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The Basics: How to Make Quinoa Salad

You need to rinse your quinoa before cooking, and the easiest way is in a strainer. Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin on it that is bitter - and it will make your final taste bad if you don't rinse first.

Jun 01, 2010
schavis in Features

weekend in birmingham

P.S. - Dax, since we have both lived in Boston, have you found a good place to have pho here in Birmingham? There are days I wish I could blink my eyes and end up at Pho Pasteur...

Feb 20, 2009
schavis in General South Archive

weekend in birmingham

I like the chicken larb, the coconut soup with shrimp, and pad thai. My boyfriend likes the basil rolls, Masaman curry, and the spicy beef salad - I agree with you Dax, Thai House's beef salad isn't better than Surin's - or my own :)

Feb 20, 2009
schavis in General South Archive

weekend in birmingham

Hi Potterybliss -

My recommendations are:

Urban Standard, downtown on the North side, for lunch. Nice, hip soup & sandwich place, and great cupcakes. This entire fall & winter, they run out of their butternut squash soup every time I go there for lunch. Also breakfast - mostly pastries - and open until about 10pm, I think.

Bottletree for sandwiches, quesadillas, and vegan/vegetarian fare. Another night spot.

Tria Market in Homewood started serving brunch a few months ago and it's expanded it's restaurant since- they serve lunch and dinner now too. I haven't eaten there but I know the guy behind these changes, and he knows what he's doing.

Sol Y Luna, and Cantina are good for Mexican food. Same owners; Cantina is a little lower-priced. Sol Y Luna has great tortilla soup.

I've recently paid frequent visits to a little family-owned Thai place downtown - Thai House.

And, if you like sushi, I moved here from Boston and was really surprised to find a place like Jinsei in Homewood. Pricey, but very good (just beware that there are some things on the menu meant to appeal to people who aren't into sushi, so order carefully).

2901 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Sol Y Luna
2811 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Urban Standard
Birmingham, AL, Birmingham, AL

Tria Market
Birmingham, AL, Birmingham, AL

Bottle Tree
3719 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Thai House
2131 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

Jinsei Sushi
1830 29th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35209

Feb 13, 2009
schavis in General South Archive

Fennel, Avocado, and Mint Salad

With respect to the calorie police, I just don't think you can judge this salad's healthfulness -- or the healthfulness of any other dish -- solely on calories and fat alone. If you're going to eat for nutrition, then consider this: Fennel's got good amounts of fiber, calcium, potassium, and vitamin A. The avocado is a great source of fiber and it also has lutein, an antioxidant that's good for your eyes. Sundried tomatoes: vitamin C, lycopene, beta carotene, fiber.

All that -- and the salad tastes great, too! Enjoy your food!

Jun 15, 2008
schavis in Recipes

The Napkin Defense

Anyone have any favorite sources for good looking cloth napkins?

Dec 05, 2007
schavis in Features

In town Oct. 28-30th, what to eat?

I'm visiting NOLA soon, too... has Dooky Chase reopened?

Oct 15, 2007
schavis in New Orleans