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  1. Could this be it? I don't have full text capability with this database but can look elsewhere if you confirm. Main content area Celebration Desserts Klivans, Elinor. Bon Appétit36.6 (Jun 1991): 48-56. Turn on hit highlighting for speaking browsers by selecting the Enter button Hide highlighting Abstract (summary) Translate [unavailable for this document] Recipes for various desserts are given, including mocha mousse meringue cake, strawberry mousse cake, frozen white chocolate and raspberry mousse cake and lemon meringue terrine. Indexing (details) Cite Subject Recipes; Food; Cooking; Desserts Title Celebration Desserts Author Klivans, Elinor Publication title Bon Appétit Volume 36 Issue 6 Pages 48-56 Number of pages 0 Publication year 1991 Publication date Jun 1991 Year 1991 Publisher Condé Nast Publications, Inc. Place of publication New York Country of publication United States Publication subject Home Economics ISSN 00066990 Source type Magazines Language of publication English Document type Recipe Document feature Illustrations Accession number 00829036 ProQuest document ID 213636588 Document URL http://search.proquest.com/docview/213636588?accountid=1313 Copyright Copyright Conde Nast Publications, Inc. Jun 1991 Last updated 2014-04-12 Database ProQuest Research Library Tags About tags - this link will open in a new window|Go to My Tags Be the first to add a shared tag to this document. Add tags Sign in to My Research to add tags. Back to top
  2. Stopped by here at a non-busy morning time and was blown away by the quality of everything I had. Along with Baked and Wired, this already ranks as the only other great bakery in the DC Metro area (and please tell me if I'm missing somewhere b/c I long to try it). What these two share in common are great ingredients and strong technique. Other than the types of products both sell, one difference (and this is not a criticism of either) is that Bread Furst is much more subtle in flavoring its sweets whereas Baked and Wired tends bake wonderful sugar and fat flavor bombs. I think Bread Furst could be a more regular indulgence as a result. My favorite items were the lemon mint bundt cake (the opposite of dense and dry for me. Just a wonderful balance of flavors) and the blondies (great texture and with delicious toasted walnuts). I also really enjoyed the raisin danish and mini brioche bun, too, and have a couple cookies and a multigrain loaf to try later. My favorite detail about everything I tried was the light and crisp crust that speaks to that expensive housemade butter they sell. Can't wait to return and I hope they keep making different things so I can set a mental benchmark of how things are "supposed to be." Pax, Brian
  3. I agree, this is great news. We've been several times b/c it's convenient to daycare and jobs and it's a very kid-friendly environment; also, I've always had a good crust when we've eaten. Everything else, however, has been below average to bad. We were there 3 weeks ago with my in-laws from Massachussetts. My sister-in-law got a "grilled chicken salad" since she eats gluten-free and the chicken was clearly shredded chicken from a can. It was definitely the worst chicken on a salad I can remember seeing anywhere. There are several students of mine who work there and one told me months ago that the owner had intended to grow the bar program so I seized on the opportunity to voice my biggest gripe from its opening: A terrible beer menu where Flat Tire is the microbrew. She said she'd make sure to tell her manager. Though New Haven is the perfect environment for a great beer program, the short and pathetic list of Budweiser and Miller Light remained the same on our last visit. There's actually a pretty long list of food quality items that we've had that has taught me this simple lesson or expect to be disappointed: Order a red sauce pie with some cured meat and maybe a veggie or you will leave disappointed and lighter in the wallet. I'm glad that they may redirect this joint b/c it has so many low-hanging possibilities that would be financially rewarding. Pax, Brian
  4. I didn't know anything about this place until the founder, Steve Salis, came to talk about being an entrepreneur to a Quantitative Literacy math class at the Bethesda high school where I work. I sat in the audience and listened. The founder is quite young but very cool with lots of energy and passion. It's impressive that he's opened so many locations so quickly (he off-handedly said to the students that "capital was not a problem" for his restaurant idea but the kids didn't have the guts to ask him where he got his investors). He says that the company's number one goal is to create a positive environment so that the customer becomes a regular b/c he knows that there are a bazillion pizza places to go to if they don't have a positive experience. The Bethesda location will be right next to the Chipotle, which, if you work in downtown Bethesda, you know is swarmed by students from the local high school at lunchtime b/c we have open lunch. The students' biggest question was, "How long does it take you to cook a pizza?" Clearly they were wondering if they should consider this place for a future lunch option. Steve said it only takes them 90 seconds to cook a pizza so wait time should not be a problem. We'll see. The pizza prices listed on their web site are fairly reasonable for a high school kid, so if he does have an efficient team to move customers along, they'll have 1900+ potential customers available between 10:54 and 11:34 every weekday. Pax, Brian
  5. baczkowski

    Italy

    If you don't have a place to stay in Florence yet, you might consider my college friend's flat: http://www.vrbo.com/432656. She is from the US, married an Italian man, and she works for the active travel company Butterfield & Robinson so she could be really useful for recommendations on lots of things on top of having a very cool and affordable place. Pax, Brian
  6. baczkowski

    Boston and Cambridge, MA

    Sorry for the Beard winners, but I stand by my earlier post that a great trip would be hitting Craigie on Main, Hungry Mother, and Oleana. I think Hungry Mother's chef is the only one that hasn't one the Northeast award but it's probably the one I'd go to first. It's been a few years since Oleana won but we found it delicious and different with a lot of respect for vegetables. I'd go there second if "value" plays into your decision making as it often does with me. We went to Coppa the first year it opened and I think it's still gets great pub and I think Bissonnette has only been nominated for the James Beard though he gets national attention from the likes of Food and Wine Magazine often. Joanne Chang has been nominated and I loved her Flour Bakery less than a block away from the amazing Children's Science museum. She has a few locations of Flour Bakery plus a restaurant Myers + Chang that we have not been to. As for non-nominees to think about that we haven't been to yet and would love to hear your opinion: East by Northeast has always been intriguing with the DC area connection, good local Boston press and positive words from servers and bartenders we've chatted up but we've never actually gone (honestly one problem is that it's too cheap to warrant the rare gift of a free babysitter!). I can't see that I've mentioned this before but a bartender from Eastern Standard who grew up in Bethesda strongly recommended Muqueca to get a unique Boston immigrant experience. The area that has seen a lot of positive restaurant growth the last couple years is Somerville by Tufts University and restaurants there might fit your request best. Bergamot I think gets the best critical attention in that area. I think several of them are known for their beverage programs, too. Neptune Oyster has always sounded delicious but it supposedly has a wait often b/c of limited seating. I prefer shucking my own oysters now anyway. Lastly, Asta won best new restaurant of 2013 from Boston Magazine. It's modernist cuisine with 3 tasting menu sizes to choose but that's all I know. One last note: This summer our splurge was going to O Ya. It was our most expensive meal ever but we still left hungry. The meal was delicious, the ingredients were impeccable, and the technique was masterful, but a value it was not. We got a dessert to share somewhere else on our way home to save us about $30. Please share what you try. We get up there once or twice a year for a week-plus stays and usually head to Boston and Cambridge at least once for a date night. Pax, Brian
  7. I've gone three times to the new location in Montgomery Mall and I've really liked if not loved each experience. "Medium Rare" has been interpreted by the kitchen very differently each time, but nothing grossly out of range and last night's was beautifully red from the bottom of the crust to center. And it was juicy. The kitchen showed restraint on the salt and the burger still had a lot of flavor. Crusty, dark fries are just what I like so they're a draw, too. For me the perfect meal is the kid's meal at $6.50 for a thick but not too big burger, just enough fries, and drink. Screw the sign that asks me to limit it to 12 and under! It's really a great deal that let's you calorically splurge without your gut immediately splurging over your belt. The nearby Five Guys is no longer an option for me and if Bobby's keeps this up BGR will be off my radar. Pax, Brian P.S. A nice service note: My 2 year old needed to go to the bathroom for a second time during dinner last night so me, my 4 your son, and my daughter barrelled into the bathroom again. When I came back I found all our coats and stuffed animals (yes, the kids one again...) in our seats but the 1/6 of our food we hadn't finished yet was gone. Our server thought we came back to get our forgotten things but I said we had just gone to the bathroom. She said, "Let me get a manager right away." He came over, apologized, asked if we wanted new food tonight or something for next time. The kids said "next time," so he brought over a $20 gift card. It was disproportionately generous for a small mistake. I never even had a chance to say, "Don't worry about it." The oversized gesture was appreciated though and I hope the good experiences continue.
  8. When we are without our two kids, my wife and I usually scour the DMV for new places to try. Friday I found myself driving solo on my way from Bethesda to Colesville where we're staying until our renovations are done and totally on a whim I pulled in to the Wildwood shopping center to head to Wildwood Kitchen for only the second time. I felt as though I were cheating on my wife since she was at my in-laws eating Ledo's Pizza and putting the kids to bed, but I felt as though I had "earned" a decent dinner since I've handled every aspect of the construction process. After I left even more satisfied than the first time I came, I could only wonder why we this was only my second visit and why my wife has never been. This place is no more than 2 miles from our house, and the food was excellent. Really excellent. Drive-across-town worthy excellent. I started with wonderfully balanced mixed drink called a Corpse Reviver #2 that I sipped through most of my courses. For food I started with an avocado salad with heirloom tomatoes that was a wonderful combination of acid, salt, savory, and sweet. I followed that with the sardines which were as delicious as the last time I had them. My last course was a tasty shrimp and grits dish that was quite large and pretty good but I chose to bring half of it home b/c I was curious about dessert and wanted to save a little room. I'm a sucker for carmel and toffee so I was easily pleased by the sticky toffee pudding that pushed my expanding stomach into discomfort but my mouth said it was worth it. My only quibble was that I wanted much more than the teaspoon sized dollop of ice cream that came with the caramel drizzled sponge cake. With tax and tip I walked away $75 poorer for my last second whim, but I don't regret a penny. Not to make a backhanded compliment by any means, but I don't think I've had a finer dinner in Montgomery County before. I got my money's worth and hope to be back much sooner to give them my money more frequently if they execute as well as they did Friday night. I'll still be tempted to go the small plates approach because I want to keep sampling their skill instead of overloading on a larger entree. I hope to continue to be surprised that such an excellent place is so close. Pax, Brian
  9. I've never been to Harris's but I was just thinking we should go somewhere for crabs on Sunday. I haven't looked anywhere for crabs other than Cantler's for several years but last summer's 2 hour wait starting at 2:30 (which we thought would be off-time enough) was too much with two kids age 3 and under. I'm willing to branch out and Harris's would be 1 hour and 1 minute according to Google from my in-laws' in Colesville and that's about the perfect drive limit to squeeze a nap in the car and still be able to get back at a good bedtime, too. Pax, Brian
  10. I'm with you that Taylor Gourmet isn't a deli to me, and having been to both Taylor Gourmet and Jetties in Bethesda in the last week, I'd say they should be judged in the same category, though Jetties has entrees and soups that make it (to me) more of a deli than Taylor Gourmet. Except for the much talked about roll change, the Bethesda Taylor Gourmet has been pretty consistent, but my experiences are limited b/c I get the same thing every time: 12" Girard with broccoli raabe added. Maybe the other items have been less consistent. As for Jetties, it's one of our favorite family places to go b/c the adult sandwiches are generally excellent and our two kids under 4 years old can amply share one $5.95 kids' meal usually with a little leftover. The kids' meals also include fruit and vegetables so I feel much less guilty than the usual types of meals the kids can get when eating out. Sometimes I've seen a Jetties sign saying Kids Eat for Free with the purchase of an adult meal but I've never gone at a time when it's been advertised. The sandwiches that I usually get are the Nobadeer and the Pocomo, which may be meatless but is probably as rich in calories as the Nobadeer. I enjoy both places for what they are: small sandwich chains with justifiably higher prices than their peers because their ingredients tend to be far superior.
  11. Though Dean's explanation trumps anything I could come up with, my rationale was that I wanted the lighter course first to stop my stomach from rumbling but not overfill me and wanted the meatball to feel more like an entree, which it did. Not sure if you were seriously curious or if you were hoping for a response similar to Dean's. If it matters, the waiter asked me which I wanted first so I got what I wanted. Pax, Brian
  12. My in-laws went with friends a week ago and had the exact same to as Porcupine. My father-in-law of late has been especially stingy with praise for expensive places since he more fully retired (he especially trashed Marcel's before Christmas b/c of the expense to volume ratio, which is often his greatest criterion), but he loved Wildwood Kitchen. I went for lunch last week and had the sardines followed by the meatball. The sardines were delicious with no strong flavor (even saltiness) that I reflexively associate with sardines. It's a truly great appetizer b/c it wasn't too filling and it was composed of great ingredients. The lamb meatball was just as Dave described: great flavor and texture. It was moist, not dense, and dinstinctly tasted of lamb, so they've got the meat to bread crumb proportions down perfectly. It's probably the size of a tennis ball on that comfort-food bed that Dave described, so it's pretty filling for an appetizer, which is why I'm glad I chose it as my lunch entree. The last thing I want to point out was that the service is strong here. My mother-in-law has on multiple occassions raved about the service they had, which to her is more important than the food. I was here at 12:30 on a Thursday afternoon and I think I counted 6 people working the floor of this remarkably small restaurant. That could be hard to maintain in the long run. However, if I had not been a solo diner who was able to grab the last seat at the bar, I would have had to wait for a table. There were a few parties that had to wait 10 minutes for a table. Most of the clientale were of my in-laws demographic, and I think service is pretty important to them, too. Right now they have the business to keep these people busy and employed, and if the restaurant keeps doing things right, I think this will be a long-time win for both the business and its clientale. Pax, Brian
  13. I went to high school with Brian Pekarcik and played sports with him (he was a year older and much better than I). I've been impressed with the positive pub he's received in the Pittsburgh media and do know other Murrysvillians who have enjoyed meals at his restaurants. I hope all works out for everyone. Pax, Brian
  14. baczkowski

    Boston and Cambridge, MA

    A few quick experiences from this summer and past week: If you're going to the Boston Children's Museum, consider Flour Bakery + Café. Not just a great bakery but also great sandwiches. I had the best lamb sandwich of my life there. It's a half block from this great museum. I think there are 2 or 3 other locations in the city. JParrot mentioned Island Creek Oyster Bar for drinks, but it's also a great seafood restaurant. Amazing oysters (the most flavorful that I've ever had) and a good place to go the small plates approach. The only thing that I didn't like was my wife's chowder, which was oddly sour. But wonderful vegetable dishes as well as a delicious smoked trout app. Lastly, Oleana should go to the top of your list if you're looking for something "different." The chef won for James Beard Best Northeast Chef in 2005 and she still is putting out delicious seasonal dishes. Think lots of cardamom and cumin in these Middle Eastern dishes. My wife and I got the $40 prix fixe vegetable tasting menu as well as 3 additional meze plates (a beautifully dressed salad, lamb ravioli with a poached egg, and a fluke sashimi with fried sweet potato slaw) and we were so happy with our choices. I love Max's Kosher Café, but the falafel here (served as a small plate with two falafel ball wraps) is in a league all it's own with a fried outer shell but an almost creamy center. A person could have a great culinary trip if they hit Hungry Mother, Craigie on Main, and Oleana in one excursion. Pax, Brian
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