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LODGE ENAMEL CAST IRON SOON!

Still using mine too. well, admittedly, like scubadoo97, mine also got stained and someone in my household tried to clean it with steel wool without me knowing (grr), so I replaced that scratched one recently with another Lodge. I'm actually happy to report that the newer models of the Lodge enamel coated cast iron dutch ovens actually have a metal knob on top, as opposed to the old rubber/plastic ones, so they are now ok to higher temps in the oven, although I never had an issue with the old knob either. I highly recommend them for the price, provided you find them for under $80 (seems like some of the "trendier" colors are priced higher)

Dec 26, 2013
ziggles in Cookware

breakfast on Thanksgiving near SFO?

Good idea, Robert, but we just took the parents to Shanghai Dumpling Shop last night, so they might be dumpling-ed out.

breakfast on Thanksgiving near SFO?

My family and I will be heading from SFO to Monterey tomorrow morning and are hoping to find a decent spot for breakfast somewhere near San Mateo or Half Moon Bay. Any ideas of places that will be open on Thanksgiving morning?

Thanksgiving dinner in Monterey

Thanks, Gail. Both Fandango and 1833 are on my radar for the trip. The 1833 T-giving menu is probably a little eclectic for a couple members of the party, but Fandango's looks quite good.

I'd love to hear your recommendation on more casual places too.

Oct 29, 2013
ziggles in California

Thanksgiving dinner in Monterey

Sorry about that...it'll be a party of four, so no need for large group seating.

We're certainly open to Carmel or Pacific Grove. I only asked about Monterey b/c we're staying right downtown, so if there were good options in the vicinity, it would be slightly more convenient.

Oct 29, 2013
ziggles in California

Thanksgiving dinner in Monterey

I'm starting a new thread b/c the most recent posts that I could find on this topic were from 2011. My family is going to be visiting Monterey for Thanksgiving weekend and we're looking for a restaurant to have a (fairly) traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We're open to buffet or prix fix and while a couple of us are more adventurous diners, other in the party are not. As long as the food is well prepared (and perhaps just a tad inventive), everyone in our group will be happy with traditional turkey dinner fare. It'll be a party of four, which makes places with somewhat smaller dining rooms an option too.

It looks like the dining hall at Asilomar has been a local favorite for this occasion...is that still the case? Are there other options right in Monterey that we should consider instead?

Oct 29, 2013
ziggles in California

Murphys/Calaveras winery recs

Heading to Tahoe via gold country this weekend and are planning a stop in Murphys. Any suggestions on not-to-miss wineries in that area? We tend to like smaller, homier wineries (as opposed to the Ironstone craziness...is it really worth the stop?).

Oct 04, 2013
ziggles in California

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore - anyone been?

We're pretty open to all types of wine (provided they are on the dry side). For reds, we especially like Cab Franc and meritage type blends. For whites, riesling, full bodied, dry pinto gris (along the lines of those coming out of Willamette Valley), and Chardonnay, when it is nicely balanced. But again, we're open to any suggestions.

We tend to prefer wineries that are on the more rustic, homey side...the type of place where you might actually run into the winemaker in the tasting room (or at least have someone pouring who actually knows and cares about the wine).

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore - anyone been?

Thanks for all of the great suggestions...looks like we have a number of reasonable options for dinner in the area.

Looking forward to tasting the wines of Livermore Valley this weekend...any recommendations on wineries that we shouldn't miss?

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore - anyone been?

Thanks for the feedback. We're actually staying in Livermore, so we will probably try for something around there for dinner Saturday night. Sounds like we might have to go for dim sum at Lee Garden on our way home on Sunday though! And Lokanta sounds amazing.

Would be curious about your thoughts on places in Livermore, if you have any.

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore - anyone been?

Just bumping this up to get some more recent opinions. Heading to Livermore for a weekend of wine tasting and would like to have a reasonably nice dinner on Saturday night. Is Wente still the go-to place, or are there other suggestions in the Livermore/Pleasanton/Dublin area?

Delivery of full dinners/catered food to Twin Peaks area

I also live near Twin Peaks and know what a pain it can be to get food delivered. Two places that have been consistently good are Kasa Indian in the Castro (http://www.kasaindian.com/) and Patxi's (http://patxispizza.com/) in the Inner Sunset. Both tend to take a while (~ an hour) to get the food to us, but they're good at getting the address right (we're pretty tucked away). I'm sure there are other places, but usually we just avoid the headache and drive down off the hill to get our takeout. Looking forward to other suggestions!

Dinner Rccommendations: Liliburn & Conyers

Just giving this thread a bump, because I am interested in any thoughts on decent dining options in the Conyers/Covington region. I'm in the area a few times a year to visit family. I know I'm not going to find fine dining or innovative cuisine in this area, but I would like to build up a list of places to keep in mind in order to avoid resorting to cookie cutter chain restaurants. Good southern food or BBQ would be great. Any suggestions?

Nov 19, 2011
ziggles in Atlanta

Dinner at Canteen

Yeah, this was definitely the case when I went there back in June 2009. Too bad, I was hoping to make it there for the prix fix when I return later this month.

Wait...I totally didn't read the dates of the post that I was responding to. Does anyone know if they still do a prix fix menu one day a week? Thanks!

Mission Beach vs Canteen for hash?

just curious...does Citizen's Band not take reservations for brunch, or are they really completely booked for the next 8 weeks (according to opentable)?

Best butter in Boston area?

Any suggestions on where to find Kate's buttermilk? I pretty much only shop at Russo's and occasionally WF, and haven't seen it at either place, but would be willing to make a special stop to give it a try. I love good buttermilk and have often wished High Lawn would start producing some, so maybe Kate's is my answer!

Mar 14, 2011
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

BYOB

BYOB is ok in Belmont, and I highly recommend Kitchen on Common. They do a nice seasonally inspired menu. The food is excellent and affordable. If you don't have a bottle of wine on hand, duck into The Spirited Gourmet next door and pick something up.

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Kitchen on Common
442 Common St, Belmont, MA 02478

Spirited Gourmet
448 Common St, Belmont, MA 02478

Mar 03, 2011
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

so disappointed in Evangeline

Can anyone local tell me if Evangeline is still in business? I'll be visiting Portland in a couple of weeks and was interested in trying this place, but the website and phone number appear to be out of service. Thanks!

Feb 09, 2011
ziggles in Northern New England

Cambridge (Central Sq. Kendall Inman) Recs

What about Blue Room? Menu fits the bill (except no real raw bar, that I know of). I seem to recall having some decent cocktails there a while ago, but honestly, I usually go there for their very thoughtful (and reasonably priced) wine list.

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The Blue Room
Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

Feb 04, 2011
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

Best Boston Cheap Eats?

If you're willing to cross the river into Cambridge, I'll put in a plug for Basta Pasta. My partner and I got takeout there a couple of nights ago, and are still working on the leftovers! You can't beat getting a great entree that includes homemade pasta (be sure to order the fusili--it's the only homemade option) for around $10-12, and having it suffice for 2 dinners and a lunch (for one person, eating responsibly, but still...).

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Basta Pasta
319 Western Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Jan 20, 2011
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

Cumin Lamb at Golden Garden, Belmont

I agree...and may just head there tonight, if only for take-out!

Jan 20, 2011
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

Five Favorite Places to Eat Among Frequent/Veteran CH Posters?

On the Marsh sounds wonderful! I am planning a birthday pilgrimage to Hugo's in Portland next month to take advantage of the weekday 2-for-1 tasting menu, and may need to incorporate a stop in Kennebunk on the way there or back! Thanks for the advice.

Jan 19, 2011
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near Montserrat?

Hi Magiesmom--yes, i had thought of this, but being that I will just be getting to town that day, I am not sure I will be able to pull together a decent picnic. Unless someone has some suggestions about a place to stop between the airport and Montserrat to grab a baguette and some ham and cheese?

Or is there a nice little unpretentious place in a neighboring town where I could get a rustic, but good, lunch?

May 31, 2010
ziggles in Spain/Portugal

Lunch near Montserrat?

Hello Spanish (and Catalan) Hounders!

I've been enjoying the lively discussion of Barcelona dining and am looking forward to making use of some suggestions when I visit in a few days.

I have a specific question. I arrive early in the morning and have some time to kill before check-in. I will have a car and am thinking a half-day trip to Montserrat, but I will also be hungry for lunch, and I hear that the dining options are not that great in the Montserrat area. I'm not looking for anything fancy for this meal, but also don't want to spend a lot of cash on mediocre food. Any suggestions? Or, is there another half-day trip that I should plan instead of Montserrat?

Thanks!

May 31, 2010
ziggles in Spain/Portugal

Summer/Winter prix fix (aka Friday Date Night)

I'm wondering if anyone has been to Summer/Winter for their Friday night 3-course prix fix dinner. In particular, I am eager to know what the format is--is it a set menu, or is there some amount of choice. Is it worth doing?

Feb 22, 2010
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

Liptauer?

wow christina....this is way more detail than I ever hoped for! thanks for trying the recipe and providing all of the great background info on your blog!

Dec 08, 2009
ziggles in Home Cooking

Liptauer?

I am in search of the best recipe for liptauer spread. My experience with this stuff is relatively limited, but really amazing. I first encountered this (and related spreads) at Dano's Heuriger on Seneca Lake (Finger Lakes of NY). I highly recommend this place if you're ever in the area: www.danosonseneca.com

Anyway, ever since my first (and many subsequent) visits, I have wanted to make Liptauer. I decided to do it for a party this weekend and have been searching for recipes, but there is such a diversity. I found one by Nigella Lawson, but I'm a tad skeptical of her use of cottage cheese:http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/...

Does anyone have a foolproof recipe for this great spread? I was hoping to avoid using anchovies to make it vegetarian, but if these are essential, so be it.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Dec 07, 2009
ziggles in Home Cooking

Good cider donuts close to Boston?

I am also from Michigan and have been relatively unimpressed with the cider donuts in the greater Boston area. That all changed last weekend when I visited Wilson's farm and tried one of their fresh donuts. I think you'll find that their donuts are much better when you get them right out of the machine in the garden center. It seems that they only offer the fresh donuts on the weekends, but I could be wrong. I've tried the cider donuts from Ohlins and wasn't overwhelmed....they were good, but paled in comparison to others and especially when compared to some of the other donuts at Ohlin's (e.g., the jelly filled and boston creme donuts).

Oct 16, 2009
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

ISO *good* boxed red wine in Boston

As someone who has been (irrationally) obsessed with finding good wine in a box, I found this thread quite interesting. Unfortunately, I've tended to be consistently disappointed. That being said, I just received an email announcement for a boxed wine tasting happening tonight at Gordon's in Watertown. I am particularly intrigued by the two Hahn wines....a meritage and a cab franc.....a blend and varietal that I'm quite partial to. Maybe some of you in the western part of the city will be able to make over to sample these wines:

Box Wine!
Friday (10/16/09) 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Gordon's Watertown
51 Watertown street
Watertown, MA 02472

That's right, Box Wine! Today we taste the future! I hate that line. Anyway, wine in a box is getting better and better. The fact of the matter is that it lasts longer in the fridge, weeks not hours, and the packaging is far less expensive allowing for better wine to be packaged at lower prices. See for yourself as we have a German Riesling in a Box this week. From Santa Rita we have a cheap and tasty Sauvignon blanc and a rich and velvety Cabernet. We also have a Cabernet Franc and Meritage blend from Hahn Estates.

Santa Rita Winery

Medalla Real 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Exhibiting deep, ripe ruby red color with fine brilliance the body is concentrated and rich in ripe, almost sweet tannins. Its fragrant aroma evokes blackcurrant, tar and wood notes originating from the barrels it was aged in. Reg. price: $19.99 Tasting price: $15.99

120 2009 Sauvignon blanc Crisp and refreshing, this wine has aromas and flavors of citrus fruits such as grapefruit and lemon peel that lend a fresh balance to the tropical fruit character and the typical herbal notes from the 2% of semillón in the blend. Vibrant, fresh, deep, and well-rounded on the palate. Reg. price: $8.99 Tasting price: $7.19

Hahn Estates

2007 Meritage Deep, bold, brooding and complex, this wine has a heightened level of intensity compared to previous vintages. A generous percentage of Petit Verdot and Malbec in the blend add depth and enhance the richness of the wine. Juicy, luscious flavors combined with brisk tannins to make this wine the perfect complement for strong, savory meats and hearty pasta dishes. Reg. price: $16.99 In-store sale price: $12.99

Huntington 2006 Cabernet Franc Rich and dark in color, the Huntington Wine Cellars 2006 Cabernet Franc is smooth with a subtle, spicy taste of clove and white pepper woven between supple, rich flavors of cocoa, soil and leather. Pleasant, light in tannins, this wine is smooth, focused and leaves a melody of taste in the mouth. It finishes strongly with pleasing tart flavors of cran-raspberry and smooth layers of black currant and plum. Reg. price: $15.99 Tasting price: $12.79

Wurtz 2008 Riesling Trocken The color is quite pale (typical of young, dry Riesling) while the nose shows green apple, quince (yes, it smells tart), and flint. The green apple comes through in the front and mid-palate with a nice more-middle Mosel-than-Rheinhessen white floral accent, finishing with flinty mineral and a very tightly wound sliced lemon citrus. The acid is mouthwatering. Reg. price: $25.99 Net price: $22.99 for a 3 L box

Oct 16, 2009
ziggles in Greater Boston Area

Mango Grill Watertown

Does anyone know the status of Mango Grill? I know that they stopped serving lunch a while ago, and the past few evenings that I've driven by, the place has not appeared to be open. Did the restaurant go out of business?

Dec 23, 2008
ziggles in Greater Boston Area