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St Michel Bakery in Rockville is closed!

I went there today and found a sign saying they closed on November 8th. Does anyone know what happened? Where did Bertrand and his magnificent products go? I will sorely miss him.

Joe's Noodle House (and Sichuan Jin RIver): Downhill concerns?

I was there just yesterday. The Cumin Beef and Hot Sour soup were spot on as was the service.

Food & Wine from Padua to Maggiore

Thanks for the suggestions in Padova. Will definitely try them ...

May 27, 2014
rcooperman in Italy

Food & Wine from Padua to Maggiore

Thanks for the suggestion, bought the book, looks very useful ...

May 27, 2014
rcooperman in Italy

Food & Wine from Padua to Maggiore

In the first half of June I will be slowly driving from Padua to Lake Maggiore. The line of march includes stops in Padua, Vicenza, Verona, and The Lakes. I seek places to sample the classic local food and wine for lunch and dinner. While I do not have a budget, I prefer the smaller, less formal places - preferably ones frequented by the locals. Also are there any particularly good food markets.

All help greatly appreciated.

May 21, 2014
rcooperman in Italy

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Pumpkin Babka ???? And I thought choolate is bad enough. Looks like I will skip Breads Bakery.

Dec 10, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Janie - My search goes on 'cause I do not currently live in NYC and will not be in NYC until early January. Wall's is on my short list.

Dec 05, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

I brought home two of Moishe's babka on my last trip to NYC. They were OK, but being pareve they lacked the taste of butter. My search goes on.

BTW, I too have taken to asking what is fresh in EVERY bakery. Sad one has to do that.

Dec 03, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

I have tried to order babka from Glaser's bakery twice now. The first time I called about a week before coming to NYC.. They said they needed two week's notice and to call them again. The next trip I called three weeks ahead and they said "not now."

Being perseverent I shall call them again before my trip. ...

Dec 03, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

I have been to Orwasher's numerous times. They are located about few doors west of where Rigo (gone) baked GREAT babka. BTW Orwashers still produces great bread and rolls. Alas they do not do any babka.

As to Bread's Bakery - that's a no go as it appears they lace their babka with chocolate.

Thanks ever so much for your interest, my search goes on.

Dec 01, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Posin's, Bernstein's and Deluxe were all active in 1981. Too bad you missed them. I lived nearby the last two and was a solid customer. Kosher Mart's baked good are mediocre at best.

I will be in NYC around New Year's and will report on my Babka quest.

Nov 29, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Alas Rigo is but a fond memory. Although It has been closed for several years now I still fondly remember the Hungarian accented women that ran the place and their wonderful Babka, Dobos, strudels, etc. Sigh.

I plan on exploring Greenpoint bakeries.

Nov 29, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Foodwhisperer - thank you. When I come to NYC I will sample Teresa's and Greenpoint Northside.

The Search goes on ...

Nov 29, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

First, thank you ever so much for taking the interest to reply, it is sincerely appreciated. Alas Green's Babka is not what I seek. I am looking for artisanal, small batch babka, one not intended to survive for weeks on a market shelf wrapped in plastic.

From your posting you seem to be familiar with the Washington area - perhaps you rmember such long gone bakeries as Deluxe, Bernstein's and Posin's. IMHO they had very good babka but they are but a memory. As is my last go to place - Rigo on the upper east side.

My search will continue.

Nov 29, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Growing up in Brooklyn I got hooked on freshly made buttery Babka laced with cinnamon. Years ago I moved to the Washington, DC area, a Babka desert, but I still crave that Babka. I will be spending some time in NYC this January and will have a car. Is there an old time bakery that still does Babka?

Nov 27, 2013
rcooperman in Outer Boroughs

Lunch recommendation

I will be taking my teenage grand daughter to lunch this Monday in Chicago. Thinking of traditional French Bistro or Italian. I do not live in Chicago so I need some help with suggestions.

Jul 07, 2013
rcooperman in Chicago Area

Good Thai in Montgomery County, Laurel or Columbia?

For startres I have liked their Kyozo and summer rolls. As to entrees I have liked their Ka Pow, Panang and red curries, crispy basil duck and pad thai. I have not had a bad dish in the two years I ahve been eating at Siriwan.

Good Thai in Montgomery County, Laurel or Columbia?

You might also try Siriwan Thai. It's a quite good, small Thai place in a strip mall off New Hampshire Avenue in Cloverly, MD near the Safeway. Consistent quality food and good service. It's about 2 miles north of the intersection of New Hampshire Ave and Randolph Road. It's a wee hard to find so here is their telco number is 301 879 2225.

Shanghai Taste, Rockville, 12/12 - report

I had lunch at Shanghai Taste yesterday. Alas I was alone so my sampling was limited. As previously noted the special menu is only in Chinese. My server, Susan, was very helpful and graciously helped me select two dishes. I also took a copy to get translated. I had the beef with longhorn peppers noodle soup and what I believe were their soup dumplings. They were both WONDERFUL, especially the soup. The place was busy at lunch, but the service was fine with no sign of the problems previously noted. I heartily recommend this place and look forward to working through their menu. BTW the laser based radar trap on the approach from Rt 28 was operating - beware it's a 25 mph zone.

Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring

I too am very, VERY upset to se them dump the loyal customer base that they fed off for years and allowed them to enter the whole bread market. I have been a customer since the day they opened 17 yrs ago and will miss them. The last thing I want is soggy day old breads. Gone too will be their Pecan Sticky Buns, sigh .... That said Upper Crust supplies Whole Foods with partially baked breads that are finished on site. They might have a chance of being acceptable. .

I suggest we all try St Michel bakery in Rockville. They have superb , freshly baked french style breads, a variety of croissants and some pastries. They are a wee hard to find, but very worth the effort. They also have excellent sandwiches like they have in Paris..

Upper Crust Bakery in Silver Spring

WARNING - you have to get there early in the day lest they sell out of the good stuff. Selection is best before 11:00 am and on weekends. Not all breads are available daily. Their breads are indeed very, VERY good as is their pastries. Try their pecan rolls.

Restaurants Near AFI Cinema

Yes, both indeed Nava Thai and Ruan Thai have gone off stride of late. Ruan Thai is still OK, but Nava Thai has fallen well below the acceptable line. What is your current Thai recommendation??

N. Calif Hound visiting Silver Springs & seeking rye bread

Plan ahead ! Remember Upper Crust sells out of their good breads early, often before 11:00 am. Luckily if you call the night before they will hold breads for you. They are closed on Mondays.

Restaurants Near AFI Cinema

The question was "Restaurant near AFI?" and Kao Thai is across the street and thus hard by the AFI. It has decent Thai food, and yes, Ruan Thai in Wheaton is indeed better. FWIW after my fairly recently having two disappointing meals in a row at Nava Thai I have written them off.

Restaurants Near AFI Cinema

Just about right across the street from the AFI is a quite good small Thai restaurant. It's called Kao Thai.

N. Calif Hound visiting Silver Springs & seeking rye bread

Do not despair, there is indeed good rye bread at Upper Crust Bakery. They have what they call German Rye without seeds and New York Rye with seeds. Call ahead to see what they have and reserve a bread or get there early - they sell out of the good stuff well before noon. If perchance they have "pecan sticky buns" try one. As to deli's - I heartily recommend the Brooklyn Deli in Rockville and suggest avoiding Parkway deli. Parkway deli excels at nothing and is mediocre on a good day.

Pizza Help

First, thank you all for your helpful responses. On our last two trips through New Jersey we had lunch at DeLorenzos. Great pizza, nice ambiance, alas awfully long waits. So I thought I would seek an alternative for my pizza lunch. I will try to locate Papa's and JoJo's on my GPS. Any other suggestions???? We be doing this trip a few times this year.

Mar 11, 2012
rcooperman in New Jersey

Pizza Help

I will be driving from Washington to NYC in a few weeks and seek a good pizza for lunch. As a born and bred Brooklynite the one thing I truly miss is good pizza. What would work is a place winthin a few miles of the Turnpike, say btwn exits 7 and 13. All help greatly appreciated.

Mar 08, 2012
rcooperman in New Jersey

Banh Mi in Rockville, Md. area?

Try Pho Nom Nom, a newly opened place on the north end of the Rockville Pike in the old Ba Le location. The place has had a full renovation. They have a broad Vietnamese menu that goes well beyond pho and their food is very good. I have been there four times now and been quite pleased. They just started serving banh mi. Address is 842-A Rockville Pike.

What am I doing wrong at Piedigrotta Bakery?

After a long absence, I stopped in this Sunday afternoon and bought two pastries - a sfogliatella (lobster tail) and a rum cake - as carry out. The Sfogliatella was simply AWFUL and unedible! The dough was very soggy and the filling thick and dried out. The thing must have been assembled days before being sold. I tossed it and got my wife to share the mediocre rum cake. This is sad as years ago, when they were around the corner, they were a go pastry place for me.