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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2015

That tres leeches cake is really, really good.

Jun 16, 2015
suburban_mom in Chains

best restaurant for fresh high quality raw oysters

My husband and I had oysters at Sea Change over Memorial Day weekend. They were great.

Who owns the leftovers?

It is either yours or it belongs to the dog who lives in the house with the refrigerator (just joking about the second part, see my post on this subject).

I think it is quite self centered to assume that just because one supplies the refrigeration they are entitled to the food.

May 21, 2015
suburban_mom in Not About Food

Solo dining recs near Miracle Mile, North Loop

You must be a doctor. I had a heck of a time getting a reasonably priced hotel room for next weekend because of that giant conference. I do appreciate your questions though because I may have some meals alone too.

May 21, 2015
suburban_mom in Chicago Area

"Can I transfer these drinks to my table"?

Had a waitress offer that when we were on Spring Break and at the pool. She didn't transfer the bar bill to our food bill like she offered. We got billed twice for the drinks. Luckily the hotel figured it out quickly when we pointed out the error and made note of the waitress.

Apr 22, 2015
suburban_mom in Not About Food

Who owns the leftovers?

At least HE ate it, my "special" leftovers were fed to the dogs. I no longer speak to my in-laws. Not because of that event but it should have been a clue to me of things to come.

Graduation cake

Costco makes tasty cheap cakes. With the number of kids you will have to serve, it might be your best option.

Are you the main shopper/cook at home?

I do 95% of the shopping and cooking but I'm also the stay at home parent so it makes sense. I totally get into ruts and even though I enjoy cooking have times where I just don't want to. I think I wouldn't run into ruts if I could cook what ever I wanted not worrying about the food preferences of my kids.

I have one that doesn't like fish, eggs, or potatoes in any form besides a fry or chip (not even a tot). I have another one who recently doesn't like steak. Neither one will eat beets, quiche, cauliflower, quinoa, kale or any cooked greens. Add busy schedules for activities and sometimes I have a big challenge on my hands.

I started a pinterest board devoted to things I can make when those 2 kids are out of the nest.

Gumbo nuf said

I'm no help because I make my own. I prefer okra in mine.

I seldom see it as a regular menu offering. Usually it is the soup of the day.

Restaurants with good gluten free options

THanks for all the suggestions so far!

Restaurants with good gluten free options

I have a friend whose daughter is going to play a lot of hockey here in MSP. My friend is gluten free. Can you fellow Chowhounds help me come up with a list of restaurants with good gluten free options.

She has already given a thumbs up to the gf pizza at Pizza Luce although the rural Wisconsin girl that she is had a problem with the price.

Your favorite Barbecue Places and the best places in TC

I like Baker's Ribs in Eden Prairie for Texas style bbq. Al, the owner, is from Texas and opened the restaurant about 20 years ago. My favorites are his sausage, ribs and brisket. I also crave his potato salad. They don't have a liquor license but you can get everything to go.

I don't really eat bbq anywhere else in the Twin Cities.

Fun restaurant between airport and Chanhassen

This might be too late but I live in Chan and we like Tavern 4 & 5 at Hwy 5 and Eden Prairie Road (CR 4). I don't know if I would call it "fun" but it is solid family friendly food. Plus they make their own tater tots.

Mussels not de-bearded?

Now I want mussels for dinner.

Mar 16, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Mussels not de-bearded?

Now I want mussels and clams for dinner.

Mar 16, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Travelers: what unique ingredient should I buy as a souvenir and what recipe should I make with it?

I am also a honey collector. I like how each honey reflects the place it is from.

Mar 16, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Cov Wayzata Restaurant/ in Wayzata

My most recent visit was lunch on Saturday. I have not been disappointed. I've been several times for lunch and dinner. The worst thing is they don't take reservations. We've eaten all over the menu.

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

I have no food items to add. I've done something similar in the past and I made a compilation cd (aka mix tape) of Minnesota artists to add to the basket becuase we have some awesome musicians here.

Modern Cafe

And the article is right about that pot roast. The first thing to pop into my head when I think about the Modern is that amazing pot roast.

U of MN TC recs - March 2015

I don't think the cool decor at Loring Pasta Bar makes up for the mediocre food. Don't go there.

Kitchen towels - am I just being OCD about this?

Did they have separate rocks for underwear and kitchen towels?

Weekend in Austin

The Doubletree is nice but not walking distance to any recommended restaurants. They have a decent breakfast but not any other meals in house.

You won't be able to get a cab or reasonably priced Uber during SXSW. But you are there during the pre-music part of it so that might work in your favor. The Doubletree also runs a shuttle. They will tell you it is first come first served but with a little sweet talk they will help you out.

I live in Minneapolis, grew up in Houston, my husband and I went to UT. A friend went for a visit with her daughter last month and her daughter loved Chuy's. It is a chain but the original is on Barton Springs Road. It is fun and kitschy.

My oldest is in Chicago at DePaul (because he didn't get into UT). Have a fun visit.

Feb 28, 2015
suburban_mom in Austin

When do you plan dinner?

I'm a mom of 2 busy kids with a busy husband. On a good week, I start with a meal plan based on our weekly schedule. So far this school year I haven't been successful with that and usually plan day of or a day or so ahead. My meals are totally planned around the time I have to prepare a meal and whether we can eat together.

Jan 14, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

March vacation with good local produce?

We hit an awesome farmers market on the North Shore of Oahu late March/early April. We had a rental house on the Banzai Pipeline. We got some awesome Ahi Tuna, lovely fresh veggies and some crazy fresh fruit (rambutan among more pedestrian offerings). We ate most dinners at our rental utilizing the grill.

Jan 05, 2015
suburban_mom in General Topics

Victor's Excelsior

We ate there last night. Didn't have a reservation but found a couple of seats at the bar. We shared the beet salad. Red, gold, and chioggia beets, ricotta, candied walnuts and wonderful microgreens. I had the trout - perfect salty crispy skin, flavorful lentils, some sort of cooked greens. It was really good. My husband had the chicken breast - boneless, skin on juicy with lots of flavor. He said the artichoke heart served with it was really good. We finished with the almond pudding. It was topped with "boozy" cherries and had shortbread and ricotta on the side.

The service was wonderful and attentive. The staff is friendly. The atmosphere is beautiful. At 7:30, the restaurant and bar were packed except for the 2 open chairs at the back corner of the bar. The GM pointed them out to us and told us to grab them before someone else got them.

small dinner rolls?

Kings Hawaiian Rolls?

Dec 06, 2014
suburban_mom in Austin

I can't believe anyone hasn't posted about #grapegate yet

I'll take the bait.

You are talking something like this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7tWuG2o... . I think if the NYT had posed this recipe, no one would have complained.

American South or Southwest Christmas appetizers or sides

It is ALL wrong. Have you not read the comments?

Nov 19, 2014
suburban_mom in Home Cooking

I can't believe anyone hasn't posted about #grapegate yet

This is a fun one. What do you think about it: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

Here is Dara Moskowitz's rebuttle: http://mspmag.com/Blogs/Dara/November...

I have lived in MN for over 25 years. I traveled extensively in outstate MN for one of my jobs and went to countless small towns. Never have I run across grape salad.

Waconia! Who knew?

Yes, it is true. I'm on their email list and FB page and I heard it from them. My husband secretly hopes they move to Chanhassen.