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Bake the Book: Say It With Cake!

Chicago witth a Gluten Intolerant Vegetarian

Thanks for all the suggestions! Looking forward to checking some of these places out.

Detroit: Elmer's Hamburgers Is An Unforgotten Classic

I'm glad to see that a family owned Detroit restaurant is getting a nod here, and even more pleased that the focus of the post was on the food, not about how Detroit is a "decaying" city like so many other Detroit-centric articles. Sure, Detroit has many problems (what large city doesn't), and there are neighborhoods that are abandoned. However, I'm continually amazed every time I visit the city at it's amazing (if slow) turnaround. Go downtown, and there is a vibrant community filled with great people, good food, entertainment, cool (and affordable) lofts, and people who really care about making Detroit great again. I grew up an hour north of Detroit, and go there a lot for work, but I only recently learned that the Downtown area alone has more than 130 restaurants- the vast majority are local joints. I'm definitely embarking on a food tour and adding Elmers to the list, even if it's not downtown.

Troubling Pizza Trends in NYC

Bummed to hear that the bad-pizza bug is spreading through NYC. I live in mid-Michigan, and most of our pizza is pretty dismal. A chain recently opened up promising coal-oven pizza, but alas it delivered $16 soggy pies with cheap canned toppings. Our only 1$ slices around here comprise of microwaved gas station pizza...I'd still probably take the worst NYC dollar slice over one of those.

Coming to NYC to eat a lot! Where to stay?

Thanks, everyone!

Anyone making anything for the "Royal Wedding"?

Seriously considering making the groom's cake along with so I can get up early and eat it with some tasty coffee!

Suggestions for vegetarian weeknight dinners?

My go-to veggie dinner is a salad with whatever sliced veggies I have on hand, some beans tossed on top, and a homemade vinaigrette (which I make in those small washed out jars that artichoke hearts go in) which I make to go with whatever toppings I have.

I also like to make quick sandwiches and soup. Last night I made a gruerye, sage, and granny smith panini that was awesome! Pair it with a small salad, grilled asparagus, or butternut soup (homeade if you have the time, boxed stuff in the health food aisle isn't bad in a pinch) and it's a very filling and quick meal!

Shopping you stick to it ???

I try, but I almost never succeed. I am notorious for going to the store to buy ingredients for one dish and then changing directions completely if I see a ingredient that looks better.

United States of Pizza: Michigan

Some of the best pizza from my childhood is from the Chippewa One Stop outside of St. Clair. It's a gas station shop, by the pizza is cheesy and gooey and quite tasty! I've thought several times about making a two hour trip out there to see if the still make it the same!

Tomatoes Apizza (Farmington?) is pretty tasty as well. Also Pizza Pi (relatively new) in East Lansing!

Grilling Pizza

While gas is not as tasty as charcoal, I've had good luck with the Weber Baby Q grill. It's small and portable and the open spaces in the cast-iron cooking grate are relatively narrow, so the dough doesn't fall or get stuck between them.

Suggestions for Post-Marathon Meal

I will be running in the ING NY Marathon on November 3 (my first full-marathon!, and I would love suggestions on where to go for a celebratory and refueling meal(read: eat lots of delicious food to make up for 4 months of training :)). The catch: I will be traveling with my mother, a gluten-free vegetarian. Any thoughts places with a menu that will cater to her dietary restrictions but still worthy of an epic post-marathon meal? We're staying in mid-town but up for making a bit of a trip for some great good.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Bite to eat before 4th of July Fireworks

My bf and I will be in town for the Fourth of July weekend and will likely try to check out the fireworks. Does anyone have suggestions for a good place to grab a bite before and a place for drinks afterward? We're pretty adventurous eaters and like to visit places off the beaten path or not typical tourist joints.

Any suggestions for a good place to view the fireworks without having to fight the crowds at Navy Pier, if that's even possible, would be appreciated too!

Chicago Food Gifts

I see that SE just put up recommendations for food gifts by NYC food artisans and shops. Any recommendations for Chicago food gifts? I'm headed there this weekend and food is my favorite souvenir!!!

Chicago witth a Gluten Intolerant Vegetarian

I'm bringing my mom to Chicago for a Christmas shopping trip in early December. We're both vegetarians, but she also has celiacs. I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants that have options that are both vegetarian and gluten free. We'll probably be somewhere around magnificant mile, not I'm sure exactly where yet though.

Also, if anyone knows of kitchen/ cooking stores in the area, that would be great to know too!

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

Things to do in NYC in between meals

Per a previous post, my BF and I are coming to NYC. Our main activity is to eat A LOT.We have a pretty good list of places to eat, but we need some suggestions on stuff to do when we're too full to eat some more.

The majority of places on our food list are in West Village, East Village, and Brooklyn (a bit scattered, we'll have to refine it to a couple of neighborhoods).

We're in our mid 20's and not really into typical touristy sight seeing. That said, we're up for just about anything else. Any suggestions for some cool stuff to do would be great.


Coming to NYC to eat a lot! Where to stay?

My bf and I are coming to NYC July 19-21 to basically consume as much deliciousness as possible before we waddle onto the plane back to Michigan.

What neighborhoods offer the best access to the best eats? (A hard one to answer, I'm sure.) We're totally up for a food adventure wherever it may take us, but I'd still like someplace where there are several option to grab nearby breakfast in the morning, etc. without having to trek it too far.

I'll be reading up on places to go here on SE, but I also appreciate any suggestions for places we shouldn't miss.

Thanks for your help!

Where to eat in Fort Lauderdale?

My boyfriend and I are headed down to Fort Lauderdale at the end of March for a few days. We both love trying new cuisine and are looking for some good restaurants to check out while we're in town. What are some suggestions? One note: I'm a vegetarian, but not vegan.

We're also thinking of hopping the train down to Miami for a day. Any suggestions of where to go?

What size dutch oven is appropriate for 2 people?

I'm looking to invest in a dutch oven, but I am having trouble deciding on the right size. I'm eyeing a 3.5 qt one, but is that too small?

I'm a vegetarian, so no big roasts going it unless the bf wants to cook something for himself. Planning to mostly use it for breads, stews, veggies, etc.

I appreciate the help!

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