order it when you need it. They offer efficient, easy no-hassle service. I usually order their French Roast.

Aug 27, 2006
foggy in General Topics

Ex-Californians: Great Mexican Restaurants in Tampa Bay?

Thanks everyone,

As a San Franciscan transplant, I've made note of all these great joints. Can't wait to start checking out the restaurants and da hoods. Thanks Again.

Aug 16, 2006
foggy in Florida

S.F. trip, so far (sort of long)

THANK YOU for posting an honest opinion of this over-rated (yes, they believe their own press) place. I've lived down the block since they opened and after trying it several times, can not belive they are still packed. Just goes to show that good PR makes up for bad food (NOT!).

The place you mentioned in the Filmore is part of the Bay Bread Group ( They have the boulangerie on Pine, then several restaurants throughout the city. Excellent every time AND they don't burn their pasteries like the other place you mentioned.

Keep going, there's lots of good stuff out there.

Aug 16, 2006
foggy in San Francisco Bay Area

Suggestion for new site

Breaking the boards down is a great idea. I look forward to the changes.

Jun 28, 2006
foggy in Site Talk