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BrewDog redux

I watched their hype build and build. I'v only had their Punk what ever IPA a couple of years ago. It was expensive as hell (then again I purchased it in Brooklyn, home of the artisinial ass wash and floss). It was nothing special, not shite, but not worth a detour or the price.

So many breweries are now about the hype, the next big thing, smoked imperial dry hopped light, dry, ice saison etc...shake out or not, I'm over the over hyped, over priced brew. If you want my moola, treat me with respect and don't insult me. Make a damn fine brew and I'm there (Bells, Sierra etc). Withsuch choice out there, it seems as if many of my pals are retreating to what they know, what they can afford (after all we're just coming out of the great recession) and beers that you can drink more than one.

Apr 08, 2014
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Sushi, Octopus roe

Wow, looks like a cake,

Apr 07, 2014
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Sierra Pale Bock Resurrection

From my trip to Chico, fall 93. Too bad it doesn't fit anymore

Mar 30, 2014
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Normandy report

While not the mushroom stand, this will give you a taste of what a good market it is.

Mar 26, 2014
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Sierra Pale Bock Resurrection

I think they still make a limited draft version of it.It seems as if they do a bunch of specialty draft product which either doesn't make it out of the west or only to bars (of course) and with kids these days, I drink more bottles at home than at bars.

Mar 25, 2014
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International Food Market, NJ

Market Tours: Maricel Presilla's Hudson County, NJ Latin Supermarkets

by Andrew Coe, feeds.seriouseats.com
December 11th 2012 SLIDESHOW: Market Tours: Maricel Presilla's Hudson County, NJ Latin Supermarkets

Maricel Presilla is an acclaimed chef, cookbook writer, and chocolate expert. She's won a James Beard Foundation best chef award for Cucharamama, one of her two excellent Hoboken restaurants. And Norton has just published her new cookbook, Gran Cocina Latina, a comprehensive and mouth-watering survey of Latin American food from Mexico to the southern tip of Chile. Yet neither her restaurants nor her cookbook would be the same without the Hudson County community in which she lives. This patchwork of little cities has drawn immigrants from all over Latin America, including Cubans, Colombians, Ecuadoreans, Salvadorans, Peruvians, Guatemalans, Mexicans, and so on. To feed themselves, these immigrants have built a network of food business, from tiny panaderias to massive supermarkets. It's those supermarkets in particular that have inspired both Maricel's restaurants and her writing.

"Whatever is called for in my cookbook," she says, "can be found in these supermarkets." Her recipes are based on years of travel across Latin America and years of haunting the supermarket aisles in Union City and West New York. One day, she says, "I bought $300 worth of food I didn't recognize and taught myself how to cook it." She still regularly drives up from Hoboken to make a quick dash through the aisles to buy whatever's needed for her restaurants.

The first of Hudson County's pan-Latin-American supermarkets was Union City's Mi Bandera ("My Flag"), now called simply Bandera, which was opened back in 1992 by a Cuban immigrant. Its radical concept was to divide the store not by food type but by Latin American nationality, so you had the Mexican aisle, the Cuban aisle, the Colombian aisle, and so on. Bandera once had an amazing produce section, but Maricel finds this has become too Americanized. For her, Bandera's wonders are found in the nationality aisles, where you can find, say, dried Peruvian purple corn kernels to make chicha morada, the refreshing purple drink. She also likes the frozen section, where you can buy frozen fruit pulps for making quick batidos and all kinds of pre-cooked frozen tubers. And in the dairy section, you can find a few dozen varieties of queso fresco, and similar cheeses, each catering to a different national or provincial taste.

Lately, however, Maricel has found herself passing by Bandera and heading 20 blocks north to West New York's Food Bazaar. From the roof of this busy, crammed supermarket fly the flags of the United States, Cuba, and Korea--the owners are Korean. As Maricel says, this market shows the "mimetic qualities" of the region's Korean shopkeepers. There may Korean food somewhere here, but it's lost in the staggering array of fresh, canned, and frozen foodstuffs from all over Latin America.

The produce section is the place to start, beginning with the big display of Florida avocadoes. I've long snooted at Caribbean avocadoes, but Maricel swears that I'll change my mind if try her cookbook's recipe for Cuban avocado salad with watercress and grilled pineapple. Beyond that, there's a wall of tiny bananas and big plantains—yellow, green, and burro—leading to the Northeast's best selection of tubers, from massive African yams to tiny knobs. Maricel's favorite here is arracacha, also called apio, a happy marriage of coconut, parsnip, and sweet potato flavors. Here you also find the spiky chayote, cactus paddles, and an array of herbs, including epazote and papalo (stuffed into cemitas as flavoring).

From the produce, you wander into Food Bazaar's meat section—check out the enormous cow's feet—and then into regular aisles. Here the owners are copying the success of Bandera, with densely-packed sections devoted Ecuadorean food, Salvadoran food, Guatemalan food, and so on. You can easily get lost in wonder here—or build a career on what you find. Before you leave, Maricel recommends that you visit the big votive candle section. "Be sure to buy some, because they're perfect for hurricanes." (Now reopened, both her restaurants suffered Sandy damage.)

On Tuesday, December 11th, Maricel Presilla will be speaking about the area's Latin American food scene at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The event will include a tasting of delicacies from her cookbook and a cooking demo.

Bandera Supermarket 518 Hackensack Plank Road, Union City, NJ 07087 (map) 201-348-2828

West New York Food Bazaar (opens 7:00 am, 7 days)
5701 Broadway, West New York, NJ 07093
201-863-2826

Mar 18, 2014
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Flashback.........HOME BEER circa 1985-89

Alternating proprietorship? Sounds like a Passover thing to me, where you "sell" your business to someone for a dollar, for a limited time, then it reverts back to you. This way, technically you are not violating any laws about producing beer, bread or what ever during the Passover holiday.

Mar 10, 2014
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Flashback.........HOME BEER circa 1985-89

Yup, I've had a 6 points a bunch of times. My comment wasn't meant as a knock just a question. It's a well known fact the 6 points canned brew is NOT made in Brooklyn but PA.

Mar 09, 2014
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Flashback.........HOME BEER circa 1985-89

Don't they also do a lot of contract brew, maybe 6 points?

Mar 09, 2014
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New Szechuan Gourmet location

Ah but Brooklyn has a wealth of other good chow. Manhattan is desert like in interesting stuff uptown. I miss Queens.

Mar 07, 2014
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OK.... ok .. i'm giving it up, my secret way to cook polenta that is so easy you will do it again and again

I've been using a variant of this recipe for a couple of years now. Works great, I use a fair amount of butter, cool it. ,cut it into squares and grill it. Also, I use a good local stone ground cornmeal from upstate NY. Awesome stuff, except we call it mama liga.

Mar 07, 2014
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New Szechuan Gourmet location

Yeah, we could use a good Sichuan place up here

Mar 06, 2014
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Flashback.........HOME BEER circa 1985-89

It was sold by the mini chain of Home Liquors

Mar 06, 2014
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Sierra Pale Bock Resurrection

From the web, After almost five years of local pleas, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will reintroduce later this month its Pale Bock, a golden lager, exclusively in Chico and a limited surrounding area. Man do I miss this, I wish it was bottled again and available in NYC. Come on Senor Grossman, this is a great brew that deserves to be put out there. Who else is making a good bock?

Mar 05, 2014
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What person would you most like to dine with in Paris? No rules, Jesus to Dieudonné M'bala.

Andre Citroen, well cause he was an innovator and French. Non French, the author Isaac Babel. A great story teller, so a good dining companion as well as a man who loved good food. But, really if it was possible by brother who passed @ 42 yet introduced me to so much in Paris/France I don't know where to start.

Mar 05, 2014
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What's good for lunch in Fort Lee?

Is Ruths Armenian take out sill around?

Feb 28, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye.... WELL worth a try ....

Bottle conditioning is a beautiful thing.

Feb 28, 2014
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Allergy-friendly Spanish food

Fish, outside of Asturias I haven't seen much dairy in the food.Wheat = trigo.

Feb 13, 2014
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Best Hard Cider? [moved from Spirits board]

Bordelet is indeed tasty, so is Dupont from Normandy as well. To me comparing them to Woodchuck is a stretch, as the French have such a different taste profile and body

Feb 05, 2014
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In search of vegetable dumplings in Flushing

Most Chinese supermarkets have a frozen section w//lots of dumplings. In winter time we stock up and have never not found veggie dumplings.

Feb 03, 2014
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How is Madrid if you don't eat meat?

Do you eat duck (Pato)? If so, you can always try the jamon made from duck.

Jan 27, 2014
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International Food Map of Queens?!?

Jan 21, 2014
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Calvados

I've actually seen the Manoir and it is a Calvados, but they might also make a pommeau.

Dec 28, 2013
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The Outer Boroughs: great beer choices.

Uh sure, yep sure.

Dec 28, 2013
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Roberta's

I love Budvar and the late great Plzen, The sad thing about Czech brews is that the need to be absolutely fresh. Poorly handled and they loose their mojo. SAB has a program that is all about bringing properly transported Plzen to the US, but I still find it wanting. The aroma of a fresh Plzen, the hops slam, well, it just aint there anymore, nevermind the beautiful roundness I love so much.

Dec 21, 2013
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Celis....again

Jess, Do you mean to say that MillerCoorsSAB was gonna buy Celis brand back and the equipment? If so, that sounds strange. As for my disbelieve in Celis finally returning, well, I've seen similar things in my business. A big guy buys a defunct brand for whatever reason and never uses it. I hope it ain't so.

Dec 20, 2013
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Celis....again

Didn't know that. I was hoping for fresh ,local tasty in the USA. Of all the Wit's only Allagash does it for me.

Dec 20, 2013
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Celis....again

Well, it turns out they were sold, yet again. this time to some distributor who also just bought Humbolt (Red Nektar?). So, I guess the chance of really seeing Celis again is pretty slim. Sad.

Dec 20, 2013
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Christmas/Winter Brews

Last night I opened a bottle of Gales' Old Ale. At least 15 years old, maybe even a bit older. Sadly, it was waaaay past its prime.

Dec 15, 2013
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Christmas/Winter Brews

I guess so, though they call it an old ale. What with all the style gender bending going on, I'm not sure of what anything is anymore. The other day I heard of a goze/weiss beer. What's next a wit/stout? Either way, I like it and with the cold N snow today in NYC, it's time for my first one of the season.

Dec 14, 2013
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