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Single Diner New York

for Momofuku Ko, could I walk in with no reservation and get seated fairly quickly as a solo diner?

Jul 25, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

French Laundry solo?

great choice - i did a solo dinner in front of the kitchen. great meal, great watching the chefs prepare.

Jul 25, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

you go away for a week, and the food you miss most is....

local, reasonably priced, seasonal fruit and vegetables. at its peak, you can visit a farmers market every day of the week except Monday.

sourdough baguettes (and, as stated above, just good bread in general)

burritos

dungeness crabs

Jul 06, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

Portland, Maine - My Long Weekend Food Itinerary - Thoughts Welcome!

make sure you get to scratch relatively early for bagels. I got there around 10:00 and they were sold out.

Jun 29, 2014
majordanby in Northern New England

POOR GRAD STUDENT RECS

Bagels - my personal favorite is ess-a-bagel on 3rd.

Others sort of nearby Hell's kitchen - Tal Bagels on 1st, Bagel talk on amsterdam, and fairway market, although likely not piping hot right out of the oven, makes some solid bagels - nearest one is on broadway.

If you want to go further for bagels, kossars makes good bagels and bialys - they're near russ and daughters (they also distribute through barney greengrass). black seed and baz bagels are new and getting a lot of buzz.

Jun 17, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Ike's at Stanford -- Closed

i still have fond memories of the thai place in the basement of the math building.

Jun 14, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area
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Shake Shack 10th Anniversary Special Celebration

anyone try the other special burgers from this week?

Jun 13, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Exactly one nice meal in Portland!

Bob - hmm, dont think vinland will be good with kids. great place for just you and the wife.

I have never been to east ender. I saw a couple of families at Local 188 when I was there earlier this year - that might be another option.

If you end up going to Slab, let us know how it was.

Jun 11, 2014
majordanby in Northern New England

Exactly one nice meal in Portland!

I had a very nice meal at Vinland last week. It's a relatively new restaurant (opened late last year?) - it's now getting some real buzz with spring and summer coming in.

For maybe a more expanded menu, cant go wrong with central provisions. CP and Street & Co. are my staples when im up in portland.

let us know what you decide and how it went!

Jun 11, 2014
majordanby in Northern New England
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Where to live in Oakland for food?

and the gentrification continues

Jun 07, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

The FiveThirtyEight Does Burritos

ditto arizona

Jun 06, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

State Recipe Ideas #1: California

Having just left CA after 30+ years in the state, here are the things I miss-

Produce - no doubt in my mind, if you live in CA, year round produce is the one thing to take advantage of. the only place that come close is the pacific northwest. The freshness, the variety, the proximity, the low prices, the quality. i lived in the bay area and depending on where you live you can go to farmers market every single day to get the ingredients for dinner year round. living in the northeast right now, i can only dream of making a fresh, low priced kiwi, kale and avocado salad in the winter. and the fruits! cherries in the spring, stone fruit in the summer, grapes and apples in the fall, citrus in the winter.

Sourdough and crab- When I think of the bay area around thanksgiving through most of the winter, i think of a fresh acme sourdough baguette, freshly steamed dungeness crab (a little salt, garlic and lemon), and a glass of chardonnay from Napa's finest.

-Sand dabs - grilled with minimal seasoning topped off with a sprinkle of lemon juice. put over a bed of vegetables.

May 29, 2014
majordanby in Home Cooking

Request for your Best of the Best in SF to WOW my Fiance!!

" Best place for unique SF experience (not touristy)"

Ferry plaza Saturday morning - plenty inside and farmers market. Search the board to find out different recs.

"Best places for seafood"

Seafood - surprisingly, seafood isnt that big in SF. Tadich grill for sand dabs (and cioppino). sam's is another old school seafood place. swan oyster. Here's a recent and relevant thread

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/913831

May 27, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area
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The Great Berkeley/Oakland Fried Chicken Sandwich Contest

I had a fried chicken sandwich at southie a long time ago. however, i dont think that's a regular on their menu.

i actually dont mind BB's sandwich as long as you dont come into it thinking it came from heaven. I always felt they needed better, sturdier bread to hold their chicken and slaw in. I always ordered on a weekday morning after it opened but before the lunch rush, so i just basically walked in with no wait. it is nice that they serve you a taste of some of their baked goods if the line is long.

May 26, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

Who should pay for the dinner in this scenario

maybe im not too socially adept, but why would paying for the meal of the person who is having a birthday and not her husband awkward?

May 22, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Who should pay for the dinner in this scenario

if i was the friend, i would offer to pay her meal since it's her birthday, regardless of whether I expected something different. why? well, because it's her birthday. but, that's just me.

May 22, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

So, comfort food...

moonshine

May 20, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

NYT on Food Halls: Chelsea Market, Eataly, the Plaza Food Hall, Essex St Market, Gotham West, and Grand Central

what do you regularly buy at eataly?

May 18, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Restaurant in city [San Francisco]

there's always slanted door - has its supporters and detractors, do a search.

i would go with ame - japanese fusion.

May 16, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

barney greengrass bagels

does barney greengrass make their own bagels? or do they outsource them? if the latter, does anyone know where they get their bagels from? thanks in advance.

May 16, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Veges and Tofu with Green Curry

Thanks for the recipe. I do something similar with this, but use cauliflower. I throw the tofu straight in - next time i'll do the siracha/fish sauce marination.

Apr 30, 2014
majordanby in Home Cooking

Bringing food/coffee into another shop

"Then ordered 2 bowls of pho"

at least they ordered something. i saw someone come into a restaurant and brought out a banquet of food out of her bag.

and ordered a diet coke.

Apr 30, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Bringing food/coffee into another shop

I would bring the good baked goods into the good coffee shop. I'm assuming it's a regular coffee shop - people come in and out, people on their laptops working, people meeting to catch up. You can be more discreet about these things in a coffee shop than in a bakery (at least that's my experience). ive brought and ive seen people bring all sorts of things into starbucks.

if the coffee shop is more formal or is completely empty, than i probably wouldnt do it unless the baked good is something that isnt so out there (like bringing out a baguette or a slice of cheesecake).

Apr 30, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Decline in the food truck craze?

As with most fads and trends, i think food trucks, at least in large metro areas like the bay area, are regressing to a stable level of supply and demand. in the case of the bay area, that level isnt zero or whatever it was at the peak of the food truck faze, but somewhere in between. I think the trucks that have been around since the beginning (e.g. chairman, senor sisig) will stick around - and new trucks will pop up to be used by those trying to enter the business - likely to get into a brick and mortar. As long as OtG is around, trucks will still have a presence.

the fad nowadays seem to be pop-ups at brick and mortars.

Apr 27, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

I second Melanie's suggestion. Also, sam's chowdermobile up in half moon bay - they also visit various markets and street food setups across the bay area.

Apr 19, 2014
majordanby in San Francisco Bay Area

Single Men Who Cook

i was bringing up two stereotypes of men and cooking - microwave/out of can and BBQ'ing. Making anything else (like quiche or baking brownies) - not a male stereotype. However, as someone who nearly always ends up BBQ'ing whenever I am with family, your point is well taken.

Apr 16, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

10 best Supermarkets

if it's any consolation, wal mart was ranked at or near the bottom of this list.

Apr 16, 2014
majordanby in Chains

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

"I'm directly across from the kitchen and restrooms"

ahhh, if there are any bad smells, blame it on the restroom

Apr 14, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

3 drinks, up at 3am, why?

well, that's disappointing. I thought you referring to the land of chocolate dream homer simpson had but instead of chocolate it's pizza.

a city made entirely of pizza....mmmmmmmm

Apr 14, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

3 drinks, up at 3am, why?

"crazy pizza dreams"

wow, i wouldnt mind having one of those.

Apr 13, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food