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No more Lucy (Strip Disttric, Pgh)

she moved to nyc, it is true, but now she's moved back! she is now in front of the firehouse.

May 27, 2010
rachelc in Pennsylvania

Dim Sum in Pittsburgh?

i actually went to golden palace to see for myself, and they had:

sesame red bean balls
vegetable sticky rice (i think it had mushrooms in it)
vegetable dumplings
scallion pancake
vegetable spring rolls

i think there might have been 1 other thing. i did grab a menu; i'll check it and post later if there's more stuff. i had the sesame balls, sticky rice, dumplings, and scallion pancake. everything was really good except for the dumplings, which were kind of bland on their own. the sauce they came with made up for it though.

the sesame bean balls were good but i prefer the ones i had at ocean harbor in philly, which were puffed up really big with a crispy/chewy outside that was maybe 1/2 an inch thick, lots of space inside, and a little glob of red bean paste stuck to one part of the crust. the ones from golden palace were smaller and had a crispy shell and then were solid rice flour dough and more bean paste than i wanted in the middle. they were still good, just not ideal.

the staff were also really nice.

Aug 29, 2009
rachelc in Pennsylvania

Dim Sum in Pittsburgh?

does anyone know if golden palace has a decent selection of vegetarian dim sum?

also, i'm specifically looking for those fried rice flour buns with red bean paste inside and sesame seeds on the outside. anyone know for sure if any places in pittsburgh have those?

Aug 26, 2009
rachelc in Pennsylvania

Hoover's Restaurant, Valencia PA (near PGH)

has anyone been to this place?

is their menu at all vegetarian friendly?

Jan 21, 2009
rachelc in Pennsylvania

I have tamarind paste. What should I do with it?

yeah i keep mine wrapped in tinfoil on my spice shelf, and it takes me ages to use a whole block. no refrigeration required, it keeps fine for ages. i really will post that recipe soon!

Jul 31, 2007
rachelc in Home Cooking

I have tamarind paste. What should I do with it?

i have a great recipe for indian sweet and sour potatoes with tamarind. i'm posting here so i hopefully remember to post it when i get home.

Jul 27, 2007
rachelc in Home Cooking

Corn bread recipe - NO dairy or eggs

oh yeah, that mix is pretty good! i believe it calls for milk and oil, so you just substitute soy milk.

i wouldn't recommend doing what i did once when i was out of vegetable oil, which was using peanut oil instead! peanutty cornbread is not good.

on a side note, tj's brownie mix is also awesome made with soymilk and egg replacer.

Jul 26, 2007
rachelc in Home Cooking

Can I survive a move form Manhattan to Pittsburgh?

seriously panini guy, i moved here in late 2000 and have never felt unwelcome. pgh is a city that is losing population and is DESPERATE for new people, with some area towns going to interesting lengths to attract people (try googling john fetterman). back on the food tip: most pittsburghers i know were ecstatic when an ethiopian restaurant finally opened up, and the buzz around the molecular gastronomy night at bigelow grille has been huge. granted these are passé food trends in nyc already i am sure, but that's a fact of life when you don't live there (or maybe in la, chicago, or sf).

by the way, thanks for talking up hong kong in dormont on other threads, i am definitely going to check it out.

Jul 26, 2007
rachelc in Pennsylvania

Corn bread recipe - NO dairy or eggs

if you're not into sweet cornbread, this is a really good recipe, from vegan with a vengeance/the post punk kitchen, which i can't recommend enough for nondairy recipes that aren't overly concerned with being healthy:


Vegan Cornbread

Ingredients
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 cups soymilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350, line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper or spray the bottom lightly with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, wisk together the soymilk and the vinegar and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt).
Add the oil and maple syrup to the soymilk mixture. Wisk with a wire wisk or a fork until it is foamy and bubbly, about 2 minutes.

Pour the wet ingredient into the dry and mix together using a large wooden spoon or a firm spatula. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Slice into squares and serve warm or store in an airtight container.

Jul 26, 2007
rachelc in Home Cooking

vegan options on the outer cape

nah, pasta is usually just flour and water, odds are good that angel hair pasta is ok. egg noodles aren't all that common in italian food and are usually identified as egg noodles in descriptions of food.

napi's was all right but WAY overpriced. my husband paid $20 for a burrito! and i got a "curry" that was coconut milk based like a thai curry but flavored with indian curry powder. it was unspectacular. i just kept thinking about the amazing gourmet vegan meal we could have gotten at horizons in philly for that amount of money...

vegan options on the outer cape

well i did find this: http://capecodvegetarians.org/dining.htm

tonight we're going to napi's, i'll report back!

Can I survive a move form Manhattan to Pittsburgh?

lots of good recommendations here, but i have to speak up for at least one pgh chinese restaurant - zaw's is amazing. it's just a tiny little takeout place in squirrel hill, owned by an indonesian man of chinese descent, and the food is an interesting mix of chinese and southeast asian. really great stuff. the recently closed hunan kitchen on forbes was decent too. for the most part chinese in pgh is pretty mediocre though, it's true.

i don't think the indian food there is too bad either - no there's no 6th st. indian restaurant corridor but tamarind in scott township has one of the best buffets i've ever had, udipi in monroeville has great south indian food, and taste of india and people's aren't bad, for lunch buffet and dinner.

green mango noodle hut in regent square is excellent for thai, and sweet basil/la philipiniana, which has locations in lawrenceville and squirrel hill, is good but sort of expensive. tram's has very good vietnamese food that's pretty cheap.

oh and by the way i moved here from nyc. i miss cheap groceries in chinatown (although there are cheap groceries in the strip), and groceries in general are more expensive. pgh is also shorter on REALLY cheap, good food, and i definitely miss the variety of things available late at night and for delivery. i was never much of a fancy restaurant-goer though, and i like to cook at home. there are lots of good restaurants in pgh, just less than in nyc, of course.

Jul 25, 2007
rachelc in Pennsylvania

vegan options on the outer cape

hey, i know vegan food can be hard to find in a vacation destination known for its seafood, but does anyone know of any good restaurants in the provincetown area that have vegan dishes? i'm up here for my honeymoon and we were sad to find out that tofu a go go is gone, although it's been replaced by a crepe place that serves some vegan food.

so far we've been to devon's for breakfast (great but so expensive!), a thai place that i think was in wellfleet or thereabouts, and big daddy's burritos. we'd like to go out for at least one really nice dinner.

anyway, i was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions.