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looking for Italian pastry - "sospiri"

oh i just got one of these at villabate in brooklyn. and i also saw them years ago at giorgio's in hoboken...he called them cassatina, i guess, little cassata. they were both good!

Mar 27, 2011
lawyerlady in Manhattan

Real Italian Bakery in North Raleigh

wow i'm very surprised by your experience, as i have had numerous pastries and cookies and was always surprised how fresh everything is! give them another try! they are great.

Sep 25, 2010
lawyerlady in Southeast

restaurant week question

so far, spice market, le bernardin and aquavit...wonderful!

Jan 28, 2010
lawyerlady in Manhattan

olive oil ice cream

anywhere in the city i can try this?

Jan 20, 2010
lawyerlady in Manhattan

Your 2010 "Must Try" List

great list! i predict you'll gain weight this year! my list this year is all about the French--Per Se, Jean Georges, Bouley, Le Bernardin, La Grenouille, Cafe Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne...happy eating!

Jan 20, 2010
lawyerlady in Manhattan

Restaurant advice in downtown Raleigh

this may be true, but dvive also wants a place with a good bar scene and the bar at the pit is packed. i think it also depends what age range is in your party. if you are 30+ and you want live music/dancing, you might also want to try amra's on glenwood south (no food here). Solas on Glenwood South has good food. If it were warm, I'd recommend the rooftop. I know I said to avoid Glenwood South but I do have to recommend Sullivan's. It's your basic steakhouse but the food is really good (especially drinks and desserts) and they have a very lively bar scene for the 30+ crowd. Raleigh Times always has a lot of people, but in my experience, it too gets a heavy college crowd. What do you like to eat? Fins is a really good seafood restaurant, not sure of the bar scene though. If you are here for Sunday brunch, I highly recommend Tir na nog which is also downtown. Anyway, let us know what you decide to do and how you like it! Have fun!

Jan 08, 2010
lawyerlady in Southeast

restaurant week question

oh that's good! i was under the impression that if a restaurant was participating, then that was it. but i am glad there is a choice! i am thinking making an earlier evening reservation is easier...i want to make sure i get in to some of these restaurants! thanks so much!

Jan 08, 2010
lawyerlady in Manhattan

restaurant week question

i'm going to be in nyc for restaurant week...(there for business or i would've planned another week to go...not a huge fan of restaurant week quality)...but do you think it's possible to get into some of these restaurants without a reservation if it's just one person?

Jan 07, 2010
lawyerlady in Manhattan

Yonah Schimmel is a disgrace

is mrs. stahl's knishes still around? i liked those. i had a YS knish in 1997. thought it was good but not a knish connoisseur. i preferred stahl's. but YS's make hamentaschen? i may have to try it. i usually get it at moishe's on 2nd ave. but they haven't been very good in the past few years. i think a lot of the "old world"--for lack of a better word--baked goods just aren't done the right way anymore. lament.

Jan 06, 2010
lawyerlady in Manhattan

Restaurant advice in downtown Raleigh

The Pit downtown is a good option, very popular, NC bbq restaurant, more upscale, great, crowded bar, good food. Sitti downtown, upscale Lebanese, very good food, great atmosphere, good bar crowd, metro-vibe. The Oxford, British gastropub, good food, good bar crowd. Sono next door for good sushi, decent bar but I never see it really crowded. However I've found that a really crowded bar in Raleigh usually means it's heavy on the college crowd. Glenwood South area tends to be very college-dominated but there are some good restaurants there. I second Tasca Brava. 18 Seaboard's excellent food but no real bar scene...kind of off the beaten path. Hope this helps!

Jan 06, 2010
lawyerlady in Southeast

Fox Quietly Debuts New Ramsay Show...

ChinoWayne, I have to agree. I'm a Ramsay fan and I liked Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen. But this was totally different. It was too rushed, he seemed nervous and not showing the personality I came to expect from the other two shows, and the dishes were very elementary. The only way this could get better is if there are less celebrities so Ramsay can focus more on the cooking. The concept of cooking along is interesting, but the dishes need to be more interesting as well.

Dec 16, 2009
lawyerlady in Food Media & News

Any ladylocks makers in the Triangle?

yes yes it's a regular yellow cake with a vanilla custard with fresh cut strawberries in the custard and whipped cream frosting. sounds like what you may be looking for! it was very good.

Dec 16, 2009
lawyerlady in Southeast

Triangle NC area Top 5

my faves are--

Sitti
Lantern
Rue Cler
Neomonde
Blue Ridge Restaurant at NC art museum

Dec 15, 2009
lawyerlady in Southeast

Any ladylocks makers in the Triangle?

romansperson, not sure this is what you want but at ny bagel and deli on falls of neuse, they make a strawberry cake with whipped cream frosting, custard filling with sliced strawberries. i got one. it was good. you may want to check it out.
http://www.newyorkbagelsanddeli.com/

Dec 15, 2009
lawyerlady in Southeast

Good ricotta in Triangle?

i went to capri flavors; thanks for the suggestion. i found a lot of great things there and they did have decent ricotta, but not what i was looking for. the ricotta i'm talking about doesn't come in the plastic containers. it comes in a metal container with a plastic cover and rubber band around it. anyway if anyone finds it, please let me know!

cervisiam, fyi--they do have ricotta salata at capri flavors--don't they have it at whole foods too...seems i got it there. funny, i've been seeing it around a lot lately but can't remember where!

Dec 15, 2009
lawyerlady in Southeast

Good ricotta in Triangle?

no, i haven't great idea though! thanks to all for your suggestions!

Dec 05, 2009
lawyerlady in Southeast

Good ricotta in Triangle?

has anyone found ricotta in the Triangle from any Italian dairies? im looking for thick, whole milk ricotta? thanks!

Nov 30, 2009
lawyerlady in Southeast

better ice cream makers than Cuisinart automatic?

jitterbug, i made some raspberry ice cream this weekend and i chilled the ingredients before putting it in the bowl. the ice cream churned perfectly and i was able to actually serve "scoops" (scoops for the cuisinart--it never gets that hard)! thanks for the suggestion!

Aug 27, 2009
lawyerlady in Cookware

better ice cream makers than Cuisinart automatic?

thanks! i am going to try jitterbug's suggestion below for the cuisinart and if it's still not working right, i am going to invest in the maker you are describing. thanks again!!

Aug 17, 2009
lawyerlady in Cookware

better ice cream makers than Cuisinart automatic?

jitterbug, i haven't been cooling the mix in the fridge before pouring it in the mixer. i am going to try this next time to see if that is the problem. i do have the arm stationary. so i will try your other suggestion and see if that does the trick. thanks!!

Aug 17, 2009
lawyerlady in Cookware

Late night weekend dining in Crabtree area of Raleigh NC

i know this thread is old but in case anyone does a search, i wanted to note that solas serves food until 2 am.

Aug 16, 2009
lawyerlady in General South Archive

better ice cream makers than Cuisinart automatic?

so you don't have to churn it yourself? that sounds interesting!

Aug 16, 2009
lawyerlady in Cookware

better ice cream makers than Cuisinart automatic?

yes i do! i will look for it. thanks!

Aug 16, 2009
lawyerlady in Cookware

better ice cream makers than Cuisinart automatic?

hi i've had the Cuisinart automatic ice cream maker for a while. when i first used it, it worked ok. the ice cream wasn't as thick as i'd like it, but it did churn it. i know the ingredients have to go over that arm on the paddle to thicken. however, lately it hasn't been working right. i freeze the bowl for at least a day as usual...don't think that's the problem bc i have that thin layer that freezes around the bowl too...i think it's not churning right. i never really liked it and to be honest, it really comes out good if you hand churn it while it's on...push the paddle up and down....but this does get tiresome after 5 minutes.......are there any brands out there that really churn the ice cream...i'm not concerned with price but would like a product that actually works.......it seems like a lot of positive response on this board for this product, but i wasn't happy with it from the beginning.......thanks in advance!

Aug 06, 2009
lawyerlady in Cookware

crepes in the raleigh area?

lulusmom--i finally went to rue cler! they do have crepes on the brunch menu, savory and sweet. i had asparagus with chevre and tomato sauce. absolutely delicious. the asparagus was cooked just right, slightly crisp. the tomato sauce was light and flavorful. very pleased. they also had duck confit crepes but were out of them today. i recommend rue cler for crepes and also for the yummy beignets and croque monsieur.

Aug 01, 2009
lawyerlady in General South Archive

Foods you refuse to eat as leftovers?

sushi that has raw fish in it...i know some people who do, but it is nasty to me.

Jul 02, 2009
lawyerlady in General Topics

charlotte vegetarian?

any recs for charlotte restaurants that are vegetarian? also, any that are open on sundays? thanks!

Jun 30, 2009
lawyerlady in General South Archive

Baba Ghannouj - RTP

there is one in cary on harrison ave...don't know if it's the same owners, but what a great value for the price of lunch! i like the quality of food at neomonde better but for the price and value, i prefer baba g...plus, does anyone else dislike the ordering process at neomonde??

Jun 30, 2009
lawyerlady in General South Archive

Sitti-Raleigh, NC- One Person's Review

i appreciate your experience. i ate at sitti twice and enjoyed it both times. however, i understand what you are saying. a few months ago, i ate at zaytinya in DC and that was superb. talk about an experience where all the food had such unique flavors and was so well-prepared. if you are ever in DC, you should try it. i think sitti is a welcome addition to the downtown raleigh area. the food is good and the decor and atmosphere are contemporary and sophisticated. however, it hasn't reached the pinnacle...zaytinya has, so if you get a chance, try it!

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Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Jun 30, 2009
lawyerlady in General South Archive

new cupcakes in raleigh

hey guys, i went to the handmade market last weekend and got cupcakes from sweet t a cakery. they were delicious. i had two. one was a red velvet cupcake with chocolate ganache and cream cheese frosting. (yes!) the other was a mango cupcake with coconut frosting. both were moist and fresh. she said she uses raspberry juice (if i remember correctly) to dye the red velvet cake. i highly recommend these and i heard she is opening up a store in cary. she has a web site. http://sweettcakes.weebly.com/index.html it looks like you can get them at the moore square farmers' market on wednesdays downtown. yum!

May 12, 2009
lawyerlady in General South Archive