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Pre-teen birthday dinner in Richmond?

Mexican could work, and we'll be on the middle to west side of town...

May 22, 2014
mdamiani in Mid-Atlantic

Pre-teen birthday dinner in Richmond?

I need advice! My daughter turns 12 this weekend and I'm taking her and her girlfriends to Richmond for a day of wandering gardens, dinner, and jumping on trampolines. But I'm stuck on dinner. It has to be fairly inexpensive, but it does not have to be the kind of kid friendly that translates into kids meals and coloring menus. Rather, I'm looking for someplace with a fun ambience, a place that would give the girls a sense of festivity. Any ideas?

May 21, 2014
mdamiani in Mid-Atlantic

Long Pasta Rolling Pins

I just returned from a year in Umbria, where I had the great good luck to have a pasta making lesson with an Italian nonna. She said what it sounds like you discovered-that when you roll pasta in a machine, it takes on the surface of the machine. Like glass. So it lacks the porous texture that holds the sauce. This was a revolutionary discovery for me. Even though I didn't have the long pin for another few months, I started making pasta all the time (which became easier with the pin, as it helps dictate how thin to roll the pasta-- my pin is for 3 eggs, when the dough is the diameter of the pin, it's rolled thinly enough). The difference is insane. I, too, found it much easier and faster. The lesson shattered all kinds of misconceptions for me about making pasta. I'm not sure about Chowhound's policy on including links, so perhaps it's not okay to link to my blog where I wrote about it. But, in the hopes that it is okay, I'm including it, as I learned so much I'd love to share.

http://www.ilbelcentro.com/2013/02/17...

Jul 31, 2013
mdamiani in Cookware

Sicily (Jun 14 - 21)

I was enthusiastic to read your query, and then disappointed to see that there were no responses. I am also going to Sicily (Trapani and Scopello, with day trips to San Vito Lo Capo, Favignana, and perhaps Marsals) with well behaved and adventurous children. Any chance you have any on the ground wisdom now that your trip is complete?

May 02, 2013
mdamiani in Italy

Italy in November?

I'd definitely stay in one town, and then hop around for day trips. My preference is to stay in a town with all the provisions I would need to stay for a long spell (at least a butcher, an ortofrutta, a bar with pastries), but close to other places for color and variety, and more restaurants. A place that fits the bill in my neck of the woods and one of my favorite towns is Bevagna. Great restaurants, lots of locals, a beautiful village. A lot of people like Todi, but it's a bit crowded for my taste.

Sep 25, 2012
mdamiani in Italy

Family Day-Trip to Rome

Thanks everyone! Elizabeth, I'm wondering if Umbrian olive culture has all gone to oil? It is pretty spectacular oil. In any case, we ended up getting train tickets that left later, so we can have dinner as well. Tried to reserve for L'Asino D'Oro, but they are closed Sunday (next time... next time...), instead booked Gigetto for lunch. We shall steer clear of the artichokes, and rather focus on the zucchini flowers. Now we are looking for a reliably swift (not quick, just not a place you get ignored for long stretches) restaurant for dinner somewhere in the vicinity of the Forum or Termini. Pizza or otherwise. Tricky because it's Sunday (Monti is closed, too). We'll have to come back when the kids have a school holiday so we can be in Rome not on a Sunday!

Sep 22, 2012
mdamiani in Italy

Family Day-Trip to Rome

Great question, I think when we arrive, we'll probably want to head straight to the forum. And then lunch. So I'm thinking the only farmer's market we'd be able to go to would be one open on our way back to the train station. Which is unfortunate, I miss a good farmer's market!

Sep 19, 2012
mdamiani in Italy

Family Day-Trip to Rome

These are great ideas, everyone, thanks! Yes, I'm looking for a leisurely Roman lunch. My kids have been living in Italy long enough to expect to sit and enjoy their meal (and they are 5, 10, and 14, not too young) . If you have any more ideas, please keep them coming! I am so incredibly appreciative!

Sep 19, 2012
mdamiani in Italy

Family Day-Trip to Rome

Hello!

I'm going taking my family to Rome for the day on Sunday. Our train arrives at 10:30 and leaves at 7:30, which is too little time, but we are only aiming to explore the Forum and the Palatine hill. Three questions:

-Only one meal out, so I'd like it to be a good one, in a place not too tight since I have 3 children. Any suggestions for a great Roman lunch in that area, on a Sunday?

-I'll also be looking to pick up supplies for a dinner on the train, so I'd love any suggestions for great places to pick up olives (I'm living in Spello, and I'm stunned by the lack of olives!), cheese (I'd love something other than pecorino), and cured meats. Preferably en route between the forum and the train station so we can pick up supplies on our walk back.

-We love street food! Any places to pick up a warm snack of any kind would be marvelous!

Thanks chow hounders, you've always enhanced every trip I've taken!

Michelle

Sep 19, 2012
mdamiani in Italy

Italy in November?

I second Umbria. Cool weather, grilled meats, hearty wines, truffles, chestnuts, new olive oil. And festivals! Then again, I'm living in Spello, so I'll admit I'm biased.

Sep 19, 2012
mdamiani in Italy

Unusual food between Woolman rink and the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

I apologize for the misspelling, I should've double checked. I live in Charlottesville, so anything remotely unusual will fit the bill. What we have here is bad Chinese and mediocre Japanese (both of which we'll get in tomorrow around lunchtime, so I won't be looking for those)....

Any suggestions?

Feb 11, 2011
mdamiani in Manhattan

Unusual food between Woolman rink and the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

Hello all!

I'm bringing my 2 children (8 and 12 years old) into Manhattan tomorrow (2/12) from Virginia, and while we have much of the day planned (eating our way through the LES), I'm stuck for dinner.

If we can bear the cold, we'll be skating at Wooman rink in the late afternoon, then having an early dinner, and capping our day with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I'd like to not go to far afield from those places, since our time will be so limited.

I'd love to get some restaurant recs somewhere around the rink or the Met, preferably something inexpensive and an ethnicity we may not have in our small town.

My kids will eat almost anything, though my daughter is spice averse (sigh) and my son is cheese averse (double sigh)

Any suggestions?

Feb 11, 2011
mdamiani in Manhattan

Manhattan with 8 year old lover of Asian foods

You know, I've posted questions to various forums over the years, and NEVER gotten such a glorious response! Thank you so incredibly much for all your ideas (and the good laugh about Asian Express). We are by no means limited to just Asian food, and would be happy to partake of other foods. Though truly, I'm wishing now our trip was a month, as we won't even make a dent in this list.

Not to be greedy, but I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for Thai or Malaysian? I'll read over the suggestions more closely to see if I missed any...

Oct 11, 2010
mdamiani in Manhattan

Manhattan with 8 year old lover of Asian foods

Hello! My 8 year old daughter and I are visiting Manhattan next weekend, and looking for where to eat (maybe we'll hit a museum or two, but truly, the foods the thing). I've asked her what she wants to eat, and aside from doughnut plant and pickles, she is insisting on Asian food. We live in Charlottesville, which has borderline decent Japanese food, but pretty terrible Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese food. I'd love some recommendations on where we should go, bearing in mind that her palate is sensitive to spice. I'm looking for something memorable, and we are both fairly adventurous, though she refused intestine and tongue when we were in Italy, so perhaps not too adventurous...

Thanks so much!

Oct 09, 2010
mdamiani in Manhattan