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Brazil tips for Salvador, Lencois, Itacare and Boipeba

I am headed to Brazil next week and will be headed to Rio which is fairly well covered on these boards but also Salvador, Lencois, Itacare and Boipeba. Any tips? Also will be in Rio for our wedding anniversary so wondering what your tips are for a blow out meal there?

Feb 06, 2011
Gourmet Chick in Latin America & Caribbean

Sunday roasts [London]

My current favourite for a roast is The Panatechnicon which is actually run by the same people who do The Thomas Cubitt - it is a posh pub roast so seems almost like a restaurant but fairly relaxed and really good quality.

Dec 31, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

Chilli Cool - Bloomsbury - Report [London]

Hi Dave - I ate there a few weeks ago with some friends and we also tried the ma-po tofu which I agree was very good but our major complaint was that none of our food had as much spice as we were expecting - after all it is a Sichuan restaurant with the word Chilli in its name! Not sure if they tone it down for Westerners or if it is just not that hot.

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Dec 31, 2009
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Authentic/Good Takeaways in London - Do they exist?

Firezza Pizza is quite good as well and serves a fairly large area for home delivery. Not as good as you will get at say Franco Manco or even the Oak but they deliver to your door and it is at least woodfired.

Dec 31, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

Three Afternoon Teas, London

Limster your post has made me want to go to Andaman. I had a great afternoon tea at Sketch the other day. Admittedly the price was a bit more steep but the pastries were fantastic and the quirky decor really adds to the atmosphere. Another one to add to the list for the afternoon tea addicts amongst us.

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Aug 27, 2009
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Lantana, Fitzrovia, London

I think Lantana is great (again an Australian bias perhaps). Some of the menu leans towards a Bill Granger rip off - corn fritters anyone? Still, it is great food and I think the coffee is genuinely good. What I don't understand is why Aussie and Kiwi baristas are leading the charge in London and there is not more great Italian baristas, after all we are so close here to the spiritual home of coffee.

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Aug 27, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

London Dining Itinerary

Michaelstl - your restaurant list sounds great and I am sure you will have a brilliant trip - you have clearly done your research. The Ledbury actually offers excellent value set price lunches which as a tourist who is not at work during the day you will be able to take advantage of.

I would recommend Barrafina over El Pirata de Tapas if you want a more casual tapas style meal.

For your day trip to Paris you should eat at Le Chateaubriand - amazing and very reasonably priced.

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Aug 20, 2009
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NYONYA CUISINE (LONDON)

Nyonya in Notting Hill has not reopened and the premises it was in is being turned into a real estate agent - VERY disappointing - I am hoping it will resurface elsewhere.

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Aug 20, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

Fav restaurants in Nottinghill area? [London]

I have lived in Notting Hill for just over two years now and it is a really good area of London to eat out Joan so you are in luck. The only thing to be wary of are places that are a bit too trendy and so suffer in the food stakes (I would put E&O in this category).

My favourites:
Hereford Road - nose to tail St John style eating
Osteria Basilico - reasonably priced homely and buzzing Italian restaurant
Prince Bonaparte - down to earth pub food
The Oak - pizza
Crazy Homies - Mexican and a fun party place
Thai Rice - for thai - good home delivery service if you feel like eating at your apartment one night
Bayswater road for Chinese and more ethnic eats - Royal China is always a good bet

You will of course also want to check out the Portobello market and Books for Cooks just off Portobello road. Enjoy.

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Aug 20, 2009
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Cook'n With Class- Cooking Classes in Montmartre

I took the pastry class this August. I thought it was good value at €100 compared to other classes but be warned that you don't actually make any pastry which was a bit strange. Our teacher also told us not to take the market class in August as the markets are quite deserted which I thought was a refreshingly honest tip. I have put a full review of the class on my blog: http://www.gourmet-chick.com/2009/08/...

Aug 20, 2009
Gourmet Chick in France

Suggestions For Good Spots Near Touristy Areas [London]

A place I always recommend to visitors to London is the restaurant on top of the Tate Modern. It has amazing views and the food is also pretty good. Although I agree Tsuru is also a good option in that area.

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Aug 11, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

BYO in Britain??

BYOB is rare in the UK and London compared to other countries. One place that does BYOB (but only on certain nights) is Bloody French in Notting Hill. Good food and no service charge as well to add to the savings.

Aug 11, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

Cheap chow eats in the 14th

Yes sadly L'Entetee (sorry no accents on this keyboard) is closed for August. I have been cooking as well but obviously also want to eat out. Thanks for the advice.

Aug 11, 2009
Gourmet Chick in France

Cheap chow eats in the 14th

Thanks John this is exactly what I was looking for you are a wealth of information - assuming you are based in Paris let me know if I can ever return the favour with recommendations for London.

Jul 31, 2009
Gourmet Chick in France

Cheap chow eats in the 14th

Hi Chowhounds

Apologies if this has been covered but I have searched the board and cannot find much. I am staying in the 14th for a few weeks near Cite University and am looking for some cheap chow worthy eats. Any recommendations much appreciated.

Jul 29, 2009
Gourmet Chick in France

Where can I buy American cupcake cases in London?

I just made the Hummingbird recipe the other day and what you need is a muffin tin and then muffin cases (available at Waitrose) rather than cup cake cases. The case has to fit the tin perfectly otherwise if the case is smaller than the tin they will spread as you describe. I learnt this the hard way!

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Jun 15, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

What is veggie food like in Dans le Noir in Faringdon?

I had the non-veggie option at Dans le Noir and I have to say the food is not great as they try to make you experience really unusual flavours with little concern for whether these flavours complement each other on the dish. I assume the vegie option would be similar. That said, I think it is still worth a trip once just to experience eating in such a pitch dark environment.

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Jun 15, 2009
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Best Turkish food in London?

I can recommend Kazan on Wilton road (near Victoria tube and rail station) it is quite modern Turkish food and very reasonably priced.

Have a good trip.

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Jun 15, 2009
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Chow worthy wedding in or near Melbourne

Thanks PhilD and Mr Gimlet - I agree so many people makes it difficult so I would just like the food not to be of the horrible rubbery "chicken or beef" type variety. We are thinking February so the winery suggestions could be good.

Jun 08, 2009
Gourmet Chick in Australia/New Zealand

Chow worthy wedding in or near Melbourne

I am trying to plan my wedding which will either be held in Melbourne or in a marquee on a private property outside Melbourne - looking at between 100 -150 people for a sit down dinner. Does anyone have any recommendations for great reception venues in Melbourne (with Chow worthy foods) or for great caterers. Any help much appreciated I feel that I have entered a whole new world here about which I know nothing!

Jun 03, 2009
Gourmet Chick in Australia/New Zealand

Seeking cooking class in London

Try Food at 52 classes are in the ground floor of a Clerkenwell house = no stairs that I can remember and I am sure they could accomodate you seated. http://www.foodat52.co.uk/

Leiths classrooms are up one flight of stairs so you may need to rule that one out.

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Jun 03, 2009
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Best Posh & Trendy -London

Noting that you are looking for posh and trendy I think it is hard to go past Hakkasan - it is just a very cool place. Close to where you are staying I would also recommend bocca di lupo (book now very popular), barrafina and in Knightsbridge Zuma is a Japanese place that is also posh and very much a hip sort of place to be seen.

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Jun 03, 2009
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Tapa Room @ Providores, Marylebone, London

Hi Limster - go for the Turkish eggs, sweetcorn fritters or French toast. Avoid the miso porridge. Sounds good as a concept but a bit gluggy in execution.

Peter Gordon has a few cookbooks as well (all for sale in Providores!) which give further info on his fusion style cooking.

May 19, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

Melt, Notting Hill, London

For your next trip Limster, the sea salted caramels from Melt are divine.

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May 19, 2009
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Hunt for a Chicken Parma

I am still looking so thanks Oonth will have a look at the Gaucho menu

May 15, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

Tapa Room @ Providores, Marylebone, London

Sounds like a great meal Limster and I am glad to hear Providores meets with your approval as I loved it. I think also best breakfast in London at Providores as well (big call I know) but love the food here.

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May 15, 2009
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Early evening - like Vinoteca but near Oxford St/ Bond Street ?

Not sure but I have heard good things about cork and bottle as well.

May 08, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

providores, london

I have been for the tapas (downstairs) and really enjoyed it. I can't remember how many tapas we had but I am guessing more than three - your waiter will probably be able to guide you as to whether you have ordered enough.

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May 08, 2009
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Near covent garden: fabulous restaurant for a group

I like the GQS recommendation but otherwise you could try the private room at Vinoteca since there are 20 of you. Vinoteca's food is European rather than French but it is divine and the wine list is amazing. I do agree with everyone else though - your £20 a head in London will not get you drinks as well unless you go to Pizza Express or a similar chain or try something like one of the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland road.

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May 08, 2009
Gourmet Chick in U.K./Ireland

Business Trip to London

5-10 mins walk from Liverpool street try the East Room it is a private members club but if you make a dinner booking you are fine to get in - food and wine is excellent and reasonably priced and you will impress your coworkers with your "inside" London knowledge!

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May 08, 2009
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