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Midwest Foodie Road Trip

Dinner at Restaurant Tallent on the square in Bloomington, IN is a MUST!

Jun 29, 2013
GroovinGourmet in Great Lakes

Best Indian closest to Glendale?

Salomi looks like a winner. Not too bad a drive, and a comprehensive menu. Thanks!

Jun 26, 2013
GroovinGourmet in Los Angeles Area

Best Indian closest to Glendale?

Will be visiting in a few weeks and my dining companion needs a proper introduction to Indian food. Where should we go?

Jun 21, 2013
GroovinGourmet in Los Angeles Area

Best lunch spot in Springfield, MA?

I will be through the area on a Monday, and will be stopping for a sales call. Where's the best place to grab a bite?

Apr 14, 2013
GroovinGourmet in Southern New England

Best eats on I-78?

I will be driving from Bedford, PA to East Clifton, NJ next Friday. Any can't-miss places I should know about? TIA...

Apr 14, 2013
GroovinGourmet in Pennsylvania

Heading for Cooperstown...

Early on a Sunday morning, from East Clifton, NJ. Three different routes within a few miles and minutes of each other, so where to get breakfast will determine which way I go. Where would you go if you were making that drive?

And I need a place for a great post-HOF hang in Cooperstown, preferably with a nice selection of draft beers. The closer to the Hall the better, as I will be heading to Albany for the night, and my buddy will be heading back to Syracuse.

Apr 13, 2013
GroovinGourmet in New York State (exc. NYC)

Road trip recs needed! [Canton/Youngstown]

One look at the Corned Beef Hash on the menu and I'm thinking I gotta go! Will probably hit it on my return as that route hasn't been determined yet. Thanks!

Apr 13, 2013
GroovinGourmet in Great Lakes

Road trip recs needed! [Canton/Youngstown]

I'll be doing a big swing, starting and ending at CAK. Where's the best place for breakfast before heading to the Pro Football HOF in Canton? Also need a good evening hang (think brewpub) in Youngstown, and a place for breakfast there before I head into PA. TIA!

Apr 13, 2013
GroovinGourmet in Great Lakes

Relaxed steak / salmon in Salt Lake City?

Check out Ruby River on 700 East

Dec 28, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Mountain States

Looking for low end recs for a last minute buisness trip - breakfast & lunch

No personal experience, but for lunch I'd head here for the Short Rib Stew with Green Chiles, Fried Egg and Cornbread:

http://www.foxrc.com/frcwp/wp-content...

Nov 27, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Phoenix

Brief Lockhart Smokehouse report

I'd have to concur, based on my sole visit. Ordered a 1/4 lb from the wet end (had just had lunch with an old highschool buddy at Herrera's so I was already stuffed). I had to do the deviled eggs too, and they did not disappoint. Black's in Lockhart is still my fave brisket, with Louie Mueller not far behind. Have not been to Pecan Lodge, and doesn't look like I will have the opportunity my next trip home. But I have a Thursday afternoon to myself with a car, so Lockhart it is...

Nov 24, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Dallas - Fort Worth

Favorite All-You-Can-Eat Restaurant?

A favorite from my pre-diabetic days!

Nov 22, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Los Angeles Area

Dec 4-7. Done the big ones...new recs.

Add a 3rd for Brigtsen's. Far and away my favorite NO restaurant.

Nov 22, 2012
GroovinGourmet in New Orleans

7-10 Days in Lone Tree/Denver. Help!

I was duly impressed with Steve's Snappin' Dogs on E. Colfax on my last visit. Mezcal is another favorite spot.

Nov 22, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Mountain States

Feeding a new diabetic?

Thanks for the support, and the advice to test after 1st hour. My endo prescribed after 2 hours. I am going to mix it up more and take more 1 hour readings to see how my plan is working.

Perhaps I should have said "body chemistry" instead of "blood". That would encompass everything relating to how our body processes what we put in it.

Nov 18, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Special Diets

Diabetes on the rise

Disagree! Go with good dark chocolate! A couple of squares of Lindt or Ghirardelli high-cocoa content is less than 20 grams of carbs. It not only satisfies the need for something sweet, when kept in the fridge they satisfy some crunch cravings too.

And I love making cocolocos with my Keurig brewer. Green Mountain Hot Cocoa is only 9 grams of carbs per serving. Mixed with Carol Jean's Mudslide, it makes for a way tasty hot chocolate drink.

Nov 18, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Special Diets

Feeding a new diabetic?

Just curious... does Dr. Hyman address different blood types via differentiation in his regimen(s)?

I think blood type is a huge factor. I'm about 7 weeks into dealing with diabetes. I've always responded well to the Atkins diet, and love eating that way. Then I read "Eat 4 Your Type" and it all made sense. As a Type O I am genetically programmed to eat red meat (hunter as opposed to gatherer).

As soon as I found out about my condition, but before seeing my endocrinologist, I reverted to the kind of low carb diet I would if I were in maintenance on Atkins.

Thanks to blood testing I've figured out what I can and cannot enjoy. The good news is that beer does not have the detrimental effect on blood sugar I thought it would, even though I still have to moderate alcohol because of Metformin.

Even better is dark chocolate. A couple of squares of Lindt or Ghirardelli (the pure chocolate varieties) is no more than 15 grams of carbs, the fruit and/or nut versions a bit more. Kept in the fridge it delivers some crunch satisfaction in addition to quality sweet.

For me that is the big thing... most of the foods that are bad for me are usually available in mediocre versions. Makes it easy for me to cut out, knowing I know how to make room for when I have the chance to eat truly extraordinary things (mostly potatoes... I can go without eating pasta or rice forver no problem).

IMNSH or educated opinion, I think there is too much that depends on individual blood chemistry for there to be anything resembling a blanket approach. Test way more frequently than your doctor prescribes and you should be able to figure out what you can eat and how much of it you can enjoy.

I'm still ramping up into the kind of exercise regimen I need, but, with the exception of a couple of spikes, my numbers have looked really good so far.

Nov 18, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Special Diets

Whole Food negatives

Interesting... I visit TJ's in Vegas and whenever I am in California. I find the layout of the western region stores to be pretty consistent. We are getting one here in SLC, to open later this month. Will see how they do layout-wise. I'm new to dealing with diabetes, so my TJ's shopping list will be way different. And, of course, being in Utah there will be no booze. Always said that is what would keep TJ's out, but I am glad they proved me wrong!

Nov 18, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Chains

Brents looking for third location

Caramelized onions in the chopped liver...

Nov 16, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Los Angeles Area

Fieri - best. takedown. ever.

The bit about the snails arriving under their own steam is priceless!

Nov 14, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Food Media & News

Salt Lake City eats, are these worthwhile?

Glad the gnocchi at Wild Grape lived up to the hype!

I'm newly diagnosed as diabetic, but that dish is not going anywhere... skipping the oh-so-fabulous blood orange mojitos is more than a fair trade-off.

Nov 13, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Mountain States

2 days in Dallas

oops...

Nov 04, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Dallas - Fort Worth

Spices, deli in SLC

Utah County is a bit of a schlep to SLC and back for provisions.

As for Kosher-style delis, I only know of one., the deli at 9th and 9th has received positive buzz, though I have not been yet.

Spice-wise I don't know what to tell you. Perhaps a stocking order with Penzey's?

Nov 04, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Mountain States

Need Costa Mesa area restaurant with private room for 25 or so

First place I would check is Scott's, right across from South Coast Plaza.

Nov 04, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Los Angeles Area

Where in OC...

would you take a group of first-time visitors from Germany?

I'm a former Fountain Valley resident, so I certainly have my favorite spots, but would love to share a quintessential SoCal dining experience for my foreign guests. We'll be based in Anaheim, but will have wheels, so distance is not an issue.

Scott's in Costa Mesa was the first place to come to mind, and then I contemplated making the drive to East LA for Serenata De Garibaldi, so I am open to a range of places.

TIA...

Oct 31, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Los Angeles Area

Cold Breakfast Cereal and Blood Sugar Spikes

I'm relatively new, but that would certainly seem to be the case.

I'm testing my blood twice a day, and figuring out what I can and cannot get away with. After going to diabetes education and being told I could indeed have some starches and fruits I totally spiked.

Since then I have learned I can eat 1/2 an English Muffin, but not the whole thing, or 1 slice of whole grain bread with a bit of marmalade on it, but not 2.

I can have a couple of squares of high-cocoa chocolate (70% is the best balance of sweet and cocoa), and, most importantly, I can still have my obscure, potent beers... just not as often or as many as before.

I've been able to totally flip the switch on potatoes and rice and was never much of a pasta person to begin with, so that is a big help.

FWIW, I am Type O, so I do really well on a hard-core low-carb diet... and my cholesterol is normal, with low blood pressure and low pulse, so I can go egg/cheese/meat crazy for breakfast and do OK.

And exercise will prove to be a big key for me, as it should be for any diabetic.

Oct 29, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Special Diets

SmashBurger Coming to Culver City...

DIfferent price point entirely for Smashburger, and worth the difference, IMNSHO.

There's a shopping area that has both about 2 miles from me here in SLC. I've gone to SB 5 or 6 times for every visit to InO.

Now that I've been diagnosed as diabetic that ratio will no doubt go way up. SB's Veggie Frites are nice alternative to spuds... and I will miss InO spuds for sure.

Went to 5 Guys once and could not have been less impressed with the burger, though I liked the fries a lot.

Oct 29, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Los Angeles Area

Ten-gallon hats off to Serious Texas BBQ (Ft. Collins)

I first discovered these guys when they had one place in Durango. They have since expanded there, with a couple of locations in Ft. Collins now as well. Not sure if there are any others, but they definitely live up their name.

I'm extremely picky when it comes to brisket, having grown up in Texas, where the cut is king... most places outside the state don't have a clue, including the "name" places I've tried in CO.

Serious is as serious does! Had a 1/4 lb of brisket from the wet end on butcher paper with just a bit of their sauce. Way good, and enhance with a Fat Tire, on of my favorite brews, and from right down the street in this case. The cherry chipotle salsa that they serve with their pulled pork is really special stuff, as are the cheesy potatoes, which I can no longer enjoy if I'm going to have a beer. Maybe next time...

Oct 24, 2012
GroovinGourmet in Mountain States

Finally! Righteous Q in the South Bay [Smoking Pig, San Jose]

Amen on Black's! My favorite brisket by a longshot, with Louie Mueller coming in second.

I enjoyed everything I ate... sides were generous and tasty (especially the cole slaw) and the hot links were nice and firm and spicy.

Interestingly, the Smoking Pig manager told me about Trail Dust. Says his wife will only eat Q there.

Oct 09, 2012
GroovinGourmet in San Francisco Bay Area

Finally! Righteous Q in the South Bay [Smoking Pig, San Jose]

And to think it only took 30 years for me to find it.

If you are in the mood for smoked meats, forget any other place in the region and get thee to The Smoking Pig on 4th Street in San Jose. Totally kickass!

Having had so much totally crappy brisket in California as both a 2-time resident and a visitor, I asked my waitress for a taste, from the wet end, before ordering. I could tell by looking at the small slice she brought me that I had found the right place.

EVERYTHING is homemade and superb. I went with a brisket and hot links plate. The 2 links were huge and nicely spiced. Both the traditional sweet red and mustard sauces were spot on. Same for the cooked greens and cole slaw.

And I could not resist ordering Wolf Turds when I saw them on the menu. Whole jalapeños, stuffed with a ground sausage and cheese mixture, wrapped in a slice of bacon and smoked. Way yummy... only thing missing was a ranch-style sauce for dipping.

Oct 08, 2012
GroovinGourmet in San Francisco Bay Area