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#1432346 Madrid

Posted by beachfan on 14 September 2018 - 05:27 PM

I’ve been to Mercado San Miguel before and loved it. Is it much different then in 2011? I am having a light lunch there.

I have zero interest in Mexican food or a 3 hour lunch that day.

Thanks for the dinner tips!

#1432306 Madrid

Posted by beachfan on 13 September 2018 - 08:42 PM

Filandon (a somewhat more casual / family option from Pescaderias Corunesas) is open for lunch.

Rafa is open, but go dressed for battle.

Sorry, but don't understand the "dressed for battle" comment. Very crowded?

I will pay for percebes but not fight for them.

Filandon not open for dinner? Lunch is at the Mercado (my only chance this visit).


#1240331 best red sauce Italian in SF?

Posted by beachfan on 06 July 2013 - 12:58 AM

Ok, it's my friend's birthday, he doesn't like northern italian, he wants the italian food he grew up with in Queens.  Perbacco no.  La Ciccia, no.


So with the many choice in North Beach and elsewhere, where would you suggest for things like lasagna, eggplant parm, ravioli, etc.

#1192429 Dining in Dublin

Posted by beachfan on 27 May 2012 - 07:34 PM

Very helpful, thanks.

I will do Pichet one day and either One Pico or Gueleton the other. Gueleton looks best for vegetarians, but no reservation policy is a minus.

Given a 6pm opening for One Pico and a 7:30 curtain for most shows, seems hard to do it pre theatre. Pichet is open at 5:00, making it much more relaxed.

I'll be sure to take note of the pub recommendations! I assume they are all within walking distance of the old part of Dublin (I'll be at the Westin, which I believe is centrally located).

#1146749 Madrid

Posted by beachfan on 25 June 2011 - 09:55 PM

To me, Valazquez is someone whose work loses it in reproduction. His room at the Prado* is an astonishing experience. Everything is <i>so</i> supremely great - and <i>so</i> much better than you'd think based only on reproductions. (The brushwork!)
* Although I guess they rearranged things a few years ago, right?

If he was so great, than I can only assume that it was the inbreeding that caused the Infante to have talons instead of hands. Either that or lousy technique.

#1144305 Paris Bistros, Restos

Posted by beachfan on 31 May 2011 - 01:26 AM

Spring is low-60s, I believe. With matching wines, 120. My matching wines were just fine, not special. No Vincent Dancer! A COS white. a COS red. Hey, are we in France or Italy? Pretty modest pours, in fact. It's an enjoyable place, but a bit over-hyped in my view. No bargain either for what it is.

I would go to Saturne for lunch if you are looking for a lunch option. Just eliminate from you mind that it's anywhere close to a 2-star Michelin. Think hopefully-good modern bistro and you'll probably have a good experience. You'll probably enjoy the wine list, too.

I'm leaning towards Le Cinq for lunch, your prior suggestion seemed like a good one.
Only two lunches, one on Sunday (traditionally l'As du Fallafel carried to the Place des Voges for us).

So I'm thinking Friday dinner, and especially Sunday dinner if La Cagouille isn't anything special. (Nancy got me thinking, I love simple fish, but after five days in Portugal and five days in Venice, I will be looking for something less simple).

I didn't see anything on Atelier de Joel Robuchon, that's the place I have planned to go for the last two Sunday nights in Paris, but have always been too full by then to go. (I'd forget about anything fancy re: wine). Any comments on that? Would it be hard to get in around 9pm Sunday?

I definitely appreciate the time and advice from you, Nancy, Orik et. al.

By the way, I'll probably be solo on Friday July 1, so if anyone is up for a late-ish dinner, let me know, you can pick the place.

#1127221 Artisanal vs. Murray's - discuss

Posted by beachfan on 24 January 2011 - 10:01 PM


I'm primarily interested in mail order discussion but since most input will be from stores so if we can focus on the main Murray's, that would be helpful.

I'll get it rolling:

Artisanal's fulfillment process has been problematic - omitting key things from an order without contacting me (price was adjusted but no time to substitue even though the order was placed a few days ahead of time).

There pricing is much higher than Murray's (Epoisse at $28 vs. $20). The 5% discount I get at Artisanal doesn't come close to closing the gap.

Finally, Artisanal doesn't carry Neal's Yard cheeses. My guess is that it's somehow a money issue with them; their public line is that they've decided to focus on more American cheeses.

On the other hand, the quality of what I do get from Artisanal is top notch. I got a Xmas gift from Murray's where 5 of the 6 cheeses were great, but one was way off (wet, wet ,wet). Do you see a clear difference between Artisanal cheese and Murray's?

#1100028 Zürich

Posted by beachfan on 29 June 2010 - 05:01 AM

QUOTE(nuxvomica @ Jun 28 2010, 03:09 PM) View Post
any recent recommendations? looks like i'll be celebrating a b-day in Zurich...

I ate at Caduff's wine loft twice last fall. It was so good, I went back a second time:


If it's a birthday treat, see if they still have more of the 88 Rousseau Clos St. Jacques in the cellar (about 180 euros). An epiphany wine.

#933375 Philadelphia recommendations

Posted by beachfan on 21 June 2008 - 01:44 AM

Osteria is very, very good.

Matyson, a BYO, is better and less expensive.

Both were recommended to me by the owner of 32 East in Delray who comes from Philly.

By the way, the pizza in Redding Market was quite good, and the pretzels by the Pa Dutch girls was the best ever.