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Apple cookies from Abbey of Notre-Dame du Lac at Oka

Am desperately searching for a recipe or similar cookie to the apple cookies that one can purchase online. These are hearty, sweet, chewy delicious cookies, and before moving to the West Coast 9 months ago, I used to stock up on them during biannual trips up to Quebec. I miss them terribly and want to try to recreate them.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Mar 14, 2009
bladerobbins in Home Cooking

Low-Key festive b-day in SF - cozy and comfortable

Looking for suggestions for a restaurant for a low-key but festive birthday dinner this Wednesday. Given the current economy, we're going to save our fancy meal for a trip back to NY over New Year's, but we'd still like something fun.

Most important element is atmosphere - something cozy and comfortable but still bustling and convivial feeling. We like almost every cuisine, although for the purposes of this dinner preferably not Italian or old school French. There is flexibility as far as neighborhood, although within walking distance of Dolores Park is a definite perk. Price - really don't want more than $20/entree.

Thanks in advance!

Please Advise - Left the absorbing plastic on chicken

RGC1982 and CharlesBois posts made me decide not to risk it, so I poached up another few breasts, and we ate those instead. They were lovely and diaper free...

Apr 22, 2008
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Yasuda: Worth a try?

We sat at the sushi bar in front of Yasuda on Thursday night and asked him this very question about the difference between sitting at the bar and at a table. The argument is not exactly that the fish is fresher at the bar as compared to at a table. Rather it is that the relationship between the slightly warm rice and the cold sushi will not be optimal if the sushi waits around to be brought to your table. Yasuda believes that the dance between these two temperatures is at its prime five seconds after it is made. It's been a while since I ate at a table at Yasuda (although I remember being thrilled by each piece), but eating at the bar the other night was the usual transcendent experience, and I do believe that a large part of that is the interaction between the rice and the fish...

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Apr 21, 2008
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Please Advise - Left the absorbing plastic on chicken

Alright. I will try the "diaper" chicken tonight and report back...

Thanks everyone!

Apr 20, 2008
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Please Advise - Left the absorbing plastic on chicken

So I just poached some breasts, but in my Sunday morning fatigue, I accidentally left that weird piece of plasticy lining that soaks up the juices in the breasts attached. So it cooked with the chicken the whole time. It seems to have emerged in tact, without having melted or anything.

Can I go ahead and eat the chicken?

Thanks!

Apr 20, 2008
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Tangra Masala - first time tonight - please help

Well, we went the other night and had a pretty good time, although I have to say I wasn't completely blown away. We started with the lolly pop chicken and the steamed veggie momos. The chicken, as expected, was a big hit. Mainly, they're just really fun to eat. The momos were fine although a little dry, but the spicy, almost salsa-like sauce, that they came with was fantastic.

For entrees, we did the chili chicken, the Manchurian goat, the vegetable Tangra Masala pan fried noodle, the Tangra Masala chicken, and the Gobi Manchurian, all dry except for on the waiter's recommendation, the TM chicken. The big hit of the evening was the Gobi Manchurian. I loved the texture and the nice crunch, just a unique taste that was really pleasing. The Manchurian goat was also very good, kind of dry and very chewy, but in a nice way. I wasn't in love with the chili chicken, but it was by no means bad, just slightly underwhelming. The two Tangra Masala dishes, however, were not to my liking. They tasted like Chef Boyardee sauce had been poured all over them.

But all together, we had a nice time; the waiter was very friendly and helpful, and many, was that cauliflower good...

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Apr 12, 2008
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Tangra Masala - first time tonight - please help

Heading out to Tangra Masala for the first time tonight, as part of my NYC culinary victory lap before I move to the Bay Area.

I've been through the boards, but there's not all that much on what specifically to order there. I know we'll try the lollypop chicken. But what else is a must try? We will have one vegetarian in our midst.

Thanks in advance!

Apr 09, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

Foie Gras

Daniel - decadent, rich, delicious

Apr 04, 2008
bladerobbins in Manhattan

Fantasy Pastry tour of NYC

Bagel pudding at Russ and Daughters. It's an only in NY kind of thing...

Apr 01, 2008
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Yasuda: Worth a try?

If the question is whether it's worth a try, I would say yes without hesitation. Even if you end up not thinking it worth the extra money (which I doubt), you will have come to that decision having at least eaten some really phenomenal sushi.

Yasuda is definitely a splurge for me and one I can't make too often. And Iove neighborhood sushi as much as the next girl. BUT when I got to Yasuda I each eat piece with my eyes closed, and then before taking the next bite, my boyfriend and I look at each other and laugh about how incredible the last piece was. It is literally that good.

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Mar 27, 2008
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Jules Bistro?

While Jules is by no means an amazing destination for food, there is much to recommend. The atmosphere is nice, the live jazz is good (but can be blocked out a good bit if you sit in the narrow back room), the wine list is reasonable. Food wise, they have a pretty good charcuterie plate, very nice scallops, and I always enjoy a burger there.

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Mar 27, 2008
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Best Graduation Dinner; she's Vegetarian, and Per Se is N/A -Help

Daniel's vegetarian tasting menu is really wonderful and for the non-vegetarians at the table, the regular tasting menu is sublime. However, the atmosphere and location are a bit on the stuffy side. While the food at Bouley is maybe a tiny notch below Daniel's, the atmosphere and location are much more fun and would feel festive for a graduation dinner. Haven't had the vegetarian menu, but when the regular is wonderful, and they'll also do an all fish menu if your daughter eats fish. Ask for the Red Room...

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Mar 25, 2008
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Sushi Yasuda - non-omasake recs

I've done what pretty much amounts to omakase at the tables at Yasuda. Basically just using the waiter as a conduit between us and the sushi bar.

Mar 24, 2008
bladerobbins in Manhattan

Minangasli must-haves?

-satay combo plate (definitely not light though)

-Ayam Pangang - chicken w/ lemongrass and coconut milk; this was very good and tender; almost like a green curry; it was especially delicious when combined with the three types of chili sauce they brought us

-Opor Ayam - marinated chicken in thick candlenut flavored coconut milk; I LOVE this dish

-beef rendang

-gado gado - lighter, although it has the peanut sauce

-sayur daun singkong - kale in coconut milk; really, really delicious for such a simple dish

-avocado juice - a must have

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Mar 24, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

High Tea Suggestions?

Lady Mendl's is wonderful. Lovely space and so much delicious food.

Mar 11, 2008
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Taqueria Guerrero (Sunset Park) -- CLOSED?

I tried to go in the torrential rain of Saturday and they were closed then as well. Hugely disappointed. If part of your reason for going there was to sample the cecina, I recommend Tacos Ricos on 51st and 5th...

Mar 10, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

Moving to Sunset Park. . .

second tacos matamoros. also taco ricos on (i think) 51st off 5th. had it for the first time this weekend. great tortas and the cecina taco was heavenly.

Mar 10, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

Before moving out of NY, where would you eat?

thanks foodwine. i will definitely check out those nappa recs when we get out there. i still can't believe i'm leaving, but at least it will be with a full belly...

Mar 10, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

If you were moving out of NY, where would you eat?

thanks everyone! i'd better get cracking. man, am i going to miss this city...

Mar 10, 2008
bladerobbins in Manhattan

Before moving out of NY, where would you eat?

i always say yes to oxtail gravy...

Mar 07, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

If you were moving out of NY, where would you eat?

So it looks like I'm leaving my beloved Brooklyn for my first stint at West Coast living. I've got about a month and a half left of good eating time here left and am eager to return to some old favorites (Yasuda, Russ & Daughters, Shake Shack) and to try some places I've been putting off for too long (Shopsin, El Quinto Pino, Inn LW12). I've posed this on the Outer Boroughs board as well, but in my situation, what places would you make sure to hit in Manhattan and what would you order? To make it fun, what would be your final NY meal before heading out of town?

Thanks!

Mar 06, 2008
bladerobbins in Manhattan

Before moving out of NY, where would you eat?

So it looks like I'm leaving my beloved Brooklyn to take a stab at West Coast living. I've got about a month and a half left of good eating time here left and am eager to return to some old favorites (Sri, Spicy Mina, Yemen Cafe, Chestnut) and to try some places I've been putting off for far too long (Di Fara, Little Pepper, Al di la). I am going to pose this question on the Manhattan board as well, but in my situation, what places in the Outer Boroughs would you make sure to hit and what would you order? To make it fun, what would be your final NY meal before heading out of town?

Thanks!

Mar 06, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

Dinner for 8 in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens/BK Heights

what kind of food?

Mar 05, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

So, what did you make this weekend?

I made my first ever batch of English muffins. I was very proud.

Feb 25, 2008
bladerobbins in Home Cooking

Dinner near Union Square this Saturday (22nd)...?

Perhaps Nirvana on 19th and 3rd? Really good Sri Lankan. Try the hoppers and the kottu roti.

Feb 21, 2008
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Report from NY CH considering moving west (long)

Thank you Bay Area Chowhounders for all of your help in planning my trip last week to your beautiful part of the country. The bad news is that my schedule while there ended up being absurdly busy so I didn’t have the freedom I’d hoped for to be able to sample all of your suggestions. The good news is that we loved it so much that we’re heading back in March for more interviews and to start looking for a neighborhood or part of the Bay where we might like to live. Some highlights of the trip:

FRIDAY:
El Huarache Azteca – while I was in a meeting, my dear boyfriend drove out and picked up a few things to bring back to me. We had the huarache with chicken tinga and chicken mole. The former was really, really special. The huarache a perfect blend of crispiness and chewiness and the chicken and refried beans were flavorful. The mole was less thrilling, although the tortillas that came with it were top notch as were the rice and beans. I look forward the next time I’m there to actually going to the restaurant to sample more things without the detrimental effect of take out. Oh and I’ve got to get to those taco carts!

University Café – I ended up having an appointment down in Los Gatos and on the way back we stopped in Palo Alto. We shared a citrus salad with goat cheese, grape fruit, oranges, and candied walnuts and an open faced turkey sandwich with avocado. While it was pretty standard café food, the amazing quality of the fruit took it to another level. Throughout my trip, I could not get over how different such fresh produce can taste.

Rite Spot – just drinks in the Mission; I liked this spot though

Uzen – exhausted, we drove back to the East Bay and gobbled down some fish at the sushi bar. I was impressed by the quality of the fish and the simplicity of the presentation, especially the baby yellowtail and the sockeye salmon. I also really liked the ume shiso roll (it’s a favorite of mine.) For the price, the quality of the sushi was excellent. Out of curiosity what’s the equivalent of a Sushi Yasuda type restaurant in the Bay?

SATURDAY:
Ferry Building: – We went twice. Once before my meeting to pick up some fruit, and once later around 1:00 to explore more fully. I could not get over how big this place is. We had a great time going from booth to booth and sampling – loved the citrus, the dried fruit, the jams, the cheese. We bought a stick of salmon jerkey that was delicious and then shared a burger from the Prather Ranch – good solid beef, perfect bun. The other stalls selling hot food had closed or run out of food by the time we got there, but I will be back. The prospect of shopping there for cooking purposes is really tantalizing too!

La Taqueria – headed over to the Mission and split a veggie burrito. I’ve since learned that a taco would have been the thing to get, but being in the Mission, we felt we needed at least one burrito, and I have to say I was really pleased. The guac was great, the beans were perfect texture, and the hot sauce on the table was a fantastic level of spiciness. The horchata was a perfect complement to the bite of the hot sauce.

Mission Pie – a friend had recommended this place, and so we split a piece of Myer Lemon pie on the suggestion of the high school student behind the counter. The filling was a little too sweet for my taste, but it had a great texture, and the crust was top notch. I really love the mission of this place and am looking forward to more samples.

Café du Soleil – after a lot of walking, we stopped in for iced tea and lemonade (really tart, very good).

Eva’s Café – after I was finished for the day, we drove out to look at the ocean and our way back, I really needed a bathroom, so we stopped here in Richmond. I asked the woman at the counter to recommend something small and took her advice on the barbeque chicken musubi – barbeque chicken and warm white rice wrapped in nori. It was so comforting and delicious – a great alternative when it’s cold outside and you’re craving sushi but want something warm.

Café Colucci – this was the night we were supposed to go to Chez Panisse Café, but our reservation wasn’t until 9:45, and I was absolutely exhausted, so we decided to save it for our next trip. We tried Pizzaiola, but the wait was too long, so we headed to Café Colucci, and I’m so glad we did. Outside of Café Adulis in New Haven, it was the best Ethiopian/Eritrean I’ve ever had. We had the veggie combo and mushroom tibs, and they were both fantastic. Especially the mushrooms, which we got in the spicy sauce. We loved it, but boy does that injera expand in your stomach…

SUNDAY:
Venus – We put our names down at both Venus and La Note, and after an hour of waiting, Venus called us first. I had the Casper omelet with a side of great sweet chicken sausage and good whole wheat toast and my BF had the 2x2x2 with challah French toast and poached eggs. Our immense hunger by the time we were served may have influenced our take on the brunch, but we were very satisfied.

Berkeley Bowl – Absolute heaven. I could not fathom the rows of citrus. Who knew so many kinds of oranges and grapefruits existed? We grabbed some fruit, some rolls, an amazing loaf of cinnamon bread, and some sharp cheddar (next time we’re hitting the Cheeseboard Collective, I promise) and took a hike up Mt. Tam. A perfect afternoon.

Spices II – We waited for an hour and a half to eat at Burma Super Star and finally gave up. We were with a friend who has spent a lot of time in Northern China, and he said that Spices II was our best bet nearby. We shared pork kidney, Mongolian beef, dry braised string beans, tofu with hot pepper, squash soup, and chicken in hot oil. The beef, string beans, and squash soup were my favorites. All in all it compared pretty favorably with Spicy and Tasty in NY.

So that was my first Chow experience in the Bay Area. The thing that I learned most of all is that I’ve only begun to get a taste of what the area has to offer and that I won’t be a bored eater if we move. I don’t yet have a good enough sense to draw any real comparisons to the offerings in NY, but so far, so good. Thanks again to everyone who offered suggestions and advice. I’m excited about joining this culinary community!

Downtown Atlantic disappointment

I agree. I threw away most of the cupcake I bought there. You know things are bad when you can't even finish a cupcake.

Feb 07, 2008
bladerobbins in Outer Boroughs

E.Village/LowerEastSide

I always recommend it for BYOB in the East Village - Itzocan Cafe - wonderful tiny restaurant; Mexican w/ a French influence. Kuma Inn is also great.

Feb 07, 2008
bladerobbins in Manhattan

NY Hound considering move West, need help and convincing

Man, I am getting so excited for this trip. What about sushi? Any places that serve really fresh, Pacific catches?