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Downtown Austin for a week

Cafe Josephine for lunch. Just ate there and it blew my mind :) What do you guys think of Lamberts?

Oct 10, 2013
lavendula in Austin

Montauk Lunch

Heading out to Montauk for the day and looking for a nice lunch spot that will be still be open now during the week. Bonus points for nice views & a Montauk vibe but great food is the #1 priority! Also needs to have at least 1 or 2 vegetarian options. Thanks so much :)

Sep 25, 2013
lavendula in New York State (exc. NYC)

ACL eats

Thank you, I will look into these options!

Sep 23, 2013
lavendula in Austin

ACL eats

Heading down to Austin for the ACL fest and starting to think about my favorite subject...where to eat (obviously)!

We've been to your great city a few times times now but many years ago and we're so excited to return. Looking for some delicious spots to check out while in town. So far I've made a ressie at Josephine House for lunch for the day we arrive. Now I'm mostly searching for a few dinner spots as I'm guessing we'll be eating lunch at the fest each day. We are staying at the W Hotel and some breakfast options nearby would also be great. As usual, I do require vegetarian friendly/flexible restaurants.

Thanks so much, I look forward to your responses!

Sep 08, 2013
lavendula in Austin

Egg pan

Thanks so much for all the advice, this thread is making me hungry ;)

I am actually not a big breakfast person so usually only make it for my husband... thus the small pan debate! However, when we have house guests this summer I suppose it would be best to have the option so a 10" pan is sounding like the most versatile option. Maybe I'll go with the set for versatility. For making eggs in this type of pan, I usually use a heat proof silicone spatula - are there any other recommend tools?

I'd love to hear the preferred "bacon in the oven method" as well, could also be the best way for a house full of hungry guests :)

Jul 02, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Egg pan

Great, so I'm thinking I will either get the 8" or the set of two 10" and 12" Calphalon pans for eggs, and the All-Clad d5 Stainless-Steel Sauté/Simmer Pan, 4-Qt as suggested for pasta sauces, sauteing veggies, etc.

Now for bacon...it's sounding pretty unanimous that cast iron is the way to go. Someone suggest the Lodge Grill Pan so I'm looking into that or maybe just a regular cast iron skillet? Which would be the most versatile? Anyone have any specific pan recommendations?

Jun 27, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Egg pan

Wow, thanks so much for those links! The Calphalon is a great price two pans for the price of one. I am wondering if you think those pan sizes are too big for eggs? I usually am just making them for one or two people. The original one I was looking at was 8" and these are 10 and 10".

I see that the La Creuset is made in China, does anyone know where the Calphalon pans are made?

Jun 27, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Egg pan

The ones in the set that I posted are 9" and 11". They are the two skillets (no lids) for $150. The one you posted looks beautiful too - its the one saute/simmer pan with lid for $180 and holds 4 quarts. It looks like they are both in the same d5 line. Definitely something to consider. This is my first time buying quality pans (something I've been waiting a long time to do) so bare with me while I try and make the right decision!

Jun 25, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Egg pan

Thanks so much for all of your suggestions and recommendations. I do think I am going to buy a non-stick just for eggs, and I appreciate knowing that I shouldn't invest too much in this type of pan as the lining will wear off over time.

I did a little pan research after reading your comments, so here are some findings:

I looked up the T-Fal pans that were mentioned and it seems some people were complaining that the pan is convex, so liquids form a moat and items drift to the edge. Has anyone had a problem with this? Is there a specific model that people like?

Scanpan was also mentioned a bit so I checked out the 8 Inch Scanpan CTX ($119) which isn't that much cheaper than the All Clad. These pans are interesting because they offer a 100% PFOA free nonstick cooking surface. I'd love to hear what you all think about this.

Calphalon makes a "contemporary nonstick fry pan - 8 inch" for $55 and is made of "Heavy-gauge anodized aluminum." This pan is sounding good to me for the reviews its getting and the price point.

I do also need a new skillet/fry pan that I can use for bacon & other cooking needs (we do a lot of sauteed vegetables with garlic, and pasta sauces) and I'm assuming that this pan would be a worthy investment piece. I've been looking into possibly getting a french skillet style - All Clad makes a set that looks appealing: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...&

A cast iron pan is also a good idea for making bacon but I'm afraid that I don't know how to properly care for one or have the room for storage. If anyone has some tips I'd love to hear them!

Jun 24, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Egg pan

Do you have a pan that you recommend?

Jun 23, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Touristy trip to NYC, still with food on the mind

If you'll be in Greenwich Village, go to Keste for pizza (Bleeker Street). They are my favorite pizza place and they have gluten free options. While there, check out Murrays Cheese shop & Cheese Bar across the street. Down the block is Grom which is incredible for gelato. There is also a place called risotteria right around there that is known for it's gluten free options if you get stuck. Enjoy!

Jun 23, 2013
lavendula in Manhattan

Egg pan

I make eggs a few times a week (usually scrambled) and the coating on the old cheapo pan I have is coming off. I've read icky things about using non-stick - but for eggs, I feel like they will get destroyed in a regular pan.

I was looking at this model but it seems to have some mixed reviews:

The All Clad D5 Stainless Steel Nonstick Fry Pan ($125)

Jun 23, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Egg pan

I am in the market for a new egg pan and a multi-purpose fry pan that would be good for making bacon. I'm wondering if I need to get non-stick and am looking for recommendations. I've been checking out All-Clad but am open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Jun 23, 2013
lavendula in Cookware
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4 nights at the Mohonk Mountain House over July 4th weekend...

One thing to note is that you are not allowed to drink alcohol on the property unless you are in the small bar or in the dining hall during meals. You cannot bring a drink onto the deck to watch the sunset or sit in your rocking chair...so if this is something you want to do I would suggest having a little something in your room ;)

I have not found any restaurants in New Paltz to be worth a special trip so I'd just relax and enjoy :)

Jun 23, 2013
lavendula in New York State (exc. NYC)

Blendtec Jars

Thanks for your reply. I've been making smoothies and almond milk and the Wild Side Jar has been just fine. Sometimes I need to stop it and push the ingredients down because the jar is larger, but it's really not that inconvenient.

Jun 23, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Blendtec Jars

After months of agonizing, I am the proud new owner of a Blendtec Designer Series Blender. This came with the WildSide jar which I had read was an improvement over the regular FourSide jar. Now that I have opened it and am reading the included recipe book, many recipes say that they should be made in the FourSide jar. I mostly purchased this to make smoothies every morning but also look forward to making nut milks, soups, and frozen treats. My question is for other Blendtec owners out there...do you really need both jars or can I get away with just the WildSide jar? The FourSide jar would be another $80 and I just dropped a pretty penny for my new blender. Thanks so much for any advice!

Jun 12, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Blender for Smoothies

I'm looking into getting a Blendtec. Is there a specific model that people recommend?

I'm seeing the Blendtec 1560 Watt Total Blender Four Side for $408

The HPA631Home HP3A Blender WildSide for $445

Blendtec Designer Series Blender with Wildside Jar Package for $460

Wondering if the more expensive models are worth it. It seems like the wildside jar is an upgrade and then the next upgrade is because of the design.

Any advice is appreciated!

Apr 14, 2013
lavendula in Cookware

Chi-town suggestions?

Yes, we have reservations at G&TG, Frontera Grill, and Lula Cafe.

I do know that Avec does not take reservations which is what I meant by try to get a table...show up and see if we can deal with the wait.

Thanks for the info on North Pond, I will reconsider and will also check out all of your other suggestions.

Mar 22, 2013
lavendula in Chicago Area

Chi-town suggestions?

You guys are great, thanks so much for your input :)

Here is what I have going on as of now:

Fri dinner - Girl and the Goat
Saturday Brunch - Frontera Grill

Sunday Brunch - Jam
Sunday Dinner - Considering Lula Cafe or trying to get a
table at Avec...open to ideas
Mon breakfast - Somewhere close to the hotel (Waldorf)

North Pond looks beautiful but not vegetarian friendly enough...up for other brunch ideas that take reservations.

I think we are going to skip Alinea or any other high commitment restaurant on this trip as we are going to be eating with a bunch of other people...definitely next time though!

Mar 21, 2013
lavendula in Chicago Area

Top High-End Spots for Visitor

My favorite right now is The NoMad...and L'artusi for Italian.

Mar 19, 2013
lavendula in Manhattan

Myrtle Beach

Also looking for a restaurant recc close to the Alabama Theater for dinner :)

Mar 19, 2013
lavendula in Southeast

Myrtle Beach

Great, thank for the suggestions, I will look into these. I forgot to mention that we will have two kids with us as well (ages 6 & 7).

Mar 18, 2013
lavendula in Southeast

Myrtle Beach

Embarking on a family trip to Myrtle Beach and in search of the best bets around. We will most likely be going out for all dinners (so I need three choices) and a few lunches. We are staying in North Myrtle but will travel around. One vegetarian in our group, open to all types of cuisine, budget is moderate.

Thanks in advance!

Mar 16, 2013
lavendula in Southeast

Cali trip!

Here's where we ended up:

Dinner at Kokarri
Brunch at Larkspur Inn
Nicks Cove for oysters, fries, and beer
Dinner at Farmhouse Inn
Breakfast at Farmhouse Inn
Sandwiches & sides at Dry Creek General Store
Dinner at Scopa
Lunch at SolBar in Calistoga

The highlights:

Nicks was a favorite with a beautiful location on the water. Meals at the Farmhouse were all very special...in retrospect we would have rather ate there twice than trying Scopa (which was fine but didn't blow us away).

The Dry Creek General Store had delicious sandwiches and was a cool spot to check out - if you are in the area I'd highly suggest a stop there. SolBar was also really nice. We were there in between meals so ordered a bunch of salads and small plates which we enjoyed on the outside patio soaking in the views.

Mar 14, 2013
lavendula in San Francisco Bay Area

Cali trip!

Thanks, I've been looking around and many places seem to be doing brunch on Saturday instead of lunch, including Bar Tartine & Local's Corner. If there are any places you can suggest that do a straight lunch or serve both, that would be great.

How is Nopalito?

Mar 08, 2013
lavendula in San Francisco Bay Area

Cali trip!

Adding on, I also need 1 lunch suggestion in SF...thinking of Local's corner?

Mar 08, 2013
lavendula in San Francisco Bay Area

Cali trip!

Looks good but not too many vege offerings. Someone suggested Scopa to us, anyone been? Up for other suggestions!

Mar 07, 2013
lavendula in San Francisco Bay Area

Cali trip!

Thanks for the SBP feedback. We were contemplating waiting outside for a table but not so sure now...

Mar 07, 2013
lavendula in San Francisco Bay Area

Cali trip!

Yes, I will get on the reservations! I just looked online and Rich Table is booked up but I will call them tomorrow when they re-open. State Bird assured me that they have plenty of offerings for vegetarians, but it is fully booked for the next 60 days :( Bar Tartine also is booked.

I am open to other suggestions besides the ones previously mentioned for this last minute trip!

Mar 05, 2013
lavendula in San Francisco Bay Area

Cali trip!

NYC Foodies headed out for a long weekend and looking forward to some excellent eats. 2 vegetarians and 1 pesce-tarian in our group. Budget is flexible.

Need a few recommendations...

1 dinner in San Fran, preferably somewhere close(ish) to SF Jazz

I've been reading about a few; Rich Table, AQ, Bar Tartine, State Bird Provisions...

1 dinner in the Healdsburg area (other dinner will be at Farmhouse)

1 dinner in Mill Valley (fun & casual) I was thinking Mill Valley Beerworks but reviews look pretty iffy since the renovation?

Thanks in advance!

Mar 04, 2013
lavendula in San Francisco Bay Area