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Good Asian Market in Fairfield County?

You won't find a good Asian market, not in Fairfield county. But in a pinch there are 2 places I go to, both are tiny but do the job until I can get over to Flushing, NY.

Oriental Food Market in Norwalk for Chinese/Korean groceries -they are tiny but stock dry goods and sauces and also have a little frozen food section and a small selection of fresh Asian vegetables.

Fuji Mart in Greenwich for Japanese groceries with a few Korean items (ie small jars of kimchee) again this place is tiny but stock the core staples and they do have a teeny, tiny butcher counter that sells meats cut for Japanese/asian dishes.

Jan 28, 2012
SeoulQueen in Southern New England

what are your thoughts on adam richman?

I like his personality - he can poke fun at himself on Man vs Food but I feel like he could do more than MvF format, but isn't being given the opportunity as TC already has the Z man and Bourdain.

I do wonder about his health though and fully expect that one day while filming yet another gut busting, OTT food challenge, he will have a massive heart attack and keel over while attempting to eat a 10lb burrito or the 6lb stack of pancakes etc. Plus, it's nauseating watching someone shoveling that amount of food into their mouth. So before I used to watch the first part and skip the food challenge but now I don't even bother with the show at all. You can visibly see him getting heavier and looking pasty white...

Jan 26, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

What Are Your Most and Least Favorite Pasta Shapes?

Love: spaghetti, pappardelle, fusili,

Hate: penne, angel hair, rigatoni

Speaking of which, my husband made dinner for me tonight (YAY!) but he made a pasta dish and used rigatoni! (BOO!)

Jan 26, 2012
SeoulQueen in General Topics

Paula Deen eating a cheeseburger

I never was a fan of Paula Deen and the article below only solidifies my negative opinion of her. However, if you are a fan or are giving her benefit of doubt regarding the recent brouhaha over her diabetes and paid endorsement for a diabetes drug, does the article change your opinion of her?

http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/26/paula-d...

Jan 26, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

Thanks for everyone's opinions - I also agree with muchlove's observation and noticed as well that the hosts seem to get more of a free pass when it comes to dinner party behavior than guests do. Perplexing indeed. And the difference of opinion on what constitutes an appropriate length of time for a dinner party was interesting too. For me, the 3.5hrs was more than enough, we had a 30 minute drive home so it was a little after 10:30pm by the time we made it in through the front door which I think is late enough, even for a sat night. Maybe we would have stayed a little longer if we lived closer, but I doubt it.

Also to clarify, none of the guests made an open fuss or a big show about the slow pacing or the lack of food. Everything was sideway, discreet glances only amongst the guests - we would never point out the hosts' failings to their face. Even the couple that left before the main entree used a very apologetic tone as they made their excuses and left - they didn't get up in a huff and storm out.

And yes, we are all still friends (including the couple that left early). In fact, the hosts treated my husband and me to brunch two weeks later.. I think in the sober light of day, they realized how uncomfortable the evening had been as there were a few half-embarrassed remarks made by them about that night.

Jan 17, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

Funniest Thing a Server Said to You

Not so much funny but odd....

Waiter "Yes, the locals around here all have webbing around their fingers... we're all inbred. See!"

At which point, the waiter spread his right hand out and yes, he did have a slight bit of skin at the base of each finger where it connected to the palm!

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

Jamie's US tour show. Anybody seen it/ Thoughts/

It's better than Jamie's last series - that one where he's in the back roads of Arkansas or Tennessee etc trying to persuade schools to cook more healthy food. That was just boring.

So far, I've only seen the LA and Wyoming episodes and I enjoyed them both, probably because I didn't consider it a cooking show but more a travelogue/slice of America type of show. However, I was cringing during the LA episode whenever he said "brother" to an ex-gang member or "darling" to a young woman. Trying too hard mate!

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

I agree with ending the meal in a leisurely fashion making sure the guests are first properly fed and watered. I am uncertain about complaining though - that seems to be rude too as you are directly calling out the host? My offer to help in the kitchen was my hint and attempt to get the food out but I guess it was too subtle.

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

This wasn't posted as a "friend must shape up or else the friendship is over" type of thread. I've noticed these types of posts a lot on chowhound, ie the "well if this is a truly a friend then suck it up, otherwise just end the friendship." Wow, what's with the all or nothing attitude? If people really believed that, they'd be going through friendships pretty quickly! Nowhere did I say I wanted to end the friendship nor did I ask for comments about the friendship, I was asking about feedback on whether the hosts and guests behaviors at the dinner party was rude or not.

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

Well exactly... leave at an appropriate hour.. I guess for you an appropriate hour is 2am but I think for most folks, a 6:30pm dinner invite would reasonably being able to leave at 10pm having completed the meal. That's almost 3.5hours which I think is long enough. One doesn't want to be the guest that overstays their welcome either.

And yes, this invite was for a sitdown meal and NOT a party that was supposed to go on until the wee hours. And yes we have been invited to and have ourselves hosted parties where it was made quite clear that the festivities would last until the last guest managed to stagger home but I still made sure that food was served in a timely fashion.

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

I know it's the smarter option to have a bite beforehand but that's a bit screwed up isn't it? That people's social/hosting skills are in such a state that guests will eat before they go to someone's home for dinner because they don't know what to expect? I don't recall having this sort of problem when I lived in the UK - dinner invites were always a lot of fun with warm and gracious hosts providing a wonderful meal and everyone having a great time. I hate to say it but compared to my UK friends, my US friends are definitely lacking when it comes to social manners and etiquette.

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

Top Chef - Texas - Last Chance Kitchen (spoilers)

+1 for C. Hamster's comment. I'm glad I looked too! :)

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

I don't think it's the guests' responsibility to chase up the host asking for details of the evening. I don't see how it's unreasonable to assume that a 6:30pm dinner invite means sitting down to a meal by 7:30pm.. 8pm at the latest. I certainly wouldn't invite people to my home for a meal and keep them waiting 2hrs with barely any food! Part of being a good host is making sure guests are comfortably fed and watered, not starving them for the evening.

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

The hosts are very punctual folks so it wasn't a time issue. They sat with us in the living room chatting away with the hostess drinking copious amounts of wine, slowly getting hammered! Some of us even offered to help in the kitchen (hint hint) which the hostess waived off, saying everything was under control.

Once the first couple left, the host somewhat sheepishly admitted they had eaten a late lunch around 2:30-3pm! This probably also explained why so little food was served. For appetizers, it was 2 small bowls of dips and 1 sliced baguette (to share amongst 8 adults??) First course was a small salad and the entree itself was some curry and rice. Just as well the first couple had gone because there wasn't enough food, even for 6 adults. Before anyone asks, no, we are not all starving students on a budget. The host and hostess have sufficient disposable income to travel several times a year and stay at hotels that cost $300/night.

The first hour was fine but the evening overall was an ordeal. It's very uncomfortable to be in someone else's home with an empty stomach watching the hostess slowly getting hammered (and the host completely oblivious to it or maybe he's used to it?) It definitely got to a point where people just weren't having a good time. There was a lot of puzzled, then concerned then irritated glances shared amongst us guests as the evening wore on.

These folks are friends but so far we've managed not to go back to theirs for dinner. We've either invited them to ours or we meet at a restaurant.

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

When the host is late serving the meal - also rude? Is it ok for guests to leave?

The flip side of pommedeguerre's thread on late dinner guests - what if the host/hostess is late serving the meal - is that rude too? (I'm not talking about holding the meal waiting for other, late guests) And if the meal is very late, is it ok to make excuses and leave?

Here are the dinner situation I endured:
Husband and I invited to dinner for 6:30pm. All 6 guests show up on time (hallelujah) and we are served drinks (no appetizers at this point). At 7:15pm, the hostess brings out several dips and sliced bread. Everyone is feeling peckish because dips and bread are demolished within several minutes. At 8-8:15pm we're seated and at 8:30pm, the first course is served. At 9pm, one of the couples leaves saying they have to get back to drive the sitter home (I think they were lying and probably scarfed down a burger on their way home LOL!) We and the other couple don't have kids so can't use that excuse. Main entree finally served around 9:30pm. We leave around 10pm, without staying for the dessert.

I wanted to leave when the first couple left because by then it was apparent that the meal would be served very late and I wasn't planning on such a late night. But my husband said it would be rude to go before the entree even though he was also wanting to go. Would it have been considered rude if we had made some sort of excuse and left? And if it's ok to go, what excuse would have worked? Dinner was on a Saturday so couldn't use the "need to get up early for work tomorrow" excuse.

Jan 15, 2012
SeoulQueen in Not About Food

Am in SF now - First Impressions

I really like Ritual coffee in the Mission- I try to stop by if I'm in that neighborhood. Have tried Blue Bottle once from their Ferry bldg location- thought it was good coffee too but not worth waiting in the massively long queue, so haven't gone back since. When I want my coffee, I don't expect to have to wait a ridiculously long time - it's not like I'm in the queue for Space Mountain at Disneyland!

Any other coffee places I am missing out on? Oh and good recommendations for places to buy high quality tea leaves would be welcome too!

Jan 11, 2012
SeoulQueen in San Francisco Bay Area

Am in SF now - First Impressions

Yes, I tried to forgo having a car but after one too many Friday nights futilely trying to find a taxi, let alone one that was free and also spending too many Sat afternoons waiting 20 minutes for my MUNI train, I gave up. Now I just drive my car everywhere (if it's not the SouthBeach/SOMA neighborhood) but I make it a point to arrive 1-2hrs early, park the car and explore whatever neighborhood the restaurant is located in before I go for my meal.

My bad on the Thirsty Bear comment but that was when I had just arrived. I completely agree with you there are better places. I love Monk's Kettle and you'll be glad to know I haven't been back to Thirsty Bear since that one time

I did try Zuni twice. First time was for dinner and I thought they did a good job representing Californian/local cooking. Second time was for lunch and it was horrible! But on the basis of the dinner, I am going to to back again for dinner and try their
signature whole chicken dish.

Jan 11, 2012
SeoulQueen in San Francisco Bay Area

Bourdain in San Francisco for Layovers

Anyone else think Danny Bowein looked like Whiplash from Iron Man (as played by Michael Rourke)? LOL

Jan 11, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

Bourdain in San Francisco for Layovers

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this episode! It was hilarious and I was constantly laughing as I watched Tony get more and more pissed (drunk) as the evening wore on! Danny Bowdein was obviously not quite sure what to do as the evening progressed and AB get drinking and drinking.

The No Reservations SF episode seemed a bit boring but this one made the city seem like a fun destination for drinking and eating and they included places that I've not previously seen/read about in travel guides. I went to the Tonga room before their $1million refurbishment but I'm definitely heading back the next time I get out-of-town guests. This weekend though, I'm off To Hyang - that place looked awesome!

Jan 10, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

Am in SF now - First Impressions

Thanks for the reminder! I've posted below about a few of the places I have eaten at so far... too many restaurants to list all of them so will try to post every few months.

Jan 09, 2012
SeoulQueen in San Francisco Bay Area

Am in SF now - First Impressions

Ok so I’m out here in SF for a lot longer than the initial assignment and have been busy trying as many places as possible. One thing I’ve noticed is that parking is difficult ! I definitely need my car as there are not enough taxis but it’s almost impossible to find street parking in places like Chinatown, Fillmore or North Beach. If anyone has secret parking spots they know of, please share! ☺

Anyways, here is a sampling of some of the restaurants I have been to and what I thought of them….

Perbacco – I LOVE this restaurant, it really reminds me of NYC. I could inhale their pork dish! They have a nicely edited wine list, a quiet buzz in the dining room (not too loud but not deafeningly silent either) and the professional waitstaff made for a very smooth and seamless dining experience. When I am dining here I can almost believe I‘m back in Manhattan.

Twenty Five Lusk – was apprehensive to try this place as it seems to have a “scene” and I’m too old for that now (LOL!) but finally tried it with some co-workers who were visiting. We came around 6pm and although they had no tables available for dinner that night, we were able to sit downstairs at the communal table. The food wast nothing memorable and the kitchen struggled to get dishes out in a timely manner. As the evening wore on, the increasing noise and crowds transformed the downstairs space into a “club” atmosphere making it difficult to have a conversation, so we skipped dessert and left. Didn’t eat anything compelling enough to make me want to go back and sit in their dining room.

La Ciccia – This neighborhood gem in Noe Valley served some of the best, authentic Italian food I’ve had while in SF. Certainly better food than what I had A16 and I would say overall I even preferred it to Incanto. Hard to find parking though!

A16 – what a disaster! I guess this restaurant is an example of what can happen when your star chef leaves. The proscuttio tasting was a disappointment – the meat tasted store bought and the presentation was careless – 2 piles haphazardly dumped on a tray. Even had to ask for bread to eat with it! The pizza was a mess – burnt crust, hardly any basil (only 2 leaves?) – might as well order Dominos! Definitely a low point and seriously damages SF’s reputation as a foodie destination.

Bun Mee – cute little Vietnamese in Fillmore, perfect for dropping in for a quick, casual lunch. When the warm sun is shining in Dec and I’m sitting by the window with a delicious grilled pork bun mee, life in SF is pretty good!

Foreign Cinema – thought this place was just a gimmick with the whole “watch a movie while you eat dinner” concept and only serve average food but I was pleasantly surprised by the upscale dining room décor with the large fireplace. The food was a nice surprise as well. The salumi here was excellent (A16 take note!) and although my roasted chicken was possibly a touch too dry, the skin was suitably crisped and the accompanying vegetables were on point. When the weather gets warmer, I’ll come back to sit in the patio and have that “dinner and a movie”.

And here is just a few comments regarding SF coffeeshops and ramen joints:

Coffeeshops – wow, the coffee out here is excellent but some of the places are a little too full of their hipster-selves (I’m talking to you Four Barrel! Your coffee might be great but 20-25 minutes to get a latte?? Seriously!!??!! )

Ramen Joints – have been to Genki, Tanpopo, Katana-Ya and Himwari (San Mateo) and these places are ok in a pinch but nothing comes close to Ippudo in Manhattan. I thought the ramen down in soCal was better than what I’ve had so far in SF.

I’m still searching for good sushi and Saturday brunch spots so any recommendations would be welcome. And I realize I have yet to go to the East Bay/Oakland but hope to remedy that soon.

Jan 09, 2012
SeoulQueen in San Francisco Bay Area

Need suggestions for a last minute long weekend in SF

For Sunday brunch, I would suggest going to Prospect. - it's walking distance. Took my in-laws there for brunch after seeing their famous "prospector breakfast" featured on the cover of 7x7 magazine and it was a very nice meal with good food and service. I would definitely go back and try other dishes from their menu.

They have Jan 15 Sunday 1pm reservations available on Opentable but when I was there, they still had empty tables at 11:30-12 so walk-ins shouldn't be a problem.

And of course you can walk to the Ferry building on Saturday and sample all the goodies at the farmer's market. Namu and Roli Roti always seem to be there but some of the vendors seem to switch out (this past Saturday I saw Hapa ramen).

Jan 09, 2012
SeoulQueen in San Francisco Bay Area

Name this Bay area only reservation website

That's IT!! Thank you so much, SF chowhounders I knew you guys would find it for me. It was driving me nuts trying to remember what that website was, although I am a little disappointed to learn it is simply a hack of OpenTable. :p

Jan 09, 2012
SeoulQueen in San Francisco Bay Area

Name this Bay area only reservation website

I hope someone on SF Chowhound can name this website for me (it's driving me nuts that I can't remember it!)

Last year, I read in a magazine (maybe it was a local one like 7x7 or maybe it was Food & Wine- I can't remember) about a website that listed available dinner reservations for Bay area restaurants only, especially for last minute/where to eat tonight type of reservations.

I believe one of the guys who developed the software said he'd even seen a handful of French Laundry reservations pop up now and again.

I can't recall the name of the website though - does anyone know?

Jan 08, 2012
SeoulQueen in San Francisco Bay Area

First cooking attempt - success or failure?

What was your first cooking attempt? And was it deliciously successful or an utter failure?

My first attempt to cook was when I was 5 yrs old. I had recently heard about rice pudding and while familiar with rice in it's usual steamed form, I was immediately enchanted with the idea that you could turn rice into a dessert! Nevermind that I used the wrong type of rice, what I didn't realize was my mother who only knew limited English back then, had re-purposed the sugar canister to hold salt (with the word written in Korean on a piece of tape).

You can imagine the first mouthful I had DID NOT taste good. Being a kid, I simply figured it needed more sugar. So I kept going back to the "sugar" canister and adding more "sugar". After repeatedly adding and tasting 4 times (because this was suppose to be a dessert so BY GOD it must taste good at some point!), I grew increasingly baffled as to why the dessert just kept tasting worse and worse and finally.. reluctantly.... threw the entire batch away.

Never underestimate what a kid will go through in order to eat something sweet.

Jan 08, 2012
SeoulQueen in General Topics

Top Chef Really Important Things To Do Before You Start the Show

Important TIp #48: Make sure you are mentally and physically fit! Top Chef is a grueling competition filmed over a compressed time frame of 4-6weeks. They WILL put you in situations that are physically and mentally exhausting.

You want to be remembered for your cooking, not for being overweight and almost passing out or for having a freakout in the stewroom.

Jan 08, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

Tea - Questions about Retailers / Pots / and types

That fact that you are making your tea double strength worries me - it sounds like your tea leaves are already stale when you buy them. A reputable tea shop should be able to tell you when the tea leaves were picked. I went to a Teavana once when one opened in a nearby town and bought tea from them and was not impressed - the tea smelled musty and stale.

I never save my teas for later multiple steepings - once the tea leaves have been exposed to hot water I don't think the natural qualities of the tea will keep. I do use again for a 2nd infusion if I want one after I have finished the 1st one but I wouldn't keep them and use the next day etc.

If you want zero caffeine in the evenings, you should look at the herbal teas. If you just want less caffeine then brew white teas in general. The different prices depends on several factors including flush (first vs second or third) and quality of the tea leaves (whole vs broken).

Explore all the different types of teas out there and enjoy the ones you like. Thinking that serious tea drinkers only drink oolong is rubbish - that is like saying serious coffee drinkers only drink Jamaican coffee.

Jan 08, 2012
SeoulQueen in General Topics

Poll: Would you eat a dog

Guess my age is showing (my husband says i am too analog) LOL! But I did think of Sonic the next night so guess I'm not that old! :)

Jan 04, 2012
SeoulQueen in General Topics

Top Chef: where are they now (ongoing)

Geez I guess Tweed and Plaid aren't too far behind! Lol. And if the theme is fabrics shouldn't it be seersucker? I agree the names are a bit contrived but based on my impression of San diego i think a lot of folks down there will think the names are cute. Honestly though, the saandwiches my husband and I had at seersucker were very good and the decor was nice (yet another copy of Tom colicchio's Craft with Edison light bulbs etc).

Jan 04, 2012
SeoulQueen in Food Media & News

Poll: Would you eat a dog

Just dined at Animal in Los Angeles. One of the dishes was braised rabbit legs with hedgehog! Even though I immediately had an image of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, although oddly enough no image of Peter Rabbit, I was game enough to order the dish (sorry for the pun).

Disappointingly..or maybe not, the waiter said it was hedgehog mushrooms, not hedgehog the animal. I still ordered the dish and it was fantastic - best dish of the entire meal. Yay for Peter Rabbit! :)

Jan 02, 2012
SeoulQueen in General Topics