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Catering needed: backyard wedding in Toms River, NJ

Anyone have a recommendation for a good caterer in the Toms River area? We're having a small-ish wedding (<75 people) in a backyard next summer.

I'm primarily vegetarian (my fiance is not) and we want an eclectic menu. This means, not just Italian cuisine, which is what I'm finding is prevalent...

We really love Mexican food and thought about a make-your-own burrito bar, but not sure if this is feasible.

Help!

Aug 19, 2010
jbd in New Jersey

Single 30ish female oenophile pescetarian on solo vacation to Iowa City...

Thanks, everyone! I'm excited about exploring the food and drink, but probably most excited about friendly Midwestern people.

(So, if you see a girl dining solo in October, please say hi!)

Aug 31, 2009
jbd in General Midwest Archive

Single 30ish female oenophile pescetarian on solo vacation to Iowa City...

How's that for a mouthful?

I'm currently residing in Brooklyn, NY and have decided that when my lease runs out in mid-2010, I'd like to take a stab at living in the Midwest. (As someone who has lived in both Southern and Northern California, two areas of Georgia, New Orleans, Austin, and NYC, I know plenty about relocation adventures!)

I'll be in Iowa City in October to check it out. I went to college and graduate school in Athens, GA and did love the college-town feel: small but not too small, friendly and cultured but not overwhelming.

My goal: to find a few good places to eat and drink while in town wherein I won't feel too "old" and out-of-touch with the youthful vibe of the town but also won't have to elbow fraternity brothers out of the way to get a drink at the bar. I love me some wine (and friendly bartenders!) and there will have to be something pescetarian-friendly on the menu.

Do places like this even exist? And will I be stared at endlessly as a single woman drinking and dining by herself in Iowa City?

Your help is much appreciated!

~JBD

Aug 30, 2009
jbd in General Midwest Archive

Swanky midtown lunch for co-worker's 30th

My co-worker (whom, by the way, I'm totally sweet on -- and he knows it AND it's mutual) is having his 30th birthday tomorrow.

I'd like to take him somewhere for lunch in Midtown (we work at 48th and 6th) where we can have a few glasses of wine and a niiiiiiice meal, under an hour and a half.

Help. My love life may depend upon it.

(No pressure.)

Oct 22, 2008
jbd in Manhattan

Class Suggestions at ICE

I took Myra Kornfield's semi-vegetarian Thai class. Highly recommended!

Aug 29, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

Food Odors at Work

Gosh, hypertomatoes, do we work at the same place?

Sad that grown people still act like children when it comes to food in the workplace. During my second week on the job, my lunch was stolen from the fridge. I have to wrap up anything I bring in several plastic grocery bags, knotted tightly, and hide it. The fish smell permeates our hallways. Co-workers chew with their mouths full and open in the cubicles next to me, smacking their lips as they go.

I can't stand the job (and I've only been here for six months) but I can't stand the manners of my co-workers even more.

Sorry -- just had to vent!

May 16, 2007
jbd in Not About Food

What's the best Mexican fast food chain?

I second Freebirds.

May 07, 2007
jbd in Chains

overrated restaurants

I definitely second (or third? fourth?) 'wichcraft. My grilled cheese was nothing but a greasy cracker.

Almost no cheese at all!

May 04, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

Tofu - something besides stir fries?

Grit Tofu (adapted from The Grit in Athens, GA):

Block of tofu, pressed and cubed
Canola oil or other neutral oil
Tamari
Nutritional yeast flakes

Saute tofu cubes in small amount of oil over med-high heat until light golden brown. Sprinkle with plenty o' tamari. Continue sauteing until deep golden brown. End with generous sprinkling of nutritional yeast.

It's the best over rice, veggies, and with cheese or gravy! I also use this method when sauteeing slabs of tofu for sandwiches.

Mmm!

Apr 17, 2007
jbd in Home Cooking

Baked Stuffed Peppers

Here's a vegan version of jambalaya that I really love:

http://www.veganchef.com/jazzman.htm

I sub seitan for the tempeh, stuff it in peppers and bake..

Apr 13, 2007
jbd in Home Cooking

What to order at Waffle House?

I used to work at a Waffle House in college -- my favorite thing was to put a slice of raisin toast in the waffle maker and cover it with batter.

Instant raisin waffle.

Add maple syrup and some scattered, smothered, covered, diced, and peppered hashbrowns and you have good eatin'.

Apr 13, 2007
jbd in Chains

Vegetarian takes Manhattan

Curly's Vegetarian Lunch on 14th between 1st and 2nd Aves is fantastic. Lots of sandwiches, salads, big entrees, fake meats, soy cheese, delicious desserts -- the works. (It's not just a lunch place.)

Others: Red Bamboo, Vegetarian Paradise 2, Candle Cafe, Pure Food & Wine, Caravan of Dreams, Two Boots for pizza, Counter, Gobo, Madras, and Sacred Chow.

Good luck choosing! Have fun!

Apr 09, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

Regional "food quirks"

It's absolutely chocolate! It's been far too long since I've done this. I think I need to remedy that.

Apr 06, 2007
jbd in General Topics

Vegan hot cross bun recipe?

Thank you! I love Isa's site. I'll use this when formulating my own recipe.

Apr 05, 2007
jbd in Home Cooking

Vegan hot cross bun recipe?

I do -- perhaps I'll just make a vegan biscuit, add cinnamon and raisins, and then prepare a glaze to top in a cross pattern.

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2007
jbd in Home Cooking

Dough hook vs. hand kneading

I just received a KitchenAid mixer and am interested in using the dough hook for kneading bread. Anything I should know? Can I use it to knead it completely or will i have to hand knead, as well?

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2007
jbd in Home Cooking

Vegan hot cross bun recipe?

I'm attending a vegan Easter potluck and would like to make traditional hot cross buns.

Does anyone have a good recipe?

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2007
jbd in Home Cooking

what was the last great thing you made?

Curried rice & lentils with raisins and apples and stuffed inside an acorn squash, topped with cinnamon, and baked.

So good.

Apr 04, 2007
jbd in Home Cooking

Regional "food quirks"

I grew up in California, where my friends and I would dip our McDonald's French fries into our chocolate milkshakes.

My mom grew up eating peanut butter and mayonaise on white bread.

When I moved to the South, I'd dip my French fries into feta cheese dressing and put salt in my beer.

Apr 04, 2007
jbd in General Topics

Organic boxed cereal?

I'll second Mother's Peanut Butter Bumpers:
http://www.mothersnatural.com/readyto...

...especially with Silk vanilla light soy milk.

Mmm!

Apr 04, 2007
jbd in General Topics

First Date Around West 4th Street Subway Station

Went to Prem On Thai for first date recently and enjoyed it -- got there in time for a pre-dinner drink at the bar and wine was very affordable. Good luck and have fun!

Feb 22, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

30th b'day - Tao or Kittichai?

I've got reservations at Tao, Kittichai, and Devi now -- and after scouring these boards, I'm leaning towards Devi, actually. Thank you!

Feb 09, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

30th b'day - Tao or Kittichai?

Would anyone else second Megu over Tao, especially considering the dietary restrictions of my group?

Feb 08, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

30th b'day - Tao or Kittichai?

I think Megu might be out of our price range -- Tao is a bit less expensive, yes?

Feb 08, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

30th b'day - Tao or Kittichai?

Great! Two votes for Tao...

Feb 08, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

30th b'day - Tao or Kittichai?

Thanks -- Buddakan was also on my radar, but they could only accomodate a party of 6 at 5:30 or 10:30, neither of which aren't idea times. :)

Feb 08, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

30th b'day - Tao or Kittichai?

I'm having my 30th birthday dinner in a few weeks. It will be a party of six (one vegan, two pescatarian diners who eat seafood, dairy, and veggies [no poultry/beef/pork], and three "standard" eaters).

I have reservations at both Tao and Kittichai but have been to neither.

Which would you recommend? Or is there another restaurant that you fancy? I'm looking for Asian cuisine (I'm a particular fan of spicy Asian cuisine) because I feel that it's easiest to accomodate the various dietary restrictions. I want a place that feels "special" as I only turn 30 once!

Thanks!
Jen

Feb 08, 2007
jbd in Manhattan

Brunch for Vegetarians

Counter is a good choice. My favorites for brunch are Curly's Vegetarian Lunch and Organic Grille, but they are both too small, I'm sure, for a party of 10.

Good luck!

Jul 19, 2006
jbd in Manhattan