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Other Good Pizza In New Haven

i live nearby and always go to modern. just like clicking on the right square in minesweeper, youve opened up a new world for me. I'll give it a shot.

about 10 hours ago
majordanby in Southern New England
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bagel recs

thanks, on my list.

Oct 29, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

thanks! I'll give it a shot. based on a post about bagels on the manhattan board, i believe you are an ess-a-bagel fan (as i am). how would you rate bagel market to them?

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

"but they arent what Id call ideal"

ok, so what would you call ideal and are there other places in the boroughs not already mentioned in this thread that you would recommend?

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

jen - i agree about bergen. they also have some non traditional bagels that likely irk the bagel traditionalist. i slightly disagree about la bagel. youre right about the size and the sweetness, but i dont think their bagels are quite as bready as bergen's.

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

i tried utopia bagels the other day. I got a dozen (they give a baker's dozen. they have a wed special where if you buy 3 you get one free). with the sesame being relatively hot, I ate that out of the bag. I like the size - not quite as small as bagel hole, but not as large as ess-a-bagel and its many size copycats. Nice crackle to the crust. although not as dense as ess-a, it still had a nice chewiness to it. as a comparison, i got a sesame bagel from oasis bagel. unfortunately, not an equal comparison because the bagel wasnt as fresh. however, the biggest difference between the two was that while both bagels had the same size, crunch, and chewiness, bagel oasis simply lacked flavor. that's the problem i have with absolute bagel, which gets a lot of similar praise to bagel oasis.

verdict: i like em. without a car, it's hard for me to get to that part of queens, so i wont frequent it as much as i would like to. but, i would urge others who can conveniently access utopia bagels to try it out. thanks again for the suggestion/revelation!

Oct 28, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

Lobster Tail Pastry

I prefer cannolis over lobster tails. however, i prefer lobster tails over sfogliatelle. something about the baked ricotta in a sfogliatelle puts it down a notch for me. there's nothing like a lobster tail with a nice hot cup of coffee on a cold day.

i get em from lucibello's in new haven.

Oct 24, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Coffee, pastries, lunches and happy hours/beer/cocktails for a greedy BC Hound please

not a huge coffee drinker, but blue danube is nearby.

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

but the invisible hand!! adam smith!!

Coffee, pastries, lunches and happy hours/beer/cocktails for a greedy BC Hound please

i'll throw in heartbaker in the suggestion pool. i liked their scone and cheesecake.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918572

http://www.theheartbaker.com/

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $85,000 to support Berkeley’s proposed soda tax

the findings from the nascent research on the effects of soda taxes on child obesity has been somewhat inconsistent. A few studies find no effects on various measures of adolescent health, specifically BMI, for the average adolescent, but larger effects on high risk teens, specifically low income, urban african americans. a study done by jason fletcher, a public health economist, finds a modest reduction in soda consumption, but that reduction is off-set by an increase in the consumption of other high calorie drinks (e.g. gatorade).

there hasnt been an experimentally based study on the effects of a soda tax on consumption/BMI (or at least any that i am aware of), so one must be careful about making causal claims with the few studies we do have available.

an effective non tax strategy that targets the population of interest is eliminating vending machines and soda altogether from schools. eliminating cigarette vending machines was an integral part of the national campaign to reduce smoking in the US (along with eliminating ads, increasing the availability of information on the detrimental effects of smoking, the emphasis on the effects of second hand smoking, and yes, taxes). there are other ways besides taxes to reduce the societal impact of "sin" products - i dont think there is a silver bullet. or at least we should rely on experimentally based research before we consider policies and methods.

Absolute Bagels on UWS

does east river bread only sell at smorgasburg? if so, are they there every saturday?

Oct 12, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Absolute Bagels on UWS

I visited absolute and had their bagels when they were literally tossed from the oven and into my bag. And they were fantastic. An hour or so later, not so much.

"but still no better than Murray's, David's, H&H, Ess-A-Bagel"

ive had murray's 4 times - two of those times eating there and the other two taking a dozen home. and all 4 were sub par. no taste. bready. ess-a and david's - fine, with ess-a-bagel being my favorite. havent tried H&H.

check out baz bagels while you're checking out black seed. also, brooklyn bagels on 8th ave and if you're deep into brooklyn, mill basin.

Oct 12, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

Distinctive in SF for E. Coast [Portland, ME] foodies

coming from portland, i would avoid seafood since you guys have plenty of restaurants that do that (unless youre coming during dungeness crab season, which the east coast doesnt have).

portland has sort of the same restaurant culture as SF (e.g. locally sourced). one thing it does lack is a variety of ethnic cuisines. yank sing was a good suggestion. go down mission and try a burrito. burma superstar.

Visit the ferry plaza saturday morning - farmers market and the building itself houses a number of interesting shops.

Specific restaurant suggestions: Nopa, Aziza, Cotogna

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

Oct 07, 2014
majordanby in Chains

halal guys truck 53 & 6th open today sunday?

any difference in the quality of the food in the brick and mortar vs the truck?

Oct 07, 2014
majordanby in Manhattan

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

absolutely right about variation by city.

i guess it's about demand. who would provide the greatest demand for authentic thai dishes? probably thais. since there isnt necessarily a large thai pop in the bay area, thai restaurants need to cater to the customer base. if the american palette perhaps is not attuned to authentic thai cuisine, purveyors will bastardize dishes to fit that palette.

How often do you get a bad meal in the SF area?

greater likelihood of not getting dumbed-down, americanized dishes in the bay area - thai, indian, chinese, or vietnamese?

i would vote vietnamese as the clear #1 and chinese as the clear #4. Thai and indian - could go either way.

Levi's Stadium [Santa Clara]

what about places nearby the stadium?

Champa Garden (Oakland) report

whenever i go, i try to sample other things in the menu, but i often stick to my usual: the sampler platter and catfish.

i usually take out because it can be a wait.

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

youre right. you also compare to what else is around you - and there's zuppardis, sallys, and pepes in new haven - and somehow that increases the threshold. so,inconsistency relative to some population average is probably pretty low, but inconsistency gets heightened when you have other very similar options that are very close by. in other words, the room for error decreases quite a bit when youre around really good pizza places.

Oct 03, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

i live a few blocks from modern. they can be inconsistent, but when they get it right, it's a great pie.

Oct 03, 2014
majordanby in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

really bad pizza is probably easier to find and easier to identify than really good pizza. there are tell tale signs from all senses that let's you know a pizza is really bad. in order to determine whether a pizza is really good, you need to have some experience tasting pizzas from across the entire distribution.

Oct 03, 2014
majordanby in General Topics
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Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

"truly the worst restaurant experience of my life"

sure, i can see that. but saying it's worse than getting robbed. get some f*cking perspective, man.

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

I think what got you in deep water is your language in describing your experiences. I personally like bar tartine, but I can understand why someone wouldnt like a meal at any restaurant, regardless of its stature and prestige. So, I have no problem with that. I do have a slight issue with people making judgements based on one experience, but I can let that pass because that's a normal thing we do for most things we encounter in life. I think it's how you talked about tartine (and zuni and rich table and other restaurants you dont particularly like) that may have rankled a few feathers.

for example, I think you mentioned horrific and terrible about 20 times in your review of tartine. you also added the words amateurs, choke down, cry, mediocre, hackneyed, stoner, ridiculous and pedestrian. Then you further added-

"Bar Tartine was hands down the worst dinner of my, and my friend's lives. Absolutely horrific in every way. It was far more traumatizing eating there than having our car broken into and having all of our belongings stolen. The food is some of the worst food we have ever tasted anywhere, by any standards"

"Anyone recommending this place ought to be ashamed of themselves. I actually believe that it is an insider joke for anyone in SF to recommend this place to anyone, since I can't believe this is a serious restaurant. It should not be in business"

First, there are strong supporters of bar tartine on this board, so you touched a nerve. That last paragraph I quoted comes off as especially uppity, pretentious, and over the top, not to mention unnecessary since we know by now that you dont like the restaurant. It's like a teacher giving a bad grade to a student, telling him why, and then saying something like "any college admitting you should be ashamed." The first two are necessary, the latter not so much. Add in the quote about it being worse than getting robbed - I dont know - but, I would imagine getting robbed is slightly a bit more serious than one bad meal in a restaurant. Using the teacher analogy, it would be like a teacher saying "reading your term paper was worse than a burglar robbing me of my purse." If that is not hyperbole, I dont know what is. Secondly, I've read plenty of negative reviews of restaurants on this board (i dont know how many times robert has killed a place i enjoy), but this one is a bit over the top. you compared bar tartine's food to frozen digornio, subway, supermarket food, and bagel bites (you might as well add olive garden and totinos pizza rolls for good measure, although i like totinos pizza rolls so that would have been a positive for me).

Anyway, I take your review and add it to the many ive accumulated over the years from CH, friends and other sources. So, i appreciate as many reviews as possible so I can get a broader sample to make a decision off of.

All-Star Donuts [San Francisco, Marina DIstrict location]

ive seen many places selling both chinese food and donuts and wondered the same thing.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc...

Baltica (San Mateo)

are those tomatoes in the adobang pusit dish?

Some dinner suggestions please!

Vietnamese - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722210

La folie is in nob hill - french/cal cuisine. Other cal cuisine type places - boulevard, gary danko, range, bix, nopa, zuni.

bagel recs

great, thanks for the suggestion. on my list.

Sep 23, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs

bagel recs

thanks, i'll check it out. on my way to JFK!

Sep 23, 2014
majordanby in Outer Boroughs