Kat's Profile

Title Last Reply

US East Coasters!!

We've got the coolers ready to store food outside on the deck in case the power goes out for a long time. Also have a gas and a charcoal grill, but agreed, those won't be fun to use in blowing winds and snow. I've stocked up with bread, good cheeses and meats to make tasty sandwiches for a few days if necessary.

1 day ago
Kat in Home Cooking

US East Coasters!!

What type of " hunker down and ride out the monster storm" meals are you planning over the next couple days? And, what and how are you planning to cook if the power goes out?

Jan 25, 2015
Kat in Home Cooking

Hosting curious visitors from Germany-- need special dinner ideas

Our recent UK visitors loved chicken wings done on the grill, simply with salt and pepper. Also, corn on the cob, as they said tney don't get corn of that size at home for eating, but i don't know when your visitors are coming; if corn will be in season.

Jan 24, 2015
Kat in Home Cooking
1

Palm Springs Splurge Meal

I think that this was a one-off situation and we unfortunately happened to be the unlucky ones to experience it. If the food had not been as good as it was I would have been seriously PO'd.

I do think that I will send an email to the GM, that is a good idea. I am not looking for any sort of compensation (we live on the East Coast, not getting back to PS any time soon, unfortunately), but just as an FYI.

On the brighter side, we had a really lovely meal on the patio at Zin Bistro the following evening. My rabbit scaloppine was one of the better plates I have had in a long time (love, love, love rabbit) and spouse celebrated the return of foie gras with a seared foie app and Flintstone-sized veal chop with foie gras.

Jan 21, 2015
Kat in California

Lemon thief

Sporting companies such as Cabelas sell night vision cameras that are motion-activated. Don't know the cost but it might reveal the nighttime culprit.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in Gardening

Etiquette question (re: BYO and food) when hosting a birthday party?

This hosting/who pays question seems to come up a lot here. From remembering my 20s, I would be totally fine with bringing a dish of food and a bottle of wine to a dinner, since pretty much no one I knew then had much money and that was how we socialized together cheaply. If we ran short of wine or beer, someone would take up a collection from all the guests and then go to the corner on a beer run. Just be sure to organize who is bringing what dish, since people can be flaky and you don't want to be short of food or drinks.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in Not About Food
2

Palm Springs Splurge Meal

So, we decided to go to Tinto. We made reservations for 7:00 p.m. and sat outside on the patio. It was gorgeous, lots of candlelight, beautiful evening, heat lamps to take off the chill. The patio was fairly busy when we arrived but they were early diners and soon left.

Food was delicious. We ordered the house marinated olives, baby lettuce salad, jamon iberico, moules, lamb meatballs, shrimp, pork belly and finished with the manchego cheese. All really good, particularly the meatballs in a black truffle and sherry sauce that was so tasty that we soaked up every last drop of it with bread. The jamon iberico was pricey, but it was a birthday meal splurge and worth it, the meat had a deliciously nutty flavor.

We were really happy with the food and setting, but here was the weird thing: we were expecting a relaxed, relatively leisurely paced meal. Instead, our dishes began coming out of the kitchen as soon as we placed our order and at a very fast pace, right on the heels of each other or two at once, really too fast to savor and enjoy each one. No real time for conversation while dining or the food would get cold. Then, about a third of the way through our meal, a film crew arrived on the patio to shoot a TV commercial. To be fair, no one asked us to finish up and leave so they could film, but the fast pace of the meal left no doubt that they preferred us to be out of there. We were a little thrown off by this and I think would have liked to be notified in advance that they had scheduled this film shoot during our reservation time so we could chosen to reschedule our meal to a more convenient time. Our server forgot to bring over my spouse's dessert wine until after we had finished our cheese course and were done eating as he was in the commercial; again, to be fair, he did apologize and took it off the bill since we didn't drink it. This meal was to celebrate a special occasion and we didn't really enjoy feeling rushed.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in California

Palm Springs - Best Mom 'n Pop Mexican and Diner

Following up after our trip: We did not end up visiting any Mexican restaurants, but we did grab take out lunch at El Salvador, after stocking up on groceries at the nearby Albertsons. The pupusas were excellent, we tried cheese, pork and cheese and also ordered the beef tacos. The people who run it were helpful and pleasant; our lunch was delicious and a great value. We stopped by the Mexican food vendor at Village Fest for fish tacos and ate them on the street. Great people watching!

Did not get to eat at a diner, but I bought a cake layered with fresh strawberries and cream at Sherman's to celebrate spouse's birthday. It was sooo good and undoubtedly quite calorific but worth it for a birthday splurge.

Jan 20, 2015
Kat in California

Is Chowhound dead?

I've been on Chowhound a looong time, since about 1999, way before we had to choose a username to log in. I still love it and frequent my local boards as well as boards for places I am visiting as well as topic boards.

Chowhound Moderators don't have to alter policy because of our user opinions or complaints. Posting here is purely for the fun of it; to enjoy an online community of people interested in food-related discussions. If you don't enjoy posting here or find it irritating, then don't post anymore; you're not being paid and your livelihood doesn't depend upon posting here; so what is the incentive to put up with an environment you don't like? Plenty of other online sites to frequent.

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

At the boozy brunches, I don't think there is much eating involved.

Jan 04, 2015
Kat in General Topics

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

I used to love weekend brunch in my 20s, the opportunity to soak up all the alcohol from the night before with salty, balcony, greasy goodness. Now, however, it seems that brunch is just another opportunity to get drunk and dance on tables, but in daylight. YouTube "brunch NYC" and there are some pretty awful videos of scenes on the sidewalk of brunch places in NYC.

Palm Springs - Best Mom 'n Pop Mexican and Diner

Thank you for the suggestions!

Jan 04, 2015
Kat in California

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

Second Montreal. We started going there in the summers with our kid when he was a toddler. It is especially fun in Late June /July when the Jazz Festival is on. Free outdoor concerts in the city center for after dinner.

Also, Portland, Maine. Full of interesting small restaurants and caf├ęs literally on every corner, nice Children's Museum, Crescent Beach, lighthouses, lobster, etc.

Jan 03, 2015
Kat in General Topics

Unfair bill splitting

Are the kids eating family style too or ordering separate meals? Are they small kids (so they don't eat much) or teens ?

Dec 31, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Color me frugal

I grab straws from the self-service area at the supermarket and then use and re-use them at home when I make iced coffee. I wash them and they last a long time! My spouse calls me cheap, but I think it's thrifty.

Dec 31, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Eating moldy foods?

No.

I once long ago made a batch of venison chili in an old aluminum pot. I popped the pot of leftover chili in the fridge way in the back and forgot about it for a couple weeks. When I finally found it again, blue mold had EATEN THROUGH THE POT, two quarter-sized holes in the metal. I threw the whole thing out, afraid of what potentially toxic spores were growing in it.

Dec 29, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

Small plates and a large sandwich waiting in the fridge are good ideas.

Dec 29, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

It is one thing to have an eating disorder re: binging but another to purposefully eat all the good stuff at a party before any other guest has a chance to taste it. If you know this guy is a huge eater, I would make a large amount of one or two dishes that you know he likes and that are affordable to make in a big batch. Then, when you greet him at the party, say something like "I know you love x, so I have made some especially for you."

Dec 29, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
1

Palm Springs - Best Mom 'n Pop Mexican and Diner

Hello - I am in need of suggestions for a local Mexican place, not upscale, no seating necessary, take out OK, but very good, inexpensive food. We 'll have a car and will be driving all over PS on a self-guided tour, so not looking for any specific neighborhood.

Also, any good quality, inexpensive, non-chain diners?
Thank you.

Dec 28, 2014
Kat in California

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

Mr. Kat is the same way. If it is a really important purchase, I do it myself. Otherwise, I just suck it up. Don't have the energy!

Dec 28, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

What to eat and wear in Woburn?

Life here in the 'burbs - if you're not wearing a baseball cap, you're "dressed up". :(

Dec 28, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area
1

Spicepepper Garden Acton - Real Deal Szechuan.

I have always just assumed it is another run of the mill ordinary Americanized Chinese place, but when I 'm next in the area I'll check it out .

Dec 26, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Paul Bakery Natick

Thx!

Dec 20, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Paul Bakery Natick

I had no idea one was opening in the Natick Mall! Where in the mall is it located?

Dec 18, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Dumpling Daugher Weston

Sounds interesting!

Dec 17, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

My family situation/pink pork

Who doesn't get annoyed when you give good advice and it is not followed? But, you did the right thing as a guest in this person's home; you walked away to calm down, kept your mouth shut and then finished the dishes for which you were responsible. Her house, her food, her way.

Dec 17, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
1

Input on venison dish please!

Yes, agreed, we also only do the loin as pan fried medallions. That cut is so tender and lean and it cooks very quickly. Pan fry some chopped up onions on the side and serve with mashed potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce.

Dec 16, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Palm Springs Splurge Meal

Thank you for the heads up. I've read some other recent spotty reviews of Citron (and that the space is really small) so have crossed it off the list. Leaning towards Copleys right now.

Dec 08, 2014
Kat in California

Any new places for a casual dinner near 495 in the Acton/Maynard area?

Agree, pizza at Rail Trail is pretty good!

Dec 07, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Restaurants in Concord/Lexington

Bondir would be my #1 choice, but given the price level, I do not feel $100 for 2 people for dinner would be sufficient unless they just had a main course each and split an appetizer, no dessert. I think $100 for lunch at Bondir for 2 would be possible.

There is also Red Raven in Acton, a fairly new gastropub. I ate there recently for a special dinner and it was good; two for dinner could be done for $100 there without drinks.

Dec 05, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area