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Sunday night in Lima??

I would recommend Saqra, but they too are closed on Sundays.

Chifa Titi is an excellent restaurant. It was my introduction to Chifa food, and I loved it.

You could also go to one of the restaurants at Larcomar - Tanta or Mangos. It's a great place for people watching. If it's warm, the sunset is gorgeous. The food is better at Mangos (in my opinion).

Wherever you go, do make reservations. Sunday seems to be the family day, and restaurants seemed to be full.

Enjoy your trip!

I bought this vegetable (???) at the grocery, but I cannot identify it

Thanks for more info. Tonight I did a medley with the tindora, opol, and vegetable marrow (variegated skin). It was absolutely delicious, and we couldn't believe how different the tastes were. What a pleasant surprise.

Mar 31, 2015
JKDLady in General Topics

I bought this vegetable (???) at the grocery, but I cannot identify it

That's it! Thank you. The skin of mine doesn't look like that of the link, but since I'm cooking zucchini for dinner, I decided to go ahead and cut into it. The inside looks the same. So, I'm going to have a medley of zucchini, opol, and tindora for dinner. Won't this be interesting?!?

Thanks again.

Mar 31, 2015
JKDLady in General Topics

I bought this vegetable (???) at the grocery, but I cannot identify it

I thought I had attached the picture to the message. Here it is.

Mar 31, 2015
JKDLady in General Topics

I bought this vegetable (???) at the grocery, but I cannot identify it

I was at a new (to me) international grocery store yesterday and had a great time perusing the fruits and veggies. I bought several things I'd never heard of (Indian bittermelon, Chinese bittermelon, and tindora). I have been able to find information about all of them, with the exception of this item called opol. I have searched the internet, but haven't been able to come up with a match. I could be missing something, though.

I haven't cut into it yet because I wanted to have a plan first. The skin feels almost like an eggplant.

Can anyone help? Thanks in advance!

Mar 31, 2015
JKDLady in General Topics

two dinners and two lunches in Lima peru

Dislaimer: I am not an expect these are simply my opinions!

My cooking group of four women has just returned from nearly two weeks in Lima. We had some terrific food, so hopefully I can give you some suggestions. Our trip was definitely about food. Oh, one of our group is from Lima, so her friends helped us find restaurants.

You don’t mention what you are looking for in terms of food, price, location, or what’s important to you (romantic, nightlife, family, etc), so I will tell you what we enjoyed.

First of all, we loved Central. We had the 17-course tasting menu and loved every moment of it. It was a representation of all the foods of Peru noting the altitude of each course. It is quite expensive, but in our opinion worth it for us because we were trying to sample foods from all of Peru. I think this is a one-time thing though. If I went back (and I certainly would given the chance), I would order from the regular menu and explore what they have to offer. This restaurant gave me lots of inspiration.

La Mar was my favorite restaurant of the entire trip. They don’t take reservations, so show up promptly at noon in order to easily snag a table. We were there on a Saturday, so maybe it was busier than normal.

amaZ is a great example of food from the jungle. We found it to be pretty empty for a weekday lunch. The food was very good.

Saqra was also quite good. We tried to return to it, but it was closed on the weekends. The food is contemporary Peruvian. We had the bonito tataki and scallop solterito with quinoa. Both of these dishes were outstanding.

Chifa Titi is a great example of Peruvian-Chinese food. We went to Madam Tusan, which we found dreadful even though it’s an Astrid y Gastón restaurant.

Larcomar is an upscale shopping mall on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Yes, it’s touristy, but the views are stunning especially at Mangoes. If you are in the area, it’s worth having an appetizer or drink there. Tanto’s is okay too.

Bravo Restobar in San Isidro is great for people watching. The people are gorgeous, and it’s a very lively place. Probably the most energetic of all the places we went. I believe there is an outdoor area.

Astrid y Gastón (La Barra Casa Moreyra) is also good. There are two dining rooms - one small and the other large. The small one is kind of boring. I personally wouldn’t go back again, but one of my dining companions loved it. I was really tired that night, so I could have had an off night.

I would suggest making reservations everywhere you go. Also note that most reservations are canceled if you are 15 minutes late. This seemed to be the norm. It only happened to us once.

As for Barranco, we didn’t find much there during the day. It’s a pretty bohemian area that gets going around 9 or so at night. We actually had a hotel booked there, but decided to move back to Miraflores, which was our favorite area.

A note about wines. Wines, coffee, and dessert do not seem to be big in Peru. The coffee for the most part is powdered, although you can find coffee shops. Coffee isn’t typically offered after dinner nor are desserts. It was really an odd experience. Wines are also not a big part of the meal. At Central and La Barra Cassa Moreyra we had major issues with our wine, including being served another table’s wine. At Central our sommelier simply left during our meal, and we had to work with someone else who had no idea what we had ordered. So, you might want to lower your wine expectations.

I hope this helps at least one person. Please feel free to send me a private message if you have more specific questions.

La Merenda (MKE)--Thoughts?

I was at La Merenda about 3 weeks ago. I've been many times and loved it. This time was no different. The food was outstanding as always. What surprised me was the new outdoor seating. It is so inviting and beautiful. You can see their garden. It is a lovely use of outdoor space.

I personally do not care for Bacchus. It is more formal, and it just seems like a cold space.

Crazy Water is delicious as well, but I find the food heavier. I like it in the winter as the space is very cozy. I do believe they have an outdoor patio, but I haven't seen it.

Good luck with your decision

Jul 06, 2014
JKDLady in Great Lakes

Rudest grocery checker remark

This happened to my mom this weekend! She actually was going to buy something else before I brought her back to reality.

Outdoor lunch restaurant in Lexington, Ky

As luck would have it, it was pouring rain on the day of the lunch!

We did end up at Palmers and loved it. The space was inviting. I especially liked the curtains that separated the bar (and tbs) from the main dining room.

Most of the foods were fried, which is not my preference, but I did find everything to be fresh, well-plated, and tasty. I was impressed that they use local foods. The chocolate brownie was outstanding.

I will be returning to Lexington in June, so I can try the other suggestions.


Apr 28, 2014
JKDLady in Kentucky & Tennessee

Outdoor lunch restaurant in Lexington, Ky

I will be in Lexington next week and plan to take my mother and sister out to lunch. The weather is supposed to be terrific. Well, I'm coming from Milwaukee so it will be at least better!

I would really like to eat outside on a patio with upscale food, meaning not bar food. Food is important to me, but I'd be fine with just a creative salad. I prefer lighter food as opposed to heavy as the winter has been long and hard on my ever bulging body!

Budget is not an issue. A nice wine list is a plus.

We plan to sit and talk and have a leisurely lunch. Regattas by Fayette Mall would be perfect, but alas it is closed.

I would appreciate any ideas! Thanks in advance

Apr 17, 2014
JKDLady in Kentucky & Tennessee

Rapid City

Last summer we drove from Milwaukee to Seattle and back. On the way there, we stopped in Rapid City and ate at Kathmandu Bistro. It is Indian and Tibetan food.

We liked the restaurant so much that we planned our return trip to eat dinner there.

They used to be closed on Mondays, but they may have changed.

Apr 08, 2014
JKDLady in Great Plains

Need recs for Bordeaux (city) and a few towns in the Dordogne

We absolutely loved the restaurant at the Hotel La Belle Etoile in La Roque-Gageac. Make reservations so that you are able to dine on the terrace. The food was fabulous.

Have a great trip!

Oct 04, 2013
JKDLady in France

Pizza Dough rising question

I typically leave my out all day. I make the dough in the morning and form it into a pizza for dinner. I've never had a problem. I do put a wet towel over it.

Sometimes I make it the night before and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

Good luck!

Font is hard to read

So have I.

Sep 04, 2013
JKDLady in Site Talk

What time does the dinner bell ring and a few other ?s

6pm daily
Milwaukee, WI

Aug 29, 2013
JKDLady in Not About Food

Mexican Food - wheat vs corn tortillas

They're only on our menu every two weeks or so! This is why I desperately want to perfect my corn tortillas. Ahhh, when the weather cools.

Aug 23, 2013
JKDLady in General Topics

Mexican Food - wheat vs corn tortillas

I have the ingredients down to a gram, so that's pretty easy now (after 4 months!). I also know the weight of each ball. The rolling out is pretty simple because of the fat content.

I found the cooking to be the most difficult. Cook it too long, and they become rubbery. I put them on a hot griddle and cook until brown spots appear then flip and do the same for the second side. 30-60 seconds per side.

Yes, I get the weight gain issue. It's just they are so good I could eat a ton of them! That's why I only make 16 at a time.

Aug 23, 2013
JKDLady in General Topics

Mexican Food - wheat vs corn tortillas

I agree with your personal observation. We lived in Dallas 11 years ago, and then moved to Milwaukee. We knew that we would be losing out on Mexican food; we just didn't know how much.

I've made our corn tortillas, but have never been truly happy with them; I guess I don't have the right technique or something. I started buying them and finally became so tired of throwing them out because they dried out and fell apart. I tried freezing them, eating them the same day, frying them, and warming them in every way I could find. I've tried ones from the Mexican markets, from grocery stores, etc.

We tried the flour kind in plastic bags.Yuck, but what can one do when one's children love a taco night for dinner? We call it our taco party night.

I vastly prefer homemade items, so I set off on a mission to create a flour tortilla that we could be happy with. I'm happy to say that after 4 months, we have a winner. Last night's dinner had the best flour tortillas that we've eaten in our lives! The amazing part was that we rolled and cooked them in about 10 minutes. I made the dough in the afternoon and rolled it into balls, and then let it rest for a couple of hours at room temperature. This was the fastest we've prepared them also.

Now, I will try to perfect the corn tortillas because I do prefer them for chicken enchiladas salsa verde. I also want to make my own chilaquiles. Oh, if I could just eat more without gaining weight!

Aug 23, 2013
JKDLady in General Topics

Font is hard to read

I'm on a Mac running OS X 10.8.4.

When I reading a thread, the CH page briefly flashes and the font changes. Then 30 seconds later or so, it switches back. Very annoying. This just started happening in the last week.

It goes from a dark font to a lighter font. It's actually happened since I've been typing this message.

Aug 22, 2013
JKDLady in Site Talk

I always feel like I am getting ripped off at restaurants

And someone to do the dishes!

Aug 20, 2013
JKDLady in General Topics

Glacier National Park to Yellowstone to Grand Teton to Mount Rushmore road-trip eating recommendations?

We have just completed a road trip in that area! I can tell you the restaurants we liked.

West Yellowstone: Beartooth BBQ. Not a fancy place, but we really enjoyed it. It's on the main strip downtown.

Rapid City: Kathmandu Bistro. Indian/Nepalese food. Our favorite restaurant of our driving trip. Closed on Mondays.

Missoula: Mackenzie River Pizza Company. It was open on a Sunday and just off the highway. It would do in a pinch.

Good luck to you!

Aug 20, 2013
JKDLady in Mountain States

Need ideas for my Panini Grill.

I grill eggplant and zucchini.

Aug 10, 2013
JKDLady in General Topics

Nuts -- to toast or not...

I toast all of my nuts, no matter what the use. Well, I guess not for granola since I toast all of that in the oven together.

I put them in a pie plate and put them in the microwave (one of the only times I use a microwave) for 30 seconds. I stir them, and then toast another 30 seconds, and stir again. I continue this until I can smell the nuts. I haven't burned a batch yet!

Aug 10, 2013
JKDLady in Home Cooking

Lots of leftover mediocre flank steak (cooked)

That was my exact thought.

Aug 07, 2013
JKDLady in Home Cooking

Swiss chard - weight question

I was taught when reading an ingredient list that the weight/measurement referred to the item before the comma.

For example:
1 cup sifted flour
1 cup flour, sifted

In the first case you sift the flour and then measure. In the second case you measure and the sift.

So, for the chard question "1 kg chard, stems removed, chopped" that means get 1 kg chard and then stem it and then chop it.

Resto suggestions for West Yellowstone Montana

We just left that area. After spending the morning in Yellowstone, we drove to West Yellowstone for lunch. We ate at Beartooth BBQ and really enjoyed it. We ordered four different sandwiches and enjoyed them all. The only thing I didn't care for was the potato salad. Too much mayo for my taste. Enjoy your trip.

Jul 06, 2013
JKDLady in Mountain States

Great food near O'hare

What about taking the train into the city? We've done it many times. We usually take a taxi back to the hotel because of time constraints.

Jun 02, 2013
JKDLady in Chicago Area

Cringeworthy dishes by people who think they are terrific cooks...

Another confession. I was a terrible cook just out of college. My mother didn't cook, and I never planned to either. Boyfriend enters the picture. His mother is a terrific cook. She becomes my MIL. Lucky for me, she is patient and teaches me to cook. Slowly I gained confidence, and we started to entertain. Luckily our friends were game for just about anything.

I was working through a cookbook and decided to make a chocolate mousse. Well, I guess I missed the instruction to dissolve the espresso in water. Yes, the mousse was crunchy! We still laugh about that today.

What Herb/Spice Do You Most Dislike?

Sage. Can't stand it.

May 20, 2013
JKDLady in General Topics

Restaurant recs between Butte and Missoula off I90

I sorta figured that with the lack of replies. A picnic lunch is a great idea! Thanks.

May 12, 2013
JKDLady in Mountain States