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Florida-Style BBQ?

Does anyone know of a unique Florida-style BBQ? I've found a few places like Boomers in Ft Pierce that uses citrus woods for smoking, orangey BBQ sauces and local juice marinades? I'm looking for more unique regional Florida BBQ methods that aren't being done in more well known BBQ areas like Kansas, Texas and the Carolinas. Anyone heard of anything?

Jan 10, 2010
adamhgraham in Florida

Looking for Oeufs en gelée in NYC?

Tried the Oeufs en gelée at Les Halles Lyon and brought some back from Grasse recently, bugt cannot find these anywhere in NYC. Anyone ever seen them? They are basically a soft boiled egg in aspic with some herbs, sometimes some meat. Delicious!

Nov 07, 2009
adamhgraham in Manhattan

Best Business Class Snacks on Airlines

Hi,

I'm curious which airlines have the best snacks in business. No so concerned about meals, but more into snacks liek Ar France's Fauchon Cheese Crackers and Cathay's Pork Bun. Any suggestions?

Apr 14, 2009
adamhgraham in General Topics

Best new Orlando restaurants?

What are Orlando's best new restaurants, (Opened in last 18 months). I want to do a tour of Orlando. Any neighborhoods in particular I should check out. Have heard Thornton Park, Little Saigon and College Park are worth exploring.

Apr 05, 2009
adamhgraham in Florida

Daytona Restys

Anyone been to the Double D Near Bethune Cookman? Or the Hondurus Restaurant on Mason? Had nice lunches at both the other day. Also Noticed a new restaurant opening soon on Ridgewood Rt 1 in South Daytona, on the west side btwn Big Tree and ISBD. Any info?

Mar 31, 2009
adamhgraham in Florida

Daytona Duffs reopens

Anyone know when Duffs Smorgosboard is reopening in the Sunshine Mall? I drove past the other day and the sign was up.

Mar 31, 2009
adamhgraham in Florida

What are the best bicycle trail/riding restaurants in Austin?

I'm heading to Austin for a long bike trip. Wondering if any restaurants are where other bicyclists hang out, or any spots off hte trails worth checking out. I heard about a farm stand trail, Anybody know where it is? Thanks.

Mar 31, 2009
adamhgraham in Austin

Qingdao, Any Signature dishes or new restaurants?

I'm heading to Qingdao and want to try any unique dishes or restaurants. Any suggestions?

Mar 31, 2009
adamhgraham in China & Southeast Asia

Looking for local foods in Miami

Thanks Frodnesor! I actually commented on that thread, but I'm looking for more locally sourced ingredients in this thread.

Feb 11, 2009
adamhgraham in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Looking for local foods in Miami

Are there any restaurants, markets or shops in Miami that specialize in locally sourced foods? Where's the best place to get Florida avacado, mango, hearts of palm, key limes, grapefruit, stone crabs, grouper (real grouper not farm-raised Basa from Vietnam), rock shrimp, etc. Also, what are some other foods that are indigenous to South Florida or Miami? Are there dishes or sandwiches or soups that were invented in Miami?

Feb 11, 2009
adamhgraham in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Florida's Signature dish

II grew up in Florida, in Ponce Inlet, but live in NYC now. Recently in nearby Daytona there was some sort of scandal involving the grouper. It turns out that many of the fishes being sold to restaurants were being called grouper, though they was actually some kind of Asian catfish? Anyone else know about this? Not sure if that taints the grouper nomination to Florida Signature dishes or not, but thought it was worth pointing out.

Other Florida foods worth mentioning are Gatorade, South Beach Diet Juice, Orange Juice, Burger King (e.g. the whopper +croisantwich,) Larry's Giant Subs, Checkers, Benihana, Goya, Apalachicola Oysters (even the Native Americans ate these), and freeze-dried foods (developed by NASA). Also food related items like the mechanical refrigerator, Tupperware and the metal can, all have Florida origins.

I've often wondered why there are not more Orange-based dishes in the Sunshine State. Though I’ve vaguely heard of a Florida Sour Orange Pie, I have never tasted one. If I had to vote for one Florida Signature dish it would be the Key Lime Pie. Superb. Here's a little history to it: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Histor...
How I’d make it? Real Key Limes (not the bottled juice), no meringue, and most definitely a Graham cracker crust.

Dec 18, 2008
adamhgraham in Florida

Food/beverages invented in Los Angeles

wasn't the moscow mule cocktail invented here in L.A. too?

and what about Zankou Chicken Paste? IS that an LA Original or a spinoff of an Armenian dish?

Pinkberry.

Apr 22, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Regional or unique Dishes to Los Angeles

wow, what makes Oki dogs so unusual? I've never been.

Apr 21, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Need Recipe for Waffle Trifle or Strata

Hi,

I just bought a bunch of delicious looking strawberries and decided I was going to make a Waffle Trifle, with the berries and some whipped cream. But I can't find a recipe. Anyone have an idea of how to accomplish this. I have dinner guests coming over tonight and I want to impress. Suggestions?

Apr 21, 2008
adamhgraham in Home Cooking

Best Speciality Food Shops in LA

I've been to Surfas in Culver City and Mr Marceau's at the Grove, but don't see a lot of others shops/markets like this in Los Angeles. I love Trader Joe's and Whole Foods too, but where do Angelinos go to get really obscure and/or high end food stuff or quality ingredients.

Apr 21, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic Breakfasts

Siam Sunset in Thai Town has amazing Thai breakfasts, including a Thai Congee and these amazing Chinese donuts served with sweetened condensed dipping sauce.

Apr 21, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Regional or unique Dishes to Los Angeles

Hi all,

I'm kind new to LA and wanted to know if there are any dishes, (sandwiches, salads, ethnic fusions, etc) that are unique to Los Angeles. What are some dishes or foods that have evolved or were invented here, like the Cobb Salad and the Moscow Mule? Are there new foods in Korea Town, Thai Town, SGV that are evolving to the southern cal palette?

thanks for any input!

Apr 21, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles Gluten Free Restaurants

Also, Trader Joe's has a really great PDF on their website of all their gluten-free foods. It's very handy and saves you from having to stop in the grocery aisle to use your blackberry to look up strange ingredients like dextrose and xanthun gum to see if they contain glucose.

Apr 21, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Best Burger in LA

The Original Bob's Big Boy has nice thin burgers, shredded iceberg lettuce, a great sauce and really soft buns and is a great alternative to the entirely too thick burgers that trendy restys all dole out. I like a soft, easy to eat burger.

Astro Burger on Santa Monica Blvd in Weho is great too. Don't go to the one on Melrose, it's not as good.

And In-n-Out is great, but ranks third for me.

Apr 21, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Ortolan- Great food, hello service?

I ate at Ortolan the exact same night as you! It was my first time there and I was really let down. The food ran the gamut from great to totally mediocre. My lobster was rubbery and overcooked and the amuse bouche parsnip and carrot soups (for spring?) were served in test tubes (totally obnox) and were too foamy and just not suited to our meals. It was pretentious. The Foie Gras was superb though.

And what's with the soft rock/ Dido soundtrack? Not what you want to hear when you're paying top dollar for fussy French food. My European colleagues paid the bill and left a 10% tip (which I told them was in poor taste). But when the check receipt was returned, the management actually asked them to pay 5% more. Is that tacky? I'm not sure. When pressed and told that tipping was discretionary, the mgmt backed down. I prob would not go back to Ortolan and would not suggest it to anyone who wants to splurge.

Feb 17, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Thai Iced Tea Origins?

Is using cream a more authentic recipe? Was cream used in Thailand for this recipe before sweetened condensed milk was introduced?

Feb 17, 2008
adamhgraham in General Topics

Thai Iced Tea Origins?

Does anyone know where Thai Iced Tea originated? It seems like an an Americanized recipe, but all searches for it lead me back to Thailand. According to Wikipedia, it's called Cha-Dam-Yen. When did the use of sweetened condensed milk in Thailand become popular? Was dairy used in authentic Thai Tea? If so, which kind? How long has it been served cold? I have two Thai cookbooks, and only one of them (Keo's Thai Cuisine), has a recipe for it, but no historical info.Any info about Thai Tea, iced or not iced is helpful. Thanks!

Feb 13, 2008
adamhgraham in General Topics

Secret and/or Best Thai Restaurants

I'm looking for LA's best Thai food. I've read and appreciate Jonathan Gold's reviews, but I want to get to the next level of Thai dining. Is the best Thai food in Thai town? If so, what is it and where? I've heard of secret thai dining spots? any ideas where?

Feb 11, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Wine Shops in Hollywood?

Are there any family run or small boutique wine shops in Hollywood?

Feb 08, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Best Thai Iced Tea in Los Angeles

I'm new to Los Angeles and looking for the city's best Thai Iced Tea. Any suggestions? And is there a grocery store in Thai Town or elsewhere where you can buy it in large quantities, not just in individual cans?

Also, does anyone know the origin of thai iced tea? Is it an americanized version of what is served in Thailand.

Thanks!

Feb 08, 2008
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Strip Mall Haute

I just moved to Los Angeles from NYC and enjoy exploring good grub in the strip malls. Last night I discovered Lou and fell in love with it. Though I like the low end ethnic divey places in strip malls, I'm looking for more mid-range to high-end places atmospheric places. But really I'm interested in any strip mall gems. Any suggestions?

Nov 02, 2007
adamhgraham in Los Angeles Area

Help i am in Daytona beach

I grew up down there and feel your pain. Good food is scarce. tasty high end is out of the question. ambiance is non-existent. I live in nyc now, but go down to visit still, so have scoped out the casual foodie spots, which daytona does best.

Boon Docks in Wilbur By The Sea has great grilled fish sandwiches and grouper reubens and pretty decent conch chowders with some nice italian flavors.

North Turn in Ponce Inlet has decent basic shrimp and seafood too.

The Lighthouse Landing in Ponce Inlet has the best fries (double fried and battered in cornmeal) and depending on the season, great steamed oysters.

Hampton's fried Chicken in Holly Hill has great soul food.

There's a great Thai resty on Ridgewood in south daytona called song kran.

Woody's BBQ in Port Orange isn't bad...real smoky flavors, great baked beans.

Spend a brunch at deleon springs pancake house. it's a great old-style florida cooking spot, with pitchers of buckwheat and buttermilk pancake batter you can make yourself at the table.

Feb 12, 2007
adamhgraham in Florida

Best New Gourmet Southern Food?

Thanks all y'all!

What about the fringe southern regions of North Florida, NE Texas, Kentucky, West Virgina? Would love some suggestions for this area too?

Feb 12, 2007
adamhgraham in General South Archive

Best New Gourmet Southern Food?

I'm touring the south and looking for the best new southern gourmet southern food. I use the term "gourmet" loosely, but what i'm really after is the best new southern cuisine in the south, from Texas to Virginia. Diner-grub and home-cookin places are great and I'll take the suggestions, but anything that's an upgrade from that is mucho appreciated too.

Thanks!

Feb 07, 2007
adamhgraham in General South Archive

Moving to NY. Suggestions on where to reside based on chow?

carroll gardens for cozy atmosphere and value
chinatown for crazy exotic food and endless cheap eats
east village for atmosphere, diversity and affordability
jackson heights for overall diversity (mexican, indian, korean, peruvian) and cheapness
avoid chelsea and upper west side!

Feb 05, 2007
adamhgraham in Manhattan