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Hot Pot recommendation

We ended up eating at Szechuan Gourmet on Saturday afternoon (which was good because there was NO way we could have done hot pot after gorging in Flushing on Sunday!) and we all really liked it. It was AYCE for $32 which maybe was a little high but whatever. We got lamb, beef, pork (ham...did not like!), tofu, bok choy, lotus root, several kinds of mushrooms, broccoli, mung bean sprouts, cellophane noodles, shrimp, crab. Did the spicy broth and the herbal broth, it came with a dark sauce and a light sauce (would have liked to make my own sauce like at Baidu, but next time maybe...). The only thing was that it took FOREVER for anything to come out and FOREVER X TWO for the meat to come out. We suspected they weren't really prepared for lunchtime hotpot...but in the end it was worth the wait. There wasn't a single thing that didn't seem extremely fresh (well, who could really tell about those little squares of ham?).

At the end of the meal the guy asked us if we had done hot pot before and I said no and that only one of my friends that was with us had, and he said I seemed like the "expert" which is probably polite for "glutton." Thanks for preparing me well!

Naomi

Feb 14, 2012
emmeya in Outer Boroughs

Hot Pot recommendation

Do you have a manhattan hot pot recommendation? The super cold weather this weekend might make a 2 hour lunch just what we need...thanks!

Feb 10, 2012
emmeya in Outer Boroughs

Hot Pot recommendation

Oh. Extra 'ma la.' That's definitely us.

Feb 09, 2012
emmeya in Outer Boroughs

Hot Pot recommendation

Thanks for the tips, everyone. Baidu sounds perfect.

Feb 09, 2012
emmeya in Outer Boroughs

Hot Pot recommendation

Hi all-I've been feverishly reading all the hot pot/dumplings in Flushing reviews in preparation for my trip this weekend. But, I have special needs so I thought I'd ask my specific question.

We eat meat occasionally but I am super wussy about it (obviously we are going to already be eating a lot on Sunday in Flushing when we taste a million dumplings). I really want to try to squeeze in a hot pot dinner at the end of the day since I love super spicy broth and there really aren't any hot pot places in NC (even though we have almost everything else at this point).

So...the question. If you were delicate about meat (not going to eat any balls or tendons) and don't speak any Chinese (and so run the risk of getting mystery meats) - where would you go? Like...a hot pot with training wheels? It can be in Flushing or Manhattan, we are staying on the edge of Chinatown.

Thanks in advance for your help (and for not making fun of my meat eating preferences!)

Naomi

Feb 08, 2012
emmeya in Outer Boroughs

Panciuto, Hillsborough

It's the truth. And when we went, we had an 8pm reservation and it was like we had walked in 5 minutes before they closed. We got rushed through our meal so fast we never even had the chance to order wine. It was a pretty disappointing anniversary dinner, we haven't been back.

Feb 04, 2012
emmeya in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Watts Grocery has SUPER pimento cheese too, and I don't like a lot of pimento cheese.

I like mine cold though. On crostini. I know, sacrilege.

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Watts Grocery
1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

Jun 29, 2010
emmeya in Southeast

Bavarian Brathaus Durham -- Any Details?

If I was going to use one word to describe it, it would be yucky.

Didn't like the mashed potatoes, the sauerkraut, the german potato salad, the pretzel roll, the smell of the bar and bathroom.

OK: the overcooked brats

sadly delicious, but not really: rolls, tomato salad with vinaigrette. spatzle that were like gummy french fries...but greasier.

I won't be going back...

May 13, 2010
emmeya in Southeast

Restaurants that have good vegetarian options? D.C. area

(this is really late, but in case someone else happens upon this thread...)

Rasika DOES have vegetarian tasting menus - 2 in fact, 4 courses and 6 courses. I just had the 6 course with wine for $105 (pretty spendy but...) -- the food was really terrific, and I have 4 leftover boxes in my minibar waiting to be breakfast. And I was really impressed at what a good job they did with the wine pairings ($45 of the total cost)...several of the wines were not good to me away from the food, but just lovely alongside. They also have a ton of vegetarian options and they sell them as entrees or sides, so it would be pretty affordable to try several things without spending what I did, but I feel totally satisfied. I was alone and they sat me at this bar that looks into the kitchen which was pretty interesting...better than the bar, where I meant to sit.

Aug 13, 2009
emmeya in Washington DC & Baltimore

Chinese Dumpling House (Boulder)

I miss the Chinese Dumpling House SO much!! In 1997, my friends and I ate there sometimes five times a week. For about $5, you could get 6 steamed buns (we got the vegetarians, stuffed with greens and tofu) and a side (choice of a cucumber salad, sesame noodles, tofu salad, or an amazing potato & vinegar salad with potato that seemed raw)...he also had a noodle soup that was just a few dollars. The owner was named Dave and he was the nicest guy and he'd always share crazy stories about growing up a landowner's son in communist China. His wife was in there a lot of the time, and there was a guy that also cooked named Esau.

What I wouldn't do to have that place back! I live in NC now and we always talk about hunting Dave down and opening a restaurant with him in Asheville.

Feb 07, 2009
emmeya in Southwest

2 days in Rome

I had already pasted that into my word doc to take with me!!

Nov 14, 2008
emmeya in Italy

2 days in Rome

Hi!

Yesterday morning a friend called me and said "do you want to go to Rome for 2 days, we leave on Sunday?" to which of course, I said YES!

We've got a hotel right by the Villa Borghese Park, behind Piazza del Popolo and we figure our best bet for maximum site seeing is one of those hop on hop off buses to get us around town...and that brings us to food.

And we like to eat. We lean towards slow, local, organic style cooking. We're happy to spend some money (we are just taking backpacks so we can't go anwhere too dressy, but we will both be able to at least pull off respectable black pants and adult shoes) but we're also happy to eat somewhere scruffy if it is delicious.

So if you had 2 lunches and 2 dinners...where would you go?

Thanks in advance!
Naomi

Nov 13, 2008
emmeya in Italy

dolmas/dolmades/dolmathes

(repost from The Best)

Hi -- I'm going to be in NY for a few days and I just announced to my friend that we should make it a grape leaf eating tour. I love them!!

So, does anyone have a place to get dolmas that they just love? Unusual ones? Different kinds of vine leaves? Anything...we're game.

We're staying in Park Slope, Brooklyn but will travel.

thanks in advance for the help!
Naomi

Sep 15, 2008
emmeya in Outer Boroughs

Searching for Dolmas/Dolmades/Dolmathes

Hi -- I'm going to be in NY for a few days and I just announced to my friend that we should make it a grape leaf eating tour. I love them!!

So, does anyone have a place to get dolmas that they just love? Unusual ones? Different kinds of vine leaves? Anything...we're game.

We're staying in Park Slope, Brooklyn but will travel.

thanks in advance for the help!
Naomi

Sep 09, 2008
emmeya in Manhattan

Great Triangle Thai? Durham, NC

I love Thai Cafe (the BBQ chicken is surprisingly excellent, something I would never have tried if my friend hadn't ordered it) and Twisted Noodles is great (timing is off and one of the servers can be strangely chatty, but it's so cheap and delicious!).

Jul 22, 2008
emmeya in General South Archive

Mez on Page Road in Durham

Everything Moreton Neal writes is totally glowing though, I can't find a single thing negative that she's written about any restaurant.

The one meal I had at Mez was mediocre and the service was bad (bad like we waited a half an hour for the server to return with our check at lunch and bad like another server told us that we couldn't have a side of dressing because the salads "were gourmet and came already dressed"). Returned for after dinner drinks and the first 2 things I ordered were out. I figured I'd try it again after they'd been open a few months but haven't felt motivated to do so yet.

Jul 22, 2008
emmeya in General South Archive

Piedmont brunch - Durham

Lunch and brunch prices are pretty similar. I've had not great service there sometimes but the food at brunch is always good.

Jul 22, 2008
emmeya in General South Archive

Gift certificate in Asheville for my picky brother!?

I think it's going to be Zambra, I know he likes it there at least!

Jul 17, 2008
emmeya in General South Archive

Gift certificate in Asheville for my picky brother!?

My brother just passed his nursing boards (yay!) and I want to buy him a gift certificate so he can go relax and eat. The problem is that he's been in Aville for 20 years, pre-tourist boom, and he's really picky about where he goes and he doesn't love the tourists at all. He likes the restaurant that Hector from Salsa opened that has pizza, he likes the taqueria in W Asheville...he hates Laughing Seed but likes Early Girl. No chains, local owners and local produce highly preferred.

I'm thinking Zambra...or Rezaz (sp?), but I see this place 28806 that looks really good to me...what are your suggestions? He's able to wear decent clothes (no ties though!) but not stuffy, a place where he can get some good drinks, a good wine list. I was thinking I'd get him a $75-$100 gift certificate.

thanks for your help!!

Jul 16, 2008
emmeya in General South Archive