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Published: Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:53:57 GMT


Amsterdam picks (3 days)

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:19:15 GMT

I stay in Oost when I'm in Amsterdam; you might like to check out the more "multicultural" Dappermarkt there. Dutch girl, have you been in that area (Dapperbuurt/Indische buurt) recently? It used to be run down, but has really changed. I don't have any specific recommendations though.

Anyone interested in sharing Noma 2 reservation?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:21:51 GMT

Hello. If by chance you'd be interested 6/14-6/16/18 please let me know. I know they haven't yet opened the calendar then so I still may be able to snag a table for two, but I'm looking for back up (and it may be more fun with more people anyway).

Ambiente Frankfurt 2018--Anyone Going?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 21:09:18 GMT

Hi: I may get a chance to attend this cookware show for the first time. It's difficult to imagine a bigger show than the annual mammoth IHHS show in Chicago, but my friend Bob Kramer says IHHS is small by comparison. Has anyone else here gone in previous years, or is anyone going in February? Aloha, Kaleo

Food for Shore Excursions Florence Rome Naples Venice Ferraro Modena

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:11:09 GMT

I hope that you will save some time to actually walk around in Rome, visit the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, climb the steps up to and experience Michelangelo's design of the Campidoglio (and the statue of Marcus Aurelius), where you can view the forum from above. cant see more than glimpses of the city's beauty from a taxi. Perhaps take a bus back from the Vatican area and walk around these parts ahead of your tour. Or see them the prior evening. Dont know what your schedule is however, you may be fried. Check your transport options, there are Metro stops near your main stops (Vatican, Colosseum,Termini) but also there are also bus options which enable you to see more and perhaps make en route stops. google maps is good for this. If you need food recommendations for Rome there are plenty on the Rome tab, including for the area around the Vatican

Need help with Austrian classic dishes in Vienna

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:41:28 GMT

Had a great dinner last June at Glacis Beisl: They cover most of the traditional dishes, the schnitzel was classic and excellent. The place was packed, but strangely enough we were the only foreigners. Have a look!

Worthy lunch stops between Lake Constance and Livigno?

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:30:48 GMT

Can't find any recent recommendations on restaurants in this area of the Alps...Does anyone have any recommendations for a good lunch stop? We'll be driving down through Nuernberg heading to Livigno but need to stop for a nice lunch somewhere around Lake Constance or later along the route...

Some True Dining Gems on the Ring Road

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 04:05:24 GMT

In the midst of planning a trip now. Thanks for this!

Prague Recommendations in Feb

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:50:21 GMT

We were a group of 8 adults & 3 children that were spending Christmas (2017) in Prague. On Christmas evening, the group had an early supper at Mlejnice on Žatecká Street. It was a delight...good food, excellent service in a calm enjoyable atmosphere (and no jacked-up Christmas Day menu/prices). We had such a good time here, that a few days later we went to their other location on Kožná Street & had an equally good time.

Cranberries in Zurich???!!!

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:37:53 GMT

Thanks - they must have gotten them for Christmas! I'll pass this on.

Christmas in Brussels

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:47:42 GMT

Brussels DOES have some great food. Don't be discouraged! Though it's been several years since I've been there, my choices still get some rave user reviews. L'idiot du Village and Viva M'Boma were both delightful. If you like organ meats, I can't imagine a better place than Viva M'Boma, though if that doesn't appeal to you they have many other choices. It's a very meat-centric place. Nord Zee was a fun place for lunch with the freshest fish. In Bruges we had a great lunch at Den Dyver, with a choice of wine or beer pairings (we had the beer pairings) and in Antwerp at De Reddende Engel which featured Provencale food along with Belgian, and it was utterly fabulous. Both of these still receive rave reviews. Don't be too concerned about the age of the posts, as restaurants don't change all that much. CH has limited info on these areas. If something looks interesting, check reviews on other websites or rely on Michelin and read them carefully. You can't go too far wrong. Holiday closings could be an issue, of course, so be sure to check on these.

Only Dutch are welcome at Restaurant Huson Rotterdam

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 07:10:27 GMT

Hi Ivor, I'm sorry to hear this happened to you in my hometown! I've lived in Rotterdam a long time, but never actually went to Huson. Next time you're here, please use this board for suggestions and I'd happily chime in. Just curious though: which restaurant were you sent to?

Warsaw Restaurant Recommendations

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:51:41 GMT

Based on the 'glowing' and curious recommendation here, four of us tried Akademia for dinner one evening. It did not impress any of us. What a disappointment. The service was ho-hum slow, the servers screwed up several of the food orders, and the food was nothing special. Sometimes 'lost in translations' might happen if the staff does not speak English well and the diners do not speak Polish. But in this case, one of us spoke Polish and it was her order and another diner's that was not prepared properly. Perhaps when compared to a communist-style 'milk bar', people would think this restaurant is creative, modern and amazing. But for us, an international group of diners with plenty of food experiences outside of Poland, Akademia reminded us of a chain hotel restaurant. Unless they change or improve, none of us would return here or recommend it to anyone we knew. There are better places in Warsaw with fresh, seasonal ingredients, creative cooking, excellent service and better ambience.

3 Dutch Farmers Crisps / Hoeksche Chips

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:44:57 GMT

Running through Schiphol Airport a couple years ago, I spent some of my euro coins on a bag of 3 Dutch Farmers Crisps. Apparently this is the English-language branding that Hoeksche Chips uses for the potato chips sold at the airport. I opened them a few days after I got home and wished I had more. Very fresh and crunchy, intense potato flavor, delicate salting and a clean finish. These are fried in sunflower oil. While Spanish potato chips cooked in olive oil are still my favorite, I liked these very much.

Fancy-ish Dinner in Copenhagen

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:08:39 GMT

Thanks for the tips about 108. We have a reservation there next month and was gravitating towards the starters because we like sampling more dishes that way. Good to get confirmation they're stronger than the mains!

Raclette - Lucerne/Zurich

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:22:25 GMT

Long ago I spent some time with friends in Lucerne who took me to a great local spot for long ago I only remember how delicious it was. Am planning to visit Lucerne and Zurich May-June 2018 and would love to know of any places that might be recommended to enjoy that wonderful culinary experience again.

Where are the best Danish pastries in Copenhagen?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 06:18:37 GMT

Glad you found your pastries! I did not have as good of luck at the airport two years ago. I spent my last coins at Lagkagehuset at the airport. My flight was very early. I suspect that these pastries were stale from the day before.

Amsterdam Restaurant Recommendations

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:36:11 GMT

Oh no! But the important thing is that you still got to try it.

Recommendations for Bratislava Restaurants

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:56:55 GMT

Back from my travels and, as no one posted any recommendations in reply to my OP, thought I would share our restaurant experiences in Bratislava: We ate at two traditional moderately priced restaurants for our first two dinners in Bratislava (picked based on TripAdvisor reviews, since we had no other data points): Zeleny Rodriguez (I know an improbable name) is located just outside the Old Town on the way up towards the Castle. It's next door to the Ibis Hotel. In retrospect, they had a pretty good wine list, including a Cote de Rhone red sold by the glass, but this was our first meal in Bratislava so we did not appreciate it. Instead I ordered a glass of a Slovak red, which was quite inferior. My husband ordered a beer, which is probably the safer choice of alcoholic beverage. The food here was better than average, but not great. Some of the shortcomings, in my view had to do with over-abundance of sweetness in both the starter & main course; I am not sure if this was an execution error or just typical of Slovak food. My starter was smoked salmon, served on a beautiful & plentiful bed of greens, but dressed with a honey mustard sauce that was too sweet. I had the pork schnitzel for a main, which was tender and tasty, but paired with a cold potato salad that was oddly flavored -- again too sweet. If I returned to Zeleny Rodriguez and ordered the schnitzel, I'd probably ask if I could substitute mashed potatoes (which were on the menu) for the potato salad. Service at Zeleny Rodriguez was middling at best: There was a long gap between our starters & mains. The 2 servers studiously avoided making eye contact with us or coming over to explain that gap, even though it was glaring. Prasna Basta - This is a traditional restaurant located in a back corner of a side street in the Old Town. It is popular and well-reviewed on TripAdvisor but we were disappointed. Service was very friendly and attentive, but food quality was below the level of Zeleny Rodriguez. The best part of my meal was the side accompaniment to my main course, which was described on the menu with the English translation "buttered dumplings," which turned out to be the Slovak version of spaetzle -- nicely al dente and copious quantity. Savoy -- After two nights of middling dinners, we decided to wandered around on our third day, looking at restaurants and menus. We decided to try this upscale restaurant at the Carlton Hotel (Radisson Blu), which is next door to the American Embassy. By Bratislava standards, the Savoy is expensive but not compared to equivalent restaurants in major western cities. The Savoy is set in a beautiful room with windows out onto a main plaza. The menu is an ambitious, creative take on Central European cuisine. I started with a smoked trout appetizer that was accompanied by beets and "horseradish gelato." The latter was a delicious aerated scoop of icy, chilled horseradish. Not only did it complement the trout perfectly, it was so tasty that I spread some on my bread in lieu of butter. I had a main course of roast duck, which was accompanied by "crispy polenta" -- also really good. Only weak link in the food were our desserts, which were sweet but had not other flavors. Decent wine list. Very professional service. I'd patronize this restaurant if it were in Chicago. It was that good. For lunch one day, we ate at Mondieu, which is a small Slovak chain restaurant reminiscent of Le Pain Quotidienne chain -- i.e., with a focus on baked goods but also offering sandwiches, salads, and simple entrees like quiche. I believe that there are 6 restaurants in th[...]

Help make a special birthday trip to Vienna!

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 02:25:42 GMT

Mr Autumm doesn't really do coffee so we didn't explore those. The ones we wandered past all looked great, at least the pastries did. I did talk him into one in Salzburg but I couldn't tell you the name.

Ukraine Report

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:47:16 GMT

First, a warning – or at least some perspective. Service levels in Ukraine are just different from those encountered in most of (Western) Europe. An ‘adjustment’ is necessary, otherwise very few places will meet ‘expectations’. When doing my preliminary research, I encountered several (actually ‘many’) reports of tardy, inefficient (and similar adjectives) service – and yes, the observations are true, but if one approaches as ‘different’ then sometimes the food can be well-prepared, despite what might be considered service lapses. In particular, the ‘tradition’ of bringing all parties meals at the same time is rarely honoured. Food comes out of the kitchen ‘when it is ready’ – on several occasions there were ‘huge gaps’ between the serving of different parties dishes (in the worst case over 60 minutes). Also, plates are generally cleared away as soon as one finishes – regardless of the status of other diners at the table. Payment is also ‘a variation’. Assuming credit cards are accepted (which they are at most upper-scale places), there will be two separate bills/checks; one for food, the other for all liquids (including water, coffee). Neither will enable a gratuity to be added – all tips are in cash. So, on to the restaurants (roughly in order visited). Lviv Another detour before the food itself. For some reason, many places in Lviv feel the need for a gimmick – I felt as if a deranged Disney had developed the restaurant scene here. Examples (by no means complete) include: A medieval restaurant with a live goose (penned) in the dining room A ‘chimney sweep house’ with a car parked on the roof so he can get to work over the rooftops. A ‘most expensive restaurant’ which has a false ’sitting room’ entrance and servers dressed in masonic garb (and a 90%off voucher which you need before attending the restaurant). A ‘bunker’ that ‘only serves members of the Independent Ukrainian Army (you will be interrogated before being granted admission – the password may (or may not) be “I hate Putin”. A place named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch – purportedly the servers offer to whip you during the meal. On to the gimmicks I actually visited: Arsenal – gimmick is no plates or cutlery – you eat with your hands off a paper covered wooden table that you share with other patrons. Plus (purportedly) only a single menu item - rack of ribs, cooked on a rotating wheel over a wood fire (they do actually have a few other items if you insist). This is participatory food. There’s a communal tap to rinse your hands before and after. The ribs themselves were ‘OK’ – with that volume they can clearly obtain good quality meat. But the cooking of the ribs is erratic – some are charred, some barely done. Seasoning seemed random. Despite being cooked over wood, surprisingly little smoke content – I’m guessing relatively short cooking time and probably boiled first as no dripping fat flare-ups. Texture was good, with still some ‘bite’. Great with beer. One person had fish – and the smell of that one portion swamped the aromas from the multiple rib orders. A salad came wrapped in flat bread. And the postscript – massive MSG reaction later. Coffee Mine – gimmick is a café that features a ‘coffee mine’ – you’ll need a hard hat to tour the cellar where they mine the coffee beans (if you visit this, do it after a salt-mine visit; the parody is actually quite good). Coffee was ‘acceptable’ – the beans were mostly Central American[...]