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Farm / farm-to-table Thanksgiving dinner NW to NE / E GA?

Hey there,

Does anyone know of a cool farm or farm-connected restaurant giving a farm-to-table Thanksgiving dinner?

Prefer rustic to fancy, rural to urban and points for a barn dance or local music happening around the same time. Range from NW GA to Savannah, or anything in between.

Nov 03, 2013
dhcrusoe in Atlanta

Carne seca (Machaca) - ingredient - in the Boston area?

Hey all,

I'm looking for an ingredient used in Mexican (and probably other South American) cooking, called carne seca, or Machaca.

I've had it with eggs and onions in Mexico, but haven't been successful in finding it here in the Boston area.

Does anyone happen to know of a latin food store that carries such?

Thanks!
--Dave

Sep 05, 2012
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Bangor to August: Sunday Brunch or Lunch Options

Heya,

Yep, I saw that thread... which prompted me to ask -- most of those places (Frair's, etc) are closed on Sunday :o(

Thanks!
--Dave

Aug 21, 2012
dhcrusoe in Northern New England

Bangor to August: Sunday Brunch or Lunch Options

Hey all,

We'll be in the Bangor -> August area on Sunday, are are looking for a great/interesting lunch spot. House-made bread, locavore ingredients are all qualities.

It looks like some of the cool institutions - Montes International Catering and Friar's Bakehouse - seem closed on Sundays. Sadly, Montes looks like it's closing for good soon.

And... we're not looking for enormous portions -- portion size is less important that cool, interesting and local concoctions. Average price (6-12pp) is good - not looking for high-end places.

From the locals -- what are the other options?

Thanks!

Aug 20, 2012
dhcrusoe in Northern New England

Suggestions for a modest group lunch in Rome, August 29th?

A quick addendum / after-action report. We tried La Querica in April of 2012 for dinner, and were impressed by the quality of the meal (wonderful!) but depressed by the quality of our service (not at all wonderful, and grudging).

A fantastic space that provides fantastic ingredients, presentation and taste, but does little to make guests feel comfortable. Our experience was a trade-off, although we'd give it a second go-around.

May 15, 2012
dhcrusoe in Italy

Florence, eating near Boboli (review)

Hi all,

Two quick recommendations for places near the Boboli Gardens:

Volume (cafe) in the Santo Spirito - a really hip place, friendly staff, great music, good coffee, free wifi, clean bathrooms. All of those things make for a great experience! Highly recommended.

The restaurant immediately adjacent to Volume (has a porch). We ate outside on a warm April day; enjoyed our pizza (cliche, but it was tasty) and salad tremendously. Try the deserts! Frequented by other internationals, and by Italians.

So - two spots close to Boboli, central, but quiet (spirited away from the crowds, perhaps?).

Eat well,
--Dave

May 15, 2012
dhcrusoe in Italy

Paris - After-action eatery reports (Au Petit Suisse, Chez L'Ami Jean, Dalloyao)

Hi all,

My wife and I had the luck of a brief stop-over in Paris this past April. We had only a brief time for two restaurants (lunch, dinner) and a quick breakfast at one of our favorite pastry shops. In order, these are:

Au Petit Suisse, 16 Rue de Vaugirard - We had a wonderful lunch -- a salad nicoise (?) with crunch, delectable bread & cheese & egg, and a veal cutlet with some of the best fries I've ever tasted. Truly a fantastic experience (and relatively inexpensive - 15 to 20 eur/plate).

Chez L'Ami Jean - Has been much-discussed on the threads, and it did impress. For those seeking suit-and-tie dining, this is not your place. For those who are curious to dine on wonderfully-prepared Basque-inspired meats and seafoods, this is it. Come prepared to spend ~60-80EUR/p + wine, have a hearty meal in a jovial atmosphere.

Dalloyao - Pastry and coffee, actually a catering co, served in style. We've enjoyed our breakfast at the Luxembourg (Jardin) location quite a few times over the years, and have enjoyed each meal. Crispy, well-executed croissants, rich coffee and other delectable treats.

Eat up, eat well!
--Dave

May 15, 2012
dhcrusoe in France

Barcelona - April after-action reviews

Hi all,

I wanted to post a few quick reviews to Chowhound after my April visit to Barcelona. I'll avoid re-posting about places we've all talked up - suffice to say that a quick search on the boards yields a lot of info about where to (and not to) eat.

And, least it be missed, a wonderful meal can be had simply by purchasing fresh ingredients (bread, cheese, iberico, sardines, etc) at the Mercado. A picnic fit for a king!

Two places off the beaten track might be:

Teresa Carles, a vegetarian restaurant very close to Plaza Catalunya. We ate several fantastic meals there - all were a reasonable 15-25 euros, and found the courses to be well prepared with fresh ingredients. All in all, a series of interesting and tasty meals. Address: Jovellanos, 2

Cafe Te Quiero, a cafe outside of Catalunya by a few blocks. A totally charming space, wonderful staff and some nice dishes for breakfast (would have been fun to try for lunch). Wifi, a sofa, and books - a fun space for chilling! Address - Diputacio, 280

And, for the chocolate lovers, don't miss:

Chocolatiers Enriq Rovira and Cacao Sampaka continue to impress; the difference between politically liberal and conservative, I suppose. Chocolates at Rovira are incredibly interesting; tea-infused chocolates were especially tasty this year. The tablet of 'chocoate' (pure, with little sugar or refinement) is also brilliant. Cacao Sampaka, on the other hand, produces wonderful single-origin and bar chocolates.

Enjoy!
--Dave

May 15, 2012
dhcrusoe in Spain/Portugal

Cambridge good (NEW) ethnic places in the $15-25 range

Thnx for the hattip to Tu y Yo -- it's one of our favs :o) There's also a Mexican place further out (have to ask what the name is) that's tremendous, and off the beaten track... (not as fancy, but very authentic)

Jan 04, 2012
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge good (NEW) ethnic places in the $15-25 range

Heya,

Restaurants have been shuffling in & out of Cambridge for the past year, and I wonder if there's anything new that I'm overlooking in the above-average-but-not-pricey-range of $15-25/plate/dinner.

Typical haunts include Helmand & Koreana, but rule out great places like Bondir and Oleana (which are great, but too $ for frequent meals).

Of special interest are those places that bring ethnic flair (Helmand, Oleana) to the everday. Bonus points if it's locally-sourced, etc.

Any new places out there that fit the bill?

Thanks!
--DC

Jan 03, 2012
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Best Hot Chocolate in Boston?

Great to know -- La Verdad sounds like quite the place to try (we've heard of them re: their standard plates, which are also supposed to be quite good, no?)

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La Verdad
1 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

Mar 08, 2011
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Best Hot Chocolate in Boston?

Just returned from Barcelona with some chocolate blend from Enric Rovira -- can't wait to try! Although, I still prefer the Churros from Mexico, rather than Spain :o)

Mar 08, 2011
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Best Hot Chocolate in Boston?

Has anyone tried it @ Sofra's? I've passed by, but haven't had a chance to stop in (agree about the crowds)...

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Sofra
1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Feb 11, 2011
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Best Hot Chocolate in Boston?

neat -- thanks for sharing!

Feb 11, 2011
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Best Hot Chocolate in Boston?

Ok, clarification - Hot Cocoa (melted chocolate IS too thick!)

Still -- no churros in Boston? For real?

Feb 10, 2011
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Best Hot Chocolate in Boston?

In what's sure to be a contentious issue, I ask the ChowHound Masses:

Where do you go for your (best in Boston) Hot Chocolate? Maybe even with churros?

Places we've tried include Burdik's (Harvard SQ), Cafe Vanille (Charles Street) and Cafe Vittoria (South End). These all serve noteworthy, but very different, Hot Chocolates, and sorry to say, no churros.

But... maybe there's hope for something new? What about you -- where do you go for your Hot Chocolate (and churros, too!) ?

--Dave

Feb 10, 2011
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Soup with liquid-filled pouches... how?

Ah: wow! This has led me to http://khymos.org/ and http://khymos.org/hydrocolloid-recipe..., which indicates that clearly, I have a lot to learn! Thanks, all!

--Dave

Sep 20, 2010
dhcrusoe in Home Cooking

Soup with liquid-filled pouches... how?

Greetings,

We've just returned from a gastronomically-pleasing trek through Europe, and of course, I'm inspired to learn (more) from what I've eaten.

We ate one of our most interesting meals at Comerc 24, a fine spot in Barcelona. Among other things, the chef served up a beef-broth soup that contained several floating egg-yolk-size pockets filled with other flavors. A stunning combination of flavors!

Out of curiosity, would anyone happen to know what this technique is called, or what the pocket might be created from?

Cheers,
--Dave

Sep 19, 2010
dhcrusoe in Home Cooking

Prague Itinerary - Suggestions?

Thanks for the tip!

In the end, we hit the delightful Lehká Hlava for dinner (the only great restaurant meal we had while in Prague) and several of the street stands for our other meals.

The cafe/pastry shop Bakeshop Praha was an excellent place for breakfast (much more reasonable and tasty than the Cubist cafe, which offered a cool environment, and ok food).

Notably, for bread, cheese and wine/beer picnic, I suggest the (summer only?) farmer's market stands on Na Kampe just north of the Kampa Museum. While some of the stands were truly tourist traps, others (the cheese and yogurt stand, the bread stand, etc) catered to locals and offered excellent eats.

Cheers,
--Dave

Sep 19, 2010
dhcrusoe in Europe

Prague Itinerary - Suggestions?

Hey everyone -

Eager chowhounds here & eating our way across Europe (and the comma key on our machine broke). We've arrived in Zurich by way of Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) and Paris. Next step: Prague!

We're on a modest yet forgiving budget (which means a fancy meal is AOK but not every night) and we'll be in Prague for two and a half days (arriving at noon mid-week and leaving on Saturday). We have two breakfasts and lunches and three dinners.

Based upon what we know of the city there are some great places to eat... what's missing I wonder?

Breakfast: Savoy the cubist cafe and the House of the Black Madonna

Lunch: Lokal and Lekha Nava

Dinner: ...? Here's where we're looking for suggestions... any ideas about two interesting dinner places one economical-ish and one (if it's really worth it) to be fancier? (our ceiling was about 140 EUR for lunch at Comerc in Barceona)

Thanks!
--Dave

Sep 13, 2010
dhcrusoe in Europe

Best schwarma in Boston / Cambridge / Somerville?

Thanks! Wow -- You guys rock! My roomies & I will check some out && post back our results :o)

Jan 12, 2010
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Best schwarma in Boston / Cambridge / Somerville?

Hi all,

My roommates (fellow hounds) and I are debating where the best lamb schwarma in town might be located. We have a vote for a restaurant that no longer exists; a vote for Falafel Palace in Central Square; and a vote for Falafel King (?) in a mall near Downtown Crossing.

What other places serve the best lamb schwarma in town? Let's hear it!

Cheers,
--Dave

Jan 10, 2010
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area

Where to find Rosca de Reyes in Boston?

Hey there!

We're wondering where to find great Rosca de Reyes for el Dia de Reyes on the 6th. Ideally, it would be close to Cambridge or downtown, and/or accessible by T, since we don't have a car. Any ideas?

Thanks, chowhounds!

Jan 03, 2009
dhcrusoe in Greater Boston Area