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Dinner near Rockville, MD?

A colleague and I will be in the Rockville MD area for a week and need some suggestions for dinner. Can't go too crazy on the expense account, but we are looking for good food! American, Italian, Asian, seafood are all options. We will have a car, so we can travel if it is worth the ride. Thanks in advance.

Near Phili airport for work

We are staying at the Fairfield Inn on Bartram ave. Didn't know if there was anything in the neighborhoods to the north of that area, or whether we should just cab/train it into the city center.

Sep 03, 2012
JoBear in Philadelphia

Near Phili airport for work

I wil be staying near the Philadelphia airport working with a colleague and need some dinner suggestions. Are there any decent restaurants north of the airport? I am not familiar with the area and wonder if there is something local rather than cabbing to downtown each night. All cuisines are good (we are both adventuresome eaters) and we don't need anything over the top - just good food. Thanks!

Sep 01, 2012
JoBear in Philadelphia

Restaurant for dinner near the Village Vanguard

We are not huge drinkers - maybe one with dinner - especially wtih the drink minimum at the Vanguard. We were going to shoot for the 9pm show, so we would eat early. Last time I was there I did exactly what Simon suggested below - got there before the doors opened and was second table from the stage - very cool! There will be three of us, so a reservation may be hard, but since we are eating on the early side, I was hoping that wouldn't be a big deal. Budget is flexible, especially if there is a very worthy place nearby....

Jul 18, 2012
JoBear in Manhattan

Restaurant for dinner near the Village Vanguard

Hi All,
I will be in NYC in August, and will be looking for a good place for dinner before a show at the Village Vanguard. Looking for reasonable price ($35-$45 per person including drinks) with reliably good food and service - ecclectic american/continental, italian, chinese or seafood. Any suggestions?
Many thanks!

Jul 17, 2012
JoBear in Manhattan

Cavey's in Manchester, CT: Highs and lows

boxingclever and jms123 - I remember going to Cavey's "downstairs" many moons ago (early 80's), and having that spun sugar bird's nest dessert (made tableside)! I believe our waiter's name was Victor. What a hoot! I haven't been back for years, but may have to revisit, as that dinner was the first real "date" for my now-husband-of-25-years and me. Cavey's always had an aura about it back then, and I hope it has returned!

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Cavey's Restaurants
45 E Center St, Manchester, CT 06040

Jan 05, 2011
JoBear in Southern New England

pizza and football in Hamden/New Haven?

We are looking for a place where about 10 or 12 of us old friends can gather that has good, affordable eats (pizza, italian, anything decent) and perhaps a few TVs for football watching on a Sunday afternoon. I was thinking about Eli's on Whitney, but the prices are a little steep and parking is terrible. Any suggestions from my chowhound buds? Thanks!

Dec 15, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

Calphalon roasting rack and oven temp

I did Alton Brown's recipe two years ago, and had to turn down the initial roast temp, as the turkey skin was getting too dark. This year I plan to do 450 roast for 30 min then drop the temp. Wish I had a definitive answer, but I don't think it will hurt you to roast at 450. Good luck and happy thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2010
JoBear in Home Cooking

a case of red and white - good value

not sure of the menu - I was asked to bring a case of wine, so I need bottles that are versatile.
Thanks for your help!

Aug 29, 2010
JoBear in Wine

a case of red and white - good value

Hi -
I would love some suggestions for a case of wine I will need to pick up for an upcoming birthday party. It will be a mixed crowd. I would like 6 red (Italian or CA) and 6 white - looking for great bang for the buck (under $15/bottle). What would you put in the box? Thanks for your thoughts.

Aug 24, 2010
JoBear in Wine

Best/Worst Summer 2010

Our best was on vacation in Waitsfield, VT a few weeks back. We had dinner at the Green Cup cafe on Bridge St. A small cafe that only serves dinner on Sat, Sun & Mon. They use local, fresh ingredients, and it was fantastic! I had a poisson roasted with fingerling potatoes and some other goodies, and my hub had braised rabbit with local mushrooms - great wines by the glass if you don't want a whole bottle, and outstanding coconut cake for dessert. We will go back!

Aug 22, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

Dinner near Carlstadt

We ended up at Paisano's and had a good meal. It was a bit noisy at first, but things quieted down after a while. Thanks for all the suggestions - we will try some of the others on the next trip!

Jul 29, 2010
JoBear in New Jersey

Best panini in Midtown?

Looking for a great panini - fresh ingredients - reasonable price in Midtown area. What are your favorites??

Jul 21, 2010
JoBear in Manhattan

good eats, moderate cost, between midtown and the village

American, continental, Italian, spanish cuisine. Just want some really good food and a place where 4 of us can hear each other talk. Maybe something off the beaten path. Main courses <$30. Is this possible in Manhattan? Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

Jul 19, 2010
JoBear in Manhattan

Dinner near Carlstadt

Hi Chowfolk,
I will be visiting my nieces (20-somethings) near Carlstadt/East Rutherford NJ next weekend and am looking for a fun place to take them for dinner. Any type of food is good. Don't need an "over the top" place, just one that has great food, good atmosphere and not too loud so we can talk and catch up. Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks!

Jul 16, 2010
JoBear in New Jersey

Pasta Fair Eggplant wedge replacement - New Haven CT area

Thanks bagelman for the suggestion of the Norwalk location - I am not down that way very often, but it is now on my radar screen!

Mar 30, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

Pasta Fair Eggplant wedge replacement - New Haven CT area

Cheereeo, thanks for the reccommendations. I still haven't had a chance to get down to Mattei's, but it is in the plan!!! And I will supply a full report....

Mar 25, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

High quality dinner for celebration - central CT?

What are some options for a great celebration dinner in the central Connecticut area? Looking for good quality Continental or American fare and great service - cost is not a worry. Thanks!

Feb 27, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

Pasta Fair Eggplant wedge replacement - New Haven CT area

Tried Sorrento's eggplant parm grinder - mediocre at best. The roll was a little thin and the sauce not too exciting...but thanks for the suggestion! I will continue the search!

Feb 07, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

Pasta Fair Eggplant wedge replacement - New Haven CT area

Sorry - it was in Orange - I can never remember where that town line is. And it was a mammoth grinder/hoagie/sub or "wedge" as they called it. Anyway - any suggestions???

Jan 27, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

Pasta Fair Eggplant wedge replacement - New Haven CT area

Hi All,
The eggplant wedge I used to get at Pasta Fair in West Haven CT was the best I have had anywhere! The eggplant was thinly sliced and cooked to perfection. It was piled up and served on a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-chewy-on-the-inside grinder roll, all coated with great sauce and cheese. It was sublime! Alas they are now closed - has anyone come across a great eggplant wedge in the same area?

Thanks!

Jan 22, 2010
JoBear in Southern New England

HOLIDAY CRANBERRY CHEESECAKE SWIRL (Hacked)

Is the crust really worth the effort? How about just a graham cracker crust?

Dec 16, 2009
JoBear in Recipes

Convection oven rib roast

Hey Diane, thanks for the benchmark information. For the record, here is how mine turned out. 13 lb dry aged rib roast - I took it out of the fridge about 2 hours before roasting time. Rubbed with canola oil, kosher salt and pepper. At roast time, I heated to 500F using convection roast. Cooked roast for about 15 minutes, then dropped the temperature to 225 convection roast and put in the meat thermometer. After a total of 3 hours (high and low heat cooking), the roast was done to a perfect rare-medium rare throughout (thermometer set to 120F). Rested under a foil cover for about 20 minutes in an opened oven (not a lot of counter space!), and carve. My carnivor friends flipped for it! Looks like it is about 12-14min/lb at 225. I look forward to the next roasting adventure!

Jan 03, 2009
JoBear in Home Cooking

Convection oven rib roast

Hi All - been reading lots about cooking rib roasts here. Not many have touched on using a convection oven for the roast. My current plan is to cook our New Year's eve 13.5 lb roast at 225F using convection bake for about 15-20 min/lb for rare-medium rare. I will be using a meat thermometer, but would like to have a better idea of the cooking time. Am I thinking correctly? I also understand that no high heat is needed for forming the outside crust - the circulating air will take care of that. What say all you foodies?

Dec 29, 2008
JoBear in Home Cooking

avoiding the "grand canyon" pumpkin pie

Thanks, Karl S!

Nov 26, 2008
JoBear in Home Cooking

avoiding the "grand canyon" pumpkin pie

Hi All,
I have a great pumpkin pie recipe that everyone demands each Thanksgiving. Of course, it always gets a nice big crack in it after it has been baked. The cracking is not such a big deal, because it gets scarfed up regardless, but I would love to have a crackless pie for a change. Any ideas on how to avoid a big crack?? The recipe is the "Ultimate pumpkin pie" from epicurious.
Many thanks!

Nov 26, 2008
JoBear in Home Cooking

Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

A new favorite is crimson pie (I know, not a cheesecake, and no chocolate) - made with blueberries and cranberries, a half a chopped up orange and some cornstarch and sugar - all in a sour cream crust. From one of the old Bon Appetit's in the basement. WOW!

Nov 19, 2008
JoBear in Home Cooking

Looking for a New Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Our favorite over the last few years had been from epicurious - the triple cranberry sauce.
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

Good stuff!

Nov 19, 2008
JoBear in Home Cooking

CT breakfast between Meriden and Waterbury

Where is a good place to have a chowish, yummy breakfast - our path will take us from 691 in Meriden to Rt. 8 going north in Waterbury. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks

A decent baguette in Connecticut

Good Luck - It seems central CT is a wasteland for good baguette. Ovens of France in Woodbury makes wonderful baguettes, but it is not always conveneint to get there. I will be watching other responses - anyone???