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Chambolle

Member Since 29 Mar 2006
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In Topic: Micromanage my Life - Japan

Yesterday, 01:51 AM

@Orik - Stopped by the concierge last night, post nap, just as they were closing ... had 10 minutes ... and secretly showed them The Magic Scroll*
 
They looked at me with WIDE eyes and said "oooooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh" while nodding and nodding and nodding
 
Supervisors arrived and I told them that Chambo MUST get into these places ... that fate of the entire world is at stake ... and all these very attractive young ladies are nodding and nodding and mesmerized by the bat-shit crazy being before them. I'm told to return in the morning ... but I don't want to be wasting my time so I ask if they know any of these places. They said, yes, pretty much all of them. I ask, can I get in ? Do you have the POWERS ! We MUST get me in ... the world ... the whole world is at risk ,,, do you realize that ? They are confering together and whispering in an ancient language that I am not totally privy to .. and they say to come back in the morning with The Magic Stroll. I'm not fully satisfied but I don't want to keep them overtime past 9.30pm so I asked one last question ... Sushi Arai, for example, it's near here, can you get me in there ? Yes or no ? Response is "oooooooooh, oooooooooooooooooooh, we know Sushi Arai very very well ... they are completely booked for the next month, Mr Chambo. Nobody can get in there, Mr Chambo. Nobody.  I'm very very very sorry, Mr. Chambo !"
 
Steam is coming out of my ears. I didn't really want to but, on purpose and on cue, I went ballistic and lost my temper and I screamed at the top of my lungs ...
 
THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE ! DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW ? DO YOU !
 
YOU'RE NOT DEALING with some RANDOM BOZO from the HAUTE BOURGEOISIE or YET ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE LACKEY STARS or PRINCES or PRINCESSES or POMPOUS PRIMA DONNAS ANYMORE !
 
[I make this sweeping gesture with both arms while turning my torso almost 180 ... effectively calling out the many dozens (hundreds ?) of noble people in the cavernous lobby / lounge space who have halted their own Friday night conversations and can't believe what's going down at the concierge desk]
 
YOU'RE DEALING WITH CHAMBO ... ... AND CHAMBO DOESN'T ACCEPT NO AS AN ANSWER
 
THE WORLD BENDS TO CHAMBO'S WILL ... AND SO WILL YOU !
 
I WILL GET IN THERE. MARK MY WORDS !
 
I WILL ... WATCH !
 
YOU NEED TO UP YOUR GAME AND UP IT NOW !
 
WE'LL RECONVENE IN THE MORNING ...
 
and I stormed off ... realizing for the first time that I'm TOTALLY F%CKED ... and headed out ... delirious, downcast, deluded, defeated ... towards the wilds of the Ginza  ... and wound up eating sushi from some 24 / 7 joint that the concierge had suggested would still be open past 10pm ...
 
A 24 / 7 sushi joint ... can you effing believe** that this shall be Chambo's fate ... we'll need to see . we'll need to see ... 
 
These are the adventures of the Starship Chambo ...
 
 
* Yep, that's your list and that's how I refer to it now ... it just sounds so much more mysterious and interesting and exciting, doesn't it ?
 
** and believe it or not, it was better than 90% of the places in Paris ... had at least 30 different fish options ...


In Topic: Micromanage my Life - Japan

Yesterday, 12:58 AM

I'll follow up with similar lists for Kyoto and Osaka but those will be based on careful readings of Tabelog with just a handful of personal experiences. I'll also add some speculative places that I would try based on initial tabelog reviews, and a few casual spots.

 

This could be SUPER useful right now ... and I'm NOT asking you to do a lot of work like you super kindly did with your AWESOME prior post ... just a simple list (if curated by you then it's good for me) of a handful of places for the Kyoto and Osaka geos that I have a fighting chance to get into with very good concierge assistance. Now if you WANT to do more work and describe them (with two words or a sentence or more), don't let me stand in your way ! ... but that's NOT the request. And if you're busy, as we all are, absolutely NO WORRIES WHATSOEVER cuz you've been a major major champ already ... don't jump thru any hoops for sweet, little Chambo ...

 

The timing is ... Kyoto this Thurs Fri Sat ... and Osaka is Sun Mon Tues

 

And sure, going gastro is fine ... you know Chambo enjoys that ... but I'm also TOTALLY happy with having a bunch of good, non-starry places along the lines of (and if you don't agree that they are / were good, make believe that they were once as it's the concept of the place that counts, which is casual place trying to do good stuff with non-Michy ambitions) Wildair, Casa Mono, Atla, Red Farm, Mawey Taco Bar, StreetXo, Septime Bar / Cave Paul Bert / Avant Comptoir if on steroids, Malauva Wine Bar*, Empellon, Mekelburg's, FoxSomethingorOther ...)

 

Even a list of the above non-Michy things for Tokyo would be awesome ... they'll get marked as faves in Goog Maps and when walking in the geo I'll do a reconnaissance flyby to see what the heck it is ...

 

* Research this place in Vigo ... it is simply awesome for what it's trying to achieve ... a WORLD CLASS wine list with just a few, but good, nibbles ... it's pretty much what heaven will be like ... or at least how I imagine it to be 


In Topic: Miami

Yesterday, 12:25 AM

For you, go to Alter in Wynwood if you want to eat food from an actual chef ... just go there and I'd request a table ... you eat at the real resto inside ... not whatever nonsense that they're doing in that bar area in the back ... and the inside counter doesn't look super comfortable to me, skip it if offered ... unless of course they insist and then beggars can't be ... Alter is the only place in the entire area that's really food focused IMHO, sushi aside

 

But it just so much depends on what you want ... real food ... or the Miami scene / fun

I don't really think that Pao is your cup of tea but checking out the Faena is totally cool ... maybe even during the day ... I've had cheapo lunches at Los Fuegos that were pretty darn good for their price point a few years ago but it's probably a M-F thing ... that's Mon-Fri

 

If you insist on staying "on the Beach", as we say, and more specifically South Beach, it's not clear where one would really want to go. In the south, there's (kinda noisy) Upland which has a bar area up front. The Milos, also in SoFi (South of Fifth, and yes, SoFi is a real name) is a pretty nice space ... and they do a very good cheapo lunch (a reasonable biz lunch option, in fact) that I've been to many times ... but if one is going to be a super fish snob then you're going to have to pay big bucks (for sketchy execution ... and the non-fish components don't warrant big bucks ... so stick to the cheapo lunch if you care about value) ... which may be perfectly fine ... it's "vacation / expense account money" so it doesn't really count

 

I'm assuming that you're NOT trying to sneak in a little model action on the side ... am I right ? If I am, then no need for any of the Primes or Red the Steakhouse or Smith & Wollensky or Fogo or Il Mulino  etc etc etc cuz through my eyes, they're all mainly about the wild fish in the sea even if they are pretty meat-focused* 

 

And of course you know about Joe's which is totally up your historical resto alley ... where you can chomp down on expensive stone crabs at a large, comfortable bar seating area ... but other than over-priced stone crabs and the history and the room, phewwww ... how can I say it nicely ... hmmm let's just say it's not a Galician's favorite ... and I never go there cuz when in town, if i want stone crabs we'll order 5 or 10 pounds from a company that delivers and their stuff is top quality ... and we'll have a little pool party

 

I don't have time to take you further north right now ... I'm preparing to pow-pow with a concierge ...

 

 

* Yes, there's Prime Fish ... I know I know ... that's why I said mainly ... every word is there for a reason. They really like meat down there in Miami ... and it's NOT of the aged variety ... they like it young, sweet and fresh ... it tastes better ... or so they say 


In Topic: Micromanage my Life - Japan

13 September 2019 - 04:18 AM

I'm about to land ... if you are in town, meet me there for a drink in a few hours ... can't promise that I won't be delirious by then but I must say that this flight was a piece of cake and I stayed awake from wheel up to down and now tabletops up and laptops off ... ciao for now


In Topic: Micromanage my Life - Japan

13 September 2019 - 04:11 AM

So Chambo, curiosity has me in its grip. Where did you decide to stay in Tokyo?


You know what happens to those who are too curious, my sweet, little kitten ... but since Chambo seeks out the curious around every corner and down any alley, he made sure to say where he was staying in that prior post to the well-informed and the well-read ... of course maintaining a slight bit of strategic ambiguity to those not paying 100% attention to my every last word ... for I need to keep the paparazzi at bay, if you know what I mean.

 

Hence I will add one additional clue that could clear up any confusion for you ... or any others trying to peek into my bedroom  ... which is that i am NOT staying at a hotel that you had recommended ... even if both seemingly swimmingly qualified .... for I try to fancy myself as a man of more modest, yet imperial, means and ways ... and I have a committee to report to ... my bored, board of directors who are virtually always lurking within the deep recesses of my mind and telling me to save those pennies for a rainy day ...
 

I guess I can forgive you, but I think you should dine at Okariba in recompense.

 

Deal