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Need rec for breakfast between RDU-Raleigh and/or sandwich place between Raleigh-Durham

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. As it turned out, all our tours and meetings ended up taking twice as long as I'd planned and, what with Irene knocking at the door, we just focused on getting done and getting out and left food prowls for another time. We did manage to get some take-out sandwiches and cookies in Chapel Hill from "Sandwich" which were quite yummy (even though as first glance they did not look that appealing). Loved the whole area, though, so we will be back.

Aug 29, 2011
pielady in Southeast

Need rec for breakfast between RDU-Raleigh and/or sandwich place between Raleigh-Durham

Ah! Chicken and Waffles in Durham looks perfect; if we can't get there before the Duke tour, we'll go there afterwards for sure. Morning meeting in Raleigh is inside the 440 belt and starts when I get there although I don't want to keep folks waiting too long. Saw mention of a few coffee places -- Global Village, Sosta Cafe, Cup of Joe -- are any of those good bets in terms of being able to park and get in and out pretty quickly if we don't end up having enough time for a real breakfast? (When does the morning rush hour begin/end, anyway?) Thanks much.

Aug 20, 2011
pielady in Southeast

Need rec for breakfast between RDU-Raleigh and/or sandwich place between Raleigh-Durham

Flying in early morning next week for meeting in Raleigh in the am followed by a tour of Duke mid-afternoon (will have a teen in tow who's interested in the Duke tour). Would very much appreciate recs for a good (quick) breakfast place to stop between airport and Raleigh before the meeting...or a good (quick) sandwich place to stop for lunch enroute from Raleigh to Durham. Teen is partial to muffins, waffles, pie, salad, sandwich wraps, mashed potatoes and just about anything chicken; won't eat hot dogs, burgers or que. Many thanks.

Aug 20, 2011
pielady in Southeast

Apple Meyer Lemon Tart recipe?

Here's an Apple Galette recipe from chef Christophe Hille as inspired by Chez Panisse (and published in Bon Appetit) that may or may not be what you're looking for. I make this all the time to rave reviews (one of my kids even got an extra "A" for bringing this into his French class -- but that's another story :-). I trust you know how to make, and handle, pastry so I won't bother with too many directions:

Crust: 1 3/4 c. flour; 1/4 t. salt; 3/4 c. chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes; 2 T ice water. Make dough. Wrap flattened disk of dough in plastic and chill (2 hours min; 2 days max).

Fruit: 1 1/2 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/8" thick slices; 4 T white sugar, divided; 1 teaspoon finely grated (meyer) lemon peel; 1/4 c. (best quality) apricot preserves; whole milk for brushing crust.

-Roll out dough to ~14" round (at about 1/8" thick) and transfer to large un-rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. (Or you can roll onto the parchment to begin with and then transfer to baking sheet). Chill in freezer about 15 minutes.
-Preheat oven to 450 F
- Combine apple slices, 2 T sugar, and lemon peel in bowl; toss.
-Spread preserves over chilled crust leaving 1 1/2" plain border.
-Arrange apple slices in concentric circle atop preserves, overlapping slightly. Fold plain crust border (which should be soft and pliable by now) up over apples, pinching any cracks in crust. Brush crust with milk. Sprinkle crust edges & apples with remaining 2 T sugar.
- Bake Galette 20 minutes at 450 f. Reduce oven to 375 F and continue to bake until crust is a deep golden brown, about another 30 min (don't underbake or the bottom won't get brown enough). Remove from oven. Slide long thin knife between parchment and galette. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temp.

NB - Hille's recipe calls for generic lemon peel but, when I can get them, I always use meyer lemon peel and also toss the apples with a bit of Calvados (the Calvados helps a lot if apples are bland as does a pinch of nutmeg). Also, for the final 2 T sugar that gets sprinkled over the tart, I often use turbinado sugar rather than white.

Jan 19, 2009
pielady in Home Cooking

Lively Mexican Restaurant for B-day Dinner?

Hey, thanks. I had come to the conclusion that we should go to Ole and your replies support that. Love this board!

Nov 18, 2008
pielady in Greater Boston Area

Lively Mexican Restaurant for B-day Dinner?

Have read through all the Mexican restaurant recs and now can't wait to try out a lot of them but wondered which you'd go to for a birthday dinner on the Saturday after T'giving for good food, lively atmosphere (and takes reservations)? Group of 5: 2 teens, 3 adults. Birthday boy likes his food way beyond spicy. Not so with the others. Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/Waltham environs would be easiest. Thanks!

Nov 17, 2008
pielady in Greater Boston Area

Good place for dinner

With apologies to Modawq1991, would you all mind if I expanded the original question to include recs for a family with three teens who also will be coming down to DC? Loved the idea of the Native American Museum, for instance, whatever the age of the kids! Many thanks.

Oct 24, 2007
pielady in Washington DC & Baltimore

Funky Place for Summer Birthday

redbones?

Jul 06, 2007
pielady in Greater Boston Area

79th birthday dinner in Ft Myers?

Thanks for the recs Suzie & LilMsFoodie.

Suzie, I read your thread from (last Sept?) about food in Ft Myers...any updates you want to share?

Jan 18, 2007
pielady in Florida

79th birthday dinner in Ft Myers?

A plea to you Gulf Coast Flordian chowhounds: Where around Ft Myers might we take my parents for dad's 79th birthday, based on both food and atmosphere? They already go to PrawnBrokers on a pretty regular basis so I was looking for something a little different to surprise/please them. Good service and lovely food (meaning attentiveness and kindness rather than pretentiousness on the service front; and basic foods cooked/plated beautifully rather than in cutting-edge fusion style on the cuisine side of things) would be the ticket here. My folks ived in and travelled the world over for 60 years and mom's a fantastic cook/hostess so they've done it all but dad's now slowing down significantly and I'd like them to have a lovely meal and a lovely time even if dad ends up having to come along in a wheelchair. Many thanks for your ideas.

Jan 14, 2007
pielady in Florida