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Raising a non-picky eater

I'll join with the commentors whose kids, while fed lots of adventurous good food, might still be picky. I cook lots of good, diverse food and eat just about any kind of ethnic food. I feed (or try to feed) all of the above to my kids. Do they always eat it? No way. Do they sometimes eat it? Maybe. Does what they will eat change from day to day. Definitely. Am I hoping that their refusal to eat various things (like spicy food or certain textured food) will ease up at some point in time? Absolutely. Do I think they are "picky" (in some regards) because I have failed to give them anything other than chicken nuggets? Not at all. (Side note: they love chicken nuggets. Maybe because they don't get them very often. Or maybe it's because, as with the innate love of all things Elmo, children are born loving chicken nuggets?) As a child, I was picky. Wouldn't eat cooked vegetables. Ate mac n cheese every day for lunch for like 4 years running. Favored buttered noodles over all other food (to the point I named our dog "Noodle"). And, grew up to love all food (save certain cooked vegetables, which I still find gross). So, long story short, some kids are picky, some aren't, and I'm not sure how you get one over the other. Lucky you that your child has always been game to try new things. Happy eating!

Dec 09, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

Healthy recs downtown Memphis?

Local Gastropub on Main has some lighter options and is really yummy (I like the tuna tostada). McEwen's on Monroe will have good salads and less fried food. There is a Bangkok Alley on Union (I think--up from the Peabody)--that location may have sushi, if not, Thai food that can be lighter than Memphis BBQ you'll find everywhere else. There is a new FroYo place on Main--can't remember the name. (I don't get downtown that often.)

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Bangkok Alley
830 N Germantown Pkwy Ste 110, Cordova, TN 38018

Nov 16, 2011
LizR in Kentucky & Tennessee

Tips for dining out with babies and toddlers, please

Yeah, I mainly do it to control what I can, knowing most of it is beyond me. My kids are both in preschool and child care full-time, so they are veritable germ factories, regardless.

Oct 24, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

Tips for dining out with babies and toddlers, please

I wipe down EVERYTHING. I carry clorox wipes (and Wet ones for hands and faces) in my purse at all times. Especially good for restaurant high chairs, tables, shopping cars (ewwww...so many germs in those...think about the moms who are home wiht their sick kids they then take to the target or grocery store to get medicine...). I get some funny looks from wait staff, but generally, no one cares. My son saw someone else with a pack of wipes one day and asked the lady, "did you get those from my mom?"--he is that used to me whipping them out everywhere.

Also, reading through the rest of these posts, please never beat yourself up for ordering off the children's menu. It may be "unchowish" to allow your child to eat chicken nuggets, but if it works, who cares? Kids' tastes will change over time, regardless. My 5-year-old used to eat all sorts of good and adventurous food, and now screams bloody murder if you come near him with polenta (or avocados, or spicy food, etc.). It has nothing to do with me; everything to do with being a kid. Hope it all helps.

Oct 24, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

Tips for dining out with babies and toddlers, please

Yeah, I had a much easier time of it with my first child--he would at least sit through most of the meal. Not so much my second. Even at home, we are racing the clock to eat before she decides she MUST. GET. UP. NOW. And, I don't think it's my poor parenting--she's just two years old and that's the way it is for some kids. Another thought for the OP--I used to bring little bits of food from home I knew my child would eat. This anticipates and avoids the melt down when your tired toddler decides he/she doesn't want whatever it is that was ordered. Yes, you can try to hold your ground and say "no, you must eat what is presented to you" (which I do at home), but again, meltdown at restaurant = misery for mom and dad, as well as anyone within earshot.

Oct 18, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

Tips for dining out with babies and toddlers, please

Thoughts: 1. Go early, before your child is hungry. Wait = screaming. Screaming = unhappy everyone, especially mom and dad. Early = less or no wait and fewer customers. We have usually left the establishment before it starts to fill up. 2. Bring food. Yes, it's a nice thought to have your kids wait for the food you order, but be realistic. If you want to have them stay in one place, snacks are the best way to do it. They aren't going to eat copious amounts of food, regardless. 3. I do not grind food. Don't offer it to them if you can't cut off a small piece. 4. I would not go to a place that does not have high chairs. That's a good sign it's not an appropriate destination for toddlers. 5. You will go through phases where you can't go out with your kids because the hassle is not worth the payoff. I love the stories of "oh my child has always been so well behaved in restaurants because that is what I expect." But, for most of us, toddlers just don't have the patience to sit through a whole meal (at home or in a resto), so be realistic. Sadly, we are currently in a stage of unpleasant meals out when we try them, so we just get carry out or a babysitter. Otherwise, one of us ends up missing the meal because he/she is outside the restaurant running around with the toddler so as not to disturb the other patrons. It will change again in the future, but we're on hiatus for now. Good luck. (Oh, and for changing purposes, if you have an SUV/station wagon, the back of the car is the best (and probably cleanest) place to change the diaper. I keep disposable changing pads in the car for that reason.)

Oct 18, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

1st time in Memphis, 1 night need dinner recommendation, best of the best please!

ditto on Iris. if you want the best in Memphis, there isn't anything better. The other place I like out east is Andrew Michael Kitchen on Brookhaven. Very good. Re: downtown, my one and only meal at flight was completely meh. But, that was a year and a half ago, so maybe it's improved. I think the gimmick of "food flights" is most of its substance. I haven't heard much about it in a while. When we venture downtown, we almost always go to Local Gastropub. Very casual, but food is great. I also like McEwen's on Monroe. Slightly more upscale, though I have not enjoyed it as universally as Local. II haven't been to Automatic Slim's in a while, but it used to be good (but has changed ownership). Have fun!

Oct 03, 2011
LizR in Kentucky & Tennessee

When to complain in a restaurant

I will complain if it is either entirely the wrong thing or somehow inedible. Recent memories of sending food back: food served luke warm and gross (and then sent back again when it was clear that all that happened was it was microwaved and came out rubbery), food that was so salty as to be inedible, food that has onions on it when I have clearly asked for no onions (and they are easily not added, as in a salad or sandwich). I have also sent back wine that tastes funny. Never had quesitons asked.

Sep 20, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

NOLA choices--too many!

Thank you. Is there any consequence to making more than one reservation and canceling one closer to the date?

Sep 19, 2011
LizR in New Orleans

NOLA choices--too many!

We are visiting New Orleans Oct. 13 to 16. Three dinners. I would like to have at least one "fancy" dinner- we are celebrating our anniversary. I may stretch this to two "fancy" dinners, depending on our mood. But, generally, I'm thinking one nice, two more casual meals. For the nicer meal, I'm debating between Brigsten's and Bayona (with a possibility of Emeril's)... other suggestions are welcome. (Stella, while looking marvelous, appears to be in a price category all its own. While I"m willing to pay for quality, once you get to this strata, I'm never sure the price is worth it.) I've been to August on my one other trip to NOLA (for lunch) and it was wonderful, but would like to try new things. For more casual meals, I've received recs to Coquette and Jacques-Imos. From my research, Mr. B's looks like a great lunch option and we'll do the jazz brunch at Commander's one day. Thoughts? Thanks.

Sep 16, 2011
LizR in New Orleans

Your best easy salads for a Memorial Day BBQ

I have been meaning to reply to this for a while- I made this as one of my side salads for a BBQ we hosted earlier in the summer (based on this thread), and everyone LOVED it. No one could believe how crazy simple and easy it was and it went fast. Good mayo and the salty almonds are key. Thanks. It's a keeper.

Aug 05, 2011
LizR in Home Cooking

Food to send to a family with a new baby?

Not to knock it, but as a former Ohioan and current Memphian, I will say that one thing that is NOT overhyped about Memphis is the 'cue. Both Central (my favorite in town) and Corky's (not my favorite, but far better than most non-Memphis establishments) do mail order. (Love me my Ohio, too!)

Aug 03, 2011
LizR in General Topics

Food to send to a family with a new baby?

I live in Memphis and sent a friend in another state barbeque from one of the local places. Was greatly appreciated.

http://www.corkysmemphis.com/
http://www.cbqmemphis.com/online-shop...

Aug 02, 2011
LizR in General Topics

Restaurant bans children under age 6 - What do you think?

This describes me and my family in restaurants. My youngest is currently just shy of 2-years-old. We only go out as a group to family-oriented restaurants, and usually before 6 p.m. We're getting to a phase with her where it's just not worth the time and anxiety involved--she's usually "fine," but we often end up speeding through dinner or one of us leaves early and walks around outside with her while the other and her big brother finish dinner. It will pass, and we'll all go out again soon enough. But I don't think banning children from dining establishments is the answer.

Jul 12, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

What's For Dinner, Part 95 [old]

I live in Memphis and love that place (Winchester Farmers' Market). We love going for an excursion just because it is so much fun. My kids get into it, too.

Jun 29, 2011
LizR in Home Cooking

Memphis - best places to feed a dozen 13 year olds from Boston

Ditto Soul Fish. 5 minute drive. Also in that area, Mellow Mushroom or Russo's for pizza (both at Forest Hill-Irene and Poplar).

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Soul Fish Cafe
862 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

Jun 23, 2011
LizR in Kentucky & Tennessee

Can you hounds help me out with some dinner party advice?

I'm thinking the posters who suggested that "family friendly" means some food that will appeal to kids (esp kids who have not tried Thai food) is correct. Your plan of having "kid friendly" Thai sounds good, but I'd also have a bag of frozen chicken nuggets and some tater tots or mac n cheese on hand. Something that easily goes back in the freezer if no one wants it, but is easy enough to prepare in 20 minutes if the kids will not eat anything else. Despite my love of all types of cuisines, my kids are not yet so adventurous, and it can depend on the night as to whether I can convince them to eat something that doesn't look like food they haven't had in the past.

Jun 16, 2011
LizR in Not About Food

Help! My friend just had a baby and I want to bring her lunch. What do I bring?

I should add that I recently had a friend who had major surgery. A group formed to make sure she and her family were fed for several months after she was discharged from the hospital. I was at the end of the arrangements, and was met with great gratitude for bringing something that was NOT chicken. Apparently EVERYONE brought chicken in some form or another. All good, and all well-intentioned. But, the individual receiving food was just tired of it.

May 31, 2011
LizR in Home Cooking

Help! My friend just had a baby and I want to bring her lunch. What do I bring?

totally agree.

May 31, 2011
LizR in Home Cooking

Help! My friend just had a baby and I want to bring her lunch. What do I bring?

I don't. I would err on the side of "non-smelly" foods. Women who have just had a baby have really wacky olfactory issues sometimes. I had a lot of food aversions (including chicken and potent smelling foods) while pregnant, and they didn't let up immediately after I had my babies. Hormones do weird things. (And I truly think deviled or hard boiled eggs are a polarizing food. You love 'em or hate 'em. And if you hate 'em, they make you gag. No middle ground.)

I'd go for a quiche, cold soup (like cucumber yogurt or something), pita, hummus, cheese, etc. Baked mac n cheese is always appreciated, even in warmer months.

May 31, 2011
LizR in Home Cooking

Flight or Iris

My one meal at Flight was not particularly good (and very expensive for being really blah) and I'm not inclined to go back. Iris is fantastic--really, really amazing.

May 20, 2011
LizR in Kentucky & Tennessee

In Germantown, TN (near Memphis) for 8 months - need eats!

oops- forgot to mention Soul Fish (Village Shops, Poplar and Forest Hill Irene) for excellent fried catfish and other souther soul food. People love the Mellow Mushroom (across from Soul Fish)--I have only eaten there a few times (it's been good), but the lines usually scare me away and I really do like the Russo's pizza, which is practically in the same place. Another thought--for decent sandwiches/coffee at lunch, Java Cafe on Forest Hill Irene, just north of Poplar Pike is a good choice.

These are all GERMANTOWN recs, since that is what you asked for (though, as others have noted, your hotel is really in East Memphis, where there are lots of other good options as well). I'm assuming you'll be working in G'town, so here's what around. It's odd--I've never understood why there isn't MORE upscale eating in G'town, given the fairly upscale nature of the neighborhood.

Jan 27, 2011
LizR in Kentucky & Tennessee

In Germantown, TN (near Memphis) for 8 months - need eats!

In Germantown proper, here are my favorites: Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana on Germantown Road (possibly my favorite place in Memphis all together--do NOT go at noon as you will not have anywhere to sit and be in line forever, plus it closes at 8, just a heads-up); New Asia on Exeter (in strip mall across from bike store)--yum Chinese; Russo's NY Pizza for pizza (in strip mall at Forest Hill Irene and Poplar); Sakura (on West) for sushi; had good noodle soup recently at Tao Too in same shopping center as Sakura; Jimmy John's (yes, it's a national chain) for fast subs; Mosa (decent fast/casual pan-Asian) at corner of Kirby and Poplar. If you go slightly east of Germantown on Poplar at Houston Levee is Bangkok Alley for Thai--decent, nothing too exciting.

The other posts covered the various BBQ options in town. For fine dining, the best I"ve had is Restaurant Iris, hands down. I'm excited about the opening of Circa in East Memphis--I enjoyed the downtown location.

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Restaurant Iris
2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana
1215 S Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138

Bangkok Alley
830 N Germantown Pkwy Ste 110, Cordova, TN 38018

New Asia Restaurant
2075 Exeter Rd Ste 90, Germantown, TN 38138

Jan 27, 2011
LizR in Kentucky & Tennessee

Healthy Thanksgiving?!

Yes, cream and butter are delish, but I think Thanksgiving is easy to do without them. Thoughts for a healthier T-day: 1. roast turkey (don't eat the skin); no need for oil or butter--I rub garlic and lemon on the outside, use plenty of kosher salt, roast with lemons, garlic, rosemary, baste with a mixture of fresh lemon juice, white wine, garlic, pan juices
2. roasted potatoes and root veggies. Use olive oil--don't need a lot of it. Use about 1/4 cup broth in the bottom of the pan to keep the potatoes from drying out. (Weightwatchers has a great fingerling potato recipe that uses this method and it is delicious.)
3. whipped sweet potatoes--use broth instead of heavy cream. Add a great tangy counterpoint, like chipotle or lime (or both!) Won't miss the butter
4. sauteed or grilled green beans (I like them this way better. Don't like casserole. blech.)
5. butternut squash soup--I do mine with roasted garlic and fat free half and half. mmmm.

that should get you through. and the fat free half and half is great for getting texture without too many calories. I just sub olive oil for butter when necessary on the rest of the stuff. Much lighter. Good luck and happy holiday!

Nov 10, 2010
LizR in Home Cooking

brisket- how far in advance can I make it?

I am hosting a second night Rosh Hashanah dinner on Thursday. I am planning to make brisket (traditional Jewish style--theme is "what would my grandmother make") for the main course. I do not have large blocks of cooking time on Tuesday through Thursday, thanks to work and services. Can I make a brisket on Monday (tomorrow) and serve it Thursday? Do I need to freeze it if I do? And if I freeze it, will it still taste good?? Also planning to make my chicken soup tomorrow, but not as concerned about what it will taste like in a few days. Thanks.

Sep 05, 2010
LizR in Home Cooking

Contemplating Pregnancy

With both kids, first trimeseter I ate lots of salty carbs. Salt bagels and pita chips in particular. Also drank tons of milkshakes. Ice cream. Could not get enough sweets and dairy. Cap'n Crunch with milk. And the occasional salty Arbys roast beef. Second child I also craved baked potatoes. /And super-spicy food. Lots and lots of super-spicy asian food. Mostly vegetarian. Could not be near chicken. I missed my wine and raw fish sushi, though ate plenty veggie sushi. First child I avoided soft cheeses. Second child I threw caution to the wind and ate whatever cheese I wanted. Good luck!!

Aug 19, 2010
LizR in General Topics

What grocers sell spare ribs (not baby backs) in north or northwest suburbs?

I don't live in Chicago, but I find them at Costco near me. Good quality (though a huge package of them).

Aug 01, 2010
LizR in Chicago Area

Memphis Vegan/Dairy-free

Give it a little time before you get all huffy at the memphis folks. This isn't the most active board. Off hand, there is a Bangkok Alley (thai, sushi) downtown that should have plenty of dairy-free options. I just had dinner at Local gastropub on Main and had a tuna tostada that I would think to be dairy-free (though obviously not vegan since it had fish). If you are looking for dairy free, but will eat meat (post was confusing--do you want true vegan or DF?), just about any barbeque place will give you straight meat. Circa (also on main) will make an entree out of their veggie sides--i'd check to make sure they don't have hidden cream or cheese, but that should also fit the bill. good luck.

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Bangkok Alley
2150 W Poplar Ave, Collierville, TN 38017

Jul 15, 2010
LizR in Kentucky & Tennessee

Bought too much plain yogurt.. What do you make with it?

raita: combine yogurt, chopped/grated cucumber, chopped mint, salt, cayenne. MMM. on everything.

Jun 13, 2010
LizR in Home Cooking

A weekend in Cleveland

Chef's table at Momocho is fantastic! You sit at the end of a bar and watch the kitchen, chatting with the chef and tasting all sorts of treats. I've done it a few times (a few years ago--don't live in Cleveland anymore) and it was fantastic.

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Momocho
1835 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

Jun 09, 2010
LizR in Great Lakes