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Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Portsmouth NH

Some friends are headed to Portsmouth in June 2014 for a mini vacation. One uses a wheelchair to get around.

Can you recommend places for foodies that also accommodate wheelchair-using patrons? My memory of Portsmouth is that a lot of places are in old buildings with stairs or levels and not necessarily accessible.

Mar 13, 2014
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Where can I buy Suntory brand Japanese whiskey in Connecticut?

Anyone seen Suntory Japanese whiskey for sale in any liquor stores in Connecticut? I'm willing to drive to get it.

(Don't ask - long story. Please no debates here about the merits of the stuff. I just need a bottle. Thanks.)

Nov 25, 2013
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Anyone know what happened to the US 1 Farm Market in New Haven?

I noticed several weeks ago that the ethnic market "US 1 Farm Market" on Grasso Blvd. was closed "for renovations" according to the sign out front.

It certainly needed renovation. It's been closed for a while now, though. Anyone know if that's really the deal, or did it go under or get closed by the city health department?

Nov 22, 2013
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Gluten Free Friendly Lunch in New Haven?

Stone Hearth in the Westville section of New Haven has several gluten-free menu items.

Nov 18, 2013
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CT - out of season lobster roll

Second the Glenwood. Good drive-in type place, if you're looking for a very casual experience.

Nov 15, 2013
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Need Yoyr Party Advice

Sorry, but this is rude unless you specifically bill it as a "Potluck" and it's a given that everyone contributes. I would not call it an open house.

Nov 01, 2013
shoes in Not About Food

The side-car thread to the absolute worst cookbook you own -- What is your most obscure, weird or oddball cookbook.

"Deviled Eggs" by Debbie Moose. Yes, an entire cookbook for deviled eggs. Don't laugh - many of them are divine. The BBQ eggs especially, and also one that features avocado instead of egg yolks. There are even some dessert deviled eggs - haven't had the courage to try them.

Nov 01, 2013
shoes in Home Cooking

Substitute for Corn Syrup?

For candy, you're really going to need that corn syrup. I don't think that brown rice syrup or other options will set up properly. By all means try it if you're willing to risk disappointment.

Nov 01, 2013
shoes in Home Cooking

Roia Restaurant & Cafe - New Haven, CT

My husband and I ate there in August. It was very enjoyable. It had only been open for a few weeks and we had an early dinner. The place was almost empty when we arrived, and it had a long way to go to fill up by the time we left. The place is not noisy under these circumstances - obviously. I can't say what it would be like if the joint were full, but I'd bet it would be quieter than Barcelona or Ibiza - and certainly quieter than the famously noisy Tre Scalini.

They obviously put a lot of money and care into renovating the old space - plush banquettes, pricey lighting fixtures, removal of the big staircase that took up too much space in the dining room.

For food, it's definitely on the high end of Italian/Spanish in New Haven. The portions are smallish. Everything was cooked perfectly.

I had the beet salad with marcona almonds and the arctic char. Both dishes balanced flavors very well between richness, acidity, salt, crunch, softness - something for every sensation of flavor and texture. My husband had a liver pate appetizer and the linguine with clams. The liver had a bit of a metallic flavor that you either love or don't (he does). The linguine with clams was the best version of this dish he says he'd ever had - bright and light and fresh. He just wished there were a bit more of it.

The service was very quiet and attentive. There seemed to be a lot of service people milling around - as I mentioned, only a few tables were occupied.

We haven't been back because we eat Italian mostly at home. We've been eager to try a fall menu the next time we have a big night out on the town.

Oct 30, 2013
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SMOKED TROUT along the eastern CT shoreline

Bud's fish market in Branford usually has smoked trout. Excellent, too - not greasy like some I've had.

Oct 19, 2013
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Food trends you're sick of...Pumpkin!

Seriously! If pumpkin were that delicious, we'd eat it year-round.

I am sick of "truffle oil" on everything. I am sick of kale and its evil cousin, Swiss chard. I am sick of retro cocktails like greyhounds and sidecars - if they were that good, they would never have gone out of style.

Oct 19, 2013
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Fresh Fudge along eastern Connecticut shoreline area?

The candy shop in downtown Mystic - the one right near the bridge - also has very good fudge.

Oct 11, 2013
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Brunch in Stamford?

The City Limits Diner in Stamford (near the Greenwich line) has a good all-day breakfast menu as well as upscale diner fare. It's a big place, so you could linger.

Oct 11, 2013
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Kosher Wedding Caterers in New Haven

We have used Abel a couple of times for funeral receptions and once for a seder. The food was always fresh and plenty of it, but nothing unusual or "wow." It's solid if unremarkable.

Service was helpful and professional. They answered the phone and all questions promptly. Delivered when they said they would with complete orders.

The only downside was the desserts - flavorless and boring. I imagine you will get a wedding cake anyway. Congratulations!

Oct 08, 2013
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fresh huitlacoche?

Try the US 1 Farm Market in New Haven. They have a lot of Mexican, Caribbean, Central American and South American items.

Aug 24, 2013
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Anything good near the Prudence Crandall museum in Canterbury Conn?

We're headed next weekend to the Prudence Crandall Museum's annual Prudence Crandall Day (Connecticut State Heroine, don'tcha know).

Anyplace for a good lunch around Canterbury Conn?

Aug 24, 2013
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new haven business lunch

A lot of places in New Haven are not open for lunch Saturdays, and you will have to deal with the Yale reunion crowd.

Try John Davenport's at the Omni Hotel on Temple Street. Good view of the city, good food for a business lunch, pretty quiet for meetings.

May 23, 2013
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Lenny and Joes in New Haven

We've been twice for lunch since it opened. It was very good both times. I'd say the food is comparable to the other locations and the setting is certainly a lot better.

The first time we went I had the fried scallops. They were excellent - very sweet and fried perfectly. Not greasy at all. Others in the party got lobster rolls and a shrimp/scallop combo. They all enjoyed it.

The second time I got the broiled scallops. They were also very sweet and tasty, but a few scallops still retained the tough muscle that ought to be removed. That's my only complaint.

I agree with another poster that their fries are nothing special - the onion rings are better.

Apr 03, 2013
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Italian Rum Cake in Southern Connecticut

I'm looking to pick up an old-fashioned Italian rum cake for Easter. We tried the cake from Lucibello's a few years ago. It was good but not great - not as good as the ones I bought years ago at Mike's Pastry in Boston's North End.

Is Lucibello's my best bet, or have you had better?

Mar 11, 2013
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What's up with Judies (New Haven)?

A friend who lives in Branford tells me that La Cuisine, the Branford caterer, is now baking Judie's bread under the original recipes. That makes sense to me, as La Cuisine is taking over the former Judie's space on Grove St.

I can testify that the Judie's baguette and challah we bought at Edge of the Woods Market in New Haven was as good as ever. I did not see for sale the specialty breads, however - just the baguettes, challah and brioche rolls.

Mar 11, 2013
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What's up with Judies (New Haven)?

I was wondering the same thing. I have bought Judie's bread at the Edge of the Woods a few times since the Grove St. location closed. This leads me to believe that Judie's will continue as a commercial bakery, but not as its own retail store with breakfast/lunch service.

Mar 07, 2013
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Anyone know of something in New Haven where the entrees are not $30?

Any ethnic restaurant in New Haven will satisfy for well under $30. Also, for cheap and filling eats, the Meatball House, Delaney's, Prime 16 and Kudeta are good bets.

Feb 06, 2013
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Ropa Vieja

Ropa Vieja (adapted from "A Taste of Old Cuba" by Maria Josefa O'Higgins)

(This serves 6 for a big dinner. It doubles or triples easily for a great buffet item.)

3 lbs beef brisket
1 sprig parsley
1 bay leaf
3 large onions, peeled and quartered
1 garlic glove, peeled
1 carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp salt
water to cover

2 large green bell peppers
5 garlic gloves, peeled and minced
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
¼ tsp dried oregano, or 1 tbsp fresh oregano
¼ cup bland vegetable oil, like canola
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup tomato sauce (not spaghetti sauce)
½ cup beef broth reserved from above
½ cup dry white wine
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
6-ounce jar of pimientos, drained, rinsed and sliced

To make the broth:
1) Put the brisket in a big pot and cover with water. Add the other ingredients and cover the pot.
2) Bring it to a boil over high heat, then turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for about two hours.
3) Remove the meat and let it cool. When it it cool, shred it with your fingers.
4) Reserve about ½ cup of broth for the sauce. Keep the rest for soup or something else.

The sauce:
1) Halve, stem and seed the green peppers. You need to fire-grill them, either on a grill or by placing them directly on a gas burner and turning the flame on until the skin is bubbled and a little black all around. (You also could do this in a pan on the stove, I suppose.) Let the peppers cool, then cut them into strips.
2) Mash the garlic, salt, pepper and oregano in a mortar and pestle, or you can run the garlic through a garlic press, then mash the rest of the ingredients into it with a fork.
3) Saute the onions in the oil until translucent in a big frying pan that has a cover. Reduce the heat, then stir in the garlic mixture and bay leaf. Cook for about 2 minutes.
4) Add the tomato sauce, broth, wine and vinegar. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
5) Add the pepper strips and the shredded meat, cover and let simmer for about ½ an hour. (Taste it after about 15 minutes to see if the flavors have blended and if the meat has heated through. You may need more salt and pepper.)
6) Fish out the bay leaf (if you can find it). Garnish with the pimientos.

This is great with some rice and black beans ("moros y cristianos") and an avocado salad.

Jan 28, 2013
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Dining on the Cape After Labor Day?

Thanks for the advice. We are staying in Chatham, so we'll range around that area up to P-town.

Aug 31, 2012
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Dining on the Cape After Labor Day?

We're headed to the Cape in a few weeks - after Labor Day. Do notable restaurants on the Cape tend to stay open into September or do they tend to close? Any known exceptions to this rule? Should we still always try to make reservations? Thanks.

Aug 30, 2012
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Scotch Whiskey gift for the Scotch drinker who has everything?

If you don't mind my piggy-backing on this topic, how about a gift of American whiskey for someone from Scotland? A coworker of mine if having a birthday next week. He enjoys Scotch and drinks the native stuff, natch. What kinds of American whiskeys would appeal to him?

Aug 30, 2012
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*2012* Post the three favorite things you ate in a restaurant in Southern NE so far this year (CONT'D.)

1. The kale and hazelnut salad at The Study in New Haven, Conn.
2. The Berkshire pork chop at Infinity Bistro in Norfolk, Conn.
3. Spicy shrimp at Zinc in New Haven, Conn.

Aug 13, 2012
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Chatham area suggestions for next week!

We love the seafood pie at Marian's Pie Shop. A large one will feed four hungry people. The muffins are also good, but skip the fruit pies.

Aug 10, 2012
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Hummingbird nectar-sugar&water or store bought?

I use a simple syrup - one part sugar, one part water. Micorwave until the sugar dissolves and let cool. I get birds by the dozen.

DO NOT use red food coloring! It's unnecesary and may harm the birds.

Be sure to change the syrup every few days. If it gets moldy, it could harm the birds. Thoroughly wash the feeders. I put mine in the top rack of the dishwasher and I hit it with a bleach solution, then rinse thoroughly and dry, if it gets any mold.

Jun 21, 2012
shoes in Not About Food

Rudy's in New Haven

We went a few weeks ago. The fries were as good as always. Great beer selection and good cheap eats - burgers, bratwurst, salad.

My one complaint involves the chairs. They are the most uncomfortable things I have ever perched upon in a restaurant. Those chairs are the reason I would never go there if I planned to have a few - my butt could not take it.

Jun 20, 2012
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