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Vietnamese not too far from French Quarter

We ended up going to Lily's Cafe on our last day and loved it! It was a nice break from the heavy cajun/creole food we'd been eating. And added bonus- Tom Colicchio recommends it! Thanks for all your suggestions!

Apr 23, 2014
AnjLM in New Orleans

Vietnamese not too far from French Quarter

Thanks for all the recs. Will look into them, excited for my trip!

Mar 28, 2014
AnjLM in New Orleans

Vietnamese not too far from French Quarter

I'm visiting New Orleans from Boston with my foodie friends and we're interested in trying some Vietnamese. We'd prefer not to have to rent a car although I know from what I've been reading that the best places require a car ride. Most of the boards I have seen on this topic are a little outdated. Any recommendations for Vietnamese that are a quick street car/cab ride/or walk away from the french quarter? Some places I've come across are Magasin and Doson's noodle house- any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Mar 26, 2014
AnjLM in New Orleans

Merrill & Co.

I don't mind the "shotgun" style of service but oysters should come out first! It would have been nice if the brussel sprouts and fries came out with the fried chicken but I was fine with them as a pseudo appetizer.

No one has commented yet on the smokiness of the room- am I the only one that experienced this? Perhaps I went on a day when they had a problem with the ventilation system?

Mar 17, 2014
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Merrill & Co.

Went to Merrill & Co. last night and was overall impressed. We had a reservation for 4 but had to change to 2 last minute and they were very nice and accommodating. We were seated right away at a high top by the kitchen. Both the waiter and front of the house staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Our waiter recommended the Jim Rose cocktail to start which my friend and I both loved- sort of a sweeter take on a Manhattan.

On to the food- We split a few oysters which were delicious. They had 3 varieties including Duxbury oysters and gave us some free shrimp cocktail with our order! We then shared the brussel sprouts, waffle fries and fried chicken. The brussel sprouts were browned with lemon and garlic and a nice side. The waffle fries, although good and excellently fried, were a bit too salty. I couldn't tell if it was from the old bay seasoning on the fries or the aioli. Regardless, we ate them all :) On to the fried chicken…the coat was crispy although fell off the meat quite easily. The meat itself was moist and tender (apparently it is brined in lipton tea). However, it contrast to the fries, it seemed a little under salted.

We finished with the nutella tart which was a rich and decadent chocolate, hazelnut fudgey tart. The crust was a bit bland but it was overall very good.

Our only complaints about the night were:

1) Our food was brought out in a weird order. First the brought the brussel sprouts, then fries, then oysters and lastly the chicken. I would have expected the oysters to come out first followed by the rest of the meal. However, it is only the first week so they are probably still working out some kinks.

2) The room was very very very poorly ventilated. It was very smoky and by the end our eyes were actually starting to burn. I'm not sure if they were having trouble with the ventilation system that night but I will be hard pressed to go back, despite really enjoying the food, until this is fixed.

Mar 16, 2014
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Looking for 1 day butcher(?) classes for bachelor party

Not sure if this is too late but my friend just took a butcher class at Savenor's in Boston. He loved it. Not sure how many people they can accommodate though.

Aug 03, 2013
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

What's your favorite chilled soup?

Just made this delicious white gazpacho with grapes and cucumbers. It was delicious and refreshing: http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

Jun 18, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Flour by Joanne Chang

I love her original cookbook, Flour and she just came out with Flour, Too. I have made many items from Flour (oreos, chocolate chip cookies, sticky buns, chocolate filled brioche, cupcakes, carrot cake, brownies, scones) from her first book and everything has been delicious. I just started exploring Flour, Too and it looks like she has another hit! Check out some of my cooking experiences with her recipes on my blog: aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com

Jun 18, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

That pie was delicious!!!!

Jun 10, 2013
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Which restaurants are on your "to do" list right now?

Tavern road
Blue dragon
Westbridge
Belly Wine Bar
Bondir
Journeyman

Jun 10, 2013
AnjLM in Greater Boston Area

Momofuku Milk Bar Cook book

The cornflake cookies are definitely worth making. I made them last week and everyone loved them! Here is my review from my blog:

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

I also just made the crack pie (also on my blog) which went definitely deserves it's name!

Jun 09, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Sounds like a fun experiment! Let us know how it turns out!

May 29, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Just saw the first batch of local strawberries at my neighborhood whole foods and made "Strawberry Hand Pies" this weekend for a friend's birthday.

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 28, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Thanks! Love the idea for the white chocolate curls!

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

Thanks! I've been on a baking spree lately since starting my blog. It has been fun experimenting with new flavors. I loved the lemon raspberry combo so much that I just made these lemon shortbread raspberry cookies (they use almost the same frosting as the cupcakes): http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Ideas for an awesome birthday cake flavor?

I recently made a delicious Chocolate Nutella Buttercream cake. This is only a 2 layer cake but the chocolate ganache in the center and nutella buttercream frosting definitely kicks it up a notch.

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2013 Edition

I recently made lemon raspberry cupcakes with lemon curd filling. I'm normally more of a chocolate dessert girl but these may be my new favorite cupcakes. They were a hit at work!

http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking
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favourite sorbet recipes

I just made a watermelon mint sorbet. Delicious flavor but was a little more granita-liek in texture.
http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.com/201...

May 22, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

Loved the cake! Had a great texture.

Thanks for the tip for the filled cupcakes. I'll have to try that next time...I also work at a hospital so I could probably get some syringes to inject the cupcakes with.

May 07, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

Lemon Raspberry cupcakes with lemon curd were delicious and a huge hit at work. Thanks for the recipe eLizard! Here's my blog post with full recipe: http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.wordpre...

May 07, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking
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Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

I might try using this recipe to make lemon raspberry cupcakes this weekend. I'm guessing I could add lemon zest and juice with tasty results! Going to fill with lemon curd after and top with raspberry buttercream.

May 05, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

Just tried the Cook's Illustrated yellow cake. It had a pretty good flavor and light, fluffy texture. Definitely better than previous versions I've made but still not quite exactly what I'm looking for. I'll have to try the other two sometime!

Apr 28, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking
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Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

Thanks! I'll have to look into these soon!

Apr 24, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

Would love to have the recipe, thanks eLizard!

Apr 24, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

I've been searching for a good yellow cake recipe to make cupcakes. I would like to replicate the moist texture of a box cake mix, however, most recipes I've used come out too dense (Flour's yellow cake and "the perfect yellow cake recipe" on Food network were both dissapointments). Any suggestions for recipes to make a delicious and moist yellow cake? Thanks in advance.

Apr 23, 2013
AnjLM in Home Cooking

Help me finalize my Miami itinerary!

Thanks for all the recommendations! We loved Bazaar and were very happy we switched our reservation from Michy's. We started with the frozen caipirinha which was a fun/exciting way to start out. We then ordered 6 dishes- the standouts were the papas a la huancaina, black rossejat and the signapore street food. Finished the meal with the deconstructed key lime pie which was delicious. We were quite impressed with th service there.
We were very happy we kept our reservations tonight at Yardbird. Started with the fried green tomato BLT which we loved- would go back just for that dish. We then split the fried chicken and a side of biscuits. I will write this next statement with a disclaimer that I have lived in MA my whole life so my experience with fried chicken is limited but we thought it was delicious- crispy on the outside and flavorful and juicy on the inside. Loved the atmosphere and service here as well. Thanks again for the recs, now off to the Bahamas!

Apr 11, 2013
AnjLM in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Help me finalize my Miami itinerary!

Just found food for thought's blog review on Bazaar- I think we're all set now for recs at Bazaar!

Apr 10, 2013
AnjLM in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Help me finalize my Miami itinerary!

Thanks for all the opinions! We hit up Versaille yesterday for a big, late lunch when we got in. Really enjoyed it especially the roasted pork! But then we were too full for dinner and ended up just doing drinks at the Standard that night- it was a gorgeous venue. Tonight we've cancelled our reservations at Michy's and are instead going to Bazaar. Any dishes that you'd recommend? Planning on Puerto sagua for lunch tomorrow and are keeping our reservations tomorrow at Yardbird- will let ou know what we think!

Apr 10, 2013
AnjLM in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Help me finalize my Miami itinerary!

Thanks for the tip- does it go by Michy's on its loop?

Apr 09, 2013
AnjLM in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Help me finalize my Miami itinerary!

Thanks, we've had a few other recs for Puerto Sagua so we'll be sure to hit that up. Haven't quite decided on Joe's Stone Crab yet- menu doesn't seem super exciting but from what I've read it's a Miami institution!

Apr 08, 2013
AnjLM in Miami - Fort Lauderdale