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Great Pastries and Macaroons on Magnificent Mile?

Staying downtown at Four Seasons need great espresso coffee and pastries within walking distance. The green evil empire won't cut it. I remember Intelligencia? From last time but seemed like that was a pretty good walk down Michigan Ave. anything closer? The pastry/macaroons can be further but still walkable. Thanks!

Jun 01, 2015
scfinson in Chicago Area

Tich? Anyone been?

Trying to decide between Pukka and Tich which just opened and has a good initial review in TL. Thanks.

Birthday Celebration Dinner

Splendido was on my list but the website only lists tasting menus, is that correct or do they have a al carte as well. One of the diners specifically requested no long multi course tasting menus.

Birthday Celebration Dinner

I will be in Toronto last week of April. We want to celebrate a milestone birthday dinner somewhere really special. Price is not a factor want a real splurge experience. The places that seem to top most "best" lists are Buca, Canoe, The Chase, Scaramouche. Anyone with recent experiences at any of these? Any reason one would be better than others? Other suggestions welcome. Will be going to other more ethnic and casual places the rest of the week. Thanks for any help.

Upscale Toronto Indian Restaurant

Traveling to Toronto in April and would like to know if there is an Indian Restaurant similar to Vij's in Vancouver. Been to plenty of hole in the wall curry joints want a more elegant space and food to match. Staying downtown but willing to travel for the right place. Thanks.

Wood fired pizza in Cleveland?n

Looking for best pizza in Cleveland area in general but any place that makes a greatp thin crust wood oven pizza would be preferred. Enjoying Cleveland move so far both Crop Bistro and Hyde Park were great! Plan to explore more!

Jan 04, 2015
scfinson in Great Lakes

Moving to Cleveland ISO best of everything

Thanks for the help! Leaving West Coast for North Coast tomorrow. We were originally driving back but company car broke down on first day! It is brand new! No parts over X-Mas holiday weekend. So up in the air. Last question, any really good wine shops in Westlake, Avon, Rocky River area. We are from CA and wine is the 4th food group to us. We also have not experienced freezing weather in 20 years. My wife was born in Parma and lived in Rocky River till 13 then moved to AZ. So it will all be new to us. We are looking at it as our great adventure. Thanks again.

Dec 29, 2014
scfinson in Great Lakes

Toasted ravioli

I know this has been covered before. I lived in STL 40 years ago and barely remember my mom ordering toasted ravioli somewhere in the Hill neighborhood. I wll be in STL over the holidays on my move to Cleveland and would like to go to one of the Hill classics. Please help?

Dec 22, 2014
scfinson in Great Plains

Moving to Cleveland ISO best of everything

Will move to CLE from SF at first of the year. Have found lots of info on restaurants but need help with the rest of the food scene. Deli's, butcher shops, fish mongers, bakeries, wine stores etc etc. Interested in CLE specialties! Is westside Market where to find everything? Will be living in Westlake but willing to travel for something special.

Dec 18, 2014
scfinson in Great Lakes

Cross country move thus cross country drive and chow food quest.

We will be in STL on New Years day on our cross country move to Cleveland. Anyone have any suggestions for a chow worthy dinner near downtown? The only place I have found so far that is open is Brasserie by Niche but it appears to be out by the park.

Dec 11, 2014
scfinson in Great Plains

Cross country move thus cross country drive and chow food quest.

Thanks Wayno. Good to hear St. Louis has progressed. Left STL in 1973 moved to SF culture shock again! Now doing reverse. All I remember from STL food 30 years ago as a teenager was rectangular shaped pizzas and toasted ravioli which my Mom always ordered at some place in the "Hill" area. I do remember STL pizza as being very cheesy and lots of sauce and we could never find anything in the Bay Area that we thought was good pizza. Cleveland seems to have progressed as well with a growing food scene, Michael Symon has a large presence there. Definitely taking advice on doing lots of long weekend food trips to Chicago, NYC, Toronto etc. Anything on OKC or Tulsa BBQ appreciated.

Nov 24, 2014
scfinson in Great Plains

Cross country move thus cross country drive and chow food quest.

We are relocating for 6-8 months from San Francisco to Cleveland. Culture shock? Yes! I know there are food movements every where now. We will be driving cross country between X-Mas and NY. will have night for dinners in OK CITY, and St. Louis need recommendations for both BBQ to fine dining. I was born in St. Louis but left in high school for SF. Staying downtown in St. Louis but no idea in OKC. Just great food. Thanks.

Nov 23, 2014
scfinson in Great Plains

ABQ NEW MEXICAN CLASSICS

Great! thanks ninrn. Will try to get to one or more of those places. Is there anyone who is taking New Mexico style up a few notches like Rick Bayless does with Mexican in Chicago?

Nov 22, 2014
scfinson in Southwest

ABQ NEW MEXICAN CLASSICS

Will be traveling through Albuquerque between Christmas and New Years. Will have 2 nights and would like to go to one of the best New Mexico style restaurants. It can be a hole in the wall or upscale modern take, just want great food. Thanks.

Nov 19, 2014
scfinson in Southwest

Prague Lokal Locations

We will be taking one of your tours Friday 10/10. Will get more info then. If going to Lokal on a Friday or Saturday evening how far in advance should we make a reservation?

Sep 14, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Vienna "gastro" Beisels/Gasthauses?

Sturmi,
Thanks for the reply. Is there anyway to see a menu for Gasthaus Wolf? Their website is only has basic info on contact info.

Sep 11, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Vienna "gastro" Beisels/Gasthauses?

Looking for Vienna versions of the "gastro pubs" of London or "gastro bistros" of Paris. Places where the food is based on traditional regional cooking but elevated by technique or sourcing of ingredients. Thanks for any help.

Sep 11, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Prague Very Special Occasion Dinner

Traveling to Prague in October. Will be celebrating a major milestone anniversary and want to celebrate with a great dinner. Looking for best food and atmosphere combination. Le Degustation is out as my wife really does not care for long tasting menus, 4-6 courses is OK. Alcron is on the list, any other suggestions are welcome.

Sep 04, 2014
scfinson in Europe

Prague Lokal Locations

There is a lot of positive comments about Lokal. There are several locations around Prague. Is there any difference in atmosphere or quality of food? We are staying in Mala Strana area. Could anyone give me some feedback?

Sep 02, 2014
scfinson in Europe

What is open for dinner 4th of July

Having some trouble finding somewhere upscale open on the 4th around FIDI, Union SQ. SOMA, etc. We are staying in FIDI and would rather walk to dinner that night. Any suggestions?

Best Lobster

Go to http://www.newenglandlobster.net/. Not in SF proper but by the airport. It is the main shipper and distributor of lobster from New England. The warehouse is full of tanks of thousands of live lobsters. They now have a restaurant on sight. Lobster can not get any fresher on west coast straight off the plane.

Taste of Prague Foodie tour

I am also considering this tour on our October trip. I did the Culinary Backstreets Tour in Istanbul. We would never have found some of the places we went on our own. Restaurant suggestions they gave were spot on. I thought it was very worth it and they did not give a sales pitch except for some of food stalls and they just brought us back to the stalls if we wanted to buy some spices or the traditional candies etc. Look forward to feed back from people and if you do the tour please report back. Thanks.

Jun 11, 2014
scfinson in Europe

July Sydney Trip from USA

Bill, Please report back. I have used your advice from the NOLA board. We will be traveling to Sydney in September and have most of the places you listed in mind.

Non Cantonese in Vancouver

Many Thanks, this is just what I wanted to find!

Non Cantonese in Vancouver

Traveling to Vancouver again in June. I know Vancouver is known for it's Cantonese Chinese places but I am not a big fan of Cantonese. I prefer the spicier cuisines of China, Sichuan, Hunan, etc. Any suggestions welcome. We will travel but near skytrain stops would be a bonus. Thanks.

Suggestions for Sydney's Finest Dining

Will be in Sydney soon and will have 3 dinners. We would like to try "Modern Australian Cuisine" at the highest level. We want Sydney's equivalent of a Michelin 3* experience. Quay, Marque, Est. seem to be on all the lists, any other hidden places? Food is the most important criteria and the more local the ingredients the better. Thanks!

Dinner Recommendations

Just returned from NO trip. We did Herbsaint and it was good but not great. We thought Coquette to be far superior at that price point. A much more quaint setting and better service to boot. The chef was doing riffs on classic NO creole with much more finesse than other places we did on this trip.

Feb 20, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Clancy's?

Just returned from a trip to NO and went to Clancy's for dinner.
Thought the service and food quality were excellent. Their wine list is exceptional especially Burgundies at value prices. It is classic creole cooking nothing pushing culinary boundaries but done excellently. Try to eat in the downstairs main room. When we were leaving around 9:30 all the very younger crowd was just arriving. Just did not seem to be a place the 20's crowd with to go cups in hand would come to for late dinner. Must be doing it right to attract the multi-generational crowd.

Feb 20, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Needs Artisan espresso coffee place ner CBD

Any good espresso coffee bars near CBD. No Starbucks,s lowed. They are in th milk business. Thanks.

Feb 14, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans

Feedback for my Lafayette and New Orleans Itinerary. Feb 11th - 17th

Would it be better to take HWY 90, Map app only has it 15 minutes difference. I would rather be moving than sitting.

Feb 08, 2013
scfinson in New Orleans