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Apples in Williamsburg?

Thanks for the tips! I will call Bush Neck Farm, and we were planning to go to Fresh Market, so that sounds good.

Nov 29, 2012
hamiltonmh in Mid-Atlantic

Apples in Williamsburg?

I am leaving for a week in Williamsburg, Virginia on Friday, and I would like to sample some Virginia heirloom apple varieties while I'm there. If I were going to be alone, I'd drive to an orchard, etc., but I'm not going to be, and that's not a possibility. I'm looking for a place to buy apples in Williamsburg. The farmer's market won't be open on Saturday, so - any ideas? I can't help myself, I'm apple-obsessed. I'm also looking for Virginia ciders and any pears/pear brandies, etc. Just don't want to miss any local specialties while I'm there.

I will also be in DC next weekend - any market info appreciated.

Nov 28, 2012
hamiltonmh in Mid-Atlantic

Lillet in Alabama?

Anybody know where I can find Lillet Blanc in Alabama? I am trying to get some of the summer label bottles but can't find them in Mobile or Montgomery, and I don't want to drive all the way to New Orleans unless I have to.

Jul 19, 2011
hamiltonmh in Central South

Middle Eastern ingredients? Indian ingredients? Thai ingredients?

I am looking for a place to buy ingredients for Middle Eastern, Indian, and Thai dishes - and the best place to buy super fresh ginger (as in heavy, juicy, not dried out like most markets - even good ones - have). In Mobile. Any thoughts? I don't know if there are any specialized markets there, but surely there must be by now.

Dec 20, 2010
hamiltonmh in Central South

Best Choice Dinnerware

Yes, I forgot to mention - it's so glossy! It doesn't look shiny, I don't mean that - it's very elegant and beautiful. But it feels so glossy and smooth - it is a joy to touch. I bought a secondhand place setting on amazon, and the marks are different, and it doesn't feel quite the same. My first setting, however, was from the Wedgwood website, and it came in a box that looked like the most beautiful blue and white Jasperware, in box form. The Wedgwood site is always out of the settings, it seems, so I will be waiting - can't wait to order more.

Aug 19, 2010
hamiltonmh in Cookware

Conecuh Sausage

A tip: if you're trying Conecuh for the first time and see two sizes in the store, get the skinnier one.
Good: mix dry mustard with a little brown sugar and sprinkle it on top of some Conecuh that you've cut into 2" pieces; bake and/or broil till the mustard/sugar melts and the sausage edges are crispy. Also good: a longer link of Conecuh, grilled over charcoal and rolled up in a slice of really soft light bread. I guess that's the country way to eat it, but really, don't make fun till you've tried it. It's pretty delicious.

Jun 17, 2010
hamiltonmh in Central South

St. Louis recs wanted

Thank you so much for all of the suggestions. This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for. Thank goodness for generous Chowhounds!

Apr 26, 2010
hamiltonmh in Great Plains

St. Louis recs wanted

I will be visiting St. Louis for a few days next month and would like some recommendations. I've read prior posts, particularly http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589736, and they were helpful, but I want to check for recently opened places, etc.

I will be staying for a few days at the Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End; I'll be attending seminars, so I'm looking for places to eat in the neighborhood. I'll also be at another hotel not far from the airport for at least one night - am considering the St. Louis Union Station Marriott downtown. And my friend and I will have a car, so we can drive, particularly for dinner.

I'm not worried about price but rather quality. I'm looking for places that are special - either extremely good (high or low end, doesn't matter), or unique to St. Louis, or that stand out in some way. Since this may be the only time I visit St. Louis, I just don't care about "decent, good location, good value" kinds of places - I want special places. For example, I've read about a place called "Terrene," and it sounds amazing - great local produce, innovative technique, delicious food. And I definitely want to sample some St. Louis bbq - some really good examples of it (I love my Alabama pulled pork but am far too greedy to forego any other types). I'll drive, I'll pay, I just want to eat some great food.

I'm also interested in farmers markets or any other good places to buy food.

Sorry if this post seems redundant, but I don't want to miss anything super recent and would also love to get names of places near the hotel (CPP). Thanks to all the Chowhounds who reply.

Mar 30, 2010
hamiltonmh in Great Plains

Best Choice Dinnerware

I took the advice of several posters to this thread and ordered some Wedgwood White, and it arrived a few days ago. It is the china I have been waiting for all of my life. So beautiful, it's just hard to describe. I've been unable to find a white pattern that I really love for years now - and here it is. My sister said, "It's a white plate." Well, you know, yes. But beautiful - not blue-white, not cream, simple and elegant but not plain. I ordered from the Wedgwood site, and there were no white bowls, and the 5-piece place setting was on sale, so I ordered it - despite agreeing with other posts that having a bunch of tea cups can be annoying (would rather have mismatched Limoges, etc. for tea). But I am so glad I did - that teacup is a work of art. The shape - oh my god. It's just beautiful. I know I sound obsessed, and that's because I am. It was not cheap, but according to posters it's super-durable, and now I don't care anyway, because I am truly in love.

Jan 14, 2010
hamiltonmh in Cookware

New to Mobile Alabama, Where's The Good Stuff?

I just moved back home to Alabama after years in NYC and LA and would love to find some people to try restaurants with. And who better than a "non-smoking, gay, 'New York liberal' foodie" (and his partner)? Sounds like my ideal dinner companions. I'll try almost any kind of restaurant (not too crazy about offal, but otherwise I'm pretty open), and I'd really like to find a great Indian place. And Thai. And Chinese, and Japanese. So if you're still looking for people to join you, I'd love to.

Dec 05, 2007
hamiltonmh in Central South

Eating Groups/Clubs in Southern Alabama

Does anyone know of any eating groups or clubs in Alabama? Would anyone be interested in joining one? Could be casual - meeting every once in a while at an agree-upon restaurant. Could be more structured - meeting once a month, learning about specific cuisines, etc. I've just moved back to Alabama from California, and although I am very happy to be home, I'm missing my food-loving friends in California. I need some new ones here. Most of my friends and family consider driving three hours because you've heard that a country store has the best pimento cheese and you just have to try it to be
"excessive." Isn't that funny?

Japanese Food in Alabama?

I'm looking for good Japanese food in Alabama, or as close as possible. Not steak houses so much, although I'm grateful for all recommendations - more sushi places, robatikus, even teriyaki joints. I'd also like to find a good place for basic Japanese ingredients - like good fresh ginger, the heavy, moist kind, not the lighweight, dried-out, stringy husks I've seen in local grocery stores.

Thai Food in Alabama?

I'm looking for good Thai food in Alabama. Southern 2/3 of the state preferred but will drive north - anything for some good larb.:) Also - would love recommendations for places to buy really good, fresh Thai ingredients - Mobile maybe? I'm thinking real Thai stores more than Fresh Market Thai spices, but all tips appreciated.

Indian Food in Alabama?

I've just moved back to Alabama and am trying to find some good Indian food. I'm in Clarke County but am willing to drive - any recommendations? Mobile? Montgomery? Anyplace? Southern 2/3 of the state preferred, but I'll go north if I have to.