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Eating in Istanbul?

Hi - I'm going to be in Istanbul next weekend and was hoping to get some tips. I went to Istanbul about 10 years ago and had a fantastic time. But I feel like I didn't make the most of my experience related to food and shopping. I have the luxe guide and also a lot of restaurant recommendations from Turkish friends of friends.

What I want to know is:
1) are there must try dishes (one of my favorites from the first trip are the stuffed mussels that you get from the street after a long night out)
2) are there any spices that I should pick up from the spice market
3) other than rugs, which I don't need, is there anything that Turkey makes that I should check out
4) are there any must do's that I should look into (I've done all the basic tourist stuff on the first trip)

Thanks!

Aug 15, 2012
tabby11 in Europe

Rec for Japanese Cooking Class/Program

Can anyone recommend a Japanese cooking class or program in Manhattan? I've done a web search and found very limited options (a couple of classes at ICE and one-off novice options). I like the sound of the noodle class at the ICE but their other classes (i.e. sushi making) seem very basic. Seems like there are a couple of catering chefs who will make home visits to teach Japanese cooking but I don't think I'm interested in that. I'm really looking for an advanced or semi-advanced program that I can take on the weekends.

Aug 03, 2009
tabby11 in Manhattan

Japanese cooking class

Can anyone recommend a Japanese cooking class or program in Manhattan? I've done a web search and found very limited options (a couple of classes at ICE and one-off novice options). I like the sound of the noodle class at the ICE but their other classes (i.e. sushi making) seem very basic. Seems like there are a couple of catering chefs who will make home visits to teach Japanese cooking but I don't think I'm interested in that. I'm really looking for an advanced or semi-advanced program that I can take on the weekends.

Jul 29, 2009
tabby11 in Manhattan

Manhattan Resident Looking for Lunch & Dinner Rec for San Fran

Thanks everyone for your recommendations. I have made dinner reservations at Chez Panisse for Monday night at the cafe (the main restaurant was booked). We're staying at Cavallo Point for the weekend and I was wondering if we should have Saturday dinner at the restaurant at Cavallo, Coi, Manresa or Aziza. Any advice?

May 12, 2009
tabby11 in San Francisco Bay Area

Manhattan Resident Looking for Lunch & Dinner Rec for San Fran

Sorry if I wasn't too clear....and thanks for your help. Here are some more details:

I mention Manhattan since we have a lot of amazing food options and are very serious about food. We are not looking for a typical Manhattan restaurant...we just want great food in whatever decor. Totally casual, hole in the wall is fine or high end with top notch service is fine too as long as the food is great.

We're open to any types of cuisines and are not picky eaters at all. Oh, we would love to get a recommendation for a great authentic Mexican restaurant/food stand since Manhattan does not have good Mexican food at all. We love foie gras, uni, sushi, other seafood, bone marrow etc. etc.....basically everything.

It's been a while since we were in San Fran proper so my memory is a little rusty but we tried Acqua and Slanted Door (food at both were okay). We've been to Napa county a couple of times and have tried Cyrus (food was okay; service was obnoxiously over the top), Auberge du Soleil (very good food but not amazing), Tre Vigne Restaurant (very good food with great outdoor seating).

Thanks again.

May 11, 2009
tabby11 in San Francisco Bay Area

Manhattan Resident Looking for Lunch & Dinner Rec for San Fran

My husband and I will be in San Fran during Memorial Day weekend for a wedding and would like to get a lunch and dinner recommendation. We are both foodies who have spent time in San Fran in the past. A lot of people rave about the great cuisine in San Fran but we've never really had an amazing eating experience during our past visits to this city. Can you recommend a must try? We don't care as much about decor and would rather stay away from really stuffy & formal places (reminds us of work related meals). Cost is not an issue but we don't want to be taken advantaged of. We're just really focused on amazing food...where is the great CA cuisine that everyone raves about?

Also, my husband is watching his weight. He can cheat on this trip but unfortunately will put his foot down against tasting menus.

Thanks for your help!

May 11, 2009
tabby11 in San Francisco Bay Area

no reservations food porn

I love uni and ikura! Please, please what is the name of the izakaya that serves the uni and ikura pasta?!?!

Also, does anyone have a recipe for this dish?

Feb 12, 2009
tabby11 in Food Media & News

Eating in Tokyo & Kyoto

Can I get some advice on Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto? I was thinking about staying here so that I can sample the keiseki menu but I just looked on Trip Advisor and there are a lot of negative reviews on the quality of the food and the rooms. Any advice for an alternative restaurant and hotel/ryokan?

Thanks.

Sep 24, 2008
tabby11 in Japan

Eating in Tokyo & Kyoto

Thanks everyone for your responses. This is perfect - the exact info that I was looking for. I will check out the bento website and also the recommended chowhound threads.

I'll let you know which restaurants I'll be able to squeeze in during the trip and report back to everyone.

Thanks again.

Sep 16, 2008
tabby11 in Japan

Eating in Tokyo & Kyoto

Thanks for all of your responses. I actually read through a bunch of the threads before my posting...sorry if my questions weren't as specific as they could have been.

I read a lot of the postings for Tsukiji and that's where I found some criticisms of the sushi restaurants in the market since the market employees want more casual dining options - some posters commented that these sushi restaurants were for tourists. I understand that I'm a tourist but I'd rather avoid that scene if possible unless there's very good quality sushi to be had at reasonable prices. Also, one of the threads commented that there is great restaurant that serves donburi with uni/toro/anago - can I get the name of this restaurant?

As for pricing, I don't mind spending $250 per person for a meal. My point of reference is NYC where you can spend $250+ (at a high end and formal restaurant) or $100 (at a hole in the wall but with fantastic food.

Thanks for the tip about Anthony Bourdain's episode. I watched this a couple of weeks ago when it was on tv and have noted all the restaurant and bar recommendations in his show.

As for my taste bud and dining preference, I entertain clients a lot (I'm in the financial services sector) so I typically avoid going to very formal restaurants when I'm not with clients....it reminds me too much of work. However, I will go on special occasions i.e. birthdays, holidays etc. But these client experiences have spoiled my palate so I have high expectations. I absolutely love sushi/sashimi (and unfortunately have developed a distaste for cooked fish), shellfish (oysters, lobster, crab, clams). I've tried fugu a number of times but don't really appreciate it. I love kaiseki meals and am planning to stay at Gora Kadan so I think this will take care of the kaiseki experience. I've tried shabu shabu during my last trip to Japan but thought it's quite bland (I know some may disagree with me). I would love to try nabe, tempura, oden. I'm not a vegetarian but would love to try tofu. Not a fan of curry.

Thanks again for all of your help.

Sep 15, 2008
tabby11 in Japan

Eating in Tokyo & Kyoto

Thanks so much for your suggestions exilekiss! It was overwhelming reading all of the reviews from all the blogs and difficult to discern the #1 must try places. Do you have any thoughts about eating sushi at Tsukiji?

Sep 12, 2008
tabby11 in Japan

Eating in Tokyo & Kyoto

Hi,

I know that other people have posted questions about eating in Tokyo and Kyoto but I thought I should post a separate one to in order to ask some specific questions (sorry if some of them are redundant). Some background first: my college roommate and I are going to be in Tokyo and Kyoto (and mostly likely Hakone) at the beginning of November and we would love to get some dining suggestions. We're both very adventurous eaters and are completely obessed with Japanese food - the purpose of our trip is to eat. I live in NYC and she lives in LA and we both have good options for Japanese food but we're searching for the amazing food/taste that we can't get in our respective cities. I was in Japan 8 years ago and really enjoyed my meals there but I was on a budget and my taste buds weren't as critical as they are now. Unfortunately, we're only going to be in Tokyo for 3 days (1 of which I will be by myself) and in Kyoto for 2 days. I've read the responses to the other posts but I was hoping to get restaurant suggestions for must eat places where I can dine by myself and with my college roommate. Below are the kinds of foods that we would like to try during our trip:

1) Sushi: I'm a big fan of Sushi Yasuda in NYC, which I think is fantastic, but would love to try better sushi in Japan. I've always wondered how much better the sushi can be in Japan. Also, is it worth trying the sushi in Tsukiji - I remember having a great meal there but some of the commentary on this site seemed somewhat negative. One post mentioned that there's a restaurant in Tsukiji that serves donburi with uni, toro, anago - I would love to go since these are all of my favorite toppings.

2) Yakitori

3) Soba noodles

4) Ramen noodles

5) Izakaya

6) Tofu

Is there anything else that's a must try?

Also, for all the suggestions please let us know what is a must order dish. We definitely don't want to accidentially order the wrong thing or miss trying out the speciality. Price is not a concern but we would like to avoid overpaying. Lastly, I've become very lazy in the past years and have resorted to wearing jeans everywhere so please let me know if that's not appropriate attire for a specific restaurant.

Thanks so much for your help!

Sep 10, 2008
tabby11 in Japan