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Christmas Season in Europe

We went to Copenhagen last year before Christmas and could not have been happier...so festive.
Are there other cities in Europe that people love just before the Christmas season???

Aug 11, 2014
VinoEd in Europe

Paris - Spring or Verjus

I will be in Paris in about a month. I probably won't get into Spring, but thought I would ask anyway. I'm from NYC, love great food, but am tired of everything that has to be so cutting edge. I no longer need foam. Also, I do not need my plate to be sculpted like a museum piece....just make it taste good.

I remember going to Benoit before it was sold to Ducasse. I had a chicken baked in a salt crust (like they do with fish quite a bit...heaven

Anyway, are either or both off these spots over the top? Or do they just deliver really well prepared food?

Merci...Ed

May 01, 2014
VinoEd in France

7 days in Paris. What do you think?

I'd go to Poilane for lunch. Your close and the bread doesn't get better.

May 01, 2014
VinoEd in France

Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Oh, one last thing. There is a site slowtrav.com that has lots of info on Provence

One of the posters, Kevin W is an American that lives there. He is an outstanding resource. Actually I believe he runs a B&B with his wife, but his opinions will never even discuss his B&B

Apr 25, 2014
VinoEd in France

Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Some great advice on the Luberon. I agree Roussion is touristy,but the ochre stone is pretty amazing. As you have a dinner set up for Arles and Avignon, you can visit both those towns in the afternoon before your dinner.I disagree that Loumarin is like Paris, it's has more shops than the other towns, and my wife loved shopping there...it also has several decent places to eat or grab a snack.

You can good outdoor markets in the luberon, and it will tell you which days and in what towns. I would this as a guide, because I think it is fun to see one of the markets.

Another unique town, that I would not make a special trip to but would certainly visit if close, would be Oppede le Vieux (not Oppede which is boring). This is a tiny town with hardly any people, but it very historic with all these old structures that are only half standing. Ridley Scott the Director lives here...but no you will not see his home.

Saigon is pretty and interesting, but I am guessing it is too far out of the way.

Lacoste is right next to Bonnieux, very small and really easy to visit.

Apr 25, 2014
VinoEd in France

Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Now that you have your trip planned, I'd like to suggest some alternatives. Having spent 6 weeks in Provence, I found it utterly charming. But the charm was not experienced in the towns you are visiting. The Pope's Palace in Avignon is lovely, but I did not care for the town.

I LOVED the Luberon. There are so many small towns with fabulous markets. If I went to Aix (which I love and think it's a mini Paris), I would Loumeron (sp?). Then visit Bonnieux, and St Remy on the way back to your hotel.

If you are open to spending some time in the Luberon, I am sure you can lots of suggestions on this site.

My 2 favorite meals were Le Bistrot du Paradou just south of St Remy and A Goat Farm that serves Sunday lunch, and it is abut a 1/2 east of Bonnieux.

Apr 24, 2014
VinoEd in France

Lot-et-Garonne - Agen area

Hi, I am visiting the Lot-et-Garonne in June; SW of Agen. Any recommendations?? Or do we just buy at the market and cook at home?

Merci...Ed

Apr 20, 2014
VinoEd in France

Dordogne & Tremolat in June

There are some excellent restaurant recommendations on the boards, but a lot of the info is a couple years old. We love good food, but don't want too fancy or 5 course tasting menus. Any places we must add to the list?
Merci

Apr 19, 2014
VinoEd in France

Christmas in Copenhagen

We will be there the week before you, so I can let you know how we make out.

Seems like the boards have lived Fiskebarren, AOC and Aamanns; but I am open to any ideas you have heard

Thanks...Ed

Nov 26, 2013
VinoEd in Europe

Parm

I've only been once and had the calamari, which was good but not great. I sat next to a couple eating a turkey and a chicken parm, both looked killer. I'd givve either one of those a try.

Apr 01, 2012
VinoEd in Manhattan

Opinions on Julienne in Santa Barbara

Julienne is good and creative and does focus on regional items. It would be a good choice.

Hungry Cat, same owner as in LA is also a very good choice.

Bouchon typically has very good food, but a bit more main stream.

Wine Cask, some people love it, and it has Bouchon's old chef, but I have had several fair meals

Mar 28, 2012
VinoEd in California

Sevilla

Sue, thank you. We plan on lots of tapas and not as many "real" meals. We will also take the train to Cordoba for the day.

Mar 28, 2012
VinoEd in Spain/Portugal

Santa Barbara Wine tasting

For people to tell you their favorite wineries I think it is best to say what type of wine you like....Pinot, syrah, chardonnay?

Los Olivos could be a good choice because it can be a nice drive past wineries and then you can just go to a few tasting rooms in town. You can also eat lunch in Los Olivos.

Mar 27, 2012
VinoEd in California

Please Ctritique my 5 day/4 Night Food Schedule

A couple of lunch ideas...Spotted Pig, ABC Kitchen, or the fish restaurant in Eataly

Mar 25, 2012
VinoEd in Manhattan

Good seafood with bar seating for solo dining

What about the Oyster Bar in Grand Central, certainly casual enough. Not cutting edge, more of an old classic, but have not been in years.

Mar 25, 2012
VinoEd in Manhattan

4 days in NYC

I agree with board on Indian, love Tulsi...the lamb chops rock

Great hotel and location btw. Boulud in the hotel is great, as is Marea, but very different.

Many of your meals are quite formal, for an Italian dinner I would consider Osetria Morini (same exec chef as Marea).

Lunch, love Spotted Pig. An old classic bistro if you have not been is Baltazar in Soho

Ciao,

Edf

Mar 24, 2012
VinoEd in Manhattan

Carmel

We will be in Big Sur in April. We will head into Carmel once or twice for lunch. Not too formal, but best food.
Thanks...Ed

Mar 09, 2012
VinoEd in California

Breakfast and Lunch in Santa Barbara

You probably have too many options, but here's my two cents.

Renaud's is definitely a winner. Scarlet Begonia is new, and also above average. But don't spend all your time on State Street. Two options on the beach are the Boathouse and East Beach Grill, I prefer East Beach and it's good for breakfast or lunch.

Mar 08, 2012
VinoEd in California

Santa Barbara Rehearsal Dinner/Wedding

For your dinner for 11 you have some interesting choices. I think the Stonehouse will be over budget. Wine Cask can fall short on food quality. I think Seagrass is another great option. Also Petros, great food/fair service has a table for 10 or 12 outside by the fireplace, really cool spot.

Mar 07, 2012
VinoEd in California

Napa Valley restaurants?

My favorite is Redd in Yountville.

Mar 06, 2012
VinoEd in San Francisco Bay Area

Sevilla

Great stuff, thanks for the feedback

Mar 04, 2012
VinoEd in Spain/Portugal

Italian Dining

Cappy, you have been to some spots, several are my favorites too. A new one I tried and really like was Osteria Morini, but I wouldn't call it less hectic.

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Osteria Morini
218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Feb 27, 2012
VinoEd in Manhattan

Santa Barbara must-try restaurants

Judy,
I agree with Beach Chick on Renaud's, a real highlight for SB.

East Beach Grill is right on the water, casual and dog friendly, a good choice for breakfast or lunch.

For pizza, Olio e Limone is the best bet.

SB is not a real foodie destination, lots of restaurants, but falls far short on a national scale. Petros is a newer Greek restaurant that is well above average. There is a patio but I am not sure if it is dog friendly.

Ciao...Ed

Feb 27, 2012
VinoEd in California

Sevilla

We are going to Sevilla in May, any suggestions for dinner. Having lived in NYC for most of my life, we appreciate good food; but we don't need a place too formal or fancy.

Also, if anybody has ideas for Flamenco that would be great.

Ed

Feb 27, 2012
VinoEd in Spain/Portugal

Top 5 places to eat in Rome, Florence and Venice

I agree that the local places are the best.
My favorite place in Venice was Da Remigio. I went for Sunday lunch and we were the only Americans, which is a plus. We ate for hours. I can still remember the razor clams.

Aug 26, 2010
VinoEd in Italy

Anniversary lunch southern Tuscany

Hi all,

We will be going to La Foce in the morning, which is south of Montepulciano. I was looking to go to lunch perhaps near Cetona or Chiusi since we will be heading back to Umbria.

We are celebrating 30 years, so we need the lunch to be great...but it does not need to be fancy

Grazie....Ed

Aug 25, 2010
VinoEd in Italy

Any good eats in Little Rock?

Any ideas for lunch? Is there any good BBQ here? Am I better off going for burgers or fried chicken? Not looking for a fancy restaurant, just want some authentic, local food, and if it was close to RTe 40 that would be great

thanks....ed

Dec 29, 2007
VinoEd in General South Archive

Rte 40W thru Memphis

We will be driving thru Memphis just around lunchtime and would love some BBQ. We don't have time to head far from the highway, but is there some good BBQ right near 40W???

thanks....Ed

Dec 29, 2007
VinoEd in General South Archive

good eats 55th/2nd ave

abs, sorry you moved to the wrong 'hood, there is no Babbo here.

There is a new Nobu on 57th, and there is Rosa Mex here also, and you said you like them. JUbilee is ok for neighborhood bistro, Jimbo's not bad for greasy (meant in a good way) hamburger, oh, there is a SHun Lee nearby also. I like Seo on 49th for sushi, but it is not Nobu.

Here is the good news...cook...there is an outstanding butcher on 1st and 52st called Simchick. Otherwise your best bet is to catch a cab downtown.

Aug 13, 2006
VinoEd in Manhattan

Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Pistou, I rather liked sitting at the bar rather than a formal table. Sitting for three hours in a formal restaurant is no longer my thing. And if you don't like lines, go early (by 12:30) for lunch and you won't have a problem.

I can't remember how much I spent, perhaps 8 to 20 Euros a plate. The joy of eating here is you can defien your own meal. Order one dish at a time then decide what is next...no pressure to enter your whole order. So if you are on a tight budget, try a dish or two, if not, they have great wine by the glass and keep getting plates till you full.

Aug 10, 2006
VinoEd in France