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Nzingas Cafe... don't bother

Hope you will become a part of the Triangle CH community! The local 'hounds are pretty active so there is lots of info on this board. Since SE does cover 3 states (except Atlanta) a mention of city or area in the title often helps get discussions going.

The area has a tremendous amount of good eating so don't let your brunch experience discourage you.

1 day ago
meatn3 in Southeast

Triangle Area - Source for dried angelica root?

Yes - I know. I prefer spending my dollars wothin my local economy if possible.

May 24, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Fresh soft shell crabs and best preparation?

How are you cooking your crabs that exploding claws happen?
I've cooked many a crab (soft or not) and have never experienced this nor heard of pricking the claws.

May 24, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Triangle Area - Source for dried angelica root?

Just a note for anyone else looking for angelica - I checked at Whole Foods and they did not have it in the dried form. I also checked online with the local beer making suppliers without luck.

May 22, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Fresh soft shell crabs and best preparation?

I've collected a number of recipes here:
https://www.pinterest.com/whirlybee/f...

I've made several last year since I had access to lots of soft shells and each was quite good.

May 21, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

That was my interpretation of May's dish too. Cole slaw seems so summery - picnics, grilling, not wanting to heat the house up cooking.

May 21, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Triangle Area - Source for dried angelica root?

I had bookmarked the recipe last year prior to the comments - glad you noticed that. Grand Asia had it. There was a large packet for $16 but with help I found a smaller package of mixed herbs which had enough Angelica for the recipe at $3.00.

Thanks!

May 21, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast
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Triangle Area - Source for dried angelica root?

Their options seem to be in pill form rather than the dried plant material. Thanks though!

May 21, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

Thanks!

COLE SLAW!

May 21, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (June 2015) Nominations!

Cole Slaw!

May 20, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking

Triangle Area - Source for dried angelica root?

Anyone come across this in a relatively small amount?
I want to try making magnolia bitters this year!

http://gardenandgun.com/blog/cocktail...

May 20, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Good eats on cross country trip

Lots of meatn3's in Tennessee of I-40. You may want to cross post on that board.

I second FriedClamFanatic's suggestions. The Sterns website is http://www.roadfood.com/

I've had some very good travel meals from the DD&D show.

May 19, 2015
meatn3 in Central South

St. Croix USVI

I visited recently and wanted to pass on our food experiences.

We rented a villa with plans to cook a nice variety of fish. Unfortunately fresh fish is not so easy to find. Our rental agent and several other residents confirmed this.

Plaza Extra is a very well stocked grocery. There were many Whole Foods sort of items in stock and most prices weren't nearly as high as I had anticipated. Beer and wine is high on the island. We purchased frozen shrimp since fresh fish wasn't available.

Towards the end of our visit we found Seaside Market. This is a higher end grocery (prices reflect it) with beautiful produce and some fresh fish available. Some of the fish looked good, some not so much. At this point we needed to clear out our refrigerator so didn't buy any.They even had packets of fermented vegetables!
http://www.chrishanley.com/news-info/...

Most of our meals out were for lunch and we focused on fish.
Our lodging was on the East end so most of the restaurants reflect that.

Deep End Bar & Grill - Open air dining with a view of the pool, beach and Buck Island. Food and service very good - we ate here twice. Seared tuna appetizer and a mahi sandwich with mango relish were favorites.
http://www.newdeepend.com/menu-the-ne...

Rhythms at Rainbow Beach (just N. of Frederiksted) was the perfect beach bar. Blackened mahi sandwiches, very good sweet potato fries and drinks were enjoyed on a deck just over looking the beach. Had it been closer we would have returned.
http://www.rainbowbeachstx.com/#!menu...

Angry Nate's on the boardwalk in Christiansted was visited. Spring rolls and fish sandwiches were had. Every thing was fine but not as tasty as our other lunches. The kitchen came out with fish scraps and fed them to a good sized school of tarpon awaiting just off the boardwalk!
http://www.angrynates-stx.com/menu

Our last night we had dinner out at Blue Water Terrace. Their summer hours kept them from being a lunch option or we would have put them on the rotation. Not on the water but commands a very nice view. Food was very good as was the service. Portions are huge so we were glad we had passed on appetizers. Local lobster, shrimp and a melt in your mouth prime rib were ordered. Desserts looked gorgeous but we were too full to indulge.
http://bluewaterterracevi.com/menu.html

The only bad meal was at Duggan's Reef. The owner sat us and displayed a very rude attitude right from the start. We thought perhaps they were ready to close and inquired when our waitress eventually came by. They weren't and we never could figure out what prompted his nastiness. But it was our first day and we were very hungry so we stayed. Fish and chips and a shrimp caesar salad were ordered. Seafood was fresh but preparation was off. Adequate but not good enough to tempt us back.
http://duggansreef.com/our-menu/

There were many other restaurants that looked promising. I was very interested in roti but my friends were not so did not get a chance.

Just heard that Bovinoche is doing some Mahi Mahi whole this weekend.

Find Jeff and introduce yourself. If there are other Chowhounds he'll point you in their direction. Have fun and report back!

May 11, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Please discuss the nuances between Pernod/Arak/Ouzo

The anise flavor is not front and center. It melds with the other flavors and the resulting fusion is really wonderful. No one I've served it to had any idea an anise flavored ingredient was included. If you are on the fence I'd make without and half with the arak, etc.
Without it will still be a nice dish but with it is exceptional.

May 10, 2015
meatn3 in Spirits
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

I think the fact they are are sticking to a single cuisine will help. I've meet many people who never went to Capt. J's because the seafood & Mexican aspect led them to think it wouldn't be good.

Cantonese was often many peoples first introduction to Chinese food. So it may have great appeal. Plus there are many people in the area who are afraid of spicy. Hopefully this incarnation will find it's niche.

May 08, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

That sounds quite promising! And how nice to have a dim sum option in Raleigh. Now I'm very excited about the hot & sour soup.

I hope with the new menu they are offering smaller sizes on the to-go menu. Captain J's didn't have that option which kept me from frequenting them. Shame because I live quite close to the location.

May 07, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

Were you able to try them? Interested in your impressions.

May 07, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Best Cuban - North Tampa/South Pasco

I spent those same decades plus many more in the area. I was often sent on my bike to await the bread delivery and bring home a 30 cent loaf of Cuban bread. I know the difference between fresh and day old. Your experiences are different but they do not negate the experiences of others. Many places served pressed with fresh bread.

May 07, 2015
meatn3 in Florida

Wild Fields Market Place coming to Palm Harbor

Interesting! Did they close the Pasco location they Harr's moved to a few years ago?

May 06, 2015
meatn3 in Florida

Best Cuban - North Tampa/South Pasco

Cubans have been pressed in Ybor for over 100 years. Pressing became more widespread in the '20's when electric pressers became easily available.

Perhaps not everyone ordered them pressed but the method is not new.

May 06, 2015
meatn3 in Florida

Honeymoon road trip: Savannah, Charleston, Asheville, Nashville, and Louisville

You may want to post on the Kentucky Tennessee board too. SE just covers Ga., SC & NC.

May 05, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast
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Captain J's International Buffet in Raleigh, NC

I noticed this yesterday. On the plus side the sign is much easier to see while driving by. I think the new name is Golden Palace Dim Sum Restaurant.

May 05, 2015
meatn3 in Southeast

Unsticking stuck dishes

Hooray!

Did a specific method work or was it just the magic of time?

May 03, 2015
meatn3 in Not About Food

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

I can not believe the ignorance here.

The ONLY salt worth using is distilled from the sweat of a unicorn collected by a virgin maiden.

Shesh...

What should I know about flax seed ?

Yes! It's best to start with a small amount and build up.

May 03, 2015
meatn3 in General Topics
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What should I know about flax seed ?

Grind it as you need it. Cooking it removes the omega properties but still maintains the fiber.

May 03, 2015
meatn3 in General Topics

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2015) Voting

I instantly imagined a children's book with that as the title! Recipes included...

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2015) Voting

Boy, you've had a run of unpleasantness. Hope this is the last of it and it's smooth sailing from here on out!

May 01, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking
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COLD VEGETABLE & PASTA/GRAIN SALAD! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (May 2015)

With summer approaching this will be a nice category! Not sure I'll be able to participate but I'll be reading (and drooling) along.

May 01, 2015
meatn3 in Home Cooking