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verti marte!

May 30, 2009
Kwonton in New Orleans

Best of Anchorage, Alaska

Anyone have recommendations for Korean food - grocery or restaurants - in Anchorage?

Apr 28, 2009
Kwonton in Pacific Northwest

Early crawfish season woes

It can't hurt to pay a little extra. it will help the farmers keep going and bring you more (and BETTER) crawfish down the line, right?

Feb 24, 2009
Kwonton in New Orleans

DC hound girls weekend - need help!

Nice dinner in:
FQ - Stella, Antoine's (classic), Bacco, Bayona
Near FQ - Herbsaint, August,
Uptown/GD - Dick and Jenny's, Jacque-imo's (very NOLA), Lilette, Le Petit Grocery, Upperline, Commander's Palace (classic)

Lunch: Crabby Jacks, Willie Mae's Scotch House, Domilise's, Central Grocery, The Joint, Cochon (dinner too)... so much more...

Late night: Verti Marte

When all else fails, find a bar and drink your meal...

Feb 10, 2009
Kwonton in New Orleans

Butcher and table rental for Thanksgiving - Park Slope

I know this isn't in the slope but I ordered my turkey at the farmer's market in Union Square from Quattro Farms last year (2 weeks in advance). I got a 18 lbs bird for $38 or so. They a great variety of turkeys too. Heritage breeds too.

So tasty.

Nov 11, 2008
Kwonton in Outer Boroughs

hope and anchor? (moved from Outer Boroughs board)

hi -

i went to hope and anchor in red hook recently for brunch with 5 friends. we got some drinks and plenty of food. one of my friends had sent back his french toast b/c each piece was burned and they had tried to cover it up with a gross amount of powdered sugar. our waitress offered to comp the toast and bring out another order. but it was taking a while (15-20 min).

so finally my friend got up to find the waitress who came over and apologized b/c the kitchen forgot to remake the order, even mentioning that it takes just minutes for the dish. so she put the order back in - it came out a few minutes later.

when she brought the check, she said she had comped the toast and a couple drinks b/c she felt bad about our friend's inconvenience. after divying up the check 6 ways evenly, we put down 4 people cash and 2 on a card. It occurred to us that we had gotten a great deal and just felt lucky for it.

another friend had gone up to bring the check and money (b/c alas they forgot us in the back again) and came back rather confused. the manager negated the comped goods, except the toast and sent a new bill back, which was almost double the original bill. but he had already swiped/charged the card. he also refused to explain when asked what went wrong.

is this wrong? or is it ok? if the waitress presented us with a check, is the manager allowed to go back on it? especially after having charged the credit card?

We ended up paying the difference just to end the little fiasco and make sure the waitress didn't get stiffed.

Nov 11, 2008
Kwonton in Not About Food

Cupcakes in the New Orleans area

It's taken off in NYC b/c they're small, mobile treats. You don't need a a fork/spoon and napkin/plate to eat them. Especially when it comes to birthday parties in bars - those little suckers come in handy.

Apr 22, 2008
Kwonton in New Orleans

Cupcakes for diabetics

wow - thanks for all the great advice. i'm going to experiment all day tomorrow. and report back once they're tasted by the birthday girl!

Apr 18, 2008
Kwonton in Home Cooking

Cupcakes for diabetics

I need a recipe for cupcakes a diabetic can eat. I really want to do a chili chocolate cake recipe but I doubt I'll be able to find a suitable recipe for it... Any ideas?

Apr 16, 2008
Kwonton in Home Cooking

Good breakfast options near Parasol's

Oh too bad... Surrey's is the best! Other options may be Slim Goodies on Magazine and Louisiana (ish).

If you're at Parasol's ask the bartender. If it's Keri - she'll know where to send you!

Mar 14, 2008
Kwonton in New Orleans

Best Vietnamese in NY (both cheap and fancy)?

Silent H in Williamsburg is a nicer VIetnamese restaurant. In Manhattan, my go-tos are Pho Trang on Baxter just below Canal. And I heard the restaurant next door (also Vietnamese) is great too. My other favorite is Doyers Vietnamese - on Doyers St. just off Bowery. It's on the "Bloody Angle." Their shrimp paste on sugar cane is addictive.

Feb 29, 2008
Kwonton in Manhattan

Gimchi on Veterans-- Anyone Been??

The food is ok. The decor looks like it hasn't made up its mind yet. Service staff is not very knowledgeable of Korean cuisine. I wouldn't call it authentic but it'll do the trick conisidering the Korean options are not many. I agree with Troika though - they probably just need to get warmed up.

Feb 17, 2008
Kwonton in New Orleans



Il Passatore
Noodle Studio

Feb 15, 2008
Kwonton in Outer Boroughs

New Orleans Themed Engagement Party

shrimp stuffed mirliton. BBQ shrimp (look up this recipe b/c for a non-local, it's not what you think). Abita beer. DEFINITELY mini-muffalettas. Crawfish bread and/or crawfish monica (ask Jazz Fest-goers). Red Beans and rice.

Too bad crawfish isn't in season in June. I guess it's a cocktail party so you wouldn't want a big messy boil anyway.

Get a brass band, please! So much fun! You can have a second line pah-rade!


Have fun!

Feb 15, 2008
Kwonton in General Topics

BEER at New Orleans

Check out Heiner Brau. New from former Abita brewmaster, Henryk Orlik - he developed Abita Amber for Abita.

Jan 28, 2008
Kwonton in Beer

Best Korean in Chicago?

Solga is great. It's my parents' go-to place when we have guests and want to take them for an authentic Korean meal that is a little fancier than the places we usually go. For a true hole in the wall, my favorite is the kalbi house on Kimball and Lawrence. I can't remember the name for the life of me but we've been going there since I was a baby. It's next to a day care center.

Jan 19, 2008
Kwonton in Chicago Area

need catering company for wedding for multi-cultural wedding (korean/irish/italian), local/seasonal

My fiance and I are getting married in Chicago, my hometown. He's Irish/Italian from Boston, I am Korean American. We met and lived in New Orleans for several years and now live in NYC. Having lived out of Chicago for so many years (and never planned a wedding before!), I don't know what my options for catering and bakeries are for what I would want.

I'd prefer to keep it seasonal and as locally-sourced as possible. Therefore, the idea is a thoughtful, interesting and surprising menu. I've found one company Sunday Dinner that looks great but would love some more options.

The hope is to incorporate Korean ingredients and methods into it as well though. Ya know, kimchi, kalbi marinade, etc. Gotta keep all the guests happy!

I appreciate any help!

Jan 14, 2008
Kwonton in Chicago Area

Naples and surroundings (Amalfi coast etc)?

My fiance, his family and I vacationed in Positano 2 summers ago. On a day trip to Amalfi, we found this funny little restaurant in the old rectory of the huge church in the main square. I can't remember the name but oh it was good! There's a sign just outside. Facing the church, you enter on the left side, up some stairs to the 2nd floor. There is a great little stationery store on the ground level.

The place was filled with tons of paintings, including a pope in flames - a little odd, eh? But the food was just fantastic. Spaghetti with in a sauce if cherry tomatoes, basil and fresh ricotta. Perfectly cooked fish with just enough lemon and salt and pepper. Insalata mista on the side. So simple but the ingredients were fresh fresh fresh.

Jan 07, 2008
Kwonton in Italy

Recommendations for Williamsburg/Park Slope?

If you're sticking to the heart of Williamsburg, a good pick would be Sweetwater on North 6 btw Berry and Wythe ( French Bistro kind of atmosphere and food. It's close to Galapagos, SEA, shops, Music Hall of Williamsburg, etc.
Another good one, a little off the path is Marlowe and Sons, Diner and Dressler. All on Broadway. Check out the link for quick profiles of all those restaurants.
My absolute favorite restaurant in Williamsburg is Aurora on Grand and Wythe. Incredible Italian food.
DuMont Burger (tight space) and Bonita are good picks too - as is the original DuMont on Union and Metropolitan.
Also, I haven't been but a new place called Blackbird Parlour just opned on Bedford and N. 6, I believe. That's definitely in the hub of W'burg.

Dec 21, 2007
Kwonton in Outer Boroughs

Steakhouse in NOLA

Exactly. I think it was filet or T-bone (for 1, 2 or 3) the night I was there.

Dec 11, 2007
Kwonton in New Orleans

Best Sushi and Thai in SF? Visiting

I know you didn't ask for it, but if you like Thai, you should try Burmese at BURMA SUPERSTAR.

Steakhouse in NOLA

I used to live in New Orleans about 2.5 years ago. For my farewell dinner, my friends took me to a steakhouse that I loved but can't remember the name now. It was in the Garden District, just above St. Charles on a side street, tucked away into a residential neighborhood. No frills whatsoever. You had to walk through a bar to get to a very simple dining room. They had some great cheesy potatoes too. I just cruised around online and I think it might be Charlie's but not positive.

If you know what I am talking about, let me know!! :)

Dec 11, 2007
Kwonton in New Orleans

Strawberry cake

I am searching for a great strawberry cake recipe so I can make a chocolate covered strawberry in cake form. So far, all the recipes I have found require gelatin powder and frozen strawberries. I would rather not use gelatin powder unless it is a crucial element to a good strawberry cake. I'm planning on using fresh strawberries instead of frozen if I can get good berries. Can someone enlighten me in my gelatin dilemma?

Sep 27, 2007
Kwonton in Home Cooking

Top French Restaurants please

I'd recommend Lilette or Le Petit Grocery if you are looking for a place in New Orleans proper.

Aug 28, 2007
Kwonton in New Orleans

Healthy in Midtown

Any recommendations for healthy/organic/raw eating in Midtown? Sort of in the same vain as the restaurant Pure (near Union Square). Preferably a nicer sit-down restaurant where you can chat for a while.

Jul 02, 2007
Kwonton in Manhattan

Why do chowhounds like tacos and dumplings?

ADIDO! that's exactly it. the way you judge a good restaurant is how they handle the simplest, most basic dish within the particular cuisine.

May 11, 2007
Kwonton in General Topics

Maldon Salt [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

just bought some at Whole Foods. And definitely seen it at Fairway.

May 10, 2007
Kwonton in Manhattan

Cupcakes a la Babycakes

I just posted about Babycakes on another board! They do have the best cupcake I've ever tasted in NYC. You should try walking into the store and asking whoever is there about the recipes aside from the other suggestions. They're super nice, so I'm sure they'd, at least guide you to where you can find some recipes.

May 10, 2007
Kwonton in Home Cooking

Best Cupcakes in NYC?

I think I might do a cupcake party too! That's a great idea.

My favorites are Sugar Sweet Sunshine in the LES (i love the pumpkin and the red velvet), Babycakes and Cheeks (Williamsburg). Many of you may think "Babycakes???" It's a vegan bakery, yes. But they had quite possibly the best cupcake I have ever tasted. It may have been b/c I had it on my birthday in the midst of lots of excitement and drinks but I remember being blown away. Anyway, Cheeks, is an adorable little shop with really great cake and cupcakes.
Magnolia's frosting is like eating sweetened butter. Ick. Crumbs is pretty good, I love the rasberry filled. Cupcake Cafe is a winner because they're so pretty but they're not the best taste-wise.

May 10, 2007
Kwonton in Manhattan

Where to eat?

It's crawfish season! You should try to go to a crawfish boil. To do that you'll have to try to make friends with one of the many families and groups that probably will be having them. If you're not down for that, go to the Garden DIstrict where on Magazine and Louisiana there is a seafood store called Big Fisherman. You can buy a bag of already cooked crawfish and throw some potatoes and corn in and your set for a great meal. Go across the street and grab a beer at the Bulldog and sit outside while you shell the little guys. Po Boys at Johnny's (French QUarter), Muffalettas at Central Grocery (on Decatur in FQ), Beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde (it's a given).
For a fancier meal, try Jacque-imo's (Uptown), Dick and Jennie's (on Tchoupitoulas, Garden District), Emeril's (Business District).... I could go on. Just skimming the surface....

Apr 03, 2007
Kwonton in New Orleans