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Difficult Paris question, please help

Hello,
I'm leaving tomorrow for Paris and I need your help. I'm looking for a bistro style restaurant with simple but absolutelly delicious fare and it has to be located somewhere between place Etoile and the river. I don't have budget limitations but I need to get in without reservations or with one only a day in advance. Thank you!

Jun 02, 2015
sasicka in France

Pork leg - please help

I've got about 2 pounds of meat from pork leg, no bone, no skin, in one piece. Please help me with ideas what to do with it. I think I should roast it, but without skin? It's quite lean. Also, I'm feeling too lazy to cube it up or grind it for several recipes... I think it's not cut well for schnitzel or steaks either. How should I prepare it whole or nearly whole without skin? Thanks!

Feb 25, 2015
sasicka in Home Cooking

Are you a food hoarder ?

I'm definitelly a hoarder. Is there such a thing as HA? I have jars at the back of both my pantry and fridge... and my hubby still complains when we don't have 5 types of pasta and 3 types of rice and we're not prepared for 2 weeks without power. I wouldn't have space for 2 weeks worth of canned food!

Feb 19, 2015
sasicka in General Topics

South Beach with kids?

Thanks :-)

South Beach with kids?

What do you mean by missing the boat? I'm sorry but English is not my native language.

South Beach with kids?

Thanks very much! I'm sure I won't go hungry with all those great tips. As for the Frieze - I think I'll take them just to see the amazement on their faces that there are more than three flavors of ice cream :-) though I might have to tie them down afterwards when the sugar kicks in :-)

South Beach with kids?

Thanks for all your ideas, I love them. However, is there anything closer, like 3-4 blocks? Taking into consideration that 10min adult walk = 25min toddler walk with option of parent at the edge of nervous breakdown, I think we can manage those 10 minutes max :-) that is without a stroller... So I'm looking for something closer - how about the beach side of Lincoln rd mall? Price is not a problem, kid (un)friendliness is. And of course mediocre food...

And by the way, is the Betsy hotel steakhouse any good?

Thanks!

South Beach with kids?

Can you reccommend a simple eatery good with kids (comfy seats, quick and delicious food, friendly atmosphere, less A/C) walking distance from the Setai hotel? It can be Italian, BBQ, Mexican, strakhouse, basically anything with really good and simple food.
Thanks very much!

What salad with sweet pork?

Thanks a lot! Brassica is on the menu tomorrow so I'll make the wintery salad or an apple slaw. Thanks for your great ideas!

Oct 21, 2014
sasicka in Home Cooking

What salad with sweet pork?

I slow-baked a loin of pork with onions, prunes and some sweet wine. I'm at loss what to serve with it. I'll probably cook some white rice (husband doesnt eat couscous or bulghur) but I need to freshen it up with a little salad. What would you recommend? Thanks for ideas!

Oct 21, 2014
sasicka in Home Cooking

Clove Club w/out reservation?

And how about Ledbury?

Oct 09, 2014
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

Clove Club w/out reservation?

From all the comments on CH and my research, it seems Clove Club is the right restaurant for me. Can I (+1) get in without a reservation? How?

Oct 09, 2014
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

One more dinner in London

Thanks guys for all your tips. I can't get resevations for any of them though :-))) not even St. Johns, mind you, even though almost everybody here seems underwhelmed by them...

Oct 06, 2014
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

One more dinner in London

I really loved my lunch at Roganic a couple years back. That was mind-blowing to me. So now I'm really looking forward to Fera and hoping it would live up to the expectations. I also really liked my tasting menu at Hedone, even though it wasn't as fantastic as Roganic. My other pleasant surprises were Nopi's lunch made of appetizers and small dishes only and Texture, though that was some years back. Yeah, I guess I'm pretty jaded myself :-)

London is currently as close as can be to foodie heaven bc in Italy I eat only simple food (great, satisfying but not really mind-blowing), I don't really like French food and since I'm mother of 3yo twins, I can't travel for food outside Europe just yet. I'm constantly telling myself my mantra - next year, next year, next year.... Japan, India, New York... :-))))

Oct 04, 2014
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

One more dinner in London

Oh too bad :-( I liked the flair of it... Now I need the recommendation! Please help!

Oct 03, 2014
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

One more dinner in London

I need help with planning one more dinner. This year we have reservations at Fera (I loved Roganic), Dinner by Heston (I havent been yet) and we'll probably eat at St. John's (we just like it there but havent been for a few years). Hubby wants to re-visit Viajante, which I thought was good, but somehow I didn't like the atmosphere. And I didn't find the food mind blowing, just good. Last year I also loved Hedone but I was too full after their tasting menu.

So please, what would you recommend for a mind blowing dinner in London? I would prefer either modern British or international cuisine like the above, or a really good Japanese (top also by Japanese standards, not only top in London). I hate South-East Asian cooking and I don't want other European cuisines (I'm from Prague and travel for food often).

Or should I just stick to Viajante and give it another try? Thanks for advice!

Oct 02, 2014
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

Taste of Prague Foodie tour

Degustation is a very long dinner experience. Cestr is defintelly very good choice, both for cooked meats and steaks (steaks are more international). I love the beer apperitif and their beef tartare. And for desert, I love their buchticky (little pastries filled with poppy seeds smothered in vanilla sabaillon).

Jun 17, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Taste of Prague Foodie tour

Imho the best pizza in Prague is in Locanda Marino. But the best Neapolitan pizza I ever ate was in SF :) and of course in Naples. You get nowhere near that in Prague. For most Czechs Italian food is easy carbs, thats it. It depends on you whether you want to eat good Czech food or like a Czech person. I would recommend the former :)))

Jun 16, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Berlin Gendarmenmarkt please help

Hello, I will be staying at the Gendarmenmarkt for 2 night from this Friday. Please help me find a good breakfast spot nearby. I like good coffee, preferably the dark roast southern style. Also, is there some good bet for dinner in walking distance? Looking for Berlin / German food, price not important.

I was looking at Renger Patzsch - is it really that far out as it seems on the map? Is there some decent transportation? Do I need reservations for Friday or Saturday night? Thank you.

Jun 16, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Taste of Prague Foodie tour

I really like Locanda Marino. Its in a nice location and has very good pizza and other food as well, especially fresh fish and seafood. Pizza Nuova - why in the world would you go to an all-you-can-eat pizza place in Prague?

Or you can go to Grossetto Marina on the boat on the river, they have good pasta dishes and salads and decent pizza with great views.

Jun 16, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Dublin urgent help needed!

Hi, my husband is in Dublin and needs a recommendation for a good place to eat dinner.
It should be in the center, a place where he wouldnt be really out of place in a suit but not should not be stuffy and formal. Like a gastropub kind of place. Food should be geared towards homey and simple but definitelly great quality.
We normally do research but he's stuck there and I cant do proper research with two toddlers on my head - please help!!! Thanks!!!

May 05, 2014
sasicka in U.K./Ireland

Budapest - Borkonyha Wine Kitchen

I'm glad you got your reservations, I wasnt able to.

Apr 22, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Thoughts on Prague restaurants

This might be a matter of taste. These three restaurants could not be more different.

While I love Sansho, it is a fusion of Asian cuisines and definitelly non-It is also quite informal with large tables and bench seating. They serve a menu of 5 smaller dishes and one main, with optional desserts..

Alcron is a fantastic French cuisine highly formal place, with the best lobster bisque I have ever had including several Michelin starred restaurants in France. They do have absolutelly fresh fish, they just don't serve it raw.

Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise is, as its name suggests, a degustation restaurant, serving small and very elaborate plates using some, but not a lot, of the molecular cuisine techniques. It does have a significant Czech cuisine influence and tastes. For me, it is definitelly the best restaurant in Prague.

All of these are expensive and quite filling, latter two also are quite formal. Maybe you can pick one of them?

Also, you can try out Cester, a beef serving restaurant, quite informal a great for a slow-food lunch. As for cafes, there is Cafe Savoy across the river from the National Theater (a nice walk on the bridge), serving great breakfasts, pastries and cakes and good warm food as well.

Apr 22, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Shopping around Noto, Sicily

Could you please give me any advice on shopping for food in or around Noto? We are renting a house in the middle of nowhere between Noto and Rosolini, closer to Noto. Where could I do my daily shopping?

It'll be the first week of June, so I'm looking forward to great cherries, maybe apricots and other friut, as well as fresh veggies and fish. Is there any market in Noto? Or any good shops with fresh produce? I'd hate to go to Italy and shop in a supermarket...

Also, I'd like to ask for any good pizzerias or other kid-friendly faster-food restaurants with outdoor seating but really great food, in or around Noto. Thanks very much!

Apr 22, 2014
sasicka in Italy

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

Cestr, lokated on top of Wenceslas square and focused on a Czech cow breed, is non-smoking. All Lokal restaurants have non-smoking sections and lunch is totally non-smoking. Almost all food focused restaurants are NS, but if you go low budget or beer focused, you might have a problem.

Apr 05, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Budapest modern and innovative

No, I'm just going for the weekend. I'm from Prague, so just a short hop. Actually the financial situation in Hungary is so bad that I'm not really surprised about their pricing in Euros. That way they are rising prices every day :-)

Apr 03, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Prague - Ristorante Longiano

I have absolutely no knowledge of this restaurant. But in the Imperial hotel is Cafe Imperial, which has really good Czech cuisine and decent prices for what you're getting. Next time go there, you won't be disappointed. And the interior is much nicer too.

Apr 03, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Lokal "Worst place for food that I have ever been."

I'm glad you like it. Lokal is an institution - you can see it from the fact that there are already 5 (I think) restaurants of this franchize in the Czech Republic and it seems that more are on their way. Unfortunatelly, they are slightlly going up with their prices every once in a while while not changing anything else. What started as a slightly more expensive pub (for everyday use) is now in the range of a decent restaurant which most people can afford once a month. When comparing prices, you need to realise that most people expect to eat lunch for less than $5 with soup, main course and a drink or dessert included. So while they started at about $5-7 per main course, they are now way over that and lots of people here find that very bad price to value ratio.

Apr 03, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Prague - anything chow-worthy near the National Museum?

It´s culinary hell there. If you go a few blocks on Veletrzni street almost towards the train station Holesovice, there is a small family steakhouse called Stejkarna. Closest to the National Gallery building, just on the corner at Dukelskych hrdinu street, there is a new frenchise pub style place with decent beer and relativelly eatable food called Potrefena Husa.

Apr 01, 2014
sasicka in Europe

Budapest modern and innovative

Hi, I will be going to Budapest in a few days and I'd like to get your advice on zhese 3 restaurants - Costes, Onyx and Borkonyha.
I am looking for Hungarian cuisine, but not the classical one. I like fresh takes on local cuisine, modernised, innovative, even with molecular touch (if good), but it still needs to be delicious and decidedly reflecting its roots. Have anybody been in all three? How do they compare?

Thanks!

Apr 01, 2014
sasicka in Europe