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Foods that make you sick?

It's the preservatives they use on the bagged lettuces. It's awful because the overwhelming majority of restaurants use these lettuces (especially chain establishments).

Oct 08, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Foods that make you sick?

Preservative-laden, bagged lettuces. Ugh. Within a few minutes they wreak havoc on my gastrointestinal system.

Pizza - I adore the stuff. But as a Type 1 Diabetic, there is just no magic bolus that prevents my blood glucose from spiking after eating it. And it's usually a delayed spike... like 3 hours later. :(

Oct 08, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Savory crepe fillings. Your ideas, please?

I just had a crepe with scrambled egg, black beans avocado sauteed diced onions, diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and a jalapeno aioli. It was delicious and filling.

My husband had scrambled egg, goat cheese, onion, black olives and bacon.

Of course ham, swiss, carmelized onions and grainy mustard or dijon mustard is always a good option.

I used to make my manicotti with crepes instead of manicotti pasta tubes. It was an old family recipe and it's really light and delicious.

Oct 07, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking

Charlotte

Hey Danna, Halcyon and Blue are both downtown and technically walking distance from The Westin (especially Halcyon). Halcyon would be my preference between the two. Another good spot downtown is The Wooden Vine. It's a wine bar with a great small plates menu.

An even better option is a very short cab ride from The Westin to Customshop on Elizabeth Ave. I'd describe it as a farm to fork restaurant with most of the vegetables coming from the chef's personal garden. They have, what I describe as "clean food". The dishes are simple and lightly sauced to highlight the quality ingredients. Fresh pastas, great cheeses and charcuterie and inventive cocktails. Warm, urban atmosphere w/ exposed brick and wood. It's one of my favorite places in town. Also on Elizabeth is a new place called Earl's Grocery. It's very similar in concept to Two Boroughs Larder in Charleston. I think they are only open until 6 or 7pm.

If you wanted something more casual, 7th Street Market is a great place to hang out. Pure Pizza is phenomenal. They have these sprouted grains crusts that are ridiculously good. The chorizo with fresh radish, cilantro, mozz and fresh squeezed lime juice is so different and delicious. Peter Reinhardt, the James Beard award winning cookbook author and chef, helped create their menu and recipes. Also in the market is a craft beer bar w/ local brews, a cheese shop, bakery, Hazelnuts Creperie, a wine retailer and sometimes local bands play there. Its a great time!

Enjoy your stay!

Oct 03, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Why coconut oil?

I pop it into the microwave and soften/melt it before baking with it.

To the OP, it would be a fine substitution for OO in your granola and and I don't think it would over power the other flavors.

Sep 24, 2014
lynnlato in Special Diets

Crock Pot versus Dutch Oven cooking

This is precisely why I hate crockpots. You cannot brown in them. I cringe when people tell me they make chicken/pork/beef dishes in their crockpots. Most of the time they don't brown the protein before they put it in the crockpot and I can imagine the rubbery, pale meat that results hours later. Of course, if you're willing to brown your roast or chicken first and then put it in the CP with sauce well then, that's a different story. You can put together a simple meal that way. But it's still quite a bit of a hassle with browning in a dutch oven on the stove top and then transferring to the crockpot to slow cook for several hours, and then all the clean-up.

A crockpot is good for keeping things at temperature so that dinner is ready and warm when you get home but I wouldn't "cook" with them.

Sep 22, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking

What are your favorite recipes for bake sales (making and purchasing?)

Whoopie pies always go like...well... hotcakes! ;)

Decadent, rich, dense, chocolate brownies are always a good sell (and buy). World Peace cookies are amazingly good! You can make the dough log a day or so ahead of time and chill it and then bake the cookies another day to break up all the work. Here's a link: http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/...

Sep 22, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking

Three nights in Charleston.

Thanks for reporting back. I'm full just reading about all the deliciousness you encountered. Glad you had a great visit.

Sep 22, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast
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Toaster ovens

I mostly use mine to re-heat foods, roast veggies and chicken breasts or thighs. And really, any toaster oven can do that, but none of the previous ones that I have had did it as well as the Breville. I like the various settings (bagel, toast, bake, broil, roast, pizza, cookies) and the dials used to set temps and toast darkness and time. It has a timer that turns it off when it runs out. Its also very easy to clean and keep clean, which is something I have struggled with with previous ovens. And it's slim, sleek and attractive on the counter top. For me, it was money well spent for all those reasons.

Sep 22, 2014
lynnlato in Cookware
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Toaster ovens

Compact! And I have a family of 4 and it's plenty large enough for us.

Sep 22, 2014
lynnlato in Cookware

Toaster ovens

I use my Breville (w/o convection) several times daily. I love, love, love it. I roast chicken and vegetables, make toast and warm up leftovers. I rarely use it for baking. But its great for reheating pizza, potatoes and chicken too.

I have raved about it so much that family and friends have purchased the Breville oven too and they are equally as enamored. :)

P.S. I agree with foodieX2 that the toast feature can be finicky.

Sep 21, 2014
lynnlato in Cookware
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We loved it! [Charleston, SC]

I guess this is in Charleston SC? Is it related to Leon's Full Service in Decatur GA?

Sep 19, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Charleston Foodie Recs

I've never been. Perhaps someone else can chime in about The Glass Onion.

Sep 17, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Looking for a good-tasting recipe for low-carb brownies

I'm not sure how low carb you're interested in going but I make these black bean high protein brownies and my whole family loves them. They are quite filling, because of all the protein, so I cut them into smaller sizes which further reduces the carbs. Here's the recipe:

BLACK BEAN HIGH PROTEIN BROWNIES

1 15oz can black beans, well rinsed & drained
1.5 tsp liquid stevia
3 large eggs
2/3 cup low-fat milk or almond milk
3 T virgin coconut oil melted, or veg. oil
2 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup lightly packed all-natural sweetened chocolate or vanilla whey protein powder (do not substitute vegan protein powder)
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/3 cup mini semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

Line a 9" square baking pan w/ foil & spray w/ Pam. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place beans, stevia, eggs, milk, oil, espresso powder & vanilla in a food processor and pulse until mixture is blended and smooth.

Add protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt to bowl. Process using pulses until well-blended.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake for 25-30 mins. or until the top appears somewhat dry and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool on wire rack.

Using the liner, lift the brownies from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 12 bars and store in the refrigerator.

10g of protein per brownie

(recipe from the Power Hungry Cookbook)

Sep 16, 2014
lynnlato in Special Diets

Charleston Foodie Recs

Since you are going to Husk, I would skip McGrady's and try another local chef's place - try either FIG, The Ordinary or The Grocery.

Large parties are tough in Charleston. For oysters and a casual atmosphere, I would suggest either Pearlz or Amen Street. They would both easily accommodate your party of 8.

Hominy Grill serves breakfast and brunch on the weekend. You could pull tables together for your group. Get there early(this would kill 2 birds with 1 stone as it's both regional and a breakfast/brunch/lunch spot).

I've heard good things about Tattooed Moose, but haven't been yet. Rutledge Cab Co. for lunch or dinner would be great for your group. It's off the beaten path and has good pub food, good beer selection and neat atmosphere. Bonus: Bill Murray is a co-owner.

Another option for lunch would be to dine in at Butcher & Bee (they can accommodate you) and get take out sandwiches for your picnic somewhere else like goat.sheep.cow cheese shop or Bon Banh Mi.

I hope that helps some. I'm sure others will chime in. Have fun!

Sep 16, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Charlotte Pubs and casual hangouts in and around uptown

I love The Comet and it is the quintessential neighborhood pub! Their burger and fish n' chips are great too. I wish they offered a better craft beer selection but I'll give them a bye there.

I've never heard of Dilworth Billiards. I'll have to look into that. Thanks!

Sep 11, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Charlotte Pubs and casual hangouts in and around uptown

Glad to see you made it to Draught. I've had it on my radar but I wasn't very impressed by their beer offerings (especially given their name, as you suggested). The interior looks nice and the menu interesting enough.

I like Thomas Street too but you're so right about the food. Not worth mentioning.

I have yet to get to Alexander Michaels but maybe this weekend we'll go for lunch and a beer. I've always heard great things about the place and it seems it is the closest thing to a neighborhood pub in the style of what I expect of one.

I adore Common Market in Plaza-Midwood. I love everything about that place. Great beers, decent wine, tasty deli sandwiches, lots and lots of things to look at and rummage through indoors and the people watching is great. The live music on the weekend is an added bonus.

What bars do you enjoy uptown for cocktails and atmosphere?

Sep 11, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Charlotte Pubs and casual hangouts in and around uptown

What are your favorite pubs in and around Uptown, Southend, Elizabeth, etc. and why? Extra points for a lively atmosphere, good food, large craft beer selection and live music.

Charlotte needs more neighborhood pubs!

Sep 11, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Din Tai Fung - SCP waiting time!!

They were really good... but they weren't THAT good. IMHO

Dear New York: San Francisco's Haute Dog Will Crush Your Cronuts

Beet chips?! No.

Sep 08, 2014
lynnlato in Features

Southern Ingredients: What should I pick up when I'm in NC/VA next week

NoDa Brewing out of Charlotte NC won the Oscar of beer awards (American-Style IPA award) this year at the World Beer Cup. They took home the Gold Medal for their Hop, Drop & Roll IPA. Get a few cans of this and take them home. You can enjoy them yourself, trade or sell them with craft beer lovers in your area. I took some with me to Seattle a few months ago. They were a hot commodity there.

Good advice from quazi too, to get some of the Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout from Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem.

I'd also suggest you pick up some Scott's Barbecue Sauce. It's an Eastern style, vinegar-based sauce. You should be able to find it on the shelf of most grocery stores.

Sep 07, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

My point exactly.

Interestingly, I found this article on David Lebowitz's blog today: "Restaurants - How To Complain Without Losing Your Cool". It offers some perspective and good, straightforward advice.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

Sep 07, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food
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Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

The runner (or expeditor) should also be reviewing the ticket to make sure everything is in order. Sadly, the more staff involved sometimes opens the process to more errors.

Sep 06, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

splitting the bill at lunch

Very nice of you to buy her a shirt, but it probably shouldn't factor into the equation.

I don't think there is a right or wrong answer here, especially given the limited information. It seems strange for her to pay for half of your meal... but maybe it would have been nice of her to offer? Did she have anything else on the bill, like a beverage?

I completely get that sometimes you just want a return nice gesture, like her offering to pay half the remaining bill. Even if you don't really want her to pay... sometimes it's just nice for someone to offer.

It's obviously complicated.

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

I see what you mean.

Do you frequent a restaurant that regularly messes up your "no pickles" request? If so, do you worry that they either do it on purpose to annoy you or mess with your food in some other way. I ask only because I know how irritable some line cooks can be with special requests and food being returned (disclaimer: I'm not suggesting your request is unreasonable).

Sep 04, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

That's an interesting idea and might be a good alternative if a place he frequents regularly messes up on this.

Servers can type a modifier in boldface: NO PICKLES - ALLERGY that will print out on the kitchen ticket and will certainly flag the line cooks... it's just a matter of them (or the expeditor) heeding the red flag.

Sep 04, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Hotter in N.C.?

Hmm, interesting. Have you had chilies in CA or other regions to compare (besides NC)?

Sep 04, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

No, sorry, it was meant for the OP. I love pickles too. ;)

Sep 04, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Sending food back, what about the rest of the diners?

So, I'm curious... if you order a burger w/ no pickles and your burger is served with a pickle on the plate will you ask that a new burger be cooked for you?

Also, are there restaurants that you return to frequently where you have returned meals on several occasions? If so, do you worry about your food being tainted in some way unbeknownst to you?

Sep 03, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

No carb snacks for child

Jicama would require insulin because, as a Type 1 diabetic, any intake of carbs requires insulin. Hell, I drink a cup of coffee in the morning with nothing but stevia (no carbs) and I still need to bolus for that. You are absolutely right though, strawberries and carrots require insulin too. It could be, however, that the OP's child is still producing some insulin at this stage of her disease.

Thanks mcf for your responses!

Sep 03, 2014
lynnlato in Special Diets