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food from the 60's

In addition to the usual cocktails like manhattans, martinis and gimlets, don't forget whiskey sours and highballs. For the sophisticated wine drinker, there was Mateus, a Portuguese rose that came in a sort of jug.

Jan 26, 2014
tfallath in Home Cooking

In search of... Albuquerque's best Pad Thai

Absolutely! Small, strip mall places, but all pretty good. Thai Tip has a designation on its menu: mild, medium, NM Hot, Thai Hot. Good little spot.

Jan 25, 2014
tfallath in Southwest

Hungarian Food

Thanks. Sounds like it varies from family to family, and, perhaps, region to region. I really want to recreate some of those old recipes on these cold winter nights. I always thought Hungarian food was more than just grandma's comfort food. It was freaking good!

Jan 25, 2014
tfallath in Home Cooking

Hungarian Food

Thanks. I'll check it out!

Jan 25, 2014
tfallath in Home Cooking

Hungarian Food

Growing up in the 50's and 60's, we used to eat Hungarian food quite frequently, both at home and in restaurants. NYC had quite a few in those days, mainly in Yorkville. The cold weather brings out the Hungarian/Slovak side of me. Can anyone recommend a good Hungarian, or Eastern European cookbook? Seems that type of food is out of style today. Also, remember my mother used to put green peppers in her goulash and paprika dishes. Is that really Hungarian?

Jan 25, 2014
tfallath in Home Cooking

food from the 60's

My mom used to serve Seafood Newburgh, drowning in sherry.

Jan 25, 2014
tfallath in Home Cooking

In search of... Albuquerque's best Pad Thai

I've been to Siam quite a bit over the years, but not recently. I also like to try dishes other than Pad Thai, but my favorite Thai places these days are Vegan Thai on Osuna and Jasmine, off I-25 and Jefferson.

Jan 25, 2014
tfallath in Southwest

Old Stand-byes

Wow, you guys are amazing! Now that the weather is supposed to cool off, I plan to delve into some of those golden oldies, and forget about cholesterol for a while. I freaking love turkey tetrazzini! Maybe something like coq au vin or boeuf bourguinon. Really good food never is dated. Also remember my mother's sauerbraten. Can still smell it!

Sep 09, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Old Stand-byes

Cool. Here in New Mexico it's tough to resist putting green chile or salsa on them. If and when it ever cools off here, I'd like to try my hand at beef stroganoff or coq au vin, another couple of oldies but goodies.

Sep 04, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Old Stand-byes

Right on, Candy!

Sep 03, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Old Stand-byes

Some pretty cool ideas, especially quiche. We have a neighbor who raises chickens and gives us fresh eggs. Fantastic. also thinking of making vichyssoise while it's still summer. Used to love it!

Sep 03, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Old Stand-byes

Faced with the usual dilemma of what to do with the surfeit of produce from my best friend's garden, we decided to turn to an old long-forgotten dish called ratatouille, a major staple on our table for years. Turned out to be fantastic, especially with fresh veggies. Does anyone have a dish out there, given the season, that you wrote off as a cliche, that you've recently rediscovered? Sometimes old friends are the best!
PS. I still have great memories of my Mom's Lobster Newburgh and Beef Wellington!

Sep 02, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #242 -- The end of summer edition [through Sep 7 2013]

Excellent topic! This is my favorite time of the food year, except maybe the holiday season. The one big dilemma is what to to with all the produce that comes from the garden. Nothing better than fresh tomatoes, basil, corn on the cob, etc. But by this time of year I'm looking for some new preparations. Here in New Mexico, we've had a late harvest, so good, fresh summer veggies should continue for another month.
Tonight we're having some leftover smoked brisket, fresh tomatoes caprese and grilled corn.

Sep 02, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking
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Best bar food in Santa Fe.

Thanks. Was there a few years ago and forgot about it. It is a nice place to hang out.

Jul 31, 2013
tfallath in Southwest

Best bar food in Santa Fe.

Thanks for the replies. Planning a few day hiking trips up in the Pecos, now that we have had some rain. Nothing like a cold beverage, good food, and great bar conversation afterward.

Jul 30, 2013
tfallath in Southwest

NY to AZ Road Trip!

Amarillo has some surprisingly good choices. My favorite is the Country Barn. Don't be put off by the cheesy exterior (and interior), complete with a statue of a 30 foot cowboy. They raise their own grass-fed beef, have a killer wine list and do offer many seafood entrees, along with "Rocky Mountain Oysters". Great bar, with a cut-off vintage 50-something Cadillac over the bar. Right on I-40 West. Also try Ruby Tequila's. Some of the best fajitas anywhere, plus outstanding margaritas.
I second the Sadie's recommendation. Great NM food, and plenty of it.

Jul 29, 2013
tfallath in Southwest

Best bar food in Santa Fe.

I'm looking for suggestions as to the best places in Santa Fe to eat at the bar, either as a single, or couple. It doesn't have to be the best food in town, but needs to be a fun scene, and a great place to talk with the bartender and the person on the next stool. Good wine by the glass, local brews and flat screen TVs are a plus, but not necessary. I've liked Pranzo and El Meson over the years. Wonder if they're still good.

Jul 29, 2013
tfallath in Southwest

Anyone Remember Red Barn (fast food chain)?

All I remember is the jingle, "You get a whole lot more of what you're hungerin' for at the Red Barn." I lived and traveled all over the midwest back in those days. They were everywhere, but I don't recall ever actually eating in one. I'll bet many of them are Chinese, Thai, or Vietnamese restaurants these days.
I wonder if they still have White Castles and Big Boys. Not out here in NM.

Jul 29, 2013
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members' favorite beverages in hawaii

Wow! Wish I had known that last month when we were there. Stayed right next door at the Marriott. Have another thing to look forward to next trip! Had some Koloa rum shipped back. The spiced rum is absolutely delicious, and I'm not normally a rum drinker.

Jul 23, 2013
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Tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera

Those crystals will do it every time! Might do gazpacho next week. Believe it or not, it's still a bit early in NM for home-grown tomatoes. Very chilly, windy, dry spring, followed by a brutal dry conditions. Finally getting some rain!
Figs look awesome! Thanks.

Jul 12, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking
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Tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera

Excellent ideas. Our neighbor raises chickens and we have more eggs than we know what to do with, so quiche it is! I didn't go to ND, but my best childhood friend did. I've always been a huge Irish fan! Went to a few games there way back when. Thanks!

Jul 12, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera

Absolutely! Sounds wonderful.

Jul 12, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera

Thanks so much. It's actually an operetta by Offenbach, called "The Grand Duchesse of Gerolstein", starring Santa Fe's own Susan Graham. Should be very funny and light-hearted.

Jul 12, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera

Excellent recommendations, Mary. Wish you were going also. Grazie, Mercie beaucoup,

Jul 11, 2013
tfallath in Home Cooking

Tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera

We're planning on attending two performances of the SFO this month, and tailgating, as usual. Even though we've been doing this every summer for 20 years, and we have enjoyed a number of great meals with our friends, I always feel like we could do something more original. Since this Saturday's opera is by Rossini, we're really in the market for Italian dishes. Next week's opera is French, so I'm sure there is a universe of French picnic dishes to choose from.
Tailgating in Santa Fe is similar to going to a really great new restaurant. It always seems like the people at the next table ordered better than you!

Jul 11, 2013
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What restaurants in Albuquerque are truly good and not just good for Albuquerque?

I like Budai and have gone there since they opened, but my favorite Chinese restaurant in town is ABC, on Menaul near Eubank. It looks like a dive and is decorated like a cliche Chinese restaurant from the 50's, but they served excellent Cantonese food (the owners are from Hong Kong) with a strong accent on seafood. Very often they serve Dungeness Crab, Lobster and oysters in black bean sauce. They also serve huge plates of seasonal veggies: green beans, mustard greens, bok choy, etc. Be sure to order off the blue (family style) menu, for more authentic Chinese dishes.

Jul 11, 2013
tfallath in Southwest

Recent arrival to Albuquerque!

Right on about Vietmanese restaurants! When we moved here in '92, I think there were about 3 or 4. Now I'm told there are 40! My favorites are Cafe Da Lat, Cafe Tran, Pho #1 and Pho Linh, but there are another half dozen that I frequent.
Really good pizza at Farina's. Trombino's will not knock your socks off, but it serves amazingly consistent basic Italian dishes, as well as excellent pizza. Really great neighborhood bar feeling also.
I realize Pappadeaux is a chain, but has incredibly fresh seafood, and also a nice bar atmosphere.
For NM food, I really like Casa Benavides.

Jul 11, 2013
tfallath in Southwest

members' favorite beverages in hawaii

Just returned from a trip to Kauai and Oahu and drank a good bit of Longboard lager by Kona, from the Big Island. I'd classify it as a better than average beach beer. Light enough to drink in the sun, but with more character than your standard pilseners. There are also several other local breweries, particularly one from Maui, that are recommended.
You've got to try at least one mai tai, particularly if you go to the "Tahiti Nui bar in Hanalei, Kauai.
Also, I've never been much on rum, but Koloa Rum from Kauai has made a believer out of me. If nothing else, try the spiced rum, straight, or on the rocks. Tastes like caramel. Very smooth. Aloha!

Jul 11, 2013
tfallath in Hawaii

Resturants for a week in Santa Fe

I recently enjoyed "Galisteo Bistro". I hate the term fusion, but they do tapas as well as New Orleans style cuisine.
"Horsemen's Haven" is a great place for huge, calorie-laden breakfasts. Great red and green chile!
"Harry's Roadhouse" is off the tourist trail and is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nice local bar scene, if you can find a seat.
"El Meson" has been consistently good over the years, but haven't been there lately.
Also like "Pranzo", especially the bar. Excellent wines by the glass.
Enjoy, and try to bring some rain with you. It's been brutal out here!

Jun 22, 2013
tfallath in Southwest

Chinese five spice powder

Thanks, folks. As it turns out, we had most of those ingredients. always fun to improvise!

Jun 21, 2013
tfallath in General Topics