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A Personal Announcement

You are one of the good guys, Jacquilynne. Go forth and conquer!

2 days ago
Dave Feldman in Site Talk
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Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

Looks like you bought the lowfat, Gary. Next time, look for the blue print on the same white container, if they carry it. I can't eat too much of it, but it's just delicious. I agree that Kesso containers are hard to spot in the visually cacophonus yogurt case.

Aug 16, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

That's good to know, Gary -- I seldom roam the dairy case at Fairway -- I wonder if Kesso is carried in all their stores.

Aug 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

NY Times/Pete Wells Weighs in on Off-Strip Las Vegas

Yes, Kevin, it's fantastic. And I'd especially order dishes you haven't eaten anywhere else -- I guarantee you'll be enchanted. A big plus is that one of the owners, Aime, is from Southern Thailand, and the Southern dishes, to my taste, compare favorably to the formidable Jitlada in Los Angeles.

It's been too long since I've been in Las Vegas, and hope to remedy it soon. I just looked at the menu for the first time in a while, and see they've taken my two standbys off the menu. Definitely ask about specials. They're always worth considering.

And although Bank is in the kitchen, if you ask him to help with wine (or craft beer), unless he's absolutely slammed, he loves to help.

Aug 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Private room for Birthday Party - 12-14 adults, 6 kids

At tapas places, I do the Lotus strategy with big groups. Order several of each dish.

Aug 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

NY Times/Pete Wells Weighs in on Off-Strip Las Vegas

Wells visits many of the obvious suspects, and IMO does the right thing -- namechecks Lotus of Siam and Raku but reviews only places that the Times hasn't covered before, including Chada Thai, Kabuto, Raku Sweets, Honey & Salt, and Carson Kitchen: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/din...

Aug 13, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Local mid-high end restaurant with chef actually there?

I would highly recommend Raku, too. It's one of the most reliable restaurants in Las Vegas.

Aug 12, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Alize - review is coming, but first a question to the CH community

I have many friends who are graphic designers. I'm betting that they would blame the person who laid out the menu for all this confusion.

Aug 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Alize - review is coming, but first a question to the CH community

If the first two options are not "free," then the $20 supplement for the truffle caviar makes no sense. But it IS confusing. I think a call might be in order.

Aug 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Next trip coming soon, but first...

Could be, QAW, could be. If he has any rival among people I've met, it is Bill Chutima of Lotus of Siam. He was Bank's early mentor and back when Bill was working the floor at every service, he made great choices for me.

The vast majority of the best Thai restaurants I've tried in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are either BYOB or have only a token wine list.

Aug 09, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

I haven't. I am nothing if not lazy.

Aug 08, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Next trip coming soon, but first...

The wine and beer list at Chada is impressive, too.

Aug 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Casual Dining Recommendations

If simplicity is what you are after, fewer places in NYC offer simpler or more delicious food than Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia St., and they take no reservations, anyway.

Louro on West 10th is delicious but more adventurous. Upscale food in a very informal, relaxed atmosphere.

Aug 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

You don't need to go to Astoria or bemoan the loss of the Sullivan St. branch of The Yogurt Place to enjoy their yogurt in Manhattan. It is marketed under the Kesso brand and both the full-fat and low-fat versions are being sold at Zabar's. I believe that Westside Markets no longer carry it, which used to be my source for Kesso. The full-fat version is the best yogurt I've ever tasted from a store.

Aug 06, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Firefly, any good these days?

What QAW says. To be fair, I haven't been to either Firefly in many years, but the two times I tried the Paradise Rd. location, I was mystified by the place's popularity. In fairness, I don't think Firefly even pretends to serve authentic Spanish tapas. I think you can do better, Chef.

Aug 03, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Chelsea Market recommendations

And buy some caramels at Liddabit to take home.

Jul 22, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan
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Lotus of Siam: What else to add to our order?

Glad it all worked out. Did you have favorite dishes?

Jul 20, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Japanese Cuisine by Omae - my review

Thanks for the graphics, which look great, especially with the funky fish! Can't the two tops be combined to make four-tops, like Chada Thai? Wouldn't that be just as effective?

Jul 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Japanese Cuisine by Omae - my review

Thanks so much for the review. This is the opening I've been most interested in. Is the dinner menu different (before the kaiseki menu starts)?

Jul 18, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One dinner, post Yankee game, (so no fancy duds), subway accessible....

I'd send them for a one-of-a-kind experience at Kabab Cafe, a shoebox-sized Egyptian restaurant featuring the cooking of Ali Al-Sayed, who is as great a raconteur as he is a chef. And he loves kids, and it's fairly close to LGA. A search on the Outer Boroughs board will give you lots of info about it. 2512 Steinway St. Closed Mondays.

Jul 17, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

Lotus of Siam: What else to add to our order?

My strategy for dinners of that size is to figure one order will serve six people for tastes. So I'd double everything, even to the point of cutting out dishes. It's too frustrating for everyone to get one spoonful of a dish.

Jul 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Raku vs Yusho

If they don't ask you to commit (which they have sometimes when I've gone with a group), I might wait until you see what the specials of the day are before choosing the omakase. In some cases, the specials are on the omakase.

Jul 15, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

One great meal plus some quick places?

In general area of the Riv:

Peppermill Coffee Shop is walking distance (just head south on Las Vegas Blvd.) for 24-hours of good-not-great classics, with huge portions, good service, and great ambiance.

But for better food, try Viva Las Arepas just north of the Stratosphere, and right next door to it, Art of Flavors, for extraordinary gelato.

Or try the Cornish Pasty Company in the Commercial Center at 953 East Sahara.

Or Lotus of Siam, which depending on which dishes you order, could work as your relatively inexpensive place or the "fancy" one. You can eat well for $20 there or if you splurge on the "right" dishes and wine, spend much more.

Jul 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

New Amsterdam Market Permanently Closes

Sad news, indeed. The NAM was my favorite of all the regularly scheduled fairs. Several of my pet vendors said they liked it best, to, because of the camaraderie among the participants.

Jul 14, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

following up - our dinner at louro

Thanks for reporting back, and glad that you liked Louro. Summertime is slow for a lot of restaurants, and I think it does behoove us make sure we support the restaurants we care about.

Jul 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Manhattan

AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated.

Jul 11, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

And Shakey's calls them Mojo Potatoeshttp://www.shakeys.com/menu/chicken.aspx

Jul 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in General Topics
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AYCE Sushi in Las Vegas

Just to be clear, I assume that these specials (e.g., pork belly, fish collars) aren't part of the AYCE? What is included?

Jul 10, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Non-casino restaurant suggestions for a party, about 20-30 people with kids

Maggiano's is a good idea, although it is a chain. The food isn't outstanding, but this kind of event is what they do, and the operation is usually extremely professional and polished compared to most family style places. Here's the menu -- it might be a little above the range needed, even with the "light" menu.http://www.maggianos.com/EN/LocationS...

Jul 07, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas

Blank Slate - (July 11-14)

Unfortunately, Chada Thai will be closed from July 7-27 for renovations and so that the staff can get their first ever long vacation since the restaurant opened.

Have you tried Raku?

Jul 06, 2014
Dave Feldman in Las Vegas