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Where to get Marzipan Princess Cake UWS

Does anyone know where we can get a Marzipan Princess Cake for a birthday in June? Prefer Upper West Side.

May 04, 2014
AliceS in Manhattan

UWS Japanese

We tried to get in touch with Sun-Chan to make a reservation (my dad insists on it!) and could not. I swung by and took a look at the place and I'm not sure it's even open anymore. It looks a little tight to get into for 2 people in their 70s too, so we ended up going to Kouzan on 93 and Amsterdam. I'm not sure my standards are still as high as they were when I was living in NYC, but I really like the place. Some spotty service, but overall the food was very good and the atmosphere comfortable and pleasant.

Apr 06, 2012
AliceS in Manhattan

UWS Japanese

I grew up on 99th and RSD, parents still live there. Dad is just emerging from knee replacement and would like Japanese. Anything new and worthwhile in the immediate area?
Thanks in advance!

Mar 14, 2012
AliceS in Manhattan

Touched by a Waitress

I think it was as much the frequency of the touching as the fact of it. It sort of feels like any nice intention is lost on the 50th time.
I retrospect, I probably should have been a little more clear about being uncomfortable to the server herself. A sharp intake of breath next time perhaps.

Apr 17, 2011
AliceS in Not About Food

Touched by a Waitress

Oooh, we live in NZ for 4 months! Kia Ora! Also, I don't remember being touched by servers there either.

Apr 17, 2011
AliceS in Not About Food

Touched by a Waitress

Was a lawsuit implied? I just found it very uncomfortable. I'm not sure a lawsuit would go very far, but maybe you know better than I do.

Apr 16, 2011
AliceS in Not About Food

Touched by a Waitress

To clarify: if she had touched me once, I would have been OK. Maybe even twice. But every single time she talked to us, which was often because they were overwhelmed and so she kept having to come and apologize, she touched me.

Apr 16, 2011
AliceS in Not About Food

Touched by a Waitress

I mentioned the mis-added bill as one example of many weridnesses. There's always something a bit off about the service. Once it was a misadded bill. Today it was very slow service, another time it was the order in which things were brought. I resent the statement that it is "an expression of [my] own weirdness."

Apr 15, 2011
AliceS in Not About Food

Touched by a Waitress

Today I went to a local restaurant that has decent food but always has pretty awful service. There's always something weird going on with the service too, everything seems confused. One time they totaled the bill wrong and we had to go through it ourselves. But today was a new standard in weirdness, and it made me wonder, is it OK for a wait-staff to touch the diners? Repeatedly? She started out doing some touching like we were bonding. Later the touching was apologetic, "I'm so sorry it's taking so long" (shoulder touch). The only places she touched were my clothed back and shoulder but it made me very very uncomfortable. I don't really like being touched that much, I'm not a hugger, etc. So is it ever OK? Or is this a bridge too far?

Apr 15, 2011
AliceS in Not About Food

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

We did go to Fortune for our very Jewish Christmas. It was better than what we have had so far around here, which is admittedly not much for Chinese food. The salt and pepper squid was a little less flavorful than I like and the Ma Po Tofu was also a little bland. I wonder if you need to press them on really wanting spicy authentic food.

Jan 13, 2011
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

A lot of Vietnamese restaurants/Pho places are called "Pho ____" with a number at the end, often the street number. This usually does not mean that one is connected to another.
Phan Garden is on my list of places to try.

Jan 10, 2011
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

I have now eaten at 2 Vietnamese places, Hue and Pho 27.
We went to Pho 27 first. The waiter we had was super-nice and really made us want to go back. The food was quite good. Now, we just moved from MN where there is unlimited fantastic Vietnamese, so we are a little picky. We thought the pho/chicken pho was very good, but a little on the greasy side. It had a good flavor though. We liked it a lot, and will go back. Prices are very reasonable, appropriate for an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Oh, the fresh spring rolls were fantastic!
We went to Hue tonight and were a little less impressed. The atmo is very nice, but it is pricey and a little gringified for Vietnamese. Not rough enough flavors, too refined. And I did not like the fresh spring roll at all, which is disappointing for a Vietnamese place. Probably won't go back.

Jan 08, 2011
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

We have been going to Ee-Sane for awhile now, and have a pretty good dining experience every time. That is, until last night. I ordered my usual, pad kee mow with tofu, medium spicy. Usually it's very good, but last night it was absolutely inedible and I had to send it back. Gummy, sticky, overly sweet noodles, barely a hint of hotness. It was really disappointing, and for me to send something back it has to be BAD!
Have they jumped the shark in the last few weeks? Do they occasionally have a different chef? My husband had the pho, which he acknowledges was a risky choice, and it was not very good, but he owns that mistake. Not sure if we can go back now though.

Dec 11, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

"Ethnic" Grocery Stores in Milwaukee

Went to Rhino Foods today and WOW. This place is awesome, I am in heaven. Huge store, knowledgeable staff, great selection. They have a counter which I think makes fresh papaya salad, though I did not ask. We will be back often. Thanks for the recommendations!

Dec 11, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

Milwaukee Night Out, preferably Japanese

We ended up at Sake Tumi and it just didn't quite do it for me. The tofu cake was not at all tofu-y, and I love tofu. It was all deep-fried-y, which is not what I wanted. The sushi was fine, not super, but OK. Chow baby had the sesame chicken, which was fine for her.
I will have to try Nanakusa, that sounds like a good next option.

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Sake Tumi
714 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Sep 12, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

Milwaukee Night Out, preferably Japanese

how about Sake Tumi? Despite the kitschy name, it has a decent rep, and I impulsively made a reservation there for Saturday. Willing to cancel if it's no good though.

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Sake Tumi
714 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Sep 08, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

Milwaukee Night Out, preferably Japanese

Is Izumi's relatively nice too? Is the sushi very good?

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Izumi's Restaurant
2150 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Sep 07, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

Milwaukee Night Out, preferably Japanese

Big birthday dinner this Saturday. We had planned to go to Umami Moto, but I read some reviews that said it is loud and child-unfriendly. The chow-baby is a seasoned restaurant goer (she's 5yo and has been going out to eat since 2 weeks of age), but the reviews made it sound like not such a good choice, plus not such good sushi. Is Nanakusa reasonably nice? Is there another Japanese place you would suggest? I am open to other Asian cuisines (I love all, but am leaning toward Japanese for my b-day). Is Peony nice?
I know Peony is way West and I am willing to travel out there (we live in WFB) but would prefer to stay within the city.
Thanks in advance!

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Umami Moto
17800 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

Sep 07, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

"Ethnic" Grocery Stores in Milwaukee

We are now living in Milwaukee, in the Whitefish Bay area, and are desperately seeking "ethnic" grocery stores, specifically, Asian markets and Middle Eastern markets.
Thanks!

Sep 06, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

Pad Kee Mao is another name for Drunken Noodles.

Aug 12, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

oh, soup dumplings, so great! Thanks!
I tend to judge my Thai restaurants by their drunken noodles, do any of the places you mentioned have a good version?

Aug 08, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

We also went to El Guapo's just out of desperation (we arrived in town around 6pm and needed to eat). It was pretty bad. Very fatty heavy salty not spicy Tex-Mex food. I had a torta which was served on toasted white bread (!) and was meh, hubby had 2 a la carte soft tacos, fish and chicken mole, both of which were the same level of meh as the torta. We sat outside which was positively infested with flies. When we mentioned it to the waitress, she seemed to be aware of it, but no one warned us. It was Wednesday so it was all day happy hour, and the Margarita was pretty good. Also the service was pretty good. But it is not a destination by any means. Sadly it seems that the immediate WFB area is pretty much chains and places like this, am I wrong?

Jul 24, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

We ate at Jake's yesterday on our short trip out, and I would not even add the "between coasts" caveat. It's the best Pastrami I have ever had, and I am from NYC. Best EVER.

Jul 24, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

By the way, how is Jake's Deli?

Jul 17, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

These are all such great suggestions and ideas, I can tell I'm gonna like it here!
We are moving to Whitefish Bay, but I will be working in Wauwatosa, and we are also willing to go anywhere for the best.
On our next trip out there we will do some sampling.

Jun 25, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

New to Milwaukee, looking for guidance

We will be moving to Milwaukee at the end of the summer and are looking for a plan of attack for finding our food niche. We currently live in St. Paul, MN and essentially live off Asian food. We eat dim sum a lot, Japanese, Chinese (esp. Szechuan), some Thai, plenty of Vietnamese/Hmong. There are good options for all of these cuisines in the twin cities. While we are not looking to recreate our lives here, we would like some leads on how to find some new favorites.
I understand that one can search the boards, but what I am hoping is that people will either point me to particularly good threads or post some blogs or suggestions. I am getting that Peony is the beginning and end of dim sum in Milwaukee, is that right?
Thanks in advance!

Jun 23, 2010
AliceS in Great Lakes

Five-Spice Glazed Nuts

I am in the middle of this recipe and finding myself having to pick through the fried nuts and toss the burnt ones. 45 seconds is way too long: I recommend putting them in the oil and then pretty much taking them right out.

May 26, 2010
AliceS in Recipes

Where can I find a whole pig in MSP?

sorry, that second link should be http://www.husnikmeat.com/

May 04, 2010
AliceS in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where can I find a whole pig in MSP?

We are probably delaying the whole pig thing because we don't have enough people coming and most pigs tend to be about 40#. However, I did want to share 2 other tips I got outside of chowhound for others who may have had their interest piqued:

Swanson Meats in Minneapolis: http://www.swansonmeats.com/
Husnik Meats in St. Paul: http://www.swansonmeats.com/

By the way, the reason we are interested in this is that my birthday gift to Paz was something called La Caja China: https://www.lacajachina.com/

Finally, JohnE: that'll do pig. . . that'll do.

May 04, 2010
AliceS in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Where can I find a whole pig in MSP?

Piglet would be fine too.
--Paz's wife

May 02, 2010
AliceS in Minneapolis-St. Paul