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Stanziato's Wood Fired Pizza - Danbury

Very good pizza. We get it to go so can't comment on the service.

about 5 hours ago
TrishUntrapped in Southern New England

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

A few years ago I was visiting Montreal and having lunch at Schwartz's Deli and a family with two kids sat next to us. I think they were from New Zealand or Australia, not sure. The little girl was crying. Her mother kept reassuring her that this time "she would get what she wanted."

With that, before the family ordered, the mom turned to me and asked if I could help her. Her daughter wanted a "lemon fizzy," but people in Canada didn't seem to understand that so they tried ordering her a "lemonade." They would get served a can of Country Time lemonade, which was very disappointing. The mother said they had no clue how to get her daughter a lemon fizzy, could I help.

I said, "Order a Sprite." They did. Kid very happy.

about 6 hours ago
TrishUntrapped in Not About Food

Coke, soda, pop,.....????

Agree with the post above about Massachusetts. Back in the day (just saying that hurts, makes me feel so old) we called everything tonic. Orange soda we called orange tonic or orangeade.

Then I noticed people started calling everything "coke." Coke/Pepsi other generic colas - were "coke."

AND flavored soft drinks were also "coke." Orangeade/Orange Soda = Orange Coke. Grape soda = Grape Coke. Sprite/Seven Up and generic lemon lime sodas = Either Sprite or Seven Up. Root Beer escaped unscathed, still Root Beer.

about 6 hours ago
TrishUntrapped in Not About Food


Wow, lots to think about thanks!!! I'll do some research!


Thanks, I just checked out a map, Astoria is fine. Thanks! Now at least I have a neighborhood I can look into for dinner.

Aug 25, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Outer Boroughs

Bailey's Backyard in Ridgefield, CT

Lucky you jfood! I'm a bit jealous that they are hosting blogger dinners and I'm not on that list.


I really need some help here hounds.

This Saturday my husband and I are going to the Mets/Red Sox game at Citifield.

The game starts at 4:05. We need a place for dinner afterwards.

We are driving in from CT and parking at the stadium. We are meeting a couple from Massachusetts (good friends from college days) who are also driving in but they will be parking at the Marriott Courtyard near LaGuardia (Dittmar Blvd East Elmhurst, Queens) and taking cab or some other transport to the game.

We are looking to drive somewhere after the game for drinks and dinner (the couple likes wine). Preferably somewhere between Citifield and the Marriott. We don't mind driving a bit, but don't want to go into Manhattan. I'm guessing we'll be a little tired after the game and will just want to get to our dinner destination so we can have a cocktail or two and enjoy the evening.

I have no clue where to begin this search. Food preferences: American, Continental, Farm/Table, French, Italian. Not Asian or Mexican. Price not a factor. Casual dress, we'll be in baseball wear, possibly Red Sox stuff, though I will ask my husband to bring an extra shirt to change.

All help appreciated. Thanks.

Aug 24, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Outer Boroughs

Bailey's Backyard in Ridgefield, CT

I really like this place. Chef Forrest Pasternack is very talented, uses top fresh ingredients, and makes it a point to come around during service to say hello to the tables. Nicely done.

60th anniversary, Armonk to Patterson

Hi all,

We are celebrating my in laws' 60th wedding anniversary and are looking for a nice restaurant for a luncheon. It's a small family event, only 14 of us, so we aren't looking for a hall or private room, just a nice restaurant that can accommodate our group. The date is Saturday, Sept. 26, around 1 p.m.

My sister in law recommended Moderne Barn in Armonk, but unfortunately they aren't open for lunch and reserving the space during the day costs $3,000 minimum for a private event. Way too much unfortunately.

We are all coming from the Ridgefield/Danbury CT area so we have a somewhat wide expanse. Willing to travel along the Armonk to Patterson 684 corridor. We're also looking at restaurants in CT. So far, I like the White Horse Tavern in Marbledale as a possibility. Jim Barbarie's in Danbury can accommodate us but we want to kick it up a notch quality wise and would like some other options.

Numerous guests are elderly and we need to have this during the day. We also need it on that exact Saturday because several people are coming from out of town.

Thanks for any suggestions.

What are you baking these days? August 2015

That's ok. Sometimes the box is better. Ya nevah know.

What are you baking these days? August 2015

I've yet to make cornbread that I really loved. It comes out dry, flavorless. When I add sour cream it comes out like cake, which is not really what I want either.

Your recipe please?

Aug 23, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

If you want some help with Priceline bidding visit I am a frequent poster there. Unfortunately, not for Paris. It has always been my dream to visit Paris. I learned French when I was a teenager with the hope of some day going there and enjoying a cafe au lait and croissant at an outdoor cafe. It has never happened, and at this point in my life it would take a major financial miracle to allow me to go. So enjoy your trip, choose a good hotel where you will feel comfortable. So check out this board, and Bon Voyage!

Aug 19, 2015
TrishUntrapped in France

British Bake Off starts in early September, 2015 on PBS

Thanks. The news was on the NPR show Wait Wait Don't tell Me this Saturday, so I think it was current.

British Bake Off starts in early September, 2015 on PBS

Is the season that is about to air on PBS in September the one that is going on now? There was some big news on NPR radio about a recent contestant, which I tried not to listen to, but did catch the gist of a mistake that was made. Want to make sure I don't hear anything else. Love this show!

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

That's a nice memory Ellen. My mom will never forget her fine dining experience at L'Etoile either. Her reaction to the foie gras course was priceless. A "Where have you been all my life," moment.

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

I'm originally from West Bridgewater, Mass, and remember the French bread that came with Chinese food. Odd eh?

Aug 16, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Just my two cents, and trust me, I know that's what this is worth.

Many people who post regularly on this board love fine dining. But many people, outside of that exclusive dining universe, do not, and find it excessive and pretentious.

I just came back from a trip to Madison, Wisc to visit my mom, who is in her late 70's. For my birthday she wanted to take me to Madison's top fine dining spot, L'Etoile. That would not have been my choice, personally I love Brasserie V, a Belgian pub.

But as a working woman who raised seven kids, often going without a winter coat and shoes for herself, mom wanted to experience a "fancy" restaurant once in her lifetime. Because of my interest in food and dining she saved up money for a full year in order to take me to L'Etoile. So we went.

Mom ordered the seven course tasting menu. It didn't interest me, I ordered salad and a ribeye steak a la carte. She was so excited. Giddy with anticipation. She made me take pictures of the menu so she wouldn't forget the meal.

After we ordered cocktails, our server brought us an Amuse Bouche, two tiny gougeres with a dollop of sour cream. Mom stared at them incredulously. What the heck were these teeny things. I explained what they were. Then mom's bouche become very amused from laughing and laughing at them. "Really, they are serving this, it's not even a mouthful of anything! Who would waste their time making this, and why," she asked. Welcome to the world of fine dining mom. Unbridled laughter for the next 20 minutes. Her reaction at the tablespoon of the next amuse, a deconstructed BL&T soup, was equally incredulous. Amused bouches indeed.

I'll cut to the chase, because I still need to write my L'Etoile review on the Great Lakes board. Mom could not finish all seven courses, way too much food. I tried to help here and there. Too much rich protein to digest in one sitting. Her tasting menu included oysters, sea bass, steak, rabbit, and foie gras. She had never had foie gras before and LOVED it. I think it was the third course. She could have stopped right after eating it and called it a joyous night. But no, there was a lot more to come. We got there at 6:45 and didn't leave until after 10. Three very long hours. And quiet hours, because that's the atmosphere in fine dining restaurants. No overheard chit chat or laughing at other tables. Just serious people tucking into their serious food seriously.

Although it was my birthday, and we told our otherwise thoughtful server this ahead of time, nothing was done about it. Even at TGI Friday's they acknowledge this by writing Happy Birthday with Hershey's syrup on your dessert plate. Free granola, a kitchen tour, perhaps? Ahh... no. Mom's dessert was a play on cornbread with ice cream, she couldn't touch it or she would burst, so I had a couple bites. It was very good, but unfortunately it was ice cream so we couldn't even take it to go.

Photo: The amusing bouches

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

I was just going to ask if the salmon's name was Colin!

Aug 16, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Alton Brown Discusses the Evolution of Food Network, Responds to Anthony Bourdain's Criticism of TV Chefs

At first I liked Good Eats, but then it seemed to me that Alton Brown was just ripping off Shirley Corriher. He had her on a bunch of shows, and I realized after reading some of her books that she was the brains behind the science of Good Eats. So, he lost me in that regard.

Sandra Lee, Paula Deen, Ree Drummond... I just can't tolerate them either. Many of their recipes aren't theirs but that doesn't prevent them for taking credit for them. Speaking of Paula Deen, her sons are trainwrecks. Can Not Watch.

Alton is all about food as show business and entertainment, and there is nothing wrong with that. It just doesn't work for me in any way, shape or form. But he is doing his darned best making money from The Food Game Show Network. So good for him I suppose.

What are you baking these days? August 2015

It's not a set the Earth on fire recipe. It's a basic white cake with cherries and crumb top. I loaded it with cherries and gave it the extra pops of flavors that I personally like - more cinnamon, lemon rind, Kirsch. So yes, I liked it. It's a moist cake and was very well-received. I'd make it again. But it's not an OMG best ever use of cherries thing. To me, that accolade goes to a fresh Cherry Pie or Cherries Jubilee.

What are you baking these days? August 2015

Lucky you!

Here is a link to the recipe for Sour Cherry Crumbcake. But I, as usual, had to add my two cents and make a couple additions, because I am all about flavor.

-Doubled the amount of cinnamon in the topping.
-Added between 1/2 and one teaspoon of grated lemon rind to the batter.
-After pitting the cherries (I use a chopstick, works nicely) I poured a tablespoon or so of Kirsch over the cherries and let them macerate while I made the batter. When ready to put the cherries in the cake, I drained off the cherry juice and the kirsch but didn't want to waste it so I drank it. Sometimes you gotta just take one for the team!

Celebrating Julia Child's Birthday on August 15

Bon Appetit! ;-)

Celebrating Julia Child's Birthday on August 15

Julia and I share a birthday, Aug. 15! I know I'm lucky!!! I like to make Steak Diane in her honor It's an old school dish not even seen much these days. For Julia's 100th I created a Chocolate Almond Lace Cake in her honor (Like a Boston Cream Pie but with Almond flavored cream and decorated with Almond Lace Cookies). The cake took first prize in a contest at a fair. That was just so right. I miss Julia!

What are you baking these days? August 2015

I've been making plum cakes for years, starting with Joy of Cooking then experimenting. This one by Ina Garten is my favorite. Cooking the sugar and water until it is amber makes a wonderful glaze for the plums.

Plum Cake Tatin

Aug 09, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? August 2015

Got some fresh sour cherries on Saturday at Stop & Shop. Made a cherry pie (of course), and Sour Cherry Crumbcake.

I also made a number of jelly rolls while I was on vacay:

Jelly Roll Jam

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your kind comments! Querencia, I agree, a lot of issues could be solved over a slice of jelly roll!

The cake for the yellow cake roll has a spongey-like texture which makes it lighter in texture than a yellow cake. The recipe is very simple.

My tips: Room temperature eggs. I used a stand mixer and really let it whip the eggs for a full five to six minutes. That's key to the texture.

I used a non-stick (cheap) jelly roll pan and didn't grease it. I just used a thin sharp knife to cut around the edges of the cake to loosen it. If you want use just a little non-stick spray, not much.

Use a NON terry cloth towel, just plain no fuzz.

My cake only took about 9 minutes to bake in my sister-in-law's oven. Don't overbake it. It was only brown on the edges, not the top.

Jelly Roll Jam

While visiting my mom in Wisconsin, I decided to thank the people in her senior apartment building for being nice to her by hosting a Jelly Roll Jam. Mom, originally from Massachusetts, said she doesn't come across Jelly Rolls in Wisconsin, and it's her favorite cake. So, I made a variety for people in her building. Every bit disappeared. Guests even brought slices to others who couldn't come.


1. At top, the jelly rolls.
2. Traditional jam filled Jelly Rolls, Blackberry (seedless) on the left, and Raspberry (seedless).
3. Strawberry Cream Roll with Ganache covered Strawberries
4. Lemon Cream Roll - Lemon Curd folded into Whipped Cream, garnished with fresh raspberries.
5. Chocolate Cream Roll topped with ganache. A little melty because it didn't chill long. No one seemed to care ;-)
6. The last two slices - blackberry and chocolate.

Watery Rhubarb Pie

For Strawberry Rhubarb Pie I follow the recipe on the back of the instant tapioca box and let the ROOM TEMP (IMPORTANT) rhubarb and strawberries macerate with the tapioca and sugar for 15 minutes or so before pouring into the pie crust. Perfect pie every time. Never watery, delicious.

Aug 02, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Good Bye Four Seasons

Your loss weedy.

Aug 02, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

A&P bankruptcy

The DeCicco's in Southeast is so much fun. You gotta love a grocery store that has a beer bar in it. You can buy food in the store and bring it into the bar. Also, DeCicco's has more varieties of beer in it than I've seen in any liquor store.