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    San Antonio, TX

    Will be headed here for work next week. Any recommendations? Places to avoid on the riverwalk? -Andy
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    Orlando, FL

    Was in Orlando for work and have two reports. Street Food Morimoto: It just recently opened and it shows. They haven't worked the kinks out of serving. Beer options were fascinating and delicious, with a Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale, Crooked Can and Baird Japanese craft beers. Had the baby ribs, takoyaki (octopus fritter), kalbi bao, and pork bao. The ribs were your local chinese restaurant fare with higher quality meat on the bones. The fritters were great, but would have been better if right out of the fryer. The bao were the stars...would get these and beer only If I went back another time. Cask and Larder: Whoa boy they have a Florida Peach Gose on tap there that was really fantastic. Funky but bright and refreshing. Went there with a large group so I got to try a few different things. Hot chicken (not fried) was delicious with a vinegary bite and not heavily spiced...but others in the party were expecting the deep fried "make you cry" version. The hay smoked porterhouse was fantastic, paired with the ramp aioli and salsa each bite had a balanced fatty, smoky garlicky brightness. The cauliflower and okra sides were well done, those two together could have been my meal and I would have been in heaven. Love this place and this neighborhood in general.
  3. Stopped by Dizengoff today at 11:50am. The menu had turnips and carrot add ins. Got the pulled chicken hummus and some frozen lemonana. Fantastic pickles that balanced with the cucumber/red onion, hummus and pita. Wife and I split one bowl and were licking the bowl clean. Try the table condiments with your hummus, "hanf" which is this smoky and lightly spicy chili oil, as well as the za'atar, made of sesame, thyme and sumac. Lemonanas were delicious, i think there was some chopped basil in it. Light and sour....just sweet enough but not cloying. This place was so busy, by the time we left there was a huge line out the door. Also, if they have the brisket hummus, which i had last time i was here....go for it.
  4. Bozeman; Big Sky; Livingston Was in Bozeman for a Wedding, I'll combine Bozeman Big Sky and Livingston in one post. After a half day at yellowstone, headed into Livingston. Hit up the Murray hotel bar for a beer and then onto 2nd St Bistro. Started with the local lamb lollipops, tomato and homemade ricotta salad, onion soup, and a roasted veggie soup + smoked chicken. Then moved onto the New York strip on special, tremendously flavorful beef (good to see nothing changed from 2012) and a lamb ragout over hommade papardelle. Fantastic meal, showing off the local beef and lamb. Didn't have much time for other dinners. Breakfast / Brunch spots. Cateye Cafe Definitely a homey spot, offering brunching boozy cocktails, homemade potatoes, and veggie scrambles. The Nova Cafe I would say this is the more sophisticated of the two. However the Nova Cafe also doesn't have booze, and if you are into that sort of thing with your brunch...head over Cateye. We had a Romesco rainbow chard hash with poached eggs as well as a mushroom breadpudding eggs benedict and homemade potatoes. I didnt have a good cup of coffee here unfortunately, most of the other places we ate were nothing to write about (i.e., Clark's Fork in Bozeman and Gallatin Riverhouse Grill in Big sky).
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    Indianapolis, IN

    A new, and now by far the best, breakfast/brunch spot in Indianapolis: "Milktooth Chef Named among America's Best New Chefs" by Liz Biro on indystar.com
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    Atlanta, GA

    Headed to the ATL on Monday for a weeklong conference where breakfast and lunch are taken care of, but I have a 75$ per diem every night for dinner. We are downtown at the Omni, is that area still chain heaven? or have there been any improvements. Places I've already eaten: Watershed The Optimist Holeman & Finch Empire State South No car, so where should I be going that's accessible via public transport and cabs/uber? Thanks in advance.
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    Basque Country

    Honeymoon stop number number two was a couple of days in Bilbao to see the Guggenheim. The museum had some great snacks and sandwiches for when you needed a break from the amazing collection of art. The old section of town had fantastic pintxos. I've lost the names of the places we hit up, unfortunately. Worth wandering First dinner was at Restaurant Mina, which had a tiny dining room and open kitchen. Amazing service and cocktail skills by the staff (the latter was something we found to be very rare in Spain) they served best negroni my wife has ever had. The tasting menu was fantastic, and had some true standouts, including: homemade blood sausage, partridge ravioli with pork belly, hake in a dashi soup, and a confit suckling pig. The wine pairings were also a real treat for us, lots of things that pushed our palates. The Nates 2012 Cantabria Albarino we are currently on the hunt for a case of...and trying to get to Indianapolis. We really loved this white. If you are in Bilbao, you better have a meal here. Second evening we went to Restaurante Arbolagana for a friday night dinner, as they touted themselves as a slow food restaurant. The place was dead and in a strange location above the Bilbao Art Museum (the other one in town). Great view of the city. We regretted getting the tasting menu after watching another table order a more meat-centric meal. The best thing we had there was the blood sausage (again!) truffles coated in crushed up chicharones under a bed of fried peppers (the spanish version of shishito). They had a tough act to follow after Mina the night before. We really loved Bilbao...it was like a spanish Pittsburgh with the way the city was nestled next to the hills and wedged between multiple rivers. Although I wouldn't recommend a stay longer than a couple of days, it's a good stopover on your way to Donostia / San Sebastian.
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    San Sebastian, Spain

    If we loved Bilbao, San Sebastian was....whatever word is bigger than love. We were there during a rainy spell, however the few days of sunshine we got were amazing. The combs of the wind, the beaches, the bridges and tiny streets in the old part of the city, it was a unbelievably memorable experience. Some of our favorite tapas stops: A Fuego Negro, Bar Tamboril, La Cuchara de San Telmo, Ganbara, I could go on and on. I'll note that during certain peak times it was hard to get some pintxos, I'm 6'4" 280 and I was getting pushed around by little old ladies. We were bored with estrella, txakoli, wine and cidre one night and found this hole in the wall craft beer bar called Never Stop. It was a nice taste of home after 10 days away, I sampled 4-5 Basque craft beers as well as some excellent belgian sours. Our first three star experience, Arzak was brilliant. We got a chance to meet Juan Mari and Elena, she actually took our order and checked in on our likes and dislikes. I'll go into our meal with detail later. On new years eve we went to Eme Be Garrote, a new restaurant of Martin Berasategui located in the district of Ibaeta in an old cider mill. Great way to kick in the new year. For the record, I love me some salt cod any anything cooked in pil pil oil.
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    Northern Spain

    Sorry, I spaced on the other thread locations. I'll try to fix it tonight. There shit-ton of content on this board. I knew about the basque country thread, I missed the san sebastian one.
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    Northern Spain

    If we loved Bilbao, San Sebastian was....whatever word is bigger than love. We were there during a rainy spell, however the few days of sunshine we got were amazing. The combs of the wind, the beaches, the bridges and tiny streets in the old part of the city, it was a unbelievably memorable experience. Some of our favorite tapas stops: A Fuego Negro, Bar Tamboril, La Cuchara de San Telmo, Ganbara, I could go on and on. I'll note that during certain peak times it was hard to get some pintxos, I'm 6'4" 280 and I was getting pushed around by little old ladies. We were bored with estrella, txakoli, wine and cidre one night and found this hole in the wall craft beer bar called Never Stop. It was a nice taste of home after 10 days away, I sampled 4-5 Basque craft beers as well as some excellent belgian sours. Our first three star experience, Arzak was brilliant. We got a chance to meet Juan Mari and Elena, she actually took our order and checked in on our likes and dislikes. I'll go into our meal with detail later. On new years eve we went to Eme Be Garrote, a new restaurant of Martin Berasategui located in the district of Ibaeta in an old cider mill. Great way to kick in the new year. For the record, I love me some salt cod any anything cooked in pil pil oil.
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    Northern Spain

    Honeymoon stop number number two was a couple of days in Bilbao to see the Guggenheim. The museum had some great snacks and sandwiches for when you needed a break from the amazing collection of art. The old section of town had fantastic pintxos. I've lost the names of the places we hit up, unfortunately. Worth wandering First dinner was at Restaurant Mina, which had a tiny dining room and open kitchen. Amazing service and cocktail skills by the staff (the latter was something we found to be very rare in Spain) they served best negroni my wife has ever had. The tasting menu was fantastic, and had some true standouts, including: homemade blood sausage, partridge ravioli with pork belly, hake in a dashi soup, and a confit suckling pig. The wine pairings were also a real treat for us, lots of things that pushed our palates. The Nates 2012 Cantabria Albarino we are currently on the hunt for a case of...and trying to get to Indianapolis. We really loved this white. If you are in Bilbao, you better have a meal here. Second evening we went to Restaurante Arbolagana for a friday night dinner, as they touted themselves as a slow food restaurant. The place was dead and in a strange location above the Bilbao Art Museum (the other one in town). Great view of the city. We regretted getting the tasting menu after watching another table order a more meat-centric meal. The best thing we had there was the blood sausage (again!) truffles coated in crushed up chicharones under a bed of fried peppers (the spanish version of shishito). They had a tough act to follow after Mina the night before. We really loved Bilbao...it was like a spanish Pittsburgh with the way the city was nestled next to the hills and wedged between multiple rivers. Although I wouldn't recommend a stay longer than a couple of days, it's a good stopover on your way to Donostia / San Sebastian.
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    Barcelona

    Market hopping today...The Boqueria was amazing. Mercat de Sant Antoni was closed for renovation. There's a temporary market set up, but it didn't appear to have any pinxtos bars. Mercat de Santa Catarina was also pretty awesome, we had a late lunch there. Grilled asparagus with romesco, roasted suckling pig leg and a huge bottle of cava. Picked up ham, ham and more ham for tomorrow and some ingredients for a christmas dinner.
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    Barcelona

    Well...it will be our honeymoon. Thank you for the quick responses! Off to hunt for apartments on airbnb and to book reservations.
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    Barcelona

    Okay, just bought plane tickets to Barcelona from December 19 - January 3rd for the honeymoon. The plan (currently scribbled in pencil): 8 days in Barcelona 8 days in San Sebastian (with day trips to Bilbao and possibly a wine tour in Rioja or out west). Questions: Rent an apartment (from airbnb, homeaway, flipkey) or stay in a hotel? I don't think we currently have the funds for a michelin star food experience AND a luxury hotel experience. Has anyone rented an apartment instead of a hotel? What are the chances of doing some winery tours during this time of year? Based on the advertisements and websites I've seen, doesn't appear to be a time where wineries are operating. Lunch reservations or late night dining? What did folks prefer when they experienced these times, is it easier to get in to some of the Arzak, etxebarri, Mugaritz in the evenings? Dress codes for these fancy places? Should I be packing my suit?
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    New Orleans, LA

    I wanted to do this tour but didn't get a chance to last go around: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60864-d1887190-Reviews-Tour_Treme-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html WWII Museum was definitely worth the money. I'm not much of a historian but I found the exhibits and films very interesting. Last thing I would say is to go to one or more of the clubs on that street and hear some jazz. dba, spotted cat, blue nile were some of the places I hit up when I was there.
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