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Danbury thoughts

Quick report of our time to and from Danbury, someone may need this for future ref (esp. if hot dogs are a major focus). Started with Frankie's on Watertown Ave. in Waterbury and split the footlong (all food mentioned was split). The dog could have used more time on the grill but overall was quite good with a well done bun. Next stop was Denmo's Snack & Dairy Bar in Southbury where we got a footlong and a small order of clams plus split a coffee milk shake. The shake was the best item and the dog was okay. The clams were pretty sad, a clumped overdone mess. Plus the gals working the window were really abrupt, not worth the detour off 84. We checked into the Crown Plaza where I got a good Priceline deal and drove to the Tarrywile Mansion and Park for a little walk then into Bethel where we grabbed drinks at Molten Java and checked out Disc & Dat Records. When we got to Sycamore Drive In, the carhop had started so we checked out the cool old cars then ate another hot dog. This was a regular sized dog that didn't have much snap but the people working were nice and the guy running the music and trivia at the show was a hoot. I felt bad about driving by JK's Original but we went higher end for the night time dining.

Started at Market Place Kitchen on Mill Plain Rd. and had really excellent food and drink. Decent pear martini and the pork belly appetizer was some of the best I've ever had, and substantial. Too bad the risotto was on the gummy side but it was a tasty plate and the side of crispy Brussels sprouts was excellent too (about $14 and $7). Service was fine but make sure to look at the specials menu before ordering drinks since several cocktails and beers were on that in addition to food. We then walked to the bar of Mezon and had excellent/fun service from Christian who tried to equal the Pisco sour I had in Peru but came up just a little short. A. was excited about a Brazilian beer they had and we continued eating even tho there was no need. The cauliflower was nice but a little dry as was the carnitas tostones. In fact, I think they forgot half the advertised items on the menu so both items were drier than you would have expected. I figured I'd stuff a piece of tres leches cake and that was very good, so we ended on a high note. Plus the folks working there and those seated at the bar were nice, so it was a good overall experience. We skipped the cover charge at Molly Darcy's and got a drink at the bar of Max 40 while watching basketball and hockey

Sun. we went to the flea market in New Milford where A. got a baker's dozen of mini donuts at Dave's Homemade donuts and those were worth the fairly long wait. Only bought one piece of glass then we headed back to Boston with a stop at Shady Glen in Manchester. One more hot dog of the small variety, it was fine. We also got a cheeseburger plate ($10), man that's a tiny overdone burger. I kept saying some restaurant should throw a bunch of cheese on *real* burgers and improve on the Shady Glen idea. Fries are okay, excellent cole slaw and I was happy to see grapenut ice cream on the menu so ended with a cone. One last stop in Pomfret at the Vanilla Bean Café for cold drinks and our Connecticut eating was complete.

about 18 hours ago
Joanie in Southern New England
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Long London wrap up

Hey Beetlebug, I see you went to the fish place too. Were you staying in that area? If so, hit that Hammersmith outdoor food mkt. Such a fun city. And my friend *still* hasn't put her house on the market. Oh well, it was good to get out of Boston during that hellish winter. Have fun. I'm on a hot dog tour of CT tomorrow, haha.

May 22, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Danbury thoughts

Thanks for the info. I hit Dottie's on the way to Poughkeepsie last year, it was fine. I think we're going to revisit Shady Glen on the way back to Boston so probably will skip BBQ on Sun. but will add it to the list. Also just found out about JK's "Texas Hot Weiners" in Danbury. Between them, Frankie's, Denmo's, Sycamore Drive In and Saints, we've got a lot to choose from.

May 21, 2015
Joanie in Southern New England

Foodies from Toronto spending 3 nights in Providence

Hey Digga, after seeing the thread on brunch before going to Logan, you can see why I left the Boston board haha. Now if someone would just answer my Danbury post.

May 21, 2015
Joanie in Southern New England
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Danbury thoughts

Will do a road trip from Boston on Sat. hitting some hot dog places. Any reason to pick one Frankie's over another in Waterbury? What's best at Sycamore Drive-In? For our later cocktail and bite to eat, I'm thinking of Ibiza, Market Place Kitchen & Bar or Mezon Tapas, any pros or cons? Lastly, will hit the flea market in New Milford on Sun. Do they have food there? Is there a good breakfast place on the way? Are there good donut spots in the area? Thanks.

May 20, 2015
Joanie in Southern New England

Fried clams around Seabrook, N.H. or Kittery, Maine

Love Petey's, also down the road is Ray's, raysseafoodrestaurant.com/. Surprised no one's mentioned Bob's on Rt. 1 Kittery.
Had good stuff at Marky's in Seabrook last spring. Didn't try Brown's since we were heading north but still want to compare.

Apr 30, 2015
Joanie in Northern New England

My own Quebec City question

Well hopefully others will find this post useful since the Quebec City talk is so limited. I'm surprised since there are many interesting spots to check out and I certainly did my best to hit as many as possible. Got lots of help from this post:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007607

Here's's where we ended up.

Checked in to the Manoir Victoria on Fri. and walked immediately to the Aviatic Club for their happy hour. Too bad the Molson was warm and the cucumber martini was only 2/3 full but not bad tasting. Happy hour prices weren't a super bargain. For dinner, we sat at the bar of Chez Boulay in our hotel. I had a great house wine and we split a main of bison cheeks w/ mashed parsnips. Excellent and rich at about $26. We then walked to Lapin Sautee where they offered 3 small courses for $20 so we split rabbit rillettes which was almost tunafish-like in consistency and rabbit poutine which I didn't like much. The creme brûlée was very flat, a tad too bruleed and you didn't get much custardy goodness. Our most disappointing food of the trip.
Sat. we started at the Marché du Vieux-Port but didn't buy anything, it was still pretty quiet since it just opened. Walked up to Le Croquembouche for the best croissant of the trip, dark chocolate and raspberry. Got an excellent iced coffee next door at Nektar then wandered around and decided to split a Phil Smoked Meat sandwich which A. loved and I thought was fine. Pricey at $11 w/ no side. Stopped at the flea market in a church, walked thru Battlefield Park then to the Musee Nationale de Beaux Arts. It was record store day so we stopped at a few places along St. Jean including CD Melomane who were offering wine, beer and smoked trout, nice touch. Needed a snack before our 9PM reservations so took a shot with Snack Bar St. Jean where we split a great hotdog and fries. That held us until our nice cocktails at the Frontenac then walked to L'Affaire est Ketchup for a wonderful meal (our only reservation). My only complaint was the overpowering smell of food pervading the room but thankfully, it didn't stick to my clothes too much. Upbeat place, good servers, nice men sitting at the next table. I got to try 3 wines trying to find something like Grüner Veltliner (not a popular white in Quebec for some reason). We split all food starting w/ two appetizers, one of mushrooms w/ wild boar and another of rabbit w/ Brussels Sprouts. Our main was the most amazing lamb with a great glaze and artichoke puree. I was full but I wasn't going to stop eating it. With 2 beers and one wine, it was $69 before tax and tip. Ended the nite w/ a drink at Pub St. Patrick who had some live music.
Sun. was the Jean Talon market then back to Le Croquebouche for a pear/chocolate croissant (not as good as the rasp) then checked out the waterfalls at the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency. It was a beautiful day and the option to sit outside at the 1640 restaurant presented itself so we got a couple cold beers with weird beef baguette w/ fries and pate to start (prix fixe lunch special about $14). Okay service but sitting in the sun was the draw here. That evening we tried to go to Le Bureau de Poste for one of their $4.95 dishes but the playoffs were on and there was a huge line so we sat at the quiet bar of Le Cercle. Very nice bartender made me a great Negroni and A. had an IPA. We split 5 small arancini then walked to Le Moine Echanson (both Le Clocher Penché and La Gueule De Bois are closed on Sun.). It was very quiet there but the gal serving us was super friendly, gave me a couple wines to try. We split the charcuterie for 2 (large platter w/ deer, chicken liver, blood pudding, duck prosciutto, a few others). Also an app of the cod fritters which are supposedly their specialty but I wasn't overly impressed with them, $20 and $8 I think. We had a pleasant time there (but I was surprised the original poster went there twice). The next morning we got some stuff at Paillard for the road, a choc almond croissant for me but it wasn't that flaky or flavorful. Made a good dent but wish we had a bit more time.

Apr 24, 2015
Joanie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

On the way to Quebec City

But I'm talking the way the crust looked and the thickness and all that.

Apr 24, 2015
Joanie in Northern New England

On the way to Quebec City

Well the best laid plans... Wouldn't you know Brother's Donuts decided to be on vacation last week so no donuts for me. Bummer. As we stood outside, a man passed by and said the place next door was great so we got breakfast at Ralph and Joe's Cafe. This was really good and my only complaint was it took quite a while when there was just a take out order in front of us. Granted I was antsy cuz a quick donut stop was turning into an hour long stop with a long ways to go to Quebec but the egg scramble with fresh spinach and boursin was delicious and the side of home fries was the best I'd had in a while ($7.50). Nice sunflower seed bread too. A. enjoyed his hash and eggs altho the hash looked almost like jerky strips. Good stuff. We then did a quick zip into Lyndonville for pie at the diner. These were kind of disappointing. I didn't expect the maple cream to be so cool whip like in texture and the apple pie just didn't have that look that makes you want to dive in. Me at least.

On the way back we were almost in the same area at Onion's Pub in the Tilton Inn and had a nice late lunch with super friendly service. A. enjoyed his cold draft and a special soup of potato, cheese and fennel and I'd seen raves for the onion soup which I never have and that was great. And substantial so took half home and we split the fish n chips lunch special for just $6.99. Good amount of food, fish in a tempura batter which isn't my fave but it was fresh and the tartar sauce was great. Even the big hunks of steak fries were good, some cole slaw would have been good but not with this smaller order at least. They've got some fancy drinks they can make with a little side of martini in a carafe, same deal with the wine. Maybe you need to get a room so you can drink with no worries.

Apr 21, 2015
Joanie in Northern New England

My own Quebec City question

I asked something in another thread and got no response so will try again here. I've narrowed things down for our three nights from April 17-20: Le Moine Echanson, La Gueule De Bois and L'Affaire et Ketchup where I made a res for Sat. nite. Am tempted to wing it for Fri. and Sun. since we want to share many bites. We're staying at the hotel where Chez Boulay is located so maybe we'll stop in there plus I'm curious bout Le Lapin Saute (yes I know it's touristy but it looks good). If we go to La Gueule or LME late, will we get a seat? Is Le Cercle worth trying? Is the Frontenac the best for a fancy cocktail?

I'm also trying to find a happy hour, is HH only Mon-Fri? Any thoughts on these?

L'Atelier Tartares, Aviatic, Le Quai, Versa,

Thanks in advance.

Apr 07, 2015
Joanie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

On the way to Quebec City

That's a possibility. I also saw the Valley View Rest in Lynd. mentioned, specifically pies. Since neither has a web site, which do you think has the best food? And choice of pie? Thanks.

Apr 06, 2015
Joanie in Northern New England

On the way to Quebec City

Great thanks. We'll def be there in time to hit Brenda's before their 2PM close. Not looking for those fancier, dinner type options.

Apr 06, 2015
Joanie in Northern New England

On the way to Quebec City

Will be driving from Boston via 93 to 91 and am planning on stopping in Newport VT for a snack and to fill up the tank but I think the Brown Cow may be closed by the time we arrive (only open til 1PM). There's a place called East Side Restaurant that gets fair reviews. Anything else to know about? Any donuts? Any other towns to check out up there? I see Derby Cow Palace which looks kind of interesting.
Is it worth the detour to stop at Brother's Donuts in Franklin NH on the way (is that even doable?). Just looking for good basic breakfast or lunch. Or donuts, always looking for donuts (the mom & pop kind vs. fancy $$ ones). Thanks.

Apr 03, 2015
Joanie in Northern New England

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

I hadn't heard about the Real Food Market (thought I had every market listed for my trip last month) so looked it up and see that it's no longer happening at Southbank.

http://www.realfoodfestival.co.uk/mar...

Mar 30, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Seeking Quebec City dinner rec

I hope you don't mind my jumping onto your thread. We'll be there for three nights April 17-20 and my top choices are Le Moine Echanson (seems to be universally recommended), L'Affaire et Ketchup and La Gueule De Bois. We're staying at the hotel where Chez Boulay is located so would also like to stop there plus I'm curious bout Le Lapin Saute. I know some of these are very small so will reserve two nights and leave one free. My friend and I like to split dishes so I'm hoping we can cram in a lot of places this way. Any hints on which are the must reserves? Is Le Cercle worth going to?

In addition, I'd like to hit a happy hour and wondered if these places were good:
L'Atelier Tartares, Aviatic, Le Quai, Versa,
And is HH only Mon-Fri?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Mar 30, 2015
Joanie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

London

I was going to eat at the Smoking Goat when I visited but it was much less "nibbly" than I thought it would be. Thought I'd be able to get things for £3-7 but that didn't seem to be the case when I glanced at the menu.

Mar 10, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

24 hrs in Liverpool

Reporting back on my short time in Liverpool, def. could have used another day. Left my stuff at the Liner and immediately walked to the Philharmonic for a lunch special. What a gorgeous pub. Got a great plate of sausages and mash w/ a cider for £7. Seemed to take a little too long and I needed to hurry for the Beatles tour down by the wharf. Only 3 of us on that big bus and not being a huge fan, not sure it was worth it but it was fine. After regrouping, I went to Berry & Rye and bartender Sam was very engaging and made a nice pisco sour. I then walked to Salt House Bacaro which had the requisite big bar and really enjoyed the large plate of parma ham w/ pecorino along with one croquette, around £5 and 1. They had a variety of Negronis which I couldn't pass up. Stopped in the Cavern Club and the Swan did indeed hav a great jukebox, too bad people had loaded it up w/ crappy songs. Got a doner kebab at Botan but only ate 1/3 cuz it wasn't very good (and I wasn't hungry). Maybe it's a regular kebab that they're known for? Def. nothing exciting altho they did stuff it full. Wed. I grabbed a small bite from the good breakfast buffet at the Liner then down to the Tate Modern and Maritime Museum. Got a chicken/bacon sandwich w/ chips at the Monro for 6.95. It was good but the chicken was sliced in strips and much of the bacon wasn't really cooked, so it wasn't the easiest thing to eat. Hit a couple record stores, quick zip into the Walker Gallery and off to the train w/ a piece of coffee walnut cake from Costa (coffee cake in the UK is different from coffeecake in the US).
Thanks for your help, the reqs were very useful.

Mar 06, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Long London wrap up

Thx to you and J. Sheridan for commenting. I think my posts must be flagged for ignoring. I come on with quite specific "what to do for this one day" or "what nice but not overly nice place should I take my hosts to" and get little response but someone says "London" and gets 2-3 times as many. I'm getting an inferiority complex haha. That's fine, I write it up for myself too. Ciao.

Mar 06, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Long London wrap up

I'm going to try to write a short report but it never turns out that way. Spent 9 nites in London and one in Liverpool. Stayed at my friend's in the Hammersmith area, walked up to Kensington High Street after arriving w/ a stop for a decent orange cake at Cafe Tarte. Lots of cafes along there. Grabbed a small £3.50 Polish sausage at the outdoor Hammersmith market, delicious. After regrouping we went for our 6PM res at Evans & Peel Detective Agency where they really play up the agency thing as you first enter then go behind the bookshelves. Drink was nice and the service was great. We then walked to South Kensington for dinner at the Polish restaurant Daquise. The pierogies to start weren't exciting but my rabbit was excellent (photo), about £19. As mentioned, the chefs come out and serve you from the dishes things were cooked in.

Sat. was Portobello Road and a few pastries along the way to the V&A. Before going out that nite, three of us got fish n chips at Kerbisher and Malt on Goldhawk Rd. (photo) Good stuff, well priced, pleasant spot. Hellish rides to and from Dalston (avoid replacement buses!). Sun. was Petticoat and Brick Lane and surrounding markets. Ended up eating Lithuanian food at the Upmarket cuz I'd never seen that before. The stuffed beef was just ok but the little dumplings were excellent, can't beat those deals of £5 for a plate of food there. Then revisited Kooky Bakes for a salted caramel whoopie pie and had an excellent flat white at Craft Coffee (who also set up at Maltby St, photo). That evening we tried Westbourne, a casual pub where we ordered from a super sweet bartender. My duck with potato cake and cabbage was tasty (£14.45) and friends enjoyed their salmon and lentil soup and mackerel appetizers. We split an excellent sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Wines were only £4-5. Mon. I wandered around Hyde Park to Soho and ate at a Banana Leaf. Not sure why I felt compelled to go here, perfectly decent chili chicken basil ginger w/ rice and salad for 6.35 but nothing unusual, plus the place was freezing and the waiter kept calling me "lady". Grabbed a good tomato pastry from Bake Haus on King St. then that evening did music trivia at the Lexington by King's Cross but we're not up on our British pop.

Tues. was a train ride to Liverpool where I crammed in a bunch of stuff. Esp. enjoyed the pisco sour that Sam from Berry & Rye made and some nice food/drink at Salt House Bacaro. When I got back on Wed. I just ate surprisingly good half price cookies from Tesco. Thurs. started with an amazingly flaky Eccles cake at the Hammersmith mkt then wandered around town in the rain, the worst day there. Cool photos at Proud Gallery on King's Road then over to Borough Mkt where it's hard to choose but I picked a venison pie from Pieminster that hit the spot, 4.50 (photo). Also tried the infamous Monmouth flat white and that was good. Back to Kensington that evening where I had noticed the bar Dirty Bones but when we went for 2 for 1 happy hour, it was jammed and D can't stand crowds so missed out. Her husband had said the best burger he ever had was at Sticky Fingers down the street so I lifted my self-imposed European burger exile (I didn't think they held a candle to American ones) to check it out. This was pretty good, a huge mess tho (and pricey). I think I preferred the salmon cakes we shared to start, good service. I forced her to have a drink at Crobar in Soho, great jukebox. Fri. stopped by Spitalfield where I had a good flat white at the Dept. of Coffee and Social Affairs (love the name), an amazing donut at a bakery stand and brought back 5 great cookies from Galeta for just £5. Had hoped for tea at Dean St. Townhouse but it was too crowded so grabbed a good prosciutto/sundried tomato sandwich at Make Mine down the street. Met a friend at Bradley's Spanish Bar then Sham 69 at the 100 Club.

Sat. was the day I asked for help with on planning a full day with a friend coming from Cambridge. I came up with the following itinerary: Imperial War Museum (excellent, we didn't allow nearly enough time), lunch at Blueprint Café (nice polenta w/ mushrooms, ok foie gras and kale salad, great view), Maltby St. market (food looked great but too full, stopped for a gin tasting), walked thru Spitalfield again and up to Old St. then our 6PM res at Callooh Callay. Love all the rooms there, service was nice, drinks ok but not mind blowing. We had passed Tramshed which looked very cool with its huge bar so sat there and split cock n bull croquettes, chicken drumsticks and shaved cauliflower all in the £6-7 range. Then we had to sit in the bar at the St. Pancreas Hotel where I had a nice $$ ginger drink. Ended the nite at the Fiddler's Elbow by Chalk Farm. Back to that same area on Sun. for the Camden Mkt where I was able to have the tasty £6 duck confit sandwich that I was too full for at Brick Lane. and an awesome caramel frosted donut from a stand inside, £1 as it should be. Putzed around town then that evening I took my hosts out to the Harwood Arms by Fulham Broadway. £38 for 3 courses where two of us started with artichoke soup w hazelnuts and egg (wasn't thrilled with this) and rabbit terrine along with excellent bread. We had a pork loin/belly dish for 2 with cabbage, applesauce and potatoes that we loved (photo) and D liked her sole. Dessert for me was buttermilk pudding w/ little chocolate bits and coffee ice cream, blood orange donuts and rhubarb truffle.. Wine was more expensive than other places but we all enjoyed it. So did a good job making my way around town for what may be my last visit there. Hope not.

Mar 04, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland
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Thoughts on London Trip

Wow, you got 10 times the responses I did for my trip to London. Which I'll write up soon if anyone is interested (just returned yesterday). For a fun cocktail place, try Evans & Peel Detective Agency in Earl's Court. They really take the detective thing far for a while, but it's a cute place and we had excellent service. Had a drink in the fancy St. Pancras Hotel and also hit Callooh Callay which is a cool space but the drinks themselves didn't blow us away. Down the street from there, we ate at the bar of Tramshed, super modern vibe. Never made it to the Brdwy Mkt but enjoyed Maltby (and the usual bigger ones). Had a great duck confit sandwich from Frenchie's stand at Camden (also at Brick Lane). In the Brick Lane area, had great coffee at Craft who were also set up on Maltby.

Mar 03, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

24 hrs in Liverpool

Wow thanks for the info on the Swan, hadn't seen that and it sounds perfect. I do have Jenny's on my list but will probably just get one fancy cocktail my nite there and Berry & Rye sounds great. I figured Philharmonic was old school which might be fine, will see what kind of mood I'm in. Was thinking the Quarter for lunch, maybe a late nite kebab at Botan, hopefully hit one of the Salts. Too many things to squeeze in one day. Any noteworthy bakeries or cafes? I'm probably SOL on getting iced coffee over there in Feb., huh? (we drink it year round in New England). Thx again.

Feb 18, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Lunch spots & bakeries in Cardiff?

Here's some notes from when I visited (from Boston 4 years ago so not sure if these places are still there). I really enjoyed dinner at Bayside Brasserie by the waterfront. Mimosa Bar & Kitchen advertised itself as having Welsh food but the menu didn't seem different and it was ok at best. Also by the waterfront was Woods where we had a great daily lunch special of gray mullet and broccoli soup, two courses was £10. Around the corner we stopped at Fabulous Welsh Cakes where I got a fresh one for dessert and a bag to take home. Very nice, like a very creamy scone. Also the café a few doors down was cute and had a good oat bar w/ caramel frosting. I recommend getting a sandwich at that stand where they grill the meat in the center of town. roast pork roll w/ stuffing and apple was huge and only £2.95 (altho the bread was boring). Nice brownie and latte at The Plan in the Royal Arcade (after shopping at Spiller's Records, oldest record store in the world). That nite I finally got a good cocktail at Henry's on Park Place, lychee "martini" with some champagne (lots of interesting combos) and he gave me the happy hour price which was very nice. Then ate at the bar of Laguna next to the Park Plaza and the toast w/ wild mushrooms, spinach and poached egg was great as was the wild boar ravioli. Both were only £6 and with a glass of wine, a great dinner. Grabbed a tasty bacon and cheese thing for the train ride back not far from the High Street Arcade (where there's a good vintage shop and cheap shoe store). Also enjoyed the Cardiff Market and the record store upstairs.

Feb 17, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

24 hrs in Liverpool

I've noticed Europe isn't as big on dining at the bar as we are in the States, where no one wants to sit in the dining room anymore. I'll check out Salt House. I found a couple places that looked decent, any thoughts on The Monro, The Quarter, Philharmonic Dining Rooms (I realize these may not have bar dining), and Botan Kebabs which supposedly has the best kebabs. Will try for a cocktail at Berry & Rye. Is there a suggestion for a bar with a good rock/punk jukebox or ipod? And is the Baltic Triangle section walkable from the Liner? Thanks.

Feb 17, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

I have to say, it's kind of embarrassing how the city has been brought to its knees. Granted, it's an insane amount of snow in 3 weeks but public transportation hasn't run for 3 days in that time period and the last two days it's not running on any above ground lines and at half capacity more or less. The mounds of snow will never melt. It's 10 degrees right now which is par for the course. I'm going to London this week which will feel like Tahiti at this point. I hope our roof doesn't cave in while I'm gone. That little crease you see in the photo is the entry to our bldg.

Feb 17, 2015
Joanie in Food Media & News
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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

Actually I was gonna say the same thing about throwing the contest. No way you forget such key ingredients.

And I agree w/ C Hamster that it's borderline mean to bring the chefs back to be rejected so often. But at least they're in Mexico enjoying the good food and weather I guess.

Feb 13, 2015
Joanie in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

I'll add my props for Linda too. Not sure I'll even watch again, have had enough at this point I think. In any case:

1) what was up with Richard's hair
2) why do they bring back all those chefs when you know they're not gonna get picked
3) Mei's dessert must have tasted awesome cuz to me, it sure didn't look so delicious
4) How could Gregory forget such major ingredients? Seems weird.

Feb 13, 2015
Joanie in Food Media & News
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24 hrs in Liverpool

I'll be there from early afternoon Tues. Feb. 24 to 3:30 on Wed. Will take the obligatory Beatles tour Tues. afternoon and have nothing else on the agenda. I'll be staying at the Liner Hotel. What walkable places have good bar dining where I can get a couple apps and a nice cocktail? Any place for a good lunch on Wed. or some good bakeries? There's not much info on Liverpool but hopefully I get a few replies. Thanks.

Feb 12, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Stupid me forgot the finale was on at 9 so have to wait til tomorrow to read the comments on the last episode. How many times did someone say "this is the most important meal of my life"?

Feb 12, 2015
Joanie in Food Media & News

Help w/ a full day in London and a thank you dinner

Thanks for that info, I've compiled a giant list and am really hoping to whittle things down. I think we'll try to see the 40's fashion exhibit and general things at the Imperial War museum, hit a couple Sat. markets like Broadway and Nettil, which seem to be close to each other and busy that day, try to time Blueprint right (it unfortunately closes midday) and squeeze in a stuffy cocktail and a hip one. I'm thinking Dukes Hotel or the Gilbert Scott in the St. Pancras Hotel for the former (and earlier since they tend to be open all day) and either Callooh Callay or 69 Colebrooke for the latter (I have a res at Evans and Peel for another time). We'll just wander around and check things out, maybe stop for another snack. Does this make any sense for keeping traveling time to a minimum? Do you have a suggestion for an early evening quick bite in the area of the two bars? Thanks.

Also still wondering if there's a good gastropub in the Hammersmith area for the thank you dinner. Maybe the Harwood Arms which wouldn't be too far away right?

Feb 11, 2015
Joanie in U.K./Ireland

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

I wondered about that too. Those farm veggies are esp. dirty and take way more washing than some store bought stuff.

Feb 05, 2015
Joanie in Food Media & News