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MSP: Town Talk Diner

Q.: is it true the duckbombs are only available at the bar? the times i have been to the TTD, the bar seemed like Al's Diner + alcohol, with hungry/thirsty people pressed up against the shoulder blades of those lucky enough to have seats already. that's not really my thing so it kinda put me off going except for the dining room.

Mar 03, 2009
mariyum in General Midwest Archive

Minne Hound Needs Caterer, Houston TX

Hi, I'm the Chowspouse of the OP. Thanks for your comments, all. And Cheflambo, we're looking to do it at the guest of honor's house, which is in the Gessner-Memorial area.

Dec 01, 2008
mariyum in Houston

One night in Greenville NC - advice?

So, report: I had a long day my one day there and made it only to CPW's. But HUGE thanks for recommending it, because it was a long day and late and I was depressed by the area and just not sure what to do. It had a nice atmosphere and decent wine and decent salads and friendly low-key people. Exactly what I needed. So respect, all.

(Oh, and Bear Rock Cafe. which the medical center people recommended? Needs more vegetables on its sandwiches. I'm just sayin'.)

Aug 08, 2008
mariyum in General South Archive

Visiting Charlotte a few nights

So, reporting in post-trip (with HUGE thanks to all of you for the guidance. Because Charlotte may be the least-navigable city in the universe, and I've driven on several continents. C'mon, it's crazy.):

I ended up with more late work nights than I planned, which cut down on my fun food time. (File under Plans, Best Laid, etc.). But I made it to the Tailgate Farmers Market, where there were the cutest little sweet 100 cherry tomatoes in bags (car snack!) and the peaches were OFF THE HOOK; and of course down the street to Price's, which may be the deep-fried chicken of my dreams. The rendered fat under the crispy breast skin? OMG. (But, criticism, they clearly fry the wings up separately, because of my quarter white, the breast was fresh out of the fryer, the wing, not so much.)

I got to Ru-San's for sushi - not a creative choice but I know it from Atlanta and it was late, and it was as safe as the original, but their sake prices were good - and the Common Market for wine. (And got a lecture from a hippie chick about the chips I was buying. They were bad for me. Umm, I know that.)

My one bad experience was 300 East, which I was really looking forward to and wanted to love. I got there about 8.35p on a Thursday; it was busy but not in the weeds. I asked the hostess if there was room at the bar, because bar menus are usually interesting and when I'm alone in strange cities I'd rather talk to the bartender than take up a table and depress a waitron who thinks I won't tip well. (NB: Because I travel a lot, alone, I tip *very* well.) The hostess said there was room, but "room" turned out to be one remaining stool between two parties who clearly did not want to give up an inch of space; honestly, the hairgelled guy on one side deliberately extended his leg into the space where I was about to sit to keep me from wriggling in there. The hostess had gone off into the other room and the bartender was either distracted or not willing to take sides. The whole feeling was very much: This is our private club in our sleek little neighborhood, and if we don't know you, you can't join.

So I went up the street to Fuel and got some decent pizza and wine, but it wasn't what I planned. (And, nit: Fuel, while tasty, is not "NY style." It takes more than a thin crust to make pizza into NY pizza. Sorry, native New Yorker here.)

Many thanks again for all the great recommendations. I wish I'd been able to use more of them.

Aug 08, 2008
mariyum in General South Archive

Visiting Charlotte a few nights

All y'all, these sound great. Thanks so much. My trip is this week, so I look forward to trying out the recs and reporting back!

Jul 28, 2008
mariyum in General South Archive

how many Chowhounds are professional writers?

I'm a magazine and Web journalist and write books; used to be a newspaper reporter. Don't write about food, sadly, at least not for pay. Foodborne disease, on the other hand, I'm your girl. (Heh.) And I blog, most recently about MRSA in the food chain.

Jul 15, 2008
mariyum in Not About Food

Visiting Charlotte a few nights

Hounds, the last travel advice to Charlotte visitors on this board is about a year old, so I'm re-asking. I'm going to be there three nights, central city and toward the airport. I'll have a car. BBQ recs? Head out to Lexington? Go to that Chicken Coop place? Or, conversely, any place for a good glass of wine? This is on me, not an expense account, and I'm a girl traveling alone, so nowhere where I have to bring a bodyguard please. ('Cause then I'd have to feed him.)

Many, many thanks!

Jul 15, 2008
mariyum in General South Archive

One night in Greenville NC - advice?

Hounds, please help. I'm visiting Greenville for one night, staying on the west side of town (near Pitt Memorial Hospital). I'll have a car. Real bbq would be great. A good glass of wine would be nice, too. Yes, I assume they won't be in the same place. Thank you!

(And if you have any advice for my three nights in Charlotte, I posted a separate query on that...)

Jul 15, 2008
mariyum in General South Archive

snowball ingredients - pls help settle?

So, it's both condensed and evaporated... but condensed tastes better. So I win. (heh.) Thanks all y'all!

Jan 19, 2008
mariyum in New Orleans

snowball ingredients - pls help settle?

NO hounders please help: The key ingredient in a Plum Street-style snowball is: sweetened condensed milk? evaporated milk? I think it is the first but I am getting pushback from an unnamed party for the second, which doesn't make sense to me but what do I know. Can anyone elucidate?

Jan 17, 2008
mariyum in New Orleans

The Tot Grows Up

Writing about Tater Tots = food section equivalent of jumping shark.

Jan 17, 2008
mariyum in Features

help SD visitor: good Mex/tacos by trolley? by car?

Thanks everyone for these recs! Just to be clear, Tex-Mex or gringo-Mex is what I was trying to exclude. Authentic Mexican or the border-Californian interpretation is what I'm after. I'm excited to try all of these once I have two free minutes to figure out the trolley, which goes right by my hotel. Thanks again!

Oct 06, 2007
mariyum in California

Anyone been to Be'Wiched Mpls Yet?

Be'wiched were offering gratis apps at the monthly Sam's Wine Shop tasting this week. Muchos yummos (and nice that North Loop food businesses support each other).

Oct 05, 2007
mariyum in General Midwest Archive

help SD visitor: good Mex/tacos by trolley? by car?

I'm visiting for a few days, staying ner the Convention Center/Gaslamp area; desperate for good Mexican (not Tex-Mex!) food - can be in a restaurant, shack or taco truck. I know there are past posts on good places but don't know the local geography. So please help: Are there good places I can get to 1) by the streetcar? 2) by car w/in say a 20-min drive? Please exclude lunch-only places sicne I only have roaming time in the evenings. Thanks!

Oct 05, 2007
mariyum in California

Butter flavored popcorn- lung disease risk?

For a better take on this story, check out the blog <thepumphandle.wordpress.com>. The guy who writes it is a public health scientist and has been exploring "popcorn lung" in factory workers for months. He's the one who made the popcorn-consumer story public by posting the Coloado doctor's letter plus the federal agencies' (non-) responses. The food manufacturers' press release came in response to his work and then the major papers picked it up, but he has more expertise, context and detail.

Sep 05, 2007
mariyum in Food Media & News

good taco trucks?

No, seriously. I know the city is trying to chase them out of town, but in Houston and LA, they provide THE best Mex food. Anyone know of any good ones?

Sep 05, 2007
mariyum in New Orleans