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Anyone familiar with Native American cuisine ?

I would think it is varied based upon location. A tribe in what is now N.Y. state is going to have very different resources than one in Colorado or the N.W.

Jun 08, 2015
robt5265 in General Topics

Steak N'Shake Hamburg Recipe?

I agree 100%.

May 25, 2015
robt5265 in Home Cooking

My Aldi experience!

The waffled potato chips, pretzels, Trisket like crackers, tortilla chips and hummas, are worth the trip. You will save at least 50% over chain store prices on all of these items... and I'm really picky.

May 15, 2015
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Looking for Name of Puerto Vallarta Restaurant in the 1980's

I meant to say taxista....

May 07, 2015
robt5265 in Mexico

Looking for Name of Puerto Vallarta Restaurant in the 1980's

I believe you are thinking of El Panarama. It is in a Hotel Bldg. that is south of Barcelona and a little higher up the hill. Any taxisia over the age of 40 would know how to get there. It's been around since the 70's. You would do better at Barcelona these days. Panarama is really dated.

May 06, 2015
robt5265 in Mexico

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

Not exactly, these are women, and it's not an act.

Apr 17, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

Menu ideas for a Julia Child Dinner Party

The Boeur Bourgnion is very good, but its mid April, and maybe something less heavy would be more appropriate. A lamb dish, asparagus..just seem more spring like.

Apr 16, 2015
robt5265 in Home Cooking
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Layover in Puerto Vallarta

Having lived in P.V. for six years I have a bit of knowledge about the food scene. On the south side is a small Comida Corrida, onen only until 5pm and is like going to your Mexican grandmothers house for lunch. It is preset price with about 8-10 entries, 2-3 soups and a pitcher of Agua Fresca for approx. $55Mps. it usually includes rice and beans. They may seat you with a stranger, but it won't be uncomfortable.
On a higher end, in Centro, is Barcelona. It is an approx. 70 step walk up stairs, and worth every step. Go later for lunch or later than that for the sunset. The food is excellent and will be much more expensive than Dianita, about $250Mps. with a few drinks. Not real touristy as most cant do the steps. Great view of the bay and great service.

Apr 16, 2015
robt5265 in Mexico

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

The one you are speaking of was there until retirement age I believe. There are much younger ones who are not only brusque, but plainly rude. AND think they are still attractive 20 yr. olds. They are 50+ career waitresses. Nothing wrong with that, but the attitude is unacceptable.

Apr 16, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

Sorry, beginning at the third sentence I'm speaking of O'Connell's.

Apr 16, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

My Aldi experience!

the cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs are just fine

Apr 15, 2015
robt5265 in Chains
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Great Burger at O'Connell's -- Best in StL?

Five Star is excellent in my opinion, with a very nice atmosphere. There is also a place at Olive and Mason in a strip center with a Schnuck's, that is good. I know that many people who haven't been going there since the RUDE waitresses started working there are somewhat intimidated by their behavior. One needn't deal with that attitude at the other two places I've mentioned. In today's economy waitresses who act like they are HOT and 20 don't deserve my business or yours.

Apr 15, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

Cabbage Rolls anyone?

Savoy Cabbage works very well. Cut the stem end and the leaves separate. Blanch the leaves for approx. a minute and they are ready to stuff. Because the leaves are very lacy looking they make a much nicer presentation.

Apr 13, 2015
robt5265 in Home Cooking

My Aldi experience!

Large eggs were $1.39 a dozen today...that's enough reason to drop by occasionally.

Apr 11, 2015
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Corned Beef and Other Missing Lunch Meats

Try Pete's Sure Save.

Apr 11, 2015
robt5265 in General Topics

favorite cut of beef to roast?

I think that the Top Round makes an excellent med-rare roast, a great au jus and is really good cold for sandwich leftovers. It's not as expensive or fancy as a Rib Roast, but I like it better, less large pieces of fat and no bones to contend with when you are serving guests.

Apr 03, 2015
robt5265 in Home Cooking

St Louis People (Burbs) - Need Restaurant / Cocktail Joint Help!!!

that has recently become a Holiday Inn Express. I haven't been in the neighborhood since this happened. Sorry.

Apr 03, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

St Louis People (Burbs) - Need Restaurant / Cocktail Joint Help!!!

The Holiday Inn in the CWE has been gone for at least 25 years. It became an apt. bldg. for the elderly and was torn down about 5 years ago.

Apr 02, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

St Louis People (Burbs) - Need Restaurant / Cocktail Joint Help!!!

Although it is a small chain, I would highly recommend
Flemings at Plaza Frontenac. It is only about five miles away from Westport, but a world away from anything closer. The prices are high but the food is exceptional. Try Googling the website to look at the menu. You probably should make reservations, as it is very popular.

Apr 01, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

I thought it was just me......

Mar 27, 2015
robt5265 in Food Media & News

Chicken Fried Steak in St. Louis

Does anyone know of a place in the St. Louis area that has a really good Chicken Fried Steak on their menu? Not Denny's or the like....

Mar 27, 2015
robt5265 in Great Plains

How many chicken breasts equals 2 lbs?

Today I purchased a bone in, skin on, half breast. It weighted 1.36 lbs. They are really big these days. You used to be able to buy a 2.50-3lb. chicken, try to find that now in the U.S.

Mar 21, 2015
robt5265 in Home Cooking

Ideas for Buckwheat Groats (aka Kasha)?

A traditional Jewish dish would be with a small pasta shape. Always use broth instead of water to cook the kasha. Onion or shallots or even scallions added at the last 3 min. are necessary to add flavor. A little butter or chicken fat also helps with flavor. Just make sure you "fry" the kasha long enough to assure the grains are completely separated.

(green, probably) vegetable to serve with quenelles?

what about steamed Sugar Snap Peas. Then sautéed in butter with julienned red and yellow Bell Peppers....

Mar 12, 2015
robt5265 in Home Cooking

Help with menu planning--hosting a BBQ with 15-30+ guests

I saw fresh Rhubarb today in the grocery, it was beautiful. It was also $5.99 a lb. I have used frozen Rhubarb for such desserts, and it is just fine. You really couldn't tell. At that price it would cost more than the ribs per pound.

Mar 10, 2015
robt5265 in Home Cooking

March vacation with good local produce?

The Algarve is still really cool in March. April would be much nicer. What about Mexico? From the Baja south would be perfect. Lots of fresh local produce and fish. I can suggest Puerto Vallarta, and I used to live there. The weather is perfect at that time of year, with no rain and sunshine every day.

Jan 05, 2015
robt5265 in General Topics

New Years' Eve Dinner Ideas

Lobster and Crab Imperial, very old style.

How to cook multiple pieces of beef tenderloin

because they are all the same diameter, they will cook at the same amount of time, approx. 30m. at room temp. in a 400 oven. allow to rest, lightly covered 15m.

Puerto Vallarta Restaurants

There is a lot of good food in P.V. without paying New York City prices such as at the Grand Velas. If you want the Bruce Show along with your expensive dinner, then Teatro Lemon is, I guess a treat.....

Dec 16, 2014
robt5265 in Mexico
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Arby's, just how is their roast beef made?

sounds very similar, and at about $3.50 for a sandwich...

Dec 16, 2014
robt5265 in Chains