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Colameco's Food Show.

I live outside the metro NY area, but I listen to Colameco on podcasts. Like his style and humanity. Nice guy. Also like the reason he left the restaurant biz... Very knowledgeable.

Mar 01, 2007
jgsmith1 in Food Media & News

salmon in the house - how to avoid the post p.u.

Okay, I tried the simmering pot of white vinegar with cloves and it worked very well to eliminate the fishy smell. Hooray! Now I can prepare the salmon the way I love to. BTW, when I wanted to leave the kitchen and not worry about something on the stove, I left the hot vinegar/cloves in the saucepan and just left it out on the counter. Worked great.

Feb 21, 2007
jgsmith1 in Home Cooking

Five Guy's Burgers?

Five Guys vs Joe Pizza: Are you kidding? Five Guys wins by a landslide any day. The burgers are consistently delicious; you can't beat the price -- and the fries are the closest to Nathan's fries that I've ever had. Hot and perfectly flavored. Now, Joe Pizza: My husband and I have been hearing about how good the burgers are there so we finally decided to try it today. First problem: the amount of time it took for our meals to arrive was longer than at most 4-star restaurants. Ridiculous. The burger was "okay" but nothing great. "Medium" came out "well" and dried out. I had the misfortune of ordering a chicken Caesar salad. While I will admit that the chicken was very tasty and that the portion of chicken was huge (I asked for a take-out box immediately upon its arrival because it was really enough for two), the lettuce was disgusting. Sliced yellow core of the romaine. So, two things went through my mind: was this lettuce even washed? And where were the outer layers of the lettuce head? Awful meal. Couldn't get out of there quick enough. Service was friendly, but ridiculously slow. Go to Five Guys: half the price, a fraction of the waiting time, and much better quality food.

salmon in the house - how to avoid the post p.u.

No, I got distracted with this and that and then it got too late, so I skipped it. Will definitely try it next time and report back.

Feb 09, 2007
jgsmith1 in Home Cooking

3-generation Syracuse graduation dinner (moved from New England)

Looks terrific! I'll have my son go check it out for us. Many thanks for the response and link.

3-generation Syracuse graduation dinner (moved from New England)

We have our main celebratory dinner reservations at Pascale's, but for this meal I need a place that we can get in and out of fairly quickly (eating, not "dining") due to time constraints between the convocation and evening program. Need a relatively quiet place so my father-in-law can hear the conversation at the table. And yes, I've had reservation since last spring! :-) Thanks to all~

salmon in the house - how to avoid the post p.u.

I always have the same problem. Here's one idea:

http://www.ehow.com/how_114422_remove...

(I cooked salmon tonight, so I think I'll try this!)

Feb 07, 2007
jgsmith1 in Home Cooking

3-generation Syracuse graduation dinner (moved from New England)

Thanks for the tips. What is on the menu at Riley's? I can't seem to find much info online (but will call if need be.) Price range? Any special recommendations? Thanks again~

Petit Pontoise, Reminet or Caveau d'Isle?

PS> When you go, be sure to go to Eric Kayser's Boulangerie for the most incredible pastries and desserts. You'll recognize it by the line out the door! Try the Galette.

Feb 04, 2007
jgsmith1 in France

Petit Pontoise, Reminet or Caveau d'Isle?

We just returned from Paris and had an outstanding meal at Le Petit Pontoise. Three of us had duck: mine was with fois-gras (oh, incredible!), my husband and son both had duck with cherries, and our other son had veal. We were treated with great hospitality and wonderful service. The restaurant is frequented by faculty of the Sorbonne and, as it turned out, we were the only Americans there. Our biggest mistake was not ordering dessert since we were all so full from the fabulous meal. Can't imagine what was going through our minds since we would never pass on dessert!
Have a great trip!

Feb 04, 2007
jgsmith1 in France

Fuddruckers

Our family is a long-time fan of Fuddruckers and look for them wherever we go since we no longer live near one. Their burgers are good, as are the grilled chicken sandwiches (my choice). Wish we had one here.... We now have Five Guys here and think their fries are getting close to Nathan's fries. Cooked in peanut oil. (sorry to the peanut allergy people).

Feb 04, 2007
jgsmith1 in Chains

1/2-way point for dinner between W. Hartford & Danbury

We ended up at Diorio's. Loved the atmosphere, the high-backed booths and the solid, unobtrusive service. The food was decent, but nothing spectacular. Our conversation overshadowed the basic, nondescript food for which the prices were on the high side ($22-26 for an entree). Desserts tasted good, but the molten chocolate cake wasn't molten. Came out too fast... maybe microwaved? Loved the fact that we weren't rushed through our meal or out of the restaurant. Even had free parking across the street in the municipal lot!

Greater Hartford, Party of 8?

Trying to think outside the box of usual places, we are looking for an interesting restaurant (good food and service) to accommodate our party of 8, not a rowdy group. So, a round table and a quiet enough restaurant would be great so we can talk to and hear each other. We all live in the West Hartford, Simsbury, West Simsbury area, but we're willing to travel for something new and delicious!

Scottsdale restaurant feedback?

I've been to Roy's in both Chandler and in Newport Beach and had great meals and experiences both times. However, the noise is a real factor with this group. :-( I've been looking at North and at Roaring Fork as possibilities... and perhaps Bandera. Village Tavern looks nice, but not interesting enough for me! Thanks for all the feedback.

Feb 03, 2007
jgsmith1 in Southwest

Scottsdale restaurant feedback?

We will be heading out to Scottsdale this spring with elderly parents to visit our 30-something daughter. Could you provide some feedback on the following restaurants? Issues that need to be addressed are the noise factor and availability of "plain" food for the more conservative palate of the grandparents. Bandera, Rancho Pinot Grill, Village Tavern, Bloom, North, Roy's, Arcadia Farms. Do you have other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Feb 02, 2007
jgsmith1 in Southwest

3-generation Syracuse graduation dinner (moved from New England)

Rosalie's looks terrific... And years ago someone mentioned Sherwood Inn to me. Thanks for both recommendations and the memory jolt. Only problem we'll have is time, as they are about 1/2 hour out of Syracuse and have to get back to the campus for a 7 pm event. Anyone know a great place in Syracuse?

1/2-way point for dinner between W. Hartford & Danbury

Looking for a good place to meet up with another couple for a relaxed, delicious meal between West Hartford and Danbury. Anything goes. It doesn't have to be exactly 1/2-way if the food and service are good and the atmosphere allows for a lingering meal.

3-generation Syracuse graduation dinner (moved from New England)

Looking for a restaurant during (busy) graduation weekend to satisfy the taste buds for ages 22-90. Any ideas? Willing to travel a little out of the area to reach good food.

Sally's Fish Camp in Hartford

I, too, wish I had looked at this site before going last night. What an awful experience. Will never go back. The waitress was very busy pushing drinks (overpriced) and appetizers (overpriced). The salads were also expensive and nondescript. We had said we would share them, but they neither plated them for us or brought us plates so we could plate them ourselves. Dinners were uninspired and meager portions. I had asked for a vegetable substitute for mashed potatoes and was informed "we don't substitute." (I could have paid $5 or $6 for some asparagus or spinach!) My husband had to dig to find the fish in his bouillabaisse; dish called scallop and shrimp with risotto was really 4 scallops with risotto with some chopped shrimp. My salmon was actually okay, a bit overcooked and no better than what I make at home! During our meal a large party of 14 women was seated next to us, clearly having a wonderful, raucous birthday celebration. What they needed was a private room. We spoke to the manager and he was afraid he'd ruin their time, but offered to move us. We decided to move "elsewhere" for dessert. Bye bye.