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Cleaning ideas for enamelled cast iron?

Thanks alkapal and HaagenDazs, it is I think "worn from years of use" rough. I did check the previous threads, which seemed to focus quite a bit on removing stains. I was trying to get it clean because I thought enamelled cast iron needed to be smooth to avoid food sticking --at least all the threads seem to talk about how shiny, glossy, easy to clean etc. etc. their LC, Staub, whatever is...

Jan 27, 2009
ac06 in Cookware

Cleaning ideas for enamelled cast iron?

I just bought some used cast iron cookware as I wanted to try cooking with cast iron before spending a lot of money on the more expensive stuff. It is an old French brand -- Le Cousances. The interior enamel is stained dark and rough to the touch. I have tried cleaning it with Easy Off and some of the other cleaning suggestions on this board, and while the colour is lighter, the interior still feels rough. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether further cleaning will be worth it, or is the cookware a write-off? Your advice would be much appreciated.

Jan 26, 2009
ac06 in Cookware

Goat meat in Vancouver?

Does anyone know where to find some? Organic would be great, but at this point I'll take anything...

Oct 18, 2008
ac06 in Western Canada Archives

Where to eat in Gibsons (Sunshine coast, BC)?

We're planning to spend the weekend there, and were looking for recommendations in or near town.

Jul 23, 2008
ac06 in Western Canada Archives

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Thanks Enorah. We really appreciated your, and the other Chow-hounders, sharing of your favourites. It really made our trip memorable, and we've been making everyone here in Vancouver jealous (or bored out their minds) with excruciating details of every meal we had in Encinitas!

Jul 05, 2008
ac06 in California

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Hi Everyone:

We're now back from our trip, and had the best Mexican meals ever, so thank you all for your suggestions. I will be posting on the Encinitas restaurants here and on Long Beach and Catalina on the LA board. Based on your tips, we decided to stay in Encinitas and immerse ourselves in Mexican food since we did not have enough time to partake of all the recommendations. We went by Raul's Shack, La Especial Norte and Bety's and loved each of them. The beef molcajete (a very cool way of using a molcajete and new to me -- if anyone has recipes for cooking in a molcajete, please do let me know), the snapper in salsa verde, as well as the ubiquitous cabbage salad at La Especial were especially good, and we also loved the Chicken Tlalpeno soup and Mushroom & epazote quesadilla at Bety's. Raul's became a quick favourite for the carnitas burrito and chicken soup (spicy). Unfortunately, we missed Karina's since they were closed on the day we went by. We loved the food in Encinitas, as well as our first taste of surfing, so we're already planning on going back next spring to taste some of the recommendations that we missed on this trip, and try some more of the surf. So, if next year you see some particularly inept surfers near Moonlight Beach, come by and say hello. Thanks all.

Jun 29, 2008
ac06 in California

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Hi Everyone:

We're now back from our trip, and wanted to thank you all for your suggestions. I will be posting on Long Beach and Catalina here, and on our drive up from San Diego in the California board. For Catalina, as many of you indicated, the Chow-worthy choices were limited. We headed over to Von's as suggested and bought fixings for guacamole and salsa fresca, and pretty much subsisted on this during the days (no microwave or fridge in our hotel room, so our choices were limited); our dinners out were uninspired and uninspiring. That being said, we did find an excellent tiramisu at the Villa Portofino. Lori's appeared to be closed -- or maybe we just didn't time it right. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the hiking/snorkelling/kayaking on the island and had a great trip. At Long Beach, we located Enrique's and yes, thanks to the suggestion here, had the best chille relleno ever; everything else we had there (carnitas, carne asada, shrimp, etc.) was superb, except for the shrimp ceviche, which was just OK. So, thanks again for your time -- you helped make our visit down south memorable.

Jun 29, 2008
ac06 in Los Angeles Area

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Thank you all, we now have a list and hope to try as many as possible. We'll be back post-trip with our experiences...

Jun 15, 2008
ac06 in Los Angeles Area

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Thank you all, we now have a list and hope to try as many as possible. We'll be back post-trip with our experiences...

Jun 15, 2008
ac06 in California

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Hi PayOrPlay, we are leaving from Long Beach -- I haven't seen any recommendations for near there, so any thoughts you may have would be much appreciated. Also, do you know if there are good provisions stores on Catalina? Perhaps we could just prepare our own lunches at least. Thanks!

Jun 07, 2008
ac06 in Los Angeles Area

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Hello fellow-Chowhounders:

My partner and I are going to be Chow-ing up the coast of southern California for a week in late June, starting out in San Diego, spending a couple of days in La Jolla and Catalina Island apiece, and leaving from LA.

We're looking for cheap good eats, particularly good Mexican choices (being Canadian, our options for good Mexican food are pretty slim), and would prefer to avoid the tourist traps, although we sure wouldn't turn down any recommendations.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Gastronomically yours,

AC

Jun 05, 2008
ac06 in California

Road tripping San Diego to Catalina

Hello fellow-Chowhounders:

My partner and I are going to be Chow-ing up the coast of southern California for a week in late June, starting out in San Diego, spending a couple of days in La Jolla and Catalina Island apiece, and leaving from LA.

We're looking for cheap good eats, particularly good Mexican choices (being Canadian, our options for good Mexican food are pretty slim), and would prefer to avoid the tourist traps, although we sure wouldn't turn down any recommendations.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Gastronomically yours,

AC

Jun 05, 2008
ac06 in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic Markets in San Diego

Thanks DiningDiva and phee. I guess I'll just have to enjoy the beautiful waterfront, and worry about food shopping for my next visit. From what I hear, Northgate is certainly worth a visit (we don't have all that much Mexican in Vancouver). Thanks again.

Feb 21, 2008
ac06 in San Diego

Ethnic Markets in San Diego

Are any of these markets within walking distance of downtown San Diego. I will be there next week, but without a car...

Feb 16, 2008
ac06 in San Diego