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  1. I'm a proud eGullet mom here to announce the arrival today of the Ratatouille DVD Bonus disk (exclusive to Walmart), featuring my kids Ian and Robyn making crepes with Robert Irvine. (There are also segments featuring Emeril, Rachel Ray and Altn Brown). We spend lots of family time on eGullet, and the kids wanted me to let everyone here to know about the DVD release. Helen
  2. Pam, thanks for motivating me to cook beyond the seder meals. Everyone loved the brisket sandwiches on your rolls (served with the baked potato chips from the passover thread). Every time I have to crack eggs for yet another recipe, I think of how many eggs you cracked and realize that I've got it easy. After Pesach, you deserve a week of restaurant meals, and a whole lot of R&R.
  3. Thanks for the roll recipe! It will be leftover brisket sandwiches for lunch today.
  4. Happy Pesach to all!!! At our seder last night, there was talk of a Passover cooking article from last Sunday's Wall Street Journal that was made up of recipes that contained ingredients that are traditionally not used for Passover (mustard, soy sauce, cornstarch...). My family and friends were outraged at the editor for allowing these recipes to be published as kosher for passover. I don't have the article and can't seem to get the link. Has anyone seen it, and what do people think of this?
  5. Pam- you are AMAZING!!! The amount and variety of pesach food you prepared is an inspiration. A couple of questions.... what is shmoo? And, can you please post your matzo meal muffin recipe, the sandwich cravings have begun. Five more days of this never ending meal- oy!!
  6. Tempura California Rolls have turned our local Japanese restaurant into a family affair. My kids would never go with us for sushi- but this makes it acceptable for them, and I get to eat the raw stuff I love. I do draw the line at only allowing one tempura item per meal- in other words, no tempura rolls for dinner AND tempura ice cream for dessert!
  7. Does that mean that it is a kosher place?
  8. What about Mac and Manco's on the Ocean City Boardwalk?
  9. We moved from NY to Suth Jersey a few years ago and what we miss most are the kosher Long Island Bakeries-specially Zomicks. Whenever our friends and family come to visit, they bring challah, challah rolls, black and white cookies and a flat round cake called"meltaway" that is just like having the top third of a very dense and crumby crumb cake. I have seen these cakes and challahs in Shoprite in Cherry Hill, NJ too. The trick is to find out the delivery day and buy a bunch when they are fresh- they freeze very well. We've been known to eat the meltaway right out of the freezer!
  10. Two new restaurant favorites of the season for the local crowd- both in Margate. First is Lobianco Coastal Cuisine at 8409 Ventnor Ave 609-822-0600- small place- BYO- great food- my favorite is their grilled Romaine with blue cheese and bacon- not your usual salad course and any of their entrees are a good choice. It is owned and run by a couple who put great care and effort into their food. Bill for two is about $90. Next, south on Ventnor Ave is a small place (BYO also) called Dune that specializes in amazing seafood. I don't have their specific info at hand. I made my reservations for these two places for July 4th weekend and will bring my out of town guests. If you want to go to either place on a summer weekend, you really need to call for a reservation. I still suggest Tomatoes in Margate- it is always good (see my reply above). You can PM me if you want anymore specific info on the area.
  11. We just got back from our Bermuda Anniversary trip- had a fabulous time!! We had the best meal of our lives at the Newport Room in Southampton. We chose the tasting menu with wine pairing (something that we rarely choose) The food was amazing and the service was perfect. Here's a teaser of what we ate... - Pork Belly w Sunchoke Puree, Fried quail egg and five spice sauce paired with Pouilly Fume, Chatalain 2002 - Lobster w Hatian Mango, avocado puree and cucumber foam paired with Flanghina, Fendi Di San Giorgio, Campania 2003 (a new wine for me and I loved it.) - Seared Foie Gras, Roasted Pineapple, Duck Vanilla Jus paired with Chateau Guirand 1er Cru, Sauternes, 1996 After that we had fish, lamb, cheese and dessert courses. The sommelier Mohammed Mossad should have his own television show- he shared his knowledge of the wines he chose in a manner that was both informaitve and entertaining. An evening I will never forget!
  12. Thanks Monica- i really enjoyed your blog- you've truly inspired me to learn more about your cuisine! Helen
  13. Aloo Tikki by another name.. Correct?? Or you can come over here and we can do a Pakora Chai Party...!!! ← Aloo Tikki sound perfect! Will you be making them this week, or can you provide us with a recipe? No deep frying AND has vegetables- WOW! Don't know what I'd do without egullet- first I learned about roasted cauliflower (my favorite thread) and now aloo tikki- without you my kids would eat no vegetables. Thanks Monica!!!
  14. Monica, i'm having the best time checking your blog every few hours- it is fabulous!! I'm going to the grocery now to get what i need to make the potatoes (the interesting twist is that i'm keeping kosher for passover this week and your recipe fits right in!) As for the fritters for my son, can you do one that combines potatoes and lentils or peas- i want to show him that he might like things that are out his normal (and sadly limited) diet and plain potato fritters feel too much like his usual french fries. Thanks!!!!
  15. Monica, can't wait to see your dinner pics. I did some asking about the Pulari I asked you about yesterday. The mom is from Indian from Guyana and the pulari are a type of yellow split pea fritters colored with tumeric that they eat often. The tamarind sauce is HEAVY on the garlic. Is this something you make too?
  16. Hi Monica- Looking forward to reading your blog! Any chance that you could make pulari (spelling?) this week. My 7 year old ate them at a friend's house with tamarind sauce and is bugging me to make them. Thanks!
  17. While you are in AC- why not eat where the locals go. I agree that Docks is a fabulous meal! I'm not a big fan of Volas- I find it that the food is overpowered by garlic and the place is a firetrap in a basement. I suggest trying some of the restaurants in Margate (down the road from AC, on the same island- 10-15 minutes- it is a summer resort town). We frequent Tomatoes for a great menu- everything from sushi to steak to interesting specials and drinks. Steve and Cookies is also a consistently good place which features seafood, steak and killer desserts. Dune restaurant on Atlantic Ave just reopened for the season- great oysters and other seafood and I believe BYO. Very limited seating so make a reservation. If you want more than a local spot, try THE newest place in AC- the Quarter at the Tropicana. It is an extension of the casino made to look like Old Havana. There are many places to go there including Cuba Libre- a cuban restaurant, PF Changs, The Palm Steakhouse, Red Square with its fabulous Vodka freezer and a dessert place called Brulee. There are also a couple of nightspots that feaure Jazz and an IMAX theater. Please check to see if they implemented the no jeans, sneaker, shorts.. dress code after 11:00pm before heading over there late.
  18. We are going to Bermuda in June to celebrate our 15th anniversary and (yikes) my 40th birthday. Staying at the Fairmont Southhampton on the concierge floor (saved up LOTS of frequent flyer miles to manage that one!) We have dinner reservations there at The Newport Room and Waterlot where we also ate on our honeymoon all those years ago. I'd love to know other "local" type places to eat and the location of their grocery stores. Who needs expensive gifts- just send me dowm the aisle of a local market to get some interesting item I can't get in the states. Helen
  19. This is the perfect forum to tell you about a great new book- it's called Low Carb 1-2-3, written by Rozanne Gold (with nutrition work by me, Helen Kimmel) published by Rodale and in the stores this week. It is full of Rozanne's famous 3 ingredient recipes and are all low carb, low calorie and low in saturated fat. It's a companion to South Beach, Atkins, Sugar Busters, and all other healthy eating plans. My favorite recipes include Miso Chicken with Fresh Ginger, Pesto and Pistachio Sea Bass, and Chocolate Tahini Cups (no worries about sugar alcohols here!). I'll be doing book signings over the next few weeks in Cherry Hill NJ, Long Island, Boca Raton, and Atlantic City. Anyone know the proper way to let the rest of e-gullet know about the book?
  20. FoodieRD

    Breath Mints

    Has anyone tried the licorice Altoids? I like them and I get to keep them all to myself because my family hates black licorice.
  21. one more... Rosie- Chef Volas is the place Poorlawyer was writing about. I've been there a few times- it is in the basement of a house in AC. It always feels like a garlic filled firetrap to me- the food is ok- but the space is way too tight. There are much better places to go if you have a limited amount of time in town. In the past you had to know someone to get a reservation (you would leave a message on a machine and they call you back), so it was a status thing to say you ate there. Recently, I've seen their number listed so maybe things have changed.
  22. I'm so happy to have a topic that i can write about!! As a local, here are my AC area suggestions. We all love Tomatoes in Margate (south of AC with plenty of free parking)- they have great drinks, a sushi bar, fab crab cakes, something for everyone with a great room and well trained waitstaff (Michael is our favorite waiter- ask for him). We eat our sushi at Yama in Ventnor (BYO), the next town south of AC- parking is on the street- good luck finding a spot on the weekends. For authentic Mexican in a real grungy but fun atmosphere- we go to Mexico in Atlantic City- great chips, salsa, drinks. Docks is good for seafood- my friend always gets the lobster pot pie. If you want to splurge try any of the restaurants at the Borgata hotel- good but very pricey- we leave them for the high rollers. For Chinese, we go to FAI's in Longport- one town south of Margate (really only a few blocks down- nothing is too far around here.) Rachel- we do go to Crabby's in Mays Landing often for a mess of crabs and beer. This is about 30 minutes from the casinos- but worth it. We also like Savaradio and the Nostalgia Room, both in Ventnor and both BYO. And you can't go to AC without having a cheesesteak at White House. Hope this helps! Helen
  23. Blovi- the chicken apple sausages sound great- can you post the recipe (I can't bring them in from the outside- the Kosher House thing)- thanks!
  24. OK- so I moved from NYC to the South Jersey Shore and all of the Philly people talk about Jewish Apple Cake- what is Jewish about it? In NY- it is just called Apple Cake. I've heard several reasons including the fact that most recipes don't contain dairy and therefore Kosher Jews can serve it after a meat meal. I also heard that the recipe originated from German Jewish Immigrants- does anyone know the story behind the name? I can't make the cake tasting- but would love to meet you all at another breakfast event- please keep me posted. Or- if anyone spends time down the shore in the summer (AC and south)- let me know- maybe we can have an egullet event.
  25. FoodieRD


    I lived in that building when I lived in NY in the late 80's. That space has seen many a promising restaurant come and go- I hope Cru will break that pattern.
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