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Week in Ajaccio!

hello french chowhounders! will be staying in a villa near ajaccio for a week in late june, and looking for any food recommendations you can offer. favorite patisseries, fromageries, boulangeries, bistros? favorite markets? local specialties, groceries?

we have large appetites and adventurous palates. appreciate any recommendations you can provide.

thanks so much in advance!

May 05, 2009
Kanger in France

Marrow Dishes.

Cafe d'Alsace (88th/2nd) serves it with toast and fleur de sel. When I lived on the UES that was my go-to for bone marrow!

Nov 05, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Robert's Steak House -- Dress Code?

You shouldn't be turned away ... I was there with friends recently--all dressed in jeans with collared shirts (some even untucked).

Jul 07, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Best Morcilla?

Oh, that's right by my office ... thanks for the tip!

And for the less bloodthirsty among you, I'd like to wholeheartedly (no pun intended) recommend the boudin blanc at Bar Boulud. I believe they described it as "pork ice cream" on Serious Eats ... and they weren't off the mark.

Jul 07, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Best Morcilla?

Ah yes, Despana--I sometimes stop in for churros and hot chocolate. Any idea if they'll actually fry it up or prepare it in any way?

Thanks for the tip.

Jul 07, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Best Morcilla?

Anyone know where I can find great morcilla in Manhattan? Am looking for a restaurant that serves it, rather than buying it to devour at home.

(open to recommendations on other great blood sausage restaurants, but am thinking of morcilla in particular)

Jul 07, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Moran's Chelsea

Headed here for dinner with my team from work. I searched through the CH archives but there's not a whole lot on this place ... any recommendations on what to order or what to avoid?

Feb 18, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Brunch in Murray Hill/Gramercy Park [Moved from What's My Craving board]

oh, man ... since moving to the area last june, i've had an everything bagel with whitefish salad and a slice of tomato *nearly every weekend*. they really are amazing.

for other places in the area, i also like resto, the shake shack, and anything in korea-town, although the last two suggestions aren't traditional bunch spots.

Feb 05, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Degustation for Valentine's Day?

Yup, made my reservation this AM! Thanks for the tip--I did check out some previous posts, but figured I'd resurrect the place on the boards. Am getting excited ...

Jan 14, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

Degustation for Valentine's Day?

I'm planning to take my SO there for Valentine's Day ... is that a good idea? I've never been, but from what I've heard, it sounds like a nice, intimate place--and I'm fine with counter seating.

Also, would you recommend the tasting menu, or a la carte?

Jan 14, 2008
Kanger in Manhattan

how is pizza 33 is it bad like they say?

I pretty much reserve it for meals after 2 am, but it's great for that! Try the baked ziti slice. During the day, I agree with jakew8 -- it's just a regular slice of pizza.

Dec 16, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Best preparation of Foie?

Third on the Modern Bar Room.

Dec 14, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

What to order at Babbo?

I've done the tasting menu and a la carte, and I'd definitely go with the latter (especially if you and your friends are willing to share!)

My favorites:

Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette
Lamb's Brain Francobolli
Goose Liver Ravioli
Pumpkin Lune
Beef Cheek Ravioli

I haven't cared for the Mint Love Letters either of the times I've tried them ...

Dec 07, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Best place for churros?

408 Broome St. near Cleveland Place

Dec 06, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Best place for churros?

I had churros with hot dipping chocolate at Despana on a Saturday a few weekends ago. Loved 'em.

Dec 05, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Saigon Grill - Upper East Side

That's frustrating to hear ... I moved from the UES down to Gramercy in June and I've been frequenting the Union Square location, but I'm on the UES a lot and was waiting with baited breath for that location to re-open. Every time I had asked them, they claimed they were re-opening!

I wonder if the striking deliverymen made it financially impossible for them to re-open after all.

Dec 04, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

A Day in the Life of a CH

I haven't had the churros at Doughnut Plant, but they were mighty tasty at Despana. I'd say give them a shot!

I like chili and fritos on my Dash Dogs.

Re Saigon Bakery vs. Vietnam and Dumpling House vs. Fried Dumpling, I wholeheartedly agree with you--unfortunately, we had already been to the latter in each case on previous food tours, so we couldn't repeat them!

Ditto on Magnolia as well, but since we were right by Schiller's and Dash Dogs, Sugar Sweet Sunshine was the easier choice.

Dec 03, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

In need of Sandwich Guidance

Don't forget Sullivan Street bakery sells its own sandwiches as well, and that qualifies for your geographic constraints! I had a tasty pancetta, basil and mango sandwich there a few months ago.

Nov 30, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

A Day in the Life of a CH

thanks! we just followed it up a few weeks ago with our fourth tour:

1. Beers @ DBA

2. Dumplings @ Fried Dumpling

3. Banh mi @ Vietnam Banh Mi So

4. Doughnuts @ Doughnut Plant

5. Frites and beer @ Schiller's

6. Hot dogs @ Dash Dogs

7. Cupcakes @ Sugar Sweet Sunshine

8. Truffled egg toast @ 'inoteca

9. Scones (we wanted pain au chocolat, but went too late) @ Balthazar Bakery

10. Churros and hot chocolate @ Despana

11. Vodka martinis @ Pravda

12. Crepes @ the Creperie

13. Pastrami reubens @ matzo ball soup @ Katz's

needless to say, I passed out soon after. whew.

Nov 30, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Singapore Pepper Crab in New York?

I thought the chili crab at Fatty Crab was pretty good, but I agree with Traveling Hound on the salt. Also, we didn't get nutcrackers!

Nov 30, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

First timer at Lupa -- What to order?

let me say up front that i have a heavy bias towards pastas at *all* batali places!

the ricotta gnocchi with fennel sausage ragu and anything cacio e pepe (pecorino + black pepper) are my favorite pastas at lupa. i also enjoy the bucatini alla amatriciana, although it seems like they serve it at every batali restaurant.

i agree with lukebdonnelly79 on the pork shoulder, although i prefer it there as an entree--i had it once in a pasta and it wasn't nearly as good.

also, if you don't feel like having a glass of wine, try a bellini!

Nov 30, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Cambridge Eats ... What's Good These Days?

Went to school in the area, but it's been a while. What's a good place for dinner for 4 on a Saturday night, without reservations? We prefer something not too expensive. Good food is the #1 priority, of course. I'd say anything between Porter Sq and Central Sq is fair game.

Nov 07, 2007
Kanger in Greater Boston Area

Trip to Portland

Thanks, 'Hounders. My gf and I ended up having a great time in Portland ... everyone was extremely friendly and the weather was fine, with lots of beautiful foliage all around. Here are my thoughts:

FORE STREET: Loved the space, even though we were only able to get a table in the backroom. The wood-roasted mussels was one of the best dishes we had on the entire trip. For entrees, we had a roasted sea bass and a duckling confit, which were both only so-so. We topped off the meal with a delicious chocolate tart ... its texture was suspect, but its rich, dark chocolate flavor was unimpeachable.

DUCKFAT: We loved it so much, we ended up going back the next day! Amazingly delicious panini, with wonderfully fresh ingredients and lots of bold, savory flavors. The fries (fried in duck fat!) were excellent as well, both alone with dipping sauces and as poutine. I've never been to Montreal, but it was the best poutine I've ever had.

BECKY'S: "Keefer Lucas," you were right on the money. It's just a diner.

FLATBREAD: Absolutely loved the space and the ambiance (we got seated right in front of the oven, which was exactly where I wanted to be). I liked the texture of the crust and the ingredients, but our mushroom pizza was woefully underseasoned. Shame.

GILBERT'S CHOWDER HOUSE: Had the clam chowder and lobster roll. They did the trick, but were ultimately unmemorable.

Didn't get to go back to STREET & CO, but that was the one place I had been before in Portland, so I was OK with that.

Next time I'm driving by on I-95, I fully intend to make a detour to Duckfat!

Trip to Portland

I managed to snag a table at Fore Street, as my trip isn't for a few weeks. Excited to try some of your other suggestions. Thanks so much to everyone who chimed in--I'm very excited for my trip.

Trip to Portland

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Trip to Portland

Am flying to Portland for a wknd, and looking for restaurant recommendations in and around the city. Am looking for the best food, whether that's a hole-in-the-wall seafood shack or white tablecloth Michelin-starred haute cuisine. Open to any cuisine and any price range.

In case it impacts what you recommend, I currently live in Manhattan (so for example, I'll pass on recommendations for bagels or pastrami).

Any thoughts? What are some CH faves?

Thanks in advance, 'hounds.

The Little Owl as a walk-in

Don't forget, it's on Open Table now ... that's the way to go, methinks.

Aug 16, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Resto lately?

Second the burger. All hail the power of pork fat.

Aug 03, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Choux Factory v. Beard Papa

Agreed as well. Choux Factory all the way! Plus, I can't stand the weird smell at BP (at least at the Broadway East Village location).

Jul 23, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan

Saigon Grill on University- still on strike?

I got some take-out yesterday and there were no picket lines in sight ...

Jul 13, 2007
Kanger in Manhattan