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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.

about 2 hours ago
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.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

If you ever have a chance to go to El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, do so by all means. Jordi Roca is the pastry chef and... OMG. I had 4 desserts on my last visit, a couple years ago now.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

You are totally right, I forgot to report back! :)

I did a lot more walking around the city than I was expecting to because the weather was so nice, so I did mostly street food for breakfast and lunch.

For dinner, I ended up doing Saison, Crenn and Jardiniere (last one not my choice, it was a work related dinner).

Saison I absolutely loved it. It is now one of my favourite restaurants in the world, and definitely my favourite one in the US (although I haven't been to Alinea). I did the long menu and I was there a good 4 hours on my own. Not bored one single second. To sum it up, I felt I was eating the whole ocean. Desserts can probably be improved and the meat dish doesn't make much sense for me in a place like that, although I understand some people will not feel a menu is complete without it. But it was a truly amazing experience.

Crenn I liked it but I wasn't sold. It's a place I would go to if I was in SF often, but I wouldn't travel to the city just for it. The food was very good but it lacked a bit of the OMG factor. I don't think I felt that for any dish. Here I did the shorter menu; the experience might be different if you do the long one. The price is very reasonable for what you get.

Jardiniere I don't have much to say. The only thing I liked was the non-alcoholic signature cocktail.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Not very good insiders, if I may :)

I was there a couple weeks ago for my birthday. Their current menu is stellar.

Dinner Report, Ten Con Ten, 23 April 2014 [Madrid]

I find your review quite accurate and I have eaten there quite a bit because my office used to be nearby.

May 30, 2014
ClarisaDoval in Spain/Portugal

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Not exactly. I just talked to them and they will close around august, 15th and reopen around september, 23rd (still to be confirmed). They are definitely open right now and still have a few weeks to go until they move to their new location.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Thats perfect. I will definitely give it a try. I might wake up very early due to jet lag anyways.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Try to plan in advance and make a reservation for DiverXO, that is the most exciting experience at the moment. Right now it is pretty impossible to get a reservation, but they are moving to a bigger location in a few weeks.

Also, pretty amazing Mexican food at PuntoMX and Japanese with a twist at Kabuki.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

Madrid has an amazing food scene these days, you might wanna consider jumping there for a couple of days, very short flight from Barcelona, although depending on the exact dates some places might be closed for holidays.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

In Little Griddle, would you recommend any particular burger?

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

omg, I just saw the burger pictures from Little Griddle and started salivating.

Coi or Crenn [San Francisco]

On Tuesday I am pretty much free, so it wouldn't be a problem to wander further out. What time would be considered "on the earlier side"? I hate waiting.