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Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

Thanks for all the great recommendations! We're having a great time and I'm really impressed with Toronto overall. We went to DaiLo on Saturday and enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere (tight quarters but no biggie). We had the pork & shrimp wontons, 90 day aged ribeye, and the truffles fried rice. Food was creative and delicious.

We checked out Pai last night and went to Buca tonight. Excellent food at both places.

I'll be checking out the St Lawrence Market tomorrow and plan to eat at Momofuku's Noodle bar for lunch. We have a res at Luckee for tomorrow night but I have a feeling we may change our minds...maybe Bar Isabel?

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

I was able to make a res for DaiLo on Saturday...good to have a safety net and we can always cancel if we change our minds or get in late.

Thanks for you recs!

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

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Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

Thank you! We are booked for Buca and the others look very interesting - from what I read it seems like DaiLo still might be working through some new restaurant growing pains? Looks excellent though, as does Bar Isabel. We will also be checking out your restaurant as well now, Khao San Road.

I still don't have a res for Saturday night - we get in that afternoon and want to be somewhat flexible with our schedule. Any thoughts on where we should eat that doesn't require a reservation and won't require us to wait super long?

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

My husband and I will be in Toronto for a few days beginning this weekend and I've tried to do some research on the internet but would definitely love some locals to weigh in. We live in Charleston, SC and while we have a pretty good culinary scene (lots of farm-to-table, seafood and southern cooking), we really lack in ethnicity and diversity. So, we want to have as much Asian, Italian, Middle-Eastern, or French influenced food that we can find as well as any other cuisine type.

So far I have dinner reservations at Momofuku DAISHO, Buca, & Luckee. Debating scratching out DAISHO for dinner and checking out their Noodle Bar for lunch instead (thoughts?).

Also looking at trying PAI, People's Eatery, and Bahn Mi Boys (for lunch).

We're staying downtown but open to checking out a few neighborhoods.

Thanks so much!

Asheville itinerary consultation

I can't figure out how to start a new discussion from my mobile - I apologize for posting here, but I need a dinner reco for tonight and the Asheville posters seemed to all be tied to this thread! We come here often, have been to Seven Sows and Curate - can't get into The Admiral tonight - instead looking for a good, laid back spot for dinner. Have been to Wicked Weed, may go there but wouldn't mind trying somewhere new. Good beer list, open to anything from pizza to bbq to southern. Ideally downtown or not too far from Grove Park. Thoughts??

Apr 11, 2014
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Heavy Appetizers for Wine Club

We ate all of our corned beef unfortunately! We'll probably have more reds than anything, but not pairing the wine. I'm definitely thinking something with meat; chicken would be good.

Mar 20, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Heavy Appetizers for Wine Club

I'm hosting my monthly wine club tomorrow night. "Wine Club" is basically my girlfriends and I getting together once a month and share some wine, food and catch up. Since we're getting together on a Friday, and some might linger longer than normal, I want to be sure that I have enough substantial food options. I made some pickled shrimp yesterday that I'll serve on rye toast with aioli and in perusing previous Chowhound discussions, gougeres sound like the way to go. I will also be doing a small charcuterie and cheese platter as well as hummus & accompaniments. I would love one more heavier option, any ideas?

Mar 20, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Need Charleston Recs for mid April

Lots of threads on this topic, but thought I would weigh in! I lived in Mpls for quite awhile, live here in Charleston now and dine out quite a bit. If I were you, I would probably focus on seafood and southern cuisine since you already have pretty good access to farm-to-table/modern cuisine and steakhouses.

Dinners: FIG (good variety), McCrady's (tasting menu), & The Ordinary (seafood) are my favorite. Charleston Grill & Peninsula Grill are also wonderful, although slightly more formal atmosphere.
Lunch/Brunch: Husk (gets a lot of publicity, but beautiful space, excellent burger); Hominy Grill, Cru Cafe & Martha Lou's chicken (not walking distance, but best fried chicken in town)

Have fun!

Mar 06, 2014
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Convince me I didn't cook undercooked chicken.

Were the juices clear? If so, then I think it would be completely fine. 3.4 lb chicken is pretty small - I would typically a similar size room temperature chicken at 450 for a 70-80 minutes or so. You cooked it at a lower temp but twice as long; I'm sure it was fine.

Feb 17, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

I'm ashamed to tell you that I ended up NOT making the bisque!! I had grand plans, as you know, but my husband one-upped me with a last minute reservation to spend the night at The Sanctuary on Kiawah (in South Carolina). Sooo, we drove out there for the night, had a great dinner - ribeye and lobster mac & cheese! But we came home on Saturday and I of course now had 2 day old lobster defrosting in the fridge and fresh shrimp; so we had lobster and shrimp for dinner. Simple - roasted with lemon, butter and a little garlic. However, I did make lobster/shrimp stock and let it reduce for a few hours and would still like to make the bisque soon. And I'll have one less step in the process which will make it less tedious and not as expensive.

Feb 17, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Great tip, thank you!

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Good to know - I bought 5 small tails, so I'll make the stock today with a couple of the shells and the shrimp shells to make the base. And then roast the remaining shells tomorrow. Sounds redundant but I want to be sure it has that rich lobster flavor!

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

You are correct - this will not be a cheap dish to prepare. We'll still be spending less than if we went out! And I like a challenge and have always wanted to try and make it at home. Steak is so easy to prepare, I have to have something else to do in the kitchen!

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking
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Lobster Bisque

I don't mind buying a bottle of sherry, we drink plenty of wine (just not sherry) and always cook with a decent bottle as I mentioned. I'll definitely grab a bottle...

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking
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Lobster Bisque

Lots of great suggestions - thank you! I'm actually going to incorporate a little of each recipe. I have some (previously) frozen lobster tails and some fresh shrimp and will make make the concentrated fish broth today. Tomorrow, I'll roast the lobster shells as the Jasper White recipe calls for. And I'll definitely be including mirapoix, garlic, tomato paste, butter, tarragon, arborio rice, cream & sherry. I will also puree and strain but garnish with plenty of lobster meat. I'll take note of exact measurements and let you know how it turns out!

But please keep the ideas coming since I won't be cooking the bisque until tomorrow!

One question - I use grocery store Sherry cooking wine quite a bit for Asian food, and it's fine but for other recipes calling for white or red, I typically like to cook with something that's 'drinkable' in the $8-10 range. Should I spend a few bucks more and buy a bottle of sherry from the liquor store or stick with the cooking wine? I have some brandy as well.

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Chefpaulo, does this look the recipe you reference: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Sounds delicious! I had no idea you could even buy canned lobster - gross! It's Valentine's Day, so no cheap substitutions on my end.

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Lobster Bisque

Making Lobster Bisque and Ribeyes for my husband on Valentine's Day - I need an awesome lobster bisque recipe, whose got one??

Feb 13, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Freezer-friendly Meals for Busy/New Parents

Frittata muffins are a great idea, thanks!

Jan 30, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Freezer-friendly Meals for Busy/New Parents

Sure don't, that will be going in their fridge to eat for lunch over the next couple of days...dropping food off tomorrow.

Jan 30, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Freezer-friendly Meals for Busy/New Parents

Thanks for all of the great ideas Chowhounds! The parents' freezer is not overflowing and they eat everything! So far I've made:

- Loaf of Banana Bread
- 2 Meals' worth of Hazan's Bolognese Sauce
- Mini Waffles for the 2 year old
- Chicken Salad

I'm also going to make Smitten Kitchen's homemade granola bars with oats, peanut butter, coconut & almonds. And the day I bring it over, I'll include an easy salad with a vinaigrette, garlic bread, hunk of good parm & a bottle of wine. And come crackers & grapes for the chicken salad.

I have time to make one more dish so keep the ideas coming if you have anymore!

Jan 30, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

Freezer-friendly Meals for Busy/New Parents

My friend recently had her second baby and I'd like to bring over a couple of meals that they can store in their freezer and pop in the oven or microwave for easy lunch or suppers. I'm definitely going to include a loaf of banana bread and soup, but would like some other main ideas. The mom is breastfeeding and has a 2 year old toddler as well. I did read through the "gourmet casseroles" and "meals for new moms" but was hoping for some more ideas! Thanks so much!

Jan 27, 2014
IOPfoodie in Home Cooking

30th birthday in Charleston

This response is probably too late but if you have one more lunch left on your trip, ditch the peninsula and head out to Sullivan's Island to Home Team BBQ. In addition to awesome BBQ, the wings and shrimp tacos are the best in te area!! Fun laid back beach vibe.

May 18, 2013
IOPfoodie in Southeast

30th birthday in Charleston

If you find yourself loving the southern charm of Charleston, I would pick Peninsula Grill. However it's white tablecloth/finer dining. If you enjoyed Upper King where you were last night and want a place more upbeat, I would choose Macintosh for dinner & a nightcap and coconut cake at Peninsula Grill afterwards! They have a quaint cute bar area. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

May 16, 2013
IOPfoodie in Southeast
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4 girls..4 days in Charleston

I don't believe they have a happy hour special, but they do have a nice bar with a great wine list and cocktails. Food is excellent - if you don't stay for dinner, at least try an oyster slider while you are there!

Apr 26, 2013
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Best of Seattle -

Heading to Seattle at the end June for a couple of days & then driving down to Portland for a few more days. What are some of the best restaurants/bars/breweries/vineyards to check out in the Seattle area? Open to everything from a dive bar to high-end restaurants - we want to focus on locally sourced / regional cuisine. Thanks!

Apr 23, 2013
IOPfoodie in Greater Seattle

30th birthday in Charleston

Good research and great choices! Here's 2 cents from local 32 year old who eats out 3-4 times a week:

DINNER:
FIG is a must (as are reservations! - they take them 30 days in advance). McCrady's and Husk are great - pick Husk if you want more laid back, order a la carte. Pick McCrady's for the tasting menu and more formal atmosphere (compared to Husk). Peninsula Grill is great, much more formal atmosphere. I strongly recommend The Ordinary to add to your list.

LUNCH/BRUNCH:
I love Hominy - it gets a lot of press, but I think it's worth it. Cute atmosphere. Cru & SNOB are great too - I second the Hall's suggestion for brunch. I love Fast & French for lunch. I would also recommend walking through the Farmer's Market on Saturday - great street food/ food truck options. Macintosh is great for brunch on Sunday - awesome burger. Great atmosphere for dinner.

Happy Hour/Drinks:
Gin Joint or Cocktail Club if you're into creative cocktails. Closed for Business if you're a beer guy. If the weather is nice, I would suggest the rooftop at Stars (swanky), Vendue (locals), or Pavilian bar (good people watching).

If you'd like to explore other parts of Charleston (like the beach!!) - I would drive out to Sullivan's Island for BBQ lunch/brunch at Home Team or a cocktail at Poe's and then walk out to the beach.

Have fun, the weather should be gorgeous!

Mar 05, 2013
IOPfoodie in Southeast

4 girls..4 days in Charleston

You've got a good list going already! Here are some thoughts on your list from a local Charleston gal:

I would suggest Fig & Husk a must for the more expensive dinner spots. McCrady's is awesome, but I like the vibe better as a date spot vs. dinner with the gals.

Cru is great for lunch as is Gaulart & Maliclet, which is one of my favorite spots in all of Charleston (also good for a cup of french press coffee & a croissant!)

The Grocery is good, but I find the atmosphere a bit drab - better for brunch!

Hominy is a must for brunch! As is Red Drum in Mount Pleasant, if want to venture over the bridge.

Pearlz has a fun happy hour - good vibe, great martinis.

Macintosh is a must for cocktails and/or dinner after your cruise. Their happy hour doesn't actually serve Bacon, which is a little misleading!

Cocktail Club rooftop is a great spot for drinks if its nice out - great cocktail & wine list.

Have fun!

Feb 13, 2013
IOPfoodie in Southeast

Cruisin' through Puerto Rico, St. Maarten & St. Kitts

I'm going on a cruise next week and we will be stopping in 3 different destinations and I'm looking for some recommendations for the following meals/locations:

- Dinner in San Juan, Puerto Rico on a Monday: Jose Enrique is closed on Mondays, Marmalade doesn't excite me, and Pikayo has very mixed reviews. Looking for something authentic & local, close to Old San Juan.

- Lunch in St. Maarten: French maybe?

- Lunch in St. Kitts

Thanks!