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ISO Pistachio Ice Cream

Second Les Givrés. I had one a day for two weeks running. Maybe not as many whole nuts as you'd like but correct flavour and colour. They told me this is the one they had to work hardest on to get right, and I think they did.

rainy day lunch?

The weather drove us into the first open door we saw, which turned out to be Chez Doval. Not extravagant (except for the mid-day, mid-week bottle of wine) but we enjoyed the roast chicken and bacalhau à braz. Simple pleasures...

rainy day lunch?

Thanks! We're already booked for Tapeo on Friday; S.O. nixes Milos for some reason. So the search continues...

rainy day lunch?

Woke up feeling like having an extravagant lunch on this cool and rainy Tuesday in Montreal... but where?

Price not important, one of us needs gluten-free options, wine essential (could be BYO).

Location: Plateau/Mile End/Outremont would be ideal, but we can travel further afield for the right place.

Suggestions appreciated!

Montreal: where to buy yuzu kosho and marconas

Thanks Max...success at Miamoto today. For reference, they carry 2 brands of yuzukosho.

Still no luck on the marconas, including Hamel JTM...

Montreal: where to buy yuzu kosho and marconas

Thanks folks. I struck out at Costco/Marche Centrale and Loblaws on Rachel... will keep looking, and will check Myamoto tomorrow for the yuzu koshu.

Montreal: where to buy yuzu kosho and marconas

I'm seeking a source of marcona almonds at a reasonable price (large quantities) and also a source for yuzu koshu in Montreal.

Thanks for any guidance you can offer!

Edinburgh: what's in the picnic basket?

Great suggestions all, thanks. We're happy to hike and possibly even head out of town for the day to get away from the festival crowds and dog walkers... all, of course, weather permitting.

Intrigued by Dunsapie Loch-- any recs for quality provisions between there and Leith?

Jul 21, 2013
sinjawns in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh: what's in the picnic basket?

I'll be in Edinburgh for all of August and am looking to woo my sweetie with a very nice picnic at some point. I'd appreciate suggestions on good places to picnic that are in proximity to good places for provisions.

What should be in the picnic basket?

Jul 16, 2013
sinjawns in U.K./Ireland

South Indian In Montreal?

I'm interested in this place and went to check the website; note that the address is http://www.thanjairestaurant.com

The definitive gluten free "BEST OF" list! Please add your favorite retail GF stuff.

Le Veneziane pasta... made with corn, the best GF pasta I have tried, by a long shot.
http://www.leveneziane.it/en/gluten-f...

Gluten Free Montreal?

Me too, garlic mojo... this is a good ongoing resource for us GF folks.

I look forward to trying arepera soon... arepas are one of my new favourite things.

I'd like to add that I visited Chez Chose recently and was very happy both with the quality of the food and the GF options on the menu.

From their website: "For the allergic or food intolerant, not a problem! Chez Chose, you will find no base, no powder or concentrate. All our sauces, stocks and broths are homemade. It is easy for us to be precise in regards to the composition of every dish. Do not be shy and ask your host!"

Their knowledgeable service gave me confidence and made the meal relaxing and pleasant. Recommended.

I also brunched at Toi, Moi and Cafe and had good reception to GF requests; they suggested I bring my own GF bread next time... I think I'll bring arepas as a base for eggs benedict...

miriam in park slope

Had 2 visits in the last couple of weeks, taking advantage of the happy hour offer of 1/2 price wine and meze. Great value (<$30 for 4 glasses of wine and 4 meze or 2 glasses and 8 meze). Service great on first occasion, chilly and slow on the second. Pretty tasty mergez and calamari.

Jul 10, 2012
sinjawns in Outer Boroughs

Gluten-free dining in Brooklyn- need recommendations

Hi-- for future reference: Bogota on 5th has many GF options noted on the regular menu, which I appreciated. If your brother and sister-in-law are strict in their gluten-freeness, they will be happy to see that dedicated deep fryers are used for GF items.
http://www.bogotabistro.com/

Jun 08, 2012
sinjawns in Outer Boroughs

Best packaged non-bakery store bought cookies

agreed. But only the original.

Jan 07, 2012
sinjawns in General Topics

Cheap Gluten Free Eats- What's not to be missed?!

Some ideas... nothing earth-shattering, but cheap, cheerful and GF
-The Dosa cart guy on the south side of Washington Square
- Maoz falafel (union square and elsewhere)
- Grom gelato
- Friedman's lunch, Chelsea market
- Empellon, Tacos etc
- Bogota bistro, park slope, brooklyn (arepas, corn empanadas etc)

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Maoz
38 Union Sq E, New York, NY 10003

New York Dosas
Washington Sq S and Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

Friedman's Lunch
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Grom
233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Empellon Taqueria
230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

Nov 02, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

Not-so-fancy place that can handle dietary restrictions

Won't list them all (way too many over the years), but of the commonly-mentioned in this area: Laloux, Lemeac, L'Express, La Raclette, Pinxto, Casa Tapas, APDC, Reservoir... all of these have been before gluten was an issue. I miss those days.

Yes, obviously we can spot game on the menu-- we are looking for a place that can offer adequate choices for both of us. A couple of the places I listed don't post a menu, hence the request for advice.

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L'Express Restaurant
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

Casa Tapas
266 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2W1E6, CA

Not-so-fancy place that can handle dietary restrictions

anyone?

Not-so-fancy place that can handle dietary restrictions

Hello folks--
we are back in Montreal next week and wanting to add a new restaurant to our repertoire (new to us, at least). Looking for a simple, quality place that can confidently accommodate, and provide a variety of options for, one gluten intolerant diner and one who doesn't eat game or organ meats.

We are looking at around $60 each for food excluding wine. Could be BYO or not. Plateau-ish, probably. Seafood would be good. We don't mind sitting at a bar.

We are considering 3 Petits Bouchons, le Petit Plateau (don't know how we managed to not get there yet...), and Chez Chose. Will any of these fit our criteria? Would Au Cinquième Péché be too limited?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks for your help.

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Chez Chose
4621 St-Denis, Montréal, QC H2V 2L4, CA

St. John's area restaurants: 2011

not in this town, surely?

Aug 15, 2011
sinjawns in Atlantic Canada

5 nights with coeliac dad - help !

Hi Williwan-
I just spent a month in NYC, and I can tell you that I ate very well on gluten-free food. The best experience, and the one I would suggest for the birthday dinner, is Maialino (another Danny M resto). Warm and friendly, not hip but not dowdy, really excellent and knowledgeable service. Your father will not be made to feel like a second-class citizen. They happily sub a good quality corn pasta for the usual in most of the pasta dishes (notify them when you book).

Cider: we were impressed with the range of local and regional ciders in the shops, but we aren't big bar people so I have no places to suggest.

Burgers: Shake Shack has a GF menu on the website-- burger is served on lettuce.

GF menus: I was really thrilled with the range of places that accommodated GF-- didn't get to try them all, sadly. Some of the ones we did try:
Nizza (French-Italian, entire GF menu along with the regular, iffy service but pretty good food; I think they do brunch);
Friedman's Lunch (in Chelsea Market... great place for a quick bite; have heard varying reviews but we were delighted with it; breakfast too)
Rosa Mexicano (small chain; we went to the one by the Lincoln Centre)-- lots of GF options, good service, happening (and loud) room.
Maoz Falafel (chain; Union Square is good for a lunch in the park); their falafel is GF (nothing else in the fryer), and they have a salad bar with lots of choice (although possibility of cross-contamination exists).
Grom Gelato lists all allergens on its menu, and they are mostly GF.
Risotteria: I have been there on previous visits and while I appreciated the entirely GF menu, their risotto wasn't the best I have had.

We went out of our way to go to a place in Chinatown that promised GF dim sum (Nom Wah Tea Parlor) but it was a disaster: things marked gluten-free were not (regular soy sauce was in some of them, and others were made with wheat dumplings) and the cavalier server did not instill confidence in me. Avoid.

Enjoy your holiday...

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Shake Shack
Madison Ave and E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

Rosa Mexicano
61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Nizza
630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Nom Wah Tea Parlor
13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013

Maoz
38 Union Sq E, New York, NY 10003

Risotteria
270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Friedman's Lunch
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Grom
233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Aug 15, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

St. John's area restaurants: 2011

I see that much of the information on dining options in Newfoundland is out of date, and a few people have asked for info and had no response.

I'll start by offering a few options and hope that others join in. I'll add more as time permits.

True, Newfoundland is not exactly a culinary paradise, but here are the better of the lot, in my opinion:

Fine Dining:
- Raymonds, Water Street
Very expensive, dinner only, bar (but with the same menu/prices as the dining room), reservations almost always essential. Excellent service, very high prices. They make a valiant attempt to use local products in an area where farmers and food producers are scarce. Seafood options; tasting menu. Excellent service-- friendly but not too friendly. Nice view of the harbour. Expect to pay $100-$150 per person with wine. In my experience, the food tends to be overly salted.
http://raymondsrestaurant.com/

Pizza:
Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca, Duckworth Street
Genuine Neopolitan pizza (they have the certification...) in a very pleasant environment; bar upstairs. Expect to pay $35 per person for pizza, wine and dessert. No reservations; open for lunch and dinner.
http://www.piattopizzeria.com/

Bakery and Cafe:
Rocket, Water Street
Excellent bakery and coffee shop with some grocery items and some prepared foods. Croissants, cakes, focaccia etc. Some gluten-free options. Self-service. Tables to eat in; live music on occasion.
http://rocketfood.ca/

Picnics:
Lighthouse Picnics, Ferryland
Exceptional homemade food in a spectacular setting. 25 minute walk to the lighthouse. Seating inside in the event of bad weather; otherwise, they provide the blanket and the basket and you may see whales cavorting offshore. About $25 per person.
http://www.lighthousepicnics.ca/

Lunch:
Hungry Heart Cafe, Military Road, St. John's
A beautiful bright room; lunch on weekdays, brunch on Sunday. Non-profit enterprise that offers. along with excellent food, training and employment programs for adults. Some gluten-free. No seafood/ fish, and no alcohol. Reservations often necessary. About $20 per person for lunch.
http://www.hungryheartcafe.ca

Aug 14, 2011
sinjawns in Atlantic Canada

Best Food Films - any new additions?

Just recently saw "The Trip"... a goofy and occasionally hilarious psuedo-doc featuring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan touring fine restaurants in the north of England. Based on a BBC series that I have not yet seen, but want to.

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/in...

Restaurant Week Summer 2011: The List

That duck breast sounds truly horrid... eek. If you hadn't had the massive tarte you would have had to change your name to veryhungryinmanhattan.

To clarify for others, there are two duck dishes on the RW menu; I had the duck confit, which was amazing, at least on the night I was there.

Jul 21, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

Restaurant Week Summer 2011: The List

If you are looking for quality and quantity, I would say go for the duck confit. Very satisfying. The RW steak dish, while rich and tasty, was a tiny portion-- maybe 3oz.

Jul 17, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

Restaurant Week Summer 2011: The List

We did lunch at Maialino, and dinner at the Modern Bar. Both were excellent, but overall we preferred the former for ambience and food... we were able to converse. The Modern was extremely loud, even at 9pm and stayed so until our departure after 11. The crowd was young (30 somethings) and boisterous.

At the former, we had: prosciutto and melon(1) and (2) an artichoke mousse crostata (they advertised fried artichokes but there was a menu change), both fine; a lamb minestra and a pasta with mussels, both excellent; and cheese plate and a gelato plate, also excellent. We especially enjoyed the olive oil and strawberry-basil gelati. Good $40ish rose from le Marche. Excellent service. They accommodated a food allergy in a professional and reassuring way.

At the Modern Bar Room, we had: (1) egg (interesting but not a 'must have again') and tarte flambee (massive, just OK); the duck confit and the steak (both exceptional); gelato (three flavours tasting almost the same, for some reason) and the chocolate dome (non-sweet eater went crazy for this). Gruner Veltliner for wine, $40 from the value menu (there are plenty of very expensive wines here). Competent service. A fun night out, $160 for 2 all in.

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The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Jul 15, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

Restaurant Week Summer 2011: The List

Some of the menus can be seen on this page: http://www.nycgo.com/rw-earlyrez/?a=1...

Jun 28, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

Restaurant Week Summer 2011: The List

Open Table has the list of participating restaurants up. http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m...

Three questions:

- what, in your opinion, are the most promising lunch options? I am thinking of quality places that don't normally offer a comparable fixed price menu. Nougatine, for example, regularly has a fixed price lunch for $28, so the RW menu is not a big draw. Aldea has a $24.07 three-course lunch on the regular menu.

- I see that only two Brooklyn restaurants participating: River Cafe and Benchmark. Is this typical? If not, why so few this time around?

- Have you had any experience with restaurants accommodating or not accommodating diners with allergies on a RW menu?

Jun 26, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

Old Mexican Restaurant in Greenwich Village - The Alamo?

A missed headline opportunity: Remember the Alamo?

May 29, 2011
sinjawns in Manhattan

Prospect Park: What's in the picnic basket?

Thanks for the heads up... not so charming to drink champers from a thermos or a plastic cup, but we will do what is necessary.

May 27, 2011
sinjawns in Outer Boroughs