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Calzones

Yeah I'm used to a calzone being shaped like a loaf and having a pastry-like crust.

Apr 15, 2014
Chinon00 in New Jersey

Calzones

Are the crusts any different between those two.

Apr 15, 2014
Chinon00 in New Jersey

Calzones

Always thought that the "half moon" was a Stromboli and the calzone was more of a turnover w/ a flakey crust. The ricotta in the calzone sounds right. But where I'm from a Stromboli was basically a pizza folded on itself, a half moon.

Apr 15, 2014
Chinon00 in New Jersey

Berlin food gifts for pals and potential paramours

This woman Emmy eats lots of delicious and interesting looking treats from around the world. This vid is about Germany: http://youtu.be/1SaPz-r0vp0

Apr 14, 2014
Chinon00 in Europe

Berlin food gifts for pals and potential paramours

I wish I could have brought back some bottles of Weissenoher Klosterbräu beer at Witty's outside Ka Da We. Very nice beer.

Apr 11, 2014
Chinon00 in Europe

Cooking with peanut butter

There are many recipes on the net all basically the same. It's so good and nutritionally dense. You can serve it over rice.

Apr 04, 2014
Chinon00 in Home Cooking

Cooking with peanut butter

I use regular peanut butter when I make West African Peanut Stew. The main difference I see is sugar content. You can adjust to taste later.

Apr 03, 2014
Chinon00 in Home Cooking

Why not IPA served with Indian Food?

Hops are a spice right? Why would anyone wanna marry a heavily spiced beer w/ heavily spiced food like Indian? Redundant.

Mar 20, 2014
Chinon00 in Beer
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Does Heineken qualify as 'Green Beer' for St. Paddy's Day?

Hell I've noticed variation in the taste of Guinness around Dublin. Some pubs just serve a better pint than others I guess.

Mar 19, 2014
Chinon00 in Beer

Why not IPA served with Indian Food?

Ok so firstly India Pale Ales are not of Indian origin but English origin. They are called India Pale Ale because they were shipped there to English troops stationed in India at the time. The beer was apparently made stronger and hoppier to survive the voyage w/ the intention of being diluted before consumption. Officers had other ideas;]
In regard to pairing w/ Indian food in my experience the spiciness of the cuisine and the beer clash terrifically. I've always preferred bigger sweeter beers w/ Indian food to coat the palate and counter the heat.

Mar 16, 2014
Chinon00 in Beer

What the heck do I do with smoked oysters?!

Gumbo

Mar 14, 2014
Chinon00 in Home Cooking

Beer in Venues for 2.50 and 3.00

Where's the map?

Mar 13, 2014
Chinon00 in Beer

Beer in Venues for 2.50 and 3.00

Where's the map? And watch the organ meat. Too much ain't good for you;P

Mar 13, 2014
Chinon00 in Beer

Prague Dec '13 trip report

Nice report.
Thanks it's a keeper.

Mar 13, 2014
Chinon00 in Europe

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

Yeah I think that the writer creates a divide between Philly and New York that doesn't have to be really. Of course NY has many many more truly high end restaurant than Philly. But is your typical NY foodie eating at these places more than three times a year? The wife and I try and get up to NY from Philly a few times a year and we don't get sticker shock at the places we frequent up there despite not being New Yorkers. Over the past decade we've typically visited places like Balthazar, Pastis, Landmarc, and have found the food and prices as good as Philly.

Mar 11, 2014
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill opening

Went again last night and the bread was new and great. From Metropolitan Bakery.

Mar 02, 2014
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Tipping on wine in restaurants?

I went out to a bistro last weekend and disparity in price between the burger and the filet was $13. The difference between the highest and lowest priced bottle of wine was $72.

Feb 22, 2014
Chinon00 in Wine

Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill opening

Madiran, Chateau Viella "Tradition" 2010
Vouvray, Sauvion, 2012

Feb 20, 2014
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Bottle of Wine for Braising an Italian Beef Dish?

But stew meats take a while to cook and wine is your braising liquid. What do you substitute broth?

Feb 16, 2014
Chinon00 in Home Cooking

Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill opening

Went last evening. Party of 4 (two couples) started w/ a gin martini (quite strong) and a bottle of Saison DuPont (a favorite) which was fine.
For our meal we started w/ Long Island blue point oysters; which were large, deep and brine-y as promised, as well as the chicken liver pâté (had with brioche toast points:decadent) and the Cauliflower & Comte custard; the cheese really shined through in the finish.
Entrees included Cote de Boeuf, Steak Frites, Rabbit Fricasse, and Crabcakes. Everything was done well particularly the rabbit fricasse which was moist and served w/ a tagliatelle. Sauce was light. The Crabcakes were a bit mayonnaise-y but I don't mind them that way.
Desserts were Lemon Raspberry Crepe, Creme Brûlée, and Chocolate Grand Marnier (I had beer). I didn't get to try any but everyone seemed pleased.
Wines were an off dry Vouvray followed by a Madiran; $28 and $30 respectively.
Decor and atmosphere were all solid. Tiles floors, zinc bar, and heard "La Vie en rose" played maybe 6 times during the evening;P. Chairs are big and comfortable. Service was solid as well.
We were are very pleased w/ our experience at Paris and plan to return many times.

Feb 16, 2014
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

food related destinations

You gotta have a sandwich at Paesano's on 9th street in the Italian market. Liveracce. Awesome!

Feb 14, 2014
Chinon00 in Philadelphia
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Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill opening

Valentines Saturday. I'm so sorry.:(

Feb 11, 2014
Chinon00 in Philadelphia

Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill opening

Got reservations for Saturday. Probably get the steak frites.
Went for drinks this past Saturday. Bartender was really professional. Wife had cocktails while I stuck w/ beer. All presented nicely. I like this place already.

Feb 07, 2014
Chinon00 in Philadelphia
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Are expensive/gourmet coffee beans worth it?

In regard to your complaint that most coffee tastes too watery and lacks a lot of flavor I recall a business trip that I had years ago in Britain. It was a mixed group and the leader brought in coffee and said to us "I'm afraid our Italian friends will find this too weak while our American friends too strong". Maybe you'll like an espresso better?

Feb 03, 2014
Chinon00 in General Topics

Rarity: A "great" Porter... Deschutes Black Butte annual series

Deschutes Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter

Jan 25, 2014
Chinon00 in Beer

Bottle of Wine for Braising an Italian Beef Dish?

Which wine might you pair w/ this "Italian" beef dish cooked in Cotes du Rhone;]

Jan 24, 2014
Chinon00 in Home Cooking

Bottle of Wine for Braising an Italian Beef Dish?

Lighter primitivo. Your dish sounds like the Italian version of beef burgundy so I'd go for a wine that is fruity and lighter.

Jan 24, 2014
Chinon00 in Home Cooking

Wines for harissa roast chicken

Marsanne

Jan 20, 2014
Chinon00 in Wine

June Texas BBQ Wedding Reception - Inexpensive White/Red Wine Recommendations

Sauces or no sauces for BBQ.

Jan 20, 2014
Chinon00 in Wine

A problem I never encountered before: servers with bad BO.

Was staying at the beautiful hotel in southern Germany, Black Forest, the Alps, whole thing. Lovely young lady w/ short cropped chestnut colored hair dressed in a dirndl took our lunch order under a windex clear blue sky. She returned beers in each hand and as she reached across me she had the worst BO. Other than that everything was fine. First and only time.

Jan 17, 2014
Chinon00 in Not About Food