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Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

estufarian -

Thanks much, the information is very helpful! I look forward to trying at least a couple of the recommendations!

-R-

Apr 20, 2007
R from SF in Spain/Portugal

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

Well I found a little more information. Apparently, there's 50,000 people in Ponta Delgada. There'll be about 4000 people offboarding. I spoke to someone who has been there and she recommended we head for the local business district where the business people eat; that should lessen the chance that we'll be inundated by our fellow cruisers.

Other than that, we're still hoping any fellow hounds can come up with more specifics for us! Thanks! -R-

Apr 19, 2007
R from SF in Spain/Portugal

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

Am on a ship that was supposed to stop in Bermuda, but was unable to due to a big storm.
...So, now we are making a new stop on Ponta Delgada, the Azores.
We'll be there on Saturday from about 7am until about 4pm -- about 9 hours.

I haven't been able to locate any posts yet from the Spain/Portugal nor International boards...

I'm looking for local "authentic" specialties -- restaurants, markets, etc. -- preferably patronized by locals. (I'm willing to put up with other tourists too, if necessary!)

I think I'm willing to go anywhere within reason for good chow (provided we can return in about 6 hours or so.)
Any price range, from bare bones to very nice, is fine.

Any chowing tips here, would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, hounds!
-R-

Apr 16, 2007
R from SF in Spain/Portugal

Any updates on Bermuda ? Especially local Bermudian specialties?

Thank you Athena -- will look forward to sampling the bacalao and the custard tarts for sure!
-R-

Any updates on Bermuda ? Especially local Bermudian specialties?

Update / Regrets -- not going to Bermuda:

Unfortunately, our ship will need to miss the stop in Bermuda, due to a big storm (gale force winds, etc.) [The ship is now changing course and we'll be stopping in the Azores later this week, instead.] -- So, we'll need to save the Bermuda info for another time.

Thanks again for all your help, hounds!
-R-

Any updates on Bermuda ? Especially local Bermudian specialties?

Anne, Athena, ddysgal, KOK - Thanks for all the updates/tips!
Will report back on where we end up (towards the end of May when we return).
Much thanks, -R-

Any updates on Bermuda ? Especially local Bermudian specialties?

Can it be that the last mention of Bermuda is over 6 months old?!

Next week, I'll be in Bermuda on a port stop (King's Wharf) -- at 4pm on a weekday, for 24 hours.

I'm looking for local "authentic" Bermudian specialties, preferably patronized by locals. (I suppose I'm willing to put up with other tourists too, if necessary!)

I think I'm willing to go anywhere within reason on the island for good chow!
Any price range, from bare bones to very nice, is fine.

Are there any updates over the last year?
Anything new, favorites, or general chow tips?

Thanks, hounds!
-R-

Le Havre, Honfleur, Rouen suggestions?

While we're on this thread -- does anyone here have any recommendations for Brest?
Link to thread:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/385960

Thanks all! -R-

Apr 06, 2007
R from SF in France

3+ days in Miami - Mostly Latin American chowing -- Please critique my picks (Long)

Thanks for the tip! -R-

Apr 06, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Le Havre, Honfleur, Rouen suggestions?

Thanks everyone to all your recommendations for Honfleur!

I see I can either go to Honfleur early, or after visiting Rouen.

I still think I'll eat lunch in Rouen at La Couronne --- so perhaps breakfast at Honfleur, before the rest of the tourists get there, will be a good choice.

If we visit Honfleur after Rouen, we unfortunately might not have enough room for anything other than a good snack or light meal. Sampling seafood in Honfleur is definitely a plus, so I especially will look at the seafood restaurants.

Much appreciated,
R

Apr 06, 2007
R from SF in France

BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE (Downtown Miami) Last-Minute Recs (by 4/7 noon) - Please SAVE my Cruisemates!

Diablita FL, thank you for the opinion on Bongos. I've had my doubts about the food, so I was ready to warn my friends that they would be going there for the overall experience. None of them mentioned this as a place they were interested in for food, anyway.

Apr 06, 2007
R from SF in Florida

3+ days in Miami - Mostly Latin American chowing -- Please critique my picks (Long)

lax2mia, netmover, Frodnesor -
Thanks for your passionate replies; your recommendations and comments are immensely helpful!

...Don't worry, I'll trim, rearrange. All the chow-worthy also-rans will not go to waste, because now we have a handy list I can refer to for future visits!

If I have anything I'd like a little more info on, I'll ask (have another week+ to go) --
but this is more than enough for me to go on now!

Much thanks! -R-

P.S. I'll do a writeup when I return, which would be at the end of May.

Mar 30, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami - Cuban or Puerto Rican criolla? Ay Mama Ines?

In reference to
"I'm thinking that maybe I should post a separate thread so that everyone sees my list of choices, along with the big list I came up with." ---

I posted the schedule & list of choices:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386287
"3+ days in Miami - Mostly Latin American chowing -- Please critique my picks (Long)"

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in Florida

BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE (Downtown Miami) Last-Minute Recs (by 4/7 noon) - Please SAVE my Cruisemates!

In reference to
"*I'll post a new thread in a few days about this! Have a list of the Miami places I am considering, but I just need to format the post." ---

I posted the schedule & list of choices:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386287
"3+ days in Miami - Mostly Latin American chowing -- Please critique my picks (Long)"

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami's best Arroz con Pollo ?

In reference to
"** I need to post my list soon so you and the other great hounds there can double-check my picks!" ---

I posted the schedule & list of choices:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386287
"3+ days in Miami - Mostly Latin American chowing -- Please critique my picks (Long)"

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in Florida

3+ days in Miami - Mostly Latin American chowing -- Please critique my picks (Long)

First off, I just want to let you Florida hounds know how much I appreciate all the guidance you've given me already! Thanks again, hounds!

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In April, we're visiting Miami for 3 full days and a morning; the last visit was in April 2005.
Staying near Bayside (for convenience -- have friends staying there, too).

We'd like to taste mostly authentic Latino dishes this visit, preferably cuisines that are under-represented at home in SF.
This visit, we're mostly staying away from Nuevo Latino. (Except maybe Cacao for a birthday dinner.)
Our primary focus is Cuban. (We would also usually pick Spanish dishes, but we are enroute to Spain.)

Reference (links to other posts):
--> Comida Criolla: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/363850
--> Arroz con Pollo: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/381759
--> Bayside (old related post; updated): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/132954

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SCHEDULE
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Here's my schedule. Please feel free to recommend changes.
Note this schedule only has meals. (We'll also want to snack!)...

--> WED - Miami
Breakfast: Sergio's -- (Sun-Thu 0600 to midnight, Fri-Sat 24 hours)
Lunch:
Havana Harry's -- (Mon-Sat 1100-2300)
-or- Canela Café -- (Mon-Sat noon-2330)
Dinner: Benny's Seafood -- (Mon-Thu 0900-2200, Fri-Sat 0900-2300, Sun noon-2200)

--> THU - Miami & west, then return for dinner for friend's birthday
Breakfast: Casa Larios -- (Daily 0700-2300)
-or- Latin America Restaurant at Red Rd (Luis Galindo's Latin American) -- (Sun-Thu 0700-0100, Fri-Sat 0700-0200)
Lunch:
Road trip west on Highway 41: (food to go)
On way east: Get food To Go, from Gilbert's and maybe Blue Sky
Dinner: Cacao Restaurant -- (Mon-Fri 1130-1500, Mon-Sat 1800-2230, Thu-Sat 1800-2330)

--> FRI - Miami & north, maybe visit Ft Lauderdale friend in morning, then return
Breakfast:
Las Olas Café -- (Mon-Sat 0700-2000, Sun 0700-1700)
-or- Confiteria Buenos Aires -- (Daily 0700-2100)
Lunch: Little Havana (lunch specials Mon-Fri 1130-1530)
Dinner: La Carreta -- (Sun-Thu 0800-0200, Fri-Sat 0800-0500)

--> SAT - Miami (preferably between downtown & MIA)
Breakfast:
Islas Canarias #1 -- (Mon-Sat 0700-2300, Sun 0800-2300)
-or- Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop -- (Mon-Fri 0600-1600, Sat 0600-1400)

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LIST
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Here's my list of choices. Please feel free to recommend changes.
(After regular/nicer restaurants, are casual places for breakfasts/snacks, & bakeries.)

** Been there. Plan to visit here or eat here again during this visit.
* Been there. Would eat again, but probably not this visit, due to time constraints.
++ Never been there. Will visit or eat here during this visit.
+ Never been there. Would be nice to visit or eat here.
[ * ] -- Been there. Okay, but probably won't eat there or visit during this visit.
[ - ] -- Been there. Wasn't good enough to want to eat or visit here again.
MNT - Miami New Times "Best Of" award

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REGULAR SIT-DOWN ($-$$)
** La Carreta, Calle Ocho
** Benny's Seafood
+ Havana Harry's
+ Luis Galindo's Latin American Restaurant aka "Latin America Restaurant at Red Rd"
+ Casa Larios - 7705 W Flagler St
* Islas Canarias #2 - 13697 SW 26th St (Coral Way, Kendall) -- Had good meal here.
-or- Islas Canarias #1 - 285 NW 27th Ave (Little Havana)
Little Havana Restaurant - 12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami
Tap Tap -- save for next visit
Ay Mamá Inés
[ * ] Versailles
[ - ] Puerta Sagua - 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach 33139, Ph: 305-673-1115

NICER RESTAURANTS ($$ or above)
++ Cacao Restaurant
* Porcao -- Had good meal here.
* Las Culebrinas - 4700 W Flager St, Coral Gables -- Had good meal here.
Graziano's Miami - 9227 Bird Rd, Miami 33165
-also- Graziano's Coral Gables - 394 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables 33131
Los Ranchos - 401 Biscayne Blvd (Bayside) -- A contingency pick.

BAKERIES -- Any more recommendations on places to visit?:
** Confiteria Buenos Aires - 7134 Collins Ave
** Gilbert's on Bird - 5777 SW Bird Road [SW 40th St] (same center as Blue Sky)
++ Gilbert's on Coral Way (new; moved from * Gilbert's on Douglas)
+ La Nueva Fe Bakery - 2975 W. Fourth Avenue [Cuban party platters MNT 2006]
[ * ] Don Pan - very many locations
Miramar Bakery - State Rd. 7, Hollywood [best Cuban coffee & bread; visit if in the area]

CASUAL EATS (Inexpensive) -- Any favorite snacks or breakfasts to note?:
** El Palacio de los Jugos - 5721 W. Flagler Street ["Best Last Meal on Earth" MNT 2006]
El Palacio de los Jugos - 10140 SW 56th St (Miller Rd), Miami 33165, Ph: 305-275-0030 [3guysfrommiami.com favorite branch]
El Palacio de los Jugos - 14300 SW 8th St, Miami 33184, Ph: 305-226-3141 [Music on Sundays]
** Blue Sky Food By the Pound No 5 - 5751 Bird Rd [SW 40th St] (same center as Gilbert's) -- Visited, but not eaten here
-also- Blue Sky Food By the Pound No 1 - 1239 West 44th Place, Hialeah
-also- Blue Sky Food By the Pound No 7 - 3803 W Flagler St, Coral Gables
-also- Blue Sky Food By the Pound No _ - 12761 Bird Rd [SW 40th St], West Dade
-also- Blue Sky Food By the Pound No 8 - 10734 Sw 72nd St
-also- Blue Sky Food By the Pound No _ - 6452 Northwest 186th Street, Hialeah
+ Canela Café - 5132 Biscayne Boulevard [Sit-down service at night; Best Cuban restaurant MNT 2006]
+ Sergio's - 3252 Coral Way, Miami 33145, Ph: 305-529-0047 [Good breakfasts]
-or- Sergio's - 9330 SW 40th St (Bird Rd), Miami 33165, Ph: 305-552-9626 [Good breakfasts]
+ La Casita - 3805 SW 8th St
+ Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop - 186 NE 29th St [Best Breakfast Special, Best Cuban sandwich MNT 2005]
El Rey de Chivito - 6987 Collins Ave [for Uruguayan sandwich Chivito]
El Rey de las Fritas - 1177 SW 8th St [for Cuban hamburger Frita]
Tinta y Café - 268 SW Eighth Street [Best croquetas MNT 2006]
Las Olas Café - 644 Sixth Street [Best Cuban sandwich MNT 2006]
Villa Habana Restaurant - 3398 Coral Way [inexpensive sit-down; Best Café con Leche MNT 2006]
Latin American Cafeteria - 401 Biscayne Blvd (Bayside) [NOTE: This is ONLY a contingency choice if little time, for breakfast on last day])
+ Robert Is Here - 19200 SW 344th Street, Florida City [a must-visit if in the area]

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Thanks! -R-

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami's best Arroz con Pollo ?

Thanks again lax2mia! I'm checking my list/schedule and I realized that I'm planning to eat at Casa Lario's* for breakfast** before we head west for a mini road trip, but the schedule isn't set in stone. We'd have an opportunity to check for the special offered later that day or the next.

Thanks for the info on Cohiba Brasserie; the preparation sounds good. His interpretation might be a less traditional version, which we might veer away from on this trip (we're sampling more traditional versions because we want to get those flavors imprinted in our memories, first!):
http://www.cohibabrasserie.com/ch/cb_...
MY WAY "ARROZ CON POLLO"
Grilled Chicken Breast served over Saffron Risotto, topped with Tostones
$21.95

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* I've been presuming that this is the one, rather than Lario's on the Beach, which is not on my list.
** I need to post my list soon so you and the other great hounds there can double-check my picks!

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Le Havre, Honfleur, Rouen suggestions?

Thank you, whs, for the affirmation on La Couronne. Then, we will go!
And thanks also for the website.

Yes, I was able to see the exhibit "Monet in Normandy" in San Francisco last year.
[ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article... .
Favorite from exhibit: "Rouen Cathedral Façade and Tour d'Albane (Morning Effect)" 1891, Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/... ) ]

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in France

Miami's best Arroz con Pollo ?

Thanks again, netmover; I always pay special attention to your great recommendations!

For Arroz con Pollo, then, I will then order it from one of the restaurants I'll be visiting; probably Larios or Havana Harry's (since we'd been to Versailles and Las Culebrinas on our previous visit). I think even if the Cuban arroz con pollo is ordinary, at least we get to taste the more authentic versions. (Authentic Cuban is hard to come by in the SF bay area.)

Casa Juancho: Has been on my radar on my previous visits. I had planned to visit this time -- including (or perhaps especially for) the paella. But, we greatly expanded our trip -- to now include, after Miami, 2+ weeks in Spain -- so instead we're opting for Spanish restaurants there! We'll put Casa Juancho on for the visit after this one.

Much appreciated for your recommendations of Cuban dishes to consider in Miami. I'll specifically note these on my list! -R-

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in Florida

BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE (Downtown Miami) Last-Minute Recs (by 4/7 noon) - Please SAVE my Cruisemates!

Thanks netmover, for all your recommendations; I'll add your notes to my list for my cruisemates!

I wasn't think of Bongos, but I see that they're also suggested elsewhere. With you mentioning it, I will make sure to add it to the recommended choices. I assume it's still the nearby "good-but-pricey Cuban", "good if you want to party later" option.

Mar 29, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Le Havre, Honfleur, Rouen suggestions?

Will be in Le Havre on a port stop, on a Friday in April, from 7am to 9pm. While there, we're also planning on visiting Honfleur and Rouen.

Are there any specific chow-worthy establishments I should visit for foodstuffs, in any of those cities?
(Will also be visiting Brest and Paris. So I'll have opportunities to pick up things in those cities, too.)

How about recommendations for any meals? I would prefer to eat where I could sample the authentic local cuisine. If for dinner, it would need to be in Le Havre.

While I'm in Rouen, I'm considering having lunch at La Couronne, to pay homage to the place that Julia Child had her food epiphany. (I suppose the food might not be the top pick now there, although it certainly is a chow-worthy stop in respects of gastronomical history. So I can be convinced to dine elsewhere in any of the 3 cities.)

Thanks for your recommendations! -R-

Mar 28, 2007
R from SF in France

Brest - chow-worthy places?

Will be in Brest on a port stop, on a Wednesday in April, from 9am to 1:30pm.
(I know, that's not much time!)

Are there any specific chow-worthy establishments I should visit for foodstuffs?
(Will also be visiting Le Havre and Paris, later in the trip. So I'll have opportunities to pick up things in those cities, too.)

How about recommendations for breakfast or lunch? I would prefer to eat where I could sample the authentic local cuisine.

Thanks! -R-

Mar 28, 2007
R from SF in France

Miami's best Arroz con Pollo ?

Hi, just checking to see if anyone has any recommendations for this post. ;) Thanks! -R-

Mar 28, 2007
R from SF in Florida

BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE (Downtown Miami) Last-Minute Recs (by 4/7 noon) - Please SAVE my Cruisemates!

Thanks lax2mia! And my cruisemates thank you! I will certainly give them the recommendation for the River Oyster Bar.

Sounds like I would certainly enjoy eating there too; I looked up their site and menu! I need to pass on this great opportunity though, because we need to sample other cuisines on this visit.*

-R-

*I'll post a new thread in a few days about this! Have a list of the Miami places I am considering, but I just need to format the post.

Mar 28, 2007
R from SF in Florida

BAYSIDE MARKETPLACE (Downtown Miami) Last-Minute Recs (by 4/7 noon) - Please SAVE my Cruisemates!

I'm staying downtown again in April. I'll be eating elsewhere, but my cruisemates who are staying at Holiday Inn, Courtyard Marriott, and Hyatt Regency need a closest place to have dinner together.

Are there any new updates on dinner options near or Bayside? Besides Los Ranchos, and somewhat nearby, Garcia's and Tobacco Road?

Thanks!

Mar 28, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami's best Arroz con Pollo ?

We're visiting for 3 days in April, and would like your suggestions for your favorite...
And, perhaps, the other dishes you like to get there to complement the arroz?

A traditional version would be great. Cuban or any other cuisine (except perhaps Mexican, because I can get that at home.)

It can be from a sit-down restaurant, or take-out.
(If it's from a place like Blue Sky, please let me know which branch.)

Have a car, so we're able to drive a little ways out of the city, too.

Thanks for your help, hounds!

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Related Link: My search for Cuban or Puerto Rican Criolla -- http://www.chowhound.com/topics/363850

Mar 16, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami - Cuban or Puerto Rican criolla? Ay Mama Ines?

Thanks for the recommendation!

Mar 16, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami - Cuban or Puerto Rican criolla? Ay Mama Ines?

fyi -
We'll do up to 10 meals in Miami (bkfst-lun-din)
from an early Wed to Sat:
- 1 day staying within Miami proper.
- 1 day including going West for a few hours.
- 1 day maybe running North a little.
- Last morning breakfast within 10 minute drive from Port of Miami.

Hmm...
I'm thinking that maybe I should post a separate thread so that everyone sees my list of choices, along with the big list I came up with.

Would call it something like "Mostly Latin American chowing in Miami".
Might give our esteemed Florida hounds plenty of fodder for discussion...

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...I'll think about it; I have a couple of months before I go.

Jan 30, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami - Cuban or Puerto Rican criolla? Ay Mama Ines?

Yeah, El Jibarito and their died-and-gone-to-heaven mofongo!

Thanks for the tips!

Will keep a lookout for El Coqui mentions.

From our last visit, we are planning on eating at Benny's Seafood again -- we had a good seafood mofongo and some other dishes, and the husband and wife who own the restaurant treated us with an abundance of hospitality.

Casa Larios (7705 W Flagler) is on our short list.
Do you like Luis Galindo's Latin American ("Latin America Restaurant on Red Rd", 898 Sw 57th Ave) over Larios in general?
We might only be able to eat at one, during breakfast hours.

Jan 30, 2007
R from SF in Florida

Miami - Cuban or Puerto Rican criolla? Ay Mama Ines?

Love it. And tostones too! Thanks -- I think I'd like to order both there!

Jan 26, 2007
R from SF in Florida