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Starting off a life right in NOLA. Gift ideas?

They're looking Uptown/Garden district, but for September will be staying on Magazine Street. Thanks a bunch!

Sep 09, 2013
RaquelRaquel in New Orleans

Starting off a life right in NOLA. Gift ideas?

I'm looking give a gift to my dear brother and his wife, upon their move to NOLA? I don't live there, but they're a little nervous about the move and so I thought I could give them a gift certificate or pre-pay for something for them to pick up in their first few weeks there.

It seems like I could contact a few different restaurants or shops and assemble a virtual packet of gift certificates of places for them to try in between house hunting, etc. My budget is not big, but I'm willing to give a few different "experiences" via this effort. Like, not needing to pay for a meal, but spend enough at a bar, a restaurant and a shop or two that they would get a taste of places they'd want to frequent. So these don't need to be well-known or tourist places (actually, neighborhood and low-key with great food are more their interest). My brother eats seafood and fish, no meat or poultry. Sister-in-law eats all foods. They really love classy cocktails and inventive food (and I am interested in supporting anything farm-to-table, especially)

Help me find the right places to "show" them!

Sep 06, 2013
RaquelRaquel in New Orleans

Tour of dulce de leche in Buenos Aires?

Spending a week in Bs As in June...would love to hear if there's a way to sample many types of dulce de leche around town. Or, is there a must-buy-multiple-jars brand that i should pick up at a supermarket? Any pointers on getting the best dulce de leche experience would be very appreciated!

malt flavor ice cream?

came across this discussion and thought I'd let you know that in this day and age (2013), malt is fairly popular on the east coast. Il Laboratorio del Gelato has a really nice version--that's in NYC.

Apr 05, 2013
RaquelRaquel in California

Interesting dinner in Rochester, MN (near Kahler)

I'll be in Rochester, MN on business and we have 2 nights of "dinner on your own" plus I'll be in the market for any interesting coffee/bakery spots with WiFi. Totally new to Midwest culture, so would be interested in some local flavor--with the twist that I'm vegetarian (definitely fit the bill of liking the "natural"/"ethnic" foods scene, but would try anything meatless but more traditional that comes recommended). The meetings are at the Kahler, also where we are staying. So an easy walk or taxi ride would be best. This is for early December. Hey, if you know the area, you could recommend entertainment/local interesting spots, too!

Nov 22, 2012
RaquelRaquel in Great Lakes

Where to eat in Bennington VT? with kids

Rattlesnake Cafe is Vermonti-Mex with HUGE burritos/portions. Really yummy--but nothing too out of the ordinary. Again, very delicious! Madison's Brew Pub on Main St. is relaxed, not just about beer (but it's also fun to see the brewing equipment in the back). Pub-style food. Crazy Russian Girls bakery is a hit if you're there during the day. Allegro's is an affordable Italian place--worth checking out the atmosphere to see if it works for you! The Blue Benn diner for breakfast/lunch. Also, go to the Village Chocolate Shoppe.

"Gooey Rice Cake" Origin/Recipe?

This recipe seems like it could be it! Thanks!

Feb 17, 2012
RaquelRaquel in Home Cooking

"Gooey Rice Cake" Origin/Recipe?

it was cut from a larger cake, very light brown in color, may have had some raisins though that could just be my bad memory/their preference for raisins

Feb 17, 2012
RaquelRaquel in Home Cooking

"Gooey Rice Cake" Origin/Recipe?

It was not very strongly flavored--maybe why I am having trouble describing it. Someone else suggested mochi and I don't think that's it--do you have a recipe for biko? Is it always made with coconut? Sounds good, even if it's not the dish I remember!

Feb 17, 2012
RaquelRaquel in Home Cooking

"Gooey Rice Cake" Origin/Recipe?

years ago, my college professor brought us a snack he and his wife made (something traditional to her family, but can't pinpoint where she was from besides a place that celebrates and cooks rice in all forms). He called it "Gooey Rice Cakes" and it was nothing like the low-calorie crunchy snacks you get in a store. It was very dense, chewy, but apparently made with some sort of rice because that's what he said. Any ideas out there about the origin, real name, or a recipe? when a craving strikes...sometimes you gotta follow it....THANKS

Feb 17, 2012
RaquelRaquel in Home Cooking

freshly made soy milk or tofu?

on this note, I would love to visit a shop where you can see tofu-making or where there is some added factor besides just buying great tofu--anyone know of one in TO? Going there for vacation only so I probably wouldn't buy any as a grocery, but would love to see the process and try the fresh stuff. this board is already helpful for the latter.

Hello, I'm Your Annoying Server

as a waitress i never introduced myself or divulged personal info. it really slows you down and messes with the timing of service, at least in fine dining. sometimes people asked, and then yeah, they would use my name to get my attention (small dining room). i hated it! also awful to get stuck telling my life story, which is usually the next question i tried to avoid ("are you from around here?")

Jan 27, 2011
RaquelRaquel in Features