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Pine Mouth: Mysterious, bitter aftertaste from pine nuts

i've had pine mouth for about two days now - from pine nuts purchased within the last mouth or so at trader joe's.

a question for chowhounds out there from the curious cook side of me: so this pine mouth has a bitter taste, right. has anyone found any foods that combat the bitterness (or even complement it)? I'm thinking about the flavor bible (which i don't own) but wondering what that book suggests for complementing bitter flavors? if i find any good combinations i'll post about them, but for now i'm just hoping this goes away by thanksgiving.

Nov 20, 2009
aahnnt in General Topics

Help!!I need sushi, Thai, and vegan help in Portland!

black sheep's muffins are really good. most of their baked goods are really good (but not everything they make is vegan).

Jul 03, 2009
aahnnt in Pacific Northwest

Kohlrabi suggestions

the best way is the simplest: cut off the skin and then cut into slices and eat it raw perhaps with a bit of salt sprinkled on top.

i have also enjoyed kohlrabi salad made with raw kohlrabi, cilantro, a touch of rice vinegar, lime, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and perhaps some carrot, mushroom, or whatever else suits your fancy (think something along the lines of a thai papaya salad but with kohlrabi instead.

Jun 21, 2009
aahnnt in Home Cooking

Help! I have too much cilantro!

one of my favorite things in the world is a chip and veggie dip made from throwing a ton of cilantro in a food processor (maybe 2-3 bunches) and adding about a cup of yogurt, a cup or more of cashews and a jalapeno pepper, along with salt to taste. its so darn good

May 23, 2009
aahnnt in Home Cooking

Bahn Mi - PDX

i stopped in today at binh minh on NE Bwy/68th and had a veggie bahn mi for $2.50 - delicious! on the small side, but for $2.50 i can't complain.

Jan 12, 2009
aahnnt in Pacific Northwest

Romantic yet cheap restaurants?

unless things have changes, a jacket is not required at jean georges at lunch - i've been to lunch there a handful of times in a nice shirt (sometimes a tie) but never a jacket - its never been a problem

Jan 10, 2009
aahnnt in Manhattan

meal to take on a plane

any suggestions on what sandwich from Manganaro Hero Boy would hold up in a bag for a couple hours?

for some reason olympic pita and a laffa sandwich just came to mind - i wonder how that would hold up for a few hours - anyone have any experience.

Jun 27, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

meal to take on a plane

later this afternoon i will be heading out to the airport to sit on a plane for 5 hours. not that airplane food was ever any good, but especially now that you don't even get served anything, I need to find something to bring along on the flight.

so, what is the best meal to bring onto a flight?

i am in midtown and don't want to venture too far. what food item and shop would you suggest?!

thanks

Jun 27, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Best Restaurant Wk dinner you've ever had

no one has mentioned esca yet - i am curious if anyone has been in the past for a rw lunch - how was it? how was the menu?

Jun 27, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

best falafal in midtown?

hey chowhounders. i've been working in midtown for a year now and realize that i don't have a go-to falafal joint. all the other neighborhoods i've worked in i've have my favorites down (rainbow in union square, alfanoose and pita express downtown), but none here.

so, whats your favorite falafal place, be it a cart or a sit-down place, in midtown?

May 30, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Good, inexpensive food near the Woolworth Building

there's a glatt kosher falafal place on Ann st just east of broadway - one of my regular spots when i was in the area.

there's also a good healthy deli type place on barclay across the street from the woolworth (i think it has healthy in the name, or fresh, or seomthing like that) it looks a bit like a hole in the wall but is cheap and has good sandwiches, soups, muffins, etc. worth a try.

if you are feeling a lack on inspiration, the amish market at west broadway and park place (a block or two west of the woolworth) has tons of food options, mostly of decent to good quality, and mostly under $10 for lunch.

May 30, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Any Batali Restaurant- All Expenses Paid

just to throw this out there - if its really all expenses paid, why not go to del posto, get the grand tasting menu with accompanying wine - 300 a head, and then you'll have done it. the babbo tasting menus are so reasonably priced in comparison (70-75) that you could do that on your own and then you'll know firsthand which you prefer.

May 16, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Buddakan

yeah, its a bit themey in that its really a scene - the decor/setting is over the top, and its obviously part of what you pay for. i think its more of a place to go for a fun night out, with pretty good food, rather than a foodie destination. that said, i went with a group and got to try a lot of things. the lollipop meat appetizers (Taro Puff Lollipops with minced pork, ginger) were tasty, and we had a shrimp appetizer (Chili Rock Shrimp) and main course (Sweet & Crispy Jumbo Shrimp), both of which were good. the red snapper was probably my favorite dish. i also thought that the scallops and particularly the accompanying sauce were tasty.

we did not, however, try to edemame dumplings. i wish i had! and i also have heard the mapo tofu is good, but we didn't try that either.

i thought the lobster fried rice was good, but pretty plain (it didn't seem that different from normal rice, with a few pieces of lobster here and there) and not worth the cost - which is something like $15 - simple sides of rice would have suited me, and i mainly used it to put other dishes and sauces on top. (though, i guess the other dishes didn't come with rice - sort of weird i think)

May 16, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

next sunday night for 7 - where to book?

thanks for suggestions all! it turns out there is another dinner with a similar cross section of people to be next tuesday for 12. for this one i think we are going to take the compass suggestion (though i think my gf is inquiring about telepan as well).

as for sunday for 7, i still have the reservations for bar room, craftbar and crispo - and am awaiting feedback from the gf on what she wants to do. i'll pass along the suggestions here to her!

May 13, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

next sunday night for 7 - where to book?

in what way was craftbar unimpressive. i know that various people on this board are saying that, which is too bad because the menu looks good (there is a good mix of appetizers, mains, veggies, etc that would seem ideal to cater to varying interests)

unfortunately the reservation at maze, which was tentative based on their getting back to me once their system was functional, fell through.

May 13, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

next sunday night for 7 - where to book?

park ave spring didn't seem to have an opening for 7 that i could see, and unfortunately l'impero is closed on sunday (though it looked great!).

i did manage to get reservations for craftbar, bar room at the modern and maze - all of which seem to offer some variety for the various parties. what do you think of those places?

May 12, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

next sunday night for 7 - where to book?

btw, i have been looking into a few italian places already - crispo, cesca, esca lupa, and am open to thoughts on those or other suggestions.

i should also say that i am obviously more interested in the food, but some other party members are more interested in the atmosphere (my girlfriend wants to accomodate everyone, her parents would probably want some place "impressive" in terms of service and decor, and her brother and his girlfriend are the picky eaters)

May 12, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

next sunday night for 7 - where to book?

i need to get reservations for a 7 for this sunday night. its a celebratory event and price is not much of an issue. we've failed to get reservations at a couple places already (jean-georges is closed for dinner on sundays, craft and emp don't have tables, a few others can't accomodate a group our size). so i've sort of gone back to the drawing board. its occurred to me that for our group italian is a fairly good idea, there is one very picky eater in the group (mostly noodles or rice), and one that is not as picky but generally prefers italian. our general critera are:

quite good food
italian is good, but not completely necessary
good for parents (nice atmosphere, not too loud)
versatlie (there are options for picky eaters)
reasonable price (i realize the options listed above are very expensive, but i think it would be nice to get out for less than $100 a head, and anything under that is nice if it meets the requirements.
and finally, it must be possible to get a reservation for 7!

May 12, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

ile flotante, or floating island

thanks for all the suggestions - i'll keep my eye out for those places suggested (and maybe try to get someone to take me out to la grenouille ;).

since i posted, i did in fact track down a recipe online and made myself a version of the dessert - a simple version with strawberries instead of caramel (the thought of undertaking the task of making caramel, on top of the rest of the recipe, was a bit much!). it impressed my girlfriend and our friends though - still not as good as i remembered, and it occurred to me while looking for recipes that there are many ways to make this dish (poaching the meringues in milk, or baking them, etc).

i also did a bit of research into restaurants and found it on a few menus - bistro chat noir (e66th), tournesol (LIC), and serge (madison at 32nd). anyone have any experiences with any of those places? i hope to try at least one soon, and will report back.

Apr 07, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

ile flotante, or floating island

thanks for the suggestion - i took a look and i think "Les Oeufs à la Neige" is the same dish. but WOW - $28 for a single dessert - that seems fairly absurd!

Apr 04, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

ile flotante, or floating island

does anyone know where i can get this french dessert in manhattan. i had it years ago in southern france and have been keeping an eye out ever since. the urge to find it has gottten stronger lately.

it was essentially a meringue floating in a sea of custard. so rich and delicious.

thanks!

Apr 04, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

homemade pasta and where to buy semolina flour [Moved from Manhattan board]

hey all

i've recently discovered how delicious and how much fun it is to make home-made pasta, but have found semolina flour not that easy to come by. has anyone seen it for sale in bulk/bins anywhere. i purchased some at fairway but it was rather expensive for quite a small prepackaged amount.

also, anyone have any favorite homemade pasta recipes, methods, approaches, etc? i made orecchiette (this is a good pasta to make without a pasta maker, which i don't have at the moment, though i have access to at my sister's place if the right recipe compells me!) from a simple mixture of 1 cup semolina, 2 cups regular flour and about 1 cup water. after it was cooked i mixed in garbanzos, feta, mint, cilantro, green onions, sundried tomatoes and garlic - so so good!

thanks!

Apr 02, 2008
aahnnt in Home Cooking

Dosa Stand in Wash Sq. Park/ AmyRuth's

i have to disagree here. i haven't tried too many items on amy-ruths menu, but the honey-dipped chicken is remarkable - fried chicken slathered in honey (which, i once heard but have not recently reconfirmed, is made from NYC honey from hives on the roof of the restaurant - can anyone confirm this?). give me some of that chicken and a side of yams and i'm in heaven.

that said, i live in the neighborhood and know there is other good soul food out there. amy-ruths probably does have a reputation that outstrips its reality and is probably over-touristed. its not my local go-to option for soul food (probably melbas or mannas, or the caribean place on 119th and 7th ave, would fit that bill depending on what i'm looking for)

(update: i just saw that this thread is very dated, though i am still curious about the rooftop honey query)

Apr 02, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Refrigerating Bahn Mi--What's the verdict?

i feel like these have to be fresh and that its probably not worth it if you can't achieve that - isn't the deliciousness derived from the fresh bread and crisp herbs and meat and mayo all coming together when toasted?

maybe try to buy the ingredients (let them know at the shop what you want to do). if Nicky's wouldn't accomodate that, i bet other places would. otherwise you could wing it and present them with your best interpretation of a bahn mi based on what you had available. i think that would be better than a day old reheated sandwich.

Mar 31, 2008
aahnnt in General Topics

Looking for Unique food experiences- can be upscale or a street cart! HELP!

are you saying that the dessert tasting menu took 3.5 hours to get through? isn't that a lot of dessert and sweetness?

i love desserts and sweets, but i'm just trying to wrap my head around why you would wanted 3 hours of dessert.

Mar 07, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Good bagel/breakfast place? - Battery Park

zeytuna is right there (on the north side of the park, facing the park and a block west of broadway). its a big deli/grocery with pretty good quality food and plenty of breakfast options.

Mar 07, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Help with inexspensive restaurants in Times Square

i think the ollie's at times square has closed

Mar 06, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Ramen near Bryant Park?

sapparo at 152 W 49th St is good
if you can't go that far, cafe duke at 41st and broadway has ramen - can't speak to the quality as i haven't tried it

Mar 06, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

Chicken and Waffles at Melba's?

i hadn't heard about this victory, but melbas is really tasty (and has a great loungy atmosphere). their turkey meatloaf is delic, as are their burgers and all the sides i've tasted (esp the sauted spinach). i'll try the chicken and waffles next time!

Mar 05, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan

dining alone near Columbia U -- suggestions?

Community Food and Juice should be worth a go (though perhaps a bit spendy). it recently opened at 112th and bway. i think you could sit at the bar.

http://menupages.com/restaurantdetail...

i second the mill for good korean in that neighborhood. the pizza place on the same block as max soha has really good pizzas (actually, that whole block has several very good restaurants).

Mar 05, 2008
aahnnt in Manhattan