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why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

Slow down. You're going too fast for me.

:-)

1 day ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

It's not confusing if you read the big signs when you walk in.

1 day ago
Bob Martinez in Manhattan
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Brooklyn Beer Bar hopping - food recommendation?

Mugs has well executed pub food as well as a nice beer selection.

Radegast Hall specializes in German beers and food. I've only eaten there once but I liked what I had a lot.

http://www.radegasthall.com/

Apr 15, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Oh I did see it. You didn't like Wikipedia's definition.

How about Webster's -
a: two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between
b : one slice of bread covered with food

Or the Oxford's -
An item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with a filling between them, eaten as a light meal

Or the Free Dictionary's -
a. Two or more slices of bread with a filling such as meat or cheese placed between them.
b. A partly split long or round roll containing a filling.
c. One slice of bread covered with a filling.

Or the Cambridge -
slices or pieces of meat, cheese, salads, etc., put between two pieces of bread that are held together by the person who picks them up when ready to eat:

I stand by my Babe Ruth/hot dog point. Just because everybody calls him Babe doesn't mean his name isn't George Herman Ruth.

Apr 14, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

That's a great answer. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

Apr 14, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

How would you rate those places by ambiance? I ask because Rattle N Hum has a reputation for attracting a frat boy crowd. Loud mouthed jerks. Sure enough, I was there about a month ago and that's what I found on a Sunday afternoon when I thought I'd be safe.

I've heard the same thing about Gingerman although I haven't been so I can't personally confirm it.

Which of the places that you recommended have the best ambiance? (I'm sure some of them are great.)

Apr 14, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Right.

There are some people here who claim that the dictionaries are wrong, that they don't properly reflect the language. I think that's overly broad.

Where dictionaries run into trouble is including *new* words or meanings which have recently *changed*. Language grows and meanings shift. The usual process for dictionaries like the Oxford and Webster's is that they track these changes and if they become sufficiently prevalent then they modify the definition.

But most words *don't* change their meanings. There's been no radical change to the definition of "sandwich" which would justify rejecting the dictionary definition.

That said, there's a difference between the technical meaning of a word and the way we use it in everyday speech. I'd never call a hot dog a sandwich in everyday conversation. I wouldn't call a hamburger a sandwich either. But that doesn't change the fact that they are still sandwiches.

It's baseball season. Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs and was a terrific pitcher too. Everybody calls him Babe but that doesn't change the fact that his actual name is George Herman Ruth.

Apr 14, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Your definition of a sandwich please?

Apr 12, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Wikipedia says its a sandwich. So do the online dictionaries. The real trick for the Sandwich Deniers is to come up with a definition of "sandwich" that makes sense

Saying "a sandwich is anything served on bread or a roll EXCEPT a hot dog because we say so" is kind of sloppy.

Apr 12, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

Based on the OP's post it appeared that he was looking for a low key/lower cost option. Based on that I asked a fair question. How much will the ticket be? You and I know that the Breslin is pricey - he wouldn't.

Apr 11, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

I think cost might be an issue. What do you think a meal for two would cost in those places?

Apr 11, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Good Bar Food / Pub Grub?

The Waterfront Ale House would be a good choice. Good pub food and a great beer selection.

2nd Ave. and 30th St.

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/1...

Apr 11, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

Based on the overwhelming majority of the posts here your drinking is right in the middle of the range. And you pass all the behavioral tests re work/family/sleeping etc.

Thanks for starting the thread - it's been educational and entertaining.

Apr 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Where's the Happening Midtown Sichuan Right Now?

We were a big group and the person who organized the dinner did all the ordering. It was sometimes tough to figure out what particular dishes were.

I remember the diced rabbit app had bone fragments in it. Unpleasant. The mapo tofu was sort of bland.

I'm looking at the on line menu now and nothing is screaming "you had me!"

My overall impression was a lot of muddy flavors. Not terrible by any means but when I go to a new place I'm looking for things that are distinctive - either something great that I never had before or superior versions of old favorites. I thought this was definitely a 2nd tier place although one or two dishes were actually pretty good.

There's a major caveat to this judgement - I didn't get to pick any of the dishes. There were a number of things on the menu that I wouldn't mind trying.

I might be underrating the place but I can only report on the things we were served.

Apr 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

"Bob, did ya read through this thread????"

I sure did but maybe you didn't. Did you miss my earlier post? I put alcohol consumption into the larger context of how a person lives their life. If it brings enjoyment and not damage my guess is that things are fine.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/971218#8860045

"Crave" can have a lot of meanings. Some people crave potato chips, other people crave donuts. It doesn't necessarily mean they're addicted.

Americans have been Puritanical about alcohol for a long time, seeing a problem in behavior that the rest of the world considers perfectly normal. Guess where the United States ranks in per capita alcohol consumption compared to the rest of the world.

Come on, guess.

57th.

We're behind every single country in Europe (except Norway and Iceland) and lots of other places as well. We're the abnormal ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

Apr 10, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

It's not clear to me, by any stretch of the imagination, that there was an "issue" in the OP. I agree with the first part of your post - its what drink does (or *doesnt* do) to each person's life.

The OP's use of alcohol fits in with the overwhelming number of other posts on this thread. Maybe we're ALL alcoholics and don't know it but it's far more likely that we fit a normal profile for non-problem drinkers.

Alcohol abuse use is a very real problem but most people can drink in a healthy way.

Apr 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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Where's the Happening Midtown Sichuan Right Now?

Not based on my meal. We were a large group and ordered lots of dishes. The food was variable - hits and misses. SG and Lan Sheng are more consistent and execute on a higher level. I'm not saying you're wrong, just stating another opinion.

Apr 09, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

Actually, he does. Mixed Yelp reviews FWIW.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/playground-au...

They have karaoke too.

Apr 08, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

It's been 3 days since you promised to reveal the "best Thai in the outer boroughs." In the interim people have listed their favorites.

Now it's time for you to reveal your winner.

Apr 08, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

HI:

It's stable for me. No crashes.

On a phone or a tablet when you load threads they jump around for about 5 to 10 seconds until all the ads have loaded. That's a little annoying but if you wait 10 seconds, things calm down. Since the site is free this seems to be a small price to pay.

Apr 08, 2014
Bob Martinez in Site Talk

Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

"any time i've been to Ayada -- a dozen or so times in the past two years -- there's been a sizeable Thai presence."

That's been my experience too. We were there 3 weeks ago and half the clientele was Thai.

Apr 07, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs
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Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

"I have determined the Best Thai venue in all the Outer Boroughs barring Staten Island."

Please tell us what it is.

Apr 05, 2014
Bob Martinez in Outer Boroughs

Reservation Confirmation.

It happens to me occasionally and I find it only slightly annoying. The confirmation phone call takes 30 to 60 seconds. This is *really* minor stuff.

I agree with one of the other posters who said you ought to be able to confirm via email but you know what? People would complain about that too.

This whole thing is not the restaurant's fault. Blame the inconsiderate customers who make reservations and then don't show up.

Apr 04, 2014
Bob Martinez in Not About Food
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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

How much drinking is good or bad? Rather than settle on a fixed number of drinks it's better to see if drinking is affecting your life in a bad way.

Does it cause you to miss work or affect your job performance?

Does it negatively affect relationships with friends and family?

Does it prevent you from doing important things?

(I'll skip drinking and driving. We all agree that can be a problem.)

If the answers to those questions are "no" or "rarely" then you're probably fine.

Apr 04, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

Disregard the magazines - you're doing just fine.

I'm good for a glass or two of wine a day during the week. On weekends I'll split a bottle of wine over dinner. Watching baseball or football I'll have two or three beers over a 3 hour game.

I drink more often now than in the past but my total consumption is down.

Apr 03, 2014
Bob Martinez in General Topics
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The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater

That was fun. Thanks.

Apr 03, 2014
Bob Martinez in Food Media & News

NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

LOL. Thanks.

Apr 03, 2014
Bob Martinez in Food Media & News

NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

Snark was the whole point, wasn't it?

Apr 03, 2014
Bob Martinez in Food Media & News
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NBC Cancels Television Without Pity and The Daily Candy

The Sandra Lee thread on TWOP was the only way I could cope with the profound evil that is Sandra Lee. It's like losing an old friend.

Apr 01, 2014
Bob Martinez in Food Media & News
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Calibrating Yelp reviews for Manhattan/NYC

Romera. Ha! It was on Deathwatch from the day it opened.

Mar 28, 2014
Bob Martinez in Manhattan