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Thoughts on Prague restaurants

Reservations? Definitely.

Apr 12, 2014
bcc in Europe

Thoughts on Prague restaurants

Lokal is loud. We had a reservation in the non-smoking room of the Dlouha street location, and enjoyed the evening. The beer is great. And what I liked best, was that they tell you on the menu how large the portions are. I ordered the goulash, because I read on the menu that it was a 100 gram portion.
We did not go to Degusation, because I was not up to a 3-4 hour degustation menu.
We ate in Sansho, which was great!
We also went to Chagall's, which was very good,

Apr 11, 2014
bcc in Europe

Chez L'Ami Jean. Orgasm schmorgasm

Parigi, does this mean that M. Jégo's vituperations are uttered in the English language? By the way, ain't no such thang as a split infinitive. The native English infinitive, such as follows modal verbs (can, must, should) is without the preposition "to". So you have complete linguistic absolution.

Apr 09, 2014
bcc in France

Let's start a non-smoking restaurant list for Prague!

My wife and I had a terrific meal at Sansho last week. The owner heard my wife telling the waiter that she was allergic to chiles, and he replied, "Don't worry, we'll take care of you." And they did. I asked him what wine goes well with hi food, which he identified as "fusion" (and which I had up to that point always identified as "confusion"), and he said the the excellent Czech beer was the best. But he steered us to a white wine that he had discovered at a wedding in Italy. It was from Le Marche, and was called Pecorino, because the sheep love the grape. We liked it, too.
We had five small plates, followed by one larger one. The first was a dish of salmon sashimi dressed in sesame oil. The second was a beef tartar with ginger and bottarga, although we didn't really taste the bottarga. This was followed by pork and chive gyozas. The filling was a bit dry, but the gyoza dough was the thinnest and most elegant that I have ever tasted. Next came their famous soft-shelled crab sliders. The crabs are fried, and they are served on the type of bun that Momofuku Ssam has made famous. Delicious. Next came a piece of pork belly, browned and braised. The large course was a 12-hour beef rendang with perfume rice and braised bok choy. A wonderful meal.

Apr 04, 2014
bcc in Europe

Budapest modern and innovative

Make sure to reserve at Borkhonya Wine Kitchen. They have recently received a Michelin star and are constantly booked solid. We were in Budapest last week and couldn't get in.

Apr 04, 2014
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Suggestions for an eating tour of Chinatown

Check out Randy Lau's website: lauhound.com

Mar 22, 2014
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How accurate is too accurate and using laboratory glassware in the kitchen

You are best off when you weigh your ingredients in any case. GourmetSleuth provides good, convenient conversions.
http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cooking-...

Mar 21, 2014
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Primo maggio in Rome

Tante grazie!

Mar 20, 2014
bcc in Italy

Primo maggio in Rome

Will Roman restaurants that are normally open on a Thursday be closed on May 1st? Thanks.

Mar 19, 2014
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Puglia, Basilicata, Molise "report" May 2012 (really long with more negative than positive impressions)

Hi barberinibee,

I don't know if you keep up with ancient threads, but if you do, please note that we'll be planning our trip to Lecce and environs with a lot of your thoughts in mind. I was also surprised to see that you reside in Liguria. With a moniker like "barberinibee" I would have thought that you would be centered in Rome.

Mar 16, 2014
bcc in Italy

Smoking Laws in Europe, So. America and Canada?

God help us! We're going to Prague next week.

Mar 16, 2014
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How is Madrid if you don't eat meat?

Acerbe!

Mar 12, 2014
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Not permitted to bring cheese OUT of Switzerland

lynnlato, This whole discussion has prompted me to look into the matter. I queried Switzerland's Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA, or in German:BAZL) and they replied that cream cheeses, soft cheeses, and instant fondue mixes--with the exception of instant fondue mixes made with hard cheeses--may not be taken on board. So far, so good. They also sent me a document with more particulars. The document is titled 'Limitations on the Transport of Liquids in Hand Luggage', No more than 100 ml of any of the liquids listed therein may be brought aboard an airliner. One of the liquids mentioned in the document is 'hard cheese.' Other prohibited liquids are peanut butter, KY jelly, and gel-filled bras.

Mar 11, 2014
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Need two great Tel Aviv restaurants & two Jerusalem ones -mixed group 13-80!

Now that the enclosed porch is non-smoking, I thought it would be ok. But you are right; the tables and chairs are not the most comfortable.

And if the OP and family choose Bertie, they should request the enclosed porch, which is quieter than the inside room.

Mar 11, 2014
bcc in Middle East & Africa

Need two great Tel Aviv restaurants & two Jerusalem ones -mixed group 13-80!

You won't have any trouble finding menus and explanations in English. Please note that Thursday evening is when Jerusalemites go out to eat, so you will need a reservation. In fact, with your group you should have reservations in any case. The young and the old members of the group wouldn't be happy sitting around at the bar--if there is one--and waiting for a table.
One place that we have enjoyed in Tel Aviv, and that can accomodate your group, is Bertie's. Not cheap, but good. Another is Habasta. Toto and Shila are both excellent, but both are much too noisy. Hatzela Hashminit (the 8th rib) is interesting.
It is much more difficult to eat well in Jerusalem. Some people like a steakhouse called The Colony, but I've never eaten there. I have enjoyed Chakra, but it's not up to Tel Avivian standards. What I like best in Jerusalem is what they call a "steakiya", a simple place that serves good Middle Eastern salads and grilled meats. Two good ones are Hashipudia and Fortuna, across the street from each other in Machane Yehuda.

Mar 10, 2014
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Not permitted to bring cheese OUT of Switzerland

This is completely incomprehensible. Cheese is sold at the stores in the duty-free section of Zurich's airport. We routinely bring cheese with us when we travel. There must have been some misunderstanding.

Mar 07, 2014
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best kunefe and authentic middle eastern food in israel.

No, never had knafie in Nablus. And it's been years since I had it in Jerusalem. In those days I could eat a bowl of hummus and still have room for a plate of kenafia. These days, after the hummus ...

Mar 06, 2014
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best kunefe and authentic middle eastern food in israel.

Haven't had it in years, but there used to be some places in Jerusalem's Old City not too far from Damascus Gate that made fabulous kenafia.
There's a place in Jaffa with two names (Abu Hassan/Ali Karawan) and two locations (Dolphin St/Shivtei Yisrael) that has excellent hummus.

Mar 05, 2014
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A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

Yes! And thanks for the heads-up.

Mar 05, 2014
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40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

All right, I give up. We were only there once, probably around 9 on a Friday night, so I have no idea what it's like in the afternoon. The food was pretty good, I think, but the noise was horrible. There is a small loudspeaker mounted above every table, and I had the impression that white noise was being pumped in to maintain the "mood." No conversations could be heard, not about burlap or anything else.

Mar 01, 2014
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Noodle Village – Hong Kong Style Food Worth Checking Out

Lau, how do the fried dumplings compare to those of Prosperity Dumpling on Eldridge Street?

Feb 26, 2014
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40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

Louro is no place for anyone who wishes to carry on a civilized conversation. It is atrociously loud. If you would like to talk to your table mate(s) wilthout being forced to yell, it's not for you.

Feb 26, 2014
bcc in Manhattan
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Rome - Seafood lunch or dinner

Haven't been there in years, but we used to think that the fish at Piperno was great. Is it still good? Thanks.

Feb 24, 2014
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A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

mangeur,
Last November my wife and I stayed in La Cour St. Cathrine in Honfleur as per your recommendation. We thought it was a wonderful place to stay. I'm sure it would have been fantastic in June or July. Thanks for the posting!

Feb 20, 2014
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A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

mangeur,

your response terrifies me!

Feb 20, 2014
bcc in France

Bo Ky – Good Chiu Chow Noodle and BBQ Restaurant in Chinatown

My wife and I ate there last fall, as per your instructions: mee pok, soup on the side. I think we also had the tofu and broccoli. It was a great meal, all for the princely sum of $25, tip included!

Feb 16, 2014
bcc in Manhattan

Risotto confusion

Hi, you can't get a true risotto from a rice cooker, but you don't have to stand in front of the stove for 40 minutes either, as Mark Bittman and Mario Batali showed:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/02/din...

Feb 16, 2014
bcc in Home Cooking

What is the best sourdough starter?

The best starter is the one you make yourself using rye flour.
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/2390...

Feb 14, 2014
bcc in Food Quests

Favorite restaurants in Chinatown?

Is that what you mean by "cold tea?"

Feb 12, 2014
bcc in Greater Boston Area

Parmigiano-Reggiano Substitute?

For vegan guests we use miso. The taste is completely different, but the umami is there.

Feb 12, 2014
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