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Where to find liquid pectin?

Any ideas where I can buy liquid pectin in the DC/NoVA area? I searched the board and the only info is several years old.

Solo Dining - Mississippi and Alabama

Thanks for all of the advice. I fell in love with Mississippi and can't wait to go back. I drove down 61 from Memphis and stopped in Clarksdale to go to the Delta Blues Museum and had a fried catfish sandwich for lunch at Ground Zero.

I then headed to Oxford for a few days. I had an amazing dinner at City Grocery - cold celery crab soup, curried pork belly and chocolate bread pudding w/peanut butter ice cream (seriously one of the best desserts I've ever had). I stayed at Puddin Place B&B (right off of the square and highly recommended) and they had a fantastic breakfast every morning. I was too full from breakfast for lunch my first day, but stopped at Bottletree Bakery for a chocolate croissant and iced coffee in the afternoon. Lovely cafe! I had intended to have dinner at Ajax, but a sewer pipe burst and pretty much everything had to close as the water had to be shut off. I did manage to get a delicious plate of shrimp and grits at Boure before they closed. On Sunday, I went to a Portugese bakery (Lusa's I believe) on Lamar about a mile or two north of the square. They had a really nice selection of pastries. My dinner options were pretty limited so I had pizza at Old Venice, which was good for munching while watching some baseball.

I then headed back to Clarksdale for tamales and BBQ at Hick's (tamales were outstanding, BBQ was okay) and drove down Route 1 for a while. Sadly, White Front was closed that day. I stopped in Greenville for an early dinner at Doe's. Wow, that was a truly fantastic steak (I had the ribeye)! I got some tamales to go and really didn't care for them. I decided to head to Arkansas rather than Alabama. It was a great vacation, foodwise and otherwise and I greatly appreciate all of your recommendations!

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City Grocery
152 Courthouse Sq, Oxford, MS 38655

Bottletree Bakery
923 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS 38655

Boure'
309 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655

Ground Zero
2230 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Jul 06, 2010
cookiegirl in Central South

Solo Eating in Memphis

Thanks for all of the info. I'm a bit late replying, but I had a fabulous time in Memphis. I did stay downtown and while I had a car, stuck to walking at night. The first night, I arrived pretty late and it was raining so I headed to Automatic Slim's, which was across the street from my restaurant. I was the only person there for a while and had a nice chat with the bartender and a delicious fried oyster/bacon sandwich. It was some of the best bacon I've ever had (Benton bacon, I believe the bartender told me). The next day, I was sightseeing and had a late lunch at Gus's so wasn't up for a big dinner. On my second day, I headed to Graceland and down to Mississippi, but returned to Memphis at the end of my trip to catch an early morning flight. I spent the last night at Earnestine and Hazel's - great dive bar, good burger. I have to say I was surprised at how uncrowded everything in Memphis was, especially during the week. I never felt unsafe, it was just strange. Even Beale St. was less crazy than I expected. In any case, I hope to return soon. Thanks again for all of the advice.

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Automatic Slim's Restaurant
83 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

Jacksonville Recommendations

Thank you all so much for your recommendations! I had an amazing dinner at Bistro Aix; sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen, which was quite entertaining and I received great service from my waiter/bartender as well as from the kitchen staff. I started with the berry gin fizz, which was very refreshing, and the goat cheese/prosciutto salad, also delicious with a great balance of flavors. The chopped basil and freshly ground pepper made the dish. I had the Norwegian salmon with succotash and pearl pasta for my entree. I rarely order salmon in a restaurant as it's usually overcooked, but this was perfectly rare. As I told the chef, it was like summer on a plate.

I also made it to Burrito Gallery. My carnitas burrito was ridiculously large, but quite tasty. A good find for a quick meal and it's a fun little space.

Other than that I ended up eating at the meeting I was attending and had room service at the Hyatt one night.

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Burrito Gallery
21 E Adams St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Bistro Aix
1440 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Jun 08, 2010
cookiegirl in Florida

Jacksonville Recommendations

I will be in Jacksonville next week for four days and am looking for lunch and dinner recommendations. I will be staying at the Hyatt Regency and won't have a car, but am open to cabbing. So far, I've heard about Casbah, River City Brewing Co., Derby House, Biscotti's Express Cafe, and Brick. I'm pretty open to cuisine, but would prefer no chains, I would like to have one nice dinner so I'm willing to splurge a little bit (preferably still under $100), but otherwise stay under $50-60. Thanks!

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Casbah Cafe
, Jacksonville, FL 32099

May 26, 2010
cookiegirl in Florida

Solo Dining - Mississippi and Alabama

I am taking a solo road trip from Memphis down through the Delta, to Oxford and then to Birmingham and am looking for recommendations suitable for eating alone, particularly a few nicer places. In Oxford, City Grocery and Taylor Grocery are on my list. I need to do some more research on Birmingham, but I have Cafe Dupont, Highands Bar and Grill, Miss Myrtle's, Little Savannah, and Hot Hot and Fish Club on my list. I am open to type of cuisine and price.

Also, I will likely be in the Delta on a Sunday and Monday and it appears that a lot of places are closed, particularly on Sunday so any recommendations would be appreciated. Any chance White Front Cafe will be open? The farthest south I'll likely get is Greenville or so and then I'll head east to Alabama, but my itinerary is somewhat flexible. Thanks much!

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City Grocery
152 Courthouse Sq, Oxford, MS 38655

Cafe Dupont
113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Taylor Grocery & Restaurant
4-A County Rd 338, Oxford, MS 38655

Little Savannah Restaurant
3811 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

May 26, 2010
cookiegirl in Central South

Solo Eating in Memphis

I'll be in Memphis for 3 days next month and am curious about the solo dining situation, particularly at Restaurant Iris and Itta Bene. Do they have bars where I could eat or would I be able to get a table for 1 without a reservation? I'm assuming I won't have a problem getting a seat at places like Automatic Slim's and Rendezvous, but if I'm wrong, please let me know. If there are any other places suited to a solo diner, I'd love more recommendations. Thanks!

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Restaurant Iris
2146 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Automatic Slim's Restaurant
83 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

Recommendations near La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla

I'm staying at La Valencia in La Jolla for a few days later this week. I have one free night and one free morning so I am looking for a dinner and breakfast/brunch recommendation within walking distance. I'm already going to George's at the Cove one evening. I'm open on cuisine and price, but would like something fun, not too upscale.

Jan 26, 2010
cookiegirl in San Diego

recommendations for group dinner in Orlando

Any suggestions for a group of about 20 on a weeknight? We will be staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek so somewhere relatively close is preferable. I'm open to the type of cuisine as long as there's a decent variety. I'm not familiar with the area so I would greatly appreciate any recommendations.

Jan 07, 2010
cookiegirl in Florida

Ray's Hell Burger (I Don't Get All The Hoopla)

I'm there once or twice a month and I don't think I've had to wait more than five minutes to order since they've moved and it's usually less than that. The only time of day I haven't been to the new location is lunchtime during the week. Once you order, you wait less than ten minutes for your food to arrive.

solo dinner recommendations

Thanks so much for all of the recommendations! I ended up having only one night on my own and ended up at the bar at Ame. It was fantastic. I had the sashimi plate, which was amazing - a great combination of flavors. There was trout with apple fennel slaw, salmon and one other fish with a kind of deconstructed guacamole. I also had the cream of Jerusalem artichoke soup with foie gras duck tortelloni. It seriously was one of the best soups I've had in a long time. I finished with the brown butter chocolate ganache crunch with sherry ice cream. It was okay. The flavors were good, but the crunch part was very difficult to cut and I was afraid it was going to fly across the dining room. I had a whiskey cocktail to drink, which was also delicious.

One group dinner was at Epic Roasthouse and was quite nice actually. I had a watercress salad with figs and blue cheese and seared tuna with gnocchi and bacon - delicious. Second group dinner was at Cafe Tiramisu and I had the veal scallopine, which was very good. They seated my very large group in the basement room and this worked out perfectly as things got a bit out of control. The restaurant was a hit and they were very accommodating with a special dessert request for someone in my party with a birthday. This is the second group dinner I've coordinated there and wouldn't hesitate to return. Last group dinner was at Stinking Rose. I wouldn't go back, but it wasn't the worst meal I have ever had. I had the forty clove garlic chicken. The chicken was okay, but the accompanying mashed potatoes were very mediocre. I had a few bites of the garlic ice cream, which was interesting. A few Peroni made everything go down better. The last night I was there, I went to the 49ers/Bears game and ate about 1/4 of a very crappy hot dog and then ordered room service when I returned to the hotel.

I did manage to squeeze in breakfast at Dottie's on my last day. All in all, a pretty good week of eating in San Francisco.

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Stinking Rose
325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

Epic Roasthouse
369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cafe Tiramisu
28 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

Stop the presses...Rays Hell Burger Now Serves French Fries

I got the small, which I believe was $1.75. There is also a large for (I think) $2.50. The small is definitely a reasonable size for one person (not at all like Five Guys) and could be shared if each person just wanted a dozen or so fries.

Stop the presses...Rays Hell Burger Now Serves French Fries

I tried the fries tonight and they're decent - not up to the high standard of the burgers, but they're fine. Most were moderately crisp and they're skin-on. I never thought Ray's needed to serve fries as the burgers are so large, but I get that people like fries with their burgers.

I will say that on my last two visits that the burgers have been noticeably less thick. I'm really hoping this has been a fluke and that the size has not been permanently changed. Tonight, I tried the dogcatcher for the first time and it was so greasy. I don't know if it was the addition of the bone marrow, but by the time I ate the second half the bottom of the bun was completely soaked with grease. Still the best burger around, but I won't try that combo again.

Recommendations for large group dinner

Thanks so much for all of the recommendations! I thought One Market was going to work out, but then my group increased to 24 people. With this number, the restaurant required us to have a very limited menu (1 app, choice of 2 entrees, 1 dessert) and this won't work for my group. I encountered a similar situation in most places. I ended up booking us at Cafe Tiramisu on Belden Place. Thanks again for the suggestions.

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One Market Restaurant
1 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Belden Place
44 Belden Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

Cafe Tiramisu
28 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

1 Restaurant
2325 El Camino Real Ste 103, Santa Clara, CA 95050

solo dinner recommendations

I have to go to Stinking Rose. It is one of the "mediocre group dinners" I have to attend. Trust me, it's so not my choice. I love Italian, but both of my group dinners are at Italian restaurants so on the nights I'm on my own, I'd prefer something else. Thanks much for the recommendations.

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Stinking Rose
325 Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

solo dinner recommendations

Thanks much! I should have looked up the location of the stadium before asking. Just found out my company is taking us on a shuttle so I guess I won't be sneaking out early.

PS Sorry for the double posting. I received an error message and didn't think the original message posted.

solo dinner recommendations

I'll be in San Francisco for about a week in Nov. with several group dinners at mediocre restaurants and would love recommendations for some good places to get some solo dinners to recover/eat fantastic food. I'm staying at the InterContinental, but am willing to venture outside that area. No Italian please, but otherwise I'm open to cuisine. I wouldn't mind one expensive (around $100ish) meal, but would like to keep the rest in the $50-75 range. I'm going to a Thursday night 49ers game. Are there any good restaurants for a solo dinner around the stadium if I sneak out of the game early?

BTW, how bad is the Stinking Rose?

Halal Cart at Courthouse Metro

Over the last week, I've noticed a new halal food cart outside the Courthouse metro station (the Wilson entrance) in the evenings. Has anyone tried it? Recommendations?

Best Lunch in Alexandria??

Ditto to the LS lunch at Eve. If you go a little later, it's easier to get a spot for more than one person. If you're solo, you shouldn't have much of a problem. If you're in a fish and chips mood, there's also Eamonn's on King St. (same owners as Eve and the Majestic).

A second Taylor Gourmet opening tomorrow!

I wandered over to City Vista today and had a delicious lunch. I got there about 12:45 and there was only 1 person in line in front of me, although most of the tables were full. I have to echo the previous comments about the Broad Street sandwich (chicken cutlet, broccoli rabe, sharp provolone) - it was so tasty! The bread is fantastic and the garlic/hot pepper flakes in the rabe give it a nice kick. I also brought an order of risotto balls back to my office and they're delicious as well. Love the Boylan's fountain drinks!

So...Is it worth waiting in a long line for a "Georgetown Cupcake"?

No. Go a couple of blocks away to Baked & Wired - so much better and never a wait. I'm a chocolate girl, but have a hard time turning down the strawberry cupcake at B & W.

Third Time's the Charm at Flavors in Arlington

I wish I felt the same way. I was so excited when I finally found out about Flavors and their fried chicken. However, after several visits, it just hasn't satisfied my occasional fried chicken craving. There's something about the breading I don't love. It's not horrible and is one of the better places for fried chicken in the area, but it's not to my taste. The mac and cheese is fantastic as are the greens, but I've not been a fan of the mashed potatoes and corn muffins I've had.

Good food near Four Seasons Dallas - Las Colinas

I will be staying at the Four Seasons Las Colinas for three nights next week. I haven't seen a lot that's nearby and recommended. Suggestions? I'd love some good BBQ or Tex Mex if possible, but am open to what's good there. I'm willing to do a bit of driving, but closer is better.

Recommendations for large group dinner

I've been tasked with making reservations for a business dinner in approximately one month and am a bit stymied as places I would like to go are not going to work for the group. The parameters are:

-availability for a party of 20 on a Tuesday night
-budget is around $100/person
-cuisine: nothing "too ethnic" (not my words); Italian would be okay; if it's seafood, there should be several non-seafood options
-we will be staying near the convention center, but are willing to taxi somewhere
-good atmosphere, not too stuffy

A few options I've come up with are One Market, Town Hall and Perbacco. What am I missing?

NYC to Chicago for Bachelorette Party-NEED HELP

There is a Whole Foods about 10 min. from your hotel at State and Superior. Another fun place to get food is the Goddess and the Grocer at 25 E. Delaware, which is a couple of blocks from the Drake. I know they have beer and wine, but I'm not sure about hard liquor. It is a bit pricey though. Fox & Obel is also a good suggestion.

If you're going for classy, I can't in good conscience recommend the Rush/Division area. It can certainly be fun, but there is a good reason that Rush St. once (still is?) known as the Viagra Triangle, and Division is geared largely toward tourists. It really depends on what type of scene you're looking for, but the West Loop are might be good (Randolph St.). I don' t live in Chicago anymore, so I'm not up on the bar/club scene.

Aug 04, 2009
cookiegirl in Chicago Area

Solo Dinner - Lincoln Park or Lakeview

Any suggestions for a restaurant in Lincoln Park or Lakeview where I could get a table or bar seat for dinner on Thursday? I'd like to stay in the $30-40 range and am open to any cuisine. I'm not looking for a noisy, frat-boy bar though. I'll be staying fairly close to the Fullerton el and am fine with taking the train or bus. Thanks!

Aug 04, 2009
cookiegirl in Chicago Area

Where to find GIANDUJA?!

I'm pretty sure I've seen it at the Italian Store on Lee Hwy. in Arlington. You may also want to try Cornucopia in Bethesda. It's a small Italian deli/grocery and they have a lot of imported products.

Pizza near Union Station

I'm having a pizza craving. Is there anywhere in the vicinity of Union Station where I can get a decent slice or two? I know Armand's is nearby, but I don't want a whole pizza. Thanks!

Corduroy Fixed Price- deceptive

Interesting. I had dinner there last week and we were only offered a la carte menus. I had a drink at the bar before dinner and heard the bartender mention the prix fixe menu, but our waiter never mentioned it.

Female dining solo in Vegas

I recently returned from my trip and wanted to report back as well as to thank everyone for their suggestions. My first night, I went to Bouchon, where I had a quiet meal at the bar, which was perfect. I started with the soup special - creamy spinach, which had a lovely fresh taste without being too heavy. I then had the leg of lamb with panisse, roasted tomatoes and wilted arugula. It was all perfectly cooked and so flavorful. I'd never had panisse before, but it was a great change from potatoes. I'm sure dessert would have been spectacular, but I was already full so decided against it.

The second night, I went to Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. I had the Black Angus burger with cheddar, caramelized onions and a fried egg with the sweet potato fries. The burger was cooked perfectly medium rare and had good flavor, but kinda fell apart and made a big mess. I'm ambivalent about the sweet potato fries. I think they were a bit too thin and crunchy for my taste. With a beer, it was $26, which I thought was a bit much.

Night number 3, I splurged at L'Atelier and am so glad I did. I ended up doing the 5 course menu, which ended up being just the right amount of food. I started off with the ($29 - ouch) Kir Royale and the amuse bouche, which was a foie gras parfait with port reduction and parmesan foam. It was fantastic and a great palate cleanser. The first course was spring vegetables (eggplant, zucchini and roasted tomatoes) layered with incredibly fresh mozzarella. It was very fresh and exactly how spring should taste. Next was a langoustine wrapped in phyllo dough with basil pesto. For the third course, I selected the pork belly with the famous Joel Robuchon mashed potatoes and onion confit. This was probably my favorite course. The pork belly was pure piggy goodness and the potatoes were amazing -- I don't even want to know how much butter was in my small serving. I then had the cheese plate with a triple cream, sheeps' milk and goats' milk cheese. Sorry, I don't remember the names. Finally, I had the selection of ice cream with pistachio, caramel, yuzu, raspberry, and blackberry. Honestly, by this point, I was so full, but thought they were all good. I'm a huge pistachio ice cream fan so that was my favorite. I thought I was finished when my cappuccino arrived, but I had struck up a conversation with the people sitting next to me and they insisted I try the Iberico ham with toasted tomato bread. The ham was melt-in-my mouth delicious, but I was beyond the point of being able to truly appreciate it. The total bill came to $165, and it was worth every penny. I loved sitting at the bar watching the chefs prepare each dish. It's perfect for a solo diner and I would definitely return.

For my last night, I went to Daniel Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn for the 3 course Wynn Special, which is offered for $48 prior to 7 pm. I had a lovely cream of artichoke soup to start. For my entree, I had the Scottish salmon (very slightly overcooked, but very tasty) with asparagus and radishes. For dessert, I had the chocolate hazelnut fondant with coffee ice cream, which was amazing. Along with my cappuccino, I received a selection of adorable petits fours. I only ate two - the blueberry muffin that was delicious and the chocolate macaroon, which I thought was so-so.

I was able to walk right into all of these restaurants without a reservation. It seemed that a lot of higher-end restaurants were fairly quiet. I ate alone and felt very comfortable in all the restaurants, each of which had a different vibe.

Most days, I had breakfast and lunch at my conference, but was able to escape for lunch at Wichcraft at the MGM for lunch one day. I had the meatloaf sandwich with bacon, cheddar and tomato sauce on ciabatta, which was divine. I'm sorry I wasn't able to get back there to try anything else.

I look forward to returning to Vegas if only for the food. I will now be eating salad for the next month to make up for all the splurging I did there.

Apr 10, 2009
cookiegirl in Southwest