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Tips for eating alone in Italy?

hey make some notes or even better, photograph you food. That will get you some friendly attention maybe some limoncello at the end.. this happened to us twice on a recent visit based on my daughter's picture taking habit.YOu would think that this would be objectionable but apparently not, at least in the laid back places we went to.

In the first place it was good engaged hospitality in the second place, well Im sure this has happened to most of us by now - We had a mediocre experience during the holidays at a non-recommendable place in Milan but at the end the owner came over smile smile seeing the camera, offered the limoncello and urged us to give them 5***** on tripadvisor. Maybe my daughter did after they found her glove, but a suggestion of social media activity seems not to be amiss these days.

Jan 22, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Breadfruit... Haitian and Jamaican

Breadfruit is a starchy fruit that west indians and others cook with
http://www.caribbeantravelmag.com/art...

Unless I am mistaken the term is not applied to salt beef but some west indians may serve them together.

pictures of the fruit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadfru...

Jan 22, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Morgan's BBQ in Prospect Heights

It looks as though the fire was confined to the adjacent gutted building in which 1 peson was killed and two other are critical. There are people in Morgans and upstairs so one presumes the FD and Building Inspector dont see a risk to them. Very sad event.

Jan 21, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Voting Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

damn my library system in nj does not have mighty spice

Jan 21, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

Id come on board for FOOD of LIFE, NEW FOOD of LIFE (own the former). Have had great success with the couple of recipes I have cooked from it. great stews.

Jan 15, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month February 2015

why would sherry be an ingredient in tortilla soup, hmm.

Jan 15, 2015
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Unofficial Start of Carnivale Season in the Veneto

Yum, I have fond memories of zabaglione and crema-filled fritelle (the samller size) from Tonolo in Venice on a few Jan- Feb visits! Is it true that that they really dont carry them for the rest of the year?

Jan 13, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

who can not love a place and cuisine that yields this kind of intense enthusiasm (sample only) - a recipe for the genovese itself is linked as well as an article about a genovese pizza made in Vomero
http://www.lucianopignataro.it/a/rice...

Jan 10, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

For your wine (as well as recipes and lots of other local food info) look here http://www.lucianopignataro.com/

Aglianico, Greco di Tufo and Falanghina are among the great local wines

Jan 08, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

I typed my recommendation below off in a rush. It seems to me that neapolitan/campanian food tends to be lighter than Roman with more emphasis on seafood and vegetables. The sauces are more light glazes, without the heavy egg and cheese component of some of the Roman dishes. The classic genovese sauce for example, is a light coating of oniony/beefy flavor on the pasta. Less pork emphasis too though its clearly there. Dishes like eggplant parmigiano are classic in naples but tend to be simpler layered renditions without a lot of sauce and breading. The reason I mentioned Marcella is it seems to me if you got off of the Roman vs. Neapolitan opposition and just cooked some good simple dishes you were comfortable with, with the great ingredients there you would be best off.

Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

Arthur Schwartz's book, Naples at Table is very good. He has a second book as well. The book contains among other things some complex layered dishes of pasta or rice that home cooks would not normally trouble with but that are fairly easy and definitely good. You could practice here.

There are good vegetable dishes in the book, for example for scapece.
And you could consider cooking fish or say shrimp as a main course.

Another alternative would be to cook dishes from Marcella's books.

Finally, you might want to consider fruit as a dessert The neapolitan pastries are good (we just had some in Rome) but tend to be fairly uniform, baba rhum, etc. Or you could make a semifreddo, tiramisu or other spoon dessert. Semifreddi are fairly easy and also impressive.

Jan 08, 2015
jen kalb in Italy
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excellent rugalach & cinnamon bun update - Boro Park

am I correct in assuming these are non-dairy renditions?

Jan 05, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

thai grocery store in brooklyn?

still no explicitly thai grocery stores in Brooklyn

Jan 05, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Looking for cilantro sold with roots in Queens.

Cilantro is frequently sold with roots in chinese, south asian hispanic and other produce markets. Id look around a bit more before giving up on this. Certainly they are avaiable this way in brooklyn where I shop.

Jan 05, 2015
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Rome Restaurant Reccomendations: Toddler & Infant

Trying to envision where you are staying - down by the Via del Velabro? on the Aventine? There are not a lot of restaurants in those specific areas.

I concur with Lisa's recommendations wholeheartedly including focussing on lunchtime for dining out. We just got back from Rome and Cesare al Casaletto would be excellent for lunch - your son would love the tram ride as well. Ill post a report shortly - I think all the places we visited (no surprises) would work and would generally provide distinctly Roman flavors.

Jan 05, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

shopping for liqueurs in Rome

thanks to all! I should have thought to ask earlier since he flew out before lots of this advice came in and his only shopping opportunity was NYE, not the time for browsing in wine stores. New time for sure this is all potentially very helpful.

We will have a day in MIlan and perhaps some time to find some Mirto tomorrow better than the light stuff I bought in the supermarket here.

Jan 01, 2015
jen kalb in Italy

shopping for liqueurs in Rome

thanks! I am looking for some other alternatives, maybe some with more artisanal stuff? We went into Palombi I was glad they were still there with all the changes in the meighborhood, but its selections was not as extensive as we remembered (maybe memory is too rose-colored), more gifty items and less wine and spirit selection.

Dec 30, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

shopping for liqueurs in Rome

My son is looking to bring home some unusual liqueurs from Rome - ones he would be unlikely to find in NY or DC. Any suggestions for a good shop to look? He has about one more day in his visit.

We also like Mirto and have in the past bought both that and alchermes - are there recommendable versions available (not the supermarket/mass market versions) and if so, where?

Dec 30, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Xmas eve in Dyker Heights with young kids?

did you see this thread? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/999044
not sure who is open on Christmas Eve, however - while some are open, many Italian places will not stay open late.

Dec 23, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Where can I buy live cockles near Park Slope?

I would look in Sunset Park chinatown - I was in the former Hong Kong Supermarket the other day and they had a range of clams - the big store at 64th and 8th would be another alternative) but have never looked for cockles specifically at either place.

Dec 22, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Tagine to Purchase?

tagines.com is still in business and has some lovely traditional tagines. http://www.tagines.com/cat_moroccan_c...

Id say the traditional shape and unglazed (on the outside) clay make a difference - I love cooking and serving in these artisanal items, but of course you can cook a delicious dish without them.

Dec 22, 2014
jen kalb in Manhattan

Curing salt in Brooklyn?

maybe the label was wrong. at least you are adding nitrite. when I have made pate I have not added curing salt at all. I am sure it will taste good - hope you report back on hos it goes.

Dec 19, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Curing salt in Brooklyn?

YOu probably know way more about it than I do but the type of stuff you need depends on the type of curing you want to do. Ive never seen it in a brooklyn food store but there may be some fermentation/curing/beermaking supply store. Prague Powder no 1 nas salt and sodium nitrite and no 2 (for dry salami, etc) has in addition sodium nitrate. YOu would need to talk with a butcher that actually cured their own sausage, like the two polish butchers on 5th in Park Slope or one of the places in Greenpoint.
http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/seas...

note, there is a lot of bad info out there about this subject - the gourmet "pink salts" at places like TJs are just NaCl (salt) and do not contain the added ingredients need for the cure.

Dec 16, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Local dinner choices in Park Slope

Updating a bit - Kaz a Nou and Marco's have since closed or are closing.Unclear what will be happening in the Marco's space.

Dec 13, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

ok well, while we do not brunch typically,I can recommend the eating at the following places in Park Slope which serve brunch: Al di La (offers both from their lunch and brunch menus), Runner & Stone (superior bread and pastries), Korzo (a great, unusual fried burger, lots of veer on tap, and other central
european specialties. these are in addition to Delaware in Hudson in Billyburg and The Good Fork in Red Hook, deemed to far away.

Dec 09, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

It was dinner - in the cramped back dining room, in addition to loud patrons, sounds from the open kitchen right in the space, with the cooks throwing around pots really added unbearably to the racket. the garden was great but obviously not feasible for winter.
re comment about travel the 20 and 30 somethings seem to think nothing of travelling to distant neighborhoods, my daughter regularly goes to meetups with friends in Williamsburgn Bushwick, Astoria, Flatbush, Bed Sty, Upper Manhattan, etc etc. on subway or bike

Dec 08, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

I agree that Frankie's is nice - we had a very good meal there a couple months back - but the din in the dining room - with the open kitchen with clanging pans - is deafening for aging ears. We would not have been able it eat if they had not been serving in the garden.

Dec 08, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Ligurian / Tuscan Coast in the December / January. Turn the GUM period into The Great 8 !

Upscale diining wasnt the angle we were pursuing on our three days in Genoa a couple years back. There is not a lot of fish in that sea so the good fish is pricy. Il Genovese is very good trattora cooking but decidely not upscale. Upscale will probably mean a place offering the kind of seafood not normally found in a trattoria - I think Da Rina was mentioned for this by a generally reliable poster but I am sure there are other options. Will review my research materials if I have a chance. Genoa is a great town.

If you have car issues maybe you would be better off staying in one of the adjoining coastal towns and taking a train/bus into the center. We stayed up above the centro in an apartment and enjoyed taking the funicular down.

If you are interested in refined, delicious regional bourgeois food presented in extremely pleasing surroundings and not mainly the starred establishments you could enjoy Nonna Nina, in a scenic location on Monte Portofino overlooking Camogli http://www.nonnanina.it/il_locale_di_... also La Brinca in Ne. up a twisty road from Chiavari http://www.labrinca.it/. The latter particularly has a nice winelist and a very pleasing weekend lunch ambience.
Not sure what the Cinque Terre trails are like in the winter - it depends greatly on the weather - it might well get slippery or muddy- but we werent tempted to join the crowds - even in late november there were crowds on the trails meaning that walkers would constantly have to step off - we were very happy with the alternative coastal walks we took, out of Levanto over toward the Cinque Terre (the climb down to Monterosso was pretty steep) but there were great coastal views and of the CQ) and a long ridgeline walk we took from the Sanctuario above Rapallo back to our home base in Chiavari.I would not do either in foggy or wet conditions (Monte Portofino also has great walks). Id venture to say that you would be more likely to eat better at most of the other towns along that coast than you would in the CQ. If you are chilly and want something hearty for lunch, Id think the woodfire cooked soups and farinata at Luchin in Chaivari would be hard to beat thought their winelist is poor. We really liked this elegant small coastal town.

Dec 08, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Anchorage downtown recc?

thanks for responding to this thread! We wound up having a pretty much excellent dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse after considering the alternatives - Id say the appetizers were excellent as were two out of the four main dishes. I ordered a salmon with asian seasonings and the salmon was dry with a small serving size (just as well). Very disappointing to have better Copper River Salmon in my NY kitchen from Costco. My sister had a meat dish which was also somewhat of a letdown but I thought we did very well to be happy with all but two dishes. The beers were enjoyable, service friendly, bustling but quiet enough to talk with crowd of both locals and tourists. I recommend.

I will give some feedback on some of the other places we visited but we were in the hands of Holland America, without a car so options were somewhat limited.

Alaska was quirky and wonderful and we enjoyed our eating even with the mobility limitations noted.

Dec 07, 2014
jen kalb in Pacific Northwest

Goat kid

Here are some possibilities in Queens.
http://www.zabihah.com/sub/9Gku594eh7...

Dec 06, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs