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Central Coast Town for short stay?

Thank you so much for all of the excellent suggestions. I. Think we'll explore the Solvang/Santa Ynez area, since we did Paso and Cambria last time around.

Another question for all of you knowledgable folks - what should we not kiss in Pismo/SAn Luis Obispo? We'll be there for 2 days on our way up to Monterey. Everyone on here seems in agreement that we can't miss Mos. True? I used to live in NC, so I'm somewhat of a Carolina BBQ fanatic, but willing to branch out. We live far from the sea now, so seafood is always highly desirable, as is great Mexican, which we can't get at home. Any holes-in-the-wall within a 30-minute drive of Pismo that people love?

Finally - kind of random question - we're getting into Burbank (Bob Hope) airport around noon, and heading north to Pismo right away. We'll need a quick lunch, and I can't really imagine stopping around Burbank. Should we swing into an In-and-Out? Wait until Santa Barbara? Stop at some other quick place along the highway? Any thoughts?

Thanks again!!

Jan 07, 2014
RosemaryHoney in California

Central Coast Town for short stay?

We're heading to California in mid-February with our 3 year-old, and are looking for a town between LA and Monterey to spend 2 days. Good food and beer are our primary interests, though we'd like to have some other diversions during the day.

Our kid is very well-behaved in restaurants, and she refuses to eat anything remotely "kid-friendly" (e.g., chicken fingers, pizza, Mac n' cheese), preferring curry and olives and raw tomatoes, so any cuisine is acceptable, I'd just prefer to avoid a fine dining scene, or any place that would be a 2 hour meal.

We stayed in Paso Robles last year, so that wouldn't be our first choice unless some new places have opened up. Also, we're already planning 2 days in Pismo Beach, but beyond that, any and all suggestions are welcome. I read some interesting things on this board about Solvang, which I hadn't considered.

Jan 06, 2014
RosemaryHoney in California

Help me find great food outside of Mission Valley!

Thanks for all of the advice everyone. Unfortunately, my nauseau got the best of me on this trip, and I ate only at Bully's East. The other night I just walked over to Trader Joe's for avocados and yogurt. On my next visit, I'll hope to stay elsewhere (not an option this time) and the real San Diego.

As for Bully's East, I really enjoyed it for the vibe as much as the food. I got the prime rib, which was old-school and delicious. The corn-off-the-cob side was fantastic - real corn! Grilled or fried to a delicious point of carmelization! With confit and green onions, it was just great. Even the baked potato was perfectly prepared. The key lime pie was stellar, too, with a real lime flavor and actual homemade whipped overall, a great pick, even if I couldn't partake in a cocktail.

Nov 15, 2013
RosemaryHoney in San Diego

Help! My Overnight Steelcut Oats have green slime...

Success!! I made the same overnight steel-cut oatmeal recipe, using filtered water and putting it in a glass bowl (rather than the metal pot I used to use) and they were perfect. No green at all! And this was using the same canister of oats as the photo shown above, so it seems mold wasn't the cause. Thanks for all the help! Mystery solved.

Nov 12, 2013
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Help! My Overnight Steelcut Oats have green slime...

Thank you so much for that response. I think that's a more likely possibility, since we have special water filters (for home brewing) and we've used several (high-end) brands and batches of oats, so having multiple varieties come home from the store moldy would be scary! I'll try using different water and report back.

Nov 06, 2013
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Help! My Overnight Steelcut Oats have green slime...

I guess I'm just surprised that a supposedly tried-and-true recipe could go so wrong. And that keeping it in the fridge doesn't remedy it...

Nov 03, 2013
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Help! My Overnight Steelcut Oats have green slime...

I started using the Cooks Illustrated Overnight Steel-cut Oats recipe last winter and loved it. Basically, the recipe is to oil water, add steel-cut oats, leftist it on your stovetop overnight, and finish the cooking in the morning. I made it a few times, and then one morning, I noticed that there was a strange green film on the surface when I went to add the milk and continue cooking. I assumed there was some problem with the pot or the oats, but I've now had this happen every time I've attempted the recipe since. I've tried different brands of oats, boiling the water for longer, putting the pot in the fridge, but to no avail. I don't know what the green stuff is - the pots it's out for about 8 hours, insufficient form old growth, it would seem - but it's unappetizing, and I can't bring myself to eat it.

Anyone had this problem? Have any suggestions or possible reasons for this? I have added salt to the water...could the cause this?

Any help would be appreciated!

Nov 03, 2013
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Help me find great food outside of Mission Valley!

Wow. Lots of great suggestions. Thanks.

I'm staying at the Mission Valley Hilton, which appears to be about a 1 mile walk from the nearest trolley. I don't know if there's anything nearby that's decent, but any suggestions would be welcome,even if not great, for the night I get in and need to grab something relatively quickly.

Nov 03, 2013
RosemaryHoney in San Diego

Buffalo - Rehearsal Dinner

I've eaten at Mike A's since the menu shift, and the food and drinks are still outstanding. My only complaint about that place is that it can be very loud and somewhat dimly lit. Our last trip included a party of 8, including a couple of folks in their late 60s, and we found it incredibly difficult to have conversation, and the phones were out to shed light on the menus. Rue Franklin's food is less adventurous and bold, but still very delicious and classic, and the atmosphere may be more fitting for a larger party that wants to talk.

In the chance that you'd still consider blending the fam/friends, you could check out Tempo. They have a room upstairs that you can request that doesn't require a special room fee or menu. I don't know if they'll do that for 24 people, but we did it for 16 a couple of years back, and it was fantastic. Might be worth calling. That way, you'd get a great meal with everyone together.

Help me find great food outside of Mission Valley!

I'll be coming to San Diego for just 3 nights, and I'm staying in Mission Valley. I've never been to that area before (usually stay in Gaslamp or Bankers Hill), but the map shows it to be packed with chains, and it seems from these boards that nearby Old Town is filled with tourist traps. I usually work hard to avoid these spots, so I'm on a mission to find something else.

Anyone up for the challenge of helping me find three great places for a solo traveler to get dinner? Here are two limitations:
-I won't have a car, so I'd prefer something close to a light rail stop that I could reasonably reach in 30 minutes or less. (I'm a New Yorker, so I don't mind walking 10-15 minutes, as long as it's a safe area).
-While I'm usually an adventurous eater and a huge beer drinker, I'm in the queasy stages of pregnancy. So beer bars, breweries, and sushi are out, as is anything with eyeballs or stomach lining. Spicy is fine.

Any help you can offer would be much appreciated! And I'll report back on where I end up.


Oct 30, 2013
RosemaryHoney in San Diego

Help me, quick! I'm making homemade applesauce and there's a ton of liquid??

Do you have a stick blender? I would blend it up and check the consistency. You can always cook it down - it will become thicker and more silky, but also more concentrated, like apple butter.

For what it's worth, you can also make applesauce by just tossing cored, peeled, and quartered apples into a stock pot with just a little water or apple cider (just enough to cover the bottom of the pot with about 1/2" of liquid). It's great for babies, because it has no added sugar. And if you have a food mill, you don't even need to core or peel the apples - just toss them in the pot halved or quartered.

Oct 17, 2011
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Toronto Hound visiting Buffalo - Need recommendation for 1 lunch & 1 dinner

There are a lot of great places to eat. Since you didn't really specify what type of experience you're looking for, but mentioned Treadwell, these are places that might be in that vein:

Left Bank
31 Club

The Wine Thief (Elmwood Ave) also does a good dinner and has an interesting atmosphere. I don't know if it's ever been mentioned on these boards, but I've had a couple good experiences there in the past 6 months.

Blue Monk (also on Elmwood Ave) is a Belgian-style bistro that does lunch and dinner, and has something like 25 high-quality beers (mostly Belgians) on tap, and a huge number of beers by the bottle. From what I understand, Canadians who love beer love this place because they have beers that are hard or impossible to get across the border. And the food is pretty good too.

All of these restaurants are in the city.

Left Bank
511 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

423 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

Wine Thief
431 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

31 Club
31 N Johnson Park, Buffalo, NY 14201

Buffalo for Graduation Dinner

I see that you're not getting a lot of help on this one.

Assuming you're willing to drive into the city, I'd recommend:

Tempo (French I believe they call it - look at the menu - on Delaware Ave)
Lombardo's (Italian on Hertel Ave)
Fiamma Steak (Steaks on Hertel Ave - might be slightly above your price range)
Prime 490 (Steaks on Rhode Island - slightly cheaper than Fiamma)

Mulberry's Cafe in Lackawanna would be a somewhat farther drive - maybe 25 minutes from UB North Campus - but it has fantastic, truly homemade and authentic Italian food that's very reasonably priced, and they do take reservations for parties of 6 or more.

There are some posts on this site about all of these places, I believe.

Buffalo Bar Suggestion for a stag night

There's a whole bunch of places within very easy walking distance. You could probably do a "pub crawl" into and out of any of these in one evening. They are sort of in order if you start at Mother's and head north to Allen Street, then West on Allen across Delaware and then Elmwood to Wadsworth.

For more info on most of them, you can search this site for the names I mention below, but here's a quick run down:

Mother's: Actually has a great bar atmosphere that lasts way into the night.
Scarlet: Across the street from Mother's, it's a "vodka bar", a little more upscale than most places for Buffalo.
Snooty Fox: Name kind of describes atmophere, but it usually has a crowd. It's best for the mixed drink/wine crowd planning to dress up and "go out".
Fat Bob's: Pool table, huge outdoor patio (might not be open, but has heaters so it could be), TVs...kind of a beer/hang-out bar.
Colter Bay: Great tap list, TVs, opens up the restaurant booths for drinkers later in the evening.
Gabriel's Gate: More of a restaurant than a bar, but has a huge, nice bar and tables that they allow drinkers to sit at. This is a laid-back beer kind of place.
Frizzy's: Bubble hockey, old-school photo booth, funky decor. This is a very laid-back place, great for crowds and Molson-style beer drinkers. check out:
Allen St. Hardware: Small, nicer bar, gets very crowded as evening goes on, has live music most weekend nights. Great wine and beer list.
Sample: Has very nice, handmade (and bottled syrups here) mixed drinks and some excellent beers and wines. Not so much a bar, but a good place to stop in if you need a breather.
Duke's: Eccelectic crowd, unique atmosphere, wide selection of beers. This article calls it a "club" on weekends, which wasn't my experience three months ago, but maybe is the case now? But might be worth checking out - it's next door to Allen St Hardware and in the vicinity of several other places, so you can easily walk in and out if it's not your thing.
Nietzche's: excellent live music, beer-bar hangout kind of place.
There's also Mulligan's Brick Bar, the Old Pink (which might have a new name these days), and The Bend all on that section of Allentown. They are all more of the "dive bar" genre.

Enjoy the weekend.

Allen St Hardware Cafe
245 Allen St, Buffalo, NY 14201

Fat Bob's
52 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561

Useful cooking mags

I second the CI recommendation. No ads, no glossy photos - just good recipes with techniques and whys explained well. I personally love it because I have never had a bad meal. Some are labor-intensive, and I don't think I'd make them again, but for the most part, they are reasonable and delicious. (Quite opposite from BA....I've had mixed success with their recipes).

Another note: I recently started a subscription to their website, which is a separate cost (no included in mag subscription), and it has a ton of great recipes, taste and equipment testing notes, and menu planning, BUT the recipes don't include the full explanation of how and why the recipe includes the exact steps it does. So if you are kind of a nerd for that sort of stuff (like I am), you might want to start with a mag subscription.

Feb 09, 2011
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Making Homemade Marshmallows

I've tried to make marshmallows without gelatin twice. Both experiences were bad - much like described above. For one batch, I used something called "Vegan Gelatin" that I found in the "Organic" section of a Wegman's supermarket - I think it was kelp based? - and the marshmallows set up more than when I'd used Xanthan, and I had some high hopes until I tasted them - ick. Maybe if I had flavored them with mint or something...

But I do wish you luck making homemade marshmallows. I disagree with Il Divo, and would say that they are pretty easy to do (I use Alton Brown's recipe, which requires that you do very little but your stand mixer does a ton) and the results never fail to impress.

Jan 31, 2011
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

making mozzarella

Your biggest problem will be finding the not-ultra-pasteurized milk in New Orleans, where UP helps extend shelf life dramatically in a hot climate. II doubt Albertson's has non-UP milks, but maybe. Whole Foods may carry a small, local brand that isn't ultra-pasteurized, but since they aren't required to label when milk has been UP, it can be a process of trial and error.

If you have milk that is UP, you'll end up with a ricotta-style cheese - the curds won't set up like they should for a mozzarella. The cheese is actually fine to eat and tastes pretty good. When I started making cheese and wasn't sure which milks were UP, we had a lot of this "failure" cheese, and it worked out okay. But when you find a brand that works, stick with it!

Jan 13, 2011
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Traditional Mardi Gras/Carnivale Recipes

I agree with Zeldog that you might not find much about food. I've been to Quebec's winter carnival twice, and can't recall the food at all. I'm sure we ate some poutine, but I that's because it was Quebec, not Mardi Gras. Same story when I attended carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where I ate roti and drank rum from a coconut shell - again, because it was SVG...
In Baton Rouge, we always had a Mardi Gras brunch on the Saturday prior (when a big parade ran through our neighborhood) and served a huge pot of red beans and rice, bloody marys with pickled okra, and of course, several king cakes. after the parade, someone in the neighborhood held the (usually) first crawfish boil of the season.
Mamou, Louisiana celebrates by making a community-wide gumbo that features chickens collected by men on horseback from people throughout the town.

Jan 13, 2011
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

What to make with farm fresh eggs

Just a note if you're getting REALLY farm-fresh eggs - chill them before poaching. We have chickens, and on the occasion when I've poached them straight from the nest, they spread tremendously. Chilling them for even just a couple of hours really helps keep them hold together much better when they hit the water.

Dec 05, 2010
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Heading to Buffalo from Toronto for a couple days and need advice

I'm not originally from Buffalo, so I have don't have loyalties like some other Buffalonians have. A lot of my recommendations are outside of where you'll be, like Zetti's and Bocci's, and I don't know that they are really worth the journey. La Nova is in the city, and they have great wings too, so you might want to check them out, but more as a snack. I don't find anything wonderful about Pizza Junction, but I also don't know that there are any better options for anything up near the Outlet malls...Dicamillo's Bakery is good choice but otherwise I find that area to be somewhat of a wasteland. Maybe others have rec's for Niagara Falls?

Pizza Junction
1269 Erie Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 14120

Heading to Buffalo from Toronto for a couple days and need advice

Yes, Beef on 'Weck is a Buffalo specialty, and not available in Toronto. Ulrich's just doesn't have a great example of one. They don't slice off the roast to order, as they do at some of the better spots. If you want to try a great beef on 'weck, the most highly recommended spots are Bar Bill (in East Aurora, a quaint little town about 25 minutes from downtown) or Schwabl's (in West Seneca, about 15 minutes from downtown). In the city, I'd go to Blue Monk and have their version. Anderson's and Charlie the Butcher also do beef on 'weck in more of a fast-food style - there's an Anderson's close to the Galleria Mall that would be a better choice for lunch than anything in the food court.

Charlie the Butcher
495 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052

Schwabl's Restaurant
789 Center Rd, Buffalo, NY 14224

Heading to Buffalo from Toronto for a couple days and need advice

Good idea to stay downtown, versus at the Galleria or near the NF Outlets. You don't mention your budget, but good places to stay are The Mansion on Delaware, Hampton Inn (Chippewa at Delaware), Embassy Suites (in the new Avant Building), or the Hyatt Regency (Main at Huron) - probably in that order. If you're looking for cheaper, but in same vicinity, try the Best Western or Holiday Inn on Delaware near Allen Street. There's also a good B&B on St. James Place off Elmwood Ave, up in the Elmwood Village (EV) neighborhood (BTW: Elmwood Village has a bunch of cute, independent shops that sell unique items at surprisingly reasonable prices...might be worth checking out after a day at the malls. If you're foodies, you might want to check out Penzey's Spice Store and D'Avolio Olive Oils and Vinegars, both on Elmwood right there).

On to the food: Blue Monk just opened on Elmwood at Breckenridge in EV. They have 30 or so taps of mostly Belgian beers and pretty great food (mussels, duck-fat fries, braised short ribs sandwich, beef on 'weck) in a lively pub atmosphere. It gets crowded. Right around there are all those shops I mentioned above, plus two local chocolate shops (Watson's and Fowler's), a nice coffee shop complete with couches and armchairs for lounging (Spot Coffee), and a couple nice bakeries (Dolci and Delish) for dessert.

Ulrich's is a good rec, but I'd go there for wings, not the beef. It's a got an ol' time tavern feel, and they are known for their German fare, like potato pancakes. It's a little off the beaten path, but there's a nice wine bar on the corner of Main and Virginia that you might be able to tie into your beer-drinking evening at Ulrich's.

Allentown is the other part of town that would offer a string of places to visit within walking distance of each other. Gabriel's Gate has better wings than Anchor Bar in a far less touristy atmosphere. Allen St. Hardware is a relaxing bar with live music, good wines and beers, and a nice cheese plate. Sample has small plates, most of which are excellent , plus it's got an upscale atmosphere for not so upscale prices. Colter Bay or K. Gallaghers might fit your definition of good pubs.

Your easiest appetizer

I always make baked brie when I need a super easy app that looks gorgeous and tastes great. For 15-20 people, you can do two little ones or one large one. Buy a wheel of brie and those puffed pastry sheets (I've heard people use cresent rolls too, but I like the puff pastry). Defrost the pastry by setting it out on your counter for 45 minutes, then roll out a little. Place the brie wheel in the middle of the sheet and wrap the dough around the brie to make a little package. You can even use the excess pastry to cut out some little design - leaf or turkey or apple or whatever. Brush with egg wash and bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. If you pull it out right before you leave for your party, It'll stay hot and gooey for at least an hour. Serve with crackers, but you can also just cut wedges and eat.

For a variation that adds more time, make a filling for the brie. I do everything from apples and brown sugar to mushrooms and thyme. Just saute up a small amount (like 1/2c) of some filling - on T-day, I did the mushrooms with a little garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Then cut the brie wheel in half, spread in your filling, and then close up the brie. Then wrap as described above. This entire process took me about 15 minute hands-on time, and it was the hit of about a dozen appetizers. I wish I'd made 2 big ones!!

Nov 27, 2010
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Great Breakfasts and Quick Lunches AT the Riverwalk in SA

My trip was a mixed bag as far as food goes. Like others have pointed out all over these boards, the food is hit or miss in the Riverwalk area. Some of the biggest misses were at Casa Rio, Rio Rio, and Paloma Riverwalk. At Casa Rio, in particular, I had verde enchiladas that I found to be inedible - akin to day old chicken mircowaved, rolled up in rubbery, too-thick corn toritllas and covered with a pithy amount of what tasted like thin canned verde sauce. Really gross. Perhaps I had an off meal or ordered incorrectly? The place was packed everytime I walked by so there must be something redeeming about it.

I had some okay meals at a couple spots. Mi Terra wasn't great, but I see why people recommend it if atmosphere is more your thing than food quality. I also found the tapas at Las Ramblas in the Hotel Contessa inconsistent. How can you screw up olives? They just weren't great, and were served with definitely stale bread. Ironically, I also ordered the goat cheese in sofrito, which was great and served with fresh bread. The drinks there were excellent, though. Schilo's was also good - I had the corned beef and soup and it was better than average, but maybe it's because I had such high expectations, or maybe it's because I'm from an area with outstanding German food, but I felt it was overrated and overpriced. I paid $6.75 for the sandwich, which contained perhaps 2 slices of corned beef. Certainly not the stacked sandwich you'd get at most delis in my neck of the woods.

Much better were Boudrous and Acenar. Acenar had the delicious, flavorful enchiladas verdes that I was looking for, complete with fresh, smoky-flavored, tender chicken! Success!! Boudrous was also very good, as far as the Riverwalk went. We were told about their guac by multiple people, and it was tasty, but cmon - one thing to do before you die? Just make your own...but otherwise all of the food was high-quality, and priced comparably to some of the other, less-good stuff I had.

The highlights were off the Riverwalk, of course. Insignia, in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel, was amazing. We enjoyed every bite of food, and the drinks were divine. The crab and corn fitters were outstanding, and lured me back for a quick app another evening. Azuca Nuevo Latino was also excellent. We ordered off the apps menu, because there were so many delicious sounding options, and I think it was a good decision. We had a wide array of fantastic flavors in our selections. El Mirador was perfect for more simple meals. The corn and flour tortillas were obviously homemade and fantastic, and the pico de gallo fresh and flavorful. This was my pick for best affordable breakfast, with the tacos all under $2.

I also had the contential buffet breakfast at the Grand Hyatt hotel's restaurant, on the riverwalk level. It was $11, kind of steep, but includes a wide array of cereals, pastries, fruit, yogurts, coffee, and juices. I'm just mentioning it here, because if you are either staying in the hotel or attending a conference in the Convention Center, and don't have the time to walk over to El Mirador, this is actually a good deal - oatmeal a a carte is $8, and coffee will run you $3, so the buffet works out well, and it's probably the highest quality buffet I've had.

Las Ramblas
306 W Market St, San Antonio, TX

Casa Rio
430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Nuevo Cafe
1124 Ayers St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

El Mirador Restaurant
722 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Nov 15, 2010
RosemaryHoney in Texas

What do you drink at a wedding?

I'm a former bartender who has worked for an agency that provided services much like you described in NYC, and at a historic inn that hosted countless weddings. I strongly second ESNY's suggestion to find a place where you can return unopened bottles, and buy 2x as much as you think you'll need. I have bartended so many weddings where the drinks ran out halfway through the reception, or there is nothing by one thing (usually it's the gin!) left and people get pretty annoyed about that. And this is really the thing you want to avoid - as the bartender, I'm the one who heard the comments about the bride and groom being cheap, about how the wedding sucked once it ran dry, about which bar the guests were going to sneak out to...don't know if these trickle back to the happy couple, but people get absurdly angered when there's no drink at the wedding! Ungrateful? Yes. But better to be safe with too much than sorry with too little.
The only time I ever tended a wedding where there was a tremendous amount of leftover alcohol was when it was a strictly wine event, and they just purchased way too much.

Oct 28, 2010
RosemaryHoney in General Topics

Great Breakfasts and Quick Lunches AT the Riverwalk in SA

Thank you so much for these recs. I'm sure I'll dine at all of them. I'll report back when I return.

Oct 20, 2010
RosemaryHoney in Texas

First Time Thanksgiving Host - Need your FOOLPROOF Roast Turkey Recipe!

Since you are getting a "heritage breed", I would suggest a wet brine. I've done both the wet and the dry, and the wet tends to be a little more fool-proof if you are looking for a juicy bird. A few years ago, I went through the hassle of making my own brine, but then I found William-Sonoma's Apple and Spices Turkey Brine. It's $16.95 or so, but well worth it. Just make sure you have a container large enough to brine a 16 pound bird in...I use a Rubbermaid tub.

Another note: Last year, I tried the breast-down/turkey flip described by Marsha a couple of times. I had a lot of trouble flipping the bird. One time, the skin from the breast stuck to the rack; another time, the legs sort of tore off a bit; not to mention that every time, it took at least two of us to flip the steaming hot bird during the middle of cooking. I decided not to go this route on my actual Thanksgiving, because I couldn't imagine risking a turkey on the floor during the festivities, especially because, with the wet-brine, I didn't feel it made a noticeable difference in texture or flavor. Just a thought...

Oct 20, 2010
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking

Great Breakfasts and Quick Lunches AT the Riverwalk in SA

Hi Everyone,

I've been wading through the mountains of info on dining in SA, but I am wondering if anyone can give me a couple of great breakfast and quick and good lunch spots right around the Riverwalk. I'm going to be in town for an entire week, staying at and working in the Convention Center. I'm not going to have a car, or be able to walk very far, so I'm somewhat limited during the morning and at lunch to the immediate vicinity, and I'm hoping to avoid the hotel food.

I like all kinds of food - but I can't eat sushi right now, so that's my only limitation.

So what are the great breakfast and lunch spots people would recommend?


Oct 15, 2010
RosemaryHoney in Texas

Buffalo This Weekend

Skip Anderson's and go to Abbott's if you are looking for custard.

From your list, I'd select dinner at Tempo or Hutch's. They have consistently excellent food. Mother's can be spotty (though it's generally good on weekends). Hardware is the spot to go for a before-dinner (quiet and relaxing) or after-dinner (live music, crowded) drink, but not for the food. Left Bank is great, but I doubt you'll get in on a Saturday night without reservations made weeks ago.

Tempo is a slightly nicer atmosphere than Hutch's...more sleek and clean. Hutch's can be louder, especially in the bar area, and the decor is more muted, maybe slightly out of date? But the food is a toss up. I'd look at both of their menus to make your decision.

Left Bank
511 Rhode Island St, Buffalo, NY 14213

Creamy Homemade Hummus

Yep, I meant that using the dried barely made any difference in the end result. Actually, let me admit that it made no difference, at least in the CI recipe. They recommend using dried chickpeas for a superior hummus, so I went through the process, but in the end, no one could tell, so I stick with canned now.
As for removing the skins, it also makes no difference in this recipe. You can run the food processor long enough and get the emulsification right so that you won't know whether the skins were on or off at the start.

Oct 15, 2010
RosemaryHoney in Home Cooking