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2 nights in Lisbon and then Cascais

My husband and I are particularly interested in finding excellent cataplana and leitao - We have been to Mehellada (sp?) years ago, but don't have the time to venture there this time.

Other typical not tourist trappy info appreciated.

Aug 13, 2013
sheilah in Spain/Portugal

Vietnamese Coffee [Split from Manhattan board]

Cafe du Monde grind IS the correct one for French Press or vietnamese filters - we have Vietnamese markets in Houston that have Viet coffee with chicory for about half the price.

Jul 16, 2012
sheilah in General Topics

Grilled Shishito Peppers

In Houston, I buy these peppers at H Market on Blalock - tastes exactly like pimientos de padron in Spain without the Russian roulette sensation of occasionally getting a hot one.

Jun 12, 2012
sheilah in Recipes

Correct link for reservations at Can Roca?

and how was your lunch at Can Roca?

May 06, 2011
sheilah in Spain/Portugal

Bar / Sandwich Shop in Barcelona with no Name?

My guess is that Bittman of labled this the best sandwich in the world. I don't remember the name and, particularly don't remember the sheep's cheese but Bittman wrote an article a number of years ago in nytimes.

May 05, 2011
sheilah in Spain/Portugal

Palermo report

We're going to be there in late May - Please give me an idea of the price range.


May 01, 2011
sheilah in Italy

Santiago recommendations

Red Tide!

Told about the red tide by the seafood vendors and the restaurant operators in Mercado Central.


We also ate at the Blue Jar - lovely English owner - great fish dishes - upscale - near La Moneda.

Santiago recommendations

Right now it's "the Time of the Red Tide" and none of the raw seafood (oysters, ceviche) is available OR SAFE.

Really good Italian restaurant is named "Tiramisu". I recommend highly. It's large and popular - Large selection of bruschetta, wonderful carpacio - and, of course, pizza.

Santiago recommendations

Be careful of the seafood - we're here now (March 6, 2011) and so is the red tide. Rules out ceviche and oysters among other things.

Tia Dona Tina is written up in for good Chilean food - good, but not terrific in my opinion.

Mail Order Texas Bar-B-Q

Be careful - one of the most OVERrated places in Houston. Try dozier's and also order bacon ends.

Feb 06, 2011
sheilah in General Topics

Sichuan Restaurant [HOU]

Try Thien Anh on Travis (two blocks north of Westheimer). Always crowded at lunch. Closed Saturday. Open Sunday. Their pho, duck salad and crepes are terrific.

Thien An Sandwiches
2905 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006

Jan 23, 2011
sheilah in Houston

Great Dining Experience

We're in Oaxaca now. Please contact me if you want to "go in" on cooking lessons.


Dec 17, 2010
sheilah in Austin

Unforgettable cooking class in Oaxaca

We're here now -staying near the zocalo. If you are in Oaxaca - contact me. Maybe we can go in together for cooking lessons.


Dec 17, 2010
sheilah in Mexico

Unforgettable cooking class in Oaxaca

Please may I have Soledad's phone number. I speak Spanish and English and am in Oaxaca now.


Dec 17, 2010
sheilah in Mexico

Antoine's - last minute reservation or walk in?

Had lunch there last week. $20.10 each 3 course menu with 25 cent martinis - unlimited.
Food was mediocre. So was service. No Oyster's Rockefellerr at lunch. Mostly empty even with this special - should have no difficulty even in evening.

Antoine's Restaurant
713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Oct 05, 2010
sheilah in New Orleans

sweetbreads in houston

Tacumbara Taco Truck at Canino's Produce market on Airline Drive has terrific sweetbreads which she prepares and serves on tortillas.

My guess is that she would give you some that are cleaned to take home and prepare.


Aug 19, 2010
sheilah in Houston


This is not a rating - I haven't been there yet, but today only go to in New Orleans and get a half price certificate.

Cuvee Restaurant
322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Aug 12, 2010
sheilah in New Orleans

REPORT! - Thien Anh in Houston

There's also a Thien Anh on Travis just north of Westheimer on the East side of the street. Terrific goi vit aka duck salad. Great big crepes.

Mar 28, 2010
sheilah in Houston

Mirliton recipes

Mirliton is called chayote in the rest of the world.

Mar 15, 2010
sheilah in New Orleans

Cajun Seafood

Mardi Gras was formerly Floyd's Cajun Shack - Floyd as in Floyd's in Webster and Beaumont. Crawfish Bisque is terrific.

Greatly outshines Ragin Cajun imho

Mar 01, 2010
sheilah in Houston

New to Houston, what's your favorite restaurant in town

Mai's Burned today - 2/15/2010. Hope it will reopen. In meantime- while you're waiting, try Thien An on Travis. Wonderful duck salad and crepes. Also wide selection on Pho.

Feb 15, 2010
sheilah in Houston

New to Houston, what's your favorite restaurant in town

Is defunct. Jeanine's Bistro and Broken Spoke are remnants of original owners.

Feb 15, 2010
sheilah in Houston

New to Houston, what's your favorite restaurant in town

My husband and I ate here last Saturday (the day before Valentine's) with another couple. We ate: Tom Yum Goong; Pork Toast apetizer; Yum Woon Sen; a green shrimp curry; a whole redfish (very spicy - believe it was #11; coconut icecream.

The four of us decided it was one of the best meals we have had in Houston and two of us have lived here for over 30 years.

Pricetag was around $44/couple including generous tip. The owner couldn't have been more helpful in ordering.

Feb 15, 2010
sheilah in Houston

Oaxaca for dummies

Would you stick with your Oaxaca list or modify it? We leave for there tomorrow.

Restaurante Los Pacos - moles
Tacos Alvaro - lengua, al pastor
La Biznaga
Casa Oaxaca
La Olla
Cafe Antigua - coffee, tres leches
Marco Polo (Llano Park) - seafood
Casa de la Abuela - chapulines
Tlayuderia Las Reliquias or Tlayudas Dona Martha

Any updates or feedback on the above are appreciated!


Dec 15, 2009
sheilah in Mexico

fresh fava beans in pod in Houston?

Sure, Central Market on the corner of Westheimer and Weslayan.

Oct 28, 2009
sheilah in Houston

Goi Vit Quay - Roast duck & banana blossom salad - (longish)

I believe this is from the Hue area in Vietnam.

Singapore Chili Crab in Houston/Dallas/Austin?

Roti Prata - try Banana Leaf on Bellaire in Houston.

Jul 09, 2009
sheilah in Texas

Best fine dining lunch?

I'd try Drago's on Lake Ponchatrain - wonderful seafood tho' famous for their charbroiled oysters. In Belle Chase, there's a great "joint" right across from a soft shell crab processing place - definitely not a fine dining place - just fine dining.

Nov 15, 2007
sheilah in New Orleans