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1 day in SGV

Just wanted to report back now that our trip is over:

We only made it to Sea Harbour and Chengdu Taste (the Rosemead location) but enjoyed both, especially Chengdu Taste. We went with standards there -- wontons with hot chili oil and mapo tofu, plus some vegetables; we're pretty happy with the Sichuan restaurants in Boston, but we felt like the flavors at Chengdu Taste were just a little more complex and well-balanced. And we wished we had many more meals there, as the menu looked very interesting!

Thanks again to everyone for the help.

May 2012 COTM: Food of Spain and Moro The Fish, Poultry, and Meat Thread

A few years late, I'm just getting into Moro. We tried this recipe using just flounder, no clams, just because that's what we had on hand. I agree with upping the amount of stock if you're using just fish; we also used much less ground almonds than called for since the stew was already so thick. (We had almond meal left over from making almond milk, which was much more finely ground than qianning's, and it thickened the stew nicely.) We had it over bulgur and enjoyed this a great deal.

Jun 24, 2015
nonaggie in Home Cooking

1 day in SGV

Great, then banh mi sounds like a very viable option for the flight. Thanks again to everyone for your help!

Jun 20, 2015
nonaggie in Los Angeles Area

Your best Egg Plant recipe

One of my favorite simple preps is a Turkish meze of eggplant topped with walnuts and garlic (cevizli patlican). Here's one recipe from Claudia Roden's Arabesque:
https://books.google.com/books?id=63E...

A more involved favorite is Ottolenghi's chermoula eggplant from Jerusalem:
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12...

1 day in SGV

Thank you for all the suggestions! Just realized that our flight is on July 4, which may limit the morning options, but this list is very helpful.

Jun 18, 2015
nonaggie in Los Angeles Area

1 day in SGV

We will be in the LA area (coming from Boston) for one full day and are looking to have some memorable meals. We're staying in Pasadena so thought it would be a good opportunity to eat in the SGV.

Lunch: We're thinking we'll try dim sum at Sea Harbour. Any stand-out items that we shouldn't miss?

Dinner: Thinking Chengdu Taste or perhaps someplace Taiwanese instead: is there a fabulous beef noodle soup with handmade noodles (either knife-cut or hand-pulled) that would be worth trying? If we do go to Chengdu Taste, does it matter which location?

Other: Maybe pick up some crab shell pastries at Dean Sin World? Other small bites worth picking up?

We have to be at LAX the morning after, so we're also looking for a place to get a simple breakfast and perhaps pick up something for the flight. We were thinking Euro Pane; will their sandwiches hold up? (The famous egg salad seems like it wouldn't, but maybe some of the others?) Or is there somewhere else between Pasadena and LAX that might have prepared foods that are better than what we can get at LAX?

Thanks for any suggestions!

Jun 17, 2015
nonaggie in Los Angeles Area

Island Hopper owners take over Royal East in Cambridge

We tried Royal East for lunch: had roti canai, poh piah, and gado gado. All were good, with the roti canai our favorite. It felt like a solid option but not a destination; still, it was light years better than the Royal East I remember from 10 years ago.

Apr 30, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Dumpling Daughter Weston

I wish the vegetable dumplings had a more interesting filling; they seem to be mostly carrots and rice vermicelli. (I'm not sure who does a good veggie dumpling these days; we used to like the ones at Wang's and Formosa Taipei but haven't been to either place in ages.) We've enjoyed some of the pork dumplings at Golden Garden quite a bit but are always on the lookout for good veggie dumplings.

Apr 24, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Dumpling Daughter Weston

We had lunch at Golden Garden this weekend just because I love fresh bamboo shoots; they were great. We also tried the cucumber and garlic salad (pretty nice, although I would have liked less salt and more garlic) and bean curd strips with hot green pepper (a comforting dish, but not hot at all; it's mostly bean curd strips with relatively little green pepper). A solid meal overall.

Apr 19, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Island Hopper owners take over Royal East in Cambridge

Definitely sounds worth a trip! The last time I was at Royal East was probably 10 years ago, and the food was entirely mediocre.

Apr 17, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Dumpling Daughter Weston

Are the bamboo shoots fresh? I love that dish at Sichuan Gourmet but rarely make it out there, and it would be wonderful to have a closer version.

Apr 16, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Island Hopper owners take over Royal East in Cambridge

The Globe had some recommendations yesterday: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

I wonder if anyone else has recent impressions to share?

Apr 16, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Move Over Kale: The Next Super Food is Okra!!

I also love it stir-fried (Madhur Jaffrey has a recipe in World Vegetarian that got me started on that). It sounds like it works well with frozen okra, which is good to know; I've only cooked with the fresh, but that's available so rarely.

Feb 16, 2015
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Polenta or Cornmeal from Local Organic Corn?

I haven't looked for it in the Boston area, but the Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Vermont has local organic cornmeal; maybe it's worth contacting them to see if any stores around here carry it?
http://nittygrittygrain.com/

Feb 15, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

A Question for the Dragon-Mouths !

Just an update on Qingdao: they are not selling frozen dumplings now but said they may start again around March.

Feb 09, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

A Question for the Dragon-Mouths !

Do you know if they are selling frozen dumplings now? I know they are on the menu, but when we stopped in a couple of months ago, they said they weren't selling them.

Jan 30, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

You can cook lettuce, too, and then it shrinks to almost nothing. I just chop it roughly and stir fry it with a bit of garlic and eat it with whatever else I'm making.

Jan 13, 2015
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Babka in Boston?

Do they have cinnamon, chocolate, or both?

Jan 03, 2015
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Best packaged vegetable stock!

The Splendid Table did a taste test a while ago: http://www.splendidtable.org/story/yo...
They picked Kitchen Basics Unsalted Vegetable Stock as the best they tasted.

Dec 31, 2014
nonaggie in Vegetarian & Vegan

Real Food Buying Club in Boston?

I'm not sure if this is the type of thing you're looking for, but FarmersToYou (http://farmerstoyou.com/) sources produce, meats, etc. mostly from Vermont farmers, and they deliver to the Boston area. We've been participating for almost a year and have been happy with the quality and convenience. You do have to order at least $40 each week, (although you can suspend your order for a week any time).

Dec 09, 2014
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Suvai - North Cambridge?

We went back for lunch; on weekends, they have a buffet (but no ordering off the menu). The buffet had quite a lot of options; a couple of appetizers (plantain salad, which seemed more like fried bananas, and onion pakoras), a few different rice dishes (tamarind rice, fried rice, and white rice), several curries, chicken kotthu roti, and a couple more things that I'm forgetting. They brought us naan as we were eating.

I feel like the kotthu rotti is better when ordered (the roti loses its texture as it sits), but I really liked the vegetable curries; there was a creamy spinach curry and a spicier cabbage curry that were both wonderful. My only quibble was that I wish the food was hotter (temperature-wise). But overall, I'm loving the food here; the curries are much lighter than typical Indian restaurant curries.

Dec 07, 2014
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

cooking class recs

This is not in Boston, but I've taken a baking class at King Arthur Flour in Vermont that was very nice, and they offer private classes.

Dec 01, 2014
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Suvai - North Cambridge?

We went today; it still seems to be called Curry n Wok; the menu was the same one that's on the Curry n Wok website http://www.currynwok.com/menu.html

We had the Madras masala dosa and the vegetable kotthu rotti. Both were delicious, and we'll definitely be back to try more of the expansive menu.

It was very quiet; there was only one other table seated while we ate. I hope they get more business.

Nov 28, 2014
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

The chocolate-walnut mudslide at Crema Cafe

Nov 22, 2014
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

November 2014 Openings and Closings

I walked by this past Saturday, and it was open. I didn't stop in though.

Nov 17, 2014
nonaggie in Greater Boston Area

I have seven butternut squash. I had ten. I used three, and used several more in the past few weeks... need more ideas.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Squash on Toast is great:
http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12...

Nov 17, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

What are your favorite ways to use vallarta and/or ayocote morado beans?

We often make this recipe with ayocote morado beans in place of the scarlet runners:
http://www.cuesa.org/recipe/farro-ris...
The beans are big and hearty enough that this makes a good one-dish meal for us.

Aug 25, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Harissa not spicy?

I've also made this recipe with just guajillos and found it not that spicy. Now, when I make it, I usually add in some arbol, crushed red pepper flakes, and maybe a little cayenne powder to give it more heat.

Aug 24, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking

Best whole wheat bread recipe (kitchenaid a plus!)

I've found the recipes in Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads book very good. I usually use King Arthur white whole wheat flour.

May 16, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking
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Arabesque: Starters, Kemia, Meze, and Mezze

I've just discovered this wonderful book and made the eggplant slices with walnuts and garlic. The eggplant is roasted in thin slices and then topped with vinegar and a mix of finely chopped walnuts, lightly cooked garlic, and parsley. This is really delicious! Roden says it should be served cold, but we ate it warm and loved it.

May 01, 2014
nonaggie in Home Cooking