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Cuban - Caribbean (esp. conch) - Central American in Ft Lauderdale

Nothing? No conch love?

Ft Lauderdale - scenic dining?

Any recommendations for scenic dining locations for a group in Ft Lauderdale? I'm thinking something waterfront: New River, Intercoastal, beach. Cuisine not important, although we're not looking for a chain (ie, Chart House).

Thanks in advance!
Erik

Cuban - Caribbean (esp. conch) - Central American in Ft Lauderdale

We're heading to Ft Lauderdale (my hometown, left in '89) for 1 week next week and I need to show my 5 friends a good time. Any recommendations for excellent Cuban, Caribbean, and/or Central American food down there? Bonus points for conch!

I've had good Salvadoran food at a place on 84 just west of Federal (forgot the name) and I like the conch at Ernie's, but any new options would be appreciated!

Thanks!
erik

SPAM sent to my unique CHOW address...

Thanks for the reply. I'm happy to hear your response.

Jul 06, 2007
kapuku in Site Talk

SPAM sent to my unique CHOW address...

I registered a unique email address when I signed up at chowhound (eg, chowhound@mywebsite.com). I'm now getting spam sent to that unique address. I've looked around the site and confirmed that the address isn't posted anywhere that I can find and I haven't used it in any postings or anywhere online. So, what gives? Is Chowhound leaking out email addresses or selling them?

Jul 05, 2007
kapuku in Site Talk

Cape May / Wildwood - Anniversary dinner

Just back from Cape May. Dinner at the Washington Inn was fantastic. The restaurant is in a charming old house on a beautiful street. The food was uniformly delicious. I had fennel-dusted seared scallops with a parmesan risotto to start and an amazing vanilla-hazelnut crusted halibut with a coconut/passion fruit glaze. My husband had pork medallions with cabbage and a bacon-vidalia sauce. Really quite delicious. For dessert, we had a lemon cake filled with a coconut cream; superb. The only downside were the cocktails... the Ruby Red and Tropical Martini were bland letdowns.

Service was fantastic... it started pouring rain just as we were leaving and our waitress offered us umbrellas for the walk back to the hotel, telling us to just drop t hem off the next day. Of course, we forgot to do so and now have to mail them back!

May 14, 2007
kapuku in Mid-Atlantic

Cape May / Wildwood - Anniversary dinner

Thanks all! We made reservations at the Washington Inn. We'll see....

May 11, 2007
kapuku in Mid-Atlantic

Cape May / Wildwood - Anniversary dinner

My husband and I are celebrating our 5-yr anniversary in Cape May this weekend and would love to have a nice dinner in the area. We're from NYC and get enough over-the-top service and foam-reduction-molecular gastronomy at home... we just want a good meal, good service, romantic location, and a special, Cape May experience.

Any suggestions? Union Park? Tisha's?

Thanks!

May 09, 2007
kapuku in Mid-Atlantic

London Recommendations for a Brooklynite?

Let me know... that goes beyond my culinary boundaries as a former long-term vegetarian, but I'd be interested to hear if you like the place. Overall, I'd have to agree with Platt's general assessment of the difference between NYC and London dining... there doesn't appear to be a lot in the middle range price-wise. And, egads, London is crazy expensive, even for a New Yorker.

Mar 21, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland

Hot Stuff in London/Vauxhall?

Point taken. Kormas aren't typically spicy, but the curry could've used some more heat.

Mar 21, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland

London Recommendations for a Brooklynite?

Thanks, oonth. We went to Hot Stuff this past weekend. That review is posted here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/380187

We also tried Arbutus. The place is very nice, clean and modern. Our appetizers consisted of a soup of potato and wild garlic. It was quite delicious, but over salted for my taste. My main was a disaster. It was listed as potato gnocchi with market vegetables and shaved parmesan. When it arrived, it was gnocchi with a mound of mushrooms. I'm sure they were delicious, but I avoid mushrooms like the plague. I should have sent the plate back, because I do not equate "market vegetables" with mushrooms, but I had had a few pints before coming to dinner and was feeling quite mellow and non-confrontational. So instead I had some of my mom's dish, which was a filet of sea bass with tomato risotto and parsley sauce (really more of a parsley reduction). It was good, but again was dramatically oversalted.

For dessert we chose the "floating island": a thick disk of soft meringue floating in a shallow bowl of vanilla custard. It was delicious.

All told, we shelled out £57. It was an enjoyable meal, but I wouldn't pay a second visit.

Mar 20, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland

Hot Stuff in London/Vauxhall?

UPDATE: Went to Hot Stuff this past weekend (link to NYTimes article posted below). the restaurant is a real trek for a tourist: Tube from the City out to Vauxhall (located in South London, roughly across the Thames from Pimlico and the Tate Britain). From Vauxhall station, it was a 15 min walk along a very bleak stretch of street bordered by corrugated metal sheds, gas stations, and some super-luxe new condos going up on the Thames. The final stretch was along a pedestrian footpath through the middle of a public housing "estate". Note to self: next time, take the alternate route down Lambeth Rd, which is much nicer and more active.

The restaurant itself is located in a little, one-block stretch of shops. Hot Stuff itself occupies a shopfront that, in the States, would be called a strip shopping center, although it fronts onto the street rather than a parking lot. The place was PACKED to the gills with people, at least 25 in a space that couldn't have been more than 15 ft square. The very nice owner came out and said that, since we were 15 min early, we should pop down to the pub on the corner for a pint. We followed his suggestion and had a nice pint, chatting with the friendly bartenders.

When we arrived back at the pub, we discovered that the large number of people eating before us was actually one single group. They left en masse and the staff did an efficient job of turning over the entire restaurant for the next wave of diners, which immediately filled the place to capacity again. The restaurant also did a brisk trade in take-out the entire time we were there, with many of the pick-ups arriving in cars.

We ordered vegetable samosas and chile paneer (which was recommended by the owner). The samosas were expertly cooked, perfectly crispy and a great filling. The chile paneer was amazing, hands-down the best dish of the night. Just simply paneer in a well-spiced chile sauce.

Our entrees were king prawns in curry sauce and vegetable korma. The veggie korma wasn't on the menu, but it's one of my favorite indian dishes, so I asked if it was available. The veggie korma that's normally served in the states has little balls of mashed veggies in the sauce. This was simply cooked vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, peppers) in a korma sauce. Simple, but good. The prawns in curry were also well done. Overall, I wasn't as bowled over by the entrees as the starters. My main complaint was that the dishes were underspiced, perhaps for the British palette. I'm used to Indian food being a bit spicier.

Overall, however, I'd recommend Hot Stuff to the adventurous diner that doesn't mind breaking off the beaten path for a fun night out in the 'real' London.

NYTIMES ARTICLE:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

MAP:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h...

Mar 20, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland

La Villa vs. Anthony's

I think they're both pretty damn good. For me, La Villa is the ultimate comfort food... an organic baby green salad and a nice Foccacia di Nonna pizza are heaven. Anthony's is a bit more rustic, but it's a major hike from North Slope, so I've only been twice.

Mar 13, 2007
kapuku in Outer Boroughs

Soy Milk vs Cow's milk - the nation decides

Um, there are a lot of things that "taste OK once you get used to them" and they're not all processed foods. Soy milk isn't fresh from the cow, but I think you should take a look at the dairy industry with the same eye that you cast upon the soy industry... milk ain't handed down from on high on a soft, satiny pillow. It's a polluting, pesticide, hormone and antibiotic ridden industry.

Also there are a lot of soy milks (and other products) that aren't super-processed and not full of HFCS.

Mar 13, 2007
kapuku in General Topics

Bonnie's Grill, steer clear of the veggie burger!

Ahh, I see. I don't usually mind char, and I'm sure it's delicious (if carcinogenic) on a real burger. Veggie burgers, however, don't take to char so well... it smelled like a plastic ashtray that had been set alight.

Mar 12, 2007
kapuku in Outer Boroughs

London Recommendations for a Brooklynite?

Can you elaborate on the difference btw Vauxhall and Swiss Cottage? I have no knowledge of either place... are they the kind of neighborhoods where you'd take your mother. :)

Mar 12, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland

Hot Stuff in London/Vauxhall?

The New York Times recently ran a story on a few choice Indian restaurants in London (Amaya, Zaika, Tamarind, and Hot Stuff).

Of all the restaurants, Hot Stuff in Vauxhall was the one that caught my eye. Any recommendations?

Mar 12, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland

Bonnie's Grill, steer clear of the veggie burger!

I think the problem is that the single grill is primed to the perfect temperature for meat burgers, which doesn't agree with veggie burgers. I'm happy to cede my seat to you.

Mar 12, 2007
kapuku in Outer Boroughs

London Recommendations for a Brooklynite?

Thanks, oonth! Would you recommend Eriki over Hot Stuff? We've only got 3 nights in London, so I'm not sure we're going to do Indian more than once.

Mar 12, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland

Bonnie's Grill, steer clear of the veggie burger!

Just had one of the most disgusting and objectionable meals of my Park Slope life at Bonnie's Grill. Hubby and I ordered veggie burgers with fries. No complaints about the fries, which were freshly fried, crisp, and delicious with the tabletop mayo. The burgers, however, were another story entirely. Black, burned, and smelling of my grandparent's ashtray. It was foul. We considered sending them back, but were hungry and the beer had kicked in, so we decided to soldier through, hoping the char wouldn't be so bad. As it turns out, that was the wrong choice... about 1/3 of the way through, I tried to scrape the black crust off my burger, which was not terribly successful. Of course, our server took no notice of my pile of black crud or my husband's 1/2 eaten burger.

This was the second time we've received burned burgers at Bonnie's. Let's just say, that was out last visit to Bonnie's. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to find something to get the taste of charcoal out of my mouth.

Mar 12, 2007
kapuku in Outer Boroughs

London Recommendations for a Brooklynite?

Hey Sam! Another Brooklynite here heading to London with my mom this coming weekend!

At any rate: we've got rezzies at Hot Stuff (recently featured in the NYTimes) for good, cheap Indian and Arbutus.

I was also looking at breakfast at Inn the Park and lunch at Sweetings (we're staying in The City, so it's convenient)

Any other suggestions? My mom and I both like casual, neighborhood places and don't mind a bit of Tube travel to get to cafes and restaurants that will expose us to day-to-day London life.

Mar 12, 2007
kapuku in U.K./Ireland