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What do you pack for your children's lunch?

My daughter is 6 and her favorite lunch is cucumber and watercress on whole wheat. Homemade granola bar an apple and a thermos of milk from a local organic farm.

Jun 14, 2011
breadfan in General Topics

Spice Dragon, Pittsfield MA

I went opening night and a week later. I went specifically for the Spring Rolls and the Shaken Beef. I must say I was not disappointed in either. Both brought back warm memories of Kim's Dragon. I don't think you'll have a problem ordering from the bar, a few lady friends of mine enjoyed their meal at the bar. I hope they continue to do well.

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Kim's Dragon Restaurant
1231 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Jun 02, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Spice Dragon... formerly Jae's Spice

My SO and I went to Spice Dragon last night, after hearing it had a soft opening the previous evening. We were specifically interested in the Spring Rolls and Shaken Beef that were on the Dragon's menu. The menu looked like a sampling of the old Dragon and Jae's Spice with sushi choices on the back. We were quite delighted with the Spring Rolls, not quite as good as Mom's but outstanding never the less. The rice paper was incredibly crispy with no residual oiliness. The Shaken Beef was better than I remember. Succulent, tender, juicy... none of the adjectives can describe how GOOD this dish was, the only detraction was the onions, which were not caramelized, as the menu stated, but stir fried. The service was nice and knowledgeable, food came within a reasonable time frame as well. Being the first official night they were open I was quite impressed. The restaurant was quite busy and everyone seemed as if they were having a good time. I really hope that this continues for them. Good Luck Spice Dragon!!

May 14, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Lenox for Memorial Day Weekend-recs??

Avoid Zinc, not good at all. There are numerous threads about Lenox and the Berkshires. Alta, Rouge in W. Stockbridge, Mission in Pittsfield. If you want a great burger(not fancy) The Lantern on North St in Pittsfield is good.

May 13, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

The Purple Pub - Williamstown, MA

My SO and I took our daughters to a rainy afternoon at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. Our intention was to end the afternoon with an early dinner at The Purple Pub. We had heard we could get a good burger and great beer. When we got to the PP, we had to seat ourselves and it was a little while before any body came over. Immediately things started downhill, they were out of 3 of the 10 beers on tap with no replacement. The waters we asked for, which are usually brought to a table without asking, didn't arrive until we reminded our waiter. The girls got the homemade chicken tenders, which were the actual tenders, and they were decent. The grilled cheese sandwich my youngest had was very good and the fries were some of the best I've had in a while. My wife and I started out with the appetizer sampler, the wings were ok, the calamari was rubbery and unmemorable, the onion rings, IMO, were NOT homemade and the marinara was bland and very under seasoned. My SO had a burger, medium, with avocado and cheddar and sprouts. There were two very thin slices of avocado, barely a slice of cheese and the sprouts were soggy. The meat was unseasoned, and although it was cooked to a perfect medium, was dry, dry, dry. My burger came with bacon, cheddar and sauteed onions. I found the same problems with my burger. The meat was unseasoned though cooked well, there was one slice of bacon cut in half and barely a slice of cheese. Although there was only about a tablespoon and a half of onions on my burger, it was the best part of my meal. The meat must be so lean there is no fat left to cook with, my burger was dry. The brioche rolls that the burgers were served on were dry and crumbly. The "fixings" (onion, tomato, lettuce) that came on the side were obviously remnants of a previous meal time. We were quite disappointed in our experience and probably won't be back.

Apr 20, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Cheese rinds

I would say that any air dried cheese would be fine. Mind you.... washed rind cheeses, like Taleggio, and bloom rind cheeses, like Camembert, would not be conducive to cooking with.

Apr 19, 2011
breadfan in Home Cooking

Best ballparks for food

The food is much better outside Fenway than in !!

Apr 02, 2011
breadfan in General Topics

Best ballparks for food

I take my children, who are 3 and 6, and my wife while we visit my sister who lives in Virginia. I must not go to the games you do because I have not witnessed any behavior from any fans that is any different from other ballparks. It is too bad that you must generalize a large segment of baseball fans for your amusement.

Apr 02, 2011
breadfan in General Topics

Best ballparks for food

I like eating Maryland Crab Cakes at Camden Yards (Fenway South) when the Sox clobber the Orioles!!

Apr 01, 2011
breadfan in General Topics

My Flirtation with Sous Vide

I try not to take vitamins.

Mar 30, 2011
breadfan in Home Cooking

My Flirtation with Sous Vide

One of the benefits of sous-vide cooking is that fewer vitamins and nutrients are lost from this method of cooking than others. Vitamins aren't leached out through braising or steaming nor are they destroyed by direct flame and high heat. Just another argument to cooking sous-vide.

Mar 30, 2011
breadfan in Home Cooking

Weekend Trip to Northampton/Greenfield/Shelburne Falls

The People's Pint all the way!!!

http://www.thepeoplespint.com/

Mar 30, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Veal Roasts

I have no problem obtaining veal rib roast at my butcher. Boneless or bone in. I like to do a traditional milk roast. Essentially braising the veal roast, after browning, in milk. Slivered garlic placed in slits in the roast. Brown the roast and remove, sweat chopped shallots and celery, deglaze with white wine, add dijon mustard and bouquet of thyme and bay leaf, add milk and braise covered for 1 1/2 hours.

Mar 28, 2011
breadfan in Home Cooking

Who has the best pizza in Berkshire County??

I have to say I am VERY picky about pizza. More so than a lot of other food items. Pizza should be made with love and finesse, and I just don't get that anywhere in the Berks.

Mar 28, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Trattoria Rustica- Worst meal ever?

One of my complaints about dining in the Berkshires, with the exception of a handful of restaurants, is that most of the food I can cook at home just as well or better. I have not been to Trattoria Rustica in about 2 years now, the last time we went it was fairly good but not memorable.

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Trattoria Rustica
75 North St Ste 100, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Mar 28, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Who has the best pizza in Berkshire County??

I found it kind of nasty tasting. I am a bit of a pizza nazi though.

Mar 26, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Who has the best pizza in Berkshire County??

I have traveled all over Berkshire County looking for the BEST pizza. Sad to say.... IMHO there are no good pizza places in the Shire. There are passable pizza places, but none that I would eat at. One reason that I have perfected the art of pizza creation at home. Pizza is one item in the Berkshires where no one is truly passionate enough about pizza to put out a memorable pie.

Mar 15, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Napa closing? The Brickhouse closing? 20RR too? GREAT BARRINGTON

No.... it is the one in Great Barrington Massachusetts

Jan 24, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Solo Dining

I usually set up something nice in front of the TV. I find myself feeling more lonely eating at a table without my family there to join me.

Jan 11, 2011
breadfan in Not About Food

Stockbridge - good food but kid friendly

Agreed..... I've taken my 3 year old and 5 year old to Rouge many a time!

Jan 11, 2011
breadfan in Southern New England

Cornbread: Sweet or Savory?

I was raised a "swamp yankee" from Rhode Island. We had Johnny Cakes while growing up. My father being a preacher we didn't have much money. I have never heard of sugar in cornbread. My Mom would make a thin corn batter, no sugar no salt and fry them in oil. When we had a "little extra" she would make corn bread with corn kernels, onions and a jalapeno in it. Corn bread was more prevalent in our home yet we have no southern roots, served on the side, on top or under our meal. Maybe it was because my Mom was the "original" Girl Scout and cornbread was easiest for camping.

Dec 19, 2010
breadfan in General Topics

Best foods for colds

I always have some homemade chicken stock in the freezer for some quick chicken noodle. I also like to make miso soup when i need fluids. If i have a raging illness, i make a tea of 5cups water, 1 head of garlic minced.... bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. To the cooled garlic tea I add 1/2 cup cider vinegar and a 1/4 cup honey. This "tea" i sip throughout the day. Another favorite of mine is a garlic and thyme soup that uses bread as a thickener.

Nov 26, 2010
breadfan in General Topics

Lyle's Golden Syrup subsititution

Growing up abroad we used Lyle's for everything. Imagine my dismay, as a child returning to the good old US of A, when my Mom couldn't find Lyle's. The closest she came to replicating Lyle's was taking light corn syrup and adding a little honey to "broaden" the flavor profile of the corn syrup. I remember she used a very light honey.

Nov 24, 2010
breadfan in Home Cooking

homemade falafel and condiment/side help

I have never used baking soda or powder. Oil temp at 375 and I make the falafel slightly larger than a ping pong ball. Toppings: Diced onion, tomatoes, cucumber etc.. I like to sprinkle a little mint on mine sometimes. Good Luck! they're loads of fun to make and socialize over. Definitely better than taco night IMHO.

Nov 24, 2010
breadfan in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Gravy

I like my gravy simple..... made from pan drippings, sage, thyme and rosemary and strained.

Nov 24, 2010
breadfan in Home Cooking

What exactly is comfort food?

To me comfort food is anything that just makes your entire being go AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!

Nov 23, 2010
breadfan in General Topics

Pittsfield - Lennox - Williamstown Recs Please

I don't really have a problem with the chef's way. Nudel, to me, is more than a place to fuel the body. Food can be art and to make substitutions distracts from the chef's overall vision. As far as paying for bread, I think it presumptuous to expect bread. Yes that has been the custom in restaurants but it is a business first and foremost.

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Nudel
35 Church Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Nov 23, 2010
breadfan in Southern New England

help with cooking venison - all cuts

Easy to over cook because it is lean. I wrap the loin in bacon and roast. Stews and curries are wonderful.

Nov 21, 2010
breadfan in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Mishaps

I turned the timer on the oven on but forgot to turn the oven itself on. We then went out to choose the Christmas tree, which is a Forced Family Fun Day, only to return home to a cold oven and colder turkey.

Nov 21, 2010
breadfan in General Topics

What time do you sit down for Thanksgiving Dinner?

We start our cocktails around 1pm with dinner at about 3. We all go for a walk in the woods in back of the house and return for dessert, coffee and cordials. We then have a cheese course later in the evening with port.

Nov 20, 2010
breadfan in General Topics