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One night on the way to Tuscany

Hello everyone, sorry for the vague post, I should have included more info! We are leaving from the Auvergne region of France (inland from Lyon) early Monday the 31st of August. It looks like our shortest route is to avoid the coastal route, heading inland past Turino, Parma & Modena just about to Bologna, then veering south to Tuscany. Our overall journey is 11 hours approximately, and we wanted to get more than half way there so our second day of driving is shorter. We were looking at Bologna because it looks like it will take about 8.5 hours to get there, but if traffic will be slowing us down, maybe we should stop closer. I have also heard great things about the city, and its food. I also like the idea of a smaller place to avoid having to find parking and drive in a busy Italian city after such a long day. We ideally would like to stay in a smaller town/city where we can find affordable accomodation, and delicious Italian food. I hope this helps, and you'll now be able to offer some suggestions. We'll be passing Parma & Modena, are these places to stop? Or is there a smaller town off the beaten track worth stopping for? Thanks again!

Jul 29, 2010
caitlinferguson in Italy

One night on the way to Tuscany

Hello, I am driving from France to Tuscany at the end of August. I'm looking for a place to stay 'nearish' to Bologna for one night to break up the long drive. We are looking for a smaller town/city to stay in with a good restaurant for dinner. We tried to book Amerigo 1934, but sadly they will be closed at that time, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks,

Caitlin

Jul 29, 2010
caitlinferguson in Italy

Boxing Day in Paris, possibly a bad idea foodwise?

Good Morning,

I am heading to Paris on Boxing day. I have already found that all the restaurants I would like to visit will be closed! Is there anyway of getting an exceptional meal on Boxing day? Please help me chowhound!

Thanks,

Caitlin

Oct 23, 2009
caitlinferguson in France

First time visit to NYC, where should we eat?

Hello, Thanks for your response, and you're right, I should have been a bit more clear as to what 'expensive' means to us. We are willing to spend more than the average person on a meal (as you my fellow foodies can understand!), and we are lucky to have pounds to spend, which will of course make things cheaper overall. I would say that we would want to spend up to $150 each for a nice meal including wine, is that too much or too little, it is very hard to wrap my head around how much things will cost in New York. We are willing to splurge for one of the meals, but it does seem that lunch is the best way to get good value. I would say that we are mostly looking to have some NY takes on European food, and are maybe not so keen on any Asian cuisine, but then again, I keep hearing about Momofuko, and it would be great to have some good Chinese, Korean or Japanese, which is something we never have here in London. My boyfriend is from New Zeland and I don't think he has ever had any authentic Mexican, so that could be a good one to try. As you can see we love everything, and I am finding it hard to make any choices, there is so much choice! Thanks for your help everyone, and please do keep reccomending, I'll be sure to let you know how it goes! Thanks, Caitlin

Jun 26, 2009
caitlinferguson in Manhattan

First time visit to NYC, where should we eat?

Thanks to all of you for the suggestions, I read that CRU's head chef is leaving at the end of June, which makes me a little weary as whether or not the food would be up to scratch...what are your thoughts? Lunch suggestions from Chef Peter are great, we will definitely consider this option...I have heard about Pastis from a few people here in London, what are your thoughts? We want something that is very 'New York', not sure if French is the way to go, but what do I know, I've never been! Any more ideas would be great! Thanks again! Caitlin

Jun 24, 2009
caitlinferguson in Manhattan

Per Se Wine

Hello, I agree with the other posts, I haven't been to Per Se, but I've been to some 3 michelin starred restaurants in San Sebastian. There is NO shame in stating a price range, the sommelier should be happy to help not matter what your budget. I personally think the most interesting wines are in the middle price bracket anyways, how exciting is it when you find a good value yet stunning wine! Best of luck and enjoy! Caitlin

Jun 24, 2009
caitlinferguson in Manhattan

First time visit to NYC, where should we eat?

Hello everyone,

My boyfriend (chef) and I work in the London restaurant industry (Vinoteca - www.vinoteca.co.uk). We will be in NYC at the end of July for two nights, where should we eat? We don't want anything too expensive, we want to enjoy some places that the local NY foodies love, please help!

Thanks, Caitlin & Ross

P.S we are staying in the flat iron district and we are big wine lovers, so a good wine list would be great too!

Jun 24, 2009
caitlinferguson in Manhattan

Heading to Paris, any suggestions for not to miss places to eat and drink?

Hello, I am no expert on eating in Paris, but was there last year for my chef boyfriends birthday, and we loved the restaurant Benoit, which is near the Pompidou, it was good food, great service and we loved the feel of the restaurant, there is no doubt you are in Paris when eating there. For a drink and a nibble, Juveniles wine bar is really cool, and just up the street is Willy's Wine Bar, they have good food and if you are a wine fan both of these places are not to be missed.

Dec 27, 2008
caitlinferguson in France