Busy Midtowners who want to look nice and also indulge a sweet tooth can check two boxes at once at Cosmetic Show. This curious little shop stocks beauty products alongside European confections, preserves, and more. Snack on McVitie's biscuits or Baci chocolate cakes, and freshen up that nail polish.
What's the practical difference between 18/10 and 18/8 stainless steel? From function to finish, find out the differences between the two grades of steel. As a bonus, learn what causes blue- and straw-colored discoloration of stainless steel pans.
Tosca Café in North Beach benefits from a spit-and-polish renovation as well as a fresh menu from new chef-owner April Bloomfield (of New York's Spotted Pig). Recent reports say that some dishes seemed oversalted, but the sparkling cider and the antipasti menu—including spectacular moscardini and giardiniera—are worth your time.
Blind baking a pie shell—prebaking it filled with weights before adding the pie filling—helps ensure a crisp bottom crust in custard pies, and is a must if you're using an unbaked filling. To prevent your blind-baked crusts from shrinking, slumping, or puffing, check out Chowhounds' advice on pricking and chilling the dough, and why cheap pans can give the best results.
After the fish counter closes, the party begins at Calle 191 Pescaderia. Late at night, the shop morphs into a hot spot for cheap beer, cooked or raw seafood, and Latin specialties like empanadas and asopao (rice soups), to a soundtrack of Dominican bachata music.
Could those cheap, convenient disposable aluminum roasting pans pose a fire danger in your oven? Find out what kinds of jobs thin aluminum pans can handle safely—and for jobs they can't, get suggestions for budget-friendly alternatives.
For baked potatoes with fluffy interiors and deliciously crispy skin, how should you prep them for the oven? Find out the merits of leaving the potatoes bare versus rubbing them with oil, and whether it ever makes sense to wrap them in foil.
The dressed-up Indian cooking at Pippali is winning over Chowhounds. Opened in September by veterans of Tamarind, Chola, and Chennai Garden (whose old space Pippali occupies), the newcomer offers a pan-subcontinental menu that ranges from tandoori meats to southern-style dosa to the lamb-and-grain stew haleem (pictured).