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Fine Dining in St. Paul?

Correction. Dining room total was $218. We also ordered two glasses of wine with the appetizer. Did not want to give out misinformation. Sorry.
We went to Moscow on the Hill last night and loved it.
Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions.

Fine Dining in St. Paul?

Went to Forpaugh's last night. Fantastic service, very good food, delightful atmosphere. Shared beef marrow and shrimp appetizer. First taste of beef marrow and liked it okay. Entrees: Wife had Beef Wellington and loved it. My duck dish was very good. Enjoyed a Ridge Zin for $58. All in with tip was about $250.

Tonight... Moscow on the Hill.

Fine Dining in St. Paul?

Wow, what great suggestions. Hadn't thought of Moscow on the Hill and we've never been there. Maybe Moscow one night (with a cab ride to/from Woodbury) and Joan's on the second night. Just checked out their menu and it looks wonderful.

Thanks to all who suggested something. Will file away others for future "dates" with my better half.

Autumn, Fuji Ya sounds great; we've always gone to Sakura.

Fine Dining in St. Paul?

Wow, what great suggestions. Hadn't thought of Moscow on the Hill and we've never been there. Maybe Moscow one night (with a cab ride to/from Woodbury) and Joan's on the second night. Just checked out their menu and it looks wonderful.

Thanks to all who suggested something. Will file away others for future "dates" with my better half. Fuji Ya sounds great; we've always gone to Sakura.

Fine Dining in St. Paul?

Hello,
Anniversary next week. Want to do two nights of fine and/or fun dining. We'd do Minneapolis, but drive back is a pain and would rather spend lodging $$ on dinner.
So, suggestions? Meritage still good? Manicni's (never been there)? Heartland (loved it last time year; still wonderful?)
My fabulous wife and I love pretty much all good cuisine.

Would really appreciate anything I'm not thinking of that is worthy of an anniversary dinner.

Uncle Val's Gin Cocktails

Had this at a bar chilled in a glass. Fantastic stuff I thought. Purchased a bottle. I am now on my second bottle. It's pretty great ice chilled or just out of the fridge, but I'm wondering if anyone has made any cocktails with this.

The flavor profile makes me want to leave it alone, but I imagine someone has cooked up something to make folks drink more. I googled a bit, but did not find anything that got me too excited.

Jan 25, 2013
perrywillis in Spirits

What's up with the price of Plymouth gin?

Locally it's going for $32-$35 in twin cities metro area. Sheesh, criminy! For that much, I'd go Junipero for $33, or up the ante to astounding Uncle Val's or a St. George for around $40.
It's a shame. At the previous price point it was a tasty gin at a fair price. They just priced themselves out of my market.

Beefeater is my go-to house gin for martini's, so not as effected as those who use it regularly. My sympathies for those that do/did.

Jan 24, 2013
perrywillis in Spirits

St. Germain Elderflower Liquer

I just picked up a bottle of Thatcher's Elderflower liqueur. Paid around $20. My bottle of St. Germain had become cloudy and wanted to experiment w/ something less expensive.
1. The packaging is WAY cheaper. Standard bottle w/ metal screw-top. I'm not a packaging snob so no points off there. Especially if more is put toward product. Maybe producer will write his memoir entitled... "It's not about the Bottle".
2. Nose is pretty light w/ floral notes dominating; no surprise there.
3. Color: a little opacity (cloudy). Whitish with just a hint of pale yellow.
3. Taste: Simple, elegant. Much less sweet than St. Germain. I'm tasting them side by side. This is definitely NOT a substitute for St. Germain.
I'm off to make an Apperant Sour: 1.5 oz Aperol, 3/4 oz St. Germain, 3/4 Lime Juice. I'll try a straight up subbing of Thatcher's, then again I'll try it w/ some simple syrup if I find it lacking sweetness.
It might be a nice touch to sparkling wine of some sort a 'la Germain w/out the extra sweetness . Thatcher's had some other intriguing liqueurs (cucumber?).

I do not work for or have any affiliation w/ the Thatcher's folks. Just honest comments from someone who makes cocktails in my home.

Jul 08, 2011
perrywillis in Spirits

Bitter Truth Products

Does anyone know where one might find Bitter Truth bitters in the greater twin cities area? Specifically looking for celery bitters. Just purchased some Fee Brothers, but would like to get my hands on some Bitter Truth.
TIA.

The Classic 3-2-1 Margarita

Yep, this is very close to mine, too. 2 oz blanco tequila (simple, nothing fancy), 1.5 oz triple sec, 1 oz lime juice. If it's hot outside, I strain and let a little ice into the glass or add fresh ice. I second jnawricki... people work so hard to ruin this perfectly simple drink.
If I see a green one at a restaurant, I know not to order one.

Jul 16, 2010
perrywillis in Recipes

Salt Alternatives...Salternatives?

Karl,
Agreed. I've seen this comment several times. Kind of like the 6-8 glasses of water a day. I do not believe that amount is data driven. I run so I'm probably okay with more than the USDA guideline (saw that referenced somewhere). You're a fountain of information, sir.

Jun 29, 2010
perrywillis in General Topics

Salt Alternatives...Salternatives?

Wow, thanks to all for the great info and comments. I will try all your suggestions, esp. just weaning myself from amount used and adjusting my palate. I love and always have garlic, parsely, cilantro, lemons, limes, and balsalmic on hand. I will experiment. I'm weaning myself off processed foods. I will scrutinize product labels.

Val, don't know if I can give up lunch meat. I'll focus on low sodium options w/ less than 10% USDA Rec/serving

Karl S,
Not sure if I am sodium sensitive, but would prefer to have my sodium consumption w/in USDA guidelines or there about. It was after reading some recent articles (media food concern of the week), that I started examining my salt intake and did not like what I saw. One out of 18 U.S. citizens consume the recommended amount or below. Thank you for you comment.

Just doing my patriotic duty to be healthy, fit, and lower medical costs.

Jun 29, 2010
perrywillis in General Topics

Smoked Sea Salt

Could you suggest some uses for this smoked salt, please.

Jun 29, 2010
perrywillis in Recipes

Salt Alternatives...Salternatives?

Hello fellow chowsters,

I searched the forums for salt alternatives and sodium and did not see a thread on salt alternatives. With recent news/health trends focusing on salt/sodium consumption I'm looking for something to season my foods that has less sodium. I know most of people's sodium consumption comes from processed foods and restaurant dishes, but I want to find something to season my home meals with that might be healthier for me.

I love radishes or celery dashed with salt. Perfect snack for me, not for my blood pressure.
Tried Mrs. Dash and promptly plunked it into the trash.

If anyone has any tips or suggestions, I'm all ears.

BTW: I went to Boar's Head web site. Their "low sodium" products are a lot higher in sodium than most of their beef products. Granted the beef has more calories and sat. fat, but it is interesting they don't market their beef products as low sodium.

Jun 26, 2010
perrywillis in General Topics

Spritz

hmmm, got some Campari and some Cynar (new favorite digestif) and some Prosecco handy. Always have oranges for Negroni and club soda. I'm all set for comparison bartending. What a great weekend it's going to be.

BTW: In the recipe instructions it says to fill a champagne flute wiht Aperol. I'm no rocket scientist, but how are you going to add the other ingredients if the flute is full of Aperol?

Jun 26, 2010
perrywillis in Recipes

Sashimi with Soy Sauce, Sesame Seeds, and Chives

sounds wonderful. suggestions for what to serve along side?

Jun 16, 2010
perrywillis in Recipes

Filthy Martini

cemott3rd is spot on. Not a martini without gin. Make this with gin, keep the caperberry, drop the brine (or keep it). Stir, don't shake. Maybe add a dash of orange bitters if you're feeling naughty.
Cheers.

Jun 16, 2010
perrywillis in Recipes

Little Italy

okay. been looking for an excuse to add Cynar to my cabinet. Thanks.

Apr 22, 2010
perrywillis in Recipes

What's up with the price of Plymouth gin?

Are there any less expensive alternatives to Plymouth Gin? Something as smooth and with some complexity?
I've about had it with the $30 . No matter where I check here in the Twin Cities area, I can't find a deal. Campari has gone through the roof at many places too.

Oct 09, 2009
perrywillis in Spirits