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  1. I love the saffron from saffron.com
  2. Rated Sicily's best restaurant by many, the only Michelin two-star this year (although no, I don't trust Michelin much in Italy either), I'm going to rave about the meal my wife and I had there in late October -- it was certainly three-star quality. I think this restaurant (and its chef, Ciccio Sultano) deserves its own thread and a lot of support from Gulleteers. Although there were a total of six diners the night we were there (the whole of Ragusa seemed empty), there was no sense of holding back in either our welcome or the kitchen. We ordered the "mixed" (fish and meat) tasting menu, and o
  3. Great report as to what is going on currently. I will be dining there in just over a week, so this was very helpful to me! Everything sounded delicious. Was there anything you felt was an absolute must try? I have never had foie before and was considering having here for the first time given JG's foie dishes are usually so highly regarded. ← #1 must-try is foie gras, next would be whatever fish dish appeals to you.
  4. My wife and I ate lunch at J-G Mon. 3/16. It was our first time there. Service was friendly and impeccable. The $14/course menu was in effect, as mentioned in prior posts -- by far the most economical three-star meal I have ever ordered! After an amuse with three elements -- a bit hamachi and chili oil, a guava/grapefruit juice (if I remember correctly), and a sort of celestial daikon "tater tot" over truffle cream -- we had nine dishes. I have pix of these but unfortunately don't know how to upload them to this post. First course: peekytoe crab dumplings in heavenly (lemongrass?) broth; tuna
  5. Little Italy (near the Inner Harbor for you tourists) La Tavola 248 Albemarle St. Baltimore, MD phone 410 685-1859 www.la-tavola.com This is the one place I can recommend in Little Italy. The chef, Carlo Vignotto, is from Venice, so expect that style as opposed to the industrial red sauce of the Littly Italy tourist traps. Good place for fish, reliable pastas, great risotto when it's on the menu. Moderately priced by Bmore standards (bargain by DC/NY standards). Charleston is the best restaurant in Bmore, but expect to spend $150/pp and up for the full food/wine experience.
  6. Siena report, Oct. 2006 Osteria Le Logge Via del Porrione 33 (just off the Campo) Siena T: 0577/48-013 La Taverna di San Giuseppe via Giovanni Duprè 132 I - 53100 Siena Telephone: 0577 42286 Fax: 0577 219620 E-mail: ristorante@tavernasangiuseppe.it Excellent meals at both these restaurants. Le Logge had several unusual dishes, all seasonal (we were there in funghi porcini season). At La Taverna, the roast boar braised in milk was the best dish we ate in two weeks. Friendly service, reasonable prices. We had a good meal at Mugolone (referenced above), but not as outstanding as these.
  7. Feb. '06 Oaxaca report. NB: I don't pretend to be a Mexican food expert. We went to El Naranjo twice and it was excellent, both the moles and stuffed peppers. Also the best margarita we had. We went to cooking class there too, and it was a lot of fun; prepared and ate zucchini (at least, something like a zucchini) vinaigrette, mole amarillo, two great salsas, and cake tres leches. I might not make mole often, but I'll be making a lot of salsa now that I understand the techniques better. Casa Oaxaca the restaurant was also good, I recommend the shrimp with chiles arbol. Marco Polo was very ple
  8. I read the controversy over Benares in that thread. I checked Michelin, but I'm a little leery of their "ethnic" picks. Also, although I'm willing to pay, decor and food quality have not always gone hand in hand in this category. In the bad old days of travelling to London, Indian food usually provided the culinary highlights for me. What spots do egulleters like now?
  9. We went to Boyer a couple of weeks ago, and I can't think how the experience could have been better. Welcome, seating, surroundings, service all defined the "three star" experience. The staff really seemed happy that we were there. And the food--without covering every detail, we ordered from the "today's market" portion of the carte, and three of the dishes are going on my all-time list: the amuse, a lightly-crumbed langoustine tail perched on a shot glass of celery root cream/foam; the veal chop with cepes, illustrating how great a "simple" dish can be; and the dessert of the absolutely best
  10. With respect, Fresh_A is still wrong. I'm pretty sure we were in Georges (that's what my receipt says), and from our table (when the greeters weren't standing in the way) you could see something that looked remarkably like the Eiffel Tower, even sparkling on the hour. But I wouldn't go back despite the view.
  11. Thanks, Pan, and I normally hang out in Baltimore, or Lake Placid NY. Also, "Fresh_A" is mistaken, you definitely can see the Eiffel Tower from Georges, out the window on the entrance (toward the escalator) side. Don't go there anyway....
  12. I’m reporting on some restaurants we visited in Paris last week. Grand Vefour. We went for the 75E bargain lunch (after painlessly reserving by email) and it was a great experience. Crowd about 1/3 American, 1/3 Japanese, 1/3 French. One of the great rooms, a warm welcome, and perfect service, if you’re not bothered by the fact that there are no women servers. The 75E menu, four courses, didn’t feature the most complex dishes and expensive ingredients on the carte, but still offered a completely satisfying suite of dishes. Everyone else can thank the Americans that you now get butter at lunch
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