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Goulash Place (Danbury CT)

We just tried them last weekend. It's quirky in a good way. Very mom and pop-ish. the decor reminded me of a German restaurant. I'll definately go back - I'd like to take my mother since she lived in Germany years ago. The prices were reasonable and food was good. Don't expect the salad bar to be fancy, but heck - the salad bar was free!

May 31, 2014
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Ridgefield, CT dinner

I just thought of more: There are a couple of places that I have not tried that are new in Ridgefield: There's a place that's been pretty popular called "Little Pub" on Rt. 7 that is always busy on the weekends that I hear is good. Also, there's a place called "Gallow" which I think is on Eastridge Drive and I have no idea if it's good or not. It use to be called Eastridge Cafe. I'd check out their menu's if you're considering going to check price and see what they have and it would probably be a good idea to make reservations - especially for a smaller place like "Bailey's Backyard".

May 31, 2014
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Ridgefield, CT dinner

In cabs? Are you staying at the hotel on Rt. 7? If you are there's an Indian restaurant right in the hotel. They're called Thal. In Ridgefield, Tuscana is a really good Italian place - could be expensive - you'd have to look at their menu. Ancient Mariner is a bar and restaurant that's pretty low-brow but consistent....been there for something like 25+ years. I ate a a place (really small) and I'm not sure if you'd think it's expensive called Bailey's Back Yard. It was very good.

May 31, 2014
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Learning how to cook

I'm still basically learning to cook. I thought maybe you all could answer a couple questions.

I used a new cast iron Lodge griddle for the first time tonight to make hamburgers. I put down some vegetable oil on the surface when the griddle was heated - Is it normal that the oil smoked a bit? The hamburgers came out really good. When I was done, I let the griddle cool down and cleaned it off with some water and a paper towel I noticed that a brownish substance came off on the paper towel when I was drying it. What is that? I then put vegetable oil on it and heated it up a bit again till it smoked so I can store it till next use.

I also made some hummus. One of the ingrediants is tahini (sesame seed oil). It was hard to measure out the portion of it because it's kind of like natural peanut butter with the oil on top, but harder to mix together. Is there any easy way to work with tahini? Unfortunately, the grocery store only had a huge $7. container of it - I would have preferred to purchase a smaller container. I put the lid on the can when I was done and threw it in an air-tight plastic bag and put it in the refrigerator till next time. I really wasn't thrilled with working with tahini.

I've bought a couple of cook books to try to learn more. Believe it or not, the one I've used the most is the William Sonoma Kids cooking book. I bought another kids book by Paula Deen that I took a couple of things from and I bought that huge book "How to Cook Everything" by Bittman - it seems a bit intimidating - it's a huge book with little hand-drawn pictures in it. I also picked up the book "One Dish at a Time" by Valarie Bertinelli which looks interesting. Aside from that, I've taken recipes from allrecipes.com and tried a couple recipes that relatives have given me.

Thanks for reading my post, and if any of you have answers and advice, I'm always trying to learn.

Sep 15, 2013
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Learning to cook at a restaurant

I live smack-dab in the middle of a very populated area that has dozens of restaurants of various types. I've thought about going to work for a restaurant (I have limited experience from years ago working in a restaurant kitchen) mainly to learn and improve upon my cooking. Do you think I'd be better off generally in a large chain restaurant (Bertucci's, Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden), or in a mom and pop place like an Italian restaurant, or diner?

Jun 29, 2013
RatherBeFishing in General Topics

Indian lunch buffets around Orange, New Haven, CT or even Shelton

We use to eat at Star of India a lot up till about a year ago when I moved fom the area. Good food, inexpensive, friendly staff and not very high rated on decor. I usually chose it over Coromandel - I thought it was a better value

Aug 10, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Brand new to cooking.

I froze bacon and lunchmeat. Even if I just want a small amount I have to thaw a large amount. Is it bad to partially thaw, then re-freeze over and over bacon or lunch meat?

Jul 10, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

I've thought about buying a nice fancy car like a mercury grand marquis or a Lincoln town car and starting a limo service - like I may have mentioned, I'm in the NYC area (lots of airports) and in Fairfield County - the home of the wealthy : )

Jul 10, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

I worked in restaurants many years ago as a young guy. I was a pizza maker in a very busy pizzeria in the NYC metro area. I haven't worked with food in years (except part-time briefly as a waiter in a hotel restaurant) and did very little cooking over the years. Over the past 5 or 6 years I've had an obsession/passion and love for dinning out at various types of restaurants - everything from roadside pit-beef shacks to French haute cuisine. I also particullarly like ethnic foods - Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian buffet, Peruvian chicken, Greek, Middle eastern - even Ethiopian. There is not much that I would not try ; )

I work in a profession which requires a lot of use of my reflexes and has a high turn-over. I'm thinking of something I can fall back on if anything goes wrong with my job before I am able to retire. I have close friends who work in restaurants and deli's who I believe would be good sources to tap if I were ever looking for something full or part-time if necessary.

Jul 10, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

"And for the most part, dried parsley is useless." -iluvcookies

Probably mostly just looks nice garnishing food?

Jul 10, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

That sounds good - and I can keep it in the sink under the faucet slowly running water over it.

Jul 09, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

Thanks Hank - that's good to know. How about lunch meats? Anyone know a good way to revive lunch meats that are kept frozen?

Jul 08, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

Boars Head is a high-end brand of lunchmeats. They also make homemade style soups such as Italian Wedding and shrimp bisque. They are popular around here in New England Boar's Head meats are usually more expensive then the grocery store brand meats.

Jul 08, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

10. I once heard someone who works in a deli say that they freeze all their Boar's Head soups and then heat them up in the microwave every time a customer orderes a bowl of soup. Is this possible? I've never had much luck with heating stuff in a microwave right out of the freezer - seems like parts of the soup would remain frozen and other portions would be boiling hot?

Jul 08, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

9. Thank you for all the attention and good advice! One more (maybe one more) question - do you usually have to clean out the pan, or pot for each use, or can you use the same pan/pot (without cleaning) to cook the same thing/food a short while later? Example: Reuse the pan you used to make scrambled eggs to make them for someone else 15 minutes later without cleaning it out again?

Jul 08, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

8. I just thought of another question for the board. What is your opinion of garlic that you can buy in small jars that usually comes cut different ways such as chopped or crushed? Does it have good refrigerator shelf life and does it taste as good as when you cut it up?

Jul 07, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

Sorry.....one more question (It probably won't be the last ; )

7. Can a dry spice usually be used in a recipe as a substitute for a fresh spice or herb?

Jul 07, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Brand new to cooking.

I am new to home cooking and have many questions, so I thought I'd ask them here. I appologize if some have been covered before.

1. Does using different brands of spices make much difference?

2. Can you recomend any websites or forums that are helpful to someone who has never cooked or is brand new to cooking?

3. What kind of pans should a beginner use?

4. Is there a big difference between Guldens spicy brown mustard and "dijon mustard"? I made a salad dressing calling for dijon mustard and I used Guldens spicy brown mustard and it seems glumpy and unattractive after keeping it in the refrigerator.

5. Some recipes suggest using white pepper instead of black. I bought some "ground white pepper" from the spice section of the store and it seems very fine and hotter then black pepper. Is there a proportion of white pepper that is equal to black, or are they equal in the same measurement?

6. Do professional chefs and cooks have to go to culinary school? Is there a lot of discrimination against older people who want to cook professionally?

Jul 07, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Home Cooking

Latino Food

There are a couple of Mexican places in Danbury that are recomended here a lot: El Ranchero and Paco's Tacos. There is a place in the center of Danbury that has a Brasilian Buffet with meats cooked on a spit which was called "Terra Brasilis" and is now known as "Brasilis BBQ". I like it alot. Terra Brasilis also has a location in Bridgeport I think.

Apr 19, 2012
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Cheap Eats Danbury?

Come on ....what are you guys sleeping? Nobody mentioned Terra Brasilis at 58 Main Street Danbury for their Brazilion buffet? You got to try their rotissery (sp?) meats - beef, chicken, pork.

They also have a location on North Ave in Bridgeport and I think they may own a restaurant in Rhode Island or somewhere.

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Terra Brasilis Restaurant
1282 North Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06604

May 28, 2011
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Danbury

Pho Vietnam
Hanna's Middleastern
Pancho's Tacos
Terra Brasilis
Marcus Dairy Diner

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Marcus Dairy Restaurant
5 Sugar Hollow Rd, Danbury, CT 06810

Jan 22, 2011
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Good Pho

The only place I know is Pho Vietnam in Danbury - it's one of my current "favorite restaurants".

Nov 06, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Danbury

Has it already been mentioned that Panchos Tacos just installed a new improved air conditioning system in their dining room? Also...I noticed there is a "Terra Brasilis" in Danbury. Is it new? If their food and value is anything like the one in Bridgeport, then it will be a great place to eat. We are headed out to lunch today (Sunday) and we are going to either Taj Palace, Mysore or Pho Vietnam.

Aug 29, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Connecticut Pizza

Modern in New Haven is the best in my book. Pepe's in New Haven or at Mohegan Sun is great too - I love the traditional white clam pie. I live in Stratford where Salerno's makes the best pie within town limits. When I'm in Ridgefield, I like the Indian pizzas that they make at Toozy Pasta and Piccolo's ( they are owned by the same people). They make 2 different "Indian" pizzas - the "Korma Pizza" and the Ravi Shankar". We have had the Korma Pizza a couple of times and it's great! A friend recomended it to us.

Aug 09, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Cricket in Stratford, Ct.

And Salerno's is still going strong! Iv'e never been to the Windmill - is it worth checking out?

Aug 06, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Has anybody tried Baja's Mexican Restaurant in Orange, CT?

I've probably been there 4-5 times in the last couple of years. All in all I found it to be good.

Aug 06, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Where's the best bowl of pho in southern NE.?

Mysore...what a funny name. I'll have to try it because I'm up that way a lot and I really like Indian food. Sorry about Pho Vietnam. Are you going to try them again sometime soon? I really want to get back there again soon. When we were there - there was a gentleman (the owner?) who knew that I wasn't very familiar with the food and he was telling us which dishes were good.

Jul 22, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Where's the best bowl of pho in southern NE.?

Do you know the name of the Indian place?

Jul 19, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Sushi and red-sauce Italian in Danbury area

We just came back from the Union Chinese Buffet on Newtown Rd in Danbury. The food was very good for what it is (the salmon was great) and there was a lot of variety. The sushi looked so-so and the sushi rolls were excellent. I was very impressed by how fresh everything was even though we got there late for lunch (it was about 3:30 PM on Sunday afternoon).

Jul 18, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England

Where's the best bowl of pho in southern NE.?

I went to Pho Vietnam in Danbury recently - the food was yummy and the people who worked there were very sweet. It was not a fancy place, but heck, we are talking about Pho! I've heard there are some places in New Haven, but I haven't tried them yet.

Jul 17, 2010
RatherBeFishing in Southern New England