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South India Trip Report - Tamil Nadu and Kerala

So the frimfram website no longer works. Is Cecily's trip report online somewhere else? I'm getting hungry reading your post!

Aug 02, 2012
hungry in India & South Asia

Cooking at an Ashram in Southern India?

Hey there,
I'm curious where you studied in Kerala? Any particular places you recommend? And did you find an ashram to cook at?
Thanks!

Aug 02, 2012
hungry in India & South Asia

Need help finding interesting little restaurants in India

Hey Paul,
so did you find any memorable places to eat at in India? I'm planning a trip and would love to follow your footsteps in south India.
Thanks!

Aug 02, 2012
hungry in India & South Asia

Vegetarian fish sauce recipe?

What kind of seaweed do you recommend? Kombu or nori or???

Thanks!

Jul 24, 2012
hungry in Home Cooking

Vegetarian Zurich / Switzerland

Hi there,

I just wanted to post back on my research for other vegetarians. Here are some things I am going to look out for, many on the low-end of the price scale, simply because I just realized how $$$ everything is:

Sprüngli : truffe du jour, hand-dipped milk or dark chocolate truffles made of fresh cream with no preservatives

A fairly new entry into their truffle lineup is the extraordinary Cru Sauvage, made from wild cacao beans harvested in Bolivia (or so the pamphlet says). Intensely chocolately and creamy, they are about as close to a chocolate orgasm as you can get. The Cru Sauvage is only available for a few months during the year, so if they aren't around, the next best would be the Grand Cru truffles.

Teuscher (try the champagne truffles) and Sprüngli. For the rest of us, even the generic grocery store brand chocolates in Switzerland still blow away the Hershey bars found elsewhere.

Pamaco chocolates, derived from the noble Criollo beans and accomplished through the original, complex process of refinement that requires 72h (quite expensive though, a bar of 125g costs about CHF 8.-).

Carac which is almost a Swiss institution. It is like a tart crust but filled with solid Swiss chocolate with green icing with one dollop of chocolate in the center.

Bischofberger Baerli-Biber – an authentic Swiss classic! It’s a round shaped large “cookie” made of gingerbread and filled with sweet hazelnut or almond paste.

Cailler Frigor, Ragusa, Kägi Fret, Coop Prix Garantie Giandino, Frey at Migros

Napfkohlerkaese (tasty hard cheese found in Migros) and St Agur (blue cheese sold in Migros and Coop). A close third one would be Truffelino (soft cheese with truffle-flavoured centre)., Blaus Wunder BIO, Aged Gruyere is definitely one - and it comes on sales regularly. Emmenthal - nutty, sweet - is also nice, although I am partial to Gruyere.

Sbrinz is brilliant - not a Parmigiano, although it is comparable to Grana... - and the aged stuff is to behold, but you will rarely find the aged ones at the supermarkets.

For fresh cheeses, I suggest some of the local tommes. Here (Lausanne area) I find some brilliant Tomme Vaudoises - Paudèzes or else - cream, plain, pepper, bear garlic... they are all worth the buy.

Chaux-d'Abel (from the Jura)

Winzerkäse.....distinctive with its black skin......

Jun 26, 2011
hungry in Europe

Vegetarian Zurich / Switzerland

Hi gutsofsteel, Captain Falkenberg, and Sue Style!
Great recommendations on the vegetarian places. It sounds like Switzerland is a lot like Germany, where I am currently. Unless I go to veg-specific places, it's pretty meaty.
And thanks for the special cheese recommendations; I'll keep my eye out for them.
Thanks!
Hungry

May 18, 2011
hungry in Europe

Vegetarian Zurich / Switzerland

Hi there,

I am thinking about going to Zurich for 3-4 days. My budget is small, so I'll most likely be self-catering from the grocery stores--any good cheeses to recommend that is unique to Zurich or Switzerland? Anything else for vegetarians?

I'd probably eat out one or two meals. Aside from the roesti at Rheinfelder Bierhaus, Marktgasse 19, any other Swiss specialties for vegetarians?

Also, I read that Peclard the sweet shop is recommended. What's good there? The macarons, the cakes, the chocolates? I used to live in Paris and so am used to macarons from Paul to Pierre Herme--looking for something uniquely Swiss.

Thanks!
Hungry

May 10, 2011
hungry in Europe

"Green" in Geneva and Zurich

Hi Sederham,
did you find anything green or vegetarian-friendly in Zurich?
Thanks,
Hungry

May 10, 2011
hungry in Europe

Germany: Quality Storebought Ice Cream?

I like the BioBio chocolate ice cream from Netto.

May 10, 2011
hungry in Europe

Reykjavik Vegetarian

Hi everyone,

I'll be in Reykjavik for a day and a night. Any recommendations for vegetarians? There are a handful of vegetarian restaurants, but as I only have one or two meals there, I'd like to know your first-hand experiences to be able to decide.

Also, I know about the skyr and the blue cheese and dark bread. Anything else to try as a lacto-ovo vegetarian? Who doesn't drink so much?

Thanks!
Hungry

May 10, 2011
hungry in Europe

Barcelona for Vegetarians

Hi Chardradchad,
Please report back re Barcelona for vegetarians who don't eat seafood.
I would love to try some of the famous places like Inopia, Pinotxo in the market place, Cal Pep, etc, but most of them seem veg non-friendly. What was your opinion and experience?
Please share!
Thanks!

Jun 07, 2010
hungry in Spain/Portugal

Vegetarian new Catalan restaurants in Barcelona?

Are there any vegetarian-friendly new Catalan restaurants in Barcelona? Something along the lines of El Bulli. I am thinking of Cinq Sentis or Coure or the tapas place Tapas 24.

Thanks!

Apr 29, 2010
hungry in Spain/Portugal

What should a lacto-ovo vegetarian eat before moving to Berlin?

Hi David,

I understand what you mean re: caviar. I personally choose not to eat them. Or squid ink pasta. Both of which are products that I believe require killing to get. So while not meat, I choose not to eat those things. Not sure how other lacto-ovo vegetarians feel about it, though.

I get kinda intimidate by those old-school places in midtown. Do you recommend anything specifically in them?

Apr 15, 2008
hungry in Manhattan

Vegetarian Food Recommendations in Peru and Bolivia

I'll be in Peru and Bolivia for about 3 weeks in late May to early June. More specifically, I'll be in Lima, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Salar de Uyuni, and someplace in between La Paz and the Salar (haven't mapped out my plans exactly in Bolivia).

As a lacto-ovo vegetarian, what are some good things for me to eat? Is Astrid y Gaston worth it for a vegetarian (no fish!) to visit? How about in the chifas?

Also, what do you recommend buying in the food markets? I've been dreaming about the tropical fruits...may I eat them safely? Squeezed into shakes?

Any good/unique food items to bring back? Dried heirloom beans? Quinoa? Salt from Uyuni?

Thanks!!

What should a lacto-ovo vegetarian eat before moving to Berlin?

I'll be moving to Berlin later this summer. As a vegetarian, what/where should I eat before leaving? Ideally, foods and experiences that I can't find in Berlin...

This is reposted on the Manhattan board too.

Thanks!

Apr 14, 2008
hungry in Outer Boroughs

What should a lacto-ovo vegetarian eat before moving to Berlin?

I'll be moving to Berlin later this summer. As a vegetarian, what/where should I eat before leaving? Ideally, foods and experiences that I can't find in Berlin...

I'll be reposting this on the Outer Boroughs board too.

Thanks!

Apr 14, 2008
hungry in Manhattan

NOT romantic restaurant for 1 vegetarian and 1 meat lover

I forgot to specify 'with good food', which rules out Republic and Spice.

Irving Mill's dinner entrees are $25 and up = not cheap.

And isn't Otto supposed to be not worth the effort?

Please, good food and I want this friend to remain a friend. No set-ups for hating each other, like a steak place.

Please help!

Jan 25, 2008
hungry in Manhattan

NOT romantic restaurant for 1 vegetarian and 1 meat lover

I'm going to dinner tonight with a friend, and I want to make sure it's NOT a romantic place. I'm vegetarian (lacto-ovo), and the friend likes meat. Preferably cheap and around Union Square and/or below 14th St. Suggestions?

Thanks, chowhounds!

Jan 25, 2008
hungry in Manhattan

Vegetarian at the Red Hook Soccer Fields

So I've finally decided to make the trek out to Red Hook's soccer fields for the Latin feast. But I'm vegetarian (no seafood, dairy & eggs ok)--would it be worth the trip? And what shouldn't I miss there?

Thanks!

Jun 19, 2007
hungry in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Mina's recently? Reports, please!

So last Friday I went to Mina’s and had for appetizer the samosa chat, while my dining partner had the lamb haleem. The samosa chat was just ok, nothing special (prefer the ones at Sukhadia’s), but the lamb haleem smelled and was reported to be delicious (I am vegetarian, so I didn’t taste it). What we really liked was the dal fry, amazing like everyone said, and the vegetable ‘meat’balls—forgot their real menu name. I wish I could remember more details, but I didn’t take notes. Besides, I am losing my sense of taste after losing my sense of smell, so I am not the best judge of such things.

Mar 15, 2007
hungry in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Mina's recently? Reports, please!

Thank you!

Mar 09, 2007
hungry in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Mina's recently? Reports, please!

Oh, thank you for the link! I thought it impossible that no one breathed a word about her in 2007 yet. I'll be taking notes from your report for tonight.

Mar 09, 2007
hungry in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Mina's recently? Reports, please!

I was going to go to Angon tonight, but a quick check on the boards revealed that Angon's secret ingredient has moved to Queens, namely at 64-23 Broadway, Queens (718) 205-2340. Has anyone been there recently? Please tell me if it is still good. Almost all of the comments are from 2005...

Thank you!

Mar 09, 2007
hungry in Outer Boroughs

Disappointed by Kee's Chocolates' appearances

Her chocolates are good, partly because they are so fresh. I guess I'm the only person who considers aesthetics part of the experience.

Feb 02, 2007
hungry in Manhattan

Vegetarian Malaysian dishes?

I'd like to try Nyonya or another Malaysian restaurant, but does Malaysian cuisine have anything good for vegetarians? No seafood, which means no fish sauce, no shrimp paste.

I don't want to eat "Buddhist delight", which is usually just stir-fried or steamed mixed vegetables. I want to try out specifically Malaysian dishes!

Thank you!

Feb 02, 2007
hungry in Manhattan

Disappointed by Kee's Chocolates' appearances

Last week I stopped by for a dozen chocolates at Kee’s and discovered that she now offers shaped chocolates in addition to the round truffles that she has always made. I decided to try 10 shaped chocolates.

They all tasted good but suffered from a lack of attention to detail: on the bottom of one, there was a swirl pattern, as though the couverture wasn’t mixed right (just a guess—don’t know much about chocolate making); on another, the shape was smudged badly; and on a third, there were a few air bubbles.

I know I’m being picky, but at her prices, I expect perfection, and these weren’t perfect. One of the French pastry shops (P. Herme) I used to frequent while living in Paris gave away every single pastry to the workers that did not look perfect. His prices promise and deliver perfection. I thought I’d get perfection at Kee’s, but I didn’t.

I wonder if her three new apprentices means less attention to detail?

Anyone else had this experience?

Jan 30, 2007
hungry in Manhattan

Good cheap eats around Ikea in Elizabeth, NJ

Just wanted to check back in with you: after paying the horrendous $9 toll for Verrazano, we decided not to wander too far afield on the NJ Turnpike with all its tolls. So we went to Lakruwana on Staten Island, since that was on the way home.

We stopped in around 7pm; the restaurant was empty. The decor was beautiful: lots of bamboo and natural fibers on the walls, the door, the placemats, the silverware-holder. Reproductions of what I assume is Sri Lankan murals adorn the wall. Very, very charming.

My dining partner asked for a spicy laprisie (sp?): basically, lamb, veg, and rice cooked in a banana leaf wrapper. I got the veg medley: 5 different curries, each in a separate ramekin, surrounding a squat cylinder of rice. I remembered smoked eggplant, something yellow and bitter/sour, amazingly delicious and smoky lentils, plus two other things I forgot.

The presentation was beautiful, but where was the flavor? Plus, my partner's dish was NOT spicy at all. The food was good, but no bursts of flavor such as that I remember from New Asha. Compared to New Asha, it was less greasy, more appetizingly presented, did not cause heartburn and the restaurant has more ambiance.

Good cheap eats around Ikea in Elizabeth, NJ

Thanks for all the advice!

We're still thinking of Chowpatty, just b/c my bf craves Indian food!

Good cheap eats around Ikea in Elizabeth, NJ

Cheap is good, but not the most important factor. I want GOOD food around $10-$15 for a meal (small appetites).

Plus, I'm vegetarian--hence, hoping for Indian food. Although my boyfriend eats meat, so we want to go somewhere where both/just veg are available.

Thank you for the input, nonetheless!

Good cheap eats around Ikea in Elizabeth, NJ

Going from Staten Island to Elizabeth, NJ, to shop at Ikea tomorrow. Are there any good cheap eats around Ikea?

I usually don't make it to Jersey, so I was hoping to try out some Indian food. Are there any places closer than Chowpatty, etc? (I don't know NJ geography very well...)

If not, I'm open to any good cheap eats. Thank you!