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VA: Kerr Lake Area, Clarksville and areas towards the east

Years ago I remember eating at the Horseshoe Restaurant in South Hill, and thinking it was pretty decent for what it was. Is that still there?

Feb 21, 2011
MGC in Mid-Atlantic

Trata Greek Taverna - opinions?

Will be in Ft Lauderdale for one night in October - any recommendations for Trata Greek Taverna, or any other Greek / Middle Eastern restaurants? Staying at the Hilton Ft Lauderdale Marina, and will not have a car, so will need either cheap cab or walking distance (or water taxi). TIA!

Sep 23, 2010
MGC in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Martinsville VA Lunch Recommendations

Martinsville doesn't seem to have a lot going for it for restaurants (I travel there a couple of times a month for a few days at a time...it gets difficult to find somewhere to eat after a couple of trips) However it has a number of decent Mexican restaurants. My favorite is El Norteno. Link: http://www.visitmartinsville.com/venu...

Sep 23, 2010
MGC in Mid-Atlantic

Hole-In-The-Wall Spots in Richmond, VA

And Kabab Grill actually has real plates and silverware now! (unless you order the buffet, I think... I never do).

Still mourning the loss of Leila and Marwan and Grapeleaf....If only I could turn back time.,,

Sep 08, 2010
MGC in Mid-Atlantic

Simple breakfast / coffee shop nr Indy Convention Center

Are there any non-Starbucks coffee shops in the Convention Center / Monument Circle area where you can get a good cup of coffee and a simple muffin / donut / sweet roll breakfast?

Cinnabon in the mall does not count.

Aug 02, 2010
MGC in Great Lakes

Maple syrup prices

I buy my maple syrup from a friend of my parents' in NW Pennsylvania. This year they managed to get ONLY one day of sap because of the warm weather -- they ended up with 5 gallons total production for the year. Apparently a couple of producers managed to get their taps out in January and got part of a normal run there (which seems early to me), but due to deep snow, a lot of people couldn't get to the trees to tap. Production was way down this year.

On the good side, I paid the same for my two gallons this year as last - $30 / gallon. I'll be out of it by next season. It was really nice of the woman to not jack up the price because of the scarcity of it.

Apr 13, 2010
MGC in General Topics

Bath - donuts and diners

Frosty's I know about. My cousin lives in Topsham, and when we stay with her, that's always on the list of places to go. I think we've eaten at Montsweags Roadhouse a couple of years ago, maybe just after it opened.

Thanks for the Mexican recommendation. And I know that Mae's Cafe gets mucho recommendations on this board, so it's on the list of places to try.

Going to Maine is an annual thing - taking MIL to see her familiy. We normally stay either in Topsham or in Waldoboro. Because we're taking a nephew on this trip too, we couldn't stay with relatives, so we have a place in Bath. This is the first time we've stayed in that town. We know the general area, but not specific eateries.

So, thanks to all so far, and keep the ideas coming!

Apr 07, 2009
MGC in All New England Archive

Bath - donuts and diners

We'll be in Bath for one week in early May. Do you have any recommendations for where to get really good donuts in Bath? Also, my MIL likes cheap food, I like good food. Any suggestions for local diners to keep us both happy?

Apr 06, 2009
MGC in All New England Archive

Thanksgiving in ABQ or Santa Fe

I know that next year, someone is going to do a search on this very topic. (I did when I first started looking for a place for this year). So, now that we've eaten Thanksgiving Dinner...

We ate at Zia Diner. It was a limited menu - a salad, your choice of a Traditional Turkey dinner, Ham or Squash Ravioli with Pinon Cream Sauce, and a choice of pies for around $30. We ended up with one order of Turkey and one order of Ravioli. The turkey was exactly that - traditional, although it was good. The Ravioli was fantastic.

Nov 28, 2008
MGC in Southwest

Thanksgiving in ABQ or Santa Fe

You may not eat out for holidays, but you might have better access to local advertisements than we do surfing from the web.

I've been looking for basically the same thing - something not overly high-brow for Thanksgiving dinner.

Oct 29, 2008
MGC in Southwest

Richmond - achiote paste?

If Penzey's has it, there is a store in Carytown.

Sep 02, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Chinese Takeout in Midlothian?

Hunan Wok - in Sycamore Square across from the Ukrops store - has a relatively small menu but consistently good food. YenChing on Genito/Hull Street is also usually good, but once in a while it will have an off night.

Jul 30, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Thanksgiving in Santa Fe

Yes, I'm planning early....

We will be flying into Albuquerque in early afternoon on Thanksgiving Day from the East Coast, then driving to Santa Fe (hopefully to a self-catering casita, otherwise a B&B). Lunch will be airport food, so we're going to need some serious sustenance for dinner to make up for it.

Any ideas of what might be open for evening meals in Santa Fe on Thanksgiving?

Jun 23, 2008
MGC in Southwest

Extra charge for rocks or neat

'Well then, if there is an extra charge for a drink with ice and for a drink without ice, when is there no extra charge?'

Well, FrankJBN, I understand your question. If you are going to be charged extra for ordering with ice (on the rocks), and if you are going to be charged extra for ordering without ice (neat), apparently you will not be charged extra if you order it with a mixer as a cocktail.

Apr 09, 2008
MGC in Spirits

Best Seafood in Richmond, VA

Janet - my comment wasn't addressed to you. I clicked 'Reply' for your post rather than the one above it. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Mar 20, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Best Seafood in Richmond, VA

Just because something's ''in the burbs" doesn't meant that the clientele automatically has no idea of what a good restaurant might be. What an attitude!

Mar 20, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Cedars Restaurant - Richmond

In this post -- but the name is misspelled as Ceders

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/484302

Feb 24, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Cedars Restaurant - Richmond

What can anyone tell me about this restaurant? I saw it listed in another post, and am curious.

Feb 24, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Richmond, VA - The Phoenician on Broad St.

We had occasion to drive by last night -- the restaurant is open! A quick few impressions - the interior is quite nicely decorated, a plate of marinated olives, olive oil, a cheese/yogurt spread and a basket of fresh and crisped pita waits on your table as you are seated. We ordered the grapeleaves (7 to the order, very good) and the fried cheese rolls (5 to the order, equally good). My husband had the lamb chops and I had the beef shawarma. Both are served with rice pilaf and green beans (loobiyeh, very good rendition). The shawarma came with a dipping bowl of tahini, and was pretty good. The lamb chops would have been very good except they had been on the grill a little too long and were pretty charred and a little overcooked. We skipped dessert. It looked like there were several Lebanese wines on the menu, as well as the Lebanese beer, but we skipped these last night. Two starters, two entries, tax & tip around $60.

We will definitely go back if just for a meal of starters. I did overhear that they were already fully booked for the weekend - I have a feeling it might be this way for a while.

Feb 01, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Richmond, VA - The Phoenician on Broad St.

I just drove by what used to be La Casita on Broad Street and noticed a sign saying it was now The Phoenician Lebanese restaraunt. Is it open, and has anybody been to it yet? We are not fans of Grapeleaf -- it was good while the Kadi's owned it but we've had a couple of things turn us off since they left.

Jan 29, 2008
MGC in General South Archive

Hole-In-The-Wall Spots in Richmond, VA

I'm not sure what you consider hole-in-the-wall, since you mention Can-Can by name and I don't think it could be considered as such at all....

Kabab Grille behind Chesterfield Town Center (beside Hops restaurant, in front of Dick's and Lowe's). My main complaints -- they keep that place cold! and they use pre-cut lettuce for their salads. It certainly doesn't count as fine dining - food is served on styrofoam plates with plastic utensils - but it seems to be consistently good.

I prefer Vietnam 1 on Broad Street over some of the other Vietnamese restauarants in town.

Jan 29, 2008
MGC in Mid-Atlantic

infused liqueurs and cordials book rec?

I have a copy of 'Cordials From Your Kitchen', and I've made several of the cordials in that book, plus used the recipes to freelance a little. Barnes & Noble link below:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/book...

Dec 28, 2007
MGC in Spirits

Mail order source for Chimayo chile?

My stock of Chimayo chile - bought at the little store next to the Sanctuario de Chimayo - is all gone.

I need more. Must...have...more...

Does anyone know of a good reliable mailorder source? I really would prefer Chimayo - I can find places for Hatch chile. I haven't been able to find dried posole where I live either, so a source of that would be good too.

Thanks!!

Oct 26, 2007
MGC in Southwest

Favorite Halloween Candy

Two Thumbs Up for Nutrageous! As soon as I find Nutrageous bars in the 'fun' size, they are purchased - in quantity. It's hard enough to find them in a 'regular' size bar at any time of the year. I'd rather have the smaller bars anyway - I can justify eating one or two of them whereas a full-size bar seems like I'm eating way too much candy...

I don't get trick-or-treaters so the purchases are just for me.

Seasons Eatings!

Oct 12, 2007
MGC in General Topics

Stuffed cabbage--country of origin

Form follows function.

You have a leaf, you have a filling -- wrap one around the other and eat. I also find it interesting to see how many variations there are for stuffed bread or dough things - dumplings, pierogies, empanadas, pasties, tamales - seems like every place in the world, they've found a way to wrap dough around a filling and cook it.

Sep 06, 2007
MGC in General Topics

What to eat with cottage cheese?

117 replies so far and no one has mentioned orange marmalade -- particularly the slightly bitter Scottich variety....

Jun 12, 2007
MGC in General Topics
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Laphroag look-alike???

Jeesh, I just paid over $40 for 10-yr Laphroag this weekend at our local state-run liquor store, and according to the price, it was on sale for about $7 off the regular price. Even in St. Thomas earlier this month, the duty-free shops both in Charlotte Amalie and at the airport had it for $35. $30 sounds like a steal....

Dec 27, 2006
MGC in Spirits

The Joys of Real Butter

I stopped buying Plugra when I read the label - it tastes so buttery because it has butter flavoring added.

While my grocery store still carried it, I also bought Horizon butter. For some reason they switched to a different brand that I didn't like as well.

My current favorite comes from England - Somerdale English Butter, but I got a pretty decent package of sea-salted butter from Maine (don't remember the brand). Part of what I'm looking for in butter is flavor, but equally important is how much water is in it. I hate melting butter to saute something and having to wait until the water boils off first.

Nov 26, 2006
MGC in General Topics

HELP! Richmond VA dinner recommendations?

I need a restaurant recommendation for Richmond for this Friday night. Here's the problem, one of the party doesn't eat much seafood, no wheat or potatoes and no chicken (it's a long story...) The rest of us are ok with just about anything. Prefer the Fan / West End / Far West End area.

Oct 16, 2006
MGC in General South Archive

Maple Syrup for Pancakes

Interesting that so many prefer Grade B -- in the standard ranking of maple syrups, that would be the 'industrial strength' version. Maple syrup made from the first days of the season starts out the lightest in color and more delicate in flavor, and then darkens in color and flavor from there.

I will slightly warm up the maple syrup for pancakes (real stuff only, not graded because I get it from a friend in Pennsylvania who sells to his friends only). I do have a couple of recipes using maple syrup -- a pork tenderloin marinated in a maple syrup / dijon mustard / thyme marinade is one of my favorites.

When my brother was in high school, he was given a few taps and buckets that had belonged to my grandfather. So he decided to make maple syrup one year. I think he had about 12 trees, borrowed a couple of milk cans and some other equipment, and boiled it down over an open fire in the back yard. Once it got down to a certain level, my mother would bring it indoors and finish it inside. She also drove the car so he could empty the buckets -- nothing like seeing a Volvo driving down a country road with the trunk open and a couple of milk cans sloshing with maple sap! That was the best maple syrup ever.

Sep 14, 2006
MGC in Home Cooking