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Best Peking duck in Beijing?

Hi,

My family and I (it's just 4 of us) are going to Beijing in September and I've read a couple of different blogs and media clips on the Internet having an opinion of who has the best Peking duck.

At any rate, my mother thinks Quanjude is *the* place to eat and wants to eat at their original location (does anyone know the exact address?). I am on the fence about the Quanjude since I remember reading somewhere that if you eat at the location (and pay such a high price) you'd be served with paper/Styrofoam plates?!

Where do you think we should have the mentioned dish? Does that restaurant(s) take reservations and approx. how much is it per person or for that whole duck?

Thanks in advance.

Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Jun 25, 2014
chocokitty in China & Southeast Asia

[Review] Dinner at Sage at Aria

@princesskitty: I do not know if you read my posting (despite it's dated in 2011) but I ate at Sage for dinner with friends. Not for an event or wedding.

Apr 04, 2014
chocokitty in Las Vegas

Chiltern Firehouse (London)

Any reports on this restaurant yet? I'm reading buzz in NYC from friends who reside or eating their way through London and heard good things.

I managed to get a dinner reservation and would like to know if it's worth going or not.

Thanks in advance,
Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Mar 19, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Friday dinner - Clove Club
Saturday lunch - Hedone
Sunday dinner - a Londoner friend's home
Monday dinner - play my chances and go to Greek Street or just wing it with a few other places that have a seat at the bar

Mar 15, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Has anyone dined at Sixtyone?

http://www.hot-dinners.com/Gastroblog...

Mar 11, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Hi ManInTransit,

Thanks so much for your multiple replies to my questions and input.

I've already removed Arbutus from my eating itinerary and have Clove Club as my dinner. Smokehouse was a friend's choice and I'm pretty excited for that.

I wasn't aiming for kaiseki restaurants since NYC does have some very good ones and I'm planning to go to Tokyo next year so that is definitive in itself.

I am very aware London has fantastic Indian fare but I'm OK with Indian, hence the lack of it on my list.

Mar 10, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Thanks for the update, limster.

At least I don't have to rush first thing to St. John's at Maltby Street on a Saturday morning. :) I miss having non-restaurant but fresh and delicious doughnuts.

Mar 09, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

What does everyone think of Hedone? I'm reading/hearing varied responses about this place.

Mar 07, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Thanks, mjgauer.

Since Clove Club and Ten Bells are similar, which, in your opinion is worth your hard earned money for dinner? Clove Club seems a bit pricey if I were to order from their current bar menu (unless it is truly larger than tasting portions) and at that rate, might as well have the tasting menu instead.

I'll consider your opinion for Texture.

Mar 06, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Limster (or any other 'hounder who has any input), what do you think of these restaurants?

Texture vs Ten Bells (I'm speaking of lunch)
The Clove Club (thinking dinner at their bar, if there's any space left)

Other related things, besides Shiori, what other Japanese restaurants would you suggest?

Thanks again

Mar 05, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Thanks for the list, limster.

I'm curious though, I'm under the assumption that NYC's seafood (for sushi) is better than London's. But if it you do think it's great, I'll consider Shiori. (Hopefully, it does have a table.)

Would you recommend St. John (in Smithfield) for a solo dinner? Heard many good things over the years and some even argue it's a London establishment. My issue is about the serving size would be quite large if I ordered an appetizer, main and dessert.

Mar 04, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Great London Foodie App or Blogger??

Smitten Kitchen is based in NYC...

Mar 04, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Critique my itinterary - Visit late March

Hi,

I'm traveling to London for the first time during March 28th to April 1st from New York City. I've scoured parts of this board, some London based food blogs, Michelin Guide, etc. and have this for the time being:

Friday, 28 March
Lunch - The Ledbury
Dinner ?

Saturday, 29 March
Breakfast - Possibly getting the salted beef sandwich at Beigel Bake
Lunch - Upstairs at Ten Bells or Pollen Street Social?
Dinner - Smokehouse

Sunday, 30 March
Will be going out to Hampton Court Palace and leaving the lunch suggestion to my London based friends to decide

Dinner - Arbutus?

Monday, 31 March
Breakfast/coffee - Zack's in South Kensington (friend chose)
Lunch - Duck & Waffle
Maybe tea with another London based friend (yet to confirm)
Dinner - ?

Tuesday, 1 April
Lunch/Tea - Pret A Portea at The Berkeley (Pricey as it is, it does look interesting to me and I adore fashion besides food)
No dinner since my flight leaves at 5 PM

Any dinner ideas for a solo diner? My tastes tend to prefer the robust and adventurous but I do appreciate delicate dishes every so often. I am trying not to exceed the budget around £40.

Please advise where I should eat.

There are times when I will be poking in around bakeries in London and I'm open to ideas where are good.

Thanks in advance.
Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Mar 04, 2014
chocokitty in U.K./Ireland

Patisserie Tomoko, Flying Frist Visit

Their dessert tasting was pretty excellent. Nothing too sweet. Balanced flavors and of course, pretty plating:

http://thewanderingeater.com/2014/02/...

Feb 21, 2014
chocokitty in Outer Boroughs

Where to find dai bao ("big bun") in Flushing?

I am well aware I would find this mentioned steamed bun in Manhattan's Chinatown more so than Flushing but have any of you seen this elusive bun?

It looks like this: http://www.flavorexplosions.com/blog/... and it's filled with a mixture of meats and Chinese sausage, hard boiled egg, etc.

Oct 01, 2013
chocokitty in Outer Boroughs

Bakeries/Coffee Shop for an overnight stay?

Thanks for the suggestion, JerkPork.

I wish I had more time to stay in Montreal... There's so many places I want to eat!

Sep 15, 2013
chocokitty in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bakeries/Coffee Shop for an overnight stay?

Hmm... Maybe I'll get up early to pick up a few of their bagels then. Thank you, Shattered

Sep 15, 2013
chocokitty in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bakeries/Coffee Shop for an overnight stay?

Side note but related to bakeries: Where could I find natas or Portuguese style custard tarts?

Sep 11, 2013
chocokitty in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bakeries/Coffee Shop for an overnight stay?

Thanks, cherylmtl (and others who replied prior to me, the OP)!

Question (re: bakeries): I remember coming across P√Ętisserie Olivier Potier on this board - is it good? Suggestions for a good Montreal bagel?

Are there bakeries that is worth a cab ride (or take public transportation) for better bakeries around the area?

Tangential question, are there any food stuffs (sweets and whatnot) I should purchase in Montreal? Where to buy that particular item(s)?

Thanks again!
Tina

Sep 08, 2013
chocokitty in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pakta vs 41 Degrees

Though I have not been to either but I did extensive reading, 41 Degrees is like the tasting menu version of what Tickets is. Essentially, the "snacks" (the food) the kitchen serve you are what you would have at El Bulli.

Pakta is a culinary fusion (in a way) of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines.

I guess it depends what makes you and your fiancee happy in terms of gastronomic terms. Both should be very good.

Sep 08, 2013
chocokitty in Spain/Portugal

Bakeries/Coffee Shop for an overnight stay?

I never been to Montreal and I am staying at this fine city overnight because of work. I will be arriving to Montreal from NYC on Sunday afternoon (Sept 22) and leaving the next morning (around 8 AM) and I'll be staying at the Mariott Chateau Champlain.

My question to you all: What bakeries and/or coffee shop (think Third Wave similar to what I can have in NYC) that I can visit within this tight schedule and area? What should/could I bring back home?

Many thanks in advance!

Sep 08, 2013
chocokitty in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sweets (desserts, chocolate, pastries) in Barcelona?

Has any of you went to this bakery called L'Obrador? http://www.lobradordelmoli.com/

Sep 03, 2013
chocokitty in Spain/Portugal

Food souvenirs I should bring back from Barcelona?

I know ham (or any pork product, really) is a big no-no for US Customs...

I'm definitely going to the Formatgeria La Seu. (I love cheese of any type, especially the unique or funky ones.)

Aug 30, 2013
chocokitty in Spain/Portugal

Food souvenirs I should bring back from Barcelona?

Ooh! Thanks, caganer!

Where is La Ribera? I've tried Googling it but the searches point to the neighborhood rather than an actual store.

Aug 30, 2013
chocokitty in Spain/Portugal

Food souvenirs I should bring back from Barcelona?

Back when I was in Paris (about two years ago), I managed to take a number of macarons, chocolates, hard cheeses (vacuum packed ), bread and even Tahitian vanilla beans (relatively inexpensive) back to NYC to give as gifts to friends and family.

I am hoping to do a similar thing with my upcoming trip to Barcelona and am wondering are there any cheese shops, shops that carry a great selection of Spanish olive oils, spices, gourmet specialty stores (similar to G. Detou in Paris), and kitchenware shops you'd recommend?

Thanks again!
Tina

Aug 30, 2013
chocokitty in Spain/Portugal

Sweets (desserts, chocolate, pastries) in Barcelona?

Thanks for the list! I'll definitely incorporate this on my itinerary.

Aug 30, 2013
chocokitty in Spain/Portugal

Sweets (desserts, chocolate, pastries) in Barcelona?

I'm going to visit Barcelona for three nights in mid-October with two friends. I'm in the flux of planning and mapping where to dine (at restaurants), I would like to ask you all where are good or great ice cream shops, chocolate shops, and bakeries in Barcelona are?

The only chocolate place I know of in Barcelona is Oriol Balaguer and that would be one of my stops during my trip.

Please assist.

Thanks in advance!
Tina
http://thewanderingeater.com

Aug 29, 2013
chocokitty in Spain/Portugal

Good/great bakeries in Philly?

Thanks, suyee for the suggestions! I've heard of Elixir for a while and I'm penciling that down.

Apr 18, 2013
chocokitty in Philadelphia

Good/great bakeries in Philly?

I was thinking there might be a few that might close during that weekend. Thanks for the tips!

Apr 18, 2013
chocokitty in Philadelphia

Good/great bakeries in Philly?

Thanks everyone! I'll look into them (and the suggested coffee spots)!

I'll be in Philly during the July 4th weekend. Hopefully, they're all open then. :)

Apr 17, 2013
chocokitty in Philadelphia