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Need a good butcher in Waukesha County, WI

Have you tried Robert’s on Sunset in Waukesha? I sort of have mixed feelings about the place (it could be cleaner, the owner seems great/knowledgeable, but the rest of the staff could use some work), but thought it was worth mentioning if you don’t know it is there. I have spoken with the owner regarding special orders and he says they keep things pretty basic in the shop due to normal demand, but are happy to take special orders. I have bought fresh beef there on several occasions and have been happy with it.

Apr 16, 2014
bte576 in Great Lakes

Making a "Strata", but keeping the bread toasty/cripsy?

I need to bring an egg dish to Easter and I don't want to worry about making a crust. I'd like to do a strata of sorts, but so many call for the bread to be fully saturated in the egg mixture and often refrigerated overnight.

I was thinking about using lightly toasted bread cubes, tossing them in a little butter, putting them on the top of the strata, and then sprinkling with cheese. Has anyone done this?

I don't see why this would be an issue or wouldn't work, but since I'm responsible for bringing this for the group I need some chowhound guidance. My concern is the chance of the bread being tough or chewy.

Or, if I just assemble this right before baking (in lieu of letting the bread soak up the mixture) will that be all that I need to do?

My reason for wanting the crispiness is I actually made a small "test" recipe trying out the idea of making a polenta crust with the fillings I had selected. While the flavor was great, the lack of texture had me spooning the egg filling over toast and found that to be the winning combination. I could just go breadless and just bring toast I know, but the host will not want to have the toaster out and I don't know if I want to take up another oven with a big sheet pan.
Thanks!!

Apr 16, 2014
bte576 in Home Cooking

Madison (UW) close to campus not miss?

Are you looking for lunch? Or sticking around for dinner?

These tend to be our go-to casual lunch spots when we're visiting the campus area.

Brasserie V--Belgian inspired bar and restaurant
The Old Fashioned--Wisconsin themed spot
Dottie's Dumpling Dowry for Burgers

If you were thinking of doing something ethnic or more inventive, do advise.

On the way out of town, we like to drive down Willy Street and make stops at the Underground Butcher, Willy Street Co-Op, and Madison Sourdough to see if there's anything of interest to bring home with us.

Apr 16, 2014
bte576 in Great Lakes

upscale cocktail bars in Indianapolis

We've had great cocktails at The Libertine and Ball & Biscuit in Indy.

Apr 11, 2014
bte576 in Great Lakes
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Seeking Milwaukee Restaurant for 40 People

Kind of figured, but thought I might as well post my experience in case it was helpful to others!

Mar 06, 2014
bte576 in Great Lakes
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Seeking Milwaukee Restaurant for 40 People

Not sure if the OP is still looking for spots, but I just had a really great experience planning/hosting a dinner at The Rumpus Room and figured I'd add that. We were looking for a place for 20 and we had plenty of room, but I am not sure what the official capacity is of their private space.

We were really happy with the quality of the food for the price. Some of the drink options could add up quickly, but I'm sure you could limit the selections to more reasonably priced options.

Mar 04, 2014
bte576 in Great Lakes

Any updates/new comments regarding Sunday Brunch in Grand Cayman?

We did end up walking up to Camana Bay. It was not very happening on a Sunday and most of the shops were closed, so I wished I would have looked into that more.

We did end up eating light at Michael's and it was delicious.
From there, we walked back down to the port and stopped at F & B Craft Beer for a beer which was a new place that didn't come up in my searches beforehand.

Before heading back to the ship, we wanted to stop at a place with a nice patio on the water. We were going to go to Rackam's, but ended up at some place called Da Fish Shack. We were just going to stop in for a drink as the patio looked comfortable, but the fish coming out of the kitchen actually looked really good. We ended up sharing one of their fresh catches and enjoyed it. The service was a little slow and the bathrooms were really dirty, so that definitely detracted from the place...but overall, it wasn't a bad place to kill some time on a lazy island afternoon.

Mar 04, 2014
bte576 in Latin America & Caribbean

Where do the locals eat in the Ft. Lauderdale area?

We ended up doing a dinner at Tap 42 on our pre-cruise night and were able to stop in for lunch at Southport Raw Bar before heading back to the airport for our flight out.

Tap 42 was crazy, busy, and very loud as described...but we were able to secure a seat at the bar and had surprisingly attentive service from the bartenders despite the crowd. We enjoyed our food and it was nice to have some good brews before the cruise.

Southport Raw Bar was exactly what I expected--little divey, local, Florida place with nice patio seating. We ended up going with all fried seafood (last meal before return to reality of non-vacation) and it was very tasty.

Feb 21, 2014
bte576 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Any updates/new comments regarding Sunday Brunch in Grand Cayman?

Thanks Linda and BigGeorge. Sounds like Camana Bay would be a good spot for us so we don't have to limit ourselves to one big meal, but we could also make a stop at Rackam's during the to or from. I'd guess we will mostly be on foot as from what I can tell Camana Bay should be just less than two miles from where we port, but we may take a cab one way. We'll see--should be fun either way. I appreciate the help!

Feb 12, 2014
bte576 in Latin America & Caribbean

Any updates/new comments regarding Sunday Brunch in Grand Cayman?

Our cruise ports in George Town on a Sunday. We feel like what we are going to be in the mood for may depend on how things are going on the cruise food-wise.

There are just two of us, so if anyone has any experience as far as how necessary brunch reservations may really be, that would also be appreciated.

If we’re feeling well-fed, then splurging on Seven at the Ritz may not be necessary, and then we might be thinking Michael’s Genuine is more up our alley. Luca and Ortanique also sound great. I see that Luca also strongly suggests reservations.

We don’t have any plans for the day, so we could also pop around for a bit of a bar/restaurant hop, so we are also considering making a few stops.

I didn’t see anything posted since last April RE: Grand Cayman dining, so I thought I’d put this up to see if anyone had anything new to add.

Feb 04, 2014
bte576 in Latin America & Caribbean

Where do the locals eat in the Ft. Lauderdale area?

Oh, and I will add the original attraction to Tap 42 was the beer selection as it would be nice to have some great craft beers before the cruise as I know the beer selection will much less exciting on board. I did see there is a beer release party the night we'd be going, so that might make it extra crazy...but still might be fun. We will probably just see what we're in the mood from when we get in.

Feb 04, 2014
bte576 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Where do the locals eat in the Ft. Lauderdale area?

Thanks for both responses! I'll look up some of these others, but we are really looking for a come as you are casual spot for bar dining not a sit down meal, just being we aren't sure what time we'll even get to eating dinner and we may be eating a later lunch (so we may not be in need of a big dinner)due to our flight departure time.

If anyone has a good breakfast spot to share in that area, it would be much appreciated as well!

Feb 04, 2014
bte576 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Where do the locals eat in the Ft. Lauderdale area?

eliselaurel:
We have a one night pre-cruise stay coming up in FLL and I had been looking for something casual for dinner within walking distance of our hotel.

Tap 42 and Southport Raw Bar were two spots on my list. I know they are totally different, but would you pick one over the other or think one is more reliably good?

Feb 03, 2014
bte576 in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Breville Crispy Crust Countertop Pizza "Oven"--Like it

Thanks for the tip on the lid!

Jan 20, 2014
bte576 in Cookware

Not letting beef roast rest?? Just found an interesting article online...

So I made the roast and only let it rest for 15 minutes...I poured the bloody juice back over the meat and it was plenty moist, but I don't think I'd do the short rest again with a short piece of meat.

I was also not very happy with the reverse sear method--I took the meat out at 118, but with all that high heat at the end I ended up with one piece of medium rare meat right in the middle and then the rest of the meat hovered in the medium to nearly medium well. I think I would have had to of yanked it out somewhere between 105 to 110 for the center therm read to have ended up with medium rare meat for the most part.

On the bright side, the meat was moist and tasty...and with the group I served I am sure many were actually happy the meat was more well done than I had intended, but I was just not personally very happy with the results. Oh well, still a good dinner and time had by all.

Jan 20, 2014
bte576 in Home Cooking

Not letting beef roast rest?? Just found an interesting article online...

I have made many tenderloin roasts and have always started with searing and lowered the oven temperature and planned for at last a 20 minute rest.

I am doing a New York Strip Roast this weekend and was considering starting low and ending with a sear. I came across this long commentary and recipe for roasting.
http://www.amazingribs.com/recipes/be...

The article claims that you are better off just cooking the meat to the temperature you want and then pouring any juices lost back over the meat.

I don't know if I could go with no resting at all, but I am sort of intrigued with trying the technique of roasting until 115 at 225 and then broiling and rotating the meant until it gets to about 125 ish and planning for only a short rest, then trying the "board sauce" technique with some fresh herbs.

I was just curious if anyone had any thoughts on this alternative school of thought as I had always thought resting was the one thing people seemed to agree on!

Jan 16, 2014
bte576 in Home Cooking

Seeking Milwaukee Restaurant for 40 People

I know you're looking for dinner, but just in case a Sunday Brunch could be an option, Lake Park Bistro is a good choice to host a classy multi-course meal for much less than having a dinner there.

Dec 15, 2013
bte576 in Great Lakes

Seeking Milwaukee Restaurant for 40 People

I'd like to try to help, but I definitely have questions for you.

Are you just thinking a drink or two per person? Is your budget excluding tip? Are you looking for actual entree-type dining or would heavy apps, gourmet pizza, or other more casual fare be an option?

Also, are you looking for Milwaukee downtown proper or anywhere in the area?

You'll get to the low end of your budget $35 really quickly with drinks at most places that cater to private dining events. You may need to think outside the box a bit.

Are you looking for a private room for this event?

Dec 15, 2013
bte576 in Great Lakes

Breville Crispy Crust Countertop Pizza "Oven"--Like it

Suppose this would be a good time for an update.

After 5 months of use, I’m not quite as crazy about the unit. It is either losing some of its heating capabilities or there it has an issue that it shuts itself off when it gets to a certain temperature. The last few times I’ve used it I let it pre-heat for over an hour and think longer is not better. The manual says pre-heat for at least 30 minutes, but I think once it is getting to a certain temperature the top element shuts off and the retained heat in the stone causes the bottom of the pizza to cook much faster than the top. Like I said, I wouldn’t have bought this for myself, but once I had it, it was pretty handy…now I just need to troubleshoot this issue or file a warranty claim as it is definitely not putting out pizzas like it did during the first few months.

Nov 25, 2013
bte576 in Cookware

Bern's : What to order?

Thanks for the updated tips. I'm excited to check this place out!

Oct 11, 2013
bte576 in Florida

Food Trucks & Flicks- Tampa

I was wondering if anyone has attended this monthly event in Tampa? Thoughts?

We've got two nights in Tampa with the first at Bern's and thought we might do a nice lunch the following day and then check this event out for some casual bites before heading to a concert in Ybor City.

Thought I'd see if anyone had gone and/or just share it as I didn't see any mentions of it on chowhound.

Cheers and thanks!

Oct 11, 2013
bte576 in Florida

Bern's : What to order?

We're heading to Bern's next week for dinner--any new/updated advice on what to order? Or has not much changed in the last three years?

Oct 10, 2013
bte576 in Florida

Renegade Tap & Kitchen

Anyone try this since re-opening as Renegade by Mod?

We stay in this area when visiting and it would be great to know if this is a good option.

Sep 13, 2013
bte576 in Phoenix

Wisconsin/Madison specialty foods that travel well?

Check out Quince and Apple. They do very nice preserves and syrups.
http://www.quinceandapple.com/

Aug 17, 2013
bte576 in Great Lakes

Showing off in Milwauke....

Crazy Water is not really my favorite either, but I know a lot of people seem to love it for a hidden gem type experience.

That said, your comment about it being cramped reminded me that I really should not have recommended it for a hot day!! Maybe they've stepped up their A/C...but I have some memories of some summer dinners there that were uncomfortably warm.

Jul 18, 2013
bte576 in Great Lakes

Showing off in Milwauke....

Another thought. I can't comment on the food as of late, but The Iron Horse Hotel and Yard/outdoor patio are also cool spaces for drinks at least.

OP-- Have you been to the places being mentioned? Just curious...might help refine the suggestions too.

Jul 18, 2013
bte576 in Great Lakes

WI Dells or Baraboo - Please Help!

We tried the High Rock Cafe last fall for dinner when in the Dells for one night. It was good--seemed like the most promising option in the downtown area when I had researched the area at the time.

We also had gone to Monks for lunch that day and thought it was a fun place, but the burgers didn't quite live up to the hype for us.

We really wanted to have Mr. Pancake for breakfast on the way out, but it wasn't open yet. We ended up going to Paul Bunyans with low expectations and it didn't even meet those. It was pretty terrible, but it seemed like other people there were enjoying it...

Jul 18, 2013
bte576 in Great Lakes

Showing off in Milwauke....

We may not have your idealized thought of what you are looking for, but I think yes, we are "there".

Not all of these have great patios, but if you are talking about tomorrow the weather may not cooperate anyway...unfortunately you also may not be able to get in to some of these places either on short notice despite not being pretentious.

I would look up these places.
Odd Duck - Crazy Water - Braise - Circa 1880 - Wolf Peach - Blue Jacket (new; haven't been, but sounds promising)

A fun small plate itinerary could also be to check out the new Bavette La Boucherie (I saw they just started offering small plates) and visit the bar or lounge at Hinterland.

Also, I have never managed to eat there, but from what I know, Tess may be a place for you to also look up.

Jul 18, 2013
bte576 in Great Lakes

Breville Crispy Crust Countertop Pizza "Oven"--Like it

I would never have bought this myself...but my husband bought this for me knowing I am in constant pursuit of making pizza with a perfect crispy crust at home (and probably also so I would make him more pizza). I had to share in case anyone has been considering this product.

The technique advised is to roll out the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and then directly lift that onto the stone inside the oven. I have a spare 12" stone that I put under the parchment when rolling this out just so I make it the right size.

You then slide the pizza off the paper after it has set up. I always fumbled trying to slide pizzas onto a stone in my oven... To cut down on clean up, I have been putting plastic wrap over the top of the dough and then rolling it out to eliminate the need for flour.

It does only make 12" pizzas, so that might not be for everyone, but I am surprisingly happy with it! Thin pizzas are done in less than ten minutes and the bottom is perfectly crispy and the top is done well.

Sure, it's not a necessity and is just another gadget, but now that I have it, I will definitely use it.

Jun 27, 2013
bte576 in Cookware

Clear winner as far as best fun food neighborhood around Tampa for vacation?

Just wanted to update this--going with two nights in Tampa.

We had decided on St. Petersburg, but then were thrown for a loop when a favorite artist announced a concert in Ybor City during the dates we're in town.

With just two dinners and a lunch to really plan for, I think we should have plenty of options. We should be renting a car, so we can explore a bit further during the full day we have there.

I will look up Columbia as mentioned. I also came across a few places that sound interesting--Boca, Fly, & Edison-- and it looks like there are some good beer bars/breweries in the area.
Thanks for the help.

Jun 24, 2013
bte576 in Florida