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The Real Home of Sweet and Sour Pork: Secrets of Dongbei Cuisine

Joe, are there any cookbooks on Dongbei cuisine that you could recommend, or recipes that can produce decent versions?

Going to Hawaii? 10 Must-Eat Local Specialties

If you're going to get a Loco Moco on the Big Island, skip Cafe 100. Yes, they do 30 different varieties of Loco Mocos, but none of them are any good.

Definitely get one from Ken's House of Pancakes. Actually, eat as many meals as possible at Ken's. One of the best places in Hilo.

I also second the recommendation of Punalu'u Bake Shop for malassadas. Get a lilikoi frosted one. Excellent.

One thing that is not on here that should be - strawberry mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen in Hilo. So so so so ono.

Source: husband's family lives on the Big Island.

Cheap & Nutritious #5

Pretty sure canned cream of mushroom soup and fried potato chips are not the best choices for good nutrition.

Unless someone has a sodium deficiency.

Cheap & Nutritious #1

Um, if I remember correctly, your original post said you were going to post once a week. As of right now, you've posted 5 posts in a row.

You're not going to make friends on this site by spamming the talk section.

Our Favorite Edible Gifts (Omiyage) From Hawai'i

This list is awfully O'ahu heavy, but understandable.

I would humbly add an assorted mochi pack from Two Ladies Kitchen in Hilo. My favorite is the strawberry mochi...but you can't bring that back to the mainland.

The Diablo Is in the Details at Diablo Burger in Tucson

Sorry, as a long-time Tucsonan, I have to agree with @Forcemeat on this one - SE, I'm guessing you chose Rita Connely to write for you guys because of her previous credentials. There's a reason why she doesn't write for the TW's Chow section much anymore - she's not very good and honestly, is rather mean to those who disagree with her.

@Tipsykit37 - that's a great suggestion, except NOBODY ELSE IS WRITING TUCSON CONTENT. Those of us Serious Eaters interested in the food scene in Tucson don't have a choice but to click on these articles.

Sad. Tucson is a wonderful town filled with great restaurants and nice people, but this is the one person SE chooses to write for here?

Heck, I've posted far more accurate restaurant recommendations for Tucson in SE Talk than Rita has in her days writing for the TW.

New Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum Straddles the Bourbon/Rum Divide

Actually, Mount Gay Black Barrel is not new. We've had a bottle in our house that we bought at Total Wine here in AZ for almost a year.

What's your favorite ice-based sweet treat?

Hawaiian shave ice. Li hing, melona, and lilikoi flavored.

Or an Iced Teagee from Eegee's here in Tucson. So so so so refreshing.

Happy 4th of July! Get Off Your Computer!

Hey man, some of us have to work today!

Happy 4th!

What Are You Having For Dinner?

Kalua pig and cabbage, rice, mac salad, and haupia. Ono grindz, all from scratch.

Great cheap eats in San Jose and around

AnnieNT provided some great options in the Vietnamese vein, which is prominent in SJ.

In Milpitas (immediately north of SJ), Banana Leaf restaurant in McCarthy Ranch has killer Malay food. $10-15/plate. Truly outstanding.

Also in Milpitas, Mayflower Seafood restaurant on Barber Lane has excellent Cantonese seafood dishes, most under $20. Great and exotic.

San Jose is also home to a significant Indian community. I frequented Punjab Cafe on Santa Clara when I went to SJSU. Cheap, delicious Southern Indian cooking.

I also recommend heading into the Japantown neighborhood, just north of downtown. Lots of neat Japanese markets, restaurants, and a tofu factory.

What do you top your burgers with?

Lettuce, ripe tomato, grilled onions, and Thousand Island. Why? I grew up in Southern California, and that reminds me of home.

I also like grilled onions and garlic mayo, but not as often.

What Tomato varieties are you growing?

@lemonfair: I'm with @pepperhead212 - they are about the same. We grew both last year. I liked the Sunsugars a bit more, so that's what we're growing this year. As someone who lives in Arizona, I need to have tomato plants that can deal with extreme heat (100+) as well, and yes, they are heartier in warmer climates.

My Sunsugar already has tomatoes on it, I'm so excited!

Oh, and the other variety that I forgot yesterday is Indian Moon.

What Tomato varieties are you growing?

I forgot to mention that here in AZ, I will have tomatoes within the next month. SO EXCITED I LOVE TOMATO SEASON!

What Tomato varieties are you growing?

We're growing the following varieties:

Mr. Stripey
Black Krim
and another that I can't remember right now (I'm at work).

The Black Krim and Sunsugar are fantastic.

Chris Bianco is Opening a Pizzeria in Tucson!

As someone who lives in Tucson, I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am at this news.

I'm sorry Niki, but you can always move down here! The weather (for most of the year) is significantly better than NYC, too!

A Brazilian manioc question

I believe it's called farofa - one of the most common side dishes in Brazil. That said, you probably can't buy farofa, as AnnieNT said above, you'll need to make it.

There are a lot of recipes for farofa online, calling for different additions. I'd play around with a few of them to find out what will be closest to what you had.

Type 1 Diabetes cookbook

My boyfriend (age 29, diagnosed at 18) is a Type 1 diabetic.

For the most part, he eats what he wants - he's an avid baker, but does his best to make baked goods with complex carbohydrates.

I know the worst things for him are white rice and HFCS.

The best thing for him thus far (since we've been dating, nearly 2 years) in terms of blood sugar control has been activity. Since we both have started going to the gym, he has far fewer extreme highs/lows.

Keep in mind that Type 1 diabetics will be insulin dependent no matter what, so do not try to eliminate carb intake. However, you should find out what his son's daily carb count is and do more planning (carb information is easy to find).

No books necessary.

Indian Recipes for an Indian Newbie?

I always fall back on Titli's Busy Kitchen for my Indian recipes.

As someone who has recently (within the last 8 months) started cooking Indian at home, Titli's site has been a godsend.

That said, be sure to hit up a market with a wide selection of spices. You really cannot be successful with Indian food if you do not have at least turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, cardamom pods, chili powder, a decent garam masala, cloves and cinnamon.

Cook the Book: 'Vietnamese Home Cooking'

Finally having high-quality Vietnamese food in San Jose, California when I moved up there for my undergrad. Have not had such high quality since.

Newport Beach: Chronic Tacos Has Some Serious Ailments

Actually, that location is in Redondo Beach, at the corner of Torrance Blvd. and PCH, which is nearly a mile west of Torrance. Just FYI.

Colorado Springs

COS is kind of a culinary wasteland, as folks said in the post I made when I was up there 1.5 years ago. But here is what they recommended anyway.

We Taste Every Flavor of Zapp's Potato Chips

@tea-and-syncope: Yes, the World Market on Broadway has them. Also, the crawtators are available in, of all places, the vending machines in Costco. Seriously.

We Taste Every Flavor of Zapp's Potato Chips

@tea-and-syncope: Where in AZ are you? I live in Tucson and I've been able to find Zapps.

And yes, Poore Bros. makes a fine jalapeno-flavored chip.