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Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

Yes, I did. I will publish them to my webshots soon.

Mar 07, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

Ok, my family was able to show up and together we made 70 pasteles. The bananas were slight more ripe than we would have liked which resulted in a sweeter pastel. Next time I will go with next day air and hopefully have even better results. They are still very good and we had a fantastic time making them!

We figured we had about 1 dollar each in them, and 25 pounds of green bananas makes about 70 pasteles.

Mar 07, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

I meant to write MASA machine.

Anyway, a snow storm is threatening and my mother and sister may not get over to my house meaning I may have to make 60 pasteles all by myself!!!! I have never even cooked the piccadillo (filling) and that is time consuming, not to mention peeling all those green bananas and wrapping and tying all the pasteles!

But I have 50 bucks worth of impossible to find Guineo Verde in the basement and I can't let them ripen, and ruin.

Wish me luck!

Mar 06, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

Update:

The bananas arrived!

They are a pale green, still very green. I have seen them greener. I have them in the cold, dark basement until we can use them on Friday. I hope they do not ripen any more. we'll see. This is a big experiment.

I also bought the mase machine...which is a homemade grater that is machinized. All the Chicago restaurants use it for their masa for pasteles. I will post a link to it later.

Mar 05, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

Echo, before you take any time to figure out costs, etc, my chicago source came through and we are experimenting with a shipment.

The source is Armitage Produce 773-486-8133 if anyone else is interested.

I ordered 25 pounds of the bananas and with shipping I think it came out to 1.45 a pound.

I am SO excited about making pasteles!!!!

Mar 03, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

Ok, please let me know how much for a big box, and also I need the banana leaves...as much for 60 pasteles. I appreciate this more than you will ever know!

Mar 03, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

Would they be the cavendish banana?

I am betting if we just got them in a big box, shipped through UPS or FedEx that they would stay green enough. These things get shipped all the time to grocery stores, right?

I am willing to pay for a big box! I have got to have my pasteles.

But, I think I do have a lead on some from Chicago which would be closer and therefore, quicker. we'll see.

Also, if you simply know of a someone who makes them, I may just have you ship me the pasteles in a cooler instead. That might be the thing to do.

My family lives in Lajas, but they are very old and I wouldn't want to burden them with the task. Which part of the island do you live in?

Mar 01, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

I can order the banana leaves, and yes, that is how I prefer them too. My TiTi Millie said it wouldn't be good to freeze them. Mabe if they were green enough, they could stay green thru shipping. we could experiement with a small bunch.

When I was in Chicago last weekend, I found a wonderful Puerto Rican neighborhood called Humboldt Park. There I bought 24 pasteles and I have been eating them every day. I am obsessed! I could eat them every day forever. I may need an intervention! haha

Mar 01, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

I'm gonna have to cal my mom to figure out a lot of this thread! hahahhaha As she is the one hwo speaks Spanish.

Sam thanks so much for the offer tosend from Columbia! wow! And Echo, if my Chicago source doesn't pan out, I may take you up on your offer.

We want to have a pastele making party and make as many pasteles as we can for the freezer. How many bananas would it take to make about 60?

Mar 01, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

Oh Echo, where do you live??? I would happily pay you the cost of the bananas and shipping. I could send it in advance. And yes, it is the actual bananas that I want to make pasteles.

Feb 29, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Guineo Verde (green bananas)- Source?

I am looking for a source to order green bananas to make traditional Puerto Rican food. This is very difficult for me because I live in Arkansas and the only source I know of is a grocery in Chicago that will not ship because they cannot guarantee they will stay green. When I say green, I mean VERY green, with absolutely no hint of yellow.

I would gladly pay to have a box shipped to me. Does anyone know of a wholesaler or other distributer of produce where I might try to get these bananas?

Thank you very much for the help.

Feb 28, 2008
Amelie in General Topics

Chow in Arkansas

I wanted to give a brief review of a great meal I have recently enjoyed. I am not sure if Arkansas gets much airtime on the boards here so hopefully I can help report some of the chow we have scattered throughout the state.

My annual birthday ritual includes taking myself out, alone, for a fantastic meal. It reminds me that I do indeed love myself and enjoy my own company.

Recommended by my good friend Beau Satori, The Grand Taverne located within the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs is home to Chef David Gilderson, born to British parents and trained at L'Ecole de Cuisine Francaise in Littleton, Sussex.

The restaurant is beautiful and set in an historic hotel. The kitchen is visible to the patrons and makes for a fun experience of seeing the food prepared.

I was very nervous about ordering the 40 dollar entree of a meat I have never even tasted but the server encouraged me that if it was to be my first time for lamb then this was the chef to have prepare it.

So, I ordered the rack of lamb in a Cointreau mint sauce, and paired it with a Ravenswood Zin, Lodi. And the chef was kind and patient enough to even take the lamb back and cook it a little more as he served it a bit more rare than I was able to handle for my virgin run. Keep in mind, I am certain the lamb was cooked perfectly for most foodies...and after he accomodated my virgin palate, it was delicious. The zin was a good pairing. And then they surprised me with a beautiful plate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate and a lovely dessert that I thoroughly enjoyed.

For a great rack of lamb (as far as I know! ;-) and impeccable service,

The Grande Taverne
37 North Main
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
479-253-6756

http://www.grandcentralresort.com

Cheers!

Feb 16, 2008
Amelie in General South Archive

Best NYC Pizza in Chicago?

Thank you so much, ns. You have been a great help.

Feb 13, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Hot Dog STREET STANDS Only

Oh well this is quite embarrassing.

:-)

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Hot Dog STREET STANDS Only

I edited my title to indicate street stands, thanks.

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Hot Dog STREET STANDS Only

Oh, good question.

I mean STREET stands! Is this possible? To get a good dog on the street like the Sabretts of NYC?

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Hot Dog STREET STANDS Only

Ok, I know the hot dog issue has been hotly dbated and explored in depth. Let's narrow it down to stands only.

What's YOUR favorite hot dog stand brand in Chicago?

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

PuertoRican in Chicago?

My research shows the following Puertorican restaurants;

La Palma
La Cocina de Galarza (same as La Cocina Criolla)
Nellie's
Cafe Bolero (cuban but sells pasteles and empanadas)
Cafe Borincuba
Cafe Colao
CoCo
El Arpa
La Bruquena
May St Cafe
Rumba

Can anyone vouch for any of these?

I am specifically looking for pasteles and empanadas

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Ford Center and Suite Service?

Thanks, Ren. This has been helpful.

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

PuertoRican in Chicago?

Anywhere, by chance, to get pasteles or other authentic PR cuisine?

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Ford Center and Suite Service?

Do they allow drinks in the theater, or in the lobby? Is Suite Service the only way to get a glass of wine before the show and during intermission?

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Ford Center and Suite Service?

Thanks so much for the review. That is exactly what I was looking for. Gotta love this board.

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Ford Center and Suite Service?

Have any of you added the Suite Service to your Broadyway in Chicago ticket at the Ford Center?

I am wondering how the food and drink are and what to expect.

Going to see Wicked in a couple weeks.

Feb 11, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

Best NYC Pizza in Chicago?

My mother and I are going to Chicago for a quick 2 day trip. She is from Manhattan and we have lived in Arkansas now for years. Whenever we travel to urban areas, we try to find good New York City style pizza. As you can guess, we rarely find anything close, but it is a fun game we play and we miss the pizza in New York so much.

Any suggestions on finding good NYC pizza in Chicago?

Your help is greatly appreciated. We are also going to try Chicago pizza (of course) but I will do a search on the board for a thread on the best Chicago pizza because I am sure that topic has already been explored in depth. I don't want to clutter this thread up with that sure to be overwhelming topic!

EDIT: Ok, I see that this topic has already been explored. Here is the link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/470355

Feb 10, 2008
Amelie in Chicago Area

New York Style Pizza in New Orleans?

Flying in Thursday for a lazy four four days and nights and I can't wait! Should I put the Aquarium on the list for Sunday?

Jan 22, 2008
Amelie in New Orleans

New York Style Pizza in New Orleans?

I, too, grew up on the Jersey shore, Bricktown.

Oh how I miss the subs, NYC pizza, and of course, my NYC family's PuertoRican cuisine.

Thanks for the tips.

Jan 21, 2008
Amelie in New Orleans

Brigsten's or Dick and Jenny's?

Blumie that is exactly what my husband said.

Maybe coffee with the bread pudding after dinner, yes?

Because you all have come through for me and Brigsten's it is!!!

Thanks Bill for the great reply, and to everyone else. What a fantastic group you all have here amongst the chowhounds.

I promise to report back!

Jan 20, 2008
Amelie in New Orleans

New York Style Pizza in New Orleans?

I guess I should add we are staying in the French Quarter and won't have a car. But I'd be willing to take a taxi for good slice.

Thank you all SO much for taking the time to stear me in the right direction.

Jan 20, 2008
Amelie in New Orleans

Brigsten's or Dick and Jenny's?

I am SO glad my husband and I agreed to let the chowhounders decide for us! Keep 'em coming!

Jan 20, 2008
Amelie in New Orleans

New York Style Pizza in New Orleans?

Whenever I travel to urban areas I like to find the best attempt at New York style pizza. I miss it so much.

Any recommendations?

Jan 20, 2008
Amelie in New Orleans