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Ostend area - upscale country restaurants?

Boury looks great, but I was hoping to enjoy a couple of nights in the countryside, rather than even a small town. I couldn't find any photos of the grounds, but from the map it looks like it sits in a built-up area... is that correct?

Thank you both for the thoughts, and if anything else occurs to you, please let me know!

Aug 23, 2014
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Ostend area - upscale country restaurants?

Nancy, I agree that In the Wulf looks very good, but with staying two nights and them only offering a tasting menu, wouldn't you end up with the same meal both nights? Or do they do a la carte (which I could have missed on their website)?

Aug 23, 2014
waldrons in Europe

Ostend area - upscale country restaurants?

edited to redistribute replies to correct posts!

Aug 23, 2014
waldrons in Europe

Ostend area - upscale country restaurants?

I'm enroute from Normandy to Ostend, and decided to change my plans at the last minute. Rather than staying in Ostend, I've decided to look for an upscale country house hotel with a great restaurant. Preferably along the coast, but within an hour or so south or east of Ostend is fine. This would be for 2 nights, starting Aug. 26.

As an alternative, my next destination is actually Ghent, so anywhere south or west of Ghent (a couple of hour drive) would also work.

In a perfect world, I'm looking for something like Raymond Blanc's Manoir des Quatres Saisons or Les Crayeres in Reims. Without the price tag, if that's possible ;)

I'm considering In The Wulf, but the menu seems a bit much for two nights in a row. Is there another good restaurant (doesn't have to be the same type of menu/standard) within a short distance?

Thanks in advance! (And I have to cancel my existing Ostend reservation in 48 hours, so speedy replies are good!)

Aug 22, 2014
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taste of london, regent's park : anyone want to join forces?

Ok, let's give it a go! I see the afternoon session starts at 12... shall we meet by the entry gate then? Is there a way to send you a private message with more details?
Edited to add: I added my email address to my profile after my blog address. Please email me so I know who I'm looking for (and vice versa)!

Jun 18, 2014
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

taste of london, regent's park : anyone want to join forces?

Have you been before? I'm visiting London from the US and am considering going, but the prices for the "samples" seem high -- 5 pounds and up from what I can see. Are they actually samples, or are they larger plates?

And do you have any experience for how crowded the sessions get -- is the opening session tonight liable to be more or less crowded than tomorrow afternoon?

Jun 18, 2014
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building [San Francisco]

Roast chicken or porchetta from Roli Roti (usually on the right side, outside Sur La Table. Follow your nose (and the line). (This would be my to-go dish, along with their roasted potatoes.)

Food, quiet, luxury, under 300 pounds per night

Now that you mention it... Waterside Inn or Fat Duck were going to be my other splurge, but a couple of weeks later.
So, next question... if I switch things around and do Bray at the end of July, is there a good restaurant with country house hotel attached near any of the Eurostar stops to Paris (maybe Ashford in Kent)?

Mar 14, 2014
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Food, quiet, luxury, under 300 pounds per night

I was hoping the fact that "food" was my first criteria would let this slide....

Mar 10, 2014
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Food, quiet, luxury, under 300 pounds per night

Late add: Calcote Manor, affiliated with Barnsley House, is available, looks good and is within my budget. Any comments on it?

Mar 09, 2014
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Food, quiet, luxury, under 300 pounds per night

I suspect I can only get 3 out of the above 4 criteria, so they're pretty much in my priority order. In between Oxford and London, I'm looking to spend 2 nights this July at a country house hotel where I can lounge outside in a garden reading or strolling if the weather is nice or inside by a fire if not. A spa for massages would be a bonus.

I've looked at Manoir aux Quat' Saisons but the only rooms available on my dates are 900 pounds per night!! Lords of the Manor looks very promising, but is sold out. Barnsley House also looks good, but they're not taking arrivals on the date I need. Gidleigh Park is a bit too far off my route, I think, as are most of the other recommendations in previous threads. (Both the Lake District and Cornwall are off the table, I think, although if I could get a quick train to the Lake District from Oxford, I might be persuaded...)

So, any other suggestions? (Thanks in advance!)

Mar 09, 2014
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Food-based sightseeing in England/Ireland?

Thanks, Lemons, I'll check out Eating Italy and others. I'd been hoping more for off-beat museums or sites, rather than tours, but you got my attention with "chocolate tour"! And of course, Borough Market is on my list already. I'm looking forward to renting a flat for the week and being able to get wonderful cheeses and breads.

Dec 28, 2013
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Food-based sightseeing in England/Ireland?

Because I'll be there for such a long time, having a car will be fairly expensive, and I'm not thrilled about driving myself on the "wrong" side (my husband did it on previous trips, but I'll be by myself on this one). I have an open mind, and figure I can rent one if needed (even once I'm there), but I was hoping to be able to use buses and trains to get around. I'm mostly there for genealogy research, so assume I'll be visiting county seats and other centers where records are held, rather than haring off into the depths of the countryside. However, further research may disabuse me of that assumption.

Dec 28, 2013
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Food-based sightseeing in England/Ireland?

Ah, that would have been good info to include... no, I won't ;) And I'll be in the St. Ives area of Cornwall, to be specific.

Dec 27, 2013
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Food-based sightseeing in England/Ireland?

Next summer, I'm going to be spending time in London (1 week), Oxford (2 weeks), Cornwall (2-4 weeks) and Limerick, Ireland (2 weeks). Aside from restaurants and fresh markets (which I'm researching separately), is there any food-related sightseeing in those areas? In other places, I've found food museums (pasta, sea salt), small-production tours (oystering, mushrooms, chocolates), etc. Not interested in a long cookery course, but a half- to full-day one would be fine. Any ideas?

Dec 27, 2013
waldrons in U.K./Ireland

Restaurant Behavior Advice - Paris

When we first started traveling to France and other "furren" parts, in addition to reading up in advance, we would watch locals around us to see what they did.

In simple cafes, people left the change -- or not. Didn't seem to freak out the waiter one way or another.

The only time I've seen kids frowned upon was when they were running around unchecked (and by French parents, no less!). The owner/hostess took it upon herself to scold the kids into behaving properly -- and it worked!

I'd read that sharing dishes wasn't done, but nobody seemed to be shocked if we did (I think the phrase I learned was "un per deux"). (And I suppose I need to pronounce that carefully so nobody would think I wanted a "one lost".)

Generally, one waiter on staff would speak English, even if nobody else did. And in one restaurant, the waiter knelt next to our table and did animal noises to explain what type of meat the dish was -- mooooo, baaaaa, cluck-cluck, etc.

The easiest thing to goof up that I remember was in a simple restaurant where the cheese platter was a shared item... placed on your table for you to help yourself, then passed along to the next table ordering cheese. It would be easy to think this was "your" cheese plate!

Oh, and there was that time my husband mis-took the sommelier for our waiter and tried to order dinner from him. We laughed about that for 30 years!!

The simplest way to get along in a restaurant in France is to act like a grown-up!
Oh, and the bill won't be brought until you ask for it.

Dec 14, 2013
waldrons in France

Soft Gingerbread Cookes- Where to Buy?

Bakesale Betty in the Temescal district of Oakland has ginger-molasses cookies that are soft and very chewy.

Looking for modern, tasty New England fare in Boston

I ended up having several good and one great meal in Boston, so thanks, everyone! The good meals were Clio and lunch at the cafe at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The great meal was Craigie on Main, which was one of the best meals I've had recently.

Nov 20, 2013
waldrons in Greater Boston Area

Cultured butter lost its flavor and taste... what happened?

I had some cultured butter (from Vermont Creamery) that I left out, since I hate trying to use rock-hard butter from the refrigerator (and don't generally plan ahead for something like toast). After a couple of weeks, I realized the remaining butter was turning white (or colorless) and when I tasted it, it had no butter flavor. What happened and why?

Nov 20, 2013
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Looking for modern, tasty New England fare in Boston

Thanks, everyone, this will give me a great list to start sorting through. The lobster roll search will be more of a lunch thing, so I'm following that thread and making a list of potential stops, depending on where we find ourselves. But for dinner, it sounds like I can't go wrong with any of these, so thanks again!

Jul 13, 2013
waldrons in Greater Boston Area

Looking for modern, tasty New England fare in Boston

A friend and I are visiting Boston in September with just one free night for dinner (I know, I know....). I'd like to go somewhere serving modern, creative takes on New England classics, or at least using unique local ingredients. I don't want to have the same thing that we'd get in a good restaurant at home in San Francisco, in other words.

I don't know where we're staying yet, but somewhere downtown/Back Bay would probably be convenient from whereever we end up. (Transportation will be taxi in all likelihood.) We're willing to spend up to $100 per person for the right meal.

Jul 08, 2013
waldrons in Greater Boston Area

Food sightseeing in San Antonio and Lost Pines

Thanks, HollyDolly, the Strawberry Festival would be perfect, but it's just after we leave, darn it!!

Apr 02, 2013
waldrons in Texas

Food sightseeing in San Antonio and Lost Pines

edited to reply to the right person!

Apr 02, 2013
waldrons in Texas

What's in season in early April?

Oh, yum, fresh strawberries... I'll keep my eye out. I assume they'll be available at the Pearl Brewery famer's market or El Mercado?

Mar 21, 2013
waldrons in Texas

Restaurant suggestions in Lost Pine (near Hyatt)

Hi there! I've got Maxine's on the list already, but Lock's Drug Store sounds perfect... my husband loves milk shakes. And Benny's sounds great as well. Thanks!
(I'm a concierge at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco, so needless to say, we always stop at the concierge desk for local intelligence!)

Mar 21, 2013
waldrons in Texas

Restaurant suggestions in Lost Pine (near Hyatt)

Thanks, but I think both of these suggestions are a bit further than I want to drive at night, on unfamiliar roads, after a nice meal and some wine! Perhaps we'll just eat at the hotel... ;)

Mar 17, 2013
waldrons in Texas

Restaurant suggestions in Lost Pine (near Hyatt)

Coming from San Francisco, where the whole city is 7 miles by 7 miles, driving 30 miles for dinner is a unique concept!! I'll check it out, though, thank you!

Mar 16, 2013
waldrons in Texas

San Antonio eating itinerary - comments, please

Poochinator, thanks for the recommendation of La Gloria. Unfortunately, we will have had lunch that day at Pearl (and maybe BBQ there earlier in the week), so I hate to keep going back to the same area. I have noted that, though, so it will be on the list as an alternate.
Also, I have the Granary on our list as I'd like to do a "sit-down" BBQ restaurant, rather than just the market experience, especially at dinner. It may not be the best BBQ, but I'll bet it's better than what we get in San Francisco!
I've added Gwendolyn as the alternate for Feast... in case the wait is too long, we'll head back to the Riverwalk. (I'd call ahead to book, as I'd guess you can't just walk in on a Friday night?)
And I've added La Frite as the alternative for Saturday lunch, in case NAO is closed/full.

Mar 15, 2013
waldrons in Texas

Food sightseeing in San Antonio and Lost Pines

Thanks to everyone for previous help on restaurants, and now that I've got our meals nailed down, I'm casting a wider net... is there any food sightseeing in San Antonio, or en route between SA and Lost Pines (via Luling and Lockhart) on April 7-9? I'm thinking a BBQ museum or food festival, chili cook-off, special exhibits at a museum, and so on. (In other places I've been to a pasta museum, a photo exhibit of food art, a food exhibit at a science museum, a salt museum, and a mushroom cave, to give you an idea.) I know about the Bluebell Ice Cream factory tour, but it's probably a bit off of our route. Any thoughts? And thanks in advance, as always...

Mar 15, 2013
waldrons in Texas

San Antonio eating itinerary - comments, please

Any idea how long it will take for a party of 2 to be seated at Feast on a Friday night, around 6:30 pm?
Do we need reservations at NAO for lunch on Saturday?

Mar 14, 2013
waldrons in Texas