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Cartagena - What's New?

My husband and I will be in Cartagena in April and we're wondering what new additions there are to the city's food scene. Have any great new restaurants opened in the last couple years (either casual or high-end)?

How to cook "Sliced Pork Shoulder" / Pork Shoulder Arm Steak

I love super tender low-and-slow cooked pork shoulder. But for two people it's too much meat and takes too long.

Today, I found "sliced pork shoulder" at the grocery - a very cheap cut of meat that I hoped could be made delicious with a little web research and some effort.

I've just spent the last hour digging around online and I'm surprised to find almost nothing referring to this cut. There are zero recipes for it in any of my usual go-to recipe sites.

My research yielded this: The cut is sometimes called "pork shoulder arm steak" (it's the third one down in this illustration: http://www.mealsforyou.com/cgi-bin/cu...

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It seems like braising is the way to go, but I don't have a meat thermometer. What I do have: a semi crappy oven and a cook cast iron skillet with a lid.

I've already begun marinating in a chimichurri sauce and was thinking of just adding a little additional liquid and braising it that way at 275* for about two hours.

Does that sound like an awful idea to anyone. Any guidance?

Other ideas? Insights for next time?

Jan 01, 2012
fredamoon in Home Cooking

Guatemala City and Panama City experts?

I'll be flying into Panama City on Saturday. I was really hoping to find some new, interesting restaurants. Anyone know of any goodies opened in the last year or two?

Panama City

I'm planning a trip to Panama City and wondering what's new in the food scene there. I've found a few articles from pre-2007, describing some great places--several of which are still around and thriving. But I'm wondering what has opened more recently, in the last two years or so.

Anyone know what's new and interesting in Panama City's restaurant scene?

Help - Restaurant on Garcia Virgil & Cosijopi, near Posada Don Mario

Hi folks -- Some help, please. When I was in Oaxaca a couple years ago, I went to a restaurant around the corner from my hotel (Posada Don Mario on Cosijopi). I'm trying to find the name of the restaurant -- because I had the best chiles en nogada of my life there, as part of the $75 peso set lunch (unbelievable, I know). The restaurant offered cooking classes. Anyone know the one I'm talking about?

Thanks!

Dec 14, 2010
fredamoon in Mexico

Help - Restaurant on Garcia Virgil & Cosijopi, near Posada Don Mario

Hi folks -- Some help, please. When I was in Oaxaca a couple years ago, I went to a restaurant around the corner from my hotel (Posada Don Mario on Cosijopi). I'm trying to find the name of the restaurant -- because I had the best chiles en nogada of my life there, as part of the $75 peso set lunch (unbelievable, I know). The restaurant offered cooking classes. Anyone know the one I'm talking about?

Thanks!

Dec 14, 2010
fredamoon in Mexico

Asian-style drinking vinegars

Bummer. I was hoping there were a couple of restaurants down this way that had picked up the idea from Ricker and ran with it.

Does 99 Ranch do the vinegar cocktails, or just diluted vinegar soda drinks?

Anyone else seen these anywhere in Southern Calif.?

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99 Ranch
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

Nov 04, 2009
fredamoon in Los Angeles Area

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Amazing! I just posted the same thing, almost word for word, before finding this one and realizing our odd family tradition of hot dog pancakes isn't so out there after all. Hilarious.

Nov 03, 2009
fredamoon in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

One of my all time favorite comfort foods, made by my mother when we were kids, is pancakes with hot dogs.

She prepared them exactly the same way one makes banana pancakes, by pouring batter on the griddle, then pressing sliced rounds of hot dogs into it, so that they brown while the batter cooks.

They taste like pigs in a blanket, but require even less work. Nevertheless, everyone who has ever seen me prepare these has found them completely bizarre. I've learned to only share them with my most trusted friends.

Asian-style drinking vinegars

I've heard about the magical drinking vinegars at Pok Pok in Portland (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/431693). They sound amazing.

Up there, Andy Ricker buys some of his drinking vinegars from Asian markets and makes some of his own. I'm wondering if there's any restaurants in LA that are doing something similar. Anyone know if these Asian-style drinking vinegars are being use as mixers in any LA bars? Or as exotic non-alcoholic drinks in LA restaurants?

I'm curious. Would like to try it done well, without making the long haul to Portland.

Thanks!

Nov 03, 2009
fredamoon in Los Angeles Area

Mexico City Recommendations Needed

I didn't read everything everyone else wrote, so I'm hoping this isn't redundant, but I would really encourage you to spend some time in Roma/Condesa instead of Zona Rosa (or perhaps in addition to). To me, this is one of the cultural centers of the city and there's great food in the area. Mercado Medellin (Calles Couhuila and Monterrey) has great food for home cooking, but it also has a few wonderful stalls, including one called Canarios, which serves classic grilled meat dishes to perfection. There's also a really popular seafood restaurant that is always packed on Sundays, which I can't remember the name of. During Christmas, the market's really buzzing and there are pinatas hanging everywhere.

In Centro Historico, we had a couple of great meals at Casa de las Sirenas (on the Zocalo, http://www.lacasadelassirenas.com.mx). It's also a great location, overlooking the zocalo and the Catedral.

Have fun!

Oct 18, 2009
fredamoon in Mexico

Puebla: Innovative, interesting, upscale restaurants in Puebla

I never thought I'd be deliberately seeking out the upper end of the culinary spectrum. But I have my reasons.

So, I'm wondering if anyone can recommend an upscale restaurant (or two or three) in Puebla that is worth the money and has impressive, innovative (or at least really freakin' fantastic) food. I'd love something that plays with Poblano culinary traditions -- Nuevo Poblano -- but really any truly remarkable restaurant would do.

Thanks in advance.

PS. If there's something truly remarkable that's not exactly "upscale," I'd love to hear about it as well. It just happens that for this particular purpose I'm short on ideas on the high-end.

Sep 27, 2009
fredamoon in Mexico

Las Ranas in Puebla

I just have to chime in and second Las Ranas. We're in Puebla for only a few days and, despite feeling like we *should* eat at as many restaurants as possible, we've already found ourselves unable to resist Ranas' tacos arabes. We've been back twice. We lived in Mexico City for several months, and there's plenty of really good al pastor there, but the meat here is truly remarkable. We had an in depth conversation about what they do to keep it so moist and give it such flavor. The flat bread is also perfect, slightly (perfectly) charred and moist enough to sop up a bit of the meat juice.

If in Puebla, you must go to Ranas.

Sep 27, 2009
fredamoon in Mexico

Latest Puebla and Cuernavaca recs?

NYC Techy,

We're in Puebla for the next week and trying to get the most out of our eating dollars and hours.

Curious if you ended up at La Purificadora, and how it was, and whether there was anything else you might be able to recommend.

Thanks!

Sep 25, 2009
fredamoon in Mexico

Amateur cooking classes / schools

I was really just hoping to hear from folks who have had *really great* experiences at a particular program. Neither price or location is hugely important (California's big, but it's not that big). The biggest thing, I guess, is that I'm looking for classes that cater to amateurs rather than professional cooks/chefs. I'm really just fishing for inspiration -- a talented teacher, a rarely-taught cuisine, a beautiful location, etc. Thanks!

Jun 16, 2009
fredamoon in California

Amateur cooking classes / schools

I'm curious if anyone knows of interesting, unusual, great cooking classes / schools / programs. I'm interested in learning something new, as an amateur cook -- just for fun. I was thinking about the raw foods institute down in Fort Bragg, CA (even though I'm not a raw foodist) or the Apple Farm in Anderson Valley, CA but I'm wondering what else is out there.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.
FM

Jun 16, 2009
fredamoon in Greater Seattle

Amateur cooking classes / schools

I'm curious if anyone knows of interesting, unusual, great cooking classes / schools / programs in California or nearby. I'm interested in learning something new, as an amateur cook -- just for fun. I was thinking about the raw foods institute up in Fort Bragg (even though I'm not a raw foodist) or the Apple Farm in Anderson Valley, but I'm wondering what else is out there.

Any thoughts?

Thanks.
FM

Jun 16, 2009
fredamoon in California

Desperately Seeking Crawfish Pie

Well, shoot...that's a tragedy because those crawfish pies were incredible. Thanks though!

Jan 09, 2009
fredamoon in New Orleans

Desperately Seeking Crawfish Pie

Last time I was in New Orleans, I happened upon a little take-out place on Magazine Street that sold great crawfish pie to go, along with other New Orleans classics. It seemed like the sort of place that had been there forever. Don't remember a lot else about it except that it was past Casamentos and afterward we went across the street (or maybe a block or so down) and ate our food in a semi-ragged park or school grounds.

Anyone know where I'm talking about?

Definitely seemed like a local place, not for tourists. I'd love to point a friend there, but I can't remember the name / address.

Thanks!

Jan 09, 2009
fredamoon in New Orleans

Falafel recipes

This sound excellent, and relatively easy. I'm wondering, though, if I can't wait 12-20 hours to soak the beans, is there a way to pull this off using canned chickpeas? I'd be willing to play with some ideas if anyone has suggestions. Thanks!

Jun 12, 2008
fredamoon in Home Cooking

Best New Restaurants in Greater New Haven

I'm curious what all you chowhounds think are the best new restaurants in the New Haven area. By "new" I mean within the last two months. I'm especially curious about off-the-beaten-path places that may be popping up in the suburbs or out-of-the-way strip malls. I'm looking for hidden gems.

Thanks!

New Haven Area - Zucchini Blossoms

Thanks folks, thanks for your help.

Here's a link to the Advocate story I wrote on blossoms (indeed, Foster's has them), in case anyone is interested.

http://www.newhavenadvocate.com/artic...

New Haven Area - Zucchini Blossoms

Does anyone know of a restaurant (Italian or Mexican) that serves zucchini blossoms. They're in season right now and for sale at Bishop's but I'm curious if any of the local restaurants are making use of them.

Thanks!

dog friendly in new haven?

There always seems to be a dog or two hanging out (with owners) at Rudy's on Elm St. I don't know if it's policy or not, but they at least tolerate dogs at the outdoor tables. No idea if the same goes for inside, though I doubt it. Regardless, it's summer and a good time to eat on the sidewalk. Plus, Rudy's has great, great frites and good, if pricey, hamburgers.

24-Hour in New Haven?

We had lunch at Parthenon (off of I95 exit 55) this weekend, and it was great diner food. It's open 24 hours and wins "Best Diner" in the Advocate's Reader's Poll year after year. After finally trying them out, I have to agree, the food was great. We had a Pesto Burger (big, juicy, delicious) and a bowl of soup. Nothing fancy, just good quality and good prices. And it's only about 10 minutes from downtown. Here's the website: http://www.parthenondiner.com/

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Parthenon Diner Restaurant
374 E Main St, Branford, CT 06405

The Yogurt of Beers

Does anyone know someplace to find this stuff near New Haven, CT?

Sounds incredible.

Apr 15, 2007
fredamoon in Features

New Haven Advocate Best Of 2007

Brunch in Mendocino?

Cafe One has gone downhill since new owners took over. It's still fine if you're really into the organic thing, and willing to pay a premium for "okay" food (sometimes less than okay, truth be told).

Dec 23, 2006
fredamoon in California

mendocino

I love the Mendo Bistro, which is actually about 7 miles north in Fort Bragg. It's got a beautiful, open dining room and excellent food. Though I think it easily rivals the Mendocino Hotel or some of the other spots in Mendocino Village, it's more affordable (not terrifically, but enough to make a difference).

Dec 23, 2006
fredamoon in California

OHANA LAUA SYOSSET

Where is this place? Sounds excellent.