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Detroit suggestions for lunch and dinner in the Motown Museum /Institute of Arts area

I recommend this every time but I like eating at the DIA's cafeteria. Good soups, salads and sometimes creative daily specials, along with wine and beer. Also, I think you can still eat sandwich/snack type things in the kresge court in the museum, surrounded by castle walls. And Jim's right about walking. Detroit's a driving city anyway.

11 minutes ago
charlesbois in Great Lakes

El Harissa Market Cafe (AA)

Finally, finally got there after not being able to go (had baby, live on other side of town, nightmare construction). It was very good, but the prices were mind-bogglingly expensive. I had ONE merguez meatball and a terrine de poulet that was no bigger than a corn muffin you might make at home. That, plus a $1.50 soda came to $9.82. Unbelievable. To be fair, they did throw in 2 pieces of pita bread, but it wasn't the homemade pita they sell by the bag for $3.49!

This place is in the Miller Maple strip mall, so the rent can't be driving the prices, although it is a pretty big space they have. I'm used to paying Ann Arbor prices, and I pride myself on getting some of the cheapest, best lunches A2 has to offer, but this ain't one of them.

However, I would go back. The balance of spices is phenomenal, the food looks beautiful and very fresh, and they have a lot of interesting gelato and sorbetto flavors. I just really wish things were at least 15% cheaper.

about 9 hours ago
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Top Chef Duels

So far I didn't even pay attention to Marcel's fire and ice dessert challenge. Marcel beating Blais in the burger challenge was pretty amusing. Also I want to steal that kimchee ketchup idea. Loved both the "bone marrow" and the "cherries."

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels

Anyone recapping top chef duels? I've only been watching with half an eye on the tv.

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Great ideas! Next week I'll be doing zucchini fritters. I'll have to try the TJs bites.

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

Need to feed 50 people on the cheap but good - ideas?

Welcome! Your party sounds fun! Encourage people to bring blankets to put down on the hay bales or to just sit on in the grass. Let us know how it goes!

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Plus I threw in some chocolate chip muffins tonight just for laughs. I sprinkled Maldon salt on them so they're not so pedestrian as choc chip muffins can sometimes be.

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

A month into my new job back in a kitchen and I was inspired to cook my ass off this week. Roasted curry cauliflower, roasted organic sweet potatoes for baby, roasted sweet potatoes for me to maybe make sweet potato pie, and some quickie nachos from leftover tacos last night. It's a cool night for August so perfect to run the oven. Tomorrow I'm making a big veggie korma to eat for lunches this week. Then for dinner it's baked kielbasa, yellow wax beans (boiled with bacon of course), maybe some sort of rice with that, then strawberry and nectarine cobbler. Then Friday or Saturday it's ribs. Also am making pancakes for the baby for the first time Saturday morning.

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking
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Best of Top Chef

I liked Tiffany, and was glad to see her get a commercial for her school.

I remember dishes more than chefs. I liked the young woman who made the deconstructed pot roast.

Who pickled the lettuce hearts? I still make that dish.

Is there a favorite top chef dish thread?

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

The view from the kitchen window

Here's a panoramic view in 2 pictures. We basically live in a forest.

Aug 06, 2014
charlesbois in Not About Food
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Need to feed 50 people on the cheap but good - ideas?

Definitely agree with slaws and baked beans. Both are super cheap, as is cornbread. 50 is a lot of people. You'll need a fair amount of pork.

Provide lemonade and make it byob? Or wine in a box sangria?

Aug 05, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Need to feed 50 people on the cheap but good - ideas?

I noticed the date too, because the prices were so out of whack! Pork shoulder rarely gores below $2 a pound in these parts.

Aug 05, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Best of Top Chef

I don't want it sling shit, bit I was really disappointed to learn kevin didn't compete in his spot at the bocuse d'or. He was totally the wrong winner for that challenge. His food looked great but is not elevated enough for that type of competition.

Aug 05, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

Best of Top Chef

Who was Stephen, was he European and bald? So glad he was nice in real life. He was one of my favorites. I'm cheesy enough to like fabio too.

Aug 05, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

Chicago to Saginaw and Back Recs needed

Heartily second that. Wednesday is pot pie day I believe.

Jul 31, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

The Most Fabulous Candy Bar Ever

Christ no

Jul 29, 2014
charlesbois in Features
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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

I do believe people are yucking your yum. Oh well, more for you. I stick by my earlier post in this thread, I miss some brown chips in a regular bag of chips.

Jul 21, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Not embarrassing or disgusting but Michigan, especially southeast/metro Detroit is known for coney dogs and Faygo. Both are awesome. But Michigan is such a wonderfully diverse food producing state, I do think those two choices are a little unfair. Oh well, northern Michigan has cherries and pasties I guess. Balances it out a bit.

Jul 08, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

I like neehees but wouldn't recommend it. It's not special enough. Plus the drive from the highway is criminally bad. The worst scenery in Michigan.

Jul 08, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Good eats between NYC and Interlochen,MI via I80

Zingermans in Ann Arbor is a michigan foodie destination. Stock up on breads, cheeses, other comestibles for the last leg of your trip up the mitten.

Also good in Ann Arbor is Biercamp for meat-centric munching and it's close to the highway. To be fair, Zingermans also has a big area on the south side of town as well, both are accessible from the same exit off 94. The actual zingermans deli is further into town. They also have a roadhouse on the west side of town. All are terrific if pricey.

Jul 08, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

How to peel a bucket of potatoes in less than a minute

That was freaking BRILLIANT!!!

Jun 28, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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What are you doing for father's day?

Thank you!

Jun 09, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Really? When I had it, it was very strong. Maybe it was brewed incorrectly. I personally drink the A-Bar-A from Roos. It's a lighter roast but very very delicious.

Jun 09, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Cheap Foods that Become Popular

Great, I should have said I hope liver and squab don't increase in price.

Jun 09, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Cheap Foods that Become Popular

I don't even want to post this, for fear of jinxing it, but I swear if pork butt doesn't stay relatively cheap, I will be piiiiised.

Jun 08, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Roos roast lobster butter love or rich french neighbor

Available in detroit, w Bloomfield, Troy and Rochester hills whole foods

Jun 08, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

What are you doing for father's day?

It's our first one! So far only bacon is on the menu, which is the standard weekend request for mr. charlesbois.

We may go to a picnic potluck. I brought bacon scones to the last one. Maybe strawberry cake this time?

Jun 03, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Detroit restaurant hummus-where/how is it produced?

It's so easy to make. I know I've made it in house at a couple places, including restaurants and production kitchens.

May 24, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes
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Chili vs. Coney Island sauce

That's a pretty good coney sauce recipe. Lots of places round these parts also use beef heart in the ground beef mixture. Coney sauce is definitely not eaten with a spoon.

There are no beans in coney sauce, which can differentiate it from a chili dog. Put coney sauce on natural casing dogs (for the snap) topped with onions and yellow mustard. Coney sauce is also good on fries.

I'm not even going to get into the difference between Flint and Detroit style coneys.

May 22, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Not to Miss Places - Cleveland, Detroit area, Columbus maybe?

Oh definitely. I know when I go on vacation, if the food isn't better than what I can get at home I just sit in my hotel room eating a sleeve of saltines.

May 19, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes