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Istanbul

or just go to Tenedos?

by the way, is sea urchin fairly easy to find at fish places? what's the season?

thanks

Apr 27, 2011
nuxvomica in Europe

Istanbul

thanks, Antman. this is brilliant, i just made a few changes - leaving in a couple of hours!

if we had one more dinner to throw into the mix, what would you recommend? Hayvore? Meze? sadly can't go anywhere up north (and we're squeezing la Moulette in somewhere already)

Apr 27, 2011
nuxvomica in Europe

Istanbul

i too have been doing my research on Istanbul for an upcoming trip here and on Istanbul Eats blog (got the book too for easy reference & hours) and both have been really helpful - the breadth of information here is amazing and so great to have locals' advice.

It's a very short trip (4 and a half days) and probably very over-scheduled (which we always seem to do as we can only get away but for short periods of time). Having read the threads and advice here, I think the list below is be pretty solid for a first (short) visit - wish we were staying longer, sigh!

Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi
Grifin
Antiochia
Ciya (esp. excited for the spring specials of keme & loquats)
Zubeyir
Mikla
Furreyya
one of the Grand Bazaar place for lunch - Kara Mehmet Kebab, Burç Ocakbasi or Havuzlu (in the order of preference but i guess it may also depend on which we find first and how hungry we are the the time, lol)
Siirt Seref Buryan Kebab Salonu and possibly Fatih Karadeniz Pidecisi, if we have enough time (and stomach space) before our return flight

any thoughts or recommendations to improve the list above? we'll be limited by time and area so places like Iskele didn't make the list (for this trip) - so may places, so little time... We will also be stopping by at bakeries, food stores (Namli), ice cream places, street carts etc. for various tastes, sandwiches, mussels, kaymak, late night stops at Durumzade, etc. and checking out a couple of wine bars/stores (Sensus, Corvus, possibly Rouge) as I'm curious to try local grapes such as Narince. By the way, any wine recommendations (grape, producer or region) are welcome as well. Thank you.

Apr 24, 2011
nuxvomica in Europe

NYT Lamb Ragu recipe mistake?

wow, that's a really good blog, souvenir. thanks for the link, i ended up reading a lot more that the bolognese entry

Jul 27, 2008
nuxvomica in Home Cooking

Maybe Food Network is Listening

she is a talented chef but the restaurant is really more of a club.

Jul 16, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Anne Burrell ~ Roast Chicken July 13/08

ah, but you don't have those little FN studio fairies that clean and fix things ;-)

Jul 13, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Ann Burrell's new show on FN - June 29

exactly, i watch more for inspiration than to follow exactly. i'm not a creamy mashed potatoes person so i usually make more rustic crushed potatoes but i did like the-cook-your-potatoes-with-garlic tip and definitely will try it next time. and the chicken looked so scrumptious.

did anyone notice how gentle with salt she was when seasoning the salad?

Jul 13, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Ann Burrell's new show on FN - June 29

Janet, funny, i was just thinking that i am not an expert cook by any stretch of imagination but i am an expert eater, lol, when i got to your post. this show is making me more interested in cooking. even that lamb dish looked doable for someone like me - not a ton of experience cooking elaborate meals (who has the time?!) but it didn't seem that much work and the results were pretty spectacular. she already got me to poach eggs - so easy and somehow it always seemed like a lot of skill was involved... i know that once it gets colder, i'll be definitely trying the bolognese. who knows, next i might try the lamb if i'm feeding a group of people... she doesn't have a ton of time in the current format to get into details but the recipes on FN's website have all the info needed, including cooking time. i'd love to see a longer show or just focus on one dish but with more details.

Jul 06, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Secrets of a Restaurant Chef - New FoodTV Pilates Show

oh, come on, what do yo want - good food by a mummy? so she's a little nervous but her cooking tips are point on

Jul 02, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

deviled eggs?

oooh, Centro - theirs are truffled

Jul 02, 2008
nuxvomica in Manhattan

Ann Burrell's new show on FN - June 29

re: controversial - i meant the "this is how much salt we use in a restaurant" and pre-poached eggs - things that people may not necessarily want to hear about restaurants. personally, i don't subscribe to it but you know how they say "ignorance is bliss"... she's telling people like it is, that's always a risk

Jul 01, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Ann Burrell's new show on FN - June 29

i don't either, hate excess salt. but from my own experience cooking - it does take a good amount of salt to season things, esp. meat and some vegetables. i think it was from Lidia's show that i learned to season every ingredient that goes in the pot. and, really, it's all about tasting - season and taste, season and taste until you are happy with it.

i thought it was a good tip that if you under-salt your pasta water, it doesn't matter how good your sauce - both need to be seasoned well.

Jun 30, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Ann Burrell's new show on FN - June 29

yeah, i agree that it's a habit. i certainly use it happily but have not missed it when i ate at her restaurant - never thought "this lacks pepper". if the food is seasoned well, it doesn't need it.

i do think it's brave of her to stir the pot a bit and be honest about cooking - whether pepper or salt, or language - she's working within a formula of an FN show but trying to do it her way - i mean, it would be much easier to not be controversial, wouldn't it?

Jun 30, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Ann Burrell's new show on FN - June 29

actually, Maximilien, it looks like you will get your wish - she'll be doing fish, as well as leg of lamb - i just looked at the episodes listed here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_lr

seems that the show is more about technique than "Italian classics". if you look at the description of the show on FN (see the link above), it doesn't even use the word "Italian"

i'm looking forward to the show

Jun 28, 2008
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Oaxaca Restaurants

Casa Oaxaca really lived up to expectations in terms of food

Casa de la Abuela - traditional old school Oaxacan cooking. right on the zocalo

La Biznaga seems nice but more modern global food than Oaxaca-authentic

the tlayudas place Dona Martha is very good but a looong wait - worth it though! tlayudas are tortillas as big as pizzas grilled, folded and filled with meat, beans & cheese - delicious stuff. whole families come out so it can be slow - just be patient.

enjoy your trip-so much wonderful food in Oaxaca

Jun 17, 2008
nuxvomica in Mexico

Esca?

Centro Vinoteca and Crispo are the closest to where you'll be staying and within your budget. Crispo might be easier to get a table. for Centro you need to book a couple of weeks in advance, especially primetime on weekends

Nov 27, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

Bouley Bakery Upstairs: Manager/Maitre from Hell

Scottish, actually. Surprised to see this as he's one of the most charming maitre d's anywhere.

just a thought but if you take someone out for a business meal, you may want to call the restaurant ahead to let them know - speak with the maitre d' or manager to make sure they know you're tax exempt, etc. the burden really is on you to make sure everything goes smoothly. you don't want to leave it to chance and risk any potential embarrassment. i doubt Upstairs gets a lot of business crowd - it's really a neighborhood place and, yes, cramped.

Nov 07, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

Centro Vinoteca?

it's Italian so "chen-tro"

Aug 20, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

Grocery Warning

exactly. scam.

Jun 19, 2007
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Hell's Kitchen -- June 18 show

the format's tired, Ramsay's tired (and bored), contestants are unimpressive except for Julia and the whole thing is a snooze.

and now a pr excercise for the army & navy.

at this point, i'm wondering whether marco pierre white, who's supposedly taking over from ramsay next season, can bring something freash to it. esp. since he claims there won't be any yelling or crying, unless for joy.

Jun 19, 2007
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 3

borzoi, good interview, thanks for the link. very interesting to see how they approached the casting this time

Jun 14, 2007
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Top Chef Season 3

definitely promising and a solid group of chefs, i look foroward to the next episode. Clay seemed the youngest and least experienced of the bunch. the first to go is always a bit unfair - little opportunity to show their chops. still, somebody's got to go.

Tre and Hung look really strong

Jun 14, 2007
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Busted Blogger

ha, it's interesting that his profile says this about the blog:

"No claim to be intelligent, of importance, or original is made.... VONCIGARS wants to be a insider guide on these topics. In no way do I claim to create original content. Most of what I bring to the attention of my subscribers has been covered or uncovered by other media before."

i wonder whether that was a recent addition or there from the beginning

Jun 14, 2007
nuxvomica in Features

Momofuku Ssäm complication this Friday: a question

you can definitely go at 5pm when they open and get seats right away and what used to be the "late night" menu is now the regular menu (thank god!) with the terrine, banh mi, etc. great hams too. (btw, it now closes at midnight so don't count on any super late eating there)

if you need to be in chelsea by 7pm, you probably won't have time to fully enjoy the bo ssam feast - but you can have a great meal anyway.

Jun 13, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

Hell's Kitchen!!

i agree. i like Kitchen NIghtmares so much better - and Top CHef.

the humiliation/abuse bit is just not as much fun as seeing people stretch themselves and achieve new hights, discover something new about themselves.

HK casting really has me scratching my head - limited choice? half easy targets, half pros... well, ok, semi-pros

Jun 08, 2007
nuxvomica in Food Media & News

Soto BYOB?

best to call and find out. i went early on and was told it was BYO when called for reservations. this was over a moth ago though... enjoy, the meal was very good :-)
and report!

Jun 08, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

What to order at Public?

yes, i second the kangaroo over falafel - it'svery unique and tasty. it's hard to go wrong at Public though - the lamb and venison are great, too. make sure you leave room for dessert - they're very good, even simple stuff like sorbets. enjoy!

Jun 08, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

Best veg/vegan awards

not a huge fan of Counter - Hangawi is much better. overall vegan - Angelica

love Roll & Dough (althoug i have to admit the spicy chicken bun is the favorite - not so vegan though)

Angelica Kitchen - i like their apps more than entrees, which i think have way too much going on. i love the cornbread with tahini, the dragon bowls, the lentil-walnut pate, the tempeh reuben and the parfait with nut cream - mmmm.....

Jun 08, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

$500, 3 people, where to go?

if you are considering Babbo - just do it - worth doing at least once! go for the pasta tasting if you like pasta - you can never go wrong with pasta at Babbo :-)

that said, once-in-a-lifetime experience is tough choice. you'll know best whether Italian will speak to you more than, say, French. not sure whether Le Bernardin can be done well for $600 for 3 - unless the booze is very limited (lunch night be good to investigate for an all-out). my point is: you could do the prix fixe but it won't be very representative.

in terms of deals, Jean Georges IS a great deal at lunch - two courses for $28 - in the dining room - not Nougatine (front room cafe - not worth it)

Jun 08, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan

Kid-friendly eatery for Sunday brunch/lunch?

Cercle Rouge in Tribeca. i live nearby and go often. on weekends, they have this magician stuff going on and baloons - it's for kids (they have cartoons too) - but the adults get into it even more!

the brunch is good, i'm partial to the scotch egg - not for vegetarians: soft boiled egg wrapped in sausage and covered in breadcrumbs - then deep fried. mmmmm..... served over tomatoes and some other healthy stuff

Landmarc is, i think, fairly kid-friendly as well - i've seen an odd stroller parked outside - but for me the appeal is mostly wine so i've never been for brunch or lunch...

Jun 08, 2007
nuxvomica in Manhattan