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Vacuum Sealer for Sous Vide

A lot of people on Amazon complained about sealing wet items, which seems like something that you would do a lot for cooking. Have you had problems with it?

Jan 22, 2013
Patuney in Cookware

Vacuum Sealer for Sous Vide

I was recently gifted a Sous Vide Supreme and I need to buy a vacuum sealer. have read a ton of reviews and it seems like there aren't a lot of good options for less than $400. (I am willing to spend up to $150.) Any suggestions?


Jan 22, 2013
Patuney in Cookware


Thanks for the advice. Where do you go for Korean?

Mar 12, 2010
Patuney in Australia/New Zealand


I'm looking for some restaurant suggestions in Dunedin for this coming weekend. We'd prefer New Zealand cuisine, but happy for suggetions of any place good.

Thanks - Jared

Mar 07, 2010
Patuney in Australia/New Zealand

NZ and the Wildfoods Festival

My wife and I are spending two weeks in New Zealand in March. I haven't finished working out our itinerary yet, but had a couple questions. Has anyone been to the Wildfoods Festival and is it worth a visit? Is there any food that is so good or so unusual that we should include should consider it in planning our trip?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Feb 18, 2010
Patuney in Australia/New Zealand

Wife's 30th Birthday

Hello Chicago - I am going to be in Chicago in April for a wedding. My wife's 30th birthday is actually on the day of the wedding so I want to take her out to celebrate the first night we are there. If it matters, it will be a Tuesday night and we are staying in Lincoln Park, but happy to travel. We would be comfortable in any place under 150 a head, but it certainly doesn't need to be a fancy restaurant and my wife won't be drinking.

So, with all that said, what do you think is the tastiest special occasion restaurant near Lincoln Park?

And . . . . while I am here, we are going to be staying most of the weekend at the Wit. What nearby snacks or dishes should we try while we are there? Most of our meals will be with the wedding, but we'll have a dinner on Thursday, lunch on Saturday and I have never been opposed to squeezing in that 4th afternoon meal to try local dishes.

Thanks in advance for all of your help.


Feb 16, 2010
Patuney in Chicago Area

Bachelor party - and dropping balls

Thanks for all of the suggestions. At was tough to find restaurants that pleased everyone in my party -- and we had a few misses, but overall we did alright.

On Thursday night we had a very late dinner at Coop's. I'd been there before and loved it, but it came up short that night. The gumbo and the red beans and rice were good, but the shrimp creole was flavorless and the jambalaya wasn't a crowd pleaser either.

On Friday we had a late breakfast at Stanley and it was a hit. I loved the eggs benedict po'boy. Everyone liked it so much that while half our party was sleeping in on Saturday, the other half actually went back for seconds. I was excited to try the Korean Po'Boy. It was interesting, but not something I would want to eat a lot of. On our walk home we stopped by Central Grocery to try a Muffuletta. I had read some mixed reviews about it, but I thought it was actually quite good.

On Friday night, unfortunately, I did not take y'alls advice. In the end I was too worried that Galatoire's was going to be too expensive for my friends. There were ten people and they seemed to have come up with every requirement in the book for our dinner. They wanted something cheap, tasty, close, with a healthy option, with a vegetarian option, and cheap. All of the good food in the quarter seems to either be fried or expensive. We ended up going to Drago's and no one was particularly happy with it. The char grilled oysters really just taste like parmesan and butter (not that there is anything wrong with that) and all of the entrees were disappointing. The restaurant has the feel of Vegas food factory. The worst of it was that I think we probably could have gone to Galatoire's for the same price. Oh well, live and learn.

We were very pleasantly suprised to find that the po'boy shop around the corner from our house, Gene's, made delicious sandwhiches. It might have been the booze, or the fact that it was 7AM, but the philly tasted great to me.

On Saturday, we went to lunch at Buffa and had great burgers. They were even nice enough to put a fried egg on mine.

Sunday for brunch we had a good meal at Cafe Rose Nicaud. Nothing was spectacular, but the food was good.

Finally, on Sunday, after all of my friends left, I went to four restaurants to try a few items I couldn’t drag all of them to. I went to Café Dumonde for a frozen coffee (the line was too long for a beignet). I went to the gumbo shop for a cup of gumbo. I went to Galatoire's to try the turtle soup, which I had never had before. The ambiance at Galatoire’s was pretty fun, but the soup was actually kind of bland. I thought I was done, but there was a huge saints celebration going on and Oceana was selling red beans and rice in front of their restaurant, and I couldn’t pass up a to-go bowl of red beans and rice. They were surprisingly good.

All in all it was a good eating trip considering that wasn’t the point of the trip. Thanks again for the tips.

Feb 01, 2010
Patuney in New Orleans

Bachelor party - and dropping balls

So I have dropped the ball a bit on my friend's bachelor party and could use some help. I was in charge of finding restaurants, but forgot, and we are on our way to the airport now. We have ten people in our group, and mostly want cheap good food, but have time for one nicer meal. We are staying near the French quarter, but will travel for food. If you could point me to your favorite posts or make suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.

Jan 28, 2010
Patuney in New Orleans

Lima/Cusco/Machu Picchu

Did y'all make it to the Chifa? My wife and I are going this week and we would like to give one a try. Any ordering suggestions?

Lima and Cusco

Thanks. What do you mean by the most International presentation of Peruvian Cuisine? Was that good or bad?

Lima and Cusco

Thanks Kirk. I read your post and La Chomba sounds awesome. We'll definitely try to get the Lechon and report back.

Lima and Cusco

Hi Everyone - My wife and I and two friends are going to Lima and Cusco over Christmas and New Years. I know that there have been many posts about both of these cities, but many of them are quite old (maybe out-dated?).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - especially links to other posts you found particularly helpful or Peruvian Chow Hounders who really know their stuff.

Also, what are the dishes we absolutely shouldn't leave Peru without having? Is the guinea pig good? Are the heart skewers for real, or is that just tourist drek?

We prefer the hole-in-the-walls and the street food to the gourmet, but I am sure we will be feasting on both.

Thanks for your help


Salvador, Bahia and around

I am in Brazil right now, leaving Morro De Sao Paulo and heading to Rio, and we went to Paraiso Tropical in Salvador . . . . it was fantastic. The location we went to was a little out of the way, but well worth it. Make sure that you get one of the 'Special' moquecas made with cashews and hearts of palm. To say that Paraiso Tropical was much better than sorriso de Dada is (which we tried the night before) is an understatement. As if the meal wasn't enough it comes with a huge basket of fresh fruit for dessert and you are encourage to take what you can not eat.

It was fantastic.

Morro De Sao Paulo (Tinhare)

I am going on my honeymoon to Morro De Sao Paulo (also going to Salvador and Rio, but we're covered there). I know there isn't a lot of selection on the island, but does anyone have any recs?

Eating Up Resort Brazil (Florianopolis) [Moved from International Board]

I am going to Brazil for my Honeymoon in January. We are spending a four days in Rio, two days at the Iguaçu Falls (Argentinean Side), and four days at some beachy resort. Although we usually travel urban, my fiancé wants to have a relaxing beach be part of the trip.

So, any recommendations for restaurants in Rio or Iguaçu would be welcome, but I am most concerned about the food around the Brazilian resorts. Right now our choices are Buzios or Florianopolis (I am open to other suggestions) and I am leaning towards Florianopolis. Am I sending myself into eating purgatory? I saw about a half dozen posts about Florianopolis food and they were all at least three years old. Any new thoughts?

Also, I am thinking about staying at a fancy pants resort (Costão do Santinho) where dinner is provided. I have never done something like that before and am worried that I am going to waste four eating days eating shoddy international cuisine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Beer, Food, Chocolate in Brussels, Belgium?

I was in Brussels for a few days last year and we tried about a dozen chocolate shops. My favorite by far, though pretty expensive, was Piere Marcolini. I love dark chocolate and they have a pretty awesome selection.

Dec 04, 2007
Patuney in International Archive