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Michigan meat..where to buy farm direct?

There's this ( http://www.hamsweetfarm.com/become-be... ) too, depending on how far you want to get into it.

Dec 12, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Michigan meat..where to buy farm direct?

For pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, Melo Farms ( http://www.melofarms.com/ ). They also sell at Eastern Market and the Birmingham Farmers Market. I've been to the farm and the animals are beautifully kept. The pigs are extremely friendly and tasty.

Dec 12, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Grocery Aisle/Cart Ettiquite? [DTW]

I shop in a lot of ethnic groceries where the native traffic patterns are...chaotic, but I've never, ever encountered anything like this. I think you've just run into someone with severe boundary issues. I can't imagine that behavior being acceptable anywhere.

Dec 02, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Local Food Items You Really, Really Like (SE Mich)

I'll start...

Kremes from Hungarian Rhapsody in Southgate
Zeman's flat rectangular onion rolls
Baba ghannouj from Hamido in Dearborn
Chicken shawarma sandwich from Pita Cafe in Oak Park
Stollen from Avalon Bakery
Pain aux Raisins and Double Raisin Pecan bread from Crust in Fenton
Topor's barrel-cured pickles and new dills
Russell Street Deli's Grilled Vegetable and Avocado Melt sandwiches, and gazpacho
Lamb kebabs and crushed lentil soup at Lebanese Grill in Troy
Pho at Pho Nguyen Hoang in Windsor
Deconstructed spring roll plate at Pho Xic Lo in Windsor
Vegetable quesadilla and blueberry lemon bar at the Cafe DIA
The cold soba noodle and sashimi dish at New Seoul Garden in Southfield
Guacamole quesadillas at Xochimilco(!)
Turtles from Sydney Bogg's Sweet Essentials in Berkley
Deep-dish spinach pizza from Pizza Papalis
Sichuan Cold Noodle and Squirrel-Shaped Fish from Trizest in Sterling Hgts
Antipasto salad and pizza from Loui's in Hazel Park
Kimchi fries at Seoul Street in Ann Arbor
Dried cherry and jerky pate from Biercamp in Ann Arbor
Tex-Mex Lentil Burger at Traffic Jam
Guacamole from Honeybee
Samosas from G&G International Grocers in Windsor (sitting in a tray at room temp and just stupid good)
Mushroom crepe from the European Market in Windsor
Eggplant and swiss cheese calzone at the Italian Bakery in Windsor

And yours?

Nov 27, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes
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Hungarian Rhapsody @ DTW/Southgate

I've eaten at HR 5-6 times over the past...20(?) years. It has been very consistent, and they don't seem to cut corners. I always get the combination plate (cabbage roll, sausage, pork chop, chicken paprikas) so I can have a little bit of everything and take the rest home for two or three more meals.

Other than this, I'll have to think about it. I cook a lot and don't eat at restaurants much anymore, unless it's huge-undertaking ethnic (like pho) or deep-fried.

Nov 27, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Hungarian Rhapsody @ DTW/Southgate

Kremes is a vanilla custard pastry, lightened with whipped cream, not too sweet, with a crust that somehow remains crisp. Their version is real dairy--no greasy vegetable shortening taste/mouthfeel which is, sadly, usually present in inferior examples (read: most).

If you like vanilla and dairy products, it's just an airy cloud of loveliness. :)

Nov 26, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes
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Hungarian Rhapsody @ DTW/Southgate

Hey, I went for my birthday this year too, also with a LS coupon, and I've been a few other times over the years with a Hungarian-food-loving friend. I don't know that I'd go on my own.

It is comfort food, no doubt about it. I take that to the max by having thousand island dressing on my salad. The chicken paprikas is very good, but the thing to go here for is the kremes, which is a (not so) little piece of heaven on earth.

Nov 25, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

A Gonella's dilemma: was I a cheater or a genius? (DTW area)

The bread was probably from the Italia Bakery http://viaitalia.com/2012/italia-bake...

Breads are great, Italian pastries are very Italian, others are kinda lame. If you get there at the right time (11:30am?) they have fougasse right out of the oven, which is a thing to behold. They also have a mighty fine carryout buffet at lunchtime. They only take CAD, no debit/credit/USD. There's an ATM in the store.

Sep 29, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Basic Caramel Apple

Added a bit of molasses to deepen the flavor, otherwise made as written. Fantastic caramel!

Sep 15, 2013
missmind in Recipes

Are you Canadian? What's the one meat dish that represents our country?

My husband is from Montreal and Ottawa and he votes tourtiere, but be sure to do the pulled pork roast and veal breast version rather than ground meat, which is sort of a cop-out. The texture and flavor differences are massive. Use lots of good-quality "poultry seasoning". :)

On the other hand, there's always moose.

Sep 14, 2013
missmind in Home Cooking

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

It's the same brand, but it doesn't taste the same.

Sep 14, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Red tahini in metro Detroit?

Perhaps the photo would be helpful.

Jul 31, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Red tahini in metro Detroit?

I was at One Stop today and in need of tahini, so why buy one kind when I could buy two? On the left is Achva tahini, product of Israel, no mention of roasting. On the right is Joyva, product of the US, claims to be roasted. The Achva could be called red, has a much "darker", roastier flavor, and the texture is fabulous: very smooth, no separation. The Joyva is decent, but much lighter in flavor, and had a great deal of oil/solid separation.
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ETA: The Achva tahini is made from whole sesame seeds. They also have a crushed sesame seed variety. Maybe that's the difference?
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In other news, I think I now officially need a separate condiment fridge.

Jul 31, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Green dot stables (DTW, MI)

How busy are they at weekday lunchtime? Could one feasibly get in and out in 45 min or so?

Jul 30, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Do hidden gems exist in Mid-Michigan? (No worthy stops en route up north.)

*Whataburger* Whataburger or another Whataburger? :)

Jun 01, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Sport Pepper availability, DTW

GFS Marketplace, if you want a lot of them. I saw them over the weekend, in Clinton Twp, of all places, but you could call ahead.

May 15, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

I think you'd have more luck for Scottish food at a Bulk Barn, of all places.

http://www.bulkbarn.ca/en-ca/location...

May 03, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

They do, and it's better than anything I've had in Windsor from a restaurant, sadly. They also have smoked meat sandwiches at the food court, and decent poutine, because Canadians always want fries with that.

May 02, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

Canadians know how to do sweets and junk food. And butter.

May 01, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

Um, I'd recommend not challenging the border agent with any facts. Seriously. You will bring a raft of shit down on yourself. They have absolute authority and can detain you on whim, regardless of citizenship.

Speaking as a person who spent nearly three years going back and forth over the border multiple times a week, what the US agents will allow in depends on their personality, mood, and how they feel about you. Most don't care and won't ask detailed questions. On the other hand, I have had to surrender leftovers and, last summer, about 30lbs of perfect homegrown tomatoes.

Technically, the onus is on you to prove that the stuff you're bringing in to the US is a product of Canada. This is not easy to do. The reality is, avoid any produce that is out of season, or, like bananas, simply doesn't grow in Canada. Don't try to bring anything in that is on the current proscribed list, but don't count on the border agent being up to date. Or knowing what swiss chard is. :) Don't try to import anything you would be heartbroken to lose. Have your receipts ready.

I have never had any problem bringing food of any kind into Canada, even hundreds of dollars' worth at a time, but I recently heard from my in-laws that they are starting to crack down on dairy and egg importation.

May 01, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes
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Kosher food in detroit suburbs??

The kosher (dairy) restaurant at WSU is Gold 'n' Green's. It's a college cafeteria with very limited hours, and the food, frankly, isn't that great.

Apr 23, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Good Girls Go to Paris [DTW]

Do they have buckwheat crepes?

Apr 05, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Foodies Visiting Michigan (Grand Rapids, Central MI, Detroit)

>>>Worried they get their food supplies from the Detroit Zoo?

I might be up for that. :)

Mar 10, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Foodies Visiting Michigan (Grand Rapids, Central MI, Detroit)

A rhetorical question? If not, there have been a few over the years. Casa de Espana, which had its moments, and some weird place in Farmington, I think, in a hotel, that was pretty good the first time and then not so much. I never went to Sangria--I seem to have an aversion to restaurants in Royal Oak.

Mar 10, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Foodies Visiting Michigan (Grand Rapids, Central MI, Detroit)

I went to San Chez this evening, and yes, very loud and packed, but wow, much better tapas than anything I've had in metro Detroit. The sangria was also excellent.

Mar 09, 2013
missmind in Great Lakes

Nice Supermarket - Greater Detroit

Honeybee's parking lot is perfectly safe. Honeybee is fun, but it's getting pretty hipster gringo, except on the weekends when it's full of Canadian Mennonites. Which is also fun.

More Mexican but still very accessible is E&L Supermercado, on Vernor further west. They have more unusual stuff, especially produce, at much better prices than Honeybee.

Dec 01, 2012
missmind in Great Lakes

Seoul Street (Ann Arbor)

Thanks for the recommendation! My taste buds love you; the rest of me may not survive the evening. :)

Dec 01, 2012
missmind in Great Lakes

Best Bread in Detroit Region

Yes. I had (parts of) a marshmallow, a wonderful raspberry-filled donut, a lemon/cheese danish, and a pizza that were all amazing and comparatively cheap. The bialy I had was nothing like I remember bialys being like (dense and chewy), but it had an excellent shattering crust and their housemade butter is crazy salty and delicious and I fantasize about it regularly. I haven't tried the bread yet on its own, but I've roped in a friend for a road trip, so report to follow, eventually.

Oct 23, 2012
missmind in Great Lakes

Best Bread in Detroit Region

I've been to Blak's, and I've had the bread many times (Windsorites seem to love this place) and I don't get the hype. It's ok rye, but light and not dense, and the cookies are all...dry. Personally, I like European Market's rye breads better--lots of variety, lots of flavor, still not dense, but moist. Their other baked goods are very pretty, but suck.

Italia Bakery makes a very nice ciabatta. And if you get there at the right time, there's a...well, it's a two-layer flat bread with a layer of black olives, sundried tomatoes, and rosemary in the middle that is displayed in a basket on the counter. Eat immediately. Thank me later.

Oct 23, 2012
missmind in Great Lakes

Crust Bakery (Fenton) > Zingerman's (Ann Arbor) [Michigan]

Bialys? Do they have onion bialys? Be still my beating heart. I haven't had a good bialy in YEARS. I may have somewhere to go tomorrow. I will bring my own butter.

Jun 15, 2012
missmind in Great Lakes