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This board is awfully quiet

If the Dallas board was a horse, it would've been shot years ago.

Sep 01, 2014
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Greek lunch and two duffle bags

I'll check that out, thanks.

Jun 10, 2014
Scagnetti in Chicago Area

Greek lunch and two duffle bags

Here's the 411.

I fly into Midway on Wednesday morning, my Chicago hookup has just bailed on me, I live in Dallas where they can't even spell Greek food and come hell or high water, I'm cabbing it to somewhere for a Greek lunch.

Problem: I'm en route on a fishing trip to this far away place called Manitoba, Canada so I am saddled with two large duffle bags.

What I need: A couple of restaurant recommendations, preferably Greektown, where I'm not going to look like too much of an idiot walking in with two roller duffle bags that someone is going to have to deal with while I eat.

After that, I'm cabbing it to Hinsdale to meet the travel group, if that makes any difference.

My promise: I will report back on this thread about my lunch. It's a way-back-when CH tradition that not a lot of people know about.

Jun 09, 2014
Scagnetti in Chicago Area

Can I make a Bordelaise sauce a day ahead?

All good tips, thanks.

Dec 24, 2013
Scagnetti in Home Cooking

Can I make a Bordelaise sauce a day ahead?

I'd like to make this sauce on Christmas Eve and then use it on Christmas day. Is it going to do anything to the sauce as far as consistency, quality, taste, etc., if I refrigerate it overnight?

3 tablespoons shallots, finely diced
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, crushed
1 1/4 cup red wine
1 3/4 cup veal stock
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon butter

1. Combine the shallots, thyme, bay leaf, crushed peppercorns and wine in a saucepan.

2. Over medium heat, reduce about 90 percent. This will take about 10 minutes. Add stock once reduced.

3. Cook the mixture until thick. You will know the sauce is thick enough when it evenly coats the back of your spoon and you can draw a clean line down the middle. Strain and season with salt and pepper to taste, and swirl in butter off heat.

Dec 23, 2013
Scagnetti in Home Cooking

Bensonhurst/Bay Ridge weekday lunch

I've always wondered about this place.

Very reasonably priced menu.

Oct 04, 2013
Scagnetti in Outer Boroughs

Bensonhurst/Bay Ridge weekday lunch

Beebo's looks good but the lunch menu is limited.

We've been to Chadwick's before, once after my father's funeral.

What's your thoughts on Gino's on 5th Ave?

Oct 04, 2013
Scagnetti in Outer Boroughs

Bensonhurst/Bay Ridge weekday lunch

We've been to New Corner many times over the years.

HUGE menu and a good bar.

I'm also thinking about La Sorrentina on 11th Ave, a clean, neighborhood place.

Oct 04, 2013
Scagnetti in Outer Boroughs

Bensonhurst/Bay Ridge weekday lunch

I hate writing these kinds of posts but I need some recs.

My sister and I, both over 60, are native Brooklynites who grew up in Sunset Park but have not lived in the borough for decades.

Any time I come back to visit her in NJ, we do a one day way-back-when food run to Brooklyn. We drive to Faicco, Savarese, 5th Ave Middle Eastern, etc., those kind of places.

What I'm looking for is a casual, sit down, clean, old Brooklynish style resto for lunch in Bensonhurst or Bay Ridge.

No diners, Asian, French, Kosher, Mexican or yuppster 3rd Ave places please.

We would really enjoy a seafood place but Italian, American, Greek or Middle Eastern would be also good.

Would Tommaso's be a good choice?

If Randazzo's wasn't so far, we'd go there.

Oct 02, 2013
Scagnetti in Outer Boroughs

Winnipeg dinner recs, have I done my homework?

I wanted to report back that I had a wonderful meal at Peasant Cookery and I got to see some of Winnipeg during the cab ride to and from the airport.

I sat at the bar and had a cocktail or two and got to chat with the bartenders.

For a starter, I had the French onion soup. I know that sounds mundane but this wasn't the typical gloppy mess of cheese and bread that you get in most places.

For a main, I had the beef short rib with ratatouille, polenta, in a coffee adobo sauce. Fork tender and delicious.

All this was accompanied by a carafe of Nero d'Avola, the ever popular wine of Sicily.

Of course, what meal would be complete without a sweet? What else would do in Canada but a slice of maple sugar pie! Surprisingly, it was not particularly sweet.

Thanks for the rec, this place was EXACTLY what I was looking for.

Jul 11, 2013
Scagnetti in Prairie Provinces

Besides Great Tacos & Brisket...

Everybody keeps saying we have good Chinese in Dallas. EXCLUDING the suburbs, where within the Dallas city limits does this good Chinese food exist?

And please don't say Royal China.

If someone asks me about good Tex Mex restos in Dallas, I don't send them to Arlington.

Jul 07, 2013
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Winnipeg dinner recs, have I done my homework?

I've checked the driving distance from where I'm staying and the distance is virtually the same to both places.

I'm leaning towards Peasant Cookery. In looking at some snaps on Flickr, it really looks nice.

As I'm on my way to a wilderness fishing trip in far north Manitoba, my going out wardrobe will be limited.

I hope I don't look like the Ugly American when I walk in wearing jeans and black athletic shoes.

Jun 10, 2013
Scagnetti in Prairie Provinces

Winnipeg dinner recs, have I done my homework?

Both The Grove Pub & Restaurant and Peasant Cookery are EXACTLY what I'm looking for.

Excellent menus for both places.

Thank you very much for the recs.

Jun 08, 2013
Scagnetti in Prairie Provinces

Winnipeg dinner recs, have I done my homework?

Here's the 411. One night in Winnipeg and I'm looking for a place to go to for dinner. Here's my "help you to help me" list.

- I'm staying at the airport so I need a place that will not break the bank when it comes to taking a taxi to and fro.
- Comfortable for a single diner.
- Must serve alcohol and preferably have a bar.
- Although not necessary, I'd prefer to eat at the bar as long as it's not crowded.
- I'm NOT looking for a virtuoso dining experience or a 3 hour meal, just a casual meal in a good place.
- Steak, Euro-Med (Italian, French, Spanish, German, Greek) would be good, Asian, burgers, pub grub not so much.
- Must have a dress code that ALLOWS jeans.
- NO reservations required.
- Chain restaurants are fine

I've gleaned these from previous posts. What do you think? What other restos would you suggest?

Gasthaus Gutenberger
2583 Portage Ave.
http://www.gasthausgutenberger.com/

Bistro Dansk
63 Sherbrook Street
http://bistrodansk.com/

529 Wellington
529 Wellington
http://www.wowhospitality.ca/restaura...

Rae & Jerry's <-- this looks good
1405 Portage Ave
http://www.raeandjerrys.com/

Tre Visi
173 McDermot Avenue
http://www.trevisirestaurant.com/

fusion grill <-- this looks good
http://www.fusiongrill.mb.ca/

Bonfire Bistro <-- this looks good
1433 Corydon Ave
http://www.bonfirebistro.ca/

Cafe Carlo
243 Lilac St
http://cafecarlo.com/

Hermano's <-- this looks good
179 Bannatyne Ave
http://www.hermanos.ca/

Jun 06, 2013
Scagnetti in Prairie Provinces

fresh choice beef in ft. worth markets/butcher shops

So you've been to Whole Foods and Central Market and the beef choices there have been unsatisfactory?

And are you using "choice" as an adjective or as a meat grade?

BTW, the Stockyards is a tourist area, I don't think a lot of people go there for food shopping.

Jun 06, 2013
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Catering ideas for baby shower

Two Sisters Catering.

http://www.twosisterscatering.com/

They are great.

Apr 25, 2013
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Restaurant -- Park Cities area

Marquee Grill
Category: Traditional American
http://marqueegrill.com/

Spoon Bar & Kitchen
Category: Seafood
http://www.SpoonBarandKitchen.com

Cafe Pacific
Category: Seafood
http://www.cafepacificdallas.com

Bijoux
Category: French
http://www.bijouxrestaurant.com/

Bistro 31
Category: New American
http://www.bistro31dallas.com

Apr 23, 2013
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whats are some Favorite/Specialty items you buy at Central Market and Whole Foods?

At WF, Sonoma Brinery Manhattan Style Whole Kosher pickles.

The best jarred pickles you will find.

Apr 16, 2013
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

I'm suffering from chicken satay trauma

Here's what I wound up doing. I did cut back some on the soy and fish sauce but I also added extra sugar, cumin, turmeric, coriander and lemongrass and that did the trick.

I also liked the golden color the turmeric gave the chicken.

Thanks for everyone's input.

Apr 14, 2013
Scagnetti in Home Cooking

I'm suffering from chicken satay trauma

I've never used coconut milk before in satays but I've seen recipes that do use it. I'm just reluctant to get too experimental since I have to make this dish in 2 days.

Apr 11, 2013
Scagnetti in Home Cooking

I'm suffering from chicken satay trauma

That's what I was thinking.

Apr 11, 2013
Scagnetti in Home Cooking

I'm suffering from chicken satay trauma

I've made this recipe before using a marinade of soy sauce, fish sauce, veggie oil, ginger, shallot, garlic and dark brown sugar.

This weekend I'm making this dish for a group meal and I don't want to disappoint.

I did a one off test yesterday and I'm concerned it maybe too salty. I'm reluctant to cut back on the soy and fish sauce because they are the predominant flavoring ingredients.

I grilled off some of the chicken after marinating for 2 hours and another batch after 12 hours and there was little difference in taste

Should I dilute the marinade with hot water? Reduce the soy and fish sauce? Add more dark sugar? Other suggestions?

Here's an approximation of the ratios I used: 8 oz, chix breast, 2 tbls soy sauce, 1 tsp fish sauce, 1 tbls veg oil, 1 tsp dark brown sugar, a clove of garlic, 1 shallot, 1/4 tsp black pepper, dash of hot sauce.

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Apr 10, 2013
Scagnetti in Home Cooking

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

I'm glad Kristen won.

Just think how much better this would be if it was a blind tasting.

Glad to see Padboobzma back on her game.

Feb 28, 2013
Scagnetti in Food Media & News

Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

In Harrods Food Hall, there is a small station that serves nothing but oysters and champagne.

Ce repast est délicieux.

Feb 16, 2013
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where should I go for oysters in uptown or nearby Saturday?

The Truluck's in Addison has been closed since last year and Nate's is a half hour drive from the Melrose.

I'd recommend Pappadeux's which is within walking distance of the Melrose.

Feb 09, 2013
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #14 - 02/06/13 (Spoilers)

"Of the remaining chefs, I'd be happy with anyone winning except Josh."

I feel the same way.

I think Josh is the next to go and I wonder if his kid is going to be born with one of those lame hats he's always wearing.

Feb 07, 2013
Scagnetti in Food Media & News

Pancake Mix directions

1 cup mix
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 tbls melted butter or oil

Feb 03, 2013
Scagnetti in Home Cooking

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #13 - 01/30/13 (Spoilers)

Am I the only who thinks Stefan's English was getting worse with each passing episode?

There were times I could barely understand him.

Jan 31, 2013
Scagnetti in Food Media & News

Live/boiled crawfish at Nate's

I've gone twice now in the last week to Nate's in Addison for live/boiled crawfish. Usually this time of year crawfish are so small and mealy that they are not worth eating but these are of good size.

The only problem is they are $8.00 a pound which is very pricey.

Dec 04, 2012
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth

Where do you get your Holiday turkey from?

We're having a Bourbon Red Heritage turkey. Not only is it certified organic free range but it has been home schooled as well.

Nov 08, 2012
Scagnetti in Dallas - Fort Worth