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Considering Heritage Food & Drink In Waxhaw

They've recently opened their patio too so that has expanded their capacity. I think it's a little lacking on ambiance and their is no bar but it is a much welcomed addition to Waxhaw for certain.

What did you have, GFL?

1 day ago
lynnlato in Southeast

Your favourite carb substitute?

Thanks mcf!

2 days ago
lynnlato in Special Diets
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Considering Heritage Food & Drink In Waxhaw

I have been in but haven't had the pleasure to dine there yet. I have heard good things and from what I have seen on social media, his dishes look gorgeous. He only works with local farmers and he dabbles in molecular gastronomy (he's a Grant Achatz fan). I have good feelings. Please report back if you go!

Apr 16, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Your favourite carb substitute?

Thanks y'all. I'm in the Southeast and am not having much luck. Why is it the more difficult it is to find something the more you want it? I will find those damn crackers! ;)

Oooh, it just occurred to me that my sister in PA has a Wegmans! I'll have her look for me. She's coming to visit in a few days! Thanks again!

Apr 16, 2014
lynnlato in Special Diets

Your favourite carb substitute?

mcf, where are you buying the Ryvita Crunch? I have looked in stores in my area and haven't had any luck. I really want to try these but I don't want to buy a case of 10. Help!

Apr 15, 2014
lynnlato in Special Diets

Charlotte dinner mid-range (i.e. not fancy or $20 entrees and higher)

Bistro La Bon on Central Ave. just did a massive interior remodel and it's gorgeous. There food always impresses me. I always look at the bill and think that they forgot to add some dishes because it's always less than expected. http://bistrolabon.com/index.html

Cuisine Malaya on Elizabeth Ave. http://cuisinemalaya.com/

300 East on East Blvd has a diverse menu and I love the atmosphere there. http://www.300east.net/

I also like Greek Isles as c'dawg recommended.

Apr 15, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

I love, love, love garam masala. I don't use it often, but I do love it... especially sprinkled on sweet potato pie. Mmm...

Apr 14, 2014
lynnlato in General Topics

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

"I never crave them or drool when others eat them around me any more, but if I think about it, it amazes me, because no one ever loved that first hot, melty bite of pizza more than I!"

That is truly impressive. My kids ate pizza last night. There were two pieces left over and everyone was off doing their thang and I was alone with them. I couldn't resist a bite... and then I was angry that I gave in. Ha! I threw the rest in the garbage.

Apr 11, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

Ha! I'm with you... if I'm terminal, I don't want sweets, bring me pizza please.

my kids eat pizza on occasion and it's the lovely large-sliced NY style and I actually drool when I see and smell it. That crust is evil but so damned delicious.

Apr 10, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Eating pizza or burger w/ knife and fork

Truth be told mcf, you wouldn't be eating a bun-laden burger or a slice of pizza anyway. Ammaraight? ;)

Apr 09, 2014
lynnlato in Not About Food

Charlotte? will be visiting for a week middle of April 2014, whats good?

Oooh, I have a gift card that I need to use. They've had a few staff changes in the kitchen and I wanted things to settle down before we returned. This sounds really good... and I'd thank a chef WAY before I thanked supernatural babies. ;-)

Apr 07, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Charlotte - Dinner/Discussion with Maureen B. Fant Monday 4/7

Wow, what a bargain too! $45 for 3 courses, a side, dessert and Italian wine too!

Apr 03, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

What to make and/or have on hand for out of town guests?

I think a savory quick bread would be great to keep on the counter top for them to slice off a piece should they want a snack.

I found this recipe for olive oil bread with figs and hazelnuts that sounds so good. I haven't made it but I have saved the recipe and plan to try it soon. Here is a link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/hea...

Mar 27, 2014
lynnlato in Home Cooking

Truvia- 0 calories but 3 carbs?

Yes, see goodhealthgourmet's response above - she provides a detailed explanation. :)

Mar 26, 2014
lynnlato in General Topics

Stagioni Charlotte

I love dry lambrusco (I'm partial to the red) and even a dolcetto with charcuterie. And those glasses are everything! Adorable.

Mar 24, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

CLT Westin end March

Billyjack, I agree on the oysters @ Georges. I love their bar area too. And they have an amazing happy hour menu during the week - great prices!

I'm curious, have you been to The Asbury? I haven't gotten there yet and haven't heard anything as of yet. Fingers crossed it's a hit.

Mar 19, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

CLT Westin end March

We just had some great oysters at Georges Brasserie last weekend. They had a nice variety of east and west coast options including some NC and VA varieties. You will need the car to get to George's from The Westin.

Mar 18, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast
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Where are the best restaurants in Charlotte?

OMG, I forgot to second carolinadawg's Keaton's rec. Good God do I love their dipped chicken. You MUST go there. It is a genuine back woods (or cornfield as the case may be) food experience. An old shack, not-so-friendly service but delicious sweet and spicy chicken that will make you swoon. Be certain to check their hours. Report back!

Mar 14, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Where are the best restaurants in Charlotte?

I agree with carolinadawg, Plaza-Midwood is the chillest, hippest neighborhood and the food in that area reflects that. The lunch and brunch at Bistro La Bon is great and casual and perfectly suitable for the kids. It's buffet but, don't be fooled, it's quality and interesting eats and great somewhat exotic decor.

I love me some Midwood Smokehouse (right across Central Ave. from Bistro La Bon). Their brisket is no joke. Great pulled pork too. Kid friendly as well.

The Diamond is a fun retro diner with standard diner fare and great bloody mary's. Sit outside if the weather permits. Good people watching. All those mentioned by c'dawg are great spots too.

The Common Market is a fun place to poke around. Its a neighborhood corner market that has a huge beer selection, inexpensive wines-by-the-glass and some good takeout sandwiches. If you have a drink outside at a table, again, it's good people watching.

A short drive from Plaza-Midwood is an area we refer to as NoDa, our arts district. Great little shops, bars, restaurants and interesting stuff. Here you will find Cabo Fish Taco - for a plethora of great fish tacos. A couple cool, local breweries that typically have food trucks parked outside (NoDa Brewery & Birdsong Brewery). Across Davidson St. from the breweries is Amelie's. A french bakery with an eccletic, quirky decor. A fun spot with great pastries and other treats.

I would definitely stay close to uptown, as carolinadawg suggests.

Enjoy your visit!

Mar 13, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Stagioni Charlotte

I can appreciate your love of traditional Italian. I, too, have a hard time dining out at "Italian" restaurants in Charlotte. I always feel like if I want Italian I'll go back home to the NE to get my fill. I suppose that's unfair of me and I have most certainly missed out on some great meals here in the QC.

I do give Moffett the benefit of the doubt and need to give Stagioni a try sometime soon.

Mar 12, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Must Eat Places in Charleston, S.C. this summer

No beer is not an SC tradition, but hey, why the hell not? ;)

It's Kudu Coffee & Beer. A brilliant concept really. Instead of just serving coffee which limits the customer draw and doesn't really extend business hours into the evening. But if you add craft beers, well voila - you broaden your reach. It's a great place and although I haven't seen him, I've heard Bill Murray hangs out there on occasion.

Mar 12, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Dinner Time in The Low Country?

Funny, I never heard lunch referred to as "dinner" until I met my husband, and he is from western PA. He also referred to the evening meal (what I would call dinner) as "supper". For me, supper was always an informal, evening meal. But I digress...

And yes, 5:00 is definitely cocktail time!

Mar 11, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Stagioni Charlotte

Great feedback, thanks ickymettle. As a huge brussel sprout-lover, I think I need to get my hands on that pizza. And the grilled octopus and all those lovely veggies. Sounds like my kind of place. I'm looking forward to trying it soon.

Mar 11, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Not permitted to bring cheese OUT of Switzerland

Ha! Wow, how interesting! Thank you so much for investigating this. It had me so perplexed. Of course now I'm confused as to how a hard cheese is a liquid but... that'll have to remain a mystery. ;)

Thanks again!

Mar 11, 2014
lynnlato in Cheese
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Not permitted to bring cheese OUT of Switzerland

Perhaps it should have been mentioned but I am not familiar with import/export regs so that is what prompted the post in the first place. My apologies.

I simply don't understand why a hunk of gruyere wouldn't be allowed on a carry on leaving Switzerland and that is why I made the post. It seems that it may have been because it wasn't vacuum-sealed or, as Delucacheesemonger suggested, maybe it was simply an error. A costly one though. :(

Mar 11, 2014
lynnlato in Cheese

Stagioni Charlotte

I typically wait about 2 months or so before my first visit to a new restaurant. Going in on one of the first nights open is typically not a good idea and one should expect a less than perfect experience (I know, they should be prepared but there is no preparation like the real thing - opening to the public).

Moffett has a SOLID reputation as a great chef & restauranteur here in Charlotte (Barrington's, Good Food on Montford). So, while you may have been underwhelmed by your meal on their first night open, I wouldn't condemn the place as "boring". Let them work out the kinks and give them another shot, GFL.

I read that the exec. chef is Larry Schreiber. I'm not familiar with him, anyone know of him?

Mar 11, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Stagioni Charlotte

I haven't been yet, but I do hope you'll report back. The menu looks fantastic! And it's Chef Bruce, he knows how to do things well. Enjoy!

Mar 10, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Must Eat Places in Charleston, S.C. this summer

Yes, please do a search. There are tons of recs. on this board. But for coffee and morning treats, I highly recommend Kudu, 4 Vanderhorst St. They have craft beer and usually some afternoon live music too. A great place. Happy trails!

http://kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com/

Mar 10, 2014
lynnlato in Southeast

Looking for an inexpensive white wine recommendation.

No, similar varieties grown in the region was my point but the Belle Provencale is a good value and would work for the OP. Winestore is a good bargain retail shop in our area with several stores and they carry a lot of Charlotte's own Eric Solomon selections.

Carolinadawg, they have locations in Blakeney, Southpark (near Firebirds) and Lake Norman. Great values!

Mar 09, 2014
lynnlato in Wine

Looking for an inexpensive white wine recommendation.

Oops, my mistake. Thanks collioure. I misread their site. It's a similar blend, good value and dry as well.

Winestore also carries (or at least they used to) a picpoul that is lively and acidic and off the beaten path. Again, I think it was about $10.

Mar 08, 2014
lynnlato in Wine