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Every Once In A While, Someone Invents Something Truly Amazing

Like lemmings to the sea....

about 14 hours ago
Steve in General Topics

Food jokes - list

This joke was even funnier when porker posted it on Oct 13, 2013

Sep 17, 2014
Steve in Not About Food
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Trip Report - Traverse City, Kalkaska, Leland, Fenton, Ann Arbor, Port Clinton

Thanks for the list. I've heard of most of those, at least in passing. Good to have the recs!

Sep 16, 2014
Steve in Great Lakes

Smoked Fish - DC Metro Area

Neopal Savory Smokery in Union Market has a good selection.

Trip Report - Traverse City, Kalkaska, Leland, Fenton, Ann Arbor, Port Clinton

Oh yes, you're right. 'Parshaland' sounds like bad theme park. Ugh.

Sep 16, 2014
Steve in Great Lakes

Trip Report - Traverse City, Kalkaska, Leland, Fenton, Ann Arbor, Port Clinton

It is very likely I will go back at the end of Spring, so please give me any other suggestions you have!

Sep 16, 2014
Steve in Great Lakes

Trip Report - Traverse City, Kalkaska, Leland, Fenton, Ann Arbor, Port Clinton

A week in Michigan had this Chowhound experiencing a different country of culinary traditions than what I'm used to. A heavy Central and East European influence was everywhere. I first noticed this ordering the sauerkraut balls at Rosie's Bar and Lounge in Port Clinton, Ohio. Batter dipped balls of sauerkraut mixed with bits of corned beef.

The other influence, in summer at least, is the heavy presence of fruit and abundant fruit markets. The Cherry Street Fruit Market in Kalkaska. MI is a beautiful sight to behold. Cherry products galore, berries, apricots, plums, peaches, and apples - all from distinct varieties I can't find in the mid-atlantic. All ripe, juicy fruit in the fruit market! In the Northwest Michigan restaurants, dried cherriess find their way into salads, sandwiches, salsa, just about everything.

I had major success getting food at Bayside Market in Traverse City. This place is a treasure trove of interesting housemade foodstuffs. There is no place to eat inside, but there are some picnic tables to eat outside. This was my first encounter with a mayo-based salad of garden peas and peanuts. Not sure what the origin of this is, but their version was fresh and the peas were bursting with flavor. They also had a really good pickled bologna, which was new to me. Links of bologna sitting in a large pickling jar. They make their own salami, which has a strong smoked flavor, and I tried their whitefish dip which was plenty satisfying.

The fresh cherry milkshake at Don's Drive-iIn is as good as advertised. A Traverse City must. Also in the same category is the steak pasty at Cousin Jennie's in downtown TC. Really nice pastry with a simple chopped beef and potato filling.

At the Vegan-friendly Om Cafe, I enjoyed a mustard-based warm potato salad with arugula, and avocado cups. Some of the other food is not as successful.

On the Leelanau Peninsula, northwest of Traverese City, we went to the traditional Blue Bird Restaurant in Leland, which was dreary and disappointing. A salad bar with lots of salads like red cabbage, the same peas and peanuts, sauerkraut... all way too sweet.

Our successes on the peninsula included a sensational pie shop, Leelanau Pie and Pastry in the village of Lake Leelanau. The pie shop of my dreams. As soon as I walked in I was practically knocked over by the gorgeous aroma of baking. Excellent croissants here as well. The tart cherry pie is as good as I imagined, and they also had a Balaton Cherry Pie - as in Lake Balaton in Hungary. Hungarian cherries that are a cross between tart and sweet, and this was, dare I say it, even better and more special than the tart cherry pie. The baker also makes bread and sandwiches, so this may be the best spot on the peninsula for lunch if its warm enough to eat outside. Worth a pilgrimmage.

I had the pleasure of eating fried smelt at the Village Inn (otherwise an uninteresting place to go), and also a very good fried perch sandwich as the surprisingly cute Fischer's Happy Hour Tavern, halfway between Leland and Northport. This place is a local charmer.

Driving back home we stopped at the Parshaland Grist Mill near Fenton for their apple cider and donuts. CIder was sensational, very tart, unlike the sugary sweet cider we have access to in Virginia. It's made from a mix of eight apple varieties. The mill is not a working mill, just a relic, but is pretty. Unfortunatley, we were a couple of weeks too early for the Macoun apples.

We also went to Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor. A large, colorful, unique, and lively place with a long list of idiosyncratic sandwiches. The rye bread here is fantastic, though I am unconvinced the ingredients inside the sandwiches are all that good. Corned beef is sliced thin and served cold by default. This place is probably great if you have the time to devote to figuring out which sandwiches on the long list are the winners. A Hungarian cucumber soup was not nearly as good as the seasonal peaches with jalapeño.

All in all, a culinary education worth having in this beautiful part of the country.

Sep 15, 2014
Steve in Great Lakes
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Best tasting broth sold in a store?

Agree with knorr, I like its richness.

Sep 14, 2014
Steve in General Topics

Korean food OUTSIDE of Seoul

I have not been to this area, but I did find this article:

http://www.seouleats.com/many-thanks-...

Here are the dishes in English and Hangul:
sanchae bibimbap 산채 비빔밮
sanchae beoseotijjae (mushroom stew) 산채 버섯째

If you do a Google Image search using the Hangul, you will get lots and lots of results specific to that area. Are you planning on renting a car? That way you are unlimited where you can go!

Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

I would like to think there is something to your karma idea. It is true that the more one is filled with a sense of middle-class entitlement, the more there is to complain about. But I have a feeling the REAL reason is that those restaurants are just not all that good in the first place so nobody who works there cares about what's going on.

Sep 13, 2014
Steve in Not About Food

Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

If you had all those things happen at the same meal, then you had bad service. But if you are saying that a server not knowing the answer to your menu question will ruin your meal, then I can see why you have more ruined meals than I experience.

I go to places that really care about the food, and I find they deliver service that does not ruin the meal.

Sep 13, 2014
Steve in Not About Food
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Why is there no fresh guanabana in the US?

If you look at one of my posts upthread, you will see that I found fresh guanabana in Davie, FL and you can read more about that experience.

Sep 12, 2014
Steve in General Topics

Eden Center, Vietnamese, help this Boston hound please?

It is simply called Eden Mall. The name of the ethnically Chinese place is Cho Cu Saigon. I don't recommend it, though I imagine it is possible to have an ok meal there, especially sticking to the roasted pork.

Eden Center, Vietnamese, help this Boston hound please?

One correction: Eden Center is not a little strip mall. It has about 23 restaurants and many other shops. In addition to the places you see exposed to the parking lot, there are three separate interior sections with twisting hallways. Nha Trang, for example, is located in the corridor under the big exterior sign for Saigon East.

My favorite take out food in Eden Center is the 'vegetable cake' at Thanh Son Tofu. It is in small, rectangular pressed aluminum trays to the left of the tofu, if they haven't run out.

www.edencenter.com

Eden Center, Vietnamese, help this Boston hound please?

Here is my rundown of Eden Center:

"Sort of a mixed bag" is correct. I don't have a favorite place. I go to various places for different dishes.

Rice Paper is one of the best and it is the most mainstream. Nice decor. I go here for the rice paper wraps, usualy ordering the big combo plate on the menu so I can have a bunch of different tastes.

On the other end of the spectrum is Bay Lo 7. which makes you feel like you got off the plane in Asia. A complete hole- in-the-wall. I go here for the Bay Lo 7 special, which is their version of bun cha hanoi, featuring shrimp, pork, and meatballs in a savory sauce. Also get the "miscellaneous salad", which is a large salad with many ingredients. The more adventurous eater can go for the goat rolls .

Huong Viet has, by far, the best spring rolls in the area. Also sweet and sour fish soup, and does grilled pork well.

Hai Duong has a really nice cha ca thang long and good minced clams with rice pot. Also a very good goat dish that is usually written on a blackboard.

Banh Cuon Saigon, also known as “Saigon Restaurant” for banh cuon.

Desperate for Seoul recommendations

Not a personal rec, but this place specializes in sundubu:

http://sdfdfgkd.tistory.com/entry/서울강...

Sep 12, 2014
Steve in China & Southeast Asia

3 days in Paris with children

Marché des Enfants Rouges is a great place, but I am not sure about eating outdside in December.....

Eat Perigourdine cooking for cheap at Domaine de Lintillac. Get the cassoulet, confit de canard with pommes salardaises, paté de Monbazillac.

Eat Auvergnat cooking at Ambassade d'Auvernge. Get the warm lentil salad.

These places have reasonable prices and cooking you can't get at home.

Sep 11, 2014
Steve in France
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Desperate for Seoul recommendations

I love Korean food too, but I am not sure you will 'wow' your chef friends - especially if they are not used to Korean food. In some cases, it's about getting a mix of familar Korean ingredients just right. So many places specialize in only one dish, so the places I know you don't really get to sample a lot of different cooking unless there is an exceptional banchan.

A lot of people are not so familiar with galbi jim, which is a must for me, so I think you should check out this place:

http://www.seoulgrub.com/2011/06/14/g...

Then there is dak doli tang:

http://seoulfoodyy.wordpress.com/2012...

And a really good tteokbokki:

http://momschestnut.blogspot.com/2009...

Then on to mandu:

http://www.seoulgrub.com/2011/11/08/g...

Hope this helps.

Sep 11, 2014
Steve in China & Southeast Asia

Eden Center, Vietnamese, help this Boston hound please?

The special garden rolls are on the menu, i think, they are the ones with wafers in the middle, and they come with an orange sauce, not a peanut sauce. You may have to ask just to be sure.

The grilled quail is a great order as well. Since the matriarch passed away (she was 91), I am not positive all the food is as good as it used to be. The noodle soup with shrimp paste "in the shape of worms" is still a very good order, but it used to be great. Nto sure it is still on the menu. This may not be listed as a soup..... but the spicy soups here should be very good as well as the rice hot pots are a good order.

Why is there no fresh guanabana in the US?

I wonder where they get the fresh fruit from.... And if they can get it in Chicago, why is there none in Miami......

I agree it's one of the most delicious things in the world, fruit or otherwise. The next time you go to the store, can you ask where they come from? Is there a sticker on the fruit that says the name of the grower or distributor? Who much do they cost?

TIA.

Sep 11, 2014
Steve in General Topics

PYT scandal... owner refuses to apologize for sharing tip

It's a great article, thanks for sharing, and I encourage anyone to read it (and the following comments) before posting.

Sep 11, 2014
Steve in Not About Food
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Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

Perhaps I lead a more carefree life. But, I assure you I eat out all the time.

Sep 11, 2014
Steve in Not About Food

Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

I naver receive bad service, so I guess I'll have to say food is waaaaaay more important.

Sep 10, 2014
Steve in Not About Food

Fresh Baguette in Bethesda - incroyable!

There has been a bakery selling baguettes there for many years. Maybe it's under new management. I think at one point it was called Breads Unlimited...

My Paris Restaurant Itinerary & Shopping List - Please review

You seem to have dropped Jacques Genin... just visiting is an experience. Also, cheese is seasonal, and you seem to have made up your mind on what you'll get before asking. You might want to ask what's best at the moment given your preference for taste, texture, and when you are going to serve it. Perhaps it will be something you've never heard of... for my part, I can't imagine a transatlantic trip without asking for something 'liquide' that will definitely not make it back to the States.

Sep 09, 2014
Steve in France

My Paris Restaurant Itinerary & Shopping List - Please review

You can mail order Henri LeRoux caramels anytime you like from their website. They are not outrageously expensive to ship. Personally, I wouldn't cross Paris for them, but YMMV.

Sep 09, 2014
Steve in France

What do dirt-poor French people eat?

Or a rod and reel. Used to be that you could tell when it was the end of month if dinner was mackerel and potatoes.

Sep 08, 2014
Steve in France

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Luke's Lobsters is $15, counter service, no martini. Highly recommended.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Ebbitt's is corporate casual food packed with tourists. It's in every guidebook because it is 'historic,' though not in the same location. Aside from the raw bar, it's why you go on Chowhound in the first place - to find something better.

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

DC-3 is a very good hot dog joint. The Seoul hot dog with bulgogi and kimchi is a five star Chowhound delight. The Jersey Ripper and the Tuscon Sonoran are very good.