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A great night at Upland NYC

Are there any recent reports of Upland? Recommendations of dishes to try on the current menu?

about 15 hours ago
erica in Manhattan

FRIED CHICKEN AT PARKER's, Wilson, NC…...

…..made the cover of Saveur magazine. Sounds terrific! Any recent reports of Parker's, and the other dishes there…BBQ??

http://www.saveur.com/article/recipes...

I just returned from a drive to NY from Florida and again made our usual detour through Eastern NC so we could indulge in BBQ. The last few times we made the pilgrimage to Ayden but this time decided to veer off our usual route and sample Wilber's. I found their pork to be disappointing--too wet and kind of mushy. Sauce was a bit too vinegary for my taste. So next time it will be back to Skylight and, hopefully, a stop at Bunn's as well. Or should we include Parker's??

http://www.parkersbbq.com

about 15 hours ago
erica in Southeast

Soft shell crab season!

The season for soft shells is about finished near Port Royal, SC, where I happen to be right now. Just had a pair of local soft shells in Bluffton, SC (pulled from traps off the coast) and was told that today might be the last day they would be on the menu as the current season has been very poor and more fleeting than most.

I believe that the quality depends on the origin; early in the season, NYC fishmongers get them from Florida and they tend to be small.
Right now they may be arriving from the Carolinas. The more local, the better, I believe, so waiting a couple of weeks might pay off.

Apr 22, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Best Seafood Bets

The Modern, although it is expensive.

Apr 20, 2015
erica in Manhattan

Shrimp w/ shell-on recipes

Tell that to the cooks in Spain and Italy who prepare fabulous shrimp with good olive oil...just as I do at home. I prefer head on shrimp, though.

Apr 16, 2015
erica in Home Cooking

Shrimp w/ shell-on recipes

Why don't you just saute them in olive oil with plenty of salt? I prefer shell-on shrimp.

Or:

http://www.food.com/recipe/salt-cooke...

Apr 15, 2015
erica in Home Cooking

The Cloisters at Sea Island

Southern Soul BBQ on St. Simons, close to The Cloister, and B&Js in Darien. Both are reliable. There is not much of CH interest on St. Simons and even less on Jekyll. I did not dine at the resort itself apart from breakfast.

Apr 12, 2015
erica in Southeast
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Induction stockpot for boiling pasta?

Just noticed this; wondering if it would be a good investment for induction:

http://vollrath.com/Tribute-Sauce/Sto...

or:

http://www.bridgekitchenware.com/brow...

Apr 11, 2015
erica in Cookware

Palm Beach County openings 2015

Clay Conley is opening a "casual" Italian restaurant in West Palm Beach. I look forward to this!!

Apr 10, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Special Occasion Restaurant near Boca Raton?

I agree in full with CFB, above. If you are used to Bay area restaurants, I wonder if anyplace in Delray/Boca would wow you. Buccan has creative and interesting, and consistently good, small and large plates in a casual setting. Pricing is very fair, too, and service is knowledgeable and friendly.

Apr 08, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

The kaufu is excellent, although on the sweet side, as I prefer.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/990333

Apr 07, 2015
erica in Outer Boroughs

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

I will, and I thank you again for your help here. Went to the local Bertazzoni dealer who did not even know they made an induction until I showed him on their website. The four he sells with knobs would be Miele (a gorgeous machine, costing about $8,000 and only available in stainless); Viking; Bertazzoni; and Jenn-Air, which offers a good deal especially if you buy their package with frig and dishwasher. I can order the Bertazzoni (probably either black or white) from him and am leaning toward this. Does not come in all colors but there are a number of choices. Will report back soon, and might return before with more questions.

Apr 06, 2015
erica in Cookware

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

YES!! Look, Indy:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home...

Only the self-clean ones come in colors and even then, not the entire range of colors:

http://us.bertazzoni.com/products/pro...

Apr 05, 2015
erica in Cookware

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

To expand on the knob question, I noticed that Bertazzoni makes an induction range with knobs. Looks beautiful and comes in some colors.

Apr 05, 2015
erica in Cookware

Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana

Word from the source is that Swell will open any day now. All permits are now in place.

Meanwhile, PO continues to amaze. We know about the terrific pizzas (last night's star was topped with Grayson and Mozzarella cheeses, shallots and the rarely-seen-in-these-parts tiny black nigella seeds, and showered with individual thyme leaves. Pretty, but the entire pizza was devoured before I thought of taking a pic. Wow!

Shaved fennel, white mushrooms and celery tossed with shards of pecorino and Gaeta olives and coated with a lemony dressing? I've done a variation on that salad at home for years now, without the mushrooms. So why did this one have me wanting to lick the plate? Just fantastic!

How about a cookbook someday?

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

So many thanks for the information. I had not even thought of the controls and without a doubt would want actual knobs.

My apartment kitchen in NY has a Viking gas range. I had many problems and much frustration with the burners during the first year or so. Spent lots of money on repairs and lots of time arguing with Viking about reimbursement. But after all that was settled, there have been no further problems and I love the look of the range as much as I did back then. Performance is stellar.

But those Viking inductions pricey! (Partner reminds me that I turn out great meals on a 30-plus-year-old Caloric gas range that probably cost $129 new, so why do we need any "fancy" stove)

I have just read the long GardenWeb thread about the gorgeous red one, and requested an update. Will do further reading.

So far I've determined that Miele induction ranges have knob controls as well. Samsung, I think, has knobs on range but not for oven. Bosch does not have knobs.

Will take a look at the others...or are there any others with knobs?

One of the GardenWeb threads indicted that Viking requires updates electric capacity in order to function. Have to look into that just in case. Was that the case in your condo? Can you use Le Creuset or other cast iron?

Duffy: About putting paper underneath the pans: Can you actually place the parchment or paper towels on the burner tops? Forgive my ignorance but that sounds impossible, so I guess one can place the paper around the burner to prevent fry mess and scratching. (???)

Apr 04, 2015
erica in Cookware

Buying local produce, other than at farmers markets...

That's great. Just hope that they do not devote half their space to wine, as the one in Boynton now does. Even with that, it is a good resource. Their prices are all over the place...very good on some items, high on others. Generally the stuff they grow is very well priced. And they have a good variety of fresh herbs for 99 cents.

Apr 03, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

Right. That part about boil or nothing scared me until I read the dissenting opinions. I've never made roux, ever, and rarely make any delicate sauces, but want to be able to gauge the heat and have a quick response, instead of the delayed action of the coil stoves. (The one I am using now in this rental is 20 years old and can be pretty annoying).

If I go with induction, what brands do you all recommend? What about smooth top? Are there any of these ranges available in colors other than white, black and stainless?

Apr 03, 2015
erica in Cookware

Buy Spanish Canned Seafood Online?

You can buy lots of Spanish canned seafood on Amazon; I often order Ortiz ventresca (red can) and Cuca products.

FYI: Espinaler is not in the city of Barcelona, but north along the coast.

Apr 02, 2015
erica in Spain/Portugal

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

Thanks for that info; I did not realize that induction did not call for more venting. I was noting above the venting regs for my condo, which seem to vary depending on who I talk to. But if I use the window, no problem.

Wish I could find a place to try out an induction range, as it seems foolish to buy one without even cooking on it! I'm not aware that anyone I know has one. Perhaps a showroom??

Apr 02, 2015
erica in Cookware

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

CHers are the best! Thanks ever so much for all this information. I will ponder, and talk to contractor. At least the ceilings are very high in the kitchen but will check out those wet-rated can lights. Great to know induction is possible, even without the vent. Or maybe the portable induction burner......more choices than I had imagined. I'm sure to return with more questions!

Apr 01, 2015
erica in Cookware

QUARTZITE for kitchen countertops

Does anyone have experience with quartzite (the natural stone, not the engineered quartz product)? I am planning to renovate a Florida condo. I like the look of a stone that some yards call "Super White Quartzite" but am concerned about durability and whether or not this is a true quartzite or a marble. None of the few yards I have visited so far will give me a sample to take home and test.

http://granitegrannies.com/is-super-w...

Apr 01, 2015
erica in Cookware

ELECTRIC OR INDUCTION RANGE FOR CONDO and venting questions

I am renovating a kitchen in a Florida condo. I cook most nights but will be using this condo only about 4 months per year. There is no option for gas.

The condo currently has a coil electric stove with microwave above. I plan to replace the stove with either electric smooth top or induction. The problem is that I have received conflicting responses as to whether or not I can vent to the attic above the condo, which is on the top floor.

Can I use an induction range without venting (there is a kitchen window near the range)? Or use one with an over-the-range microwave as a venting source?

Or should I just go with smooth-top electric slide-in range? (Less pricey and no approval needed). Convection oven would be good. It seems as if my options are not great: Samsung, Bosch, LG, Frigidaire, GE seem to make these type of stove/oven combos.

I do not bake desserts and rarely cook meats that need a char, such as steaks.
I cook a lot of vegetables and pasta dishes and some fish atop the stove.

I have no experience with induction. While budget is flexible I do not want overkill and it does seem a lot easier to buy the slide-in smooth-top electric range. Plus I can keep all my old pots and pans.

Again, need help with brand and model, and venting options.

Many thanks!!

Apr 01, 2015
erica in Cookware

Trahana..how to use..

Thank you..good idea!

The recipe I was looking for above is by Diane Kochilas.

Mar 31, 2015
erica in Home Cooking

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

RE: Bob W

erica
Dec 22, 2014 11:12 AM
Reporting back:

After two nights in Charleston, we continued our drive south. By late afternoon, we pulled up at Safe Harbor Seafood, about a 20-minute drive off 295 in Mayport. What a great spot! Essentially a giant fish market, they have a few inside tables and more seating on the water, outside.

Place your order at the counter, get a number, and then go snag a table. I ordered a half-pound of steamed shrimp; you can have it with or without Old Bay. (Next time I will order w/o this seasoning blend). Very tasty order of large white shrimp, comes with good hush puppies and pretty good slaw. Very friendly place and a terrific spot to pick up fresh shrimp and fish, along with many prepared products. (Bring a cooler!) Worth the detour! Closed Mondays. GPS calls this Atlantic Beach but it is in Mayport, just past the naval station entrance.

http://www.safeharborseafoodmayport.com/

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Mar 27, 2015
erica in Florida

Lunch on the water between West Palm and Boca

I thought my dinner at Prime Catch last winter was pretty poor. And way overpriced. Maybe things have changed since then.

Mar 24, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Anything Good Between Beaufort, SC and Yemassee, SC?

I have not eaten there, but LowCountry produce in Lobeco (a dot on the road between Beaufort and Yemassee) sells a lot of interesting jarred foods: Preserves, pickles, chutneys, syrups, etc.

http://www.lowcountryproduce.com/

If you are a cook, you might want to take a peek at the Le Creuset outlet on I-95 in Yemassee.

If you can make it to Bluffton, I like Bluffton Family Seafood. And they have a good food market on Thursday afternoons.

I would like to hear more ideas about this area myself as I will be passing through next month.

Mar 22, 2015
erica in Southeast

Between Deerfield Beach and Delray beach

I had dinner there once, just after they opened about two years ago. As I remember, it was pretty good with a small menu. I hate to say this, but if you are from NYC and very interested in food, you might have to look very carefully for food on that level in this area except for a few places that I mentioned. After quite a few disappointments we tend to go back to the places I mentioned except for occasional forays for Asian. There are few more places that sound interesting, to me, but these are in the Palm Beach/West Palm/Jupiter area which is a little of a drive for you to take chances. (I hate to drive, so take that with a grain of salt) If you are going that far north, I would go to Buccan if you can deal with a pretty noisy, bustling place.

I've only been to a handful of places in Delray; most of my experiences have not been all that memorable.
Right near The Grove, Max's Harvest is popular but the chef has changed since last winter, I think, and I have not gone this year. I'm not to up on the Delray scene this winter, so hopefully others will answer.

If you have never been to Joe's Stone Crab in Miami Beach, and you do not mind the drive, think about going there for lunch. Seafood is pricey; fried chicken is cheap and you ought to go once. If it is not too hot, sit outside on the pretty terrace. There is a lot of info here on that place, but not much recently. (My comments are here, but not from this year:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882986

This thread really should be moved to the Miami/Lauderdale board-see if you can get CH to do that.

Mar 20, 2015
erica in Florida

REAL WOK in Lake Worth (Hypoluxo/Military)

"We hated it but you would probably love the place, Erica, because is seemed very authentic and there were lots of Asian people eating there."

That was the declaration (from elderly relatives) that brought me to Real Wok on Hypoluxo and Military in the Western Beef strip mall, about 3pm yesterday afternoon.

I was pleasantly surprised by this place. There is, indeed, a menu with a page or two of Chinese translations, as well as a dim sum menu served from 11am to 3pm (same items available later for another dollar or so per item.).

The place is not much to look at and we only had three items but based on those, I would say this place is a pretty good bet for Cantonese food in South Florida. It's not Flushing, but I would return.

The Roast Pork Noodle Soup was dense with tender and slightly fatty (this is good) BBQ pork and very good broth; one can order it with several different types of noodle; I had the thin egg noodles but will try some thicker ones next time My partner ordered Roast Pork Lo Mein and pronounced it excellent; it certainly looked delicious and came as part of a $11.95 lunch special with won ton soup, egg roll, fried rice--all looked pretty generic, and canned pineapple.

Hit of the meal, for me, were the "Stuff Beancurd Skin Rolls," phyllo-thin sheets of tofu skins encasing minced shitakes and maybe another ingredients. This is one of those memorable dishes that one obsesses on even the next day. I have to get back there for another order of these, and based on how good they were (three to an order) I have pretty high hopes for other dim sum items.

Total for above, with complimentary tea: $26.66 before tip.

Dim sum carts on weekends.

http://www.realwokdimsum.com/

Mar 20, 2015
erica in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Between Deerfield Beach and Delray beach

I've been here in the winter now for a couple of years, but live in Manhattan. I've said this here before but I can tell you that there are two outstanding places to eat within a half hour-40 minute drive of where you will be. The first is Buccan in Palm Beach, where you must book ahead; very jazzy, good people watching (just saw Jerry Seinfeld this week) but great service and creative food. Net door is their sister place, the Asian Imoto and around the corner, they have great lunch sandwiches--far from the usual BLT, etc.

Website seems to be having problems lately:

http://buccanpalmbeach.com/

The second gem is Pizzeria Oceano in Lantana, where you should arrive well before 6pm opening as they take no bookings and where they close when they run out of dough.
Cafe La Buca is a bit closer to you and reminds me of a trattoria in a residential area of Naples (owners are from the area)--no written menu, byob, apps, pizza and antipasti strong; pastas pretty good southern style; second courses disappointing. No nonsense service that turns some people off but is really just fine but not the place to ask for gluten free, substitutions, or lots of questions. Quirky, I guess. No website; call to book and prepare to eat either around 6pm or about 9pm. Two small dining rooms. Wine store across the street....but mediocre. Total Wine is the place to buy spirits here..I think there is one near you in Boca Raton.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891307

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664048

Mar 20, 2015
erica in Florida