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Can anyone help me replicate very thin sliced pork loin with carmelized onion I had in Tuscany?

I tried googling recipes, but could not really find anything. This dish was made for us at our agisturismo and was phenomenally delicious-- I have no idea if it is a regional Tuscan specialty or just something the owner came up with-- I was hoping this is a dish others may recognize.

The pork was very, very thinly sliced-- like a cold cut-- I think it was loin but I could be wrong. It was in a very light sauce, with some type of cooked down onion warm relish. I am sure there were other herbs and seasonings but cannot recall. Does this dish sound familar to anyone?

Thanks!

May 30, 2011
Kikim in Home Cooking

Italy Trip Report Part 2 - Tuscany (Long)

Dynastar-
I just wanted to let you know that I loved your review of Sant'Anna. In fact, I clipped out the portions you wrote about Sant'Anna and printed them out, and brought it with me on my trip to Tuscany I just returned from. We ate twice at Sant'Anna and I agree-- it was by far the best meals of our trip. Our second meal was also the duck which was just as phenomenal as you described-- I won't bother trying to beat your description. I made sure to tell Ornella about how I had read such wonderful things about her cooking-- she seemed very pleased so I pulled out your review and handed it to her. The night they cooked the duck, Stefano (the guy who helped Ornella with serving, I wouldn't exactly call him a waiter as I suspect he does this as a favor to the monastery or Ornella), read your review aloud to the entire kitchen, translating from english to italian! Apparently everyone was thrilled, but somewhat stressed about it living up to expectations! No worries as I assured them it did. Just thought you would like to know! I am posting some pics of that dinner-- the plate of the duck was our second-- and we actually couldn't wait to take the pic-- we both grabbed the duck immediately and I made us put the bitten pieces back on the plate so I could take the pic. : ) The dessert also did not make the pic for similar reasons!

May 23, 2011
Kikim in Italy

Can you make pici with the assistance of a pasta machine?

I had wonderful pici when I was in Tuscany. I am visiting my mom and her husband this weekend and her husband has offered to make us fresh pasta. I would like him to make pici for us, the problem is, he has a new pasta machine that he has been using and making pici entirely from hand looks burdensome.
My question is: will pici made entirely from a pasta machine still be good? Or can the machine be used for rolling out and cutting the pasta, then still had rolled at the end?

Thank you!

May 23, 2011
Kikim in Home Cooking

Best Boeuf Bourguignon in Paris?

I agree re "the best"-- should have been more clear in my follow up-- where can I get "quite good" bourguignon. Thanks for the tip!

Nov 04, 2010
Kikim in France

Best Boeuf Bourguignon in Paris?

I'd love to revive this thread for more recent suggestions. One of the difficulties I've been having in selecting restaurants for my upcoming trip are the lack of posted menus on the web-- as a home cook, there are certain classic dishes I want to try that I cook at home (bourguignon or daube, coq au vin, frisee au lardons, profiteroles etc) and it is very difficult to figure out which restaurants will likely have them on the menu. I did run a search on menupages.com (which covers only 200 restaurants) for (among other things) bourguignon and came up with only three hits. Can anyone comment where an excellent bourgignon (and/or other classic) is likely a staple on the menu these days, since I won't be able to visit the restaurants and read the menu prior to making a reservation?

Also, most of the reviews and favorite restaurants I've been seeing on this board (and blogs I've been reading) center around newer spots (like a Spring, L'epigramme or Frenchie) that presumably aren't doing these type dishes, is that correct? A new riff on an older dish would be great too. I just don't want to veer too far from the classics, given the limited amount of meals I have (3 dinners).

From my last post, I got a suggestion for Chez Denise, which I think we will try, but still looking for more suggestions.

Nov 04, 2010
Kikim in France

Overwhelmed-- where to start in search for charming, classic Parisian restaurants?

Thanks all for the replies, I have looked up the restaurants listed (although I found websites and photos to be woefully lacking) and have done my own research so I am ready to narrow down my specific questions for our 3 nights in Paris:

My boyfriend J's request-- boudin noir-- we watched the Anthony Bourdin special and Robert et Louise looked like they served a good one-- would you all recommend? Liked the cosy atmosphere too, but would this restaurant be best for grilled specialties only (in which case I may not be as interested).

At least one of the 3 nights, J has said we can't make reservations in advance in case we "wander around" and find something interesting to try. Can anyone recommend an area (around the 1st arrondissement, where our hotel is preferably, otherwise suggest an alternate lively neighborhood?) where we can "stumble on" a restaurant that does not require a reservation Thur, Fri or Sat night (when we will be there). If you can't tell, I'm not as keen on this idea and would hate to waste a meal at a subpar spot because of lack of planning, like to have some ringers just in case...

As far as the other nights, some spots I am considering (all seem within a reasonable cab ride of hotel)-- do these meet my preferences of classic french and warm, inviting atmosphere? Also, at 6'4 and exceptionally long-legged, J is expecting to find seating uncomfortable-- but would any of these set ups be unbearable?

Chez Denise
Josephine Chez Dumonet
Chez L'Ami Jean
L'epigramme
Au bon Accueil
Le mesturet
La Maison du jardin
Frenchie (realize this is not "classic" but heard so much postive press-- what is atmosphere like?)
le Relagade St Honore (not sure about this one-- atmosphere did not look "warm" from web pics)

and these looked appealing but not clear if they are just wine bars or if you can have a full dinner:
le Rubis
Les Fine Gueles
Willi's

and if it matters, I love foie gras and pates, beef, chicken, pork, all seafood, lamb and duck confit but pass on most organ meats, sausage, pigeon and rabbit. Love steak frites too but from what I've been reading it's considered bad form to order steak medium?

Merci!

Nov 01, 2010
Kikim in France

Need recommendation-- where to take boss out to make her feel cool?

I was writing a new post and realize I never followed up on this one! Thanks to all for the recs, my other colleagues dinged DGBG so we ended up going to Pastis. It was perfect for our purposes-- turns out I learned by boss loves Paris and she was thrilled to order steak frites. We also had a celeb sighting-- Heidi Klum toting her kids. Most importantly, it was busy and lively and the waiters fawned on my boss, so she definitely felt "cool", thanks to all!

Oct 24, 2010
Kikim in Manhattan

Overwhelmed-- where to start in search for charming, classic Parisian restaurants?

Thanks for the excellent tips so far-- aha, spiral, now it makes sense! @Hill food-- no doubt I will start by excusing my french (ca fait longtemps qu je n'ai pas parle francais)-- my summer spent living with a french family in Lyon was quite some time ago--I am hoping some auto pilot function kicks in, as I cannot recall specific vocab if I think about it, but usually it pops out somehow in conversation.
Yes, during the day I hope to stumble across little cafes for frisee aux lardons or a croque madame-- I guess the same rule holds, look for a busy spot?
Thanks for the Chez Denise recommendation, sounds right on point!
Other restaurant recs, or other threads here that I should look at?
@John Talbot-- are there cookware shops you recommend? When I bought my pans here in nyc several years ago from a restaurant supply like shop, they all came from France-- cheaper and better than all-clad, would love to check out the source!

Oct 24, 2010
Kikim in France

Overwhelmed-- where to start in search for charming, classic Parisian restaurants?

I am sure there must be posts on this somewhere, but I am overwhelmed as there seem to be so many great spots in Paris, I'm not even sure what to search for! My boyfriend and I are looking for spots for dinner for three nights in Paris (Thur-Sat) in late November. We love french food and often cook the classic dishes ourselves (beef daube, coq au vin, profiteroles, etc) so it would be great fun to try the classics in their country of origin. Definitely prefer simple, charming spots-- (in my mind this would be the little spot down a side street with wood tables, stone walls, low lighting). Nothing too formal or fusion, and well-priced is a plus (no Guy Savoy on this trip!). I speak French (or used to, hope it comes back) so I don't require english speaking waiters/menus.

Also-- excuse my ignorance as we just booked and I am not sure where anything is in relation to anything else-- but does the particular androssiment matter or is comparable to Manhattan-- where everything is a quick cab/subway ride or possibly long-ish walk away (which we are fine with). That said, if it does make a difference, we are staying at the Westin Vendome. Thanks!

Oct 23, 2010
Kikim in France

Need recommendation-- where to take boss out to make her feel cool?

Thanks for the pics, DGBG looks perfect, sold! I'll post back to let you all know her reaction, thanks!!

Jun 21, 2010
Kikim in Manhattan

Need recommendation-- where to take boss out to make her feel cool?

Funny I've been really wanting to try dbgb myself-- but wrote it off as I assumed it would be too small/cramped-- ok this in now back in consideration. Also, what about something like da Silvano or Bar Pitti? I personally haven't been to either in about 10 years but recall fawning italian waiters, could give her a little ego boost.

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Bar Pitti
268 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Jun 21, 2010
Kikim in Manhattan

Need recommendation-- where to take boss out to make her feel cool?

I agree, I've since scratched that one off, thanks.

Jun 20, 2010
Kikim in Manhattan

Need recommendation-- where to take boss out to make her feel cool?

My boss just announced she will be in NYC Tuesday night and asked if we will be around for dinner (we all work remotely). Boss is single female from Arkansas, 40's, sweet librarian type who is not too adventurous but likes to feel like she is one of the gang. I am in charge of setting up the dinner (other colleagues also female, so it would be a girls' night out). I was thinking somewhere with a fun scene (but not too hipster to make her feel out of place). Having moved outside the city, I have no idea what would fit the bill now-- I was thinking along the lines of Pastis, Baltazar or Spotted Pig, nothing too ethnic, I think she has pretty vanilla eating habits. I want her to have a great time above all, lots of people watching and wine, and to make her enjoy nyc. We are probably going to be eating early-- 6 or 6:30 on a Tue night-- so definitely somewhere lively at that time-- but not where we have to wait an hour for a table. Help?

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Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

Jun 20, 2010
Kikim in Manhattan

Dover sole in London-- delicious and well-priced?

Love dover sole-- which is hard to find here in NYC and expensive too-- are there any recs for dinner spots in London (not super high end) where I can get a perfectly prepared Dover Sole (prefer they remove it from the bone before serving)?
Also, I've heard that john dory is similar, can anyone comment?
Thanks!

Feb 21, 2010
Kikim in U.K./Ireland

Looking for curry and pubs for lunch stops while sightseeing in London

I have been doing searches for best curries (non-veg), pubfood and/or fish/chips on this board but am overwhelmed by trying to figure out the various locations. As we will only be in London for 3.5 days, it would be extremely helpful if I could get some recommendations based on the areas we will be visiting-- convenience will be key! Thanks so much, recs needed for any of the following areas so we can plan our route to include lunch at the stops that look the most promising:

Buckingham Palace
London Eye
Tower of London
British Museum
Shopping areas (Oxford St., Bond St, Convent Garden)

farther out:
Hamptead Heath
Hampton Court

Feb 21, 2010
Kikim in U.K./Ireland

Expense account restaurant in Boston for three women

Hello,

I will be with two of my work colleagues (all in our thirties) for a work conference in Boston this week, and our boss gave us the go ahead for a nice dinner for Tuesday night (rare at my company!). Can anyone recommend a suitable spot with the following criteria i) excellent food, lovacore-style a bonus ii) Back Bay area or up to 15 minute can ride away iii) no italian, sushi or asian, iv) must have great local seafood, though doesn't have to be a seafood restaurant and finally v) a fun, lively and non-stuffy atmosphere so we can relax-- we're all friends, so it's not really a "business" dinner. I was looking at B&G Oyster-- would this suit us, and any other recs?

Thanks!!

Oct 18, 2009
Kikim in Greater Boston Area

Which vineyards in SE Seneca Lake in Finger Lakes to visit?

Hi, this is the original poster reporting back. Thanks so much for all your suggestions! We had a fantastic weekend and were amazed by staggering beauty of the area (it was worth the drive to walk the gorge alone) as well as the lack of anything touristy. We stayed at a B&B right by the Stonecat, which turned out to be an ideal location for proximity to the gorge, many vineyards, and dining. Friday night, we had a relaxing dinner on the back porch of Stonecat, with views of the vineyards the lake, and enjoyed our simply prepared, but delicious meals. Because the vineyards had already closed, we then took a quick (less than 10 minute) drive to Watkins Glen to hit the only liquor in the area-- there we were able to pick up wines from Dr. Frank's and Wiemar's, which we enjoyed on our balcony overlooking the lake. After a ridiculously decadent three course breakfast at our B&B the next morning, we hit the gorge in Watkins Glen for one of the most spectacular short hikes I have ever been on-- vista after vista of spilling wateralls, easy to navigate stone steps, and only 1.5 miles of relaxing hiking. We then hit the International Center for Motorsport research in Watkins Glens (where my beau was thrilled to find a 1970 CanAm race car on display). The director Bill Green regaled us with stories of racing in Watkins Glen, beginning with the very first Watkins Glen Road race in 1948. We then followed our map and took a spin around the original 6.6 mile road circuit, which winds along the lake and through the town, marked by small signs along the way. Now back to the wine and food! After an already busy day we were thankful to travel only a few miles back to our B&B, where we were surrounded by vineyards-- I had no idea how many there would be and how close they were to each other. On the recommendation of our B&B host (a Sonoma native) we hit Shalestone Vineyard, an adorable roadside winery with hobbit-like buildings. We enjoyed the tasting experience, which was intimate and attentive. We then headed up to Lamoreux, a slightly more crowded (but fortunately devoid of tour buses and those frightening Hummer-limos stationed at Wagner and Hazlitt), but still very enjoyble experience. I especially loved the huge windows looking out over the vineyards. We then called it a day and headed out to dinner at Dano's-- again as recommended by everyone on this site as well as our B&B, who told us it's where other chefs go when in town. I was unsure what to expect with Dano's-- on the one hand I'd heard rave reviews, but I also found their website photos to be uninspiring. Turns out the photos did not accurately portray the experience-- wow. When we arrived, we walked down a gravel path by a vegetable garden. The interior was modern yet warm, with a loft-like atmosphere and a wall of glass with views out onto the lake. We were sat right by the window, and enjoyed the changing light and slowly lifting fog all throughout dinner. Our waiter made great recommendations-- for the spreads, we loved the Hotel Sacher (does anyone please have a recipe??) and the Liptauer spread. We also sampled the potato salad, hungarian sausage, smoked trout, wiener schnitzel, braised saukerkraut and spaetzle. It may sound ordinary, but everything was so freshly, simply and perfectly prepared, all of the flavor without the heaviness sometimes accompanying this type fare. We enjoyed some Austrian gruner veltiners as well as local reislings with the meal. I took a sacher torte to go, which was enjoyed later that evening. On the way out, we had the good fortune to speak with the chef's wife and the restaurant's baker, Karen, who was wonderful to chat with (and we traded stories about Jersey City and Hoboken, where she and her husband once lived). On the way out, we picked up a few jars of their Quince Reisling spreads-- I was unsure what they would be like, but as everything else was perfection I could only hope for the best (note: we've been home for a week and are already half way through the second jar-- so good with manchego!). So all in all, a great trip, I would highly recommend.

May 24, 2009
Kikim in New York State (exc. NYC)

Which vineyards in SE Seneca Lake in Finger Lakes to visit?

Thanks all for the replies so far, I am making a list of your favorites. From Hector, Dr. Konstantin appears to be about 2 hours roundtrip , so I'm not sure we will be able to make it there with barely a day for touring. I did go to their website and it does look amazing. Their tasting room appears to have burned down in a fire a week ago (they are still offering tastings). At minimum, we'll have to pick some of their wines up from the local shops-- I assume they all carry the locals? Thanks I am really enjoying all the posts!

May 06, 2009
Kikim in New York State (exc. NYC)

Which vineyards in SE Seneca Lake in Finger Lakes to visit?

In a couple of weeks we are going to SE Seneca Lake (Hector, just north of Watkins Glen) for a very brief weekend (driving up Friday morning, leaving Sunday morning), from NYC. With the driving, we will really only have one full day up there, on Saturday.
I'd like to hit the gorge in the morning and spend the rest of the day exploring vineyards and wine tastings in the immediate area, since we are short on time.
But even in this area, it seems there are lots of wineries to choose from, I was hoping someone could offer direction. We love dry rieslings but are open to all types of wines. Atmosphere is also important, part of the fun is viewing lush vineyards. Can anyone suggest a route?
In addition to the vineyard, if anyone has ideas of where to pick up supplies for a picnic, or which restaurant we should hit (I believe the choices are Dano's Suzanne's Red Newt and Stone Cat)
please advise!

May 04, 2009
Kikim in New York State (exc. NYC)