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Anyone been to Cena Italian restaurant in Park City yet?

Hello, I'm heading out to the Sundance Festival in a couple weekends and I'm trying to find some available restaurants. I saw that Cena in the Chateaux at Silver Lake is a new Italian place but can't find any reviews on the food yet. From the menu, the prices seem reasonable (compared to other restaurants in the area). If you've eaten here I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks!

7815 Royal St, Park City, UT 84060

Jan 06, 2011
Hapa Dude in Mountain States

Best food finds at Costco? [old]

I just saw these yesterday at Santa Clara and I bought one for $15. Oooooh they are good. I'm going to buy another can or two before they are gone because they are probably a seasonal product.

Jan 09, 2010
Hapa Dude in Chains

Angel Hair Pasta with Spicy Vodka Sauce

KenWritez is right (hehe). Tomatoes have some alcohol-soluble flavors so the vodka will help extract them. I don't see any difference in adding vodka after the tomatoes since the tomatoes are whole and not liquidy so will therefore not affect the flash point of the vodka. Just make sure you pour in the vodka OFF-HEAT, keep a lid nearby, and don't lean over the pot!

Jan 07, 2010
Hapa Dude in Recipes

Trader Joe's macarons - any good?

I have yet to try them because the box I bought was filled with macarons that were completely shattered to smithereens. When I finally get a chance to return these, I'm going to open the box in the store to check on their condition!

Jan 04, 2010
Hapa Dude in Chains

Browned Butternut Squash Couscous

Yes, quinoa would work, and it would probably taste better. You will probably need to simmer the quinoa in the broth for a few minutes before adding the squash though, since quinoa takes about 10-15 min to cook vs 5-10 min for cous cous. I'm not a fan of bland cous^2.

Nov 18, 2009
Hapa Dude in Recipes

Where can I find the best Italian Food in Buenos Aires

I went to Guido's tonight. The place is tiny and the walls are covered in photos of celebs and landscapes. As soon as we sat down, we had 4 small plates of food on our table. For AR$100, we got a 4 course meal, including wine, water, and coffee. For the first course, we had some good antipastos like pizza, polenta pizza, caponata, tomato/zucchini/mozzerela salad, and fennel salad. Pasta course was a veggie risotto that was OK and a mushroom orrchietti (little ears) pasta that was excellent. Meat course was a butterflied pork loin w/ a rich hollandaise style sauce and fries.

The first wine they brought us was a 2009 malbec that was not good (the grapes must have been harvested 6 months ago and it showed). I asked for a Postale Cab for the second bottle and it was much better. I'm not sure how many bottles you get with your meal, but other tables seemed to get different wines so that is why I asked for these other bottles (I have a feeling they brought us the crappiest wine first, while giving the locals better wines).

Overall, 8/10. Dinner takes 2.5 hrs although some other tables seemed to get through the meal much more quickly. We had to wait a while between courses, which seems to be the norm in BA.

The 2008 NOT List: 647 Dinner Club, Buenos Aires

I just went to 647 last night (my first night in town) and I'd give it a 7/10.

When we entered, we were asking each other if we thought it smelled like cat pee. Our table was in the very back of the restaurant and there were scented candles all over to try to mask that funk I suppose. Besides my group of 10 people, there were only about 3-4 other tables filled. I had the goat sweetbreads and the ojo de bife. The sweetbreads were good - rich and minerally and went well with the accompaniments. The ribeye was very tender and juicy and I enjoyed it, although some friends who ordered it said it was too cold and tough. Mine was lukewarm but I figured it was due to the medium rareness of the meat. My friends liked their lamb and I tried a little quail and it was a little tough but the spinach stuffing and blue cheese potatoes and polenta were very tasty. We ordered a malbec and a cab sauv for about 75 pesos each and today I saw them in a store for around 48 pesos.

Topo cheese serving suggestions?

I tried this cheese again and have decided it is terrible and a waste of money. I melted it with some rolled grilled zucchini but the overwhelming saltiness and pungency of the cheese was too much for me. I wish I knew how this cheese is used because it makes no sense to me.

Aug 13, 2009
Hapa Dude in Home Cooking

Roasted Red Pepper–Feta Dip

Some smoked paprika would work well in this too.

Aug 05, 2009
Hapa Dude in Recipes

Topo cheese serving suggestions?

I bought a wedge of topo cheese at a local store not really knowing anything about it - I bought it because it was made with raw milk so I was intrigued. It is a semi-hard Portuguese cheese and it is fairly pungent and salty, with a sour tang/kick to it.

I'm not sure how to use this cheese and online searches did not yield anything. Has anyone eaten this cheese and have any recipes or serving suggestions? Thank you.

Here is a photo of the brand I bought (but I bought a wedge not a full round)

Jul 19, 2009
Hapa Dude in Home Cooking

Where to find Guiness & Baileys cupcakes around Sunnyvale?

Thanks, I'll keep them in mind for next year!

Where to find Guiness & Baileys cupcakes around Sunnyvale?

My friend in Seattle said she got baileys flavored cupcakes with Guiness frosting and now I want one! Does anyone know where to get something like this around Sunnyvale? Thanks.

Trader Joe's Lemongrass Chicken Stix

I haven't tried this, but another good dipping sauce might be the thai sweet chili sauce mixed with sour cream. I've used that dip for other snacks and it is great.

Jan 22, 2009
Hapa Dude in Features

Back to Palo Alto’s Rangoon for Burmese

And how did you feel after the meal? I remember I was quite thirsty after a meal there, probably from MSG?

Whole-Wheat Pasta Taste Test

I usually find that whole wheat and other alternative pastas are better tasting in short-pasta form (penne, fusilli, etc) than in spaghetti form.

Oct 07, 2008
Hapa Dude in Features

Willow Glen's Aqui or John's XLNT? What to Order?

Keep in mind that Fallafel Drive In closes at 5pm.

Dia de Pesca is of a similar vein to FDI in regards to the casual outdoor seating. They have good fish tacos and only a few blocks from FDI at 55 N Bascom Ave.

I haven't been to Aqui or John's XLNT Foods so I can't help you there.

Anyone been to Nazca Peruvian restaurant in SJ?

I'm going there tonight with a group of friends for my girlfriend's birthday, and was wondering if anyone has been here yet. Any dishes that we should definitely order?

Basil and Rye

My friend is a big basil fan and he's stopping by my house for drinks tonight before dinner, so I'll try this recipe out.

Aug 29, 2008
Hapa Dude in Recipes

Sortilège Maple Liqueur

Better yet, make French Toast sticks and dunk them in a small glass of the maple liqueur. After you're done, do a shot of the leftovers!

Aug 12, 2008
Hapa Dude in Features

Trader Joe's Canned Smoked Trout - Back in May!

An apple horseradish cream sauce goes awesome with the smoked trout. I got the recipe from a Secrets of the CIA cookbook. I don't have it with me but basically whip up some heavy cream with some horseradish in it, and fold in grated granny smith apple. There may be a little lemon juice in it too. The sweet, hot, and creamy sauce is a perfect complement to the smoky fish.

May 12, 2008
Hapa Dude in Chains

Any good Trader Joe's wines lately?

Are these rieslings dry or off-dry? Thanks!

May 09, 2008
Hapa Dude in Wine

Leftover white wine

You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray or shot glasses, so you have some wine to add to sauces and whatnot at a later time.

May 09, 2008
Hapa Dude in Wine

Chris Cosentino's Cooking at Incantato - anyone?

I did the quinto quarto meal last fall. very good and the wine pairing is wirth getting too. here are pix from the meal!

Simple Seafood Sauce

For seared ahi, a mixture of soy sauce, mayo, wasabi, and lemon or yuzu juice is the perfect compliment. Best Foods mayo really is the best. I tried it with Trader Joe's mayo and I had to throw it out. yuck.

May 08, 2008
Hapa Dude in Features

Thai food in and around Cupertino?

Thai Pepper in Sunnyvale has good Thai food and good portions too. I only go there for lunch so I can't comment on the dinner menu, but hopefully it is the same quality if not better.
103 E Fremont Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 739-7717

The Oaxacan Kitchen-Palo Alto

Is this place open yet?

Rust spots on new santuko knife

Yes, please never put it in the dishwasher again! Also, never let a knife soak in water. Buy a honing steel and use it every couple of uses to keep it sharp.

Feb 28, 2008
Hapa Dude in Cookware

If You Hate Cilantro, You'll Really Hate Culantro

Good to know! I will steer clear of culantro since I hate cilantro (I call it the devilweed). Cilantro is way overused IMO.

Feb 28, 2008
Hapa Dude in Features

Anyone tasted wines in Fair Play, CA?

To all, thank you for your recommendations. Unfortunately, my group was pressed for time so we chose to stop at a couple wineries closer to Highway 50. We first stopped at Sogno. They have 15-20 wines to taste. Their wines were so-so, with their temperanillo being my top pick. We also stopped at Madrona and they had a dozen or so wines to taste and were better. Their Quintet, Syrah, and Syrah/Cab blend were quite good. The group I was with was a bachelor party and they gave the bachelor a fairly expensive bottle of cab on the house!

Sep 10, 2007
Hapa Dude in California

Anyone tasted wines in Fair Play, CA?

I should have posted this earlier but didn't think about it until now. I am heading up to S. Lake Tahoe tomorrow and wanted to stop in Fair Play on the way up for some wine tasting. If anyone's been there and have any recommendations for where to go, please comment! Thanks.

Sep 06, 2007
Hapa Dude in California