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Burlington, VT - Pasta Dinner?

Boves is, . . ., well, Boves is Boves. If you went to college in Burlington you probably have fond memories of Boves so it would be a good place for a pre-race meal.

All I remember about Boves is that you got huge takeout Styrofoam containers of pasta and red sauce with squishy white "Italian" bread.

Mar 28, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Trip to Massanutten in VA

Thanks for the tips.

Mar 17, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Trip to Massanutten in VA

I saw some Massanutten references in the DC board, would that be a better place to ask?

Mar 13, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

Trip to Massanutten in VA

Going to Massanutten resort first week of June. I have been there a few times before and there isn't anything on the mountain that is very good, but I'm looking for anything interesting in the area (Harrisonburg is the bigger city in the area). I have searched and found a few things but wanted to see if there was anything new or if a specific question about the area would get some responses.

I've eaten at Hanks and Log Cabin BBQ which are both just off the access road and found them to be good but not necessarily great.

Whenever I go on vacation I'm particularly interested in "regional" cooking, however you might want to interpret that, or anything fun and different. I am more of a burger and beer guy than anything. My wife is allergic to shellfish.

Thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
Shann in Mid-Atlantic

If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:

Well, if its a single "author" per se I'd say Alton Brown or Mark Bittman (because he basically covers everything).

If its one company, it would be America's Test Kitchen.

Mar 12, 2014
Shann in Home Cooking

Best pan for flipping eggs

If you don't want to flip them, spatula or not, heat up pan with a little butter, put in eggs, cover with lid let them sit on heat for one minute, remove from heat and let them finish off heat (still covered) for another minute or so.

Mar 10, 2014
Shann in Cookware

Warwick, RI area

Second Trattoria San Vivaldi, especially if you want something a little different. I went there several times when my son was in college in RI. Food was always great and as long as you go in with a good attitude you will have the best time. By that, I just mean let Chef Alfie "tell you" what you are having for dinner. Of course, tell him if you have an special dietary restrictions (i.e. my wife is allergic to shellfish, no problem).

Mar 10, 2014
Shann in Southern New England

Weekend in Branford

Lol. My wife kind of put the kibosh on the whole sushi thing. Since it was her birthday this weekend, she got to choose.

Feb 25, 2014
Shann in Southern New England

Great Meal in Burlington, VT?

I love A Single Pebble, although I haven't been there in a couple of years (I live 1.5 hours away). Staying where you are there really isn't anything that I think is that good or interesting.

Take a cab down to Church Street, its only a mile or two, and spend a couple hours wandering around browsing before dinner.

Feb 25, 2014
Shann in Northern New England

Weekend in Branford

We went to see my son at his new apartment in Branford. I thought I would note the restaurants we ate at with brief reviews.

Tommy Sullivans: Standard pub\bar fare at a good price. The burgers were fine. Big and not too pricy. The wings were well cooked but as far as I could tell had no buffalo sauce on them. The nachos were very good, with lots of cheese and jalepenos and good salsa and guacamole to go with them

Home: Very cool place. For an app we had the sloppy joe spring rolls that were outstanding. Small spring rolls with what appeared to be barbequed beef and a BBQ dipping sauce. A little pricy for a small serving. My wife had a very nice chicken and mushroom stew with harissa. She asked for it mild, so not a huge flavor profile. My son had a macaroni and cheese with Italian sausage. It was pretty good, but I thought it was a bit bland. I had a teriyaki salmon wrap with kimchee. I thought it was very good.

Overall, I liked it a lot. I thought it was a little pricy for what we got but we were not disappointed. The quality of the food was high and the service was very attentive.

Parthenon Diner: Classic greek diner. We had breakfast. Everything was good, huge serving of Eggs Benedict for my wife. My over easy eggs were over medium but they were busy. Big problem was that they served the French toast with "breakfast syrup" in little cups. To be fair, though, they made no bones about it not being real maple syrup by putting it in a glass container.

Got us in and out quickly but didn't hurry us. Big portions and it all tasted good.

Feb 24, 2014
Shann in Southern New England

Sushi in Branford CT

Thanks for the info.

Feb 17, 2014
Shann in Southern New England

Sushi in Branford CT

I am going to Branford CT this weekend to visit my son. I had a sudden craving for sushi, which he also likes. My wife, not so much.

Where should I go in Branford for sushi, with enough options for my non-fussy, but shellfish allergic, wife to also like?

Thanks.

Feb 17, 2014
Shann in Southern New England

Son moving again, Branford CT

Title says it all. I'm looking for good cheap eats for a guy just starting out. He isn't broke but he isn't going to go anywhere fancy either. I'm in need of some recommendations for decent Chinese takeout and pizza and chicken wings in the Branford area.

Thanks All.

Jan 08, 2014
Shann in Southern New England

One night in Burlington VT

I always like a Single Pebble. Excellent chinese food. Open on Monday.

Aug 23, 2013
Shann in Northern New England

Driving tour of Vermont - Any must-visit spots?

If the weather is good you should check out Shelburne Farms. It is just south of Burlington off of Route 7. A beautiful site and tour and they do have a cheese making operation there. It is a tourist spot, not a cheese market per se, so there is a fee for the tour but I thought it was well worth it.

Jul 23, 2013
Shann in Northern New England

BEST PORTERHOUSE (T-BONE) STEAK EVER!!!!!

I just got a Weber Genesis. Its nice although I don't think it is any better than a much cheaper model. One thing is it will get up to 600 degrees in less than 15 minutes and it also has a "sear" station that is just an extra little burner between two of the big burners. I haven't tried to figure out whether that actually works better or is just "hype" but it does work fine.

The only actual problem I've had is that its hard to get the temperature low enough when cooking something for a long time but I haven't played with it enough to get it right.

I also like the garlic powder, it really does add to the flavor without hiding it like a heavy sauce.

Jul 10, 2013
Shann in Home Cooking

BEST PORTERHOUSE (T-BONE) STEAK EVER!!!!!

Interesting. So it seems that the best way would be salting quite early and the back up is last minute salting while the "worst" way would be to salt for a few minutes before cooking.

Jul 10, 2013
Shann in Home Cooking

BEST PORTERHOUSE (T-BONE) STEAK EVER!!!!!

Does sound great. Everybody has a different method and as long as you follow your process it usually comes out good. For example, mine is pretty close to your except for I don't use a pan, I just put it on the grill. I also use gas now because of ease of use although I fire up the charcoal now and then.

The interesting debate is over salting. I generally salt just before putting it on the grill, but I've also read that the best way to do it is to salt well in advance, like at least an hour and the salt will draw the moisture up and then combine and draw back into the meat for a better seasoned steak.

Jul 10, 2013
Shann in Home Cooking

Best method to "cook" fresh sausages - Italian, Polish, Bratwurst, etc.

I like to slice up a bunch of onions, toss in some butter, brown sugar and a little dark beer and steam the brats over med-low heat (covered) for 15-20 minutes then put on grill and give them a little bit of a char.

Jul 09, 2013
Shann in Home Cooking

Urbanspoon, Tripadvisor - going to tell ALL my friends!

Whenever I look at one star reviews, I generally want to see if its because of a bad "experience" rather than bad food. Usually, if its somebody complaining about the decor, or the waitress didn't know something about the menu, etc., I often chock it up to the diner having a bad attitude or even the server just having a bad day and don't give it a whole lot of weight as to whether I'd like to eat there..

My family owned a restaurant for 20 years, and even though we always tried to treat everyone well, if you had a bad attitude, it sometimes got reflected back on you in the way you got treated.

Jun 12, 2013
Shann in Food Media & News

Vacation in New Bern

I see it now. Thanks.

Jun 04, 2013
Shann in Southeast

Vacation in New Bern

Anything different from what has already been suggested?

Where are the best chicken wings in New Bern?

Jun 02, 2013
Shann in Southeast

Vacation in New Bern

I'd definitely be into going to one. My wife probably not so much but I can probably talk her into it!

May 31, 2013
Shann in Southeast

Looking for Breakfast/Lunch in beautiful settings

I second the recommendation for Shelburne Farms. Great setting. If the weather is good you can sit on the veranda with great views of Lake Champlain. The dining room itself is elegant.

May 28, 2013
Shann in Northern New England

Suggestions for a Grilling Cookbook?

Cook's Illustrated Guide to Grilling and Barbeque is my standard "how to" guide. The recipes also tell you how to cook if using charcoal, and how to cook if using gas, which is very helpful.

May 24, 2013
Shann in Home Cooking

Vacation in New Bern

I gotcha. I live in a small town in Vermont and always tell people "its a nice place to live but I wouldn't want to visit there"

May 16, 2013
Shann in Southeast

Vacation in New Bern

Good idea, but just not something that is going to happen. When I'm driving to a destination for vacation, I'm like Clark W. Griswold!

Maybe on the way home I'll be less crazed.

May 16, 2013
Shann in Southeast

Vacation in New Bern

We probably will be driving around the area a fair bit, so Beaufort and Jacksonville might be on our itinerary. I just didn't want to drive too far if the only reason was for a meal.

Why is Moore's the "one of worst examples"? I'd like to try some decent barbeque. Since we don't have much barbeque around me, I wouldn't know good from really good, but I don't want "bad"

May 16, 2013
Shann in Southeast

Vacation in New Bern

Thanks for the replies. It sounds nice. We love Williamsburg, so it should be fun. We will put the Chef and Farmer and Moore's on the list.

May 16, 2013
Shann in Southeast

Rutland, VT - Fine Dining Wasteland?

Rutland does have a few very good restaurants. In the city itself, I like Table 24, Little Harry's and Roots.

Roots and Little Harry's are more eclectic and smaller. Table 24 is kind of "upscale comfort food" but not a fancy place.

Two long time staples of Rutland, Royals and the Sirloin Saloon are gone.

May 15, 2013
Shann in Northern New England