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Missed out on the ferme auberge experience

Thank you, that is very convenient

Jan 13, 2014
POY in France

Missed out on the ferme auberge experience

I have contacted the Domaine de Pelican, Les Clos de Venes, and Les Clos de Paulilles for reservations. Thank you!

The other question I have is where to buy champagne downtown Reims? We will take a day trip from Paris for lunch, sightseeing and shopping. The first two are no problem but we have traditionally bought our champagne directly from the smaller houses outside of town. Is there a store or area we should shop in Reims?

Jan 12, 2014
POY in France

Missed out on the ferme auberge experience

My husband and I, while living in The Netherlands , spent four years vacationing in France to include a summer driving the circumference of the country. We used Chowhound (thank you mangeur and Parigi) to help navigate the food landscape of the country.
We are now back in the States but will spend this May, once again, vacationing in France. The first week will be spent in the Avignon area and the last two weeks in Paris.
The one experience that eluded us was eating at a ferme auberge. With a car, we plan to spend the week between Avignon and Paris driving through Languedoc, Aude, or the Pyrannise regions of France tracking down ferme auberges.
We would appreciate your list of recommended ferme auberges in these areas.
Perhaps, there is a grand trek we can take from Avignon?

Jan 09, 2014
POY in France

Trip Report

Whoops

Jan 08, 2014
POY in San Diego

Trip Report

San Diego has a great bar scene and we discovered the Moscow Mule drunk in a cooper cup. We were there over the holidays and took several Chow recommendations:
Cafe Chloe was excellent and some of the best steak and frites since Paris.
The Starlite Bar and El Dorado were are two favorites places to have drinks. That being said, the Noble Experience had the best mesclun drinks I have ever tried.
George's at the Cove served the best Margaritas we had as well an excellent cerviche.
An over night at Rancho Bernardo and dinner at Avant was a treat.
The one disappointment was the Farm House Cafe. We booked for their Xmas Eve meal and the place appeared rushed, understaffed, and disorganized (our waiter forgot our wine with the first course.) Even though the food was good, the atmosphere was off setting. We vowed to go back on our next visit and give it another try.
All in all, it was a good experience and thank all the Chowhounders who contribute to the site.

Jan 08, 2014
POY in San Diego

Xmas Eve Dinner, French?

I made reservations at the Farmhouse Cafe for Xmas Eve but will also hit the Cafe Chloe during our stay; very excited!
Our son is flying to Atlanta to spend Thanksgiving with the family and wants to bring something from California. Walnuts come to mind but what else could he bring from the SD area that will fit in a suitcase and where would he buy it? Thanks in advance

Nov 12, 2013
POY in San Diego

Xmas Eve Dinner, French?

New to the SD restaurant scene but noticed Hotel Del has posted its holiday schedule. Didn't want to miss out which happened to us in NYC and London. I will relax and enjoy the SD posts. We have two weeks in the area and the food sounds diverse and amazing. The Farmhouse and Cafe Chloe look good.

Oct 09, 2013
POY in San Diego

Xmas Eve Dinner, French?

We are visiting our son in SD this Xmas and would like to take him to dinner on Xmas Eve. Traditionally, we have gone to a French restaurant or prepared a French meal at home. Although we would prefer that kind of meal we would be open to other restaurants who put on a quality meal for Xmas Eve.
Any suggestions welcome.

Oct 08, 2013
POY in San Diego

Where to shop for first night meal in Charlestown

Good suggestions, thanks. And, I know better, it is the North End not North Boston. Mea Culpa

May 08, 2013
POY in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary Meal in SW Virginia or Near By

Thanks, all good suggestions.

May 06, 2013
POY in Mid-Atlantic

Where to shop for first night meal in Charlestown

We are flying into Boston late Th afternoon and want to pick up meats, cheeses, etc. to bring to our daughter's house that evening. We will be walking from Monument St in Charleston and will walk to North Boston. Where can we shop to put together a good antipasti or food for wine night?
Any suggestions appreciated.

May 06, 2013
POY in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary Meal in SW Virginia or Near By

We will be near Christianburg, Va the first part of June for our 30th wedding anniversary and are looking for a place in SW Virginia, WV, NC or TN to celebrate. Preferably a lodge or hotel that has excellent food. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Apr 15, 2013
POY in Mid-Atlantic

Drive from Miami to Key West--Where to stop for Key Lime Pie

Green Turtle in Islamorada

Mar 14, 2013
POY in Florida

Road Trip Florida Trip Report

We find Chowhound is the most reliable source of good food anywhere we travel; good group of people who care about the quality of food they eat. Next major food trip will be Pensacola, NOLA, up the Natchez Trace and through upper Alabama before heading back to the Atlanta area.

Feb 27, 2013
POY in Florida

Road Trip Florida Trip Report

We found it on a food app site. We were initially skeptical given the location and decor but it came highly recommend on the food site so we gave it a try. The fish was perfectly cooked and the owner/chef came out and spoke to each table. Turns out he is Swiss and we had a good discussion about eating in America and Europe . His wife makes the deserts and her key lime pie was very good. Nice place

Feb 27, 2013
POY in Florida

Road Trip Florida Trip Report

Three thousand miles and several pounds heavier, we have returned from our road trip around Florida. It was great! Staying off the interstates and using secondary roads we had a veritable feast. What follows is a summary of our experiences:
Pensacola/Pensacola Beach: Grand Marlin served up our first taste of Apalachicola oysters and they were excellent. I order grouper with garlic mashed potatoes that were perfectly cooked. It was the first time I had eaten grouper and loved it. Unfortunately, we learned on Key Largo, the fish has been over fished and it was recommended we order something else. Damn, that was a disappointment so from that point on, we did not order grouper.
On a side trip to Alabama we had fried chicken at Champy’s that was excellent. Freshly fried, moist with crispy skin.
Breakfast at the Native Café in Pensacola Beach was a bit disappointing. We ordered the crab cake Benedict but should have gotten an egg dish as they looked excellent. The crab cake had more filling than crab and the Hollandaise was just okay. That being said, I would try the place again as the service and ambience was good.

Apalachicola: We arrived on a Monday when several restaurants were closed but we had great oysters at the Boss Oyster House. The dinner, however, was expensive and disappointing. We ordered the mixed grill that included grouper, oysters, bay scallops and shrimp. For the price, the helping was minimal and, although the grouper was nicely cooked, everything else was ordinary. The breakfast at the hotel attached to the Boss Oyster House was very good and recommended by us.
Perry: Deal’s Oyster House was recommended by a few Hounds and it too served great oysters for a ridiculous price.

Crystal River: Charlie’s Fish Shack served nicely cooked grouper with a good side of coleslaw.

Old Homosassa: Loved the Freezer Tiki Bar! Great atmosphere and service. We ordered the smoked mullet spread, our first, but should have gotten the bucket of shrimp or stone crabs. Place was packed at lunch and everyone was having a good time.

Marcos Island: Here was one of the best meals of the trip. Cocomo’s in a small strip mall is not to be missed. My fish taco was excellent but my husband’s Asian sampler was outstanding. Tuna tartar fixed two ways and a crab roll were fresh and bursting with flavor. Bonnie’s Key Lime pie probably the best we have ever had, anywhere.

Cortez Village: It was cold and windy but we braved the elements and sat at a picnic table at Star Fish Company and had smoked mullet and gator bites. Would definitely go back.

Homestead: At the Chef on the Run we had our first Mofongo. The meat and vegs were really good but we were not sure about the rest of the dish. It seemed starchy to me and, perhaps, a required taste. That being said, the service was friendly and the place was packed.
Mario’s Family Restaurant was our favorite. First of all, we had our first ever coffee con leche and thought we had died and gone to heaven. As long time travelers in Italy we did not think we would ever find the rich, flavorful espressos of that land here in America. But Mario’s con leche was superb as was a chicken/garbanzo stew and their skirt steak. We went back for breakfast and were equally impressed with their Spanish omelet. From that point on, we sought out Cuban coffee joints.
Outside of Homestead is Robert Is Here grocery stand were they make excellent milkshakes. We had a key lime milkshake that was thick and creamy with a good jolt of lime.

Marathon: Frank’s Grill serves an excellent red snapper picante as well as homemade tiramisu. We would have gladly gone back if we had time.

Key West: We sat on the deck of Alonzo’s for happy hour and drank mojitos and ate conch fritters; very nice. That was followed by dinner at the Santiago Bodega. The dates wrapped in bacon, lamb patties and shrimp with chorizo were excellent. The tuna ceviche, however, was tasteless with under ripe mango.

Islamorada: At the suggestion of one Hound, we stopped at the Green Turtle. Very good fish sandwiches. Mine was a fish caprese and my husband got the blue cheese and bacon fish sandwich. The key lime pie was also a hit.

Naples: One of the more fun places of the trip was the Capri Fish House. Packed with locals, we shared a clam strip basket with onion rings which were excellent.

Sarasota: Really enjoyed our first ever stone crabs at Waltz’s Fish House.

Siesta Keys: Miguel’s served luke warm hollandaise sauce over okay asparagus and veal. My husband’s fish platter, however, was perfectly cooked. Clayton’s became our breakfast place especially for the banana foster pancakes. Dinner there was also excellent. Their short rib and rack of lamb are worth mention. The SKOG had okay oysters but the margaritas at the Hub Baja were very good. Javier’s tapa sampler with bacon wrapped scallops comes highly recommended.

Cocoa Beach:The steaks at Backwood Steakhouse were surprisingly good and the margaritas the best of the whole trip. The Old Fish House Restaurant served perfectly cooked pollock as well as homemade key lime pie.

Valdosta, Ga: Technically not in Florida but this was the last meal of the trip and excellent. The Korean Garden serves authentic Korean food right off I75. We had the Korean BBQ box with pieces of sushi, tempura veggies, Korean salads and tender beef. Recommend this place highly.

Thanks for everyone's help!!!

Feb 14, 2013
POY in Florida

Road Trip Around Florida

A quick up-date: had our first Apalachicola oysters at the Grand Marlin in Pensacola Beach and they were excellent as was the grouper.
Fried chicken at Crampy's in Daphne AL as well as a good beer at the Pensacola Brewery.
Ate more oysters at the Boss Oyster in Apalchi' and Dean's in Perry.
Tonight we ate at Charlie's Fish Restaurant in Crystal River. Hitting the near by parks tomorrow before heading to Cortez.

Jan 29, 2013
POY in Florida

Road Trip Around Florida

This is exactly what we are looking for. Thanks

Jan 16, 2013
POY in Florida

Road Trip Around Florida

We are starting in Pensacola the end of January and making our way to Key West. Our plan is to drive down the west coast staying a few days in the Everglades but other than that, we have no definite plans. After Key West, we will head back to Atlanta. Are there any particular places we should stop for a scenic restaurant and good food? Any seafood restaurant or shack would also be high on our list. We would also be interested in any route frequented by foodies. It is,perhaps, too general a request but any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jan 15, 2013
POY in Florida

Blue Ridge Parkway Trip Report

Thanks, we frequent the area and will use your post as a guide. I would add Black Mountain NC for its two pubs and local beer.

Sep 16, 2012
POY in Southeast

Steaks in San Antonio

A family emergency prevented us from coming to San Antonio this time. But thanks for the suggestions.

Jun 11, 2012
POY in Texas

Steaks in San Antonio

We are staying near the Riverwalk and would like to have a famed Texas steak. Any suggestions?

May 26, 2012
POY in Texas

Road trip from Atlanta to Arlington and back

We are heading out tomorrow morning with your list pasted to the front page of our travel folder. To date, we are staying in Highlands, Asheville and Blowing Rock. The rest of the trip is open until we get to DC. Great advice from everyone, thanks.

Apr 09, 2012
POY in Southeast

Sushi now that MF Buckhead is closed???

Don't know if it's the best, but Blue Fin on Peachtree Road was recommended to us by a native from Tokyo who didn't trust any restaurant not owned by Japanese.. We thought it was pretty good

Mar 20, 2012
POY in Atlanta

Road trip from Atlanta to Arlington and back

Picked up the magazine Our State and will now spend time in Asheville and Blowing Rock (wine fest.) We are also looking for an overnight near good hiking trails in those areas as well as good eats.

Mar 13, 2012
POY in Southeast

Road trip from Atlanta to Arlington and back

Thanks, this is good information and advice

Mar 07, 2012
POY in Southeast

Road trip from Atlanta to Arlington and back

We are planning a trip in April from Atlanta to Asheville, Charlottesville and Arlington. We will return to Atlanta from Arlington via a more eastern route. We have all the time we need and would like to know if there are any places the Board would recommend along this route. We will spend some time in the Va wine country and Asheville both of whom have many recommendations for restaurants. But what about the small, perhaps, out of the way destinations that we should not miss?

We spent 40 years in Europe and will spend, hopefully, the next 20 years seeing America. We used Chowhound to travel across the northern section of Florida, up the Georgia Coast to Charleston and loved it.

We are looking forward to the wine and food of the Carolinas and Virgina. All suggestions appreciated.

Feb 27, 2012
POY in Southeast

Need Rec for Foodie Stores

Found everything I needed at Whole Foods plus had a slice of deep dish pizza (surpize, I liked it), savory pies from a new place near the airport and, the best of all, a dinner at the Girl and the Goat. Their peppers and octopus appetizers were excellent. I will return.

Feb 27, 2012
POY in Chicago Area

How to find good restaurants in Atlanta /Georgia

Thank you. This is excellent advice.

Jan 11, 2012
POY in Atlanta

How to find good restaurants in Atlanta /Georgia

We tried the wine and liked it very much. We have lived in the area now for five months and I have relied on Chowhound, the Atlanta Magazine, Southern Living and a few Georgia guidebooks as well as Ga PBS. We have found Buford Hwy, brunch at the Ritz, DeKalb food market, local farmers in our area , and enjoyed a great trip up the Georgia Coast to Charleston. Good eating all the way using Chowhound as our guide.
We do miss our meals in Belgium and the trips to Italy but there is a lot to be said for buying what is local and eating at places with an established reputation. I am, however, still trying to like collard greens.

Jan 10, 2012
POY in Atlanta