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The best compliment you've received

I loved this, because I was afraid for a minute it was going to be something very different. I do a lot of baking for my square dance club. I am a rather plump person, so I was worried when one of my square dance friends met my daughter and started to ask her "How can you be so skinny when your mother is . . . . . . . .
. . . .such a good baker?"

Sep 29, 2013
khoffdenver in Not About Food
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What's the least you'd order in a sit down restaurant?

Why would you order inedible desserts? Or did you mean incredible desserts? (Quite a difference!)

Aug 28, 2013
khoffdenver in Not About Food

Etiquette question

Things taste different to different people. The young man might well be a "nontaster" -- the opposite of a "supertaster." (I have one daughter in each category.) Supertasters have more taste buds than average, and taste everything very strongly -- bitter things are more bitter, sweet things are more sweet, etc.. Nontasters have fewer tastebuds, and everything tastes bland to them. Your dish "mildly seasoned with saffron and other herbs," while perfect to you, might well have been like cardboard to the young man. I suggest that you both try not to be offended at the difference in your taste buds.

Feb 04, 2013
khoffdenver in Not About Food

Fiesta Mart? also, Veg suggestions?

Oh, thanks for letting me know! I'll plan to go to the one on Kirby st.

I'm copying all the vegetarian restaurant suggestions into a document to print out and take with us. Thanks, everybody!

Jul 23, 2012
khoffdenver in Houston

Fiesta Mart? also, Veg suggestions?

Wow -- British Isles is right near Rice! Thank! I have a peculiar fondness for British snack cakes and biscuits.

Jul 19, 2012
khoffdenver in Houston

Fiesta Mart? also, Veg suggestions?

Thanks, everybody! I'll check out all these suggestions.

Jul 18, 2012
khoffdenver in Houston

Fiesta Mart? also, Veg suggestions?

I'll be in Houston for three days, August 11-13, delivering my daughter to Freshman orientation week at Rice. We'll be staying at the Holiday Inn Medical Center. I love international groceries, and am hoping to get to Fiesta Mart. Is there anything to recommend one over the other -- it seems we'll be closest to the Kirby St. one (near the Target we'll be going to for dorm sup[plies) or the one near the Menil Collection. Will I find European things there as well as Hispanic and Asian?

Also, if "vegetarian" isn't a dirty word in Texas, could anyone recommend a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, preferably in the Rice/Kirby/Medical Center area?

Thanks!

Jul 18, 2012
khoffdenver in Houston

Does anyone else do their vacation souvenir shopping at local grocery stores?

And for those of you who bring home bottles of condiments, liquor, etc. -- how do you pack them? (besides "very carefully," please!)

Nov 09, 2011
khoffdenver in General Topics

Does anyone else do their vacation souvenir shopping at local grocery stores?

Yes, I know Mr. Kipling is the British equivalent of Little Debbie cakes, but I happen to like "down-market" junk food. Don't worry -- I'll look for better stuff as well.

Nov 09, 2011
khoffdenver in General Topics

Does anyone else do their vacation souvenir shopping at local grocery stores?

I thought I would refresh this thread, as I am planning a visit to London and most of my planning involves figuring out how much room I can leave in my suitcase for souvenir food. My daughter favors mushy peas and brown sauce. I tend much more toward the packaged cakes and cookies (much lighter to transport, too) like Millionnair's Shortbread and Mr. Kipling's Cherry Bakewells. Does anyone have any favorite British souvenir foods to suggest, especially in category of sweets and baked goods?

Nov 08, 2011
khoffdenver in General Topics

best bakeries?

I'll be visiting Los Angeles in July, and I always like to visit bakeries when I travel. (I prefer more traditional bakeries to the trendy new cupcake specialists. Asian bakeries leave me cold, unless they're the kind that also have European-style pastries.) We'll be staying in Hollywood, but will also get to downtown L.A., to Santa Monica, maybe the zoo, maybe USC, not sure yet where else. Does anyone want to suggest great bakeries and recommend their favorite items for each one? (Or is there already a thread on this subject somewhere?) Thanks!!

Apr 27, 2011
khoffdenver in Los Angeles Area

Substitue for heavy cream in icecream recipe.

Why not just make half as much ice cream? Or you could use half cream and half whole milk and it would just not be as rich.

Jul 02, 2010
khoffdenver in Home Cooking

Where to grab brekkie near bowling green station?

Brekkie! That's so darn cute!!

Jul 01, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

NYC Trip report - markets and bakeries

On a recent trip to NYC, I was determined to get to both Fairway Market and Trader Joe's, despite reports of huge lines at both and rude customers and checkers at Fairway. Both experiences were easier than I expected.

My daughter and I took the subway and got to Fairway Market at about 9:30 on a Sunday morning. Although the aisles are small, I didn't find the store uncomfortably crowded, except for the deli department. Express lines for checkout were not very long, and the only problem we had was than one item my daughter selected (a vegan tuna-salad-substitute) had neither a price sticker nor a bar code, so that caused quite a delay at the checkout while various people ran around the store looking for the item and our clerk shouted "Organico! Organico!" to them. (It was from upstairs.) I was not too impressed by the bakery -- compared to the pictures on their website, it was tiny -- but on the whole it was a fine shopping experience.

I got to Trader Joe's near Union Square at about 8:15 p.m. on a Wednesday. Sure enough, the lines looked humongous. There's an employee holding a sign at the end of each line, one indicated the express line and the other the regular line. I couldn't find a couple of items I was looking for, and the employee I asked was friendly and helpful. I asked several people how long the wait would be, and the actual wait was very close to the average estimated time of 15 minutes. When you get to the front of your line, a cheerful employee steers to to one of about 20 checkout lanes, so it's pretty efficient given the small amount of space available.. I was in and out of the store in half an hour flat, with my loot -- chewy molasses cookies, biscotti, cashews, dark chocolate mint creams (which are the best chocolate mint creams I've ever found), Almondina biscuits, whole grain pretzel nuggets, spiced pecans, and two diffferent Trader Joe's reusable bags. (Sadly, they were out of pinion nuts.) I was really glad I had not gotten scared away by reports of huge crowds. I must have been lucky in hitting relatively uncrowded times at both places.

I also went to many bakeries, but did not compare the same items from each one, so I don't have anything very scientific to report. I was somewhat disappointed with Sweet Something -- the truffle buttons were fine, but not not the cookies of my dreams, and their apricot and raspberry sandwich cookies were downright dull. I like the Napoleon from Zaro's so much I went back for another one later in the week, but their chocolate mousse cake was unexciting. I did not try Junior's cheesecake, but my daughter loved their key lime pie and I loved a raisin danish I got there. The best rainbow cookies I had, with visible layers of marzipan, seemed to be available both at William Greenburg for $13.95 per half pound, which was the minimum you could buy (I passed them up) and at Barney Greengrass where they were $18/pound and you could buy as few or as many as you wanted. (I bought them terhere, along with two "mini-babkas" which were basically babka muffins.) Everything I got at Veneiro's -- a chocolate cake slice, rugelah and italian cookies -- was excellent.

Thanks to walking a zillion miles each day, I didn't even gain much weight. Thank you, Manhattan!

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Barney Greengrass
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Fairway Market
2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Trader Joe's
142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Jun 26, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Vegetarian lunch at or near Sunday Brooklyn Flea?

Great, thanks!

Jun 08, 2010
khoffdenver in Outer Boroughs

Vegetarian lunch at or near Sunday Brooklyn Flea?

I'll be going with my daughters to the Brooklyn Flea next Sunday. Will a vegetarian find anything there for lunch? Or is there something more veggie-friendly nearby? Thanks.

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Brooklyn Flea
176 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Jun 07, 2010
khoffdenver in Outer Boroughs

Sushi Yasuda and Kosherness

You should definitely ask the guy. "Not eating shellfish" is quite different from "keeping kosher." (If he really keeps kosher he wouldn't eat anything at a place that serves shellfish, but if that's the case I can't imagine that he would have agreed to go out for sushi in the first place.)

May 25, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

what dessert to bring for an unknown meal

Can I come to this party?

May 23, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Best Italian cookie sampler?

Yes, and how about the two flat lacy wafers stuck together with chocolate? I'm so glad you asked this question! I've got Veniero's, DiRoberti's and Rocco's on my list, but am eagerly awaiting responses to your question in case I've missed someplace important!

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Veniero's
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

May 17, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

same address?

I just discovered Papabubble online, and it seems to have the same address as Wild Ginger Vegetarian Kitchen: 380 Broome st, between Mott and Muberry. Are they really at the same address, or has one gone out of business and been replaced by the other? Does Papabubble have more than one Manhattan location? I watched their video and immediately said "We have to go there!" -- adding it to the list of about 800 things we "have to" do in our 8 days in NY in June.

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Papabubble
380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Wild Ginger
380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

May 03, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Cheap-eats food itinerary for 4 days in Manhattan?

I'm also looking for good places in this price category, and Cafe Zaiya looks amazing! Keep the suggestions coming!

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Cafe Zaiya
1073 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018

May 03, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Chinatown for vegetarians?

That's a good point. I did find a few through Google that are totally vegetarian -- I guess those (including Buddha Bodai) would be the safest. (Dim Sum has never especially appealed to me.)
Does anyone have any direct experience of "World of Vegetarian," "House of Vegetarian," "Vegetarian's Paradise of Mott St." (I'm not entirely sure this one still exists) or "Wild Ginger Vegetarian Kitchen" (more like Little Italy than Chinatown)?

Thanks, everybody! We'll probably be in the neighborhood visiting the giant Buddha, so it would be good to have a place in mind to eat.

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Buddha Bodai
5 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Apr 18, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Chinatown for vegetarians?

Is there such a thing as a vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown? Or at least one that's "vegetarian friendly" -- by which I guess I mean a variety of vegetarian options, and not having to walk past a window full of food that still looks like animals? (Please don't give me grief, I'm not the vegetarian in the family -- just trying to find someplace where my daughter wouldn't be horrified before even setting foot in the place.) Or should we just avoid Chinatown altogether if we're that sensitive?

Apr 18, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Affordable Whitefish Salad?

>>I would check Trader Joes if I were you...Yeah you'll have to buy a bunch of spreads but they are completely affordable and will not be overpriced.>>

What do you mean "you'll have to buy a bunch of spreads" -- Trader Joes only sells whitefish salad as part of a larger package? I don't get it.

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Trader Joe's
142 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Apr 13, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Which vnyl?

Thanks. That's more helpful than "yuck!"

Apr 05, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Which vnyl?

Could you explain what's "yuck!" about it?

Apr 05, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Which vnyl?

Actually, we're both wrong -- it's Vynl.

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Vynl
754 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Apr 04, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Which vnyl?

Vnyl sounds like a fun place to go in NYC -- any advice in choosing between the Chelsea and the Hell's kitchen locations, besides that fact that the Chelsea one is very close to Donut Pub?

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Donut Pub
203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Apr 04, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Looking for fondant mints

I am looking for fondant mints (like you might serve at a wedding) -- not the flower- and bell-shaped ones made in molds, but flattish round ones, about the size of a half-dollar, with one side smooth and one side ridged. The ones I remember from my childhood came in white, green, pink and yellow, flavored peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen and lemon, respectively. Does anyone know if Economy Candy or anyplace else in Manhattan sells these? (I live in Denver and can't find them here -- but I'll be in NYC in June.) Thanks for any suggestions!

Edited to add: they look kind of like these : http://www.candywarehouse.com/mintcre...
except that these are smaller, covered in a hard coating to be more durable, and all the same flavor,according to this blog: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/mi...

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Economy Candy
108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Mar 30, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan

Where does Orwasher's get their Rainbow Cookies?

Wow -- those look great!

Mar 20, 2010
khoffdenver in Manhattan