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What copper cookware brand do you recommend (Mauviel or Falk)

LOVE my Falk cookware... 5 years heavy use, still looks like new! A little lime & salt and shines like the first day I got it! Nothing cooks better than these pots & pans. Don't use my other "high end" brands any more.

My only worry is that as I get older, it is getting "heavier": to pick up and hold. I am aging faster than the cookware. Probably will out-live me!

Nov 16, 2013
FoodSavant in Cookware

Rats Restaurant

Lucky those of us who visited Rats regularly before 2009. After 2009, been there at different times and seasons. We have diminished the visits to once a year for the occasional tourist visits and picture taking for out-of-state relatives. Wish the food was up to par to what it used to be or up to par to the service, which has always been good.

Nov 16, 2013
FoodSavant in New Jersey

Albivi Italian Restaurant Milestone NJ

Food is good. Not great. $$$ for good food.

Nov 16, 2013
FoodSavant in New Jersey

GREAT Tacos in a Citgo Gas Station?

WOW! Were we disappointed! My wife and I, after reading the reviews and the buzz found it to be below expectations.

For $8, three 3" corn soft tacos, badly chopped greens (no avocado) dried out chopped flavorless meat, topped with too much cilantro and four quartered limes DO NOT make a great taco!

Stick to pumping gas and leave!

Nov 16, 2013
FoodSavant in New Jersey

Looking for a Chocolate Shop in NJ

ArribaNoir Chocolatier on Rte. 33, Millstone NJ, The Rolls Royce of chocolate.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9048...

Nov 16, 2013
FoodSavant in New Jersey

Arriba Noir - Dark Chocolate in Millstone

Made it in after a very disappointing stop next door at the salumeria. As a contrast to what got me in a bad mood next door, this store looks like an operating room. Clean and spotless is an understatement!

After I got passed the information session (which I now understand why he does it. This place is different from the standard chocolate store). Raymond (or Ramone) told me why he engages everyone: If he would let people come in, glance and leave, they would never realize what makes this place different from any other place. The guy makes everything in the store with 75% single origin chocolate.

His passion and knowledge exceeds the expectations of the average chocolate shopper. I, on the other hand, took him on to test him. Zealously and with patience, he walked me through the entire process (more than I wanted to know).

I love good chocolate. First two free samples did it for me, plain 75% chocolate and a grape dipped on the same dark 75%. This is GREAT chocolate.(My restless wife sat on a chair looking at her watch). For the true chocolate lover, minimalist chocolate lover, this is the Rolls Royce of chocolate.

I have been there two or three times since. He recognizes me, so I do not have to go through the entire presentation all over again. The dipped grapes are now a staple in our diet. The truffles are magnificent and will make a great gift box for the relatives. No rocket science on the clusters and barks: Great chocolate with different nuts and fruits; how could that fail?

I do hope they get enough business and loyal followers to hang around and grow. It would be a shame that so much passion translated into this level of high quality chocolate does not get the recognition and discovery it deserves.

Nov 16, 2013
FoodSavant in New Jersey