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ISO: Most representative restaurant of Ashville

Yeah, can't pick one. ideas include:
The Admiral (reserve now, seriously this is head and shoulders above all else foodwise, plus has a true Asheville vibe)

other thoughts:
White Duck (original location)
12 Bones
Sunny Point
Rosetta's Kitchen (embodies the hippie vibe)

or for a complete Asheville experience, get food from El Kimchee food truck when it's parked at the Wedge Brewery. Enjoy with an Iron Rail IPA.

Aug 29, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville: Homegrown, Tupelo Honey, Early Girl, Zambra (sic?)

Thanks for the report.

Just for the record, I think Early Girl is over rated and Tupelo Honey is WILDLY over rated. IMO, much better breakfasts can be had at Sunny Point in West Asheville and Over Easy downtown. They don't get the press the first two do, of course. If you go to Sunny Point, be sure to get the snow creek sausage. AT Over Easy, the fresh juices/smoothies and house made hot sauce do it for me. Good pancakes and veggie dishes. It has a serious hippie vibe and no A/C. My husband will eat there anyway! ;-)

Aug 29, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

WOWSA! that's beautiful. $500 might be a deal breaker...so it's a good thing you got the last one on the planet! ;-)

yes, I still like my induction stove. wish the controls were knobs , not hinky touch controls, but other than that I like it a lot.

Aug 28, 2015
danna in Cookware

Butcher block countertop. Pros Cons

yes (sorry so long to reply)

Aug 10, 2015
danna in Cookware

Charleston-need a lunch that's lively

Cru café is "fun" to me. At the counter where you can watch the kitchen, if that's someone's idea of fun, or on the porch (which is where I like to be). Get the shrimp blt. Make a reservation is a good idea as well.

Aug 03, 2015
danna in Southeast

Butcher block countertop. Pros Cons

by the way, those aren't stains in the pic. it was still damp from use when I took the pic. The dampness around the faucet was from a leak in the faucet which we have since replaced. Even that didn't cause a problem for the board.

Jul 14, 2015
danna in Cookware

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

I'll be in Milan in September staying at the Park Hyatt as well. Any of these places close by? Was mes amis a reasonable taxi ride?

Jul 14, 2015
danna in Italy

Butcher block countertop. Pros Cons

Here you go...I've had it since 1997. Ditto everything I said above, except now it's been a few more years. I currently have a couple of blueberry stains on it that will wear off in another week or two. As long as you can deal with that, you're good.

Jul 14, 2015
danna in Cookware

Eating our way through Asheville

Thanks for sharing. I agree totally about the Admiral and still can't figure out why everyone likes Curate so much more than I do. Hate to tell you this, but you can get FBCL ice cream next door to the restaurant with zero line. I can't for the life of me fathom the lines outside that place.

Jul 08, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Sermet's Downtown (Charleston)

I have been to Sermet's many times over the years, and have always enjoyed it. It is not as unique and creative and "on trend" as many of the restaurants in Charleston, however I've always received solid, tasty food. It was renovated in the last few years to be a lot "fancier" inside. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but apparently it means they are doing well in that prime location.

I recommend the grilled calamari appetizer and the fabulous bread and some Champagne.

Jul 08, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Starbucks "skinny": when did this happen? I'm poisoned!!

That is wrong. Skim milk has the same sugars as whole milk (12 grams in a cup). However because of the increased fat, whole has a lot more calories, 149 vs. 86 for skim.

Now, I'm sure you're thinking about artificial products like cookies, etc. in which case your assertion about added sugar to make up for the loss of fat might be correct. But skim milk is a perfectly natural, healthy product. And when it comes to weight control, the bottom line is calories.

FYI, the usda has a really handy nutrition database where you can check your facts before you post. I actually keep it saved on my desktop. There have been a few times I was surprised but what I found.

Jul 06, 2015
danna in Chains
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Charleston - heat advisory trip review!

That was the rooftop terrace at Regatta Inn on Folly. It was a great place for our late evening cheese plate and for breakfast. Unbelievably, it was very pleasantly cool in the morning before about 11, and in the evening nearing sundown. As you see, it wasn't actually the roof, it had the rest of the building blocking the sun all morning and the cross breeze between the ocean and the Folly river was marvelous. We watched the sun set sitting right there and saw a few dolphins.

They serve some sort of local Firefly vodka and juice punch for happy hour 4-7 and if a person wanted to, I think they could absolutely sit there all evening!

Highly recommended for your next trip to Charleston.

Jun 24, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Asheville Trip Report

Thank you for the great report. I now realize I have to get myself to Hole for a made to order doughnut right away!

Jun 23, 2015
danna in Southeast

Charleston - heat advisory trip review!

My God, it was hot. Born and raised in SC, I was still surprised by the heat. I'll try to remember in Greenville, SC next January, when Charleston is warmer and drier...what the humidity felt like last weekend. Almost to hot to eat....but not quite!

167 Raw: We ate a very late lunch or very early dinner there, which meant we didn't have to wait for a seat. We shared a crab claw, the ceviche and the lobster roll, and a fried oyster taco. Everything was very good, but the ceviche was outstanding. Big hunks of halibut (the best) and grouper. This was the best ceviche I had eaten in years!

Goat Sheep Cow: We picked up Comte, Ewephoria and a buffalo parm. Fantastic snack for later than night on the rooftop terrace at the Regatta Inn on Folly.

'Wich Doctor on Folly: Good but semi-bland thai chicken salad was transformed by the awesome house-made hot/vinegar sauces. Good brisket and kimchee sandwich.

Wild Olive: I ate myself to death. Delicious focaccia, fried calamari, corn special appetizer/salad, beautiful wreckfish, very good gnocchi. I can't go there without getting the affagado. Only drawback was the A/C broke in the dining the room where we were.

Juice Joint "food" truck parked on Folly: We had a fresh green juice (my self-disciplined husband) and a sparkling grapefruit aqua fresca w/ blueberries and mint (sugar-loving me). Fantastic. went back the next day.

Artisan Meat Share: to pick up to-go meat. We got the roast beef, the black pepper salumi, and the landjaeger (sp?). The first two were unimpressive and the last was unpleasant. Very disappointed.

Ordinary: I had the same lovely razor clams that kathryn (nearby report) did at the Ordinary. Also the BBQ shrimp, which were lovely, although I would have preferred the "charred bread" be served separately rather than swimming in the sauce. Also the chips, the lobster cocktail, the squid a la plancha (favorite dish of both my husband and myself) and the peach and shishito dish. It was a great meal, as expected from anything related to FIG.

I love Charleston!

Jun 23, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Charleston Trip Report - R Kitchen, Husk, FIG, Artisan Meat Share, The Ordinary, Butcher & Bee, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Two Boroughs Larder, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Brown’s Court

Great report, thanks!

We went to a few of the same places at the same time. I'll post nearby.

Jun 23, 2015
danna in Southeast

Return to Charleston, staying downtown, no car

I'm considering 167 Raw for Thurs. Are the ceviches made w/ local fish. I hesitate to pick a Charleston restaurant and eat something guaranteed not to be local (the lobster rolls), but on the other hand, I LOVE lobster rolls. Can you comment further on their offerings? I was thinking of going as soon as I get to town , which would probably be around 4 pm.

Thanks!

Jun 15, 2015
danna in Southeast

Return to Charleston, staying downtown, no car

Ooh...good to know. I agree that Charleston is weaker on pastry than any other food subset. just as well I suppose, you need the stomach room for dinner!

Jun 08, 2015
danna in Southeast

Return to Charleston, staying downtown, no car

I have never had pastries from Christophe chocolates, but the chocolates themselves are not very good. They are beautiful, and so I have tried them 2-3 times, but am always disappointed.

fig is indeed a must. There is a very small bar area, so I would try to walk in if I couldn't get a reservation.

Jun 04, 2015
danna in Southeast

Please recommend a restaurant in Milan

Thanks. It was the OP who mentioned a $400 budget. Are you saying Langosteria would be $400 Per person? or $400 for 4 people?

Thanks again.

May 29, 2015
danna in Italy

Please recommend a restaurant in Milan

Langosteria 10 looks fabulous! We want fish/shellfish from the Med! No prices on the menu scares me a bit. Is this common for Italian restaurants not to post prices on the web? How expensive is Langosteria?

Not to hijack, but could you advise which area of Milan I should look for a hotel so that I will be close to lots of good restaurants? If I stay near the Duomo will that be good, or will I be walking past mostly overpriced tourist places?

Thanks!

May 28, 2015
danna in Italy

Asheville--Lingering Questions for June trip

Wow! I'm sure disappointed to hear that about Gan Shan...I was looking forward to that.

For the OP, what about the Thunderbird or Nightbell? Both easy walks to the Orange peel. Or Zambra...

May 15, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

I know what you mean! It's so hard to give a place a second shot in a town where there is so much new stuff to try! I don't know why I encourage people toward the Admiral, Lord knows I miss the days when you could still get a table ;-)

I need to try your All Souls recommendation, I only live 45 min from Asheville, but it's still hard to cover all the possibilities. Did you get pizza there, or something else?

Apr 21, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

I dunno about Mpls supper clubs, but the food I've eaten at the Admiral is NOTHING like a Wisconson supper club. Perhaps you went on a bad night, or just had bad luck ordering. I have occasionally been to the Admiral on a night that just didn't hit me, but 9 times out of 10, it's remarkable. As much as I love Asheville, to me the Admiral is the only restaurant that approaches the quality one finds in Charleston.

You might try it again some time. the very first time I went to Fig I didn't like it, and only gave it a second try because of so much Chowhound love, and of course it is now my favorite restaurant anywhere.

Apr 20, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Apr 20, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asian Peanut Noodles

Apr 16, 2015
danna in Recipes

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Unless it has changed in the years since I've been there, the WNC farmer's market on I 40 is not really worth the trip. I think there is likely a tailgate market in Asheville on some week day.

Apr 16, 2015
danna in Southeast

Coming to Charleston for Memorial Day weekend, how is this itinerary?

Fig is FAR superior to Edmunds Oast. I went to both on the same trip in December. EO is a fun, more boisterous place with good food, but nowhere near the focus on food as FIG. The seafood is always local and perfect. I never order anything but one of the (usually 3) fish dishes listed. That said, if you don't get excited over a pristine salad, ridiculously delicious veg sides, and a gorgeous piece of fish, then it might not be your place. My husband doesn't love it for some reason.

I like McCrady's a lot better than Husk, but it's possible it is closer to the type of food you can get in NY than some other places in town. McCrady's is much more formal in tone than Husk, but I have just not been impressed with the offerings at Husk, they are SO heavy and strangely not vegetable-focused as you would expect based on the press Brock gets.

It really is hard to go very wrong, though, in Charleston. Looks like a good plan and a wonderful trip.

Apr 13, 2015
danna in Southeast

The Oak Table in Columbia SC Sunday Supper (Paella)

Looks fabulous. I've always wanted to make a giant paella over a wood fire ever since someone on Chowhound years ago wrote about doing that for her outdoor wedding! Thanks for posting.

Apr 06, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

thanks for all that info , and the link! I notice it says "dinner" menu...did you go in the evening? I was hoping to have lunch there...guess I should call.

I don't recall the service being awful at King Daddy's, although it's a little "hippie" , another Asheville tradition. We have found it a little variable, but in general like the fried chicken, the waffles, and the salads. I liked the habanero sweet potato fried chicken, but my husband was horrified. ;-) The wild mushroom and rice dish was good except seriously undersalted.

Apr 06, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Another agreement with ms pig. Over Easy is better than Tupelo honey, and a charming spot. Make sure to ask for some of their house made hot sauce.

Also agree that LAB and Barley's are not places for eating.

A couple of other places I'll mention: King Daddy's, Nightbell, Gan Shan Station. I haven't made it to the latter yet, but it looks fantastic online. Can anyone comment?

pig, what kind of food do they have at Sierra Nevada?

Oh, and if you can arrange to find it, El Kimchee food truck is well worth it, get the bipimbap. If you can find it while it's at the WEdge or the Brewpump , you'll have beverages covered, too.

Apr 01, 2015
danna in Southeast