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The real Portland

I am surprised at your experience at Ken's. I live very close and my wife and I go about once a week. They change up the pizza's somewhat regularly and the Caesar is one of the best in the city in our opinion. Give it another shot, every restaurant has a bad night

Mar 25, 2014
Winemark in Metro Portland
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Visiting Portland...Andina

Andina is a staple of Portland dining and not to be missed. As to your question there is bad food here, just less than in most cities as they don't survive too long

Mar 25, 2014
Winemark in Metro Portland

NW, out by Luke AFB

Seeing future in laws who love Denny's and believe PF Changs is height of fine dining, we want to treat to have some control over choices. Any reccs?

Feb 09, 2014
Winemark in Phoenix

Joseph Drouhin Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1969?

it is a great vintage but how has it been cared for for the past 30 some years since release? I would shy away unless you were certain of the provence

Aug 19, 2009
Winemark in Wine

Scituate area?

Riva is good. Authentic Italian cooking with an all Italian wine list. You might want ot go five miles to Marshfield and dine at Ember. "Boston" style dining in the burbs

Nov 12, 2006
Winemark in All New England Archive

Rules on tipping - Do you ALWAYS tip 20% ?

Marsha it is a performance review

Nov 12, 2006
Winemark in Not About Food

corn muffin recipe wanted

Add some monterey jack cheese and you will get the richness you are looking for

Nov 12, 2006
Winemark in Home Cooking

Rules on tipping - Do you ALWAYS tip 20% ?

18% is fine. My rule is generally 20% for good but not over the top service. 15% means that you dropped the ball in at least a few ways but not criticaly. If I were to leave any less it would be in concert with a conversation with the manager explaining why I tipped so poorly so he / she could address the problem and fix it.

Nov 12, 2006
Winemark in Not About Food

It's Sunday.....SO MUCH in the mood for a day of cooking while it rains

Possibly making sausages as the sky is ugly. Time consumung but not too tough to make 10-15lbs and freeze some

Nov 12, 2006
Winemark in Home Cooking

Question about this pasta machine...........

if you are using a KA set they must be defective as I set my rollers to 7 or 8 and it still cuts perfectly.

Nov 11, 2006
Winemark in Cookware

Maple Butcher's Block

Contact Boos Blocks I am sure they must have a web site.

Nov 05, 2006
Winemark in Cookware

Need Advice on Which Kitcenaid Mixer Model to Buy (Attention Carb Lover)

Wow the lowest I have seen the Pro 600 was in the high $300's.

Nov 05, 2006
Winemark in Cookware

Need Advice on Which Kitcenaid Mixer Model to Buy (Attention Carb Lover)

My old Girlfriend went to culinary school and had some good tips. When grinding meat get it really cold so the fat will grind not strech and tear. Chill the grinding plate and cutter. You can store them in a baggy with flour in the freezer so they will not rust.
Skip the shredder if you already own a Cuisinart. Also skip the ravioli attatchment just go for the 3 piece pasta Roller attachment with wide and thin noodle cutter attachments.
Try making sausage on a lousy day the quality you can turn out at home is surprisingly high and you can be sure of what is in there. Most grocery stores will sell you some casing. A small amount for $2-3 dollars can make about 30 lbs. of sausage. This is a fun machine you've bought

Nov 05, 2006
Winemark in Cookware

Sauvignon Blanc (Whitehaven) for Thanksgiving?

Whitehaven while very fruit driven finishes dry. I would look at something like a Gewurztraminer with some risidual sugar. talk to a trusted wine merchant in your area

Nov 05, 2006
Winemark in Wine

Where is Piantadosi?

Across from Stop & Shop off rt. 80

Nov 05, 2006
Winemark in Greater Boston Area

Need Advice on Which Kitcenaid Mixer Model to Buy (Attention Carb Lover)

Good luck with your purchase. I saw that you noted the desire for the meat grinder. It is a great attachment as is the pasta roller. Making sausages and then your own pasta on a lousy weekend in the Fall or Winter is a great way to spend time and utilize your KA

Nov 05, 2006
Winemark in Cookware

Need Advice on Which Kitcenaid Mixer Model to Buy (Attention Carb Lover)

Try and look for the Pro 600 with the six quart bowl. The extra power is something you may want in the future. I use mine regularly and it is great. My friends who cook a lot with smaller KA's are envious of the Pro 600

Nov 05, 2006
Winemark in Cookware

Wine store in Cherry Hill, NJ that does not know what malolactic fermentation is

Anyone who works in a fine wine shop should be fully conversant on ML this is not a "wine geek" type of term.

Oct 29, 2006
Winemark in Wine

Trickey wine pairing!

Either a meaty style of Burgundy like a Pommard Rugiens or a softer Rhone like a St. Joseph would be a good place to start

Oct 27, 2006
Winemark in Wine

Firsts...Bringing Wine to a nice Steakhouse...What do I need to know?

You should find out if it is legal first

Oct 25, 2006
Winemark in Wine

Restaurant that spins???

I have had both good and mediocre meals there. It is leaning heavily on its views, much like the late Bay Tower room used to. Go for a cocktail take in the views then go to Mistral or somewhere intimate like Salts for dinner.

Oct 24, 2006
Winemark in Greater Boston Area

Sel de la Terre - what happened?

I eat there about six times a year and have had only one bad meal in five years. I think your experience is not at all typical of the norm. I would call them, relate your story, and then give it another shot.

Oct 24, 2006
Winemark in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant that spins???

Top of the Hub DOES NOT spin. The Hyatt in Cambridge does and from that side of the Charles teh view is great.

Oct 24, 2006
Winemark in Greater Boston Area

Shopping for pots & pans

How many peices are you looking for and do you get "Chefs" catalogue?

Oct 22, 2006
Winemark in Cookware

Notes from a tasting (Soave, cru Beaujolais, Douro, Port)

Nice notes, I am somewhat surprised the Capitel Croce did not show better. My guess based on years of tasting that wine is it is simply too young. Unlike many Soaves it can go the long run

Oct 22, 2006
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Need help deciphering term in food review (Corked Wine) [moved from General Topics]

Exactly. A formal Wine Steward should always taste every wine before it is poured. There is nothing even slightly awkward about this though it has fallen out of favor.

Oct 22, 2006
Winemark in Wine

Looking for a "colonial" place in Boston for chowing

Hi Seth,
I read your posts on the South West board alot. I am going to reccomend Union Oyster House. It is the oldest continually operating restaurant in America. While wild turkey probably is not going to be offered it is a slice of Americana in Boston.
The suggestion of Plimoth Plantation is also a good one but it is an housr south of Boston so if you don't have a car you are out of luck.

Oct 21, 2006
Winemark in Greater Boston Area

Need help deciphering term in food review (Corked Wine) [moved from General Topics]

That is a very fair point

Oct 20, 2006
Winemark in Wine

best pizza in boston area

I think Ernestos is very good as mentioned above. they have huge variety of toppings for slices everyday and generous portions.

Oct 20, 2006
Winemark in Greater Boston Area

Need help deciphering term in food review (Corked Wine) [moved from General Topics]

While you are correct I find it to be splitting hairs given the amount of plastic used in Stelvin closures. The inference here is that Stelvin is plastic.

Oct 20, 2006
Winemark in Wine