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So here's a challenge...

Heading with my husband & 2 kids to Minneapolis to meet up with my husband's mom, brother & his family. They have 6 kids. There will be 5 adults and 8 kids. We dislike chains, but realize the dining limitations with 8 kids (ages 2 - 15). Any suggestions on places (not area specific as we'll be all over the place... not sure where we are staying yet) that are casual and affordable with good food? Delis, diners, pizza, ethnic, brunch, lunch, dinner?? I'd really appreciate some help!

Oct 13, 2013
kbpacer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

1 night in Houston

Hi all. Picking the hubs up tonight at intercontinental and we have 1 kid less night in town before heading back to my folks and our kids on Galveston island. We know nothing about Houston. Right now we have a reservation at the Westin galleria but that can be easily changed. My husband has a meeting tomorrow downtown. I think Houston has a lot of sprawl? So we weren't sure where to stay, where to eat, etc. Looking for a a place with a cool atmosphere (we're 38), great food, independant, and not terribly expensive (where we could get out with wine for $100). I'm clueless, so please help!!! Thanks!

Jun 06, 2013
kbpacer in Houston

Need help with a weekend in New Orleans

Hi all...last minute request as usual! My hubs surprised me with a last minute weekend away without our kids. We love good food, fancy or casual, as long as it uses fresh ingredients, is creative, or just plain delicious. Any suggestions for lunch and dinner? If we can get reservations for 1 nice dinner out, where should we go? It doesn't have to be creole or cajun. Also, any good places to sit at the bar and have a good cocktail? We live on the westside of Atlanta, which is ripe with great farm to table restaurants, cool bars for grownups, and a bit of an industrial feel. We love that kind of vibe. Thanks for any help! I leave tomorrow so don't let me down! :)

Feb 28, 2013
kbpacer in New Orleans

restaurant suggestion Pentagon City area

Hi. We are heading into town (flight leaves in 10 or I'd peruse the threads) today and need some dinner suggestions for Pentagon City, Crystal CIty, Arlington Area. We are staying close to the pentagon for the weekend and don't want to drive too far. We have 3 and 5 1/2 year old girls, both well traveled, so while a restaurant needs to be okay with kids it doesn't need to be "kid friendly," as that usually means a mediocre dinner! All types of suggestions welcome... we are just looking for good food and a fairly relaxed atmosphere. Thanks so much!

First trip to the Islands for So Cal foodies...Orcas or San Juan?

We just returned from a trip to the San Juan's. We stayed on Orcas at the Rosario, which was great for kids. Their food was nothing to write home about. Rose's Bakery and Cafe' was fantastic. I could eat there everyday... Chimayo was delicious for lunch. We ordered the salad which was reallly good, with pepitas, black beans, rice, veg, guac, and beautiful greens. The burritos looked fantastic. One place we stopped for a early evening app and drink and I so wish we had been hungry enough for dinner was Doe Bay. It's out of the way, but the menu was absolutely beautiful... pescetarian (sp) and vegetarian. It's a little hippie resort, not fancy, but the restaurant was nice. We had wine, a cheese plate, and the thai coconut tomato soup with yogurt, basil, and cilantro garnish. Soooo good! I like Orcas way better than San Juan. Not as touristy, incredibly beautiful, and I can't wait to go back. Happy travels!

Aug 29, 2012
kbpacer in Pacific Northwest

Does cooking steak from frozen make it retain its juices better?

Mmmm. 1 3/4 in ribeye frozen... placed directly in 130' sous vide... cooked for 2 hours and some change (extra hour for frozen), then seared in a super hot cast iron skillet. My house will smell like steak for 3 days, but it was great. Like butter...

Feb 12, 2012
kbpacer in Home Cooking

Does cooking steak from frozen make it retain its juices better?

I've had a sous vide supreme for a few months now, with a many successes and a few miserable failures (marinades seem to do me in). I will buy Prime ribeye at Costco and freeze them individually. We love, love them in the sous vide, but I've always thawed them in the fridge. I'm going straight from the freezer tonight into the water bath... I'll let you know how it works. Any great sous vide suggestions would be much appreciated! I'm still learning.

Feb 12, 2012
kbpacer in Home Cooking

prep ahead dinner for 8 help!

That sounds great. I can do a good roast chicken but have never tried to roast 2. What temp and how long? I love to cook, but am at my worst when I have to have a plan! lol!

Oct 14, 2010
kbpacer in Home Cooking

prep ahead dinner for 8 help!

Hi. I've got dinner for 8 tomorrow night at my house. Not only do I have a 3 and 1 year old, but my kitchen is open to the dining area so I'd like to do most of the work before everyone arrives (today or tomorrow day) as I can't stand feeding people while staring at the giant mess I've made. I don't want to do something super casual like tacos or pizza... I'd like it to be somewhat refined. Any suggestions? There are no dietary restrictions and I have a moderate budget.

Oct 14, 2010
kbpacer in Home Cooking