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  1. How about Oklahoma? Seems like all the truly nice people come from there.
  2. Are you sure they don't mean L'ardoise in the 1st? I used to love that place...
  3. No, but I had the Langoustine with mayonnaise at Les Fables de la Fontaine two weeks ago. Being from New England, I spent about a full half hour picking each of them clean. They kind of looked at me funny, I don't think they'd ever seen anyone do that before.
  4. The show is not an interest of mine, as Ripert has some offensive points of view. A lot of us will not watch his show.
  5. We stayed at Guy Charbaut two years ago. It's an Inn at the vineyard, outside of Epernay in Mareuil-sur-Ay. The staff was a bit like Fawlty Towers, as they were busy with the business... and it was a bit low end, but comfy enough. We had a tour and their champagne isn't bad. Don't let them cook for you for dinner though...it's right across the street from Billecart-Salmon. Also down the road in the same town-right off the town square- is a really big old house/chateau with nice big rooms that our friends stayed in. We really liked Pierre Peters champagne from the same town that Salon is from.
  6. Popcorn. Really. edited to say: not microwave popcorn, but I buy the local stuff from my csa.
  7. We went to Bistrot La Minette last Wed. The atmosphere and server were super. We each had flammekuche, which was the highlight of the meal. If you go, split one, that's plenty. Sit at the bar and have one with a pichet of wine. Delicious. It's full of wonderful lardon and copious amounts of carmelized onions, and although it was really really tasty, the richness of this dish affected our digestion the next day. TMI, I know! No creme fraiche that we could see, should have had a bit....the crust was very good. Their bread is tasty and homemade too. We had two pichets of white ($18 each), which
  8. OMG, we've passed by there a few times already, but haven't eaten there. OMG, that lamb sausage with roasted fennel and gorgonzola sounds amazing.
  9. The link to the article says he wants to do burgers and ribs in Center City or Northern Liberties. HELLO! We already have all that in NoLib! Especially with the new place of Owen's opposite his Bar Ferdinand.
  10. I get emails from The Wine Garage in Calistoga, California. Here is what the one last week said: "Dear Friends and Loyal Customers, I am so happy to announce our very first wine release in conjunction with a wine pairing dinner at my new favorite restaurant, JoLe. Mat and Sonja Spector moved to Calistoga this summer from Philadelphia where their restaurant, Madyson, received rave reviews. I have personally dined there over 5 times and have been wowed by Mat's entrees and Sonja's desserts. Mat and Sonja bring new energy and enthusiasm to the "Farm to Table" concept all us Californians enjoy.
  11. What is that Italian restaurant on Front St. at Chestnut? Not the one near Market...It's on the north corner of Front & Chestnut. They have this huge room next to the main dining room. When you go back to the bathroom you see it, it's really a big room, always looks unused. Plenty of parking on the bridge.
  12. We went to the Santa Rosa farmer's market the week between Christmas and New Year's (can't remember which day). It was really good! I love seeing the different local products available. We barely have anything left in Philly at the buy fresh buy local places. But Santa Rosa had a lot of fresh local produce. I also forgot that almonds are so local and plentiful in Ca. - got some great almond flour and almond meal for a gluten free friend. And the dried fruit place and seafood place were super too! Bought some fresh tamales, some quince jam and fresh quince...tons of other produce items not av
  13. Happens to us all the time when we go to France. Rich foods that we're not used to eating in our regular everyday life. Lately, we've been going into "training" before we leave for a trip. Seriously! For a week before, we'll have butter and sauces and cream and things we just don't eat on a regular basis.
  14. Four of us had lunch at Bouchon on 12/30. We had drinks while waiting for our reservation. It was very crowded, we enjoyed our pastis. Mr. Tarte Tatin has been wanting to go to Bouchon for a long time. He is a great home cook, and follows Bouchon's recipes for his Quiche and their pot a creme, along with his roast chicken and a few other things. I had frisee salad with lardon and egg, he had bacon and onion quiche with salad, another had beef carparccio with (? grapefruit?), plus I ordered four small clams at $2.00 a piece. Hubby has been trying to perfect his Quiche for awhile now. He makes
  15. On day on our recent vacation from Philly, we drove from our Santa Rosa base- toward Bodega Bay and down route 1 to Point Reyes. This was on New Year's Eve Day. The cows are amazing! They're everywhere and just beautiful. I wonder if the ones that stand on the sides of hills have one leg shorter than the other. The redwoods and water, passing by Hog Island Oyster house, etc.-all a very pretty drive. We were headed to Johnson's Oyster House, now called Drake's, that we'd heard about -in Tomales Bay. As we drove out the other side of Point Reyes, we saw a big sign that said, "Butcher", and had
  16. We ate at Slanted Door for lunch on Dec 26th. Our friends from north of San Francisco really wanted to go there...after reading this thread, we didn't, but they wouldn't get the hint when we suggested other options. Wandered around the food shops at the Ferry Bldg...and went to eat lunch. Yes, our meal at SD was all rather underwhelming. Why? The drinks were inventive and about $10 each, that was fine...also found a very respectable Bugey Gamay for $29? I think. Very inexpensive and tasty. Drinks were: an Elderberry and processco, a warm rum cider with star anise (this was the winner), a vodk
  17. We just bought a whole lamb with two other couples from Farm to City - Winter Harvest. It's a sort of winter CSA. It was $7.00 a pound. Good taste and it is local. farmtocity.org
  18. Any updates for Philly Foodies going to San Francisco? (really Santa Rosa/Sonoma, but we'll spend a little time in San Francisco.
  19. Okay, although I tried to convince our friends that there are better choices, they are DEAD SET on going here the day after Christmas. That being said, and having read this whole thread, are there any recent comments about what to order or what not to order? We both like all types of Asian cuisine, and like different foods with taste and creativity. We like the more authentic types of foods... I saw the comment about the raw bar being good. We're from Philly, and the thought of West coast oysters sounds marvelous...do they have that?
  20. Turns out we'll be in San Francisco on Christmas Day around 11:00 - or Noon. Looking for an early lunch in Chinatown, doesn't have to be dim sum. Any ideas what might be open, not too far off of our route from the airport to Santa Rosa? (can't remember the road, but it seems like I might have written down route 101, does that sound right?)
  21. Six of us ate at Cochon last night. It was packed! Black Friday, lots of families... Appetizers included three of the wonderful, decadent chicken livers (the serving was way too big). There was an escargot, a fried oyster, and Mr. Tarte Tatin got the pigs feet terrine. He liked it and said I wouldn't have; that it was very gelatinous. Two had Cassoulet with garlic sausage and duck confit. It was good! Mr. Tarte Tatin liked his. He said it was one of the best he's had, even in France, outside of his own. Two of us had the pork shoulder with the egg, two the duck. Desserts were a very good c
  22. In today's NY Times Food Section: (11/26/08) "Ms. Greene-who once wrote that "the two greatest discoveries of the 20th century were the Cuisinart and the clitoris"-...." An amazing quote causing Mr. Tarte Tatin to guffaw for a good ten minutes.
  23. Merde. I was hoping to keep this place our little secret! We've been going to L'absinthe for years. Just love it. Can't beat their plateau in the summer. Split one of those with some frites and pretend you are in France! Wow, that Tarte Flambee looks marvelous! Can't wait.
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