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Recreating the Maharajah's dinner from Temple of Doom

So it goes without saying that this is a weird request, but...I'm co-hosting and Indiana Jones Trilogy Viewing Marathon on Saturday (die hard fan), and we're doing food and drink pairings. As the resident oddball eater, I'm handling the famous Temple of Doom dinner.

I'm trying to get at least three of the dishes included (I've ordered bugs from Think Geek, and I think I'm going to do dyed water chestnuts in a tomato or mulligatawny soup for the eyeballs), but I'm trying to figure out how to either do something that looks like chilled monkey brains, or a large snake that can be cut open to reveal "eels" (noodles? Maybe?) I'd like for everything to be edible and desirable -- ie, I don't want to shove gummy worms in a loaf of bread like it's a kid's Halloween party -- and I'm trying not to make it TOO labor intensive, since I'll have a lot to do Saturday morning. Any suggestions?

I'm also doing a themed snack later one, which will likely be gingerbread man-style voodoo dolls, but if someone has a good idea for something that looks like a heart, then I'm all ears.

Thanks for your help! And, um, sorry if someone has posted this elsewhere on the board. I didn't check. If so, just let me know and I'll marry them.

Jan 28, 2014
laughlynne in Home Cooking

Black Pepper–Manchego Cheese Puffs

When they say "rotate" - do they mean the baking sheets, or the gouges themselves ?

Feb 18, 2012
laughlynne in Recipes

Any suggestions for grilled oysters a la New Orleans

Maison Premiere in Williamsburg has them on special occasionally, though I suppose that doesn't help if you're only in town for a short time.

Jan 23, 2012
laughlynne in Manhattan

NYCers in town - need a meal recco with a few factors taken into account

These are all so helpful! Thank you all so much! I'm going to do some research toay.

NYCers in town - need a meal recco with a few factors taken into account

Thanks! These all look great,but unfortunately, all but a couple don't fit the budget restriction. I don't mind shelling out for a great meal, but a couple people in my party are definitely on a budget.

NYCers in town - need a meal recco with a few factors taken into account

Next Friday.

NYCers in town - need a meal recco with a few factors taken into account

Hi all,

I've searched through all of your threads, and have looked up every possible restaurant, but for some reason, none of them are fitting. But you all seem great, so maybe you can help?

I'm coming to town with three friends, and we'd like to have a sitdown dinner on Friday night. It doesn't have to be fancy, but we're not looking for holes in the wall or food trucks, either.

We've got a few factors that are playing into our meal choice (which I am in charge of).
Budget: (preferably we can each get an entree and app for under$30)
Dietary tastes: (two of us--certainly not me :) --don't eat red meat
Location: We are having drinks at Bourbon & Branch beforehand (which is in...Downtown? Near the Civic Center?), so we'd like for it to be in the general area

Cuisines we'd rather rule out (either due to taste/availability in NYC, or will be having them at some other point in the weekend):
Chinese
Mexican
Burmese
Indian
Thai
BBQ

Can you help? Thank you so much!

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Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

Pork Buns

I like the ones at Je'Bon, around the corner from Ippudo on St. Mark's. Nearly identical to those at Momofuku, but half the price.

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Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Je'bon
15 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

May 12, 2011
laughlynne in Manhattan

Top 5 E Village quick eats

Artichoke Crab slice
B&H tomato soup
Xi'an Famous Foods Chang-an Spicy Tofu
Motorino Margherita pie
je Bon smiley buns

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B&H
127 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Xi'an Famous Foods
88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Mar 03, 2011
laughlynne in Manhattan

Kind of specific tasting menu request. Need the crowd's genius.

These are all amazing so far- thanks so much to everyone. To clarify, $85 does not include tax, tip, or drinks.

Sep 08, 2010
laughlynne in Manhattan

Kind of specific tasting menu request. Need the crowd's genius.

(also posted in Manhattan board- open to either location)

Hi all,

I don't usually post to Chowhound, but you've gotten me so many answers over the past couple of years, I'm hoping you can help me out.

For my birthday next month, I'm in the mood to do a tasting menu- I'd like for it to be five courses or more (and if five courses, then only one is dessert). I'd also like for it to be reasonably affordable, as I'll probably be subsidizing my non-foodie boyfriend (let's say $85 or less). Brooklyn or Manhattan, no preference.

The problem is, my boyfriend is a very picky eater. He doesn't eat eggs, he doesn't eat fish (I'll eat anything, and hope to meet some of you at the Bug Dinner at Brooklyn Kitchen later this month). So that means that if this mythical tasting menu even exists, it either has to be at a place that will be reasonable at subbing in other dishes for him, or will let me be the only person at the table getting the tasting menu (which is preferable).

Am I SOL here? Does anyone know of a restaurant that matches these annoyingly specific terms?

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Brooklyn Kitchen
616 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Sep 08, 2010
laughlynne in Outer Boroughs

Kind of specific tasting menu request. Need the crowd's genius.

Hi all,

I don't usually post to Chowhound, but you've gotten me so many answers over the past couple of years, I'm hoping you can help me out.

For my birthday next month, I'm in the mood to do a tasting menu- I'd like for it to be five courses or more (and if five courses, then only one is dessert). I'd also like for it to be reasonably affordable, as I'll probably be subsidizing my non-foodie boyfriend (let's say $85 or less). Brooklyn or Manhattan, no preference.

The problem is, my boyfriend is a very picky eater. He doesn't eat eggs, he doesn't eat fish (I'll eat anything, and hope to meet some of you at the Bug Dinner at Brooklyn Kitchen later this month). So that means that if this mythical tasting menu even exists, it either has to be at a place that will be reasonable at subbing in other dishes for him, or will let me be the only person at the table getting the tasting menu (which is preferable).

Am I SOL here? Does anyone know of a restaurant that matches these annoyingly specific terms?

Sep 08, 2010
laughlynne in Manhattan

Manhattan restaurants serving crawfish?

I've had them there before, very good (but they were in season). However, I would call their pints of Abita anything but cheap.

Aug 25, 2010
laughlynne in Manhattan

East Village Sandwich Shop?

I've found myself in the same boat-- I've been going to Chomp for soup and sandwiches and they're pretty decent. The grocery store on the main stretch of St. Mark's also does good deli style sandwiches, and it's open 24 hours.

Jun 02, 2010
laughlynne in Manhattan

L'ECOLE: BRUTALLY HONEST QUESTION

I went only once, and had a wonderful experience. For the price (which isn't too bad of a splurge, considering it will get you just an app and entree at many other places), it's a five course meal, which they stretch out over a couple of hours- it really feels luxurious, especially with the amuse bouches and all. Of the tencourses that my boyfriend and I each had (five each), only two were inferior.

Mar 01, 2010
laughlynne in Manhattan

With the bacon craze, is anyone hip to bacon donuts in Manhattan?

I was just going to suggest these! Absolutely incredible, we even ate the powder up afterwards.

It;s not casual, but if you were to go relatively early after work, or just sit at the bar anytime, then you absolutely could just swing by for the donuts and a drink.

Jul 15, 2009
laughlynne in Manhattan

BYOB Birthday for Broke Best Buddy

Meskerem isn't BYOB any more- made that mistake at a bday party I hosted there a couple months ago. Try having 8 people show up with bottles of wine only to have them tell you they got their license back (and we had even called ahead to ask).

Nov 24, 2008
laughlynne in Manhattan