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Which French restaurant?

Artisanal's French Onion Soup is excellent!

Jul 18, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Danbury down-scale dining

Stanziato's at 35 Lake Ave Extension in Danbury for wood-fired pizza made with extreme care and thought. The best I've had outside of NYC. http://stanziatos.com/

Rraci's, 3670 Danbury Road (Rt 6) Brewster. Just get on Rt. 6 near Trader Joes's, it's down a mile or two on the right. It's not a hole in the wall, but we like to sit at the bar, it has the best jovial barkeep named Dave, and enjoy a casual meal. Fresh made pastas, and a recent blueberry souffle that was to die for.
http://rracisrestaurant.com/

Jul 18, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Southern New England

Adam Richman goes too far

No mention that what he said was wrong. Just that he is learning to cope with his "0 to 60" career.

He doesn't get it, never will.

Jul 16, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

Midtown Cocktail Bars

Kathryn and Ttrockwood, thanks for the tips!

Jul 16, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Midtown Cocktail Bars

Ooh, just read the small plates menu for Lantern's Keep, they offer Chipotle and Rosemary Spiced Nuts, for $4. That works for me!

Jul 14, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Midtown Cocktail Bars

Thanks, Kathryn. I'll bring a little pack of cashews to tide me through.

Jul 14, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Midtown Cocktail Bars

Seeking suggestions for some post Broadway matinee cocktails in the Times Square/Grand Central area.

I like mixed drinks like a mojito, vodka collins, and rum based drinks with real fruit juices not barmix. Read some online reviews on Yelp/Eater and found some possibilities.

Last Saturday, after a Gentlemen's Guide (excellent btw), I popped into the Rum House at the Edison Hotel. Their AC must not have been working because it was HOT in there. I couldn't take it, it was sweltering, so left without getting a drink.

Walking towards Grand Central, I popped into another rec, Lantern's Keep at the Iroquois. Unfortunately, they don't open until 6, and I didn't want to wait around for an hour.

Arrived at Grand Central, and went to the Campbell Apartment. Had a Plantation Punch (pictured), and it was very good. Potently strong and pricy at $19, but it was like getting two drinks in one so I was quite pleased.

The only downside, is they don't offer any free bar nibbles...pretzels, nuts or such. I asked the bartender if they had any bar snacks and he handed me a menu. I really didn't want a charcuterie platter. I was solo, just wanted something to munch with the drink.

So, just wondering, are there any really good cocktail bars in that area that do offer up free bar snacks? Or am I living in the days of yore? Just curious. Thanks.

Jul 14, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Chowhounds Wanted: articles, surveys, casting, contests, etc

Gonna try casting my net one more time.

I'm a longtime CH'er and journalist, and now I am hosting a new Food Chat radio webcast show, which airs live on Fridays on 16 newspaper websites in Connecticut/New York.

The show runs for 15 minutes and airs around 1:30 to 1:45 p.m., EST each Friday. Check it out and listen at http://www.thewestonforum.com/

I would love to interview some of my fellow hounds on the show. There are so many posts on so many interesting topics on here, so let's chat about them.

If you are available to appear (by phone) on an upcoming Food Chat show, send me an email at pgay@the westonforum.com and we'll set things up.

Look forward to hearing from you!

-TrishUntrapped

Jul 10, 2014
TrishUntrapped in General Topics
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Adam Richman goes too far

If someone called your mom the C word, and said she should die, etc... she might be a bit offended. Honestly, after a short hiatus, he'll be back. Sadder but hopefully wiser.

Jul 02, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

Chowhounds Wanted: articles, surveys, casting, contests, etc

Would really live to chat with a fellow hound (via telephone) on Food Chat tomorrow about Fourth of July dishes. Time is 1:30 EST until 1:45.

If you'd like to be my guest, I'd love to have you.

Write me ASAP at pgay@thewestonforum.com.

Much thanks!

Jul 02, 2014
TrishUntrapped in General Topics

Adam Richman goes too far

Not really. He just doesn't sing my song. More of a Meh, than a Nay. YMMV.

Jul 02, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

Adam Richman goes too far

He has 636,000 followers on Twitter. Very large following. Not me though. I don't like him or his shows.

Jul 02, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

Adam Richman goes too far

Exactly.

Jul 02, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

Adam Richman goes too far

Celebs sometimes forget they are in the public eye and what they say online is like the shot heard round the world. He only apologized for using the C-word and making the suicide comment after his show was pulled.

Now of course, he'll portray himself as the victim.

I have an idea - New TV show starring Adam Richman and Paula Deen, called Big Mouths, Little Brains.

Jul 02, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News
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Adam Richman goes too far

Jul 01, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

Chowhounds Wanted: articles, surveys, casting, contests, etc

Is anyone reading this thread? Hope so.

Jul 01, 2014
TrishUntrapped in General Topics

Chowhounds Wanted: articles, surveys, casting, contests, etc

Hi all,

I've recently started hosting a 15 minute Food Chat, broadcast live for my newspaper company based in Connecticut.

See http://www.hanradio.com for the main page. The show can also be heard on 16 newspaper sites.

We usually broadcast on Fridays, but are doing it this Thursday, July 3, because of the holiday.

I'm thinking for the July 3 show it might be fun to discuss side dishes for Fourth of July cookouts. The time of the show will be sometime between 1 and 2 p.m. (flexible to fit into your schedule), and we'll do it over the phone.

This would be a great way for Chowhounders to communicate. Home cooks and pros are welcome. I'd love to book guests for future shows as well. Don't be shy.

If interested, please email me ASAP at: pgay@thewestonforum.com

Thanks!

Jul 01, 2014
TrishUntrapped in General Topics

Little girl kicked out of KFC story a hoax.

Grandma and the family that went along with the scam need to make a VERY public apology to KFC ... like yesterday.

Jun 26, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

The Rainbow Cake Apocalypse

I couldn't resist reading this either. Just too funny. Facebook balls... SMH. But I digress. It really shows how devolved we've become with the internet. All because someone asked how long to freeze it.

Just a note, the outbursts are NOT from the posting of the original recipe. The comments on the original post on tablespoon.com deal more with the cake:

http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rai...

The ugly comments were made in a re-posting of the recipe.

As for the cake itself, I think it's beautiful and clever. A real showstopper!

Tastewise, it's probably dry and flavorless. Still, something inside me really wants to make it sometime for the surprise factor.

Jun 22, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Food Media & News

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Did anyone here ever dine at The Palace? I remember it being featured by Andy Rooney, who ripped it to shreds. I believe it was billed as the most expensive restaurant in America at the time. A poor woman interviewed on the show lamented about how she couldn't get a date to take her to The Palace. One time, she had a fish on the hook, but when they sat down, the guy read the prices on the menu and got up and left.

Jun 22, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

La Piazza, Georgetown, CT

Yep, just down the street The Little Pub is thriving and Tusk & Cup is doing quite well. So it may be the location is cursed. We'll see what's up next.

Jun 22, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Southern New England

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Good tip about the baking soda Judi! When I told my mom about this thread she was kind enough to send me her recipe, and it uses regular milk and baking powder. For the purists out there, use coarse type sugar for the tops. There are so many "authentic" versions of this muffin... ;-)

(My mom's) Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

1/2 c. (one stick) butter (softened)
2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. blueberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. sugar for top of muffins

1. Mix and sift all dry ingredients, set aside.
2. In mixer, at low speed, cream butter and sugar; add eggs, one at a time.
3. Alternate adding the dry ingredients with the milk. Do NOT overmix. Take off the mixer and do by hand if possible.
4. Mash 1/2 cup blueberries, add, stir by hand. Add the rest of the whole berries and stir by hand. Add vanilla. Pour into 12-cup muffin pan lined with paper muffin cups (make sure to grease the top of the muffin pan because these muffins can ooze over). Sprinkle sugar on top.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool in pan. Makes 12. (Can make more if you make them smaller.)

Jun 19, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

As a kid, I loved the food as well as the ambiance at Mamma Leone's.

Jun 19, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Jordan Marsh was a large Boston store, along the lines of Macy's, that also served up some great blueberry muffins. While the store has since closed, I believe there are some bakeries/shops in Massachusetts that still make/sell the muffins(?)

I'm in Connecticut now so haven't kept up on this.

Jun 19, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

This isn't the original Jordan Marsh recipe, it's Nick Malgieri's take on it. There have been MANY recipes out there claiming to be the original. I also have one from my mom, which is really good too.

Jun 19, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

It's funny how something like a blueberry muffin can attain such cult status... and yet here we are. Enjoy!

Jun 18, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins. A Boston legend:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

Jun 17, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Home Cooking
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Gosh, Trader Vic's. As a teen, I was chosen to represent my town at a special event at the U.N. Afterwards, my chaperone took my to Trader Vic's for dinner. I was too shy to eat a real meal, and just ordered the fruit salad. It was served in half a pineapple!

I never saw anything so classy in my life! I talked about it for months after I got home, and duplicated it many times back in the day.

Jun 17, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

La Maison Japonaise — fusion way ahead of its time!

Maxwell's Plum was fun for brunch and introduced me to the word schlag.

Larre's had the rudest waitresses ever and super dense (not good) chocolate mousse.

Miss Mamma Leone's most of all.

Jun 17, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Manhattan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

My Lemon Zinger Cake was the same. It's a pound cake. Not a moist cake. The icing was fine, but not worth the calories IMHO.

Jun 13, 2014
TrishUntrapped in Chains