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Rome - four days to feed

Thank you. Will do.

Apr 10, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Rome - four days to feed

I too look at the Italian language reviews on Trip Adviser, and if the poster is a resident or native Roman then the review would generally be expected to have more credibility, but experience leads me to believe that is not necessarily so. For instance I have seen the same Italian (or Roman, or any restaurant anywhere) given both great and mediocre reviews from locals. Which is why I like to see a cross-section of reviews.
I would spend the 20E for a sim card as we will be going on a cruise and then spending a week in Umbria - so it might be otherwise useful, but unfortunately my phone is locked.

Apr 09, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Rome - four days to feed

I have been looking at Trip Adviser and just this morning discovered the reviews on Yelp. I wouldn't necessarily trust these reviews individually, but I think if you look at a number of reviews for a given restaurant you could get a reasonably good feel for the food and service. I was thinking about downloading Elizabeth Minchilli's app, Would want to know first what the WiFi will be like in Rome. Would not want to end up with a huge data bill.

Apr 09, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Rome - four days to feed

Don't mind "a bit pricey". We are after all on vacation in one of the great cities of the world, and expect that we will have to pay a premium. Just don't want to spend a lot o money for mediocre (or worse) food.
I like to cook and aside from the very high end kind of restaurant food, most of the meals I prepare at home are better (IMHO) than what i get in a lot of (decent) restaurants.
Paul

Apr 08, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Rome - four days to feed

Thank you,
I have been looking at places recommended and/or reviewed by Elizabeth Minchilli. She has a lot of stuff on classic Roman dishes. Some of her recommendations are either too difficult to get to, or too pricey. Il Boncconcino, and Li Rioni are very much what we are looking for.Paul

Apr 08, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Rome - four days to feed

Thanks, Bropaul;
This is exactly the kind of place I was interested in. Notwithstanding the odd negative review on Trip Adviser, It looks very good. It always amazes me that no matter how good a restaurant is, there are always some negative review. Many times because the waiter or other staff was rude. Personally, I can't recall the last time I encountered a rude waiter. Since I am working my way through Trip Adviser reviews, it would take a while (like never) before I reached a restaurant that is rated #3,066 of 7,922. I think i got up to about 65.
Paul

Apr 08, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Rome - four days to feed

Thanks, I have looked at that. Helpful, but getting to some of these places might pose a problem (or not) . i have saved some of these recommendations.
Paul

Apr 08, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Whats the best way to make hash brown potatoes ?

Shredded.

Apr 07, 2014
solo40 in Home Cooking

Whats the best way to make hash brown potatoes ?

Russet potatoes. Grate on large holes of box grater. Best to grate directly into bowl of cold water. When potatoes are grated, rinse in cold water to get rid of excess starch. Dry well in kitchen towel. I'm the meantime heat non stick pan of appropriate size to amount of potatoes with goose fat, duck fat, clarified butter, or combination of vegetable oil and butter over medium lie heat. When heated, add the potatoes, flattening them into a pancake, and cook over medium low to low heat, depending upon your cooktop's power, until golden brown on that side. Slide potatoes onto a plate. Invert onto another plate so you ca slide uncooked side into pan. Add more fat as necessary. Slide uncooked side onto pan and cook on l
Medium low to low heat until second side is golden brown and crispy as well. Do not attempt to hurry this process as your hash browns will scorch instead of turning the nice crispy golden brown you want. At some point you may want to add salt (I do). No onions, sweet bell peppers, celery, etc. required. My $.02.

Apr 07, 2014
solo40 in Home Cooking

Rome - four days to feed

My wife and I will be spending 4 days in Rome beginning of July. Neither of us have been to Rome, or indeed Italy, before. We will be staying at a hotel not far from the the Colosseum (the Lancelot, at Via Capo d'Africa 47) . We are not "foodies", in that we are not interested in high end "E Bulli" kind of food - molecular foam, etc.. (Nor could we afford it.) But we do like good well prepared food, especially Italian food, since we will be in Italy, after all. We are prepared to walk, or do the public transit thing. We intend to actually stray from or hotel (e.g. Vatican, etc.. Looking for suggestions for real, good, homey, traditional food, that does not require us to sell our first born (not actually a bad idea - the wife will probably object). Checked Trip Adviser but too many restaurants makes it a daunting task. Hoping to take advantage of others experiences.

Apr 06, 2014
solo40 in Italy

Lemon Basil - what to wth it

Sandiasingh, will the olive oil actually freeze. I do that sort of thing with broths and such but have had trouble freezing oily items.

Sep 22, 2013
solo40 in Home Cooking

Lemon Basil - what to wth it

Our community garden has a ton (OK, maybe not quite) of lemon basil. Looking for suggestions.

Sep 20, 2013
solo40 in Home Cooking

Frisee in Edmonton?

Thanks chefathome,
I go to the Italian Centre on 51st almost every day and I have never seen the fresh lobes of foie, probably because it never occurred to me to look for it there, being under the impression that the only uncooked meats they carried that weren't frozen were the Italian sausages. I assume these would be found at the deli counter., I will ask next time I am in the store.

Jul 27, 2011
solo40 in Prairie Provinces

Frisee in Edmonton?

Little late for growing it as I was hoping for Thursday dinner. Which Sobey's outside of Edmonton? How far outside? I would be willing to drive to Leduc, but maybe not Calgary.
I meant fresh lobes of foie gras that had me drooling at the Granville Island market in Vancouver, not the canned stuff.

Jul 26, 2011
solo40 in Prairie Provinces

Frisee in Edmonton?

Thanks , Bob,
I too have seen Frisee in those pre-prepared salad fixing (about 1/100th of the total package). In fact the produce guy at Planet Organic didn't know what it was an frankly doubted there was such a thing until he saw frisee as an ingredient in one of the pre-packaged salad things.
I spoke with the produce manager at Save on Foods and he said he hasn't seen any since he was at Urban Fare. One would think that the farmers market would try to have some unordinary greens We are really in the boonies in Edmonton with respect to ingredients. See my previous post looking for Nicoise Olives. (Which incidentally I did eventually find jarred at the Italian Center south - but it is rare). Any body seen any foie gras available here?

Jul 26, 2011
solo40 in Prairie Provinces

Frisee in Edmonton?

I have been wanting to prepare a Salad Lyonnaise (frisee, bacon, poached egg) for some time now, however, I have been unable to find any frisee. Have tried, the market, Italian Centre, Sunterra, Planet organic, Save On Foods, etc without any luck. Does anybody know of a source for this ingredient? I have made it with endive or chicory, but not the same.

Jul 26, 2011
solo40 in Prairie Provinces

Nicoise olives in Edmonton?

Thanks, Bob. I'll call Paddy's. I recall now that the place I bought the Nicoise olives at is the Salt Spring Island Cheese Co, http://www.saltspringcheese.com and Paddy's does sell some of their cheeses.

Dec 07, 2008
solo40 in Prairie Provinces

Nicoise olives in Edmonton?

Does anyone out there know of a source for Nicoise Olives in Edmonton? The big supermarkets don't carry them and neither does Sunterra Foods or the Italian Centre. Is there a grocery store catering to the French population? Not that I've searched, but the only place I know for sure you can get them is this cheese place, whose name escapes me, on Salt Spring Island.

Dec 07, 2008
solo40 in Prairie Provinces

Horsemeat in Edmonton?

My son loves horsemeat. My wife gets it (deli sliced) for him at Ben's Meat Ltd. 15726 Stony Plain Road 489-1424.

Nov 21, 2008
solo40 in Western Canada Archives