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LUCKYRICE: SlurpFest: A Ramen Dinner - 2 tickets for tonight

We have two extra tickets for tonight's sold out ramen dinner featuring Ivan Ramen NY, Ramen Lab, Chuko, and Yuji Ramen - anyone interested in grabbing them? Meal starts at 6:00 at 632 Hudson Street and the tickets are $88 a piece. Email me at slcorlis@yahoo.com.

Apr 30, 2013
slcorlis in Manhattan

Roberta's Tasting Menu tonight, June 6

Yes, I do think there are some parallels with the Chef's Table, especially in the early crudo courses at Blanca, which reminded me of Cesar's approach to similar ingredients. That said, I can't really think of a comparison for the dry-aged meats in New York (yes, places like Perla and Marea have dry-aged beef, but this is an entirely different level).

Jun 09, 2012
slcorlis in Outer Boroughs

Roberta's Tasting Menu tonight, June 6

I can't attest to the changes since the move to Blanca as this was my first visit, but I can echo nextguy and say our meal was fantastic. This is an edge of your seat, can't wait for the next course experience, and we loved every minute of it.

For me, there at not many direct comparisons between the chef's tasting at Torrisi and what's happening at Blanca. The menu at Torrisi is telling a different story, one imbued with history and and a sense of place that has nothing to do with foraging. This isn't a bad thing at all - I loved the tasting menu there when I had it in April.

We did have the wagyu at Blanca (featured in two courses) and I can't recall being asked if I'd prefer pizza instead of the cheese course. I think it's unlikely that's an option given the move to the new space - the pizza oven is quite a walk away.

I haven't been to Schwa since July 2009 (and loved everything about that meal except a pasta in brodo with cacao nibs, which just didn't work for me), oysterspearls, but I don't think you'll regret choosing Blanca. Enjoy celebrating your special occasion!

Jun 08, 2012
slcorlis in Outer Boroughs

Roberta's Tasting Menu tonight, June 6

The seats have been taken. Thanks, fellow Hounds!

Jun 06, 2012
slcorlis in Outer Boroughs

Roberta's Tasting Menu tonight, June 6

We very unexpectedly find ourselves with two extra seats for tonight's tasting menu at Roberta's; anybody interested in taking one (or two) of the spots? Contact me at slcorlis@yahoo.com.

Jun 06, 2012
slcorlis in Outer Boroughs

Lunch stops and food detours needed on driving trip from San Sebastian to Iguerande, France

In my head I was imagining later lunches (and hoping our stomachs might stretch a bit more), so thanks for the reminder that lunchtime in France comes quite a bit earlier than in Spain, Theresa. Checking for market days is also a great suggestion - I'll try that now.

May 01, 2012
slcorlis in France

Lunch stops and food detours needed on driving trip from San Sebastian to Iguerande, France

We ate at Etxebarri four years ago when we were last in San Sebastian and it remains to this day one of the meals for which I can recall the clearest memories. (Isn't it surprising how many individual courses at 'top' places are forgotten as quickly as they're consumed?). The beef in particular was fantastic - truly the best steak I have ever eaten. In addition, the produce from the garden was absolutely perfect, and we had an incredible smoked sheep's milk ice cream. We had quite the adventure getting there with the GPS being particularly useless and several calls placed to the restaurant where they pulled Lennox (the #2 and only English speaker at the time, I believe he's since left) out of kitchen to help us find our way. But what a stop, and so worth the trip! We'll be going back in June for another meal and I have every expectation we'll enjoy it just as much. Like Arzak, it's a must any time we're in the area.

May 01, 2012
slcorlis in France

Lunch stops and food detours needed on driving trip from San Sebastian to Iguerande, France

I am admittedly guilty of biting off more than I can chew on such trips, and really appreciate the gentle suggestions to scale back the distance covered, mangeur and Parigi. I've learned the hard way (but never seem to remember) that Google driving times are inexact, and that it can take much longer than you might think to cover what seem to be relatively short distances when traveling on minor roads.

Originally the trip was about hitting the Bras/Pic/Troisgros trifecta (all places my in-laws have had memorable meals in the past and that have been on our list of places to visit for quite some time) with a few stops between San Sebastian and Laguiole to break up the first part of the week. I know we're not doing any area though which we'll pass justice with such cursory visits, and believe me when I say I'm torn between wanting to hit several key places that happen to be spread over a large-ish geographic area and really getting a sense of one or two places. At this point the trip has been planned to an extent - plane tickets home on Sunday from Lyon have been purchased, some deposits made (La Colline du Colombier, for example, requires a deposit of one night's fee) - I'm not sure how much scope there is for major change. I had figured to be on the road by noon or so each day with dinner bookings for 9PM, which would give a few hours to explore along the way (longest drive seems to be about 5 hours?). Not a relaxing vacation by any stretch of the imagination, but the things you tell yourself are possible...

The idea of picking up local specialties for picnics along the way is a very good one - it's likely that even if time permitted a huge lunch our stomachs would be grateful for something a bit lighter.

I didn't mention it previously as this is the France board, but we will be in San Sebastian for 4 nights before picking up the rental car, so the entire trip will not be filled with long drives.

May 01, 2012
slcorlis in France

Lunch stops and food detours needed on driving trip from San Sebastian to Iguerande, France

Many thanks in advance to all who are able to offer suggestions based on their experiences. I've seen several threads from earlier this year centered around driving trips in some of the areas through which we'll be traveling, but most center around dinner/accommodations, and not as much around places to visit during the day.

We'll be spending a week in mid-June driving from San Sebastian to Iguerande, stopping each night for an indulgent dinner. Dinner reservations and accommodations have been made; we're now looking for ideas to fill the spaces between the planned stops. We're particularly interested in eating at small farm-to-table type places for lunch that offer a wonderful sense of place and an opportunity to engage with those who are passionate about food. We're also looking for any - sorry for lack of a better term - food experiences that can be had along the route, including tiny shops in tiny towns that make the best (fill in the blank here) you've ever had. Extra points for cheesemakers/cave tours and unique/up and coming vintners.

Monday - drive from San Sebastian to Hasparren, to stay/eat at Hegia, if it is indeed still open by then. If not, we'll need a new plan here.

Tuesday - drive from Hasparren to Lacave. Thoughts on going north through Bordeaux vs. south through Toulouse? We're booked at Chateau de la Treyne, but I'm not 100% sold on it. Assuming we haven't had to make a deposit (can't remember!), is there somewhere more interesting that could be booked at this late stage in the game? We'd need two rooms.

Wednesday - drive from Lacave to Laguiole, where we're booked at Bras for dinner/accommodations. May detour slightly south through Cahors and then drive over the Millau Viaduct and, if time permits, visit Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (is this worth it?)

Thursday - drive from Laguiole to Valence

Friday - drive from Valence to Iguerande, where we're staying for two nights in one of the cadoles at La Colline du Colombier.

I realize this plan sounds ambitious both in terms of distance covered and calories ingested. On future trips we'll have the opportunity to pick smaller geographic areas to really explore, and I look forward to returning to threads like Eating and Sleeping Outside of Paris for ideas. For now, however, any thoughts on the above are much appreciated. Mille fois merci.

May 01, 2012
slcorlis in France

Hegia?

Any further word on this? We are (were?) booked to go in mid-June and are hoping it stays open at least that long...

May 01, 2012
slcorlis in France

Atera

We have a reservation for this coming Friday and I'm happy to report back. We had a really excellent meal at Castagna last summer before Lightner left and have been eagerly awaiting this opening.

Mar 28, 2012
slcorlis in Manhattan

Limited Time Only (LTO) -- RJ Cooper Dinners

We were one of the unfortunate 4-tops stuck in the center of the room at two 2-top tables pushed together. It was fine, but the entire time we were there the two big booths behind us sat empty (8:20-9:45 or so), and it might have been nice to have the extra room to spread out that they would have afforded us. The chairs were perfectly comfortable, though certainly not plush.

Apr 29, 2011
slcorlis in Manhattan

Limited Time Only (LTO) -- RJ Cooper Dinners

Glad to hear you had a much better experience, deepfry7! We would have been absolutely fine with a four hour meal, but at the rate we were going it looked as though our meal would likely have run over 6 hours - fine if you're really enjoying the food the wine and the experience, but an eternity when you're doing so much waiting and so little eating. A yelp reviewer from the first night had a similar experience to ours, unfortunately.

Apr 29, 2011
slcorlis in Manhattan

Limited Time Only (LTO) -- RJ Cooper Dinners

We had reservations last night for the opening night of LTO. For the sake of those who have reservations coming up, I really hope the absolute epic disaster (there's no other way to put it, really) we experienced is remedied.

Before I detail what exactly when wrong, I should note that I'm not new to 1) long tasting menus, or 2) pop-up restaurants. I also know that opening nights (or weeks, for regular restaurants) can be fraught with all sort of little kinks as the staff settles into a routine. That said, when you're only open for 14 dinners and you're charging $180 a head (the price of the 24 course menu plus pairings), I do expect a certain level of food and service.

We enjoyed a cocktail at the bar in the front of the restaurant to start. No issues here, and Gina, the bartender/mixologist was lovely. We inquired about the wine list at the bar, and after being seated inquired about it again. The sommelier/manager kindly informed us that they didn't have a wine list yet (?) but he could tell us what they had (?) and proceeded to run through a very generic list of wine types (red burgundies, reislings, etc.). Not even wanting to guess how ordering a bottle in this manner would work (but wanting to have drinks with dinner) we opted for the pairings.

Cut to the food: in 1.25 hours, we were served four of the 24 courses. Two courses were served out of order, we were often without the correct flatware, and at no point in the first hour (3 courses, one 3oz pour of beer) were we offered anything else to drink. There was nothing technically wrong with anything we ate, but it was all pretty uninspired and could have been prepared long in advance, leaving us to wonder what exactly what taking so long. Looking around the dining room, we noticed that almost all of our fellow diners were waiting (and waiting) for their food as well. The staff were standing about idly.

As our fourth course was delivered we brought up the issue of timing to our server. He noted that courses should be coming about 8 minutes apart, and that he'd ask the kitchen to increase the pace. Twenty plus minutes later we still didn't have our firth course, and we asked for the manager. When he didn't come by the table within a few minutes, we decided to leave. Another table of two followed us. The manager met us in the front of the restaurant and seemed surprised that we were a little frustrated with the wait and the fact that we'd literally consumed five bites of food in the span of well over an hour ("tasting menus aren't designed to fill you up!"). We offered to pay a prorated amount based on the courses we were served, and to his credit, he declined to accept any payment and apologized for the performance of his staff.

I like the concept behind LTO and would consider going back if one of the future guest chefs interests me, but find it difficult to justify the experience when for similar cost I could head to either Compose or the Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare and have a fabulous meal.

Apr 28, 2011
slcorlis in Manhattan

Dolomiti Trip Report

@ allende
We stayed at Appartements As'Odei on Via Costadedoi. I really had no idea what to expect, but the apartment we stayed in looked to be quite new and was very clean and comfortable. No complaints at all.

The specialty food store you mention isn't ringing a bell to me. I'm thinking of the one immediately to the right as you walk in the ground floor (around back) of the mini mall. It specialized in cheese and milk products, though it certainly also had selections of wine, meat, etc. This same store was somehow connected to a building of apartments (or maybe it was a hotel?) on the hill above San Cassiano (lighted at night in sort of neon colors).

Mar 04, 2011
slcorlis in Italy

Ledbury v Marcus Wareing @ the Berkeley [London]

Marcus Wareing is an excellent choice for your honeymoon (I say this mostly because we ate a very long lunch there last fall on the first day of our honeymoon during a layover between flights from New York and to Johannesburg).

Know that whatever you choose in terms of menu, there's a great deal of flexibility in what you order, as is the case in most restaurants of this caliber. We ended up with seven courses, pulled from the two tasting menus on offer at the time. Food, service, wine - all of it was brilliant. The sommelier (or perhaps it was our server or maybe the manager - sad I can't remember as it wasn't all that long ago) even happened to be from Zambia (one of the stops on our honeymoon), and came back to the table at one point with a full page of recommendations for us.

By way of contrast, we had dinner at the Ledbury in December, and while the food was all very good, as marcus mentions, it's a very different, and more relaxed, experience. You do get the feel that it's much more of a neighborhood place (despite the two stars), and I remember the wine list having a much larger number of accessibly-priced bottles. We had a late reservation on a Sunday night and ended up being one of the last tables in the restaurant and never once did we feel rushed out the door.

Mar 04, 2011
slcorlis in U.K./Ireland

Dolomiti Trip Report

1. I can't say exactly how many bottles of water we had for 80 Euros, but it couldn't have been more than 10-12 (2 bottles or so for each person). Of course you expect to be charged for bottled water, but it's rare in my experience that a restaurant of this caliber charges for every single one. If not for the cheese issue, the huge water price tag probably wouldn't have been so galling.

2. Oh, we absolutely should have complained (and I'm not normally one to hold back when incidents like this arise), but was after 1:00AM, we were tired, the entire waitstaff was waiting on us to clear out and leave so they could pick up and go home....we just...let it go. (Our choice, and we're fine with it. Honestly, it became a bit of a running joke for the rest of the trip: "We could have [insert here things that should reasonably cost 125 Euros] or....2 plates of cheese!"). That said, despite some very good food, we wouldn't rush back. I did note that you were mostly silent on the issue of going, but enough other sources (media, mostly) had such glowing reviews and it was within walking distance, so we thought we'd give it a try.

3. Wines. We drank a lot of wine on this trip, almost every bottle of it from Alto Adige or Trentino. In addition to bottles ordered when out, we made good use of the little grocery store and specialty food stores in the mini mall in San Cassiano and the Spar in La Villa to stock our apartment. Dining out we had mostly reds - sticking primarly to Lagrein and Blauburgunder riservas (though we had a few cuvees that were really nice). In the apartment, we also had quite a few Teroldegos (nice article on them in the NYTimes just before we left: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/din...), St. Magdaleners, Muller-Thurgaus, Sylvaners, and Gewurtztraminers. We were surprised in general to find bottles had very low markups in many of the restaurants we visited. As I didn't do much of the wine ordering when in restaurants, I can't share specific producer names other than Manincor, which we seemed to run into quite frequently (and enjoyed quite a bit).

Mar 04, 2011
slcorlis in Italy

Dolomiti Trip Report

In February, we spent eight days skiing and eating our way through the Dolomites. We rented an apartment in San Cassiano, and thanks to several sources, most notably allende on this board, the eating was every bit as good (and maybe better) than the skiing. We found San Cassiano to be a perfect base point from which to ski and eat - there are several shops in town where one can pick up provisions (including a very nice meat store and a store with an extensive selection of local artisanal products) and the local slope (Piz Sorega) provides easy access to Alta Badia and Dolomiti Superski beyond. We bought food to take breakfast in our apartment, and then generally ate our lunches on the mountain followed by dinners in the valley.

Lunches:
- Hotel Malita, Arabba: For the first two days, we hired a ski guide, and on day one he took us to the ristorante at the Hotel Malita in Arabba for lunch. It's a bit away from the tram station, down the hill into town (we skied through a parking lot and a small playground). The food was solid but nothing revelatory.

- Rifugio Fodom: Our guide brought us to Fodom on our second day with him, and when he called ahead to make a reservation, I assumed it must be a popular spot (it was). Even at 2PM the place was packed, and the weather was nice enough to eat outside on the patio. The pizzas were the star here, with 3 or 4 menu pages devoted to them and many interesting combinations. We also shared a dish of sausage, polenta and mushrooms that was delicious.

- Malga Saraghes: Without our guide on day 3, we reverted to my pre-researched list and tried Malga Saraghes, which was recommended by allende. Both of the pastas we tried here were very good (penne with tomato, meats and cheese; little spinach gnocchi with cream and mushroom), and the goulash with polenta was very flavorful. It came with a side of vinegary slaw laced with speck that was something of a wake up call - why don't we put cured pork in our slaw in the States? We also were able to try graukase, which was described as being served with with onion rings (we were thinking fried onion rings) and was instead served with...sliced rings of raw onion, which was good for a laugh. Saraghes has a wine list (Malita and Fodom simply had house wines, I think) and we ate outside at the large wooden tables, soaking up the sun.

- Rifugio Edelweiss Hutte: Picked at random off the map mainly because it seemed off the beaten path, we had lunch on our fourth day at Edelweiss Hutte. Walking in the door we say only the self service area and were pretty disappointed (though the food didn't look bad) until we noticed the painted wall sign for the restaurant. Hidden in the back was a fairly fancy little restaurant, replete with tablecloths, cloth napkins, and very nice stemware. We had a full three course lunch here, with soups, pastas, and veal chops (perfectly-cooked). Every pasta we tried was incredible, though I was partial to the gnocchi with cabbage and pork and my papparadelle with ragu. Both the tortelli in brodo and the typical barley soup were very good as well. Nice wine list.

- La Terrazza (Ciasa Salares): Later in the week we decided to stop skiing in the early afternoon and packed into the car for the short drive to Ciasa Salares in Armentarola. We had canceled our dinner at La Siriola for later in the week after hearing some less-than-favorable reviews, but were please to have a chance to try one of the hotel's more casual spots for lunch. We weren't disappointed, and everything from the bread basket (our best lunchtime one) to the pastas and the artichoke flatbread were well prepared. The dessert and wine lists here are nice as well (the apple donuts were my favorite).

Dinners:
- Wine Bar & Grill (Rosa Alpina): After a full day of travel (two flights and a 2+ hour car drive) we were thrilled to be able to walk 5 minutes to dinner at the Wine Bar & Grill in the Rosa Alpina hotel. We were among the first seated tables at 7:30, but by the time we left around 9:30 the bar area was packed. We tried the spaghetti alla chitarra (topped with a VERY healthy dose of the little local black truffles), the gnocchi in mountain cheese sauce, one of the pizzas and a focaccia topped with rocket, prosciutto and burrata. Solid if unexciting meal.

- St. Hubertus: After our friends arrived the following day, we had our first big meal of the trip. Deciding against the tasting menu, we instead put together a fairly extensive menu of our own, and until we hit the cheese course the service was gracious and the dishes well-executed and interesting without being over done. By the time we were ready for cheese I was incredibly excited, having seen the cart roll by a few times already that evening. One of our friends had departed for the evening, exhausted from traveling, so we ordered two cheese plates for four people. The cheeses and assorted accompaniments were excellent (including two types of delicious honey), and portion sizes were adequate but not generous by any means as compared to what we're accustomed to in high-end New York restaurants. I should note at this point that we were the only diners left in the restaurant (and had been for a bit). Imagine our surprise when the check came to see we had been charged for 5 cheese plates at 25 euros a piece. 125 euros of cheese! (Made all the more galling by finding 80 euros of water on the bill). I eat meals at places of similar caliber frequently, I can honestly say I've never seen such gross overcharging (especially for the cheese - I suppose I have been to a place or two that charged for every. single. bottle. of. water). The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

- Pre de Costa: We took a taxi the next night to Pre de Costa, and were one of only two tables in the dining room at the time. I'm not sure why this place wasn't more crowded - the food was excellent (especially the cheese soup) and the woman running the dining room was absolutely lovely. Desserts here very enjoyable as well.

- Las Vegas: We canceled our reservation at La Siriola and replaced it with a night at Las Vegas after we heard from several sources (including the owner of the company we booked our ski guide through) that Las Vegas had dinner and dancing (with transport via snow cat) on Wednesday nights. Dinner was fine, but the dance party was quite the spectacle. Wave after wave of people arrived at Las Vegas on skis or by foot (locals, maybe?) and the dance floor was packed from 10 onward. As we rode the snow cat back down the mountain heavy snow was falling, and from our perch in the basket on the front of the cat, we had a perfect view of all the skiers (and two runners!) making their way down the pitch-black trail and enjoying the foot or so of new, untracked powder. I'd recommend a Wednesday night trip to Las Vegas for the totality of the experience, but not necessarily for the food.

- La Stua de Michil: Our meal here was lovely from start to finish (with one exception, which I'll mention later). The staff was friendly and helpful, the food was delicious, and the wine list quite far-reaching (in fact, it appears to be a major point of pride that the hotel has the "most important collection of Sassicaia in the world." Their words not mine, but there is indeed an entire cellar devoted just to this single wine). My one quibble here was the temperature of the restaurant. In general, the interior temp at almost every meal we ate was a bit on the toasty side, but at La Stua it was bordering on uncomfortable. We had to leave the table numerous times to cool off outside, but luckily the staff didn't seem to mind. We had drinks at the hotel bar after dinner, and there was live music.

- Jasmin: Our final dinner during our stay in San Cassiano was at Jasmin, located in the Hotel Bischofhof in Klausen/Chiusa. Despite what turned out to be a rather exhausting day of driving (we went over the Gardena pass in the morning, spent the afternoon in Bolzano, ate dinner, and then drove back via Brunico) this meal was absolutely worth it. Recipient of a second Michelin star in November/December of last year, the restaurant is run by a husband and wife team (he in the kitchen, she in the front of the house) who were incredible hosts. There was a slight mix up with our booking, and they made room for us (in a dining room that had just four tables that night due to a party of 10) and went out of their way to ensure we had a spectacular meal. We opted for just four courses because we knew we'd be driving back late at night, but now I wish we'd had time to do 6 or 8 or more courses - it was that good. There were multiple rounds of amuses to start off the meal, and then four courses (turbot with foie and truffles; sea bass with white asparagus and beurre blanc; venison with a pistachio crust, cabbage, and buckwheat polenta; pre-dessert), a tasting of six mini desserts for each of us, and finally, a tray of mignardises. The owner (Marlis, I think) made wine recommendations for us that paired perfectly with the courses. We walked out of there close to five hours later absolutely stuffed and very glad we'd decided to include Jasmin on our restaurant itinerary despite the drive.

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St. Hubertus
Str Micura de Rue 20, San Cassiano, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 39030, IT

Mar 03, 2011
slcorlis in Italy

Dolomites: Bolzano to Berchtesgaden. A Memorable Experience?

@allende

As always, you've been incredibly helpful. I really appreciate your wealth of information, and will be sure to report back after we return from our trip the week of February 21.

We don't plan to ski every day, so thanks for the reminder about Tivoli. Would a booking be necessary for lunch? We had also given some thought to exploring the Weinstrasse near Bolzano. Have you driven any of it before? Would it be worth the trip?

We enjoy foam and weird food combinations (maybe not pomposity, so much) as much as well-executed and simpler more traditional fare, so I'm glad the region seems to have both in spades. We're hoping to pick up items for breakfast in town somewhere and I've made a list of the regufi mentioned on this thread for lunch.

Keeping my fingers crossed for snow...

Feb 07, 2011
slcorlis in Italy

Dolomites: Bolzano to Berchtesgaden. A Memorable Experience?

@allende

Many thanks for such an informative update. We're leaving on Friday for 8 days in San Cassiano and we'll hope for some cooler/snowier weather (the next few days look to have highs in the mid 40s). We're booked for dinners at The Wine Bar & Grill, St. Hubertus, La Siriola, La Stua de Michil and Restaurant Jasmin. I need to call this week to book a table Pre de Costa for one of our open nights, and L'Fana's "Grillstube" sounds like a must do for our other open night. It's an ambitious food itinerary, so I'm just hoping we can keep up :)

Any favorite on-mountain places for lunches while we're skiing? We're planning to buy the Superski pass, I think, but will probably spend a good chunk of our time at Alta Badia.

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St. Hubertus
Str Micura de Rue 20, San Cassiano, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 39030, IT

L'Fana
La Villa, Badia, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol 39036, IT

Feb 06, 2011
slcorlis in Italy

Trufflepalooza 2011 at Locanda Verde

At the very last minute we find ourselves in the unfortunate position of having two extra tickets to tonight's sold out Trufflepalooza dinner at Locanda Verde. Tickets are for 7:30 seats in the private dining room (purchased, somewhat ironically, because seats in the main dining room sold out). The menu promises three courses incorporating black truffles plus wine pairings. Tickets are $135 a piece. Any takers?

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Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Jan 24, 2011
slcorlis in Manhattan

Dolomites: Bolzano to Berchtesgaden. A Memorable Experience?

Many thanks for your continued help, allende.

When I said we were looking for "good" wine lists, I should have been more clear - the ideal would be a fairly-priced list of interesting wines. If they're wines that are difficult to source in the States, so much the better - what we're really looking for is to get a real sense of place, which sounds as though it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

One last question: I gather that Pre' de Costa is not the same as the restaurant in Hotel Armentarola (Norbert Egger's place)? If it's a separate place entirely, I'm having trouble finding an email address for it - do you have one you wouldn't ind sharing?

Dec 13, 2010
slcorlis in Italy

Dolomites: Bolzano to Berchtesgaden. A Memorable Experience?

Yes, we would plan to hit restaurant Jasmin on either the way to or from San Cassiano. It looks to be about a 1h 15 min. drive [in good weather]?

When you say very expensive, do you mind sharing approximately how expensive? (200 Euro? More?) I only ask because what people might classify as expensive varies, and it could be that for us the meal and the convenience of not having to drive (thus being able to truly enjoy the meal) may outweigh the cost.

From the town map I was able to find online, it looks like the apartment we're considering is just to the east of the traffic circle, about 150m from town. I'm hopeful it's a relatively easy and safe walk.

Are there other trattoria/refuguio, open for dinner on winter evenings and easily accesible from San Cassiano, that you would recommend to help round out our week? What we're looking for is not necessarily the most expensive/over the top/etc. experience, but more for food that is delicious, interesting, and perfectly-prepared, in an inviting space. Good wine lists are important as well.

Dec 09, 2010
slcorlis in Italy

Dolomites: Bolzano to Berchtesgaden. A Memorable Experience?

I don't know much about Jasmin other than it just (last month) garnered its second star, and that it has a young chef who is doing some inventive and exciting cooking. It has been the on the two star watch list (Le Promesse) for two or so years, I believe.

I really appreciate your feedback about Tivoli and Anna Stuben and the drives to each. If I can convince our group to take a break from the slopes for a lunch at Tivoli it sounds like a must do, but it sounds as though the drive at night is best avoided. Is is possible to take a cab over such distances, or is it pretty cost prohibitive?

We'll likely book an apartment in San Cassiano on Via Costadedoi - we're waiting to hear back from a few other apartments before committing, though are mindful that February is only two months away and peak season in the Dolomites.

Dec 09, 2010
slcorlis in Italy

Dolomites: Bolzano to Berchtesgaden. A Memorable Experience?

allende,

We'll be traveling to the Dolomites in February for a week (staying in San Cassiano), and have already booked tables at La Stua and Siriola, and are waiting on confirmation from St. Hubertus and Jasmin. We'd like to mix in a few more casual meals, and will likely look to Armentarola and the Wine Bar at Rosa Alpina after reading your above post.

We're considering driving one night to either Anna Stuben or Tivoli, but both seem like a bit of a schlep. Are either (or both) worth the trip in your estimation for the food?

Dec 08, 2010
slcorlis in Italy

Sunday night dinner in Johannesburg

We'll be passing through Johannesburg on a Sunday next month with over 8 hours to kill at the airport, and are thinking about heading into town for a nice meal. The restaurant that most interested me - Roots - doesn't look like it serves dinner on Sunday, and many of the other places I investigated (Auberg Michel, Linger Longer) don't either.

What's out best bet for a memorable meal in Johannesburg on a Sunday night? We'll need to make it back to the airport for a flight at midnight, and price isn't a concern. Right now I'm thinking about The Attic, but perhaps there's somewhere better?

Many thanks in advance.

Sep 28, 2010
slcorlis in Middle East & Africa

Passion Fruit: I'm obsessed

I remembered another passion fruit goody while running errands last weekend: B&H has bowls of free (I assume kosher) candy all over the store. Sift through these bowls and you will find sour passion fruit candies (yellow wrappers). They're amazing!

May 01, 2009
slcorlis in Manhattan

Report from Mar 09 trip to Paris

I'm so glad to read your reports about Itineraires and Breizh Cafe, AGM_Cape_Cod! We have reservations at both for when we're in Paris early next month, and it's nice to have additional confirmation that we'll likely enjoy our meals.

Apr 23, 2009
slcorlis in France

Garlic Fries

La Rural, an Argentinian steakhouse at Amsterdam between 97th and 98th, has garlic fries that are almost always piping hot and loaded down with garlic and parsley.

Apr 19, 2009
slcorlis in Manhattan

VE Day foiling restaurant bookings for our long weekend in Paris; Itineraires booked, but Le Jeu des Quilles and Chateaubriand will be closed. Further recommendations needed.

We were able to book La Bigarrade for lunch on 8 May, Yam'tcha for lunch 9 May and L'Entredgeu for dinner 9 May. Many thanks for the extensive help, and I'll try to report back on our experiences after the trip!

Apr 16, 2009
slcorlis in France