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What did you have for dinner during Hurricane Sandy? [moved from Manhattan]

Here in Brooklyn I made a pretty classic beef stew, eaten over rice (I'm Asian, everything gets eaten over rice), with some roasted delicata squash on the side. For dessert, an apple crisp with maple walnut gelato. Tonight's dinner is a broccoli cheddar quiche with a mesclun salad and butter cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting for dessert. I've been bored stuck at home...

Oct 30, 2012
faycat in Home Cooking

Arzak, Akelarre, and eating for two?

I just found out that I'm pregnant, and we have reservations at both Arzak and Akelarre for next week. I'm debating on whether I should just cancel one as I worry that my new dietary restrictions and possible inability to eat too much at one sitting will make two long tasting-menu meals in two days difficult, and ultimately not worth the high prices. I think if we choose to do only one of these meals, it will be Akelarre for lunch. I would love to hear from people who have been to one or both of these with an opinion on whether I'd be wasting my money or I'd still get a great meal despite the restrictions. Here's what I am not supposed to eat:

Raw fish or meat (or even very rare)
Raw eggs
Cheeses made from raw milk
Basically raw anything...
Cured meats (this is pretty upsetting as I love jamon iberico and jamon serrano)

Do either of those restaurants rely on a lot of these items? Am I going to have to be wary of raw eggs used where I might not notice them (ie. sauces, foams, emulsions?)

And any advice in general about traveling with a bun in the oven is appreciated! I know how to say "I'm pregnant" in Spanish, but I don't know what dietary recommendations for pregnant women might be like in Spain so I don't know how much additional explaining I might have to do. I hate having dietary restrictions!

Sep 17, 2012
faycat in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona eating guide?

That's exactly what I was look for, thanks!

Aug 10, 2012
faycat in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona eating guide?

On recent trips to Paris and Rome, I lived by books like Hungry for Paris and Food, Wine, Rome. I flagged the restaurants/bakeries/wine bars that sounded interesting and the carried the book around with me. If my wandering found me hungry in a particular neighborhood, I could pop open the book and quickly figure out what we were nearby that sounded good. Why does there not seem to be a similar book for such an eating destination as Barcelona? Is there one that I'm just not finding?

Those of you on here who seem really well-versed on the culinary scene in Barcelona, I think you'd make a killing if you wrote a good eating guide!

Aug 09, 2012
faycat in Spain/Portugal

Eating in Barcelona during La Merce

Perfect, thanks, I'll definitely try for Gelonch.

Aug 09, 2012
faycat in Spain/Portugal

Eating in Barcelona during La Merce

We'll be in Barcelona Sept 20-25, with La Merce happening during pretty much the whole trip. I'm worried that Monday night September 24 - the actual festival day - it will be difficult to find good restaurants open for dinner. Does anyone have suggestions for a solid dinner option that might be open on a festival day?

Aug 08, 2012
faycat in Spain/Portugal

Dressing in Paris [Moved from France board]

@PhilD I'm reading that right now, it made me go out and buy my boyfriend some nicer shirts! Now to convince him that something other than jeans should be brought along as well...

May 20, 2009
faycat in Not About Food

Debating the last night in Paris

I just emailed my hotel to see if they could secure me a reservation for Josephine Chez Dumonet. After reading tons of reviews, I don't Bofinger will satisfy on our last night. I love a beautiful setting, but the food has to be top priority.

If Dumonet is not available, I think I will try La Ferrandaise.

May 20, 2009
faycat in France

Debating the last night in Paris

Three souffle prix-fixe is insanely enticing, thanks for the suggestion.

Luckily, we aren't getting on a plane the next day, we continue on to Amsterdam for a whole different sort of eating experience.

May 20, 2009
faycat in France

Debating the last night in Paris

My boyfriend and I will be in Paris next week, and I have 3 of 4 dinners reserved, but now I'm torn about what to do for the 4th night. Here's the list so far:

Tues - Les Papilles
Wed - La Regalade
Thurs - Chez L'Ami Jean

On the one hand, I feel like we might not want to be too pre-scheduled before we leave in case we happen upon something while we're there and want the flexibility. But on the other hand, that 4th night is a Friday and I'm guessing will be the most difficult night to get a last minute dinner reservation or walk-in. If I do decide on making a reservation now, I'm also met with the conundrum of where we should eat on our last night in Paris. I thought of Bofinger, or Christophe, or Le Ferrandaise, if, of course, we can even get a table at one of those. Any suggestions? The list above should hopefully give the experienced Paris eaters some insight into the kind of place we're looking for. Casual, moderately priced, great food, but nothing fancy.

Finally, my understanding is that the no reservation Brasserie side of Le Comptoir du Relais is for both lunch and dinner. Is this correct? Could we have a shot of eating dinner there if we get there at the very beginning of service, or is this strictly a lunchtime thing?

May 20, 2009
faycat in France