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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.

Jan 31, 2014
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

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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Crescenza aka Stracchino in Morris County NJ?

The cheese department at Gary's wines in Madison might be worth a call.

Jan 08, 2014
jmoryl in New Jersey

The Outer Boroughs: great beer choices.

I didn't realize SAB Miller was a socialist project. Learn something new every day.

Dec 29, 2013
jmoryl in Outer Boroughs

Pine Nuts (Pignoli) in Bergen County?

Some of the Chinese pine nuts cause a numbing or metallic taste in the mouth that can last from days to weeks. There are many species of pine and the one causing the problem is apparently pinus armandii, which grows mostly in China.

It is very hard to find non-Chinese pine nuts, especially for a reasonable price.

Nov 27, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Pine Nuts (Pignoli) in Bergen County?

You might check the ones at Trader Joe's. They are something like $8 for an 8 oz package. Sourced from Russia or Korea, IIRC, but not China like the problematic ones.

Nov 26, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Why doesn't Trader Joes' in NJ(at least ones in Bergen) don't carry alocoholic beverages?

Honestly, you aren't missing much. There are good wine values around everywhere.

Nov 01, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Ithaca and restaurant by the road

I still spend a fair amount of time in the Binghamton area and eat out while I am there. Cortese, Little Venice, etc. are pretty blah, sorry. Not places I would recommend for a traveller to get off the highway to find. To be more constructive, I like to eat at Man Nam Korean on the Vestal Parkway, the Turkish Restaurant on Main St. in JC, the Thai restaurant at the end of Washington Ave. in Endicott (can't recall the name).

Oh, and the Belmar on Main St. in Binghamton does a mean burger, has cheap micro drafts and a great jukebox.

Sep 27, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

Ithaca and restaurant by the road

You might be thinking of Sharkey's on Glenwood Ave? One of the last dive bars on what used to be the First Ward/Clinton St. run. Again, I wouldn't go out of my way to get a Spiedie, but would eat some if I was in the First Ward.

Sep 26, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

Ithaca and restaurant by the road

I'd skip Binghamton (my hometown), and especially Cortese, as a food stop and head to Ithaca. And there are a lot more interesting places in Ithaca than Moosewood, which has seen better days.

Sep 26, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

Roasted Suckling Pig done to PERFECTION!!!

If you read my comment above from July 2012, you would know that Joao, the owner, died. His sons were running things for awhile, but were pretty non-commital about what the future held (they were college age guys). So it appears they finally wound things down. Too bad, because it was the best leitao around. I think the address in Roselle Park is an error.

Sep 16, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Regional Brazilian in Newark area?

Look at Delicias de Minas, http://deliciasdeminasrestaurant.com on McWhorter St. Buffet with pricing by the pound. Basic, but good, so I'm told (no personal experience). Not exactly NE Brazil, but maybe more authentic than some.

Aug 22, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Drinks/dessert around Union,Springfield,Millburn?

Basilico is not exactly a reasonably priced comfy spot, but an mid-upper range Italian BYO restaurant. Martini Bistro is Cougar City, BTW.....

Aug 22, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Peruvian Restaurant in Harrison???

Sorry, I thought I was on the NJ board, but you meant Harrison, NY, not NJ!

Aug 22, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

Peruvian Restaurant in Harrison???

Which Peruvian place are you thinking of? I think there are several in Harrison and more in Kearny. I've heard good things about Sophie's Diner on Harrison Ave. and Oh Calamares! in Kearny, but haven't had a chance to try either. Do report if you go.

Aug 22, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

Fresh Pita near Weehawken or Maplewood?

Odd location in Orange (looks industrial) and limited hours, but these guys have a great product: http://www.zenbakeries.com/

Aug 08, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Price of butter in Buffalo?

Mind, if you care about cattle being treated with antibiotics and/or milk-stimulating hormones (is this stuff the norm in Canada?) you should look for brands that explicity mention that it is not used. Otherwise, you can't know.

Aug 08, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)
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Picnic Provisions near Buffalo/Niagara Falls

Globe Market on Elmwood Ave. might fit the bill:
http://theglobemarket.com/

Jul 15, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

Dining hints for Vila Real & the Duro for next week - send help

One small observation: Pinhao is a nice little town that you will likely visit if you are hitting wineries. There are (were) no great places to eat there: you are better off in Regua, Lamego or S. Joao da Pesqueira.

The Douro is lovely, but it is best to have a car to get around. Arrange winery visits in advance, because, even if they claim regular hours in a tasting room, there may not be anyone around. Don't plan on doing too much in one day.

Jun 24, 2013
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Bairro Alto basics...

I'll let others comment on Barrio Alto specifics. But for Portuguese coffee culture you should read this:
http://theshot.coffeeratings.com/2006...

I found it to be quite on target. A typical espresso shot is often quite good just about everywhere, and priced fairly too (one doesn't usually get ripped off just because you are at a museum, concert, etc.). No sign of the US style third wave, Seattle/Portland stuff on my visit, but a refreshing lack of Starbucks too.

May 01, 2013
jmoryl in Spain/Portugal

Thanks--reordered category listing page

I find the "My Categories" feature less than 100% useful, as my login/cookies seem to go away quite often (I need to use machines where this might be some sort of policy). There is a lot of blank space along the left side of the page - why not put the categories there?

Apr 24, 2013
jmoryl in Site Talk

Fresh young ginger [Buffalo area]

You might also look in some Indian shops, if you have any around. My shop here in NJ has a few different kinds of ginger.

Apr 23, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)

North Jersey Korean Tofu Stew (aka sun du bu jjigae, soondubu chigae, soon du bu chigae, soon dubu jjigae, soon du boo, soo do boo)

Check Hwang Bu Ja on New Rd. in Parsippany. Don't know how it rates, but I (non-Korean) thought it pretty good. Might be related to a similar place in Ft. Lee or Palisades Park.

Apr 07, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Why are there so many terrible restaurants in Jersey?

Nice summary!

Mar 22, 2013
jmoryl in New Jersey

Where to get bitters in Buffalo area?

Give Premier on Delaware Ave. a call. They have a huge liquor store on one side and a gourmet/deli with great beer selection on the other (state laws...).

Mar 11, 2013
jmoryl in New York State (exc. NYC)