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Thai Tida Lambertville NJ

Check out the Thia rest. in Frenchtown. (can't remember the name). We had lunch there one afternoon and it was awesome. Some foodie friends of ours like it too - even his wife, how is quite picky likes it.
It's located of the beaten path but right in town. Enjoy.

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in New Jersey

Soup Joints

Check out your Chinatown in DC for Pho restaurants. There are a couple we frequent in Philly, so you might luck out there...

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in Washington DC & Baltimore

Soup Joints

Google any of the Pho restaurants that are around, and experience God's gift to soup...Go for the Pho Ga (chicken) basically Viet. chicken soup. The broth is warm and will kill any cold you might be working on. The broth is made with grilled onion & ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black peppers, carrots, dash fish sauce and we LOVE it! You also add Hosien & hot sauces as well as cilantro, thia basil, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and bean sprouts once they deliver it to the table. YUM!!
There are a bunch of them in the college park, catonsville and I think Bethesda areas. Usually, it's listed as Pho 32 or 495 (the number seems to come from the road it's on).
ROck on!

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need Casual Yummy Date Night Place - Bmore

I know you were lookinf for casual and spending a lot, but Tersiquels's hands down is the best place. We've been following Fernand from EC to Baltimore back to EC and he's the best. I grew up in Howard County and it has largely been a vast wasteland of food (other than EC). I've worked in a few of the restaurants in town and know who has the clean kitchens...Tersiguel's is the best by far. Although, Elkridge Furance Inn and Iron Bridge are great as well. I know there are a few others, but those don't readily come to mind.
Definately try to hit Peter's - go early to get a seat (same for Henninger's). I was in Blue Agave a month ago, and wasn't impressed - unless you feel like banging back some shots of Patron...Abacrombie is probably the best restaurant in the city (sans snobby attitude) - Sunny was a chef for the Ritz Carlton in Naples, FL and hands down total foodie!!! He loves to cook for anyone that shows an interest in food. Tasting menu the way to go. Black Olive on Bond St. is another delicious stop - uses a lot organic products. Too bad Pazza Luna isn't around! That was bar none the best, most fun place to have a great dinner and enjoy ole Blue Eyes. Not to mention Kim was always happy to see you and you felt like you were eating in her home.

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in Washington DC & Baltimore

HENKELS VS. SHUN VS. WHUSTOFF

Look into E. Schaff knives (Goldmaster series)...Batali uses these at home (Food & Wine article many moons ago). Not that this was our deciding factor, but these knives F-ing ROCK. They are harder to find, but they blow away any of the usual suspects (henkle, Wustoff, Global) you see in W. Sonoma and such stores (notice the same brands in every store from Bed Bath & Beyond to WS - good marketing departments). I ordered my Schaaf from www.knifemerchant.com a couple years ago. Purchase a 6" or 8" chef's knive and see what I mean. It's a small investment on something you will have forever. Never SKIMP on knives they will be with a long time and you should be happy with what you have purchased.
The balance of the blade to the handle is excellent and very comfortable. There 6" tomato knife is priceless (a difficult to find - use google to find a site). I have 10+ knives from them and wouldn't look at anything else...well, there are a couple Japanese knives I have my eye on, but I need to save up for them...next to the Germans, the Japanese make rockin' knives! They almost as obsessive as the Germans (german heritage I can speak from experience...
)Sorry for the long reply, but they rock. Also, if you live in the NYC area there are a couple of shops that specialize in cultery and will a large selection to take for a testdrive.

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in Cookware

Thai Tida Lambertville NJ

Any news on this??? Haven't heard a thing yet. Different than Siam? Please blog away...

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in New Jersey

Vacation recommendation - Central VT or Bar Harbor, ME?

Thanks for all the great info!
Sad to hear Woodstock has grown...I've been there a few times years ago, and I have fond memories of a delightful town.
Kinda figured about Bar Harbor being touristy - always has been - even in the 80's & 90's. could only get worse.
Definately will look into Middlebury. We spent a lot of time in Sugarbush during the summer in the late 70's early 80's as a kid and loved every minute! Dining at the Pheonix eating Peter Sussman's Chocolate Chocolate Cake! YUMMY memory!! Foodie at birth I guess...
Love all the Farmers Market recommendations!! We love them!
Any other info. please send along...no decisions as of yet.

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in All New England Archive

What is the proper way to grate parmesan?

Stick the microplane. It's easier to grate and blends/melts better...you can always add more.

Mar 23, 2007
JVU in Home Cooking

Key West Help Needed

Cuban Coffee - 5 Brothers is a must! 930 Southard Street. usually a line to get in the door.
Blue Heaven - very Key West and tasty. Roster have the run of the restaurant.
Mangia Mangia - avoid at all cost!!! down the street from 5 Bros.
Half Shell is touristy but the Royal Red shrimp are a must!!!! No butter needed - they taste like lobster.
Camille's (1202 Simonton St) - Delicious breakfast! Went there twice.
Nine One Five - (915 Duval St) - Great upscale dinner place! Tapas and such.
Kelley's - Overpriced and not worth it...
Mexican Restaurant on Duval was GREAT and you can people watch while sipping on Sangria - sadly no Margarita's - BW only
Croissants de France - GREAT Brioche and fresh fruit.
Have a good time. We were there in January. I would say to venture off Duval for dining - with kids you may want to avoid the drunken Spring Breakers that will be in full force. There are plenty of neighborhood joints to try. Also take the kids to the Sunset Festival at Mallory Square!

Mar 19, 2007
JVU in Florida

Vacation recommendation - Central VT or Bar Harbor, ME?

We are planning our vacation for a week in August, but we are debating between Woodstock/Sugarbush areas of Vermont or Bar Harbor, Maine. Any recommendations? We're not into touristy places - we like local spots with great food and heart in their food. BYO's welcomed...Thx!

Mar 15, 2007
JVU in All New England Archive

Anyone looking for Bobbi's Hummus?

Well, after a long wait...Bobbi's is BACK! Bobbi apparently sold the business to her son, and fortunately we are able to enjoy that garlic breath we have all missed...
We picked some up at the Whole Foods in Princeton this weekend - they also were having a tasting, so I think we are OK for the time being. There is a black bean hummus that's new. YUM!

Mar 15, 2007
JVU in Pennsylvania

Trader Joe's, Hadley, MA, Now Open - Am I Missing Something?

2 Buck Chuck - Great. Fred Franzia's way of screwing up the wine industry...Notice the name FRANZIA. Ring a bell? He also makes Crane Lake, Forest Glen, Forestville and the like...for a couple of bucks more, why not look at Chile, Argentina, Spain, Australia, heck, France or Italy. You spend more for better food, why not spend a couple of bucks to have a better wine...live a little!
Examples: $4.99 Protocolo Red, White, Rose: $4.99 Castanio Monestrell: etc...talk to your local wine merchant...there are some great finds out there!!

Mar 04, 2007
JVU in Chains

Must Find! "Annies Your Favourite Garlic Hummus"

The Princeton store is getting the product in next week or so...waiting for a larger size to arrive. Didn't know they made a red pepper flavor - hopefully, we'll see it.

Jan 08, 2007
JVU in Pennsylvania

Must Find! "Annies Your Favourite Garlic Hummus"

We've been on the search for Bobbi's as well!! We can no longer get it at the Whole Foods in Princeton...which it never seemed to sit on their shelves. Also, the McCaffery's in Yardley no longer carries it. If anyone one in the Bucks County area knows of a store that carries Bobbi's we'd be very greatful to know!! NOTHING compares!

Jan 06, 2007
JVU in Pennsylvania

How Much Does It Cost to Go Organic?

It's worth it for the peice of mind and MUCH better produce. The produce from the "regular" stores generally looks pretty beaten and unappealing.
Also, try brining your chicken and pork - helps lock in flavors.

Jan 06, 2007
JVU in Features