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  1. Cafe Amarti is one of my favorite places to eat in Bogota. Located in a great part of town (Usaquen)in a lovely colonial building.Upscale Italian, with a good wine list. They have a woodfired oven and make a bread that is blown up as big as a balloon, but hollow in the middle. Lots of antipasti options. Good risottos and great osso bucco. Cafe Amarti Calle 119 # 6-24 2149017
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    Olivia is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin and has been for around 6 months. The food is fresh and unpretentious. The chef has always been there when I have gone, and recognizes me with a smile and a handshake, which I also like. I think Olivia is what Austin needs right now: it captures the essence of this town that was lost during the high rolling 90's. I love it. Edited to add: it is also the "go to" restaurant for a lot of highly respected local chefs.
  3. This is a FIFTH GRADE school project! I'm sure there is plenty of wiggle room. As a parent and a former school teacher, I'd advise you to choose a couple of chefs and have fun with it. Don't overanalyze, for heaven's sake: otherwise it becomes a chore, uninteresting to your daughter, and YOUR project instead of hers.
  4. Those two links DO help: thank you very much! Does $3.75 per serving sound about right? I know the ingredients (nuts, chocolate) will run up the price, and carrot cake is heavy, so there will be more work constructing the thing.
  5. Well gosh, I don't know what to say. "Foodie" is my job description at work.
  6. Son and future daughter in law want two cakes: hers will be German chocolate, feeding 75. His will be carrot, serving 75. Any idea how much this may run, per serving, more or less? Thanks.
  7. I teach cooking classes to poor people once a month - people living with HIV who do not have enough income to rent an apartment. I've taught them how to cut up a whole chicken so that they don't have to pay extra for parts. I've taught them how to use eggs creatively. How to look for certain products when they go to the Food Bank. How to make canned tuna less boring. How to stretch that ground beef that comes in chubs so that it will feed 5 people instead of 4. I don't know if I would be asked back if I were to advocate what you suggest. Poverty isn't that easily solved. Solutions are hard to find when you are hungry and living on a fixed income. Or no income at all. After class, I go home and eat my organic spinach and potatoes and free range chicken because I have a conscience. Should I refuse to teach?
  8. They already know. I emailed Charles Butt with the link.
  9. I am enjoying your blog. I lived in Mikage from 1963-66 and went to Canadian Academy when it was still up on the hill.
  10. foodie52

    Using Up the Apples

    I cheat when I core apples. I make four square cuts, avoiding the center completely. I end up with a square center core which is just perfect for nibbling, or for tossing to the birds.
  11. In 2008, I will eat mostly vegetarian. I will make cassoulet one time. I will find time to go to the farmers' markets. I will learn how to pass on dessert. I will teach kids how to cook. I will read more about wine.
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