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France Trip - Le Mans, Brittany, Loire Valley, etc.

Sorry - got them mixed up, we will be sightseeing in both the Loire and Dordogne valleys. Appreciate the tips - especially about Sarlat. I was lucky enough to visit there in September about 3 years ago, it's just a convenient central point for visiting other places in the region.

The village, L'isle en Dodon, is between Auch, Toulouse, Tarbes, and St-Gaudens. I was in L'isle 3 years ago as well, but am lucky enough to go back - staying with a childhood friend of one of my travel companions who is also from there. Very nice to get a taste of real life.

Jul 07, 2013
tradebead in France

France Trip - Le Mans, Brittany, Loire Valley, etc.

Friends and I will be travelling in France for a few weeks (we have cars). We will be based in Le Mans for a couple of weeks, taking trips to Mont St. Michel (overnight), Pont Aven (overnight), Vannes (overnight), the Sarlat area (Loire Valley) for several nights, and in a little village southwest of Toulouse that you've never heard of. Any and all restaurant, farmer's market, or sight-seeing suggestions in any of those regions would be appreciated. Trip will be mid-July to mid-August.

Jul 06, 2013
tradebead in France

How to make great BBQ brisket

When I went looking for a brisket recipe a few years ago, I found one which had me smoke to an internal temp of 160 deg. (as I recall), then double wrap in foil and finish in the oven to 205 deg. It comes out moist, tender and in half the time if I do it all on the smoker - and I drizzle some of the pan juices on after slicing to keep it moist. Watching all the BBQ shows on today and seeing them do the same thing makes me think it's still the way to go. What you do need, of course, is a rub you like (avoiding sugary rubs since those are better on pork than beef), and wood you like (I think oak is perfect for beef), and sauce you like. I have become tempted to take the beef out of the oven at a lower temp (190?) and finish back on the smoker so I can baste it with the sauce towards the end.

Atl to cumming

Thanks for the help - I ended up sitting in traffic jams for about an hour dodging wrecks in the right lane, left lane, and middle lane on 85 in the pouring rain. Went straight thru, but have to go back to airport on Sat. so BBQ looks like an awsome option.

Oct 02, 2012
tradebead in Atlanta

Atl to cumming

Are they open Monday nights? Suprising to say some Chinese joints are not. This morning (last minute before I get on the plane) I'm wondering about BBQ/soul food. Any other ideas (plus directions, please).

Oct 01, 2012
tradebead in Atlanta

Atl to cumming

I arrive at 6:30 pm - so could stay in south Atlanta, maybe....

Sep 30, 2012
tradebead in Atlanta

Atl to cumming

On Monday I fly into atl then drive north to cumming on 400 and need a dinner recommendation please.

Sep 29, 2012
tradebead in Atlanta

soul food or other good eats on the north side of Atlanta

looking for mid-level, informal dining recs north of Atlanta - trying not to go into town, tho really good soul food would be worth dealing with the drive.

Aug 31, 2011
tradebead in Atlanta

Cumming, GA

I will be taking care of my wheelchair bound and bored mother for two weeks, staying in Cumming. I don't know anything about the area, but would appreciate suggestions for food (within roughly a 30 min. radius or so) and sightseeing in the general region or, better yet, a combo of sightseeing/dining recommendations. Money not a huge issue, but she won't go super high-end.

Thanks very much.

Aug 23, 2011
tradebead in Atlanta

One night (tonight) for dinner

I'm dining with someone with pretty middle-of the road taste, am interested in a "big name" chef restaurant that won't break the bank - any suggestions?

Apr 06, 2011
tradebead in Las Vegas

Lunch in Vigo

I will be on a cruise ship, with a day in Vigo, so I have two questions. First, how easy is it to get a cab there? I'm with family, they have mobility problems, so my idea is to take a cab to the top of town, then slowly walk back. Also - does anyone have a lunch recommendation while I'm there?

Thanks,

Aug 29, 2010
tradebead in Spain/Portugal

Brugge and Vigo

I will be in Vigo and Brugge briefly - looking for lunch recommendations plus chocolate recs for Brugge.

Thanks

Aug 26, 2010
tradebead in Europe

Vigo and Brugge

I will be in Vigo and Brugge briefly - looking for lunch recommendations plus chocolate recs for Brugge.

Thanks

Aug 22, 2010
tradebead in Europe

Moderate-Cheap Eats in Charleston,S.C.

We have wheels, so the burbs would work, too.

Dec 21, 2009
tradebead in Southeast

Moderate-Cheap Eats in Charleston,S.C.

Looking for recommendations for breakfast, lunch, dinner for two days in Charleston. Moderate to "cheap" price range but not willing to sacrifice quality!!

Dec 19, 2009
tradebead in Southeast

Flemington area eats

I moved out to California 8 yrs ago but still go to Meil's in Stockton for breakfast every time I visit NJ. Spendy, but their eggs benedict is AWESOME with wonderful lemony hollandaise.

Jul 09, 2008
tradebead in Mid-Atlantic

Ten best things to eat in New Orleans

-mashed potatoes at Brigtsen
-oyster roast at Cochon
-central grocery muff.
-crab au gratin at Bon Ton Cafe
-pecan brittle at Leah's Pralines
-mirleton napoleon app. at Cuvee
-osso bucco at Irene
-beignets at Cafe du Monde
-duck and andouille gumbo at Dick & Jennys
-25 cent martinis at Commanders

Apr 03, 2008
tradebead in New Orleans

Budapest, Vienna, Prague report

Just spent two chilly weeks in Budapest, Vienna and Prague. In Budapest, we were taken for a very nice lunch at Cafe Kor where the menu was loaded with local dishes (and convenient english explanations). Food, prices and service were all excellent. Karpathia (referenced on chowhound periodically) was also nice - apparently they mostly do larger parties, but have a few small tables near the front for walk-ins. Food was pleasant and there was a roving group of musicians that were great when playing regional music but unfortunately also played hackneyed tunes like "Guantanamera" and the like for the tourists. Fatal was a big disappointment - the menu included some poorly prepared reginal fare like goose and dumplings, but also had a tex-mex section and other tourist-aimed stuff, as well as incredibly slow service and no atmosphere.

In Vienna, two dinners stand out. The first was at Plachutta, which is known for their tafelspitz (and please, if anyone has their recipe I would be grateful), where we had the best meal of the trip. Following a posting elsewhere on chowhound, the hubby and I ordered Tafelspitz and Kavalierspitz, two different cuts of meat (one from the shoulder, one from the rump). The waiter brought out two heavy and extremely hot aluminum plates and then set the pots with our orders on top to keep them warm. Other than the sides (potatoes and creamed spinach or cabbage), the meal consisted of the beef broth in the pot along with the sliced meat, as well as a chive sauce and a terrific apple/horseradish sauce. The two meats appear to have been prepared identically but had radically different flavors both in the broth and the meat itself, which was really interesting. The broth was easily the best beef broth I have ever had and included a marrow bone, leeks, carrots and turnips. The second dinner (I actually went there twice) was in a little local place some distance beyond the main tourist areas of Vienna called Cafe Biedermann at 1140 Wien, Hutteldorferstrasse 215. The owners speak no english so conversation was a combination of pigeon german and hand gestures, the restaurant is small and smokey, but the food was great, inexpensive and fairly typical of the area. My most spectacular dinner included, I'm not kidding, dumplings, beef goulash, a fried egg, red cabbage, half-sour pickles, and half of a sausage. The crepes with orange marmalade were simple but wonderful.

Our best meal in Prague was also at a lesser-known place, a brewery called Pivovarsky dum (Pivovar restaurant and brewery) where great regional food including gulash, roast pork, wienershnitzel, game dishes and similar fare were served in huge, inexpensive portions. Dessert included wonderful fruit-filled dumplings with sauce and beer jam-filled crepes which were surprisingly tasty. Pivovar is in the second district at Jecna 15 and has a website: www.gastroinfo.cz/pivodum.

need tafelspitz recipe

I recently had Tafelspitz at Plachutta in Vienna/Wein as the best dinner of my trip (see following post) and REALLY want a recipe.

Thanks,
Tradebead

Jan 02, 2008
tradebead in Home Cooking

Breakfast in San Francisco

I'll be in the City on Friday, staying near the intersection of Lombard and Van Ness and looking for a breakfast recommendation.

Thanks

Potato Salad in Gumbo

They put a deviled egg in the gumbo when I was at Cochon this spring.

Aug 14, 2007
tradebead in New Orleans

How to make great BBQ brisket

Without starting any wars....looking for a great brisket recipe. I have a smoker, I have a grill. Looking for that ideal combo of smoke, rub, dip, wet mop for a spicy sweet BBQ brisket for an upcoming party at my house.

Thanks.

3 days in Baton Rouge

I'll eat just about anything at any price - cajun or southern food being my preference - and if there's an outstanding seafood place so much the better.

Feb 22, 2007
tradebead in New Orleans

3 days in Baton Rouge

I will be spending 3 days in Baton Rouge, will have a car so travel isn't a problem. Looking mostly for dinner recommendations. Have heard that Pat's in Henderson might be good.

Feb 22, 2007
tradebead in New Orleans

Best Gumbo?

The duck and andouille gumbo at Dick & Jenny's was outstanding the last time I was there.

Jan 03, 2007
tradebead in New Orleans

Food near Cumming, GA

I will be in the Cumming area for three days - looking for traditional southern food and BBQ recommendations, or anything that's outstanding in some way, I suppose. Price range can be wide.

Visiting RI and ME

Hi -

My husband and I will be in New England for a few days at the end of October. We're visiting friends in Providence, RI then driving to Stockton Springs, ME which is relatively near Camden and Bar Harbor, I think. Any recommendations for any part of the trip would be great, thanks.

Tradebead

NYC food in LA?

It's a hike but there's a place called Slice of New York on Main St. in Seal Beach that's worth the drive. Got all the right kinds of pie in the rack, they take your slices and heat 'em up til the crust is nice and straight and crunches when you bite into it or try to fold it in half. Best pizza I've had since moving west.

Aug 24, 2006
tradebead in Los Angeles Area

Hungry Cat: hot or hyped?

I've made it there several times over the last year. I always sit at the bar - faster service, especially with the drinks. On my first visit, I was wowed by the whole fresh squeezed citrus concept of the drinks. Ordered the Luke's Lemonade (fresh lemonade, good vodka, mint) and have been going back just for that drink. Also had the halibut with morels on incredibly rich, cheesy grits. It was wonderful and, in spite of the small-ish portion, very filling. I've also loved the roasted beet salad and the cheese plate - grilled bread, 3 cheeses, honey-soaked walnuts. Other things I've ordered have never quite matched up to those dishes, IMHO, especially the lobster roll.

Aug 24, 2006
tradebead in Los Angeles Area

SF Chow Report (A little late, a little long)

Is Dianda still there? Heard (I hope wrongly) that they might be gone. The pastry "mushrooms" there are out of this world.