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This climate-change thing is getting out of hand. Grand Central Oyster Bar's annual herring festival, a brief and avidly anticipated celebration of newly matured fish from the North Sea, was postponed by two weeks this year after Dutch authorities found that the hollandse nieuwe, as they're called, were fattening up more slowly than normal. It seems the coldest spring in decades retarded their growth, delaying the start of the season for just the second time ever. READ MORE
Chowhounds tired of the same old noodle shops in Orange County are suddenly buzzing about relative newcomer Ramen Zetton in Costa Mesa. Pork shio ramen with thick, chewy noodles (pictured) is really good, while the complex tsukemen with pan-seared chashu and killer dipping broth has made this place one local 'hound's new go-to.
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South Brooklyn has plenty of French restaurants but little really good French food, so Chowhounds cheered the arrival of Pompette earlier this year in Carroll Gardens. Go for bistro standards such as mussels, cassoulet, and terrines and other house-made charcuterie; drinks like the signature Pompette (sparkling wine, rose syrup, crushed peppercorn); and a table in the inviting back garden (pictured). READ MORE
Whirling blade–style coffee grinders are cheap and useful for lots of things besides grinding coffee—such as grinding spices. But since you can't immerse an electric grinder in water, how do you get it clean?
The answer is to grind something in the grinder that will absorb the oils and odors without adding any of its own. Chowhound escondido123 uses a piece of bread, as demonstrated in this CHOW Tip. Meanwhile, chileheadmike runs kosher salt through the grinder, and scubadoo97 uses uncooked instant white rice—but make sure it's instant (parboiled) rice, not regular rice, or it might break your grinder, chefj says. Sugar also works well to absorb oils and odors, whether from coffee or other spices, ellabee says. READ MORE
Expect homey fare like his knockout Grandma's Greek Meatballs and spicy pork sausage alongside surprises like a refreshing, fruit- and nut-studded bulgur salad (pictured) and a take on paella made with orzo and a ton of shellfish, Chowhounds report. MP Taverna, which joins sister restaurants in Westchester and Long Island, also offers a bar scene—with bar-friendly bites like gyro sliders.
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