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Excellent pho in Lincoln, NE

Agreed - I've also had some very solid rice plates there.

Feb 16, 2014
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I have a lot of questions about Lincoln, NE

Just saw this - I've been off Chowhound for a long time! Liana, sounds fun! Let's talk. I saw the link to your blog, so I'll get in touch privately.

Otherwise, for anyone reading this... Whole Foods has changed the playing field for fish here. It's much easier to get good, fresh(ish), affordable fish now. But please, everyone: if there's anything you can get at Open Harvest that's also at Whole Foods, please support your local coop and go to Open Harvest instead. They've been hit really hard by Whole Foods' opening, even cutting back employee shifts. Please shop local!!

Feb 16, 2014
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

What foods have changed America?

Yes - frozen food has got to be way, way up there for changing how we eat.

Sep 25, 2012
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What foods have changed America?

Me too!

Sep 25, 2012
Kitchen Imp in General Topics

What foods have changed America?

Yes!

Sep 25, 2012
Kitchen Imp in General Topics

What foods have changed America?

Well, if you feel like taking the long view: sugar. It fundamentally changed American history. See Sidney MIntz's fabulous book, Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.

Sep 24, 2012
Kitchen Imp in General Topics

Lincoln NE restaurant recs for a tourist?

Lincoln does impress on occasion, it's true. It's been an endlessly pleasant surprise for us.

Sep 20, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

Lincoln NE restaurant recs for a tourist?

Pretty much everything will seem cheap to you in Lincoln - you can get a perfectly serviceable meal for two here *with* drinks for not that much more than $50. If you want to go high end -- the highest we've got -- you're looking at more like $100, but as you can see it's really not a very expensive part of the world. That doesn't mean the food isn't good, though.

I suggest doing a search on this board for Lincoln. Several of us have been giving the rundown on our fave spots here, and you'll find lots of tips. Vietnamese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, we've got it. Note that not all Mexican is good here, though -- if you decide to go that route, stick with Super Taco (see other posts for location - not a chain, despite the name - it's a family-run kind of place).

Edited to add:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829810
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853940
...just a sampling...

Sep 06, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

Lincoln / Omaha .. roasted chilies?

WOW! I had no idea! Thank you for this info.

Aug 28, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

Lincoln- Wine/ Liquor "superstore"?

Thanks! Re: liquor & wine in bulk, I don't have any suggestions for you. The best I can do is suggest the discounts offered by Russ's Market for card-members - there are some pretty large price cuts if you get six bottles, and I suspect a case (if they even have a price listed) would be even cheaper. It's worth checking out. The Russ's at 33rd St is very different from the one on 17th, if you've been to the latter and and been scared off - it has a huge produce area and a impressively large wine area. I recommend it.

I haven't found the wine prices here to be too crazily high, at least not after coming from Toronto (!). But certainly there isn't the selection here that you'd get in Denver.

I'll ask my other half, since he's the primary buyer, and see what he says. In the meantime, welcome to Lincoln!

Aug 22, 2012
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Ground Turkey

Me too. I have a recipe I love, adapted from the Joy of Cooking, for turkey meatballs. I add a piece of bread soaked in milk, plus sauteed onion and various spices (and maybe an egg? it's been a long time since I made them, actually), then simmer in chicken stock. This probably doesn't meet the low-iron test, though.

Aug 16, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Home Cooking

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

+1. Note that the OP asked how one *likes* to be addressed. It's in response to that that I replied about ma'am. It doesn't offend me in the slightest, it's just not what I like to be called. I would rather not be called anything.

Jul 26, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Not About Food

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

I seem to be called "ma'am" wherever I go. Just this evening at our fave little hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese place, the earnest young server said to me, "Would you like a to-go box for that, ma'am?" It made me feel ancient. I'm not offended by it, just... I'd rather still feel like I'm in my 20s, when no one ever, ever called me "ma'am". Just sayin'.

Jul 26, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Not About Food

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

Listen carefully on BBC cop shows, and you'll notice that the female chief or inspector is always called "ma'am" by all under her in terms of rank. (Pronounced more like "mom" than like "mam".)

Jul 26, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Not About Food

What food do you think of when you hear "Toronto"?

I meant Vietnamese, not Thai - my bad. Three blocks was actually a bit of poetic license, but on/around Bloor West between Ossington and Dufferin you can find quite a bit, and if you pop down to College from there, you're in Little Portugal. Head toward Bathurst, and you're in the midst of the best Korean food I've had anywhere, including NY... And I'm not even Canadian, nor Torontonian, so I'm not speaking out of bias here.

What food do you think of when you hear "Toronto"?

+1 for ingloriouseater's original comment

What food do you think of when you hear "Toronto"?

Matt H, I arrived in Toronto after a lifetime in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is supposed to be some kind of food mecca. I've also lived in Paris and Lisbon. Toronto beats them all in terms of the diversity of the cuisine. The only ones that could beat it (though I haven't lived in either) are London and New York. In Toronto, you can get not only Ethiopian, but Eritrean. Not just "Indian" (meaning sort of pan-South Asian in most places), but Sri Lankan, Punjabi, and everywhere in between as individual restaurants. It's the specificity that amazes me, as well as the number of choices of restaurants within each category. Thirty Southern Indian restaurants? Fifteen Portuguese? Awesome.

What food do you think of when you hear "Toronto"?

That's a much more elegant way of putting it. And so true! Thanks, 2roads.

What food do you think of when you hear "Toronto"?

Honestly, having lived in Toronto for a few years, I have to say that it really is the diversity that one thinks of. Where else can you get excellent Ethiopian, Thai, Korean, and Portuguese within three blocks of each other? (I imagine someone will say NY, but that's a much bigger city with a totally different vibe.) [My sweetheart just chimed in, "10,000 different varieties of ethnic cuisine, all done with the same wilted vegetables." He didn't like living there much.]

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

+1. In complete agreement here.

Jul 22, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Not About Food

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

I have no problem with being called Ms. (though I'm actually Dr.). I do not want to be called "ma'am," and I have no desire whatsoever to be called "miss". I've been too old to be called "miss" since I turned about 25. I don't understand what is wrong with a simple "you," as in, "and what can I get for you?" Why throw in "ma'am"?

Jul 20, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Not About Food

Food Network Star: "Pilot Greenlights" (7/15/2012) [*SPOILERS*]

It was Alton's idea.

Jul 20, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Food Media & News

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

18! WOW! I always thought ma'am meant someone middle-aged, older than the speaker and thus requiring respect.

Jul 20, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Not About Food

How do you like to be addressed by your server?

+1 on hating ma'am. Especially at the grocery store or in restaurants. I don't look older than mid-30s. The server is usually just a few years younger than me. Why make me feel old?

Jul 20, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Not About Food

Lincoln Questions

I know this is a really old post, but I thought I'd be a good citizen and reply.

Thai Garden does still have (relatively) cheap lunch specials, but they're nothing to write home about. In fact when I went there for the first time last week my dish - basil beef- was so bland as to be laughable (there was absolutely no basil in the dish, only somewhat soggy strips of beef and sliced onions, and even though it was marked spicy it was about as spicy as liver and onions), and my husband's pad si ew was also barely edible.

I suspect it may have declined since you've been there, ajb05854, because it was to Thai food what Chef Boy-ar-dee is to Italian. Which is to say, it's an approximation, but only because it's roughly the same colors. The tom kha gai had no chicken in it at all (even though "gai" means chicken!) - it was the wateriest, least coconut-milk-based, barely spiced tom kha gai I've ever had. We definitely won't be going back. Blue Orchid is far, far better.

Re: fresh fish, I would suggest going to Surf and Turf or Open Harvest, which gets fish flown in every other day, over one of the Vietnamese markets (of which there are now many on 27th north of O).

Sorry I don't have better news for the OP or anyone else hoping to luck out at Thai Garden...

Jul 15, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

I have a lot of questions about Lincoln, NE

I should also add Barrymore's, whose nearly hidden entrance is tucked in an alley behind the Rococo Theater. It's actually the former backstage area of the theater. Really nice atmosphere - very upscale and adult.

Jul 14, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

I have a lot of questions about Lincoln, NE

There are many, many bars in Lincoln. We tend to go to Marz, which is sort of lounge-y but frequented by all ages (of adults, that is). We often see various deans & other high-level administrators from UNL there, but also groups of grad students and everything in between. Not as many college kids, though.

Pretty much every neighborhood has a bar or two; we live near the Country Club and there's one right by us, tucked into a teeny neighborhood shopping center and filled with regulars. You have to know it's there to find it. There are many like that all over town, or so I'm told.

Jul 12, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

I have a lot of questions about Lincoln, NE

Mander, thanks for the info! And your post has reminded me to mention Greta's Gourmet, which might be of interest to Liana. I had a great conversation with the owner, who makes their sausage himself, about the spicing for his Portuguese chouri├žo -- he was really interested in getting the flavors as spot-on as he could. I haven't made it down there much, but the times I have I've been pretty pleased.

Jun 18, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

I have a lot of questions about Lincoln, NE

I forgot to mention before that the beef here is outstanding. We get ours at Leon's, and when we want to go out for steak (which I had never done before moving here, but wow, is it good in Nebraska!), we usually go to Misty's or Lazlo's. I'll be interested to know if others on this board have other suggestions for excellent restaurant beef - so far we've been happiest with those two.

Jun 17, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains

I have a lot of questions about Lincoln, NE

I thought the same about Surf and Turf before I got here - too good to be true. And it was. I went once and never went back. (That's why I didn't mention it.) Very limited selection and way, way too expensive: if I recall, something like $26/pound for fresh tuna. Not sashimi quality - just tuna. If you don't mind spending that much, I hear they're good, but it's just not my style, having lived on both coasts and in Portugal and being used to really, really good, fresh, affordable fish. I've had amazing fishmongers literally on my block in two different places I've lived. Oh, how I miss it!!

Mander, I'm really curious about this "Andrew" - never heard of him - do tell! Also, what fish does your wife like at Surf and Turf? Are the prices as insanely high as I remember?

Liana, in my experience for meat & produce you really don't want to bother with any grocery store other than Leon's (our preferred spot for meat), Open Harvest (for produce and anything organic - and once in a while they get some nice cod or monkfish flown in, much more affordable than Surf and Turf, with clear signage re: relative sustainability), and Ideal (produce, sometimes meat - but their fish has never looked good to me). We don't shop anywhere else, except for the monthly Trader Joe's run for snacks and staples and of course the farmers' market.

Edited to add: Open Harvest has fish flown in three times a week, if I'm remembering right, and they almost always have fresh shellfish as well. I've balked at the prices there, too, even though they're a lot lower than Surf and Turf ($18.99/lb for wild Alaskan salmon, for example - but the one time we got it, it was tasty!).

Jun 17, 2012
Kitchen Imp in Great Plains