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bagel recs

if dr atkins is also rolling bagels, i'll buy from him too!

about 20 hours ago
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

thanks for the info

about 20 hours ago
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

sounds very promising. thanks!

about 20 hours ago
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

thanks, ill make sure to check it out

about 20 hours ago
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

thanks for the suggestions

about 20 hours ago
majordanby in Manhattan

bagel recs

I'm eating my way through as many bagel shops in manhattan. Below are the places I have hit. Are there any notable bagel places that I'm missing and should try? Thanks in advance.

Ess-a-Bagel
Murray's
Zaro's
Zucker's
Bagel Express
Absolute Bagels
Daniel's Bagels
Kossar
Tompkins Square Bagels
David's Bagels
Tal's
Brooklyn Bagels and Coffee
Bantam Bagels
Bagelworks
Zabars
Fairway
Bagel Talk
Black Seed Bagels
Baz's Bagels
Pick a bagel
Davidovich Bagels
Best Bagel and Coffee
Heavens hot bagel
H&H Bagels
Bagels & Co.
Crafted Bagels

1 day ago
majordanby in Manhattan

House made bagels

"But I'm still mourning "Schmendrick's Bagels"!"

What happened to those guys? I had one of their bagels when they were selling them out of that video store and it was pretty good - but, damn were they expensive!

hot cross buns in CT

it's lent time, which means hot cross buns. can anyone recommend a place or two that sells em? thanks in advance.

How long will you stand in line for food?

what you should do is have him drop you off - you wait in line, he looks for parking. by the time you are at or near the front of the line, he's found a parking spot.

or you can play a game - who gets it first? BBQ or parking?

How long will you stand in line for food?

not long unless i am with people. i intentionally visit places that are notorious for long lines at the hours when the line is likely to be short. i grabbed a cronut in the dead of winter right when Dominique Ansel's bakery was opening for the day. i would rather dip my hand in scalding water than wait in line with a bunch of tourists mid morning during peak NY tourist season.

several years ago, i went to a street food fair in the mission in SF - after enduring an hour in line listening to a bunch of 21 year old yuppies and getting jostled by people walking through in the incredibly small space this fair was set up in - i watched in disbelief as the person literally one spot ahead of me get the last plate of what i was wanting to buy. i told myself then - never again!

Feb 21, 2015
majordanby in General Topics

gourmet/provisions shop for gift?

if youre not looking for a premade basket, you can pick and choose items from the shops at the ferry plaza. i think several of the shops also have predmade baskets.

http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.c...

Lent Starts One Week From Today

My perspective with respect to Lent is threefold: (1) give up something you've been meaning to let go for awhile (2) give up something so you can appreciate it more when you start it back up after Lent and/or (3) do something rather than give up something in the spirit of active service

SF Trip 2015

"I really hate this website but have been using it since the 90's."

I really dont like you and I've been your friend this long only because there's no one else around - i sort of just got used to you. Oh, by the way, can you help me with another request?

Solo Dining San Francisco

If you are looking for Mexican, I would go to a taqueria - plenty around the mission area. Not fancy, some not even sit-down. but, great, good value, best you can find in the country, single diner friendly...

La Taqueria, Taqueria CancĂșn, Taqueria San Jose...many others.

Cafe Intermezzo in Berkeley

no problem. let us know what you find.

Cafe Intermezzo in Berkeley

I believe pizza hacker on mission sells "The Intermezzo salad" as a homage to the (big) salads sold at cafe intermezzo.

http://thepizzahacker.com/

best pizza by the slice

i like their whole pies. their slices not so much for the very reason you cite (reheated).

best pizza by the slice

"nearly all metropolitan areas"

i believe you about ny and nj because i am living near there now.

best pizza by the slice

"There are cities out here that have 30,000 people and the only pizza available is Round Table. Speaks volumes"

you can say that about nearly all metropolitan areas in the united states

Ess-a-bagel sayonara?

excellent news.

Jan 24, 2015
majordanby in Manhattan

Bringing food to parties/dinners

thanks for clarifying. if i knew your address, i would crash one of your parties and bring a veggie casserole with me.

Nov 26, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Bringing food to parties/dinners

black and white cookie?

Nov 26, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Bringing food to parties/dinners

"It didn't land."

You should have brought a loaf of rye bread.

Nov 26, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Bringing food to parties/dinners

i know on the internet things get lost in translation, so please dont take my questions as attempts to attack you in any way. i am asking questions for clarity and nothing else.

" In fact, it's a weird notion"

people are different, so i dont think it's weird. somebody coming to my party and urinating on my lawn for no apparent reason - now that's weird. somebody coming to my party and bringing a vegetable casserole for no apparent reason - kind, generous...

the point of my original post is to point out that in a non trivial number of cases a conversation between guests and the host about what to bring does not take place. if such a thing occurred in every single party/dinner, i wouldnt have posted my question, someone would have called me out 4 years ago (4 years! ive been on this damn site that long??!) and told me that i was an idiot for even thinking such a thing does not universally occur, and seinfeld would not have made millions on the episode i refer to in my original post.

i take it in your case, you always tell your guests whether or not they are invited to bring something (or all your guests ask you whether or not they should bring something). similarly, in all the parties you attend, the host communicates to you if you're welcome to bring something (or you always ask the host whether or not you should bring something). my questions above to you were merely to understand if you were in a "weird" situation where such communication does not occur, which is the question i am asking in my original post, what would you do. you answered it (as a host, you dont expect anything and you would not feel obliged to serve it if someone brought something and, as a guest, by my assumption, you would never bring something) and i thank you kindly for doing so.

Nov 26, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Bringing food to parties/dinners

"If I say something like "just bring yourselves" and they show up with something that's clearly intended to be a main course or a side dish, then I would not feel obligated to serve it."

If you didnt say "just bring yourselves," what would you do then?

Nov 24, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Rule #1...always...

check carton of eggs before purchase. dont want to buy a carton with one egg (or a dozen) that is cracked.

Nov 22, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Bringing food to parties/dinners

"I would feel ZERO obligation to serve it at that time"

So, do you normally tell guests beforehand not to bring food?

Nov 22, 2014
majordanby in Not About Food

Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

that hummus pizza, curry potato (thank god i only got a slice) and anything pesto i avoid like the plague.

Re-thinking Berkeley icons at holiday time

i personally dont think all CB pizzas taste the same. some are "greasier" than others (e.g. 4 cheese), some are sweeter (e.g. peaches), some have pretty distinct tastes (e.g. anything pesto, anything topped with arugula), some are lighter (e.g. heirloom tomato). A pizza with roasted potatoes tastes different for me than one that has mushrooms.

The crust is the same. The different cheeses and toppings make the pizzas different.

Not saying I like all CB pizzas. I lived nearby and ate there frequently. I pretty much learned which types of pizza I didnt like and avoided them by following the posted menus on their website.

with that said, CB does have archetypes or foundations for the pizzas they put out (sweet vs roasted vs tangy vs pesto). cauliflower vs broccoli? taste pretty darn similar. nectarine vs peaches? ditto.

Football Saturday, breakast/brunch...near Berkeley but out of heavy traffic? Must be Veggie Friendly

gather in berkeley. opens at 10 for brunch. never been there during game day, especially when stanford rolls into town, but at least it's nearby.