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Kid Friendly Japanese Recommendations- near Financial district

Quick weekend trip to the city, staying in the Financial District, looking for casual Japanese restaurant recommendations. Ramen and shabu-shabu would be my preferences, but something with a variety (teriyaki, etc...) would be better to accommodate the SO. We don't mind taking the subway or a taxi, but closer is better when you have a little one in tow.

Apr 13, 2012
lnyc in Manhattan

Bridal Shower Brunch Recommendations

Planning a bridal shower for about 15-20ppl on a Saturday. Looking for any recommendations in the DC and Mont. Co area, private or semi-private room would be nice but not a deal breaker, looking to keep costs managable (entrees $15-20/pp). Any ideas would be welcomed. Thanks!

Mar 25, 2012
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help with Prime Rib Roast

I'm cooking a prime rib roast this Christmas, what is the internal temperature that I need to reach to get a medium cooked roast. I like my meat medium rare, but my guests are not too fond of bloody meat, so I don't want to under cook the meat to my liking. What should the meat thermometer read when I take the roast out of the oven before resting takes place and the carry over cooking raises the temperature?

Dec 22, 2011
lnyc in Home Cooking

Birthday cake recommendations

Thanks for the Costco suggestions. While I love Costco cakes, they are very limited on designs... looking for a cake that can be customized. Something with fondant decor would be a nice find. Definitely going to look into the other recommendations.

Jun 28, 2011
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Birthday cake recommendations

Looking for bakery recommendations for a child's birthday cake. I am not looking for cakes from Safeway nor do I need Ace of Cake priced cakes. Looking for something that is tasty and artful at a reasonable cost. Location in the Bethesda/ Rockville vicinity is a plus.

Jun 27, 2011
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recommendations for caterers for a 1st birthday party

Looking for restaurant/ caterers in the Rockville/ Bethesda area for a casual baby birthday party. Looking for a caterer that will do a small lunch buffet for 30-40ppl, nothing formal or fancy. Maybe BBQ or some type of kid friendly themed menu.

Jun 01, 2011
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Brunch buffet in Honolulu for 50ppl

Planning a celebration in January, looking for Sunday brunch recommendations for a group of 50ppl, probably needs to be a buffet for 50ppl.

Dec 20, 2010
lnyc in Hawaii

Soft Shell Crabs in DC

Family visiting in town, looking for soft shell crabs in the District or Bethesda area. Any recommendations welcome!

Jun 08, 2010
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

3 days in Paris

my husband and I tried for Chez L'ami Jean lunch today, food was fabulous! It is 9pm now and I still can not eat dinner. Their pre-fix menu is 3 courses for 35 Euros. If you don't read or speak any French, this is probably the way to go. There is a blond lady with short hair that works there and speaks very good English and will help you translate the menu. As soon as you get to Paris, have your hotel concierge call for reservations, as there are only about a dozen tables, it's quite hard to get in. Highlights, the skate wing and braised beef main entrees are excellent, the lemon mousse dessert was devine. There were lots of additional dishes that looked great, but as I was not able to read the menu, we stuck with the pre-fix items. Enjoy! We are trying Les Papilles in a few days, another tough reservation to get.

Oct 23, 2009
lnyc in France

Did I just get unlucky at Scarpetta?

What are the menu prices like? I'm headed there this weekend, and interested to know if it's worth the hype. If the price point is not too over the top we'll keep the reservations, but based on your review, if the prices are outrageous, we may reconsider.

Jul 20, 2009
lnyc in Manhattan

Food Gifts from the area

Just moved to D.C. and looking for omiyagi, small gifts to take home to family in Hawaii. What are some regional food favorites that would be easy to pack?

Looking for Pub's Virginia peanuts, does anyone know where they can be purchased in the D.C. area?

Jul 16, 2009
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need recommendations for anniversary dinner

Coming to Manhattan in a few weeks to celebrate our anniversary. Would like suggestions for a nice restaurant that doesn't require reservations made 2 months in advance. Price range- main entrees about $30-$50, cuisine- New American or Italian, atmosphere- trendy, neighborhood- some place that we can walk to a bar or club down the street. Thanks in advance!

Jul 13, 2009
lnyc in Manhattan

I need some info re fresh pineapple

If the brown areas are on the outer part of the flesh, they are normally just bruising or over ripeness. I would just cut off the brown areas and the rest of the pineapple should be fine, especially if it smelled OK.

Jun 01, 2009
lnyc in General Topics

Where are they hiding the garlic NOT made in China?

Garlic from China tends to be a lot drier in consistency as well when chopped up. I just buy whole heads from the local American supermarket. I find that the garlic from the farmers market does not last as long in my pantry, it tends to rot rapidly.

May 28, 2009
lnyc in General Topics

Dungeness Crab Season yet?

Headed out to San Francisco this weekend, was wondering if dungeness crabs are in season? What is the price per pound at the Asian markets?

May 19, 2009
lnyc in San Francisco Bay Area

Sei & Central

I tried Sei about 2 weeks ago, and I don't know why I didn't realize that it's a small plates restaurant.

Food is not bad, but not very filling. Their fish & chips sushi roll is not bad, but I don't know if i'd order it again at $10 an order. Toto scallion roll was excellent. Chicken wings, odd thing to eat at such a nice restaurant, but they were very tasty. Avoid the garlic shrimp dish, although I don't see it posted on the online menu today, maybe they removed it. It was 3 shrimps butterflied, shell on. They must have been overcooked, because it was impossible to remove the shell. The manager later came over and told us that we were supposed to eat the shell with the rest of the shrimp. Asian pork buns were overly salty and inedible.

On the flip side, cocktails are very innovative and tasty.

For dessert they served us a black sesame ice cream, delicious!

May 13, 2009
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Buttermilk Powder?

Powered buttermilk can be purchased at Super Wal-mart, it's usually in the baking aisle.

Apr 17, 2009
lnyc in Home Cooking

best crab cake baltimore

I am moving to DC shortly, when is crab season out there?

Mar 25, 2009
lnyc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Making puff pastry from scratch?

The PF packages that I purchase are always made with margarine, is there an all butter version from PF? I despise that they use margarine, I will have to try the TJ brand.

Mar 25, 2009
lnyc in Home Cooking

Pillsbury thin crust pizza dough in a can!

At what stage can you freeze the dough? Do you let it rise 1 time first?

Feb 25, 2009
lnyc in Home Cooking

Fun with Foie Gras

I recently received a can of foie gras from France, what can I do with that?

Feb 20, 2009
lnyc in Home Cooking

Help with holiday chocolate making

You can order them from Spun Sugar in Berkeley in 1lb packages, and have them shipped.

Dec 15, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking

English Toffee question

I made a macadamia nut toffee twice this season with great results. The recipe that I used has Karo and baking soda in it, brought the sugar mixture up to 285, results: crisp and not bendable. I also poured the candy onto a silpat mat which makes for easy release and cleanup!

Dec 12, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking

Fresh Recipe Ideas Needed

thanks, the pork recipe sounds delish. Would love non-pasta shrimp dish recipes as well

Dec 02, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking

Fresh Recipe Ideas Needed

I am cookind dinner this weekend for a few guests. I have pork tenderloins and jumbo shrimp in the freezer. I usually marinate the tenderloins in garlic and rosemary and grill, and the shrimp are usually used for a shrimp scampi pasta. I need some fresh new ideas, will probably only cook one of the proteins for this meal.

Dec 02, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking

Beijing, New Years Eve

Heading to Beijing this winter and spending American new years eve there. Looking for suggestions on events to check out there.

Dec 01, 2008
lnyc in China & Southeast Asia

Dinner guest requesting chicken

Can I use dried marjoram for this recipe? I can't seem to find the fresh at the supermarket. Do I cut the amount down? Is it just as good or should I choose another recipe?

Nov 18, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking

Help with holiday chocolate making

I took a chocolate class a while back at a chocolate shop, and oddly enough we used tempered chocolate coating for molded chocolate. Because the shell is thin, the taste is really not that noticiable, and very user friendly. Taste your chocolate coating chips, some taste better than others. I previously used Guittard coating apeals, but found that a brand sold at the hobby shop tasted better. Use a good quality chocolate for the filling though. Usint the chocolate coating apeals prevents the blooming and issues with keeping the chocolate at the perfect temperature.

Nov 12, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking

ISO: non old-school sweet potato dish

Last year friends of mine made a butternut squash casserole. I have the basic ingredients, but tweek to your liking. Smash cooked squash or sweet potatoes, season with lots of butter, S&P, etc. Put 1/2 the mixture in a casserole, place a layer of brie, cover with remaining squash/ sweet potato. Top with sliced almonds, bake until golden and bubbly. It was absolutely delish!

Nov 07, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking

Cocktail Menu help

I've invited a bunch of co-workers for cocktails and appetizers, most of them have pretty basic tastes. What should I make? I love to cook ethnic dishes but I think it may be too different for them. Share your favorite all American appetizer ideas.

Nov 07, 2008
lnyc in Home Cooking