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Orlando - need rec for Lake Buena Vista area

We will be in Orlando two nights with our 3 kids (ages 5, 3 and 7months), and my husbands parents mid-April. Looking for a rec - our kids are very adventurous eaters and will eat any type of cuisine, and they are also very good diners. We never order off kids menus for them, and they can hang for even long dinners. That said, we will be flying in from west coat one night, and recovering from a day at Disney the second night, so don't want anything too ambitious. Just great food, and not too long of a drive. Any thoughts?

Apr 01, 2013
alexisbeall in Florida

"BEST OF" Portland??

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! This is great info... we are looking forward to eating our way through Portland!

Aug 05, 2009
alexisbeall in Pacific Northwest

"BEST OF" Portland??

My husband, 2 year old, and I will be in Portland for 3 days in September. I'd love to know the "not to miss" spots for all things food. What is the best
Ice Cream / Gelato
Bakery
Coffee shop
Chocolatier
or any other specialty foods that are out of this world?

We all have very adventurous palates, and our two year old will eat anything. What's good for lunch/sandwiches? We'll be staying in the Pearl district, but will be traveling around the city quite a bit.

Also, any good suggestions for dinners out with a child? She's fairly well behaved as long as we eat early, but clearly there will be some places we (unfortunately) can't take her to. Seafood is tops on list as we live in a mountain town!

Thanks for any help!
PS We'll only be there Tuesday - Friday. Is there a mid-week market?

Aug 04, 2009
alexisbeall in Pacific Northwest

Rome - Must Do Foodie Pilgrimmage Stops?

Thank you everyone for all of the great suggestions! It is getting all of us really excited.

We'll be staying right near the Piazza della Republica... can you think of any nice caffes nearby?

May 23, 2008
alexisbeall in Italy

Rome - Must Do Foodie Pilgrimmage Stops?

I'm interested in specialty shops, bakeries, chocolate shops, gelato, pizza, gourmet items, etc - anything to do with food or the kitchen in Rome. What is the best of the best gelato? Coffee? etc?

May 21, 2008
alexisbeall in Italy

Rome - Restaurants with Patios around Termini

We'll be staying at the St. Regis in Rome in mid-June, and are looking for restaurants in the area (or walking distance) that have outdoor dining. Of course, I don't think I need to mention this as we are on the chowhound site, that the food must be tops! I'll have my 9 month old baby, which is why I was thinking that we would be much less likely to disturb fellow patrons if we were outdoors, but I suppose a casual, boisterous place would work well too! Thanks for any help!!!!!

May 15, 2008
alexisbeall in Italy

Rome with a Baby

My husband and I will be accompanying my parents to Rome in the middle of June this year with our (then) 9 month old in tow. Can anyone suggest restaurants for dinners that are conducive to a little girl in a highchair, who behaves fairly well, but does have the ability to disrupt nearby diners?

I'm thinking places that have outdoor patios would be ideal, as she would be endlessly entertained by the passers-by (and any fuss she made would be drowned out by vespas). Or, if inside, anywhere that is fairly noisy and boisterous.

I'm not certain of our location yet (either near Popolo, Spanish Steps, or Borghese Gardens), but places that are walkable are more desirable (although we are willing to walk a good distance, and an occasional taxi or two is probably inevitable).

As a side note, I'm a chocolatier - and if there are any suggestions for not-to-miss chocolate shops in the city, please pass on!

Thanks so much-

Apr 15, 2008
alexisbeall in Italy

SLC - Mediterranean Market and Deli

Does anyone know anything about this spot? It apparantly has been in existence for over 50 years, but I can't find out any information on it online. Would love to have some opinions before I head down there from Park City! Thanks!

Aug 17, 2007
alexisbeall in Southwest

Best Indian food downtown DC?

Indique is great - albeit a ways from where you want to be. Its in Cleveland Park up Connecticut. Its a bit more upscale Indian, and very good. Indebleu in the Penn Quarter is Indian/French fusion, also upscale, and great. I haven't been there in MANY years, but the Bombay Palace is on 20th and K, your hood, and used to be good.

Apr 30, 2007
alexisbeall in Washington DC & Baltimore

Nice Restaurant List

My husband and I will be staying in Eze for two nights at the end of our trip to Provence - and would love some feedback on restaurants in the area. If anyone has any suggestions, we'd be much obliged! I'm aware of La Mere Germain in Villefranche, and was thinking of there for lunch one day. Anything good on Cap Ferrat or in Beaulieu for lunch? Some we were trying to decide between for dinner in Nice were:
L'Ane Rouge
La Petite Maison
La Meranda
La Zucca Magica

Thanks!! If there's anything outstanding Michelin wise, we're game - but also are willing to go for more casual meals - we're most interested in quality and experience.

Apr 24, 2007
alexisbeall in France

Saint Malo suggestions?

Take a trip over to Cancale (about 10 miles) and have lunch or dinner at Maisons de Bricourt. Seriously the best mussels I've ever had. I think I just read that they started a cooking school too - if I'm remembering correctly, you can take day classes. The grounds and the views are beautiful. www.maisons-de-bricourt.com

Apr 10, 2007
alexisbeall in France

LYON- Anyone tried Nicolas Le Bec?

My husband and I have one night in Lyon, and are thinking about the michelin 2-starred restaurant Nicolas Le Bec. Has anyone been recently? What was your experience?

Apr 10, 2007
alexisbeall in France

Need Good Crab Cake Recipe - No Mayo

Does anyone have a simple, yet delicious (of course) recipe for crabcakes that doesn't include mayonnaise as an ingredient?? I've searched the web, and can't find one that doesn't have it. I'd like a lighter, cleaner version (but most of all I just hate mayo). Thanks!

Mar 30, 2007
alexisbeall in Home Cooking

Are all paninis in Paris created equal?

I lived in Tours in the Loire valley for a few months, and LOVED the paninis they had in a little take-away there. They were filled with the local goat cheese and other yummy ingredients, and the bread would crisp up so nicely. I totally forgot about them! I'm going to Paris in a month and will be on the look out for some good spots.

Mar 23, 2007
alexisbeall in France

Bistro Savannah, Elizabeth's, Gottlieb's

We had a really nice lunch at Soho South Cafe on Liberty Street. I believe they have a website. It was recommended to us by our B&B owner, Dr. Wall of the Stephen Williams House. We also ate at Sapphire Grill, which I would recommend.

Mar 20, 2007
alexisbeall in General South Archive

Comfort Food in Paris

Thanks for your recommendations! About 7 or 8 years ago I was in Paris for work and went to a Brasserie on the Ile-St-Louis, I believe it was called Brasserie d'Ile Saint-Louis. They had an incredible onion tart - and if I remember correctly, a nice cassoulet (I think it was an Alsacian place). Does anyone know if this is still around or any good??

Mar 16, 2007
alexisbeall in France

Comfort Food in Paris

My husband and I will be in Paris for two days at the end of May - and I'll be almost 6 months pregnant. Its really a shame, but I haven't been into fancy meals or haute cuisine at all during my pregnancy. I'd love some recommendations for great homey bistros and casual dining spots in Paris. I just don't think I can sit through a michelin starred meal! We'll be staying at a hotel on the Ile st-louis (Hotel Jeu de Paume) and would ideally like places within walking distance (but we're willing to walk a fair distance). Thanks!

Mar 15, 2007
alexisbeall in France