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Kouign Amann in MSP

Thanks I'll have to check that out, been thinking of making some mead.

Jul 22, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kouign Amann in MSP

The TJ's in Bloomington is next store to the giant Total liquor store which is a kind of supermarket of alcoholic beverages, worth a visit if you drink and are in the area. Also Rustica is not far from Trader Joes. Always drive by that beer and wine making supply store, is it interesting?

Jul 21, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kouign Amann in MSP

No kouign amann at St. Louis Park Trader Joe's on July 16.

Jul 17, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kouign Amann in MSP

I'll check on Trader's in St Louis Park. Had some a month or two ago, but Trader's is full of here today, gone tomorrow products.

Jul 13, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

Northstar bison in Wisconsin. great quality and incredible service. I'm going to cook a hump roast low and slow on the barbie today.

http://www.northstarbison.com/

https://www.facebook.com/northstarbison

Jun 27, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Woo woo 40 new foods at the State Fair

Yes that's it, thanks, Steve

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

Well it has warmed up and I made not a corned beef tongue; but a corned bison tongue. Pretty tasty and my corned bison tongue on rye is calling from the office fridge.

Jun 25, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Woo woo 40 new foods at the State Fair

Nothing gets me too worked up here. What is the place that has really good milkshakes? I have forgotten the name and I always seem to be unable to find it when at the fair. This year will be different.

Jun 24, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Mixed Drinks That Uses Whiskey

You can't beat this Manhattan recipe from LA magazine. You'll want to find some good cherries like luxardo or tillen farms. The Antico Carpano vermouth is also essential

Manhattan cocktail recipe
by Sam Ross, Hinoki & the Bird

2 to 3 heavy-handed dashes of Angostura bitters
1 oz Antica Carpano sweet vermouth
2 oz Bulleit Rye whisky
Brandied cherry, for garnish

1) Add all three ingredients to a mixing glass.
2) Add a few large cubes of ice. (You don’t want to add ice before the ingredients because as soon as the liquid comes in contact with the ice, it starts melting and diluting the cocktail, and you want to be control of that up until the very last second.)
3) Stir it, strain it and serve it up with a brandied cherry. (You use a cherry garnish versus a twist here, as twists are only used traditionally in so-called “Perfect Manhattans,” which are made with a combination of dry and sweet vermouths.)

May 04, 2015
steamer in Spirits

Need recommendations for ethnic food on vacation

Second Kramarczuks, but for beer sticks from the deli--excellent travel food.

Apr 30, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need recommendations for ethnic food on vacation

If you are staying in Bloomington there is Grand Szechuan, which has probably the best Chinese food in the twin cities. Quang and Pho tau bay in Minneapolis are not bad for pho and other Vietnamese food.

http://www.grandszechuanmn.com/

Apr 30, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs

Apr 28, 2015
steamer in Recipes

High-End Restaurants: Taking Leftovers? (Tokyo)

Once we took home the tai meshi from Ryugin for my wife's Mother. They were quite gracious about it.

Apr 10, 2015
steamer in Japan

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Sure I got some hot ones from Trader Joe's. In Japan it's the same thing, you get random hot shishito.

Mar 22, 2015
steamer in Chains

Mussels not de-bearded?

I'd be pissed about that, don't serve mussels if you can't clean them. It's not that much work. Strangely enough recently I bought a bag of PEI mussels from Costco in Minneapolis (St. Louis Park) and somehow they were already clean, no beards, great stuff.

Mar 16, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Rustica Bakery Is Sold to Dogwood Coffee Co-Founder Greg Hoyt

If I was a praying man, I'd pray they don't screw up the bread that we love.

Karen Markets, St. Paul?

Thanks for the link, sounds interesting. No mention of fermented tea salad though. Maybe have to get my Burmese fix on my next trip to Tokyo, they have a number of Burmese places there.

Mar 05, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Karen Markets, St. Paul?

Just a ping, has anybody actually been to Irrawaddy restaurant? I terribly miss Lahpet thoke, the Burmese fermented tea salad. It's almost a 20 mile drive, so before I pull the trigger I'm wondering how it is. I might push on when it warms up someday and combine it with a beta buying spree.

Mar 05, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Arossa in Shibuya?

Yes, he didn't get along with his business partner so they split up he kept Arossa and the partner kept 125.

Feb 25, 2015
steamer in Japan

Arossa in Shibuya?

Robb,
That's the problem with getting old, 8-10 years seems like only yesterday. He used to own Manuel's too.

Feb 25, 2015
steamer in Japan

Arossa in Shibuya?

I have a feeling the original owner (Takeshita?) sold out a few years. Used to hang out at the Shibuya Arossa a lot though. Really appreciated the vast selection of wines by the glass, they would open most any bottle if you would have 2 glasses iirc, and if you drank the whole bottle they would give you the bottle price instead of the glass price.

Feb 24, 2015
steamer in Japan

Place to buy shells for shellfish stock

Pretty big difference, I used to make a lobster shell stock using fish stock as the liquid, instead of water.

Feb 15, 2015
steamer in Philadelphia

In Search of... Shishito peppers

Took your tip and got some at TJs. My kid mistakenly put them in the freezer. I fried them up frozen and they were great, got a blazing hot karma pepper or two as well.

Feb 13, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Great Seafood

I agree completely, I'm probably spoiled from living in Japan, but the times I've been to Coastal, the place was stinky and the selection was lacking. Same goes for Byerly's. Every now and again I find something at Whole Foods, but it's hit and miss. Costco usually has crab,shrimp, mussels and used to have whole Nicaraguan snapper but haven't seen that for a while.

Jan 17, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Can someone help me understand this recipe

1 sounds right to me
2 plain sounds right
3 it is a very fine dice

Jan 16, 2015
steamer in Home Cooking

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

There would be that kind of apprenticeship in a sushi restaurant or perhaps some kind of wa-shoku or kaiseki place. Most of your corporate higher volume places have a few professional salaried chefs who run the restaurant with a part time crew of young students or drifting 20-somethings and various foreigners. My first Job was a salaried position at a large Kirin affiliated mukokuseki restaurant, which means a sort of Asian mix of Chinese, Japanese and Korean. It was in Shibuya and was called Kirin Beer Market Gaya.

Jan 10, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

I don't believe there was any special preparation. I've done some pretty reckless eating in many parts of the world, won some lost some, but as I'm a lot older now I wouldn't eat raw chicken in the US. Risk vs benefit is just not there.

Jan 10, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

No there is no special training or magic knives. I had a bunch of Burmese kids working for me who handled the blanching and chilling of the chicken sasamis/tenders among other prep. We would get a bag of tenders from our chicken supplier and would remove the tendon, blanch in boiling water, and chill in iced water. Like I mentioned before the supplier would send us a note warning us not to use the chicken raw in the summer.

Jan 08, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

Six bucks apiece? And ox tails too? I am so jealous.

Dec 27, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Japanese Sushi Chef

Here's an article on a so-called sushi academy.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2010...

Dec 08, 2014
steamer in Japan