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Your favorite 'road trip' food

I live in Florida, and once or twice a year we take a road trip that takes us across state lines. As soon as we get into Georgia, we hit the first gas station and stock up on Moon Pies.

May 31, 2012
TiaRaye in General Topics

ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - Downtown-Winter Park-College Park areas

I've been to the Seito Sushi in Celebration and at Dr.Phillips, too. Really like Dr. Phillips. Will try Baldwin Park next time.

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Seito Sushi
8031 Turkey Lake Rd. #700, Orlando, FL 32819

Jul 10, 2010
TiaRaye in Florida

ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - Downtown-Winter Park-College Park areas

Lots of places on park avenue are dog friendly... outside seating with water bowls by the door. Last time I was at the Wine Room we sat outside with several dog owners. There's also a nice park across the street so's they can get a little exercise!

Can't comment on the food at the Wine Room... never actually got around to eating there!

Jul 10, 2010
TiaRaye in Florida

ORLANDO VISITOR'S DINING GUIDE - A Hound Perspective - Downtown-Winter Park-College Park areas

Mmmmm...Dexter's Bloody Mary: a meal in a glass!

Jul 10, 2010
TiaRaye in Florida

Convenience Products And The Environment-How Ridiculous Can You Get?

"I haven't come across anyone who thinks that sea salt is better for you than reular old table salt, but I imagine there might be a few such around."

Sadly, I have a co-worker that maintains that sea salt has much less sodium than table salt, and that's why he uses it. I have told him that it's still sodium chloride, but the major difference between that and table salt (nutritionally) is the lack of iodine.

Now, I really like the taste and texture of sea salt, so I can't fault him there. I just hope he's not on a sodium-restricted diet, because if so, I think he might has missed the point.

Pikawicca, that sounds like a great idea for a party!

Jul 31, 2009
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Convenience Products And The Environment-How Ridiculous Can You Get?

Also in Alabama.

Jul 31, 2009
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Thanksgiving Dessert Throwdown

zojie,
The latest issue of Food and Wine magazine boasts a recipe for Pumpkin Gingersnap Tiramisu. I made it for a Halloween potluck and it was a huge hit! I'll be making it again on Thanksgiving for the home crowd. I can attest that it is very easy to make and actually must be made in advance, as it needs to be frozen at least overnight. All you have to do as far as prep the day of is make sure you give it time to thaw.

Nov 02, 2008
TiaRaye in Home Cooking

What leaks out of Sriracha bottles?

I like to think of it as the "Angel's Share." ;-)

Sep 06, 2008
TiaRaye in General Topics

Fish Markets and Farmer's Markets in Kauai

Thanks for the information, Mag! I may get in too late in the day Monday to try the sunshine market, but I'll let you know which ones we make it to and how they are. I have to admit, it didn't occur to me that most of the fish wouldn't be local. I will try to support the roadside sellers, if possible.

Sep 04, 2008
TiaRaye in Hawaii

Fish Markets and Farmer's Markets in Kauai

Greetings, Hounds!

Well, in about 10 days I'm off on my first trip to Kauai, and I've been researching the boards. I've found a lot of great recommendations for bars and restaurants, and I'll be sure to report back on any place we try.

We're planning on playing lots of golf and hiking, and we hope to be pleasantly exhausted by the end of the day. Therefore, instead of going out to dinner most evenings, we'd like to do a lot of our own cooking. I was hoping to take advantage of the fresh seafood that I hope is available, and I was hoping that some of you veterans could point me towards one or two good Fish markets and/or Farmer's markets. We'll be staying in the South (the Point at Poipu). Any advice would be much appreciated!

TIA!

Aug 29, 2008
TiaRaye in Hawaii

Fish Markets and Farmer's Markets in Kauai

Ooops! Apologies!

Aug 29, 2008
TiaRaye in Hawaii

Do you ever like the crappy better than the excellent?

Every once in a while, I NEED to have some of the little chocolate-covered donuts that you find in the white bag on the end-caps at the grocery store. You know, the ones that list Beef Fat as an ingredient? But I'm hardly ever tempted by a bakery-fresh cake donut.

I think it's a texture thing, and yes, I know I need help.

Jul 18, 2008
TiaRaye in General Topics

Do you ever like the crappy better than the excellent?

I did a week long version of the cleanse to try to kick my soda habit. It worked, too. These days I cannot bear to take a drink of a Coke.

Unless it has rum in it. ;-)

Jul 18, 2008
TiaRaye in General Topics

Silly Eating Habits

I did it! It was almost like eating Mini-Wheat ice cream!

Thank you so much!

Jul 08, 2008
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Silly Eating Habits

Oh, no...now I'm going to have to try that!

Jun 29, 2008
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Silly Eating Habits

LOL! There are certain things our husband need never know! It is imperative that we retain some mysteries!

Jun 27, 2008
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Silly Eating Habits

I may do that. It WOULD be much more humane! ;-)

Jun 27, 2008
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Southern Sweet Tea

This is precisely the method that my Mama always used. I grew up in Alabama, and I never heard of using simple syrup until a couple of years ago. I think it's a very considerate thing to do, since not everyone likes the same level of sweetness. At our family gatherings, however, we offered a second pitcher of unsweet tea and sweet n' lo packets in case someone needed an alternative. It was hardly ever touched.

I've lived in Florida for almost 20 years now, and up until a few years ago it was pretty rare to be able to get Sweet Tea in a restaurant, and it's kind of hit-or-miss as far as quality, IMO. I remember a while back ordering a glass, and the server looked up nervously from her order pad, and said "About that. I just need to warn you, I mixed up the tea tonight, and I'm from Mississippi." I told her not to worry, I , too, was an "actual" Southerner, and she had my trust.

That was probably the best glass of Sweet Tea I've ever had outside my house.

Jun 26, 2008
TiaRaye in Home Cooking

Silly Eating Habits

I hadn't thought about cheese puffs...I like the full-sized ones that are curved almost into a half-circle. I put them between my upper and lower teeth like some sort of dental appliance, and if I give a small smile, it looks like I have orange teeth. Then I just sit there until they melt.

I never, ever eat them in front of other humans.

Jun 26, 2008
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Silly Eating Habits

Animal Crackers: Tail first, then head. Then each individual leg before eating the torso.

Poor, poor animal crackers.

Jun 26, 2008
TiaRaye in Not About Food

Silly Eating Habits

I have to eat the fries first, too!

I don't eat the burger upside down, but on the rare occasions that I have a Big Mac, I dis-assemble it. I eat the middle piece of bread and meat first, then the bottom tier. The top of the bun is dessert.

Jun 26, 2008
TiaRaye in Not About Food

What are you drinking right now?

Tonight I grabbed a bottle of Domaine Chandon Chardonnay. ($18.00 at B.J.'s) I'm pretty much a newbie, so I pretty much just grab whatever catches my eye and taste away!

Anyway, something is bothering me about this wine, and I can't put it into words. I think maybe the alcohol is out of balance. The more I swirl it around and try to pinpoint the flavors, it seems I can only tast the heat.

Mar 06, 2008
TiaRaye in Wine

Chardonnay--no oak

I'd like to also cast a vote for Four Vines. It was the first wine recommended to me when I specifically asked for an unoaked chard. It was very refreshing, and was only $12.00.

Mar 06, 2008
TiaRaye in Wine

WSET VS ISG wine courses

I have just finished the first level of ISG and am starting the second level next week. While I don't have anything to compare it to yet, I am very happy with the program so far. I find it much more motivating than online classes or books. I really like instant feedback, and I've been able to taste many wines that I would have been too intimidated to buy on my own.

I may look into other courses before I move on to the 3rd level, just to make sure. I am new to the industry, and hoping to make a career change within the next couple of years, so I want to immerse myself in as much information as possible.

Mar 06, 2008
TiaRaye in Wine

Las Vegas: Post Wedding Group Meal <$50 per head

JK,

We actually did call the buffet in advance, but due to policy they were unable to hold a spot for us. But this policy may change according to day of the week, time of party and even on the person who answers the phone that day.

I agree that saying that you are a Wedding Party is a good idea. The folks along the Strip have a lot of experience with wedding groups both elaborate and impromptu, and can give you a lot of advice to help you find what will work for you.

I honestly think that the best first step is to call the hotel at which you will be staying and talk to the Concierge. I'm positive they will have a ton of suggestions.

Feb 04, 2008
TiaRaye in Las Vegas

Las Vegas: Post Wedding Group Meal <$50 per head

Paul,

I got married in Vegas last September, and it was the best thing ever!

If you Google any Vegas travel site, you can navigate to tons of restaurants in the city, most of which offer Group dinners and menus from $40 dollars and up. Generally, drinks and Wedding cake are extra.

Since our party included some special cases (vegetarians, and extremely picky eaters) we flew by the seats of our pants and took the to the Buffet at the Wynn. The only problem is, you can't make a reservation. So we elected someone (we figured this could be a Maid of Honor duty) to go to the restaurant and put in our request for about 20 people, while the rest of us gathered in the casino. Within a few moments, they had arranged a private room out of the main dining room for us(And this was on a Friday night). Everyone got to eat exactly what they liked, and I have to say that the drink bill was about half of what I expected. The price per head for the buffet was 39.95, I believe.

Anyway, that's what worked for us. Good luck!

Feb 03, 2008
TiaRaye in Las Vegas

Best Paula Deen Recipes?

LOL! It's so funny you call it that. I loved it the first time I made it, the texture was sooo rich. The second time, I omitted the bananas and layered it with Kahlua-dipped Nilla wafers and called it "Trailer-park Tiramisu." (Disclaimer: I mean no disrespect to anyone living in a manufactured home, as several members of my family live in them. So be assured, my humor is completely self-deprecating! ;-)

I also, out of dire curiosity, once made her "Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding" to take to a potluck at work. I was running late, so I came in, dropped it on the table, and ran off to meet a client. When, I came back an hour later, the pan was almost empty, and several of my coworkers were sitting around it , looking dazed. "What was THAT? It was AMAZING!" I managed to grab a spoon and get a taste. I loved it. Since then, I've made it for several get togethers, and it allways gets the same reaction. But, it is so incredibly bad for you, I only make it for big groups of people. That way no one gets enough to have an instant heart-attack.

Dec 02, 2007
TiaRaye in Home Cooking

Good CHEAP lunch spots in Orlando area?

I would recommend the Black Bean Deli in Winter Park. Nice and cheap, and the Papas Rellenos are great. They also have a really good Cuban sandwich!

Oct 22, 2007
TiaRaye in Florida