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Trip report - Veneto and Emilia Romagna driving tour

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Tabata when we visited the area. This girl knows her food!
I agree with what you said there 100% Kurtis.
And this is why Tabata and Allende can both be right and yes we need more posters like them here.

The one thing I would point out is that Tabata most likely is talking about "Locals" as in people that live in the area, not all of Italy. And to say that there's better culatello elsewhere, while subjective yes, isnt any different than talking about other food items or restaurants in general. It all can be subjective, but we are still here on Chowhound telling people to avoid places in favor of others.

about 19 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy
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Lunch on the outskirts of Parma or Modena

Highly recommend Locanda Mariella but it will add anywhere between 90 minutes to two hours to the trip. Pallavicina makes more sense. When I found out about Pallavicina (from ekc btw) I liked it so much that I decided to spend the night there which turned out to be one of those memorable days. Too bad you are not spending time in the Parma area.

Another option I would consider is visiting Modena on the way and having lunch at Hosteria Giusti

about 19 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

Trip report - Veneto and Emilia Romagna driving tour

No we didn't eat there but just passed by on the way to Malcesine where we stayed. Just stopped for a few minutes to walk around

Still marveling at this boat picture. To me this is one of those money shots. Even showed it to my coworker during lunch yesterday. Bravo!

about 19 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

The best of NYC

I think they eased on that powder since they opened. I actually like the chicken a lot, and the waffles. But never feel the desire to eat both together anywhere.

2 days ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

If you had $500 to spend on one meal for 2, where would it be?

We spent around $600 at Ko with a bottle of wine. That would be my pick, but I'll throw in the Chef's menu at Aquavit. That should be under $500. Unique and beautiful food indeed

2 days ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Early diner for seven on Thursday

And extremely noisy

2 days ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Critique my plans (Venice, Florence, Rome)

From the visitor standpoint and to confuse things further:

Antiche Carampane over Alle Testiere. Although its been a while now

Da Ruggero over Sostanza by a mile. Sostanza has good stuff, but very touristy and not the place to linger. UnItalian!

We loved Roscioli, but understand why some are not fans. More of a service issue it seems than food.

Aug 25, 2015
Ziggy41 in Italy

Trip report - Veneto and Emilia Romagna driving tour

OMG Walker, you are killing me here. I stared at the top picture of the boats more than the food, very unusual and confusing for me

I should have spent more time in Castelletto

Aug 25, 2015
Ziggy41 in Italy

Piemonte 2015 and some links to prior years

Take a look at Tota Virginia. Smack in the middle of it all, with easy access to Barolo, Alba, La Morra, Serralunga D'Alba and easy to pronounce for us Americans!

Aug 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Italy

Lunch at Hummus Place - Oh The Zhug!

Thanks Jen. I had a strong feeling you meant Sabra but didn't mention it because.. well.. its Sabra. The package is very similar to Pereg I agree. While Sabra doesn't comes close to the Pereg flavor, its still better than Pikante, the other one you may have seen. I actually called Pereg Gourmet the other day and they confirmed what I keep hearing from the stores. All refrigerated Pereg items are temp out of stock. My trusted sources in Borough Park (Zion bakery) havent seen anything in over 6 months.

But, I'm not desperate actually. Still got enough for six months, albeit pretty sure way passed the expiration date

Aug 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

CO - West Chelsea - Still great pizza

I need to come back. The one time I've been I wasnt too impressed with the Boscaiola (tomato, mozzarella, pork sausage, mushroom, onion, chili). Too soggy, spongy in the center. Thats what I get for breaking my own rule... Start my relationships with a simple Margherita

Also, I hate the name. Sullivan Street Bakery, now thats a nice, full, rounded name. Co., Company, Co. (Company), Co Pane.. Not so much

Aug 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

CO - West Chelsea - Still great pizza

Egg on pizza makes me happy too. Just had one at Big Sur Bakery (CA), a place you are familiar with. The Marta Carbonara is my absolute fave in NY, but thats with Guanciale

Aug 24, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Michelin New York Predictions 2016

Nish Nush? Its about time dont ya think. Where else can you get a decent falafel these days tell me (Def not Pok Pok IMO)

Aug 23, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Pismo, Monterey, and something in between

Mini Report:

Monterey - Decided to stick to the plan and visit Montrio. Very glad I did. Mussels from Penn Cove, Washington were some of the best we've had. Full {potentially} funny story behind the visit is here.. http://eatingwithziggy.com/2015/08/22...

Big Sur Bakery - Cant recommend this place high enough, even though I lost my glasses somewhere in the area and had to rely on prescription sunglasses the rest of the trip. Solid fried chicken, and egg pizza

Pisom Beach - Mo's BBQ. Also considered Giuseppe's, but Mo's was a better fit after 7 days of finer dining. Although it wasn't the greatest ribs we ever had, this was just what the Dr ordered. Loved the garlic fries

Santa Barbara - Los Agaves. Really enjoyed lunch here. Huge plates, great for sharing. 3 items can easily feed 4. Authentic Guadalajarian cooking I'm told, tho for this New Yorker it seemed like we ate some proper, solid Text-Mex

LA - Found a great little Peruvian hole in the wall right off the "boardwalk" in Venice Beach, El Huarique. Also really liked Itzik Hagadol - Israeli. Great for families, very good hummus, and really solid just about everything. They make their own Mititei (Romanian/Mondovan kebabs) which was better than most I've had here in NYC.

SF - Full report here...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1021936

Thanks for the tips

Aug 23, 2015
Ziggy41 in California

Last minute help, please!

I agree with this.

Ma Peche is like Ssam's step cousin through marriage, living in the tropics. Almost guilty by association for those seeking just one Chang experience. They even annoyingly took out my favorite dish (rice cakes with pork) and replaced it with a duller version because the previous was too similar to Ssam's version

Aug 20, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Last minute help, please!

I actually disagree with that. If the wait is over 45 mins, I'd head to Totto on 51st. A quote of 45 usually means between 30-45 from my experience.

The pork buns are still the best I've had in NYC (better than momofuku). Other apps are good, and the Akamaru Modern is more or less on par with Totto's. I've been to both many times and still cant decide which one I like more. Like my children.

Aug 20, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Last minute help, please!

Correct! Former La Silhouette. Nice looking place

Aug 19, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Last minute help, please!

I would def consider Ma Peche. Quite different than Ssam with a little Caribbean influence. They even make a point of not offering similar dishes to Ssam. The wings and fried chicken alone worth a visit

Aug 19, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Last minute help, please!

Canned sardines

Aug 19, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Alba Truffle Festival

"Any comments on whether the weekend truffle festival in Alba is worth the added effort to change my plans"

Short answer: No

Long Answer: Depends on how big that effort is. We came for the festival but were more intrigued by the sat outdoors market which is held every saturday (nothing to do with the fair). The fair itself feels too commercial, extremely crowded, and frankly we were done after about 30 minutes, maybe less. The real festival is what's on the menus of Il Centro, La Coccinella, etc. Dont miss those two.

Aug 19, 2015
Ziggy41 in Italy

Lunch at Hummus Place - Oh The Zhug!

The company site doesnt even list the product

http://www.pereg-spices.com/

Aug 18, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

The best of NYC

fwiw Ivan once told me the recipe is pretty much the same. The difference is with the chickens used, water, and the noodles

Aug 17, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Germany has banned "FoodPorn" photography in Restaurants!

Bad. Very bad. Let the chefs/restaurant owners make the decision, not Federal courts. There are some rather famous dishes here in NYC that are famous due to Instagram and that only helps those restaurants.

But the bottom line is this... If I purchase a product, that product is now mine. Whether its a brand new TV, a piece of jewelry, or a fancy dish, I should be able to do whatever the heck I want with it. If however the chefs don't want me to take that picture, than I'll respect their rule and at the same time most likely not visit.

What about food bloggers in Germany, critic, etc

Aug 16, 2015
Ziggy41 in Food Media & News

Reporting Back...

I peeled. Mostly for the picture. I hope el burrito gods will forgive me for this.

I also must confess. I still don't know what a Mission Burrito style is. Is it really a style or just a damn good burrito. Wikipedia says extra rice, and other ingredients. This one featured no rice.

One thing is certain. Tacos and Burritos wont taste the same in NYC

Cecina Sighting at Santina

Will do thanks. Been three times now and still havent tried any cocktails

Aug 16, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

NoMad Bar - Whats Good This Summer

Ouch ouch ouch, read this too late and totally forgot about my promise. Need to come back sooner.

Aug 16, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

NoMad Bar - Whats Good This Summer

Snow Pea no longer on the menu. Replaced by tomato burrata which we didnt order.

Bay Scallops still great. Had them before

I did not not get the carrot tartare Ttrockwood. Still to die fer! A bit more wasabi'ed than I remember but still a must. Friends were raving.

Scotch Olives - Creative little snack. Like Olive falafel

Burger - Great burger still. On the small side. Not a good burger for sharing (we did not this time).

We introduced the bar to friends who didnt care to order more food which is a good thing I suppose. So hot dog and flatbread will have to wait until next summer.

Kathryn, really liked the START ME UP - BOURBON, RUM, STREGA, HONEY, GINGER, LEMON, ORANGE BITTERS. One of the best cocktails in recent memory (a month give or take)

Aug 16, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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NoMad Bar - Whats Good This Summer

Havent been since they opened. Besides the burger, pot pie, carrot tartar, what else...

Aug 15, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best rotisserie chicken in NYC

I like the rotisseries chicken at Inti in Hell's Kitchen. A pio pio Alum.

Also, haven't been in months but Poulette, casual/fast food french style on 9th

Aug 15, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Lunch at Hummus Place - Oh The Zhug!

Are we talking about the same thing. The dont make it in green as far as I know. There are other Israeli S'chugs in stores like Pikanti or something like that. Tried them all. Plenty of spice in this one

Aug 14, 2015
Ziggy41 in Manhattan