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Which chinese restaurant serves crispy noodles that look like this?

Have you seen this thread? Sounds like something that would be right up your alley.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1003331

about 15 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

A restarutant trend that should die in 2015:

The laughing waiter was the best part of the story. It would have been funny if she actually tried to sue the restaurant. Then the judge would have laughed at her too.

Another Yelp story about a different Sichuan restaurant, Lan Sheng. One star -

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I really wanted to like this place. The menu has all kinda exotic dishes on it, frog, duck tongues, and other things you don't see a lot. So I went inside and almost left after being ignored for a while in a not busy place. I was finally seated, had to ask for water 3 times. The cold sesame noodles were good and spicy, but just ok. The hot and sour soup was gross! Very oily, with very strange taste, nothing I've ever seen before. And I eat in Chinese places in S.F. almost every day. The crab soup buns were mostly ok but seemed old n rubbery. The spicy chicken with hot pepper was so insane insane hot as to be completely in edible. I seriously thought they were messing with me. I got about 4 bites down and exploded in a ball of flames. And still I had to practically beg to get more than a tiny glass of water at a time. Ok, the hottest food eating person IN THE WORLD could not have finished this! Overpriced, rude, unless you have a Naugahyde mouth and a cauldron for a stomach, don't go here.

about 16 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

A restarutant trend that should die in 2015:

That review was written in 2012. Sichuan restaurants that use peppercorns have been operating in NYC since 2002. I can name at least 20. As a Yelp Elite poster I assume she's familiar with the Internet and should have known what type of place she was visiting. For one thing she could have read the Yelp reviews. Or she could have read Bruni's review. You found it easily.

But forget all that. Assume you're running a restaurant that serves spicy food. Do you want to run the risk of a customer having a meltdown when they encounter a level of spicing they aren't prepared for?

That's why restaurants have secret menus. That's why they dumb things down.

about 17 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Business Lunch in Carrol Gardens?

Yep. Frankies is a good choice.

about 18 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Sam Sifton interactive Manhattan restaurant map

Oh man, you nailed it.

Sifton was born and raised in NYC and his father was a judge. During his brief time as the NY Times critic I'm convinced he regularly wrote about places that his daddy took the family to when he was growing up. Otherwise why write so often about decent neighborhood places.

about 19 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

A restarutant trend that should die in 2015:

I have come to be a lot more sympathetic about ethnic places that hold back on the spicing. There are plenty of negative Yelp reviews which prove that some customers just can't handle it.

Here's an excerpt from a review of Spicy and Tasty, a well regarded Sichuan place in NYC. Clearly the writer had no concept of spicy food, which is really strange considering she qualified as "Yelp Elite."

This reads like something you'd see in The Onion.
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I reserve my 1 star ratings for only the truly abhorrent and abominable. That is why I have not given a 1 star rating on Yelp since August 2011... Until now...

Yes, Spicy & Tasty is truly that horrible to warrant 1 star. I visited the restaurant upon the recommendation of a friend. I had never been to Flushing before, but have been to Chinatown in downtown Manhattan and have also been to China itself. I was looking forward to eating Chinese food in Flushing. The experience I got at Spicy & Tasty was terrible...

I ordered the Mild Spicy Sichuan Chicken. It was hot and came with lots of peppers, but that's nothing I couldn't handle. What I couldn't handle was the Sichuan peppercorn, which looked like an acorn and left my mouth feeling not just numb, but feeling like a a bunch of tiny fingers were going down my throat. As I felt my throat constrict, I thought I would have to go to a hospital emergency room.... I called the waiter over and asked if he could change my dish, since I couldn't eat that. He shook his head and said no, he would not exchange my dish, even though I had only taken 2 bites of my meal so far. I asked again and still he said no and he proceeded to try to "explain" to me what the pepper was. He said it was peppercorn. I told him I know that and I've had peppercorn numerous times before and cook my steaks with peppercorn every time, but that this particular type of peppercorn was making my throat tight and that I couldn't eat that dish and wanted to exchange it for another one. How stupid could this waiter be? Did he not realize that if he forces customers to eat dishes that make them sick/injure them he could be sued and his restaurant could get shut down? Apparently not. It really doesn't take a law student to understand the major liability issues in this scenario. At that point, another waiter was there as well and laughing like a clown in the background. Yes, he was LAUGHING at me, the customer! There was no respect, no service, nothing. Just pure mocking. We were mortified at that point.
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This woman thinks that a customer can sue restaurant for serving spicy food.

I can understand why restaurants tone down some dishes when they think some customers can't handle them.

about 19 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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Hounds, help us decide

You could, of course, use this thread to explain your vote.

1 day ago
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

A Question for the Dragon-Mouths !

Exactly.

Hounds, help us decide

How so?

2 days ago
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Hounds, help us decide

There's precedent for this. It was done in 2001 after 9/11.

It does require additional work by the mods as some people can't resist posting political content, but most people are well behaved.

best ny style eggroll

Anyone who raves to you about what a marvelous dish a NY eggroll is really isn't to be trusted about food. They might be lovely people, even smart people, but it's highly likely that have no palate.

pre 90's before automation

As you may have noticed, the Alien Overlords have also taken over Chowhound.

Anyone else over Guy Fierri?

I've done the same think with his cooking shows. I cut the volume by 50%. It works far better than I thought it would.

pre 90's before automation

When the Alien Overlords landed in 1991 they changed everything.

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

All that nostalgia put me in mind of this -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CaMU...

Very Very Martha

She's channeling Stevie Nicks.

Very Very Martha

Thank God. I already do enough weird stuff.

Very Very Martha

You're not going to make me start counting again, are you? I guarantee you, the number of "verys" will be a lot closer to 30 than 2.

Very Very Martha

Sandra Lee, the female Anti Christ.

Re "Cooked" by Michael Pollan

What a great post.

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

The Cantonese food of my youth was mostly awful. But that's a personal judgement. Periodically threads surface here where people profess their love for the Americanized Chinese that used to be prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s.

The funny thing is that stuff can still be found in the takeout joints in strip malls. It's like a time warp. Sure, there are a handful of "modern" Chinese dishes on the menu. When I didn't know any better I ordered a few of these. Surprise! They were the same old gloppy dishes with a slight bit of extra spicing added. That stuff is even worse than the straight American/Cantonese.

You miss that stuff? It's out there and pretty easy to find. Just to be sure to avoid any restaurants recommended on Chowhound.

Jan 23, 2015
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Exactly right. Avoid those "special menus" like the plague. The idea is to have a great time - not an overpriced crappy one.

Now some restaurants are exceptions - they serve their regular menus at their regular prices. If you can find one you like by all means go there.

Jan 23, 2015
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Depends on whether your partner agrees with you. Three or four overpriced "special meals" from restaurants that are very good every other night changes a lot of people's minds.

Why are people slaves to a date, say February 14?

Exactly right. Those "special meals" are limiting, mediocre, and overpriced. I do the same thing as you. Valentines Day is a moveable feast.

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

I grew up on old school Chinese restaurants in NYC in the 1970s. I liked a handful of things but mostly it was sweet glop. Nowadays I'm a fan of the excellent range of Sichuan and Hunan places that have opened over the last 10 years.

If you like that old style stuff I hope you find it. But keep in mind that there's a reason it's disappearing. People expect better food now.

Let's bring back Jim Leff as a Senior Consultant for Chowhound

I'm not really sure if the current discontent has a single source.

Let me say up front, some of it is legitimate. The latest round of changes were badly handled and also misguided.

That said, I think some of the angst is unwarranted. Back in August(?) when it was announced that commercial posters would be allowed to participate there was a huge outcry. I wasn't part of that and it turned out the effect was minimal.

Another possibility is that we've all gotten older. In the early days posting about food on the Internet and making on line friends was new and exciting. Sort of like falling in love for the first time. Well, it's not new any more.

A lot of us have been around the block more times then we care to remember. I think we're a bit jaded and maybe more than a little thin skinned.

The antidote is to get back to posting about food. To share our enthusiasm for the things that brought us here in the first place.

Let's bring back Jim Leff as a Senior Consultant for Chowhound

In the early days the complaints were about CH not changing *enough*. The message board software they were using then was primitive and had lots of drawbacks. I won't bore you with the details but it became a really sore point. People *hated* it.

They hung on to that software long after better commercial packages became available. That ancient package was used right up until the site was sold.

All of that doesn't excuse the way the clumsy way the latest round of changes was implemented.

Jan 22, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk
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Let's bring back Jim Leff as a Senior Consultant for Chowhound

Over the years I had plenty of disagreements with Jim Leff but he was also right about a lot of things. One of the most important was this - the site is what you make it.

If you don't think there are enough posts on Turkish food, start a thread about your favorite Turkish restaurants or recipes. Not enough posts on Sichuan restaurants? Start reviewing each of the ones you like with lots of details about the best dishes.

Good posts often get good responses. Other people are encouraged to join in.

Let's bring back Jim Leff as a Senior Consultant for Chowhound

"Well that goes back to what I was saying, originally (which many long standing members were a part of the original chow) it seems things were decided in more of grass roots, well discussed forum, with majority rules."

Actually, that's not how it was at all. It was more of a "my way or the highway" environment. There were no written posting guidelines, a situation which allowed the moderators to do pretty much whatever they wanted.

One day, out of the blue, Leff announced that any discussion of bars was strictly forbidden. Since bar discussions had been going on for years people reacted strongly. He claimed that rule had always been in place.

Posts were deleted frequently. Most of the time for good reasons but at other times on a whim.

Those long negative discussions that we see on Site Talk about policies? Those would have been deleted in a heartbeat.

Jan 22, 2015
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

That's too bad. I thought both she and the show were terrific.