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Carré Saint-Louis recommendations?

I think that La Petite Cuillère is closing? Say it isn't so, I love that place.

Sep 09, 2012
Aucoin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for great free-range fried chicken /organic hamburgers in Montreal

Thelonius, I see what you're saying. Merci!

Aug 24, 2012
Aucoin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for great free-range fried chicken /organic hamburgers in Montreal

Than you, Looosia. I suspected as much! I know that Omnivore serves organic meat, but I've yet to find another restaurant that does.

We've been to Aux Vivres, and it was a nice detox experience for me, and I loved the red chairs.

Aug 23, 2012
Aucoin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for great free-range fried chicken /organic hamburgers in Montreal

Hello-
I'm new to Montreal, from New York City, and plead guilty to missing American-style diner food that involves less cruelty to animals (like Birdy's, Bareburger, and that Pie place in Brooklyn).

There's no shortage of great places to eat here, but are there restaurants that serve free-range fried chicken, etc? What/where would they be?

Thanks!

Aug 22, 2012
Aucoin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

"Beef stew meat" from CSA.

thanks!

Nov 12, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

"Beef stew meat" from CSA.

I still have the "beef stew meat" in the freezer. I have no idea what to do with it. Could it be part of a soup, which I usually make with squash, carrots, or whatever I can find at the Farmer's Market? I usually make vegetable soups with the csa veggies. Would this meat have to be cooked in a crock pot, and for how long? Usually my soups cook in 40 minutes.

Nov 12, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Any cold-brewed coffee in Hell's Kitchen area?

I couldn't find any from yelp, except at 5 Napkin Burger (!?). Does anybody know any cafes in the area that serve real cold-brewed iced coffee in that area?

Thank you!

Sep 13, 2011
Aucoin in Manhattan

How do you like your coffee?

Cold-brewed, (the process takes about 14 hours of steeping) with a little milk and agave. Only the best, fair-trade beans will do.

Aug 17, 2011
Aucoin in General Topics

Converting steaks to hamburgers? Doable?

jgg13, next time, I'll try it without the added ingredients. :)

Aug 14, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Converting steaks to hamburgers? Doable?

Thanks for the link. As it turns out, we do have a food processor! My husband knows what kitchen tools we have, not me. I doubt I have the knife skills to chop steak into hamburger. But it is a source of inspiration! I have another beef flap steak left, and I'm going to convert that one, today.

Aug 14, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Converting steaks to hamburgers? Doable?

Thanks, everybody. The patties came out pretty good -- I added egg, parsley, garlic and dill to the fp. Next time I'll chop them into even smaller pieces.

Aug 12, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Converting steaks to hamburgers? Doable?

Thanks, guys. I will follow your advice.

Aug 10, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Converting steaks to hamburgers? Doable?

I'm new to meat, so please bear with me.

I am not a huge fan of steak, but have a short rib and beef flap meat from my local CSA. I love hamburgers, and was wondering if they could be ground in a blender (?!) to make hamburger patties? We don't have a meat grinder, so the blender is the only option.

Aug 10, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Cold-brewed coffee in Paris?

Thank you for the advice. I think I'll go ahead and brew my own, perhaps buying beans in those areas you recommend, since going without caffeine in this form is out of the question.

Jul 01, 2011
Aucoin in France

Cold-brewed coffee in Paris?

I'm addicted to cold-brewed coffee, and I'm not sure if one can find it in Paris, (let alone North America). I'm resigned to making it myself (I'm even willing to bring my own ground beans). But...

Does any one know if there are Parisian cafes which offer this? It's the only kind of coffee which doesn't give me awful bouts of heartburn.

Jul 01, 2011
Aucoin in France

Melty, Funky & Energized - The Queens Kickshaw Brings Grilled Cheese & Coffee to Astoria

I pay for quality too -- I'm happy to pay an equal amount for better quality (and amounts!) at Sweetleaf, Oslo, Modca, El Beit, Third Rail...These places are most certainly not Dunkin Donuts. Why should Kickshaw be more expensive than those establishments, without providing better product? I can spend the same amount, and get a better drink -- for example a Cold-brewed New Orleans for the same price at Sweetleaf in LIC. Furthermore, why charge such a huge markup for the Mast Bros chocolate? High-end, boutique places should exist, and ask for more money. But this is excessive.

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El Beit
158 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Oslo
133 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sweetleaf Coffee & Tea
10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Jun 24, 2011
Aucoin in Outer Boroughs

Melty, Funky & Energized - The Queens Kickshaw Brings Grilled Cheese & Coffee to Astoria

You know, I wasn't so impressed with the place. The sandwich was tasty (with carmelized onions, and the iced coffee was nice.. But their goods are seriously overpriced -- $3.50 for their cold-brew? I can get a New Orleans version for the same price, elsewhere. Also, selling Mast Brothers chocolate for $10.00 is robbery. Even in Williamsburg, they only sell them for 9 bucks (they are 7 dollars at the store). I'd honestly prefer the place if it didn't seem so fussy -- is table service really necessary? Why not have a straight-up coffee bar, with a menu?

Jun 23, 2011
Aucoin in Outer Boroughs

Hairy pork belly?

Should have done my research, thought I was the first to make such a discovery. Ha!

May 16, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Hairy pork belly?

the recipe I'm going to try: http://www.deliciousasianfood.com/200...

May 16, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Hairy pork belly?

Yes -- it's obviously fresh! Already put on a simple rub of salt, rosemary, and soy sauce and will stew it. Next time, I'll slow cook/braise, when I have more time.

I fell in love with pork belly after going to a Brooklyn BBQ. Oh my --dessert and savory lunch in one (the rub was phenomenal, with the sweetness that made me feel I was eating a snack).

May 16, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Hairy pork belly?

Whew. What I suspected. Thanks!

May 16, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

Hairy pork belly?

Please bear with me. I don't really understand meat yet -- but I'm learning.

I bought some pork belly from a great Brooklyn butcher, so I suspect the problem is me. Anyway, on the skin, are whiskers! I get ew moments every time I look at it, but I do look forward to finally cooking it.

My question: is it normal for pork bellies to be sold in a somewhat furry state? Should I trim off the layer with the whiskers? This experience is seriously humbling for me.

May 16, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Aren't you saucy ;)

May 13, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Thanks for the translation, below. I barely speak a few phrases, myself-- just a few expressions I learned from my husband and Egyptian neighbors (the Astoria part of Queens has a delightful little Egypt -- with great food and people!). So you pick up a few words, here and there.

May 11, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Honestly, I might try anything...It's interesting that so many sympathize with my plight (if you could call it that...)

May 11, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Salaam Alaaykum, Phurstluv :)

May 10, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Roland -- good ideas. It's fun to see how many other people love bacon -- and the lengths we'll go to, to save our marriages

May 10, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

On the 5th floor in a NYC apt -- maybe I could get creative and grill on the fire escape? JK -- maybe moving to the suburbs (for easier dispersion of bacon-smell) isn't such a bad idea.

May 10, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Good point -- I hate the smell and taste of salmon, but tolerate it bec. I know he loves it and it's good for him.

May 10, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking

My husband hates the smell of bacon frying...ideas for a substitute?

Unfortunetely, I live in a New York City apartment -- not many possibilities for opening windows and sliding doors ;(
Like most people responding, I love the smell of pork fat, despite 2 decades-plus of former vegetarianism. That might be because I grew up eating it, whereas my husband grew up in the Middle East, where pork isn't eaten. He isn't against it on religious grounds--I think it's like a "pregnant lady" reaction, like JerryMe. ;)

May 10, 2011
Aucoin in Home Cooking