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Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

It looks like it's hard to go wrong no matter where we end up. Thanks for all your input! I'm excited to put this info to work. I'm going to start searching airbnb and craigslist for places. Anyone want to rent us their place for a week?

Nov 23, 2012
sidnek in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Thanks for the NYC comparisons, Mark; yes, i like ave b and 2nd st as well as harlem (lived at 125th and madison for five years). If i moved back to ny i'd go for jackson heights though i'd weekend in flushing. I'm currently living in west africa and the food choices here leave something to be desired.

Nov 23, 2012
sidnek in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Parnassien - Merci beaucoup! Je pense que nous allons aimer le Haut Marais. The other two areas you recommend sound like great possibilities, too. If it were my choice alone, I think I'd go Haut Marais from your description and the quick search I just did about the area. Hopefully I can convince my parents as well.

Any other suggestions out there? Any rebuttals or concurrences? I'd love to see some healthy debate about the suggested places. Thanks for all your help!

Nov 22, 2012
sidnek in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Thanks, markseiden. I'm not familiar with Paris and google maps gave me a big area for belleville. Any particular intersections you'd try to stay near?

Nov 22, 2012
sidnek in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Thanks, Linda and Christy! It sounds like the 7th could be a winner with all four of us -- something that isn't easily found :) So, what are the downsides of this neighborhood other than a bit yuppie?

Nov 21, 2012
sidnek in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Thanks, spicychow; my parents will appreciate a quiet nighttime neighborhood :)

Nov 21, 2012
sidnek in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Thanks John! I'll look into those neighborhood recs.

I tried searching for Parigi's post but couldn't find it. He or she is prolific. Parigi: if you are out there, can you link this to me? Thank you!

Nov 21, 2012
sidnek in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Which neighborhood would you stay in if you could stay in any neighborhood in Paris for a week?

My wife and I (both mid 30’s) are heading to Paris with my parents for a week at the end of April and beginning of May. We are trying to figure out which neighborhood to stay in to have the best local neighborhood foodie experience. Specifically, I’m looking for a neighborhood that includes:

- quality neighborhood (not touristy) cafes, bistros, wine bars and markets, and
- lovely, walkable streets (preferably off the beaten path), plus
- access to the metro;
- a nice farmer’s market nearby;
- hopefully, this neighborhood will also be leafy and green and include a park;
- and will have an arts scene of some type such as art galleries, local theater, small music venues;
- and a bonus weekly flea market as well

My main concern is that we can have a local foodie experience without leaving the neighborhood. In comparison to NYC, we are looking to stay in the village or Lower East Side, not on the Upper East Side or, heaven help me, in midtown, near Times Square or near Columbus Circle. We are considering either renting a house for the week or staying in a hotel but the neighborhood is the main concern. I would really appreciate your recommendations along with some highlights of the neighborhood you suggest. Thanks for your help!

Nov 21, 2012
sidnek in France

Former Springwater Bistro Owner David Britton's New Pizza Truck

Hello Chow folk! I read a post on the Slow Food Saratoga Region blog about David Britton's new pizza truck: http://slowfoodsaratogaregion.com/blog/ It looks amazing!

I'm trying to get in touch with David to see about catering an event. Anyone know how to get in touch with him or with his Pies on Wheels business?

Or, were you at this event and can comment on the food? If so, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks!

Mobile Pizza Makers to Cater an Event?

Thanks for the great suggestions so far. Here is another one that I found that looks amazing: http://slowfoodsaratogaregion.com/blo... I'm trying to get in touch with the chef David Britton but haven't found his contact info yet. I'll let you know when I do.

Mobile Pizza Makers to Cater an Event?

Nice! My fiancee just found them on the web a couple of days ago (though if I'd looked at your post sooner, I would have beat her to it. Thanks for your help!

Mobile Pizza Makers to Cater an Event?

Awesome! Thanks so much for finding that for me. It looks great! Have you had their pizza before or been to an event they cater?

Mobile Pizza Makers to Cater an Event?

I'm getting married in the Catskills in September and would LOVE to have a mobile pizza vendor like Pizza Moto from the Brooklyn Flea Market be one of the food options for guests. Do you have any suggestions? The pizza would ideally be wood fired but I'm open to other possibilities. Thanks!

Flatbread pizza at the Ithaca farmer's market

I'm getting married in September and would LOVE to have the wood-fired flat bread people from the Ithaca farmer's market serve their amazing pizza at my wedding. I can't find any contact info for them and live too far away to go and stake the place out. Does anyone know how I can get in contact with them? A name, phone number email address or any other way to get in contact with the business would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Finger Lakes Region?

I'm really interested in getting in touch with the wood fired pizza people who cook at the farmer's market. If you know how to get in touch with them (the name of their business, phone number or email address), I'd really appreciate if you could email me at akendis@gmail.com. Thanks!

Taste of Jackson Heights - Sat, 9/13

I haven't gone to this before. Can someone tell me a little about it? Long lines? Good portions? Quality examples of the food? Thanks!

Sep 12, 2008
sidnek in Outer Boroughs

Side idea's to go with burgers

Roasted corn and apple salad: i forget where i got the recipe, but it's something like this:
- roast corn on grill or under broiler; cut off cob
- add cubes of crisp, tart apple that you've cored and peeled
- add diced red onion, jalapeno (without seeds for less heat), fresh cilantro and mint
- squeeze lime juice on
- add pinch of salt
- mix well
- best if you let it sit for an hour before serving so flavors mix

May 21, 2008
sidnek in Home Cooking

Mexico City Mercados & Tianguis (Street Markets) - Schedules

wow!!!! thanks for the great link! i can't wait to see how many i can get to!

Dec 04, 2007
sidnek in Mexico

Mexico City: chow, destinations, events

I love checking out markets and appreciate the suggestions; thanks! The flea market and dona tila's oaxacan sound like a must!

any musts on your day or short trips outside the city? we are planning on going to the park near the base of the Popocatepetl volcano and to the ruins at Teotihuacán. we are also thinking of going to tlaxcala. I would love to hear other ideas too.

Dec 04, 2007
sidnek in Mexico

Mexico City: chow, destinations, events

Thanks for the great suggestions! The Michmani Ecotourism Reserve and the Plaza Mexico bull fighting both look like great destinations.

I'm interested in your suggestion to contact one of the American or British ex-pat communities... any ideas about forums for finding one?

Dec 04, 2007
sidnek in Mexico

Mexico City: chow, destinations, events

Just as clarification, the apartment we are staying in is in the Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, not the Chapultepec - Lomas district as stated earlier. Thanks!

Nov 26, 2007
sidnek in Mexico

Mexico City: chow, destinations, events

My girlfriend and I will be heading to Mexico City for two weeks from Dec. 21 - Jan 5. We are staying in an apartment in the Chapultepec - Lomas district of the city. I have been searching on chowhound for several hours (lazy Sunday afternoon + sick = chow research) and have seen mainly posts about fine-dining establishments. I am convinced that Aguila y Sol is the way to go for a fine dining experience. However, I did not see a lot about other places. I have several questions and would appreciate any advice that you have:

1. I am most interested in advice about inexpensive to moderately priced, non-touristy destinations. Anything from street food at markets to your local tucked-away gem of a restaurant. Any thoughts?

2. Any suggestions about destinations with a side of chow? I'm thinking here of fun activities to do for first time visitors to the DF such as the floating gardens of Xochimilco, cool neighborhoods to walk around, good day trips, etc. We consider ourselves adventurous and would love off-the-beaten path ideas. We have Jim Johnson's Opinionated Guide to Mexico City which has many wonderful ideas but would love to hear others.

3. We would like to take a short cooking class (1-2 days) in English. I've heard good things about the Mexican Home Cooking School in Tlaxcala but it is a full week class. Anyone tried it? Any other ideas?

4. Any great events that happen in or around Mexico City for the holidays? I've read about the Christmas celebration in Oaxaca but haven't seen much about the DF and Xmas. Any great events, shows, activities, festivals, etc?

Thanks for any ideas that you have. We are really excited about our trip and are both first time visitors to Mexico. If you have any other ideas for great chow or activities that don't fit the questions I've asked, please share. Thank you!

Nov 25, 2007
sidnek in Mexico

What to do with fresh pumpkin

I made a tasty pasta sauce recently with fresh pumpkin (butternut squash would be great too) and sage. Here it is:

- cut pumpkin or butternut squash into small cubes (1/2 inch by 1/2 inch). need about 2 cups of cubed pumpkin. boil for about 15 minutes or until fork-tender. reserve about 2 cups of cooking water.

- in a deep pot or wok, melt a couple of tablespoons each of butter and olive oil. add a bunch of lightly chopped garlic cloves (I used about 10). After garlic begins to become fragrant and translucent, add about 20 sage leaves (whole). add a teaspoon of crushed red pepper, and a little s+p to taste. cook for 5 more minutes over medium-low heat

- add cooked pumpkin to butter/garlic/sage mixture. season with 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne (or to your taste). sautee for 5 minutes, tossing to evenly coat pumpkin with butter mixture.

- add reserved pumpkin water, cover and simmer until pumpkin begins to break up about 10 minutes. use wooden spoon to crush pumpkin if necessary. more water might be needed if mixture begins to stick to pan.

- add 1/2 cup of cream or half and half. season to taste with salt and pepper. toss with pasta.

Nov 02, 2007
sidnek in Home Cooking

What to do with sage...

I made a tasty pasta sauce recently with fresh pumpkin (butternut squash would be great too) and sage. Here it is:
- cut pumpkin or butternut squash into small cubes (1/2 inch by 1/2 inch). need about 2 cups of cubed pumpkin. boil for about 15 minutes or until fork-tender. reserve about 2 cups of cooking water.
- in a deep pot or wok, melt a couple of tablespoons each of butter and olive oil. add a bunch of lightly chopped garlic cloves (I used about 10). After garlic begins to become fragrant and translucent, add about 20 sage leaves (whole). add a teaspoon of crushed red pepper, and a little s+p to taste. cook for 5 more minutes over medium-low heat
- add cooked pumpkin to butter/garlic/sage mixture. season with 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tsp of nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne (or to your taste). sautee for 5 minutes, tossing to evenly coat pumpkin with butter mixture.
- add reserved pumpkin water, cover and simmer until pumpkin begins to break up about 10 minutes. use wooden spoon to crush pumpkin if necessary. more water might be needed if mixture begins to stick to pan.
- add 1/2 cup of cream or half and half. season to taste with salt and pepper. toss with pasta.

Oct 31, 2007
sidnek in Home Cooking

Newark airport, i'm not kidding....

27 Mix in downtown Newark on Halsey near Central Ave. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Mexican Shopping in Manhattan

Take the 6 train to 116th. Walk east. There are a number of small, cheap grocers in the area specializing in mexican goods.

Sep 19, 2007
sidnek in Manhattan

125th Madison Ave area Harlem

Really? Indian in east harlem? Who knew? Here are some picks from the area:
- Sisters on 124th just east of Madison for jerk chicken
- jimbo's for a greasy burger (125 just east of madison)
- juice bar (i forget the name) on 125 between 5th and lenox on south side of street for great vegetarian food
- charlie's on madison just north of 125 for decent cheap sushi (tiny selection but fresh and does the job when you crave sushi)

Sep 19, 2007
sidnek in Manhattan

Any $1.00 food in your neighborhood ???

various people sell homemade tamales on 116th st. between 1st ave and park ave. the best bet is around lexington. prices sometimes fly as high as $1.50 per tamale, but they are usually $1. Oh, and I haven't had one that isn't delicious. The best time to find them is saturday or sunday in the late morning or early afternoon.

Jun 02, 2007
sidnek in Manhattan

Ultra Cheap LES for kids who want McDonalds

i could certainly use a beer! but that won't fly with the kiddies. thanks anyways!

May 14, 2007
sidnek in Manhattan

Ultra Cheap LES for kids who want McDonalds

I'm taking a group of high school students to see a show on 3rd street between Avenues B and C tonight. They want to eat McDonalds or other crappy fast food. They are not very good about trying new things but I really want to avoid fast food. Our limit is $10/person including tax and tip. Ideally we would sit down and eat someplace but I am also fine with getting some take out and going to the community garden on 6th and B to sit and eat there. Any suggestions?

May 14, 2007
sidnek in Manhattan