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Dublin--first specific request(s)

Thanks for these suggestions, everyone. I really appreciate them.

Mar 29, 2015
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

Calling Columbus, Ohio Food Trucks

I don't know that this is an exhaustive list, but here's a link for hiring a number of different food trucks: http://roaminghunger.com/columbus/foo...

I hope that helps.

Mar 17, 2015
nc213 in Great Lakes

Dublin--first specific request(s)

Hi Chowhounders: I'm headed to Ireland and Northern Ireland with a group of university students in May. I've been reading your posts for ideas--thanks for that. Right now I have two specific questions about Dublin, our first stop.

First, I'm looking for a place to take the students for dinner the first night. We'll have flown the night before, so I'm looking for something relatively close to our lodging so they can collapse in a heap afterwards. We're staying at the Staycity Apartments St. Augustine--on St. Augustine by Oliver Bond/Cook. I realize we're at the edge of Temple Bar, so there will be a lot of touristy places around.

Our perfect place would be a not-too-expensive bistro or gastropub serving modern Irish food. I'd like something that highlights Irish cuisine since it's our first night, but in reality I'm open to any kind of cuisine that fits our parameters: space for 14 people, not too far from the hotel, at least 1-2 vegetarian options, with a budget of maybe 30-35 Euro per person, not including alcohol (though less expensive would be ideal). I've seen a lot of places with early bird specials; that would work for us, but I don't know if places will be willing to extend them to such a large group. Since we're so many people, I think we also need a place that takes bookings.

Second, I'm looking for possible lunch spots in Sandycove or maybe places to pick up picnic supplies in Sandycove. We're headed out to the Joyce Tower one day (depending on weather). Last time I did this we just grabbed picnic supplies in the city center, but a group of 14 makes us less agile, so I want to do some more planning.

Any other recs you have I'd be happy to hear. I imagine I'll be coming to you again with more planning questions. I love Dublin, but I've only been briefly a few times, so I don't know the city that well.

Mar 13, 2015
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

Restaurants in Columbus, OH

Without a car it's going to be difficult to get from downtown to a Skyline. We do have a car sharing service in C-bus, but I imagine there is a yearly fee.

Can you tell us more about what you're looking for in recs?

To take a couple of blind stabs:
Your hotel is right close to El Arepazo, a lunchtime favorite for many, and Tip Top, a very Columbus funky comfort food place with what I would argue are the best cheese fries in C-bus (Ohio Nachos, haystack style).

It's not much of a walk from there to North Market, home of many things lovely including Hot Chicken Takeover, which people are really excited about. You can also get Jeni's Ice Cream and Pistacia Vera macarons and other pastries in the market--two of Columbus's best.

If you're willing to head to German Village, Harvest offers really lovely brick oven pizza.

For upscale, I'd suggest Rigsby's in the Short North.

If you have some more specific desires or requests, let us know.

Mar 12, 2015
nc213 in Great Lakes

Restaurants in Columbus, OH

Are you looking for recommendations or just simply for the nearest Skyline Chili? There are quite a few in Columbus, but they're generally in the outskirts/suburbs. You could be at one in 15-20 minutes if you have a car. I don't know that I'd call it local food, though. It's a chain, which I believe started in Cincinatti.

Mar 11, 2015
nc213 in Great Lakes

Thanksgiving day snacks, many dietary retrictions

Thanks, all for the suggestions. I found out that our guest can eat non-gluten grains (she was off them for a while) and that nuts are ok, which should allow me to make most of your suggestions. And thanks much for the romesco suggestion. I've never made it, and it should be perfect with the crudite.

Nov 09, 2014
nc213 in Special Diets

Thanksgiving day snacks, many dietary retrictions

Thanks for these suggestions. I know she eats both beef and avocado, so those are good starts, and adding roasted peppers to the spread would be easy and probably welcomed by everyone.

I was thinking about spicy sweet pecans, but I have to see if she can have nuts.

Nov 08, 2014
nc213 in Special Diets

Thanksgiving day snacks, many dietary retrictions

Hi All,
We have a guest for Thanksgiving with many food allergies and sensitivities. I'm good on the main meal, and she is bringing her own dessert. However, our usual Thanksgiving m.o. is to graze throughout the day before a later meal. We usually do a big cheese board, deviled eggs, olives, sugared cranberries, and salami. Sometimes I'll add in gougeres or shrimp.

Our guest cannot have gluten, grains of any kind, dairy, eggs, pork, or shellfish. From our usual afternoon foods, that leaves olives and cranberries. I'm planning to add some roasted spiced chickpeas. I thought I might put out smoked salmon as well, though I have to figure out what she could have that on/with, since I don't know about gluten and grain free crackers. I can put out crudite, of course, but crudite and chickpeas don't seem like much to eat for an afternoon.

Any thoughts or suggestions? I'm all ears.

Nov 08, 2014
nc213 in Special Diets

Columbus, Ohio – 1. Special Occasion Dinner & 2. Yummy, not pricey by Westerville

We've found Lindey's and Rigsby's to be our favorite finer/special occasion places. Both consistently offer really nice food and great service. Every time we've tried elsewhere, what we find is not as good as those two.

I hear good things about L'Antibes and Alana's, but haven't made it to either yet.

Sep 30, 2014
nc213 in Great Lakes

Derek's in Manayunk

Since I haven't lived in Philly for a while, I could be wrong, but I doubt you're going to get pushback on not liking Derek's. I don't think it's ever been particularly loved. Sonoma was marginally inventive when it first opened, and not much about Derek's places have been inventive for a very long time.

I saw your Manayunk thread a while ago--Chaaba Thai and Jake's were recommended, and you'd do much better at either of them. Oh, and Han Dynasty, too (but I haven't been there yet).

Jun 16, 2014
nc213 in Philadelphia

Marco's Pizza??

I think the question here is "moving back" from where? If you're coming from a place with great pizza--say most of the Northeast (particularly Philly or NY), Marco's will make you sad. If you're coming from a place with not much of a pizza tradition, it will do fine. As another poster says, it's not dissimilar to Papa John's, but it's somewhat better.

Jun 13, 2014
nc213 in Chains

11 dinners in Columbus Ohio

Harvest, for artisan pizza. Two locations, Clintonville and German Village. The former will probably be closer to you, but I've only been to the latter. (They have GF crust, and I *think* they'll do a vegan pizza.)

Rigsby's in the Short North for a nice meal. Lovely food, $1 Oysters on Monday nights.

Lavash, not far north of campus on High Street for Lebanese/Middle Eastern. It's casual; order at the counter and they bring food to you. Awesome food, great for vegans and GF.

Akai Hana for sushi and other Japanese fare.

Dirty Franks for a Columbus experience. Cheap, fun, hot dogs topped many ways. They have GF buns and tons of vegan options. (Actually, all of Liz Lessner's places--Tip Top, Surly Girl--have good vegan options.)

Skillet--just down the road from Barcelona--for farm-to-table. It's a tiny room with really good food. Afterwards, walk to Jeni's and then eat your ice cream as you walk around Schiller Park for the best of German Village. Tough spot for vegans, though.

Local Cantina in Grandview Heights has great tacos. All of them are discounted (I think $2, but I can't remember) for Tuesday taco nights. It's a fun place and they have a couple of veggie options (but maybe only 1-2 vegan options).

Jun 12, 2014
nc213 in Great Lakes

Lunch between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis - (Columbus / Dayton?)

Also, it would be a quick ride (or not long walk) from Skillet to Schiller Park, where you could sit outside and eat with the dogs and they could get some exercise. There is a small outpost of Jeni's--the best ice cream in C-bus and one of the best in the country--a block north of the park (maybe 5 blocks west of Skillet) that you could hit up after.

Also in the area is Katz's deli (a drive from the park, great for takeout) and Pistacia Vera, to get some baked goods for the road.

Jun 08, 2014
nc213 in Great Lakes

New and exciting in Silver Spring?

Headed to Silver Spring in a few weeks for Silverdocs (or, as it has sadly been renamed AFIdocs) and planning some good eats. I used to live in the area, so we have some perennial favorites, especially ethnic foods that are less available in our current digs in Ohio. Definites are Abol, Mandalay, Penang, York Castle, and Oriental East for dim sum. Woodlands is also high on the list, though I can get South Indian here.

Anything new that I should know about? I'm seeing positive comments on Nainai's noodles and dumplings and also Charm Thai.

Our film schedule is on the busy side, but we can definitely strike out to Bethesda, Wheaton, or elsewhere once or twice if planned in advance.

Also, we may do a dinner somewhere near the downtown sites, mostly near Gallery Place Metro. We might hit Zaytinya, which I love and haven't visited in years, but I'm happy for other suggestions.

Thanks in advance. So excited to be back in such a great food town.

Thanks UK Hounds

Just returned from a UK trip with a dozen of my students. I want to thank all of you for answering questions I posted and those I didn't post. I lurked extensively for a while and learned a great deal.

In Manchester, our first dinner at Albert Square Chophouse was great. The room was accessible and the food delicious. It was a little frustrating that the group menu is very similar to the early bird menu but much more expensive, but such can be the perils of group dining. We also visited Wright's for a great fish and chips and Try Thai for a quiet dinner for just me and my faculty chaperone.

In Liverpool we had a group dinner at Bakchich, which I learned about from this board, and a spur of the moment most-of-the-group dinner at East Z East, which one of you had recommended. Both were solid, but I'm still thinking about how good Bakchich was; one of my favorite meals of the trip.

In London we ended up at Tas near South Bank for our final meal, which was perfect before a show at the National Theatre.

Sadly, due to the constraints of working with 14 people, I didn't make it to some of the places I had most hoped to visit--like Sedap after our show at the Barbican--but we ate very well in large part due to you kind folks. My students, many of whom who had never had the opportunity or drive to try different foods, ate foods from all over the world and learned that the UK has brilliant and diverse restaurants.

Thanks, all.

May 26, 2014
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

Pre-theatre in Dalston, post theatre near Barbican

Thanks much for these suggestions. I really appreciate it.

May 12, 2014
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

Pre-theatre in Dalston, post theatre near Barbican

Hi London Hounds,
Looking for dinner before a show at the Arcola. I'd prefer to make our way to the theatre first and then eat somewhere around there. Anything chowish in Dalston? I'm open to anything, but would prefer less expensive. We already have Lebanese and Turkish for other meals that week, so perhaps something different. (Though another night of either wouldn't bring about a complaint.) I'd be particularly happy for a good Indian place.

I'm also looking for a post-theatre dinner around the Barbican. I'd prefer nearby since we'll be hungry, but I'd also be willing to take a quick taxi or Tube ride.

May 11, 2014
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

Not another food books thread

Thanks for the additional suggestions. I typically show the film version of Like Water for Chocolate, so that text does make an appearance. I've read the Jaffrey memoir, but for the purposes of the class the Narayan works better (and both would be redundant).

I'll check out the New Yorker anthology--thanks.

As for the Michener, time is going to prohibit me working through 960 pages for the right material this summer. I may add it to my long list of reads, though.

May 07, 2014
nc213 in Food Media & News

Carluccios "European restaurant-market concept" coming to Alexandria

They're really common in the UK. They're fine, reliably fine. I can't imagine getting very excited about one if I lived in Alexandria, since there are so many better independent restaurants, just like I'm always surprised when I see so many people eating there in London. There are just so many better places.

Not another food books thread

Thanks. I've just ordered this. It would be a great chance for me to bring up migration and postcolonialism in ways that tie to Truong's book. I'm excited to read it.

May 03, 2014
nc213 in Food Media & News

Not another food books thread

I have heard about Salt and Cod. I don't have an aversion to nonfiction per se, but I have a colleague in our history department who uses some of these books in her classes. Because I work at a small university, we worry about overlap, so I would steer clear of the in my class.
Thanks for the suggestions, though.

May 03, 2014
nc213 in Food Media & News

Not another food books thread

I don't know Mark Kurlansky, but I'll check him out. Thanks for the short story rec as well. I have some poetry I could put together a reader of short works.

May 03, 2014
nc213 in Food Media & News

Not another food books thread

And I should mention that what I'm also *not* looking for is the type of book in which a wealthy Westerner wanders through another nation and finds its cuisine fascinating/life-changing/inspiring. I want the students to read books from and about other places on their own terms, not as a backdrop or catalyst for Westerners finding themselves.

May 02, 2014
nc213 in Food Media & News

Not another food books thread

Well, I guess it's kind of another food books thread. I've posted on some and read many, but I'm looking for something very specific, so forgive me for starting a new thread.

In the fall I'll be teaching a class on literature about food/eating/kitchens/cooking. I've taught the course once before, and I'm looking to change out 1 or possibly 2 books. My criteria are:
1. fiction, drama, or poetry, possibly memoir, though I would prefer not to add another memoir. (I'm specifically not looking for books about food and eating like Omnivore's Dilemma or Fast Food Nation.)
2. writers and topics from outside the US or Europe but written in English (or possibly from the US or Europe but written by minorities/people of color)
3. literary quality. I'm looking for serious literature, and a lot of the recommendations I find are more popular/book club.

Texts I will be reusing are: Monique Truong's The Book of Salt, Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London, Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions, Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss, Austin Clarke's Pigtails and Breadfruit, and (maybe) Shoba Narayan's Monsoon Diary.

Books I'm considering: Bento Box in the Heartland, Ana Castillo's So Far From God, Diana Abu-Jabar's Crescent.

I'm looking for a few more options that I can read over the summer and add to the course list by fall. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have.

May 02, 2014
nc213 in Food Media & News

Dinner around National Theatre [London]

Thanks, all.
After learning that one of my students has a shellfish allergy (which made me nervous about dim sum), I made a reservation at Tas. Their group menu looks perfect, and most of my students have never had Turkish food, so it will be exciting for them.

Apr 19, 2014
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

Infographic: How to Tip Waiter, Barternder, Barista and Deliveryman and Not Be Mean

It's not uncommon for tips to eat the entire 2.13 min wage. At a couple of places where I worked they would write a number on the back of your $0.00 paycheck, which was the additional tax liability for that pay period (as in, after the $2.13 had all been withheld, you still owed X). If you didn't make quarterly payments, you owed the IRS quite a bit of money at the end of the year.

Additionally, I worked at two different places where I worked entirely for tips, read no $2.13 min. Apparently, (and I don't know how many states allow this), so long as they can show you're earning at least the fed or state minimum through tips, they didn't have to pay us anything.

Apr 10, 2014
nc213 in Not About Food

Dinner around National Theatre [London]

Thanks, Zuriga.
Terrace has no openings before the show, and I doubt my students will hold out until 10:15 for dinner. (They need to be fed almost constantly, not unlike toddlers.) I appreciate the vote of confidence on the other two. RSJ makes mention of private rooms on their website, so that's promising.

Apr 06, 2014
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

Dinner around National Theatre [London]

I'm looking for a place to take my group of university students on our last night in London. I should have the budget to go a little nicer than most of our meals, but it would still need to be fairly reasonable--probably no more than 30GBP per head including a drink (though if we have no incidents throughout the trip we might have a bit more money to spend, so I wouldn't mind hearing about pricier options). The last time I did this trip we ended in Manchester and had our final meal here: http://oliverestaurants.uk.com/

We're staying by the Southwark tube station, and we're headed to a show at the National Theatre that night at 8, so something in the area would be idea. We're a group of 14, so that could be limited, and I have a couple of vegetarians and a couple of pescatarians in the group, which also limits us. I imagine that Italian or some sort of Asian would be ideal since there would be many vegetarian options instead of just one, but I'm certainly open to other things.

Things that look promising nearby: Ping pong, Ristorante Olivelli, Waterloo bar and kitchen, RSJ. There's also Terrace--the small plates place at the National Theatre.

Any feedback on these or better suggestions would be great.

Also, I imagine they'll want to go out for a drink after the show since it's their last night. Any idea on pubs (ideally) or bars that are open past traditional pub hours in the area?

Thanks for all of your help in advance. I've been lurking on the board in preparations for this trip and another I'm making in July, and you've all been so helpful already.

Apr 05, 2014
nc213 in U.K./Ireland

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

Can you think of many common US sandwiches that don't have meat? Sure, there's pb & j, but it's rare to order that out. And egg salad and grilled cheese. After that, most US sandwiches have meat. If you look at most sandwich shops or sandwich chains, you'll see a dozen meat options and 1 or 0 veggie sandwich options.

Mar 08, 2014
nc213 in Not About Food

question for european visitors... what surprised you the most about american restaurant culture

I travel to the UK fairly often (though not as often as I'd like), and I'd agree with you preferring the style of service on most points. And while I hate it when they drop the check while we're still eating (which happens *constantly* in Ohio), I don't understand why it's so difficult to get a check in the UK.

I appreciate that the server is waiting for me to ask, but maybe the server could be somewhere in the vicinity when we're finishing or have finished, or glance at the table on occasion to see if we'd, in fact, like to pay. I'm often trying to pack a lot into my day or make the theatre, and I'm desperately trying to find or make eye contact with the server. sigh.