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International Recommendations in Itaewon?

Thanks, I had my eye on Braai Republic too and we love lamb. We don't drink though so I was thinking it may be geared more towards the beverage side than the food based on pics and reviews. Still worth going for non-drinkers?

Mar 11, 2014
creativeusername in China & Southeast Asia

International Recommendations in Itaewon?

Okay! I had my eye on that one. Looks like they just had a name change to Un Deux Trois. Thanks!

Jan 10, 2014
creativeusername in China & Southeast Asia

International Recommendations in Itaewon?

The food bloggers in Seoul are all over the place on this topic, just wondering what hounds think is worth eating in Itaewon. We've done Vatos, LaTavola, Pizzaria D'Buzza...looking for something different and/or exotic for those rare nights when we just don't feel like kimchi. Anyone have a recommendation? Thanks!

Jan 09, 2014
creativeusername in China & Southeast Asia

Campbellsville, Ky

Haven't made it to Bubba Buck's. It looks to be about 40 miles or so away.

The area in general is a bust. And while I have been known to eat pretty much ANYthing sold from the back of a van, served out of a Home Depot bucket, in a 3rd world country...I'm betting you could get seriously ill eating at the establishments in this town.

Nov 19, 2011
creativeusername in Kentucky & Tennessee

Campbellsville, Ky

I've been here about a month now. This place is a bust. Fortunately I like to cook and have access to good farmers otherwise I might move prematurely!

Nov 17, 2011
creativeusername in Kentucky & Tennessee

Campbellsville, Ky

Bump. Anyone got any type of recommendation in the area? Anything at all?

Sep 25, 2011
creativeusername in Kentucky & Tennessee

ISO pizza - Des Moines

LOVED CHUCK'S! Serious old school dive. They, like Angelo's, also run their dough through an electric pasta roller but they leave it rough around the edges and don't pop the bubbles. Had the pizza margherita and one with sausage, olives and banana peppers. Good crust, good simple ingredients. The place was packed by the time we left.

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Chuck's Italian-American Restaurant
3610 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313

Aug 29, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Des Moines Weekend

I'm not that much of a help, being new here and having eaten the majority of my meals away from home at the downtown farmer's market (which, if you can go it's a great place to eat and I recommend the chocolate brioche at La Mie bakery's stand, the Indian lady's spicy chana potato thing, and the breakfast pizza at Something Italian). But I can say that there is a fabulous ice cream place very close to Adventureland called Over The Top. 4 miles south on 56th st. They make their ice cream fresh daily and their signature is a tiny "over the top" scoop of whatever additional flavor you'd like to try. Fantastic ice cream, big scoops, great service, decent prices.

http://www.overthetopiowa.com/site/in...

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Over The Top Ice Cream
955 NE 56th St, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

Aug 19, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

ISO pizza - Des Moines

Went to Angelo's today. They did not disappoint. Certainly divey, fresh ingredients, nicely flavored thin crust, cooked perfectly well done, and good service. My only complaint was that when he checked on my pizza, he reached for a poker and popped the bubbles. The voice in my head made a big slow motion "noooooooooo!!!!" They run the dough through an electric pasta roller and cut around the edges to make it a uniform crust, so I get that he feels the bubbles would detract from the uniformity, but it's the only thing that prevented a 5th star. It definitely won't prevent me from going back, I just think it would have been better with the little burnt bubbles.

Looking forward to trying a couple more places on this thread. Thanks again!

Aug 19, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

ISO pizza - Des Moines

Did a pizza crawl at the fesitval and Gusto won by a long shot. I can only imagine having one fresh at their restaurant would be terrific.

Jul 30, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

ISO pizza - Des Moines

Yes! Looks great, I'll try it and report back...thanks!

Jul 30, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

ISO pizza - Des Moines

Just checked out their menu. cajun hot sauce...chili dog pizza...doritos... no thanks.

What's this town's thing with kraut all about?

Jul 30, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

ISO pizza - Des Moines

Angelo's must be pretty good when they're on to get you to keep coming back.

I'm in luck again. Today (and tomorrow) is the Iowa Italian-American Heritage Festival. http://italianfestivalofiowa.com/ Looks like a good opportunity to try several.

Jul 29, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

ISO pizza - Des Moines

Your recommendation for Angelo's is timely considering it's today's Des Moines Groupon http://www.groupon.com/r/uu15309214 ($14 for $30 of food...11 days left to buy). I was originally turned off by the menu, specifically the Illinois Nazi (sauerkraut? really?), but otherwise it does seem to fit the divey bill. And at half off, worth a stop next time I'm on a trip to Trader Joe's. Thanks!!

Jul 28, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

ISO pizza - Des Moines

Looking for unpretentious dive pizza joint. Not interested in fusion pizza or novelty toppings, and I can't afford to eat in a place with table cloths.

Homemade, fresh ingredients, thin crust, paper napkins...does it exist?

I'm in Altoona so east-side preferred but not necessary. Thanks Hounds!

Jul 28, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

food markets in Columbia MO [moved from Chains board]

HyVee is a big local chain with a small "health market" in each store. The one in Columbia is great. Like a mini (teeny tiny) Whole Foods with bulk aisle, gluten free, organic, local grass fed meat, etc.

I highly recommend Clover's Natural Market. They have two locations, I have only been to the one on Chapel Plaza which I can say was my favorite place to grocery shop in the area.

Jul 28, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

We drove to Clarksville by way of Louisiana yesterday. Had an extraordinary dinner at Clarksville Station. Lovely property, quirky eclectic gift store, and a fantastic dining experience. Huge and fresh salads. I had the Missouri lamb shank on polenta (super creamy...must have been with chevre) with kohlrabi and leek gratin...YUM...and husband had the enormous Berkshire pork chop on cabbage and asparagus with jalepeno/yam/duck confit spoonbread. Equally yum. Dessert was the flourless chocolate cake and lemon cheesecake with garden fresh blueberry compote. Drinking water and tea only, the bill was a mere $70 plus tip. The Clarksville Station wowed us. Thanks for the recommendation hounds!

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Clarksville Station Restaurant & Emporium
901 S Highway 79, Clarksville, MO 63336

Jun 28, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

I assume the little pizza place downtown you speak of was Brick Oven. We went tonight. Hallelujah, there is real pizza in Hannibal!! I mean Italy real. Like the 'people who don't know that pizza isn't supposed to be perfectly round would be disappointed' kind of real. Husband ordered a calzone and it was great too. Ingredient list might say "peppers, onions, olives" but it's roasted red bell peppers, carmelized onions, and kalamata olives. Good meats, real fresh mozzerella, fresh basil, a swirl of oilve oil before plating...nice...very nice. My small pizza was $9. Next time I'll skip the mediocre $3 salad and $7 dessert and upgrade to the $15 large pizza. Really lovely restaurant and I'm happy that they are open 7 days a week.

Hoping to get to LaBinnah Bistro soon...

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Brick Oven
207 Center St, Hannibal, MO 63401

Jun 23, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

Grocery update!

On a lead I went hunting for an amish farm/bulk goods store about 20 minutes north of Monroe City. It is north of Hunnewell Lake/Emden just west of the corner of Z and 168. Beautiful pies, eggs, butter, spices, grains, jams, etc. While there I saw a flyer for raw goat milk and inquired. The lady running the store picked up the phone, asked if she could send us over for some milk, hung up, and told me to go back onto 168, cross the road, then pull into the dirt driveway for the house. I knocked on the door and was met by a young amish lady with an ice cold 1 QT mason jar. ($1.50 and currently on my counter becoming kefir...yum!)

After that, we went southeast of Monroe City to the tiny town of Center where we found a butcher. The Center Locker mostly provide services for wholesale but they do have a retail fridge where we bought local grassfed beef and some pork. Great prices, nice folks. I didn't see what I was looking for in steaks so she went to the back and cut it for me. Can't wait to try the ribeye tonight!

After our outing we went to Hannibal hoping to try LaBinnah Bistro but they were closed. I hate it when a restaurant's website lists 7-day dining and then decides to close on a whim. Grrrrrr.

I have yet to be able to get to the Tuesday afternoon farmer's market in Hannibal. The visitor's bureau advertises it as Wednesday but the banner in the park says Tuesday. If I can't get there today, I'll be there next week.

Jun 14, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

We took a road trip to Quincy today to catch the Tuesday edition of the farmer's market. A dissapointing 5 vendors (picked up some amazing cheese though!) so we headed to HyVee for what we thought would be as good as Columbia. Notsomuch. Clearly a town that cannot support people with good eating habits, and I guess because it was Illinois, way more expensive. We had intended to hit Pop's Pizza but left Quincy before 9am, chalking it up as one more town we don't need to see again.

We returned to Hannibal and, on two separate recommendations, tried the pizza at Cassano's. It's...I don't know...'weird.' And strangely expensive for what you get. Tiny thin crust (but not thin in a NY Style good way...thin in a commercially pressed kind of way) served on cardboard, cut into 2 inch squares. Just...weird.

Looks like once monthly trips to Columbia for groceries and still on the hunt for good pizza.

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Cassano's Pizza & Seafood
2860 James Rd, Hannibal, MO 63401

Jun 07, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

Went to Hy-Vee in Columbia last week and after almost 2 months in a void, I went into sensory overload! Hannibal needs one of those!! I will be making a trip to Quincy for Hy-Vee from now on. Our first trip that way will be next week, hopefully to catch the Tuesday farmer's market. Will be on the lookout for good pizza. What's the deal with all these Mexican/pizza places...that's just weird. Any recommendations? How is Pop's Pizza?

Jun 03, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

Clarksville MO is now on my list. Thanks!

Jun 03, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

I don't know, my husband had the chocolate pecan pie and my bite was center...and I had cobbler (more of a crumb topping than cobbler, but good). I'll find out for you when I go back.

Jun 03, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

Went to Mama Mia's, a little dive on the Hwy 61 frontage road in New London. I had read some surprisingly good reviews on yahoo which had me intrigued. It's not worth a drive from St Louis or anything, but I can see myself returning once, maybe twice a month for the lasagna and homemade pie. Husband had some kind of sausage stuffed pasta (started with an s...looked like little pouches) and he enjoyed it alot, but not as much as we both enjoyed the lasagna. The pies might be worth a drive from St Louis though, homemade and a large selection. The ambiance is homey and welcoming, the service (one server) was fabulous, and the price was right (two entrees with salad/soup, tea, and two desserts = $34 before tip). Not much on the menu other than lasagna though. I mean....there is LOTS on the menu that caters to the local crowd, but I won't be trying the 3pc fried chicken dinner or the cheeseburger sub. They have pizza but I won't try it based on what I saw on the adjacent table. Looked a little too fluffy for my NY style taste. Open Wed-Sun.

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Mama Mia's Restaurant
17067 Sundance Dr, New London, MO 63459

May 27, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Market Fresh Produce - Bogart GA

Nice website! (And I didn't realize they were the wholesale providers for Five and Ten...just makes me a bigger fan.)

I'm glad they're still there, the folks that own/run it are super likeable. I moved from the area a year ago and miss that place. I used to shop there twice a week at least. When I left they were starting to increase their offerings of local dairy and meats. *sigh*... go for me, hounds.

May 27, 2011
creativeusername in Southeast

Should I attempt to make kimichi?!!

fyi, kefir kimchi batch 1 turned out delicious. Not mushy at all. Super easy. And I'm lazy so I didn't pre-salt the cabbage like I've seen on some sights. For batch 2, I may a little more whey (I only used 1 tbsp for a quart jar...how much yogurt whey do you use?) and I will leave it to sit a couple more days before moving it to the fridge. I couldn't wait. It looked so good!

May 09, 2011
creativeusername in Home Cooking

Should I attempt to make kimichi?!!

The kraut is delicious: crunchy, fresh, and with a bright flavor. Raw kraut is my new favorite sandwich condiment. I'll let you know how the kefir-kimchi goes!

May 06, 2011
creativeusername in Home Cooking

Should I attempt to make kimichi?!!

DuchessNukem - do you use Kefir Whey for your kimchi? I just made my first batch of kefir kraut, wondering if I can apply the same process to kimchi by using some of the recipes on this thread and simply adding a tbsp or so of the whey.

Thanks!

May 03, 2011
creativeusername in Home Cooking

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

Fyi, we went to LulaBelle's in downtown Hannibal last night. Bad. Bad. Bad. Granted, I should have known better than to order Ahi Tuna in Hannibal Missouri, but in my defense they listed it on the menu as sushi grade. My guess is it came out of a costco bag and for that reason I should probably be glad they cooked the snot out of it. My husband ordered the 16 oz prime rib, to which the server exclaimed "Jesus!" I guess she thought his choice was excessive. It too was a disappointment. Flavorless and ordered medium rare but delivered well done. The salad was acceptable. We won't be back.

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Lulabelle's
111 Bird St, Hannibal, MO 63401

May 03, 2011
creativeusername in Great Plains

Monroe City/Hannibal MO - grocery stores, etc?

It definitely helps, thank you!

Feb 08, 2011
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