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Tacorito- Gone but not forgotten...Omaha/Lincoln, NE and CO

Since we moved to Colorado five years ago we have been going to Holly West (La Fonda)...Home of the Tacorito. We really love their food but I have yet to order a Tacorito. It just has never sounded like something I would order. But now I am intrigued about the "secret" gravy and now I want to try it. I will be in California this weekend visiting family and my brother used to go to Holly Inn when he lived in Denver. I will have to ask if he ever ordered the Tacorito!

May 17, 2012
Squint in Great Plains

Trader Joes??

This will be great if it happens. I've always been led to believe that Trader Joes was not going to enter the Colorado market until the liquor law was changed. I happened to be in Providence, Rhode Island this past Mon/Tues and stopped in a Trader Joes. I was surprised that they did not sell wine. I asked about it at the facility where I was doing a regulatory audit and they said that the Rhode Island law also does not allow wine sales in grocery stores. Hmmm...maybe TJ's has reconsidered.

Jan 19, 2012
Squint in Mountain States

pizza problem

I make a thin crust pizza every Friday night. I use a perforated pizza pan. I bake the crust with toppings at 440 deg F for 9 minutes. I take it out, put the cheeses on and bake for an additional 5 minutes; then take the pizza off the pan and place directly on the rack for 2 minutes. I've baking pizza this way for years and it turns out great everytime. I have a pizza stone but it's really just easier to bake in the pan. We like having the cheese on top of the toppings but if you like the cheese on top of the sauce with the toppings over the cheese, prebaking the crust would be the way to go. Good luck!

Jan 05, 2012
Squint in Home Cooking

Top Chef: where are they now (ongoing)

Brian Malarky was on Top Chef before Spike Mendelsohn (I think Spike was the following season?). Wouldn't that mean Malarky began the trend of wearing hats with Spike copying him?

Jan 04, 2012
Squint in Food Media & News

The creator of the grocery supercenter has died

I just read this online in the Grand Rapids Press. We moved from West Michigan to Colorado almost 5 years and still occasionally will say "We need to go to Meijers". More than once we saw Mr. Meijer greeting customers entering one of his stores. He and Lena did so much for the community and the state. The Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park was one of our favorite places to visit and we enjoyed many concerts out there in the summer. Rest in Peace Mr. Meijer.

Nov 28, 2011
Squint in Food Media & News

Urgent help - near Denver SW Lakewood for special Aussie visitors

Thank you! We go to the Botanic Gardens quite often so we will plan a trip to the Ethiopian Restaurant next time we visit...probably once the weather cools off. And hope for the free honey wine! I have the other 2 on my must-try list now too!

Jul 22, 2011
Squint in Mountain States

Urgent help - near Denver SW Lakewood for special Aussie visitors

LorenM, where do you go for darn good Ethiopian? Even though we have been here for 4 years, we are still searching out the great ethnic holes-in-the-wall We used to go to a fabulous Ethiopian restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI and would love to find something similar here. Thanks!

Jul 22, 2011
Squint in Mountain States

Urgent help - near Denver SW Lakewood for special Aussie visitors

I can't help with any suggestions but I do know that Dickey's BBQ is NOT good! It is a cafeteria-type restaurant (i.e. trays sliding down a line asking for servings) of very subpar food. We went to one shortly after moving to Denver 4 years ago. I can't imagine that they have improved since then.

Jul 21, 2011
Squint in Mountain States

Beaver Island Food

When we lived in Michigan we vacationed on Beaver Island twice. We stayed at the Beaver Island Lodge and had dinner several times at the restaurant there. nsxtasy is right..it's pretty much the only "non-casual" restaurant on the island. I remember the food was fairly upscale and was good. As were the martinis! If it is a warm evening, dining on the patio with the great view of the lake would definitely be a nice get away for you and your husband!

Both times we were on the island we ate every breakfast at Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli. Very good breakfasts. We did not eat lunch there but everything we ordered for breakfast was great.

We had lunch several times at Shamrock Restaurant & Pub. It's your basic pub/grill food. Again, it is a warm day,it's nice to sit on the patio with a view of the marina.

I would skip Stoney Acre Grill. Basically Gordon Food Service (or Sysco) food and the atmosphere kind of reminded me of a school cafeteria. Probably not what you have in mind! I see on their website they have added Donegal Danny’s Pub which was not there when we ate there so that may be an option for you. Although the website talks about a complimentary hot dog buffet on Sundays so maybe not!

We really enjoyed our vacations on Beaver Island, despite the limited dining. We took several classes and did kayak excursions with the Inland Seas School of Kayaking which is conveniently located right across from Dalwhinnie's.

Have a great vacation!

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Stoney Acre Grill
PO Box 157, Beaver Island, MI 49782

Jun 14, 2011
Squint in Great Lakes

Bon Appetit & Paltrow

Yes the new editor is from GQ. And he writes in his editor's letter when he is not name dropping and fawning over Gwyneth that "putting people on our covers is something we feel good about. It's something we'll do a few times a year. Of course, they've got to be the right people". Meaning the fabulous people he sees as he's dining at the "it" places?

I'm with you juli5122...I'm not embracing the changes in Bon Appetit especially when they are not for the better. When I pulled it out of the mailbox at first I thought it was Shape or Health (whichever one I subscribe to). Bon Appetit needs food on the cover...that is what makes me want to read more!

May 27, 2011
Squint in Food Media & News

Can anyone recommend a meal delivery service (SoCal or nationwide)?

Some personal chefs provide delivery service if they are using a commercial kitchen. Most personal chefs cook at the customer's home (bringing everything they need for preparing meals) but that may not work for your friends. You can check out Southern California personal chefs at the United States Personal Chef Association (http://www.uspca.com/). I used a personal chef service a few times for my mom before she moved to live with my sister. She was very pleased with the meals. Good luck!

May 09, 2011
Squint in General Topics

Fresh pork belly in Denver metro?

Good to know that Tony's Market carries pork belly as well. I shop there once in awhile...I really need to go more often.

If you haven't been to Savory Spice yet, you will enjoy it. Their spices and selections are great!

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Savory Spice Shop
1537 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202

Apr 15, 2011
Squint in Mountain States

Fresh pork belly in Denver metro?

This is where I purchase pork belly as well. They have always had it available when I have looked for it.

Apr 13, 2011
Squint in Mountain States

Business now takes me to Holland, Michigan

I worked in Holland for 15 years before moving to Colorado 4 years ago. I would not recommend Beechwood Inn as I'm sure it has not improved since I was last there. It's pretty basic food...bland and uninspired. The only reason I ever ate there was it was near my work and unfortunately there were always business meals held there.

I would suggest Boatwerks on the south shore of Lake Macatawa. I always had good meals there. http://www.boatwerksrestaurant.com/ While Pereddie's is good, I prefer 84 East in downtown Holland. http://www.84east.com/ A newer place Salt & Pepper Savory Grill and Pub has been mentioned several times by my Holland Facebook friends as being good. http://saltandpepperpub.com/main/ Sadly, I can't think of any Mexican restaurant with a liquor license.

And after mentioning all of these, I heartily second nsxtasy's recommendation of Everyday People Cafe if you want to drive to Douglas. One of my all time favorite restaurants in West Michigan. After 4 years I still miss that place!

Good luck!

Apr 07, 2011
Squint in Great Lakes

RIP Bernard Clayton, Jr. - a great author of groundbreaking bread baking and other books

The English Muffin bread is one of our favorites too. I have made so many recipes from the New Complete Book of Breads over the years I have owned it. The next generation of our family is starting to bake all favorites too.

Rest in Peace Mr. Clayton.

Apr 06, 2011
Squint in Food Media & News

Looking for good authentic Polish food??

Thanks for this information! We were wondering on Fat Tuesday where we could find paczkis. We moved here from Michigan 4 years ago and still miss the paczkis from Hamtramck in metro Detroit..

I'm looking forward to checking out the Royal Bakery for Easter!!

Mar 21, 2011
Squint in Mountain States

Would you want these guys to re-write your menu? [moved from General Topics]

My sons too Sunshine! I don't use any acronyms and I always make sure there is a period at the end of the last sentence!

Mar 16, 2011
Squint in Food Media & News

What's the ideal southern brunch menu?

Thanks mamachef for this recipe and the tarts. They both look so good! I told my friend that I was going to plan a Southern Brunch and she said "I'll bring the bourbon" LOL!

Had to laugh at "if you don't care to cook with alcohol"...It's generally one of my main ingredients! Love to cook with wine!

Thanks again for the recipes and great suggestions for brunch!!

Feb 09, 2011
Squint in General Topics

What's the ideal southern brunch menu?

Oh my...this is amazing. I think I will plan a Southern Brunch now! It would be great on a snowy weekend morning here in frigid Colorado! Could you please post the recipe for the Braised-pork hash and the Bourbon-Pecan sand tarts?

Thanks mamachef!!

Feb 08, 2011
Squint in General Topics

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #4 - 12/22/10 (Spoilers)

It's so crazy Linda. I live in a small mountain town just 25 miles west of Denver yet we have to use this hole-in-the-wall cable company. They were just bought out by another company..the one that dropped Bravo. We could probably upgrade to get more channels including Bravo but we really don't watch that much TV. We could also get Dish or Direct TV but we are planning to move closer to Denver in the next few months. I travel for work so it will be nice to be closer to the airport plus we are getting tired of the small town/small county politics.

To keep this post on topic...I really do miss Bravo for Top Chef. And of course they dropped it right before the Top Chef Just Desserts final!

Dec 23, 2010
Squint in Food Media & News

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #4 - 12/22/10 (Spoilers)

The powers that be at my cable service removed Bravo from the channels provided....boo!...so I have to watch the episodes on line after the fact. Thank you Linda for providing the commentary...I check it as soon as the episode is over. I never mind knowing who is packing their knives before I see it. And Yay for Carla winning!

I have to say that reading Anthony Bourdain's blog has been the most enjoyable part of this season! This episode's blog just cracked me up...I can't wait to see Marcel's jacket!

Dec 23, 2010
Squint in Food Media & News

Books About Food (memoirs and the like--NOT COOKBOOKS): Favorites & Recommendations

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin is very good, I agree with other posters on the Michael Ruhlman's books...I think The Soul of a Chef is the one that has in depth looks at Thomas Keller at The French Laundry and Michael Symon (pre-Iron Chef) at Lola.

Dec 17, 2010
Squint in Food Media & News

That Tom guy got his own FN show

I though Guy Fieri too. It's going to be one of those shows that can be turned into a drinking show. Everytime he says "That's awesome!" "That's amazing" take a drink! It won't take long to get blitzed!

And someone mentioned the constant shouting..ugh. I liked Tom on the Next Food Network Star but this is not the best fit for him. Nothing that I will watch again.

Nov 01, 2010
Squint in Food Media & News

The original California cuisine in Sunset Magazine-NYT

I just picked up the Sunset Recipe Annual 1988 Edition at a church rummage sale. It was the last day of the sale and it was $5 for everything you could stuff in a paper grocery bag. I picked up several cookbooks. I've flipped through it and have marked several recipes to try. The Sunset recipes I've tried are generally pretty good.

Oct 20, 2010
Squint in Food Media & News

Proliferation of Asian buffets...

The snow crab dance is also on the hit parade at buffets in the casinos in my small Colorado town.

Thankfully I have finally convinced visiting relatives that it is much better to have dinner at my house before going out to gamble so I have not had to endure any buffets lately.

Sep 29, 2010
Squint in General Topics

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

Yes...the little redheaded girl with her hair in ponytails. And her family was featured throughout the book. It was so much fun cooking from the book even though looking back the recipes were so simple. But as an 8 year old I was pretty proud of everything I made and of course my parents made a big deal! I would like to find an intact copy to give to my 3 month old granddaughter when she is a little older.

Sep 20, 2010
Squint in Home Cooking

Well that was kind of nice....

As I was leaving the Denver Broncos/Seattle Seahawks game today (Yay Broncos) there were several concession workers passing out large pretzels they had left over. The temp was in the 90's most of the day...they probably didn't sell a lot of hot pretzels! I passed on a pretzel but there were several young kids that were thrilled with a free pretzel as big as their heads!

That was kind of nice too.

Sep 19, 2010
Squint in Not About Food

Cookbooks you shouldn't have purchased...which books just didn't work for you?

buttertart, is that the "I Like to Cook Book" from Carnation milk? If so, that is my first cookbook I got when I was 8. The spiral binding is long gone but I have the whole book stored in a ziplock. I loved that book! I cooked every single recipe in it and love going back and reading my notes on each recipe scribbled (in pencil) in the margins! It truly started my love of cooking. My mom had the Time-Life books and I pored over those cover to cover. And ironically my mom hated to cook. I wish I would have snagged those Time-Live books before I left home!

Sep 19, 2010
Squint in Home Cooking

Recipes found in fiction books...have you tried them?

I've tried recipes from Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy the caterer books. I know that I've made a bread recipe, a couple of pasta recipes and several others. I don't remember any of them being bad. On the other hand, none of them have stayed in my regular rotation so they can't have been too outstanding.

I recall an interview with the author that she said she had a recipe developer take her recipe ideas and develop and test them for her before she includes them in her books.

Sep 17, 2010
Squint in Food Media & News

Top Chef - D.C. - Finale, Part 2 (Ep. #14) - 09/15/10 (Spoilers)

Thank you Linda for your terrific detailed write-ups of each episode! I live in the Mountain Time Zone and would come here and check the results at 9:00pm (11:00pm Eastern) to get to scoop. To me, this whole season was meh. I couldn't get involved with any of the contestants and never singled out a favorite. Not even fellow Coloradan Kelly Liken, who will be doing demos at the Colorado Mountain Winefest this weekend.

I did not watch the whole final episode but will check it out in the reruns as Keven's food does sound amazing.

Maybe Season 8 will bring us some amazing chefs and will reenergize the franchise!

Sep 16, 2010
Squint in Food Media & News