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Live Aqua Cancun--Any Experience?

Thinking of staying there over Thanksgiving weekend. Have never been a fan of all-inclusives specifically because of the lack of good food, but it seems to get great reviews. Any experiences? We would still go into town for street food a few times, but if we're paying for the all-inclusive would mostly eat there. Thanks!

Aug 28, 2013
jkrell in Mexico

Where are my "saved" discussions?

thank you!

Aug 06, 2013
jkrell in Site Talk

Where are my "saved" discussions?

I'm sure it's totally obvious, but I can't find them!

Aug 06, 2013
jkrell in Site Talk

Maine Trip for Foodies w Toddler

We are about to embark on a week-long trip to Maine, with our 16 month-old daughter. 3 nights in the Kennebunkport area, 1 night in Portland, and 3 nights in Boothbay Harbor. Then driving back to NYC with 1 night in Portsmouth NH. I have trolled the posts already, but it would be great to get some more recs for casual dining in these areas, or for more upscale places that won't mind a toddler if we go early (6ish). Also, any suggestions for places to stop on the drive up from NYC would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

Aug 06, 2013
jkrell in Northern New England

Eating in Paris Restaurant Bars & Provence Recs

Bonjour! My husband and I are leaving for France next week and, of course, are stuck without some reservations due to the August holiday schedule (I have been calling for about a week and not had much luck getting through). We will be in Paris just for the nights of Aug. 25 and Sept. 7 & 8. My question is whether it is possible to walk-in to some of the places that are always posted on this Board (i.e., Les Papilles, Frenchie's, CAJ, Jadis, Spring, etc.) and eat dinner at the bar in the restaurant rather than at a table, without a reservation. In NYC, this is now how we eat all of our meals out, from high-end places (Babbo, 11 Mad) to the trendiest of foodie finds (Locanda Verde, Momofuku, etc).

Also, we will be spending most of our trip in Provence, in Arles, Avignon, the Luberon, Cassis, etc. While I have reviewed all of the Provence postings, many are rather old, and I would certainly be interested in any new suggestions. We will have a car, so small, hidden places would be especially exciting!


Aug 18, 2010
jkrell in France

Great Performances Catering

Sorry SportEater! Just seeing this 8 months later. We had the wedding at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and it was absolutely perfect.

Aug 18, 2010
jkrell in Manhattan

Local spots near Grand Hyatt in Roppongi, Tokyo

We are currently staying at the Grand Hyatt for work, and would love some good recommendations for restaurants walkable from the hotel. Breakfast and dinner, mostly moderately priced. We eat everything. Thanks for your help!

Jun 08, 2009
jkrell in Japan

Question on Jack’s Luxury Oyster Bar – Sitting at the ‘Bar’ for a group.

I love Jack's - the food, the vibe - everything. I've sat on that corner of the bar with 5 people, and it's okay. I would say that if you're not catching up after a long separation, and are going for a fun night out with great food - take the bar seating. If having intimate conversations is more important, it may not be the most appropriate set-up.

Mar 04, 2009
jkrell in Manhattan

Great Performances Catering

Hoping I might be able to get some feedback on Great Performances Catering. Thinking of having my wedding at Wave Hill, where Great Performances is the exclusive caterer. However, I've had very poor experiences with the food served at Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which Great Performances also manages. I believe that Dizzy's is managed both by Great Performances and by Spoonbread (another caterer), and was just wondering if Great Performances flying solo is any better. I like the Wave Hill location, but food is very important to me and so I'm thinking of turning it down for a location where I can bring in my own caterer (like Hudson Yards). Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Feb 26, 2009
jkrell in Manhattan

Upscale Oakland Restaurants

Hi everyone. I'm looking for a delicious, somewhat upscale restaurant in Oakland to take my boyfriend's father to on December 24th. Camino is closed that night, and I think that Oliveto's is a bit too expensive. We are already planning to go to Pizzaiolo on Saturday. We all love good, innovative food, and are not picky eaters. I'm coming in from NYC, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

Dec 22, 2008
jkrell in San Francisco Bay Area

Brazilian food? (not churrascaria)

Casa - in the West Village.

Sep 09, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan

Good coffee in NY???

I know this was just mentioned, but Peet's coffee is sold in Whole Foods, for not much more than you can buy it in CA. While it's not on every corner, it is not impossible to be a regular Peet's drinker in NYC.

Aug 05, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan

New SF transplant in NYC: looking for good/similar SF Greats!

Also - try Pio Pio. Locations around the city. Cheap, craveable peruvian chicken.

Jul 31, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan

What to order at Daniel

I'm going to Daniel tonight, and although I am sure everything is wonderful, any specific recommendations off of the current menu would be greatly appreciated! It is my first time there - I'm so excited!

Jul 17, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan

Tapas at Despana

I had some wine with them at the Queens location two years ago. I think the Soho location is more retail-oriented though...

May 28, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan

Going to Babbo solo- What do I order??

If they still have the ramp pasta, it is a must-have. Absolutely amazing, and only around for a short time (this is probably the last week)!

May 27, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan

Scott Conant's Scarpetta

I'm going tonight. Did anyone get there last night for the opening?

May 14, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan

Help finding great lamb chops

Hi everyone. I have to find a restaurant in the city that my whole family can have brunch at this Saturday. My grandmother LOVES lamb chops, so I'm hoping I can find a place that either has them on the menu, or is willing to make a special order. We often go to Turkish restaurants, since most American/Continental restaurants do not include lamb on brunch menus. Are there any suggestions for non-Turkish places, relatively middle of the road in price, anywhere in Manhattan, with lamb chops? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I know of the standard Greek places, and went to Ilili last weekend, so need help coming up with something new. Thanks!

May 12, 2008
jkrell in Manhattan