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Fun Place for daughters 23rd B-day. Have resv at Barton Gs.

Willing to sacrifice food for fun but how much sacrifice will I be doing at Barton G's. Reviews are all over the place. Is Barton G's worth it for a one and done experience if you know it's not top rated food going in? Any other options in the brickell, downtown, midtown, wynwood, sobe areas?

Help..Convention at Marriott/Ritz Grand Lake

Need a place for 4 couples-budget about $80-100 each person to include dinner and fun for the night. They would like a place that will be fun, not stuffy! I know down in Sth Fl the greek restaurants and irish pubs have a fun atmosphere. Would consider going to two different places-dinner then fun. While I would love to have incredible food this night i think atmosphere will have to trump it. Your help is appreciated.

Is it really worth going to Ravenous Pig from this location? I would love to try it but it will be a challenge.

Jun 04, 2012
mbfergie in Florida

Source for pork belly in south Florida.

Doris Italian Market in Coral Springs carries it. There are many Doris Markets in Broward so I assume they all would have it.

Boca: Where to get Cuban Coffee

I know there are alot of industrial shops off 20th, anybody know if there is a cuban coffee shop in there. Need something close to FSU for a cuban coffee fix in afternoon.

Penne with Asparagus, Sage and Peas (April Food & Wine)

Do you think if I made this for a baby shower it will hold well. Shower is at 1pm, I will be dropping off food around 12 noon to host. I would imagine they would start eating around 1:30-2. Also, if I am doubling pasta should I double the sauce. Don't think I will double Asp & Peas because I AM SICK OF GOING TO STORE!! Your imput will be appreciated.

Apr 16, 2009
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Help..Baby Shower Menu

i am cooking for a baby shower saturday afternoon and need help balancing menu. meeting with friend in next few hours for her to review.

spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese (mom to be's request)


chicken fransece

THIS IS WHAT I NEED HELP ON: PASTA SIDE-baked ziti or sausage and red pepper pasta but not loving either of these options

roasted pepper, carrots, eggplant, zuchini, aspargus, garlic

everything will be cooked friday and brought over for shower. so items need to be able to make day before or at least quick final assembly saturday morning.

Apr 15, 2009
mbfergie in Home Cooking

The best Italian cookbook

I second Marcella Hazan's "The Essentials of Italian Cooking". I also like some of the recipes in Giadas books. They are simple to make with ingredients that are easy to find.

Dec 10, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Which recipe should i use truffle salt?

I am making 3 different tarts for Thanksgiving appetizers. I just bought a jar of truffle salt from Sur La Table. Do you think I can use it in any of these apps instead of the regular salt.

1) Fig, Prosciutto and Chevre Tart
2) Swiss, Carmilized Onion and Tomato Tart
3) Provolone, Capicolla, Roasted Red Peppers, Cream Spinach Tart

Do you think any of these will benefit of using this incedible salt?

Nov 26, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Trendy for Teens

Taking four stunning 17 year old girls to NYC for a quick trip. They want a trendy hip place to go, where they can dress up and pretend part of the "Sex in the City" scene. Years ago I took my daughter to Balthazars and we had a few celebrity sightings. Willing to go anywhere in Manhattan but prefer to go in the Meat Packing, Greenwich, Soho area. Prefer not to go over $50 per without alcohol. A place with good food would be nice for the 2 moms going. FYI-don't think they will be into restaurant with heavy ethnic spin.

Nov 10, 2008
mbfergie in Manhattan

Need dinner recommendation for birthday on Saturday in North Broward!

For unusual you could eat in Grandma's Kitchen at Tavolino della Nonna. They have a room set up that look's just like my italian grandmothers did..thank god not old grey haired woman smacking me with a wooden spoon though! Every time I've been its extremely good..especially the tortellini in cream sauce with pears..yummy!

Kitchen Aid Mixer for kid

I friend is buying her daughter a mixer for her 12th birthday. She loves to cook/bake. I love my Kitchen Aid (took my parents from the 80s) but don't know what to receommend that is on the market now. Price isn't too much of an object, she just wants a mixer that is easy to use and will last long.

Sep 05, 2008
mbfergie in Cookware


The Glorious Foods of Greece

Jun 19, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Cheap but GOOD Italian Rest. in Deerfield area ?

disalvos in lighthouse point, copans and federal ne corner

Jun 16, 2008
mbfergie in Florida

Breakfast rec S of 14th W of Broaway-We arrive early

I arrive Saturday 6/14 into LGA at 7:45am for a 1 day shopping spree. Since not much is open want to have breakfast, maybe in Greenwich/Soho area since that is where we will start our shopping. Don't really think the "girls" (age 17-24) will want a full sit down breakfast so I think 'ino and sarabeth are out ;-(


Jun 12, 2008
mbfergie in Manhattan

Cake Baking ?

I am baking a 4 layer chocolate cake for father's day. Should I bake 2 layers and split them or bake 4 layers. Willing to do whichever way gets me the best cake.


Jun 11, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Broward restaurants w/private "rooms" for birthday party

In Coral Springs there are two places with nice private rooms, both moderate prices.
Gold Coast Grill (954-255-3593, alot of seafood, great bar chips with blue cheese) on University Drive, South of Sample and Tavolino Della Nonna(954-509-0046,italian, awesome food) on Sample Road just west of University Drive.

Jun 05, 2008
mbfergie in Florida

Bulk cooking, then freezing ideas?

I always have baggies of cooked ground beef, sliced grilled chicken breast and pulled pork in the freezer. If one of the kids has practice I can make tacos for one, grilled chicken ceasar salad or pulled pork sandwich. If whole family is available but time is critical I have a huge head start for chili, pasta with olive oil, garlic, broccoli and chicken or white rice, can of black beans topped with pork, chopped onions, tomatoes and cilantro. (Of course these are just a few ideas with the 3 basics above)

Jun 04, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

RUNOFF VOTING - June Cookbook of Month


May 23, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Iron Rich Recipe

she didn't want to do something predicatable so she was asking for chowhound help...since i've come up with so many great ideas from ya'll

May 16, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Sushi with Ambience for tongiht-Friday

Help...friends in from Pittsburg want Sushi. Don't really want to go to fav local Sushi place in stipe center. What is out there from Boyton south to Fort Lauderdale?

May 16, 2008
mbfergie in Florida

Iron Rich Recipe

My daughter has a project for her Chemistry class and gets extra points if she brings in a food product rich in her element-Iron. It's for a class of 15-16 year olds so no organ meats would be eaten. Saw some recipes for Bran Muffins made with bran flake cerals...she wasn't lovin' that idea. Your help is appreciated.

May 14, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Strawberry Cupcakes

on food network look up giada strawberry cupcakes with mascapone cheese. uses white cake mix, instead of water i added strawberry puree. the glaze is awesome. i find these addicting.

May 12, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Salad Suggestions for a Pre-Wedding Dinner

A salad with fresh baby spinach, sliced strawberries & almonds with a poppy seed dressing. The spinach holds up extremely well on a buffet table. I made this Easter and had a small amount left over that still was great the next day. I use a recipe off in the hall of fame section.

I am not a fan of mayo so when I make potato salad I just boil red potatoes, cut in half, mix with favorite italian salad dressing. Add some green onions and favorite seasonings. Taste better when I make it day before serving so flavors all meld together.

tomato, cucumber and onion salad is always a hit and colorful on a table.

May 12, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Steak on a Stick

Making an appetizer for tomorrow night. I have a flap steak. Should I cube it or slice thin and thread on stick. Since they will be in smaller pieces I plan on only marinating an hour or two..opinions. Marinating in oil, lime, garlic, onion, s&p. Want to serve with a Chimichurri sauce on side.

May 01, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Coral Springs Family

Every chain restaurant is up and down University Drive from the Sawgrass Expressway to Atlantic Blvd. For large baseball gatherings we go to Ale House or Pasquales alot. Food is okay at both. Pizza Time has awesome specialty pizza and sandwiches and has a very nice room for large groups.

Where is the meet? If it's at the CS Gym there is a Pasquales around the corner and a brand new BBQ called Stevie B's that is suppose to be very good.

Check out this link for all the menus, just put in coral springs or the name of the restaurant you want

ps: good luck!

Feb 12, 2008
mbfergie in Florida

Madri Gras theme party-Appetizer Help

what is boudain? love the andouille in puff pastry. i could do hot dogs for kids. and have a good creole mustard to dip them in. i make a horrible devil egg! every recipe i tried i have not that is out.

Feb 01, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Madri Gras theme party-Appetizer Help

I need help with an appetizer that is non-seafood for get together tomorrow night. So far I am serving boiled shrimp as an appetizer, but I cannot eat seafood. The rest of the meal is Paul Prudhommes Roasted Pork, smashed potatoes, roasted carrots, jambalaya with andouille sausage and chicken. Dessert will be a king cake and bananas foster.

"Hey mister, throw me something"

Feb 01, 2008
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Fort Lauderdale - group dinners

My daughter who is a junior in high school loves going to Taverna Opa. If you call in advance they will arrange a reasonalbe price pre fixe dinner if you go early enough. Everybody dances on the table. It's a blast!

Where in Fort Lauderdale are you staying and how far are you willing to travel?

Nov 30, 2007
mbfergie in Florida

How big is it? (Your turkey, that is)

My Tom is just over 24lbs. Don't have a final count but guessing around 20. Just made a 12.5lb for the bones, now that I've had my fill of turkey I can't wait to eat all the other good stuff.

Nov 20, 2007
mbfergie in Home Cooking

Suggestions for prepared Thanksgiving Meal...

Whole Foods had ad for 6-8 people dinner $99 in today's food section.

Nov 15, 2007
mbfergie in Florida