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Food confessions you'd rather not make.?

I have plenty..

McDonald's fries dipped in their hot mustard sauce, and more recently their new habenero sauce
Bojangles Sausage, Egg & Cheese biscuit
Popeye's chicken
Golden Krust Jamaican Beef Patties
Hot sauce of any kind on a banana
and when I'm in a vending machine situation, a honey bun nuked for 15 seconds
OOoh, and most importantly, especially this week--those French's Fried Onions most commonly used in green bean casserole (!), I LOVE them by themselves..they give me heartburn, but every year I can't help myself.

Nov 18, 2012
RaleighRocker in General Topics

Chubby's Tacos Raleigh-Help me ID A Particular Salsa

I swore I posted a "thank you" RonboNC, but it's not showing up..but thank you!!!

Nov 18, 2012
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Chubby's Tacos Raleigh-Help me ID A Particular Salsa

looks like you can buy a pint!

Nov 18, 2012
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Chubby's Tacos Raleigh-Help me ID A Particular Salsa

RonboNC Thank you!!!! I am seriously craving that stuff so bad!

Nov 18, 2012
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Chubby's Tacos Raleigh-Help me ID A Particular Salsa

I enjoy eating at Chubby's sometimes, but what I enjoy the most is this one particular salsa they have and for the life of me I can't remember the name & I'd like to try to make it at home.

It is the one that is sort of a light reddish orange & creamy-not sure if has a creama, or even mayo(!) base. It is the lightest colored one they have a the bar.


Nov 17, 2012
RaleighRocker in Southeast

New Seafood Restaurant coming to New Bern Ave in Raleigh

Looks like if you're coming from downtown it will be right past Wake Med, past the beltline..

There are actually some good restaurants along New Bern. Frank's Pizza for instance

Oct 22, 2012
RaleighRocker in Southeast

History of microwave-cooking?

This brings back a lot of memories. My family got our first microwave around 83-84 & my mother went bananas buying all sorts of microwave cookbooks & trying out recipes. It was her baby that thing. While I don't recall what she made or if it was good--she was such an amazing cook I can only remember one bad meal that's off topic. BUT I do remember a very funny story-

It so happened my friend up the street was a horror fanatic who had all sorts of masks and gory rubber toys. It also happened to be Passover and we had a lot of leftovers. Well, he had this rubber rat that looked like his guts were hanging out & a lightbulb lit up in my head., I borrowed the rat after school, took it home and promptly stuffed it with a big pile of chopped liver. Then I placed the rat in the microwave, closed it and waited for her to get home.

It wasn't too long after she came home that she started cooking dinner and I waited in anticipation of her reaction in the next room. Soon enough I heard her scream loudly from the kitchen! "What is this! Oh my god, oh my god" and I ran into over to microwave to feign concern, and damn if I just cracked up immediately. Luckily she had a good sense of humor! May she rest in peace.

Also on the topic of microwaves, I remember when Orville Redenbachers first came out, I am not 100% certain and too lazy to google, but I am pretty sure that it was the first microwavable popcorn.

In college I had one that was heavy as a television! I also recall lots of people freaking out about them causing cancer, that you shouldn't stand near one. Mine's on top of my fridge, but I still do that in the breakroom at work.

Now I just use mine for tv dinners (I never say "frozen dinners",)reheating, defrosting, and a stuff like instant grits & oatmeal.

Jul 06, 2011
RaleighRocker in General Topics

Raleigh bachelorette party

I was going to say Coquette is a great place for groups, I had a birthday brunch there with a pretty rowdy group of girls, and they were very tolerant. If you don't go there for dinner they have $10 bottomless mimosas at brunch! Their French Onion soup is excellent. Jibara is also a great recommendation as mentioned above. & they have good brunch as well.

Apr 27, 2011
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Raleigh - An Chuan Plaza at Brentwood/Capital

meatn3 thanks for the review of the bahn mi. if you find a good one, report back.

Mar 06, 2010
RaleighRocker in Southeast

A pie shop slated to open in former Conti's Market location (Raleigh, NC)

It is is the space next to where conti's was. I walk by there all the time, I was soo excited to se e the sign-several stores have closed on that block, so I am always happy to see something new. I peaked in, doesn't look like much construction going on yet.

They have a menu online which I am assuming is from a delivery business, not the restaurant one. The sign says "Eat in or Take Out" so hopefully they'll have where you can buy a slice of pie or quiche and hang out

Mar 06, 2010
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Raleigh - An Chuan Plaza at Brentwood/Capital

I just ate there this afternoon after lunch time, so it was pretty quiet, but they were very friendy and I didn't not sense the 'non-asian' predujice Rockycat experienced. I had a big bowl of the beef pho. The broth was great, in fact, I'm usually more noodle focused, but I slurped away. The side veggies, limes etc were all fresh and abundant. My companion had the same thing, so I didn't get to try anything else.

I will definitely go back to taste the Bahn Mi. I am curious, did you ask your server to give you what was missing from you plate? You should of instead of, no pun intended, stewing in it.

Also I popped in the grocery store, it's fully functioning, light on the produce side. The other stores in the court were closed.

Mar 04, 2010
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Looking for a retro cocktail book

As far as particular book, no. BUT I do recommend going to your local thrift store--goodwill, etc I have accumulated a nice collection of vintage cookbooks, cocktail and otherwise. Not only will you probably find something cool, you'll find something inexpensive and be supporting a good cause at the same time.

Feb 01, 2010
RaleighRocker in Spirits

Aldi Trader Joe Connection?

A friend of mine told me that Aldi and Trader Joe were owned by the same corporation, or at least in the US.

Anyone know if this is true?

And if so, are there are Aldi products that are the same as TJ and vice versa. I find both to be very affordable, of course Aldi is 100% no frills and TJ is all about thrills.

I am, like a lot of folks, on a minuscule monthly budget for groceries and I am trying to get geared up to stock up for the next month when I get my food stamps.

Jan 01, 2010
RaleighRocker in Chains

Whole Lotta Meat

thanks everyone! I love the idea of cooking it up for the future.

Aug 23, 2009
RaleighRocker in Home Cooking

Whole Lotta Meat

Ground beef that is. 3lbs. to be exact. It was on sale awhile back, and we bought about 12 lbs of it, and well my boyfriend and I are not the most organized people in the world, or I would have seperated it into patties or whatnot. So I open the fridge tonight to see he's defrosting one of the 3lb packages. Last time he did this, it went bad before we had a chance to cook it, as we ended up going out of town.

So this is the deal.

We have a tiny, hot as hell apt, are broke (food stamps broke), and are without a grill.

I want to make something with this meat tomorrow night that will not involve staying in said hot kitchen for hours, that obviously does not involve a grill, and uses either inexpensive ingredients (I have about 80 bucks for the rest of aug) or stuff we already have on hand.

If it were winter, I'd jump on the chili train. Hamburgers seem so obvious, I do have a nicely seasoned pan, but that's a lot of burgers for two. Meatloaf-perhaps. I'm imagining 2 or three meals out of this meat.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

One thing that is in the back of my mind, but I am at a loss of a recipe is a stuffed eggplant recipe my mother used to make.

Aug 20, 2009
RaleighRocker in Home Cooking

Who has best hotdog in NC?

Roast Grill in Raleigh
Snoopy's Raleigh
The Dog House in D'ham and Morissiville (love their beans
Yum Yum's in Greeensboro (scary hot pink, but so good
)(can't speak for the rest of the state as it has been awhile)

note, I get my dogs NC style with mustard, chili, slaw and onions

Jul 06, 2009
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Any love for Humble Pie in Raleigh?

Humble Pie is a great old school Raleigh institution-they were downtown waaaaay before anyone else was. Anyway, I'm a fan of their is for those who are not in a hurry, though. This joint has never been known for it's speed, rather the opposite. It has a great bar as well.

Raleigh-Bagels & Lox

I looked at some older threads, but basically I'm a long time southerner BUT i was raised on decent ny bagels & lox. I have lived here 30 odd years so every once in awhile I hope there is a glimmer of hope that some decent one become available.

I do not want to drive, repeat, drive to Durham or Chapel Hill.

I'm talking Raleigh proper, I'll go North if need be, towards WF.


best source for green peanuts to boil?

this might be the place for you

If you scroll down they have a "boil your own" kit.

Aug 01, 2008
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Raleigh-Asian Food Court/Market on Capital

thanks for the feedback you guys--I've been on a "news diet" of sorts so I didn't even know that there was a jalepeno scare. I did get my sandwhich in the market proper & the young man spoke perfect English.

Raleigh-Asian Food Court/Market on Capital

I stumbled across the asian food market & food court off of capital next to Fortune Palace. I only had a small amount of time & I got a Bahn Mi from the actual market. It was delicious but there were no hot peppers on it like the other Bahn Mi I've had-not sure if that is their style, or more likely they guy thought I couldn't hang.

What I am curious about are the few stalls in the food court area, what do they serve & what do you chowhounders recommend.


PS. Are there any similar establishments in the vicinity (I've only been to Grand Asia)

What to buy in Israel??

spices, tachina, shug

Jun 27, 2008
RaleighRocker in General Topics

Cheap-o Entertaining Help Needed

In a few weeks I'm having some of my girl friends over for a apt warming/pool party. Besides cocktails or beer, I want to make some good, albiet cheap munchies for everyone. I don't expect more than 10 people, of those a few are vegetarian & one vegan. Everytime we get together it seems like it is hummus, bean dip, hummus...I want something different, even though I love hummus. The big clincher is that I am on a budget. I'd love to do something under $50 (minus drinks). I have access to a nice farmer's market.

Jun 11, 2008
RaleighRocker in Home Cooking

Raleigh - Compare Foods new name

Do all the Compares have tacquerias?

Tucker, GA - Nothing Fancy

Any decent places to eat around Tucker? Both chowhoundish and anything that is not exhorbinantly expensive. I'm a Southerner, so I'm not necessarily out to eat Southern food unless it is remarkable.

HELP Find Clark's Teaberry Gum Triangle Area NC

make your life easier, order it online

every blue moon I'll see it at kerr drug or food lion.

Jan 06, 2008
RaleighRocker in Southeast

Good Italian Restaurant in Raleigh

ps. i also like daniels but i haven't eaten there in years

Good Italian Restaurant in Raleigh

Cinelli's they're all over the triangle.
I'm italian & from ny and I've been very pleased

What food is Raleigh known for

While not known for any particular foods, there are a few institutions--Char Grill, the Roast Grill....

Burger Hut in Raleigh?

It has been about a year since I ate there--they're open when I'm at work in D'ham, so I never seem to make it there for lunch. But, if I recall I had a great burger & fries and the woman working there was very friendly. I say give it a go