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Rye Bread in the Triangle?

Weaver Street does do a NY rye but I think they only offer it about once a week. I've never managed to get my hands on it.

French dip sandwich in the Triangle?

I second that, and I do like their cookies as well.

Ikea enamel cookware?

I have the fondue pot. Not exactly an everyday pan, so I can't comment on durability, but so far I've been happy with it.

Aug 07, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

What foodie gifts to bring back from Istanbul?

Pekmez is made from grapes, not pomegranates (see above post) - not sure what the pomagranate molasses is. Speaking of sweets, there's a specialty from the Adana region called ceyzerya (sp? - pronounced je-zer-i-a) that's made from shredded carrots that's quite tasty. And I second the double-roasted pistachio Turkish delight mentioned above.

Jun 07, 2007
kerdragon in Europe

Dolmathes with Avgolemono

Actually, dolmuĊŸ, as it's spelled in Turkish, is an adjective meaning 'stuffed', not a verb.

May 31, 2007
kerdragon in Recipes

If you could have only one NOT Non-Stick Pan which one would it be?

A good cast iron skillet will work great for this. You'll get a good fond, and if you've built up a good seasoning on it, you shouldn't have any problem cooking with acids for a pan sauce, as you're not cooking it for that long. Besides, deglazing is a great way to clean up a cast iron pan.

May 04, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

Knives in the Triangle

Williams-Sonoma at Southpoint carries Shun knives.

A related question: How about knife sharpening? Who do you trust with your knives? I'm on the Chapel Hill/ Durham side, so prefer not to drive to Raleigh or Cary if possible. But I tried one place, I won't mention names, with one of my cheaper knives and was not happy.

Earth-friendly stuff ???

You can find aluminum lunchboxes here:
http://www.reusablebags.com/
Of course, the disadvantage of aluminum is that you can't microwave it.

Apr 23, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

Earth-friendly stuff ???

Don't know if I can answer your question about plastics specifically. It may depend on what's recyclable in your area. But, to take a cue from the green building folks, anything that's more durable is better for the environment. As the saying goes, "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

Also, teflon-coated cookware is bad for the environment, so I consider my cast-iron pans to be a good green choice.

Apr 23, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

Earth day - Ideas for eating low carb-on?

I wouldn't stop patronizing your favorite places, especially if they're local. Eating less meat is one of the best ways I know to be green. I'm not a vegetarian by any means, but I do try to eat low on the food chain much of the time. And eating there instead of getting takeout is usually less wasteful.

Apr 23, 2007
kerdragon in General Topics

What foodie gifts to bring back from Istanbul?

Marmara olives - small to medium sized shriveled looking things, very salty. Also raki, the Turkish anise drink, similar to ouzo but much harder to find in the US.

Apr 17, 2007
kerdragon in Europe

Ingredient shopping in North and South Carolina

I second Southern Season. It's an experience not to be missed, especially if you like chocolate.

Editing: One (or three) fewer ingredients, please!

I'm finding this to be a general trend many places lately, especially at upscale, trendy restaurants. I've decided not to visit several restaurants recently because I looked at their menus online and seen too many ingredients. I think it's the pressure to come up with something original, since at least around here there has been a huge proliferation of restaurants lately.

White wine to drink on its own....

I found a Muller-Thurgau from the Baden region of Germany at a wine tasting that I love as an aperitif. Ironically, I haven't managed to figure out a good food match for it.

Apr 11, 2007
kerdragon in Wine

Visiting Alanta...where should I......

Ooh, I had forgotten about the Vortex. I love their sandwiches, especially the black bean burgers.

Yapa - Are North Carolina wines any good?

Ooh, one of my favorite new obsessions... There are plenty of good NC wines, especially from the Yadkin Valley. (Yadkin Valley is currently our only certified appelation.) RagApple Lassie is one of my personal favorites, although for consistency and variety I'd say West Bend is the best (it's also one of the oldest, old being around 20-30 yrs here). I also recommend Raffaldini, and Buck Shoals Vineyards has several good lighter table reds. In general, Viogner and Sangiovese do well here and you'll see a lot of those, as well as the usual Chardonnay, Merlot, Cab, etc.

I wasn't terribly impressed with Childress, but he's pretty new and has a lot of money to throw at it, so give it 5 years. Biltmore has a lot of cheap swill but some decent estate-grown wines. They sell an awful lot of wine, and it can't all be good. And yes, they do ship grapes from California.

Apr 10, 2007
kerdragon in Wine

Ice wines?

I don't know if you can get these in New York, but there are some nice ice wines from Pennsylvania as well. I bought one from a winery in the Lehigh Valley area when I was there, but I can't remember which winery it was from, either Blue Mountain(?) or Galen Glen.

Apr 10, 2007
kerdragon in Wine

Twisted Noodle open in Durham

I second the comment on the sweet chili sauce - I could get addicted. The char-grilled coconut chicken I had there was outstanding. I was surprised, though, that none of the dishes came with rice; we had to order it as a side.

Apr 10, 2007
kerdragon in Southeast

Visiting Alanta...where should I......

This isn't along the lines of the things you mentioned, but Apres Diem in Midtown is a good bistro-type place for coffee/ dessert or a light meal. It's not cutting-edge or anything, but the food is generally good and it's a nice place to hang out.

Slow cooker/crockpot suggestion

I have a Rival; I think it's around 5 qts. I cook for two but like to have leftovers, so I find it's a good size. If I were buying it now, though, I think I'd get the oval shaped version instead of the deeper round version. If you want to, say, roast a chicken it will fit better in the oval shaped ones, although I've done it in mine.

Apr 10, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet question

I have both. I bought the 12 inch first. But now cooking for two I find I use the 10" more, mainly because the 12" is a bit hefty for me to lift easily. Also it heats more evenly on my somewhat wibbly electric stove burners, and it's a good size for several of my cast iron baking recipes. If you're cooking for two and don't mind cooking things in batches, I'd say go for the 10 inch. If you like to cook things all at once or have to feed a crowd go for the 12 inch. Then again, they're cheap enough that if you have the space getting both is an option.

Apr 10, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

New panaderia in Carrboro Plaza

My husband happened on this place last week and brought home a sweet bread roll that was yummy. I will definitely have to stop by there.

Restaurant supply store in Durham, NC area?

Are there any good restaurant supply stores in the Triangle that are open to the public? Have not been able to locate one in the phone book or online.

Apr 05, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

Saturday Breakfast in Carrboro/ Chapel Hill

I didn't know that they serve brunch. Is it usually busy? I've been meaning to try them for a while now. So many restaurants, so little time...

french press?

Ikea has a decent, cheap one. It's only about 12 bucks or so. It's rather large for one person, though.

Apr 05, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

Looking to buy a cast-iron pan...

I love my Lodge cast iron skillets so much I have 2 of them. I hardly use my non-stick 'omelet' pan anymore. I am amazed you can even find these things in thrift stores, since so many people are using ones that have been in the family for 2 or 3 generations. My brother got one (not Lodge) from a thrift store in MN, but I've yet to see one in a thrift store here in NC. Haven't tried LC, but if I were going to get a dutch oven I might consider getting enameled for that one, either LC or the new Lodge enameled line. If you're going to get a skillet, though, get a Lodge.

Apr 05, 2007
kerdragon in Cookware

Saturday Breakfast in Carrboro/ Chapel Hill

That's kinda far from the farmer's market. There are several places on Franklin/ Rosemary that would be closer.

Saturday Breakfast in Carrboro/ Chapel Hill

Don't recall the name of the place, as I'm not familiar with SF. It was just one of those comments that sticks with you. jean9, if you're there late enough Panzanella is open for lunch (the Weaver Street-owned restaurant around the corner, at the opposite end of Carr Mill from Elmo's), though they only do brunch on Sundays. It's more expensive than Elmo's or Weaver Street, but not half as crowded. It's also a nice outdoor dining option when the weather is good.

Saturday Breakfast in Carrboro/ Chapel Hill

Depends on what you mean by breakfast. Don't be dissuaded from going to Elmo's - how crowded depends on when you get there. It's kind of like I once heard a place in SF's Mission District described - if you get there before 11 you're a poser, if you get there after 12 you may not get a table. If you're more of a coffee & pastry type, Open Eye Cafe is just down the block and has croissants and such. http://www.openeyecafe.com/

Ramen in the Triangle?

I haven't actually tried the ramen, but Kurama Express on S. Columbia in Chapel Hill has it. I love their udon.