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Going back to Zihuantanejo

Thanks for the tips. I'm a semi regular on ZihuaRob's board so I'm getting some good info there as well. El Murmullo still has an active website so I'm guessing that they are still in business. Street food is high on my list. Bad things do happen everywhere - I've felt safe and sometimes not safe in many parts of the US and Mexico.

Nov 12, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico
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Tulum recs

That is a really great production.

Nov 12, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

Sezchuan Spice

My 'go to' meal there is Boiled Beef in Szechuan Hot Sauce. Excellent flavors, with the red chiles floating on the sauce. Also, their Hot Sour soup is very tasty with a high level of rice vinegar, compared with other H/S soups in the area. Hope they do well and become a fixture in the Chinese restaurant scene near Lyn/Lake.

Nov 11, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Guiness Blonde American Lager

I've yet to try it - but I'm more concerned with how it tastes. Thanks for your opinions but after enjoying a 6 pack of Fulton American Pale Ale over the weekend, it's hardly a "Crap Beer Market."

Nov 11, 2014
Maggie19 in Beer
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Going back to Zihuantanejo

after a 5 year absence.. Staying just off Playa La Ropa, Feb 1st- 10th. Have been reading a few TA restaurant recommendations and I'm asking for more from fellow CH's.

So...what are you thoughts regarding Carmelitas Cafe & Ell Murmullo? Both seem to be getting nice reviews... Over the years have been to Coconuts (thumbs up) and Tamales Any (two thumbs up) so if you care to share other suggestions both in Z and on or off La Ropa - go for it. Las Gatas is another beach I plan to hit with the multiple beach bar/restaurants. Lastly, La Barra (fishing village) is also on the list... Suggestions are welcome.

Nov 05, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

Tulum recs

In town -- don't miss Pollo Bronco for the best grilled chicken to go (take to the beach) ... Also, Ell Camello for the fresh seafood meals -- not fancy and kind of loud -- but really great seafood. Next -- the tamale/taco street carts are easily the best deal in town and some of the tastiest meals I've had in Tulum.

Nov 05, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

SF Alternative to Slanted Door?

Boulevard is in the neighborhood.

Nobu

Nobu 20 year anniversary -- Morning Joe coverage --

Nice history of Nobu and his first restaurant (in Alaska) to his next in LA and then meeting "Bobby." Wondering (only been there once) if the quality and innovation has stayed consistent over all these years?

Oct 17, 2014
Maggie19 in Manhattan

Your favorite canned vegetable and how do you eat it?

3 Bean Salad w/lot's of cracked black pepper and a shot of rice vinegar. Recently have been finding a very good deal on 2 packs (jars) at Costco for $2.97.

Oct 13, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

United Noodle - reboot worked!!!

I just wish their website worked for shipping out of town. Tried again and again last week as their website wouldn't add in my various items to the checkout ... Finally gave up!

Oct 07, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Playa del Carmen Bachelor Party Dinner

Check out Xaxche or Luna Maya - both on 5th Ave - central core of Playa.

Oct 02, 2014
Maggie19 in Mexico

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

Made this a few weeks ago - followed the recipe exactly. Very good and recommended - but a bit sweet to my taste.

Sep 30, 2014
Maggie19 in Recipes

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Los Pollos Hermanos

Sep 16, 2014
Maggie19 in Chains
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Stand mixer - worth having?

Have had mine now for about 3 years. Use it to whip egg whites for chile rellenos, pizza dough, Chinese dumplings.

Sep 03, 2014
Maggie19 in Cookware

2014 State Fair Food -- report the hits and misses!

My quess (have not been there yet this year) would be either the Caribbean Lobster Roll at Cafe Caribe - or - The Chilaquiles at El Sol Mexican.

Aug 22, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

10 day trip to NYC, input requested!

Just for the fun of it - if your party likes oysters, check out the Aquagrill. Fun place especially if you can snag seats at the bar. A nice selection of seafood sandwiches and salads.

Aug 20, 2014
Maggie19 in Manhattan

Premade enchiladas for camping

So - are you car camping? Or backpacking? If you have your vehicle with you - I'd make the enchilada filling at home and keep chilled in a cooler until you want to assemble. Warm the tortillas in foil with the campfire. If you are backpacking I'd freeze the filling and use the first night or possibly the second day.

Aug 20, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

Weekend in Seattle - Food recs?

I think your bases are covered. Will say that Shiro's is just an outstanding choice.

One non-food activity I'd highly recommend is the Experience Music Project. The EMP is highly educational and fun if you enjoy rock music and it's history in Seattle and the surrounding area. It's located almost right next door to the Space Needle.

Aug 14, 2014
Maggie19 in Greater Seattle

What can I add to canned chili?

Pure New Mexico Red Chile Powder (about a tablespoon) along with pinto beans. Maybe some diced jalapeno and onion.

Jul 28, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

ISO ideas for boneless beef short ribs from Costco

Why not do Kalbi but w/o slicing them? I've done that by marinating overnight in the Korean spices/marinade .. Then over a hot grill - sear both sides for a couple of minutes - then off to the side (maybe wrapped in foil) slow roast (reduce the heat) with additional added marinade? Probably roast for an hour or so... SImple and tasty.

Jul 16, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

Egg roll condiments.

Shark brand siracha

Jul 11, 2014
Maggie19 in General Topics

Big Bowl Rest./@Galleria Edina: WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!

Next time - for $11.95 - head to Szechuan Spice (Lyn-Lake) and you'll likely be a repeat customer from that point on. Just for kicks - order the Boiled Beef in Szechuan Hot Sauce. Authentic rich chile sauce with cabbage and green onions and thin sliced beef. Great flavor. Rice on the side if you want it or not.

Jul 08, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best thing you've found at a 99ยข Only Store?

Jalapeno hot sauce in 12 oz plastic bottles - decent sauce that I use to marinate wings and then grill.

Jun 04, 2014
Maggie19 in Chains

Sriracha or sriracha or...Cha!

Huy Fong has a nasty 'bite' for me. Compared to Shark Brand - Huy Fong is not nearly as smooth and fleshed out. Shark also seems to me to have a true Thai Chili taste that Huy Fong does not have..

Jun 02, 2014
Maggie19 in General Topics

Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

Well - their space could use a bit of a remodel. Looking forward to seeing what all they've done.

May 28, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Shattering the Myth of Craft Beer

Quantity over quality .. it's the American way. Except for quality craft beer, hi end audio, and Shark Brand sriracha sauce.

May 23, 2014
Maggie19 in Beer
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Grand Szechuan Plymouth is toast

Tea House does use a lot of chili oil - no doubt.

Mar 10, 2014
Maggie19 in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Stir Fry Recipes

Oscars' night Chinese Chicken -
Marinate for at least 1/2 hour - 2 chicken thighs (cut into cubes) in rice wine - light soy sauce - corn starch

Add oil to a hot wok - when smoking - add one tablespoon diced ginger / same amount of diced garlic / and 4 Thai chili peppers - and 1 teaspoon Szechuan Peppercorns (rough smashed) .. for 1 minute.

Add chicken - stir fry for a couple of minutes - then add 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce - 1 tablespoon light soy sauce - 2 tablespoons black vinegar - handful of sliced green onion - cover wok for a minute or so -

Enjoy.

Mar 03, 2014
Maggie19 in Home Cooking

Mayan-Style Pit Pork (Cochinita Pibil)

Marinating the roast cut into chunks overnight is key - Getting banana leaves ordered from a grocery store isn't difficult. Use a good quality achiote paste - I've cooked it slow and low in the oven with good results - and also low and slow on a covered Weber (not a smoker) and it was just fine.

Feb 24, 2014
Maggie19 in Recipes

How do you brew your morning cup of coffee?

10 year old Solis Crema SL70 - just keep it clean and it does a wonderful cap or latte... Usually using a med roast from Dunn Bros - 2% milk - medium grind - shot of Mexican vanilla and I'm in a good place.

Feb 12, 2014
Maggie19 in General Topics