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Good eats on Portuguese Coast?

In a couple of weeks I'm going to Praia da Vieira (about halfway in between Lisboa and Porto), close to Leiria / Coimbra / Nazaré, and am wondering if there are any really marvelous restaurants and/or local specialties I should check out. Also if there's a seafood market / hookup to buy fresh seafood or Bacalau that can't be missed. I'm more than anything looking for something close to the beach, but if anyone has stellar suggestions for Lisboa or Porto, I'm sure we'll make a day trip or two. I appreciate any help y'all can give me, have a lovely day!
Timita!!!!!!!

Jun 11, 2007
timita in Spain/Portugal

Great chow in Oviedo???

Hey, I'm headed to Oviedo this weekend and understand that what I have to go for are mariscadas, fabada, sidra and cheese. Any ideas on restaurants in particular? They don't even have to be typical asturian places, just if anyone has any favorite little place they like to go. And although my Rough Guide recommends the sidrerias around the cathedral, I have generally had iffy experiences with places in touristy areas. Is this really a good zone for tapeo, cheese chowing and cider slinging or is there perhaps a better area?
Thanks in advance, hope to hear from you!
Besos,
Timita

Jan 16, 2007
timita in Spain/Portugal

1 saurday night in Madrid...where to eat?

Sorry to be an ass, but if you're looking for these on a map, the correct spellings may help you out. Calle Echegaray, where the sherry bar IS fabulous, they still write your bill in chalk on the bar rather than give you a piece of paper is near the Plaza de Santa Ana. btw do NOT eat in the Plaza de Santa Ana, they will carve out your soul and serve it to you poorly cooked for 20 times the asking price. Cava Baja rather than Calle Baja is a great stretch in La Latina, where all the madrilenhos go for tapas on the weekend. A very nice bar for canhas there is "El Viajero", on the Plaza de los Carros, where there is a lovely 3rd floor terrace and highly reasonable prices. Tirso de Molina is actually a plaza and a metro stop, and I recommend it as well, but it doesn't have the same concentration of bars as La Latina, nor the same atmosphere. Tapa Sentao has some delicious eats, next to El Viajero. Try the cheese churros for something absurdly fatty. But I agree with the former poster's idea that for real madrilenho ambiente you should go bar hopping. Be sure to swallow the price and order jamon iberico, you won't regret it. And if you want advice on a very nice restaurant, I'm the wrong person to ask since I'm an English Teacher there and poor, but what I've read above sounds pretty par for the course. Enjoy!

Aug 30, 2006
timita in Spain/Portugal

Drinks after DiFara's

so..... I'm coming to New York for the weekend with my boyfriend, who is Spanish and has never been to the US, and mostly with the help of this site have figured out where to eat... at any rate, astounded by the amount of reports on DiFaros pizza I've decided to take him there, but am wondering where to go afterwards for drinks in Brooklyn. I understand the neighborhood around Difaro's is a little depressing, where could we go for a relaxed and tasty glass of vino? One concern is the convenience of it-- both our hotel and (I think) Difaro's are convenient to the Subway line 5 and I'm not sure of the distance between subway stops in Brooklyn. The other concern is that it be reasonably hip (but not painfully so) and somewhat indicative of Brooklyn's character. We're not terribly picky about what's on the list as long as it's not just Kendall Jackson's range of products, and it could even be a beer or cocktail joint. Sidewalk tables would be a plus. Nothing fancy, just something cool and laid back. Thanks in advance y'all, I really appreciate it.

Aug 29, 2006
timita in Outer Boroughs

Quest for Wonton

I'm from the South... so just mark it down to being a dumbass. I actually know little about Asian food, just what I like and how to fix those things... We've always called them potstickers at home, I'm sure there's different names for different things. Just always assumed "wonton" was Chinese for "dumpling" and applied to many different things. Thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely swing by Dumpling House.

Aug 28, 2006
timita in Manhattan

Quest for Wonton

I'll be sure to check out all takers, I looked at pictures of dumpling house and didn't think that was it but I could be wrong and it sounds like a good deal anyway. Thanks a lot!

Aug 28, 2006
timita in Manhattan

Quest for Wonton

Hey, thanks. Can you tell me if the wontons are really really good? I'll definitely check it out, but if you recommend different wontons, maybe i'd be better off elsewhere?

Aug 28, 2006
timita in Manhattan

foodie on a budget in spain--need recs!!

Hey, the major recommendation I would give you, as a foodie living in Spain on a teacher's salary, is to look for "el menu del dia". Forget about raciones, it's too expensive. Look for restaurants that have a good menu del dia (1st and 2nd courses, dessert, bread, and a glass of wine or beer) for lunch and a menu de degustacion (tasting menu) for dinner. In Madrid or Barcelona, you shouldn't pay more than 14 euros for the first and 30-35 euros for the second. In the rest of the cities it should be cheaper. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best way to really get a variety of good Spanish food and eat what the locals are eating. Ask the waiter what their best dish is. Granada is the best place for cheap eats, you can have dinner off the tapas that come free with 3 beers. In Barcelona, be sure to check out the Boqueria market on the Ramblas... I could spend a week there.

Aug 27, 2006
timita in Spain/Portugal

Quest for Wonton

Quest for Wonton
So... about 7 years ago I was in NYC and me and my dad happened upon this wonderful wonton restaurant in Chinatown. 2 years later, I was able to find it again by wandering around the neighborhood for a few hours and completely wowed my friend that I was with. I got the takeout menu at the time but have since lost it and forgotten the name, exact location, etc... I'll be in NY at the beginning of September and desperately need need need to find this place and eat their wontons. Here's what I remember about it:
Location: Not right in the middle of Chinatown, near a big street with a lot of electronics shops and maybe a park nearby, it's on a small street, almost a little alley.
Interior: You walk in the front door and there's a counter/noodle bar to your right, you sit at the counter and order and I think there's also a ledge on the left side you can sit your plates on. It's long and small, shotgun style from the front door and I don't remember any tables, although there may be a dining room in the back I missed. It's a little dingy, but not bad. I remember light wood paneling or light brown paint.
Menu: They have 2 or three different types of wontons/dumplings steamed or panfried, one kind is vegetarian with tofu, and they sell the wontons frozen too to take home. They also have noodle dishes and this really good scallion Chinese pancake which is real flat and eggy. The wontons are some of the best packages of deliciousness I have ever put in my mouth (hey, I'm still craving it 7 years later), and I must find it again.
If anyone knows maybe what I'm talking about, please please give me some info, what street it's on, or even just near, because otherwise I will drag my unwitting boyfriend around Chinatown looking for it until we happen upon it again, and he's good to me-- he doesn't deserve that kind of treatment. Thanks in advance, I trust y'all.

Aug 27, 2006
timita in Manhattan