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Best Cocktails in Chicago?

Hi all...
I'm working on an article for the best cocktails in Chicago. Any suggestions would be very helpful and appreciated. Thanks!

May 01, 2013
wicked noodle in Chicago Area

Most adventurous restaurants in Chicago?

Hi all..
I'm working on an article for the most adventurous eats in Chicago. Any suggestions would be very helpful and appreciated. Thanks!

May 01, 2013
wicked noodle in Chicago Area

Best places to eat in and around Brookfield, WI?

I'm visiting my parents and we're in an area that's new to us. Looking for a nice yet not too pricey place for dinner. We enjoy all types of cuisine. Thanks for any suggestions!!

Mar 12, 2011
wicked noodle in Great Lakes

What Else Can I Make with Ground Turkey?

That is too funny!! I actually saw the links coming into my site so I followed it back here. I have to say, it's so gratifying when someone makes one of my dishes and enjoys it (and even more so when one of their kids enjoy it)! Very cool :-)

Nov 10, 2010
wicked noodle in Home Cooking

How's your Palate?

Thank you both!
Quine, I love your suggestions! Very practical and something I can do immediately. Thanks so much for taking the time to help...much appreciated!

Aug 11, 2010
wicked noodle in Not About Food

How's your Palate?

I realize this is an old thread but I'd like to bring it back to life.

I'm a food blogger and very recently a personal chef. I was recommended to take over two clients for someone who couldn't cook for them anymore; of course I jumped at the chance. I'm a good cook, but not a great cook. I'm attending a boot camp at the CIA in Oct but otherwise have had no training, and until six years ago never cooked at all.

My question? Is it possible to speed up the process of refining my palate? I feel very strongly that I would be a much better cook/chef if I could simply taste my food and be able to know exactly what to add...a little salt here, something to counterbalance something there...you get the idea. Any tips or tricks on ways to train this coveted "skill" (for lack of a better word)?

And, I apologize for hijacking the thread. Perhaps it's okay since it's an old one? ;-)

Aug 10, 2010
wicked noodle in Not About Food

What Else Can I Make with Ground Turkey?

I have to attest to the szechuan beef pasta being quite delicious ;-)

Jun 02, 2010
wicked noodle in Home Cooking

Good margaritas in Springfield, VA?

La Hacienda sounds great. Do either of those places happen to have outside seating?

Severn Inn – Annapolis – why aren’t we talking about this place?

We ate there several months ago and really enjoyed it. It was pricey, but we thought the food was very good. We meant to go back over the summer to enjoy the outside seating, but it's already slipping away on us. Thanks for the reminder that we need to get there again soon.

Good margaritas in Springfield, VA?

I do have a car, but we're likely going to cab it wherever we go since we're hoping to drink LOTS of margaritas...lol! Thanks for the links - I'll definitely check them out.

Good margaritas in Springfield, VA?

A good friend is coming into town and we're meeting in Springfield. We really want to go somewhere for margaritas - preferably with an outside deck. Am I dreaming, or is does this actually exist in Springfield?

I should add that we're willing to take the metro somewhere else...

where to eat in the philly city district?

Thanks!! We just made reservations at Lacroix...I'll let you know how it goes!

REALLY appreciate your time and recommendations.

Kristy

Oct 20, 2007
wicked noodle in Pennsylvania

where to eat in the philly city district?

Oops! I guess you can tell I'm not from there! We'll be at the cornerstone b&b in the university city district.

Oct 20, 2007
wicked noodle in Pennsylvania

where to eat in the philly city district?

Hi all...

I'm heading to Philly tonight and have never been there. I'm staying in the city district and am in desperate need of fine dining recommendations. Any advice is very appreciated!

Thanks!

Oct 20, 2007
wicked noodle in Pennsylvania

Alton Brown

omg...that's hilarious!!!

tsunami in annapolis?

Does anyone know if it's any good?

When you cook, what things do you NEVER compromise on?

I thought the same thing!! Pure laziness, even if you don't like to cook!

Jul 21, 2007
wicked noodle in General Topics

When you cook, what things do you NEVER compromise on?

I agree with so many things on this board! But the one thing for me that I absolutely, under no circumstances can EVER compromise on is MUSHROOMS!! Fresh ONLY. Canned are pure tire rubber, in my opinion!

Jul 16, 2007
wicked noodle in General Topics

brunch in annapolis area?

Well, I unfortunately didn't get your responses before deciding where to eat, but fortunately it apparently didn't matter as we decided on Carrol's Creek by pure chance; it was delicious, not to mention fairly affordable with good service. I did get a chuckle from the Buddy's warnings...we moved to Maryland from CA last year and had asked our realtor where a good place to eat in Annapolis was - you know, somewhere that only the locals really know about. And they told us to go to...you guessed it...BUDDY'S. We went once, and have never returned. It's actually become sort of a joke...we might not know where to go, but we know where NOT to go!

Thanks for the advice...much appreciated!

brunch in annapolis area?

any suggestions?

When you leave a small tip...

I certainly didn't mean to imply that I'm tolerant of bad service just because they are busy. The point was that I'm LESS tolerant if it's because they're standing around vs. running around and at least attempting to accomodate their customers. It's my opinion that there is a difference. I tip less if I receive bad service, but even less than that if it's because they blatantly could care less.

Mar 19, 2007
wicked noodle in Not About Food

When you leave a small tip...

I agree, however most restaurants have a policy that the servers share a percentage of their tips with runners, busboys, etc. since they are essentially "assisting" the server. Because of this, my personal opinion is that you need to hold everyone accountable when considering how much tip to leave. Having said all that, I typically never leave less than 15-20%, as it's very rare to recieve truly bad service. I also take into account how busy the restaurant is and how hard my server is working. If they're honestly trying to give good service but are running around and can't keep up, then I tend to have more tolerance. If they're standing around chatting...well, you get the idea.

Mar 19, 2007
wicked noodle in Not About Food

Red Robin- First Visit Reviews

I really like Red Robin. It's about the only burger-type chain that I truly enjoy consistently. We moved out of state so we haven't been there for a couple of years, but they were good back then. Bottomless fries is a great marketing tool. Instead of piling them up and everyone leaving their plates half full with wasted fries, they give you a portion that you can actually finish. I rarely ordered seconds...seems to me to be a great way to save money and provide customer service in the process. They've got an awesome turkey burger, too!

Mar 19, 2007
wicked noodle in Chains

Annapolis for lunch? Ideas

I'll have to try that next time! Thanks for the tip! ;-)

Please help me understand Balsamic vinegar

There's a great article in the current issue of Cook's Illustrated called "How to Buy a Good Balsamic Vinegar". The did taste tests and they rate the best, which are not necessarily always the most expensive.
You can also go here...
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-balsa...

Hope that helps!

Mar 14, 2007
wicked noodle in General Topics

1/2 Between Baltimore and Annapolis

We moved to MD about a year ago and fell in love with Garry's...we ate there several times a week. Mid-summer we had a baby girl so we stopped eating out altogether for about six months or so, and something happened to Garry's in the meantime. They changed their menu, the staff is all new, and the few times we've been back the food was okay at best. We don't think we'll go back again for a long time.

Prepared Pasta Sauce ... WHY???

What's interesting to me is how snobby people can be about food! I suppose I do fall into that category myself concerning certain items; for instance, I can't understand how anyone can use "cream of (fill in the blank) soup" to make casseroles, gravies, etc. It makes me cringe a bit - I'll admit it! But jarred pasta sauces can be very good. In fact, Cooks Illustrated did a taste test some time back and put several brands on their "highly recommended" list. I do love a homemade marinara, and certainly it's easy to make, but I have no issues admitting that I keep jars of pasta on hand for those rare nights when even making a simple sauce seems like too much (with two small children, those nights are less rare than they used to be).

Mar 13, 2007
wicked noodle in General Topics

Annapolis for lunch? Ideas

Not sure how to respond to that...I'm going to go with assumption that you're kidding and you don't think anyone could seriously be that stupid. I've had cream of crab soup many, many times and it's always delicious when there are lumps of crabmeat and not just the puree. If the lumps had been crab, it might have been a good soup!

Annapolis for lunch? Ideas

I know it's been there forever, and I know it comes highly recommended...but my husband and I ate a Chick & Ruth's and thought it was disgusting. Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing on the menu; my cream of crab soup tasted awful and had the texture of soup out of a can, with lumps everywhere. I guess to each his own! All that being said, I think it's a place you just have to try at least once.

Best restaurants in Annapolis and surrounding area?

Thanks...after I posted this I saw another thread with many suggested restaurants. I'm really dying to try O'Leary's now. I appreciate you taking the time to respond!