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  1. The Dallas Morning News reported a couple or so weeks ago that they will open in the same location in about 5 months. I haven't yet visited them at their temporary place in the Quadrangle and probably won't. Can't wait until they come back to East Dallas.
  2. I will not "waste" my calories. I have to at least really LIKE what I am eating (be it a hot dog or a 5 * meal), otherwise I consider it using up my calories for nothing.
  3. Tomorrow's DMNews Guide has the following review to offer: http://www.guidelive.com/profile/105637/
  4. irodguy, 9 Fish sounds great--I love sashimi, just wish I could afford to eat it more often. I live in Dallas proper and have yet to venture outside the city limits (DFW metroplex wise) for sushi. My city favorite is Teppo. The sushi/robato bar is cool and chic. Raw and cooked items are first class. For a more casual meal I love Sushi House on Lovers (near Inwood). A lovely Korean couple own the place and they make you feel so at home, especially if you sit at the bar. Miso soup is the best in town imo. Fish is fresh, prices are reasonable, and they strive to please. Ikura last week was wonderful--the pieces were bite sized with ample roe without rice overload. Easily the best proportioned I've had in years.
  5. Cynthia and Verjuice, Thanks so much for the suggestions. The trip is looking brighter now for the kids (ages 13 & 11) and me. Celine
  6. Cynthia, I suspected Angel Fire was culinarily dismal when I did a search for something nice to eat and nothing surfaced. The family I was born in to is the greatest in the world, but food does not drive them. I'm a complete oddball to them. They will undoubtedly heckle me for driving to Taos *just to eat*, but hell, it's my vacation too. Please advise. Thanks, Celine
  7. My brother decided that our whole family should take advantage of a steal deal on a large cabin in Angel Fire, N.M. the first week in July. That's cool, but my kids and I would like to experience some good local eats while in the area. I will have a rental car. Any recommendations? We are open to almost anything. Thanks, Celine
  8. I double sampled something at Whole Foods a few months ago and then made the comment to a WF employee that it was so good that I could probably make a meal out of it but most likely would be asked to leave before I did so. So replied, "No, actually you *could* do that." I asked her if she was kidding and she said no. I guess just the fear of appearing to be a freeloading hog makes us not do that. At least it works for me. Celine
  9. Well, I now shop at Wal-Mart on a weekly basis. The prices are great, but the screaching, running children without parental supervision make me almost want to pay someone to do all this for me. Scaling down from sashimi laden dinners at a top notch Japanese restaurant to ramen laden/sushi roll lunches at an Asian grocery store. Also, I now ask myself daily before I buy something....do I really need this? will I really use this before its expiration date? Celine
  10. I just have only one thing to add to all the wonderful posts that have been made: Cella's Chocolate Covered Cherries (all the others I've ever tasted were crap). Celine
  11. Here's a link to the Pittsburg place: http://www.pittsburghotlinks.com/ In the Dallas area only a few stores carry them. I get mine at Minyards in the Pleasant Grove area on Lake June. Mabelline, thanks for the tip about Niester's--I'll definitely have to drive out there and check it out. Celine
  12. Celine

    Fantasy sandwich

    And my personal winner is: Slices of extremely rare tenderloin on toasted sourdough with my mother's muffeletta(sp?) spread and alfalfa sprouts. Runners up: A black olive, cream cheese, mayo mixture on rye with either/ or both bacon and jalapeno slices. Smoked salmon, red onions,capers, avocado slices on pumpernickel smeared with cream cheese. Whole Foods' jalapeno pimento cheese w/fresh toms, sprouts or baby spinach leaves, and mayo. Usually I add additional pickled jalapeno slices. The Reuben, but without the usual dressing....I prefer mine w/a grainy mustard instead, and even plain yellow mustard before the traditional. My beloved white bread, thick hunk of beef bologna, processed American cheese and onion sandwich. A Claussen on the side, of course. Pork ribs w/hot sauce on anything. A whole wheat pita stuffed w/avocado, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and a mustard(just plain yeller)/mayonaise combo. Celine
  13. Pristine sashimi puts me in Heaven, but I do prefer to balance the meal with nigiri pieces and/or maybe a good roll. Maki wise, I love the salmon skin. I look forward to hearing what you like, Kristin. Celine
  14. My strongest craving with the my first was banana pudding. Also, smoked salmon with capers, onions, lemon. I also ate significant amounts of tuna, spinach, & liver...I wanted them almost daily. With my second daugher I felt nauseated most of the 9 months. I don't remember a particular craving, just wanting to eat more frequently to avoid the puke feeling. Anything salty, always. Celine
  15. [QUWhen you arrange food on a plate, do you have aesthetic considerations in mind or do you just do whatever fits or seems intuitive? Do you garnish your plates, create designs with sauce, or anything like that? If you own fine china, silver, and crystal, how often do you use it and for what kinds of occasions? And what kind of stuff do you own? How often do you use a tablecloth? Placemats? Nothing? What kind of napkins do you use? OTE] I like for food that I serve to look good but that isn't always first and foremost. I use garnishes if it's something I've been cooking with and have left over but ordinarily never go out of my way to garnish with the day to day family stuff. I do own china, stemware, and gold/silver ware, but most of it is still stored at my parents home. Strangely enough, I did go on Ebay tonight to see what it would cost me to finish out my china set (Fitz & Floyd Black Peony) and stemware(Mikasa black & gold) for 12. I don't want to save it anymore, I want to use it. Napkins? Bounty, of course. Celine
  16. Wonderful of you to make the effort, but for 3rd graders (in Dallas?) it seems like a case of pearls before swine. I did something similar once, but not nearly as good as yours. Daughter's birthday party, 7th grade. She had about 15 friends over; I was in a pizza-making phase at the time, and was recruited to make pizzas for the party. These were of course American-style cheese, tomato, pepperoni/sausage pizzas with olives, green pepper, etc. They were great pies, homemade thick crust, fresh basil and oregano from the garden, 4 cheeses, etc. I knew it was overkill, but had to do it my way. The reaction from the kids was at least favorable, and nobody hated it. It was the best response I probably could have received; I wasn't expecting anyone in that group to say, "Wow, this is fantastic! I'll never eat at Pizza Hut again!" The pizza was (at LEAST) very good, IMHO. Excellent! 'Twas certainly a case of the old pearl/ swine here in Dallas. Next time it will be Paul Newman's Italian spaghetti, complete with toasted white bread spread with margarine and topped with garlic powder. Your pies sound great. Celine guilty as charged...for *exposing* children to raw fish
  17. I love it. That's a classic. Fortunately not all my friends, and not even my foodie friends, log on to eGullet. I will get great milage out of that line at cocktail parties and dinner tables for a long time to come. Celine, you might just want to consider quoting it for your signature. Bux, I'm glad you liked the pun. I hope you get miles of usage out of it. I think I will make it my sig. Celine guilty as charged...for *exposing* children to raw fish
  18. My daughter's 3rd grade class had an "Around the World" day complete with costumes and foods from each country. My daughter, Lamar, chose Japan because she wanted to wear her kimona(sp?), but more importantly, she wanted me to bring Japanese food to the event. I took off work early the night before to go to one of the best fish markets in town and purchased sushimi grade tuna and smoked salmon, to be served with all the right condiments. Next day, about an hour before the student/teacher lunch was to be served, I picked up a few non-raw sushi rolls from a wonderful local sushi bar. My daughter was delighted, but later told me that she had overheard other mothers talking about how they just couldn't believe I would *expose* the children to raw fish. I asked my kids how they felt about that and they told me it was the other mothers who should be ashamed. Celine
  19. Celine

    Reuben Sandwiches

    Here's the way my mother made our reubens and how I make mine: Butter the outsides of two rye slices, put homemade corned beef, drained saurkraut, and thinly sliced swiss cheese in between. Crisp both sides on a medium heated griddle or iron skillet. No Russian or Thousand Islands though, thank you...dijon mustard instead. Celine
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    Saffy, I'm sorry you're not feeling well and wish you a speedy recovery. When I have that icky stomach feeling but still need to eat I like hot soup. Miso, hot & sour, wonton, egg drop, or anything chicken works pretty well. If you feel like something more solid try a simple baked potato with a little butter. I don't know why, but whenever I have a queezy stomach something salty seems to help. I discovered that in first grade when the school desert would sometimes leave me feeling sick. I would just sprinkle a bit of salt on my hand and lick it off...worked great. Celine
  21. I have had a craving for a nice batch of liver and onions the past couple of days and it's not going away. Unfortunately, I've never successfully cooked it myself and now seek help from you guys. Thanks. Celine
  22. Mom's Fresh Garlic & Basil Pasta Sauce It's not a thick sauce, but a fresh tasting one full of whole basil leaves and garlic cloves. Since discovering it over ten years ago at Whole Foods, I've turned many grateful friends on to this delicious sauce. http://www.timpones.com/index.htm Celine
  23. Celine

    Breakfast Cereal

    I can honestly say I haven't eaten boxed cereal in the last 20 yeears. I remember a short stint with Grape Nuts and Raisin Bran when in college but found it all too boring in the long run. I know I'm weird this way and certainly people have different tastes, but to me cereal is just so boring that I just can't imagine wasting calories on it. I'm just not a breakfast food person to begin with though. Celine
  24. I adore the beloved olive...all makes and models, including those from the can. As children my brothers, sisters and I ate black pitted ones off our fingertips. When in high school, my father and I concocted a really nice flavor combination...black olives/cream cheese/jalapenos or mild chilis. We made a spread with a little added mayo and then ate it on toasted sandwiches. Bacon strips were a delicious afterthought. Today I love checking out the olive bins at Whole Foods and now Central Market and trying different varieties each trip to the store. I haven't found an olive yet that offended me, but some of my favorites so far include haberno stuffed green ones and a country spice version(I think that's the name) from Whole Foods that combines greens and blacks in the same bin. Celine
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