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Anyone Smoking a Thanksgiving Turkey?

That's the method we have used for years. I also cover top of turkey with foil for the first couple hours to keep it from over browning. I take it off last hour.

about 1 hour ago
macdog in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Hoffmann's Grill and Rotisserie on Guerrero [San Francisco]

I gues it is has just reopened as Hoffmann's. There are about 6 glowing reviews on Yelp. Have to take those with a grain of salt, but it's all I can find about the restaurant.

Nov 20, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Meat-centric in SF for large group

Lolinda's has some great grilled meat dishes. Also a nice rooftop deck for drinks before. It's on Mission in the Mission.

Hoffmann's Grill and Rotisserie on Guerrero [San Francisco]

Someone suggested this place for our monthly group business dinner. It's close to where we are staying and menu looks good. Nothing on CH about it. Anyone eaten there?

Nov 19, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Zola in Palo Alto

Chef is Robbie Wilson-he's the one who told me about Palo Alto place. Here's Mattei's Tavern menu-
http://www.matteistavern.com/p/dinner...

Nov 18, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Flesh Restaurant-interesting name (I think)

This restaurant just popped up on my Instagram feed. Located in Pigalle and featuring lots of flesh, barbecued. There is a pic of some ribs that could have been in the Flintstones. Anyone eaten there?

Nov 18, 2014
macdog in France

Zola in Palo Alto

Haven't heard of this place. May have to try it on our next visit to Bay Area. I talked to a restaurant owner in SB last week (he runs Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos) and he mentioned he is opening up a new place on Emerson soon. PA always has places coming and going. Wish someone would open a good 3rd wave coffee shop. And interesting to read your thread about Portola Kitchen. We go there a lot because we used to lived up the hill and it has gotten much better. Hope quality doesn't plummet.

Nov 17, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

A weekend near Canal Saint Martin

Happy to hear that Hai Kai was good. Really want to go there next May. Did you make reservations? Also, Holybelly looks good. I'm following them on Instagram and they've been posting some delish looking food. Burrito place also sounds tasty, but coming from Santa Barbara to get burritos in Paris just doesn't seem right (coals to Newcastle etc). Thanks for the report, great to hear back from you!

Nov 16, 2014
macdog in France

Help with the London trip that never happened...

I've really enjoyed the udon noodle dishes at Koya bar. Here's an interesting piece I read about london chefs favorite place to go.
http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014...

Nov 14, 2014
macdog in U.K./Ireland

Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara

Plow and Angel or Stonehouse at SYR are both great rooms and good for holiday cheer. Expensive, but good.

Nov 13, 2014
macdog in California

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Thanks, it was an amazing sight. Sadly we need to get to Barcelona ASAP that day, so will miss it....

Nov 13, 2014
macdog in France

Special Lunch in London

Just read a article about Spring, the new restaurant at Somerset House. Beautiful interiors and the chef is well known in London.

Nov 12, 2014
macdog in U.K./Ireland

Help with the London trip that never happened...

We enjoyed Nopi a few years ago, one of chef Ottolenghi's restaurants. Not sure if he was as popular in 2008. Also love Barrafina for Tapas in Soho, as well as the neighboring Koya for Udon noodles. And I am looking forward to Dishoom on our trip to London next May. Prefer the Shoreditch location.

Nov 12, 2014
macdog in U.K./Ireland

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

We were in St. Remy in May of 2007 and in front of our hotel, thousands of sheep appeared and trotted through town. Is this the same festival?

Capitainetrain.com site shows one TGV train at midday that goes non stop from Paris to Arles. That would be wonderful-need to jump on those tickets at midnight 90 days before our travel day.

Nov 12, 2014
macdog in France
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Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Haha. So true. Got one picky eater and another allergic to shellfish, so that will be biggest challenge. However I think we will all do well and a glass of wine usually solves all problems...

Nov 12, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

We've decided on Paris-Arles-Barcelona, so I'm all good. Also landing in London and doing 2 days of eating and getting over jet lag before we Eurostar to Paris. Love the food in London...

Maybe Sevilla, Granada and Morocco in 2016.

Nov 12, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Thanks, but booked a place in Arles and already gathered up some good restaurant recommendations below.

Nov 11, 2014
macdog in France

Restaurants for Christmas Eve in Paris

Nov 10, 2014
macdog in France

5 nights in Paris

At Verjus, Spring and Les Papilles you will be surrounded by Americans. I've been to Les Papilles and Verjus to go bar, but probably not on my list for any upcoming trips. And Spring gets great reviews, so that is a good food choice just very popular with tourists. I would suggest reading sfcarole's TR. She was just in Paris for a month and went to some great places. Also John Talbott has a great blog with wonderful reviews and ratings (just for lunch) and I liked using Le Fooding app last spring. Parisbymouth.com has a great list of restaurants by arrondisment. I understand how having a nice view is wonderful, but not always the best food at those places. It's a little like trying to get a view of the bridges in SF and get good food. It can be done (ferry building outside comes to mind), but it doesn't always work.

We've enjoyed meals in the haut Marais at Les Enfants Rouges and cocktails and small plates at Le Mary Celeste. Defintely going to Chez Denise in the 1er next spring. Pirouette gets great reviews, although they seem to be a little more varied recently. Good luck and good eating.

Nov 10, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Yes, supposed to be to you. Grew up in LA, lived in Norcal for 20 years (with side stops in college in Santa Barbara and 8 years in DC) and now live in Santa Barbara again. One son lives in Downtown LA which is the epicenter of good food in LA these days. We visit SF every other month so we eat there a lot, also. Santa Barbara Is full of great wine, great Mexican (La Superica was Julia Child's go to place in her last year's in SB), and fresh produce year round. Our current faves are an Indonesia place that combines the traditional dishes with Calif farm fresh touches. Friday night at another favorite, Les Marchand (wine bar), the chef made pork belly ramen and crab, crab roe, miso and jalapeño ramen. It's eclectic here...

State is two different states, although red part is dwindling and dying. Dividing line is more entire coastal region and other part is sparsely populated central and east part of state.

Nov 10, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

The bistro annex sounds perfect. There will be 6 of us and we will be paying for most dinners. Thanks for the Le Galoubet suggestion and will add to my growing Arles list. Thanks as always for your suggestions and advice and helping me so much in Paris. If you ever come to Calif-I will be happy to pass along all my favorite spots. Mexican, Thai, Indonesian, Korean etc...we've got it all.

Nov 10, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Also thanks for this. I'm a big soup fanatic and this sounds perfect-

"Arles has a great concentration of good eateries, from starred temples to good traiteurs for your picnic. And even a very good ferme-auberge right outside of town (Ferme-Auberge Barbegal) with wonderful farm-fresh food. Once the 5 of us practically licked clean the tureen that had contained the best pistou soup of our life."

Nov 10, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Thanks Parigi for all your suggestions and help. Glad you liked Hotel du Cloitre- I grabbed last 3 rooms they had for our dates next May. Scary how fast everything books. Maybe May 22-25 is a holiday weekend? Thanks so much for train recommendations. Perhaps we will try the Avignon and taxi combo as easiest for our group. Love the Vietnamese rec-I know our group of Californians always goes for some good Asian food. L'Affeneage and pre dinner drink spot sound perfect.

I have pleasant memories of a ramble through the town of Eygalieres in 2007. At the top of the village, a fellow American had an Obama tshirt on and we happily talked about the upcoming election and a new era. Anyway, is it worth a bus ride? Maybe a nice place to have lunch one day...?

Nov 10, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Thanks I will read links tonight.

Nov 09, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Arles is looking liking the right spot. Any restaurant recommendations in town? Saw L'Ouvre Boîte, the aforementioned La Chassagnette and Chez Caro mentioned in an article I found online called Le Guide du week-end special Arles in Vogue fr. L'Hotel du Cloitre looks perfect for my group.

Nov 09, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Just reading a link on the SF board about a new basque restaurant opening and they will be featuring squid ink fideos. Now I will be seeing that dish everywhere...the more you know.

I'm now falling in love with the idea of going to Sevilla. I'm assuming besides the sights, food is good. Have you been?

Nov 08, 2014
macdog in France

Central Kitchen [Potr'ission, San Francisco]

I love how Trick Dog, Sightglass, Salumeria and Central Kitchen are clustered together. Pretty much covers all the food bases.

Nov 08, 2014
macdog in San Francisco Bay Area

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

French pastry filled with squid and cooked in tomatoes and wine-that sounds good. I also will do some research on Arles. Might be a good place to plonk down for a few days.

A couple days ago I was exploring idea of taking ferry from Barcelona to Sardinia, but discovered ferry ride was loooong. Sardinian food is on my list to consume. La Ciccia in SF makes one what to go there.

Did you go to Auberge Basque outside of St Pee sur Nivelle?

Nov 08, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

Yes, we are going to just use trains. And we have spent a fair amount of time in San Seb, so I can resist her charms this trip. Thanks for all the great suggestions and information. Luberon sounds like a good location, we stayed in Lourmarin and St. Remy 5 or 6 years ago. Would love a place where we could eat and relax. Will check out Mas Marican.

I did see the Auberge Basque outside of St Jean and that sounds interesting. A young chef who worked in Paris for many years. Maybe you referred to it in your TR?

I had to google Fideu and discovered a dish I had never heard of! And I prefer pasta to rice so I need to defintely try this. Wikipedia says it is Valencian. Hmmm, maybe a trip to Valencia is in order.

Nov 08, 2014
macdog in France

Foodie stop between Paris and Barcelona

No just training for this trip. We had a wonderful long weekend in Dordogne a few years ago. Stayed at the lovely Le Vieux Logis and had some great meals. Would love to find a place like that in French basque area or Luberon.

Nov 08, 2014
macdog in France