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Favorite wine with lamb

50 replies and only 2 mentions of Chateauneuf du Pape? That's what I like to drink with lamb.

about 18 hours ago
steamer in Wine

Good Sushi in the Twin Cities

Quick confession, I'm an acquaintance of Sushi Fix's owner, Billy. I also lived in Tokyo for 20 years.

The fish is pretty good at Sushi Fix. I don't like rolls with mayonnaise and gloppy sauce, so I don't order that stuff, but I guess Minnesotans think that is sushi and expect it.

If you stick with regular nigiri sushi and trad rolls like tekka-maki; you will have a pretty good sushi experience. Also had a great Tai kabuto yaki, grilled fish head, that was probably the best piece of fish I have ever had in Minneapolis.

He also has a pretty serious collection of sake.

2014 MSP Visit Recap

I've been getting stuck into the TJ's kouign amanns. Really good, only problem is it's too easy to eat 2 at one sitting.

Aug 24, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Indian/South Asian in the Twin Cities: Please Nominate

I almost forgot, Bawarchi took over the site of the Plymouth Grand Szechuan. I was in torment when they shut down, finally getting over it.

Aug 20, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Porchetteria

Had porchetta and rapini sand, a fine sandwich. Seemed just barely on the stingy side with the pork, which is probably for the best. Definitely in the rotation now,though I wonder about tromping out there in the snow. Next stop the cucina,pasta bar and Terzo, in no special order.

Can't believe I didn't know about Broders.

Aug 20, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best Indian/South Asian in the Twin Cities: Please Nominate

Best Indian/South Asian in the Twin Cities: Please Nominate

I have eaten at Gorkha palace and found it fair. My go to place is Bawarchi in Plymouth. Great Hyderabad style biryani. Today had an excellent masala dosa. A gongura goat curry was horribly oversalted. That was the first food fail I've had there. The service can be lacking especially if it's busy. All in all pretty damn good food.

Aug 20, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Korean in dinkytown

Good idea, sorry to hijack the thread

Aug 20, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Korean in dinkytown

Have you been to Bawarchi? Pretty good biryani and so forth. Service is a shambles (especially if it's busy) and they often don't have stuff that's on the menu such as dosas. I ignore the service hassle and go there for lunch at least 3 times a week.

Aug 20, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What would you do to fix the Food Network

Get some real chefs cooking some real food we can use. Stop all these stupid competition shows. Do a Bourdain like travel show where they go to different places and cook interesting local foods(and i don't mean a jucy lucy)Forget about the over the top entertaining personalities and give us some cooking expertise. If they must have extreme personality then leave it to a presenter and let the chefs cook and show their skills

Cevapcici---anyone know where to get it?

4 years late--they have them frozen at Bills imported foods. Haven't tried them. I always roll my own, the best ever was from a pork venison mix last year.

Good quality rib roast. Where to buy.

That's what it says here:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/restaurant-de...

Aug 07, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kouign Amann in MSP

Montreal is a bit of a long trek for a Kouign Amann but I've always wanted to visit.

Aug 06, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kouign Amann in MSP

I like Rustica's bread so I'll have to try the Kouign amann. Had one at Viron last June. All that delicious butter and sugar make it an occasional treat.

Aug 05, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tin Fish vs Sea Salt

Yeah, it is a kind of an impressionistic salad-like Minnesota version of a taco.

Aug 04, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kouign Amann in MSP

Are these kouign amann as good as the ones in Japan?

Aug 04, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 1 [old]

Cherry ricotta tart with a pistachio shortbread crust.

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

I'm going to stop after this . Washing eggs or cracked eggs have nothing to do with salmonella.
Do yourself a favor and read this link:
http://www.livescience.com/10016-salm...

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

I still don't get why you would think that you can go into any market in Japan and get an egg that is safe to eat raw.

People eat raw eggs here and in Japan all the time. Sometimes they get sick from salmonella (which gets into the eggs while they are inside the chickens, it's not a cleanliness thing)most of the time they don't.

There is no way to look at an egg and know if it has salmonella and there is no special egg in the Japanese market that is "safe." How would your trusted source know if their chickens were infected with salmonella.

Back on Topic, I have eaten raw chicken at least a dozen times and never gotten sick, and not because it was some kind of magic chicken. Your mileage may vary.

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

Clearly it is not safe to eat raw eggs in the US. Ok your turn now, I don't hear people in the US claiming that people don't get sick from raw eggs, any citations here? There are however pretty extensive examples of warnings against eating raw eggs in the US. Don't know about Europe.

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

OK bacteria free is an exaggeration, there is always a claim that Japanese eggs are somehow safe to eat raw.

How about this from the Japan Times:

"Take raw eggs or undercooked for example. Raw eggs are eaten on a daily basis in Japan, even for breakfast. And in France, a properly cooked omelette is baveuse, soft on the inside. In both countries I do not hesitate to eat eggs in all their runny glory as long as they are fresh, because if people got sick from eating eggs in the way they are used to there would be a huge uproar."

From a blog: If you live in Japan, it`s very likely that you won`t have any problem with finding "suitable" eggs for raw consumption.

Another blog: We can be so sure that the eggs in Japan are safe now. So safe that we can eat them raw as well as fish.

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

Yes enough with the bacon already! (except on my bacon, p-nut butter and banana sandwich)

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

That's why I make a big pot of it and microwave it for 4 days or so.

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

Absolutely; but unlike Japan nobody in the US or Europe claims they eat some kind of special bacteria-free eggs.

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

Some places do and some places don't--good guess. I'd be pretty sure the number of places that import special chickens from Canada for their toriwasa would be negligible.

Japanese were eating toriwasa and other raw chicken preparations for some time before the invention of the blue foot chicken.

I don't think there is any secret sauce here. I'm no expert on the raising and slaughter of Japanese chickens, but I think diners pay their money and take their chances with raw poultry.

People in Japan eat all kinds of raw beef innards and raw pork guts and you can be pretty sure there is no special microbe free animal involved, same goes for raw eggs.

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

I used to cook in Japan and they don't use special imported chickens for toriwasa. We would blanch japanese tenders quickly and chill them in ice water. Every summer the chicken purveyor would send a note asking us not to serve them raw until autumn. Japanese also eat raw eggs and I'm not aware of any special treatment for the eggs either.

Jul 29, 2014
steamer in General Topics

Salmon at any sushi-ya in Tokyo?

At the risk of exposing myself as a philistine I confess that I ate at Sushi zanmai in Shibuya's udagawacho about a block away from Tokyu honten.

I passed it everyday for a couple of years on my way to work, but never stopped in before last month. It's open 24 hours and is cheap as hell. It was not bad and did I say cheap as hell? I'm sure you can get some salmon there.

Sushizanmai Shibuya Tokyuhontenmae Ten-
III Saito Bldg, 1F 5 Udagawatyou Shibuya-ku 34 Tokyo

Jul 16, 2014
steamer in Japan

ten top MSP breakfasts

No such bold move.I think the serveuse was just too busy, I could always see my food sitting in the window.

Jul 15, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ten top MSP breakfasts

Aren't you lucky. Every time I've been there, it's been like that. Maybe it's because it was on a Saturday?

Jul 15, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Punch Pizza

I had some the other night at my friends' place and they reheated it in the oven until the crust was crisp. Very nice.

Jul 15, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul