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New Indian Restaurant, Manchester NH

Just noticed there is a new Indian Restaurant off a side street on (north) Elm Street. Has anybody been and if so what do you think? Must say I'm happy to see some competition...I love Indian food and it's always a good thing, as I think India Palace has become a little complacent...Their offerings are not what they used to be... Tia

Feb 16, 2014
tunapet in Northern New England

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

I'm in total agreement in your explanation that paying for off season produce is something that bumps up the cost...I would expect to pay $$$ for a tomato that was flown in when they were out of season. Or to have a meal anywhere that showcases a dish that you know is out of season. ( Not sure of the smarts of it because I think cooking in season and with local produce is smarter? Another discussion for another day) However, these menu prices are year round and don't reflect that at all.....9 bucks for Onion rings or creamed corn? I highly doubt that any restaurant brings in fresh corn off season?. ( I have a great recipe using canned corn with cream, fresh thyme, etc. lol.) I just couldn't imagine that would be a good business decision to do that? I rarely feel ripped off when I go out to eat....Don't know why this makes me feel that way..I feel much better after my venting thou! :)

Feb 16, 2014
tunapet in General Topics
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How do Steak Houses get away with it?

To be honest....ripped off...I know!....free markets...I agree with the idea that if you don't like it don't go! I just wondered why others do...Peace...

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

Really? It better be the best boiled potato eva! Maybe not for $38 bucks thou?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

Well, that's true everywhere right? Lol...But they are pretty great liquor stores...Right off the highway!! Live free or die! :)

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

I agree!...It's a free market....I should just open my own place, right!!..Really, just curious ... :)

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics
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How do Steak Houses get away with it?

Thanks for the clarification...I would imagine that you would only bring a bottle of wine there if it had some sentimental value to be shared with the ( amazing ) experience/meal.. and I guess it's all in the eye ( and pocket) of the drinker? I would just probably order an $150 bottle of the menu...I dunno...I do have a couple of bottles of Stags Leap left...not sure they will survive the wait....:)

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

It's still gouging....

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

I dunno...That's what I find hard to understand..I love a good/great steak I was just asking the question as to what others thought of the practice...If your good with it...no prob!

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

I'm not trying to be obtruse, here Hamster. But it seems the accounts are at my expense...I feel it's a sham....And it's sounds to me that you are either a chef or waiter that profits from it?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

And NY has a 8.5 % meal tax? Your point is?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

I know what a corkage fee is...but you're saying that they charged $150 to open a bottle of wine?
How do they know what the bottle is worth? Do they run a check on it? I'm not trying to be a smart ass here...I am really curious as to how that works...I can't imagine it makes any difference, except to the people drinking it?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

Well, I'm spending MY money...That was the question that I was asking for an answer for..I get than they can...I guess your answer is that somebody else is paying for it so they don't care if they are being ripped off...Not their dime...Interesting...thanks for the answer..

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics
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How do Steak Houses get away with it?

You can't make a decent profit charging $38+ for a steak? How does a 4 star restaurant that is not a steak house, and does not use the steak house add one pricing, stay in business then?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

So, how much would a comparable steak dinner cost me in Manhattan? I know the cost of rent, etc would be much, much lower here? And probably income would be lower here too, no? Not sure I get your point?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

The French Laundry is on my bucket list ..but $150 to uncork and pour a bottle of wine? .Was it a expensive bottle of wine that was brought to the restaurant or a bottle purchased there? I'm confused..It sounds like that was the fee to open a bottle?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

How do Steak Houses get away with it?

This has been bugging me for years and I figured this would be a great place to get an explanation..Can anyone explain to me how Steak houses get away with charging the ridiculous prices that they do for sides? I get paying top dollar for a great piece of meat.. ( I do...really!) ...In this case $38.00 bucks and that's in NH ( for those that were wondering). . Charging $7.00 for a baked potato!!??!, ... $8.50 for creamed spinach?...it's freaking potato and spinach!!! I get it ( somewhat) for say...Potato Au Gratin...there is some work to getting this dish together.. And extra for a sauce to compliment the steak? Come on!? It makes me feel that management must be in the back howling with laughter. I can't imagine ( well I can and the image sends me into a fit of giggles) ordering..say the halibut at a seafood restaurant and all that arrives on my plate....is a piece of.... fish....No sides...no sauce.....nothing..? What am I missing here?

Feb 13, 2014
tunapet in General Topics

Paleo lunch for 10 people. Ideas?

Thank you so much for the replying and posting the recipes..They all look great..Think the Brussel Sprout one will be the easiest to do. Would love to do the Cauliflower one also but the price of those are insane here atm ( East coast ) $4.99 a head! Wonder if it's due to high demand with all the Paleo/low carb diets?

Jan 24, 2014
tunapet in Special Diets

Paleo lunch for 10 people. Ideas?

Need help with making a Paleo lunch for 10 people with severe cooking limitations both in equipment and time. Because of a time crunch I will have a little over an hour to put this together so I will need to have pretty much everything prepped and ready to go.

I was thinking of Sumac chicken kebabs, tomato, cucumber, red onion and mint salad. Any other ideas would be appreciated.
My cooking equipment options:
2 burner camp stove
Electric grill...ridged grill on one side/griddle on other
Toaster oven
Large electric skillet.
Maybe a microwave ( but I really hate those )

Jan 20, 2014
tunapet in Special Diets

Paleo lunch for 10 people ideas?

Will do. Thanks!

Jan 20, 2014
tunapet in Home Cooking

Paleo lunch for 10 people ideas?

Need help with making a Paleo lunch for 10 people with severe cooking limitations both in equipment and time. Because of a time crunch I will have a little over an hour to put this together so I will need to have pretty much everything prepped and ready to go.

I was thinking of Sumac chicken kebabs, tomato, cucumber, red onion and mint salad. Any other ideas would be appreciated.
My cooking equipment options:
2 burner camp stove
Electric grill...ridged grill on one side/griddle on other
Toaster oven
Large electric skillet.
Maybe a microwave ( but I really hate those )

Jan 20, 2014
tunapet in Home Cooking

Pork Sirloin Roast in oven now.

Thank you...:)

Jan 13, 2014
tunapet in Home Cooking
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Pork Sirloin Roast in oven now.

It's been in the oven 1 and a half hours at 375.

Jan 13, 2014
tunapet in Home Cooking

Pork Sirloin Roast in oven now.

Have a 3 1/2 lb bone in Sirloin Roast in the oven now...Just checked the temp and it's 145 deg...but I see blood? Any ideas why? What would you do?

Jan 13, 2014
tunapet in Home Cooking

Help with restaurant selection please

I have heard this but could not remember the name of the place down the road..Thanks!

Oct 09, 2013
tunapet in Northern New England

Help with restaurant selection please

Really open to anything...I know you have been posting on this board for many years, so I value your input whs!

Oct 09, 2013
tunapet in Northern New England

Help with restaurant selection please

It used to be a pretty good "red sauce" Italian place...The mother had a very good one in the North End..Any idea what happened? I do recall that we had a problem with a waitress with our last visit..But the food seemed ok..
And one of the few places you could get stuffed Artichokes...

Oct 09, 2013
tunapet in Northern New England

Help with restaurant selection please

Yep!

Oct 09, 2013
tunapet in Northern New England

Help with restaurant selection please

A really dear friend wants to treat us to dinner and asked us to choose...I would hate to disappoint him with a horrible meal...We would like to have a decent experience/food and not bankrupt him. We were thinking either Italian...Colosseum in Salem, Florence's in Merrimack, Piccolo in Manch, DePasqule in Candia or Mexican.. Hermandos in Concord was one I always enjoyed? Being out of the dining scene around this neck of the wood for the last couple of years, I would so appreciate downhill alerts, nods to the ones mentioned or to other places we may not know about.. Thanks so much!

Oct 07, 2013
tunapet in Northern New England

Advice on using a Rice Cooker

I know how to make a pretty decent pot of rice on the stove but just "inherited" a rice cooker and would like to try making it in that. Alas their is no measuring cup with it. Can I use the same measurements ...1 cup Basmatti rice ( soaked for 15 mins) to 1 3/4 cup of water? Can I saute the rice in the cooker too? I normally make Indian style. Any other tips would be mucho appreciated.

Jun 13, 2013
tunapet in Home Cooking