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One Week in Paris, Gluten-Free and Pregnant

There seem to be miles between trying to persuade a chef to change his classic recipe to one by Meryl Streep and asking a simple question: "Does this contain wheat flour, and if so can you recommend another dish that does not."

De toute facon, merci pour votre conseil.

Apr 02, 2012
goumandette in France

Whirlpool Four Encastrable Pyrolase - Broiler setting?

The apartment we've rented in Paris comes equipped with a sort of assisted-chef oven called a Whirlpool Four Encastrable Pyrolase. I've figured out how to use it manually and also have profited from the truly sophisticated "assisted chef" settings...made an amazing roti de porc last night on the "assisted" setting that surprised me.

What we can't figure out is whether there is a broil setting or whether we can turn the temp up high enough to mimic a broil. Anyone have experience with this device?

Apr 01, 2012
goumandette in France

One Week in Paris, Gluten-Free and Pregnant

Yes. That is my plan. I have lived in various parts of France and my perspective errs much more to the side of the Europeans than to the Americans. So far my baby is doing very well and I'm NOT going to freak out.

And, to echo what vielleanglaise said about the difference in cured vs confit meats, to my understanding (and limited experience making confit), there is no danger in confit.

American doctors can be insane with their recommendations, which almost always stem from fear of lawsuits. I'm lucky to have an OB who is NOT insane. Some OBs recommend not eating macarons because of possible contamination...in what??? A slightly undercooked center? The ganache? While I wouldn't blame ANY woman for erring on the side of such caution, I plan to follow my doctor's advice of eating as many macarons as I like.*

*provided, of course, they are gluten-free.

Mar 28, 2012
goumandette in France

One Week in Paris, Gluten-Free and Pregnant

Julia Child's recipe for vanilla dessert souffle does not have flour in it. I figure if her's does not then there is a good chance the chef's at JCD won't either. However, I do have my dietary warning card to make it clear to the chef that it's serious.

As for the chance bit of egg white....I'm not going to get into a debate about whether other women would eat it, but I'm certainly not going to sweat a few bites of souffle :-)

Mar 28, 2012
goumandette in France

One Week in Paris, Gluten-Free and Pregnant

Thank you, I'll be sure to confirm before ordering!

Mar 25, 2012
goumandette in France

One Week in Paris, Gluten-Free and Pregnant

We will be in Paris for a week, 3/31-4/7. I was recently diagnosed as gluten-intolerant. Add pregnancy to this, and I'm terrified I'm going to need to give every waiter a long list of things I can't eat or have to have prepared a certain way, which is going to make all of us curse and/or cry. I'm already close to tears thinking about all the nice cheeses and charcuterie I'm going to have to pass on, as well as the lovely rare meats I'm supposed to avoid. I plan to make one or two concessions to the scare doctrines-cum-recommendations of American obstetrics, but I'm not going to go wild.

So far we've stacked up a few old reliables (Chez L'ami Jean, Josephine Chez Dumonet) where I don't anticipate much of a problem with accommodations. Duck confit and souffle are gluten-free and pregnancy-approved. Perhaps I might just eat that every day, lol.

On David Leibovitz's blog I discovered a so-far-well-reviewed gluten-free bakery that is (swoon!) blocks away from the apartment we rented in Canal St. Martin. It's called Helmut Newcake and I can't wait to review it here....my god, if they can pull off a gluten-free religieuse au cafe....!

We're thinking Vietnamese might offer a good change of pace (yay, rice noodles) and I have a few Breton creperies on the list for lunch. We will have a nicely outfitted kitchen in our apartment and do anticipate self-catering about half of our meals. All the same, any recommendations/tips would be greatly appreciated.

I will definitely report back on my trip, especially re: Helmut Newcake.

Mar 24, 2012
goumandette in France

Special Dinner for Two

My husband and I recently eloped, and at the urging of Chowhounds celebrated our City Hall nuptials at EMP—which was, in a word, amazing.

We have been offered a dinner at any restaurant we want in Manhattan as a gift by a family friend, and now we have to choose a second experience. We'd like to go somewhere we haven't been. A few we've thought of:

Daniel (though we've heard it can be insufferably stuffy, and we don't like that)
Jean Georges
WD-50
The Modern (have dined at the bar, but not at the restaurant with carte blanche)

We do not want to do a three-hour+ tasting menu, a la Per Se, as my husband gets fidgety and too much of even a very good thing is still too much. (EMP was amazing, but the three course tasting menu with wine left us feeling glutted and uncomfortable. Very rich, lots of variety, total sensory overload.)

Delicious cocktails are a plus, as is a good wine list with staff who know how to pair wines.

Thanks!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Nov 03, 2010
goumandette in Manhattan

Elopement Lunch Recs, Weekday in October

Hello everyone, just wanted to report back that EMP was amazing. They gave us a tour of the kitchen, where we were made kir royale mise-en-bouches....and that was the just the beginning. A truly marvelous experience. Thanks!

Oct 29, 2010
goumandette in Manhattan

Elopement Lunch Recs, Weekday in October

Thanks everyone, I think it will be EMP. Heard only good things. Will report back!

Jun 30, 2010
goumandette in Manhattan

Elopement Lunch Recs, Weekday in October

One Wednesday in October, we're gettin' hitched at City Hall in the morning, then catching a 9pm flight to Madrid. Between our City Hall experience and the airport, we'd like to have a nice leisurely lunch in an intimate setting.

A friend recently did something similar at Daniel, but Daniel is a little stuffy for us. Here are the criteria for our post-city hall lunch:

- preference for French/Italian/Austrian/continental
- tasting menu option for lunch preferred, wine pairing option would be an added delight
- below 59th Street, with strong preference for downtown
- upscale but not uptight
- cost not an issue

And lastly: I'm just shy of 6ft. tall and will be wearing a fitted, long dress. I'd prefer not to have to scoot into a booth, or sit at a table without ample room for me to adjust both legs and skirt. The bf is also tall, and likes his leg/elbow room, but not at the expense of canoodling ;-)

Thanks!

Jun 27, 2010
goumandette in Manhattan

Dinner near Mill Run/Ohiopyle Area

Two New Yorkers visiting Fallingwater with our parents the day after Christmas. We'd like to find a good place to have an early dinner (5pm) after our tour. Anyone know of any good eats? Any local treasures?

Last time I was in the area with my parents, we ate at a ski resort. We were willing to pay NYC-prices to have a nice meal. I won't even describe what the meal was like. So, we're a little timid about exploring Mae's or other lodge restaurants without strong recs. Don't mind paying, but it needs to be worth it.

Thanks!

Nov 07, 2008
goumandette in Pennsylvania

Nola for Three Days....Help Us Find What We Crave:

thanks, mrsfury! appreciate the recs. Napolean House is close to our hotel, we'll be sure to check out their muffs. any place with pimms cup is a friend of mine.

May 23, 2008
goumandette in New Orleans

Nola for Three Days....Help Us Find What We Crave:

Two New Yorkers in town for three days....our plan is to do up-scale lunches/brunches and down-home dinners (interspersed with snacks, of course) during our stay. We are BIG fans of local flavor.....the best po' boy or chicken biscuit is preferred over mediocre beurre blanc. While we do have a car with us, we do prefer walking or taking the trolley so we can take advantage of 25 cent martinis and the like.

Our weakest area is on the down-home dinner angle.
So far on the agenda:

Lunch/Brunch

Court of Two Sisters
August
Commander's Palace (curious whether brunch is really worth the $40, or should we hit the lunch special instead)
Other suggestions????

Dinner
muffuletta...but where? I've heard Central Grocery, but I've also heard from locals that it's gone downhill.
spicy creole....gumbo, jambalaya....but where?
other non-cajun/creole or bar food suggestions (big plus if good music is involved)

Snacks

Cafe du Monde
pralines
oyster shooters
others???

Many thanks in advance for all tips. Can't wait to taste NOLA!!!

May 23, 2008
goumandette in New Orleans

Nola for Three Days....Help Us Find What We Crave:

Two New Yorkers in town for three days....our plan is to do up-scale lunches/brunches and down-home dinners (interspersed with snacks, of course) during our stay. We are BIG fans of local flavor.....the best po' boy or chicken biscuit is preferred over mediocre beurre blanc. While we do have a car with us, we do prefer walking or taking the trolley so we can take advantage of 25 cent martinis and the like.

Our weakest area is on the down-home dinner angle.
So far on the agenda:

Lunch/Brunch

Court of Two Sisters
August
Commander's Palace (curious whether brunch is really worth the $40, or should we hit the lunch special instead)
Other suggestions????

Dinner
muffuletta...but where? I've heard Central Grocery, but I've also heard from locals that it's gone downhill.
spicy creole....gumbo, jambalaya....but where?
other non-cajun/creole or bar food suggestions (big plus if good music is involved)

Snacks

Cafe du Monde
pralines
oyster shooters
others???

Many thanks in advance for all tips. Can't wait to taste NOLA!!!

May 23, 2008
goumandette in New Orleans

Schwa closing?

thanks!

Oct 11, 2007
goumandette in Chicago Area

Schwa closing?

We are visiting Chicago from NYC next month, and were very excited about going to Schwa...until I got a message last night that due to an "unexpected closing" our reservation could not be "honored."

There was no offer for us to call back to reschedule. To me, this means they are closing for good...any word on the street about when/where/why?

Pooh.

Oct 11, 2007
goumandette in Chicago Area

A restaurant for an architect...?

Depending on his/her taste, I would say the Lever House. What a cool space! And the food is great. I do prefer to have drinks there than to dine, as I find the crowd a tad, er, stuffy, though.

Oct 10, 2007
goumandette in Manhattan

Recs for Blue Smoke?

As a born-and-bread southerner, this place touches me in a funny place that only collard greens made with good hambone can. My BF loves the frybread, I'm not so keen (it is after all an unsugared donut). I do not like mac n' cheese as a rule, but hold that rule when at Blue Smoke. It's delicious. Be sure to share a side, as it's verrrry rich.

I can't agree on the ceasar, though. I thought it limp and lackluster. But then, I take extreme issue with restaurants serving ceasars who do not DRY the lettuce before tossing it with the dressing. In my very conservatively-bent-in-all-matters-ceasar-mind, there is a delicate proportion and texture that the perfect ceasar exhibits, and BS doesn't make one.
I do however highly recommend trying whatever special salad they offer as a first course. The last few times I've been, they've been incredible. One was a fried green tomato salad -- and let me just tell you that my grandma didn't make better f.g.t. The other was a true chowie dream: high and low cuisine mixed in a watermelon salad: slices of watermelon stacked up with goat cheese, balsamic reduction, and greens. Beautiful, delicious, and a good way to begin what will probably be the heaviest meal of your life.

Agree on the St. Louis Spareribs--best of the bunch. Pulled pork didn't blow my skirt up, as I felt it was a little OVER smoked/marinated. Too saucy, and falling-off-the-bone shouldn't mean dissolving-on-my-fork. The fish dishes are great, though less traditional.
Oh, and the fruit cobblers....sigh.

Best cocktail, if you're a Pimms fan, is the Porch Swing. Sometimes we go just to have that.

Oct 10, 2007
goumandette in Manhattan

Veritas is Scott Bryan still there?

i was there in june....did he leave before then? everything was divine.

Oct 10, 2007
goumandette in Manhattan

Cafe Sabarsky Cabaret Night?

I don't have the highest opinion, in general, of the combined food/entertainment bit, but I do love the Neue Gallerie, Cafe Sabarsky, and cabaret. I'm thinking of getting tickets for a Cabaret night at Cafe Sabarsky for a friends bday, but am curious if the prix-fixe that precedes the show is worth it.

Would it be better to dine at Wallse and see a show elsewhere? I know the space will make up for a little lack in cuisine, but I'm not overly eager to take a good friend out for a birthday dinner if it means limp salad and sad goulash.

Thanks!

Oct 10, 2007
goumandette in Manhattan

Christmas in Tunisia

Thank you soooo much for all this information...we are so excited to go to Tunisia, especially now with all your great advice.

Christmas in Tunisia

Anyone have any recs for eating in Tunis, Carthage, Salammbo, or Hammamet? My partner and I will be there over the Christmas holidays (Dec 24-31st). We're expecting cuisine similar to Turkish or Moroccan, but don't really have a sense of whether this is accurate.

So excited to munch in Tunisian markets! Thanks in advance for any advice.

Tamales or arepas in Brooklyn?

I've had the tamales at Alma on Columbia Street (Columbia Waterfront -slash-Carroll Gardens) that were pretty killer. The menu is a little pricey -- it's billed as upscale Mexican -- but everything I've had has warranted the price.

Mar 27, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs

DIB at Tempo

this is so distressing! we wanted to take friends next tuesday, and i'm afraid we are going to have to cancel the reservation now. i want to try this place and have heard great things, but will shoot for my birthday (not during restaurant week) instead.

NOTHING says no loving like being treated to, as a former poster put it, the TGI Chillington's treatment. upsells are smart, but should never be pushy -- especially during DIB or RW. if restaurants are so distressed about losing margin, they should NOT participate.

ugh, i had higher hopes for Brooklyn, but i think i'm through with any sort of DIB/RW for good.

Mar 23, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs

BarTabac for DIB?

Anyone know what's on the menu?

Mar 23, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs

a chestnut for your thoughts

i couldn't agree more. the service had me oozing praises the first time we ate there. the owner, michael, is also the sommelier. he came over and introduced himself to us when we were inquiring about a wine on the menu. he actually hand-picks the list. consistently, if i read a great review about a new, reasonable stunner, it turns up on their list -- by the glass.

ahem, sorry for the tangent. but i think the ambiance does bring that out in you once you've been "chestnuted". you're right, the beet salad and cheesecake are great. if you're into chocolate and it's available, try the budino. my boyfriend now uses "budino" exclusively to denote desserts-that-make-your-toes-curl.

i'm a biggggg fan of the salt cod brandade....yummy salty fish potato dip goodness.
for brunch, the oatmeal pancakes and mushroom benedict are divine.

Mar 22, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs

Crave. What a disappointment.

That's a good questio. Maybe they have other interests (like the catering half of the business) that are keeping them from properly overseeing the place. Sad. I wish I had gone before.

Mar 22, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs

carroll gardens all-star chow finds

i tend to prefer Monteleone's cannoli and lobster tails to Court Pastry...but I have to say while Ms was closed for the past year, Court Pastry hit the spot very nicely.

Court Pastry makes to order birthday cakes that will knock your socks off -- layers of feathery light sponge cake filled with cannoli cream. The only competition to this cake is Buttercup Bakery.

Mar 22, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs

carroll gardens all-star chow finds

YES! This lentil soup is manna from heaven. We go and get two soups and two spinach pies (they make them fresh and can do it without cheese if you prefer), and leave stuffed. For under $20! And it's BYOB.

Personally, I prefer Zaytoon's spinach pie to Sahadi's....very different approach, with pita bread instead of filo, and with a lemony zing to the spinach.

Mar 22, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs

a chestnut for your thoughts

wow, i'm sad to hear you had that experience. we are regulars at chestnut and adore it. however, there have been an off-nights from time to time. it sounds like you got an off-night. i would recommend trying it once more. brunch is great too.

of the fifteen times we've been, we've had two off experiences....usually involving overcooked meat or oversalted something. not michelin-star, i'd say, but not serious grounds for dismissing.

also, we find midweek to ALWAYS be better than weekend.

if it makes you feel better, we had the same experience at Crave last night. so wanted to love it, so couldn't.

Mar 22, 2007
goumandette in Outer Boroughs