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Fort Myers Beach Puzzler

Okay guys, here's a tough one. We're staying at the Best Western on Ft. Myers Beach and my wife suddenly got the hankering for fried chicken, preferably carry-out. Any advice.

Ate at Fresh Catch Bistro tonight. Excellent grouper and scallops.

Mar 03, 2014
SonyBob in Florida

Breville vs. Kitchenaid

I haven't been on for awhile; I appologize for not catching the earlier reviews. That leads to my next question: the Kitchenaid Pro is selling for a lot less that the Artisan. I like the Artisan 'cause it's lighter and smaller than the pro but it has less power. Why does the Pro sell for less than the Artisan and which would you recommend? We're just normal users. I notice that several of the people on Food Channel use the Artisan. Thats why I chose that particular model.
Thanks. I value your advice and it's a huge help.
Bob

Oct 19, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

Breville vs. Kitchenaid

Hi All - I was planning on getting my wife for Christmas,a Kitchenaid Artisan or Pro but I'm also intrigued by the Breville BEM800XL. I like the price and it looks like it has some nice features. Any advice?
Thanks,
Bob

Oct 19, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

memories of OLD kitchen stuff?

Also had one of those toasters at my Grandmother's at Lake of the Ozarks. The toast was supposed to flip over when you lowered the sides (after the little chime went off) but the never did and you had to flip them yourself.
The smell of the pilot lights on my other grandmother's house on Mercier in Kansas City (an old green thing with an oven on the side.
The metal match holder that hung by the stove at the lake.
I could go on forever. Sigh
Bob

Apr 04, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

Around The Thumb

Glad you liked it. Shoulda warned you that it was a little out of town. It really is a farm. I''m pretty sure the menu will expand as the warm weather sets in and tourist season ramps up.
Sorry about the drunk. Had a similar experience when McKinnon's was serving in Northville.
Bob

Apr 01, 2013
SonyBob in Great Lakes

I'm Curious

That's the answer I'm looking for. Thank you Wekick.
Bob

Mar 28, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

I'm Curious

Per "Cooking With Gas" below, I'm learning to use my new gas range. Can anyone tell me why the directions advise against using the convection feature when baking layer cakes? It's fine to use the feature on all other baking but suggests to not use convection when baking layer cakes. I don't get it.
Thanks for your advice.
Bob

Mar 27, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

Now you're cooking with gas...

My wife made excellent meals on electric for 50 years. Upgraded our kitchen and I convinced her to switch to gas. We could afford only mid-range equipment, but nice. There is a real learning curve. I'm having trouble with even distribution of heat on the burners (yes, I'm matching size to the utensil) even with my Griswald cast iron. I'm learning to preheat. I'm still convinced that gas is superior but, be warned, it's not as easy to switch as one might think. As I mentioned, there is a learning curve. Be prepared for some frustration and disappointments.
Bob

Mar 26, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

What is your favorite sandwich in Metro-Detroit?

Gotta add any corned beef sandwich at Bode's in Plymouth and the Philly at Gabriel's in Ypsilanti.
Bob

Mar 25, 2013
SonyBob in Great Lakes

Gas Odor

Thanks all.

Gas guy came this morning; suspicions confirmed. No problem. Just new stove smell plus not used to cooking with gas. Maybe this will teach us to use the vent if doing a lot of baking.
Thanks,
bob

Mar 19, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

Gas Odor

We just updated from electric to a gas range. It's a fairly high end Frigidaire, not professional, but a good one. Problem is, my wife insists that she smells gas, usually just after lighting a burner. I can't notice it. This is the first gas appliance we've had in over 40 years. I feel that a tiny hint of gas is normal on ignition. It goes away immediately. I don't want to give up a brand new gas range and buy an electric. Any opinions?
Thank you
Bob

Mar 18, 2013
SonyBob in Cookware

Around The Thumb

I would give them a call and ask. We did call for reservations but we were there during the summer. They'll be able to advise you. I really hope you give them a try. The owner and I are both friends with Mary Brady, owner of Diamond Jim Brady's in Novi. Mary speaks very highly of her. Let us know if you go.
Bob

Mar 16, 2013
SonyBob in Great Lakes

Around The Thumb

Consider "The Farm" in Port Austin. It's unique and delicious. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
thefarmrestaurant.com
Bob

Mar 12, 2013
SonyBob in Great Lakes

Goat in the DTW area?

Interesting. When I went to Roast, I had the strip steak. It was huge, very pretty and tasteless, not to mention chewy. I would have sent it back but we were being treated by our kids (couldn't have afforded it ourselves!). I was very underwhelmed.
Bob

Feb 10, 2013
SonyBob in Great Lakes

Goat in the DTW area?

Bit of a drive but Roast downtown Detroit often offers it as it's "beast of the day" (according to the waiter we had, last I was there). A little high end for me but worth a phone call if you have a real yearning. Let us know what you think, should you go.
Bob

Feb 06, 2013
SonyBob in Great Lakes

Have you ever tried to cook quinoa? How do you cook and serve it? What recipe do you like the best?

Try this one:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Very tasty.

Bob

Jan 08, 2013
SonyBob in Home Cooking

Mount Pleasant [MI] Eats

The wife and I are going to be at Soaring Eagle Casino in a couple of days. Don't much like spending megabucks for casino food. Any suggestions for a decent meal? Ethnic is fine. Being a college town, there's plenty of pizza places but we were hoping for something a little more upscale.
Thanks, and happy new year to all.
Bob

Dec 31, 2012
SonyBob in Great Lakes

Which brand of ham?

Have a Detroit area friend ship you a Dearborn Sausage ham. I swear by them.
Bob

Nov 24, 2012
SonyBob in General Topics

Eggs at home

I too, love eggs in any form. My favorite, basted sunny side up in bacon grease. I also like poached for a change, on a slice of toast. I refrigerate my eggs but take them out the night before if I'm going to poach. They are perfect after 200 degree water for 4 minutes.
Bob

Nov 24, 2012
SonyBob in General Topics

What Meal Did Your Mom Prepare Most Frequently When You Were a Child?

Tuna noodle casserole. With peas. Mom worked and I usually had to take it out of the refrig and put in the oven about 5:30. Oddly, I still love it. Always put Laurey's season salt on it.
Bob

Nov 10, 2012
SonyBob in General Topics

Drip or Percolator?

As I was reading this thread, I kept thinking that the Silex seemed to fill all the requirements for good coffee. I also remember,as a kid in the '50s, watching mesmerized as the hot water rushed up the neck and then went back down! I think I'm going to find a Proctor Silex and try it!
Bob

Sep 28, 2012
SonyBob in Cookware

Your first cup of coffee

About 7. My grandfather, Pop, would take me crappie fishing at the Lake of the Ozarks back when, if waking up on a Saturday morning, there was maybe one little fishing boat with a 2 1/2 horse making it's way up the lake. I adored the man. He always had coffee and I wanted to be just like him. He would give me a cup (Willow Ware of course) with a spoonfull of cream. I thought I was pretty hot stuff. I've loved coffee ever since. Fresh and black. Sigh!
Bob

Sep 03, 2012
SonyBob in General Topics

Saugatuck / Douglas / Holland - good experiences

If you want a great carry out sandwich, go down to the convenience store just down from the Ship 'n Shore "boatell", next to the tackle store. In the back, they have a fabulous deli and will make you just about anything you want. There are no fast food outlets in either Saugatuck or Douglas. There's also a hot dog and ice cream place up by Coral Gables. Check across from the Ship 'n Shore. There's a little burrito stand that has some really good stuff. For breakfast, Ida Red's is popular, though they're closed for the week after Labor Day which is the week we always go. The Elbo Room also has good breakfasts. (All of these places are in Saugatuck)
Bob

Aug 27, 2012
SonyBob in Great Lakes

"butcher" beef cuts in Michigan?

I don't think that this is in your neck of the woods but The Picnic Basket convenience store at Ann Arbor Road and Ridge has a butcher that will pretty much cut you what you want. You would probably have to order it ahead of time.
Bob

Aug 21, 2012
SonyBob in Great Lakes

NeeHee's has Re-Opened; Canton/DTW

Outstanding! Thanks, rainsuz. I only live about 5 minutes away but hadn't checked for a while. That's really good news.
Bob

Aug 21, 2012
SonyBob in Great Lakes

Rats?

Well, believe it or not, I have actually eaten rat. When I was a grad student at Kansas State University (1966) I and another Endocrinology grad were doing experiments with lab rats. For some reason, we got to wondering how they would taste seeing as how they were raised on commercial feed and not garbage. We sacrificed a big male, dressed him out and fried him over a bunsen burner and took a taste. It was awful.
Bob

Aug 18, 2012
SonyBob in General Topics

best white sliced bread?

Can't be much help unless you have a friend in the Saginaw, Michigan area. A local brand, Spatz's is the closest thing I've found to home made when it comes to making toast. It has that yeasty aroma and flavor that you just never find in most commercial bread. I have never found anything that even approaches it. It's wonderful.
Bob

Aug 18, 2012
SonyBob in General Topics

Wild blackberries?

I also picked gallons of blackberries in MO (Gravois Mills Lake of the Ozarks) in the '50's. They were not tart in the least; many were bigger than my thumb. The greatest picks were when Ida Thornton would convince her husband and local mailman, Charlie, to come along. He had a wooden leg and could stomp down the canes without getting raked by the thorns. It was great. I also had a secret place where they grew over the water and I could pick them from my row boat. My grandmother made the finest cobbler you ever could imagine. I had them with my cereal every morning. There's nothing better than wild blackberries (unless you happen upon a productive gooseberry bush). Sigh. I could write a book!
Bob

Jul 19, 2012
SonyBob in Home Cooking

Chow ideas for west of Detroit?

Long as we're talking about Ypsi places, how about Gabriel's on Michigan Ave.? Really good Phillie cheese steak sandwich. Yum!
Bob

Jul 18, 2012
SonyBob in Great Lakes

U-pick & markets around South Haven/Saugatuck/Douglas

There's Summertime Market on Blue Star highway at the bridge between Saugatuck and Douglas. (very small) There's also a stand at the corner of hwy.89 and Blue Star west of Fennville . While you're in the area, be sure to pick up a couple of loaves of seedy salt bread made in Fennville. There's also a farmer's market that's sometimes running in Saugatuck. It's just as you're coming into town but I'm not sure of the hours. I think it's Saturday only.
Bob

Jul 12, 2012
SonyBob in Great Lakes