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Looking for good food and/or wine in theater district or Hell's Kitchen

I will being seeing a play on W42nd and Ninth Ave. I need to find a good restaurant (cheap ethnic with exceptionally good food would be great) or a place that has a good bar with delish apps and geek wines by the glass. Please help!

Jan 31, 2010
PamG in Manhattan

looking for restaurants with bitter melon on the menu

I had no idea you could search for restaurants by ingredients on menupages. Thank you so much!

Jan 31, 2010
PamG in Manhattan

bitter melon

Thanks all. This is so helpful.

Jan 31, 2010
PamG in Outer Boroughs

bitter melon

Looking for restaurants that offer bitter melon on the menu. Indian, Chinese, anything goes. Thanks!

Jan 20, 2010
PamG in Outer Boroughs

looking for restaurants with bitter melon on the menu

I am writing an article on bitter melon and would like to find restaurants that serve it. Indian, Chinese, anything goes. Thanks!

Jan 20, 2010
PamG in Manhattan

Natural wine bar-restaurants in paris on a Sunday!

I am off to Paris next week and visiting a bunch of natural wine bars and restaurants such as Racine, Le Baratin, Verre Vole, etc. However, I am having trouble locating a good place for Sunday evening as most of my choices are closed on Sundays. Can you suggest a cute, low-key restaurant or bar that specializes in natural wines that is open on Sunday?

Thanks so much!

Oct 02, 2009
PamG in France

Paso Robles Wine Producers

Anyone know of any really good small producer wines from Paso Robles? Any vineyards that are dry-farmed, organically or biodynamically farmed and fermented using natural/native yeasts would be great! Thanks!

Sep 21, 2009
PamG in California

Paso Robles

Anyone know of any really good small producer wines from Paso Robles? Any vineyards that are dry-farmed, organically or biodynamically farmed and fermented using natural/native yeasts would be great! Thanks

Sep 21, 2009
PamG in Wine

Best Tapas Bars in Valencia

Shannon,

Casa Montana is really great. I made a good discovery too : La Principal. It's away from the city center at C/ Polo Y Peyrolón 5. Almost everything we ordered there was really good. Especially the dried octopus. Have fun!

Sep 21, 2009
PamG in Spain/Portugal

Best Tapas Bars in Valencia

Hi msmarabini, Thanks so much for all your great insider tips on this thread and others on chowhound. You seem to have your finger on the pulse of some good restaurants and bars in Valencia. Though I'm spoiled rotten for cocktails in NYC I am very tempted to check out BARCODE to see what sort of thing they are doing. I actually write about wine and cocktails so it would be interesting for me. I arrive in Valencia next week - if you spot an Indian girl with short hair and a tall white caucasian woman with curly hair - please be bold and say hello. I am thinking that we will hit at least 2-3 of the places you have suggested. I'm actually writing an article on Valencia so if you have any other thoughts you'd like to share please let me know. You can contact me through my website at pamgovinda.com - my email details are there.

Thanks!

Sep 11, 2009
PamG in Spain/Portugal

Best Tapas Bars in Valencia

Hi Shannon, I did see this. Thanks! I have those places on my list. I will post when I get back (around Sep 19th) and let you know if I come across anything else worth visiting.

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Sep 05, 2009
PamG in Spain/Portugal

Best Tapas Bars in Valencia

NYC hound here. I am a New York-based food and wine writer soon going to Valencia. I'm looking for some really good, casual tapas bars located in the city. I've been to some brilliant places in Barcelona and Madrid and now it's time to discover Valencia! Ideally I like the kind of hole-in-the-wall joints that specialize in a certain food item. I leave late next week and would appreciate any insider tips.

Thanks!

Sep 04, 2009
PamG in Spain/Portugal

Kensington Wine Room - what's the scoop? [London]

Hi batfink,

You helped me out on natural wine lists earlier this year. I've been to Artisan & Vine, Terroirs and Green & Blue (plus La Trouvaille, which has some natural wines from south of France on their list). Is there anywhere else in London I'd like? I did manage to get the wine list from Kensignton Wine Rooms and, yes, it is ho hum!

Let me know if you have other recs. Even if list isn't strictly natural - would love a small/traditional producer focused list with heirloom varieties from the Loire (I've been to RSV and like their list), Rhone, Burgundy, Jura and most regions of cool-climate Italy - just some examples....

Jul 28, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Kensington Wine Room - what's the scoop? [London]

I just found the website: http://www.greatwinesbytheglass.com/ but it doesn't have a wine list online. If anyone can still comment re. natural or really interesting small producer wines, please do.

Jul 22, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Kensington Wine Room - what's the scoop? [London]

I think this wine bar opened in April or so. I heard a rumour that they serve natural wines. Does anyone have the scoop? I did an online search, they have no website and the wines that Time Out mentions in their review are fairly industrial. I appreciate any insight.

Thanks,
Pam

Jul 22, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Eating out in London

Thanks Paprikaboy. I am definitely going to have dinner there. Actually I'm salivating over the prospect already. I will report back on my experience.

Jul 21, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Eating out in London

Did some searching online and I really like the sound of your suggestions. Harwood Arms is on the agenda now and I may just take a little trip out of London to visit The Sportsman. Thanks so much!

Jul 20, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Eating out in London

Thanks...

Jul 20, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Eating out in London

Hi Nanette,

You're right, the exchange rate is much better but I still balk and only getting 60p back for my dollar. Still I guess I shouldn't complain b/c it was a lot worse not so long ago.

Thanks for the Limster tip!

Jul 20, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Dinner, after drinks at Dutch Kills

Does anyone know of a good place to get some food near Dutch Kills in Queens, preferably within walking distance?

Thanks!

-Pam

Jul 19, 2009
PamG in Outer Boroughs

Eating out in London

New York-based hound here. I am actually from London but left years ago. I try and get back across the pond as often as possible and will be heading there next month. I will be there for a good two weeks and would like to hit as many places as possible. I'm looking for buzz-worthy, good, honest food in any neighborhood. I've already been to and really liked (over the years) St. John's (but only the Spitalfields location), Terroirs, Fox & Anchor, Club Gascon, some of the original and early gastropubs like The Eagle (though haven't revisited in years), RSJ and more....

Some of the spots above were chosen b/c of the small-producer/natural/organic wine lists, as well as the food.

Are there any new or old spots that I should hit? I'm very open and would love to hear some recommendations. If you're familiar with NY - I love Lupa, Ten Bells, Diner, Marlowe & Sons, Kefi...just to give you an idea of what my tastes are...also if there are any essential Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi restos that I should go to, please let me know about those too. New York is a bit behind on good Indian food.

Finally, with the dollar being as low as it is, please don't recommend any pricey or posh spots.

Thanks fellow chowhounders!

-Pam

Jul 19, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Beignets

Thank you all for your suggestions and comments. I meant not to deny that I am a tourist when in New Orleans - just that I tend to avoid crowded places and if there were a better option I would take it. BUT if Cafe du Monde is really the best then so be it, I will eat my hat and visit again.

Though I am staying near the FQ, I do like to venture farther out. We may get a car but even without one we seem to manage to check out the city's other neighborhoods. So will likely also fit Morning Calling in too!

Jun 16, 2009
PamG in New Orleans

Beignets

Heading to New Orleans this summer with plans to hit Cure, Cochon, Dante's Kitchen and more. However, I'm a little stuck for breakfast. Any suggestions? I would love to have some good beignets but Cafe du Monde is too touristy for my taste. Any other thoughts?

Please send through some suggestions. We will be staying in the French Quarter.

Thanks!

Jun 14, 2009
PamG in New Orleans

Natural, small-producer wines in London

Apologies Batfink - I didn't see this new post until now. Thanks for all your tips. I ended up going to Terroirs (which was fantastic), La Trouvaille (also amazing natural wines but mostly from the South of France) and Green & Blue. I did feel that G&B wasn't really a natural wine bar but more of an organic bar that had some natural wines. I didn't see your post from March 02 either but you're right it wasn't much of a dinner place though I would like to go there during the day next time.

I sure sparked some heated opinions in my post for good pubs. Never made it out in the end for a good pint but hopefully when I'm back in London next week. Will also try and hit Artisan & Vine then.

Mar 31, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Natural, small-producer wines in London

Thanks Batfink23 - I am familiar with Racine and just met the owner at a natural wine party in NYC. Glad to hear you suggest Green & Blue b/c I am off there on Tuesday night for dinner. Might hit Artisan and Vine in addition to Terroirs.

Mar 01, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Natural, small-producer wines in London

It seems that Terroirs is a must. My Gimlet, is Les Cave a retail outlet? If so, I'll be checking them out too because I want to stock up for the few nights I'll be staying in and cooking. Do you recommend them?

Feb 15, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Good Beers on tap in South London

Thanks for The Market Porter tip. I'll def be heading to Borough so will have to make a research stop.

Feb 15, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Good Beers on tap in South London

Thank you all for your suggestions. Phil, I am looking for cask conditioned beer. It's a recent discovery and it has become a talking point here in New York with some excellent small breweries offering delicious stuff and they are very much influenced by England still. CAMRA looks like the perfect resource - thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction.

My. Gimlet, I know Crown and Sceptre but this was before I knew anything about real beer Glad to hear they are noteworthy and I will check them out again after all these years.

Feb 15, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Natural, small-producer wines in London

Thanks for all comments. I am interested in exploring English wines too.

Varieties such as Romarantin, Pineau d'Aunis (my favorite) and Grolleau are still little known grapes to most consumers and even wine trade unless you're a total Loire hound. Of course I wasn't referring to Sauvingnon Blanc, Cab Franc, Pinot Noir or other better known grapes grown in the Loire. I know RSJ and love it there but wanted to try something
different.

Feb 09, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland

Natural, small-producer wines in London

NYC-hound here. Looking for good natural wine bars/restaurants in London. Something along the lines of the good Paris wine bars or Ten Bells in New York City or Terroir in San Francisco.

I hear Terroirs off the Strand is good. Any other suggestions? I have a particular leaning towards obscure varieties from the Loire. Though any place that serves interesting, low-interventionist wines from France and Italy is welcome.

Also, any tips on good retails stores to buy such wines? I'll be staying in South London but will spend most of my time in Central, East and North London. Any tips are appreciated.

Thanks!

Feb 08, 2009
PamG in U.K./Ireland