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Luna Calvados

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  1. Speaking of this episode on "Food Porn," Eric Ripert prepared an intriguing dish with sea urchin roe and ossetra caviar on top of angel hair pasta. Does anyone recall the recipe for this dish?
  2. Here's the link to the NY Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/dining/0...?ref=obituaries An innovator who had a wide influence!
  3. I have ordered extensively from Farm-2-Market and have never been disappointed. http://www.farm-2-market.com/ They offer live-in-the-shell scallops. http://www.farm-2-market.com/products/scallops.html Good luck!
  4. I believe that Restaurant Michel Rostang at 20 rue Rennequin in the 17th arrondissement, not far from the Arc de Triomphe, serves a beautiful plate of le lièvre à la royale on their fall or winter menu: Le lièvre à la royale et son rable cuit rose, taglierini au beurre @ €69 And they also serve a delicious pressed duck dish for two, which is one of their specialities, and it is always on the menu: La canette "mieral" au sang, servie saignante en 2 services, sauce au vin rouge liee de son sang et au foie gras, mitonnee de cuisses, petite salade aux aromates (pour 2 personnes) @ €73 / pers Around the week before Christmas in 2005, my husband and I had le lièvre à la royale, and it was absolutely delicious. We have had la canette "mieral" au sang many times, and it is always a treat, too.
  5. Yes, I do remember a time when one actually "dressed" to take a flight or to go out to dinner or to attend a performance. And I, too, have noticed that this casual trend has been happening more and more, even in the most sophisticated, cosmopolitan cities like Paris and New York. I also agree that it must be a sign of getting old that one notices these things with annoyance. Most of the ladies and gentlemen that one sees dressed for dinner in proper attire are senior citizens! And when one sees people in the airports dressed in sweatclothes, jeans, shorts, tee shirts, and tank tops, it really makes one wonder what they wear for truly casual clothing when they are just being comfortable at home--pajamas or underwear?
  6. Thanks for your advice, andie. I thought that the Leifheit looked good. Any others have experience with this make/model?
  7. I would love to hear some answers from eGulleters on this one. I just went through another egg slicer; one of the wires broke again. It was a fairly cheap Farberware model and did not last long. Now I need to purchase another, but I need some advice about a better make/model that will last longer than 6 months. Cook's Illustrated Magazine recommends the Leifheit Pro Line Stainless Steel Egg Slicer, which is available from amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Leifheit-Line-Stainl...01373842&sr=1-1 And the Chef's Egg Slicer, which is available from the Chef's Catalog, looks fairly sturdy, too: http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/90479-...egg-slicer.aspx Any opinions from those with experience?
  8. Listen to the Doc. Often people conclude that they are suffering from food poisoning when they are suffering from the flu. Just make sure that your husband remains rested and hydrated.
  9. Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately, according to Luisa's blog, it appeared in some markets as early as this past Saturday. WNET in NYC took place yesterday. Fortunately for me, it doesn't premiere on my local channel until the 12th. This episode is of extra interest to me as I am planning on traveling to India with the World Of Flavors program this spring. ←
  10. I recently received a postcard with news from John and Jim at The Green Street Cafe about the opening of their Wine and Cheese Bar at the end of this month: "Beginning on Thursday, January 31, in conjunction with the opening of our new wine and cheese bar, Green Street Cafe is pleased to invite the public to our staff wine tastings. Wine expert Don Williams will conduct classes featuring the wines of Southwest France, Spain, and Portugal....We will also be introducing some unique and wonderful Spanish cheeses along with our favorite regional cheeses." Has anybody been to the Green Street Cafe in the past several months who could report on what has been happening since their reopening at the end of last October? What is the quality of the food, the service, and the general dining experience? I am also wondering about how the construction is proceeding next door to the Cafe and if it is very noisy there during the lunch hours? I would greatly appreciate any information or updates from egulleters who live in the Northampton area and have anything to report of interest about the Green Street Cafe or other Northampton restaurants. It appears that the thread on this topic of Great Restaurant Recommendations in Northampton has been nearly dead for months--since the summer of 2007--and there surely must be some restaurant news to report on the Northampton scene, especially for the new year of 2008!
  11. My DVR says that tonight's episode is Number 56 and was originally dated 11/07/07, which is totally incorrect, because Singapore is a new episode. So be forewarned and manually set your DVR's to record the premiere episode of the new season tonight!
  12. My Season Pass is picking up the Berlin episode on 1/14. It shows an original air date of 1/14/2008. So, that is a new show for sure. When was the last time your TiVo got guide data? ← The "Travel Channel" television station and the "Travel Channel" website are both advertising that the all-new season (Season 4) of "No Reservations" with Tony Bourdain begins tonight on Monday, January 7th at 10:00 p.m. with an episode in Singapore. Subsequent episodes will also premiere on Monday evenings at 10:00 p.m. (with reruns scheduled to air on Mondays at 11:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 2:00 a.m., and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.): Berlin, Germany on January 14th; Vancouver, British Columbia on January 21st; Crete & Ithika, Greek Islands on January 28th; New Orleans, Louisiana on February 4th (just in time for Mardi Gras); and London/Edinburgh, United Kingdom on February 11th. According to Wikipedia, episodes in Laos, Hawaii, Romania, Columbia, Tokyo, and Jamaica are supposed to be announced at a later date, but I have not seen this information listed anywhere else, although Bourdain's blog has notes from Hawaii and Jamaica, where he has evidently been filming for the past couple of months.
  13. The new season (Second Season) of "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie" premieres this upcoming weekend, Saturday, January 12th, 2008 on the Public Broadcasting System in the United States. Check your local PBS listings for exact air time (4:00 p.m. on the East Coast on WGBH in Boston, MA and WNET in New York, NY and 3:30 p.m. on WHMT in Albany, NY). Be sure to set your DVR's to record because it appears that the episodes are scheduled to air only once with no reruns. The first four episodes will be: "Southern India: The Spice of Life," "New Zealand: The Rugged Land," "Bread: The Foundation of a Meal" (Paris, France), and "Hidden Hong Kong." See link below to "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie" website (don't know why it lists only the description of the first episode and not the upcoming episodes for the new season, but perhaps this is because each episode airs once only): http://www.diaryofafoodietv.com/episodes/22/ And the link to Louisa Chu's blog "A Moveable Feast" for a more complete description of the series and her involvement in it: http://www.movable-feast.com/2008/01/gourmets-diary.html
  14. Has anyone been to the Green Street Cafe since they reopened on October 24, 2007? There has been no activity on this board for some time, so I am wondering if there is any restaurant news in the Northampton area?
  15. No, I did not catch that. Although Tony was previously married and divorced, I do not think that he had any children with his first wife. He does have an infant daughter with his second wife, however, as I mentioned in my previous post. I did not get what Tony's connection was with the guys in the band or why they were invited to participate in the holiday meal at his brother's house.
  16. I agree that the scripted parts with the extended family, band, and curling were filler for the hour, but I enjoyed the more educational segments: Ariane Daguin of D'Artagnan and her novel technique of opening the champagne, the procuring of the turkeys at Stone Barn Farms, and the force-feeding of the ducks at Hudson Valley Foie Gras. It was also nice to see Tony doing some cooking with his sister-in-law in her home kitchen. The constant swearing by the niece and nephew was not funny. Were they and Tony in some sort of competition with Gordon Ramsay for the most use of the "f" word? Also, I was wondering why Tony did not bring his wife and daughter to his brother's house for the holiday reunion? I understand that he was remarried in April 2007, just after his daughter's birth, and supposedly this episode was filmed in September 2007. Tony, the family man who has quit smoking (but not swearing)--now that would have been interesting to see him in that context rather than the usual stereotype of the churlish chef in competition with his brother!
  17. "From Ketchup to Caviar," which was the name of a local restaurant in Lee, Massachusetts in the Berkshires, has to be one of the worst names I have ever heard. Although the restaurant has closed, the owners retained this horrible name for their catering service. I guess that the owners were trying to say that they could serve anything from the most casual (ketchup) to the most elegant (caviar), but I always thought that such a name indicated a complete lack of cooking skills because all you have to do to eat ketchup and caviar is open a bottle or tin!
  18. I have some good news to share. Just yesterday I received a postcard from the proprietors of Green Street Cafe, John and Jim, announcing their plans for a reopening in their former space sometime in early October. This is what they had to say: "Dear Green Street Friends, We are thrilled to be reopening in our old space and plan to do so in early October. There is a problem. After being closed for seven months we are short of funds. But, we have a solution. You are invited to prepay for your dinners (or lunch or Sunday Brunch ) and receive a 10% discount. Just sent a check to: Green Street Cafe 64 Green Street Northampton, Massachusetts Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, John & Jim" Several months ago, I followed dscott's advice and tried ZEN. Although I enjoyed the Pan-Asian food, my fellow diners were not as adventurous and declined to return there on our next visit to Northampton. Plus, the atmosphere at ZEN was just not as relaxing and pleasant and conducive to conversation as was the ambiance at Green Street Cafe. So I am happy that they are going to be back in business and look forward to eating there once again. I am not sure how the prepayment arrangement is going to work. Does anyone else have any information about what is going on with the continuing saga of Green Street Cafe and their struggle to survive?
  19. It certainly seems so. I usually have success finding such unusual items at the website of K & L Wine Merchants in San Francisco, and then have them shipped to me in NY State, but I do not see Suze listed anywhere on their website. Maybe there are limited bottles available in the U.S., if there is indeed a problem with the importer or distributor.
  20. I purchased a couple of bottles of Suze years ago, but do not remember where, probably in Massachusetts. Has Suze suddenly gotten hard to find? Is there a problem with French imports? I had trouble getting Marie Brizard Apry liqueur for about six months and then suddenly it became available again. You may want to check out the website of Vintage Wine & Spirits located in Mill Valley, CA, Phone (415) 388-1626: http://www.vintagewines.biz/index.cfm They list Suze under the Liqueur heading @ $26.99/bottle: http://www.vintagewines.biz/util/listgen.c...data_%20Liqueur I do not know if they ship to NY State, but you might try them. Good luck. And Cheers!
  21. Thanks again for your help. Sounds like ZEN is worth a try. I shall miss Green Street, though, as all things must come to an end at some time.
  22. Thanks for your suggestions, dscott. I am planning a lunch for a weekday, not this upcoming weekend, so I still have some time. I am not familiar with the ZEN restaurant. I remember that there was a Chinese restaurant, I believe it was called SZE's, in the location where Spoleto is now. And there used to be a Thai restaurant on Main Street, but I believe that is long gone, too. I would not mind a soup and sandwich place, and Woodstar Cafe sounds good for that, but I would most like a comfortable, relaxing setting where we can sit around the table and chat for a while. I have tried Sylvester's many years ago. The food was o.k., and it was busy and noisy. How does Woodstar Cafe compare? I have also tried Paul and Elizabeth's and was not that impressed with either the food or the setting, but it did afford the time and space to sit and chat. I also read that the owners of the Green Street Cafe had some problems with their liquor license and are moving the cafe to their home and garden!? This does not sound right.
  23. It looks like it has been almost a year since someone wrote on this topic, but here's the latest news that I have from the restaurant scene in Northampton, MA. Just yesterday, I telephoned Green Street Cafe in Northampton, MA to make lunch reservations and received this message on their answering machine, "Hello. This WAS Green Street Cafe. We are not open now or in the forseeable future. Leave a message if you need to." I was sad to learn this news. I have been watching the progression of businesses closing on Green Street as Smith College is building a new Engineering and Sciences Hall, and I guess the cafe is the latest casualty of this building program. Green Street Cafe was my favorite place in town to meet family and friends at lunchtime. The atmosphere was relaxing, and the food was generally fresh (they harvested vegetables and herbs from their own garden) and nicely prepared (French bistro and other foreign influences were in evidence), although the cuisine seems to have been on the decline for the past year or so. For those of you who live nearby and visit the town more often than I, do you have any suggestions for a replacement lunch meeting place? It seems many of the nicer restaurants, like East Side Grill and Spoleto, do not serve lunch, and those that do are very casual . I would appreciate any help or further information on this topic.
  24. How about the Bar Hemingway in the Hotel Ritz? Bar Hemingway, considered by many to be one of the world's best bars, is definitely worth a special detour. The drink prices are high, but well worth it for the experience of high quality, fresh ingredients delivered in a comfortable setting with gracious, professional service. The clientele are an interesting mix of tourists and locals. The Bar Hemingway is small, with a clubby, intimate atmosphere that once provided a great place to enjoy a cigar surrounded by Hemingway memorabilia. The bartender, Colin Field, is amazingly talented; he would mix whatever drink you wanted to match with the type of cigar you had. Unfortunately, I have not been back since the smoking ban, so I don't know how they are handling this issue. Although it would be less enjoyable to spend time in this masculine setting without the ability to accompany drinks with cigars, it must still be a very special place.
  25. I believe that it was "French or Foe?" by Polly Platt.
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