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Birthday dinner in Raleigh

Porter's may be a little above your price point but the food is good, it is right across the street from campus and is not a chain. I would recommend it above the Flying Biscuit any day.

Oct 21, 2009
jean9 in Southeast

Business Dinner - Research Triangle Park

I have heard lots of good things about Bin 54 though have never been because it is a little out of my price range. I would be excited to try it as a business dinner, just my two cents. I agree with the other post that while the food is great at Magnolia Grill the restaurant is too loud for business. An is an asian fusian restaurant that while out of your parameters, is quite popular as a business event / dinner location.

Sep 09, 2009
jean9 in General South Archive

Where is closest place to find bottled can sugar Cheerwine in Triangle

the farmer's market is in Raleigh close to downtown off of Lake Wheeler Road. The are a couple of buildings. Cheerwine is in the enclosed building, second building on your Right from the turn in.

I found a link in Chowhound for the restaurant that is there which if you have a GPS or something will get you to the market. It is open every day. The restaurant is on the left hand side of Farmer's Drive while the Cheerwine building is on the right.

Good luck.

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NC State Farmer's Market Restaurant
1240 Farmer's Drive, Raleigh, NC

Sep 07, 2009
jean9 in General South Archive

Casual Boston - good restaurants or bars to catch up

thanks, actually a co-worker's sister who lives in Boston also recommended Ivy.

Sep 04, 2009
jean9 in Greater Boston Area

Casual Boston - good restaurants or bars to catch up

Thanks for the recs. We do tend to linger when we get together so a place that needs to turn the tables is probably not the right fit for this weekend. We will pay attention to timing as well.

Sep 04, 2009
jean9 in Greater Boston Area

Casual Boston - good restaurants or bars to catch up

About 4 people. Lunch and dinner. Price point entrees below 25.00 a piece

Sep 03, 2009
jean9 in Greater Boston Area

Groceries in the Adirondacks?

Sounds like a neat experience. The Co-op sounds great and a lucky and exciting find for the area. We stayed in Long Lake this year and the grocery store there sources some "local" (farms over by Glens Falls) produce that were really good. Late July / Early August so there was excellent corn, apricots, green beans and plums. Plus the staff is really nice. The Long Lake farmer's market didn't have any farmers though... or at least didn't by the time we got there. Probably around 11:30 am.

Sep 03, 2009
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

Casual Boston - good restaurants or bars to catch up

Hi, I will be in Boston on Sept 11 -13th to attend a wedding and will be meeting up with some folks i haven't seen in quite awhile. I know we will want to spend a lot of time catching up, preferably over a casual dinner and drinks. Does anyone know of a place (bar or restaurant or both) that would fit the bill? My friends are semi vegetarians (they kind of go off and on so it is hard for me to know) so someplace that specializes in beef is probably a no go.

We will be staying at the Doubletree hotel at 821 Washington Street 02111 and do not have a car, though are happy to use public transportation or a cab to get around. In the past, I have enjoyed the Summer Shack.

Thanks

Sep 03, 2009
jean9 in Greater Boston Area

Groceries in the Adirondacks?

We stayed outside of Saranac Lake last year and the grocery store in town, an IGA i think, was ok but not great for food and I don't remember seeing much local food in the store. There was a farmer's market in town on Saturday mornings which was quite good, http://www.adirondackfarmersmarket.co.... We were there in July though and it looks like it doesn't open until June.

There is a good Restaurant called the Eat and Meet which served local food. You could ask them if they know where to go this time of year. http://eatnmeet.com/1.html

Maybe your best bet would be to head over to the Lake Placid area and scout around. Good luck!

May 14, 2009
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

Poughkeepsie dinner / party

thanks for the recs. It is hard to say how much bigger. The groom is from Austria and he will be coming with his family and friends... right now I am thinking it will go from less then 10 people to maybe 25 or 30 people. The Artist's palate looks good and seems to get pretty positive reviews on this site, maybe for the dinner portion and then we could move someplace for after.

May 14, 2009
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

Poughkeepsie dinner / party

Hi. I am helping to plan a Bachelorette dinner and Bachelor / Bachelorette party and need some ideas. We are planning to break the evening up into a girls-only dinner and then follow with a much larger party. I am looking for a restaurant / bar that could potentially have both events. Unfortunatly none of the wedding party is local so I don't really know where to begin. Any suggestions?

Most of the folks will be in their 30s or older so I kind of think it should be some place fun but not really crazy. We had the bridal shower at Shadows on the Hudson, if that is any sort of help. Personally I really care about the quality of the food, I am a big locavore and would favor a restaurant using fresh seasonal ingredients, but it will probably come down to atmosphere!

We are willing to travel if need be.

thanks in advance!

May 14, 2009
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

Rochester restaurants - Christmas Gifts?

Hi all,

My sister and I want to get our parents gift certificates to local restaurants for Christmas this year. We both live out of the area now and are looking for opinions on some of the places we are thinking about. My Mom is pretty adventurous where as my Dad is a little more finicky. He is a big seafood fan but often has issues with too many flavors or sauces obscuring the inherent taste of the food.

Growing up we always went out for dinner Friday night to places like the Sherwood Manor, Scotch and Sirloin, Mendon House and now they like Delmonicos. Not exactly ground breaking restaurants but not Applebees either. Special occasions were Richardson's Canal House or Edwards and now Rooney's.

They have been to 2vine but consider it really loud. They have enjoyed Tastings but I believe my dad's comments were "They really did just give you a taste!" They recently had a very good meal at the Culinary Center in Canandaigua.

We are debating between:
Lento
Bacco's
Max of Eastman Place
Triphammer Grill
Torneudos

Any thoughts anyone has would be appreciated! Both on the above restaurants and

Dec 03, 2008
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

raleigh - Saturday morning breakfast

Thanks for the recommendation for Finch's. I have always wanted to go and never been. We went for breakfast last weekend and ended up at Bid Ed's. It was pretty good and my family enjoyed the band playing outside as well as our waitresses accent (they are from NY). Thanks for all the recs!

Nov 04, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive

raleigh - Saturday morning breakfast

I was looking at Humble pie but from the web it looks like they only have brunch on sundays

Oct 31, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive

raleigh - Saturday morning breakfast

Hi everyone. I have family coming into town for a wedding and they would like to meet up for breakfast on Saturday. They need to be ready for the wedding by two so I think I need to get them back to the hotel by Noon, which has me wondering... where can we go for breakfast / brunch that will meet the time frame? Type of food is not important but quality is. If it helps my favorite place for brunch in the area is Piedmont.

They are staying downtown so someplace within walking distance would be great. Poole's opens for brunch at 10:30 and is close to the hotel. Has anyone been and do you think we could get in and out in about an hour?

Thanks in advance!

Oct 30, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive

Best Burger in Raleigh?

i meant Players Retreat... it has been a long week!

Sep 12, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive

Best Burger in Raleigh?

I think the Pour House makes a pretty good burger, especially the Gabby burger. It is at the corner of Hillsborough and Oberlin and has the added benefit of being in the same block as LocoPops for dessert.

Sep 12, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive

Saranac Lake, NY - Good eats?

thanks for all the recs. we ended up eating in quite a bit but did enjoy some pizza from Little Italy.... really good white pizza with fresh tomatoes.
My sister celebrated her birthday and when the cake i made for her failed (i really, really screwed up the frosting) we bought an apple streudel from the Bakery in Lake Placid that someone had mentioned and it was wonderful.
We also made it to the Meet and Eat (Eat and Meet?) and really enjoyed everything, in fact I would have liked to try more of the menu. Good food, good price and they seemed to be into providing a more local experience, food wise. Also, there is free mini-golf while you wait for your food.
We bought pie and chocolate eclairs from the bakery stall at the Tuesday farmer's market in Saranac Lake. The pie was ok but the eclairs were really quite good. It seems Lake Placid was the place to go for more restaurants.
Oh and we made it to Donnelly's for ice cream twice. Once they had "irish cream coffee" and another time "red raspberry", both were dynamite. The ice cream stand is pretty far out of town but totally worth the drive as the views of the mountains from the road were phenominal.
thanks again. If anyone fishes for Trout... we headed up to the Upper Saranac River and did quite well. Brown trout mostly but still quite tasty!

Aug 05, 2008
jean9 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Any eats along Route 3 - Watertown to Tupper Lake

Looking at the Watertown posts it seems there aren't too many choices and many of the places mentioned were for dinner only. Thanks for the Cranberry Lake rec, we will probably go for the Twin ? Inn as burgers are perfect for trek up.

Jul 08, 2008
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

Any eats along Route 3 - Watertown to Tupper Lake

Anyone know of any good sandwich shops, hot dog stands or family-type restaurants that would be good for lunch along Route 3 into the Adirondack park?

Thanks in advance,

Jean9

Jul 07, 2008
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

Saranac Lake, NY - Good eats?

Thanks to you both for the recs. We usually cook but because we are new to this area I wanted to make sure we weren't missing any must eats. When we were in Inlet area we used to go out for dinner twice during the course of the vacation. On Indian or Blue Mountain Lake we would stay in for the entire two weeks as it was just easier then making the trek.

If we make it to Lake Placid I will look up Cafe Rustica!

Jul 07, 2008
jean9 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Anniversary Dinner in Raleigh

Frasiers on Hillsborough Street is pretty nice for a special occasion, though honestly I almost always head to the Magnolia Grill in Durham if I really want to celebrate, but that is a personal preference.

Jul 03, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive

Saranac Lake, NY - Good eats?

My family and I will be vacationing just outside of Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks for two weeks later this month. Does anyone have any good recommendations for food? I am looking for both high and low brow restaurants. Grocery store or farm stand tips would also be appreciated.

We have vacationed in the Adirondacks for many years in the Blue Mountain Lake, Inlet, Indian Lake area and have never spent any significant time in this part of the park. We are a large group, 9 people with two children, ages 9 and 13... i guess they are more pre-teens now! Yikes I am getting old!

I have heard of a place called Meet and Eat (or Eat and Meet, I don't really remember which) that looks good... has anyone been?

Thanks and I promise a report on our food findings,

Jean9

Jul 03, 2008
jean9 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Saranac Lake, NY - Good eats?

My family and I will be vacationing just outside of Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks for two weeks later this month. Does anyone have any good recommendations for food? I am looking for both high and low brow restaurants. Grocery store or farm stand tips would also be appreciated.

We have vacationed in the Adirondacks for many years in the Blue Mountain Lake, Inlet, Indian Lake area and have never spent any significant time in this part of the park. We are a large group, 9 people with two children, ages 9 and 13... i guess they are more pre-teens now! Yikes I am getting old!

I have heard of a place called Meet and Eat (or Eat and Meet, I don't really remember which) that looks good... has anyone been?

Thanks and I promise a report on our food findings,

Jean9

Jul 02, 2008
jean9 in General Tristate Archive

anyone got a fried dough recipe

I talked to my Grandma last night and she mentioned if you do go the pizza dough route, let it come to room temp for about an hour. Strech out little pieces and fry. They always ended up with some air bubbles in them.

Good luck!

Jul 01, 2008
jean9 in Home Cooking

anyone got a fried dough recipe

I don't really have a recipe but my grandmother used to make fried dough for us when we were little. She would buy the pre-made fresh pizza dough at the super market ( I grew up in Rochester NY) and fry up small peices of it streched out a little, in a frying pan with Crisco or Vegetable Oil. While they were still hot she would coat the pieces with sugar. Looking back, completely unhealthy but oh so delicious.

Jun 30, 2008
jean9 in Home Cooking

10 layer cake - recipe search

Thanks to everyone for all the info and history. After some more research it seems the "Mike's farm" cake is closest too Smith Island cake recipe but without the candy or peanut butter and I have found versions around Raleigh at Farmer's markets though none are as good as Mikes. The oprah recipe seems the closest from the recipes listed though all the versions I have found (or have been so generously given) sound great.

Jun 30, 2008
jean9 in Home Cooking

New Yorker working in Chapel Hill for a week

As I was just walking back from the new Locopops location in Raleigh devouring my popsicle I was just thinking of that very thing. How lucky are we to have such great food at so many price points spread throughout the Traingle.

I haven't had the bar-b-que at the Bra-b-que Joint but I really like their bacon.
If I am ever in Chapel Hill for lunch and have a little money in my pocket I like Sandwhich followed by a popsicle at Locopops which shares the same courtyard.

Mar 27, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive

Paper plates in all restaurants due to drought - does it matter? [Moved from South board]

I think for a fine dining type restaurant paper plates do not give the same experience as china and would contribute to a somewhat lesser experience, that said we have a pretty big problem here (i am also from raleigh) and everyone needs to do their part.
I agree with many of the other comments that a huge gap in leadership coupled with the huge swing in development has lead to the current problems.
I too will be planting a very meager garden. I live in an apartment with a community garden and do not have any way to capture enough water to keep my typical plot going. I am not a member of a CSA and would be curious to know what the farmers are saying or doing.
I am constantly surprised by the lack of knowlege on the drought and how few people seem to be changing their consumption habits. But more then that I am super frustrated that Raleigh hasn't stopped building permits. It seems insane to keep adding development when we know the amount of water we have won't serve the current development.
It's too bad we haven't seen the kind of measures and what sounds like community wide effort Janet mentions.
hmmm kind of a crazy post but everyone touched on so many good points i had to add my two cents!

Feb 25, 2008
jean9 in Not About Food

Haru Sushi now open in Glenwood Village/Raleigh

thanks for the confirmation, i pass that plaza all the time and hardly ever stop... this is a good reason exp if that pastry shop is still there.

Feb 21, 2008
jean9 in General South Archive