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Solo @ Arzak

I dined at Arzak as a single female diner and felt very comfortable. I actually thought they took extra care of me and the Arzaks stopped by my table several times as gave me a kitchen tour.

Aug 21, 2011
EAB in Spain/Portugal

Why Do Subway Restaurants Smell Awful?

I've always thought it smelled like rotten iceberg lettuce. I find it nauseating, but my husband doesn't smell it at all. I've never eaten at Subway but there is one next door to our neighborhood Blockbuster. The smell has completely permeated that store as well. Thank God for Netflix.

Jul 28, 2011
EAB in Features

Barcelona- Cinq Sentits, Moo or somewhere else?

For a Sunday lunch, where would you recommend in Barceloneta? Should we make reservations?
Also, how do Gaig and Fonda Gaig compare?
And finally, what is the best spot for traditional Catalan food?

Jul 27, 2011
EAB in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona- Cinq Sentits, Moo or somewhere else?

Thanks! Those desserts sound really interesting. I am a pastry chef so I think we will definitely try Moo. I stayed at Hotel OMM about 2 years ago and was going to eat there, but it was August so the restaurant was closed.

I think we will do Paco Meralgo, Cal Pep, Tapac 24, 41, Moo and either Alkimia or Gaig. We will also have 1 or 2 meals wherever we are when out touring, one possibly at La Cova Fumada in Barceloneta.

Jul 23, 2011
EAB in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona- Cinq Sentits, Moo or somewhere else?

Thank you so much for all of those suggestions. As much as I would love to go to Can Roca, it is my husband's first trip to Barcelona. We have a lot to see in a short time, so will probably stay in Barcelona.

Unfortunately 3 of the 4 days we will be there are Sundays and Mondays (Sunday-Tuesday, then Monday again before we return home) so that may really limit our choices. Thank you for giving me so many!

Jul 23, 2011
EAB in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona- Cinq Sentits, Moo or somewhere else?

I am a chef who will be in Spain in September-Barcelona, San Sebastian and then we are meeting friends in a small town in the Rioja. We have our San Sebastian meals planned out - Arzak, Extebarri, maybe Narru, lots of pinxtos. But, we have 7-8 meals in Barcelona and I only have one reservation-at 41. I know we will return to some of my favorite tapas places (Paco Meralgo, Tapac 24, Cal Pep) but I would like to add 1 or 2 nicer places to the list. I have eaten at Comerc 24 and Espai Sucre so i would like to try somewhere new.
What would you recommend? I was looking at Cinq sentits and Moo but am open to other suggestions.
Also, does anyone know the name of the restaurant across the street from the Hotel Claris? It was recommended to me, but I don't have the name.

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Espai Sucre
Carrer de la Princesa, 53, Barcelona, CT 08003, ES

Jul 20, 2011
EAB in Spain/Portugal

Need specific recommendations for Austin- Sunday/Monday

Hello, I am a chef who will be visiting Austin in a few weeks. I already have reservations at Uchi and Haddington's but need a few other recommendations for Sunday and Monday meals.

1) Sunday brunch- The best Sunday brunch or lunch in the S Congress or Downtown area

2) Sunday dinner- this one is tricky. Where is a good spot for an early dinner with a chef, a vegetarian, and two 3 year olds?

3) Monday lunch-it seems many places are not open for lunch. What is a good place for a relaxing lunch during a shopping day for two woman in their 30's?

4) Tuesday lunch- something quick or a good take out place on my way to the airport

I would also like some wine bar or lounge recommendations for before and after dinners at Uchi and Haddington's. We will be celebrating a birthday one night. Thanks!

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Jul 13, 2011
EAB in Austin

Help with wines for a Thai wedding reception.

The venue uses one of the largest wine distributers in my area. Anything they distribute, I can pick. The list is enormous and widely varied.
The guests are going to be a mix of family, my parent's friends and our co workers and friends. There will be a lot of sophisticated palates- my parents and their circle are very into restaurants, and I (as well as many of my friends) am a chef.
However, I still find that many people(especially older) have the same knee jerk bad reaction to reisling that they do to rose.

If I can offer 2 whites, problem solved.

I would normally ask the sommelier at the restaurant about this-but it is all a secret! We are eloping and so no one will know about the reception until we are actually married.

Jan 27, 2010
EAB in Wine

Help with wines for a Thai wedding reception.

Thanks. I know that Reisling will be a common suggestion for a white,but I am worried about it being the only white for a large party (225+ people.) since a fair percentage of people don't really like it. I was looking for an interesting alternative that would work as well.

My initial thought to Thai food is that it doesn't pair well with red, but I was wondering if that was just my misconception. It seems that a spicy beef dish (such as a Penang curry with beef) should pair well with reds.

Jan 27, 2010
EAB in Wine

Help with wines for a Thai wedding reception.

We are eloping to Thailand and when we return having a large Thai themed wedding reception. The food will include passed Thai appetizers, and then a buffet with Thai salads, 2 soups, several curries, noodle dishes (pad thai) and a few rice dishes.
The venue offers regulation chardonnay / merlot/sparkling wine, which we can switch out for anything their vendor carries. I don't want to raise the price excessively, I am looking for wines under $15.
I would like something that will complement the food as well as being a good choice for a broad range of people. Definitely a red, white(or 2) and a sparkling and hopefully a rose as well.
I am thinking about prosecco or cava for the sparkling- in fact I've considered doing all Spanish or all Italian.
Can anyone offer guidance?

Jan 27, 2010
EAB in Wine

Macaroons

Laduree spells them macaroon as well on their website:
http://www.laduree.fr/public_en/produ...

Dec 24, 2009
EAB in New Orleans

Manhattan Restaurant with the best desserts/pastry chef

The fig tart with olive oil ice cream, the lemon napoleon, the milk chocolate-hazelnut dacquoise. All were really fantastic.

Aug 15, 2008
EAB in Manhattan

Manhattan Restaurant with the best desserts/pastry chef

To follow up, I ended up at The Modern. The food and atmosphere were great, but I was blown away by the desserts. Marc Aumont is doing a fantastic job over there.

Aug 15, 2008
EAB in Manhattan

Manhattan Restaurant with the best desserts/pastry chef

I am in town and have a few more big dinners in my plans, but have not decided where to go. I am a pastry chef and want to go somewhere with amazing desserts. I know about P*ong, Tailor, Wd-50 but would like a few other suggestions. What pasty chef or restaurant is doing the best or most interesting desserts?

Aug 12, 2008
EAB in Manhattan