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Small Hot Green Cherry Peppers?

Thanks. I keep meaning to get to that farmer's market. My brother actually lives about 10 steps from it.

Aug 13, 2013
whoopdido in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Small Hot Green Cherry Peppers?

Does anybody know where I can get good hot cherry peppers? Call me crazy but I'm specifically looking for green cherry peppers and I prefer them to be small. I don't even know if it's possible to get only small ones but hopefully it is. I don't care if I have to order them online either. I actually did order some online from a company called Bell View but they weren't what I was expecting. For the most part they're too big and too soft.

I had some great ones at an event at Mendakota Country Club. They were all small, firm, green and not overly hot but definitely not sweet. I assume they just got them from Sysco or US Foods or whoever their vendor is but I'd love to get some just like that. I don't know where though.

Aug 10, 2013
whoopdido in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP-BEST PASTRAMI SANDWICH IN TWIN CITIES

Have any of you been to Pastrami Tommy in Oakdale? I went there a few times probably like a year ago and for some reason just stopped going. I have no idea why because I always liked it.

Tried it again last week and thought it was outstanding. Sides weren't the greatest but the pastrami was top notch. Not as good as Brothers but since I live on the East Side it makes for a much shorter trip when I get a hankering for pastrami.

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Pastrami Tommy's
1091 Geneva Avenue North, Oakdale, MN 55128

Sep 22, 2011
whoopdido in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hard Rock- Any place worth eating here?

Well, yeah that doesn't sound very good and I don't blame you for wanting to look elsewhere. I guess my point is, and I guess I don't know exactly how fond of Nobu you were in the past, if I REALLY like a restaurant and had numerous great experiences in the past I can forgive them for one off night. Now, if they have another off night then more than likely I won't go back. If Nobu wasn't anything that special to you and you just happened to go there and kinda liked it then I could definitely see never going back, but if you truly enjoyed your experiences in the past I guess I just think they've earned another chance, but that's just my opnion.

Like I said, if Nobu was a place that you really liked and had that experience you could have spoken to the manager and let him/her know how disappointed you were. How the manager reacts would be another indication of where the restaurant is currently at.

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Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Feb 09, 2011
whoopdido in Las Vegas

Hard Rock- Any place worth eating here?

In my opinion one bad meal does not necessarily mean that the restaurant should be totally written off. Granted, given the prices that Nobu charges, an off night is especially disappointing but you said you'd been there several times before and those experiences must have been good enough for you to keep returning so personally I don't think it's fair to write them off because of one bad experience out of four or five. If you enjoyed your other experiences enough to go back, then I would go back again and if the meal is not up to your standards again then feel free to write them off.

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Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Feb 08, 2011
whoopdido in Las Vegas

Hard Rock- Any place worth eating here?

Nobu

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Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Feb 07, 2011
whoopdido in Las Vegas

First timers to (Kihei) Maui - need a "Must" list

Second Paia Fish Market for lunch. It's a hole in the wall joint, although not dirty in any way--just small, seat yourself, amost a fast food experience, but VERY good. I had the fish tacos with ono and they were delicious. Be prepared to wait though. Like I said, it's very small and it's very popular. If you're into art, Paia, along with Makawao, are two neat little upcountry "artsy" towns. If you're looking for something to do it's worth it to drive up to those 2 towns, hit up Paia Fish Market for lunch and look around the hippy, artsy fartsy towns. :) Shouldn't take more than a couple hours.

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Paia Fish Market
2A Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779

Jan 31, 2011
whoopdido in Hawaii

Is opakapaka or ono ever supposed to be served rare?

Thanks for the info. To the waiter's credit, he did offer more than once to take it back, but my dad refused. I don't want it to sound like it was a major event or anything. My dad thought it wasn't cooked enough and the waiter did offer to take it back, but my dad didn't want to make a bigger deal out of it.

Like I said in my first post though, the waiter did seem slightly taken aback by my dad's "complaint" which I found a little odd. I would think at a restaurant of that caliber and at that price point that the servers would gladly take any customer complaints without any fuss.

Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable meal (at least for me)

Jan 19, 2011
whoopdido in Hawaii

Is opakapaka or ono ever supposed to be served rare?

I was surpised at that as well. Then again, the only times I've ever been asked or "told" about fish preparation on the islands was for ahi. When I order ahi the server usually just informs me that it'll come rare...I guess just in case I didn't know that.

Bill, you said that you think your opakapaka and ono always comes medium rare. Like I said, I've eaten opakapaka and ono many times and have never really given the temperature a second thought. I have just eaten what's in front of me and always loved it. Looking back, it's quite possible every opakapaka I've had has come the same way and I just never noticed that it wasn't cooked all the way through. The only reason I noticed anything at Merrimans was because my dad thew a very minor fit. My dad usually doesn't order anything other than mahi mahi when he has fish. That's usually cooked to at least medium right?

Jan 18, 2011
whoopdido in Hawaii

Is opakapaka or ono ever supposed to be served rare?

Interesting. I've actually had ono sashimi and really didn't care for it. Of course that was here in Minnesota so I probably shouldn't have expected anything too good.

Like I said, there was nothing wrong with either rare dish, but those were truly the only times I've ever seen opakapaka or ono served any way other than at least medium I suppose.

Jan 13, 2011
whoopdido in Hawaii

Is opakapaka or ono ever supposed to be served rare?

I just returned from Maui about a week ago and one of my meals was at Merrimans in Kapalua. I actually mentioned that in another thread but forgot about this.

Anyway, opakapaka is one of my favorite kinds of fish. My other favorite is ono. Merrimans had both on the menu and I was having a hard time choosing, but then I was told that they could do a "duo" and combine any two items on the menu, so I went with the opakapaka and ono. My dad got the exact same thing.

We got our food and I was going along happily enjoying my meal and then my dad started complaining that his opakapaka was "raw" in the middle. He's not a very adventurous eater and doesn't do raw or rare fish at all so he was pretty unhappy. I looked at my fish and noticed that it was rare in the middle as well. The ono appeared to be cooked perfectly.

I had no plans on making a stink about it because it tasted good and I don't have any problems with raw fish...especially Hawaiian fish, but my dad didn't like it and called the waiter over and pointed out his raw opakapaka. The waiter then informed him that the chef typically prepares his opakapaka rare to medium rare and seemed somewhat taken aback by my dad's complaint.

Now, I took him at his word, but I've probably eaten opakapaka a dozen times over the years and have never had it served rare. And even if the chef does like to serve it rare, I was very shocked that the waiter didn't point that out. I've ordered ahi numerous times and the server always makes a point of saying "it's prepared rare" Our waiter didn't say anything about the opakapaka coming rare and I figured that would have been something that should have been pointed out especially since I've never seen it rare before so this would have been a first.

Also, I've had ono dozens of times as well and it has always come fully cooked, but I went to Roy's in Orlando a couple months ago and ordered ono and the server informed me that it would come rare. Again, I'd never seen rare ono before and was intrigued and since the waitress told me about it before hand I wasn't put off when I got my meal. It had a different flavor to it and was quite good, but I still prefer it fully cooked like I've had many, many times in Hawaii.

So, have you guys seen opakapaka or ono prepared rare? The only times I've ever seen either fish prepared that way was the two times I just mentioned.

There was nothing wrong with my rare...well it was probably medium rare opakapaka but I would never order it that way again, but if given the chance I probably would order the rare ono again.

Jan 06, 2011
whoopdido in Hawaii

Going to Big Island - Review My Picks and Help w/Beachside Dining Location!

I haven't been to the Merriman's on the Big Island, but I just returned from Maui a couple days ago and ate at the Merrimans at Kapalua. Although, it was good, Pahui'a absolutely blew it away.

It's been a couple years since I was there, but I loved Pahui'a. Very expensive, but then again, so is Merrimans.

Again, since I haven't been to the Merrimans on the Big Island, I can't comment on the view, but if you're looking for oceanfront dining, I can't think of too many better options than Pahui'a and the food was wonderful. Just basing off my experience in Kapalua, without a doubt I'd go with Pahui'a.

Jan 03, 2011
whoopdido in Hawaii

Grocery Shopping in Maui

Also, if you're a coffee drinker, don't forget filters. I don't believe most condos keep filters.

And by the way, in my opinion, Maui coffee is better than Kona coffee. There's a great place to get Maui Coffee right by the smoke stack in Lahaina. Pretty expensive, but very good. They have a bunch of samples all the time too so you can sample before you buy.

Jan 03, 2011
whoopdido in Hawaii

Grocery Shopping in Maui

If you're interested there's a Whole Foods in the Maui Mall near the "big" movie theater in Kahului, but like others have said, most things can be purchased at Costco or Market Times.

Dec 30, 2010
whoopdido in Hawaii

Cornichons

Thanks. I live in Woodbury and don't get to Minneapolis very often. If I find myself near Surdyk's this winter I'll definitely check it out. Once the farmer's markets open up again I'll try to make the trek there.

Dec 10, 2010
whoopdido in General Topics

Cornichons

Ha ha. Have you learned to understand his accent better?

Dec 10, 2010
whoopdido in General Topics

Cornichons

sunshine, I'll look into Amora. Thanks. You could very well be right about the tarragon. I just read up on cornichons and one of the entries I found said that they contain tarragon. My jar of Maiille's just say spices for ingredients so that could mean anything.

cayjohan, I'm curious which farmer's market you typically go to. Any one in particular?

Dec 10, 2010
whoopdido in General Topics

Cornichons

I ate an entire jar of them tonight. Just something about them...once I start eating them I can't stop. Plus they're so small that it's not like eating a whole jar is exacatly a lot.

Dec 09, 2010
whoopdido in General Topics

Cornichons

I'm very fond of cornichons, which, if you don't know, are essentially pickled gherkins flavored with tarragon. There might be some other spices as well but basically they're small, crisp and tart pickles.

Anyway, does anybody know of any brands that might be considered the best?

I live in Minnesota and buy a brand called Maille from the local grocery store. That's the only brand I've ever seen around here.

Does anybody know of any other brands that might be considered "better" than Maille?

Thanks

Dec 09, 2010
whoopdido in General Topics

Bluefin sushi

Does anybody know of any places in the East Metro that has bluefin often? The only place I've ever seen it, and absolutely loved it, was Origami downtown. I live in Woodbury and sometimes just get a hankering for sushi and it's just not feasible to drive to Origami every time I need a sushi fix.

I just tried Kinichi tonight. It was decent, but nothing special. They have toro and bluefin on the menu, but of course didn't have any tonight. I have a feeling they never have it. I've been to Giapponese, now Shanghai Bistro, numerous times and they've never had bluefin either. Same with Sakura in St. Paul.

Do any places in the East Metro have it often?

Thanks.

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Giapponese
10060 City Walk Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55129

Dec 04, 2010
whoopdido in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Avenues cost per person?

Thank you.

Just curious how you think Avenues compares to say TRU and Charlie Trotters. $125 seems pretty reasonable to me based on the menu. Oh, the other one on my list was Everest.

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Charlie Trotter's
816 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Oct 14, 2010
whoopdido in Chicago Area

Avenues cost per person?

Sorry if asking about cost is a complete rube thing to do, but I'm wondering what I can expect to pay for a dinner for 4 at Avenues.

I looked at the menu online and I'm specifically interested in the 8 course traditional dinner menu. My brother and I are thinking of taking our parents there for their 40th wedding anniversary on Oct 29th.

We're not huge wine drinkers. My dad actually doesn't even drink wine so he'll most likely just have 3 or 4 beers throughout the night. My brother, my mom and myself will probably drink wine but, like I said, we're not huge into wine so we'll probably just get whatever is fairly cheap.

So, I guess my question is what can I except to pay just for the food? I can probably figure out the alcohol on my own since only 3 will be drinking wine and we won't be ordering anything exepensive anyway.

Thanks a lot.

Oct 14, 2010
whoopdido in Chicago Area

Thai in MSP?

I am far from a Thai expert, but I had a very good experience at Chang Mai Thai in Uptown.

Jun 16, 2009
whoopdido in General Midwest Archive

(MSP) W.A. Frost - Unhappiest Hour Ever

Well, I can't say for certain that the waitstaff prompty washed their hands because I didn't follow them to the restroom, but I can only assume that they did. They said that they were going to and others said that they couldn't pet them at that particular moment.

As far as the $100 bill being too high, I would disagree. Like I said, that number included a bottle of wine and 2 after dinner drinks, so $40 of the bill was alcohol. Oh wait...duh...the price of the prix fixe was $30, so I didn't have to do that math. Oh well. Anyway, for what we got--3 good courses, I found it to be quite reasonable. Yes, the salmon was not world-class, but it was good.

Like I said, the patio and the weather was what made the night the most enjoyable for us, but the food was good...again, not world-class, but good enough, especially for $30.

Jun 16, 2009
whoopdido in General Midwest Archive

(MSP) W.A. Frost - Unhappiest Hour Ever

Kevin, I don't necessarily want to disagree with your review, but I went to WA Frost on Saturday and had a great time.

I read in a magazine (can't remember which one) that pets are welcome on the patio, so we decided to take our dogs to dinner with us. There aren't many places that allow that, so it was nice to bring the dogs.

The construction was a bit annoying and honestly I didn't know what to do because I'd never been there before. Since the road was closed I didn't know how to get there, so we just parked a couple blocks away and walked. It was beautiful out so we didn't care, but it would have been nice to know a better way to actually get there.

We were seated promptly and nobody had any problem with our dogs. In fact, most of the waitstaff made a point to come over and pet them. The space is absolutely gorgeous.

We both ordered the prix fixe. I had salmon and she had some kind of bone in chicken. The chicken was extremely good. The salmon was decent, but nothing really to rave about. They even allowed me to make a change to what was offered on the prix fixe menu. I honestly don't think it was a big deal, but I could tell that changes weren't something that they would like to do on a regular basis, but the waitress allowed me to do it without making me feel like I was asking for too much at all. I ended up getting a type of salad that wasn't on the prix fixe menu and we both got desserts which were small, but quite good.

Food, a bottle of wine and 1 after dinner drink each came out to $100. Very reasonable if you ask me.

All in all it was a very nice evening. The weather and patio surroundings are what really made the night for us. The food was good, but not world-class. It was good enough that I would return to WA Frost even without the patio atmosphere, but being able to sit on the patio especially with our dogs really made for a great night.

Jun 15, 2009
whoopdido in General Midwest Archive

Nobu @Hard Rock? (Vegas) For an LA 'hound?

I've been to the Nobu in Vegas and loved it. Of course I'm from Minnesota and it was my first true sushi experience, so at that time I thought it was especially off the charts. I've had many sushi meals since then, but none have been as good as Nobu.

However, being from LA I can only assume that you're used to extremely good sushi and I'm wondering if the Vegas Nobu would really be anything that special to you. Isn't there a Nobu in LA by the way?

I'm probably not much help since being a Minnesotan I probably don't even know what good sushi is, but I absolutely loved Nobu. I'm just guessing that LA has tons of places that are just as good though and you've probably tried them. I haven't been there myself but I've heard very good things about Okada at the Wynn and that's not a chain and you can't find it in LA, so maybe that might be another option.

When I went there I had omakase and since it was my first time the chef tried to go a little easy on us. I'm sure it could have been much more, but it was $200 for two including 1 glass of cheap wine and 2 beers. Again, it could have been much more, but the chef didn't want to scare us since it was our first time, which was appreciated, but I wouldn't mind going back and trying some "better" stuff.

Nov 17, 2008
whoopdido in Southwest

Is good sushi worth bad service?

Although I don't necessarily agree with your thinking about drinking a bottle of sake over the course of 3 days, you're well within your rights to not go back to the restaurant. Again, I obviously wasn't there to see this, but from what you describe, you were very cordial and the manager was extremely rude.

I do understand her point that maybe it's not common to keep a bottle like that, but how big of a problem could it have caused to simply keep the bottle somewhere for a week? If you didn't come in, then oh well, she could just throw away the bottle, but like you said, you not only came in again, but you were going to come in for a third time. 3 visits in one week is definitely worth the hassle of keeping the bottle.

I would suggest contacting the owner of the restaurant somehow. I can almost guarantee that he/she would be apalled at the manager's behavior especially if you tell the owner that you won't be frequenting the restaurant anymore.

Some managers think like owners and some managers just punch a clock. Obviously this manager does not think like an owner or else she would have been more accomodating to you.

Aug 08, 2008
whoopdido in Chicago Area

Need steak and Italian recs

So what's the word on Joe's? I looked at the menu online and it looks pretty interesting. There's a Capital Grille in Minneapolis, as well as Morton's, so I was looking for something a little different. I did really like Tramontos, so yeah I guess I'm looking for something at least similar to that.

Spiaggia looked good as well. What about the 3 that jbw suggested? Merlo, Follia and Coco Pazzo?

Jul 30, 2008
whoopdido in Chicago Area

Need steak and Italian recs

We were actually set to go to Harry Caray's either last year or the year before but we switched at the last minute. I can't remember where we went instead though.

Just wondering how good the food is. I don't need a 3 star meal, but would at least like the meal to be good and something different than home.

Jul 30, 2008
whoopdido in Chicago Area

Need steak and Italian recs

Hey...need a little help here.

I'll be heading to South Bend from Minnesota for a Notre Dame football game in October. Been doing it yearly for the past 5 years or so. We always stay in Chicago Friday night, go to the game on Saturday and then also spend Saturday night in Chicago.

I'm sorry to say but we've usually been disappointed with our restaurant choices. The Rosebud, Gene and Georgetti, The Chop House and Gibsons have all been just ok, but nothing spectacular. We've tried some other places too, but the names escape me.

Last year we actually stayed on the north end of town (Wheeling to be exact) and went to the two Tramonto restaurants there. Both experiences were great, but this year we're planning on staying in the city and would like to go to some places closer.

Anyway, we'd like to do Italian one night and steak the other night. Any suggestions? I know Chicago has GREAT food, but unfortunately I just haven't been able to find it yet.

Jul 28, 2008
whoopdido in Chicago Area