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l.a. times article about top chef

Top Chef is alright, but it got a whole lot better when my favorite chef appeared on it! I would love to see him on it all the time! And honestly, what does anyone expect of Top Chef/product placement? Commercials and product placements pay the bills! And for ALL the Rocco haters on this site, this blog DOES reveal the Rocco of today, and he's awesome. Great writer, great chef, has eaten his humble pie and lives to tell about it. Read the blog & the comments too, pretty good stuff: http://www.bravotv.com/blog/roccodisp...

Sep 26, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

big foodie head w/a dec birthday

kobetobiko, clearly i was not suggesting la esquina for foie gras. i was not replying to jdream, my comment merely fell below his.

La Esquina is cozy and understated and a consistent favorite. Been to several birthday celebrations there and they always get it right.

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Manhattan

Dread pesticides; can't afford all-organic diet.

fudisgud, second everything you said! very helpful.

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Not About Food

Dread pesticides; can't afford all-organic diet.

It is important to buy "Fair Trade Organic Coffee", which is even available at Starbucks. "Fair Trade" is the initiative to combat and fairly compensate coffee farmers.

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Not About Food

Dread pesticides; can't afford all-organic diet.

definitely research joining a co-op. or get a job at your local whole foods part time for the discount! i mix organic and regular. honestly, organic is (of course) better but the benefits of fruits and veggies are still active no matter what. just make sure you buy what is in season and local.

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Not About Food

Mauviel vs. All Clad

Make sure you stock up on Bar Keepers friend no matter which way you go. I don't have non-stick, so it is the best thing for cleaning my All Clad. I also considered copper, but chose against it for practicality. But I will surely someday switch to copper for all the reasons listed. Hopefully you are planning on displaying if you get copper-it is so beautiful!

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Cookware

25th Birthday Dinner

Waverly Inn and Garden is super-exclusive and hot right now. May have to jump through hoops to get a reservation though unless you have connections to Graydon Carter. Best bet is to go in person to arrange the details. They have an unlisted number.

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Manhattan

big foodie head w/a dec birthday

La Esquina

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Manhattan

Labor Day BBQ?

-Spicy Mango Guacamole with tricolor tortilla chips (see my recipe below)

-Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad over Arugula
-Potato Salad
-Grilled Seafood Salad (scallops, shrimp, squid with lemon, garlic, herbs, olive oil)

-BBQ chicken & Ribs
-Grilled corn on the cob (husks on) with a beaurre compose (2nd tryalot's recommend.)
-Grilled Baby vegetables (fingerling potatoes, baby squash, baby eggplant, baby onions, baby carrots, etc.)

-Exotic Fruit Kabobs (glaze with ginger spread/marmalade)
-Ice cream sandwiches (2nd Gail's recommend!)

Spicy Mango Guacamole with Whole Grain, Red & Black Bean tortilla chips

3 ripe avocados, mash with super clean hands with all other ingredients
1 really ripe mango, diced
4 tomatillos, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 oz. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 garlic clove, minced -or- roast garlic and add 3 cloves
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
2 tbsp Chipotle Tabasco Sauce
1 tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper (or to taste)
Sea Salt to taste

Plocky's chips are my favorite to serve. They are available in the organic or gourmet chip or snack sections of supermarkets.

For more traditional Spicy Guacamole, change out the tomatillos for 4 peeled, chopped, seeded tomatoes and change out the lime for Lemon. The ginger and cumin is delicious with it, but can be eliminated if you're going for a more traditional taste.

Aug 28, 2007
gottasay in Home Cooking

Princeton gems

For me, eating in Princeton is about the overall atmosphere of the town. I do not enjoy having to cross Route 1, because no matter how good the food might be in Princeton Market Fair, having to venture near the highway in a mall detracts and is far less pleasant than being in beautiful, quaint Princeton/Rocky Hill.

Lahiere's is definitely a gem. Always has been and always will be to me. I actually had my intimate wedding reception there for 80 guests and it was positively flawless. Intimate, elegant yet cozy and after 3 years, my guests haven't stopped talking about how amazing the food was. However, my wedding planner was outstanding and every detail was tended to. Would always recommend it.

I love Mediterra and all the Terra Nova restaurants, but that really can't compare to the other restaurants in the area for me. I would prefer Ferry House, Lahiere's or One53 above anything else.

Every time I have eaten at One53 in Rocky Hill, the NY Times reviewers have been there. Chef Justin Braun is a star.

For great bar food, nothing beats Triumph, especially in the fall when they have pumpkin ale. I crave their garlicky, spicy calamari with chipotle mayo.

For lowkey, casual drinks with friends I like A&B, but the food is so hit or miss and never that great. I really can't stand The Nassau Inn's food and Winberrie's is very dirty.

When The Peacock Inn was open, Le Plumet Royale received very high reviews.

I would like to try Ajihei that Frackit was talking about. Will have to do that soon.

Aug 18, 2007
gottasay in New Jersey

Princeton, NJ and Surrounding Areas

I've heard that Diamonds also relocated to West Trenton or Titusville, known as "Diamonds Riverside". They had a website but I don't see it now. What about Lorenzo's? Isn't that the place for great aged steak?

Aug 18, 2007
gottasay in Mid-Atlantic

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate

This chocolate is not good in my opinion for it to be sold as 'gourmet'. I'd take a Snickers over this anyday.

Aug 14, 2007
gottasay in General Topics

What to do with lots of peeled garlic

I use garlic in nearly everything I cook. What have you done with it so far?

I love vegetable stir-frys with tons of garlic cloves and ginger (great with tofu, chicken or shrimp added too).

I also do a Thai scallops in coconut milk with garlic and ginger, green curry, basil, lemongrass with cayenne pepper over Coconut Ginger rice.

Every pasta dish does well with garlic cloves sauteed in olive oil, in my opinion.

I like garlic in my eggs as well with lots of basil and cayenne pepper.

Let's see... whole garlic cloves sauteed and browned in olive oil would be excellent in a caprese salad with grape tomatoes and mozzerella balls.

Also, a mango, king crab and avocado salad with red onions would do well with browned garlic cloves with ginger, cayenne pepper, cilantro and fresh squeezed lime juice with black pepper and sea salt to taste. That is an excellent summer salad. You can do the same thing with tuna (minus the mango and avocado) and add shallots and fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead of lime.

Aug 14, 2007
gottasay in Home Cooking

What ever happened to Rocco Dispirito?

Did you all see his blog as padma's guest blogger on the Top Chef page?

http://www.bravotv.com/blog/padmalaks...
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Aug 09, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

party for 25-30...should i be worried?

YAY!!! I am SO happy for you! Everything you did sounds AMAZING! Excellent ideas with the lasagna/roll-ups to counteract the dietary needs. I am really so glad that I could've been of help, you seriously made my day! I initially signed up to this site just to chime in on a particular post, but you specifically make me really glad I joined. Cheers!

Aug 09, 2007
gottasay in Home Cooking

What ever happened to Rocco Dispirito?

"From the ad on Bravo seeking an amateur cohost, he's apparently developing an online cooking show."

I thought that was just a contest with Bertolli and not a permanent gig? Anyone know anything with that?

Aug 07, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

Princeton, NJ and Surrounding Areas

Really? That is funny about La Mezzaluna! Teresa's is always good, I agree, but I wouldn't say it is a good date spot. It is more of a lunchtime café to me. Where is Blue Bottle Café? Is that the transient spot a bit North of Tiger's Tale that is constantly changing hands?

Aug 06, 2007
gottasay in Mid-Atlantic

End Vowel Ommission in NJ Italian Restaurants

PEOPLE, relax! I don't tell the man what to do. I just had him read the post and asked him what he thought. He makes up his own mind! He can call it whatever he damn well pleases as long as the waitstaff understands him. I am not even Italian, so what do I care. The whole thing is just amusing to me. I stay out of it. The mother-in-law dictates and they follow. Trust me, I have no desire to interfere with her post. I live and let live.

Aug 06, 2007
gottasay in Not About Food

What ever happened to Rocco Dispirito?

So you want him to open a restaurant and that's it? Nothing else counts for you? Just curious...

Aug 06, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

What ever happened to Rocco Dispirito?

Negative reviews for Union Pacific? Are you sure you aren't confusing it for Rocco's 22nd? Because Union Pacific is what made him the big food star he is. Even the haters on this forum will agree that Union Pacific was amazing.

Aug 06, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

What ever happened to Rocco Dispirito?

Flavor is my favorite!

Aug 06, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

What ever happened to Rocco Dispirito?

Seems like no more restaurants, but a new show on A&E is in the works. Other than that, he writes and publishes books, makes appearances, and is a tv personality now. I am a huge Rocco fan and supporter and I love his new Bertolli ads! Maybe not food that the public can purchase from him, but his books are great food accomplishments in my opinion. Rocco is the BEST!

Aug 06, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

End Vowel Ommission in NJ Italian Restaurants

I just had my husband review this post. He now realizes that thanks to his mother's mutated NJ 2nd-generation Italian pronunciations that he needs to re-learn Italian food words. Or just not say them. He is leaning towards just pointing to the menu when out to eat, so as to avoid further embarrassment. This is, of course, of great amusement to me.

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in Not About Food

Why is Cheese Forbidden in Authentic Italian Fish Cookery?

But clams are not fish and they are not delicate at all in my opinion... is it an overall seafood rule or just a fish rule?

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in General Topics

Can you smell the food chefs cook on TV (seriously)?

I second that rap's is Gin & Juice. Good one, ajs228.

Laid back...with my mind on my money and my money on my mind :)

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in Food Media & News

Why is Cheese Forbidden in Authentic Italian Fish Cookery?

That is a sad rule, considering how AWESOME parmesano is on pretty much every kind of seafood pasta! Who cares what the rule is. Unless you're out to dinner with someone who holds that perspective, (and even then), it's going in YOUR mouth. Food is to eat for taste. So eat and enjoy!

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in General Topics

The Ultimate Veggie Burger

I will try this recipe.

I am a die-hard veggie burger fan. I have eaten them for most of my life. The best in my opinion are never ever found in restaurants. They are never the vegan variety either which always taste like cardboard. The original health food store brand, "Fry Pats" were heavenly which must have been acquired by Morningstar Farms because their "Grillers" are ALMOST exactly the same. They are not trying to emulate meat, as they have their own unique flavor, but they are not exactly vegetables either.

Most Morningstar Farms varieties are great. My favorites are Grillers Original, Spicy Black Bean, Tomato & Basil Pizza burgers. Gardenburger, when sauteed with olive oil, are also decent. But Morningstar Farms don't require anything but your toaster oven.

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in Features

Your Choice: Sex or Steak

Depends on who is making the meals. I could see how gross it would be for Morgan Spurlock's partner to be intimate with him. Just imagine the taste/smell! Gross.

On the other hand I, for one, think it is a personal choice. But it is easier and more enjoyable for me to prepare/share a meal with someone who enjoys and appreciates similar food.

It is an idealist perspective, which is fine for young people in new relationships, but in marriage it is key to respect each others individuality.

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in Features

The Janet Jackson Moment

Love this.

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in Features

Flemington area eats

Interesting. Now that you mention it, the last time I was at the Grand Colonial, I wondered where Lorraine was- she used to interact so much with the tables. So I guess it is primarily the Dallas boys running things now.

Yes, the Tewksbury Inn has new management/owners but things are still absolutely excellent. Chef Chris Quintile is the best. Don't care for the new dining room decor, but the bar room is the place to be anyway.

However, if you like The Tewksbury Inn, I highly recommend Verve in Somerville as well. Again, the owner and service is consistently excellent and food is superb. The upstairs lounge is a great place for drinks as well.

Another one in the Flemington area is the Fox & Hound in Lebanon. Cozy, lowkey, the food can't beat the Tewks, but is a lovely spot and the owners are always present and wonderful.

Aug 03, 2007
gottasay in Mid-Atlantic