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"Locals' Food" in Raleigh

Just an update: Saturday night at the Raleigh Times was a wonderful experience. The place was full of young people (we were with our daughter). Chicken fried pickles with ranch dressing were non-greasy and delicious. Two of us ordered the Greek salad with balsamic marinated chicken. The kitchen was very generous with the amount of chicken. There were two meals in this salad. Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting was delectable.
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Aug 10, 2009
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Any must-try restaurants for UCLA visit?

We've had divine meals at The Garden in Westwood. Over Christmas, our son and a fellow alum (2004 grads) invited our respective families out and chose this restaurant. We are all glad they chose UCLA!

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Jul 29, 2009
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

La Panella near Beverly Center

I just opened my _Los Angeles_ magazine and noticed La Panella cited for best Flan in the "Best of LA" categories.

Can anyone expound on the general cuisine in this restaurant, bc it might make a nice stop for us when we come out? Thank you.

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Jul 29, 2009
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Outstanding B'day Dinner at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh

Hi, Rockycat. I actually agree with you about the desserts. I am not a big fan of chocolate nor of banana bread pudding. Strangely, I would never have ordered the Peanut Butter Tart but I took a chance and would have it again. My daughter ordered her standard Peach Bellini and hubby his Manhattans. I just stuck to two glasses of Riesling, which was refreshing.

I don't know if you've tried Poole's Diner yet, but two weeks ago I had a wonderful Carrot Cake there. The portion was big enough for more than two people which probably is waaay too tempting for me.

I would have to say that 18 Seaboard was able to stand neck and neck with Poole's on the entree and maybe outdid the latter on this particular dessert. Both of these places are on my repeat list.

Outstanding B'day Dinner at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh

Our family celebrated my husband's birthday at 18 Seaboard in Raleigh tonight. First, we had not been back here as a group since over a year ago, although we'd always enjoyed dinner and lunches in the past. It was wonderful to see the venue lively and full of people, despite the recent downturns in the economy.

Chef Jason Smith has made the cuisine and presentation a labor of love for patrons. The fish is particularly excellent. My daughter had the most tender swordfish imaginable (a horrible past experience with tought swordfish on the Italian Riviera at a place we'd returned to specifically made me wonder if the fish itself was cursed) which, of course, has taught me that the best catches, prepared with care, yield perfect results.

I opted for one of the most popular dishes (having noticed several plates en route to others and reading a positive review of this one in _North Carolina Signature_ magazine ) -- the cornmeal crusted catfish. Again, my misconceptions about catfish were proven wrong as there were neither spines nor catty flavor to this delicious morsel.

The Pamlico Crispy Shrimp with Horseradish Slaw and Texas Pete Aioli appetizer reminds me that this chef has an ability to prepare a variety of accompaniments (in the form of sauces and sides) that enhance any major choice. My daughter adored the She-Crab Soup.
Homemade Lamb Ravioli features a cherry reduction that even my previously fruit-hating daughter acclaimed.

Husband adored the Filet Mignon, and he and daughter were in chocolate heaven over the mug of dense chocolate cake (warm) with chocolate ganache interior and homemade marshmallow fluff. The peanut butter mousse tart I ordered defied reality itself. I had expected mere "peanut butter with suger" but the light and delicate tart with homemade peanut brittle and grape jelly infused ice cream has convinced me that birthday cake and ice cream had best be permanently left off the table!

Turkish Restaurants in Westwood Area

I am looking for some good Turkish restaurants in the Westwood area, but would be willing to travel a half hour away for some excellent Ottoman cuisine! Thank you so much.

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Nov 19, 2008
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

Restaurants in LA

La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills. Other family members swear by Giorgio Baldi's for Florentine-style fare.

Feb 26, 2007
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

Century City

Glad to hear La Cachette's still going strong.

Feb 26, 2007
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

"South" restaurant in Raleigh's North Hills

Someone read a menu to my husband, and we are looking forward to trying it. We enjoy one of the other restaurants run by this group (Vivace).

What kind of sink to buy?

The blanco sink looks beautiful, both in stainless and their granite offering.

The Ikea link posted by another chow was also attractive with the faucet elements coming from a single hole but with the goose-necked sprayer as the actual faucet.

However, I already have a four hole unit, about two years old, with the goose-neck faucet for filling large pots and some white decoration with the stainless hot and cold levers, so I do have to get a four-hole sink that will accomodate this fixture that is still in perfect condition and that I love.

Dec 10, 2006
DonataGuerra in Cookware

What kind of sink to buy?

Another matter a little related: what happens to the discarded acrylic-coated sink? Will the installers remove it, take it and recycle it in some way? Or is it destined to live for years on a junk heap? I don't know what's under that acrylic, which, I take, can be removed somehow, leaving the original hard mold of something.

In terms of sink usage, with our children both graduated from college and out of the house, the sink's wear will probably just be related to the two of us. (Although I'd just love to set up one of those "secret" house-based restaurants.)

Dec 07, 2006
DonataGuerra in Cookware

What kind of sink to buy?

Hi, everyone. Great replies.

When I had my stainless sink, I never had a scratch or shine problem.

The acrylic-coated sink cleans up best when I use Bon Ami, and I noticed it's also a great product on porcelain.

I checked out the Ikea sink website. I do need four holes thought for faucet, controls, and sprayer.

I never do my good china and crystal in the dishwasher since I'm afraid of the gold pigment chipping off, but I am a little concerned about when I wash these in the sink. I'd have to be extra, extra careful if these are done in a porcelain-coated sink as opposed to acrylic which seems a good bit softer.

I was warned that impact disasters can crack porcelain, such as dropping a pasta pot filled with water from a few inches above. Doubt that would happen. I do have concerns about pots and pans cracking the porcelain as I have Calphalon cookware that is somewhat on the heavy side.

Two years ago, I was almost ready to replace the acrylic sink, but I figured I could get at least a little more time out of it. Lately it's really been looking bad with all the nicks. I'm just hoping that a porcelain one would last longer than the thirteen years I've had this acrylic. I know that stainless would be well nigh indestructible.

Thank you all!

Dec 06, 2006
DonataGuerra in Cookware

What kind of sink to buy?

I'm replacing my 16 year old acrylic sink, but was all ready to purchase a porcelain over iron when someone told me these can scratch. My acrylic seems nicked, with little black pits. I hate it. I'm not wild at the thought of stainless, since I'd had one of these back in the early 90s and found it "soulless". Countertop is white Corian, so I'm planning to put in a white sink. I was wondering about the new granite product.

Any advice? Thank you, chows.

Dec 06, 2006
DonataGuerra in Cookware

I need a new burrito in my life. Any suggestions?

Kate Mantelini's had filet mignon burritos on the menu recently. Liked it so much we went home and started making filet mignon quesadillas.

Dec 06, 2006
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

Special Occasion Italian?

What about the upstairs room at Pizzicotto? Seems they could easily accomodate a big table for fifteen, and there's a nice kind of intimacy up there.

Il Moro, when I first dined there, was full of people celebrating UCLA graduations (that's where we took a group for our son). It seemed a bit noisy though.

Dec 06, 2006
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

Any Argentinean gems I don't know about?

>theres a place on sunset and vine that used to be called santinos. but they broke off from the original partner and its called something else now. sorry but i forgot...

We dined at the then-named Santino's in late August, getting there around 9, when the place was deserted, and then watching 35 people walk in for a party at 10:30. Food wonderful and full of the young local Argentine crowd.

However, last Saturday we arrived to find the place had a new name (Tango's) and was closing at 9. Something funny happened. We left and had back luck finding a second place open (Ca'Brea where we'd had a happy meal among a huge crowd back in early September).

After two failures, our party ended up at Massimo's in Beverly Hills.

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Dec 04, 2006
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

russian food...

I'm glad I found this string. A Russian gal who worked at the RiteAid in Westwood mentioned Crystal, but I noticed Traktir somewhere in the Los Angeles magazine. I would like to find a Russian restuarant as good as Warszawa is for Polish food.

Oct 24, 2006
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

Danube in Westwood

Thank you for the input. Wow, those photos look so tempting. But the service worries me. I hope to go back to Warszawa and maybe check out a Russian restaurant in the Los Angeles area.

Oct 24, 2006
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area

What kind of kitchen knives do you use?

Am I crazy for loving my pearl-handled Cutco knives? Sure, they got into my house because I pitied a student or two in the neigborhood or did a favor for my daughter's sorority sister. But from that first spatula spreader (so versatile for cutting and lifting quiche or onion torte slices) on through the bread knife, I enjoy the look and feel of these, as well as their performance. I do have some Wusthoff knives, but they scare me.

Oct 23, 2006
DonataGuerra in Cookware

Danube in Westwood

My Los Angeles magazine lists this place as new (basically Bulgarian). Has anyone tried it? Last month we loved Warszawa in Santa Monica.

Oct 23, 2006
DonataGuerra in Los Angeles Area