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Returning to Paris for 3 nights...need a couple new recs!

Big thanks John - went over to Gare au Gorille since I was in the neighborhood this morning. Arrived around 1130 and made a reservation for 1.

Absolutely outstanding meal. I had a raw mackerel starter with cherries and leek...very tasty and fresh. wife had cold beetroot soup with dabs of cream....even better than mine.

For mains I had chicken with chorizo carrot puree and some sort of cabbage type leafy green. wonderful all around. wife had the winner of the day, a perfectly seared piece of cod with dill, arugula, and black currants..along with the most wonderful zucchini.

Dessert was chilled apricot soup with some sort of herbal ice cream slowly melting in the middle with a little meringue on top. Perfectly light and fresh way to finish this wonderful meal.

Need to find someplace for lunch or dinner tomorrow...thinking martin boire et manger or possible clamato...your opinion?

Jun 30, 2015
yanks26dmb in France

Returning to Paris for 3 nights...need a couple new recs!

Looked on the fork and didn't see any available reservation slots.

Can I just walk up at lunch (or dinner for that matter) and snag one? I'd be going on a Tue or Wed most likely.

Jun 27, 2015
yanks26dmb in France

Returning to Paris for 3 nights...need a couple new recs!

Thanks for the recommendations guys. Excited to hear what you thought of Gare au Gorille!

Jun 27, 2015
yanks26dmb in France

Returning to Paris for 3 nights...need a couple new recs!

So I was in Paris a couple of years ago....I'll be back for a few days at the end of this month.

Last time I was there I ate at...

l'ami Jean - loved it
Passage 53 - amazing meal..best of the year.
Bones - good not great
Ze kitchen gallerie - enjoyed
Les papilles - meh. So so.
Pierre sang boyer- meh.
Le tintalou - good.
le cantina troquette (?) - enjoyed very much.
Frenchie - one of the most fantastic..ally overrated meals in recent memory.

Would love some new recs...what's putting out great food right now? We eat absolutely anything and would like to keep lunch or dinner for two under 60 euro before wine. Staying near eiffle tower but happily will travel across city in subway for a great meal.

many thanks again my Parisian counterparts...

Jun 22, 2015
yanks26dmb in France

Top 3 SD

Underbelly is horrific. Please scratch that.

Try Bruno's pizza...authentic Napolitan pizza...with the DOP approval to boot!

Jun 03, 2015
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Where in San Diego can I find good Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale)?

Odd timing...I'm in Italy now, and will be making a trip to a balsamic makers home (acetaia di giorgio) tomorrow in Mondena to pick up the "real" DOP balsamic.

I know I'm just a random guy on the web, but if you're interested, I'd be happy to pick you up a bottle and bring it back to San Diego with me when I return early July. Let me know and we can set something up!

Jun 03, 2015
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

It amazes me that people (who presumably enjoy good food) actually use yelp for restaurant reviews.

For me, it's akin to popping my head inside of a Wal-Mart and asking the first five people I see where I could get the best burger in town.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

I guess when I say average, I mean, price wise/lacking the coveted Michelin star, etc. By admission, their food is most certainly not "average". I'm talking your hole in the wall trattoria, osteria, etc.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

Love BaoNecci - but I find one pizza rather small, and as you mentioned, pricy.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

This is what I'd like to avoid. I've done my fair share of NY/NJ dining...

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

I've been to Perbacco, F+W, Frances, and A16.

Frances was great, but I wouldn't consider it close to anything I'm eating here in Emilia Romagna.

Perbacco was decent, I would return.

A16 probably had the best pasta of the group.

F+W was downright bad. Pasta does not hold a flame to authentic Italian.

Are there any excellent (and authentic) Italian restaurant in the bay area?

So I'm 10 days into my month in Italy (Emilia Romagna and Liguria regions to be exact) and it's already quite clear even modest trattoria's are better than even the best American Italian restaurants I've been to thus far.

Are there any restaurants in the bay area that can compare to what I'm eating here?...if youre familiar of course. Are there any that are known for being especially authentic?

Appreciate your input.

recommendations for bologna

I am in bologna now. Went into simoni yesterday and got a but overwhelmed. Can anyone suggest some quality products to buy to eat at home?

May 23, 2015
yanks26dmb in Italy

Purchasing parmigiano reggiano and balsamic in ER

I had heard less than glowing reports on the lunch concluding that tour...and thought best to skip it.

Is it possible to find the same products from the plants you visited in specialty stores?

May 22, 2015
yanks26dmb in Italy

Purchasing parmigiano reggiano and balsamic in ER

I'll be based in Bologna but will also spend a couple of days in Parma and Modena. I'd like to bring home the above mentioned products but I'm not sure where's best to obtain them.

Will a quality food store in Bologna have the same stuff I could find in Parma or Modena? If not, is there a particular outlet for each product I should visit?

May 22, 2015
yanks26dmb in Italy

Renting Bologna Apartment for Two Weeks...Need Advice

Thanks so much for the recommendation - you're right the price is very reasonable. I sent them an email to set up a class.

How did you find the skill level of the instructor and quality of their pasta? Are you able to duplicate what you learned back at home?

May 18, 2015
yanks26dmb in Italy

Renting Bologna Apartment for Two Weeks...Need Advice

Absolutely doing this - saw this one mentioned several times on these boards.

Also thinking about La Buca outside of Parma as well. If I could stay in either Parma of Modena for a couple of nights, which would be best?

Any other restaurants (under 50-60 euro for two before wine) you can recommend? Preferably ones that will not require a car, as I'll only have a vehicle for a few days.

May 18, 2015
yanks26dmb in Italy

Renting Bologna Apartment for Two Weeks...Need Advice

Thanks for the tips Erica. Ill check to see if they have that book in ebook form....I'm already overseas.

I briefly checked out homefood for dinners and classes...but it appears all the dates on the classes page are in feb-march. Maybe I'll send them an email and see if there is anything going on late May-June.

May 17, 2015
yanks26dmb in Italy

Renting Bologna Apartment for Two Weeks...Need Advice

Hi...will be arriving in Bologna next week and staying for roughly 2 weeks. Very excited to have access to a full kitchen. I would really like to find some authentic recipes relying on local ingredients, rather than making the same old American-Italian food I prepare back home.

Any good Italian/Emilia Romagna food blogs, websites, or other resources anyone knows? Italian language is fine - I can translate with Google.

Also, any recommendations of things to look for in the markets/specialty food stores this time of year? Perhaps some things I cannot get at home (I'm from San Diego, California).

Lastly, I'm debating on a cooking/pasta making class while I'm there...although at 160ish euro for 4.5 hours, it seems a bit pricy. Anyone have any suggestions in this regard?

Thank you all so much!

May 17, 2015
yanks26dmb in Italy

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

Thanks so much for that.....that's just intense - I've got a lot of reading ahead of me.

So I've got three lunches/three dinners (plus plenty of in between meal eating); Tuesday-Thursday.

When I say 100 per person that includes tax/tip.

To others that have replied, my soon to be wife, and I do a good bit of traveling. We were in Vietnam/Thailand only a few months ago, and I just returned from basque country a week ago. Definitely would like to stay away from these types of cuisine. NY is a stop over on our way to St. Lucia...definitely dont need any overly romantic/honeymoon places in NYC, that can wait til we get to the Carribean, so don't worry about ambiance, etc.

To be more specific, suggestions for the following would be very helpful.....

A great seafood restaurant (looking at the Le Bernardin lunch tasting menu) would be appreciated.

Indian (does NYC excel here?)

Italian.

Leaning towards...

Momofuku ssam (good idea?)
Marea (realize this might push the budget, but oh well)

I've got a deli on Queens blvd that I grew up going to as a kid; Ben's Best in rego park. It's been around for 50+ years, it's all I know...anyone know how it compares to the famous deli's like Katz?

Thanks so much for the help!

Jul 20, 2014
yanks26dmb in Manhattan

California hound starting honeymoon in NYC...Need reqs please!

So I'll be flying in from socal, spending 4 days in the city before heading off to the Caribbean...

Would love some recommendations that might have us eating something a little different than you'd find in San Diego/LA/San Francisco...

Requirements:

-Max $100 per person
-Mix of very cheap eats (classic new york stuff) vs. higher end places
-We eat anything and everything
-A suggestion or two in Brooklyn would be awesome

Thanks so much for your help and suggestions!

Jul 19, 2014
yanks26dmb in Manhattan

San Diego Hound in Philly for Three Days

I've actually been to Paesano's and absolutely loved it.

Thanks for the recs guys.

Sep 24, 2013
yanks26dmb in Philadelphia

San Diego Hound in Philly for Three Days

I'll be in town this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday...

I'd love to get some things I can't find out here on the west coast. A suggestion for really great Italian would be much appreciated..both high end/lower end(think deli).

Anything else that is particularly unique to Philly that I've got to try?

Would love two nice meals (up to 60/pp w/o alcohol) as well as anything else you wouldn't recommend I leave Philly without trying. Also, I know about Pat and Geno's...but are these just touristy places? Can a better philly be found somewhere else?

Sep 24, 2013
yanks26dmb in Philadelphia

San Diego Hound Making Three Day Trip to Boston

Thanks for all of the replies.

A few bits of info..

I'm staying at the Boston Harbor Hotel, so I'll be in that area...and WON'T have a rental. I'm in town for a wedding (on the 5th) so my schedule is semi-cramped. I grew up in NJ, so I've had plenty of fill of good pizza, although do appreciate the pizza recs.

Right now I'm leaning towards Neptune for lunch..still investigating some of the other options posted in here..

San Diego Hound Making Three Day Trip to Boston

I'll be in town the 4th, 5th, and 6th.

Need Breakfast/Lunch recommendations for each day..as well as other "must have" snacks for a west coaster. Love any and everything, nothing is off limits. Particularly enjoy good seafood, especially things we can't get on the west coast...like lobsters with claws. Many thanks!

Last supper

With you 100%. The only time I was there, the service was beyond terrible and the steak was incredibly fatty/grisly. Bit tough in spots as well. Overall not a good experience.

Apr 11, 2013
yanks26dmb in San Diego

Help with Paris restaurants with no menu/choices

I've got les papilles scheduled myself for dinner...think I should look for something else?

Mar 19, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Ha...

I have a girlfriend who's slightly less food obsessed than I am who will (try to)maintain some semblance of balance between eating and...not eating.

Mar 18, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

I thought of that, but I'd love to have some really good crepes while I'm in paris...is there anywhere else I could go for this? Preferably grab-n-go type place?

Mar 18, 2013
yanks26dmb in France

Anyone up for an itinerary review?

Check out the itinerary...I'm not sure if I have room for both. I've got lunch and dinner set for every day. I still have reservations for both, so I can cancel one if I need to. Is there anything else on my list that is a weak point or only so-so?

Arrive March 24 from Amsterdam
Lunch: Eating at a market
Dinner: La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix

March 25
Lunch: Pirouette
Dinner: Le Tintalou (only one I'm shaky about - may switch to Kei).

March 26
Lunch: Ze Kitchen Galerie
Dinner: Bones

March 27
Lunch: Passage 53
Dinner: Frenchie Bar a Vin

March 28
Lunch: Pierre Sang Boyer
Dinner:Les Pappilles

March 29
Lunch: Yam'Tcha
Dinner: Spring/Caius

March 30
Lunch: Breizh Cafe
Dinner: Chez L'ami Jean

Mar 18, 2013
yanks26dmb in France