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Thanksgiving in Chinatown?

I'm visiting 2 friends here in NYC and we are looking to get some good food in Chinatown for tgiving. We'd like to go somewhere kind of nice since it's Tgiving and all. Maybe peking duck or really good Thai food. Any recommendations welcome!

Nov 23, 2011
reubensandperrier in Manhattan

Boozy Cocktail Milk Shakes

Delicious shakes with a delicious layout. Yum!

Jul 07, 2011
reubensandperrier in Features

Vote Now for the CHOW Recipe Challenge, Best Chicken Breast Dish!

kimchi dumplings ftw, those sound delicious and dead easy.

Mar 16, 2011
reubensandperrier in Features

Des Moines Restaurant Week?

Baru 66 isn't open for lunch - so that could help make your decision! DEFINITELY go if you can - it was phenomenal!

Aug 24, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Des Moines Restaurant Week?

This weekend I dined at Alba and Baru 66 for RW. Alba was just OK, but Baru 66 was *incredible*.

Alba:

We arrived 15 minutes early and sat for an additional half hour in the bar, sipping cocktails (which were very tasty - esp the lemongrass mojito), and didn't mind waiting (at first).

The whole place has a cool, laid-back vibe. A little fancy but not formal, which is nice. Our server was incredibly friendly, warm, and knowledgeable about wine and the food, which made up for the fact we waited 20-30 minutes between courses. My dining partner and I didn't complain because we were so engaged in conversation it wasn't a huge deal, but the couple sitting next to us was obviously agitated and annoyed by their similar wait. I'm sure if we had complained we would have been well taken care of, but in the end it wasn't a huge deal. One other annoyance (which is common in any restaurant with hardwood floors and open ceilings) was the place was so loud we basically had to shout across the table to hear each other speak.

The food was pretty good. Sweet corn soup was well seasoned and had great texture. The pig cheeks were melt-in-your-mouth tender, but lacked salt. The vegetables on the side were a mishmash of hot and cold things, the beans were underdone, and I wanted more of the bread-and-butter cucumbers. The dessert, a strawberry shortcake made with cornbread and served with mint ice cream was forgettable. There were very few strawberries but the ice cream was tasty. The highlight of my dining partner's meal was definitely the 'poutine' demi-glace french fries he had with his steak. Absolutely delicious.

All in all, I'm glad I finally got to dine at Alba after hearing so much about it, but I'm also glad I didn't have to pay full price. And after eating at other restaurants during Restaurant Week, I doubt I'll return.

Baru 66:

This was, hands down, the best meal I have ever had in Des Moines.

Everything from the service to the food to ambiance to value was A+ all across the board.

I dined with my sister last night to try the Restaurant Week menu, and the place was packed - but not noisy. Good insulation, ceiling, and acoustics still let it feel intimate, but not stuffy. The decorations were sparse but beautiful, fresh flowers on each table, freshly pressed linens - we were pleasantly impressed.

Our server was just the warmest, friendliest, and fun woman. We were well taken care of, had some great conversation, and she didn't make a single mistake all evening. Every course came out in a timely manner (but not rushed) and she was obviously very passionate and excited about the food she was serving - something I think is so rare and singular about servers today.

The food... oh my, the food. Our amuse bouche, a profiterole with goat cheese and parmesan filling, was amazing. My sister and I joked we wanted a dozen of them for our entree. The bread was fresh and sliced thick, served with black truffle butter and salt, and it was just to die for.

I had a light salad of spring greens, goat cheese, and walnuts. Nothing too spectacular, but my sister's foie gras mousse was incredible. Luscious and just the right amount on the plate so it wasn't overwhelming.

My entree of Parisienne sytle gnocchi with English peas was scrumptious. Light, yet hearty with awesome fresh flavor, it was the best gnocchi I've had since I ate at Thomas Keller's Bouchon. My sister's duo of pork was delightful. The pork belly was bursting with flavor, the potato and carrots on the plate were delicious. The loin was a bit tough, but still had great flavor.

For dessert, my sister indulged in confit pears poached in some spicy, sweet sauce with a rich and amazing blue cheese. I had the peach creme brulee which had the perfect sugar-glass crust on top and delicious caramelized peaches inside.

As we sipped a glass of champagne after dessert, my sister and I couldn't believe the value of our meal. The amount of food, the quality, the service, all for $25, was unreal. I made reservations on my way out for next weekend again so I can try other things on the menu, and I can't wait to go back! I've found my new favorite restaurant in Des Moines and love it.

Aug 22, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

The Anatomy of a Burger Lover

Oh mannnnnnnnnnnnnn now I want a burger.

Aug 22, 2010
reubensandperrier in Features

Des Moines Restaurant Week?

I agree about Le Jardin - it was originally on my list until I saw the menu, and then I changed my mind :(

Aug 17, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Des Moines Restaurant Week?

I'm pumped! I made reservations at Alba for Friday, Baru 66 for Saturday, Lucca for the 27th, and Bistro Montage for the 28th. I'd like to also hit up Mojos on 86th as well. They're all restaurants I've wanted to try and Restaurant week offers some great deals. I'm really excited to try Baru 66 and Alba's menu looks delish.

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Lucca
420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Aug 17, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

2 Foodies Getting Married in KC - Caterer Recommendations?

How many guests will you have and where is the reception being held?

Aug 04, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

North KC, MO -- fresh pasta and mozzarella?

Carollo's Italian Grocer & Deli in the City Market would be my first suggestion. I know there's also a booth at the actual city market which has fresh pastas every weekend, but the name escapes me.

http://wtv-zone.com/bobalouie/carollo/index.html

For outstanding gelato... I'd actually recommend hitting up Christopher Elbow's new ice cream / sorbet / gelato outpost Glacé. It is phenomenal.

http://www.glaceicecream.com/

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City Market
20 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106

Jul 28, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Kansas City-area restaurants for my grandma's birthday

Stroud's has incredible food and is super family-friendly.

http://www.stroudsrestaurant.com/nort...

Jul 15, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Westport Cafe and Bar

Westport Cafe & Bar

419 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111

http://www.westportcafeandbar.com/Abo...

Jul 13, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Fave summertime treats--KC

A chocolate shake from LC's Hamburgers (north of the river).

Salted pretzel ice cream from Christopher Elbow's Glacé.

Mmmm...

Jul 06, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

This has become my go-to summer sidedish and it's a huge hit every time. I don't even cook the corn, we just make the entire thing raw and go to town. Delish!

Jun 27, 2010
reubensandperrier in Recipes

New pizza in Des Moines - Bagni Di Lucca

Had lunch today at the new offshoot of Lucca, now where Basil Prospero used to be.

It just opened a few days ago so the space is still a bit rough, but it has a great feel and I loved the chalkboard wall where everything was written.

We had a group of 9 and all got different pizzas to try the entire menu. You order at the counter, get a number, and then get the food delivered, which was speedy, and we weren't the only ones dining.

The price is great - $8.75 for a nice personal pizza (about the size of a dinner plate) and a side salad. I had the spring greens which were fresh and well dressed. Simple and tasty. The romaine had a caesar-type dressing and was also good.

I tried the margherita, potato blanco, french fries & vienna, and four cheese pizzas. The margherita was good, but needed more basil. The potato blanco was screaming for salt, herbs, and just more flavor. Oddly enough, we liked the french fry/vienna sausage pizza the most. It was salty and smoky and great. The crust and sauce were great for all the pizzas but we all agreed they all needed more salt, more olive oil, and just more flavor/love to the toppings. One of our diners also got a calzone and he said it was good, but needed more basil and more sauce.

There was a nice selection of sodas, limonata, bottled beers, and a few gelatos (pistachio, chocolate, banana, mmmm). Right now they're open for lunch daily and dinner Fri/Sat.

I'm sure after a few weeks the kinks will be worked out and the recipes will be developed. We'll definitely be back regardless because it obviously has tons of potential. Thumbs up!

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Lucca
420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Jun 21, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Birthday dinner Kansas City

Personally I think Le Fou Frog is overrated and overpriced (except for the desserts) and doesn't have very good ambiance.

What about Michael Smith restaurant? It's got a fantastic, creative menu including a great tenderloin dish, plus the place is gorgeous!

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Michael Smith
1900 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108

Jun 14, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Contrast and Conquer

I was so pumped to try these but they were such a letdown. Stale and not at all salty. Such a shame :(

Jun 14, 2010
reubensandperrier in Features

Boston Chowhouder heading to Kansas City

For BBQ, I'm an Arthur Bryants devotee, the one on Brooklyn in the 18th & Vine (Jazz) district. Best pulled pork sandwich, but for burnt ends go to Oklahoma Joe's.

For high-end (and I mean really high end) dining, go to Bluestem. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to, period. Something more affordable and fun is Extra Virgin, the new tapas restaurant from Michael Smith.

For Italian, I love Lidias in the crossroads. It's owned by Lidia Bastianich and always serves delicious Italian food. Plus the restaurant is gorgeous and the whole district is great.

For a great local greasy spoon, hit up Town Topic Hamburgers on Broadway or Baltimore (2 locations). Delicious after a night of drinking (or during it). Or try a classic steakburger and skyscraper chocolate malt at Winsteads, just off the Plaza.

If you like Thai food, try Lulu's Noodle & Satay Bar on Southwest Blvd. Delicious tom yum and thai iced coffee.

And finally, my favorite indulgence is to hit up Christopher Elbow chocolates on McGee. He's a nationally recognized chocolatier and his chocolates are out of this world. Plus the shop is really cool.

Hope you have a great time in KC!

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Bluestem
900 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111

Town Topic
2013 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Michael Smith
1900 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108

May 20, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Boston Chowhouder heading to Kansas City

I would personally take Pho KC over Vietnam Cafe - just as delicious with half the crowd.

May 20, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Baru 66 in Des Moines, IA?

I've been hearing nothing but good things since it opened - any Chowhounds tried it yet?

May 14, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Best Pizza Pie in KC

Gotta give a vote to "Original Pizza" either in Metro North or Oak Park mall. I know I know - mall pizza? But seriously, it's the closest to NYC pizza KC has to offer, and it is deeeeelish.

Mar 18, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

You Can't Take Him Anywhere

"I love him and would not trade him for my friends."

I bet her friends would love to hear that.

Mar 17, 2010
reubensandperrier in Features

Corned beef in Boulder?

The Kitchen (http://thekitchencafe.com/index.shtml) just posted on their Facebook that they're doing a corned beef and cabbage dinner tomorrow night.

Mar 16, 2010
reubensandperrier in Mountain States

Need Denver Burger Recommendations

The Argyll burger at the Argyll Gastropub is delicious. Ground lamb & beef, harissa ailoi and potato bun. Awesome.

Feb 17, 2010
reubensandperrier in Mountain States

Macarons in Denver/Boulder area?

Thanks for the tip!!

Jan 27, 2010
reubensandperrier in Mountain States

NY Style pizza in KC?

I'm right there with you RJ - Original Pizza was my fav the 20+ years I lived in KC. So glad to hear it's still alive!

Jan 25, 2010
reubensandperrier in Great Plains

Macarons in Denver/Boulder area?

I have a real hankering for traditional French macarons but have no idea if any bakeries or confectionaries in the area make them. Can anyone help?

Thanks!

Jan 25, 2010
reubensandperrier in Mountain States

Best restaurants near the Doubletree in Tucson, AZ?

I'm going to be in Tucson Wed night - Sun morning this week for a conference and wanted to know if there were any recs for restaurants near the Doubletree on Alvernon and Timrod? We won't have a rental car so the closer the better. We have a wide array of palates in the group and moderately priced ($15-25 entree) is about right.

Thanks!

Nov 09, 2009
reubensandperrier in Phoenix

double chocolate candy cane cookie sandwiches

Nov 03, 2009
reubensandperrier in Recipes

Romantic dinner for 2 near the Renaissance (State & Wacker)?

Thanks for all the recs! The Tavern of Bin 36 looks super promising.

Aug 22, 2009
reubensandperrier in Chicago Area