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Two people - One Pork Loin on Sale

I do not slow cook pork loin because it is so lean but I buy the absurdly large but cheap shoulder cuts now and then even though there are just two of us. I make pulled pork and freeze it in two person bags (juice separately to help reheat it). It can be used for sandwiches with or without BBQ sauce, pork fried rice, pork tacos, etc. It is pretty easy to get rid of the fat after cooking if that bothers you.

Oct 09, 2013
tvmovielover in Home Cooking

NZ Sauvignon Blanc

I like the cheap ones for my glass or two while making dinner and they are all fairly similar. Brancott Estate is usually reliable (tastes grapefruit like to me) and 2012 is available in a lot of place right now for $10 or a little less. My current favorite more expensive one is Whitehaven ranging from 12 to 16 in price. I just got New Harbour but have not tried it yet. Monkey Bay and Nobilio are also good when on sale.

Oct 09, 2013
tvmovielover in Wine

Reco's for Midcoast Maine

We went in mid-July without reservation by going early (a little before 6 mid-week) and going upstairs where we got one of the last tables immediately available. We were served promptly but not rushed. People were waiting upstairs and down by the time we left. Both regular and small plate menus were given. It was great.

Kosher for Passover: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill

I know this has been asked before but not recently. For MIL's upcoming big birthday at the end of March in Chapel Hill, one invitee wanted to know if Kosher for Passover meals are available somewhere in the area as the celebration will take place during the last few days of Passover. Any new news on that?

Jan 02, 2013
tvmovielover in Southeast

For those that brine, have you ever considered steaming your turkey before roasting?

I will be interested to see how people do with this recipe. My sister-in-law makes a pretty good moist turkey by first just boiling it for a while in a big pot (you cannot do a 25 lb turkey this way unless you have a HUGE pot) uncovered. I did not see if there were any veg or anything else in the pot. She then roasts the turkey and it is as said moist and tasty. I am going to ask what else she does to compare the recipes.

Nov 16, 2012
tvmovielover in Home Cooking

What Thanksgiving dish do you refuse to eat?

Canned cranberry jelly!

Nov 13, 2012
tvmovielover in General Topics

Birthday dinner near DC Convention Center?

This is the latest Chowhound discussion I can find on Corduroy at the moment. We will be going as a group (group is on the loud side so luckily, we have one of the private rooms since we might otherwise shake the serenity) on the day after Thanksgiving. Wondering what the favorite dishes were and about the wine-pricey list I hear? Incidentally if anyone sees this, Corduroy was recommended by our kids' 20 something friends who think is reasonable compared to other good places with very good food. So I guess it is serene but good for a special dinner if you are younger too.

Sunday in NY-lunch before plane to Europe-Upper East Side

Thanks to all (and anymore who may reply!). All recs sound good in one way or another and just what I was looking for. Jane A., have you been to Cafe D'Alsace yourself? It sounds good but has some real mixed reviews on the link you sent. Both bakeries sound great. Now I am hungry for pizza and black and whites.

May 15, 2012
tvmovielover in Manhattan

Sunday in NY-lunch before plane to Europe-Upper East Side

We want to have a good meal before getting that plane food. Husband likes deli, I like pizza (last time we went to NY after having told many people that you cannot get a bad pizza in NY, we had a bad bready tasting pizza). It has been a while and I do not know the upper east side (near the 80s but up or down is ok) that well. Also, is there a good bakery near the east 80s with good cookies (for the plane) that is open on Sunday? Any suggestions welcome. Looking for good food but not upscale, neighborhood.

May 14, 2012
tvmovielover in Manhattan

Your favorite cooking magazine ranked.

Yeah, I liked the CI cookbook tests too and wish they would start that again. I also prefer the older issues and those are the ones that I still have several of for reference.

Top Chef Texas - Ep. #5 - 11/30/11 (Spoilers)

About the real kitchens of Highland Park: I have seen several that I would have killed to have and yes they are functional. They have to be otherwise how would the caterers warm up and/or cook the food they bring?

Your favorite cooking magazine ranked.

I got a new subscription to CI after years without it because I like to refer to it now and then but I probably will not renew it though I do like their equipment and product reviews. I loved Bon Appetit in the 90s like some above but the recipes are not as good or reliable anymore. I miss Gourmet for food porn and pics. One of my current favorites (please do not groan) is Cooking Light. I have never liked or used their dessert recipes much but some of the quick dinners and other veg and meat recipes are very good and in my everyday file. As a bonus, you know how much fat, etc. you are eating.

Tripadvisor being investigated [moved from NAF]

My reviews on TA are genuine but I have no idea if other people think so since I do not look at my ratings. I write what I think and what I liked for people to take or leave. I judge other TA reviews in the context of all the reviews for a given place with special attention to the most recent. That said, like many here I use TA for hotels and CH for food recs and have had pretty good luck with both in the last few years. Like many have said, you have to read between the lines. I gave a glowing TA review to a hotel we stayed at in Seattle this summer (liked the hotel and neighborhood) that made my husband say, "Are you kidding?" (He did not care for the price point) so it is always a matter of taste, price, and what you are looking for. I sometimes look at places we have stayed or eaten at to see how they were rated as a check. With Amazon, I look at reviews of books I know and love as a check. After reading this thread, I am going to start looking at a reviewer's history more carefully. OTOH, I do not put much of my history online and I write reviews sporadically so that on TA for example, I am currently listed as a new reviewer though I have written several reviews over time. By the way, I did not know TA made lists and never read them and now never will after seeing that list of best NYC restaurants.

Recs for Ireland quick trip: Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny Lunch, Enniskerry

We had a wonderful week in Ireland-package deal, good hotels but not enough time-spend two weeks and wander if you go. This was not the best eating ever due to 4 people with very different palates and eating habits so that we ended up eating in a lot of just plain pubs when enough of us were hungry (my only other pub food experience was in London and not good. Even the least interesting pub we ate in here was excellent by comparison. Maybe more natives or tourists eat in them all over Ireland so the food is better?). I did however get a couple of recs here that I enjoyed and want to report on.

Dublin: We ate in a small pub near the Four Seasons Hotel (our package deal) which was okay-husband and SIL wanted to eat all their pub favorites on this trip and enjoyed the bangers and mash here. Should anyone stay at the Four Seasons on a deal, they have the usual 22-28 E breakfast but also have free coffee or tea with muffins and fruit available in the lobby for a couple of hours in the am.
Galway: Love the town and the food. On one day trip, we passed Moran's Oyster Cottage and were going to eat there on return but it looked closed. The next day on way south, I saw that the parking was around back. I was sorry to have missed it. Instead that night we ate at Bar no 8 pub which was a rec on another thread here-it is by the docks-cannot find card but will edit this if I do-we found it by passing it on the way back into town. SIL and I had fish-she the hake which she loved and I the plaice which I thought was terrific-it is on top of a nicoise salad that included some sea beans and fava beans with a light olive dressing on top. The men had beef and pork which they liked but did not think was great. There were good wine choices though ours was not the best and the place got crowded with some others besides tourists. It was not cheap but was pretty good value and way less than my favorite reviewed below. It was a good rec and we all recommend it too.
We also had wine and cheese and meat board the day before at Sheridan's Cheesemongers next to the St. Nicolas Collegiate Church (good church) because it was late afternoon and we were hungry. This was recommended as a good place to pick up a lunch to eat outdoors and I agree but by late afternoon it was rainy and very friendly upstairs-many tried the wines before getting one to drink. For about 60E, we had some nice wine and snacks that filled us 4 for the night.

Adare: We did go to The Mustard Seed and this gets mixed reviews. The other three enjoyed the meal and service but felt that it was not good value at about 100 E per person. That includes the 60 E 4 course dinner and the one of the wines of the month. SIL loved her fish and recommends it but agreed that overall, it was a bit overpriced. We knew what the prices were before we went and were willing to pay them but did not feel that all the food lived up to the prices. I had saddle of rabbit roulade with pidgeon. The pidgeon was very good but the rabbit was dry though the sauces were good. A bowl of seasonal vegetables for the table did not excite the men but they were very good and very well seasoned-other people are not as fond of carrots, parsnips, turnips and potatoes as I am and those were the vegetables in all markets last week. The men again had beef and pork and found it just okay. Even though not all the food was perfect, this was my favorite dining experience-you were encouraged to sit in one of the parlors to drink and read the menus before coming in to the first course and to sit afterwards too if you wished-it was hospitable and friendly-great waiters and host. It is a good 15 minutes down a country lane from Adare proper but to me, worth the detour.
We also had an included high tea at Adare manor which was lovely and filling in a beautiful room but not different from teas I have had in places that specialize in them in the US-maybe the scones were better. A little pot or cuppa and some fresh brown bread might have done as well.
Powerscourt Ritz-Carlton: We arrived after a long day of touring during which it got colder, windier, and wetter as the day went on and one of group refused to leave the hotel even to experience a little local color in Enniskerry so this is a back-handed complement. We ate in the hotel pub which is even more overpriced than The Mustard Seed compared to regular pubs but the food was surprisingly good. Husband had Shepards's pie, SIL Guiness beef stew and I had a seafood pie which was full of fresh, not overcooked seafood (Killjoy had a hamburger). I would never recommend this over going to the village but if someone who read chowhound and got a hotel deal ended up here and was not be able to leave the hotel, the meal would taste good. Lastly, if here, breakfast coffee is 5E and no freebies. We skipped that. Our included breakfasts at Glenlo Abbey (outside Galway) and Adare Manor were very good-Irish smoked salmon is very nice and not too salty but a little village place or city coffee bar would do as well if you have to pay. I enjoyed eating in Ireland though most of our meals were not lofty. Food was expensive but that was the case on all our travels this year in and out of the US. Thanks for the recs I got here.

Sep 07, 2011
tvmovielover in U.K./Ireland

Recs for Ireland quick trip: Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny Lunch, Enniskerry

Thanks, we arrived in Galway late yesterday but have not yet eaten anywhere of note but I will be using all recs and links and will report back later.

Sep 01, 2011
tvmovielover in U.K./Ireland

Recs for Ireland quick trip: Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny Lunch, Enniskerry

I already have more good CH recs than needed for 1 day in Dublin but still need some for two nights near Galway City (staying at Glenlo Abbey), two near Limerick (staying at Adare Manor), and one for Enniskerry (staying at Ritz Carlton-Powerscourt-Gordon Ramsey restaurant luckily closed as it will be a Mon). While we would like one nice evening meal somewhere (not Dublin in case of jet lag) expensive ok, the rest can be moderate and/or interesting or even cheap but good. We will also be in SIL's ancestral home in Kilkenny for a Monday lunch-any good ideas for that-a good pub would do the trick?

Aug 28, 2011
tvmovielover in U.K./Ireland

Best Sandwich in Jacksonville (?)

I agree with French Pantry and Pinegrove Deli for great sandwiches. The Pinegrove Deli Cuban is great though as mentioned above, different from a Miami Cuban. Recently when I went to get steaks (worth a trip from the beaches!), the sandwich of the day was a shrimp po'boy with bang bang sauce. It was great though I do not know if it was like other po'boys. Get it if you are there and it is on the menu. Many of their specials are great and it is easier to get food there sometimes than at the French Pantry.

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French Pantry
6301 Powers Ave, Jacksonville, FL

Aug 15, 2011
tvmovielover in Florida

10th Arrondissement-Sat in Dec-lunch or dinner options?

Thanks all for giving me a better idea of what arondissements are near and some restaurants that are near, I will look up the areas and specific restaurants mentioned and try to hold out for a later dinner (it is not that we never ate late-we lived in Latin America for many years but we do not do it much now).

Nov 09, 2010
tvmovielover in France

10th Arrondissement-Sat in Dec-lunch or dinner options?

I did not do an exhaustive search or reading since many sounded like they were not anywhere near where we will be. We want a neighborhood restaurant that is not too pricey but not rock bottom either-I saw a whole range of prices in the reviews I did read for a meal with a few courses (and of course house or other wine). Also many of the reviews and some other stuff I read indicated that lunch is the bigger meal, so I wonder what to expect in a local neighborhood type restaurant. We were in Barcelona a few weeks ago and paid around 35 Euros total for a light dinner (7:30 which we have in mind for Paris is pretty early there and maybe in Paris as well) with wine and beer. I would expect we might have to pay 50 or double in Paris but am not sure. I always like the chowhound recs but Paris is confusing me because I am not sure what other parts are near where we are staying in the 10th. We chose this area because it was a bit cheaper but even more so we could experience something that was a little less touristy so a restaurant not filled exclusively with tourists might be nice (although our choice in Barcelona was full of tourists from many countries who wanted to eat earlier).

Nov 08, 2010
tvmovielover in France

10th Arrondissement-Sat in Dec-lunch or dinner options?

We will overnight on Sat in early Dec in small hotel near Gare d'Est and Nord (excuse lack of French spelling and knowledge of what is where-first time in Paris). We will probably be in Louve at lunchtime which sounds like the time to eat main meal for less but we are arriving that am and may not be hungry until evening. Would we need to get a reservation even for a small restaurant in that area and does any chowhound have recommendations in that area (or in a walk from there)? Is dinner early or late in Paris?

Nov 08, 2010
tvmovielover in France

One Dinner in Venice in October-Recs?

Thanks to you too Jen-will do.

Jul 09, 2010
tvmovielover in Italy

One Dinner in Venice in October-Recs?

Joe: I had skimmed your review-because you and another chowhounder raved about Il Ridotto and Ritrovo(?) and am putting them on the short list-we will be visiting overnight from a cruise and I am hoping to convince Mr TML and In-laws to do a Venezian lunch and dinner so thanks for the link. I did not read the section about risotto. You talk about that seafoood risotto the way I talk about the one I had near Palermo (Il Mulino I think)-same thing mound of greatness in a big shallow dish. I want to eat risotto in Italy again but I want it to equal or better my previous best so you have given me hope despite some other negative reviews of risotto in Venice (too underdone was the critique). Also, got link to your home risotto recipe and will be trying it and will be trying it as soon as I gather the ingredients.

Jul 09, 2010
tvmovielover in Italy

One Dinner in Venice in October-Recs?

We would like it to be nice. We are considering Met or maybe Da Fiore because they have Michelin stars. We do not often do this but we had a wonderful experience at such a restaurant outside of Palermo a few years ago that we would love to have again. How does Il Ridotto that everyone is raving about compare? I want to know about the food not the prices. The least nice restaurant that we went to on our previous Italy trip had a spaghetti Amatriciana that my husband loved and is still hoping I will someday duplicate so I know it does not have to be big or expensive to yield something we will love.

I have one more question because of many reviews saying that risotto was underdone in many places in Venice. The highlight of the meal we had outside of Palermo was a perfectly cooked risotto-it was just cacio di roma and the mushrooms in season but it had perfect bite and creaminess. Maybe it would be better to skip risotto in Venice and stick with seafood?

Jul 08, 2010
tvmovielover in Italy

Blender Decision

I got a Hamilton Beach commercial blender at a kitchen supply store for about $65 (yearly sale price was closer to $100) several years ago and it has never let me down and as said above two speeds, replaceable blades, etc. Have not tried a Vita-Mix but Hamilton Beach professional line is pretty good if the price is right. Mine is not pretty but it does what I use if for.

Jun 05, 2010
tvmovielover in Cookware

Must-haves for a grad student's kitchen? Here's what I've gathered so far...

Somebody mentioned pyrex baking pans. If they still make them and you find you are joining other students for potlucks a lot-get a pyrex pan in the carrier that you can add a hot or cold pack to. I would wait and see on this however since you have so many basics already and do not know how much and what kind of cooking you will be doing once school starts. Ditto on the slow cooker. Like everyone, I amazed that you have so much storage-keep that place!

May 30, 2010
tvmovielover in Cookware

Zurich, Bern, and Lucerne-restaurant recs for late April

We will be going to Zurich next week on our way somewhere else and intend to tour Zurich, Bern, and Lucerne while there. I am looking for lunch and dinner recommendations. I also noticed an inquiry as to whether or not the spargel season had started in Germany yet. Do they by any chance get that great white asparagus in Switzerland in the spring?

Apr 12, 2010
tvmovielover in Europe

Downtown dinner recs near Adolphus and Magnolia Hotel

In reply to my 3/11 question about a place other than the French Room near the Magnolia for dining, fixer suggested Charlie Palmer's and the Dallas Fish Market. We could not get in any place good as we waited until Friday to book (we tried our all time favorite Abacus with no luck-but go there if you read this) so we settled for the Dallas Fish Market which accommodated 9 of us at 8 (a popular time in Dallas) late in the day. I would rate it ok as Fixer did. It very much depended on what you ordered.

My husband had sea bass which was terrific and the three 20 somethings had sushi and tuna sashimi that was very,very good (I got a taste). I got barrimundi with pad thai that was oddly spiced. The rest of our dishes were ok but not great and my brother -in-law ordered a scallop special that was inedible (some very odd spice was used and there was no sweetness, only salt taste). I ordered an arugula and fruit salad that was good but the appetizer crab cakes were so-so, though the fried green tomatoes were ok. We had a very good New Zealand white wine with our dinner. The restaurant is right around the corner from the Magnolia and the Adolphus and somewhat less pricey than the French Room (I have not been in years but it is very good though overpriced) and Charlie Palmer's (sadly never got there) so I would recommend it with some reservations to be careful to ask what spices were used to flavor a dish since the dishes do not show a sure hand. Still something in between a pizza joint and the French Room is good sometimes and the staff was excellent.

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Dallas Fish Market
1501 Main St., Dallas, TX 75201

Unbleached Cake Flour

Thanks, todao. It sounds like from what you are saying that unbleached cake flour would actually be better than bleached cake flour since it will not have the slight bitter taste (I have never noticed though I do not use cake flour unless it is a very fancy cake). I do mostly use unbleached AP flour but I thought the advantage was less processing not taste as well.

Mar 12, 2010
tvmovielover in Home Cooking

Downtown dinner recs near Adolphus and Magnolia Hotel

Although I lived in Dallas for many years before moving away last fall, we seldom ate downtown. Now we will be there at the end of March for a family wedding and want to take my aging mother-in-law out to kick off the weekend. Other than the French room, is there something else near the Adolphus/Magnolia area (MIL does not like to walk too far anymore) with good food? Does not have to be the very best but not pizza, tacos, or barbeque either.

Unbleached Cake Flour

I saw unbleached cake flour in my local north Florida supermarket this morning. Has anyone used this-I have not seen it before? For everyday home cooking, I use unbleached all purpose flour but cake flour in general is for a more refined product. Would there be a difference if you used unbleached cake flour rather than regular unbleached all purpose flour?

Mar 11, 2010
tvmovielover in Home Cooking