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6 Fall Beers You Should Be Drinking Right Now

so, I live in Amsterdam and have full access to all beer Dutch and Belgian. Which ones should I try with the wet hops?

Oct 21, 2011
llpinna in Features

CHOW's Intense Brownies

I can't believe that no one else had a problem with the salt. It was way too salty. Couldn't even finish the batch. I live in Italy (am American) and it's possible that my taste buds have changed and have a lower tolerance for salt. Next time that I made these, I omitted the salt altogether, added 1/4 tsp baking soda and along with the butter and chocolate melted 1/2 cup peanut butter. Very tasty, not really chewy but good all around.

Mar 26, 2009
llpinna in Recipes

Olive Oil Cake

oops, I think I made a mistake by using 4 small cake loaf pans. My cake is too oily at the top 3/4. The bottom is nice - I am trying to bake it a little longer in the hopes of saving them. I am so enjoying the Chowhound site, I am braver to experiement but then this happens!

Dec 21, 2008
llpinna in Recipes

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

OMG, thanks so much for writing about Whole Foods. I used to shops at Mrs. Gooches in Thousand Oaks, CA. I was a new mommy and going there was the highlight of my day (almost 20 years ago)! It was soooo good. Then I moved to Dallas, TX (God help me) and the whole foods supermarket thing was just getting going. I would go to the one in Plano and feel normal again.

OK - bringing it up to date.

Now live in Italy. Yes, great food, just came from my local weekly market. Smallish, fun and happy people. Totally unlike the Whole Foods I go to in NYC (Union Square). Nobody there seems happy. Everyone, including the checkers are stonyfaced and so snobby. No one smiles or even tries to chat on line. The first time I went there and saw the line/check out system I was floored. Why wasn't anyone laughing at this!! Too big.

Ok - well thanks for the smile.

Oct 27, 2008
llpinna in Features

Gelato School or Course in Milan?

Hello, I live in Milan (American). I have become a bit of a specialist in gelato! I think the best flavor to tell if it truly is a great gelateria is through trying the Pistacchio!!!

Anyway, does any local Italian know of somewhere where my husband and I can learn how to make gelato here in Italy (close to Milan)?

new chowhound
I am also a runner, I run so I can eat!!

Oct 20, 2008
llpinna in Italy

Colosseum-Rome-Where to eat

Hello, I don't remember how near, but I suggest the Kosher Restaurant in the Ghetto. Interesting spot, Get the original Artichoke dish.

Oct 20, 2008
llpinna in Italy