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Cooking classes in positano

My concern with mama agata is that it is going to be "too commerical." we are looking for something where we feel like we are in someone's grandmother's kitchen. The personalized apron thing is throwing me. Anyone have insights?

Jul 29, 2013
alyssabrooke in Italy

Cooking classes in positano

thank you both very much!

Jul 25, 2013
alyssabrooke in Italy

Cooking classes in positano

Hi all,

Headed to Positano/Capri/Sorrento in September for my dads 60th birthday. I am just getting started on restaurants so won't bother you with that yet. I am however, thinking about special things to do on his actual birthday. He LOVES to cook so was thinking a cooking class, wine class or market tour - something like that, might be right up his alley.

All suggestions much appreciated.
Alyssa

Jul 24, 2013
alyssabrooke in Italy

Good eats near the W hotel

well be at the W in the french quarter

Jun 02, 2013
alyssabrooke in New Orleans

Good eats near the W hotel

Hey all,

Will be flying into NOLA around 9 on a friday night and checking into the W. Can you recommend a solid place for dinner in the general vicinity. We are probably eating at Emeril's NOLA on saturday night and places I looked into that interested me were Cochon, Luke, Red Fish Grill, Coquette and GW Fins. I just have no idea about location or attractiveness to a group of 8 female new yorkers. Would like a good atmosphere with very good food.

thanks so much
Alyssa

May 31, 2013
alyssabrooke in New Orleans

Charlotte dinner on a monday night

Hi all,

Will be traveling to charlotte and spending one night (a monday) at the Omni hotel on E. Trade street. I am looking for a place where i can have a high-quality meal in a relatively relaxed atmosphere. Halcyon seemed perfect, especially since its close to the hotel, but its closed on mondays.

Any similarish recs near my hotel? I dont want to have to trek too far.

thanks so much

Alyssa

Aug 08, 2012
alyssabrooke in Southeast

one night only...with a catch

Hey all,

Will be in Chicago for one night in late august with a group of 6 30ish foodies from New York. None of us have ever been to chicago so we would like to see what they have to offer. We are looking to spend around 75$ with booze, nothing too stuffy or fancy- just good food with a cool/bustling vibe.

One catch- we are going to catch the 11 o'clock show at second city (being that we are first timers) so somewhere in that general vicinity would be great.

thanks so much
Alyssa

Jul 11, 2012
alyssabrooke in Chicago Area

Bar on monday nights

Hey all

After scouring the boards have decided on spqr for dinner tonite at the chefs counter. Staying right in the area as well. Any recs for a bar with nice cocktails that won't be too dead on a Monday nearby?

Thanks
Alyssa

Jul 02, 2012
alyssabrooke in San Francisco Bay Area

San Fran for 2 nights- Single diner dilemma

Fellow Hounds,

I am a NY hound heading to San Fran for 2 days/2 nights this summer by myself. Been searching the boards and doing my research as I'd like to have 2 fabulous dinners while I'm there. I would like to do one top-number tasting menu that doesnt exceed 125/150 (not including wine) and one a la carte great restaurant. As for that second restaurant i am leaning toward SPQR, Boulevard, Absinthe. As to the first restaurant, I made a reservation at Atelier Crenn but got the feeling it might not be the best place for a solo diner, who would prefer to sit at the bar.

Other restos I'm considering are Ame, Coi, Outerlands, Park Tavern and maybe Maven but I'm not sure. Ill probably steer clear of thai, chinese, japanese, indian.

Im not sure when I'll get back to san francisco so I want to make it count. I really appreciate all of your suggestions.

May 02, 2012
alyssabrooke in San Francisco Bay Area

Bar du Passage

Anyone been? Just read a great review via paris by mouth. does anyone know if they take reservations? i just called and the person i spoke with seemed relatively confused by request. i ask because they are open saturday nights as i continue my quest to find someone open late on saturday evenings.

thanks.

Oct 06, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

SO you would think a repeat of le cinq lunch over a first time at gagnaire lunch?

totally agree re: the last nights dinner but we have the ballet until about 1030. Given that its a saturday night we are extremely limited. any other suggestions on where we could possibly go?

Sep 30, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

so much food, so little time- your thoughts

Hi all,

Have been posting a bunch the past few weeks and reading even more. Your insights are indispensable as we plan our 3rd trip to france. We will be spening 4 nights in the Loire valley, which i am pretty sure we have figured out. its paris that we never seem to have enough time in. Here is our proposed schedule. your thoughts are MUCH appreciated. we have tried not to schedule 2 set meals a day, as we love the experience of pastries for lunch and wine in the middle of the day. that said, here goes.

first night- chez l'ami jean. our favorite place on earth. non-negotiable.

second day 4pm- Spring restaurant wine tasting. apparently wines are paired with tastes from the kitchen/cheese. has anyone been?
second night- EITHER Agape Substance or Septime. we are having a very hard time deciding.

Third day- MAYBE lunch at Pierre Gagnaire (we wanted to do this the next day, saturday, but they are closed. ate in his restaurant in vegas and were floored by the food and service)
third night- EITHER Jadis, Le Quincy or Spring. We had wanted Frenchie but depsite a ridiculous amount of calls, no one answered the phone. we were told to just go there when we get to paris. Thoughts?

Fourth day- MAYBE lunch at le Cinq (this depends on whether we go to Gaganire. 2/3 of us have already had the le cinq lunch and loved it. worth it to skip gagnaire and do it again??)
Fourth Night- First is the Ballet. then because of our limited options (saturday night at 11pm) we are deciding between Alcazar (recomended by Alec Lobrando) and Allard (which we have always enjoyed).

Please let us know what you think of our options. We appreciate it and promise to report back!

Sep 30, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

spring wine and cheese/small apps

Has anyone done the spring wine tastings in their wine cellar? Sounds like it could be great fun and was wondering if anyone had any input...

thanks
Alyssa

Sep 20, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

Agape substance- making a reservation

really? i tried emailed them a few weeks ago and never got a response. i will try again. thanks!

Sep 07, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

Agape substance- making a reservation

hi all

Having some trouble deciphering the message at agape substance. Anyone know the best time to call for a reservation?

Thanks very much
Alyssa

Sep 07, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

Anyone been to Mille Feuille Bakery-Cafe in the village?

I was totally underwhelmed at bosie. i tried their macarons twice, both times letting them come to room temp and both times i felt the macs themselves crumbled instead of shattered (if that makes sense) and were lacking in the filling. then again, i am in the pierre herme camp and enjoy a good filling in my macarons. overall, i wouldnt recommend bosie- i think both bouchon and the macaron cafe are better. I am just waiting with bated breath for laduree now.

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Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

Macaron Cafe
485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Bosie Tea Parlor
10 Morton St, New York, NY 10014

Aug 22, 2011
alyssabrooke in Manhattan

laduree breaskfast substitute

Tragically, Laduree has moved its opening day from today to August 26. My birthday is tomorrow and my mom and i were looking forward to starting off our day with some macarons and coffee. Any idea for a subsitute? i am thinking we should just go to patisserie claude for croissants. We dont want anything heavy as we are having a big lunch. I live in the west village and have tried bosie tea parlor and found it very disappointing (twice!). any ideas for where we can go instead?

thanks all
alyssa

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Laduree
864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

Aug 22, 2011
alyssabrooke in Manhattan

vivant reviews?

Has anyone tried vivant yet? Have seen some press but not much on the board. was wondering if any of you have made it there yet...

thanks!

Aug 11, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

late night dining after le garnier

Hello,

Any suggestions for late night dining after the ballet at le Garnier? We dont mind if its a cab ride away- as we'll be staying in the 6th anyway. Its on a saturday night- not sure if that open or closes doors for late night dining...

thanks all!
Alyssa

Aug 09, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

thoughts on da mimmo and/or market...

thanks, Rio. after reading your pierre gagnaire report, i was interested to see what you had to say. my parents just ate at his new place in vgas and had the meal of their lives. Also befriended the maitre d who said we must go in paris so it is at the top of our list. there are no prices on his website, if you dont mind my asking- what are the prices of dinner, and if you know, lunch?

Aug 04, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

Just returned from 10 days in Paris and let me tell you...

As for Restaurant La Grappe, when you say "classmates from hotel school" do you mean cornell?

Aug 03, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

thoughts on da mimmo and/or market...

Am thankfully heading back to paris in the fall (3rd time!) and besdies CAJ (which i dream about year round) we want to try some new spots. I just read about Da Mimmo and while italian in france makes little sense to me, it got a rave. Anyone been? thoughts? worth 1/4 night dinner?

Also was looking into Market JGV's restaurant. I havent seen it get much play on the boards but i am a lover of his new york restaurants. thoughts?

thanks as usual!!

Aug 03, 2011
alyssabrooke in France

Per Se Lunch - any difference?

Does anyone know the price of lunch? i cant seem to find it anywhere.

Jul 21, 2011
alyssabrooke in Manhattan

Sunday night dinner for 8 Aussies

Pre-rockettes i would say the bar room at the modern is the prime choice.

Dec 09, 2010
alyssabrooke in Manhattan

Best restaurant bars for drinks

agree on ABC kitchen, the modern, and employees only. Also try Bobo which has a great bar area nice cocktains and a good bar menu. Ward3 in tribeca, for their cocktails alone is also a good option. you could also try kingswood but beware of over crowding

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Bobo
181 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

Dec 09, 2010
alyssabrooke in Manhattan

Frenchie Message

Loving that it is open on mondays. seeing good things written across the board (internet). We are staying in the 6th, so may be a bit of a trek, but I am thinking it may be a good trip out of our comfort zone. anyone have a menu handy? if not what is the price point? "cheap" as we all know is a relative term...

Sep 07, 2010
alyssabrooke in France

Frenchie Message

am going to do my google research now...

Sep 07, 2010
alyssabrooke in France

Frenchie Message

incroyable! you must have the magic touch as I cannot seem to get through~

Sep 07, 2010
alyssabrooke in France

Frenchie Message

Thanks S and D. I suppose playing hard to get is working is psychological magic on us. Would much rather spend the evening in question at spring but we have been relegated to the wait list.

Sep 07, 2010
alyssabrooke in France

Frenchie Message

We are having a bit of trouble deciphering the new outgoing message on the machine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks all

Sep 07, 2010
alyssabrooke in France