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Non-tapas food in Madrid

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say that all we'll be able to eat in Andalucia is tapas. Perhaps I should have titled it "non-andalucian food in madrid."

Erica, thank you for the link--Casa Rafa and Arzabal in particular sound excellent. The spouse and I love fish/shellfish, even though the 14 year old doesn't--so I'm looking forward to Casa Rafa.

Mar 31, 2012
katelynne in Spain/Portugal

Non-tapas food in Madrid

We will be travelling for 2 weeks in Andalucia and then spend a few days in Madrid. At that point I think we'd like to try something other than tapas. What other regional foods should we explore? Our limitations are: no car, and we have a 14 year old who doesn't eat fish.
From exploring the threads, here's what I've come up with:
Valencia: La Barraca for paella
Basque: Dantxari
Galicia:
La Penela--couldn't find a website to check menu for the non-fish eater
Combarro
El Pescado
Casa d'Troya
Asturian: La Hoja

What other suggestions do you have? Thank you.

Mar 30, 2012
katelynne in Spain/Portugal

Sunday breakfast near Madrid Atocha

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. In researching I found mention of a churro stand right outside the station--Churreria Velazquez Gourmet--another option.

Mar 29, 2012
katelynne in Spain/Portugal

Sunday breakfast near Madrid Atocha

We will be flying in from the US and arriving at Barajas at 740 am, then taking a taxi to Atocha to catch the train to Seville (probably the 10 am train). Anywhere we can catch a quick breakfast on a Sunday morning near the Atocha station? Churros/pastries/or sandwiches would be fine.
Thanks--

Mar 23, 2012
katelynne in Spain/Portugal

Antequera recs?

Anyone have recommendations for Antequera? We'll be driving from Ronda to Granada and stopping to visit the dolmen, and thought we'd have lunch in town. Thanks!

Jan 06, 2012
katelynne in Spain/Portugal

Anyone done the Question of Taste Jamon tour near Seville?

We weren't planning on having a car--so that'd be a bus to Huelva, then change for Jabugo. I found one website for a jamon factory (Sanchez Romero), but didn't see tour info---are there other factories that give tours? I appreciate your advice...I will have to look into that cave, my son might like that.

Oct 28, 2011
katelynne in Spain/Portugal

Anyone done the Question of Taste Jamon tour near Seville?

We're traveling to southern Spain next year in June, and I'm intrigued by the jamon tour in the Sierra of Aracena offered by A Question of Taste tours. It's a full day tour--you tour the farm, see how the ham is produced, and then have lunch. It's 150-195 euros/person, depending on how many people you have. It sounds cool, but is pricey--so I'm wondering if anyone else has done it?

Oct 28, 2011
katelynne in Spain/Portugal

Lunch in Japantown?

Thank you all for the suggestions! We go in a week. Looks like Ino, Maki, and Sushi Tombo are not open for much, so I think it's between Suzu's if we're in a noodle mood or Takara's if we want sushi.
For dessert--what do you recommend at Benkyo-do? Kuri-manju has been suggested.

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Suzu
1825 Post St, San Francisco, CA

Ino Restaurant
25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Mar 12, 2011
katelynne in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch in Japantown?

Thanks for the information, however it'll be a weekday (Thurs or Friday).

Mar 05, 2011
katelynne in San Francisco Bay Area

Lunch in Japantown?

We'll be visiting in mid March, and plan to spend a few hours wandering around Japantown. Where do you recommend for lunch? We're open-minded: sushi, noodles, okonomiyaki. We are towing a 13 yr old who will not eat raw fish, but we enjoy it.....

Mar 05, 2011
katelynne in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking unusual Asian foods

Thank you everyone for your suggestions! The 1st night we went to Chiado, and had an amazing tuna mango tartare. For dinner we got a bunch of appetizers--grilled squid, grilled shrimp, goat cheese, etc and it was all amazing. Arugula salad with figs and cheese just ok (figs not in season).

2nd night went to Vanipha Lanna, had wonderful larb. Also ordered some noodle dish with veggies, it was forgettable.

3rd night went to Matahari, the Beef Rendang was complex with spices (and leftovers tasted even better the next day). My friend got Chicken Kapitan and loved the strong lemongrass flavor.

Only got away for one lunch--went to 10 Mile Aroma and had Lamb with Cumin that was delicious, very tender. Miming to the non-english speaking waitress that I wanted a glass of water was difficult (had to get up and lead her to a sink faucet to get the idea) but she was very patient.

Wish I could have made it to more but that will have to be another trip....

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Matahari
39 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1, CA

Chiado
864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

May 06, 2010
katelynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Breakfast in SF Richmond/sunset

I do like dim sum a lot, and the 12 year old can probably adapt. How early do dim sum places open? We'll expire from hunger if we have to wait until 10 or 11.

Mar 08, 2010
katelynne in San Francisco Bay Area

Breakfast in SF Richmond/sunset

I'll be staying in SF soon, staying in the Outer Richmond and visiting friends in the Sunset. Any breakfast suggestions for the area? Coffeehouse, teahouse, sweet buns/pastries of any ethnicity would be welcome...

Mar 07, 2010
katelynne in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking unusual Asian foods

You're right, I think that (or Chinese Traditional Buns) would be a better lunch option due to time. Will have to save Hanoi 3 Seasons for a dinner.

Mar 05, 2010
katelynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seeking unusual Asian foods

Thank you, Hanoi 3 Seasons sounds terrific. Any idea how long it would take to get from the convention center to there by streetcar? or cab? I'd love to sneak out during a lunch break, those convention food boxes are usually pretty sad...

Mar 04, 2010
katelynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seeking unusual Asian foods

Wow, thank you for all of the information!

Maroli looks good--what would you recommend there?

Hanoi 3 Seasons looks good--what makes north Vietnamese cuisine different than regular Vietnamese? I assume there's a bus that goes down Queen from the convention area.

I don't think I have the finances to swing both Kaiseki Sakura and Chiado.

I've liked Korean BBQ. I've had soups that were too incendiary to eat, and the version of bim bam bop I've had just wasn't interesting.

Unfortunately, I have only 2 dinners (not counting Chiado) and 1 lunch to adventure. The other nights I'm either getting in way too late at the airport, or only have 90 minutes between events and I worry I won't be able to make it anywhere and back to the convention.

Thanks for your help!

Mar 01, 2010
katelynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pub near Mill Creek?

Thank you, oh aptly-named MillCreek!

Feb 28, 2010
katelynne in Greater Seattle

Seeking unusual Asian foods

Dear Chowhounds,

I will be visiting your city for a convention. I'll be staying near the convention center, and will be limited to what I can reach by public transportation and cab. Reading old posts, I learned that Asian and Portuguese are particular strengths. So I'll make a reservation at Chiado, but need help on the Asian. I have access to your typical Japanese sushi, Chinese (dim sum, etc), Vietnamese pho and Indian (even Southern Indian). I want to try some authentic foods that are a little further of the beaten path. I was thinking:
Matahari, for Malaysian
Vanipha Lanna, for Laotian
Rashnaa, for Sri Lankan
Chinese Traditional Buns, for non-Cantonese cooking.

I would love to try Silk Road, Chinese Beef and Lamb House, or Xinjiang for Uighur/Islamic Chinese cooking--but it looked like you'd need a car to get there.

What am I missing? Cambodian? Burmese? Other Chinese regional specialities? Korean is not my thing.
Are any of these in areas where a single woman should not be taking public transportation at night?

Also, any advice on a walking tour of Chinatown would be much appreciated (I'm playing hooky from the convention one AM).

Thank you!!!

Feb 28, 2010
katelynne in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pub near Mill Creek?

Anyone know a good pub or burger place near Mill Creek? Explorations so far have been disappointing...

Feb 28, 2010
katelynne in Greater Seattle

Ever try No Knead Bread at high altitude?

I've been working my way through Lahey's My Bread and Baggett's Kneadlessly Simple. At 5000 ft they don't seem to need much adjustment. Ever try higher? I stay at a friend's at 9000 ft occasionally (and they don't bake, so no advice there). Baggett's book has one sentence, advising that bread may rise 25-50% faster at altitude....Any advice welcome!

Jan 12, 2010
katelynne in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Christmas dessert?

I have Scandinavian Feasts and Scandinavian Baking out from the library right now. Fun to work through...

Dec 11, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Christmas dessert?

Thank you for the Saveur suggestion! I think the Almond Caramels look very good, although I doubt that nonstick spray is really going to keep the caramel from sticking to the muffin liners. A cookie plate would be nice. But I also found in Ojakangas's book a great looking recipe for a meringue torte--layers of almond cake and meringue baked right on top. It's to be layered with fresh berries and cream; given the season, I might try folding cloudberry jam into the whipped cream instead. I've never tried cloudberry jam but am looking forward to it.

Dec 11, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Christmas dessert?

Thank you everyone for the excellent ideas! I checked out Beatrice Ojakangas's Great Scandinavian Baking Book, and tried the Swedish Apple Cake--it's excellent, and I'm going to do that for Christmas....

Dec 05, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Christmas dessert?

My top choice right now is from Samuelsson's book, with glogg poached pears served with sauteed endive, walnuts, and blue cheese.

Nov 28, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Christmas dessert?

Yes, I'd love those recipes. Thanks!

Nov 28, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Scandinavian Christmas dessert?

i'm doing a Scandinavian-inspired Christmas again, and would like help on a better dessert. The menu is gravlax with cucumber sorbet, mushroom consomme, ham with coffee-mustard sauce, Jansson's temptation, and red cabbage. I know the tradition is rice pudding with an almond hidden in it, but I hate rice pudding. Last year same menu, and I did a gingerbread trifle, which was fine but not exciting.

Any thoughts?

Nov 28, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Alpine hiking menu

Thank you everyone for the suggestions! A Vietnamese banh mi sandwich sounds really appealing right now, but I'll have to do some research since I've never made one and in fact only eaten one once.

May 21, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Alpine hiking menu

Dear chowhounds,

This summer my husband and I will be hiking in the Colorado Rockies. We stay in a B&B (which has a fridge), and then we do dayhikes lasting 3-8 miles. Lunch needs to be relatively light, not too fragile, and hold up without refrigeration for a few hours. I need 4 lunches for 2. I have 2 planned based on last successes:
1) 2-3 types of goat cheese, bread, the wonderful fig tapenade found on this board
2) 2-3 english cheddars, Whole Food's walnut-currant bread, apples

It'd be nice to have a non-cheese lunch as well. Melon and prosciutto perhaps, but then what to accompany it? and then I need 1 more lunch?

Thanks...

May 17, 2009
katelynne in Home Cooking

Pairing: Duck with coffee/cinnamon/cardamom sauce

Well, Aquavit never responded to my email. I notice that the dish isn't on their menu anymore. A grateful client dropped off a bottle of wine for Christmas--a Valpolicella from Giuseppe Lonardi, 2006--so I decided to use that. It went wonderfully with the spice of the duck.

Dec 26, 2008
katelynne in Wine

Pairing: Duck with coffee/cinnamon/cardamom sauce

Thanks for everyone's thoughts! I haven't been to the restaurant, so I don't know what they serve it with there. The recipe calls for port or madeira, so it probably is the one that Maria Lorraine is thinking of. I emailed the restaurant for their advice, so we'll see what they say.

Dec 17, 2008
katelynne in Wine