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$30 pine nuts

I just read something about this a minute ago. It is a reaction to the pine nuts. The writer didn't think it was due to the age of the nuts.

Feb 09, 2011
BRN in General Topics

Upper East Side delicatessen or dim sum?

We went to Sarge's and enjoyed it. Plenty of pickles for me, the cole slaw was yummy, and we had pastrami and corned beef. Even the mustard was fabulous. Thanks for the suggestion.

Nov 04, 2010
BRN in Manhattan

Upper East Side delicatessen or dim sum?

Sure, I'll take that recommendation. With everything that my friend wants to do in one day, and our leaving on the bus at 5:30, I was thinking that staying on the UES for everything makes more sense. But,. if we HAVE to eat at Katz's or in Chinatown, I'll "cope."

I spent my honeymoon in NYC in 1961 and just came across the bill for the hotel that we stayed at--the Barbizon Plaza-- and the bill for one week was $97.26. I was looking through a scrapbook. Don't want you all to think that I have mounds of paper lying around.

Oct 28, 2010
BRN in Manhattan

Upper East Side delicatessen or dim sum?

Going to be in NYC one day next week and going to a couple of museums on the East Side, so would like to stay nearby for lunch rather than going to Chinatown or Katz's. Any suggestions? I know about Artie's near Zabars which I think is on the West Side.

Oct 28, 2010
BRN in Manhattan

Spaghetti with ketchup - does anyone else eat this?

Yes. I'm 68 and once in awhile my mom would give us this. I think it was a treat. I still have it maybe twice a year. I don't delude myself into thinking that it's healthy by any means. Just a treat.

Oct 28, 2010
BRN in General Topics

I need a little help from my springfield area friends

Try Typical Sicilian and Abudanza at the X in Springfield. Patsy's in E. Longmeadow does a nice job with everything he does and it's CLEAN. Leone's on Parker St. is good, Bamboo House, Vinh Chau and Pho Saigon are all good Vietnamese restaurants also at the X, Fazio's in E. Longmeadow is pretty good, Pintu's in W. Springfield for Indian food (he used to manage Sitar). Texas Roadhouse for a chain restaurant does well, but it's very noisy,

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Chau's Restaurant
964 Main St, Manchester, CT 06040

Oct 20, 2010
BRN in Southern New England

Where to eat this weekend?

We're back from your city. Saturday night we went to Fish, but it was too hot in there, so we walked to the corner and ate at La Baia. Cute place, people friendly. I had Caesar salad which was excellent, and linguini with clams and a red sauce which was fair. Very mild, little flavor. My friend had an eggplant, tomato, goat cheese appetizer which she enjoyed and then walnut encrusted salmon which she also enjoyed. The presentation was lovely. We didn't have dessert. Breakfast was included with our hotel room, so we didn't go out for that, and last night we ate at Amada which we thoroughly enjoyed. We sat at the "chef's table" and the people next to us on either side were friendly and they even shared their food. Nice experience. Saturday for lunch we were in Chinatown and we ate at a soup place famous for their noodles. Tasty. We have a few good Vietnamese restaurants here in Springfield, MA, so we're used to good soup. We went to the Terminal market today, but just walked around. I did buy a cookie. Do go to a farmers' market for your vegetables; the ones there looked just okay. Thanks again for all of your suggestions.

Aug 23, 2010
BRN in Philadelphia

Point us in the right direction, please.

Re: cash only restaurants. I ate at a Middle-Eastern restaurant in D.C. several years ago that took cash or checks. On my way to the bathroom I noticed on a wall of pictures one of Yassar Arafat. I had my suspicions about that place after seeing that! One can only surmise where some of their money went.

Aug 19, 2010
BRN in Philadelphia

Where to eat this weekend?

I took your suggestions and made reservations elsewhere--the Embassy Suites Hotel. More money, but I don't have to be concerned about anything.

Aug 19, 2010
BRN in Philadelphia

Where to eat this weekend?

PS: I don't mind tacky, but I think my friend would really object to a dive.

Aug 18, 2010
BRN in Philadelphia

Where to eat this weekend?

Thanks for your responses. I am a little apprehensive about the hotel because it has gotten very mixed reviews. Although I am not planning on doing anything besides sleeping there, I would like it to be clean and to have the air conditioning and plumbing working properly. Independently owned or not, it seems that Best Western should be concerned about its condition.
You have given me several recommendations and combined with some other earlier posts with this subject, I have no worries that we will be less than satisfied this weekend. Thanks to all.

Aug 18, 2010
BRN in Philadelphia

Sick of gazpacho - need some new chilled soup ideas

I make a curried cream of summer squash soup. Saute onions, add squash (all the same kind or a mix) cover with chicken or vegetable broth, cook until soft, cool, puree, add curry and half and half. Chill. You can cook some peeled potatoes with the squash if you'd like a thicker soup. Put a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt on top if you wish. Yummy hot or cold.

Aug 18, 2010
BRN in Home Cooking

Where to eat this weekend?

A friend and I are going to Philadelphia this weekend, arriving Saturday and leaving Monday. We will have a car. We are staying at the Center City Best Western. She is fussier than I when it comes to the aesthetics of a restaurant. I have read about some of the dim sum restaurants in the city. I love dim sum, and she does also, but one of the restaurants near the bus station sounded very tacky, so that is out. Other suggestions? Also for dinner on Saturday and Sunday? We like most things. Years ago (more than 50 as I'm now in my late 60s) my folks took us to Bookbinder's. That obviously was a memorable experience as I still remember it. I know that it is out of business. A seafood restaurant would be a good suggestion. Thanks in advance.

Aug 18, 2010
BRN in Philadelphia

Best Caterers in the Pioneer Valley

Friends who got married in Deerfield in early May used Blue Moon Grocery from ? and the food was terrific.Pretty too. I do some catering, but not for big groups.

Jan 06, 2008
BRN in All New England Archive

In LA for a few days this week, can you recommend a place in Pasadena for lunch

thanks so much!

May 04, 2007
BRN in Los Angeles Area

In LA for a few days this week, can you recommend a place in Pasadena for lunch

Most definitely, thanks!

May 04, 2007
BRN in Los Angeles Area

In LA for a few days this week, can you recommend a place in Pasadena for lunch

I will be in LA for a few days later this week. On Friday I am meeting up with two friends and someone recommended going to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. So, can someone recommend a nice place for lunch. We all like ethnic food.

May 04, 2007
BRN in Los Angeles Area

Looking for great italian in Springfield, MA...

I also like Typical Sicilian. they are open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner only. A little farther up Sumner Avenue (typical is on Belmont Ave.)is The Touch of Garlic. They are open for lunch and dinner. I think they may be closed on Sunday. I think Lido is ordinary at best. Consistent, but ordinary.

Jan 16, 2007
BRN in All New England Archive

Worst kitchen screwup.

I've had plenty of them since I'm now 65, and have been cooking since I was 8. When first starting to cook I made a chocolate cake. We didn't have any confectioners' sugar for the frosting so I used granulated. I figured sugar is sugar. (I was 8.) Tasted like sweet sand. I still remember it almost 60 years later. I am a good cook and manage a farmers' market where I do some cooking during the season. A couple of years ago someone said, "Oh I bet you never make mistakes when you cook." I told her that everyone who cooks makes mistakes. I just throw mine away so you never see them.

Jan 16, 2007
BRN in Home Cooking

Going to Montreal with a young teenager

I am going to Montreal in April with my grandson who is 13. Suggestions as to what to do with a person that age? Thanks in advance.

Jan 16, 2007
BRN in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dim sum in Centra/Western Mass/Northern CT

I'll try it again perhaps with someone else so that I can try more items. Thanks.

Jan 14, 2007
BRN in All New England Archive

Dim sum in Centra/Western Mass/Northern CT

I went there a few weeks ago. It was good, but their offerings were slim. I'll try it for regular food because the man who is in charge of food service at UMASS is Asian and he said that their food is most traditional.

Jan 13, 2007
BRN in All New England Archive

Looking for Catered Outside Pig Roast Southern NH or Northern Ma. - Merrimack Valley???

Friends used to have a pig roast every year (other friends still do.) The first couple used to ask their guests to bring something to share, but the second couple (because this is a business party) provided everything. Two ways to go. Both parties were large so they always had the whole pig.

Jan 13, 2007
BRN in All New England Archive

Dim sum in Centra/Western Mass/Northern CT

There used to be a terrific dim sum restaurant at Shields' Plaza in W. Hartford, but unfortunately it went out of business. I live in Springfield, MA and don't mind traveling an hour or so (once in awhile I go to Boston or NY) for dim sum. I'd love to find a place that really does dim sum rather than having only a few items available.

I do make some things, but there's nothing like going to a bustling restaurant filled with lots of people and terrific dim sum.

Jan 11, 2007
BRN in All New England Archive

Anyone done the Dim Sum in North Garden, Manchester NH?

Dim sum in Manchester, who would have thunk it. I lived there 30 years ago and there might have been 2 Chinese restaurants there then. I LOVE dim sum and will travel for it, but not two hours although if I have occasion to be in Manchester for anything (at this point it will probably be someone's funeral) I'll try to fit it in.

Jan 11, 2007
BRN in All New England Archive

Looking for Catered Outside Pig Roast Southern NH or Northern Ma. - Merrimack Valley???

Don't know how far they travel, but call Outlook Farm in Westhampton, MA. 413-529-9388. I believe that they close for January, but perhaps you can leave a message or call next month. They do a terrific job and can provide you with side dishes as well.

Jan 11, 2007
BRN in All New England Archive

Panera: Pretty Poor

I think that whenever possible everyone should try to patronize locally owned businesses. That doesn't mean that they are all wonderful, but often they aren't the cookie cutter "blech" of chain restaurants.

We have Friendly's where we are (actually in the city where it started) and I avoid them. They are ordinary and I think expensive for what they have. Plus you can't get your hamburger made the way you want it.

Jan 11, 2007
BRN in Chains

Cold sesame noodles?

I've always made large quantities, so don't have a clue about the amount of pasta to use. I have enough of the ingredients so that I can (and do) keep adding until I get it right. Then of course, I have to taste it later on since after awhile I can't tell anymore whether I like it. Also, the flavors blend when you let it sit, and the pasta does absorb some of the liquid. If you are cooking for vegetarians, use vegetable broth instead of chicken. I think one of the common problems with this dish is that it's often too dry. Make sure you use enough Asian sesame oil as this adds great flavor to it.

Jan 11, 2007
BRN in Home Cooking

Cold sesame noodles?

I make cold sesame noodles. I used peanut butter once and found it to be too "gloppy" and didn't cover the noodles as well as tahini. I use chicken broth, soya sauce (be careful, don't use too much) toasted sesame seeds, scallions, Asian sesame oil, garlic, and if you want it spicy use some crushed red peppers. I will look for roasted Chinese sesame paste. Never heard of it, but we have a few Asian stores in our neighborhood, so it shouldn't be hard to find.

Jan 10, 2007
BRN in Home Cooking

best national chain grocery for usda beef? [moved from L.A. board]

I do a little catering and I have used the USDA Inspected grade of tenderloin which I roasted and served with sauces. It was perfectly fine.

Jan 05, 2007
BRN in General Topics