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Pastry cream with swirls

You can try to do my technique for making swirls/stripes in macaroon batter. I drip the color down the side of the bag at certain intervals and then add in the batter. You could try this with a fruit coulis instead of jam so it if more fluid. Drip the coulis down the side of the bag and then fill with cream. See if that works.

Apr 23, 2013
adido in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #170 - Apocalypse Chow edition [old]

Sounds like (forgive me) a low brow version of Bucatini all'amatriciana which is one of my favorites. I'll have to try it some day. http://www.babbonyc.com/rec-bucatini....

Oct 30, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Alternative to Mercado Central in Santiago?

Hello, I did some reserach here and didn't find much. I'd love to vist a market in Santiago but I hear Mercado Central is a tourist trap and seafood isn't my thing. Any recommendations?

7 Days Easter Island, 1 Day Santiago

Hi, the last post on Chowhound for Easter Island is from 2007 so I wanted to open it up again. Any good places to eat? Dinner? Coffee? Light bite? A fisher man making ceviche on the dock? I know the expensive and underwhelming “French” place is still there as is the empanada stand. Anything else? I won’t have a kitchen but I will have a fridge and breakfast will be provided where I’m staying. Any tips on things to bring with me? I already have some Clif Bars and trail mix type things purchased.

I’ll also have about 10 hours in Santiago to kill and would like to see the market, any good recommendations around there to eat? Or a place that is so good, I should head straight to it?

Visiting NY

Check out midtown lunch for budget ideas. Most places reviewed would be open for breakfast and dinner too.

Aug 16, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Why do Americans like everything Chunky?

It is marketing; there is something for everyone. You have to watch Malcolm Gladwell’s Ted Talk on tomato sauce.


Aug 09, 2012
adido in General Topics

Suggestions for a dessert to serve with fried seafood.

i think lemon squares or raspberry cookie bars of some sort would be nice; an acidic dessert after a fried meal.

Aug 09, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Favorite cookie?

Bouchon Bakery - the peanut butter and jelly macaron. I had it Sunday for the first time and it was fantastic.
city bakery/Bird Bath Bakery has a great chocolate chip cookie.

Aug 07, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Bachelorette Party Dinner

Try Buddakan - stylish space, good food, walking distance to all the meat packing district spots - not sure about prix fixe but their dishes are meant to be shared so that could keep the price down.


Aug 06, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Most Dangerous, Rare or Valuable Foods to Hunt or Harvest

Swallow nests for swallow nest soup. The nests are found in caves and made out of the swallows' saliva. This is a south east asia thing. In Yunnan province for example “Every year from August 8 to 10 during the famous "Bird's Nest Festival", some local people will climb up the dazzling 50-meter-high cliffs to fetch these nests.”




Jul 19, 2012
adido in General Topics

Looking for restaurant in NYC

Start a new thread specifically looking for stuffed shrimp in manhattan. You'll get a better response.

Apr 17, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Need help making my own almond flour

You are my new hero! This almond flour is a steal. My food processor must be dulling because it just turns it into mush.

Apr 13, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Hip hop soundtrack with gluten free options.

Great idea, thanks for the tip.

Apr 10, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Hip hop soundtrack with gluten free options.

Just throwing this out there, if anyone knows of a good place, bar or restaurant, with a hip hop soundtrack and if there is food, some gluten free options. Can you tell I’m taking a Brooklyn girl (in denial of her hipster status) out for her birthday this weekend? Manhattan or Brooklyn is fine, quality is a must, prices can be on the high end (drinks no more than $17) But we're not picky or tied to places with recognizable names.

Apr 09, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Photo booths in Manhattan?

The Smith on 51st and 2nd has a photo booth but it is downstairs in the unisex bathroom waiting area.

The Smith
956 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Mar 07, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Sexy Manly Desserts to Impress!

They are gooey aren’t they. The first time I was served them they were cut small and wrapped in wax paper like salt water taffy.

Mar 05, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Looking for good food at a decent price in Capri and Sorrento...

In the town of Capri, there is an alley/tunnel to the right of the main church in the main square. You take that alley a little way and you find a restaurant on your right that has a huge anti pasto spread in the middle and a great seafood menu. There is also a wall of windows with a great view if you are there during the day. But I can't remember the name. And don't be afraid of the alley, once you get there you'll understand there are mostly alley type streets that usually lead to something wonderful.

Also Giada De Laurentiis did a Capri show a few years ago and if you can track that down, there would be some good recommendations there.

Feb 29, 2012
adido in Italy

any seafood markets left in manhattan?

I would reach out to Piscane (what I misdiagnosed as a M-F 9-5 place) to find out their hours of operation. It is a great business to support - I just rarely buy fish and when I want to I haven’t thought ahead to try to go there. Also Ideal Cheese is right next door and is another gem and worth the trek.

Ideal Cheese Shop
942 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

Feb 09, 2012
adido in Manhattan

any seafood markets left in manhattan?

I live near Piscane - 1st ave and 52nd a little out of your way but the M15 bus can get you there. I've never shopped there because it seems to be a M-F 9-5 kind of place. It never seems open when i need to go shopping.


940 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

Feb 08, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Non Traditional Breakfast Ideas

This is a great resource. thanks for sharing!

Feb 07, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Non Traditional Breakfast Ideas

Quesadilla - easy to make at home
Dim Sum - morning food in china - hard to make at home unless you just get frozen pot stickers, or make your own ahead and freeze them
Don’t people eat pho for breakfast in Vietnam?
There are threads on savory oatmeal preparations on this board.
Eggs poached in tomato based sauces - I’ve seen Italian and middle eastern styles
Indian breads -roti etc
Turkish breakfast is grilled halumi type cheese, with various breads and dips, http://zesterdaily.com/dining/641-tur...

Google - breakfast in x country and it will help.

Also a lot of travel shows show what they eat for breakfast in certain countries.

Feb 07, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Sexy Manly Desserts to Impress!

It has been so long since i made these i can't really remember - i winged it. It was less than a quarter cup more than two tablespoons for a half batch. You could probably do a quarter cup for a whole batch. Warning, they are "looser" than the regular treats - not soggy per se but the alcohol thins out the marshmallow.

Feb 07, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

What mistake do you always make when you're cooking in a rush?

I should add that now I take some water out of the pot while the food is cooking so this happens less frequently.

Feb 06, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

What mistake do you always make when you're cooking in a rush?

I forget to save some of the cooking water to thin out what ever it is i'm making. It all just goes down the drain. So sad.

Feb 06, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Strangest Starbucks Drink?

I offered to run out and get starbucks at work one day and one of my colleagues (who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer) asked me to get her a caramel “Machiavelli” with heavy cream (double whammy.) I didn't have the heart to correct her and the looks on the faces of everyone else in the room were priceless – confusion, bemusement, pity. But good for her knowing the word Machiavelli.

Feb 02, 2012
adido in Chains

The best dessert around times square is...?

Rock center is only one avenue away from Times Square. I work in the area so I know the ropes a little.

Financier - 47th btw 7th and 6th
Bouchon Bakery - 49th btw 6th and 5th
Jacques Torres - underground in rock center
Maison Du Chocolate - 48th btw 6th and 5th
Minamoto Kitchoan - 48th btw 6th and 5th
along with a cupcake tourist trap that actually has decent desserts that aren't cupcakes - don’t shoot me - it rhymes with Bagnolia. 6th ave and 48th?

La Maison du Chocolat
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

Minamoto Kitchoan
608 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020

Magnolia Bakery
1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Financier Patisserie
1211 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Jacques Torres
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Bouchon Bakery
1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Jan 31, 2012
adido in Manhattan

Special pizza sauce with fennel? Help me crack secret recipe from a Connecticut-man

My mistake - i meant to say "is NOT currently on the menu." Thought staff/owners would know some old timers who might be able to help.

Jan 30, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Special pizza sauce with fennel? Help me crack secret recipe from a Connecticut-man


Have you tried reaching out to the restaurant? It is still open (and famous on the east coast of the USA) and they might help you solve the mystery. The item is currently on their menu and you probably aren’t going to be a competitive risk. Somebody might know somebody who knew the recipe - you never know. You might even want to share this thread with them.

Jan 30, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook for $500 vs Online ordering for $300

Momofuku and Williams Sonoma must have read this thread and saw an opportunity. WS is selling Momofuku Milk Bar cookie mixes - no need to buy bulk freeze dried corn any more. There is a supertaster review of them on this site as well.

Jan 27, 2012
adido in Home Cooking

Advice and guidance needed!!!

try landmarc in the time warner center - something for everyone and surprisingly good cocktails. Accessible via short cab ride or subway.

Also do a separate search on this site for cocktails - you'll find loads but off the top of my head take a look at these - they aren't too far afield from where you will be and have a little larger capacity (good for groups) than most of the other places.


Flat Iron lounge

Hurricane club

Campbell apartment (hidden in grand central, you can kill two birds with one stone)

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Flatiron Lounge
37 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

Campbell Apartment
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Hurricane Club
360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

Jan 25, 2012
adido in Manhattan