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Best Middle Eastern in Dearborn area?

I'm not an Al-Ameer fan. Last time I was there, my rice was overcooked and mushy, and my lamb kafta was kinda bland.

I haven't been there in awhile, but I remember La Pita as being good....

I can't comment on the other two.

And, if you need a dessert recommendation, I *adore* Masri Sweets on Schaefer. They've moved to new digs a few blocks south of where they had been. Incredibly good. (I find Shatila's baklava too dry. Shatila does have great ice cream though.)

Dec 20, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Shatila...and the wonders it holds. [DTW area]

I concur that Shatila has fantastic ice cream. Last time I was there, I had the chocolate almond in a chocolate cup, which was really good. My girlfriend had pistachio as I recall, and she loved it.

I'm not a fan of Shatila baklava, though. It was dry, and came with a cup of sugar syrup. For *amazing* baklava in Dearborn, my vote goes to Masri Sweets just down Schaefer.

Oct 27, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Pre-cooked, US shrimp?

Cooked, US was originally what I was after, but I was having a lot of trouble finding it. The peeled, de-veined, raw US shrimp from Kroger is maybe $15 a pound, and it probably would have cost twice that to get it pre-cooked.

Half a loaf is better than none.

Sep 27, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Pre-cooked, US shrimp?

And the winner was...Kroger. They had peeled, de-veined, raw US shrimp in the freezer case. I can cook it no problem; it was the peeling and de-veining that would have been too time consuming.

Thanks all.

Sep 27, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Pre-cooked, US shrimp?

Imported.

Sep 20, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Pre-cooked, US shrimp?

I've got a reception for a dozen or so coming up in just over a week; it's appetizer-type stuff. I'm going with shrimp and cocktail sauce for one of the options (there was a request for it).

I'm not going to have time to cook, peel, and de-vein the shrimp. I know it's cheaper to do it that way, but I don't have the time. So, I wanna buy it.

Herein lies the rub. I don't want imported shrimp. Yes, I know there are some overseas shrimp farms that aren't horrid for the environment, but I'm not a fan. I want US shrimp, either wild or farmed, pre-cooked, peeled, and de-veined. Preferably, 21-25s, but 16-20s would also work. Fresh or frozen doesn't really matter.

I'm checking Hiller's this afternoon, but the call I made to one earlier in the week didn't sound promising. My local Meijer only has cooked and imported or frozen and raw US. Superior Fish in Royal Oak was kinda rude when I called to ask.

I know I could get it from Monahan's in A2, but are there other options? Whole Foods, maybe? Holiday Market in Canton? Westborn Market in Dearborn? I know I could get them in Okemos, but I really don't have time to drive from Downriver up there.

Downriver or Western Wayne/Washtenaw would be preferred.

Thanks all!

Sep 20, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Restaurant close to Detroit Opera House

Last time I went to an event at the Opera House, my love and I went to Angelina's Italian Bistro. It's across the street from the Opera House.

http://www.angelinadetroit.com

Jun 26, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

My bet is it's on track for March 17, 2015. Maybe. ;)

Feb 25, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Tullio's LaRiviera Restaurant (Allen Park, MI)

You're welcome! I was hoping it'd be Giovanni's when I read your post. Sadly, however….

Jan 27, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Tullio's LaRiviera Restaurant (Allen Park, MI)

I found an article that says it'll be a brick oven pizza Italian restaurant, not Giovanni's.

http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles...

Jan 26, 2014
Goneril in Great Lakes

Disposable paper baking pans

Thank for your replies!

Unfortunately, what I need are round pans. :(

The recipe notes you can use a mini-springform pan in lieu of the 4.25 inch pans. I loathe springform pans, but I might give that a shot if I can't find the round, paper ones....

Nov 20, 2013
Goneril in Cookware

Disposable paper baking pans

There are several recipes from "Bouchon Bakery" by Thomas Keller et al. that I'd love to make that call for disposable, paper baking pans--specifically, 2.75 and 4.25 inch panettone pans. I know Novacart makes them--P70 and P110. (http://www.bakedeco.com/detail.asp?id... for reference

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Herein lies the rub. The only source I can find for the P110 only sells a case of them--2,400 pans for $600. That's waaaaaay more pans I need, and way more than I can afford. The P70 from the same company comes in a reasonable 100 pack for $15, plus tax and shipping.

I tried the online customer support chat at BakeDeco.com. They suggested alternative Novacart pans for the P110, but they're all too small or too short or both to work for, say, coffee cake.

Anyone know where I can get 2.75 inch and 4.25 inch disposable pans in consumer quantities? I'd prefer online, but if anyone knows a place near Detroit that has them....

I've also tried Amazon, but I can only find the 2.75 inch pans. King Arthur's website didn't have both, nor did Williams-Sonoma or Cooking.com.

(Bouchon Bakery suggest Sur la Table for them, but the 4.25 inch ones aren't in stock, and the 2.75 inch ones are pricey.)

Nov 20, 2013
Goneril in Cookware

Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

But, they didn't say which December 15th, so it could be on schedule for, say, December 15th, 2015. ;)

Nov 19, 2013
Goneril in Great Lakes

Cantoro, Plymouth, DTW?

Facebook makes me think the Cantoro Italian Market is open at 5 and Haggerty. Can anyone confirm that? If so, what should we put on the shopping list for tomorrow?

Thanks!

Aug 28, 2013
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Poutine without leaving the US?

Zingerman's Roadhouse in A2 sometimes has incredible poutine as an appetizer. Thin cut fries, cheese curds, chicken gravy, bacon, and some scallions for garnish. So, so very good.

Apr 08, 2013
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DTW - best restaurant on People Mover route

Angelina's Italian Bistro, maybe? I don't eat downtown very often, but it was really good last time I was there.

Dec 28, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

dimsum (DTW-Ann Arbor)

I remember a post or two awhile back about good dim sum at Shangri-La. I've never been to either for dum sum. (I keep meaning to, but keep getting distracting by other places.)

http://www.midtownshangri-la.com

There's one in Midtown Detroit and another on Orchard Lake in West Bloomfield.

/searches
Here ya go:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/866499
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861735

Nov 20, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Can I get Fresh Ackee anywhere?

I think you'll have to go with canned, unless someone either snuck it past Customs or is growing in the US; fresh ackee is illegal to import into the US.

From the USDA Fruits and Vegetables Manual, "Akee, Blighia sapida (all forms prohibited by FDA; if appropriate, alert Customs)". See page 6-6. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_expo...

Jul 24, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Spirits Selection in Ann Arbor Area?

To find the state minimum prices, you can use the online price list from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/lcc_code/...
That'll give you the state min price, as well as the name of the distributor, the liquor code order number thing, and everything else they'd need to order it if they don't carry it.

Jun 25, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Detroit Dinner before the Opera House

My beloved and I had dinner on our anniversary at Angelina's Italian Bistro right before we saw David Sedaris at the Opera House. Angelina's was quite good, and you can't beat the location--it's right across the street from the Opera House. Decent views of the Opera House complex and Comerica Park.

http://www.angelinadetroit.com/

I've heard absolutely amazing things about Giovanni's. It's on my must try list.

Jun 25, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

So, what IS the best Middle Eastern in Dearborn? [DTW]

I've yet to try the new La Shish, but I do like La Pita. (I really do need to hit La Shish one of these days.)

For dessert/sweet things, my vote goes to Masri Sweets.

Apr 22, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Help! restaurants? - last minute 40th anniversary dinner for 15 [Detroit]

My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Angelina last year. The food was excellent. It's right across from Comerica, but it's a day game. They've got valet parking, too. I whole-heartedly recommend it.

http://www.angelinadetroit.com/

Apr 14, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Help! restaurants? - last minute 40th anniversary dinner for 15 [Detroit]

What part of DTW do you wanna go to? Any cuisine restrictions/likes/dislikes?

Apr 13, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Why aren't we talking about Biercamp in A2? [Ann Arbor, MI]

My beloved and I tried Bier-Camp today. We will be back. Again and again. So many sausages, hot dogs, and jerkies that we want to try. Not to mention the bacon choices.

We ordered a pulled pork sandwich and a brisket sandwich. Both were absolutely delicious. The pickles with the sandwiches were an excellent compliment. One qualm, though, as others have noted, the buns are a weak link. They started to dissolve under the saucy, meaty deliciousness. Better buns might be worth trying. That said, the meat and sauce were incredible. Next time, we'll have to get some of the sauce to go.

We decided to get dinner while we were there, too. It seemed too cold and windy to grill hot dogs. We weren't in a sausage-y mood. Then, we saw the corned beef and the pastrami. A sample of both, and we decided on corned beef sandwiches for dinner.

Apr 10, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Dinner before the Royal Oak Music Theatre, DTW

My love and I have tickets to Cinematic Titanic at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this Saturday. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7, so we'll probably be eating around 4:30 or so. We're wondering where to go for dinner. Nothing too fancy, nothing super expensive. Drinks aren't an issue, since neither of us will be drinking that night. Neither of us care for sushi.

Based off the archives and Google, we've thought of:
1) Antica Pizzeria Fellini;
2) Lockhart's BBQ;
3) Cantina Diablo (probably not there; I've read like two decent reviews, and a ton of bad ones).
We're also open to spots in Fashionable, Fabulous Ferndale.

Any thought on those three places, or suggestions for spots that would be better?

One last thing: nothing that won't leave us too full--we can't pass up Astoria Pastry Shop for dessert, and it's basically across the street from the Music Theatre....

Thanks!

Feb 21, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

Slows Doesn't Care... But I do! [Detroit]

Detroit.

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Slows Bar B Que
2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Jan 08, 2012
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Spices?

I second the recommendation for Penzeys. My family's been getting spices from them for close to 20 years. We've never had a problem.
http://www.penzeys.com/

Dec 30, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Whole milk mozzarella?

Thanks all. I ended up heading to A2. Sparrow Market had three pounds of the Polly-O Whole Milk, and I bought all three. We're going to make a double batch of pizza this weekend and freeze the leftovers. The New England Clam Chowder at Monahan's was an absolutely perfect lunch on a cold, wintery day like today.

I did find myself having to go to Holiday Market in Canton after the trip to A2. I didn't see any whole-milk mozzarella, but I might have missed it. Not saying they don't sell it, just that it didn't leap in front of a very tired (and thus not very observant) Goneril. If I remember I'll check the next time I'm at Holiday.

Dec 29, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

DTW: Whole milk mozzarella?

I've got the urge to make Chicago-style (aka deep dish) pizza. I'm set on recipe and equipment, but, my favorite recipe calls for whole milk mozzarella. Last time I made it, I got some 1 pound blocks of Polly-O from Sparrow Market in A2 and shredded them in a Cuisinart. The pizza was delicious. Sparrow, though, is an hour or so from my house, and I'm feeling lazy.

I'm not looking for fresh mozzarella; that's easy to find, but it'd make pizza that'd be way, way too wet. Low moisture, part-skim would work if I can't find whole milk (or don't feel like driving to A2), but it wouldn't be as creamy as the whole milk.

So, Hiller's? Holiday Market in Canton? Busch's? I called Costco earlier today; they only have part-skim. I'd prefer a place near Canton, Livonia, or Dearborn. Plum Market might have it, but the closest one to me is probably the one in A2. If I'm gonna drive to A2, I'd rather to go Sparrow, so I've then got a perfectly good excuse to stop at Monahan's for fish and chips or chowder.

Not to be too difficult, but I should add that I don't shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's.

Dec 27, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes

Dessert/pastry in dtw

I prefer Masri Sweets on Schaefer over Shatila. (I tried Masri and Shatila a few months back with some friends; we were kinda bored and hungry, so a comparative analysis of baklava sounded like a good idea.)

http://www.masrisweets.com/

Masri had many, many delicious looking things, as did Shatila. We restricted ourselves to baklava, though, since that's what we were in the mood for. Masri's was absolutely delicious. Sweet, but not cloying. Crunchy, but not overly so. Nutty, but you could taste things other than nuts. The pistachio baklava at Masri was, without question, the best I've ever eaten.

Shatila was good, and it is in by far a nicer building. But, the baklava was a bit dry. They gave us a little cup of sugar syrup to go with it, and that helped, but we couldn't get the ratio right, so it was either way too sweet, or still too dry. Either way, the syrup didn't really permeate the filo, so the top layer would be moist, but the inner layers were still dry.

Shatila and Masri are a mile apart (thanks Google Maps). I'd suggest trying both to find the one that makes what you like.

While not as fancy as Pix, I've never had anything from Zingerman's Bakeshop that wasn't absolutely delicious. http://www.zingermansbakehouse.com/

Dec 14, 2011
Goneril in Great Lakes