Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
c

chowing kat's Profile

Title Last Reply

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - May 2015 [OLD]

Love those shortbread biscuits, too. I'll eat one solo as a snack.
Think of the mango slices as "fruit jerky". You just eat it right of the bag as a snack. Yes, it's chewy. It is one of my go-to snacks that I keep in the house.

May 09, 2015
chowing kat in Chains

Florence and Rome in June

I'll agree with Elizabeth on the Minerva for cocktails in Rome. For Florence, you cannot go wrong with cocktails at Sesto, in the Westin Excelsior Florence. It is their rooftop bar/restaurant; the view is excellent.
For a dinner, since you are with others, I would say to look at Cesare al Casaletto in Rome. You definitely do not go there for the view (there is NONE and the outside of the restaurant is totally unremarkable), but for the well-made food and excellent selection of primi. While I am very happy that I got to eat there as a solo, I am waiting for the time that I can go with friends and partake of all those primi that had me salivating as they passed by my table ;-)

May 09, 2015
chowing kat in Italy

What are your favorite dishes in Florence, Venice and Miklan

Well, if you want to go back to Sostanza, go ahead! Get the petti di pollo al burro, aka, the Butter Chicken. Oh my, So Good… just had it a week ago. Some of the best chicken breasts I've ever had anywhere. The family I sat with at our table had an order of the tripe - if you're into that, it looked good and the father said it was good.

May 09, 2015
chowing kat in Italy

Restaurant in Florence after drinks at Sesto

If you have lunch at Sostanza Saturday, you may not want a big meal for dinner ;-)

May 09, 2015
chowing kat in Italy

Restaurant in Florence after drinks at Sesto

Be sure you give yourself plenty of time for that aperitivo at Sesto; it's a fantastic view. Too bad it's a Sunday - Sostanza is just around the block.
I'll chime in on something the Elizabeth mentioned on her app: Golden View Open Bar. It's a quick walk from the Westin (I did it last week!); cross that first bridge and walk or walk on the Westin side to the Ponte Vecchio and cross. The restaurant is next to the bridge on the "upside" from Westin. I didn't do it on Sunday, though. I happened to be walking around and ran into Il Latini and was able to get in as a solo right then. For all that I've heard of it being a tourist trap, my roasted chicken and roasted potatoes there was a solid meal. Remember to go across the bridge there at the Westin after dinner for some very good gelato at Carraia (their ricotta & pear was excellent!!!)

May 07, 2015
chowing kat in Italy

Cesare al Casaletto – solo dining?

I did want to write back here on my evening at Cesare al Casaletto. I now understand why this place is one that is really best served going in a group. I saw sooooo many things coming out of the kitchen that I wanted to try, but I just didn't have the stomach space!!! I was drawn right away to that fried gnocchi "appetizer". Oh my. The size of that place of gnocchi with the cacio e pepe sauce was larger than what I've seen in places for a main dish!! Loved it. It was a way to get both an appetizer and the primi in one. I went around my "no red meat" thing and ordered the involtini. Another excellent dish! That beef melted in my mouth. The tomato sauce was basic, with just a hint of sweetness. It matched perfectly with the involtini. It was a good dish to get to sacrifice my aversion to red meat ;-) I got a little contorni of sautéed chicory with red pepper. I used to eat dandelion salads and sautéed greens as a kid and this little dish brought back some memories.
Now, that I've seen just how good this place is, I'll have to recruit some friends to travel back to Rome with me to go have the "full" Cesare experience!

May 05, 2015
chowing kat in Italy
1

Cesare al Casaletto – solo dining?

Thanks. Sorry for the late replies - too much work ;-(
Thank you for the lunch recs; My list of places is growing.
I'm staying up on Via Veneto, thanks to an incredible offer of my employer for very cheap rates at the Westin (couldn't turn down $89/night). But, I'm used to roaming far and wide on my own, so my location really doesn't play into my dining choices. Last time I was in Rome, I was up at the Cavalieri - can't get much more isolated than that!!

Mar 16, 2015
chowing kat in Italy

Cesare al Casaletto – solo dining?

Thanks Jen and vinorama! I will agree that solo dinners in Italy in general are an issue because we can't try it all ;-) Fortunately, I'm not too much into red meat, so I'm happy with antipasti, pasta and maybe a nice contorni… I've got 7 days/nights worth of food to plan for myself this time. I'm going to split between big lunch and big dinner so I don't eat myself into a coma!!

Feb 18, 2015
chowing kat in Italy

Cesare al Casaletto – solo dining?

Well, I'm going to be back in Rome for a few days the last week of April. What would you say for me? I am a solo traveler and I do like to eat at places where I'm treated well even though I'm a woman dining alone.

Feb 07, 2015
chowing kat in Italy

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

I picked up some of the sweet potatoes last night. My TJs was out of the corn pudding, too. Too bad - I really liked it and wanted to get some more to round out my take-to-work dinners. Ended up getting 2 of the Scalloped Potatoes to use. I'll see how they are.

Dec 05, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

I've got a problem with those brooms and the pinecones I find in just about any market this time of year. I think the cinnamon oil they are cured with affects me in a bad way. I always end up with my cheeks red and burning. I have to avoid any soaps and such, also, that contain cinnamon. But, ground cinnamon and cinnamon-flavored products are OK.

Nov 09, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - November 2014 [Old]

Maybe it's just me, but I like it. I usually had a bag or two of it in the freezer for a quick dinner (at noon) before I head out to work. It's just like rice with squash sauce on it. I also like pasta with pumpkin sauce on it (not a TJ's thing, but my own).

Nov 09, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I went back to my TJs yesterday. I found the O&H kringle, pumpkin caramel flavor. Oh my!!! it was amazing!!! To save me from devouring the entire thing in one day, I took all but two pieces to work with me. It went FAST!! Best description someone had was that it was a combination of a croissant, pumpkin pie, and a cinnamon bun. Hopefully, more will be at the store when I go back in 2 weeks!

Sep 23, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

From this month's trip to TJs, I picked up a few new (to me) things:

frozen chicken gorgonzola - NAAAAAY. No discernable gorgonzola anywhere. One large piece of chicken and a few chunks. Kind of a runny "sauce" - tasted more like a provencal sauce - olive/caper/tomato like. Tasted bad - won't buy again.

Island Soyaki - yay. Makes a good stir fry sauce for my veggie stir fry. Used a bowl of the stir fry veggies in the produce section - a 5 minute fresh dinner! Then used it as a dipping sauce for some potstickers. Good multi-purpose sauce.

Coconut cashews - OMG YAAAAY. I have to restrict myself to one handful a day, or they'd be gone in an hour!!!

Sep 11, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Attention all Trader Joe Shoppers!

The two TJs in Utah cannot sell alcohol. Well, they CAN sell 3.2 beer, but nothing else.

I like TJs because they have a great variety of quick-to-make items for a solo diner that are better than the trip to Mickey Ds AND I don't have to freeze part of it or eat the same stuff for 3 days. The frozen foods are a saving grace for me. I love the Force Primeval Bars for a quick snack in the morning. I like the variety of nuts and dried fruits that I really don't have access to (I only have a big-box grocer here). I love the cheese choices and the different crackers that I can get to go with them.

Sep 04, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

I just ate the Spelt Risotto with Vegetables and Chickpeas. YAY from me. I love the nutty chewy spelt. The veggies and chickpeas complemented and didn't overwhelm. It has a bit of a cheese sauce with it - it almost gave a smoky bacon smell to it. All in all, a good quick meal to have before heading out to work. I'll be buying this one again to add to my "quick meal" rotation.

May 20, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

Oh YAY for the Coconut and Cranberry Granola AND the Rice Pudding from me, too!!!
I was there 2 days ago and, besides those 2, I have:
Yay: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. In the plastic bin. Hard to keep my hands out of the bin!!!
Yay: the Frozen Rice Medley. 3 to a box. Nuked up just fine and nutty/chewy the way I like it.
YAY again: the pecan-crusted Norwegian Salmon in the refrigerated section. Pan-fried it last night (using some of the Coconut Oil Spray) and it was once again very moist and crusty when done. Twice I've bought this and twice it's been excellent.
NAY: the soft dried mandarins. I really wanted to like these, based on all the talk, but they were just way too sweet for me.

May 15, 2014
chowing kat in Chains
1

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - May 2014 [old]

If you liked the Toscano with black pepper, try the Toscano soaked in Syrah. a YAY from me on both of them.

Cinque Terre

Il Pirata is OK. Not fancy dining, but solid offerings and very good desserts. My friends and I went there twice during our stay and once for breakfast.
The other place we had lunch and dinner was Vulnetia. I loved the seafood risotto (shared with my friend) and my friend's husband really enjoyed the trofi with pesto. I don't know if it came back after the mudslides. It was one of the restaurants right on the harbor.
Our favorite thing was to grab some focaccia at the Panifacio Focacceria and go and get some salumi and cheeses and a tomato or two at the little deli. They were across from our apartment. Those and a bottle of wine made for some nice mellow evenings!!!

Apr 11, 2014
chowing kat in Italy

Trader Joe's YAY/NAY - April 2014 [OLD]

Did my bi-monthly TJ run yesterday. Picked up mostly good old reliables/favorites. But, I picked up some new things, too. Two of them, I've had already and both were Yays:

Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen. German unfiltered hefe with grapefruit flavoring. Two of my favorite tastes in a nice, light tasting beer. Good for a sunny day!
The farm-raised Norwegian salmon filets that were crusted with nuts were good, too. They were in the fresh section, not frozen. The salmon wasn't artificially colored, which was nice. I broiled it and it came out nice and juicy. Some of the better salmon I've had lately.

Apr 11, 2014
chowing kat in Chains

Mountain hideaway good food?

There are other independently owned restaurants in Deer Valley. Cena at The Chateaux up in Silver Lake, J&G Grill at the St. Regis, Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge are not owned by Deer Valley Resort corp…

Any of those are good restaurants, away from Main Street. For something different, try the Viking Yurt. No comment on food (haven't been since they moved from Canyons to PCMR), but you are taken up on the ski mountain - definitely up in the hills and away from everything...

Feb 12, 2014
chowing kat in Mountain States

Rome - Nov. 25-Dec.1 - Single Traveler - Help Refine my Lists

I did a little solo trip to Rome back in May. I received plenty of good help from the kind people here on CH. Here's what I did:

Armando al Pantheon: I've been there a few times and I've always had good, solid food and was treated well as a solo woman. I have a special spot in my heart for their dessert tarts - and I'm not a big dessert person.

Pizzarium: yummy pizza on the go. It is indeed standup eating - there is one small bench outside on the sidewalk, otherwise you stand.

Roscioli: I thoroughly enjoyed myself there. I had a nice table downstairs and had a very amicable and attentive server. Food was excellent - only time I ever went for every course!

Gelato Artigianal Corona in the Largo Argentina is in my top 2 gelato spots ANYWHERE!!!

Nov 24, 2013
chowing kat in Italy

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Yay: Something new that I picked up yesterday: Chocolate & Cranberry Rolls. They were in the bread section. Look and taste just like the ciabatta rolls, but with lots of chocolate and cranberry bits. Warmed one up tonight in the oven - yummmm!
Meh: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Carmel Truffles. The filling was kind of a bland peanut butter and carmel, not real taste of either. A little disappointed. I'll have to stick with my Peppermint Bark that I picked up, too.

Nov 10, 2013
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Never seen the chocolate covered Weisellas. But, I did buy a pack of the sugar-glazed soft gingerbread cookies yesterday. Ever since an acquaintance brought me a package over from Germany back in 2001, I eagerly await their return every year.

I also give a "yay" to the sweet potato gnocchi - bought more of it yesterday, too :-)

Nov 10, 2013
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - November 2013 [Old]

Hmmmmm. One of our local artisan cheese makers here in Utah (Beehive Cheese) makes a coffee-rubbed cheddar called Barely Buzzed. It's been around for a few years now. I wonder if it is the same cheese? It's available in most local markets here. It really is a good cheese!!!

Nov 03, 2013
chowing kat in Chains
2

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

The "Cookie Butter" is actually pretty good on toasted Force Primeval Bars! I don't slather it, just a little on each half.

Oct 19, 2013
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - October 2013 [old]

I picked up some of the pumpkin cream cheese. YAY!!! Paired it with the pretzel crisps - just right.
I also saw the cranberry coconut granola on one of the endcap displays. YAY!!!!!! I always have granola and yogurt for breakfast and this one is good for my rotation.
Those were the two new things I had this time. And, I only spent $127 on this month's trip to TJs....

Oct 09, 2013
chowing kat in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - June 2013 [OLD]

Yep on that Cubano. I believe it's a little pork loin in there, too. That's what is usually in the Cuban sandwiches. I try to plan my trip to TJ so I can pick up one of these for my lunch.

Jun 17, 2013
chowing kat in Chains

Jordanian Dead Sea

I was at the Marriott resort on the Jordanian Dead Sea back in 2009. There really isn't anything around that I saw than the different resort hotels. I guess you could wander to the different hotels.

Rome party of 15 . . . impossibile?

Oh well... I put it out there, based on what I saw.

May 18, 2013
chowing kat in Italy