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Christine Ferber jams in Lyon

Anyone know a location where they might be found in a retail store? If not, perhaps something on par? Visiting for the next week and would like to take some back as gifts (as well as for self.)

Also, if any local hounds are interested in meeting up for a bistro/brasserie bite I'd be happy for the company and can forward my agenda via E-mail listed in profile.

Jun 27, 2015
uhockey in France

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

We paid tasting menu price, close to $200/per before tip, but it was definitely discounted (Slipper Lobster/Langoustine plate *for 2* alone would have been ~$400 ALC)

Jun 27, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

I just can't see Jaleo as impressing, considering I was bored by the original. Bazaar Meat...overpriced. Mina was great, but I've only been once.

Jun 27, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

That is too bad, indeed. Yes, it is pricey, but by-and-by I think few spots in Vegas are 'reliable.'

Jun 26, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

“I tasted live langoustines from Scotland, Norway, Spain, Denmark, Istria, France, all over Italy and beyond to find the one I wanted,” he tells me, not revealing which he finally chose.

Jun 25, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

That is not what I'm referring to. What I'm saying is that no one has ever confirmed where the langoustines come from. It is a 'closely guarded secret.' There is no doubt his sourcing is beyond reproach.

Jun 24, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

Still doesn't disclose the source...as I stated...unless I misread.

Jun 24, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

If you can find it I'd be interested to see - even John Curtas didn't know the answer and we specifically asked to no avail...

Jun 24, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Siegel’s 1941 - an aggressive downtown dining concept, open 24/7 within the El Cortez

Recently replacing the steakhouse and offering up all sorts of good stuff at a fair place to those visiting downtown, definitely worth a visit for those not wanting to break the bank in DTLV.

Jun 23, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

No one has ever confirmed where the Langoustines are from, and both are Michelin quality Italian Seafood spots, thus not apples/oranges...

Jun 23, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

I have not been to Mare, but I did enjoy my visit to Fiola quite a lot. IMO, Bartolotta outdoes 2* Marea by Michael White without a shadow of a doubt.

Jun 22, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare remains an uncelebrated gem with seafood worth celebrating.

Although admittedly pricey, one would be hard pressed to name a better seafood program so far from water anywhere in the United States, and for those willing to spend the money I'd suggest there may not be better crustaceans served on either coast.

Jun 22, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Dining in Downtown for 15 people

CupKates is awful. Seriously. Terrible.

DTLV largely lacks for baked goods, unfortunately. There is DuPar's for pies, and I imagine PublicUS could do something at a price as Hemant is quite talented.

Some people like Sweet Strawberry Cake, but I've not been: http://www.sweetstrawberrycakelv.com/

If you're going the delivery route, look into Freed's, Retro, Peridot Sweets

Jun 18, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Portofino - Superlative Pastas and Osso Buco as well as Chicken Parm worth "Strip Pricing"

I certainly favor it to B&B, though I like Mario plenty. Look forward to seeing others thoughts.

Jun 17, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Dining in Downtown for 15 people

Just returned to CK this weekend and my biggest question would be the size of the space and the overall volume as it trends quite loud. The food is good, but I'd suggest Glutton executes better and has more room for your party size.

Jun 15, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Portofino - Superlative Pastas and Osso Buco as well as Chicken Parm worth "Strip Pricing"

I'm not saying other opinions are invalid, but that this one raises points that seem truly bizarre and poorly informed.

Jun 15, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Dining in Downtown for 15 people

I'd suggest El Sombrero based on your criteria, though Glutton would also do quite well.

Jun 14, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Portofino - Superlative Pastas and Osso Buco as well as Chicken Parm worth "Strip Pricing"

...lets see where to start.
#1) It is Bartolotta, and no one goes there for pasta, but rather seafood.
#2) B&B reportedly suffers severe execution issues, though I enjoyed my meal there.
#3) It is Scarpetta, and it IS FROM NYC, WHERE THERE IS STILL THE ORIGINAL location.
#4) Please explain what is 'tourist' about Portofino? The lack of a celebrity chef? The strong sourcing?
#5) Is Ostentatious a problem? I'm pretty sure that dish announces exactly what it is on the menu.

Sorry to be so harsh, but you are entitled to your opinions, provided they are actually rooted in fact.

Jun 14, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Less Expensive LV Options for 1st time visitors?

Why chains? We have much more to offer...

Jun 12, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Portofino - Superlative Pastas and Osso Buco as well as Chicken Parm worth "Strip Pricing"

A second look, and a new menu: http://endoedibles.com/?p=31379

Jun 11, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Less Expensive LV Options for 1st time visitors?

Skip BBQ. Find it in another city.
Skip Carnegie Deli. Go to Bagel Café or Weiss.
Lotus is excellent.
China Mama and Dumpling King for Chinese.
Breakfast at Peppermill. Or Hash House a Go Go if you want to just see the enormity of it all.
Pasta at Montesano's Eateria (followed by dessert at Freeds')
Donuts at ACE Donuts
Brunch at Border Grill (AYCE and excellent)
Rincon de Buenos Aires is great.
Fat Choy for Duck Buns.
Café de Cebu for Pork Belly and Fried Spinach
El Dorado Cantina for Mexican

Jun 11, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

My Vegas Trip Report

Wicked Spoon is in Cosmo, not Aria.

Jun 09, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Glutton from Bradley Manchester, raising the bar for DTLV Brunch

Move over eat, there is a new sheriff for pancakes and doughnuts in DTLV...and the rest is pretty darn good too, all without the line.

Jun 08, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

las Vegas - fun dinner for 10!

We did a family style tasting for my birthday at Yardbird and it was outstanding - highly recommended and has a private room. Hearthstone could also accommodate, private room as well. Another consideration would be Portofino at Mirage, though it is a touch more refined.

Jun 08, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Downtown choices; what do you think?

Went to Glutton yesterday. It is legit. Brunch is particularly strong.

Jun 07, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

One Lunch and One Dinner to fill in Lyon

Acknowledging that France is much less 'walk-in' than America, and generally one to book a table even here if at all possible, is a walk in at Brasserie Georges around 13:00 on a Sunday realistic and/or appropriate? Plane lands at 11:00 and hotel is near the restaurant but obviously delays happen so I don't want to break a reservation if I can just walk in.

Jun 06, 2015
uhockey in France

One Lunch and One Dinner to fill in Lyon

I could do both. I had 2 meals to fill. :)

Jun 04, 2015
uhockey in France

David Clawson Restaurant - easily the best restaurant in Henderson...and not far from the best in Nevada.

All reports indicate Andrea's is far from fantastic...

I responded to your other thread.

Jun 04, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Andrea's, Allegro or where for Sunday night?

Searsucker is a poor choice. Mailing it in with a boring menu.
Would not do Fix now that Massie is no longer involved.
Have not been to STK or Andrea's, but have heard nothing good about the food at the later.

Taking into account 'vibe' and cuisine, Allegro fits as might Bardot. Hearthstone or Yardbird both have great food and a fun atmosphere, but I've never been on a Sunday.

Lago, although overpriced for small bites, is energetic.

Jun 04, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas

Andrea's, Allegro or where for Sunday night?

IMO, I'd do Clawson over RRL based on food alone, though the scene at RRL is something.

As to the later - Allegro is excellent.

Jun 04, 2015
uhockey in Las Vegas