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Apicius?

Take a look at the Gastromondiale blog, where several recent dinners at Apicius are written up.

1 day ago
johannabanana in France

Piemonte in November

Thanks, will do!

2 days ago
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte in November

henjef85, did you mean the DiVin café in Barolo for the coffee shop you liked the best? That's the only place I can find online. We're also staying in Barolo and are looking for somewhere to breakfast so will look forward to going there if that's the right one.

Aug 25, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

First Paris trip for major LA food lovers

For your blowout meal, given your not eating meat, I would certainly consider l'Arpège. Go at lunchtime for the 130 euro menu and leave lots of time for your meal. You could look at Alain Passard's twitter photos to get a sense of the food.

I agree about not doing spontaneous lunches -- Paris is like any other city in that regard, maybe worse.

Aug 12, 2014
johannabanana in France

Piemonte 2014, Part II

Glad to hear it -- I, too, am generally averse to experimental cuisine.

Aug 06, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

Can't wait to go here, more than once!

Aug 06, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

I like the way you convey the sense of the place here, as well as describing the food, which seems more experimental than at Il Centro and La Torre?

Aug 06, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

Thanks for the info. Sounds manageable at dinner.

Aug 01, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

More Piemonte Recs

There's a Locanda dell'Arco in Cissone (in addition to the Osteria dell'Arco in Alba that you list). I read about it once in an old issue of The Art of Eating. Is the one in Cissone still meant to be good?

Aug 01, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

Great report! I might go to Il Centro for a weekend lunch in September instead of dinner, when they'll hopefully be busier. What time did your dinner end by, for the drive back to Barolo?

Aug 01, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

Thanks for letting me know. I'll certainly report back. We're spending 3 nights in Verduno so Dai Bercau might make sense for dinner on one of them.

Jul 30, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

allende, I wondered if you had heard of or been to Dai Bercau in Verduno? I can't find anything out about it on this board but it has been recommended to me. I also read about it in this more wine-oriented article from the Art of Eating:
http://www.artofeating.com/tt/pelaver...

Jul 30, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

Really enjoyed the reports so far and am greatly looking forward to the rest of the story. You have given a truly personal account of your dinners and the photos are great.

Jul 30, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Trip report: Emilia Romagna & Rome

Thanks you for letting me know. We'll certainly consider going for lunch.

Jul 16, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Trip report: Emilia Romagna & Rome

allende, you reference Villetta in this slightly older report. I wondered if you're still as much of a fan of the osteria?

Jul 16, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014 and some links to previous years

Even more salivating than your last report. Thank you allende! My Italian menu vocabulary is improving, too, by looking up the dishes you've helpfully listed.

Jun 16, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte 2014 and some links to previous years

How grateful I am for this report! Can't wait to try out a number of these places when in Piemonte at the end of the summer. You have made me very hungry.

May 02, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte: drinking barolo and barbaresco and September reopenings

Thank you very much for the September information. Your recent dinner at Conchiglia d'Oro sounds amazing. Very useful to know about the rooms there, too.

Mar 30, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Must Eat Restaurants in Piemonte

Thank you! Looking into it.

Mar 28, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte: drinking barolo and barbaresco and September reopenings

That's very kind of you.

Mar 28, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte: drinking barolo and barbaresco and September reopenings

allende, as a regular visitor to the Piemonte and Emilia-Romagna, I wondered if you were familiar with the August/September closures? We just heard from Amerigo dal 1934 that they expect they might be closed for their summer holidays during at least some of the first week of September, which is when we planned on eating there. I'm now worried that the other restaurants we were excited about (all your recommendations on this board: Da Ivan, La Buca, Del Belbo-Da Berdon, Il Centro, Osteria Veglio, and La Conchiglia d'Oro in Liguria ) might be closed too.

Mar 28, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte: drinking barolo and barbaresco and September reopenings

Thank you DavidT and allende. DavitT, I'm not sure we'll manage two bottles between us but I absolutely love dolcetto and will be sure to drink some in Piemonte. I'll ask about double decanting, allende.

Mar 28, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Must Eat Restaurants in Piemonte

Thank you Allende. I think we will try to eat at Bardon twice but will see where we can find to stay that's more practical than Asti but not too far from Bardon.

Mar 28, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Dining in beautiful Brittany (and a few quick notes about Paris) in September 2013

Jake Dear, thank you for the further thoughts about your Brittany eating, and the helpful pictures.

Mar 28, 2014
johannabanana in France

Must Eat Restaurants in Piemonte

allende, would you see much sense in staying around Asti to be near Da Bardon or is that too isolated from all the rest of the action?

Mar 27, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Piemonte: drinking barolo and barbaresco and September reopenings

My husband and I are travelling to Piemonte and Emilia Romagna at the very beginning of September for the first time and have learnt so much from this board. We're looking forward to reporting back on our trip.

I wanted to ask the more experienced travelers to those regions if they think that the restaurants will be up and running as of 1 September (a Monday this year), immediately after whatever August break they take?

I also wondered what approach people like to take when ordering barolo and barbaresco in Piemonte? My experience from drinking these wines at home has been that they often benefit from a few hours of air prior to drinking. Do people familiar with a restaurant's wine list in the Piemonte sometimes call ahead to say that they'll be ordering a particular wine and to ask if it could be opened ahead of their meal for them?

Mar 27, 2014
johannabanana in Italy

Paris and Lille trip report (with a foray to In de Wulf)

To answer my own question, Gastromondiale reports that you can bring your own wine to la Table d'Aki for a 35 euro corkage.

Mar 26, 2014
johannabanana in France

Cordes-sur-Ciel, Tarn

Café Joubert is a lovely café/wine bar/restaurant in Fayssac, between Gaillac and Cordes-sur-ciel. Our favourite place we ate at in the Tarn two years ago. Really fresh food, inexpensive and charming, situated in the middle of a pretty village, with lots of outdoor seating. They hold concerts some evenings -- you could ring them to ask the schedule. Delicious lunches. Might well need to reserve. Not sure if they serve dinner.

I second Parigi's recommendation of Vigne en Foule, very reasonable wine prices by the glass if you want to try a selection from their list. The main courses (better than the starters) are large: we had an excellent steak and a pork chop on dfifferent nights, big enough to share. They also sell their wines at retail prices if you want to take some back to where you're staying. You would probably want to reserve ahead.

Also recommended is the "Nature et progres" market in Gaillac on Tuesdays from 4-7:30 pm in the place du Griffoul. (In Gaillac, the easiest place to park is on the place Saint-Michel, next to the church, from where it's a short walk to the market.) There's also a smaller "Nature et progres" market on Tuesdays from 4-7:30 pm in the place Fernand Pelloutier in Albi. The one in Gaillac has all sorts of delicious cheeses, fruits, meats and vegetables and has a fun atmosphere.

Feb 19, 2014
johannabanana in France

Dining in beautiful Brittany (and a few quick notes about Paris) in September 2013

Jake, although you say Cancale was the highlight, you don't go into that much detail about your dinner at Roellinger's Le Coquillage. Was it as good as you'd hoped?

Jan 15, 2014
johannabanana in France

Paris and Lille trip report (with a foray to In de Wulf)

mangeur, I agree that you'd expect some misses but sadly the misses were all among the larger meat courses (with the exception of an excellent crispy trotter) and desserts. As this represented the final third of our tasting menu, it left a slightly bad taste.

My New Year's resolution is to stop eating long tasting menus. Our two most enjoyable recent fine dining experiences were at Yoann Conte and Michel Bras, ordering à la carte even though both restaurants offer tasting menus.

The bed in our fancier room at In de Wulf was comfortable, and we were particularly impressed by the huge wooden bathtub with high sides like a wine barrel. Would love one of those at home.

Nancy S., perhaps you should retry La Table d'Aki's sauces -- the meat sauce they serve with John Dory is very impressive. Dessert is indeed an afterthought but we don't mind at the prices charged.

Jan 02, 2014
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