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So, I'm a Boston 'hound, our board here created some "best/must try/authentic" threads...

For ethnic, check out the trailer, Thai Kun. It was named one of the best new restaurants by Bon Appetite and is authentic Thai. It's located at a really good bar, Whistler's.

Whenever I'm in a new city, I like to check out the farmer's markets to get a feel for the locals and the place. The Downtown FM on Saturdays is usually fun. Lots of prepared food to so you could have breakfast there with coffee and live music. 9am-1pm

The other restaurant you have to try is Dai Due. Check out the website. Thank me later.

I would definitely skip Qui as I think Odd Duck & Barley Swine (same chef at both) are miles ahead. Someone else suggested Z'Tejas. It used to be good before it sold out and became a chain. I wouldn't waste a meal on it now.

Welcome to Austin. Please let us know about your experience.

Jan 27, 2015
topeater in Austin

Help! Have I burned my pressure cooker??? Best cleaning method????

"The basic problem is still the same, though, which is this: thick sauce and soup may burn without producing enough steam."

Thanks JWVideo. That sentence makes complete sense! Your suggestions for preventing this are great and much cheaper than a buying a gas stove!

Jan 27, 2015
topeater in Cookware

Help! Have I burned my pressure cooker??? Best cleaning method????

Yes I did. I usually bring it up to pressure on a high burner setting and then have another burner set at a lower setting waiting for it. I guess the best solution is to get a gas stove!

The recipe called for high pressure for 8 minutes and then letting it naturally release pressure. I started smelling that something was burning after about 4-5 minutes. When I opened it, there was a lot of liquid on top, but nothing underneath the chicken (except the burned junk).

Jan 27, 2015
topeater in Cookware

Help! Have I burned my pressure cooker??? Best cleaning method????

You were right. I was in stress/panic mode. I was just asking the best way to clean my PC which had a couple of layers of food burned to a crisp!

Jan 27, 2015
topeater in Cookware

Help! Have I burned my pressure cooker??? Best cleaning method????

Thanks for the info JWVideo. I got most of the crude up this morning, but there is still some black flecks. I've only burned a pan once and it was so awful (and not expensive) that I just threw it away. I couldn't bear to do that with my PC.

I felt that the liquid wasn't enough, but I followed the recipe. This was the first recipe that didn't use any water. I layered onions and peppers, after softened, I added a 1/2 C. of wine and let it reduce, then I added mushrooms and garlic followed by chicken breasts with 2 C of crushed tomatoes and 2 T. tomato paste. The recipe said to not stir, so I was concerned about no liquid on the bottom.

That was my first horrible PC experience. Everything else has been great. I was definitely freaked out!

Jan 27, 2015
topeater in Cookware

Help! Have I burned my pressure cooker??? Best cleaning method????

I have a Fissler pressure cooker and I have an electric stove. I turned the heat way down for my dish, but after about 4 minutes, I smelled something burning. I took the pan off the heat, let it come down normally. The onions and mushrooms at the bottom of my pot were burned. I am soaking it overnight, but I'm concerned that's not enough. Should I be doing something else???? It seems like a couple of layers are burned. What's the best cleaning method?

Jan 26, 2015
topeater in Cookware

September Honeymoon

I lived in New Orleans for 10 years. September can be hot, so plan accordingly especially if you are not used to humid weather. Stay at the Soniat House in the Quarter and have either Friday or Sunday lunch at Galatoire's. Do not eat upstairs or you will miss most of the fun as that's where the locals eat and mingle.

Jan 07, 2015
topeater in New Orleans

Favorite Freezable Soups/Stews

Love the advice, "if the phone rings, don't answer." Spoken like someone that has done burned roux!

Jan 07, 2015
topeater in Home Cooking

Is Chowhound dead?

Same thing happened to the Austin board.

Jan 03, 2015
topeater in Site Talk

Fresh ginger in cake question

I'm making Fresh Ginger Cake by David Lebovitz that I found on Epicurious. It says to peel, slice and chop the ginger very fine with a knife or use a grater. When I've chopped ginger in the past to use in a marinade, it was kind of stringy. How can I ensure it won't be that way in the cake?

Dec 24, 2014
topeater in Home Cooking

Anguilla restaurants and dives

My husband and I will be in Anguilla for a week starting December 12th! We've been on several different islands and the food has been just OK. I've heard Anguilla has the best restaurants. I've checked out some like Veya, Dolce Vita, Blanchards, Staw Hat. Other recommendations?
Would also like recs for dive places with great food or drink or both and music.

Thanksgiving late lunch

Oh no!!!

Nov 24, 2014
topeater in Austin

Can soup with cabbage be frozen?

Thanks Elizabeth. No potatoes so I should be golden.

Nov 23, 2014
topeater in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving late lunch

We will be in Austin during Thanksgiving and would like to have a late lunch. We prefer a menu rather than buffet and some place where we can dress up somewhat. Any ideas?

Thanks for the help.

Nov 23, 2014
topeater in Austin

Can soup with cabbage be frozen?

Thanks for the info. I thought it would be OK, but I had that nagging little voice in the back of my head telling me…maybe not.

Nov 23, 2014
topeater in Home Cooking

Can soup with cabbage be frozen?

It's cold and I'm cleaning out the frig & making soup. I'm going out of town this week & would like to freeze half the soup to have in a couple of weeks. It has sliced cabbage in it. Can I freeze it with the cabbage in it?

Thanks for the help.

Nov 23, 2014
topeater in Home Cooking

Rosen Shingle Creek hotel restaurants, Orlando

I will be at this hotel for 6 nights at a conference that doesn't end until around 6, so I'm not going to feel like hitting the town after such long days. It will be time to hit the treadmill & work out the kinks of sitting all day. Does anyone have any experience with the restaurants in this hotel? Any good restaurants close to this hotel? It's located at 9939 Universal Blvd.

Thanks for any suggestions or beware warnings!

Sep 11, 2014
topeater in Florida

Olamaie

Thanks for the report and pictures. I've been thinking about trying this one out, but the menu just doesn't look that interesting to me. But, those biscuits!

Sep 08, 2014
topeater in Austin

Do you use a pressure cooker?

I have a fissler and love it. You don't have to run cold water over it for a quick release. It has a release button that lets the pressure out. The running water over it is for older models.

There are just 2 of us & I have the 6 quart. I wouldn't get anything smaller. You will be amazed at how good everything turns out. Stocks have so much more flavor than making stock the stovetop method.

Aug 28, 2014
topeater in Vegetarian & Vegan

Dallas Farmers Market?

Thanks for the info. Seems to be there would be such a market for local farmers in Dallas. I'm used to the market in Austin where there is an abundance or veggies, meats and other stuff. I thought Dallas would be the same.

Aug 06, 2014
topeater in Dallas - Fort Worth

Dallas Farmers Market?

I was reading an article in the NYT today about local farms. One person that commented on the story said he remembered going to the farmers market in Dallas years ago with his father and getting really good produce. He said now, the farmers market sells food shipped there from California rather than having local farms. Is that true?

Aug 06, 2014
topeater in Dallas - Fort Worth

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

I was there last year and was very disappointed by Myers and Chang. Food was just so so and there service was horrible.

Jul 27, 2014
topeater in Greater Boston Area

Good chocolate shops open on Sunday?

Put off buying chocolate until today and realized many of the shops are not open. Will be spending some time in the 6th. Any luck there?

Jun 21, 2014
topeater in France

3 Nights in Paris - September 2014 - Lunch/Dinner Suggestions

Can you go to the terrace and just have a drink at La Rotonde?

Jun 12, 2014
topeater in France

Please help me decide…everything sounds so good!

Thanks Parn for all the info. Ever since hubby got his cell phone lifted a couple of years ago, we tend to avoid scenes!

Great to know about all the restaurants in our area. Isn't there another wine bar close to Willi's that is less popular?

Jun 12, 2014
topeater in France

Please help me decide…everything sounds so good!

That is a good idea. In fact, I also considered the restaurant at our hotel, Le Lulli, after reading JT's review.

What do you mean by the Oberkamph neighborhood being "too lively?"

Jun 11, 2014
topeater in France

Please help me decide…everything sounds so good!

Where would you put Yam'tcha if it were in the list? I've been looking at some lovely pictures.

Jun 11, 2014
topeater in France

Please help me decide…everything sounds so good!

Hi Parigi, have followed your comments for quite a while now, so thanks for the list. I'm assuming you are ranking them with Pirouette being the one you most recommend?

Jun 11, 2014
topeater in France

Please help me decide…everything sounds so good!

Here is my new list. We are only in Paris 4 nights, so deciding is difficult. The only reservation I presently have is le Kigawa for Sunday night.

We land in Paris early on a Thursday, so will probably have lunch at L'Office and then eat light at dinner. But…what to do about dinner on Friday and Saturday???

My list includes:

AT Restaurant
Le Bon Georges for thé Cote de Bouef
Pirouette
Clown Bar
The Bistrot Belhara
Pierre Sang Boyer in Oberkampf (although, no reservations impacts the schedule). Has he opened his second restaurant yet?

Any advice?

Jun 11, 2014
topeater in France

Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

Are you back from your trip yet? I will be in Provence in a couple of weeks and was wondering about your experience?

Jun 08, 2014
topeater in France
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