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Food Health Fads Vs Science

Right. The Times constantly prints lies and distortions. Even worse, they quote government scientists like those charlatans from the CDC. Outrageous.

about 2 hours ago
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Food Health Fads Vs Science

Dueling web links!!!

"In a report that undercuts years of public health warnings, a prestigious group convened by the government says there is no good reason based on health outcomes for many Americans to drive their sodium consumption down to the very low levels recommended in national dietary guidelines.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/hea...

about 3 hours ago
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Food Health Fads Vs Science

I mostly agree with you. That said, I predict this discussion won't end well. It's a religious issue for a lot of people.

about 4 hours ago
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Absolutely true. Just like there are tons on terrific Chinese restaurants in Queens and now in Manhattan as well.

The problem is the Brooklyn Curse. Aside from Pok Pok (which I've never visited) I can't think of one notable Thai restaurant in Brooklyn. (I went to Mai Thai in Sunset Park based on Sietsema's review years ago. It was decent, nothing more.)

The same is true for Sichuanese. We've got Grand Sichuan House in Bay Ridge and Spicy Bampa in Bensonhurst. That's it. New York's most populous borough has exactly 2 good places for Sichuanese.

I hope this Kao Soy place is good. It would be nice to have a good Thai meal without having to face the hideous traffic on the Kosciuszko bridge.

ETA - I would LOVE to be wrong about the Brooklyn Curse. If anybody has a good Thai or Sichuanese place to recommend, not decent but actually good, I'd be thrilled to hear about it.

about 4 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Thanks for this - we'll check it out. Is this place BYO? Yelp says they don't serve alcohol.

They're on Menupages - http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

about 5 hours ago
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Bumping up old threads

The search engine has gotten *much* better over the years. I used ho have to use a Google workaround but I haven't had to do that in years.

1 day ago
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Bumping up old threads

I think the board works best if you first do a search on a particular topic. That's the quickest way to access the information that's already available. Now it might very well be that those previous posts only partially answer your question.

In that case post your question and mention the results of your search. Long time posters will appreciate your efforts and be more likely to provide additional information.

Of course you don't have to do that - I just think you'll get better results if you do.

Burgers

And you can only get them at the bar. That wouldn't work with a group.

1 day ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

What happened to links?

Rats. I was going to use Gawker as an example but I thought Daily Candy was far more obnoxious.

Oct 22, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Eating at an empty restaurant?

If the menu looks appealing I'll go into an empty restaurant.

Think about it - how often have you gone to full places and had an unsatisfying meal? It's happened to me often enough that I've come to realize that crowds are no guarantee of quality.

The success of my meals at empty restaurants is about the same as my visits to busy places.

Oct 22, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food

Burgers

Yeah. I was thinking the same thing.

Oct 22, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

What happened to links?

Just you wait. One of these days the site designers are going to do something you really hate and I'll be there to tell you that's the way they do it on Daily Candy.

:-)

Oct 22, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Bumping up old threads

I couldn't agree more.

Oct 21, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

What happened to links?

I look forward to many other unexplained and unintuitive changes. It will be exciting - like a big Easter egg hunt.

Oct 21, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

What happened to links?

Melanie also said "The new permalink seems to continue to befuddle." and "While not intuitive for many ..."

Oct 21, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

What happened to links?

Thanks for that. I never would have known. It would be nice if the site designers restored the Link button since the current option is obscure at best.

Oct 20, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Cholesterol in restaurant ramen?

I've been on Lipitor for more than ten years. Prior to that time my cholesterol count was pretty high. After I started taking it it dropped to low normal.

During the week I eat reasonably healthy but on the weekends I eat whatever I want. Every time I go back to my doctor he claps me on the back and tells me to keep doing what I'm doing.

Allow yourself some treats. You'll be fine.

Oct 16, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

Yep - detective work. But you get good at it.

Recently my GF and I were looking for a bar in a particular NYC neighborhood for pre dinner drinks. It's not trick to find a nice bar where drinks cost the earth. I prefer to find places with well priced happy hours.

I looked up happy hour places by neighborhood on another web site. Then I cross checked them on Yelp. I wanted to weed out obvious frat boy places and dives. What I was left with was a place with a polished atmosphere and good service. I also found a number of posts that said it gets really crowded and noisy late. From the style of many of the posts I figured out that the crowd skewed young.

We planned on arriving at 5:00 and leaving at 6:45 so I thought the crowd would be bearable.

Bingo. We got there at 5:00 and there were plenty of seats at the bar. Within 45 minutes all the bar seats were taken. The crowd's average age was 25. A bit loud but bearable. Service was thoroughly professional and the drinks were good.

If I was a snob about Yelp I never would have found that place. As it is, it's a useful find if you hit it at the right time.

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

Yelp isn't my preferred source of information but it has its uses. If I hear about a place that's been lightly covered on CH I often check Yelp. I parse the reviews carefully. Wildly enthusiastic or negative posts are suspect. (Yelp has more than its share of shill reviews.) I'm looking for balance - "this was really good, this was so-so, and this was skipable."

I often drill down to a poster's history to see if some of their other reviews are credible. It's not a perfect process but I've had good success with it.

Really, that's a lot what I do on CH. I learn which poster's have similar tastes to mine, people I trust. Their reviews carry a lot more weight with me.

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

"Yelp is not about community or dialogue. Any social scientist could take the yelp data, adjust it, and easily come up with a reasonable score between 1 and 5."

Funny you should say that. The highly regarded statistician Nate Silver, who predicted the 2012 election results beautifully, recently compared Yelp ratings with the Michelin rankings in New York City. They largely match.

So much for random.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/y...

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

It depends on the crowd.

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

That's because, on average, they are.

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

"i think with both chowhound and yelp you have to take reviews/ratings with a grain of salt--in the case of yelp, it might be a whole spoonful"

Exactly. There are plenty of reasonable Yelp posters but there are plenty of twinkies. Luckily they're pretty easy to spot.

Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

Maybe you didn't poke it enough.

Using a fork with 4 times I poke each potato 7 or 8 times around the sides.

I've been baking potatoes for 30 years and once I stared poking them I never had a single one explode.

Oct 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

There might be more than one right answer.

When I'm grilling burgers outside I use a cheap stopwatch I got as a promotional item at a trade fair. I've found that an extra minute means the difference between medium rare and medium - two extra minutes will give you a well done burger.

I do my spatula trick at between 60 and 80 seconds and it's always worked like a charm.

Oct 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

Fair enough.

But the people on America's Test Kitchen grease their grills for *everything*.

Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

Myth - When cooking outdoors you need to oil the grill or the food will stick.

Yes, you can do that but the grill will get really gunky. As an alternative, let your burgers or steak sit on the hot grill for about 60 seconds. Then take a spatula and slide it under each burger and then let the burger stay on the same side.

They'll be a very slight adhesion but the burger hasn't been on the grill long enough to really stick. Best of all, that 60 seconds has cooked the burger just enough to prevent further sticking.

Flip the burger when that side is done and repeat after 60 seconds. Sticking is eliminated and your grill will remain far cleaner.

Oct 08, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Food mythbusters . What's your belief or not ?

When I first began to cook I had potatoes explode on me regularly. My mom told me to fork them. Since then I've never had one explode.

Thai in Queens

Ayada, which I love, isn't a drinks spot either. Most Thai places aren't.

Oct 07, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

What's the deal with deleting threads instead of just locking them?

Just like in the early 2000s. :-)

Oct 07, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk