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Best or "Can't Miss" Local Restaurants in Omaha?

Glad you liked Jaipur - I seem to be about the only regular poster who knows about the place

about 2 hours ago
kagemusha49 in Great Plains

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

That is my reading of it too DuffyH and the point I was trying to make.

2 days ago
kagemusha49 in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Actually Ray - I'm not sure what exactly you are agreeing about or even what your original point was meant to convey. You seem to think that aluminum cookware needs to be completely clad in steel to be good for induction - it doesn't. Anodized aluminum with a steel layer on the outside base is fine for induction, is lightweight and the aluminum confers great thermal properties - it is not "problematic". A steel layer on the internal/cooking surface is not necessary, adds weight, impairs thermal properties, confers no medical benefits (unless you are deficient in iron - in which case cast iron would be more effective).

2 days ago
kagemusha49 in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

The base is clad with stainless steel and that works perfectly well or induction. Since aluminum is a GREAT conductor the combination of aluminum and steel works just fine.

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware
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What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Ray - under the first link the Kitchenaid set has stainless steel bases - works fine with induction

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Unless you have an iron deficiency (which cast iron cookware can help remedy) anodized aluminum &/or clad aluminum cookware is perfectly healthy, affordable and performs very well - light, great transfer. Here are links to two products that I got to review on Amazon (with explanations as tho why the aluminum is not a problem):-
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GJAC8A0/r... and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MGNDGSW/r...
My reviews are under my name David Emanuel

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Best or "Can't Miss" Local Restaurants in Omaha?

Jaipur is a very interesting Indian restaurant that has its own microbrewery. Last time I went there the food (which was always good) had gone slightly fusiony but still good. And the beer is great too. It's in the Rockbrook Village Center and I think there may be a second location too.

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Great Plains

Must Order at Raku

The uni, ikura and poached egg dish.
Kobe beef liver on a skewer ($4)

Jun 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Glutton downtown

Just got back from this year's unsuccessful World Series of Poker trip - I did get to play with Phil Helmuth and he seems nicer than he appears on TV. Anyway, what with awkward poker schedules and using up hotel dining comps, I didn't get many chances to eat experimentally. Did grab my traditional Huevos Estrellas (egg, fries and chorizo) at Julian Serrano in Aria. But since I was also staying downtown for a couple of days, I checked out Glutton - it's at 616 East Carson - 5 blocks East of the Golden Nugget or one block South of the Las Cortez. I sat directly on front of the wood-burning oven (my choice) to get a good view of the action. I had 2 starters 1) the chicken liver mousse - this comes with a thin layer of port wine sauce and four cubes of lightly tasted bread. If you are a liver fan (and I am) this is a sumptuous appetizer - dip the cubes in the mousse and enjoy. Truly a hit 2) based on server suggestions I also had the Parker house rolls - old style rolls swimming in butter - it was OK but nothing all that special - just a way to get you to pay $5 for bread. I also had 2 main plates (these are fairly small). 1) The sweetbreads are served "buffalo style" with whipped blue cheese and celery. I don't care how you serve it I love sweetbreads (up there with all kinds of liver IMHO) and these did not disappoint. 2) I also went for the shaved brussels sprouts salad. This WAS a disappointment mainly because it had a really unpleasant mouth-feel - I gave up on this one. Maybe they included this for the vegans - but even they would hate the mouth-feel wouldn't they? Accompanied all this with a couple of nice beers from Oregon. Got to chat with the boss chef. Since everything on the menu looked interesting I vowed to make it back next day for lunch. Didn't quite do that as I was playing in another poker tournament but I did go back shortly before 11pm after being knocked out of the tournament (did win some money in this one). This is when I found that they close at 10pm!! A block from Fremont Street and they close at 10pm. Next morning I went back again - wight when they opened. Had the curried cauliflower appetizer - this is chopped raw cauliflower bunged into the wood burning oven for a couple of minutes and then with some curried butter added and back in the oven for another minute. It was quite tasty and I got a strong whiff of turmeric (has anyone else noticed that lots of people including chefs say "tumor-ick" instead of turmeric) but, frankly, I've had better curried veggies elsewhere. I also had the spaghetti alla chiatarra with spring pea pesto and mint. This was different and pretty nice - again this might appeal to the vegans out there. Never quite managed to go for the burger but it looked good.

Jun 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Less Expensive LV Options for 1st time visitors?

Carnevino ("Carnevale?") would be an extreme splurge. As others have suggested Charlie Palmer's $48 cut of the week special would be a more manageable splurge. In general I agree with the other comments here. You might also want to try Glutton downtown - lots of interesting dishes and not too expensive unless you order everything on the menu. Reasonably priced sweetbreads and a sumptuous chicken liver mousse for starters.

Jun 15, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Top 10 Scotch whisky brands

Of these blends I'd consider drinking JW Black, Grant's and Bell - I might even consider Chivas if it was free (not a fan). I'll pass on the others - although there I three I've never tried.

Jun 08, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

The 7 Habits of Highly Annoying Wine People

I rate this article a 90 - would have been higher if they had come up with a dozen habits.

Jun 07, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine
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3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Don't know it

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

If you have any desire to go punting, you will be very close to the Anchor pub (it's on Silver St by the river. Silver street parallels Pembroke St and Mill Lane) - you cannot get closer to the river and it is right where you rent punts.

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

SF level food...in Vegas. Does is exist? Help?

Well I may take you up on that offer - although I know SF reasonably well as I spent time at "the farm" doing my PhD many many years ago.

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Absolut sues Kahlua impersonator

Kah phooey!

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Galeria gets good reviews and Fitzbillys has been solid for many decades - both are very close to Pembroke. some colleges actually serve quite good food - but I did not go to Pembroke so I don't really know - but it is worth checking out. Also, in summer just getting a cream tea or strawberries on the riverbank is very pleasant - Cambridge strawberries are excellent. Oh and in general there are MANY fine places to eat in Cambridge - it's just that I'm not really up on current developments.

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

SF level food...in Vegas. Does is exist? Help?

Always glad to oblige - seriously I get tired of posts from (mostly) New Yorkers with titles like "NYer coming to Vegas - any food that I'd like?". I mean, normally we'd direct out of towners to the hog-trough buffet or, for a really fancy meal, well there's this bang up place with a couple of golden arches outside. It is true that much that Vegas offers will be equalled or trumped by what SF offers and if you insist on eating in a Strip hotel you will almost surely be paying way too much. However there are impressive off-strip venues - such as Raku or Lotus of Siam - not to mention a vast array of Asian choices along Spring Mountain. There are also quite a few impressive and reasonably priced casino venues - Charlie Palmer Steak (for the cut of the week $48 special), Estatorio Milos (for the $23 lunch special), Sage, Wicked Spoon. And then there a few expensive but interesting gems like e by Jose Andres and Carnevino.

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas
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3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Which college in Cambridge will you be staying at - or will you be staying at a hotel?

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

SF level food...in Vegas. Does is exist? Help?

What can I recommend for the palate of someone from San Francisco, a palate that is almost as discriminating as a New Yorker's? Gosh I'm stumped!

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Have the recent rains helped the drought?

I agree snow pack is what matters and that train has left the station for this summer

Jun 01, 2015
kagemusha49 in Not About Food

help me name a drink

Rot your teeth

May 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

Annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas June 8-13

Thx - been to Ping Pang Pong a couple of times

May 27, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas June 8-13

I saw Curtas's writeup on Glutton and would certainly consider meeting up there

May 26, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas June 8-13

Bardot is in Mina's American Fish space - right?

May 26, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

I have no idea. I was suggesting a trip to the one on Tower Bridge Road. There is R Cooke which is less than 1/2 mile from Waterloo. However I was suggesting the Pie and Mash for another day as they will almost surely be closed on December 28th - upon further review R Cooke seems to have closed down. M Manze is still going strong though.

May 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

2015 Las Vegas Epicurean Affair at the Palazzo - Report

My wife and I went to one of these at the Palazzo a few years ago back when we had more money and knew less about the Vegas dining scene. We paid up for the VIP admission. My experience back then sounds a lot like yours. Quite a lot of the "name" restaurants had slightly dumbed down offerings and quickly sold out. And of course, places like Raku and Lotus were nowhere to be seen. Interesting experience but kinda redundant if you already know our way around.

May 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas June 8-13

It is time for my annual pilgrimage to LV for the World Series of Poker. Stunningly, last year I actually WON money at the WSOP so naturally I need to give it back. I'll be staying for 2 nights at Aria and 2 at Golden Nugget downtown and driving a rental (last 2 years I drove from Tulsa and stayed longer). I need some recommendations for downtown (think spicy and Asian - mostly but not exclusively) - I tend to be lost for good dining options downtown and my impressions is that a lot of neat places have opened up there recently. Now the WSOP takes place at the Rio and one of m favorite cheapo Asians - Shaanxi Gourmet has closed down - need some good choices closeish to the Rio. I know the Rio does have a cafeteria place that does pho and then there's Hash House a Go Go and also Buzio's. My problem gets complicated because of having to stick to the WSOP schedule - meaning I'll have to eat a couple of meals at the Rio - and then I also have dining credit at Aria. Along the way I'll also try to make a trip to Raku and also to Lotus. Finally, I know folks were talking of meeting up for a meal at Lotus - I think that has come and gone but I'd love to meet a chowhound or two ate either Lotus or Raku - are you out there - Feldman - Uhockey - Zin?

May 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

I guess there will be no way to disguise the fact that you are the Griswalds but you should call it a Cornish Pastie (and it probably will be nice but bear little resemblance to the real thing - I may be dissing a very nice pastie place there). Rather than hit a Brit McD which really is just like a US McD (now French McD is a different story) - why don't you go to a PIE and MASH shop? Pie and mashes are a disappearing relic of Victorian fast food other than fish and chips. An excellent pie and mash shop is M Manze on Tower Bridge Road - this is 1/2 mile South of Tower Bridge (i.e. on the other side of Tower Bridge from the Tower of London). http://www.manze.co.uk/ What you will get is cheap mince meat pies (you'd want 2 each for adults) with mashed potatoes and "liquor" (which is green parsley gravy) or brown gravy. I don't think they also do jellied eels and if the did it takes most neophytes a lot of courage to order those. The decor goes back to Victorian times with a tiled eating area. You could tell your kids that this is the Victorian equivalent of McDs and could combine your visit with a tour of the Tower of London &/or Tower Bridge - the Griswalds are surely doing the Tower after they've demolished Stonehenge aren't they?

May 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland
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What Goes Into Wine-Label Design?

And then there's Nacktarsch http://www.reocities.com/WestHollywoo...

May 25, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine