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MSP-Tian Jin-Must Try in western Suburbs (Mandarin/Szechuan)

My life just got better because of Tian Jin. My husband and I moved from NYC two years ago and have struggled to find good or even edible Chinese food in the Twin Cities, specifically in the western suburbs.

We live in Chanhassen and have driven by Tian Jin (formerly Giant Panda) many times and written it off. It wasn't unitl I read the review in MSP magazine that we decided to give it a try.

We were not disapointed. We have only gotten take out at this point, but are looking forward to eating in the restaurant next week. We loved everything we ordered -- egg rolls, steamed dumplings, double cooked pork and seafood chow fun. Everything was excellent and actually exceeded the best chinese food we've had in NY and San Francisco. All of our entrees were perfectly sauced, and not greasy or heavy. The chow fun was not oily at all and the double cooked pork was made with real pork belly.

Ryan was great to talk to and recommended some dishes to try next time. Another bonus - delivery!!! Right now it's only Mon - Thursday within 5 miles, but I'll take it given the only other options for us are Domino's or the equally abismal Frankie's.

I'm glad to hear that they are getting some press - I want to do everything I can to make sure they stick around!

Mother's Day Brunch - Livonia Area

I will staying at the Marriott in Livonia over Mother's day and need to identify options for Mother's Day breakfast or brunch. We need some place that is conveniently located in either Livonia, Novi, Northville, or any other close surrounding area, and we also need to find something that is serving food on the early side of the day (we'd like to eat around 10). I know that the hotel is having a brunch, but it doesn't start until 11 and it's $32.95 a person which seems a bit steep.

Any thoughts would be appreciative. We would also be fine considering regular breakfast places that have solid food and can accomodate a party of 8.

Thanks!

Pre-sliced (in the deli case) cold cuts

I know this thread is a few months old, but I wanted to weigh in. I recently encountered the pre-sliced deli phenomenon and I am on a personal mission to get my grocery store to stop this practice. I find that the pre-sliced meats and cheese absolutely taste different and have a less desirable texture. Not to mention that I also like mine sliced very thin. My store actually gave me a hard time about slicing fresh for me. I told them they could either do that or I would go somewhere that would. I think of it as a lazy practice that has zero benefit.

Nov 18, 2008
bullygirl in General Topics

Help - West Village dinner tonight, near PATH station??

My favorite in that area is D'Andrea. Amazing home cooked italian and very inexpensive.

Mar 13, 2008
bullygirl in Manhattan

a nice simple place for dinner...

Capsouto Frères in Tribeca is a solid place. It's out of the way, but a good value for true french food in a nice setting. It's a large place so it's easy to get a reservation. We found it to be a good value for the food.

Mar 13, 2008
bullygirl in Manhattan

A tribute to Trader Joe's

I noticed Plugra the other day when I was at TJs. Can you tell me a little bit more about why it's good and what you make with it?

Dec 28, 2007
bullygirl in Chains

A tribute to Trader Joe's

Isn't TJ's in Manhattan on 14th Street in the middle of Union Square? Pretty busy area, IMO.

Dec 28, 2007
bullygirl in Chains

Good BYOBs in Northern NJ

Hoboken has a ton of BYOB restaurants. If that's a location you're interested in, I can provide more details.

Dec 27, 2007
bullygirl in New Jersey

Help - Beef Short Ribs in Crockpot?

Hi - I need Christmas dinner for 6. I was thinking that braised beef short ribs would be a good entree and easy to make (no need to worry about how each person likes their steak cooked). My dilema is that I don't own a dutch over. I actually think I'm getting one for Christmas (thus can't go out and buy one), so I want to know if I can make them in my slow cooker as long as I brown them first.

If anyone has any advice or good recipes that they could share I would greatly appreciate it!

Dec 21, 2007
bullygirl in Home Cooking

Puerto Vallarta restaurant report

Thanks for your input. We did end up keeping our reservation and were not disapointed. I will draft a full report on all of our eating activities later, but wanted to report back that we really enjoyed Cafe Des Artistes. The service was fine, the only issue being that they put us in a back room initially and it was too warm so we asked to be moved. We started with the soft shell crab app and the goat cheese salad, and both were delicious. For entrees my husband got the ribeye medalions with gorgonzola sauce which was very good, and I had the duck which was absolutely phenomenal. We didn't have room for dessert, unfortunately! More to come on our other eating adventures.

Dec 18, 2007
bullygirl in Mexico

Puerto Vallarta restaurant report

Hi, my husband and I are leaving tomorrow and can't wait! We've been to PV several times and have always opted to stay out of the more formal restuarants like Trio and Cafe Des Artistes. But, after a family member raved about a meal at Cafe Des Artistes, we decided to make a reservation for Saturday night. Of course, now that it's close, I'm questioning if this is truly a good option for us.

Has anyone eaten here recently that can give me their take on it? Thanks!

Dec 06, 2007
bullygirl in Mexico

[MSP] Dieting (gasp!) deliciously in the Twin Cities?

Thanks for the suggestions - unfortunately I'm on the northside of town (7th Street & Marquette) so those won't work for me. But, next time I drive in I will have to check them out. I found a greek place that has decent salads although the grilled chicken on top was a bit too processed for my liking. On a walk today I noticed there is a juice place in the US Bank building that has salads and sandwiches so I'll have to check that out as well. Having just moved from NYC, what I really miss are the salad bars where you tell the person making the salad what to put in and then they toss it for you. They have this in the basement of Macy's but the indgredients aren't very good. D'Brians also has something similar, but they don't really get it either and didn't have plain balsamic vinegar for dressing, only full fat pre-made stuff. I'm missing the huge selection of veggie toppings that I used to be able to get - artichokes, roasted peppers, sun flower seeds, etc.

[MSP] Dieting (gasp!) deliciously in the Twin Cities?

I recently moved to MSP and started working in Minneapolis. Anyone have any healthy, diet friendly recomendations in the downtown area besides sushi? I love sushi, but can't afford to eat it for lunch everyday. Haven't really been able to find a great salad place either...any suggestions are appreciated!

Best Burger (MSP)

I second the buger at Monte Carlo and agree about the place. We ate at the bar and that was fine, but I would not want to eat in the dining room. My Burger is another favorite.

MSP...Tony Bourdain @ Solera or Triple Rock???[Moved from Midwest Board]

Wish I would have known about it sooner - it looks like it's sold out. How much were the tickets?

Nov 27, 2007
bullygirl in Food Media & News

MSP...Tony Bourdain @ Solera or Triple Rock???[Moved from Midwest Board]

What's the event? Can you provide some more detials?

Nov 27, 2007
bullygirl in Food Media & News

Thanksgiving Day Timing - Tips?

Hi,

I'm cooking my first real thanksgiving dinner in my own house and I'm getting a little nervous about timing everything. I'm only having 7 people, but would like to try to make as much as possible the day of and not ahead of time, but I'm thinking that might be too dificult in terms of oven space.

What is everyone planning on serving and do you have any tips on how to best time everything? I have one regular size oven and plan to roast a turkey and bake stuffing seperately. Not sure yet what other sides I'm doing besides mashed potatos and some veggies, maybe squash and green beens.

Nov 14, 2007
bullygirl in Home Cooking

KEY WEST favorites for next week

I'm surprised that no one recommended 7 Fish. We've been there twice (most recently two years ago) and really loved it. Anyone been there recently that can comment?

Nov 09, 2007
bullygirl in Florida

Top 5 Chicken Wings (IMHO)

I completely agree with Striver - Dinosaur's wings are to die for. I've eaten at Dino for years and always resisted ordering the wings, I could not believe how good they were when we finally tried them. It is definitely worth traveling uptown to get them.

Nov 01, 2007
bullygirl in Manhattan

Hot Artichoke Dip recipe using Cream, No Mayo?

I don't know the exact recipe, but I usually just throw frozen spinach, a package of cream cheese, a carton of sour cream, some shredded mozz, and some parm in bowl - add hot sauce if desired, pour into caserole or pie plate and bake. very yummy!

Oct 31, 2007
bullygirl in Home Cooking

Local meat - how is it butchered?

Thanks - I need to find something like that. I live in Minneapolis, and moved here recently so I'm not sure how easiy or difficult it will be to find, or it I'll even be able to find it.

Oct 23, 2007
bullygirl in General Topics

Tapas

I LOVE Xunta! It is definitely my go to place for a fun night out with decent tapas - and it doesn't break the bank. If you can, make a reservation for a front table, order up some sangria and don't miss the spicy potatos, garlic shrimp, and calamari.

Oct 23, 2007
bullygirl in Manhattan

Goin' to Chicago

I highly recommend Frontera Grill. I went with a party of four and had one of the most memorable meals of my life. For a party of two you probably can't make a reservation, but go early, put your name in and have drinks at the bar. If a table at the bar opens up than you're all set, if not, you can enjoy excellent drinks while you wait.

Honestly, every dish we had (and I think we sampled most of the menu) was to die for and the food prices were incredibly reasonable.

Oct 23, 2007
bullygirl in Chicago Area

Any good, clean veggie restaurants near Union Square?

I always thought that Zen Palate was kosher. What about Angelica Kitchen? It's completely vegan and I used to eat there all the time with my roommate who was Orthodox and kept kosher.

Oct 23, 2007
bullygirl in Kosher

1st Date (Casual) - help me impress a foodie

this is kind of out of the way, but if it's nice out, you should think about hitting Stone Street downtown near Wall Street. You can hit one of the many bars for drinks first and then head to Adrienne's which is the perfect, casual spot for yummy italian food and pizza.

Oct 23, 2007
bullygirl in Manhattan

Best barbeque sauce out of a bottle?

I'm a huge fan of just about anything Dino - especially the Wango Tango. It's hot with just the right amount of sweetness. If I'm making something where I'm concerned the sauce could be too sweet I cut it with Open Pit.

Oct 19, 2007
bullygirl in General Topics

Local meat - how is it butchered?

Thanks - I appreciate all of the information. As someone who has always eaten meat, I'm a little caught off guard by how this has affected me.

Oct 17, 2007
bullygirl in General Topics

Secret Food Myths - Let the De-Bunking Begin!

That is actually not true - at least according to Calorie King.com. According to their database, Shrimp has 55 mg of cholesterol in 1 ounce and boneless, skinless chicken breast has 15 per ounce.

Oct 17, 2007
bullygirl in Home Cooking

Chinese steamed chicken with black mushrooms

Other easy ways to make a steamer:

Buy disposable pie tins, make several small holes randomly across the bottom, fill a wide pan half way with water, and put the punctured pie plate on top of a cut off tuna can or anything else that will prop the pie pan up an dout of the water. Another option is to use a metal collander - just fill the pan with water and set the collander right in the pan.

Oct 17, 2007
bullygirl in Home Cooking

Brunch West Village

Snack Taverna

Oct 17, 2007
bullygirl in Manhattan