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Convention Center - Blue Nile closed?

Thanks, Leonardo. I live in rural Utah and would love to get some Ethiopian food while I'm there, but considering one of our best restaurants is in a gas station, I'll probably be happy wherever I end up.

May 17, 2014
renshiwo in Metro Portland

Convention Center - Blue Nile closed?

I'll be in Portland for a convention next week and have been looking at recommendations in previous posts. The Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant has gotten some favorable mentions, but when I looked on the web it looks like it might be closed? Anyone been there recently?

I'm looking for a spot to take two graduate students as a mentor/mentee pairing for dinner one night. Looking for reasonably close and not too expensive. Thinking either Karam, or possibly Biwa (but that could get more expensive than I'd like), if the Blue Nile is closed. Other thoughts?

May 17, 2014
renshiwo in Metro Portland

vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free morning snack

Yes, olive oil it is. Any suggestions on getting a nice texture to the eggs with no milk or cheese?

Mar 28, 2013
renshiwo in Home Cooking

vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free morning snack

I think I will go with the asparagus frittata. I want this to be a pretty low key morning for me. Thanks for all the ideas!

Mar 27, 2013
renshiwo in Home Cooking

vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free morning snack

How do you get a nice texture to the frittata without any cheese?

Mar 27, 2013
renshiwo in Home Cooking

vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free morning snack

Definitely added sugar, but probably low sugar overall. She and baby are trying to get rid of a thrush infection.

Mar 27, 2013
renshiwo in Home Cooking

vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free morning snack

I am having a few friends with kids over for an Easter egg hunt. I plan to serve my family's traditional Mennonite Easter bread, but among the handful of people invited, the majority have at least one dietary restriction: vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or sugar-free. I would like to provide a snack for them as well, but sheesh, what's left? I love my friends, but hosting them can be a pain in the tuckus. Ideas?

Mar 27, 2013
renshiwo in Home Cooking

Delivery or take out near 694 and 35W

My friend's baby is in the hospital. I would like to get her a gift card for a restaurant or good grocery store/deli that would deliver or have easy, quick take out options. She lives off of Silver Lake Road NW near the Brighton Golf Course. Her baby is at Amplatz Children's Hospital - Riverside campus if that area has better options. Whatever it is, it needs to be easy, easy, easy, which is why I would prefer delivery. Thanks.

Jan 28, 2013
renshiwo in Minneapolis-St. Paul

not so big dinnerware

Hmmm... would like something a little more colorful than what's available on Hockenbergs, but thanks for the ideas.

I may just end up getting a regular set and using the big plates as platters... but that leaves me with no dessert plates.

Jul 22, 2012
renshiwo in Cookware

good food in Moab?

Desert Bistro has moved into town and is now located on 100 West.

Jul 20, 2012
renshiwo in Mountain States

not so big dinnerware

Advice on where to purchase (online) dinnerware sets that are fairly petite? Maybe a large plate of 9"? 10-12 oz. mug?

Looking around most sets seem to be 11" for the large plate, and some of the mugs are 15 oz.! I currently have a set of rectangular plates from Japan that I love that are 10x7". It's a nice size for moderate portions.

Jul 20, 2012
renshiwo in Cookware

dinners in Aurora, CO

Ok, a little more Chow searching and this is what I've come up with. Thoughts? Travel times?
China Jade
Sunburst Cafe
Seoul BBQ
Athenian
Star of India

Feb 07, 2012
renshiwo in Mountain States

dinners in Aurora, CO

Any recommendations for dinners within a 10-15 minute drive of the Children's Hospital in Aurora, CO? We like all types of food and don't need much atmosphere - just a break from the hospital cafeteria! Had a great meal last night at the Nile restaurant on Havana and Jewell and would love similar finds. $10-15 per entree is ideal, but more is feasible. Quick service would be a bonus.

Thanks!

Feb 06, 2012
renshiwo in Mountain States

flagstaff - what would you change on this dining itinerary?

We used to live in Flagstaff and are headed back there next week after a couple of years away. We want to hit some old favorites, but are interested in trying new restaurants that we might not know about, too. We'll have our 21-month old along, so fine dining isn't really an option.

Here's what we're thinking of:
Martanne's - green chilequiles. You really wouldn't be able to talk us out of this one.
Big Foot - Satchmo's is new since we lived there. Can anyone compare the two?
Pato Thai - We thought this was the best of the bunch (Dara/Racha/etc.) when we lived there, but wouldn't mind hearing if it has been surpassed.
Tacos Los Altos - Still delicious? Homemade horchata?
Criollo Latin Kitchen - this one will be new to us, but is recommended by a friend.

Based on this list you can probably tell our budget. We live in a very small town now with few food options, so any type of flavors will be exciting for us. What are we missing?

Thanks!

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Tacos Los Altos
3650 E Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Pato
Flagstaff, AZ, Flagstaff, AZ

Oct 21, 2011
renshiwo in Southwest

restaurants that deliver in Salt Lake City - Cottonwood Heights area

Thanks enbell. So far none of these seem to have a gift certificate option, but I haven't called all of them yet. I appreciate the leads!

Jul 31, 2011
renshiwo in Mountain States

restaurants that deliver in Salt Lake City - Cottonwood Heights area

Hi all,

I'm looking for tasty restaurants that deliver (and hopefully have gift certificates) in the Cottonwood Heights area (greater SLC). We have a friend who just went through surgery, and I would like to send her family a gift certificate that they can use for one of those hectic days between doctor's appointments, physical therapy, etc. Unfortunately, I'm not having any luck with internet searching.

I know that this family has ordered Indian and Chinese food before for delivery. They are vegetarian, and one of them prefers mild (not spicy) foods. I would greatly appreciate any recommendations!

Jul 29, 2011
renshiwo in Mountain States

5 day conference at Sheraton on Canal St.

Thanks Littleman.

Mar 11, 2011
renshiwo in New Orleans

5 day conference at Sheraton on Canal St.

I will be in New Orleans for five days March 14-18 for a conference at the Sheraton on Canal Street, where I will also be staying at night. I will not have a car. I've been lurking for a while on the board and have gotten lots of ideas, but I'm concerned about wait times. What are some options for quick, inexpensive breakfasts ($10 or less) and lunches ($15 or less) near my conference( I have some guesses below)? How long will it take me to walk to the following?

Breakfasts - mostly interested in the coffee and pastry types of places, maybe some homemade granola:
Cafe Beignet
CC's Community Coffeehouse
Croissant d'Or

Lunches:
Bennachin
Central Grocery
Coop's
Verti Mart

I also hope to have one leisurely lunch day, which I plan to spend at August. Will I need reservations for lunch?

For dinners, I am a little lost because so many of the recommendations are pretty expensive for my budget. For my "splurge" nights, I am planning on visiting Cochon and possibly Brightson's (although that would require a cab ride, I believe). Cheaper recommendations ($20 or less)?

Also, if I wanted to have a night out, the Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf Bar on Tuesday night has been recommended to me. Looks like this would also be a cab ride, yes? Dinner recommendations for that area? My other thought for this is whatever is playing at the Preservation Hall some night.

Thanks so much! I get the impression that it will hard for me to eat any bad food while visiting, and I'm looking forward to. I haven't made reservations yet, but I'm hoping you all will be too tuckered from Mardi Gras to go out much next week.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bennachin Restaurant
1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Preservation Hall
726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA

Mar 06, 2011
renshiwo in New Orleans

awash in spinach mustard

Thanks!

May 28, 2010
renshiwo in Home Cooking

awash in spinach mustard

Oh, yum. Somehow this seems like it can't possibly be healthy, whether it's made with greens or not.

May 27, 2010
renshiwo in Home Cooking

awash in spinach mustard

Thanks. We are very rural, so I can't think of a place to get Indian chile powder within a four hour radius!

May 27, 2010
renshiwo in Home Cooking

awash in spinach mustard

Mmmm, this sounds delicious. Is the chile powder like a New Mexico chile powder, or is it dried ground chiles (like cayenne)?

May 23, 2010
renshiwo in Home Cooking

awash in spinach mustard

Baby is still on a liquid diet, so I have no idea what he'll eat! But I know several babies that have started out with some pretty bizarre foods - they don't get picky for a year or so.

May 21, 2010
renshiwo in Home Cooking

good food in Moab?

Center Cafe has closed its doors.

May 21, 2010
renshiwo in Mountain States

awash in spinach mustard

Our CSA pickup this week included a giant bag of spinach mustard - a hybrid green that has just a little bit of bite, but is mild enough to eat raw. We've been stirfrying it and adding it to salads, but there is no way we will eat all of it before it goes bad. Any suggestions for consuming, freezing or preserving, or processing our greens into baby food?

May 21, 2010
renshiwo in Home Cooking

cheap, fast lunches near Lloyd Center, Portland

Back from Portland. Sadly, due to work and social obligations I mostly had mediocre to downright terrible food. It was a food tragedy. The bright spots....
Food carts at 9th and Alder:
Huong's Vietnamese - huge portions loaded with veggies for my veggie friends. Went there with five people. We all ordered different dishes and were all mightily pleased.
Aybla Mediterranean Grill - delectable lamb gyro with feta.

Food carts I liked less:
Samurai Bento - quality food, but with all the fresh ingredients around, I was sorry I didn't go for something else (or back to Huong's).
India Chaat House - for me, this one was nothing special. Again, maybe I was too excited about all the fresh ingredients elsewhere. I had their lunch special, and the main dish (sweet potato and peas) seemed to be cooked down to mush.

A great treat: Sahagun's hot chocolate. If they made this illegal, folks would sell their kidneys for it.

Good breakfast: Tin Shed. Went with the family and everyone had something different. All were pleased, including picky father-in-law who ordered plain toast with a fried egg (not on the menu). Humongous portions. Would be happy to see this place cut the portion size and the price a little bit, but I know that's now a good way to make money.

Pretty good around the Lloyd Center: Milo's Cafe. I was surprised by the prices though, which were higher than what I would have expected for a place that our B&B owner described as a diner. Easy to drop $20 on a dinner here. All other places I went around Lloyd Center were utterly forgettable.

Fuller's restaurant in downtown Portland: good straight up eggs and bacon kind of place with yummy homemade bread for the toast. Nothing fancy, but tasty and didn't require a 45 minute wait on a Sunday morning.

I won't even bother to mention all the bad restaurants I had suffered through. I do have to make a mention of our one "fancy" night, which was at Fife. We forewent more interesting options like Toro Bravo, Tabla, le Pigeon, etc. so that the inlaws could join us. However, this was a real disappointment for me. I had the lamb chops with roasted brussel sprouts and fennel. I thought the vegetables were oversalted. I should have ordered the lamb medium rare rather than just rare, as it was completely raw at the bone. I can't give a fair review I guess, because other things conspired to make this a fairly miserable meal. But I would hope for a little more imagination on the plate, rather than just a meat-and-potatoes experience. This one was also recommended by our B&B owner and was selected mainly to please the palate of my inlaws. Still, I wouldn't go here again, even if craving a good, straight-forward, American-style dinner.

Thanks Chowhounders for all your advice. Wish I could have tried more of them!

Mar 22, 2009
renshiwo in Pacific Northwest

Are there any Klamath Falls Hounds out there?

I can't speak to either of the restaurants that you suggest, but I will say that the Thai restaurant downtown (Thai Orchid I believe) is quite serviceable. My inlaws live in KF, and I would be happy to eat there again.

Mar 22, 2009
renshiwo in Pacific Northwest

cheap, fast lunches near Lloyd Center, Portland

Thanks to all!

Feb 06, 2009
renshiwo in Pacific Northwest

cheap, fast lunches near Lloyd Center, Portland

Actually I rechecked my schedule, and we have 1.5 hours for lunch! Hooray! Would this possible give me enough time for a sit down anywhere? Karam?

Really, though, I think I can be pretty happy with food carts.

Thanks, Leonardo, for giving me the heads up on the metro lines and for more dinner recommendations. I do love Ethiopian, although I think it's more fun with a crowd.

Tanuki and Biwa - both are non-sushi oriented Japanese, yes? With Tanuki being the cheaper option?

Feb 02, 2009
renshiwo in Pacific Northwest

cheap, fast lunches near Lloyd Center, Portland

If this helps - I would love to eat as a wide a variety of cuisines as I can while in town. For my not-rushed, sans-inlaw nights, I'm thinking about Toro Bravo, Tabla, Pok Pok, Lucky Strike, Tanuki, Apizza Scholl's.....

Pok Pok looks like it's too far for lunch?

Jan 31, 2009
renshiwo in Pacific Northwest