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San Sebastian: Three Stars or Not? And Two More Questions

Not at all.

And the evolution in the last two or three years has been nothing short of amazing. Definitely one of the best 3 stars in Spain. I am actually going back next week.

Aug 06, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

San Sebastian: Three Stars or Not? And Two More Questions

San Sebastian is a great city no matter what time of the year, and you can eat very well in any price - range.

Regarding the three star places I would favor either Azurmendi or Martin Berasategui (if you don't want to make the trip down to Bilbao). And no one has mentioned Zuberoa, but for me, it should be a must in any visit to the area.

Aug 03, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Saison 3.0 [San Francisco]

Saison is very very different from Alinea and Noma, Saison primes flavor and texture over form, which is not exactly the case in the other two.

Saison 3.0 [San Francisco]

For me Crenn's food (except desserts) is much more flavorful than Redezpi's. I was there a few weeks ago and I could see a noticeable evolution from last year.

Benu is fantastic, you will enjoy it for sure.

Saison 3.0 [San Francisco]

Maybe do one of the French influenced ones then.

Saison 3.0 [San Francisco]

Saison. For me it is currently the best restaurant in the US.

3 Days in Madrid - please critique

Albora is amazing, but not exactly moderate in price.

Might wanna try Lakasa, fits your description perfectly.

Jun 03, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Honestly, I just want a classic donut, maybe one with chocolate frosting :)

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Noted, thanks!

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Bob is on my list, I haven't has a decent donut in months and it is 2 mins away from my destination.

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

I have walked that path in other trips and it is a very nice one, so I wouldn't mind :).

It looks like I might be headed towards Polk St that morning for a mani/pedi, so I may just try to find something around that area.

Madrid dinner at 6-630pm possible? Any recommendation?

First class food has consistently gotten worse and worse, in my last trip it was pretty much inedible.

You will not find any real dinner worth of that name at that time.

If you want to grab a bit before getting on the train like other people were suggesting, you may also try a few cheeses at the Cheese Bar by Poncelet.

May 25, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Madrid Locals Tips

Tried most. None of them really spectacular and usually not cheap.

May 20, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Madrid Locals Tips

Agreed.

May 20, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Madrid Locals Tips

Madrid is not exactly the best place for paella... unless you really want it, go for something else.

Nothing really good will be served from 4 to 6pm, why don't you go out for lunch to a nice place around 3pm (most likely you will not be done before 5) and then enjoy a nice walk around the area and maybe do some shopping?

May 20, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

3 weeks in Spain - recommendations

(Disclaimer: I am originally from Spain, although I live in France at the moment).

Regarding the wine, definitely not frowned up.

Regarding the tips, depends on the service you get, there are not really stablished rules for it. I tip in the range from 0 to 20% depending on how good it is. 10-15% is seen as a very good tip.

Enjoy your trip!!

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Ok, I am tempted now. Could I ask for more (better?) options farther out?

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Good point. I don't want to limit myself, but I also don't want to have to walk too much while starving :D

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Are those mini pancakes any good?

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

I am actually looking at pictures of Pinecrest food, and I am confused. Some people post very yummy pictures, some people post very greasy ones...

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Farm:table food looks amazing, but I am a bit torn by the limited amount of choices per day.

Dotties was on my list last year, but I never got around to try it.

Pinecrest is too diner like, I was kinda looking to find something a bit different. Is the food really really good?

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Ups, forgot to clarify. Yes, it would be a Wednesday.

A review: Stan's Donut Shop in Santa Clara

I am so jealous right now.

Breakfast around Union Square [San Francisco]

Dear chowhounders,

I will be back in SF this year for business, and I have one morning off were I would like to have a nice breakfast instead of the continental thingy at the hotel. Could you guys recommend something around Union Square? I am pretty open as to what kind of breakfast, although I would probably favour anything with carbs, since I have been dieting for three months, and I cannot wait to be able to eat them again :D.

Thanks a lot in advance,

One night in DC

On my own, just in DC for a quick business thing.

Looks like finally I will be dinning at MiniBar. Komi will have to wait until the next trip.

One night in DC

Rogue24 closes on Tuesday (it was one of the options I was looking into). I am interested in Komi too, but I have been reading mixed reviews and it made me hesitate a little.

One night in DC

I am originally from Spain, but live in France nowadays. I broadly interested in food, from trucks to the top :)

One night in DC

I just found out that I will spend one night in DC early May. I haven't been to the city in a few years so... where should I have dinner with no budget restriction and no particular preference on the type of food?

resaurants in san sebastian

If you have a car, Bilbao is less than 1 hour away... and you can go to Azurmendi. For me, the best 3 stars in the area right now, and a beautiful building and location. Martin Berasategui is 30 minutes away also, which would probably be a good choice too.

Arzak is not going to surprise you and probably not gonna generate any kind of emotion. It has not changed in many many years.

Jan 25, 2015
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

I am a huge fan of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters in the US, but unfortunately the food there was very bland and not very flavorful. The exception was the pasta dish, pic below, actually pretty good.