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Best way to enjoy a great bar of chocolate?

And.... doing it right now.

Aug 07, 2014
lemonseleven in Home Cooking

Best way to enjoy a great bar of chocolate?

I love both the mousse and ganache ideas. Thanks!

Aug 07, 2014
lemonseleven in Home Cooking

Best way to enjoy a great bar of chocolate?

I have found a chocolate bar that I truly love- Dandelion Chocolate's Ambanja, Madagascar 70%. It's bright and tangy and nutty and delicious. I make a trip to their shop to buy a few every time I visit family in San Francisco. However, when I bring it home, I tend to put it in a drawer, not wanting to waste such a precious commodity on just my daily sugar craving nibble.

In the winter, it is AMAZING in David Lebovitz' Belgian hot chocolate recipe (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/01/...). I'm trying to think of a use or recipe that will be equally worthy of this chocolate bar in the summer months. Any recommendations?

Aug 06, 2014
lemonseleven in Home Cooking

Mexican Bakery Novice- what to try?

I definitely saw both of those there- thanks for the tip!

May 27, 2014
lemonseleven in General Topics

Mexican Bakery Novice- what to try?

I recently found an amazing Mexican bakery in my little midwest city. The place was beautiful and I was overwhelmed by the huge selection of pasteries, cookies, empanadas, etc - probably 100+ different items. Not being very familiar with Mexican baked goods, I stuck with a few things that looked somewhat familiar- i bought churros, something croissant-like (but with an interesting creamy filling), and a kind of thick, almost pudding-y cornbread that was amazing, along with a few tamales and some mole sauce. Everything I bought was great, but I'd love some suggestions on what to look for when I go back. The items were not labeled, so visual descriptions would be helpful. Thanks!

May 27, 2014
lemonseleven in General Topics

Tartine-quality bread in Chicago

Having visited a friend who lives around the corner from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco several times over the last few years, I have become enamored (obsessed?) with their bread, particularly the sesame loaf. To be honest, I have barely explored bakeries in Chicago, and I was wondering if anyone had tips on where look for bread that can satisfy my craving for a perfectly textured, flavorful loaf between trips?

Mar 20, 2014
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

DIY Shrub/Drinking Vinegar

I had an amazing non-alchoholic "drinking vinegar" a couple years ago in a Chicago Restaurant- basically a strawberry vinegar drink with soda. I'd never tasted anything like it and was instantly hooked. Since then, I've been on the lookout for recipes and ideas to recreate this special dirink.

I've made a couple strawberry shrubs using a hot method- basically reducing a strawberry/sugar mixture (jam-like) then adding apple cider vinegar at the end. Results have been enjoyable but not as heavy or flavorful as the first one we tried.

I'm on the lookout for recipes and tips- if you have any experience with this unique drink I'd love to hear it!

Feb 25, 2014
lemonseleven in Home Cooking

How to word invitation- not paying for drinks

Thanks for all of the input! I think it's a great idea to inform the restauant, although I'd like to also inform guests upfront.

We aren't drinkers, although not for religious reasons, just personal preference.

This is what I have come up with: "Hosted dinner, drinks available for purchase"

I don't love the idea of using "Cash Bar" or "Host Bar", although they make sense generally, this is a small dinner party, and there is not a physical bar at the restaurant although there is alcohol on the menu. Those phrases just sound a bit to formal to my ear (feel more appropriate to a wedding or large party invite).

Thanks again for all of the input!

How to word invitation- not paying for drinks

I am hosting a Chinese New Year Dinner Party at a favorite restaurant. I plan to pay for dinner for everyone invited, but I'd like guests to foot their own drink bill. What is the most tactful way to communicate this in the invitation?

Dec 24, 2013
lemonseleven in Not About Food

What Did Your Mom Cook You When You Were Sick?

I agree! I used to feel so special when I as sick because mom would buy me my own 2-liter of ginger ale. We didn't grow up drinking soda so it was a treat.

Ginger ale has another nostalgic association for me- we'd order it from the drink cart whenever we took airplane trips. I still do that today too!

Dec 19, 2013
lemonseleven in General Topics

Should restaurants leave the tails on shrimp?

Perhaps I don't know the correct technique, but it really bothers me when restaurants leave the tail-shell on shrimp in dishes that are not intended to be eaten with your hands. Yesterday I ordered a bowl of pho and was very put off that I had to de-tail each shrimp myself- they were so hot from the steaming bowl of soup that my fingers burned.

I know that cooking shrimp in the shell adds flavor and can protect the shrimp from being overcooked, but shouldn't they remove it before serving if it's not meant to be finger food? Is this standard, or are restauarants just being lazy?

Dec 13, 2013
lemonseleven in General Topics

New Years Day Brunch Recommendation

I'm looking for a good place to make a reservation for brunch on national hangover day. We are visiting from the midwest and will be staying with a friend in Park Slope but brunch can be anywhere in Brooklyn or Manhattan. We are looking for a place with good food and good character- nothing fancy (about $20/pp plus drinks would be good) . Must be good for groups (there will be 8 of us), and able to take a reservation for New Years Day. Thanks!

Dec 05, 2013
lemonseleven in Manhattan

Staying in Park Slope- NYC for cheap (adventurous) midwesterners

I actually have been to Katz's Deli- was a great meal!

Nov 28, 2013
lemonseleven in Outer Boroughs

Staying in Park Slope- NYC for cheap (adventurous) midwesterners

We love dim sum! We don't really have a free weekend day on our docket though, as we are there Tuesday-Saturday. Will definitively head to ChinaTown though! I don't know how I forgot pizza....

Nov 28, 2013
lemonseleven in Outer Boroughs

Staying in Park Slope- NYC for cheap (adventurous) midwesterners

I've never been to Queens- maybe we can fit a visit into our agenda

Nov 28, 2013
lemonseleven in Outer Boroughs

Staying in Park Slope- NYC for cheap (adventurous) midwesterners

I'd say we're happy to spend $50-60 for a meal for the two of us. Will possibly also do one splurge meal ($200). Would also like to throw in a few cheap casual meals (hot dogs, tacos, sandwiches) to balance it out.

Nov 26, 2013
lemonseleven in Outer Boroughs

Staying in Park Slope- NYC for cheap (adventurous) midwesterners

My husband and I are coming to New York for five days around NYE and need some dining suggestions. We are staying in Park Slope near 5th & Union. I have been several times over the past few years but this will be my husband's first time in the city.

We are broke graduate students, so we'd like to experience the food scene as much as possible, but keep things pretty casual. We have a couple of weekdays in our itinerary, so we'd love suggestions for a couple of higher-end restaurants we can try during lunch (when we can be cheap without being hated on). We're not big drinkers, and my husband is a military man/science nerd (read: not impressed by the trendy/hipster scene).

We will probably stick around Brooklyn some of the time and will definitely be in Manhattan one or two days. Here are a few things we'd enjoy to spur ideas:

-bagels
-sushi
-hot dogs
-thai
-seafood
-Jewish Deli
-Asian Noodles
-general breakfast & lunch spots

Thanks!

Nov 26, 2013
lemonseleven in Outer Boroughs

Is there a wholesale flower mart in Chicago?

Actually, I guess I'm not looking for wholesale but bulk, and inexpensive- since I don't have a retailers license I can't buy at places that don't sell to the general public.

May 16, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Is there a wholesale flower mart in Chicago?

Looking to DIY my wedding flowers and not sure what the best place is to source bulk flowers- I know I can order online, but I'd love to just go the morning before (which would be a Thursday) and pick out what looks nice and fresh. Does anyone know of a wholesale flower market in Chicago (not a Costco or Trader Joe's) that fits the bill? Any suggestions appreciated!

May 16, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Chicago Style Pizza- Family Friendly- Best Location?

I working on putting together a casual, family-friendly dinner for my relatives who will be in town the weekend of my wedding. I would like to take them somewhere “Chicago-esque” so I’m thinking either Giordanos or Lou Malnattis. I haven’t visited many of these restaurants, and I’m not sure which is best in terms of atmosphere, service, and accommodating large parties. Here are the specs:

-Reservation for 20-30 ppl
-Lots of kids under 8
-6:30 on a Thursday night
-Must be easily accessible by public transport (easy parking would be a nice bonus, but not necessary)
-I live in Lakeview, wedding is in Lincoln Park, and many guests are staying downtown/near north so would like to stick to those areas.

Any recommendations greatly appreciated!

May 14, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

What's your order at Chipotle?

I have a few orders I love- but this is my recent order habit:

Bowl:
No rice
Extra Pinto Beans
Extra Fajita Veggies
Chicken
Tomato, Corn, tomatillo salsas
Sour Cream on the side
Extra Cilantro (this isn't on the main line but they will do it for you)
Lettuce

I used to get basically this same thing but with a mix of white and brown rice and a tortilla on the side- this would end up being TWO very filling meals for me. The current version is an attempt to cut down on the carbs.

I love that Chipotle doesn't nickle and dime you for all the extras. Say what you will, but in the scheme of lunch options, Chipotle is a fresh and filling option and a great value.

Apr 01, 2013
lemonseleven in Chains

Large Dim Sum Party Recommendations

My family would like to host a post-wedding Dim Sum brunch in Chinatown. Only caveat is that my wedding is on a Friday, so we're looking for a Saturday spot. So I'm looking for:

A. Dim Sum
B. Saturday morning (11am-ish)
C. Cart Service
D. Either has a private room or will take a large party reservation ( about 30 people)

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Mar 29, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Leaving Chicago: Help me create my Restaurant Bucket List!

Thanks nsxtasy- You've inspired me to go to Anteprima tonight! I'm also going to add Jam to my list. Alinea is not in my cards (or my budget) but I'll put it on the one day when I'm rich list.

Mar 15, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Any good spots to have lunch near the Art Institute?

Berghoff is definitely still open.

Mar 15, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Leaving Chicago: Help me create my Restaurant Bucket List!

I just found out that I am most likely moving away from Chicago this summer. I am suddenly faced with the feeling that I need to hit all of the great restaurant spots that I haven't made it to yet in my five years here!

I'm looking for can't-find-anywhere-else spots, nothing too expensive (grad student budgets!)- where would you go if you only had 3 months longer to live (in Chicago)?

Here's the start of my list:
Hot Doug's
Cafe Lula
Publican
Ruxbin
Piccolo Sogno
Au Checal
GT Fish and Oyster
Irazu
Calumet Fisheries
Yusho

Mar 15, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Any good spots to have lunch near the Art Institute?

nxasty listed most of them- Out of the nicer sit-down places I would recommend tesori or The Gage/Henri. Park Grill is too touristy, never found anything special at Miller's Pub. I also like Terzo Piano, it has good food and a great atmosphere.

I work in the area and often lunch here- for something simpler, I would second Pastoral or Hannah's Bretzel for great sandwiches. Max's has some of the best hot dogs in the city. For something a little different, try Native Foods for flavorful and filling vegan food. Although it's a bit of a walk, I also love Benjyehuda for falafel and great fries.

Mar 15, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Suggestions for Live Jazz dinner or drinks?

Thanks jorlofsky- I think we will try Andy's Jazz Club. Green Mill looks great but a bit more complicated logistically, will have to visit them another night.

Jan 23, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Suggestions for Live Jazz dinner or drinks?

It's my pick month for our book club and I'd love to find a bar or restaurant for us to go where we could see some live jazz to go with the theme of the book (Rules of Civility by Amor Towles- great read). Preferably this would be somewhere Downtown or on the North Side (bonus points if close to public transportation) and it will be on a Wednesday night (Feb 7). I had initially thought of Kingston Mines, but I understand that to be a Blues Club and I'm not a huge fan of that particular jazz genre. Any advice appreciated!!

Jan 22, 2013
lemonseleven in Chicago Area

Help!! Recipes for extremely picky eaters.

I think the casserole idea is a good one... will definitely use that. It really is like feeding a kid.

Nov 08, 2011
lemonseleven in Home Cooking

Help!! Recipes for extremely picky eaters.

I'm trying to help a friend out who's trying to eat healthier - she's getting married in a year and doesn't necessarily need to lose weight but is looking for a generally healthier lifestyle. I've offered to help teach her some new recipes so she can start cooking at home more. The problem is, she has the palate of a 5 year old. She pretty much only eats Hamburgers (well done, no condiments or cheese), pasta with plain sauce, pizza (plain cheese), hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, etc. I've been trying to get her to eat more vegetables, but over a year of working on this (we were roommates), the only things she will touch are: carrots, green beans, lettuce, corn, potatoes. Recently got her to consider eating broccoli. She doesn't eat any kind of rice or cooked grains (doesn't like the texture). Seafood is a big no. And the kicker is, her fiance, who she lives with and cooks for, doesn't eat any kind of poultry.

I'm trying to put together about 10, relatively healthy recipes, nothing too complicated, nothing too strange. Any recipe links would be GREATLY appreciated.

Nov 08, 2011
lemonseleven in Home Cooking