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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...

about 19 hours ago
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.

about 19 hours ago
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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Charleston: some unusual suspects

I thought about that idea, dawg. A picnic of cheese and charcuterie and bread eaten down at white point would be fun if a person is getting restaurant fatigue.

fyi, I wasn't overly impressed w/ the bread I picked up from GSC that was made by EVO. I was surprised, maybe just a loaf I didn't care for. The Comte and Ewephoria I bought a few weeks ago were so fabulous...well...I still remember what I bought!

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Food trucks etc in Western North Carolina?

Wowsa! grand larceny in VA and prostitution in SC. thanks for the info.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast

Food trucks etc in Western North Carolina?

thanks! Alas, I guess lunch is not a priority for beer-related food trucking! ;-)

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston: some unusual suspects

Sermet on King doesn't get much press here, but they have great bread, a tasty grilled calamari app, and reasonably priced champagne. I never get anything else there, so if that doesn't sound good to you, I can't vouch for other stuff.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast

Crab picking

I have actually picked Blue Crab at ...wait for it...Hymans...back in the 90's. People stared. It is an uncommon sight in a restaurant.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Food trucks etc in Western North Carolina?

Does anybody know if any food trucks are to be found in Brevard or H'ville on Saturday's around lunch time? I can't seem to find any. It's interesting that there are so many in Asheville and none elsewhere.

Also, has anyone been to the BBQ place in the gas station where Haywood crossed 240 in West Asheville?

Anything at all new in Brevard or H'ville? The only thing new I have to report is that the folks who brought you Flat Rock Bakery and West First now have pastry and coffee in the Sycamore cycles space in Brevard. fresh juice and smoothies too. EXCELLENT addition to Brevard!

Aug 22, 2014
danna in Southeast

2 Questions for induction converts

I switched from electric, which I hated from day one due to lack of control and deadly slow heat-up...but with no gas option, the coming of induction made it possible for me to switch. I have been using Le Creuset since I first got a kitchen. It works fine on electric, better on induction. I have always appreciated the possibilities for one-pot cooking...chicken fricassee, osso bucco, etc. I use the LC also for things that need to cook a long time without the danger of my absent mindedness causing a scortch...stuff like apple butter or the long-cooked stone ground grits I made this weekend.

The only LC product I have ever been slightly unhappy with is the LC stockpot I bought to replace my aluminum one. it already has chips in the coating after just a couple of years and I only use it for boiling water and making stock. I still might buy it again, as it was a good deal, but it's not a perfect 10 like my other LC pieces.

Aug 21, 2014
danna in Cookware

2 Questions for induction converts

1. I bought an induction capable non-stick fry pan (mainly for eggs) and a new pasta pot to replace those same items that were not induction friendly. Otherwise I continued to use my all clad stainless and le crueset.

2. Didn't change what I cook at all, but it sure made the cooking a lot more pleasant. I'm curious to to hear how it changed yours.

Aug 18, 2014
danna in Cookware

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

Agreed! Not that I would turn down a good peach cobbler, but I generally don't like my peaches cooked. I turned down a couple of otherwise gorgeous sounding peach dishes in Charleston last week because the peaches were roasted. blah.

Here's my pet peave: when did all the food mags decide you were supposed to drop peaches in boiling water for a minute, "make an x" and then peel? you don't need to do that! Just get a pairing knife and peel them!

Aug 07, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Irregardless cafe Raleigh

Wow! I went to Irregardless a few times back in the early/mid 90's and really liked it. I bought the cookbook. I don't really remember it being vegetarian. Anyhow, it certainly has shown some longevity!

Aug 04, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

Thanks for chiming in , Sue!

I'm afraid 5 o'clock doesn't really work. You guys think upstairs at 6:30-7 would be a din? I guess I should just be polite and take the parents elsewhere.

Which begs the questions...where WOULD be quiet? We'll go to Coda on Wed, need a Thurs night destination. I really like Macintosh, but I seem to remember it's a little boisterous. I may just default to FIG.

btw, I paid $25 for a dozen capers blades at FIG in Dec. ouch.

Jul 17, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

What a great article!! Very impressive, thanks for the link.

How interesting that the spot that's making me die of foodie shame for not having enjoyed yet is Charleston's loudest. Also interesting is the information about Coda del Pesce and their sound deadening tiles. One of the best restaurant experiences I've had w/ my parents in years was there last summer. The food was very good, but I wonder if the the quiet (that I didn't even notice) played a large part in everybody being happier?

Jul 15, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

I'll be in Charleston in a few weeks w the 'rents and I'm dying to go to the Ordinary. But my Mom is very sensitive to loud noise and my Dad has a hearing aid, so lots of background clatter disturbs him as well. Is there any way we could enjoy the Ordinary? Thanks.

Jul 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

eh... I don't remember the service, so it must have been ok.

Jul 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

I tried King Daddy's a couple of weeks ago. had chicken wings, kale salad, wild mushroom dish, and a waffle. Everything pretty good. Nothing absolutely killer, but definiately solid and we'll probably be back.

Jul 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

I understand from my beer snob friends that Thirsty Monk is the place to go for unusual bottles. I'm more about Asheville's own fresh brew on tap, which is found almost everywhere. 12 Bones always has a lot of local beer on tap, and available in 10 oz pours which I appreciate.

Admiral I could see getting a Michelin Gourmand status, but it's too casual for a star i think. make reservation NOW.

Jul 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Shrimp/Cheese/Bread Shopping Between Charleston and Kiawah

Yeah, i think it would be worth making a 2nd stop for the shrimp. You can get the cheese, carcuterie and bread/crackers at goat.sheep.cow Good luck with the storm.

Jul 03, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

makes total sense, but kinda takes the fun out of the(now-not-new-anymore) bridge element, you know? ;-)

Jun 30, 2014
danna in Cookware

Please help finalize Charleston destinations (researched!!)

Agreed. Cru absolutely screams Charleston. You need to sit on the porch and get the shrimp BLT. I wind up there for lunch just about every time I go to Chas. I do prefer it for lunch rather than dinner.

Fig is my favorite restaurant, but I wouldn't limit myself to the seafood stew if I were you. I imagine you're thinking it's more indigenous, but I always recommend one of the other fish dishes. The preparations of those may be similar to what you get in NYC, but the fish will be local...and superb.

Jun 30, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

I really appreciate the people trying to help me out with this!

It looks like that Max Burton piece requires you to buy a separate round thing to go on the bottom...if I'm looking at it right. I noticed the following review on Amazon that made me not want this particular piece but hopefult here is one out there..

Q: Does this TRULY work on an Induction cooktop?

A:
It will work on a single burner but not well. It will only heat in the middle where the induction disc is. It will not heat evenly. Since there is a round disc, it will not work on a bridge element. The disc on the one I received had sharp edges and scratched my cooktop. I finally found one that works on my bridge element but since I didn't get it from Amazon not sure if I am allowed to say.

Jun 27, 2014
danna in Cookware

Challenge: find me an induction capable griddle

Thanks! I'll read up on that one.

Jun 27, 2014
danna in Cookware

High calorie, no cholesterol foods? [moved from Home Cooking]

I know! I know! ;-)

Well, at least I know what puts weight on me. I try to eat well, but the "healthy" food that fattens me up without question are trail mix and granola. I suppose it makes since that foods designed for keeping up your energy in the woods would have plenty of calories.

A few years ago I developed a fantastic granola recipe that only had a trace of oil and a little fat from nuts and coconut. It fattened me up but good and I had to stop making it. I can also say from experience that trail mix does the same thing. There is an inexpensive, GIANT bag of trail mix available at Walmart, I think it's called Mountain Mix or something. It contains peanuts, almonds, raisins and M&Ms (ok, not the healthiest thing). It's notable to me that the "gourmet" blend we used to pay $8/lb for at the grocery store had the same mix except the chocolate candies were off brand and tasted bad. The Walmart bag is better quality and cheaper. go figure.

I would also suggest buying some low-fat frozen yogurt and making peanut butter shakes out of it. it's shocking the amount of ice cream (or substitute) that you wind up putting in the blender to make what looks like a normal sized milkshake.

Jun 27, 2014
danna in Not About Food

Pho Attack

Well, let's ignore the other three , then.

I, personally, if I had a heart attack 3 times, each time immediately after finishing a steak, I would suspect steak did initiate my heart attack.

And as for the pho, I am a competitve endurance athlete with no underlying medical conditions. I DO tend to be have occasional sensitivities/allergies to stuff...examples are aspartame, psuedoephidrine, sunflower pollen, etc. Thus my feeling that there is some substance in the occasional bowl of pho that sets me off.

(i hope that didn't sound defensive, i really am interested in your furthur thoughts on the matter)

Jun 26, 2014
danna in Not About Food

Pho Attack

wow. pretty weird that at least 3 people on this thread have had very similar, and quite ODD symptoms. Having your head feel compressed is fairly specific, unlike the typical vague stomach upset, headache, etc. You'd think someone would have figured it out by now.

I'm thinking the "unusual ingredient" + allergy/sensitivity theory may be the best one suggested here. Since it only happens (at least for me) with Pho, that seems to rule out salt and MSG as likely culprits, as they surely exist in other foods.

Jun 26, 2014
danna in Not About Food