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Serious Toronto Foodies need help with one great lunch and grocery store in Buffalo

I'm lukewarm on Wegman's in general. Lots of stuff, but I don't find most of it to be of exceptional quality. You might check out Premier Gourmet on 3904 Maple Rd. (Amherst?). They used to be in Kenmore, but moved since I was last in Buffalo. They also have a great beer selection and are attached to a huge wine and liquor store. I'll let the locals fill you in on lunch places....

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

As another American who lived in the UK I understand where Roland is coming from. Considering they are residents of the 'greatest city in the world', New Yorkers are a fairly thin skinned lot.

And even though Gold writes for the Spectator, which used to be a stuffy old Tory rag in my UK days, this Gore Vidal quote might apply:

'Class is the most difficult subject for American writers to deal with and the most difficult for the English to avoid.'

Aug 16, 2015
jmoryl in Manhattan

wineries? [Ithaca toward Binghamton]

As nonuthin points out, most of the wineries are north and west of Ithaca. If you drive to Binghamton via Rt. 79, there is the Six Mile Creek Winery a few miles outside Ithaca. It is surely not among the cutting edge of wineries in the Finger Lakes, but the wines should be OK. They used to grow mostly hybrid grapes at their site and probably purchase the Vinfiera (Riesling etc.) from vineyards up closer to the lakes.

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

I thought the Harper's article touched on some things that needed to be said about these places: lack of true hospitality, sterility, showboating, etc. But someone like AA Gill might have made me roll with laughter.

Aug 14, 2015
jmoryl in Manhattan
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Trip to Chautauqua and Finger Lakes

Near Chatauqua, in Lakewood, NY, you will find Southern Tier Brewing, who makes some very good IPAs.

Roasted Suckling Pig done to PERFECTION!!!

From where?

Aug 10, 2015
jmoryl in New Jersey

Kurobuta or berkshire pork in Mercer County?

Bought some excellent Berkshire pork at Brick Farm Market in Hopewell: http://www.brickfarmmarket.com/artisa...
I believe that is Mercer County (or close).

Jul 13, 2015
jmoryl in New Jersey

Breakfast in Porto near Rua Santa Catarina

Oh, two local Porto coffee brands are Tenco and Beira Douro. And the places recommended by trapani are worth visting too.

May 27, 2015
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Breakfast in Porto near Rua Santa Catarina

So where you are staying is just a bit north of the 24 de Agusto metro station; I was staying in an apartment a bit south of there. Looking at a map, I remember stopping at Confeitaria Abreu on Rua do Bomfim 91 on my way to the station. Closer to where I was staying was Confeitaria Chicana, Av. Rodrigues de Freitas 36, which was popular with the locals. Do try to stop into the places serving the local brands of coffee: if you see Buondi, Sical or Torrie it is a Nestle product. There are a several local roasters whose names escape me, plus the decent national products from Nicola and Delta.

If you like a great pork sandwich, you can walk over to a little hole in the wall place, Casa Guedes, at Praca Poveiros 130 (at the corner of the park) and get the pernil. The house vinho verde is pretty good, too, and you can sit outside on a nice day.

May 27, 2015
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Breakfast in Porto near Rua Santa Catarina

Hmm, last time I was in Porto I stayed in the same general area. I can't really recommend anything in particular, except to say that the Portuguese don't really do breakfast in the English/US style. If you wander around the neighborhood you are sure to find a bakery/cafe where you can have a pastry and some good coffee (Portugal genearally has the best espresso in Europe, next to Italy, IMO). Enjoy.

May 25, 2015
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Where's the local bounty?

People generally have more money than sense in NJ, so that is part of the problem. Land is expensive and many farms have been displaced by suburban sprawl. Having said that, I still find the occasional roadside stand with $2.50/doz free range eggs or $3/bunch asparagus while riding my bike around the back roads of Warren or Sussex counties.

Feb 25, 2015
jmoryl in New Jersey

Happy birthday dear, the butcher wasn't very pleasant.

Just be glad that you didn't ask them how much they cost. You might have been thrown out.

Feb 16, 2015
jmoryl in New Jersey

Pho/Bhan Mi

I was just going to post about the pho at Pho Thanh Huong, but you beat me to it. Somewhat better than Viet Ai and much better than the food court at Kam Man, which I found boring. I haven't had a chance to try their Banh Mi yet.

Jan 21, 2015
jmoryl in New Jersey

Portuguese Sausage in NYC

Not NYC, but just across the Hudson in Newark: Lopes Sausage Co. on Walnut St. http://www.lopessausagecompany.com/ho...
Maybe they have an outlet somewhere in NYC?

Oct 27, 2014
jmoryl in Manhattan

Need suggestions in Régua or Pinhão - traditional dinner for 12 . . .

Have a look at Chcho d'Oiro in Regua: http://aquiperto.com/modulo.asp?n=269...
More traditional than DOC and the other more foodie oriented places that usually get mentioned. Also should have room enough for a party of 12.

Oct 10, 2014
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Yeah, it is very tart. I like to throw a splash in with some mango or guava nectar to give it a bit of bite.

Aug 15, 2014
jmoryl in Chains
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

Funny, but after an absence of a few months it has reappeared in my local(NJ), just after posting the above. The supermarket across the street has 100% pure cranberry at $11.99 for the same size ($3.99 at TJ's).

Aug 05, 2014
jmoryl in Chains

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: July 2014-December 2014

The unsweetened 100% Cranberry juice has been absent from my area stores for the last few months. Staff say it it temporary, but that seems like a long hiatus.

Aug 03, 2014
jmoryl in Chains

special wine shop - central/southern NJ

Stop by the Princeton Corkscrew on Hulfish Street - a nicely chosen selection. Not a fan of Total Wine myself: a lot of chaff to separate from the wheat, plus the prices aren't all that great.

Jul 27, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

Looking for the Best Northern NJ Cheese Shops

Yup, Wine Library has a very good cheese (and gourmet) section. Not bad pricing either.

Jul 23, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

In part, it was those discussions in the other threads which made us want to try The Pass. I live in NE NJ and we were having a day out in that area; normally I'm down that way to cycle and don't want to go anywhere nice in my sweaty lycra!

Thanks for mentioning Maize, and I'll keep it in mind if I'm out that way.

May 23, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

The Pass (Rosemont, NJ): Prix-fixe price and format change

We ate there last week when it was still $38.50 (menu 52) and generally enjoyed it. We found the size and composition of the portions to be a bit puzzling, but the food delicious.

My lamb shoulder papardelle was of ample size (and was the best single item we tasted) but my partner's stuffed rabbit tenderloin was extremely tiny. Similar issue with the mains: skipjack and sides well proportioned, but braised octopus really lacking in octopus (while the other elements, like a slab of tasty pork belly, were generous). Octopus isn't that expensive, is it?

And I had the cheese course with the $3 supplement and it left me wishing I had stuck to the sweets. Here I was given the tiniest slice of a Bobolink cheese: nice stuff, but not very satisfying. My partner's crepe was fine. Honestly, on a visit to Wine Library a few days later I had more cheese given to me as a sample!

So I think it might be approaching questionable value at $49; it will be interesting to see what people think.

Anyone have opinions on the Sergeantsville Inn, just down the road? I prefer BYO, since I have a lot of good wine, but may want to give it a try.

May 22, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

Lunch In Millburn/Short Hills – Union - Maplewood – South Orange

We live nearby and think the pizza (and everything else) at Bunny's is pretty mediocre. It does seem to have a following, though.

May 07, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

Best Portuguese in Iron Bound?

Just curious: were the mussels the green-lipped kind? Several places in Ironbound serve these in lieu of the usual black ones, and I'm not wild about them. They usually (always?) come frozen from NZ, which is a shame considering how good the fresh farmed ones from Atlanic Canada are.

Feb 10, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

Does The Finger Lakes area have ANY good restaurants?

Have a look at Hazelnut Kitchen in Trumansburg. Maybe not fancy enough for your crowd, but I enjoyed it. Call to see if they can accomdate a group of your size.

Best Portuguese in Iron Bound?

With respect, most of the suggestions here, besides Sol Mar and Seabra's, aren't the most authentic. Have a look at my suggestions in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8909...

Jan 27, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

Porto, Ribeira Sacra, and the Douro.

If you get a chance, let us know how your trip went. I did visit some wineries on the Portuguese side of the Minho, but would like to hear what you found in Galicia, which is on my 'to do' list.

Jan 27, 2014
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Porto, Ribeira Sacra, and the Douro.

That sucks about the Metcalf book! For some reason, it isn't easy to find. It could be easier to carry around.

No, don't worry about the Dao; the Douro is spectacular and you will enjoy it. The Dao feels really off the beaten track and if you like small and rural, it is great. I actually stayed in the town where Casa de Mouraz is located, but couldn't even find it! Save it for a future trip (maybe combine with Bairrada).

Jan 22, 2014
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Porto, Ribeira Sacra, and the Douro.

Paul Reynolds, the Anglo-Portuguese guy who runs Macedos, was able to point out some interesting places to visit when I was there. Also, if you want to try your Portuguese, here is a restaurant review site which I found useful while in Portugal: http://aquiperto.com/default.asp?sDis... .

In the link I've left the selector at the top right to show the restaurants in Peso da Regua. The reviews may not be worth that much (like Yelp) but it is useful for finding places. I did enjoy meals at two places on the list: Castas e Pratos and Cacho d'Oiro. Note that the towns around the Douro are either in 'distrito' (the left drop down) 'Vila Real' to the north or to the south 'Viseu'. These are sort of like counties in the US.

If you want to see small producers from an area on the upswing, visit the Dao region sometime....

Jan 21, 2014
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Porto, Ribeira Sacra, and the Douro.

A few general observations from a US wine lover who spent a few days in the Douro. First, it won't be like California. Visting wineries is not a big activity in Portugal, so call ahead and make arrangements, even if the place claims to have regular hours. And don't try to do too much in one day: there are a lot of small winding roads leading to some of the better wineries, and the signage isn't the greatest.

When I was there I would have liked to eat at DOC, but it didn't work out. But don't limit yourself to the fancy places - I really enjoy many of the local places serving traditional food too. In general, Pinhao did not have any restaurants worth visiting, Regua was better. Also had some good traditional food in Lamego, which is worth a look. Find a copy of Metcalf and McWhirter's "Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal" - it is the only reasonably up to date guide in English.

I stayed at the Quinta da Macedos, about 4 km south of the Douro in the Rio Torto valley. It is in a stunning location, and makes some very nice wines, the top ones from from pre-WWII vines of mixed local varieties. Among the other producers I enjoyed were Quintas Vale Dona Maria, de la Rosa and Vallado. The latter two also have rooms. There are lots of places which I had never heard of, and some make pretty good wine - get some advice from the locals. Alas, Niepoort and Crasto make fine wine, but I didn't have a chance to visit.

It is a great place to visit - enjoy.

Jan 21, 2014
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal
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