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May 28, 2008 12:30 PM

Thanks for the help planning the New York trip

Well it has come and gone we made all but one of the restaurants we wanted.

Le Bernardin'
Per Se

It was just incredible, our favorite by a large margin was per se that experience was just beyond belief! Thanks to those of you who suggested degustation being able to watch him cook and plate made that a very unique experience. Both Daniel and Eric ripert were in the restaurants the days we were there which was very cool as well. To write a full report would take pages but just wanted to say thank you all for the help it was just great!

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  1. Thanks so much for letting us know it went well. Could you maybe just give us some chow highlights? Favorite dishes?

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    1. re: MMRuth

      will do in the next few days:) in most of them there was one or 2 stand outs in per se may have to list the menu :P

      1. re: jwcolo

        Looking forward to your report. Glad that you guys had a great time.

    2. Ok guys I have gotten a good start on pictures etc on my flickr site and rather than re write things here I thought I would give you links. Some of the pictures did not turn out great as it was dim lighting and I would not use my flash out of respect for fellow diners. per se
      Le Bernardin: still in progress

      I do want to say have not gone through corrected spelling and grammer so excuse all the examples of bad typing etc.

      When looking if you click on individual pictures will bring up a larger picture and the description of the food

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      1. re: jwcolo

        First of all, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos. Never having had, nor do I anticipate having the opportunity to indulge in such a fabulous gastronomic experience, your pictures were a way to live vicariously through you! So thank you very much! I am eager to see the photos from Le Bernardin. I find Eric Ripert's menus so intriguing. I realize it is extremely rude to ask but I am just so darn curious I can't help myself, would you consider sharing with me how much one might expect to spend on such extravagant experiences?

        1. re: texann

          Hey Texann I would have no problem answering the question really dont want to just post it out here for some reason but if you want email me at and make subject food and I will get back to you.

          At Le B we just had lunch not the tasting menu so I should get that set up by tommorow at the latest.

          Also would like to say this is probably a once in alife time experience for me as well though I would like to try per se again if ever I have the wallet for it in the future lol

          1. re: jwcolo

            Hmm well I reposted to hopefully get rid of the spelling error on the title but that thread was deleted it seems oh well

        2. re: jwcolo

          Nice pics. Great that you guys had sunlight when at per Se. The pics turned out terrific. And thank you for not using flash. Some people just don't get it.

          Looking forward to your Le B pics.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            I really realllllly wanted to use flash especially at Daniel and Degus but as you said some people dont get it and I must admit a flash going off every 10 minutes would get on even my nerves and I do alot of photography

        3. Ok here is the last link the one to Le B

          All the restaurants had their highlights so for each one I will just list my favorites

          Daniel: The sole was the huge hit though everythign was wonderful however what stands out the most are those incredible cant quit eating madelines at the end and of course seeing Daniel there was very cool

          Degustation: 3 big stand outs the peekytoe crab, the Kaupachi, artichoke, garlic
          potato chips and chives and Sunchoke and javion serrano soup oh that soup haunts me

          Le Bernardin: The salmon spread MORE I WANT MOREEE and the peekytoe crab and cauliflower were both OMG

          Per Se to be honest 90 percent of the meal is etched in my mind however the fried green tomatoes were the only one where I could say I have had better so insted of listing what I liked I will list the one that was not outstanding

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          1. re: jwcolo

            Thanks for the Le B pics. Even though it was blurry, Eric Ripert still looked pretty hot. : )

            How did your wife like the fish there? Was she OK with it?

          2. Lovely photos! Just to give you a few tips, next time when you're shooting in dim rooms kick up your ISO speed up to 800 or 1600 (definitely the latter for Degustation, as I've tried taking photos), as for focusing, try to set your AF point.

            I'm drooling over the Per Se photos...


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            1. re: chocokitty

              Chocokitty thanks for your tips ! One of the problems I was having was using a new lens a 50 mm 1.4 and it had a very thin line of focus and lol I was trying to take the pictures quickly as not to look to silly, If I ever get the opportunity again I will take more time at it, another dificulty at Degus was the amount of room the food was so close to where I was taking the picture and I did not have the room to move it back much.

              1. re: chocokitty

                Miss Needle: She is still going nuts over the crab and cauliflower dish! we both had a great time there.

                Tina: Thanks so much for the tips, I do alot of photgraphy but very little inside (I mostly do nature shots) I was using a new lens a 50mm 1.4 and its depth of focus is sooo small that defintyl effected it and the fact I was trying to take the shots quickly so not to look to geekly lol, When and if we manage to get out to other wonderful places I will take more time and bump up the iso !

                1. re: chocokitty

                  Oh and Tina I and I dont knwo if you have been to per se or not but if not even at the price it is well worth it, just a wonderful experience!