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Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes

The best Lemon Ricotta Pancake recipe is from Five Points Restaurant in NYC, and this sounds like the same recipe although I will have to go home and check my book. If it is, they should get credit.

Oct 29, 2010
Bugswife in Recipes

Looking for special Italian Restaurant

Apizz on the LES or Sfoglia on the UES. Il Postino on 49th is also quite good.

Feb 07, 2007
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Good Moroccan in Manhattan?

Try the new French Moroccan in Murray Hill (2nd Ave and 30 something). It is called Darma and is supposed to be very good.

Feb 07, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

what is the most useless gadget in your kitchen

I put my husband's vitamins in the very cheery egg cup every morning

Feb 07, 2007
Bugswife in Cookware

Top Chef!

Katie Lee is reportedly a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Paris, and I know that she was employed in a restaurant in Sag Harbor, NY when she was 'discovered' by Joel. Still not enough qualifications in my book, but she was easy on the eyes apparently.

Feb 06, 2007
Bugswife in Not About Food

Dinner for two tonight- LES or West Village

How about a place called Supper? Haven't eaten there myself, but have heard only good things.

Feb 06, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

17th Birthday Suggestions

Food apparently is 'ok to good'. It is probably fine for a group of 17 year olds who are happy with burgers and stuff. And, whatever issues they have with food, they more than make up for with dessert. I get the impression that the food is basic fair and nothing more. I think it is a great place for a birthday party.

Feb 06, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

17th Birthday Suggestions

Otto's Enotecca, Dos Caminos, Rosa Mexicano, Cowgirl, Ruby Foo--all of these that have been suggested fit the bill.
I would also like to suggest the upstairs private area at Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Guy on Broadway and 13th.

Feb 05, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

Exec Dinner for 17 on Valentine's Day- Impossible?

Try the private room at Gramercy Tavern.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

DiRoNA

Does anyone know about this organization? Are they reputable? What does a restaurant have to do to be a DiRoNA restaurant? Is it just for restaurants or are civilianx part of it?

Feb 02, 2007
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Tell me about "Apizz"

I liked Apizz. I think it is perfect for Valentine's day. Or you could skip dinner and go to Max Brenner's Chocolate by the Bald Guy and go a little crazy.....

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

I want the wacky, over-the-top New York dining experience

Yes. I was there about 6 weeks ago. I thought the food was very good. Expensive, but good. You can't beat the experience though. Perhaps go for drinks and the assorted appetizer at the bar, and then have dinner elsewhere.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

Looking for great food with casual atmosphere...

Try Apizz on the lower east side. 12 tables, wood burning oven, the best meatballs in town.
Also, very romantic.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

I want the wacky, over-the-top New York dining experience

I see that everyone likes WD-50. Is it just me, or didn't you all leave hungry? Pitiful little portions. We even ordered the $25 dessert tasting just to fill up. I got 3 tiny little bite size forkfulls. If you are going to charge high prices, fine. But please, put something on the plate! Never went back.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

Ludwig's at the Sonnenalp Resort, Vail

I should also add that if you book a spa session, you can use the rest of the facilities all day. Indoor and outdoor hot tubs, indoor/outdoor pool, well stocked gym, sauna, steamroom, showers, lockers, fireplace pit for relaxing. We spent at least 3 hours there. A Sonnenalp facial was 50 minutes and cost $135. Worth every dime.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Southwest

Vail / Beaver Creek

No, it was not your recommendation that sent us there, it was my husband's overwhelming craving for veal parmesian. Just wanted to warn everyone. I can see why it would be packed, teens and 20's have a different agenda when they go to dinner.
Sorry to say, I don't think it is an off-night kind of thing. Firstly, because someone else commented about the bringing of the dishes when THEY are ready, not when the table is. And second, if the ingredients you start out with are sub-par, the food will suffer.
I also had high expectations based upon the reviews of La Tour. And, the place is cute and modern. Lots of windows, open kitchen, community table by the bar. I was very sad that the food did not even remotely live up to the decor. Our local pizza place does a better job.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Southwest

I want the wacky, over-the-top New York dining experience

I would go to the recently reopened Russian Tea Room. You may never get another chance.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Manhattan

Ludwig's at the Sonnenalp Resort, Vail

Just wanted to report that the hotel, spa, and restaurant are 100% top notch. Just got back and had an amazing time.

Ludwig's restaurant was perfect. The service was friendly and professional. We lacked for nothing.

Fois Gras two ways was melt in your mouth excellent. Salads were crisp, fresh, and well presented. Vegetarian risotto was superb, and the perfect consistancy.

Lobster thermador, venison loin, lamb, and Dover sole were all delicious.

The wine list was great, many choices in the inexpensive to mid-line range.

After dinner, sit in the lounge and listen to the entertainment.

Very adult way to spend your evening after a tiring day on the slopes.

Highly recommend.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Southwest

Vail / Beaver Creek

Zacca Za. Where do I begin. Ate there on Wed., Jan 31st. Was by far, in the top 3 worst meals I have ever had in my life. And my 3 friends agreed. Just vile.
First we had the caesar salad. It had absolutely no flavor. While we were unhappily eating the bland salad, the waiter comes along and dumps our 3 entrees on the table. We asked him to hold at least one of them in the kitchen while we finished the appetizer, but HE COULD NOT DO THAT. So, the 3 dishes sat there, congealing, while we hastily gulped the salad. Then we waited for clean plates. The 3 dishes went from bad to worse:
Gnocchi (sp?) with gorgonzola was a gooey, heavy mess.
Linguini in White Clam sauce tasted like noodles in butter. Absolutely no clam flavor, not even from the rubbery canned clams.
Veal Parm was too tough to cut through, the breading came off the cutlets, the cheese was the cheapest commercial mozzeralla money could buy.
You'd think we would have learned, but we actually ordered two desserts. Since we merely picked at the other dishes, we were still ready to eat.
Baba au Rum was dry and tasteless. The 'vanilla ice cream' on the dish was a melted mess that tasted nothing like ice cream.
The 2 canoli in one order were anemic, sad looking things, filled only minimally with a putrid tasting cheese.
Just horrendous. It was our last night in Vail. What a way to end the trip.
In short, Zacca Za should be the Italian word for garbage.

Feb 02, 2007
Bugswife in Southwest