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Dips to serve with Steamed Artichokes??

Reduce some champagne or white wine with shallots--the Belgian kind--and tarragon. Let cool and mix with mayo.

Apr 10, 2014
steamer in Home Cooking

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

My restaurant days are way behind me, have to leave opening a decent Jewish deli to somebody ambitious and hard working enough to do the job right. You have to admit no decent deli in the Mini-apple is a pretty glaring omission.

Apr 03, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

I'm not asking for good as New York, or vegan friendly or sustainable or house made blueberry catsup, or Montreal style. The minimum is decent rye bread and corned beef sandwiches with yellow mustard, and a proper Reuben. Old dinosaur deli waitresses who smoke too much would be a plus, but not essential. Surely someone can at least do do that.

Apr 03, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

The mystery to me is how the Minneapolis branch of the chosen people manages to survive without a proper Jewish deli. Will anyone ever step in and fill the void?

Apr 03, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Who's firing out the best food right now?

The kitchen at the Kenwood never disappoints, they are pros. The service is adequate. It's not one of those concept places that fail to deliver.

Mar 24, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Grand Szechuan Plymouth is toast

OK went to Tea House.
There was a buffet going on for lunch. I would say it was good and greasy. Not as good as the late Grand Szechuan but not bad. Lots of neat stuff on the menu,but looks hellish expensive. Not bad.

Mar 10, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Grand Szechuan Plymouth is toast

The salient point about Grand Szechuan in Plymouth was its proximity to my office, and delicious and cheap Chinese food. Tea house is farther away, but it might be worth a try.

Mar 10, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Grand Szechuan Plymouth is toast

ARGHHH went for lunch today at 187 Cheshire Ln, Plymouth and it was not there. Oh the pain of losing the only decent Chinese food in the region. I am lost. Supposedly an Indian joint will be opening in it's place, but this offers little solace.

Mar 07, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Help me identify this meat

Looks like shins. It will work for soup or stews.

Nov 02, 2013
steamer in Kosher

Is Dashi Inherently High Salt?

Dashi made from katsuo flakes is not salty, in fact it is almost tasteless unless you add salt or soy sauce.

Oct 26, 2013
steamer in General Topics
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Bison Burger

I really disliked the bison burger at Red Cow, it was extremely salty and the goat cheese and not really caramelized onions just didn't work for me. I found the gritty texture of the figs just annoying.

Guess they were reaching for some creative signature touch, but it really would have been so much better topped with swiss or cheddar and a slice of tomato, onion and lettuce.

My kid's shrimp poorboy was flirting with being inedible too. Sad, I was hoping to find a decent place to eat in the neighborhood. Also I think I could have gone to Tilias for about the same price.

Chacun a son gout.

Oct 23, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

I have a food crush on this international city:________

Absolutely, positively Tokyo.

Oct 16, 2013
steamer in General Topics

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Alex was the front of the house guy, his sister was the chef at opening and the food was extraordinary. Then it seemed to go to hell suddenly.

Aug 28, 2013
steamer in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Restaurants in the 80's

Le Central? It was next next to One Life.

Aug 28, 2013
steamer in Los Angeles Area

Stupid move, Chow.

A video pop food blog from Minneapolis. I always looked forward to it.
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEhOt...

Aug 24, 2013
steamer in Site Talk

Stupid move, Chow.

I'm pissed off too; that was my favorite thing here by far.

Aug 22, 2013
steamer in Site Talk
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really bored of h**ster bashing

I sure don't need a hipster to make me feel old and out of touch, i feel that way when I wake up. And one more point, since no hipster has ever admitted to being one, how would they feel slighted by snide references to hipsters in posts?

Aug 22, 2013
steamer in Site Talk
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Moon Cakes are here !

Aren't Moon cakes the Chinese equivalent of the fruit cake--often gifted but never much appreciated?

Aug 08, 2013
steamer in San Francisco Bay Area

The Lynn on Bryant

"Let me just begin by saying that I'm from California and I'm kind of a jerk."

Me too (re food anyway), with that recommendation I gotta try the Lynn ASAP.

Jul 29, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Budvar beer

Pretty sure nobody still cares, but at long last I found a sixer of Czechvar at Trader Joe's SLP. Summer is saved, case closed ...

Jul 25, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Fantastic new wine bar - Parabola

With those prices I can live with a little pompous, have to check this out next time I'm in Tokyo.

Jul 23, 2013
steamer in Japan

If you could eat in one restaurant...

+1 on Piccolo, for me the best restaurant in Minneapolis, very creative cooking, service a cut above. Interesting wine list.

Jul 11, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Budvar beer

Not that any cares, but case not closed at all, Called Wandering Spirits and the guy said yes we have czechvar, drove out to plymouth and no they don't have it. They haven't been able to get any from the distributor, No Czechvar to be had, I give up. Have to settle for Pilsner Urquell, not a bad second choice but still ...

Small silver lining; there is an amazing Russian deli next door to wandering spirits,

Jul 07, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Budvar beer

Been asking the beer guys at France 44 and Haskell's in Plymouth and they have no idea about what happened to Czechvar. The France 44 guy thought they won the Budweiser trademark battle and were waiting to ship as Budvar. I don't think that is right.

Anyway long story short called Wandering Spirits in Plymouth and they have Czechvar, so i'm of to get a couple sixers there, case closed.

Jul 06, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Fish

Maybe I was unlucky when I went to Coastal, but the stuff in the case looked like garbage, haven't been back. Not much luck at Lunds either. Got lucky a couple of times at WF Calhoun when they had sole fillets and once WF Edina had a special on some decent Alaskan halibut.
I'm probably spoiled by years as a chef and many years in Japan, California, and Australia, but i don't find much to like when it comes to seafood in TC. Maybe there isn't the demand to support a top rate fish shop.

May 26, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

NYTimes recs--what do you think

I Love Izakaya Vin, old school Francophile place, the food is always good, and an excellent wine list. A real mom and pop place. Dad has massive Burgundy knowledge and the son studied in Dijon. Oxtail is wonderful, and the bloc foie gras with fig is a reason to live. 3.59 rating in tabelog, so not a bad choice.

Also been dreaming of the Viron kouignamann

May 10, 2013
steamer in Japan

more Popeye's!

I saw one on 28th near Chicago about a month ago in place of the sleazy KFC that had been there. It was painted yellow and a sign just said opening soon. There seems to be a lot of interest in this, I wonder why the company that owns them is being so coy about when and where the stores will be open.

Feb 22, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Burrata

They always have it at Lunds on 50th (oops that's in Edina) I think it is Belgioioso brand. It's awfully good.

Feb 18, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Budvar beer

This just in: US Beverage took over as importer in July 2012 and had some problems with a shortage of stock. The closest place to TC I could see where they sell Budvar aka Czechvar is Wandering spirits in Plymouth.

Jan 25, 2013
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

coffee beans in Tokyo

used to get my coffee at yanaka, it seems like it took about 15-20 minutes to roast the beans if it wasn't too busy. They also have great bottled ice coffee that they cold extract iirc. You can also avoid the hassle and mail order.

Dec 28, 2012
steamer in Japan