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Heirloom apples, NYC?

Thanks so much, everyone!

Nov 19, 2014
KCMiller in Manhattan

Heirloom apples, NYC?

I'm headed to the city this coming week, and I'd like to find some heirloom apples as a gift for some friends. I'm looking for out of the ordinary apples, such as D'Arcy Spice, Esopus Spitzenberg, and Newtown Pippens. Can anyone tell me if any specialty stores in Manhatten sell these?

Thanks!

KC

Nov 18, 2014
KCMiller in Manhattan

Greek in Columbus Ohio

You made an excellent choice - I think Anna's is the best, most authentic Greek restaurant in town.

Jan 31, 2012
KCMiller in Great Lakes

White tablecloth Chinese restaurant in Hudson County?

I'm looking for a nicer Chinese place to have Christmas Eve dinner - not a Pei Wei, PFChang chain type of place, but a family run, local type of place. Wheelchair accessible would be nice. And not in Hoboken or Jersey City, if possible - somewhere with a parking lot? We're staying in Secaucus, and the rest of the family is in Weehawken.

Keeping my fingers crossed . . .

KC

Dec 20, 2011
KCMiller in New Jersey

When you send something back . . .

What do you expect from a restaurant when you send a dish back? I ask this because of what happened to me last night. Briefly, my husband and I went to a fine dining restaurant, and I ordered a dish that came out totally wrong (walleye piccata came covered in cajun seasoning). I sent it back, nicely, then waited almost 20 minutes for my replacement dish to arrive. No apology, no manager checking if it was OK, no offer of coffee or dessert on the house, not to mention no offer to take it off the bill. And the replacement dish was not well done, either - no seasoning at all, from what I could tell, just broiled fish. I didn't bother to send it back again, we just asked for the check.

So, is this typical? What do YOU expect when you have to send something back? Was I wrong to think that, at the very least, a manager would stop by to see if everything was OK?

Thanks for your input!

KC

Aug 04, 2011
KCMiller in Not About Food

Grilled Cheese and Shrimp sandwich in Columbus??

I swear, I had an amazing grilled cheese and shrimp sandwich SOMEWHERE in Columbus, OH, but I'll be darned if I can remember the restaurant - can any Central Ohio folks help me out?? It was within the past few months, and at a sit down restaurant.

Thanks a bunch,

KC

Feb 14, 2011
KCMiller in Great Lakes

White Tablecloth Chinese Restaurant near Weehawken?

Thanks - it's not the color of the tablecloth that's important, it's more that we're looking for a nice restaurant, with carpet on the floor and waiters. And most of the Chinese places I know in Hoboken and Weehawken are take out joints - good food, but not really sit down and have a nice meal places.

One note - we have one family member who is in a wheelchair, although she can transfer and walk short distances, so that may be a consideration.

I'll look into Petite Soo Chow, and look forward to more suggestions!

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Petite Soo Chow
607 Gorge Rd, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

Dec 17, 2010
KCMiller in New Jersey

Diners off 70 and 76

We're traveling through Pennsylvania next week, on our way to New Jersey, and my husband and I love to stop at diners for lunch - we're not sure how far into PA we'll be, but can you suggest diners which are convenient from 70 and 76 we can try? I think once we ate at the Summit diner?

Thanks,

KC

Dec 17, 2010
KCMiller in Pennsylvania

White Tablecloth Chinese Restaurant near Weehawken?

I'm looking for a nicer Chinese restaurant in or near Hudson county for a dinner on Christmas Eve for a family of about 16. We usually go to a buffet, but my kids are older now, and are clamoring for a more 'upscale' experience, and I'm with them! It doesn't have to be very high end, but it does have to be a real restaurant, not a take out place with formica tables.

Any suggestions welcome, and anywhere between Jersey City and Fort Lee, the Meadowlands to the Hudson is OK with me.

Thanks so much, and happy holidays!

KC

Dec 17, 2010
KCMiller in New Jersey

Best CHEAP hidden gems in Columbus, OH?

I love Anna's Greek Restaurant for the Sunday buffet - for what you get, it's the best $15 you'll ever spend. We also, and VERY surprisingly, loved the pizzas at La Scala - they are running a special most nights - most things on the menu were only $8.95! and they had a live band we DANCED to. Totally cool.

Jan 08, 2010
KCMiller in Great Lakes

Local luau on Big Island or Oahu?

We're going to be on Oahu and the Big Island in the next few weeks, and my darling husband really really wants to go to a luau. No amount of rolled eyes on my part will dissuade him. I can't imagine that any of the commercial luaus will be good (non commercial, non tinsel), but I'd love to be proven wrong. What I'd REALLY like is to find a local church or school who's doing a luau as a fundraiser. Anyone living on these islands who can point me in the right direction?

Thanks much!

Sep 25, 2009
KCMiller in Hawaii

Trying to ID a vintage Le Creuset

That's it exactly! Thanks so much!

Jun 29, 2009
KCMiller in Cookware

Trying to ID a vintage Le Creuset

Thanks for the replies. The pan is true red, not flame, and the handle is a u shaped piece of metal which you press together, then the bottom pieces fit into the pan, into precast holes. Sort of like a camping skillet. I'll try to take a picture of this pan and post it, perhaps that would help.

Does anyone know if there are websites which have pictures of discontinued Le Creuset pieces? I'm just so very curious about this pan (which I'm planning on using later this week to grill chicken on).

Jun 22, 2009
KCMiller in Cookware

Trying to ID a vintage Le Creuset

Well, thrift store find, at least - I just purchased a red, round and very flat cast iron grill pan, non stick interior and about 9 inches in diameter, with a removable metal handle. There is a 'spout' on one side, and the 'Le Creuset made in France' logo is clearly cast into the bottom. But I can't seem to find it on the Le Creuset website, nor can I find a mention of this using Google. Can anyone tell me anything about this pan?

Thanks,
KC

Jun 18, 2009
KCMiller in Cookware

Shrimp Trucks on the Big Island

Thanks much for the link!

Anyone want to weigh in on the shrimp trucks in Oahu?

Apr 20, 2009
KCMiller in Hawaii

Brunch in Columbus, OH

Salvi's has a good brunch. lots of desserts and Pasta Salvi, which makes it worth the trip (deep fried pasta alfredo - hard to imagine, insanely delicious to eat) - it's out on the West side, off I-70 and Hilliard-rome Road. Also, Anna's Greek Restaurant on Sawmill has an outstanding Sunday brunch!

24 hour joint in Columbus?

Apart from chains like Waffle House, Steak n Shake and Tee Jays, are there any 24 hour diner type places in Columbus? I'm from Jersey, and I'm missing me some 2am homefries and toast . . . 3am chocolate shakes and potato pancakes . . . 4am Greek salad and 4 cups of coffee. And a chain just isn't doing it for me.

Shrimp Trucks on the Big Island

We're going to Oahu and Hawai'i in early October, and I'm a big fan of local food. So I'd love recommendations on plate lunches and other 'only in Hawai'i and not fake luau stuff' places to go - and especially about shrimp trucks. I think I'll love me some shrimp trucks!

Thanks - or can I say Mahalo!

Apr 01, 2009
KCMiller in Hawaii

Coffee House Breakfast specials?

I'm staying in Seacaucus, NJ over the holidays, and I'm looking for coffee house/diner places to have breakfasts - you know, the 'two eggs, potatoes, toast and coffee before 10am' for a few bucks joints. Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Hoboken (as if!) - and Manhatten.

Suggestions?

Dec 11, 2008
KCMiller in Manhattan

Good French Bistro for Mussels and Frite

Le Sans Culotte - all the charcuterie, pate and crudite you can eat, then some truly fine mussels, followed by creme brulee or mousse - prixe fixe (last I saw, about $25!).

AND you can usually get gift certificates on Restaurant.com for at least half off. . .

Dec 11, 2008
KCMiller in Manhattan

Diner Breakfasts before 11?

Can anyone point me to a few places in Manhatten which still have the '2 eggs, toast, home fries and coffee' specials for a couple of bucks before 10 or 11am?

Dec 11, 2008
KCMiller in Manhattan

Columbus Happy Hour deals

Hi,

I'm looking for suggestions for happy hour deals in the Columbus area - upscale and not downtown, please.

All the best!

Greek Ribs in Ft. Lauderdale

I recently visited my parents in Ft. Lauderdale, and we had dinner at a local Greek restaurant, at about 30th street, on the main drag. Oh my goodness, the pork ribs were insanely good. I asked, and they told me that they were prepared with oregano, olive oil and lemon. I must know the name of this restaurant, and if anyone has ANY idea what magic they perform over these to make them such paragons of porky, lemony goodness, I'd like be most grateful . . .

Feb 28, 2007
KCMiller in Florida

What's your favorite breakfast?

Make some yellow grits. Use plenty of butter, and make 'em on the soft side.
Saute a diced tomato with a diced small onion and a diced stalk of celery in about a tablespoon of real butter. Shake a little thyme on it. Salt and fresh ground pepper, oh, my yes.
Gently scramble 2 eggs in, yes, another pat of butter. Mmmm. You COULD scramble them in the pan with the veggies, but you have more than one frying pan - crack it out.

Ok, now spread the steaming hot grits (don't bother with the upscale stone ground for this - just the yellow cornmeal will do nicely) on a plate. Top with the sauteed veggies. Toss the scrambled eggs on top. Grate some cheese on top of that - Parm, cheddar - what are you in the mood for?

Open the Sunday paper, take up a fork, and you're set for the day... a pot of hot tea goes nicely. As would a beer, if you threw some green chilies in with the veggies . . .

Feb 01, 2007
KCMiller in General Topics

Did any one ever try Ray Johnsons fish market in downtown Columbus O.?If so why did it close?

http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.ph...

Basically, they just couldn't keep it open at the level they wanted. I respect that.

Le Sans Culottes?

The first location I ate at was the one up on Second Avenue - my cousin brought me there for lunch back in, oh, I'd say 1984. Loved it then, love it now, and I'm sad if the Restaurant Row location has closed for good, but as long as the other one is still open, I won't start hanging crepe. The thing is, it might not be the BEST French food, but I find it to be charming, delicious, affordable, and something to rely on - and isn't that a good thing to say about any restaurant? Plus, my kids have grown up loving it - it's part of their growth into foodies!

Jan 24, 2007
KCMiller in Manhattan

Le Sans Culottes?

Does anyone know if this restaurant on Restaurant Row is open? The last time I was in town, it was shuttered, but I couldn't tell if it was closed, or just closed for renovations . . .

I have to say, I love this place - the hanging sausages, the bread, the crock of pate, the crudite, the mmmmm mussels in white wine . . . all for a prixe fixe price. I hope it's not closed for good . . .

Jan 23, 2007
KCMiller in Manhattan