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the greatest pizza ever

This probably won't work for his birthday ambiance-wise but your post made me immediately think of an amazing pizza I recently had at the Pitruco food truck. It is a mobile wood fired pizza oven and you guys should definitely try it out at some point.

http://www.pitrucopizza.com/

Jan 05, 2012
mleighn in Philadelphia

Authentic kolache recipe?

http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/200...

i like to make half of them with fruit and the other half rolled around cheese and pickled jalapenos (and sausage if you're into that).

Dec 23, 2011
mleighn in Home Cooking

Substitute for Beef Broth

I'm a vegetarian and I've found that I a nice substitute for beef broth is vegetable or mushroom broth with some red wine and a splash or two of soy sauce instead of table salt. I don't know why but it adds such a depth of flavor and doesn't make it taste asian at all. Don't know if that will work for this recipe because it already calls for wine but might be worth a try.

Dec 23, 2011
mleighn in Home Cooking

where to buy chickpea/burmese tofu?

Yeah I was considering this option. Perhaps I'll go for the awkward phone call asking if I can buy some tofu. Just like, a block of it haha.

Sep 24, 2011
mleighn in Philadelphia

where to buy chickpea/burmese tofu?

I am wondering if there is anywhere in the city to buy chickpea tofu (the burmese style of tofu). I had it once at a burmese restaurant (not in philly) and I've been craving it ever since. If anyone has a good recipe for it I would take that too, but I've been really really busy lately and was hoping I could buy it somewhere. Thanks!

Sep 24, 2011
mleighn in Philadelphia

mood cafe in west philly

So the fruit chaat. I would recommend sharing it with someone (ideally order a fruit chaat and a savory chaat and share both) because it is a TON of fruit otherwise. So a tupperware full of fruit doesn't really get me as excited as yummy cilantro crispy yogurt things, BUT I actually really enjoyed this and didn't get sick of it by the end. Yes, it is from the fruit that was in the display, and I was told it contained some special "spices" - this is all the detail I know about its ingredients. It was definitely one of those things where the sum is greater than the parts. The first bite was strange but intriguing, and the more I ate it was like it was becoming comfort food instantly, if that makes sense haha. I probably won't be getting it every time I go or anything, but it was a nice way to switch it up and if you share you still get savory chaat too!

Sep 22, 2011
mleighn in Philadelphia

mood cafe in west philly

I recently tried the banana fig lassi and I can't stop thinking about how great it was. We have been experimenting with new things each time we go and also tried the fruit chaat last time, which far surpassed any expectation I have ever had for fruit - really interesting, really delicious. Word is, he will also be serving soup soon!

Sep 20, 2011
mleighn in Philadelphia

mood cafe in west philly

I just moved here a few weeks ago so still have not had a chance to try Desi Village or Desi Chaat House but they are both on my list. Any suggestions for what they do best?

Sep 11, 2011
mleighn in Philadelphia

mood cafe in west philly

I've discovered a wonderful place. From the outside, Mood Cafe looks a little bare and unclear about what exactly it serves, so let me tell you. It serves AMAZING lassis and AMAZING chaat.

Since first trying it, I have gone back 4 times in 2 weeks because I just can't get enough. The owner is extremely friendly, and he could tell I wasn't an expert in chaat. He gave me a really nice overview of all the varieties he offered and we decided to just have him make me a nice representative chaat. He made a samosa chaat for me with mango in it and it really might be in one of the top 10 things I've ever eaten. The balance of hot/cold and tangy/spicy/sweet and texture was really amazing. The yogurt sauce is spectacular.

The first time I visited I had a classic mango lassi, which was definitely the best I've had. I've tried something new each time because he has really interesting varieties of fruits and flavors available that he lets you mix and match, and they have all been wonderful. He is really considerate and proud of what he makes so he has always had me try everything before paying him.

From what I gather, Mood Cafe has only been open a few months and he has plans to add some new things, like meal chaat which has me really excited. Has anyone else tried it and had similar wonderful experiences?

Sep 04, 2011
mleighn in Philadelphia

Cooking Party - Iron Chef Challenge (Secret Ingredient: Refreshing)

fresh summer rolls with a nice dipping sauce or even a few sauces.

Aug 01, 2011
mleighn in Home Cooking

Update on Brown Sugar Cafe?

I really really enjoy the crispy pad thai from Brown Sugar.

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Brown Sugar Cafe
129 Jersey St, Boston, MA

Jul 29, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Mexican in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

La Michoacana is SO delicious. I really love the texture of their ice cream. I haven't been in about five years (moved away) but I remember really loving it. The plain ol' vanilla was really good, as was the chocolate.

Jul 28, 2011
mleighn in Philadelphia

Exotic Fruit

naranjilla (in raw juice form) is one of my favorite things in the world. i have not been able to find it in boston or philadelphia since leaving ecuador. i did find canned ones but unfortunately the flavor was very different from the fresh. the juice is somewhat sweet and citrus-y with a very unique tart bite to it.

Jul 13, 2011
mleighn in General Topics

Road trip in New Mexico - Where must we eat?

Thank you guys so much for the suggestions. We appreciate it tons! The tip for the grower's markets is AWESOME. We love stuff like that and will absolutely be planning this into our trip. As we get more concrete planning done, I will update with the propose plan.

Keep the suggestions coming! We are open to any kind of dining, including order at the counter, take away places.

Also, we have deciding to most likely go to White Sands, so if you guys have any suggestions in the south, we'd love to hear them!

Jun 29, 2011
mleighn in Southwest

Your nominees for a Boston Baked Goods Hall of Fame

The currant donut at Clear Flour (I think on Saturdays? Maybe Sundays?) is amazing. I actually can't even think of a word to describe how great it is.

Jun 23, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Ceviche

I do not mean to totally take this off topic, but please TELL ME MORE about these two places you just mentioned (Sabor Latino and Cuchi Frito). I had limited luck with googling but they both look very promising. Is Cuchi Frito a store that is associated with a restaurant or just a restaurant? I have been searching for Ecuadorian food in Boston for three years and as of next month I will have access to a car and can try these places out!

Jun 19, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Road trip in New Mexico - Where must we eat?

Hello!

Later this summer, my boyfriend and I will be doing a road trip from Houston, TX, to Boulder, CO. We are going to spend about 2 weeks doing it and are planning on going at a very relaxed pace just stopping off on the way and making detours toward whatever looks fun! Two stops on our trip will be Albuquerque and Santa Fe and we are really flexible on the route or other places we may get recommendations to visit.

We are looking for recommendations for delicious places to eat along the way! We are really open to any ethnicity cuisine. We are both grad students so don't have too much extra spending money but we are willing to spend more for the occasional nicer meal. Anything with a sustainable or local spin would be great too. We love barbecue and mexican (and any texan/southwestern spin on it) especially. Recommendations for food trucks or carts are welcome too!

I will also be posting in the Texas and Mountain States boards, but if you know of somewhere that you MUST let me know about, go for it!

Jun 18, 2011
mleighn in Southwest

Ceviche

My favorite ceviche is Ecuadorian style ceviche, which unfortunately I have not found in Boston (or even any Ecuadorian food for that matter). The shrimp ceviche is my favorite (they actually cook the shrimp first though). It is very limey with tomatoes, red onion, and even a bit of bell pepper occasionally. AND the secret ingredient is ketchup (not kidding). The flavor combination is perfect. Here is a link to a recipe I've made, so you can get an idea. http://laylita.com/recipes/2006/07/15...

Jun 17, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

humanely raised, locally sourced pork butts for bbq, any ideas?

I recently bought some really nice pork butt from Stillman's farm that I used to make pulled pork. Here is a link to the markets they are at: http://stillmansfarm.com/markets.html

May 15, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Vegatable mac & cheese

i almost always put broccoli or peas into my mac and cheese. the peas i just microwave until they are room temp and then mix them in at the end (the mac will heat em up the rest of the way). for the broccoli, i boil it first for about 3 minutes then mix it in at the end. i call my creations broccaroni or mac and peas.

May 11, 2011
mleighn in General Topics

What commercially available foods are so good (though not necessarily better) that it deters you from making the homemade equivalent?

WHERE do you get these?!?

May 06, 2011
mleighn in General Topics

There are some foods that I will not even try.

i've been hearing too much recently of cheese and ice cream made from human breast milk. i would never try that. and i hope to god the donors were thoroughly screened for diseases....

May 03, 2011
mleighn in General Topics

Nice dinner on college budget?

I absolutely second Baraka Cafe. This sounds like the perfect place for what you're looking for. The food is interesting but still accessible and totally delicious.

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Baraka Cafe
80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

May 02, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Stillman's Ranch Going Out Of Business?

I just used this website to write my representative. https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/w...
I'd like to think it can make a difference. Maybe if we all give it a shot...? The folks at Stillman's deserve our strongest efforts.

Apr 21, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Consumer Reports Investigates Exploding Pyrex

One of mine just exploded the other day too! My apartment has an electric stove, so its not immediately obvious when the burner is on. My boyfriend had a pan of enchiladas sitting on the stovetop waiting to be eaten and turned on a different burner to boil some water for tea. He happened to be rushed and had accidentally turned on the wrong burner....the one under the casserole dish. Needless to say it exploded all over the kitchen and into the living room. Thank god he was in the other room when it happened....

Apr 11, 2011
mleighn in Cookware

Have you ever OD'd on a food? And if you did, did you ever recover?

caramel delight girl scout cookies. a whole box. on a summer day in houston when i was 12. never ever again.

Apr 07, 2011
mleighn in General Topics

Muscat Vinegar - Where can I find some?

I second Trader Joe's. I'm sure its a quarter of the price it is at Formaggio too...

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Trader Joe's
1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Apr 07, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

B'day dinner in Boston

You should look into Myers + Chang. I think it'd make a great birthday place.

Apr 05, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Truly Bostonian Restaurants

The Elephant Walk has an entire gluten free menu!

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Elephant Walk
2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

Apr 04, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch in Back Bay

You must go to the Beehive. I just went for brunch last weekend and the brunch was amazing. The ambiance is really great too...live jazz.

Jan 28, 2011
mleighn in Greater Boston Area