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What are your 5 favorite restaurants anywhere near fort pierce?

thanks everyone! can't wait to try some of these. and as we pass the most snow ever recorded in ny i can't wait for some sun.

Jan 27, 2011
kwar228 in Florida

What are your 5 favorite restaurants anywhere near fort pierce?

We're going to be staying on hutchinson island for a week in february and are looking for restaurants for lunch and dinner. We live in NY, and are especially looking for fresh seafood, fried seafood, cuban food, anything local. Price range is very flexible. We're happy to drive up to an hour if it's really great. Where would you want to eat? Thanks!

Jan 15, 2011
kwar228 in Florida

Granola with molasses?

i've used both blackstrap and regular molasses, and they're both good--slightly more intense flavor with blackstrap, but i like it.

May 11, 2010
kwar228 in Home Cooking

Granola with molasses?

i always add 1/3 c molasses to my granola....rough proportions are 4 c oats, 2 c whatever nuts i have, including sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hazlenuts, walnuts, almonds, 1/4 c wheat germ, 1/4 c ground flax seed. For the "sauce" i mix 1/3 c oil (sorry), 1/3 c molasses, 1/3 c maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Mix, spread on baking sheet, bake at 325 approx 35 minutes, stir ocassionally . Add lots of dried fruit.

May 11, 2010
kwar228 in Home Cooking

Easy hike and seafood?

thanks for these great suggestions. now i just have to decide.

May 04, 2010
kwar228 in Greater Seattle

Easy hike and seafood?

Coming to Seattle for the first time this weekend from NY, and am looking for a day trip where I can combine an easyish, beautiful hike (no more than 5 miles total) with seafood, hopefully including oysters. I'll have a car, and am willing to drive 1-2 hrs. max.

I also have three dinners to eat...so far I think Poppy, Tilth, and I don't know. From all the suggestions on this board, probably happy hour at Elliotts. I guess Dungeness crab is out of season?
Can't wait!

May 03, 2010
kwar228 in Greater Seattle

New wine bar on Union....Bussaco

Went to Bussaco this weekend, and thought it was nice, nothing more. Service was lovely--busboys, door people, back waiters. Although our waiter was nuthin special. Food---fine, and unlike other posters, I thought it was overpriced, not because of quantity, but because appetizers are mainly over 12$, and entrees are in the mid 20$(w/a couple of exceptions). I started with the octopus. The flavors were simple and good, but there wasn't enough oil to offset the dry/tough texture of the octopus, so that you ended up with a mouthful of almost woody pulp. And I like octopus. The pork was also decent, but no better or really different than the pork that I get at the corner restaurant for 4.99$. Liked that crispy skin though. Husband's striped bass with manila clams was kind of blah, mozzarella appetizer was delicious and unusual, although the cheese itself had a slightly dry film---maybe it had sat out waiting for other appetizers. Bread is fantastic. Maybe a restaurant needs to charge those prices in order to serve food made with decent ingredients, but I think the pork should have been 17$, and the octopus 9$, and in general, after tasting my table's food, think that everything was 4-5$ off. I'd rather cook similar food at home, or eat at a cheaper place that takes itself less seriously.

Oct 22, 2008
kwar228 in Outer Boroughs

Where can I find pectin in Brooklyn?

For the past couple of years i've been making jam with greenmarket concord grapes and it is so delicious! Intense pure grape. But it's kind of a pain. I don't use pectin.... Here's a link to the recipe I use:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
Since the sieveing (sp?) is a lot of work I often use 3 1/2 lbs grapes, 3 1/2 c sugar and 1 T lemon juice. I don't have a food mill, so I use a big fine holed sieve I bought cheaply in chinatown. I'm not obsessive about sterilizing the jars because i put them in the freezer where they keep all year.

Good luck

Aug 28, 2008
kwar228 in Outer Boroughs

Am I Crazy?

Just came back from a meal at Babbo,with 3 others, which I've been looking forward to. I'm not a hyper-critical crazy person, just have grown up with good, sophisticated food. I've read about Babbo on Chowhound, and had Chowhound recommendations in mind when I ordered.

I had for my first course Warm Lamb's Tongue Vinaigrette with chanterelles and a 3-minute egg. Main problem was the balance of vinegar in the vinaigrette---way too acidic. Lettuce was lost at the bottom, what should have been the richness of the egg was lost. Husband had "Neci con Funghi Misti" which also was overly acidic. Third app was Pig Foot " Milanese" with rice beans and arugula which was slightly burnt.
2nd courses: Maccheroni alla Chitarra with oven dried tomatoes, red chiles and bottarga di muggine slightly too al dente, actually not al dente, but just underdone. Sauce was nice though. Tasted the Mint Love Letters with spicy lamb sausage which struck me as ok, but not extraordinary.
Secondi:Whole Grilled Branzino with braised celery and lemon oregano jam--pretty good. Fish a wee bit overcooked, the lemon oreg. jam really delicious, the braised celery tasteless and tough. Friend liked the Grilled Lamb Chops "Scottadita" with eggplant "in scapece" and lemon yogurt but I didn't taste it. I was shocked at how bad the Spicy Two-Minute Calamari sicilian lifeguard style was. It was probably cooked about 6 minutes, and had become chewy. Sauce had absolutely no bite to it, completely unseasoned tasting , boring. Friend ordered Fennel Dusted Sweetbreads with sweet and sour onions, duck bacon and membrillo vinegar which, as sweetbread lovers, we found surprisingly mediocre....almost like mediocre chinese food, too much sweet , not enough sour, little depth in the flavour of the sauce.
Desserts were nice. I had a grape, and yeasty pastry thing which had a lovely flavour, could have used a little more fruit in the balance of tastes. Pumpking cheesecake delicious.
But why is it that people rave about the food at this place. After all my negative food talk I would say we had great service, loved the physical place....but the food??? I'm SO disappointed!

Oct 05, 2007
kwar228 in Manhattan

Restaurants everyone loves--except you

Spice Market---kinda like eating in a mediocre Disney Land-this-is-our-idea-of-Asian-food restaurant. Franny's in Bklyn ...niceish food but why is it taken so seriously? Ici in Ft. Greene--once again it's nice and pleasant but the food is so imperfect---been there a few times, tasted all my friend's meals, and almost everything had some flaw.

Oct 03, 2007
kwar228 in Manhattan

fresh pasta in brooklyn

Fratellis used to be on Lincoln above 7th but closed a few years ago. What about the place on 7th Ave. around 11th st. Anyone know/like their pasta? I've gotten their fresh mozzarella--sometimes it's fairly good, sometimes it's so grainy/mushy. Their prepared artichokes are delicious.

Sep 11, 2007
kwar228 in Outer Boroughs

anything good near 7th st between 2nd/3rd aves (Bklyn)

I'm looking for lunch places for take out or eat in---lots of deli-like little places but does anything stand out?

Sep 11, 2007
kwar228 in Outer Boroughs

Delicious Cupcake at Trois Pommes

I've been going to Trois Pommes often (too often), and think that they are in a different league than Cousin Johns, which is a mediocre bakery with a couple of decent things. The pastries at Trois Pommes are incredible---yeasty and a little chewy for their sticky buns, buttery and fine for their croissants etc. The ice creams are mainly great---hazelnut, mint, with crunchy buttery cones. Some of the flavors (including a couple of the sorbets) are on the overly sweet side.

Sep 07, 2007
kwar228 in Outer Boroughs

Sorting posts

After you've done a search why can't you sort by date? The dates of the posts seem to be entirely random. Sometimes you just want to see recent posts.

Feb 20, 2007
kwar228 in Site Talk