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Chili: Roswell/East Cobb

I don't have time to make chili but have been asked to bring enough for about 10 people for a last minute Halloween party. Any suggestions for some good chili that I can buy in Roswell or East Cobb this afternoon? Thanks.

Oct 31, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

Restaurants near the Bonny Doon/Santa Cruz wineries

Will you only be in Santa Cruz and Bonny Doon or are you touring any of the other vineyards in the Santa Cruz mountains? If you are headed to places off of Highway 17 like Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards or David Bruce, you will find good options in Los Gatos. If so, I may be able to make some suggestions.

Sep 16, 2008
bananna slug in California

Atlanta Sandwiches

My favorite sandwich is the Turkey Rachel at The New Yorker deli on Pharr Rd. in Buckhead. Sliced turkey on rye with red cabbage slaw and thousand island dressing. When my office was in Buckhead I would eat that often. I miss it.

Aug 12, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

quiet french quarter restaurants and bars

Although I have not been in a very long time, I thought Bayona was very good.

Went to August within the last few weeks and had a very enjoyable meal with some friends and my wife. Do no recall it being too loud. May be exactly what you are looking for.

Jul 25, 2008
bananna slug in New Orleans

quiet french quarter restaurants and bars

My comments are all about places to go for drinks. I'll leave to others where to eat for what you have in mind.

Not to pile on about Lafitte's, but I was there a few weeks ago and had the same reaction as others. Not the same vibe as in the past, but good for what it (now) is.

For drinks, I second the recommendations for Bombay Club (but should add that I was there in the early evening - still, I can't imagine it as raucous. Very grown up feel.) I would also second The Carousel Bar.

A previous post suggested hotel bars. To that I would add that we had drinks on the patio at the W and enjoyed that. Pretty, quiet and comfortable but not a ton of character. The bar itself may suit what you are seeking but doesn't give any feeling of being in New Orleans. You feel like you could be anywhere.

Lastly, I would suggest Napoleon House for drinks. Usually very quiet, dark, moody and classical music is always playing. One of my favorite places on earth. Try a Pimm's or a Sazerac there.

I understand your concern about drinking and the French Quarter scene. There are great and enjoyable ways to avoid about what you are wary and still have a great time in the Quarter. Consider checking out the numerous threads about New Orleans and I think you will find lots of great suggestions. The locals are very active, generous with their recommendations and are a terrific source.

Jul 24, 2008
bananna slug in New Orleans

BBQ in Atlanta ?

I agree with Sam and Dave's. Their beef ribs are amazing. I also recommend Swallow at the Hollow as someone suggested below. My experience there has always been good and I there have been no hit and miss moments like the experience of the post below.

Jul 16, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

Visiting Quebec City

I agree with the recommendation of Chez Temporel. I read about it on Chowhound before my first visit to Quebec City and really enjoyed it. I think I had breakfast there every morning.

I also recommed a wine bar (about which I also learned on Chowhound) called Pape Georges. I really enjoyed it. They did a local cheese platter with which they paired some wines. My wife and I had a great time there. You can read more about it on these boards as I recall several people discussed it.

Jul 11, 2008
bananna slug in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lunch in New Orleans

My wife and I had lunch at Ignatius with two other couples last weekend (before happily waiting out a storm while drinking at Le Bon Temps Roulet - great place. Even the two dudes breaking all rules of jukebox etiquette couldn't screw it up. Way uncool even if they were locals) .

Anyway,all of us really enjoyed Ignatius. Fun vibe, cool staff. Mixed and friendly crowd. Beer in brown paper bags made me smile. I had the roast beef po boy and thought it was terrific. Didn't try anyone else's lunch but everyone ordered differently and all were happy. I will definetely go back.

Jun 23, 2008
bananna slug in New Orleans

Good food in Atlanta

After eating at Swallow last night and having posted above in response to the request for homemade ice cream, I thought I should give an update. Bill Greenwood is not selling ice cream from his funky truck at the moment. Seems the truck was hit by lightining so it is out of commission. Weird. He is, however, serving at least a couple of homemade flavors across the street at Greenwoods.

Jun 23, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

Good food in Atlanta

Your request for a homemade ice cream joint prompts me to second the Greenwood's on Green Street suggestion. I have posted about it before and so have many others so you may want to look into what others have had to say.

You get a two for one with Greenwood's with respect to your posts. First, Bill Greenwood serves terrific southern food. His fried chicken is great and worth the wait. The greens are perfect in my opinion; just the right amount of vinegar. I don't recall biscuits but the cornbread is pretty good. Plus it has all kinds of character. Very groovy in a kitschy sort of way and with a great sense of humor. In fact, there is a hand painted sign up front that says "Be Nice or Leave." The sign is just past the patio at the top of which sit two gharishly painted Elvis heads. The pies are reason enough to go. My wife loves the coconut cream. My favorite is the Blackberry. One thing to remember, Bill did not take credit cards in the past but would take your check and has taken my word to come back with cash. The credit card policy may have changed though.

Everything about Greenwood's is in line with your request: "Southern food, independent, hidden gem, quirky with character." You described Greenwood's perfectly.

The second reason for Greenwoods is that there is a BBQ place across the very quiet street. (Like 20 feet.) Bill owns that too. You didn't say you were looking for BBQ, but it is a great place nonetheless. The reason I mention it though is because Bill makes his own ice cream and sells it from a funky old trailer outside. Lots of fun choices. I recommend calling to see if he has started selling ice cream yet. I tried calling but no one answered.

Another great thing about Swallow is that the music is amazing and more often than not a great act from Nashville.

Both places are in Old Roswell which is worth the drive itself depending on where you are staying.

I will post a link below for Swallow at the Hollow:
http://www.theswallowatthehollow.com/...

Let us know how you ate.

Jun 10, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

"gourmet" foods you liked as a kid

My mom used to put caviar in baked potatoes when I was a kid. Probably something she picked up from Sunset magazine. I thought it was really good and would ask for it. I had to be persuaded to try it the first time though.

Jun 04, 2008
bananna slug in General Topics

best soft drink ever

That is great news. I drank about twelve of them in four days when I was in Catalina with my family last year. After seeing your post I checked and can order them on line. Thanks for the info.

Jun 04, 2008
bananna slug in General Topics

best soft drink ever

I second Cactus Cooler. I only recall seeing it in California where I grew up. I heard that it was no longer being made though. Hope that is not true.

Jun 03, 2008
bananna slug in General Topics

Serrano ham in Atlanta/Marietta

Where can I find good quality serrano ham in Atlanta or Marietta? It doesn't have to be Iberico (which I believe is sold at Star Provisions and is mind blowingly expensive). I appreciate any leads anyone can give me.

May 18, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

D.C. : Funky near GWU? Did I make this up?

mselectra and Steve:

you guys are the reason why this site is so valuable. You are the coolest and I am appreciative. DJ's Fastbreak is almost certainly what I was trying to recall. I never made it there but wanted to go based on some fun and goofy stuff about which I had heard.

Lindy's is a place about which I know nothing. I did some quick reading about it on this site and am interested. We are staying in Foggy Bottom and if it is worthwhile and has local character we will look for a chance to stop by. I would appreciate anything you have to add.

My kids are on board with anything (really) and this is their first trip to DC. My wife and I are (enthusiastically) taking them to the spots you are supposed to go for a spring break trip to the Nation's Capital. That said, the kids, my wife and I would enjoy trying out anything that we might otherwise overlook because we relied on the travel books. Anything you have to share for lunch or dinner, especially dinner, near Foggy Bottom would be very much appreciated.

Once again, you guys rock. Your consideration and enthusiasm make this site great.

Apr 05, 2008
bananna slug in Washington DC & Baltimore

D.C. : Funky near GWU? Did I make this up?

I recall a link from a couple years ago about a lunch place near the campus that was off beat and walk up. Crowd was all walks of life and included construction workers and students. Can't find the old link about this despite trying. Didn't want to cover old ground but I am striking out. I will be in town next week with my family (wife and two very cool kids aged 4 and 10) and am trying to recall what seemed like a local institution. I admit to the possibiltiy of being way off on what I recall.

Apr 04, 2008
bananna slug in Washington DC & Baltimore

Atlanta: good places for Chinese roasted duck

I am considering making a Thai Red Curry with Roasted Duck. Any recommendations for where to get good roasted duck downtown, along Buford Highway or even Marietta? Can I buy half a duck at any of the places recommended?

Apr 04, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

How is Dooky Chase these days?

You have me very intriuged. I have never been despite my many trips to New Orleans. Looks like I have been missing out on something really good.

Has it opened for dinner yet or is it still just lunch? Is it closed Sundays and Mondays still? Please share any insight you have about when is the best time to go/get there and anything else you think I should know.

Mar 07, 2008
bananna slug in New Orleans

How is Dooky Chase these days?

I read on one of the threads that Dooky Chase had reopened. I am considering going there toward the end of the month. Is it still good? How is it different, if at all?

Mar 04, 2008
bananna slug in New Orleans

Oscar menu: "oil"-filled bundt cake?

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing them.
My wife and I have hosted a similarly themed party for many years. This year has been a bit more difficult than others for food or drink movie related ideas. The most challenging has been Michael Clayton because, in part, it is the only movie we won't have seen. So, can you share the connection between your sandwiches and the movie? I would be most appreciative if you would. Thanks.

Feb 22, 2008
bananna slug in Home Cooking

When cooking / frying chicken wings...

I have made the Crispy Red Curry Lime Wings several times for friends. They are really good and well received. Nice change from the usual hot wings.

Feb 13, 2008
bananna slug in Home Cooking

Whether/why use electric skillet

Thank you for all the helpful responses.
I have two questions in follow up. I am considering returning the skillet for a 16" model (instead of the 12"). Interestingly, several of those for which I have seen reviews don't seem all that great and those that are preferred don't have a lid with a vent. So, how important is a vent? Seems like it could be helpful but is it imperative? If the reviews on the one I have seem good, is going to 16" without a vent even worthwhile?

Feb 12, 2008
bananna slug in Cookware

Whether/why use electric skillet

My wife and I were just given what appears to be a good electric skillet. 12" with non-stick surface and lid with vent. It also has a temp control which seems easy to use. Thing is, I have never used an electric skillet and it never occured to me that one might be useful. I am looking for ways in which others make use of theirs and reasons why it may be a preferable way to cook some dishes.

Feb 09, 2008
bananna slug in Cookware

Atlanta: Looking for comments on Allegro

I am considering a reservation there for this weekend. I don't know much about it and have heard little other than the chef used to be at Sotto Sotto. I am eager to hear people's thoughts about it.

Jan 30, 2008
bananna slug in General South Archive

Worthy delis in OC?

Haven't been in many, many years, but I thought Katella Deli was terrific, dating back to what I think was their original location at Los Alamitos Blvd. and Katella. My parents would often take me there for breakfast after mass - makes me smile now to think of that. Places like Katella Deli, Volcano Burger and Pasty Kitchen make me miss Orange County. Based on what I have read on this site and others, Katella Deli should be a very safe, if not very good, bet.

Dec 31, 2007
bananna slug in Los Angeles Area

Iberian jamon storage: did I screw up?

One other thing: there is a sticker that seems to say that the date by which this should be comsumed is March 27, 2008.

Dec 31, 2007
bananna slug in Home Cooking

Iberian jamon storage: did I screw up?

Thank you for your thoughts. I think I should add that this jamon was packaged in Spain and was produced by 5J Sanchez Romero Carvajal, in case any of that makes a difference. The reason I bring this up is to clarify that this is not a re-packaging in London of a product originally made in Spain, rather that it is in the packaging of the producer and one that is, I believe, pretty well respected.

Dec 31, 2007
bananna slug in Home Cooking

Iberian jamon storage: did I screw up?

A few months ago I was given a generous amount of what I expect will be amazing Iberian jamon de bellota by a friend who brought it home from, I believe, London. It is boneless, sliced and vacuum packed. The packaging does not seem to have been compromised in any way. I have kept it in my pantry since receiving it with the intention of serving it tonight (New Year's Eve).

I was surprised to see today that the package says to keep it in the refrigerator (5 - 10 celsius) and remove 20 minutes before serving to allow to come to room temp. I had not noticed that before and feel fairly sure it was not kept cool by my friend on the trip from England to the states.

Did I screw up by not putting this in the fridge? It never occured to me to do so given the way it was packaged and based on what I saw in tapas bars in Barcelona.

Any assurance that I have not wasted what has been hard to come by and waited so long for will be most appreciated.

Dec 31, 2007
bananna slug in Home Cooking

OC's Top 100 Tastes You Must Try Before You Die

I may be over-reading the original post. I have been trying to come up with some tastes sort of unique to or associated with Orange County, rather than just the best dishes. (Hence my boysenberry pie at Knott's post, though I stand by the Pasty Kitchen as both representing OC as well as a best dish. God, I miss that place so much.)

Anyway, staying with my interpretation of what was sought by the original post, I will throw out Balboa Bars at Dad's on Balboa Island, Newport Beach.

Nov 12, 2007
bananna slug in Los Angeles Area

OC's Top 100 Tastes You Must Try Before You Die

It has been a long time since I had a slice, but the boysenberry pie at the Knott's Berry Farm chicken restaurant (Buena Park) was very good and very Orange County.

Nov 11, 2007
bananna slug in Los Angeles Area