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Li Ming's Global Market in Durham

I've been a few times since they've opened to purchase various Asian ingredients. This morning I was in the store around 9:30 hoping to pick up some pork belly. I stood at the meat counter for a little while and one of the employees came out to place a tray of pork feet in the display case. As soon as he was done setting the tray in he turned around and walked back into the prep room without acknowledging my existence at all. Given that I was standing directly in front of him pointing out what he was putting in the display to my son, it's unlikely he didn't realize I was there.

On my previous visits, which are usually fairly early in the morning, I've noticed that the meat display is never stocked. Why they wouldn't have this done prior to the store opening I don't know, but given the relative low level of customer service I experienced today I'm unlikely to ever return, which is a shame considering that Li Ming's is much closer to my house Grand Asia in Cary.

Sep 23, 2011
xfleetwoodx in Southeast

Raleigh Triangle - Sweet Corn Tamales?

Just had a delicious tamale from Pupuseria & Taqueria Orellana in north Durham this afternoon, and they are el Salvadoran.

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Pupuseria & Taqueria Orellana
5300 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27712

Apr 11, 2010
xfleetwoodx in Southeast

Gelatin Sheets

Fox & Obel sells them but you have to ask as they keep them behind a counter.

Aug 08, 2007
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

Tavern at the Park

Remoulade - are you sure you're talking about Tavern at the Park in the Prudential Building? There is no putt-putt course there. The putt-putt is over on Monroe I think.

Aug 07, 2007
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

Foodie Favors <$8/person [moved from Manhattan board]

Cheese Boy - It's for holding salt, like kosher salt or "finishing" salt.

Jul 20, 2007
xfleetwoodx in General Topics

Where do all the 20-somethings dine out?

What about Deleece at Southport/Irving or Hopleaf on Clark? In a similar vein as the previous post there's also the Dining Room at Kendall College.

Jul 05, 2007
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

...And the worst restaurant in Chicago is....

Isn't this what Metromix is for? Lousy service does not make the worst restaurant in Chicago. Neither does a lack of valet parking.

Jan 22, 2007
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

Fantasy Iron Chef America

I'd like to see Thomas Keller v. Grant Achatz.

Jan 17, 2007
xfleetwoodx in Food Media & News

English Pubs?

Ginger's Ale House at Ashland & Grace. More Irish, but the best I've been to in the city. The fish and chips are excellent. Can be a little smoky in the evenings, but check the football schedule and catch a match earlier in the day (and I don't mean the crappy American version of football). They do also show rugby.

Jan 13, 2007
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

Books by Foodlovers

I recommend reading anything by Michael Ruhlman. I've enjoyed all of his works, the most recent of which is The Reach of a Chef.

Heat by Bill Buford is also an excellent read.

Jan 07, 2007
xfleetwoodx in Food Media & News

Fine Dinning in Chicago

I would recommend Tru as a third option, offering a contemporary take on French cuisine.

I'm not sure I would classify Pompeii or Al's as "fine dining" establishments, good as they may be.

Oct 01, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

What Did/Does Your Dad Cook Best?

My dad usually did most of the cooking in our house growing up, but I'll always remember his SOS. Not the most glamourous of meals, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

Sep 08, 2006
xfleetwoodx in General Topics

News on LeeAnne from Top Chef

According to LeeAnne who about a month ago was in Chicago doing a "Farewell to Foie Gras" demo, Harold's restaurant is due to open in the coming weeks.

On an interesting aside, she said that Stephen was planning to open a gourment market/cafe. Hopefully he doesn't talk down to his patrons like he did on the show.

Sep 08, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Food Media & News

Wine rec for game hen please

I'm preparing a roasted game hen with cumin rub tomorrow and any recommendations for wine would be helpful. Thanks!

Sep 07, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Wine

does anyone know of any other recipe exchange/ message boards where recipes are rated/reviewed?

This is a good one because it will adjust the measures for you based on the number of servings (beware as it does not adjust cooking time though):

http://www.recipezaar.com/

Aug 31, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Food Media & News

Pops is closed. Another option?

Pops has not closed; they have relocated to State & Ohio.

Aug 10, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

Good Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago?

Marche on Randolph has a children's menu. I would think this would be a fun place to take children to with the decor and all. Their website also has the menu (including childrens):

http://www.marche-chicago.com/home.html

Jul 25, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Chicago Area

Smoking Pork Butt BBQ and Time Management

You state you are using the Weber kettle grill and not a smoker - this is how I've done NC style pork for several years now. You state you have no problems with the technique, though bear in mind I've had issues keeping the grill cool enough. Could be just me though.

That being said, I recommend wrapping the smoked butt in foil and putting it on the counter for however long you need. When it comes to pulling the meat your fingers won't get scorched and the finished product will be much moister (in my experience).

Hope it turns out for you.

Jul 13, 2006
xfleetwoodx in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Ceviche Recipe Please!

I too shall be making ceviche for the first time this weekend. I found this recipe for Ahi that I'm going to try:

http://www.recipezaar.com/27396

Jul 12, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Home Cooking

have you read any good food books lately?

I recently read The Fat and the Thin by Zola (aka The Belly of Paris). While not exclusively about food, the story is set in and around Les Halles and there are wonderful descriptions of the markets and surrounding stores.

I've heard that the translation was questionable, but I think there's only one translation available in English.

Jul 07, 2006
xfleetwoodx in Food Media & News