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Good BBQ at or near the Dallas airport?

My husband and I will be arriving at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport around 9PM on a Sunday night and departing the next morning at 7AM. Any chance of us finding good barbecue either at the airport or somewhere accessible by public transportation between those hours?

I know that there are branches of Cousin's at the airport--are they any good, and any idea how late they may be open? Other suggestions that we could reach without a car?

Thank you!

Dec 08, 2009
weetara in Dallas - Fort Worth

Pina colada macaroons?

Does anyone know where in Manhattan I can buy a box of kosher for Passover pina colada macaroons? I remember loving these when I was a kid, and I'd love to bring them to seder...um, tonight.

Like these ones: http://www.justkosher.co.uk/detail.as...

Thanks!

Apr 09, 2009
weetara in Manhattan

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

I figured that I should check back in and report that we're actually NOT going with Hog Heaven for our wedding after all. Their samples were great, but in the end we couldn't agree on a price and they were difficult to get ahold of by phone or e-mail.

But I'm happy to report that another award-winning bbq team will be smokin' for us on our wedding day: I Smell Smoke!!! (http://www.ismellsmoke.com/) Turns out that they partner with a great not-for-profit catering school (http://www.1stcourse.org/) in Keene, NH, for catering gigs--they supply the meat, and First Course does the sides and service. We are really happy with the whole setup and can't wait for the wedding meal.

Mar 13, 2009
weetara in All New England Archive

Good restaurants in Keene or Brattleboro that cater?

Looking for a good restaurant in the Keene NH or Brattleboro VT area that caters for my casual rehearsal dinner. I'm not from the area so I'm looking for some recommendations. Anyone? Thanks!

Feb 13, 2009
weetara in All New England Archive

Ethnic catering in Keene, NH area?

I'm an out-of-towner getting married near Keene, NH, in June and am looking for a restaurant to cater our casual rehearsal dinner. We were hoping to do something ethnic.

Our first choice was to have an Indian buffet, but the one place we tried in the area (India Palace in Brattleboro, VT) was really bland. We heard good things about Thai Garden in Keene, but they don't cater. Can anyone recommend another ethnic restaurant in that area that's good and might be able to do drop-off catering?

Thanks!

Feb 03, 2009
weetara in All New England Archive

Best pie in Monadnock/Upper Valley NH/VT?

Just checking back in to say that we tried all the places in my original post, and Kristin's won our wedding contract. They were all good in their own way, but we thought they had the most interesting filling flavor and a wonderful light, crispy crust.

Jan 22, 2009
weetara in Northern New England

Best pie in Monadnock/Upper Valley NH/VT?

Thanks to you both for your replies!

Bri, someone else had suggested Grandma Miller's and I had forgotten, so thank you for the reminder.

Oct 20, 2008
weetara in Northern New England

Best pie in Monadnock/Upper Valley NH/VT?

Looking for the best fruit pies in Southeast New Hampshire/Southwest Vermont--we're getting married in Walpole, NH, next summer, and we want to serve wedding pie instead of cake!

We'll travel anywhere from the Brattleboro area up to Hanover/White River Junction in search of great pie. A few places we're thinking of trying are:

Lou's in Hanover, NH
King Arthur Flour in Norwich, VT
Kristin's in Keene, NH
Vermont Country Deli in Brattleboro, VT

Any other recommendations? Thank you!

Oct 15, 2008
weetara in Northern New England

Indian catering near Walpole, NH

My fiancé and I are looking for a decent Indian restaurant to cater (though not host) the welcome dinner for our wedding next summer in Walpole, NH. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Here are the places I know of that are not too far from Walpole:

India Palace in Brattleboro, VT
India Pavillion in Keene, NH
Jewel of India in Hanover, NH (which we haven't been to in about eight years, but liked in college)

Dhaba in Brattleboro was also on the list, but I heard that they're out of business now.

We don't live in the area, so our time to taste around will probably be limited to one weekend next month. Any further suggestions, or opinions on the ones I've listed?

Thanks!

Oct 14, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

Saturday breakfast, East 20s/30s?

This sounds excellent--thanks!

Sep 11, 2008
weetara in Manhattan

Saturday breakfast, East 20s/30s?

A visiting friend wants to take me out for "early brunch" around 10AM this Saturday morning in the East 20s or 30s, though probably anywhere in midtown would do. Any recommendations for a tasty place that's serving then, say for less than $20 a person? Traditional breakfast dishes or something more ethnic would fly. Thanks!

Sep 11, 2008
weetara in Manhattan

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

Update: We went to The Harpoon Championship of New England Barbecue this past weekend, and I'm so glad we did, because in addition to having a lot of fun in general, I think we've found the right man to cater our wedding! Or perhaps I should say Mann--Ward Mann. (http://www.wmhogheavenbbq.com

)

His Vermont-based team, Hog Heaven, wasn't selling food, but we'd talked to him beforehand and he kindly saved us some of his competition food. All four meats we tried--baby back ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken--were excellent, by far the best we've had so far in our quest for great New England 'cue. We went around and sampled about six other places, but didn't find anyone else who compared. We weren't surprised at all when Hog Heaven placed high in the competition (second in brisket and third in ribs, I think).

So we need to work out the details, but with a little luck he'll be smokin' some meat for our wedding in New Hampshire next June. Exciting! And thanks again to everyone who's offered tips on this thread--we hope to check out some more of these restaurants in the future.

Jul 28, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

Am I crazy for thinking that Magnolia cupcakes suck?

OK, admittedly I haven't tried a lot of the places mentioned here and I haven't been to Magnolia in years...but I think that the cupcakes at Eleni's in Chelsea Market (coconut) and Big Booty Bread Co. on 23rd street (red velvet and dulce de leche) are VERY good.

Jul 25, 2008
weetara in Manhattan

Recao/culantro and aji dulce peppers - where to buy?

Thanks, Erica. We ended up getting the peppers at Manhattan Fruit and the culantro at a bodega in Weehawken/Union City after striking out at both Pathmark and Kiko's.

Jul 25, 2008
weetara in Manhattan

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

Just an update--we are going to the Harpoon bbq competition in Windsor that a few people have mentioned this July. Will report!

Jul 03, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

Recao/culantro and aji dulce peppers - where to buy?

I'm flying out tonight to visit friends in Colorado, and I've received a last minute request to bring a bunch of culantro (recao in Spanish) and some aji dulce sweet chili peppers, if I can find them.

Does anyone know of a place in midtown, Chelsea, or the village where I can find this stuff? I'm thinking maybe Manhattan Fruit Exchange at Chelsea Market, just because they seem to have everything?

Alternatively, two supermarkets near me in Union City, NJ, have pretty decent Latin American produce selections, and I'll be back there tonight before my flight. Do I have a better bet of finding them there than at a specialty produce place in the city? Just trying to gauge how common these items are, because I've never shopped for them before.

I wish I had more time to seek them out, but I'm in a crunch. Thanks so much for any guidance!

Jul 03, 2008
weetara in Manhattan

good bbq?

The wait can be crazy, but the food's amazing...just make sure you make a reservation.

http://export.opentable.com/opentable...

Jun 04, 2008
weetara in Manhattan

New England-made sparkling cider?

They're definitely still around--just the hard stuff, though.

May 31, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

New England-made sparkling cider?

Thanks to both of you!

May 29, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

New England-made sparkling cider?

Does anyone know of a nonalcoholic sparkling cider made in New England? I can only seem to find farms and orchards making hard cider or flat cider. I'm planning a wedding in New Hampshire and would love to find something to put on the table that's more local than Martinelli's...

Thanks!

May 29, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

CFS and Scargod: Good call on the competition team thing, we were planning to look into that but haven't made any overtures yet. One place we found online is http://www.wmhogheavenbbq.com

DJD: Thanks for sharing what sounds like very wide-ranging experience with New England bbq! I left a message with Blue Ribbon catering earlier today, and I'm looking forward to finding out if they'd be a possibility. (It seems that Redbones will come up from Boston with their rig, but I'm waiting to get the details about how much the extra travel would cost.)

May 27, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

Ah, I see how that could be a little murky. Well, we're happy to hear about tasty 'cue anywhere, but yes, we are seeking a wedding caterer. So if anyone has a suggestion that's within a couple of hours of the Bellows Falls, VT area and they cater, even better.

May 27, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

"To me, bbq is about slow smoked meat, without the need for sauce."

We agree, BiscuitBoy. =)

Two raves here for The Cookhouse--great, we will check them out.

May 27, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

TonyO,

The two main venues we're considering are in Chester, VT, and Walpole, NH...so, pretty much opposite end of the state from Burlington, but if your places might travel to cater, I'm all ears!

Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions so far.

May 27, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

New England/Upstate NY BBQ Reviews

OK, so I know that New England and barbecue don't necessarily go together. But my fiancé, A., and I have this dream of serving delicious smoked barbecue at our wedding next summer, so we've been combining our wedding venue search through NY's Hudson Valley and New England with a bbq-joint scouting trip. We're not experts by any means, but we tried to be serious in our evaluations of each meal, so I thought I'd share our "tasting notes" from the four places we hit this past weekend.

(BTW, we had originally talked to Dinosaur BBQ—our favorite place in NYC—about sending out their rig from Syracuse, but now it looks like we're probably going to hold the wedding in VT or NH, which is too far for them to travel, sadly.)

1) Hickory BBQ in Kingston, NY - Probably the worst bbq we've ever tasted. A.'s brisket was bland; my spareribs were pretty much inedible. I thought they were tough, fatty, and flavorless; A. said they tasted like formaldehyde. They were also the most expensive of any place we went this weekend. As for sides, the baked beans, mash, and collards were mediocre; the only thing in the whole meal that I thought was decent was the mac and cheese, which wasn't too gloopy and had a nice crust from having been run under the broiler. We got cornbread and biscuits at the beginning of the meal; both were cold and dry. I gave them a 2 out of 10, mostly on the strength of the mac and cheese; A. gave them a 1.5.

2) Top of the Hill Grill in Brattleboro, VT – The day after the Hickory fiasco, we were so thrilled to get some food that was actually edible that we wolfed our entire combo plate down happily, even though none of it was stellar. The ribs, brisket, and chicken had nice tenderness, just not much flavor. They came presauced. The baked beans tasted canned, the cole slaw was OK. We took a peek in the kitchen and they did have several industrial-sized smokers. It was nice to sit out in the sun at their outdoorsy location; they certainly seemed popular, and half the inns in the area recommended their catering when we asked for bbq suggestions, but overall we thought they weren't anything to write home about. I gave them a 5 and A. gave them a 4.5.

3) KC's Rib Shack in Manchester, NH - By far the best of the bunch. All of the meat was moist and tender and had flavor. The spareribs had a nice pink smoke ring, good bark, and didn't need any sauce, though their four sauces were also the best of all the places we tried. The pulled pork was tasty; the chicken was really the standout, incredibly moist all the way through. The baked beans (strong maple flavor) and cornbread (cakey) were just OK, though the "grubby rice" was very good. We cleaned our combo plate. They don't do brisket, unfortunately. A. gave them a 6 out of 10 and I gave them a 7. I also just reread pigtrip.net's review (http://www.pigtrip.net/review-KCRS.htm) and I think it is dead on, right down the slightly odd "apple slatha" sauce, which A. liked more than I did.

4) Goody Cole's in Brentwood, NH - Given their good reviews on pigtrip.net and on chowhound, we were pretty disappointed here. Overall, the meat was dry. The brisket had a flavorful crust, but the inside meat was dry and tasteless. Same for the chicken. The ribs, which we think were baby backs (they were small), weren't awful, but we thought that whatever seasoning they're using in their dry rub must be a little strange because we kept saying how "different" these ribs tasted, and not in a great way. They also weren't as tender as the ribs at KC's or Top of the Hill. The collards were disgusting, tasted like they'd been boiled in brine; the baked beans and cornbread were decent. I think I gave them a 4.5 and A. a 4, and we sadly agreed that we'd probably rather eat at Top of the Hill Grill than there.

We've also recently tried Big W's in Wingdale, NY—best chicken we've ever had, decent ribs and sides, great prices, though I'm not sure he does catering or how far he would travel. We're also talking to some places in Boston (Redbones, Blue Ribbon) about catering, and I'm intrigued by the local/organic spin of Holy Smokes catering in West Hatfield, MA, which I'd like to try. We've heard mixed-to-bad about Curtis BBQ in Vermont, so we didn't try them on this trip.

If anyone has opinions on these options or any other suggestions for great bbq in New England, I'd love to hear it.

May 27, 2008
weetara in All New England Archive

Big Booty Bakery

Their cheese rock is my absolute favorite snack, but I also find their sandwiches to be quite tasty: I usually switch off between the hummus and red pepper and the "HAT" (hummus, avocado, and tomato). Their cupcakes are also fantastic (not-too-sweet frosting), and the acai smoothie is good, too.

Ah, I love Big Booty.

May 20, 2008
weetara in Manhattan

question on Fage yogurt...

I thought that 2% with honey must have been an urban myth, but (and I'm almost afraid to reveal this for fear of it selling out before I can get my hands on some) I just saw it on sale at Freshdirect.

http://www.freshdirect.com/category.j...

weetara
http://yogblogusa.blogspot.com

Apr 20, 2007
weetara in General Topics

Ethiopian Food

According to their website, Queen of Sheba is actually owned by the same person who owns Meskerem.

http://shebanyc.com/Philipos.html

I've been to Awash, Meskerem, and Sheba, and Sheba is my favorite by far. Great veggie combo, and they have a beef dish I have not seen elsewhere that includes beef jerky and shreds of injera. It's fantastic, though more than once they have been out of it when I asked, which made me sad. Plenty of other good dishes to choose from, though.

Apr 13, 2007
weetara in Manhattan

Current Favorite Dish/Item for Less than $10?

I believe that the owner of Big Booty is Colombian-American...

Apr 13, 2007
weetara in Manhattan

R.U.B. R.E.P.O.R.T

I tried RUB last August and also found the burnt ends to be fatty. I thought the atmosphere was kind of lacking, too, and I haven't been back.

I adore Dinosaur, though, both for the meat and the Syracuse Salt Potatoes. Yum!!!

weetara
http://yogblogusa.blogspot.com

Apr 12, 2007
weetara in Manhattan