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5 nights in Paris, need some dining help please

My husband and I will be traveling from Amsterdam to Paris for 5 nights. We need some suggestions on where to eat. There are so many "districts" and choices to make. We like everything and a bit more in price when on vacation for dinner is fine. We would like the "local" fare, bistros etc to sample whatever they are known for. Thanks for your time and help.

Apr 12, 2014
Hilary in France

3 days in Amsterdam, need dining help

My husband and I will be spending 3 nights in Amsterdam and then taking the train to Paris for 5 nights. I would appreciate and suggestions for eating there as well as visiting the markets. We like all kinds of cuisine, and when on vacation a little more expensive is okay. We would like to sample the foods that locals eat and the area is known for. Let the eating begin!!!! Thanks for your time and help.

Apr 12, 2014
Hilary in Europe

Keystone Oatzels, oat bran/no salt added pretzels

I live on Long Island and can no longer find my favorite pretzel. They are by Keystone located in PA. I love the variety Oat Bran, No Salt Added. Does anyone know where I might find them? Thanks for the help.

Jan 09, 2014
Hilary in New York State (exc. NYC)

Marina area dining as well as the city [San Francisco]

No, he is moving to Bay Street and Laguna. I was looking at the map and I thought it said Marina District, like Russian Hill etc., Sorry.

Jan 20, 2013
Hilary in San Francisco Bay Area

Marina area dining as well as the city [San Francisco]

My son will be moving to San Francisco shortly. His apartment is in the Marina District. Any shopping/markets or dining not to be missed in that area or in the city? We will be visiting this summer.

Jan 19, 2013
Hilary in San Francisco Bay Area

Copenhagen for 3 days

Thanks for the input. I welcome any suggestions. It doesn't have to be fancy, but something not too touristy/or expensive (it that is possible there) would be nice. Good food, maybe some atmosphere...

Jul 12, 2011
Hilary in Europe

Copenhagen for 3 days

I will be in Copenhagen with my husband early August before boarding a cruise ship. We love to try local cuisine, but I hear that food is very expensive here. Can anyone suggest restaurants that won't break the bank? It doesn't have to be cheap cheap, but reasonably priced would be nice. We like all types of food, and are especially eager to have fish/seafood etc. Fancy is not necessary, but some atmosphere or local flare would be welcomed. Any food type is fine as well. Thanks.

Jul 06, 2011
Hilary in Europe

Need Restaurant Picks for Cannes, Barcelona, London, Paris Tour

My husband and I were there for one day before a cruise two summers back. We had dinner that night at Tapas 24 and loved it. It is not a tourist place, we were just about the only English speaking people there. Waiting on line goes fast, and sitting at the counter is lots of fun. The food was great and atmosphere fantastic.

Mar 24, 2011
Hilary in Europe

2 DAYS IN COPENHAGEN EARLY AUGUST BEFORE A CRUISE

My husband and I are taking a Princess Cruise early August. We are round-trip from Copenhagen. We arrive two days before the cruise to see the sights and welcome any suggestions for eating for that time. Thank you.

Mar 24, 2011
Hilary in Europe

3 Days in Malaga, Spain before a cruise

My husband and I will be staying in Malaga for three days before a RCCL cruise. We love seafood or anything else and would like any comments or suggestions regarding restaurants in that city or any surrounding towns etc. Also, is there a marketplace in this city or nearby? We love to spend time in the markets as much as museums. We will be there the beginning of August.

Feb 24, 2011
Hilary in Spain/Portugal

4 Days in Barcelona!

My husband and I had one day to spend in Barcelona before a cruise. Our hotel recommended Tapas 24. We went and had a wonderful experience. We were just about the only English speaking people there. We had no problem ordering and enjoying the terrific tapas.

Feb 24, 2011
Hilary in Spain/Portugal

I hate the new release

I cannot agree more. Yes, the font is much toooo small. Even with my glasses I am having trouble seeing what I am writing from a normal distance. I cannot seem to figure out how to navigate around this newly designed site. I don't see "my chow" either, and I can't seem to find threads the way I did in the past. I vote to go back to the new design. New is NOT always better!

Sep 24, 2010
Hilary in Site Talk

Chowhound's New Design for Website

I don't know about anyone else, but I miss the old design. I am having some trouble navigating this new design and don't even like the way it looks. Just throwing my opinion out there.

Sep 23, 2010
Hilary in Site Talk

Arggggh! Everything closed Aug. 6-14

My husband and I will be in Rome for three days before boarding the Princess Ruby for a cruise. Are we also going to have trouble finding places to eat? Can anyone help with suggestions as to what might be open? We are staying at the Cicerone Hotel, on the west side of the Tiber near the Vatican. We can take mass transit and are good walkers as well. I have been reading online and restaurants are usually mentioned by neighborhood, which I am not familiar with at all. I think we are in the Pratti. Help is greatly appreciated.

Jul 22, 2010
Hilary in Italy

Rome for three days

My husband and I will be in Rome for three days before we transfer to Ruby Princess for a Mediterranean/Greek Isle cruise. We will have Friday (most of it once checked into hotel Cicerone) to ourselves and doing tours Saturday and Sunday. We will need dinner each of those two days as well. We are not into offal (spelling?) but do enjoy most everything else. We most likely won't be looking to dress up for dinner, but do enjoy good food, with a fun/local type atmosphere and like to sample variety. Friday we plan on doing as much walking as our feet can take and can wind up anywhere. Saturday and Sunday, after the tours return us to our hotel, we can travel for dinner if need be. Looking for suggestions for the little time we have there.

Jun 06, 2010
Hilary in Italy

Waco area

My son is moving to Waco in just a couple of weeks to start a new job. I am totally unfamiliar with that area. What are the surrounding towns/cities I should be looking for when reading the reviews etc.? Also, what are the good eats in and around that area. He will be working in McGregor and living in the Woodway/Waco area.

Besides restaurants, what is the good shopping for quality/variety and prices as well. Whether it be large supermarkets or smaller specialty stores. I know it is the middle of the state, but he loves fish/seafood. Will it be available in the stores too? Of course beef is number one with him too!

Thanks for you help.

Apr 11, 2010
Hilary in Texas

Ali Baba IN Troy, NY Open Friday, April 2nd?(Good Friday)

We are coming to Troy 4/2 to bring our son home before he moves out-of-state for a job. He has been raving about Ali Baba, and this will be our last chance to go. Does anyone know if they will be open on that Friday....it is Good Friday. Thanks.

Mar 07, 2010
Hilary in New York State (exc. NYC)

Son moving to the Waco area(working in McGregor)

Thanks for the link. When I have "lots" of time, I will take a closer look at it. Besides needing places to eat, can anyone suggest good shopping? He likes to cook and eat, so fresh ingredients are essential. Where do you go for anything? Thanks much for your help. I hope to visit him in July and check out the area.

Mar 06, 2010
Hilary in Texas

Son moving to the Waco area(working in McGregor)

My son has just accepted a job working in McGregor at SpaceX and will be looking to live in the Waco area. Any suggestions on where to shop and places to eat.

All suggestions are welcomed. Thank you.

....a sad mom

Mar 05, 2010
Hilary in Texas

Open Markets In Rome

Thank you all for your feedback. We are flying to Rome the evening of 8/5 (Thursday) arriving Friday morning 8/6. On Monday we transfer to the Ruby Princess for our cruise. We are kinda foodies and enjoy walking around, and tasting, the local markets. We have scheduled tours for the days as I stated above. If I am able to move the Friday afternoon tour to Sunday, would any of the markets still be open on Friday early afternoon, what kind of hours do they keep? We will staying at the Ciceron Hotel, on the west side of the Tiber(not sure of the name of the neighborhood). Any further help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Feb 25, 2010
Hilary in Italy

Open Markets In Rome

Hi, Can anyone tell me about any open air markets in Rome? My husband and I will be there August 6,7 & 8 this summer. We will have Sunday 8/8 afternoon free, and would love to walk around any marketplace. I know many places are closed on Sunday, would the market be open? Can you tell me where these markets are located and when they might be open? We have an afternoon tour scheduled for 8/6, a full day tour for 8/7 and a morning tour 8/8. Thanks.

Feb 25, 2010
Hilary in Italy

Rome Before A Cruise

Thank you for the information. I didn't know so much would be closed. I am sure we will find something to look at, buy and eat. We ARE good walkers, and if the city is as small as you say, it shouldn't be a problem. Do you have any suggestions for places to eat. We will have Friday/Saturday/Sunday for dinner and Friday and Sunday for lunch as well. We love little local/type places to experience new things. Don't want anything touristy if we can help it. Thanks again.

Feb 22, 2010
Hilary in Italy

Rome Before A Cruise

I am sorry if I have confused you. To me, August is summer. Anyway, we are both good walkers, willing to take local transportation and very excited about spending some time in Rome. I did look at a map and found my hotel. Without measuring the actual distance, by the eye it looks quite far from the main area of attractions. I am sure once there I will see how easy it must be to walk everywhere. Thank you for your help.

Feb 21, 2010
Hilary in Italy

Tapas at Las Ramblas, NYC

My husband and I recently ate at Las Ramblas, which is on West 4th Street near 6th Avenue. We had been craving Spanish Tapas since visiting Barcelona last summer. We truly enjoyed this very tiny place. the menu is all tapas, some cold and some hot. They also offer specials each day. Prices ranged from $5 per plate up to $14, depending on the item. We had 9 plates between the two of us along with several glasses of Cava to wash them down. We had the duck sausage on a skewer with quail eggs, pimento and pearl onion; baby lamb chops grilled; shrimp in an amazing garlic sauce; beef on a stick; grilled sardines (amazing); scallops with ham; the Spanish omelet; a couple of others that escape me; and dessert (they do't have much to choose from) my husband had the orange scented custard (their version of creme brulee) and I had assorted berries sauteed in grand marnie with chocolate drizzle and whipped creme. A very nice evening before heading uptown to see a show. They do not take reservations, it is a very small place that filled up quickly. We arrived early around 5:30pm ish as we had a show to see after. They did not rush us even though many were entering al the while we ate. As we ate, they continued to bring "french bread" to us for the sauces and replace dirty dishes/flatware and clean the table. All in all, a nice experience.

We welcome and other suggestions regarding Spanish Tapas in NYC or Queens or even Long Island.

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Las Ramblas
170 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Feb 21, 2010
Hilary in Manhattan

Rome Before A Cruise

Thank you for your comments and suggestions. I know that our hotel is kinda out of the way, but that is the hotel that Princess uses. I will look up the places you suggested. Is our hotel so far that we can't walk to the central area where there might be things to see and food to eat as well? We are good walkers, keeping in mind that August will be hot, we are willing to try anything, what about taking their metro to go there, is there a stop near our hotel? We/I am really unfamiliar with Rome and its neighborhoods and am not really sure where/what etc, if you know what I mean. I welcome all input. We leave the beginning of August, so now is the time for me to research possibilities. Should I make reservations at places before we go or can you just walk in? Thanks again.

Feb 21, 2010
Hilary in Italy

Rome Before A Cruise

My husband and I will be leaving from Rome on a cruise this coming summer. We will have 2 1/2 days--3 nights there before the cruise. We have arranged for a 1/2 day tour on a Friday afternoon, a full day tour on Saturday and a morning tour on Sunday. We have three evenings to fill (with a nice dinner) and maybe a walk etc before we transfer to the ship on Monday. My travel agent told me of a restaurant called La Cisterna, raving about it. We want a true experience, not just a tourist trap. Any feedback on this restaurant, and any suggestions on where to eat each night? We are good walkers, doesn't have to be fancy, although one evening a "nice restaurant" would be fine. We love to browse food markets, if there are any around. Any must see/eat places to go? We will be staying at the Cicerone Hotel. Don't know much about it or it's location. Thanks for your help.

Feb 20, 2010
Hilary in Italy

BEST TAPAS Barcelona

We were recently in Barcelona, sadly only one day before leaving on a cruise. We had the most amazing dinner at Tapas 24. A must try for tapas. Make sure you have the fried sprats (sometimes called small fried fish), the omelet and when it gets to dessett-get the chocolate balls drizzled with fruity olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt---to die for. Everything we saw around us looked amazing.

Aug 26, 2009
Hilary in Spain/Portugal

Grilled/fried Seafood/fish

Thanks, but I guess I should have mentioned that I live on Long Island, Nassau County. Would travel a bit, but that is a little too far to go.

Aug 13, 2009
Hilary in General Tristate Archive

Grilled/fried Seafood/fish

We just returned from a Mediterranean cruise. We were able to enjoy grilled and fried seafood/fish in Greece, Spain and Italy. Other than Ayhans, can you recommend a place to get some really good variety of grilled/fried fish or seafood? We had grilled and fried sardines, very yummy. Also octopus salad as well as grilled. Anchovies and small fried fish called sprats. Can be appetizer portions as well as entree size. Thanks all.

Aug 13, 2009
Hilary in General Tristate Archive

Spanish Tapas

Sadly, we only had one day in Barcelona before boarding a ship for a Mediterranean cruise. After walking Las Ramblas during the day and having lunch there, our hotel, The Hotel Conde des Barcelona (very nice) recommended Tapas 24 and were very happy with it, being our only experience.

Aug 13, 2009
Hilary in Manhattan