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Must Eats in Doha?

Anyone traveling to Doha can look up Time Out Doha for local listings and reviews. PS. Don't go looking for "Qatari" food because the locals don't go out to eat their food; the best cooks are found at home. You can find good Arab (Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, etc.) and Persian food around town, as well as Western chains (both upmarket and fastfood can be found easily). http://www.timeoutdoha.com/restaurants

Oct 07, 2011
ralsarra in Middle East & Africa

Where Gyro Meat Is Born

OMG, Greeks and Turks working together! Only in America.

Sep 09, 2010
ralsarra in Features

Passover Orange Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

or potato flour?

Mar 22, 2009
ralsarra in Recipes

Vegetarians and dim sum?

There's a Kosher-Vegeterian Dim Sum place in Chinatown in New York, but the food was hideously awful. It dripped of grease and tasted like nothing.

Dec 18, 2008
ralsarra in General Topics

Saudi Arabia cuisine

I really doubt you're going to find an authentic Saudi restaurant anywhere in the States, much less LA. I lived in the Gulf too and I miss the food. Your best bet might be to find a book that's a collection of recipes from Saudi and hope that your pizza thing is in there.

Jan 18, 2008
ralsarra in Los Angeles Area

Chickpea Cutlets

Possible substitutes for wheat gluten? Doesn't make a difference to me if the substitute is vegan or non-vegan, if that helps.

Jan 07, 2008
ralsarra in Recipes

New Year's Day Brunch: Tips for Throwing the First Party of 2015

The colors look very retro.

Dec 22, 2007
ralsarra in Features

Celebrity Gingerbread: Law and Order Edition

I kind of want to turn these into e-greeting cards.

Nov 26, 2007
ralsarra in Features

Pomegranate Molasses

what about lebanese style m'ssaka...or using it for baklava instead of some other sweetener.

Jun 14, 2007
ralsarra in Features


One way to avoid DEAD COW might be to check prepackaged foods for the OU (kosher) symbol. OU-P means there's no DEAD COW or DAIRY matter in there, while OU-D means there's dairy but no DEAD COW. A K symbol works the same way.

May 19, 2007
ralsarra in Features

Do you use menupages.com?

Menupages can be a little annoying, because everyone gives gushing reviews to every restaurant (unless the waiter did something egregious.) That makes it hard to decide if the place is actually worth going to.

Jan 15, 2007
ralsarra in Food Media & News

Halal à Go-Go

Companies like McDonalds and KFC already sell "halal" food in Muslim countries. One would think that selling halal food in the States would be a no-brainer for them.

Jan 15, 2007
ralsarra in Features

Baking books

What about the Fannie Farmer baking book? My friend's mom uses it and always makes fantastic desserts. I guess it is a little old school, but it works. You can probably find a really cheap paperback copy somewhere.

Dec 18, 2006
ralsarra in Home Cooking

Beyond Uncle Ben's

Two comments. The first is that Uncle Ben's is lousy rice, and is really, really different from other long grain rice like basmati or jasmine. The second is that many people traditionally "wash" long grain rice before its cooked. Soaking it in water, rinsing and resoaking gets rid of a lot of the starch. That keeps the grains from sticking to each other.

Dec 14, 2006
ralsarra in Features

Craving fishballs, any online sellers?

I know you can buy frozen fishballs in places like Chinatown (NYC), but I live in Ohio. Anyone know where you can buy them online? The Filipino/Chinese style ones? No jokes about the name, grow up.

Nov 12, 2006
ralsarra in General Topics

Pumpkin Curry

It wasn't bad. Couldn't help thinking it would have a much fuller flavor with some shrimp tossed in.

Nov 02, 2006
ralsarra in Recipes

Pumpkin Curry

Can I substitute coconut milk for dried coconut? If so, what kind of adjustments should I make to the recipe?

Oct 29, 2006
ralsarra in Recipes

Saving & Emailing Recipes

Ditto on the saving. Maybe an option to share saved recipes with friends who also use chow?

Oct 22, 2006
ralsarra in Site Talk

Adobong Na Manok

I haven't tried this yet, but is the proportion of vinegar to soy sauce right? I've looked at a few other adobog manok recipes and they always seem to have more soy sauce to vinegar.

Oct 22, 2006
ralsarra in Recipes

Pasta e Fagioli

I was worried it would turn out a bit bland for my taste, so I added a few more cloves of garlic, a 1/4 of a teaspon of harissa or chilli paste in with the tomato, celery (because it was taking up room in my fridge), and used broth instead of water. It's a nice basic recipe and really warmed up my guests.

Oct 22, 2006
ralsarra in Recipes

Oberlin, OH

Is it just me or has Weia Teia's cooking gone downhill? The last few times I ate there the fish was either overdone or old (so old it gives off that gross fishy smell/taste even when cooked.)

Danish (= hot dog lover) in search of best hot dog

Oddly enough the best hot dog I've ever tried is Emborg's Spicy kind (they're Danish I believe.) If someone can tell me where to find them in the States, they'll be my hero.

Sep 22, 2006
ralsarra in Manhattan

Cleveland Recommendations

Anatolia Cafe -great turkish food 13915 Cedar Rd
i hear jaipur junction is good, better than kashmir or mughal palace
the palestinian delis and mexican restaurants on Lorain avenue

Eggplant and Hummus Pita Crisps

What's wrong with the name baba ghannouj? Too lazy to pronounce it? Why not rename the hummus too?

Sep 13, 2006
ralsarra in Recipes