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Daniel Boulud's new restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental

Will Daniel Boulud coming to town and opening an outpost of Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental this coming fall, do you believe it will succeed?

Daniel may be one of the best chefs around, and does a really great job in maintaining his standards and creativity compared to other chef-driven "empires," but he can miss in terms of reading the market.

Will his restaurant have an impact on the talent and restaurant culture in Boston at all, both immediately and 5 years from now?

May 20, 2014
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Anyone been to Ostra yet?

Thanks for the review...I saw the Boston Globe gave it "3 stars," and tried to compare it to Le Bernardin in some ways. Kind of weird, because it seems like the reviews are a bit mixed in terms of consistency and the dining room noise, and the food might be a tad bit more conservative.

Mar 15, 2014
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

December 2013 Openings and Closings

Is L'Espalier struggling?

Jan 05, 2014
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

December 2013 Openings and Closings

Wow...a lot of interesting closings. Is the market in Boston struggling?

Jan 05, 2014
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

Keller has 6 restaurants (3 Bouchons bistros, Ad Hoc) all together, plus a bakery. By it goes back to my point, a chef can only be in one kitchen at one time. Bras can only be in Japan, and not his kitchen in France, or vice versa. It's all about developing the talent to execute, the same talent that cooks when a Thomas Keller isn't in the house even when he had one restaurant.

Keller, Ducasse, Ramsay, Jean George, all have built great organizational foundations when it comes to recruiting, nurturing, and enabling talented chefs and staff, and it allows them to do what they've done.

Nov 02, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area
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Would any Boston restaurants get any Michelin stars?

Sounds like Michelin is going to be outdated here and in most places around the globe if they are stuck on the fancy ambiance and over-the-top wine lists requirements.

Nov 02, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

You can only be in one kitchen at a time. These chefs are all about finding, grooming, and trusting talent.

Thomas Keller manages to have two flagship, haute cuisine restaurants that are bi-coastal, but they are still both excellent. Guy Savoy, Joel Robuchon, Pierre Gagnaire, Alan Ducasse, Daniel Boulud, Heston Blumenthal, Michel Bras are just some of the example of chefs who manage and run restaurants all over the place.

Nov 02, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

From what I've read, Fieri's career and education was mostly in the management side, not so much as a chef.

Todd English...uh, does anyone like him anymore? His ego took over the talent he had.

Nov 02, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

Jean-George's restaurants are usually pretty good. Market at the W Boston is pretty good as well.

No different than the Boston area chefs that have a lot of restaurants.

As far as Mario, I would love Carnevino. If Eataly came to Boston, along with Wegmans' proposed expansion into the downtown area, Boston is going to have some incredible grocery options.

Nov 02, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

Are you really comparing Mario Batali to Guy Fieri? I don't think Guy Fieri is an actual chef.

Also, a rockstar chef chain? How is Mario any different than Barbara Lynch, Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Orinner, ect.? His restaurants are pretty good and maintain a certain level of standard.

Nov 02, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Would any Boston restaurants get any Michelin stars?

You don't think L'Espalier, Menton, Craige on Main or O Ya would get one star?

Where would Olena rate?

Oct 29, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Would any Boston restaurants get any Michelin stars?

If the Michelin Guide came to the Boston area, what restaurants would get a Michelin Star or stars?

Oct 25, 2013
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Shopping online

Any great suppliers/outlets that sell meat (steaks, specifically online) that supply the top restaurants/steakhouses? USDA, dry-aged prime steak, top-shelf grass-fed steaks, and the exotics such as Wagyu and Kobe.

Oct 16, 2013
Eastwind in General Topics

Shopping online

Thanks! I actually wasn't looking for actual places to buy these products, just examples that I can think of in terms of buying high-end, quality products.

Seafood has these examples:
http://gourmetfood.about.com/od/where...

My point was-and I know the shipping and handling costs need to be taken in consideration (but not using that example)-is going into Whole Foods going to net you "better" quality because it's in the store? Or does it not matter where you buy it, because it still has to be shipped to your location (to you directly or to the store)? If you live in Seattle or New England, will a seafood be "fresher" than through the mail?

If you're a respected company, the quality and handling procedures would be the same, regardless of where you live, correct?

Would fresh, ripe vegetables and fruits have a harder time via online and shipping process?

Sep 04, 2013
Eastwind in General Topics

Shopping online

Thanks the internet/mobile living and the movement towards higher quality and diverse food ingredients, can you trust the quality of ingredients in areas such as wild, fresh seafood, meat, spices and ingredients, teas, ect. from online sites.

I lament the lack of selection at the local stores for seafood (not to mention a focus on the lower-end, farm-raised variety). Can one order fish and shellfish (including lobster( from a highly respected company like Browne Trading Company.

What about shopping for high-quality, harder-to-find meats and poultry from companies like D'Artagan? You can buy caviar online from Browne Trading Company, Petrossian, and Caviar Russe. Cheese, oils, and from boutique stores/retailers like The Cheese Store of Beverly Hiils and Formaggio Kitchen (Boston area). A wide range of exotic spices from The Spice House, grass-fed beef from companies like Niman Ranch and Lasater Grasslands Beef. You get the idea.

My question is, can you basically buy anything online that the top chefs or and those who might have a high-end food emporium in their city have access, and will it be the same quality from the same suppliers? For example, Niman Ranch, Browne Trading Company, and D'Artagan are suppliers to the best chefs and restaurants in the country.

Sep 04, 2013
Eastwind in General Topics
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First Charlie Palmer, now Nana.....

I just don't get how they decided on a steakhouse. The DFW market is pretty saturated with high-end steakhouses as it is.

Feb 15, 2012
Eastwind in Dallas - Fort Worth

First Charlie Palmer, now Nana.....

Charlie Palmer at the Joule will become Charlie Palmer Steak. http://eatsblog.dallasnews.com/archiv...

Now it appears the lovely Nana Restaurant will become a steakhouse as well.

http://eatsblog.dallasnews.com/archiv...

Feb 15, 2012
Eastwind in Dallas - Fort Worth

Has the Boston area finally become a good food and restaurant city?

It would be cool if Boston got a two-star or three-star world-class high-end dining establishment. L'Espalier and Menton seem to be the top two in that regards, but I think they're one-star establishments.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Sep 01, 2011
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Has the Boston area finally become a good food and restaurant city?

Boston used to be a rather pedestrian city for dining and food. Food culture and changes do not happen overnight. Does that mean because The French Laundry, which was bought by Thomas Keller in 1994, does that mean it is irrelevant to the food dining scene and not putting out top-notch food and experiences? Just because a chef or restaurant is established, doesn't mean it still can't deliver great meals next to the newest kids on the block.

Sep 01, 2011
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Has the Boston area finally become a good food and restaurant city?

It seems like with each passing year, more quality chefs and restaurants are opening. It's not to say that Boston is close with the likes of NYC, Chicago, Vegas, or the Bay Area, but the quality, standards, and diversity (from high-end, elegant restaurants like L'Espalier to Barbara Lynch's restaurants in No. 9 Park and Menton, to top-notch Japanese cuisine in O Ya to great Italian dining) seems to be much better. Are Bostonians becoming more appreciate of new concepts and tastes; willing to shell out money for quality and service?

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Aug 31, 2011
Eastwind in Greater Boston Area

Gluten-free Las Vegas

I am heading to Vegas in a few weeks with a group of friends. One of them needs to have a gluten-free diet. Any good suggestions (We'll mostly be on the Strip) for what good restaurants are good and gluten-free friendly? We are rather open eaters, with a variety in price, cuisine, and ambiance.

Jul 15, 2011
Eastwind in Las Vegas

Steak and Seafood

I know it's in Bellevue, but has anyone tried John Howie Steak & Piano Bar at The Shops at Bravern?

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John Howie Steak
11111 Northeast 8th Street, Suite 125, Bellevue, WA 98004

Jun 11, 2011
Eastwind in Greater Seattle

MIchael Mina to oversee upcoming food and beverage concepts at the new Four Seasons Baltimore

http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/ingo...

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Four Seasons Cafe
50 S Pickett St Ste 23, Alexandria, VA 22304

Jun 10, 2011
Eastwind in Washington DC & Baltimore

What peach brandy to get and what to do with it when I get it?

I'll be interested to find out what grain schnapps and Mathilde uses. How many times is it distilled? Is it filtered through water?

Mar 24, 2011
Eastwind in Spirits

Report: Alex

Sad that Alex is closing. I know the economy is in the toilet, but a strange move.

Was the restaurant not filling up?

Steve Wynn's move lately, at least in regards of the food & beverage side, seem a little strange.

Jan 13, 2011
Eastwind in Las Vegas

Larent Gras Taking Leave of Absence from L2O

So what will become of L20? Will it still be capable of the raves and 3-stars?

Dec 10, 2010
Eastwind in Chicago Area

Larent Gras Taking Leave of Absence from L2O

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

Looks like he's back to New York and leaving for good.

http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.co...

Dec 08, 2010
Eastwind in Chicago Area

Inside Trader Joe's Top Secret Business Practices

If it on wikipedia, it must be true. :)

Aug 25, 2010
Eastwind in Features

Inside Trader Joe's Top Secret Business Practices

Reading the article, you're basically getting the same "private label" stuff that other stores get, but only cheaper?

Aug 25, 2010
Eastwind in Features

Toronto's hotel dining will be very interesting

I'm betting that JG's restaurant will be more like The Market restaurant (in a couple of markets like Vancouver and Boston) than his 3-star flagship.

I know Daniel Boulud opened up Bar Boulud in London's Mandarin Oriental Hotel. I wonder if he did come to the FS, if that is what the restaurant will be inspired from.

May 18, 2010
Eastwind in Ontario (inc. Toronto)