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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

Nov 23, 2014
connecticut_lady in Home Cooking

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

could you please post the recipe for your basting sauce? it sounds delicious! Thanks.

Nov 22, 2014
connecticut_lady in Home Cooking

Burgers In New Fairfield CT

Happy to report that there is a new burger place that opened around July 4th. It's called Olde 37 Patio and Grill located slightly north of the intersection of routes 37 and 39. Definitely worth checking out. They use grass fed beef and the burgers are quite good.

Windows On The Bay - SFO Hilton

Oh my....I didn't realize that there was another person who had posted. I most definitely want to thank bbulkow for taking the time to post such a lengthy and informative list of suggestions. Hopefully I'm going to be eating well during the time I spend in Burlingame.

Windows On The Bay - SFO Hilton

And thank you as well IMNOPM. Such fast responses here!
I'll probably opt for your meal size salad for dinner the night I arrive. I wasn't really expecting chow worthy at anything that calls itself an airport hotel....was hoping for something decent and that's what this appears to be.

Windows On The Bay - SFO Hilton

Thank you PAMF. You have not only given me wonderful suggestions but also advice of how to reach them. Looks as though I will be headed to Caltrain for some exploring.

Windows On The Bay - SFO Hilton

Hi Imnopm....just wondering if you did eat at Windows on the Bay and what you thought? I may be facing the same dilemma in a few months and any insight is appreciated. THANKS.

Help... Matzoh ball disaster

Hi...I've been making matzoh balls for years and they have never failed.
Key hints:
refrigerate the mixture for 24 hours prior to cooking
add just 1 TBS fat (I use olive oil)
seltzer, not water
bring pot filled with 3/4 water and 1/4 stock to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer
run a large plate or cutting board under water
take a teaspoon or tablespoon, wet it, and scoop globs of the batter onto the plate
try not to handle the batter
when the water/stock is simmering plop the pre-formed matzoh balls into the water as quickly as possible
cover the pot the moment all the matzoh balls are in
simmer from 1-3 hours

Oct 31, 2012
connecticut_lady in Kosher

Foods you grew up eating but don't fix for yourself or your family

Two cans sounds right...veggies for sure and maybe chicken? Chun King also sounds right to me. I've seen La Choy in my market. Must be one can salt, one can veggies. My memory says the one I had as a child was better than the chow mein I can get from the local Chinese take-out.

Foods you grew up eating but don't fix for yourself or your family

Every so often my mother would serve chow mein from a can. I don't know the brand or what was in it other than celery but I absolutely loved it.

As an adult I've checked canned versions in my supermarket and the sodium content is off the charts. Looks as though it will only be a pleasant memory.

Of course if someone has a recipe.......

restaurants at the four season in Kona

Oh my. Pahui'a is probably my favorite restaurant for breakfast anywhere on the planet. Please keep us updated with any information you have regarding what Four Seasons will do with the space.

When they have moved the breakfast buffet to the Beach Tree the food has been the same but the special feeling from Pahu I'a is missing.

Sep 06, 2012
connecticut_lady in Hawaii

Dinner in Waimea (Kamuela) on the Big Island

Aloha! You might want to consider Pau Pizza as an alternative to the restaurants you have listed. They are not just a pizza place, their salads are good and you could put fish or something else on top of the salad if you want something a bit more filling before stargazing.

Merrimans was fine the last time we were there but I would save it for an evening when you don't have plans to go somewhere else. Village Burger.....I must be the only person on the plant who doesn't like it. Fries were good though.

Feb 14, 2012
connecticut_lady in Hawaii


We found a place that's relatively new.....called Gourmet To Go / Event Catering in Danbury. Looks like a catering place that has expanded to offer retail lunch and dinner items. If you are looking for something different, not your standard deli fare, you might want to check them out. Their website, does not have the retail menu yet although they said they will be restructuring the site.

Big Island in Feb.

Forgot to answer the one night price no issue question. We'd choose between Merriman's in Waimea and Brown's Beach House.

Feb 03, 2012
connecticut_lady in Hawaii

Big Island in Feb.

Recently tried Monstera....enjoyed the misoyaki butterfish appetizer....was better than Roy's version of the same dish. Also had tofu agadashi and liked it as well. Agree that Monstera is better than Sensei.

Recommend Pahu I'a at Four Seasons for breakfast. Pricey buffet but oh-so-good and the location is wonderful. I didn't want to leave.

If you are driving south of Kona try Annies Island Fresh Burgers....onion rings are quite good and the burgers are very good as well.

Feb 03, 2012
connecticut_lady in Hawaii

Big island dining around Kohala

I'm guessing that you are remembering Oodles of Noodles, subsequently renamed O's Bistro, and most unfortunately no longer in business. The chef there was Amy Ota Ferguson (not sure of the spelling but I think I have the name right). The restaurant was in a nondescript shopping mall. Alas no more.

However, that doesn't mean you can't eat well otherwise.

Sansei has a restaurant in the Queens Marketplace in Waikoloa. Very crowded especially when it opens for dinner as there are specials and price reductions for the first hour or so. The food is good but reviews lately have been mixed.

Places we've enjoyed over the last 2-3 years: Roy's (very loud & sometimes chaotic but the food is good--I have a love for their misoyaki butterfish); Merriman's Cafe at the King's Shops; Merriman's Waimea (but latest reviews don't seem to be as enthusiastic); Pau Pizza in Waimea; Annies Island Fresh Burgers (south of Kona); Pahu I'a breakfast buffet (awesome setting on the water, this is my favorite breakfast on the planet); Kona Provision Company sunset dinner (for the sunset location, food is uneven); Splashers in Kona (but haven't been there since they've moved).

, Kamuela, HI 96743

Jun 02, 2011
connecticut_lady in Hawaii

Travelling to Hawaii and staying at Waikoloa Beach Resort.Any restaurant recommendations?

Not sure of your tastes or budget but these are my preferences:

Breakfast Buffet -- outstanding, Pahu I'a at Four Seasons. Unfortunately the hotel is closed until Apr 30th for tsunami cleanup but if your vacation is after the 30th I would strongly recommend breakfast at the 4S. Expensive but worth it for the food and the setting.

Lunch -- Annie's Burgers. South of Kona, best burgers on the island. Onion rings are good as well. Also, Merriman's in Waimea, Pau (for pizza) in Waimea, Lighthouse Deli in Hawi.
If you enjoy corned beef the Orchid Marketplace at the Hilton serves a Ruben that is surprisingly good. Another option, stop at the Foodland Farms in the Mauna Lani Bay shops (there's also a Foodland in Waimea with better selections) and pick up a pre-made sandwich or order one from their sandwich counter. The roast beef sandwich is very good.

For dinners: Merriman's Waimea, Merriman's Cafe at King's Shops (chicken francese is a good choice), Roy's also at King's Shops (if you can stand the noise, it can get quite loud) the Misoyaki Butterfish is delicious, and Kirin Chinese restaurant at Hilton (I am quite partial to their sweet and sour sea bass).

For a special dinner....Brown's Beach House at sunset.

, Kamuela, HI 96743

Beach House Restaurant
5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756

Orchid Marketplace
Hilton Waikoloa Vlg, Kamuela, HI 96743

Apr 03, 2011
connecticut_lady in Hawaii