Archives for June 2010

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Review: Pershing Square Cafe & Restaurant, New York City

by TT June 30th, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
Some days feel surreal.  A recent Saturday was one such day.  After a fabulous breakfast at a diner in Portsmouth, NH, a meeting, a quick stop by home, and a 5-hour car ride, I found myself having a very late lunch/pre-dinner snack at Pershing Square in Manhattan.  Of course, surreal doesn't mean anything about the trip was bad.  I mean, how bad can a combination work/fun trip to NYC be?  Based on my experience, not bad at all.

We arrived at Pershing Square about 4:00.  As it was between meals, the restaurant was fairly quiet, and the bar was
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Grilled Pineapple Salad

by TT June 28th, 2010| Recipes, Salads
Warm weather arrives in New England, and we become excited to cook outdoors.  Of course, there is the typical fare of hamburgers and hot dogs to please the palate, but a little variety makes grilling so much more enjoyable.

This past Saturday we decided to try our hands at more interesting grilled food.  Instead of hamburgers, we made buffalo chicken burgers with blue cheese sauce.  In place of coleslaw or pasta salad, we opted to give a grilled salad a try.  Like most salads, it is best made early and allowed to sit in the refrigerator to chill and allow
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The Best Restaurant in the Pacific Hawaii Region

by TT June 25th, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
After ten days of voting, the poll for the best restaurant in the Pacific Hawaii Region closed at the end of the day yesterday.  With a wide variety of restaurants from which to choose, the decision wasn't an easy one.  However, faithful restaurant patrons and Think Tasty readers voiced their opinions, and a winner has been deemed. . .
Cielo in Scottsdale, Arizona

Please return to Think Tasty in the coming weeks to learn more about this restaurant and why it is the best restaurant in the Pacific Hawaii region.

To view how the nine other restaurants fared, click
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Review: Roundabout Diner & Lounge, Portsmouth, NH

by TT June 21st, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
My husband and I traveled to Portsmouth this past weekend for a Saturday meeting.  While we could have driven there that morning, we made a last minute decision to head out the night before.  What better way to spend a hot summer night, then walk the downtown of a coastal city and enjoy some good food and music?  Unfortunately, the food was lackluster, but the music was great.

The next morning we didn't have time for a slow, decadent breakfast, or so we thought.  Our hotel offerings were less than desirable, so we opted to find something on the way
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Roasted Beets

by TT June 18th, 2010| Recipes, Side Dishes
Last week I wrote about my Beet & Orange Salad, which I thought was quite delicious.  However, I have to admit that I didn't always feel that way about beets.  When I was a kid, I turned up my nose at the offer of any sort of cooked beets.  I don't think I ever tried one, I just guessed that they must taste pretty bad.

Fast forward a few years to a dinner at a restaurant where I chose a salad that had beets on it.  The other ingredients looked so tempting, I decided that it was worth eating
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Chef Nick Yanes

by TT June 16th, 2010| Chef Interviews
Although Think Tasty has ventured into only two different regions of the country, I have found the benefits to be numerous already.  First, based on the feedback I have received, our visitors are enjoying learning about the myriad of great restaurants across the country.  Second, loyal patrons love praising their favorite dining establishments on this site.  Third, I have been able to meet (via email or phone) an assortment of engaging and interesting restaurant managers and chefs.

One of these aforementioned people is Chef Nick Yanes, who is Executive Chef at H50 Bistro in Portland, Oregon, which was
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Best Restaurant- Pacific Hawaii Region

by TT June 14th, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
Moving south from the Pacific Alaska region, Think Tasty now heads to the Pacific Hawaii region.  Encompassing Hawaii, California, Nevada, and Arizona, we will share our top ten picks from the many that were submitted.  For the next ten days, readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite place.  Voting will end at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, June 24th, and the winner will be announced on Friday.

1. Café ZuZu, Scottsdale, Arizona

Named after beloved mother and grandmother, ZuZu is the nickname of a fantastic local cook who is the inspiration for the menu. As Hotel
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Beet & Orange Salad

by TT June 11th, 2010| Recipes, Salads
Summer, the season of salads.  We tend to make many salads at our house, both as main and side dishes in this season.  Some have a base of greens; others are a combination of fruits, vegetables, or both.  Although we have our go-to salads, such as Caesar, we tend to be creative with our salads.  (I guess that's not too surprising when both adults are foodies, and the kids seem to be following suit.)

Last week, I had created a main dish of lamb and wanted a cool side dish to accompany it.  Of course, the obvious answer was salad. 
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Terrace Kitchen, Lake Oswego, OR

by TT June 9th, 2010| Regional Best, Restaurant News
Last month, Think Tasty readers had the opportunity to choose the best restaurant in the Pacific Alaska region.  With ten fabulous restaurants from which to choose, it was a difficult decision.  Until the last moment, diners provided their votes and left comments praising their restaurants.  When voting ended, the restaurant that earned the most votes was Terrace Kitchen in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

I was able to speak with Marlene Divina, who is co-owner of Terrace Kitchen with her husband Fernando, about this amazing restaurant.

TT: I noticed that this is your second full year at Terrace Kitchen.  Is this
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Homemade Tzatziki

by TT June 7th, 2010| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
When one thinks of meatballs, usually some sort of marinara accompanies it.  However, if the meatballs are made of lamb and have seasonings that lean toward a Greek-inspired dish, then you need a sauce to match.  For me, that is cool and creamy tzatziki.  Made with Greek yogurt, cucumber, and garlic, it is incredibly simple to make.

I know, many of you may be thinking, but it's even easier to buy.  I will admit that I have bought tzatziki when in a rush, and there are some decent store-bought tzatzikis to be had.  However, my recipe has only six ingredients
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Lamb Meatballs

by TT June 4th, 2010| Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday
It is almost the end of the workday on Friday, and yet as I type, I am thinking wistfully about Monday evening.

Thinking about a Monday happily on a Friday?! It might seem odd, as Friday is the start of the weekend, and Monday is the start of the workweek.  So, why would I, being of sound mind, think about the joy of Monday night?  Well, if you're a regular reader, you already know the answer.  Mondays, in our house, are better known as Tapas Monday.

My wistful thinking refers to a recent Tapas Monday when I chose a Greek theme for
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Review: Tangierino Restaurant, Charlestown, MA

by TT June 2nd, 2010| Restaurant Reviews
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to have a weekend of celebrating my birthday.  The actual event was on Saturday, but the celebrations began with cake on Friday night, continued with breakfast in bed on Saturday, and culminated with a romantic dinner for two on Saturday night.  As an adult, I don't know the last time I had this much fanfare for my birthday.  There could be a reason behind this, as this birthday was one that ended in a zero. . .

The dinner for two was planned by my husband.  Although we have a handful of wonderful upscale
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