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College visit with teens

so where did you land? reviews?

1 day ago
jboeke in Atlanta

College visit with teens

I wouldn't rule out Flip. For a teenager, I think the atmosphere has a fun, modern vibe and the menu has a lot of diverse options (even if it's not the best burger in town). And what 17-yr old wouldn't like a Krispy Kreme milkshake? Plus it's going to be gorgeous weather and the patio will be fantastic at the end of this week.

Apr 15, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

lunch near Marriott Marquis

Ray's has been offering a $10 lunch menu, but it's none of their good entrees. Just burgers really. Unless you indulge in teh full menu $$, I wouldn't go.

Apr 15, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

lunch near Marriott Marquis

Best lunch options are still down Broad Street in all the little dive spots. This old thread is still pretty accurate.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875704

Apr 08, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

Perhaps, but when the very first line is "Yeah, Atlanta's best food options are few and far between..." and the last line implies that any talent we develop gets run out of town, I find it hard to read the input as helpful.

Mar 28, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta
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Please Review: A Weekend in Atlanta

Wow - way to slam your town. No, Atlanta is not NYC and it never will be, nor should it. The cuisine and food culture should reflect the local populace and culture. So constantly comparing Atlanta to other cities is not only unfair, it's illogical. I believe people come to this board to ask for what Atlanta has to offer, so a negative post like this that says we have a few gems but basically suck is not helpful for visitors.

Mar 27, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta
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Beltline Recommendations

Is there a certain part of the beltline you're planning on walking? It's >30miles long. Assuming that's all dependant on dining options, then on the Westside you're not far from JCT kitchen, which would be casual and good. In Buckhead you could hit Georgia Grille, which is a very interesting vibe (Gerogia O'Keefe theme) for Mexican food. In the Poncey-Highlands area you could hit Two Urban Licks and Krog Bar, end even potentially hoof it all the way to Sweet Auburn Curb Market. I think that last stretch might be your best dining/walking option.

Mar 26, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Single serving microwaveable meal suggestions

What about serving the chili over brown rice or whole wheat spaghetti (Cincinnati style!)? That would help with the increase your fiber goal, and give you a bit more freedom on the chili recipe. I fill mine with any veg: peppers, onions, carrots, mushrooms, eggplant...as long as you chop it fine, it shouldnt affect the texture too much. I do it to hide veggies from my kids.

Mar 17, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Review of Common Quarter

We were there from 6:00-7:00 on a Saturday and it was not full, no lines, even when we left. I also made a reservation for 6 with just 2 days notice, so I think it's stil too new to be busy (plus hidden at the end of a strip mall, behind Starbucks with little sightline to Johnson's Ferry). They have booths, tables, and high-top communal dining tables, as well as some patio seating.

Mar 17, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Review of Common Quarter

So we ended up there again this weekend to celebrate my mom's birthday. This time we took the kids (4 & 2) and I have to say they really know how to handle kids! Food was fired immediately and they had grilled cheese and fries within 10 mins or ordering, which is so important to let everyone enjoy the meal. And we got to steal fries while waiting...yummy! I had chicken and dumplings this time - the chicken was a breast and the drummette (airline chicken?), and was fine but not particlarly interesting. But hte dumplings were pillowy and wonderful, and the pistou in the broth was herby and delicious, with chard and pickled radishes to round it out. My biggest problem was i wanted to eat with a spoon to get all the broth and that didn't work with the big piece of chicken. My husband had shrimp spaghettini and I finished the last half of it (stole?). Lovely raosted cherry tomatoes and lots of garlic, and they didn't skimp on portion or shrimp! My parents had the pork shoulder and trout that we had last time and were thrilled. They accomodated substitutions for my picky father (mash potato for polenta, no veg), which was nice because that can severely limit my places to take him. But a great family spot, with high quality food and good portions. Strong recommendation and really good fit with this part of town.

Mar 17, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Review of Common Quarter

Went to Common Quarter this weekend - new restaurant in Marietta opened by the team behind Muss & Turners and Local 3. I would call this well-executed Southern food, but not modern or fancy, which is probably what you'd expect from these guys. I started with the roasted carrot salad, which was a really nice surprise. The carrots we charred a bit with some spice rub on them, but still a bit firm in the middle. Served over a bed of greens with thin slices of radish and golden beets, chunks of avocado, sprinkled with pepitas and finished with a dollop of sour cream. Yummy and fresh! A nice transition from winter to spring in a salad. I had the pork shoulder, which was fall apart wonderful and tender, served over some super creamy polenta with roasted broccoli. I think the polenta was my favorite part of the dish. Hubby had 2 4oz. filets of trout over celery root puree with brussel sprouts and apples. The mouthful was wonderful mix of flavors and textures, so I gave him credit for ordering the better dish. We shared cornbread with pot likker which was a really nice touch - thin cornbread sitting in the greens and likker was exactly what you want on the side of a Southern meal. We also tried the lobster farro-and-cheese dish, which was unimpressive. While the farro held up as a nice sub for pasta, the cheese sauce was not enough to make it interesting and the lobster just laid on top felt out of place. Won't get it again. Dessert was good too - chocolate mousse cake with berry puree and chocolate sauce was exactly what my chocolate-loving hubby wanted. I didnt' take my kids this time, but the atmosphere would have allowed for it and I saw a kids menu online, which was surprising. All in all i think this will be a great addition to East Cobb dining. $90 for 2, but only 1 cocktail was ordered.

Mar 10, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Favourite Sandwiches?

Cheesesteak at Mad Italian

Mar 06, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Can polenta be made in advance?

A little cheddar cheese and they're not! :)

Feb 28, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Ground Beef recipes anyone?

How do you serve? Just over rice? Or is is thick enough to roll up in a tortilla (my kids will eat almost anything in a tortilla)?

Feb 28, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Left over polenta

My grandmother made "fried mush" which was basically frying up polenta squares and treating it like french toast...cover with butter and syrup for brunch!

Feb 28, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Can polenta be made in advance?

You could cheat with grits instead...Aunt Jemima grits cooked in chicken stock are very good, and don't require constant stirring. Just set to simmer on a back burner while your roast rests.

Feb 28, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Atlanta for two days and want to taste the cuisine

If you get tired of venturing out, I like Spice Market right there in your hotel, though it doesn't get a lot of reviews on Chowhound. Fun atmosphere if you've got a group returning from a wedding event and want to hang in the hotel. Otherwise, Carolinadawg has given you the best options.
Some lunch thoughts: 6 Feet Under on 11th street or Vortex a few blocks down Peachtree
Breakfast: West Egg at 14th and Howell Mill or Flying Biscuit at 10th and Piedmont

Feb 11, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Improvising with the wrong ingredient

My mom always had a knack for getting something 90% right, but overlooking 1 key thing. Like buying bagels, but oops, they're onion flavor and no one likes that. Or accidentally getting the fat free version of whatever item she wanted. Ranch dressing would say "cajun-style" or something like that. It was funny because she never noticed it until we pointed it out!

Jan 23, 2014
jboeke in Not About Food

Improvising with the wrong ingredient

You got it! I rarely send him, but on 2 recent occassions based on kid-sport obligations, it just made sense. And technically he wasn't totally wrong...it was a lb. of Velveeta, just the wrong form. The chicken a bit more questionable since I NEVER buy those pre-made nuggets, but he ended up suffering because he had to eat them.

Jan 23, 2014
jboeke in Not About Food

What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

thanks but no nuts or molasses. it produced a thin, light, crisp cookie.

Jan 23, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Improvising with the wrong ingredient

My dear hubby has done some grocery runs for me lately and despite my efforts to be clear on ingredients, I've found lots of need to improvise with what he brings home. I ask for 1lb. of Velveeta (to make the kids' fav mac&cheese) and he brings home 16oz of Velveeta individually wrapped slices (I made him unwrap them and tried to use it because it was a holiday and stores were closed; result was nasty). I ask for chicken breast tenders (to make mustard-panko chicken fingers) and he brings home refridgerated, ground-white-meat chicken nuggets.

Jan 23, 2014
jboeke in Not About Food

Chocolate chip cookies always turn out puffy

Alton Brown did a Good Eats episode that compared 3 types of choc chip cookies: thin, puffy and chewy. It taught me a lot!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/good...

Jan 23, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking
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What recipe are you lusting after but have never found the "exact" one?

Triple ginger cookies. I used to have the recipe, I thought from a cookie-cookbook but have never found it again. they made these thin, crisp ginger cookies that were spicy and fantastic! It used fresh ginger, dry ginger, and candied ginger.

Jan 23, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Friday night in Atlanta

Where are you staying? Marriot Marquis or Ritz area? Sound Table is not the best area of town after dark, so I would suggest driving there, but there could be walking options from your hotel.

Jan 08, 2014
jboeke in Atlanta

Cleaning out the kitchen - partial jar of curry paste

We're moving next month so I'm actively trying to use up old stuff in the back of my pantry and hidden in the depths of my freezer. But the biggest challenge is turning out to be the semi-used jars of sauces in my fridge. In particular, I have most of a jar of Patak's curry paste left. I stopped making curry after my toddler refused to touch it (multiple times), so it's been sitting. Any ideas on how to use this up in a family-friendly way rather than just pitch it?

Jan 02, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Shrimp grits

I just saute some onions, garlic and bell peppers (whatever I have on hand really) in olive oil and throw in some chili flake if the kids aren't eating it. Then add the shrimp quickly and pour over cheese grits (which I make with chicken stock for more flavor). I don't think a formal sauce is necessary; this is casual weeknight food for us.

Jan 02, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

To soak, or not to soak...black eyed peas. That is the question...

This is good to know! Mine turned to absolute mush yesterday. I forgot to soak overnight, so after a bit of internet searching, I rinsed them, picked them over, then covered with water and brought to a quick boil and removed from heat. They sat in this water for 4 hours. I drained them and sauteed a similar veg mix as you list above, threw in the peas, covered with water and simmered for about 2 hours. They fell apart into absolute mush. I think I'd rather they undercook than have this again.

Jan 02, 2014
jboeke in Home Cooking

Saltine Toffee

You got a recipe? My grandmother always made white chocolate bark with broken stick pretzels and Spanish peanuts...awesome and easy. But I LOVE toffee so please share!

Dec 20, 2013
jboeke in Home Cooking

Favourite Dishes from 2013

Farm Egg - Empire State South
Mussels - Seven Lamps

Dec 12, 2013
jboeke in Atlanta

Transforming flavorless pumpkin cakey cookies into something new

Yes, my thought too! Maybe beef up your frosting-filling with all the spice flavors you're missing in the cookies, like cinnamon and ginger? Or just smear them with marshmallow fluff and enjoy the sweet stickiness...mmm.

Dec 10, 2013
jboeke in Home Cooking