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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.

about 17 hours ago
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Good Bye Four Seasons

Your loss weedy.

1 day ago
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.

Good Bye Four Seasons

Psstt.... even if you go later in the evening Guiseppe will let you order off the pre-theater menu. Been there done that. And he will also let you substitute your appetizer from the pre-theater menu for another app not on it, no extra charge.

2 days ago
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Questions about Madison, L'Etoile

Thanks! ;-)

Jul 30, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Great Lakes

Questions about Madison, L'Etoile

I like the sound of the Underground Butcher Shop. I'll check it out, thanks!

Jul 30, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Great Lakes

Questions about Madison, L'Etoile

Thanks for all the recommendations. I have such a bad seafood allergy, the last time I accidentally ate a piece of fish I wound up in the hospital. So I just have to avoid it. My mom will probably order fish or shellfish though.

Jul 30, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Great Lakes

Good Bye Four Seasons

Maybe they'll let diners swim in the pool for an extra fee...

Jul 29, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Questions about Madison, L'Etoile

Thanks for the tips! Looking forward to this trip!

Jul 29, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Great Lakes

Questions about Madison, L'Etoile

The last time I visited Madison, I visited my mother and treated her to some fun dining experiences such as Pig In A Fur Coat:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977300

This time, my mom wants to treat me (for my birthday) and take me to L'Etoile. Menu looks great, but really expensive for poor mom. So, I'm thinking of dining ala carte. Any recommendations from that menu (non-seafood)?

Also, when I drink beer I crave onion rings. And Madison has good beer, so where do you recommend for onion rings?

Is there anything else on the horizon that you would say, Trish do not miss _ _ _ _ _ _ ?

Thanks for any rec's!

Jul 27, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Great Lakes

Good Bye Four Seasons

That's to bad about Del's, but I wonder how the Baked Alaska is... maybe a visit just for dessert?

Jul 27, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

The Red Barn, Westport, CT. ( CLOSED )!

Interesting. Because the Y is being so tight-lipped about things, neither confirming nor denying that they bought it. You'd think if they weren't buying it they would just say so...

We'll see. ;-)

A&P bankruptcy

Not all Stop & Shops are created equally. The Ridgefield one, as I mentioned, has much better stuff than the one in New Fairfield. It's a crap shoot, pardon the pun.

Good Bye Four Seasons

Sneak, thank you! I started thinking about Delmonico's based on a tweet I received from @Downtownmag which was retweeting a photo of a special meal Delmonico's was serving in light of the women's soccer victory. I asked what the meringue dish was in the background. Here is the exchange:

From me, @StirCrazyCT to @Downtownmag

"What is that gorgeous meringue covered thing in the back of the photo?"

From @DelmonicosNYC via @Downtownmag

"Why it's Baked Alaska invented right here at Del's in the 1860s!"

Delmonico's bills itself on Twitter as "The original Delmonico's Steakhouse." Sad to know it's not the real deal.

Fun aside, the power of Twitter!

Karine Bakhoum, whom I've only seen on TV, favorited my question and response about the Baked Alaska. Amazing how Twitter allows you to connect with people you would never otherwise cross paths with in a million years.

-Photo in question

Jul 25, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Good Bye Four Seasons

Maybe someday we'll just go for dessert - Baked Alaska.

Jul 25, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

A&P bankruptcy

So sorry Coll, it appears your store got the New Fairfield coconut order by mistake.

A&P bankruptcy

My Stop & Shop in New Fairfield, CT has the absolute WORST produce. I swear they take garbage that stuck onto the bottom of the packing crates, scraped it out, and loaded it onto the shelves. Two items in particular - strawberries and garlic are abysmal! Packs of strawberries usually have moldy bottoms and the garlic has a lot of black areas on the outside with green filaments inside the cloves. Delicious, eh?

I complained to the produce manager, he agreed. He said they get tons of complaints about the produce but he can only stock what's shipped to them. I also wrote a formal complaint card at the front desk. Never heard back. So, the store has lost a lot of my business. Even though it's the most convenient to my home, I shop at the Stop & Shop in Ridgefield, CT which seems to have better everything than mine, Trader Joe's, Stew Leonard's, and Milillo Farms in Ridgefield, a tiny hole in the wall market that has terrific meat and produce. Very nice manager too. He will let you special order anything. So sick of seedless aka flavorless watermelons, so the manager will let me special order old-school, proper, seeded ones. So juicy, so good.

I won't shop at Whole Foods in Danbury anymore. The prices are absurd, and in my opinion, nothing there is better quality than anywhere else. I feel like Whole Foods really is a stunning example of the Emperor's New Clothes.

As for A&P, I don't know if the A&P-owned Super Food Mart in Danbury is on the hit list. I go there a few times a year to get a Spanish Bar Cake (it's hit or miss if they have any in the freezer case). And I can vouch that that store is on the dirty side.

Good Bye Four Seasons

At least we'll always have those memories....sigh...

Jul 25, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Good Bye Four Seasons

FW, I've always been curious about Delmonico's, particularly because it's where Baked Alaska was created. Ever been there? Worth a visit for someone of my ilk?

Jul 24, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Good Bye Four Seasons

Absolutely hate how this played out.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/din...

Comment I made on a site:

I’m not a power luncher, rich, or anything like that. I’m a lowly newspaper editor. But I saved up my nickels so I could afford to go to The Four Seasons on special occasions. I would always ask for Giuseppe as our server because he had a way of making me and my guests laugh and feel very special. Not like outsiders with dirty faces looking in at the fancy folks eating oysters. Impeccable service. Phenomenal room and art. Delicious food. The best duck ever. The cotton candy was fun and whimsical. More than a mere meal. The kind of experience that months later my dining companions would still talk about. I have nothing against the new guys. But there is a special place "you know where" for Aby Rosen. From the Picasso curtain debacle to kicking the Four Seasons out. ’nuff said.

Jul 24, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

The Red Barn, Westport, CT. ( CLOSED )!

I went to the liquidation sale today. They had no kitchen equipment for sale, nada. The man at the front desk said the liquidation announcement was mistaken. But another person said the Y wanted all the kitchenware.

Whatever. If I had wanted about 20 ceramic chickens, I could have had them for a cluck.

http://www.thewestonforum.com/51638/n...

The Red Barn, Westport, CT. ( CLOSED )!

The Red Barn is having a liquidation sale this Friday and Saturday. I'm going. I can always use a little more kitchen equipment for (hopefully) a bargain price.

http://www.thewestonforum.com/51518/r...

Cento San Marzano tomatoes, the real deal?

Tomatoman,

Since I really do love San Marzanos and supporting the real deal, what brands do you recommend?

Jul 11, 2015
TrishUntrapped in General Topics

Fake restaurant gets top ranking

I'm sure it's been done many times. This fake restaurant was in Italy. The one Drongo links to was one in England. I used to be a destination expert (volunteer position) for Trip Advisor for New York City, but quit over a dispute with them about their NYC restaurant rankings. They were completely off base. TA just don't have a proper algorithm and they don't spot obvious shills that much unless readers report them.

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

Thanks, it served a ton of people!

Jul 04, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? Happy Canada/US national holidays edition, July, 2015 [OLD]!

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcake

The passing of a legend!

My husband and I went to Bentara once a few years after it opened. Delightful, fun, flavorful meal. Never in that area, or we would have gone more often.

Fake restaurant gets top ranking

Near Bar Pitti, Film Forum?

Follow up:

We had a lovely time Saturday. Quick lunch at the street fair that was going on in the West Houston area. EXCELLENT empanadas and jerk chicken!

The Third Man - fantastic!

Drinks at Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar. Decent, but average. Next time I'm springing for the $20 coconut shell place. This place was almost as much.

Dinner at Bar Pitti - Very good! Especially the Pappardelle Alla Fiesolana: Flat, large, homemade pasta with smoked bacon, cream, tomatoes & parmigiano. My husband ordered it, but my daughter was not-so-secretly stealing bites of it.

Her cheese/spinach ravioli was fine, but run of the mill. Eggplant Parmigiana was excellent, succulently rich! Very generous wine pours.

Some people have complained on various boards about the service at Bar Pitti. We found it friendly and helpful. Zero complaints. My daughter insists we come back again so she can explore more pasta dishes. I said, yes as long as we go to the coconut shell bar first.

Dessert at Dessert Club By ChickaLicious - Good. It's always fun to watch dessert being made. Happy-go-lucky server. The Ice Cream Sandwich my daughter ordered was the size of a baby's head! Rich, sweet, she couldn't finish it.

The raspberry dessert my husband and I shared was light, and the vanilla mint ice cream was especially good with just the right amount of mint flavor. Cappuccino could have been a tad hotter, but was otherwise fine, and I liked that it was served in an actual china cup. We got a creme brulee cream puff to go and it was FABULOUS the next day.

Overall, just a really, really nice time in the city!

1. Cocktail, can't remember the name - Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar
2. Wine Pour - BR
3. Papardelle - Bar Pitti
4. Ice Cream Sandwich - ChickaLicious
5. Raspberry Dessert - ChickaLicious

Jun 29, 2015
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan
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27 Rainbow Recipes To Make With Pride

So sorry, I think I misunderstood what you were saying. It's a Rainbow Ribbon Jello Mold. Layers of jello, interspersed with layers of jello that have vanilla yogurt mixed in. It's time consuming, but pretty and people like it.