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Bagger Dave's: Anything good?

Shouldn't this be in chains, unless you were asking about a specific location? I can tell you about the one in ann arbor.

Dec 10, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

Six minutes on a good day, and not at noon, plus parking is a bit of a hassle in there, although it might have eased up since glassbox closed

Nov 07, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Carson's Bistro (DTW/Ann Arbor): anyone been?

Be Won is ok, not great. 5 minutes down the road is Korean fried chicken at Seoul Street, but it takes 20 minutes

Nov 07, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Chili vs. Coney Island sauce

Sorry to disappoint you but you can absolutely order coney fries, no one calls them chili fries. You can order coney dogs, no one calls them chili dogs. And when you order chili, you're going to get a tomato based soup with ground beef and beans, NOT what comes in a coney. Are you even in Detroit, or Michigan?

I can link some menus of established metro detroit coneys that have coney fries on the menu if you absolutely need the proof.

Oct 04, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

Chili vs. Coney Island sauce

Chili is an entirely different thing than coney sauce. If you ordered a bowl of coney sauce, you'd probably get strange looks.

Oct 03, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

4 Days in Amsterdam w/ food obsessed family

do you have links to those posts?

Oct 02, 2014
charlesbois in Europe

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Never had heard of goetta. Cool.

Sep 29, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

I was so focused on brunch I forgot that this past week I cooked a pork stirfry with bok Choy and cashews, and lemon oregano chicken with Greek green beans.

Sep 29, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

The brunch was great! The hash was meh. I doubled it and it didn't work great as far as crispness. The flavor was good but a little one-note. Plus I should have cut the apples into thin pieces, not chunks. But everything went together well.

Sep 27, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Tomorrow is one of our cooking gang's random brunches. I'm making sweet potato hash with bacon and apples. Mostly because sweet potatoes were on sale for 49 cents a pound. I've never made it before and found a recipe guideline online. It's Anne burrell's recipe. I'm not a fan of hers, but it looks very much how I imagined I would make it. Hope it turns out because I didn't have time to do a practice run.

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

Christ, meatball heros with the leftovers. That is a brilliant idea.

Sep 26, 2014
charlesbois in Home Cooking

Frozen Chinese food?

Are these the Tai Pei brand? I've had them. Of course they're not good. However, for frozen Chinese they are edible. The Szechuan beef was actually a bit too spicy for me. I generally go for the orange chicken or general tso. I find the battered, fried chicken chunks hold up better in this preparation. Not authentic, not good, but ok crappy cheap microwaveable convenience food if you're into that.

Sep 25, 2014
charlesbois in General Topics

16 Scenes from Markets in Thailand

Great photos! Chow needs more of this.

Sep 21, 2014
charlesbois in Features

Detroit in November

2 places I want to try are zenith and dime store. Motor city brew works is good. Apparently royal kabob is the shit, but I just heard of it, and on this board.

Sep 20, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Low-Carb in Detroit

I'd go to Greene's, order two doubles, eat all four patties with onions and pickles on just one grease soaked bottom bun and 86 the top buns.

Sep 13, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes

Why is that Kids Competition with Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri on Food Network and not Nickelodeon?

I don't think age matters much if it's good food. I can see challenges being skewed toward kids, and if that doesn't float your boat just DVR some curmudgeon-appropriate fare.

Sep 10, 2014
charlesbois in Food Media & News

4 Days in Amsterdam w/ food obsessed family

My husband has a layover in Amsterdam next month. A Hema hotdog will be his first stop. Wish we had them in the states!

Sep 08, 2014
charlesbois in Europe

Moe's Tavern

Hey, those ain't your rats, Barn.

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.

Aug 20, 2014
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.

Aug 20, 2014
charlesbois in Great Lakes
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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.

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.

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.

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