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Madrid, Heading North

My wife and I will be in Madrid in early July and then heading north by car toward Santiago de Compostela. Sagovia, Salamanca, Burgos, Leon and maybe we will make it over to San Sabastian. I have been looking at the posts here but wanted inquire about possible restaurants by new chefs just getting started, restaurants with a twist or your local place that doesn't get the pub but does a good job. I guess what I'm looking for are places to take a risk or try something on the edge. But up for anything you might want to suggest as something to try that isn't obvious.

Thanks in advance.

Jun 01, 2014
Tdotfoodguy in Spain/Portugal

A week right after Christmas

Well good news for all the french cooking lovers. The Swedes have given the thumbs up to butter, cream and bacon. Hopefully that won't change again before I get down there.

Oct 28, 2013
Tdotfoodguy in New Orleans

A week right after Christmas

Thanks...I don't think we're hung up on the formality of service. Friendly and timely works. We're more about the food, really. Don't mind it being a little experimental or adventurous. Also don't mind eating at food truck if the food is interesting and well done. I read something about August somewhere else so that sounds like something to put on the list.

Oct 28, 2013
Tdotfoodguy in New Orleans

A week right after Christmas

Good to know. If you were going to go out for special evening where would you go?

Oct 28, 2013
Tdotfoodguy in New Orleans

A week right after Christmas

My wife and I will be in NO from the Dec. 27 to Jan 4. We are looking for a few suggestions...starting to pick some things up from posts. Not sure if the time of year changes what's open or not. We like to do a little fine dining, check out some new up and coming chef spots, and the best of local fare. We like to avoid the usual suspects unless there is a powerful reason to give them a try.

Thanks for your help.

Oct 28, 2013
Tdotfoodguy in New Orleans

Krakow In mid-July, Stockholm to follow.

Thanks for this. I appreciate you taking the time.

Jun 25, 2013
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Krakow In mid-July, Stockholm to follow.

I just checked the board and found most of the info on Krakow a little dated. Traveling with my wife and would love to find some emerging new restaurant scene there. But any recs would be welcome. We are pretty open price and food variety wise.

We will also be in Stockholm for about a week following and would love some recs for their. Same criteria. Always looking for something new and coming out. But we love to eat food prepped by a great chef as well.

Thanks in advance.

Jun 24, 2013
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Vienna: have 2 dinners picked out, need advice for 3rd

Thanks!

Jul 09, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Vienna: have 2 dinners picked out, need advice for 3rd

Is the only way to make a reservation at Zum Finsteren Stern to phone? Just trying to plan from Toronto.

THanks

Jul 09, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Kracow...again.

We will be there for two days. We will be staying at the Hotel Restaurant zur Post so we will be doing some looking around.

Jul 04, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Kracow...again.

Thanks for taking the time with this. I tried to talk my wife into going down through the Moravian wine area but we ended up going down the more western side through Plzen and then down toward Cesky Kumlov. We love wine but she won this one. We will cross over into the Wachau valley for a few days and then on to Vienna.

Jul 04, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Kracow...again.

I understand...we had already made the decision. Not about the quality of Krakow as a place to visit it was just a time thing the more we planned and figured we couldn't do justice to all of them. And it seemed like a lot more driving to get there. So we will have to do it on a Russia/Poland trip.

Jul 02, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Kracow...again.

I appreciate this as we had just deiced to drop Krakow because it seemed like the driving to and back was going to take too long to justify the trip.

Jul 02, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Kracow...again.

Thanks for this. It's very helpful.

Jul 02, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Kracow...again.

I know this must be a well worn path and subject. And I have been looking over previous posts...but my wife and I will be taking this route, driving we hope, and are looking for some interesting places to try out. We love to try new chefs who are just starting a new restaurant or something off the beaten path. We also like to try one high end place per city, something that is taking traditional and mixing it with something new, perhaps. Sounds like LA DEGUSTATION might be that place in Prague but any others would be helpful. Also if there are any recs for places that might be on route between any of the four cities mentioned that would be great. And if driving between these places is crazy for any reason feel free to bring that to our attention.

Thanks in advance for your help. Chowhounds has always directed us to great places we would never have found on our own.

Jun 27, 2012
Tdotfoodguy in Europe

Driving up from Lisbon to Oporto for three weeks.

Thanks to both of you. I'll have to see if I can get the wife past the small pigs. The picture on Sue's website might be too much for her. But we will be in the area so maybe I can spring it on her. The grinning piglet might be too much though.

Jul 14, 2011
Tdotfoodguy in Spain/Portugal

Driving up from Lisbon to Oporto for three weeks.

We had just made a reservation at the Hotel Moliceiro in Aveiro. We expect to explore around Obidos if the crowds are too much as well. Thanks for this.

Jul 14, 2011
Tdotfoodguy in Spain/Portugal

Driving up from Lisbon to Oporto for three weeks.

I have had a chance to look at the board and think I have Lisbon and Oporto under control...unless there is something new and fantastic to hear about. I am curious about O'Paparico andthe ODE Oporto Wine House in Oporto...haven't seen it mentioned here and wondering if they are Tripadvisor novelty.

I would like to know if there are suggestions for the Sintra area, Obidos, Batahla, Tomar, Coimbra, Aveiro, Viseu, Douro valley. Could be nice lunch or dinner and doesn't have to be fine dining all the time.

It's my wife and I and we enjoy new discoveries or just well executed food preparation. We can spend money but don't feel up to big dinners every night.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Jul 13, 2011
Tdotfoodguy in Spain/Portugal

Something Near BAM pre theatre

Thanks, that's helpful.

Mar 16, 2011
Tdotfoodguy in Outer Boroughs

Something Near BAM pre theatre

Thanks to both of you. I've made a reservation at Conviium so I'm hoping that works out with our timing. On a not food note, if you have any idea, to get to that area from mid-town is the easiest thing just jump on the subway?

Thanks again.

Mar 16, 2011
Tdotfoodguy in Outer Boroughs

Something Near BAM pre theatre

We are attending the BAM to see Jacobi's Lear and wondered if there were any recs for something near there for pre theatre meal. We could do up scale or something funky or just a good solid food bet. Food type is pretty flexible.

Thanks in advance.

Mar 11, 2011
Tdotfoodguy in Outer Boroughs

Christmas in London

Yes I think I did but we settled on the Old Bank so that's done. Thanks for the reply. Any suggestions of restaurants in Oxford...maybe interesting off-beat.

Nov 27, 2010
Tdotfoodguy in U.K./Ireland

Christmas in London

Just wanted to thank everyone for jumping with ideas and suggestions. We have our flight booked so we are definitely going to be there. Looking more like maybe spending Christmas in Oxford and travelling London on the 26th...assuming there are buses or trains moving that day. We are looking at the Megaro Hotel at 23-27 Euston Road, Bloomsbury. And either the Parsonage or Old Bank in Oxford. Also trying to see if the Old Bathe in Oxford has room if anyone knows anything about it.

Oct 31, 2010
Tdotfoodguy in U.K./Ireland

Christmas in London

I am going to be in London with my family and I realize lots of stuff closes down on Dec. 24,25,26, so I would like to get some ideas of where one could eat. I imagine that there are the up-scale expensive venues, and I would like to hear about some of those, but also some alternative places one might try that are a little different or just not so up-scale. Also we will be spending some time in Oxford at that time, too, so if you have any interesting suggestions there that would be great as well. Thanks in advance.

Oct 11, 2010
Tdotfoodguy in U.K./Ireland

Late July and Early August...New Zealnd and Melbourne, Sydney...Something new and interesting?

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who commented for our trip. And wanted to give you some feedback.

We had a wonderful time in New Zealand and Australia and we are already talking about our next trip.

In Wellington we ate at Matterhorn and had a great meal despite the fireplace misfiring a little and all of us leaving smelling like mesquite smoke. I had a duck eight ways appetizer that was delicious, the service was great and it's a very friendly space.

In Melbourne we ate at Cumulus and everyone loved it. We shared some soft shell crabs and saffron mussels as well as a couple of other fish dishes. All round it was fun and the food was excellent. We went to Bar Lahourina (sp) and had a fun time at the bar eating and drinking. We didn't venture too far out of the centre. In Sydney we went to Selah and had a great time...the desserts were just stunning. One of us had a kind of custard with a lavender taste that was just amazing.

I can't find my notes right now but just wanted to thank you all for suggestions that I found here or you had posted on other threads.

Late July and Early August...New Zealnd and Melbourne, Sydney...Something new and interesting?

Thanks for this. I will look for the mags. We are doing Napier and Martinborough for the wines primarily so will take your suggestions with us.

Late July and Early August...New Zealnd and Melbourne, Sydney...Something new and interesting?

We just figured out that we will be a day in Martinborough in NZ and wondered if anyone has had any eperience with restaurans there. Also if you have any suggestions for Napier we are a couple of days there.

Thanks again.

Late July and Early August...New Zealnd and Melbourne, Sydney...Something new and interesting?

Thanks to all. It's always good to get a feel for how the local gastronomy develops and sustains. I will take the suggestions and see were life takes us. We just booked at the Quay West Suites in Melbourne in Southbank and the Qauy Grand Suites down by the harbour in Sydney. If anyone can think of a good breakfast and coffee place around them. I know some cities/countries don't do breakfasts like we North Americans but any help would be great.

Thanks again

Late July and Early August...New Zealnd and Melbourne, Sydney...Something new and interesting?

I have been going over the boards for a Mid-July to late August trip with my wife. We will be doing the North Island in New Zealand finishing up in Wellington to visit my daughter. And then taking her over to Oz for Melbourne and Sydney.

Lots of good suggestions but when I get to a city I like to also try and find some of the hot young chefs who are opening up their first restaurants or look for something interesting that might not be established but worth the effort.

Anyway if there is anything you can think of that fits that...could be fine dining or casual. We are not averse to ramping up the risk/reward meter.

Thanks in advance from a Toronto food guy.

Pittsburgh and Fallingwater

Another question as we get things more settled. We are going to do a self guided walking tour to look at the achitecture downtown so was wondering about a place to have lunch around Mellon Square area on Saturday. Again, we are happy to do something cheaper and delicious or up scale. Thanks again for all the help.

Jul 30, 2009
Tdotfoodguy in Pennsylvania