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Alba Truffle Festival

I will be in Piedmont (Turin and Alba) in October, but may not be able to stay for the weekend unless I radically re-arrange my schedule. Any comments on whether the weekend truffle festival in Alba is worth the added effort to change my plans. I assume that since it's truffle season there should be opportunities to indulge my passion for the sublime fungus in the region's restaurants.

Thank you.

Aug 10, 2015
lgussow in Italy

Two Nights in Genoa

We will be spending two night in Genoa before embarking on a bicycle trip through the Piedmont area. Can anyone recommend good dinner or lunch places -- I would guess that seafood would be the way to go. Will also be in Milan at the end of the trip and would appreciate recommendations there.

Thanking you in advance!


Jun 08, 2009
lgussow in Italy

christmas meal in st. petersburg?

I am visiting St. Peterburg and ate at ABC Chinese Seafood last night. It was superb. Their fresh fish were swimming in tanks of crystal clear water (not the murky slime seen at many seafood places). The steamed tilapia with ginger & scallion was pristine. ABC is better than any Chinese restaurant I can think of in Chicago or NYC.

Dec 11, 2008
lgussow in Florida

Bangkok Eats Questions

There is another interesting article on eating in Bangkok in today's NY Times (1/6/08). it covers the usual suspects (Chote Chitr, Raan Jai Fai, etc) and then some:

Help me with Bangkok, please!

See my December 17 post under "Bangkok Eats Questions". Have a great trip!

Bangkok Eats Questions

Many thanks to all those who replied with so much useful information. Just got back from the week in Bangkok. Found it MUCH easier to navigate than the last time I was there 18 years ago, when there was no Skytrain and no underground. Apparently, the baht has gone up about 30% against the dollar recently, and some ex-pats are grumbling that they're getting killed in the exchange-rate crossfire, but I found transportation and most food incredibly reasonable. Here are the culinary highlights:

1) Ate at Somboon Seafood three times. Never had a cab driver take us to a pseudo-Somboon. The real Somboon (or a least a real Somboon -- there appear to be several in the chain) is a three-story fish emporium on the corner of Surawong and Narathiwat, an easy walk from the Narai Hotel or Chong Nonsi Skytrain stop. The crab curry was as fantastic as has been described before in these pages, with hot sauce on the side so you can adjust your own heat. The stir-fried water mimosas were a perfect complement. On another visit had the steamed sea bass with lime and chili, which I highly recommend. Finally, on the last night splurged on grilled river prawns the size of boomerangs, stir-fried pumpkin vines in oyster sauce, and steamed seabass in soya bean sauce (served over burning coals so hot the sauce bubbled). All washed down with Singha.

2) Chote Chitr -- not as hard to find as I had feared -- it's actually an easy walk from Wat Po, passing the pig monument. Had a great lunch of banana blossum salad, pad thai, and beef red curry with pumpkin. My only regret is that we were so full we didn't go around the corner to the sticky rice dessert place the owner/chef recommended.

3) Lek Seafood -- again very easy to find, right under the Chong Nonsi Skytrain shop. At first the place is somewhat off-putting: the tables are outside, a building is being demolished right next door, and there is a faint aroma of crumbling concrete. But all that was forgotten when the food came out. The highlight -- Steamed Catfish with Lime and Chili: perfectly fresh, with delicious sweet flesh set off by the citrus and heat of the peppers. Recommended.

4) Took a cooking class at Blue Elephant. Although we cooked, it was as much demo as hands-on, since almost all of the prep and been done already. But quite worthwhile for anyone who's just starting to learn about Thai cuisine, and just starting to realize the difference between kaffir lime leaf and coreander. The instructor's version of beef curry with pumpkin was probably the most complex, nuanced dish of the whole trip.

5) When it gets just to hot to get around the city, having an outdoor lunch at the Oriental Hotel -- though pricey -- is very satisfying. I recommend the pomelo salad.

6) Also recommend the Aw Taw Kaw market (right above the Kamphaeng Phet MTR stop) for a look at the amazing array of produce, seafood, and meat available in Bangkok. Would have loved to have sampled the food stalls, but had no guide or translator, and wasn't feeling adventurous enough to dive right in. Maybe next time.

To those who are going to Bangkok soon -- I'm jealous. Can wait to get back!

Bangkok Eats Questions

BTW, here is link to Apple's article:

Bangkok Eats Questions

Will be in Bangkok in December. Interested in visiting some of the places described several years ago in a NY Times article by the late R.W. Apple. I know that several posts on Chowhound reported back negatively on Polo Fried Chicken, but does anyone have opinions on:

chute Chitr
Chua Kim Heng
Thip Samai
Aw Taw Kaw market stalls
Raan Jai Fai

Also, the article didn't mention addresses. Does anyone know exactly where these restaurants and markets are located?

Any other suggestion?

Much thanks in advance!

Help with Slow Food Rome Recommendations

anyone have any suggestions -- pro or con -- about the following restaurants, all of which are recommended in the 2007 edition of the Slow Food Italy boojk:

Tratorria Cadorna
Tram Tram
Osteria del Velodromo Vecchio
Osteria Dell' Angelo
Ne Arte Ne Parte
Dal Cavalier Gino
Da Armando al Pantheon

Thanks! Any info would be appreciated -- leaving in 4 days.

Aug 25, 2007
lgussow in Italy

Rome Restaurants - Slow Food Recommendations

Thanks for relaying the information. I finally broke down and purchased the book on Amazon -- should arrive tomorrow. Then I have 6 days to learn Italian!

Will certainly go back to T. Monti, and will try to get to Il Bocconcino and Da Sergio. mbfant -- I've heard good things about Matricianella. What didn't you like about it when you went?

Aug 22, 2007
lgussow in Italy

Rome Restaurants - Slow Food Recommendations

Does anyone have the link to the section of the Slow Food website where they list their recommendations for restaurants in Rome? I found it two years ago but can't locate it now. Going in 10 days. Thanks!

Aug 19, 2007
lgussow in Italy


Does any restaurant in Hong Kong or Shanghai serve fugu when it is in season?