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bad cannoli

Lucibello. Nuff said.

Dec 20, 2012
Bette in Southern New England

Need an Italian Reco in CT

Costa Azzura is Milford. https://www.facebook.com/CostaAzzurra...

Dec 20, 2012
Bette in Southern New England

Good food near Yale Center for British Art

Est Est Est is at 1176 Chapel. Haven't been there in ages, cannot vouch. Mixed reviews at Yelp.

Dec 20, 2012
Bette in Southern New England

SFOGLIATELLE: Who makes 'em best in Connecticut?

Lucibello

Dec 20, 2012
Bette in Southern New England

Whole blanched almonds- where to find in Fairfield or New Haven counties.

Ocean State Job Lot actually has a great specialty foods section. Also Check with Edge of the Woods in New Haven.

Dec 20, 2012
Bette in Southern New England

Is King Arthur Flour worth the price?

A couple of months ago, in order to get a leg up on my holiday baking/shopping, I purchased a less expensive flour and was extremely disappointed with it. It felt DEAD to me, like it had been processed so much that it had literally no life left to it. It also clumped badly and made biscuits as heavy as hockey pucks. I pawned those bags of flour off on family members and purchased my usual 25 lb bag of King Arthur AP at Costco. Will never make that mistake again, I will always use King Arthur flour.

For anyone interested in storage for such a large amount of flour (keeps for a good year), you can buy at Lowe's or Home Depot, the large WHITE PLASTIC containers with lids - those are food safe. BUT ONLY THE WHITE ONES!!! They are sold in the paint aisle. DO NOT USE THE ORANGE OR CLEAR PLASTIC containers!! I cannot stress enough - only the white number 2 (that's the recycling number) HDPE containers. If you use the others, harmful chemicals will leach into your stored foods. If you have questions, call the number on the bottom of the containers and the companies will let you know what is food safe and what is not.

Regarding price, there was such a small difference in price per pound between the cheap, awful flour and the excellent KAF flour that I had to kick myself for even thinking it was worth it.

Dec 18, 2011
Bette in General Topics

Sushi in CT--let's talk about our favorite places

Can't beat the deal at Sushi Palace - all you can eat, $20, and it's GOOD! I suggest you read the reviews at Yelp for helpful tips on getting the best dining experience as possible at Sushi palace.

Dec 04, 2011
Bette in Southern New England

Crystallized Ginger

Edge of the Woods. http://www.atlanticspice.com/ also has it in bulk at very reasonable prices. It will keep for years if properly stored.

Dec 04, 2011
Bette in Southern New England

Great Cake Maker in New Haven, CT?

Lucibello's is an Italian pastry shop. Their specialty cakes are made with cassata filling and sweetened whipped cream.

Jul 24, 2010
Bette in Southern New England

Road food trip...CT

Sally's and Pepe's on Wooster St are overrated, and Modern burns their crust. Try Abate on Wooster, or Dayton Street on the corner of Whalley and Dayton in the Westville section.

Jul 24, 2010
Bette in Southern New England

ANY good Chinese in CT?

I think this is the restaurant that Faith Middleton raved about. We're going to try it next time the gang gets together for dinner.

Jul 23, 2010
Bette in Southern New England

Need a special cake in Norwalk, CT area

I DISAGREE HEARTILY REGARDING JULIA'S. Low on taste, and I ordered a few custom cakes that were never exactly as ordered. Also, I once ordered a chocolate cake with ganache and they FROSTED IT WITH CHEESY PINK ICING!! They are clueless. Also, their pastries lack flavor.

Jul 23, 2010
Bette in Southern New England

Hops Newington Out of Business

I just discovered it, too! Damn shame!

Nov 28, 2009
Bette in Southern New England

Best Burger in CT

What?? I was just there a few weeks ago! The place was plenty busy.

Nov 28, 2009
Bette in Southern New England

Sushi in CT--let's talk about our favorite places

Definitely still loving Wasabi in Orange. Consistently fabulous, but I cannot afford the daily specials!

Nov 25, 2009
Bette in Southern New England

Il Forno, Milford, CT - closed

I just dined at the Il Forno in Branford. It was delicious. Was the location in MFD the same owners?

Nov 25, 2009
Bette in All New England Archive

Looks like the last Krispy Kreme in Milford CT is going!

That location has been dead for a long time. I mean...passing by, looks like no one is ever there, but it's still open, dead.

I think the low carb craze contributed to killing KK (I hardly ever allow myself a doughnut) , along with Starbucks and the desire for gourmet coffee. Market saturation also, for sure.

Nov 25, 2009
Bette in Southern New England

Best Burger in CT

I had a good burger at Hops (in Newington), with a great stout beer. It's a microbrewery restaurant.

http://www.hopsrestaurants.com/home/o...

I'm going to try Joey Garlic based on what I have read here.

Nov 25, 2009
Bette in Southern New England

Whole Foods in Milford, CT?

You had better be a millionaire if you're shopping WF. I won't step foot in that overpriced, over-imaged, trendy place. As for negative comments re M&M, it's a farm market! Do you all think they're going to bleach down the floors and walls everyday??? It's crowded cos the prices are good.

Nov 25, 2009
Bette in Southern New England

Good bread in New Haven, CT?

Abate on Wooster St sells bread and it's fabulous. As BiscuitBoy suggested, DiSorbo's is good. I suggest that you do NOT have DiSorbo slice it - their machines completely alter the texture of the bread.

Nov 25, 2009
Bette in Southern New England

Grilled Cheese Chain?

I am listening to Faith Middleton and she mentioned this restaurant on today's show. I figured it would be downtown Milford, because she did not state. I'll check it out, though I'm hardly ever at the mall.

Nov 25, 2009
Bette in All New England Archive

Tea Shop in Hartford

As someone else suggested, Willoughby's is going to have the best selection. But I do not think they are in Hartford. New Haven, Madison...

Really, I wouldn't focus on finding high quality teas locally when there are so many excellent places to find teas online. I'll recommend a few : www.AtlanticSpice.com (best prices and low, quick shipping from Mass), www.FrontierCoop.com and http://www.starwest-botanicals.com.

Dec 29, 2008
Bette in All New England Archive

Good delivered pizza in New Haven, CT?

If Abate delivers, definitely use them. Dayton St also makes really good pizza AND subs. (Their calzones are unpredictable.) They deliver, but not sure if they travel all the way downtown. I know I see them all over Westville and near Woodbridge. 389-2454.

Dec 11, 2008
Bette in All New England Archive

Lao Sze Chuan - Could there be authentic Chinese sit-down in Milford CT?

I'm willing to experiment, but stomach, kidneys, ears?? NO WAY!!

Thanks for the info on Hot Pot.

Dec 09, 2008
Bette in Southern New England

ANY good Chinese in CT?

Wow, zucchini in Chinese food, that is BIZARRE!!! I would have sent it back.

Dec 09, 2008
Bette in Southern New England

Hotel dining in CT

Yes, the pool hours are limited. The hotel was originally opened as a post-surgery therapy recovery hotel. When that failed, they rented the pool out. I used to swim there when I was a member of the now-closed Downtown Health and Racquet Club (Yale took over their space, what's new). The maintenance people say that the pools are super expensive to keep running and maintained properly, so they'll probably always have this setup.

Dec 07, 2008
Bette in All New England Archive

Great Bakeries in New Haven where they make everthing on site

Marjolaine is overrated and sometimes tasteless.

Dec 07, 2008
Bette in Southern New England

Great Sushi in CT

Let's bump this to get some new recommends.

Dec 07, 2008
Bette in All New England Archive

China Buffet, North Haven, CT

I'm never in that area!

Dec 07, 2008
Bette in All New England Archive

ANY good Chinese in CT?

Someone in another thread recommended this place in Milford :

http://www.laoszechuan.com/index.htm

Apparently it's quite authentic, right down to the kidneys, ears, stomachs, etc.

Dec 07, 2008
Bette in Southern New England