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Cookies at La Rotissierie in Surfside?

I recently went here for a quick dinner and they served me a wafer-like crisp chocolate chip cookie with the bill. It was flat as paper and all ingredients were ground to a fine meal... they were delicious. Does anyone have an idea for a recipe? It seemed to have oatmeal and nuts in it as well but I could be mistaken.

I know that baking for crisp cookies involves using less moisture-holding ingredients such as sugar, flour and eggs but I've yet to stumble across a recipe online that seems to encourage a flat crisp cookie.

Any input is quite welcomed!
B.

Dec 15, 2007
yomissbee in Florida

joes' stone crab for lunch

Be adventurous and trek off the beaten path to Captain Jim's in North Miami. Stone crabs and fresh, fresh, fresh fish in an informal setting and the stone crabs won't set you back $70 a pound. Fish market with a casual restaurant attached, and I do mean casual. It ain't no Joe's but your wait and your wallet will be a lot lighter.

You can check a Miami NewTimes review here:

http://restaurants.miaminewtimes.com/...

Dec 15, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

Blue Oyster Grill North Miami

Seeing as it is a relative of Oggi and Cafe Da Vinci I was curious. Was worried it would be too formal and pricey. Glad to see a different theme than Italian/Thai/Sushi near the Broad Causeway/Surfside area. Someone has to get an imagination. Surfside/Bal Harbour has five Italian restaurants in a three block vicinity, not to mention what's just west on the causeway. Three Thai and/or sushi places. Two French bakeries on Bay Harbor Islands...

Okay, having that rant out of the way. What is the menu like? Raw bar?

Could someone open a nice Dean & DeLuca type cafe (sandwich/salad/wine bar) here. Please? We just want variety people.

Dec 13, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

Any good restaurants in Miami Lakes?

I work near Miami Lakes and it has been a challenge to find good food there to say the least. Over the past six years I've found food I'd eat for lunch, so please bear that in mind.

Michael's Thai has very good Thai food with a decent ambiance. On Ludlum just north of 826 in a strip mall.

Italy Today, in the Miami Lakes shopping mall has affordable Italian food without the fuss but still merits a mention. A large menu includes salads, pizzas, sandwiches and a long list of pastas and entrees. Definitely a bargain. Bring a sweater because the A/C will freeze you to death. The atmosphere is tolerable for lunch but I would say that it is not so cozy for an intimate dinner.

Shula's 2 is over-rated I think. A sports bar themed place but if you want steak, that's the ticket. They offer an optional buffet at lunch, not sure about dinner.

Cancun Grill does have delicious gringo Mexican and at lunch it's unbeatable for value. If you want to dig a little deeper, there is the small Los Magueyes (again in a strip mall) north of 826 off of Ludlum (67th - just west). Much more authentic but decidely informal and low-key. There are maybe 8 tables tops. Worth a visit.

If your taste ventures to the adventurous definitely check out Nicaraguan El Novillo, also in the Miami Lakes shopping center. More formal (and pricier) than others in the area, you can also eat more cheaply at lunch.

If you have ribs on the brain than visit Flanigan's, just south of Gratigny Parkway, west of Ludlum. Casual dining definitely but good ribs and burgers. Try their black beans and rice as an alternative to fries.

Good luck!

Dec 13, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

Reasonable Stonecrabs??

I second Captain Jim's in North Miami. Fresh and as inexpensive as you'll find. A must for all seafood lovers.

Dec 13, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

La Goulue - First Visit

I understand what you are talking about but no, it cleared with the extra amount, sorry to say. Oddly enough, in my experience my bank usually holds funds for the amount before the tip. I'll see the pending transaction and wonder "what's that?" and then realize it was the restaurant bill from last night and it just hasn't cleared with the tip.

Solo Holiday Dining in North Miami Area?

Alone for Christmas this year so I thought I'd take myself out to dinner for either Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner. I don't mind eating alone, I just can't think of anywhere with great food that wouldn't be too reserved and elegant for a single diner.

Any suggestions? I'd like to stay within the confines of Northeast Miami if possible for driving reasons...

Dec 01, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

La Goulue - First Visit

I went a couple of weeks ago and had the hanger steak for lunch. Service was adequate if a little ill-informed. I assumed it was due to the newness of the restaurant. When my waiter arrived with the steak there was no bearnaise sauce. When I asked him about it he just looked confused and said "This is the HANGER steak" and I gently reminded him that the menu says it comes with bearnaise. When the bearnaise arrived it was a gloppy, lumpy mess. Not at all the true texture of the sauce but the flavor was fine. The steak was delicious.

The fries were salted appropriately and might have once been crisp but they appeared to have been sitting too long and were a bit limp.

The worst part of the meal was that the restaurant put through a tip on my credit card higher that what I wrote on the slip. I didn't realize it until the charge went through on my online statement several days later but I left a generous tip of $8 on a $39 tab, $14 of which was wine. They ran it through with a $10 tip... I was flabbergasted.

Thai in Miami

I've found reliable and delicious Thai at Maleewan on NE 123rd Street in the San Souci plaza between Biscayne Blvd. and the Broad Causeway. It's also a Japanese/Thai blend (what's with that trend anyway?) restaurant. It's unpretentious and friendly and the owners are always on site. And I too, big kid that I am, love thai donuts. Yum!

Nov 12, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

Pelicans on The Pier in Sunny Isles Beach

I've lived on Bay Harbor Islands for six years and never even knew that Sunny Isles had a pier! Anyone have any opinion of this outdoor, on-the-pier, hangout? I am always searching for an on-the-water, laid back spot that is out of the trendy zone.

How is the food? What's it like on the weekends? Is it just a place to drink some draft beer on the ocean?

Any recommendations/opinions would be welcomed.

Nov 12, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

Houston's Thai Steak Salad?

Does anyone have (or can imagine) a recipe for a spicy thai steak salad a la Houston's Restaurant?

I am mad about that salad but don't have a good Thai vinaigrette recipe that would adequately reproduce those flavors.

Nov 12, 2006
yomissbee in Home Cooking

The Last Knife Sharpener You'll Ever Need

Clearly you are in the professional category. I am not. I am a home cook and while I enjoy the benefits of a quality knife and appreciate the marvel of a handmade/hand-forged/work-of-art knife from the island of Shikoku in Japan, I can't say that I'm going to spend more than a hundred dollars on a knife, even that's pushing it. If you are a chef, than by all means, the tools of the trade are specialized and as anyone familiar with the kitchen of a fine-dining establishment can attest, knives (and their care), to their owners, are everything. I was not in any way suggesting that this was to be found in professional and commercial kitchens.

I do not pretend to be an expert in blade making, honing, grinding or throwing for that matter. I am just of the belief that the average home cook/chef would not be disappointed in the utility and simplicity of this "blade enhancer". Certainly not everyone is willing to spend the time and effort to learn how to properly use a strop, steel or a set of stones.

Jul 29, 2006
yomissbee in Cookware

Pepper Grinder

I found this pepper mill at an out of the way gourmet store in California 20 years ago. It is one of the things I gave up in my divorce 15 years ago. I have been searching for it (albeit not too diligently) ever since. It is not mass-marketed and difficult to find, even online. After reading this post and knowing that this fantastic item must still be manufactured, I finally found it.

http://peppermate.com/pmReviews.html

I should note that I have never tried the Magnum and at present use the classic Perfex mill, but mark my words, I'm snatching up this Pepper Mate as soon as I finish this post.

Jul 29, 2006
yomissbee in Cookware

The Last Knife Sharpener You'll Ever Need

I've had my knives for twenty years. While I don't cook every night, they have had their share of use. I have reasonably high quality Henckel forged steel knives, their upper end line. So far, I don't find any undo wear and tear on the blades, no nicks or chips and they sharpen up beautifully every time.

Here is a link to a more in-depth description of the sharpener in addition to its origin: http://www.kitchen-classics.com/knife...

Here are some other Chantry user reviews I found online if this helps anyone: http://www.epinions.com/Other_Small_A...

Jul 29, 2006
yomissbee in Cookware

Brunch - Sunday's

Two places spring to mind. Casual and no buffets. The Front Porch in the Penguin Hotel on Ocean Drive, and Balans on Lincoln Road, both of them offering a full bar so you can indulge in Mimosas or Bloody Marys if you wish and both having a well-balanced menu without being frou-frou or over-the-top expensive. The cred comes from being popular with the locals.

One thing I've noticed about Miami, it's not a brunch city. We could use some more offerings.

Jul 29, 2006
yomissbee in Florida

The Last Knife Sharpener You'll Ever Need

The Chantry Knife Sharpener

I've had mine for years and it's been a breeze to keep both my flat blade and serrated knives sharp. It's an actual sharpening device that delivers the perfect edge every time without damaging the blade like a grinding mechanism can. It's a simple design, compact and effortless, a few strokes through and you're ready to slice tomatoes paper thin. No motor, no cords, no special skills necessary and no excuse for dull knives.

Just Google and you can find a quick online source.

Jul 28, 2006
yomissbee in Cookware