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Chiesa - New Italian place - Montfort neighborhood, Asheville

Don't know what I'd do without you, pig ;-)

Jan 27, 2015
danna in Southeast

Thunderbird (Asheville, NC)

I remember the fried chicken from a few years ago at the Admiral and it was absolutely killer. I seem to recall it was sous vide before the fryer? I'm assuming it's not open for lunch?

Jan 26, 2015
danna in Southeast

Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

Thanks for vetting that one for me! ;-)

Jan 21, 2015
danna in Cookware
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Restaurant picks Asheville

How did it go? noticed you picked out 3 restaurants in hotels (Roux-Hilton, Vue 1923 - Grove Park, and Red Stag) Is that just a coincidence? I had never heard of the 1st two, had to Google them. Apparently Grove Park has renamed it's formerly most expensive/formal offering , Horizons.

Hope you enjoyed your bday dinner!

Jan 21, 2015
danna in Southeast

Starbucks "skinny": when did this happen? I'm poisoned!!

I did not accuse Starbucks of trying to poison people. One thing I would like to point out, perhaps to put this old thread to bed, is that Starbucks NOW has the whole "skinny" thing clearly disclosed on their menu board. That wasn't the case back in 2012 when I posted. Thus they are making a clear effort NOT to poison people!

Jan 19, 2015
danna in Chains

Starbucks "skinny": when did this happen? I'm poisoned!!

If undisclosed aspartame in your food/drink made you spend the morning throwing up in your office ladies room, you wouldn't worry about that?

Jan 16, 2015
danna in Chains

Thunderbird (Asheville, NC)

You're probably right. From past experience, if Elliot cooks it, it's probably good. I'm just surprised by the use of onion powder, garlic powder, and smoke powder. Also kinda creeped out by "sauce" that is by and large mayo. And I don't like catfish ;-)

Speaking of Dukes, though, I made pimento cheese for my Wisconsin relatives while I was up there at Christmas. Lacking Dukes mayo, my husband bought Helman's at a WI gro sto, and good lord....I couldn't believe how much (negative) difference it made. I had to hit it hard w/ the hot sauce to cover up the foul non-Duke's-ness !

Jan 09, 2015
danna in Southeast

Charleston: 3 nights. Have Fig for 1 night. Now of the other 3 we're considering, which to omit?

Glad you stumbled into Sermet. It's never gotten much love here, and it's relatively recent renovation has made it look a bit touristy, but I've always enjoyed it and just love the grilled calamari there.

Sorry you had a bad experience at EO.

Jan 08, 2015
danna in Southeast

Gan Shan Station: Asheville

Thanks for the heads up!!! can't wait.

Jan 06, 2015
danna in Southeast

Asheville: big anniversary weekend

I would give some thought to having cocktails (or an $8 draft beer) at the Grove Park on their terrace, but eating elsewhere.

In addition to miss piggy's list (btw, don't underestimate how early you need to make reservations at the Admiral), I would add Nightbell for romantic atmosphere and interesting molecular gastronomy food.

Jan 06, 2015
danna in Southeast

Thunderbird (Asheville, NC)

!!!!
First, I can't figure out how Elliot has had a restaurant going for 2 months that I didn't know about. I worshiped Moss as a kitchen-god when he was at the Admiral.

Second, that recipe looks horrible. If that's what he would be doing at the Admiral if he were still there (quote from the article), then thank God he's not still there!

Regardless, i'll be giving the Thunderbird a try asap, and hope that there's more to the menu that ironically low-brow kitch.

Jan 05, 2015
danna in Southeast

Can you tell me where to eat in Asheville?

Ah Ha! it took me 10 minutes to figure it out, but I think I just learned that if a post is submitted as a q&a instead of a discussion, then you can't reply to a specific comment further down. A very unfortunate new feature.

Anyhow, directed toward where the OP mentions looking for something cheaper than the Admiral, I want to mention that we consider Curate to be about the most expensive meal in town, especially at lunch, when the menu prices are the same as dinner. Unless you aren't hungry, just looking for nibbles to go with your drinks, you'll find Curate to be quite expensive.

Dec 30, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Charleston: 3 nights. Have Fig for 1 night. Now of the other 3 we're considering, which to omit?

I was at Edmunds Oast for the first time on Thursday. It's a gorgeous space, not as loud as at could be for the size of it. Very comfortable bar stools and plenty of them. The cocktails are CRAZY strong and the pumpkin custard, under the "snack" menu is super rich. Why am I telling you that? To say that after 1 drink and one snack I was drunk and full and so I don't really trust my own review. I liked it, for what that's worth.

The Ordinary is an even more beautiful space, very chic, and the capers blades and champagne I had there were both lovely. Didn't do dinner, because we headed on to Fig, which is imo by far the best restaurant in Charleston. Best I have been to in the Southeast. Fish is always spectacular and the vegetable dishes are dead on perfect.

Dec 19, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Pho Attack

http://www.ahpa.org/default.aspx?tabi...

Hmmm... looks like some research is in order. Thanks!

Dec 17, 2014
danna in Not About Food

Charleston for 1 Nice Dinner

correct, without a doubt.

Dec 15, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

Hi, I just re-read your post, and it's timely, because I failed at getting "bridge love" over thanksgiving when my All Clad roaster didn't work on the induction when it was time to deglaze.

But it makes me think your solution of having something fabricated to fit the bridge might be the best solution....it would solve the roasting pan AND the griddle question. thanks.

Dec 02, 2014
danna in Cookware

Cribbs in Spartanburg or Other recs

Wades in S'burg is fun but not exactly on the way. There's a pretty good Thai place near the airport called Sweet Basil.

Nov 28, 2014
danna in Southeast

How big spiral sliced ham?

I'm leaning toward getting a Nueske ham (local-ish to my in-laws) and the largest ones are 13 bone-in, 11lbs boneless.
Thus my concern over how much is enough ham. There's no Honey Baked in Madison Wi to my knowledge. I wonder if Whole Foods would have one?

This is a retirement-community condo kitchen maintained by a recent widower, so absolute simplicity of prep is important.

http://www.saveur.com/article/kitchen...

In this article, Keller makes spiral ham look pretty respectable.

Nov 24, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Charleston SC in February..... HELP!!!

Going to Charleston in February is very likely to impress you so much just with the weather that you might as well look for houses!

I like Eater's heatmap for finding new stuff, but I also agree with Sue that unless you eat in Charleston a lot, there is a lot of really great stuff that's on the radar. Unfortunately in my opinion, because I don't like getting "fully committed" attitude a month in advance from restaurants I've been eating in whenever I wanted to for years. ahem....

Nov 21, 2014
danna in Southeast
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How big spiral sliced ham?

I'm planning to buy a spiral sliced ham to feed my husband's family on the Saturday after Christmas. I'll be cooking in my FIL's kitchen so need to limit the drama. How much ham should I figure per person? On line I see anything from 1/4 lb to a whole pound per person.

My husband wanted me to make a turkey, which is traditional in my southern family for Christmas, but in addition to ham being so much easier, I thought his Midwestern family might not care for another turkey meal anyway. What do you think?

Other than ham, I plan to do cheese grits, sweet potato casserole w/ streusel, assorted mustards, biscuits and rolls, fruit salad, green salad and pimento cheese for apps. I'm giving them the full southern treatment except there'll be no coconut cake making in a strange kitchen. sound ok? thanks.

Nov 19, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Non Homogenized And/Or low heat pasteurized milk in Durham

I recently learned that goats' milk is "naturally homogenized", i.e. they don't have to do it mechanically. Not sure if that helps or not, but I thought it was interesting when I read it on the carton of Meyenberg goat milk which I buy at Walmart or Whole foods and is a lot easier on my lactose-hating stomach. It's Ultra pasteurized, though.

Nov 19, 2014
danna in Southeast

Madison Report: A Pig In A Fur Coat, Brasserie V, Monty's, Gail Ambrosius

I'm late to the party, but wanted to say what a great review that was. We are hoping to catch the Pig open when we are in Madison around Christmas. I was a little scared it would be super rich/meaty...but I have to try it anyway!

Nov 11, 2014
danna in Great Lakes

Pho Attack

Hi Lori -

I'm glad this is your second experience. The first one is pretty scary, huh?!?

I have still not been able to figure it out. I still eat pho occasionally, but not at either of the two restaurants this happened in. There's one Vietnamese place left in town that I'm still eating at. I'm interested in the comment above about herbs...the 2nd place I experienced this at grows their own herbs in buckets behind the restaurant...which I think is awesome, but I wonder if that means they have more varied selection than some?

Anyhow, same goes for you, if you figure this out, PLEASE post back on this thread.

Nov 11, 2014
danna in Not About Food

Anything new in Charleston?

I'm dying to try Edmunds Oast and Chez Nous. Try the Eater heatmap for the newest of the new.

Oct 30, 2014
danna in Southeast

The Nightbell, Asheville

I finally tried this Saturday night. When I stopped in earlier in the day to look at the menu, the staff encouraged me strongly to go ahead and reserve something even though I was honest about having no clue if I would actually be able to get there at the time I selected. I was glad they did, because it was full at 8 pm with only a couple of seats at a communal table on offer to the ladies who walked in before us.

Jeff had a no-alcohol shrub that was interesting and delicious, I had prosecco served in a coupe, which I always enjoy. 1/2 glasses of wine are available, btw, always a plus.

The food was all very good. We had the Ceasar salad "taco", the Waldorf salad (which really needs quotes as well), the quail, and both the lobster roll and oyster po boy. Loved the candied fennel on the salad, loved the delicate flavors of the lobster roll. Quail was also delicious.

We enjoyed watching the time/labor intensive desserts being made at the bar area. Liquid nitrogen in use quite a bit. Our dessert was good, but I wish I had tried the freaky "root beer float" that the guy next to me got. It was served on a plate.

The interior is gorgeous and I loved the blue velvet banquet w/ lumbar bolsters. What are my quibbles? Mainly that I was still hungry. Normally it's only my husband that needs more food after "fine dining", but in this case, I was ready for more food too. Yes, we could have ordered more, I know. I wish there had been bread. We could hear the table next to us debating where to go to get more food as well, and thought that was pretty funny.

It's a lovely spot, though, and I'm sure I'll be back, especially if I'm just looking to drink and hang out, and not particularly hungry.

Oct 27, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Lunch and happy hour suggestions for Charleston, SC

I agree about Cru. It's such a great lunch spot that I very rarely go for dinner. Although I wouldn't call it literally quiet...it's always sorta chaotic at lunch if you eat inside. I prefer the porch if the weather cooperates at all. I, too, am not that enthused about HG. I've had good meals there, and fair. I think we can get the southern breakfast thing in so many good places in Asheville that it makes HG not as special.

If I were the OP I would go to Cru and Butcher and Bee for my two lunches.

Oct 20, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Charlotte

Hey! thanks for all that. somehow I almost missed seeing it. Customshop sounds marvelous. I have wound up agreeing to drive in the morning w a friend rather than going the night before by myself, so I fear I have wasted your time w/ the dinner recommendations.

However at lunch time, I'm all about a great cheese shop and tasting some local beer and pizza. I'll definitely check on the 7th st. market. Thanks!

Oct 15, 2014
danna in Southeast

New Siggi's Ripoff Yogurt

Unless you don't want the extra calories that will, in turn, make you fat, which *is* bad for you.

Oct 10, 2014
danna in Features

Charlotte

Are any of the recommended places in downtown? I may be in Charlotte near the Westin next week. Anything walking distance?

Oct 03, 2014
danna in Southeast

North Charleston > Historic District By Day

I think you'll like EVO. Lively , bar-ish atmosphere with good food. A few tables on the street as well. Get one of their salads.

Oct 01, 2014
danna in Southeast