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Taiwan Cafe, reopened yet?

Went last night for the first time. Amazing!

We had preserved mustard green with dry bean curd (curious to try the one with bean curd and edamame - not sure if that's very different since it didn't specify dry bean curd)
Spicy beef noodle soup (couldn't find it on the menu - not sure what it's called? but saw someone else eating it and asked for it) - delicious broth, chewy noodles, beef itself was meh, but spinach added was a very nice touch
XLB (which we actually loved - they were very flavorful, better than dumpling cafe, I thought)

Apr 02, 2014
allieinbklyn in Greater Boston Area

Any recent experiences at Yoma?

I went back in July or so, and we might not have ordered well, but we weren't blown away. Granted the last time we'd had burmese food was in Burma, so it could be that our standards were too high, but things just didn't taste super fresh. We had the Shan Noodles, the ginger salad, and if I remember correctly, the eggplant peanut tofu. I'd still go back, though, because a) only one experience and b) burmese food is just that good.

Dec 07, 2013
allieinbklyn in Greater Boston Area

Chowhound red herrings

Agreed on Erbaluce! i went there based on a recommendation from this board and was underwhelmed. Dishes sounded like they were imaginative, but the dishes were just... meh? A solid meal but for the price I wouldn't go running back. (It was over a year ago, so i can't report on exactly what we ordered)

Nov 25, 2013
allieinbklyn in Greater Boston Area

Dok Bua - Am I ordering wrong?

Hi all,
Made my second visit to Dok Bua this past weekend and the food was solid but not great, which is what I keep expecting given the reviews on this place.
Had the papaya salad, country style red curry, dok bua noodle soup. Last time had the pad prik khing, miang kum. Miang kum was really interesting with nice strong flavors (the dish is new to me), but nothing else really stood out!

What do you order there and love, or am I barking up the wrong thai tree in Boston these days?
Thanks!

Nov 25, 2013
allieinbklyn in Greater Boston Area

Courthouse Seafood?

Hi all,

I have some friends in town this weekend from Chicago, including one who has never been to Boston. They've requested that we have some good seafood (chowder in particular) and I'd like to go somewhere reasonable and casual (entrees under $16, say). Not a fan of super-touristy places or of long lines, so will probably avoid Neptune.

Would you recommend Courthouse Seafood? I live in Cambridge, so it would be convenient, at least!
I can't seem to find too much about it on the board.

Thanks in advance!

Dec 15, 2011
allieinbklyn in Greater Boston Area

random San Francisco reviews (Scala's Bistro, Eos, Zam Zam, Dottie's, Anchor Brewing, Monk's Kettle, Slanted Door, Zazie, Moylan's Brewpub)

Just wanted to say that thanks to the rec of this board, we hit up Zazie on a trip into SF from NYC. We loved it! Shared the bananas foster french toast (one slice) as an appetizer, then each had an egg dish. Mine was the "Greek" scramble, with feta and spinach. The bread was excellent (made there?) as were the potatoes (really nice garlicky flavor). Thanks for the rec! Will try the gingerbread pancakes next time...

Jan 02, 2010
allieinbklyn in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizzeria Picco report

Just wanted to say that I stopped in here today (am visiting SF from Chicago, though am originally a New Yorker) for a pie and loved it. We had the "Klein" which was pizza with two kinds of olives, rapini, tomato sauce, mozzarella. Really excellent crust with a nice char and a good chew. Salad was also delicious (especially those radishes! I love your California produce) and ended it all with the vanilla soft serve from Strauss. Thanks for the recommendation!

Jan 02, 2010
allieinbklyn in San Francisco Bay Area

affordable north end, or go to other neighborhood?

Hi all!

On your recommendation, we went to Massimino's in Boston tonight, and I must say that we were a bit disappointed! While the chicken piccata and the chicken paradiso were very well done, the marinara sauce was frankly a bit watery and lacked good flavor. Unfortunately, the problems with the sauce carried through to the rolled eggplant dish, which didn't taste like much because of the sauce.

I wonder if it's changed?

Nov 21, 2009
allieinbklyn in Greater Boston Area

My two-week Chicago feast (a report, or more like a catalogue)

Ditto! Will have to track down that salty lemonade with soda. And must finally make the trip to Sticky Rice - thanks for the encouragement. On behalf of Chicago, glad you liked it, Josh! Come back soon.

Apr 27, 2009
allieinbklyn in Chicago Area

best gelato/ice cream in barcelona

Hi there,

I'm posting for a friend who is making the trip in about 2 weeks. Are there any can't miss gelato or ice cream stores in the city? Places with homemade goods and exciting flavors, perhaps?

Thanks!

Apr 01, 2009
allieinbklyn in Spain/Portugal

moderate or inexpensive, miami beach, eating solo

Just wanted to update that she did try Manolo's and loved it. Very friendly folks there, and quality food.

Mar 24, 2009
allieinbklyn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

I had never tried them before now, and am snacking on them now. It is interesting how they seem to have a bit of apricot essence to them. I think I like them, but I'm just not sure...

also, NAY on the tomato bisque in a can, which i tried for the first time last night. Not good.

Mar 19, 2009
allieinbklyn in Chains

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

YAY: Bite size mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. Addictive and not as bad for you as you'd think. Pumpkin butter. Morningstar farms Pizzaburgers (I can only find them at TJ's). Baby cucumbers, usually come 6 to a pack, unsweetened applesauce. Turkey meatballs. Chicken teriyaki (frozen)

Oh, and those incredible flax veggie tortilla chips. AND THE REDUCED FAT CHEESE CRUNCHIES - watch out, these are addictive.

Still unsure how I feel: Apricot kernels. Anyone try them?

NAY: Chipotle Lime Chili Chicken Burgers - they were recently recalled! Sprouted wheat bread (very dry, falls apart)

Mar 18, 2009
allieinbklyn in Chains

Lunch in the Keys

I was just about to suggest the same, as I was there just two days ago (now back in Chicago! boooo) and had a really nice dinner at the Island Grill. Great view, very laid back, small place, very delicious!

Mar 17, 2009
allieinbklyn in Florida

moderate or inexpensive, miami beach, eating solo

My mom is vacationing in Miami Beach this week (45th and Collins), and she is at a loss about where to eat. She's from Brooklyn, likes ethnic food, casual, moderate to inexpensive (entrees under $16, preferably). She often has a glass of wine with dinner, but it's not critical.

Any suggestions? She'd love to walk (and walks a lot) but is also willing/able to take a cab. I guess the most important thing is that she not feel too out of place eating alone, as it's her first time vacationing alone after a divorce (and without me or her sister).

Thanks!

Mar 17, 2009
allieinbklyn in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Best Short Ribs in the City?

I'm still thinking about a short rib flatbread dish I had at Mercat a la Planxa in January...

Mar 15, 2009
allieinbklyn in Chicago Area

seeking restaurants in key largo,fl area

Was about to post looking for roughly the same thing...hope others do chime in!

Mar 05, 2009
allieinbklyn in Florida

How to cook thin bone-in pork chops not on the grill?

I have had great results cooking these in a cast-iron pan on the stove. Just make sure you get it nice and hot first.

Feb 18, 2009
allieinbklyn in Home Cooking

What do you put in your pancakes?

i really like raisins in pancakes but lots of people say i'm nuts...

Feb 18, 2009
allieinbklyn in Home Cooking

suggestions - looking for character

I'd put Mercat a la Planxa in this category - great/unique atmosphere, excellent dishes (everything I've tried so far was great), and a decent value if you are ordering and sharing (plus if I recall they offer many wines by the glass)

Feb 18, 2009
allieinbklyn in Chicago Area

Wicker Park

You might also consider Forno for brunch. I haven't been, but I love dinner there, and I've heard good things about brunch.

People's Lounge is, IMHO, no more than a mediocre tapas joint - you could do better elsewhere in the city, for sure, but if you're fixed on staying in WP, it's the only option I can think of.

Feb 18, 2009
allieinbklyn in Chicago Area

What's your Salt Fetish?

It's interesting to see how may people chimed in here with low BP/fainting probs. I have one too, so I'm supposed to eat enormous quantities of salt every day. In my quest to get more salt in me, I've discovered some foods that are high in salt that I love:
-bananas with salt are surprisingly delicious
-kraft french dressing with cucumbers and chunky sea salt (yes, i know, kraft)
-oatmeal with sea salt and butter
-fries with ketchup pack a punch
-any soup - but particularly campbell's, with more salt poured in
-trader joes canned chili
-cottage cheese!!!

Sep 21, 2008
allieinbklyn in General Topics

"Jazz"-ed up about apples

ipsedixit, have you seen the jazz website? i was also in love with jazz last year too, and i looked them up on the internet to learn more, only to find this!: http://www.jazzapple.com/

what kind of apple has a website?!

Sep 21, 2008
allieinbklyn in General Topics

The power of suggestion - or not knowing the ingredients

I don't know if this counts, but I can think of a number of dishes I've made that had a "secret ingredient" that the tasters loved til they found out what it was...

E.g.,: brownies with black beans, smoothies with tofu, mashed potatoes with tofu, etc.

Aug 01, 2008
allieinbklyn in Not About Food

Help - My quinoa is mushy, not fluffy

OK, well, I haven't tried the tried and true quinoa suggestions on this page yet, but I did make millet yesterday. And guess what I got? MUSH.

Sigh.

Aug 01, 2008
allieinbklyn in Home Cooking

Les Halles: a review

Perhaps they've changed the salade nicoise - it was definitely not canned tuna when I last had it (about 6 months ago).

Jul 30, 2008
allieinbklyn in Manhattan

Les Halles: a review

I've only ever been for lunch at the Park Ave location, but I've been happy with everything but the service. The salade nicoise is quite dependable, and the creme brulee is excellent.

Jul 23, 2008
allieinbklyn in Manhattan

Help - My quinoa is mushy, not fluffy

thank so much everyone! i made my mushy quinoa today, so it'll be a few days before i try again, but i'll let you know how it goes.

Jul 23, 2008
allieinbklyn in Home Cooking

Help - My quinoa is mushy, not fluffy

I'm following the recipe in terms of proportion, bringing it to a boil then turning it down to a simmer...but I keep getting mushy quinoa. What's the secret??

Jul 23, 2008
allieinbklyn in Home Cooking

South County, Rhode Island / Mystic, CT

Well, that's encouraging at least... what is normally so great about the place?

Jul 23, 2008
allieinbklyn in All New England Archive