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Which Coffeemaker to buy - Done with Keurig

If you want a capsule machine, Nespresso is the only way to go. They now make a coffee version...not just espresso. We have a Nespresso at home, and DH has one in his office. Dependable and produces a great cup. For drip coffee, simple is better. The Chemex makes very good coffee, if you use very good beans. I've had one for almost thirty years. The Cuisinart Grind and Brew in my office made average coffee and then broke. The replacement Keurig broke very quickly. The new Keurig is average at best in output.

Apr 14, 2014
dulcie54 in Cookware

Have you ever lost your cooking Mojo?

My mojo is definitely flagging. Not sure why. I'm kind of worried because we are headed to the UK soon and I usually do a LOT of cooking there at my FIL's place. They look forward to it. And I'm just not feeling it. I better start training!

Apr 11, 2014
dulcie54 in Home Cooking

East Coaster heading to PDX

I forgot a new place, NWIPA. Very chill vibe, small but good list, and some food surprises. We had a beautiful plate of fresh shucked oysters there.

Apr 11, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

East Coaster heading to PDX

For beer and food, Hair of the Dog. For breweries, The Commons and Cascade Barrel House (fantastic sours). Apex, Bailey's and Roscoe's are great beer bars. Apex has 50 taps. If you have time to travel east to Hood River (about an hour), definitely check out Pfriem. Avoid touristy breweries like Deschutes, Rogue, and (OMG the worst) Base Camp. Burnside, Breakside, Migration, Coalition, Urban Hopworks, Laurelwood are MOR. Beer is okay but not outstanding. BTW, Michael Jackson's (the beer guy, not the pop star) favorite brewery in the US was Hair of the Dog. The brewer is also a CIA trained chef. A great casual food and beer spot (voted best sandwich somewhere) is Lardo. And food trucks. That's a whole other post. Also a grim stretch of 82nd on the east side is home to some of the best ethnic restaurants in PDX. Apex is my desert island bar...hope for a nice day and the patio is great. There is a good Mexican place next door that delivers to the bar. Have fun!

Apr 11, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Profile of the Danish twins- "A Fight Is Brewing"

Wow. Great piece. I had no idea they were related. Two of my favorite brewers. And Three Floyd's of course...

Mar 26, 2014
dulcie54 in Beer

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Just call everyone dude.

Mar 25, 2014
dulcie54 in Not About Food

Oven baked salmon help

This is my go to method for salmon. Zest a couple lemons, add some brown sugar and alder smoked sea salt to the zest. Taste the mixture for the right balance. Turn your broiler on and let it get screaming hot. Brush some olive oil on the salmon. Pat the zest/sugar/salt mixture on top of the fish. Stick under the broiler. Be sure to watch it...but most of the time it's done in around 7 minutes. It's moist, but with a bit of caramelization from the broiler. And the topping doesn't drown or mask the salmon flavor. Just makes it better.

Mar 25, 2014
dulcie54 in Home Cooking

What country makes the best beers?

Portland. Lol.

Mar 20, 2014
dulcie54 in Beer
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How do you feel about dogs in the grocery cart?

I don't necessarily think supermarkets are so clean that the presence of a dog would defile them. However, representing any old dog as a service animal is becoming a HUGE problem and is really ruining it for those who have a legitimate need.

Mar 20, 2014
dulcie54 in Not About Food
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overwhelmed All-Clad

Although I usually eschew cookware sets, there is a 10 piece All Clad set usually available at Crate and Barrel that represents a good value and the pans you will need and use.. A sauté, two sizes of saucepans, two frying pans, and a stock pot. The only other thing I would add would be a non-stick frypan, and a cast iron (LeCreuset or other) French oven. That will keep you going for years.

Mar 19, 2014
dulcie54 in Cookware

Sansaire sous vide - my experience as a warning!

Polyscience is the only way to go with sous vide.

Mar 13, 2014
dulcie54 in Cookware

The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

There is a grocery chain in our area that hires the handicapped (mental and physical) for bagging. Could this be a factor? Maybe observe her more closely next time. The chattiness and lack of boundaries could be indicative of someone dealing with a challenge of some sort.

Mar 11, 2014
dulcie54 in Not About Food

The real Portland

It depends on if you want to go east of the river. Roscoe's on 82nd and Stark is good for a dive bar vibe with craft beer. NWIPA is mentioned elsewhere. It is good...and some nights they have fresh oysters. HA VL on 82nd for soup. Actually, there is a lot of ethnic food on 82nd. Since you have a car, head further east to the corner of 162nd and Glisan. Right next to the Plasma center is a Mexican grocery that was voted best taco on the west coast a few years ago. Tortilleria Y Tienda de Leon. And yeah, driving through east Multnomah County will give you a taste of "real" Portland.

Mar 04, 2014
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Is Anyone else on Pinterest? Let's follow each other!

I'm a lurker here for the most part. But here's my Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/obleak1/

Feb 18, 2014
dulcie54 in Home Cooking
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Does menu size matter?

That's one of my benchmarks for projecting how bad the food will be...the size of the menu. Both literally and in number of items. Also, a laminated menu is always bad. And pictures of the food? Forget it.

Aug 01, 2013
dulcie54 in General Topics
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I'm heading to Portland, Napa, Bend and would love some tips

Sparrow Baker is amazing. Ten Barrel is good. For a hardcore craft brew experience, check out the taproom at Boneyard. A new and cool place (with a great view) is Crux Fermentation Project.

When in PDX, see if you can make it to Apex in Southeast. One of the best beer bars ever.

May 09, 2013
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

help with the columbia gorge hotel

I hope you mean the one in Hood River...and not the one that was in Twilight. That burned down last year. If you don't trust your friend, well I would research other options.

Aug 29, 2012
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

First timers to Portland - need winery, brewery and dining recs please!

In the valley, don't miss White Rose and Archery Summit. Domaine Serene is also close, but I'm not a huge fan. Domaine Drouhin is good. These places will have spectacular views (if weather cooperates) as well as good wine. In the small town of Carlton is the Carlton Wine Studio where several wineries collaborate and you can taste all their wines. Great space and a lovely patio. Even though you are GF, you might want to visit some places your husband will enjoy for beer. For a quintesssentially Portland experience (and great people watching), go to Apex, have some beer and then get food from Los Gorditos next door. Or you could swing by Lardo, pick up some food (which is awesome) and take it to Apex. I would not waste a minute on Deschutes or Widmer.

Aug 29, 2012
dulcie54 in Metro Portland

Publican Happy Hour? Other Food Happy Hours?

Discovering there is no real bar at Publican was pretty disappointing for me. They have an odd bar-like counter, but the dining surface is at chair height and when seated, you look at a wall. I was looking forward to that convivial "seat at the bar" atmosphere. Not found here.

Jun 18, 2012
dulcie54 in Chicago Area

Does a can "de-value" a craft beer?

Actually, the can preserves the beer's taste far better than glass. Many craft brewers are turning to cans, and the results are exceptional. Interestingly, I just had lunch with a winemaker friend who said he was abandoning the screw cap. Not because it is ineffective, but because of the (incorrect) perception that it is bad for the wine, or makes the wine "cheap".

Jun 13, 2012
dulcie54 in Beer

Suggestion for a quickly prepared lunch which can be done ahead of time

How about a Thai green curry? You can cook it tomorrow and then refrigerate. It will be even better by the time you re-heat it on Sunday. Cook some rice when you get home Sunday. Maybe roast some pineapple while you're eating lunch and serve it on ice cream for dessert.

Jun 13, 2012
dulcie54 in Home Cooking

Chicago/Oakbrook Terrace Trip - Summer - Need Ideas!

There is a Portillo's just west of Oakbrook Terrace on Butterfield. There is also a Labriola Bakery restaurant on Butterfield in Lombard...they have great burgers. Also a DMK Burger Bar on Butterfield. If you want to venture into fine dining, you could try Vie in Western Springs (about 10 minutes from OB Terrace).

May 02, 2012
dulcie54 in Chicago Area

Where to buy mussels to make at home?

I know Hopleaf gets its mussels from Fortune Fish in Bensenville, and I believe many other chefs and restaurants use this resource. I am not sure about their procedures for selling to the public, but it's worth a try.

May 02, 2012
dulcie54 in Chicago Area

USA heavy cream vs UK double cream

I am American but spend a fair amount of time in the UK with my husband's family, and I do a lot of cooking there. You will not find anything here like Double Cream. Even Single cream is far better than American Whipping Cream.

May 02, 2012
dulcie54 in General Topics

Brewpub Bracket: Deadhead vs. Duuuuude

I can't even comprehend who might have come up with this list of "Best" brewpubs. They are all sub-par.

Apr 20, 2012
dulcie54 in Features

Was it rude to assume I was invited?

I don't think you were incorrect to assume you were invited. My husband is often invited to receptions by the various publishers he is affiliated with. At every one, spouses or partners of the authors/editors have been present.

Apr 13, 2012
dulcie54 in Not About Food

Funniest thing you seen in a restaurant?

Just the other day I saw a sign for a new restaurant that just opened..."Pulp Kitchen". I can't even imagine going to a place with that name. What, do they specialize in pulp?

Mar 06, 2012
dulcie54 in Not About Food

Range hood solution for open peninsula: Downdraft? Unobtrusive hood?

I would strongly suggest you not use a downdraft vent. Before the crash (*sigh*) I managed the construction of many, many high end homes. Even when we advised against the downdraft, some clients insisted...guess who they were mad at when they discovered it was ineffective. They do not vent well, and they suck heat from burners.

Mar 06, 2012
dulcie54 in Cookware

Pinterest: Trouble in Pin Paradise Over Photo Copyrights

In the matter of recipes...well, how many recipes can claim to be completely, totally original? There is a popular recipe website that invites contributions from readers...I have spotted numerous recipes on there that are blatant rip-offs of cookbook authors. But they still award them recipe of the week prizes and other nonsense.

Mar 06, 2012
dulcie54 in Features

HAUNTING FOOD FROM PAST

The Helms Man! I had almost forgotten about this. Like the ice cream man but with doughnuts and pastry. Their jelly doughnuts were a real treat. After a while though, we noticed our Helms Man spending a lot of time at our neighbor's house. Lol.

Feb 28, 2012
dulcie54 in General Topics