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Shatila - Dearborn - What to mail?

Well, my mother used to make Baklava and she favored more butter and less honey. We're not Middle Eastern or Greek, so she just made it up as she saw fit. I suppose it is the sweetness that I don't like in the Shatila version, preferring the taste and texture of lots of butter. You're right, it might be just me. Harry and David makes a very buttery Baklava and I love that.

Aug 24, 2011
mctoft in Great Lakes

best mail order treats

I just used www.ohdanishbakery.com. (thanks, MeffaBabe!) My friends ***raved*** about it and said the Danishes were the best they had ever had in their lives.

Aug 24, 2011
mctoft in General Topics

best mail order treats

I agree with everything you say about Zingerman's. I live 40 minutes away from there and rarely go because of the prices. It's easy to drop over $20 on a takeout lunch. Zingerman's is useful when you need something that is hard to find. I'm grateful for that. But in general, there other places to go for specialty foods.

Aug 14, 2011
mctoft in General Topics

Shatila - Dearborn - What to mail?

Hello, I'm in the Detroit Metro region. I need to send something to a town near Lake Michigan for funeral/condolence purposes, because my friends just lost their mother. I know they have people pouring in from out of town and would appreciate getting food. I'd like to send something from Shatila. The problem is I don't really like their baklava (too sweet). I would appreciate any suggestions for what would be a good thing to get.

Thanks so much!

Aug 11, 2011
mctoft in Great Lakes

do egg yolks keep?

I'm with you, Becca.

Feb 02, 2011
mctoft in Home Cooking

Detroit Metro: Where can I buy Masri Sweets without driving to Dearborn?

I'd like to get some treats for my coworkers in Farmington Hills, but Dearborn is quite out of my way since I live in the opposite direction. Do they place their sweets in any stores in the region?

Jun 01, 2010
mctoft in Great Lakes

Mango Sticky Rice? Detroit Metro

Thank you, dct!

Jun 01, 2010
mctoft in Great Lakes

How long does heavy cream stay fresh?

I just checked back in to see if anyone responded to my query. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful discussion!! And jeremyn, there is no need to worry about scaring me off, even if you did get off-topic (I don't think you did).

Btw, I did use the cream in the soup, but threw the rest out. The soup turned out lovely. Next time I will simply use it until it is gone or smells bad.

Jun 01, 2010
mctoft in Home Cooking

How long does heavy cream stay fresh?

Hi, I have some heavy whipping cream in my fridge, two cartons. Both have been opened. Both are expired (one a month ago, the other 2.5 months ago). But they smell fine! And I tasted the oldest one; it seems fine.

Can I still use these? Should I be concerned about lysteria? I would be using a quarter cup in a pot of soup...

Please advise.

Thanks!

Mar 08, 2010
mctoft in Home Cooking

Mango Sticky Rice? Detroit Metro

I cannot believe that no one has an answer to this! Is there no sticky rice in all of metro Detroit? This cannot be....

Nov 02, 2009
mctoft in Great Lakes

Mango Sticky Rice? Detroit Metro

Can anyone recommend a good place to get mango/coconut sticky rice (or any such delicious sticky rice) in the Detroit metro region?

Oct 23, 2009
mctoft in Great Lakes

One World Market, Novi, MI

I have been there and I love their Sushi. It's made on-sight in their little restaurant. You can also buy it to go. Miso soup is $1. Everything is reasonably priced and extremely fresh. I highly recommend that you give it a try.

Can I refrigerate tomatoes prior to canning?

Ok, thanks you guys! I think we have a consensus.

Sep 15, 2009
mctoft in Home Cooking

Can I refrigerate tomatoes prior to canning?

I need to wait until the weekend to can, but have a peck of tomatoes now. Can I refrigerate them without sacrificing flavor?

Thanks!

Sep 15, 2009
mctoft in Home Cooking

SE MI: Where can I get Beef Wellington?

Hi, I've been craving Beef Wellington for a couple years now, but can't find it anywhere. I made it once, but it was so expensive and time-consuming I've been reluctant to do it again. (It took several days and around $150). Does anyone have any information? I'm hoping to find the real deal, done well, but will accept substitutes. :> Beggars can't be choosers....

New Years Eve Recs

Hey, I just wanted to let you know how it went. I loved the ambiance and the service was fairly attentive (except the water refills, which is a big deal for my bf). As for food, I loved the presentation, but give my dishes an 89%. I have to qualify it, though. I have a cold and it was getting the better of me last night, so I expect I wasn't able to taste as much as I like. I got the pork belly appetizer and the tenderloin entree. The pork belly was exquisite at first, but lost it's appeal as it cooled. The beef was not as tender as I would expect. Could be my fault again since I asked for it to be cooked medium rare. I actually gave most of it to my dog later. (steaks are always a disappointment to me. I don't know why I order them. The truth is, I prefer a pan-fried strip-steak prepared at home to most steaks I get at restaurants) But, the sauces that came with the entree were incredible, not really sure what they were made of. But, my boyfriend was feeling fine and he said his mushroom soup was "sublime" and that his eggplant entree was perfect. He was dismayed at the portion initially, but ended up bowled over by the perfect union of all ingredients and general deliciousness. As for portions, I ended up not finishing everything (we ordered a cheese flight as well) and neither one of us left hungry, so I think the portions were fine. The cheese flight was alright. I didn't love it, although I did enjoy the accompaniments (fig-something, apricots, grape). Again, I need to qualify my opinions with my stupid cold. They were kind enough to offer a free glass of Bordeaux with the cheese flight, so that was a nice gift. The entire bill came to $160, including everything. I would definitely recommend it and I hope to return some day when my appetite is better and ability to taste is normal.

Thanks again for your help! We're back in Michigan now, but I can't wait to come back to Chicago and continue the adventure. :>

Jan 02, 2009
mctoft in Chicago Area

New Years Eve Recs

Thanks, nsxtasy, for all your help. We ended up going to La Scarola. I had sent a dozen or so options to my boyfriend and, for whatever reason, La Scarola was second (after that vegetarian restaurant). So, we went there. It was in an out of the way neighborhood, small and bustling. It was more casual than Pane Caldo, which worked out because our concert was casual as well and we didn't want to go back and change. As for the food, it was quite good. I had escarole soup (could have used a little nutmeg, but otherwise delicious and healthful), broccoli salad (very bright and fresh tasting), crabbed-stuffed shrimp over a bed of spinach (this was highly flavorful with some kind of lemon cream sauce). My boyfriend had the risotto primavera and he was extremely happy with it, which is saying something since "primavera" dishes tend to suck imho. I'm glad we went. Tonight we're thinking about Cafe Des Architects.... Actually, we wanted to book a table at Red Light, but they seem to be offline at the moment...

Jan 01, 2009
mctoft in Chicago Area

New Years Eve Recs

Hi nsxtasy, I'm a little concerned about your portrayal of Pane Caldo as significantly more expensive. Open Table shows both restaurants as between $31 and $50 per dinner, but as you know, Pane Caldo doesn't show prices on their menu. I currently have reservations at Pane Caldo, but I don't want to be shocked when the bill comes....

Dec 30, 2008
mctoft in Chicago Area

New Years Eve Recs

The Spiaggias are booked, unfortunately, but it sounds like Pane Caldo is a reasonable choice. I see that Red Light is also open tomorrow. Both are interesting to us. Is one clearly better than the other?

Btw, Green Zebra topped my BF's list but they are booked. It looked wonderful!

Dec 30, 2008
mctoft in Chicago Area

New Years Eve Recs

Thanks for the recs so far! What do you guys think of Pane Caldo or La Scarola?

Dec 30, 2008
mctoft in Chicago Area

New Years Eve Recs

Thanks for your thoughtful response, nsxtasy! TAC Quick looked a little too casual. Can you recommend an exquisite Thai restaurant?

Dec 29, 2008
mctoft in Chicago Area

New Years Eve Recs

Hello Chowhounders,

My boyfriend and I will be in Chicago for New Years Eve. We're staying at the Indigo (Gold Coast) and will be attending a concert at Schuba's Tavern in Lake View. I'm hoping for recommendations for restaurants between the two locations. My boyfriend is a vegetarian, although I'm an omnivore and love meat. We are looking for extremely delicious food, an interesting ambience (fitting for the holiday), and general value.

Thanks in advance!

Dec 29, 2008
mctoft in Chicago Area

Secret Santa - Detroit Area

Hi,

A Chef's Cuisine in Waterford is really wonderful. The theme is wild game and there are all kinds of odd things on the menu. What I've eaten there has been exquisite.

Marie

Biltmore estate all it's cracked up to be?

Hi everyone, we're back in Michigan now. Thanks so much for your posts, especially jmckee. We didn't get out there and I don't feel too badly about it because of the price. If I get back to Asheville (hopefully), I'll try to make it a priority.

I couldn't really change the Flying Frog because my boyfriend had made reservations there for my birthday. He was very excited about it. I wasn't sure because of what I'd read here, but it turned out very good. The service was impeccable and I loved my salmon. We really enjoyed it. Rosetta's was chosen by me for my vegetarian boyfriend. I can't even think of a vegetarian restaurant in the detroit metro region... so his diet basically consists of Indian buffets, Thai, and pasta with marinara (somewhat of an exaggeration, but you get the idea). I wanted him to experience a true hippie/granola cafe, so I wasn't really comparing it to regular restaurants. The Stone House Market was also my idea and I was really, really excited about it. The ambience was great, service great, the food wasn't as exquisite as I'd expected. Maybe I have a blunted palate. We met this woman coming out and she raved about the bouilliabaise. So, I got the bouilliabaise. My boyfriend got the manicotti without the chicken. Neither of us were enraptured, sorry to say. But we'll definitely go back next time we're in Asheville. A little restaurant where a chef is living out his food preparation dreams is right up our alley.

We really enjoyed the trip, especially the mountain walks. The Asheville area is wonderful in so many ways; you all are very lucky! Hopefully we'll be back soon. :>

Dec 02, 2007
mctoft in General South Archive

Biltmore estate all it's cracked up to be?

Thanks so much, everyone! I think we're going to skip it this time. We only have 3 days. We're going to go down to the River District and hopefully get to check out some of the studios. As for dining, we're going to Rosseta's tomorrow night, Flying Frog on Wednesday and (hopefully) Stone Market House on Thursday. We'll also be hiking a fair bit. Thanks again.

Nov 26, 2007
mctoft in General South Archive

Biltmore estate all it's cracked up to be?

I know this might belong on another website, but I like and trust chowhounders more than average tourists. As for your description, I've read all those things as well on their website, and that's where I learned that the tickets were $45 per person (and up if you want to do the candlelight thing). This is also for internet bookings. I'm just concerned about the price. It's way cheaper to visit Versailles, for god's sake! Plus, you're not allowed to take photos of the interior. So, I was really just wondering if it was worth it. My main reason for coming to Asheville is that I've heard it's a very eclectic and creative community.

As for the food, the one thing that kind of appeals to me is their kitchen garden. Can anyone say which of the restaurants is the best?

Nov 24, 2007
mctoft in General South Archive

Biltmore estate all it's cracked up to be?

Hi, we're visiting the Asheville area this week. We've been told to visit the Biltmore. It seems like an expensive, all day tourist trap to me. I imagine myself trapped there and being forced to eat overpriced mediocre food (which doesn't come with the already expensive tickets). Am I missing something? My impression is that in order to just go there you have to pay around $50 per person. Does anyone have ideas about how to get the most value out of the Biltmore estate?

Nov 24, 2007
mctoft in General South Archive