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Need good food near JFK, but not Asian.

We will have a 3 hr. 40 min. layover at JFK next month around lunchtime. Would like to get out of the airport to eat, but don't want Asian food. I realize we need travel time and to be back at the airport an hour before departure. Any good options out there for us? Many thanks!

Aug 09, 2010
coolfoodie in Outer Boroughs

Question on oven roasted tomatoes and accompaniments

I use plum tomatoes, cut lenghtwise into 3 or 4 slices. I place them on a rack which is over a cookie sheet in a very slow oven. Set the oven as low as it'll go - I set mine lower than the lowest marked temp on the dial. I use a freestanding thermometer and try to keep the temp between 120 and 130. I leave them in all night, and if the tomatoes are really juicy, sometimes even longer. When they're the consistency I like, I pack them in jars and pour good quality olive oil over them and store in a dark cabinet. You can use the oil later - pasta salad with fresh and dried tomatoes, feta, olives, basil - and the tomatoes have so many good uses on their own.

Jul 20, 2010
coolfoodie in Home Cooking

Seared Tuna Method??

Although I'm an experienced cook, I'm confused about this. I think I remember reading, the last time I did seared tuna, that you should sear it in a dry skillet. That's counterintuitive, though. Should I add oil or not? Please help, company coming tomorrow!

Jul 20, 2010
coolfoodie in Home Cooking

Should I keep my Le Creuset round oven?

Return the LC and get the food processor. You'll get a lot more use out of the processor now and later. You've already got a crockpot for stews, etc. You can always buy the round LC dutch oven later when you're out of school and making a buck. You'll be happier this way!

Sep 05, 2009
coolfoodie in Cookware

Logistical Advice for a 2-Day Baking Spree

Consider freezing the formed scones and baking them entirely at the shower.

Cream puffs will be soggy if you make it the night before. So, consider completing the cupcakes on Friday night and doing the cream puffs entirely on the morning of the shower.

Good luck - I think you have an ambitious schedule. Any chance someone else could do one of the items?

Aug 18, 2009
coolfoodie in Home Cooking

YumYum Thai Atlanta

Help! I am obligated to dine here Friday night. I'm highly sensitive to MSG and don't know if Thai restaurants use it or not. The only Thai foods I've eaten are what's been prepared by friends. Can anyone give advice on what to order here that is msg-free or recommend any strategies for avoiding it? I know that Chinese restaurants usually have it in the mise en place before the foods are cooked.

Jul 14, 2009
coolfoodie in General South Archive

Best Po Boy in New Orleans?

Hey Dude,

I live in NOLA and my 3 faves are the fried oyster poboy at Casamento's (they close during the hot summer months), the fried shrimp at Parkway Bakery & Tavern and the green tomato/shrimp roumelade at Mahony's. Good luck.

May 11, 2009
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Need Recommendations : Visiting late-March/Early-April

Definitely have a fried oyster po'boy at Parkway Bakery (it's a pub, not a bakery) - the best! Try the gumbo at Orleans Grapevine. And anything/everything at Cochon.

Feb 09, 2009
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Early Clean-up

You are not off base. The deli guy has the responsibility of serving customers until the department closes and then clean up. They don't kick you out of Macy's a half hour before closing so they go home at 9. And shame on the "customer service" person who said they'd "look into it". I'm pretty sure that was a clerk who probably would not pass on such a comment to his/her peer in the deli or inform a manager. How annoying!

Feb 06, 2009
coolfoodie in Not About Food

one uptown meal

Dante's Kitchen - good choice. The chef has been getting a lot of local press lately and it has hurt a bit! Dick and Jenny's - too loud. Brigstens - too gloppy. Another good option would be Martinique Bistro on Magazine Street. Have fun!

Jan 05, 2009
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Salty Hazelnut Brittle

Made ths last night but it didn't harden. Should I have stirred the sugar/water until it dissolved and then cooked it til amber? If I use a thermometer, should it cook to the hard crack stage? Help! I have 4 more cups of totasted hazelnuts and a hungry crowd for Christmas! p.s. I used Steen's - it's great.

Dec 19, 2008
coolfoodie in Recipes

Roman Candy

I have seen him several times on St. Charles Ave. around 4pm between Broadway and State.

Jun 04, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Best Praline Available in French Quarter?

Definitely go for Southern Candymaker's. Mmmmmm, so creamy and good.

May 16, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Brigtsens,Stella,or Gautreaus

Went to Gautreau's last week. Great meal! I was impressed with the delicious celery soup - very silky. Also, shrimp salad was terrific. New - (ish?) chef. I understand she is about to be named to Food & Wine's top new chefs this year. Room can be a bit noisy - it must have been the table with all the Spur's coaches...

May 16, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

New Orleans Trip Report- Day 1

Went to Napoleon House a few months back for lunch. Unbelievably bad sandwich. No kidding, it had 4 small slices of chicken on it, a leaf of lettuce and two slices of a roma tomato. Nothing came with it - no chips, pickle, nothing. I actually thought it was hilarious and when I pointed it out to the waiter - nicely - he was very rude. The whole experience smacked of the tourist trap the place really is.

Apr 15, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Roadtripping to Jazzfest

Wow rockbound - that's a trip! Love Nantucket - haven't made it there in 17 months and counting, hoping for a trip in October. Nothing but lobster for me when I'm there. Lobster and more lobster. Yes to lunch at Luling City Market in A. Yum.

Apr 13, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Mandina's

Call me crazy, but I did not like Mandina's at all. It was just gross. Greasy, gloppy, noisy and sevice was obnoxious.

Apr 10, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

On My Own 1st Night of JazzFest, Rec's for a Bar Dinner?

I'd go for Herbsaint - can get noisy around 8, tho. Nix Bourbon House - good, but definitely noisy and touristy. Cochon - good choice but gets noisy later, cool atmosphere, nice but not fancy. Perhaps Cuvee?

Apr 10, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Vietnamese on the Westbank..

Can anyone recommend a good place that does not use any MSG in their food?

Apr 08, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

La Peniche

Tried it...hated it. Gross.

Apr 08, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Caterer for Downtown Lunches

Here's your place: Food Art. They're located on Carondelet St., and deliver to the CBD. Use them regularly at my business.

Apr 08, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Supporting great eateries still hurting 2.5 years later...

How about a couple of new places that deserve to succeed? It's a new paradigm out there. Try Bistro Daisy or Cafe Granada.

Apr 07, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Is the Southern Food & Beverage Museum going to be worth visiting?

Happened quite by accident to be introduced to the Director of the Museum recently. I learned that one of the opening displays is going to be all about White House chefs and kitchens, etc. Sounded interesting...

Apr 05, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

French Quarter favorites ?

For a quiet, casual dinner I like Orleans Grapevine - small menu, good wine list, nice atmosphere. Or go to Arnaud's for a bowl of gumbo and shrimp romelaud - classic!

Apr 02, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

New Orleans restaurants (from a Yankee)

Definetly try Upperline and K-Paul's if you haven't yet. Also, had an excellent experience recently at Bistro Daisy. Also, there is a new chef at Marigny Brasserie - had dinner there last week. Food was much improved and very good - lighter and cleaner but flavorful and prepared with local ingredients. You might give it a try if you're going to hang out on Frenchmen for music.

Apr 02, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Reporting Back - with thanks

Glad you had a wonderful time. Do come back & enjoy and tell/send your friends!

Apr 02, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Supper Clubs In NOLA??

To cheesegrater, are you looking for a supper club - as in dinner and music/dancing? Or a dining club - as in dining out with other people who are interested in the same restaurant?

Mar 25, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans

Dining Alone in the French Quarter

For a relaxing dinner alone in the Quarter, try the Orleans Grapevine on Orleans St. between Bourbon and Royal. Look for a small door & a couple of tables out front. Sit inside at the bar - good food - gumbo, cheese plate, veal medallions, etc and good wine list. Usually someone to talk to there. Or if the weather is good, the courtyard in the back is very nice, too.

Mar 25, 2008
coolfoodie in New Orleans