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Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

It's a KitchenAid.
https://secure5.whirlpool.com/catalog...

I still like it a lot, it's sooooo much better than electric. The main thing I would caution is not to get one like this that has digital touchpad. I wish I had knobs. It's VERY annoying to come back to the stove top and discover something you thought was cooking has been turned off...apparently you cleaned over the controls or what not. Also, on my model, you have to first touch the box for the eye you want to control before you use the up/down heat arrows. Invariably, I forget and change the wrong eye.

about 4 hours ago
danna in Cookware

Asheville Recommendations for Dining Alone or Carrying Out

Sweet! In addition to the Admiral, try West End bakery for lunch and breakfast, Biscuit Head for when you really deserve a big lunch, Sunny Point as I mentioned before, Check the food trucks at the Brew Pump just across from West End bakery.

1 day ago
danna in Southeast

Asheville Recommendations for Dining Alone or Carrying Out

Wow, I see what you mean. I looked around for you and Aloft was $329, Indigo $244 and the best value I saw in downtown was Renaissance at $199. I think everything is $100 more than normal that weekend. I used to be in the same boat for the Cooper River Bridge Run before I lucked into a friend w/ a house down there.

If Rennaisance worked for you, you would be within walking distance of Curate, Zambra, Salsa, White Duck , Seven Sows, Night Bell, laughing seed, 12 Walnut wine bar, and many other restuarants. (but not admiral or sunny point)

Feb 27, 2015
danna in Southeast

Confused about new-wave coffee

Thanks for the advice. I tried the espresso in a drip maker. It was pretty good, but honestly I was so distracted by 3+ inches of snow in South Carolina that I need to make it again and reassess ;-)

So, say you're in a frou frou coffee shop, which descriptive words do you look out for?

Thanks again!

Feb 27, 2015
danna in General Topics

Asheville Recommendations for Dining Alone or Carrying Out

Have you considered changing hotels? Asheville is such a fun, walkable town, it would be a shame to have to drive out to Arden every day. While it's an easy drive in on the interstate, still...

I would recommend dining at the bar at the Admiral above all else. Of course, you couldn't walk there even if you switched to a downtown hotel, but it is so worth it. Sitting at the bar is about the only way to get in the Admiral without reserving several weeks in advance. It's a lively, casual place with great food and you'll meet interesting people also dining at the bar.

I'm not as huge a fan of Curate as most on this board, but they do have a lively and entertaining bar where you can eat the full menu and enjoy seeing it prepared.

Sunny Point makes a nice breakfast-or-lunch. If I wanted carry out, I would try to find the El Kimchee food truck, order bipimbap (sp?) and call it carbing up (rice).

Good luck at the marathon. I've considered doing the half at the Biltmore, it seems like a fun way to keep yourself entertained with scenery during a long run.

Feb 27, 2015
danna in Southeast
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Greenville recs? [SC]

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1005236

Here's the link to the thread Brent mentioned.

Unfortunately, there's nothing walkable from that location. I like Swamp Rabbit Grocery for bfast or lunch(love the hummus sandwich that comes with whatever vegetables are fresh and local + house-made salty stecca bread). Went to Papi's tacos today and had 2 tasty tacos and a nice view.

Northampton Wine Café has a very low key wine bar inside the wine store where you can order from the restaurant menu if I'm not mistaken.

Feb 24, 2015
danna in Southeast

Dining in Greenville, SC - Suggestions?

Thanks for the reply! What did you eat at Stellar? That one has been off my radar lately...I think they may have closed and then re-opened... (?).

I like "nothing like grits and beer for breakfast" ;-)

It's funny, I was about to argue with you over Tupelo being a chain, but sure enough, after looking at their website I see they have really expanded. 10 years ago I'm pretty sure there was just the one in Asheville. I always thought it was overhyped, but was nonetheless pleased when they put an outpost in G'ville. That's the difference between Greenville and Asheville - things I would never go to in Asheville are a serious consideration for me here.

Glad you had some good meals and didn't freeze to death this weekend, and thanks again for reporting back.

Feb 23, 2015
danna in Southeast

Confused about new-wave coffee

I'm at a loss how to know what I'm going to like anymore. I think I need better "coffee words". I have always preferred a dark roast, but I really enjoy Intelligensia, which I understand tends to be lighter. I recently bought a gorgeous Wilfa Precision since I'm going to be working from home some (I rarely made coffee at home before). I'm unsure what beans to buy:

I know I like:
Peets Major Dickason's Blend
Camp 4 Coffee

I know I don't like:
Perc la virgin de quadeloupe
Counter Culter Baroida
Anything out of a Keurig

I'm not a Starbucks hater, but I'd like to try something a little different. I typically don't care for a citrus-y or wine-y flavor in coffee.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Thanks for the remedial coffee education.

Feb 19, 2015
danna in General Topics

Dining in Greenville, SC - Suggestions?

Molly, is Saigon the one on Pleasantburg? Do you prefer it to Mekong? Mekong is my favorite, but I'm not really all that expert at Vietnamese.

Pita house is tasty, I agree. I'm surprised by all the love for Bacon bros. I thought it was ok, but I'm not sure I'd make the drive from downtown.

If I were the OP, I'd drive up to restaurant 17 for an early dinner while you can still enjoy the mountain view. I think it's (by far) the best restaurant in Greenville County.

A heavy, but fairly tasty breakfast can be had at Tupelo HOney. I'd also like to plug Highway2Health on main street for the opposite...healthy wraps, salads and smoothies. Very nice owners of this relatively new spot.

Check out the Community Tap where if you get lucky and there's a food truck parked out front, you can eat inside and enjoy a draft or wine. I believe they have Foothills Sexual Chocolate on tap, but please don't drink it all before I can get some.

Nice pastry at Rick Erwin's market, but food just so so. Nice wine bar at Northhampton wines. New coffee place called Methodical just opened, I'm eager to try.

Please let us know what you try!

Feb 17, 2015
danna in Southeast

Fig still a 'go-to' spot in Charleston?

That sucks. Just like hot-spots in New York. I seem to recall being told I had counted the days wrong the last time I called and expressed surprise that some times were already full. Maybe it's 30 days, not 4 weeks? I've never run into the old busy-signal routine, though.

Feb 13, 2015
danna in Southeast

White Chicken Chili

Quite good...all I was really looking for in a chicken chili recipe. I stayed true to the recipe except that I cut up a whole chicken, made my own stock from the legs, and pre-soaked and cooked some flageolet(sp?) beans instead of using canned. Oh, and I only used one jalepeno since my husband is a baby about spice, but I think two would have been the correct number.

Feb 02, 2015
danna in Recipes

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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