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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

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

Can I still eat this rabbit liver?

Thanks all, I'm on my way home to sniff and (hopefully) eat.

Hilarious on the kidneys. My friend recommended planting them under the azaleas. Now I'm going to HAVE to taste them!

Sep 29, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Can I still eat this rabbit liver?

I thawed the bunny in the fridge on Sat., cooked him last night (in a mustard sauce and served w/ risotto, it was good) but I forgot to cook the liver. It and the kidneys are in my fridge now. If I cook it tonight, is that OK? I seem to recall that organ meat goes off pretty fast.

Thanks!

Sep 29, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

The Optimist and Cakes and Ale Cafe - quick review

Indeed! I satisfied my carb craving at Bluff View Bakery in Chattanooga quite well.

Sep 24, 2014
danna in Atlanta

Relatively new baker - looking for some inspiration

I agree entirely. The only thing I used my scale for is to weigh out chocolate by the oz.

Sep 23, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

A few reviews from Chatanooga

Great weekend in this fun town:

St. John's Meeting place - This was the highlight of the trip. Loved the space and the food was very good. I had the tomato and mozzarella salad and the shrimp roll (like a lobster roll). Also a nice cheese plate w/ memorable truffle honey. Husband had a fine but not really impressive burger w/ great fries. The St. John's sundae was good. Only complaint was our server, friendly but slack. I HATE IT when my courses come at the same time. Cheese plate delivered w/ the salads.

212 Market - We went there for lunch. It wasn't particularly impressive, but it was fine. I had a watermelon salad that was nice. The basket of bread was either toasted or stale. Nice upstairs porch.

Mojo Burrito - I liked this place. We have a restaurant with a similar concept in Brevard called Pescados, but this one had more interesting selections. I particularly liked the texas caviar.

Easy Bistro - I'm torn. I enjoyed several things here, but don't think I would return. I didn't mind paying $6 for the bread selection...until it arrived. The bread was all pretty crappy, and it came with mustard and olives. Odd choice. no olive oil, no butter. My husband's dungenous(sp?) crab salad was probably the best taste of the night. The grilled shrimp that I ordered as a side were decidedly mediocre. It's a dramatic space, but they gave us the table next to the door that leads to Ben and Jerry's. Shouldn't you save that for the last table to arrive?
I did enjoy the opportunity to have 1/2 glass of Orin Swift Mannequin. All in all though, it wasn't quite worth the price and we wished we had gone to Champy's.

Clumpy's ice cream - pretty good, nice back deck, lots of flavor choices.

Bluff view bakery - I walked in and was surrounded by racks of bread. I thought I had gone in the wrong door...or died and gone to heaven. The walnut raisin loaf was addictive, and eaten in its entirety by me in around 24 hours.

Sep 23, 2014
danna in Kentucky & Tennessee

The Optimist and Cakes and Ale Cafe - quick review

The Optimist was fantastic, just what I was hoping for. I love the space; it's a great feel. The husband and I had:

- fried oysters - they gave us maybe a dozen of them, piled on a smear of delicious smokey sauce.

- porgy crudo - tasty and interesting w/ the pickled watermelon, but I wouldn't order it again. BTW, beware the thai chilis in the dish. I don't mind hot pepper, but this came as a surprise on the back of my throat.

- oh, yeah, the delicious little salty rolls

- The head on shrimp served in a small casserole dish, highlight of the meal. the provided hot towels were needed.

- Salad w/ huckleberries and a tasty vinaigrette

- duck fat poached swordfish...oh my, it was moist and delicious and served w/ chanterelles and muscadines. very nice dish.

- salted caramel ice cream. Also very much enjoyed.

For my one night in Atlanta I had dithered between this and Cakes and Ale. We decided to go to Cakes and Ale café and pick up pastry and bread for our continuing trip to Chattanooga where we figured the food scene wouldn't be so exciting. There was zero bread, clueless folks behind the counter, and a small selection of pastry. We bought two filled cookies, a malted chocolate bar cookie, and a Kouign amann. They ranged from OK to sucky. This was a huge disappointment given how fantastic their website makes the baked goods appear.

Sep 23, 2014
danna in Atlanta

Recent Eats in Asheville: Cucina 24, Rhubarb, Storm, Sunny Point Cafe

I agree that's the reasoning, but in doing so the restaurant takes on the responsibility of not sending out under-seasoned food. It irritates me when it becomes clear there is no one in the kitchen with a little plastic spoon...

Sep 15, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Recent Eats in Asheville: Cucina 24, Rhubarb, Storm, Sunny Point Cafe

I've only been to Rhubarb once, and was similarly unimpressed. SO disappointing! The menu looks great, the execution was so-so.

Sep 15, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston restaurants: Need one more!!

fyi, McCrady's is one of my vegetarian-friend's favorite places. I've eaten there with her before when I'm sorry I didn't get the veg plate too. They do a stellar job...or at least they did...it's been maybe 2-3 years since the meal I'm remembering. She also adores FIG. She goes to Cru as well, but I can't remember what she gets there. I'm sad neither you nor your husband can enjoy the shrimp blt!

Sep 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston restaurants: Need one more!!

Italian outside the historic district: Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter, Tratoria Lucca (historic district, but farther out), Coda del Pesce.

Of course, mcCradys and Cru are both very good.

Take it from me, you were smart to make those reservations. I tried to reserve Obstinate Daughter for 2 weeks out on a Sat. and was totally shut out. shocking. I wound up with a 5:15 at the Ordinary for a Thursday. Charleston did not used to be like that. Waaayyyyy too much national press, apparently!

Sep 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville, Greenville, SC and Savannah

It's a shame not to eat at the Admiral when in Asheville. In Greenville, Soby's is fine if you aren't expecting much. If you wanted a little fancier, you could look into American Grocery or Northampton Wine Café, or if you're willing to drive north of town, I recommend Restaurant 17.

Sep 04, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston: some unusual suspects

I don't know if this pic is going to work, but they have gorgeous salads at EVO, too.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast
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