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Buenos Aires - Authentic Asado

I don't know any cooks, but my uncle is a party planner in BA. If you speak Spanish, I could send you his contact info and he might be able to help you out.

Best Dim Sum in Shanghai

I don't know if it is the best dim sum in Shaghai, but I really liked Bi Feng Tang, several locations through out the city. It is not an upscale place, but it has a huge menu and I liked just about everything I had there. Also, as a non-chinese speaker, it was very easy to get through a meal there.

I also went to Crystal Jade in Xujiahui, but I hear that location has closed. It was good, but in my opinion, it was not worth the hype.

Last but not least, for dumplings, you should try Din Tai Fung. There are some other small pates, but it is not traditional dim sum.

No Drinks = Bad Service

I don't get this question at all. If you had food and didn't want drinks, what was the sever supposed to come back for? HL never said that the server was rude or treated them badly. They asked for water and pizza and got water and pizza.

Feb 23, 2012
ggordi1 in Features

Omaha, NE Trip Report

I recently visited Omaha, NE on a business trip. I was able to eat at some great restaurants.

The first night I ate at The Grey Plume. Our first course of the night was an amuse of grapefruit pannacotta served over a nut puree. It was so light and refreshing. The perfect amuse. It was such a great palette cleanser.

Next was the charcuterie board. This was not like any other charcuterie board I had seen. It was a plate that had a smear of house-made mozzarella on the bottom. On top were placed several different local cheeses. I wish I could remember all of the names, but it has been too long. Most were young cheeses, and there was one that was a little more firm. No hard cheeses though. The plate also had 4 servings of charcuterie. There was a pate of pork head, one of pork belly, and one of pork leg. The fourth pate escapes my memory. All were delicious, but I wasn't really able to taste a difference between them. They seemed to have had a very basic seasoning and the same preparation. Micro greens finished the plate.

For my main course, I chose the crab agnolotti. The agnolotti were stuffed full of beautiful crab meat. It was hard to believe that there could be such fresh and clean crab meat in Omaha. They were so very tasty. The rest of the preparation has been forgotten, but I remember being extremely happy.

For dessert, I had house-made elderflower sorbet. When I heard elderflower, I expected St. Germaine, but I was wrong. The Grey Plume uses Thatcher's Elderflower Liqueur produced in Michigan. The Thatcher's Elderflower is a very different flavor from St. Germaine. It has a very strong honey flavor and less of the floral or lychee flavor that St. Germaine's posses. In the end Thatcher's is milder. I loved the idea of an elderflower sorbet, and I am planning on using the ice cream maker to whip up a batch.

Overall, my dinner at The Gery Plume was great, and this post does it no justice.

The second night I went to Bohemian Cafe. This is the total opposite of The Grey Plume. It is down home cooking. The meals are almost like a prefixe. You get to pick a soup, an entree and two sides, and you get cofee or tea. I had th eliver dumpling soup. It is a large beef liver dumpling that is not too strong or iorny. It is floating in a savory beef broth. For my entree, I had the breaded sweetbreads with sweet and sour cabbage and Czech dumplings. The sweet breads were thick disks that had been breaded and deep fried. The dumplings were like huge slices of soft white bread, smothered in savory gravy. The sweet and sour cabbage is regualr cabbage (not red) very sweet with a slight note of vinegar. For dessert I had what was like a prune danish. The food was great and it was really affordable.

The third night was a trip to Huber Haus. I work at a German Company, with tons of Germans, so finding Huber Haus made me a team darling. We had a great night. This place is awesome for letting loose. I had landjager and pretzles to start. The landjager is a prepackaged summer sausage. The prezels are warmed to order so they are nice and moist. For an entree I had the jagerschnitzel. Although I thought the meat was very well prepared, the gravy was very underseasoned. The German beer was great. Lots of selecions on tap and even more by the bottle.

The fourth night I went to The Boiler Room. The restaurant is beautiful and has one of the nicest kitchens I have ever seen. The only exception has been Tru in Chicago. The meal was great. I had three apps as a meal. I started with seared scallops. The second plate was seared pork belly over a carrot puree and a mint puree. It had some hierloom beets and fresh water prawns. My last dish was bone marrow. Unfortunatly, it was also my least favorite. The marrow was not fully cooked and therefore, it coated my mouth in grease. I normally love bone marrow, but it was just not warmed enough. Overall a good meal. I want to go back at some point and give them another chance.

Lunch on the last day was Korea King. I regret not getting the all you can eat buffet. I had the bulgogi and it came with several sides. There was house-made kimchi, somw sweet potatoes, pickled dikon radish and carrots, and pickled bean sprouts. The meat was very tasty although, I wish it had been spicier. The all you can eat buffet looked amazing. When I return I will eat my weight in Korean food.

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Korea King Restaurant
4719 S 96th St, Omaha, NE 68127

Boiler Room
1110 Jones St, Omaha, NE 68102

Aug 01, 2011
ggordi1 in Great Plains

Any Jamaica Suggestions especially for Kingston

I went a few years ago and had a good time. I recomend the Appleton Rum tour. Its really touristy but a great time.

If you can, pick up an older edition of the Rough Guide to Jamaica. There is an amazing restaurant, in a little inn, near Black River listed in there. It was by far the best food we had all trip. The place was owned by two sisters, I think. They cooked from scratch everyday. You can eat on their porch over looking the beach, or there is a gazebo on the beach you can eat at.

I will repost if I remember the name.

Hey New Yorkers- Know any good restaurants in Buenos Aires, Argentina? [moved from Manhattan]

I was in BA in May. These are the places I liked.

Na Serapia
Av Gral. Las Heras 3357
Buenos Aires, Argentina
0-11-54-4801-5307
Tiny hole in the wall place (look for it or you might miss it) across the street from a big park. This place serves traditional Saltena cuisine. All of the empanadas are great, you must get the Saltena meat. The tamales are also delicious. Perfect for lunch.

La Vineria de Gualterio
Bolivar 865
San Telmo, Buenos Aires
0-11-54-4361-4707
Holy Crap! This place is amazing. By far the best high end meal that I have had in Buenos Aires. The space is small but there is plenty of room. The lunch is normally 7 courses, but if you ask for more, they will accommodate you. The service blew me away, the all argentine wine list is affordable but amazing, and the food is a gift from heaven.

La Marisqueria
Av Gral. Las Heras 2745
Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of only a handful of restaurants in Buenos Aires that deals exclusively in seafood. This is a seafood market that has a small dining room on the second floor. The pulpo provancal is delicious.

La Bourgogne
Alvear, 1891,
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina -
(0)11 4808 2100‎
This was an amazing restaurant. When we went it was a Relais Chateaux property. Amazing high end french food with an Argentine touch. The service is amazing. With the favorable exchange rate this restaurant is a great deal.

El Cuartito
Talcahuano 937,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
4816-1758/4331
Awesome pizza and empanadas. This place is worth the wait. An institution of the city, a figurehead of the Argentine style pizza. This place is great for a late night dinner. There are two dinning options, counter (lower prices but standing) or table

Carrito Parilla
White food cart across the street from the Observatorio Naval,
under a sign that reads "Costanera Sur." Ask for Patricia or Claudio
This place offers a great rendition of the classic parilla offerings, meat, sausage, and offals. This is a super working class place where the local truck drivers and port workers go to eat. The cart has several tables and chairs for customers. Also, there is a bathroom across the street, just ask.

Café San Juan
Avenida San Juan 450
1147 Ciudad De Buenos Aires, Argentina
0-11-4300-1112
Recommended to us by the server at La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar. The cafe offers modern refined cuisine in a casual atmosphere. There are several small pates, both hot and cold, to choose from as well as entrees.

I don't know if you are interested in ice cream, but if you are, BA is a dream. here are my favorites:
Cadore: Sorry I don't remember the address

Cremolatti
Various locations through out the city
www.cremolatti.com.ar/
A really good example of traditional Argentine ice cream culture.

Helados Jauja
Avenida Cervino 3901
1425 Palermo, Capital Federal, 4801-8126
www.heladosjauja.com‎
This is the only Buenos Aires location of this chain. The ice cream is more like sherbet but it features the unique flavors of many Patagonian fruits and berries. Also, there are several sheep's milk ice creams on the menu. They are super liberal with samples so try them all. We recommend the limsau.

Persicco: Various locations throughout the city.

Volta
Various locations throughout the city.
Great traditional Argentine sylte ice cream. I really enjoyed the mango al agua, which tasted amazingly fresh.

Have a great trip!

NO native needs comments on restaurant list

I would recommend that you go to Luke for happy hour and not a meal. For happy hour they usually have house-made soft pretzels, battered and fried pig-ears with homemade ranch, and I believe they are still running 50 cent oysters. On the regular menu, the head cheese and the liver pate, served in a small jar, are fantastic. The rest of the menu doesn't do it for me.

I think you should go to Green Goddess for dinner. They have two chefs, one for lunch and one for dinner, they both do different types of food. In my opinion the stuff at dinner is more "foodie" type food.

I love Iris. It has really good food done well. Feast was amazing. Cake cafe is really good, just be prepared to wait for a table.

Cochon is one of my favorite places. You should ask for the head cheese, its not on the menu. Also, if you are into it, try the rabbit livers on toast.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Sep 27, 2010
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Hispanic Food Fest Right Now!

I just found out about this today. At a church on the 3000 block of Burgundy, they are having a Hispanic food festival, to benefit the church. It goes on until 5 pm. I had pupusas, pollo con arroz, horchata, tamarindo. They also have tamales, fajitas, tacos, etc. The food was all home made and delicious.

Sep 26, 2010
ggordi1 in New Orleans

FEAST opens in New Orleans

See photo for Menu from September 23rd.

Sep 26, 2010
ggordi1 in New Orleans

FEAST opens in New Orleans

S.O. and I went last Thursday. It was amazing.
We started with roast fat ($1). These were three cubes of cured fat that had been rendered. Very tasty with the bread they bring out.

Then we ordered marrow bones ($9.75). My S.O. loves marrow bones, and these were no exception. So glad that there is finally a place to get these in the city.

For apps we had Pork Rashers and Creamy Brussels sprouts ($8.95), Scallops St. Jacques ($9.75), and Snails and Gruel ($8.75).

The Rashers was a revelation. They are braised sliced thin with the skin still on, slightly sweet, flavored with fall spices and maybe a tad of malt vinegar. The brussels sprouts were in a slightly sweet cream sauce. Excellent dish. We took some with us and all our friends who tried it were starry-eyed. One has become addicted.

The snails were stewed with tomatoes and spooned over the top of the gruel. We think the gruel was made of barley. It was sweet and very creamy.

Who wouda thunk cheese on scallops was a good idea? Well, it is. The St. Jacques scallops were served on the half shell with a creamy sauce. there were big chunks of mushrooms and just a tad of cheese on top. I really liked this dish.

For the main course we ordered the Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Leg ($28.95), with garlic rutabaga and mustard greens. This was a HUGE portion, so we were glad to split it. The rabbit was amazing. It had been brined wrapped in bacon, then wrapped in caul fat to hold it together while being braised. It was a unique texture because the meat had only been cooked to medium well. It was insanely juicy and the texture was not the normal stringy falling apart, but more like chicken oysters.

We ordered a side of bubble and squeak ($3.45), which is cabbage leaves, brussels sprout leaves and mashed potatoes, all browned in a skillet. It has a crispy toasted outer layer. This was also a huge portion.

For dessert, we had toffee pudding with clotted cream. Also, we ordered honey rosemary ice cream. The toffee pudding was stunningly good. Despite the fact we were stuffed, we kept eating it. The ice cream, which was recommended to us, was the only un-inspiring part of the night. It wasn't bad, it just left something to be desired.

Overall our dinner was spectacular. The food was amazing. We left regretting we could not eat 4 times as much as there were so many things we wanted to try. The two things we really wanted to try were the whole cow and pig heads.

We are planning a return with several of our foodie friends so we can try everything.

In short, you must try FEAST!

Sep 26, 2010
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Bacon Sundae

I ate at Green Goddess last night and for dessert they had the most amazing bacon sundae! The ice cream is New Orleans Ice Cream Co. Praline Crunch. There are small bits of bacon over the ice cream along with a delicious bacon caramel and pink and black salt. There is also a generous helping of whipped cream.

This dessert is amazing. If you are a bacon lover you must have it!

Dec 14, 2009
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Jager Haus

My boyfriend and I just had dinner at Jager Haus tonight and we are really happy. We had one of the oktoberfest specials, the Munich plate. It is enough food for three people. It had red cabbage, sauerkraut, german potato salad, bratwurst, knockwurst, meatloaf, porkchop spatzel, and schnitzel, for $32. It was great, we got to try a little bit of everything. The sausages were great. The spatzel was really tender. The meatloaf is by far the best I have ever had. The pork chop and the schnitzel were really good but overshadowed by everything else. Our check came to $61 including three large german beers and gratuity. This is one of our new favorites.

Sep 30, 2009
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Where can I find huitlacoche, squash blossoms, and masa?

I am hoping to make a traditional mexican dinner for Cinco de Mayo but I need some help finding some ingredients. I am looking for Huitlacoche, squash blossoms, and masa for tortillas and tamales.

I used to be able to get canned huitlacoche (corn smut or mexican truffle) at save-a-center. I was wondering if anyone knew if they carry it at Rouses now that they have bought save-a-center.

Thanks all.

Apr 29, 2008
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Doson Noodle House

My boyfriend and I just returned from a tasty dinner at Doson Noodle House on Carrolton.

The restaurant is very casual, making you feel like you are eating in some one's dinning room, for me that's a plus. They did however, have a tv on which happened to be blaring, and it was hard to talk over.

The service was very friendly, but not too knowledgeable about the food. For example, I asked if a particular dish was fried shrimp and I was told it was grilled. When the food got there it was obviously fried. In this case it didn't matter too much, but beware if you have allergies or other dietary restrictions. For all other purposes they were extremely attentive and accommodating.

We ordered the steamed dumplings ($5) and vegetarian soup ($4) to start. The dumplings were very good, although I admit I am by no means an expert. They were served with a sweet sauce that had chili pepper and scallions. The vegetarian soup had a really hearty toasted sesame flavor. It was packed, I mean packed, full of big pieces of fresh veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and bok choy.

For entrees we ordered the beef soup, pho bo, ($12) and black pepper shrimp ($15). The soup was made with beef ball and flank steak. It was served with the usual accouterments on the side. The black pepper shrimp were fried not grilled, but still delicious. It wasn't the regular new orleans batter on the shrimp. They were really nice and crispy on the outside and cooked perfectly, not rubbery, on the inside. The sauce was thick and peppery. The shrimp were served over lightly sautéed vegetables and with a side of white long grain rice. We had enough food left over for a light lunch tomorrow.

With two singha beers the total came to $50 plus tip. It was well worth it.

Jan 28, 2008
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Somewhere to eat Lundi Gras night???

I think that you mean Patois. I haven't had a full dinner there but I have had some snacks. The food I had was all really good. I am not sure if they are open on Lundi Gras. If they are open, I recommend you try it.

Jan 28, 2008
ggordi1 in New Orleans

"The Country Club" Dinner Report

I posted a few days ago about a new restaurant in the bywater that was open late. I finally got a chance to try it.

I always had the impression that it was mostly gay club, but I found out that the owners are trying to become more of a neighborhood spot. In december they hired a new chef that wrote an all new menu.

One thing I noticed was that when you walk in, there is a big chalk board with all of the specials on it. I happened to go in on a night when it was really quiet in the dining room but the bar was really busy. Since I was eating by myself I decided to sit at the bar.

I wasn't sure what to eat, but since the chef was around I decided to ask him. He recommended the Razor Clam Ceviche app ($9) and the Lamb Sweetbreads entree ($14), both specials. The chef also recommended some wines to pair with the food.

The razor clams were delicious. I haven't had razor clams since I moved to New Orleans and I was pleasantly surprised to find them. The chef said that he was the only restaurant in New Orleans that his seafood purveyor knew was serving them. The ceviche had red onions, cilantro, a couple of types of oranges, and garlic, in addition to the clams. The ceviche was fresh and light. The clams were super clean and tender not chewy. It was served in four razor clam shells.

The sweetbreads were lamb sweetbreads, which I have never had. They were served with caramelized rainbow chard and yucca sticks. The sweetbreads had been floured and fried and were really soft on the inside. The sauce that they were served with was a dark and rich sauce with caramelized onions and bacon.

For dessert I had the Kaluah and Mint and Pot de Creme. It was much like a creme burlee but without the crispy sugar. Texturally it was also a little softer. The flavor was excellent. Strong but not overwhelming.

I really enjoyed my meal. I think that it is the best the bywater has to offer, no fried oyster poboys here. I will be back to try some of the regular menu food.

When I paid my check I saw that on Thursdays they have a wine and cheese pairing. I will come back for that and post soon.

Jan 27, 2008
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Gothamite Jonesing for Tasty New Orleans Treats

I recommend Cochon in the CBD and I really like Dick and Jenny's in Uptown. Both are really affordable, casual, and have great food. You will want to make reservation at both. If you are looking for a fancier dinner place try Irene's or K-Paul's, both in the Quarter. They serve traditional creole food. Again I recommend reservations. Enjoy your trip.

Jan 14, 2008
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Looking for Dinner spot for 12

I have to agree. I went to Cochon this weekend and while I was there, a group of about 25 came in. The staff at Cochon did a really good job of taking care of them. The food is amazing. Try the chicken livers and the pig and tounge salad.

Jan 14, 2008
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Riche Restaurant Closing

The Country Club in the Bywater is open late. They serve the full menu until 10 all week. They also have a pool and bar menu that they serve until around midnight. I think you can find their menu online. The food is amazing, and there is no gross fried food either.

http://www.thecountryclubneworleans.c...

Jan 14, 2008
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Advice on Peristyle?

This is my advice. Ask for MIKE as your server. He tastes all the food and he'll help you pick the best from the menu. The food can be hit or miss but the wine list is excellent.

Jun 11, 2007
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Delachaise Spring Tasting Menu

Yesterday was the first day that Delachaise started offering their spring tasting menu with optional wine pairing. It was amazing. Here it is:

First Course
Zucchini Blossoms with chevre, arugula pesto and romesco rubio with kashmiri saffron
** 1992 Jacquart "Mosaique" Champagne (Reims, France)

Second Course
Chilled Asparagus Soup topped with a warm wild mushroom custard
**2004 Stadt Krems Weinzierlberg Gruner Veltliner (Kremstal, Austria)

Thrid Course
Shrimp, Andouille, & Baby Artichoke Skewers with buckwheat polenta & salsa verde
**2005 Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina (Basque Region, Spain)

Fourth Course Choice of:
Lamb and Quince Tagine served over couscous, persian barberries, moraccan lamb jus & herissa
-OR-
Roasted Rabit Ballotine wrapped in serrano ham stuffed with Barley with heirloom baby carrots and grilled fava beans
**2004 Tenuta Santedame Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)

Fifth Course
Blood Orange Semifreddo with louisiana strawberry rum sauce
**2004 Jackson-Triggs Vidal Ice Wine (Niagara, Canada)

The spring tasting menu was by far the best meal that I have had at Delachaise. It was amazing. I didn't get the wine pairing because I didn't find out about it until it was too late.
About the courses:

The zucchini blossoms were really tasty. I have only had them as soup before. I loved the two different sauces and how they brought out different flavors in the same dish.

The asparagus soup was softly flavored until you ate it with the custard which seemed to bring out the asparagus flavor. It had a wonderful peppery-ness.

The Shrimp skewers were not only perfectly seasoned with a good amount of spice, but perfectly cooked as well. The buckwheat polenta was hearty and full of flavor.

I had the rabbit main course. It was so good I couldn't stop eating it. The rabbit was so tender and out right perfect and the honey roasted heirloom carrots were sweet but not sugary. It was an amazing combination.

The blood orange semi freddo which I have come to love over the past couple weeks was on the menu. It is as sinful as the first time I had it. The rum sauce was the perfect compliment bringing out the orange flavor beautifully.

The menu is $45 for food, add $50 for the wine paring.
A little expensive, I know, but totally worth it.

Apr 13, 2007
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Best Mexican food?

Tomatillo is open on Esplanade and Frenchmen.

I have been to both San Miguel and Felipe's in the past few weeks. They are so different.
Felipe's: The food was good but over priced. I think tacos run at about $4 for 2 tacos. You need several to get full. In the corner by the drink machine they have a salsa bar with four house made salsas, all of which are really good. There is a bar which makes great margaritas from fresh squeezed key limes. My only complaint is the "applebee's" like atmosphere.

San Miguel: The experience is totally different. Folding chairs and card tables are all that are in this place. They have a great selection of daily prepared taco fillings all of which are tasty. This place reminds me of the taco shops on the southside of Chicago.

Mar 13, 2007
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Riche at Harrahs is VERY disappointing

I just found this out about Riche. It turns out that Todd English just sold the rights to use his name to HARRAH's for the restaurant. He has very little if anythign to do with it. He doesn't hire, train, or even know the staff.

Feb 25, 2007
ggordi1 in New Orleans

Pepper grinding by the wait staff

I do like the idea of a fresh pepper mill at every table and so does everyone else. I worked at a restaurant where we opened one night with 30 pepper mills. At the end of the night there were only 12. I have seen so many people steal things from restaurant tables it would surprise you.

Jan 10, 2007
ggordi1 in Not About Food

Muriel's recently?

I just ate at Muriel's the other night and I would say you're better off somewhere else. Last time I was there, the service was terrible. Our server asked us to not order wine by name but by number. He seemed distracted the entire time, and we had to run our own dessert.
Depending on the size of your party you could try Bayona, they have a private upstairs that is really nice, or Peristyle, they have closed their restaurant for private parties several times.

Jan 08, 2007
ggordi1 in New Orleans