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Dublin Pre-Theatre

The Winding Stair 40 Ormond Quay is very good and they open at 1730 so there should be ample time to make the Abbey (may want a taxi if in a rush after dinner).

http://www.winding-stair.com/content/...

Oct 25, 2011
swarttav in U.K./Ireland

Bowen's Island Charleston

Thanks Sue and Mickey. We went there Tuesday night and had the best time. The oysters were wonderfull and so was the fried seafood. Since it truly is a shack, I think that accounst for lots of the mixed reviews - likely from tourists who don't understand that those types of shacks in the South are all about the food. I can see where some moight find the atmosphere intimidating - we found it wonderful. so thanks again for putting my unease at rest!

Mar 31, 2011
swarttav in Southeast

Ireland MUST visit locations that the locals love - not looking for tourist favorites, but great local food and flair

In Galway try Bar no 8 by the docks and the Artisan at 2 quay street. There also is Sheridan's Cheese Monger for great cheeses, cured meats and the wine store. All have web sites.

Mar 23, 2011
swarttav in U.K./Ireland

Bowen's Island Charleston

Many thanks - we arrive late the 26th so can't make that one but as a local you have helped interpret the potpourri of reviews. My daughter lives on Folly but doesn't eat seafood so is no help!

Mar 20, 2011
swarttav in Southeast

Bowen's Island Charleston

I have heard mixed reviews ranging from the best to the worst, particularly after the fire. I will be in the area in the next few weeks. Is it worthwhile? And if it is not what is for a similar type experience. I know the rest of the Charleston restaurant scene so am focusing on oyster roasts.

Mar 20, 2011
swarttav in Southeast

Rome - Pierluigi review

It may be a crime to you but we enjoyed it immensely. My thinking is that is a key issue in what one considers a delightful meal. I don't like whites and have a modest sense of smell so always go for what I consider bold wines.

Feb 17, 2010
swarttav in Italy

Rome - Pierluigi review

We were staying in an apartment near the Campo de Fioro (sp?) coming off a month in Ireland teaching a university course. We promised ourselves some days in Rome for our 10th wedding anniversary. The last night was when we had the "special" meal. When I reviewed "Chowhound" I saw "mixed" reviews for this restaurant. But it looked nice and was within easy walking distance of our apartment so we gave it a whirl.

We walked in and were seated. The sommelier, even before introducing his role, moved us to a larger table. I initially thought that it was a slow Sunday night in January, but the restaurant quickly filled, so we possessed what eventually became a valued 4 top. We asked the sommelier for his advice and he took us to the cellar (which I had expected from previous reviews) to examine the options. I am unfamiliar with Italian wines but talked about the California, French, South American, Down under and Spanish wines we liked. We decided on a 1999 Barolo (sp?). My wife was not present for the price discussion, but we settled on 120E. He decanted the wine and offered us complimentary champagne as the wine breathed. They then offered to create a meal around the wine. So we split single servings of the entire Italian meal sequence.

First a selection of antipasti centered around calamari and shrimp. One was deep fried calamari with lemon, the 2nd was sauteed calamari and shrimp with potatoes in butter and olive oil the potatoes were So tender! We went on to a plain mixed green salad lightly dressed. Next was a seafood pasta done in a scampi style with shrimp and calamari and finally there were grilled red snapper with potatoes and tiny vegetables. All wonderful to the point it made my partner's eye water (not due to pungency).

We had a sugared cake for dessert (non-descript). We both had Muscado and then grappa for me and sambucca (sp?) for my partner (complimentary). The total came to 220E without tips (of course we tipped appropriately). .

It may be that we received this level of service due to low season and the recession. I do not know Rome well and there may be better restaurants. But, this was exquisite - it ranks as one of the top ten dining experiences I have had - and I have had more than my share. A wonderful time at a great restaurant in Rome!!!

Feb 16, 2010
swarttav in Italy

Incredible new restaurant in Galway

Went to Bar Number 8 on Dock Street last night. A smallish bar that has become serious about Irish food in the last few weeks. Small cozy setting overlooking the harbor. The chef uses as much local Irish food as possible. Wife and I both had ribeye which was extremely flavorful and perfectly done. When I say flavorful I mean I would match the taste and texture (although not the size) with Shanhan's in Dublin and Peter Lugar in Brooklyn (and certainly not the price). Sides were excellent. Dessert was a dense chocolate mousse with cayenne pepper and a mild caramel sauce on the side that was a perfect complement. Good wine although not extensive list. Prices very reasonable for this quality of food in Ireland. It does have a limited menu, but I highly recommend giving it a go.

Jan 12, 2010
swarttav in U.K./Ireland

Lunch in Galway

I will be in Galway on a Monday in January for a few hours with a group of university students. They will be on their own. My wife and I are looking for a lovely lunch "far from the madding crowds", but in city centre. suggestions? Price not an issue.

Dec 05, 2007
swarttav in U.K./Ireland

Albany (for Springsteen) Where to eat?

Yes it is

Albany (for Springsteen) Where to eat?

great plce - I totally agree

Albany (for Springsteen) Where to eat?

re WT's It ain't so - remodeled to resemble an Irish Pub, but Mike Byron still owns it

Dublin in November...a few questions

Both Dublin and Galway have Sheridan's Cheesemongers. It is a delightful store will all sorts of cheeses, sausages, breads, condiments etc. In Dublin they are on South Anne St off of Grafton and in Galway they are near St Nicholas but I don't recall the street. Galway also has a wine shop

http://www.sheridanscheesemongers.com/

Oct 13, 2007
swarttav in U.K./Ireland

Dining in Charleston, South Carolina

GoldieGirl has it exactly right! Add SNOB, Tristan;s (great martini) and FIG. Also the Gullah restaurant north on 17 (forgot the name).

Derry

I will be taking a group of 30 students to Derry for a day this coming January. After touring the walls of Derry we will head towards the Giant's Causeway. It will be on a Sunday. Any recommendations in Derry (near the walls) or on the way to the Causeway for a reasonable lunch (my budget is +/- 10 pounds each). Thanks in advance.

Sep 15, 2007
swarttav in U.K./Ireland

TOP NY Capital Region-Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Troy

Went last Wednesday - Still the same! But I think they have already closed for the year.

Tannersville, Hunter Mtn NY?

The Hideaway is on a country road outside of the village of Prattsville on NY rte 23. I have only been there once and the food was solid and German. I do not recall it as being particulalry expensive

Here is a link about it

http://www.prattmuseum.com/business/h...

Tannersville, Hunter Mtn NY?

very good - but close to NYC prices - is Vesuvio's in Hensonville - Red Italian

any recommendations for Albany area?

Real Seafood on Wolf Road has about the best seafood - they even typically have west coast oysters at the raw bar. The best deli around is Gershon's in Schenectady on Union Street - about a 20m drive fro where you are. I always enjoy the Pump House microbrewery in downtoan Albany and the building itself is a marvel of 19th century industrialism - it is close to Jack's. Vans on Central Ave in Albany has good solid Vietnamese - I have heard My Linh on Delaware Ave is better, but I have not been there and they are not open for lunch. The Scrimshaw in the Desmond Hotel on Albany-Shaker Road used to get rave reviews but I have not been there in years - anybody been there recently? On Western Ave there is the Gingerman - a pretty decent wine bar - and the Washington Tavern - a more or less Irish like pub, both owned by an emigrant from Sligo.

Western Ireland... foodie destination?

Just commenting on these "Bud" remarks - isn't it brewed in Kilkenny in the same brewery as Smithwick's?

Aug 03, 2007
swarttav in U.K./Ireland

You Know What to Bring Home

I have purchased Benton's Bacon, ham and prosciutto (sp?) for awhile. My last order was delayed a number of weeks due to the Saveur recommendation and the ham and prosciutto were as always wonderful. The bacon was fatty, shrunk a lot and no moe than run of the mill. Benton's at its best is exquisite - the last order was a waste fo money. My e-mail complaint went unanswered - perhaps I'll try again in a year or two, but for now I wouldn't consider oredering it again.

Aug 03, 2007
swarttav in Features

Things to do with cucumbers?

A simple favorite we enjoy - slice them thin, add sweet onions tinly sliced (red or otherwise) and make a vinagrette of vegetable oil (I use unrefined corn oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, salt, pepper and sugar and dill (I use 2 pkts of Splenda) Let them marinade 2 hrs serve chiiled and voila!

Jul 22, 2007
swarttav in Home Cooking

Are You Getting Lazy - Like Me?

First I want to thank you all for reassuring me. I'm a prof and worry that my students don;t actually read enough and find myself doing the same thing - perhaps its a paradigm shift. On the other hand I flunk any paper using wikipedia as it is an unvetted source - not that cookbooks are vetted (except by sales and reputation). But since it is summer and I am writing a particularly difficult maunscript I probably am being too introspective. Thanks for all your sage advice.

Jul 22, 2007
swarttav in General Topics

Are You Getting Lazy - Like Me?

Because my training is as an academic and I am of a gnereation where I still feel the need for paper? That's the best explanation I can come up with...

Jul 21, 2007
swarttav in General Topics

Are You Getting Lazy - Like Me?

I went to the local farmers's market and bought a lovely 16" farm raised trout for dinner. I thought how I would cook it all the way home. And then, instead of going to one of my 100+ cook books I went on line! Did the usual google and Home Cooking on CH. But you know, I decided to tackle it tomorrow as I don;t really have time to review enough different reicpes in the myriad of books and most of them are simply variations of what's on line anyway. It seems like I am inreasingly using online search engines and then doing my variation on the theme that strikes my eye. I think I'm losing something, but there is ALWAYS such time pressure!

Jul 21, 2007
swarttav in General Topics

Eats in Oneonta?

Try Stella Luna for decent Italian in O-town - a less expesnive twin by the same owners is Italian Kitchen. Forget Christophers! Sabatinis is OK for large groups. Autumn is ok. Rarely have good luck with the Phoenix. In Cooperstown try Hoffman's Bistro - we love the Blue Mingo grill on the lake - forget the Otesaga. The terrace at NYSHA (Fenimore House) is nice for lunch. Al Frescos (O-town) has great pizza. C-town Nicolette's is godd (Italian again) - let me know if you want more specifics

Best Southern Cookbooks to buy? [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

I have 4 cookbooks that are my basic standbys for Southern Cooking. Each provides a decidedly different twist so that I often combine ideas.

Craig Claiborne's Southern Cooking
Camille Glenn's The Heritage of Southern Cooking
The Jackson Miss. Junior League Southern Sideboards
and, beleive it or not,
Ernest Matthew Mickler's White Trash Cooking.

Of course there are many regional cuisines for New Orleans, Texas, Miami etc but I think those cookbooks are in classes by themselves

Jun 28, 2007
swarttav in Home Cooking

Benton's Hickory smoked bacon - major decline in quality?

I have purchased by mail order Benton's bacon, country ham and prosciutto for some time. The last time I ordered I received a reply that shipping would take 5 or so weeks because an article in Saveur touting them has dramatically increased demand. Whn I finally received the order the the quality of the bacon has gone to h--l. Very fatty, major shrinkage, cooks unevenly. To be fair I am going through the 2nd lb to make sure it wasn't an anomaly. I sent them an e-mail of complaint with no reply - it went from 1st on my list of bacons to last. Has anyone else had the same experience?

Jun 26, 2007
swarttav in General Topics

Charleston - rec for casual dinner near the Market

I think trepidation is correct; due to choices beyond my control I have eaten (notice I do not day "dined") at Sticky Fingers several times over the last 2 years and it has never risen beyond mediocre. However I have never had much of a wait there. Jestine's is just up the street but will likely have a wait and is better than medocre but only marginally so. However since I am not local I don't know anyother places in the area that might meet your criteria that I have dined at - I don't beleive in suggesting places I don't have personal knowledge of.

Is it really expected that one order wine in fine restaurants?

I am not young and acutely remembering learning all this "stuff." I often find the wait staff - with few exceptions - are focused on their own needs and perceptions rather than the customers. I suspect it has something to do with all of these food shows extolling the profession. In any event you need to laugh at them if they are so immature as to not acknowledge your - the customer's - request! I have often found that being very directive overcomes their profound ignorance - which too sadly we all too often incur. BTW my wife is diabetic and never orders wine - one needs to be assertive with these ignorant wait persons that have a fixated view (likely based on maximizing tips) as to what THEY (ahem) deem appropriate. Cheers with the beverage of one's choice (I am dringing water tonight)

Jun 04, 2007
swarttav in Not About Food