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Cuisinart Multiclad Pro or Le Creuset Stainless?

Have you held both of them? It sounds like handles are a key factor for you.

I have only held the Cuisinart ones and thought they were fine, but I also don't have complaints about the All-Clad.

Apr 12, 2011
juise in Cookware

Pressure cookers- which brand and model should I buy?

Did you have the Duo? I read the same thing about the handles on those. It seemed to be a pervasive problem.

Apr 10, 2011
juise in Cookware

Pressure cookers- which brand and model should I buy?

That was a great help. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I did notice that the instruction manual was online, but hadn't read it yet. I wonder if Magefesa re-wrote the manual after they got some bad reviews because I don't notice the unintentional comedy (bad translation) that is mentioned in reviews.

It seems so tricky to figure out what is made where. At one point I think the Fagor Duo line was made in Spain, but now everything I'm reading says that all Fagors are made in China with the exception of the Futuro. I notice that Macy's has the Futuro at a lower price than Amazon with coupon, so I might have to do that. It's not that I don't think that all products made in China are poor quality (I'm typing this post on my beloved Macbook Pro, made in China). It's just the direction I'm going right now. :)

Apr 10, 2011
juise in Cookware

Pressure cookers- which brand and model should I buy?

Thanks for the response and for your perspective.

The Practika Plus is made by Magefesa, a Spanish company that's been around since 1946 and created a U.S. division in 2007. Their domestic website has what appears to be a full selection of parts. According to Amazon, this model is made from "surgical grade" 18/10 stainless. The valve is spring-based.

I think I like the Fagor slightly better, but I'm not sure how much we'll even use the pressure cooker, so paying twice as much is not amazingly appealing.

Apr 10, 2011
juise in Cookware

Pressure cookers- which brand and model should I buy?

I have also been shopping for a pressure cooker, so I was very glad to see this thread. I've been trying to support US/Europe-made products. I'm thinking I want something around 6 quarts. The Kuhn Ricon is a bit out of my price range, so I've been looking at the Spanish-made Fagor Futuro and the "Practika Plus Stainless Steel 6.3-Quart Super Fast Pressure Cooker," which seems to be less common. (There were also a couple German pressure cookers that I found, but those are spendier than the Kuhn Ricon.)

Does anyone have experience with the Practika Plus? The price is enticing. The reviews are excellent (on Amazon and elsewhere), aside from the apparently poorly-translated users manual. I was thinking about getting Miss Vicke's book anyway. I was hoping that someone here might have some experience.

Apr 09, 2011
juise in Cookware

Recommendations for small celebrations

I'm guessing Wildwood Restaurant & Bar.
http://wildwoodrestaurant.com/

Apr 06, 2011
juise in Metro Portland

Dining Near the Schnitz/Seeking "cool" Portland dining experience

I love Hotel deLuxe! My wife and I stayed there on our wedding night. It's great! However, it's not on Oak Street. I'm guessing that you're talking about Hotel Lucia?

If so, Clyde Common might be on your way to the Schnitz. Higgins isn't quite on your way, but it's pretty close to the venue. I don't hang out downtown too often, but those places came to mind immediately.

Bring me a few Nick's Crispy Tacos if you end up liking one of my suggestions, deal? ;)

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Clyde Common
1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

Apr 04, 2011
juise in Metro Portland

Our de buyer Carbon Steel Cookware Experience

We got our 10" Mineral pan in the mail (Amazon) on Friday and just seasoned it last night. So far we've only cooked a couple eggs (with butter, for now), but the pan did very well. So far, so good.

Yesterday, while searching for the most recent seasoning video, I came across a Mineral pan video that show the pan being made and then seasoning/use/cleaning. I didn't see it posted here, so I thought it was worth sharing. It was kind of fun to see the pan go from sheet metal to the package, looking exactly like the one I just unwrapped.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQwCiY...

Apr 03, 2011
juise in Cookware

Not too obnoxious sports bar in PDX to watch Final Four?

Last year, the Duke alumni club watch the national title game at Blitz Ladd in Southeast. There were ~20 of us rooting hard for Duke, but the other 80 people in the place were all for Butler. I'm guessing that you would find a similarly friendly crowd there on Saturday and probably Monday as well.

As for Blitz, it was pretty good. No giant screens, but definitely a decent menu and quite a few beers. There are some nice little tables with couches if you get there early.

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Blitz Ladd
2239 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Apr 01, 2011
juise in Metro Portland

cookwarenmore.com - experiences?

I ordered a saucier late Tuesday night and eagerly anticipate its arrival. I received an order confirmation e-mail, but have yet to find out whether it has shipped. My card hasn't been billed, so I doubt that it's on its way yet. I think I'm spoiled by shopping at Amazon all the time. :)

I'll report my satisfaction (or lack thereof) when it gets here.

Apr 01, 2011
juise in Cookware