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50+ people, looking for a private restaurant room to reserve in Orlando, Friday of Megacon (Mar 21 2014)

Hello!

So a very large group of friends and acquaintances of mine (all former members of the sci-fi club at Florida Tech) wanted to do a giant get together/reunion the Friday of Megacon 2014. We're anticipating about 50 people give or take some, spanning a decade of members, all with a variety of food needs. We're generally in our 20s or early 30s, so still on a bit of a budget - probably between $10-$20 per person before tips and drinks. I'm thinking classic American food with a large and varied menu to anticipate any problems, with a large private room to anticipate us, preferably just quiet enough that we can all converse and catch up.

Any recommendations?

Sep 02, 2013
kawatan in Florida

Where to watch soccer (Premier League football) on Sunday?

Nevada Smith's that others have mentioned is down for renovations last I checked with them but that was a while back - be sure to double check.

Your best bet in terms of finding all the games shown on TV will be at Legends on 33rd between 5th and 6th (right next to Herald Square and the Empire State Building). Gets pretty packed for important games too - though I'll note in advance that the New York Blues (the official Chelsea supporter's club) call it home, so that's what the crowd tends to lean to, at least in my experience. There's plenty of space for others too though, as they have tons of TVs over multiple floors. I believe they have a small breakfast menu - but their lunch is also pretty good.

Rattle and Hum down the street from there might also be showing games (I haven't been for PL but they've shown just about all of the Champion's League) and their beer selection is FANTASTIC. Not sure on the food though.

And while I haven't been yet (I plan to head there for the CL final next week), if you're willing to truck it out to Brooklyn, there's a footie bar there called Woodwork BK which looks promising - interesting food plus craft beer plus a solid footie-supporting crowd.

May 11, 2012
kawatan in Manhattan

fed up with pork....

I love a classic pork adobo (in the Filipino tradition): braise them in soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onions, and bay leaves until perfectly tender and delightful. (There are other variants, but that one is mine). Shouldn't take long, either, and doable both with chops and other cuts (or even things other than pork - others love chicken or fish done this way).

Apr 26, 2012
kawatan in Home Cooking

A neutral bar with great microbrews to watch the UEFA Champion's League final in Brooklyn?

a handful of blocks from Koreatown does not count as "soulless and dreary" to me ;) though I've been there so many times now that it is getting repetitive.

Woodwork sounds right up both of our alleys, perfect! And I'll definitely check out your other suggestions. Thanks again!

Apr 26, 2012
kawatan in Outer Boroughs

A neutral bar with great microbrews to watch the UEFA Champion's League final in Brooklyn?

I usually would go to Manhattan (my general spot is Legends/The Football Factory, right across the street from the Empire State Building) but:
a) that's a very well known Chelsea fan location - the official supporter's club New York Blues calls it home
b) the beer list is mediocre at best (usually I go alone so this isn't an issue, but I'd like to take my fiance along for once)
c) I want to try something different and new, and see what everyone has been talking about when it comes to Brooklyn, and hey, I have the time to do so anyway

To be fair, my backup plan is Rattle n Hum which is down the street from Legends (warning for sound):
http://rattlenhumbarnyc.com/
14 East 33rd Street New York, NY 10016-5013
I only found out after leaving Legends yesterday that they were showing the semifinal as well, so I have hopes they'll show the final. And my fiance had taken me there before, so obviously he approves of the place (and the beer was, indeed, quite great). I have no idea how they'll be with neutrality, but as it's not a New York Blues hot spot, my hopes are high.

Still, it'd be nice to experiment with someplace different though.

Apr 26, 2012
kawatan in Outer Boroughs

A neutral bar with great microbrews to watch the UEFA Champion's League final in Brooklyn?

Er, I just realized I made a mistake and it's actually on a Saturday, the 19th. Oops. >.>

I figure any place that showed the semifinals with audio will show the final, or people may have had experiences in the past in English vs German CL matches (Bayern met Manchester City and Chelsea met Leverkusen earlier this season).

Thanks for the advice!

Apr 26, 2012
kawatan in Outer Boroughs

A neutral bar with great microbrews to watch the UEFA Champion's League final in Brooklyn?

this is a fairly specific request, haha

but well. The Champion's League final is upon us, on May 16! One of the biggest tournaments in European football/soccer, and it's gonna be absolutely great. I happen to like both teams competing (Bayern Munich and Chelsea) so I'd like a place that will be relatively neutral. In order to convince my not-so-footie-mad fiance to come along, a great beer selection is pretty much required, with a particular focus on microbrews/craft beers. And just for a change of pace, this Queens local would like to finally see what all the people in Brooklyn are raving about.

Bonus points for being near the B, D, or F (I live off the F train), having decently good food to go with the beer, and recommendations for things to do near the bar in question.

What do you recommend, Chowhounders?

Apr 25, 2012
kawatan in Outer Boroughs

need ideas for egg substitute

Where should I start looking for chia seeds? I've never seen them before and this looks like a great alternative to flax. Would adding chemical leaveners to them help as well?

Apr 24, 2012
kawatan in Special Diets

need ideas for egg substitute

Egg Beaters (like the egg in the carton) are still eggs, as far as allergies are concerned. And different egg substitutes yield wildly different results depending on consistency. :/

Apr 24, 2012
kawatan in Special Diets

Birthday cakes for the opposite of a crowd

Hello!

So I have a bit of a dilemma. My mother's birthday is coming up; this is the first time since I started baking that I've been around for her birthday (I lived elsewhere during college) and so I'd love to make her a nice birthday cake! (I'm thinking the classic Orangette/Epicurious chocolate cake with ganache frosting: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2004/09...) However, the only people that will be around for her birthday are myself and my parents. They've never been the type to take sweets to work from home and I'm self-employed, so taking leftovers to work doesn't really seem to be an option.

I'd include my fiance on that list, but his own birthday is coming up very soon after my mother's! (And besides, he's two hours away right now and busy with work - doubtful he'll make it here for her birthday and it's not like we're planning a party.) He probably could take the leftovers of his own cake to work but I'm less concerned in his case, but still, it's worth asking.

How should I scale down the cake recipe to be manageable for the lack of people? I know cupcakes are an option but I would really like to present, you know, a cake with layers and blowing of candles. Any ideas?

Apr 24, 2012
kawatan in Home Cooking