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Most memorable cafeteria food

There are the J & S cafeterias at Asheville Airport, High Point and Hickory: http://www.jandscafeteria.com/ - we've eaten at the Asheville one twice. And at Wright's in Knoxville a couple of years ago.
Doug

Jul 05, 2014
DougWeller in General Topics

Corned beef hash recipe I can make in the UK

Thanks to both of you. I could probably also use fresh corned beef also (like the stuff in the tin, not like brisket or salt beef). Still wondering about the spices.
Doug

Apr 16, 2014
DougWeller in Home Cooking

Corned beef hash recipe I can make in the UK

I'd like to make corned beef hash, but UK corned beef is not the same as US corned beef. Am I right that I can just use UK salt beef? I'm trying to recreate the old Mary Kitchen recipe. Any clues as to the spices? Thanks.
Doug

Apr 16, 2014
DougWeller in Home Cooking

Your favorite ice cream recipes?

If you are interested in sorbets, I had some delicious "Jesus Juice" at Humphrey Slocumbe's in San Francisco:
Jesus Juice Sorbet

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups cola [Mexican Coke]
1 cup good-quality dry red wine
2 Tbl red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt

In a large, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Drop in the cinnamon stick and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Stir in the cola, wine, vinegar, and salt and remove from the heat. Let cool completely, then cover the bowl tightly and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight. When you are ready to freeze the mixture, take out the cinnamon stick, transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker, and spin according to the manufacturer's instructions. Finish freezing in freezer.

Doug

Jul 05, 2013
DougWeller in Home Cooking

Slanted Door & bad reviews on Yelp [San Francisco]

In the end, we ate at:
Out the Door at the Ferry building where I had a delicious Banh Mi.
In-N-Out - decent, not special.
Rome Artisan Burger - fantastic burger
La Folie - which we really enjoyed, I even found tasty there food I'd never normally eat
Front Porch
Straw
Kate's Kitchen (for delicious pancakes)
Luques Restaurant at the Chancellor - good sourdough pancakes
Boudin - disappointing sourdough waffles (their sourdough bread was also disappointing, I'm used to a sourer taste, this was fairly bland).
Depending on the context, I'd go back to any of them except Boudin.

Venison Tenderloin

Those urls are dead, see
http://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/food/reci... for one of them.

Jun 02, 2013
DougWeller in Home Cooking

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

Thanks Kathryn, there are some brilliant ideas there. We'll probably go to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory or Chickalicious (our hotel is near Union Square) after the Peking Duck House.
Doug

Jun 01, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

Thanks for the comments. Shame aboutMelissa cupcakes - I'm always looking for unusual flavors, not just good cupcakes in the usual flavors.
You're right about the pastrami, I must try it. Salmon, not so sure, we have good salmon in Scotland.
I'll check out the gelato places you name.
Had some wonderful buttered stout ice cream and a red wine and coca-cola sorbet in San Francisco (they tell me half red wine and half coke also makes a good drink & I see they are doing a 6 pack of beer ice cream this month). Any place that does unusual flavors in NYC?
Doug

Jun 01, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

The food tour is http://foodtoursofny.com/p/tours.html "The Ultimate New York Food Tour" - as it starts "In front of John's Pizzeria 278 Bleecker St" my guess is that's where we get the pizza. You're right about Indian food, that's just part of the tour. I agree about squares - my wife doesn't like cheesecake sadly although she does like squares.
The LES tour will be mainly looking - no sandwiches, maybe an egg cream and certainly a doughnut or 4.
Ice cream and or gelato (I'm adding the Melt Bakery as we pass it on Orchard Street, see http://meltbakery.com/
And of course the Tenement Museum.
May keep the bialys/donuts for later as well, so really not a lot of eating.
As the hotel is near Union Square, we are near Baked by Melissa which looks like it has interesting cupcakes and will also go to Chikalicious. I don't want to go out of our way for anything really, that's too indulgent. Pie sounds good also and I hope to grab a hotdog (hotdogs in the UK are almost always pork except when they are chicken and pork).
Thanks very much for the details.
Ah, yes, I can get pancakes in Asheville but not sourdough or sour cream as at Bubby's, and although Clinton Street may not be the best I just want to go there. And I won't be in Asheville much, my brother's mountain home is 1 1/2 hours away.
Doug

Jun 01, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Per Se dessert tasting menu

I've seen a number of negative comments saying the dessert tasting menu has declined in quality - not Per Se in general. That plus the excessive dress code plus other interesting options make it not a good choice for us after all.

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

Well, maybe pizza. If it's thin crust Neapolitan. The reason for Charlie's Saturday night is that it's pretty inexpensive, no point paying a lot of money after a food tour. The food tour does include pizza:
New York Style Pizza: Neapolitan thin crust pizza made with the freshest ingredients.
Cupcake: Make your own cupcake using fresh daily made all natural ingredients at a national awarded cupcake shop!
Middle Eastern Falafel Sandwich: Crispy and savory snack from the first gourmet falafel shop in the City.
Italian Rice Ball: From a local favorite Italian specialty store!
Kati Roll: The ultimate Indian street food, a type of Indian flat bread, around a variety of meats vegetables and cheese.
Cannoli: Fresh and creamy treat from an authentic, popular Italian bakery, where serves the best cannoli in the city!
*(Optional) New York Bagel: A wide variety of bagels and cream cheese from a local favorite shop.
Doug

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Per Se dessert tasting menu

And looking at other reviews of Per Se, I don't think it's a good choice. I'm thinking ChikaLicious maybe: http://www.chikalicious.com/menu.htm

Momofuku Milk Bar is a 6 minute walk from our hotel (The Jade).

Doug

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

Ah, and despite the comment about burgers, I think Monday depends on what we plan to do the rest of the day, eg Shake Shack is a possibility if we are in that area. We haven't firmed up our plans for the day except for Saturday. We plan to do some of the usual, Empire State, High Line (which I've never seen), etc.
Doug

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

I was planning on breakfast at 8 am both Sunday and Monday. And I'm guessing Bubby's won't be as busy Sunday as Clinton so will probably go there Sunday.
The real food tour is on Saturday, we might not eat much on the LES tour, or that might be our lunch.
I checked the brunch menu for Minetta, it includes French Dip.
We love pancakes and living in the UK we don't get them unless I make them (yes, I can make decent pancakes but it's not the same, and my efforts at sourdough are pathetic, it always dies on me). My favorite breakfast is pancakes, and they are my wife's 2nd favorite and her first is the oatmeal she makes herself (porridge).
Italian maybe, BBQ in Asheville where we go next. The rest, probably not. She eats some of your list but isn't keen on them although I like a good burger and Japanese we agreed on only one Oriental meal and no burgers.
Thanks though, your comments make sense but not for us I think.
Doug.

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Per Se dessert tasting menu

Thanks, that looks good.
Doug

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Long weekend end of July - how's this itinerary?

My first trip to NYC in over 40 years, my English wife's first trip ever. I think I've worked out a plan but would like comments. We're arriving Friday noon July 26th.

Friday night: Peking Duck House in Chinatown - I really want Chinese food and Peking Duck is one of the few Chinese things my wife liked (she wasn't too happy with the food on our trip to China!)

Saturday:
Breakfast - Leo's bagels in the financial quarter as we have an 8am Statute of Liberty Trip booked.
Lunch - Chelsea Market as my wife's going to a quilting exhibit 4 minutes away
pm is a food tour
Dinner - Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken in Harlem - trying to spread geographical locations and I love fried chicken and cornbread!

Sunday:
Breakfast - Bubby's Pies or Clinton Street Diner for pancakes (whichever, the other one for Monday)

Lunch/Brunch - Minetta's - having been introduced to French Dip in a lodge on the Rogue River in Oregon earlier this month, I want to try it in a real restaurant.

Dinner - Henry's End, which takes us to Brooklyn

Monday:
Breakfast - Bubby's or Clinton Street
followed by the self-guided LES tour I found here
Lunch - not sure, maybe the east side Westville?
Dinner - we have to be at the Gershwin for 7 so I was thinking Hill Country Chicken as that should be quick service, right?

and sadly Tuesday morning will probably be breakfast at EWR but on a brighter note, lunch in Asheville, another foodie city!
Thanks.
Doug

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Per Se dessert tasting menu

Thanks. I think we'll skip it then. I know my wife really doesn't like the idea of getting that dressed up anyway, and I'd have to buy a jacket. I'll try to find another place I can sample some desserts, NYC should have something!
Doug

May 31, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Per Se dessert tasting menu

Can anyone tell me how long this experience lasts (I've read 2 to 3 hours, is that right?).
Also, does it full you up so much that dinner afterwards is impractical? I know this is the wrong way around, but we are flying in on a Friday and I was planning to eat dinner at the Peking Duck House (because we want Peking duck) that night, and was thinking I could probably get into the Salon at 5:30.
It looks like we could share a tasting - is that right if that's all we are having?
Thanks
Doug

May 30, 2013
DougWeller in Manhattan

Kerrygold butter - why so popular?

sorry, that's what my English wife told me. I am American living in the UK. one thing about the ATK test is they don't seem to have tested the other butters we get in the UK.
Doug

May 12, 2013
DougWeller in General Topics

Kerrygold butter - why so popular?

anchor being cheap and I think Australian, Lurpak pricy andDanish.

May 12, 2013
DougWeller in General Topics

Kerrygold butter - why so popular?

Thanks for pointing out my error, which I fixed. I've always wondered if it was just good marketing - aiming at a market where there was no completion from Irish or British butter and maybe at the large Irish market.
Doug

May 10, 2013
DougWeller in General Topics

Kerrygold butter - why so popular?

why is Kerrygold, a cheap UK butter, so popular in the US?
Doug

May 10, 2013
DougWeller in General Topics
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Fried chicken? [SF]

Thanks for that. I'm not in San Francisco but just read the menu yesterday..
Doug

Fried chicken? [SF]

Firefly's menu for yesterday didn't have chicken of any sort on it.

Slanted Door & bad reviews on Yelp [San Francisco]

That's my plan, grab a burger there and if we have time something at Tanguito - across the way you say?
Doug

Fried chicken? [SF]

Where can I get the best fried chicken in San Francisco? I'm staying at the Chancellor Hotel in Union Square and using public transportation or taxi.
It doesn't have to be Southern, just tasty and crispy.
Thanks
Doug

Slanted Door & bad reviews on Yelp [San Francisco]

As I said, no Slanted door, maybe the Bodega Bistro.
Doug

Slanted Door & bad reviews on Yelp [San Francisco]

Excellent, the best of two worlds. Certainly not something I'd expect to find in the UK or France. Thanks for this.
Doug

Slanted Door & bad reviews on Yelp [San Francisco]

Good think I always microwave my ice cream! Anyway, French or not, or melted ice cream, still looks better than Gary Danko. I've booked and will look at the menus next month or early May and cancel one (I'd never be a no-show if I could possibly avoid it).
Doug

Slanted Door & bad reviews on Yelp [San Francisco]

Thanks. That's what I'm really looking for, food I'd like no matter where it might be better or the same.
As for La Folie, I'm not convinced that Huckleberry Baked Alaska is French (or most of their other dishes - French influenced, yes, French, no).
It's nice to have food that exemplifies local tastes, but to be honest, when I go to New Orleans at the end of the year, I'm going to be avoiding most of the really local stuff as it's not to my taste (ditto poutine in Seattle, no way will I eat fries with cheese and gravy). Interesting is good but not when it gets in the way of delicious. La Folie looks like it combines both for me.
Doug