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Hostaria da Ivan

Thanks!

Sep 10, 2014
rbg219 in Italy

Hostaria da Ivan

Sorry, let me clarify! I am going there with my husband as part of a road trip through italy, but because we are both vegetarian and love food, trying to research ahead of time! No fish. Eggs and dairy are totally fine. Ive found tons of stuff in the main cities, but ER seems more complicated.

Sep 08, 2014
rbg219 in Italy

Hostaria da Ivan

Fair enough!
In that case, do you have any recs in that region? We don't need a ton of options, just a few good ones =)

Sep 08, 2014
rbg219 in Italy

Hostaria da Ivan

Can anyone comment on if they are vegetarian friendly at all? I can't get a sense from the reviews. I will be in Parma for 2 days in October and looking for great restaurants that are veggie friendly as well

Sep 07, 2014
rbg219 in Italy

Honeymoon Restaurant Recs (road trip from milan -> rome)

Hi guys,

Ive been reading a bunch of posts, and felt like I needed to post because I am so confused.
My husband to be and I are starting our honeymoon this Oct 12-26. We will be flying into Milan, and doing a road trip through ER, to florence, through Tuscany, spending a night in Orvieto and ending in Rome. While the trip is not just food focused, we want to make sure we hit up some amazing restaurants. We are both vegetarian (cheese and eggs ok, and encouraged!). We love pasta and pizza though we will sadly not be going to Naples. Prefer our food a little spicy (we're indian haha).

So far in terms of high end restaurants, I've made reservations at:

Milan 2 nts - booked lunch at Joia, nothing booked for dinners

will be staying 2 nights in Parma in the city center
looking at da amerigo and la buca, but would appreciate other recommendations as well especially if these are not so veggie-friendly

Modena - booked dinner at Osteria Francescana
1 nt in bologna

Florence 3 nts - booked dinner Enoteca Pinchiorri first night
Il palagio brunch the next day (wanted to check out the gardens at the four seasons so figured lets do brunch there too)

Tuscany - 2 nts at palazzo brandano http://www.palazzobrandano.com/en/

orvieto - 1 nt about 20 min outside it, http://www.motturasergio.it/internati...
have not booked anything in this region, would love recs that are easy to get to from the region we are staying in. Don't mind a small drive, but nothing too crazy

Rome 2 nts staying at the st regis (and returning the car) - booked la pergola restaurant for our last night. Any recs for the first night or lunch?

Please let me know what thoughts you have, and any recommendations! We are generally pretty adventurous eaters (for vegetarians) and enjoy both the super fancy hotels as well as the hole in the wall type places. As long as the food is great, we are happy!

Thanks so much

Sep 06, 2014
rbg219 in Italy

NY CHOW Report: French Onion Soup Dumplings at the Stanton Social

their website is awful though

Feb 06, 2012
rbg219 in Features

Vegetarian options in Cabo?

I should have clarified, we aren't strict so all that is fine! Just no meat/seafood/poultry/eggs. Cheese, root vegetables are very much appreciated haha.

Dec 23, 2011
rbg219 in Mexico

Vegetarian options in Cabo?

Hey everyone,

My parents, sister and I are all going to Cabo this Saturday for a week at Solmar. I was wondering if you guys had any tips for good vegetarian-friendly restaurants. My entire family is vegetarian (we're Jain), but we definitely enjoy good food! Searched forum, but this hasn't been discussed as far as I could tell.

Thanks!
Ruchi

Dec 22, 2011
rbg219 in Mexico

Help! Coming to Toronto, liberty village, for 4 days on a student budget but CHOW tastes

Thanks everyone! Our trip is halfway done and theres so much more we want to see! Went to the Indians game on Wed, we were running late though so we just ate at the game. Anyone have any idea what sauce they serve with the sweet potato fries??

We went to Kensington yesterday and loved it, the taco stand was closed since it was a weekend but we had an amazing meal at Gordos, got some fresh juice, bought some coffee beans, got beers at burger bar and wandered over to chinatown. Whoever said dim sum wouldnt be great for veg was right, we got the menu from Rol San, but ended up getting a bunch of chinese baked goods from the place next door for $5 --> dinner and breakfast today and tomorrow! Ended the night with a show at Second City, tickets bought from TOTix.

We're going to South Indian Dosa Mahal tonight as I haven't had South Indian food in more than a year (yes.. I'm brown so this is terrible for me), plus the bf has only had indian food a few times and very generic north indian at that.

Might still do Rol San/another chinese restaurant or West indian (or both) tomorrow depending on what we're craving! Also seriously considering coming back to the kensington market to get a quick and cheap lunch before heading home.

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Rol San
323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant
1284 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1N8, CA

Jun 03, 2011
rbg219 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Finding Thai ingredients in the Pittsburgh area

Just a bump to see if anyone has found a source for these ingredients? I'm in the same boat as the OP. Thanks!

May 23, 2011
rbg219 in Pennsylvania

Help! Coming to Toronto, liberty village, for 4 days on a student budget but CHOW tastes

Thank you ALLL for your help!! I just showed the bf who was all proud he figured out the housing and he was amazed!

He eats meat so pure vegetarian restaurants are kinda out, just looking for stuff that can make us both happy which you all have given many options for.

Like an above poster said, we wouldnt really be willing to drive all over since we're just there for 4 days (really 3), but just wanted a sense of where good places were to go.

Any other thoughts on good cantonese since it seems that Toronto is known for that! . I definitely will try to check out the dim sum at Graceful Vegetarian - but have no idea what to order! Chinese food is a little foreign to me, I'm much more familiar with Thai or Japanese. I havent really had *any* good chinese in pittsburgh so that would be wonderful, especially if you guys have rec's on what to order, both meat and vegetarian.
Thanks so much!

May 17, 2011
rbg219 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help! Coming to Toronto, liberty village, for 4 days on a student budget but CHOW tastes

Just to clarify, I find that many "meaty" restaurants have had one or two good veggie options in Pittsburgh, so am still open to hearing other restaurants for Toronto and then checking out the menus myself to see if its doable or not!

May 16, 2011
rbg219 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help! Coming to Toronto, liberty village, for 4 days on a student budget but CHOW tastes

20 and under would be around what we would be looking for as we will be making a few lunches at home I think. May splurge a little here or there but that will probably be a gametime decision depending on how much damage we've already done.

The ttc pass sounds perfect! I will definitely make sure to get the day passes.
We picked the liberty village one because it had free parking and a full kitchen that fit very nicely into our small budget, but good to know not to stick around there!

May 16, 2011
rbg219 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help! Coming to Toronto, liberty village, for 4 days on a student budget but CHOW tastes

Hi everyone!

My boyfriend and I are driving up to Toronto from Pittsburgh for a mini vacation June 1-5th, but I'm a med student, and he's a community organizer, but we both loveeee good food and drinks (especially beer)!

Any recommendations for a "student" budget? We both like all types of food, the only caveat being that I am vegetarian; eggs and dairy are fine, but fish is not.

We'll be staying in an apartment that we rented off airbnb in liberty village, on western battery road. We have a kitchen so any recs on great markets where we can pick up some good food to make a few lunches or dinners would be great as well.

Sorry for the post but as this is both our first times, I got pretty lost reading previous posts. Any help you guys can give will be much appreciated!

Thanks!
-R

May 16, 2011
rbg219 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dim Sum in Pittsburgh?

thanks for letting me know! doesn't sound particularly interesting/different from appetizers at regular chinese restaurants, so i think im gonna pass on it. Appreciate the input!

Aug 31, 2009
rbg219 in Pennsylvania

Dim Sum in Pittsburgh?

I would love to know if there is a decent selection of vegetarian items at any of the places named above too! Please help if you can, thanks.

Aug 29, 2009
rbg219 in Pennsylvania

"Martinis and Chocolate" in Eastchester

I really wanted to like this place. I live down off 22, and would love a place nearby to grab a drink, dinner, and/or dessert with friends or family. Sadly, it is not to be. I've been there twice before, and went again this evening. My gripes follow:

1. Poor service. Bus boy was really nice, waiter, non-existant
2. Horrible bread! I've been there three times, and each time it truly makes me want to hurl. Not even smothering it with butter helps. It is the first time that I've called bread disgusting.
3. The "Martini Sampler Dessert" is not that. We live outside of NYC! Seriously, you cannot place 2 flavors of petit fours on a plate, and call it a sampler. Four pieces does not equal sampler, it equals two pieces of two flavors of petit fours. Exactly the same, and both flavors were absolutely inedible. My two dining companions couldnt stomach it either. We were asked if we wanted it packed, to a resounding no.
4. Menu is not particularly interesting, and though I did not order food, my friends both said that they have had pasta there and don't find it good. Piper's Kilt next door is infinitely better in their opinion though they have different menus.

But they did have good martinis, though expensive. Still, I'd almost rather just drive to one of the other 'burbs and have a legitimately good meal and drinks and dessert for the same price.

In my 23 years of living in Westchester County, I don't think I've eaten at a worse restaurant. I'll probably come back for drinks because its conveniently placed, but I've learned my lesson about food - Inedible.

Pad Kee Mao (Spicy Ground Chicken and Rice Noodles)

Any thoughts on how to make this vegetarian-friendly?

May 26, 2009
rbg219 in Recipes

Pgh: Abay v. Tana

I've been to Abay twice, and Tana once. I'd say that Abay has a nicer ambience, but is much smaller. Also, last time I went there to Abay I got horrible, horrible service, suffice it to say that none of our group of 15 will ever go back there again. Tana offers honey wine which is quite good. Both are BYO.

In terms of service, from my experience the people at Tana went over and above what I expected, while Abay treated us like 2nd class citizens and were quite rude.

Food wise, I thought they were comparable, but I am no Ethiopian cuisine connoisseur.

Hope that helps! They are also located like two blocks from each other

May 26, 2009
rbg219 in Pennsylvania