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Excellent, wine-focused restaurant/wine bar recommendations

Thanks, all.

May 22, 2012
ibnnawwas in Greater Seattle

Excellent, wine-focused restaurant/wine bar recommendations

Hi.

I'll be in Seattle from tonight until Thursday and need some recommendations for seriously wine-focused restaurants or wine bars.

There are two categories I'm looking for:

1) New - that is, opened within the last month or two at the outside.

2) Something celebratory - not necessarily new, but au courant. This does not exclude classics so long as they maintain a spring in their step.

My preference is for places that are easy to get to from the city center, but I'll happy to hear anyone's recommendations.

Thanks,

J

May 07, 2012
ibnnawwas in Greater Seattle

WHERE TO BUY CAZUELA / SPANISH CERAMICS COOKWARE IN BARCELONA?

Sorry, Mercat Santa Caterina.

Oct 17, 2010
ibnnawwas in Spain/Portugal

WHERE TO BUY CAZUELA / SPANISH CERAMICS COOKWARE IN BARCELONA?

There's a stall in one corner of Mercat Sant Antoni that sells all that stuff and more. You don't have to enter the market to access the stall, though, of course, why wouldn't you enter lovely market?

Oct 14, 2010
ibnnawwas in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona - Farmers Markets

Thank you. Just what I am looking for. Funny you find Paul the best you've had in Barcelona. Though I have enjoyed good bread on occasion in Spain, it always struck me how mediocre it generally was. One might say the same about many places these days, including France, but I found this bread-deficit even in restaurants I'd recommend without hesitation. Once, on a trip with other writers to the Castilla y Leon wine regionts, one of us asked our hosts why the bread in (that part of) Spain was so average. "I don't know what to say," she replied, "we think it's very good."

Oct 13, 2010
ibnnawwas in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona - Farmers Markets

Having visited Barcelona on several occasions, and having happily shopped at various mercats (I'm based here for a few months rather than just visiting), it strikes me that I have been unable to find markets for local farmers, cheese-makers, bakers, etc. Sure, the provenance of products in the markets are noted on signs, and not a little does come from Catalonia. But, a lot of the stuff doesn't, and, a lot of what finds from stall to stall, market to market, is the same, and, apart from a handful of items (I'm speaking fruits and vegetables, now), not a whole lot different than what might find in the US. Of course the fish, charcuterie, and meats are different, but that's to be expected. Comparing the selection of things one finds in Parisian markets (especially Raspail, on Sundays), I have yet to be surprised. Please tell me I am missing something and point me in the right direction.

Thanks,

Jar

Oct 13, 2010
ibnnawwas in Spain/Portugal

Late night dining in Hong Kong

many thanks.

j.

Apr 17, 2009
ibnnawwas in China & Southeast Asia

Late night dining in Hong Kong

My girlfriend and I are coming to Hong Kong from Singapore this weekend. I've been reading some great posts/recommendations about the dining possibilities, but, I am unclear about hours. We are arriving at 10pm tonight, staying in Causeway Bay. Can anyone recommend places with great (not too expensive) food, even if simple. Prefer local specialties, but anything will be fine. As to our backgrounds: we both live in NY, girlfriend is teaching in Singapore for this term. I write about food and wine for a living and have a very open palate.

One other question: I have noted several links to OpenRice listings. They look fantastic, but I can't read Chinese! Didn't see an English language link on that page. Any ideas?

Thanks,

J

Apr 16, 2009
ibnnawwas in China & Southeast Asia

Recs for Hua-Hin and vicinity, in Thailand

I'm heading to Thailand from Singapore in a few days for a week and would love any suggestions. Clearly, these boards have lots of recs for Bangkok and some for Phuket, but does anyone have suggestions a bit farther afield, round about Hua-Hin?

Of course, if anyone wants to add some new suggestions for Bangkok or Singapore, I wouldn't mind those, either.

Thanks,

JAR

Jun 22, 2008
ibnnawwas in China & Southeast Asia

Singapore and Thailand Suggestions?

I'm currently in Singapore and have been enjoying the wide variety of foods here, though I'm up for all and every suggestion since I'm going to be returning shortly.

In the meantime, I'm off to Thailand at the end of the week, specifically Bangkok and Hua-Hin. Any suggestions, must tries, best avoids, general direction?

Thanks,

JAR

Jun 22, 2008
ibnnawwas in China & Southeast Asia

Asian (or Asian-Fusion) Restaurants with Good Winelists

I'm a NY-base writer who's working on a project about how Asian or Asian-Fusion restaurants approach wine pairing. Though I have a handle on how people approach the subject in NY, I thought I'd cross the border, virtually, anyway, to see if there are different approaches. Probably not, but no harm in asking.

Can anyone recommend a few restaurants that have good winelists? The food does not have to be exceptional, or even formal. But they should pay attention to their wine, at least a bit.

Thanks in advance.

Jar

Jun 05, 2008
ibnnawwas in Ontario (inc. Toronto)