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Curing salt in Brooklyn?

YOu probably know way more about it than I do but the type of stuff you need depends on the type of curing you want to do. Ive never seen it in a brooklyn food store but there may be some fermentation/curing/beermaking supply store. Prague Powder no 1 nas salt and sodium nitrite and no 2 (for dry salami, etc) has in addition sodium nitrate. YOu would need to talk with a butcher that actually cured their own sausage, like the two polish butchers on 5th in Park Slope or one of the places in Greenpoint.
http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/seas...

note, there is a lot of bad info out there about this subject - the gourmet "pink salts" at places like TJs are just NaCl (salt) and do not contain the added ingredients need for the cure.

1 day ago
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Local dinner choices in Park Slope

Updating a bit - Kaz a Nou and Marco's have since closed or are closing.Unclear what will be happening in the Marco's space.

Dec 13, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

ok well, while we do not brunch typically,I can recommend the eating at the following places in Park Slope which serve brunch: Al di La (offers both from their lunch and brunch menus), Runner & Stone (superior bread and pastries), Korzo (a great, unusual fried burger, lots of veer on tap, and other central
european specialties. these are in addition to Delaware in Hudson in Billyburg and The Good Fork in Red Hook, deemed to far away.

Dec 09, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

It was dinner - in the cramped back dining room, in addition to loud patrons, sounds from the open kitchen right in the space, with the cooks throwing around pots really added unbearably to the racket. the garden was great but obviously not feasible for winter.
re comment about travel the 20 and 30 somethings seem to think nothing of travelling to distant neighborhoods, my daughter regularly goes to meetups with friends in Williamsburgn Bushwick, Astoria, Flatbush, Bed Sty, Upper Manhattan, etc etc. on subway or bike

Dec 08, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

I agree that Frankie's is nice - we had a very good meal there a couple months back - but the din in the dining room - with the open kitchen with clanging pans - is deafening for aging ears. We would not have been able it eat if they had not been serving in the garden.

Dec 08, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Ligurian / Tuscan Coast in the December / January. Turn the GUM period into The Great 8 !

Upscale diining wasnt the angle we were pursuing on our three days in Genoa a couple years back. There is not a lot of fish in that sea so the good fish is pricy. Il Genovese is very good trattora cooking but decidely not upscale. Upscale will probably mean a place offering the kind of seafood not normally found in a trattoria - I think Da Rina was mentioned for this by a generally reliable poster but I am sure there are other options. Will review my research materials if I have a chance. Genoa is a great town.

If you have car issues maybe you would be better off staying in one of the adjoining coastal towns and taking a train/bus into the center. We stayed up above the centro in an apartment and enjoyed taking the funicular down.

If you are interested in refined, delicious regional bourgeois food presented in extremely pleasing surroundings and not mainly the starred establishments you could enjoy Nonna Nina, in a scenic location on Monte Portofino overlooking Camogli http://www.nonnanina.it/il_locale_di_... also La Brinca in Ne. up a twisty road from Chiavari http://www.labrinca.it/. The latter particularly has a nice winelist and a very pleasing weekend lunch ambience.
Not sure what the Cinque Terre trails are like in the winter - it depends greatly on the weather - it might well get slippery or muddy- but we werent tempted to join the crowds - even in late november there were crowds on the trails meaning that walkers would constantly have to step off - we were very happy with the alternative coastal walks we took, out of Levanto over toward the Cinque Terre (the climb down to Monterosso was pretty steep) but there were great coastal views and of the CQ) and a long ridgeline walk we took from the Sanctuario above Rapallo back to our home base in Chiavari.I would not do either in foggy or wet conditions (Monte Portofino also has great walks). Id venture to say that you would be more likely to eat better at most of the other towns along that coast than you would in the CQ. If you are chilly and want something hearty for lunch, Id think the woodfire cooked soups and farinata at Luchin in Chaivari would be hard to beat thought their winelist is poor. We really liked this elegant small coastal town.

Dec 08, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Anchorage downtown recc?

thanks for responding to this thread! We wound up having a pretty much excellent dinner at the Glacier Brewhouse after considering the alternatives - Id say the appetizers were excellent as were two out of the four main dishes. I ordered a salmon with asian seasonings and the salmon was dry with a small serving size (just as well). Very disappointing to have better Copper River Salmon in my NY kitchen from Costco. My sister had a meat dish which was also somewhat of a letdown but I thought we did very well to be happy with all but two dishes. The beers were enjoyable, service friendly, bustling but quiet enough to talk with crowd of both locals and tourists. I recommend.

I will give some feedback on some of the other places we visited but we were in the hands of Holland America, without a car so options were somewhat limited.

Alaska was quirky and wonderful and we enjoyed our eating even with the mobility limitations noted.

Dec 07, 2014
jen kalb in Pacific Northwest

Goat kid

Here are some possibilities in Queens.
http://www.zabihah.com/sub/9Gku594eh7...

Dec 06, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Eating my way through Testaccio, Rome: recommendations wanted

wondering wasnt there an artichoke specialist place you were going to try a few months back - was that Pecorino?

Dec 06, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Goat kid

go to a halal butcher. What borough are you looking in?

Dec 05, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Early dinner in Rome. I know!

Ah, you said "long haul" and I did not think Europe.

It looks like Enoteca Provincia Romana might indeed be an option for you http://www.parlafood.com/enoteca-prov...

One additional thought - Volpetti piu seems open.http://www.volpetti.com/815/Vieni-a-t...
Yes its cafeteria style but the food has to be better than the airport and its right next to the ostiense rail station. Very good for a quick sitdown meal with kids.

Dec 04, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Early dinner in Rome. I know!

I dont know what your plans are overall, but I strongly suggest that if you are crossing a lot of time zones that you take the opportunity of adjusting your kids to Italian eating hours (late lunch and dinner) instead of sticking with your home hours. They wont know the difference and it will make your life a lot easier. I dont personally know of any sit down restaurants that serve as early as you want- 7:30 is really early for Italy but some of our locals might

Dec 04, 2014
jen kalb in Italy
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Critique/revise my rough Italy itinerary (Rome/Florence/Venice)

did you see the separate New Years thread on Venice?

Dec 03, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

I made this salad spinach dish to accompany our big followup meal - Thoough I loved it I did not get the big hunks of medjool dates at all in this - actually found them too rich and rather unpleasant. Thinking of finely chopping them or maybe using some date syrup instead.

Dec 03, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

the toasted sesame paste is for east asian dishes, and is not what would be prescribed for an Ottolenghi recipe. His tahini is garlicy, lemony, creamy, pretty mild.

Dec 03, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking
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MIlan Lunch/Rome Dinner on December 26

the vagaries of renting - yes, no more Prati, more likely near Santa Maria Maggiore

Dec 02, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

MIlan Lunch/Rome Dinner on December 26

We are taking a last minute trip to Rome over the holidays with transit through Milan. Is there going to be an issue finding places open at lunchtime on Friday Dec 26th in Milan, or snagging a meal in the evening when we arrive in Rome?

Dec 02, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Local dinner choices in Park Slope

I have to give this a think since we do not usually go out for brunch/late lunch on Sundays. Would have recommended Marco's on Flatbush Ave but they are closing next month, sadly. We like Delaware and Hudson, very special food, and they offer a brunch/lunch on Sunday but they are in Williamsburg, not Park Slope area - you would have to join your cousin there (not hard). reserve. We also like Good Fork,which is in Red Hook - you would have to take a bus in addition to the train to get there. Interesting neighborhood, though, There is also a new Thai in that area which people have been talking about but very small, probably not a place to sit around, and a very good pastry shot Baked.

I think you should post this request as a separate query to get more of a response from any brunchers on this Board.

Nov 26, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Monti trattoria in April for solo traveler?

We have liked Nerone. which is a good traditional local trattoria. Urbana 47 reminded me of some of the hipsterish modern restaurants in downtown brooklyn - there were even a couple of singles with laptops in there.

Nov 26, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

we made this with sweet potatoes rather than squash last year and got raves with both veggies and non. And of course you can use your own judgement about how much tahini to pour on. We dont have any problem using up extra tahini in our house..

Nov 24, 2014
jen kalb in Home Cooking
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Marco's Closing

I have mixed feelings about Marco's. We ate quite well there but the servings were a little too small, the style of many of the dishes a little too austere, bread had to be ordered, and above all the wine list was quite overpriced. These features detracted from the feeling of warmth and welcome - that the restaurant was on your side and wanted you to have a good time - that I think are essential to a restaurant's success. Other good restaurants in brooklyn can manage to price bottles at under $40 on their lists but here, we strategized about drinking at home before and after the meal and simply ordering a glass. I think Franny et al can and should try to come up with a different hospitality concept that will be a success in that space and bring more people in.

Nov 21, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs
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Nominate your favorite restaurants in New York Outer Boroughs for "Best of 2014."

we are particularly liking Delaware and Hudson this year.
Their presentation, very interesting semi-fixed menu pricing - at a good price point for an evening) and of course the delicate, interesting regional food.
http://delawareandhudson.com/

also much loved and consistently good - Ba Xuyen for thir great banh mi and friendly folks

Nov 21, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs
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day of the week in Rome?

To me the list of weekly dishes is not that different Many US informal restaurants which offer limited menus particularly at lunch time - most dishes don't ever change but there are daily specials that cycle through the week and you can expect your meatloaf, say or chicken and dumplings on particular days. These tend to be restaurants that cater to regular habitues and tend to be very traditional and non-creative and often humble The Cuban restaurants run by Chinese in NY always had this kind of cycle for example (the obvious bacalao on Friday, pernil (roast pork) with yuca on Saturday and so on). that way the regulars can be satisfied and know when and where they can eat their favorites

David Downie has a little bit of a bug on this and here is his List of "piatti canonici" - the expression is ironic I expect, reflecting its informality
Monday: riso e indivia in brodo or bollito
Tues: pasta e ceci, pasta e fagioli, oxtail stew or fish
Wed: nothing special
Thurs: gnocchi di patate
Fri: paste e ceci, pasta e broccoli, minestri de arzilla, or baccala
Sat: trippa alla romana
Sun: fettucine with meat, chicken liver and tomato sauce, followed by roast baby lamb.

Dont have time to go through his 2009 book in its entirety and some of these places may have closed since, but some places Downie mentions as offering the canonical dishes include Il Matriciano in Prati, Antico Falcone on Via Trionfale, Da Dante (Via Monte Santo), Da Sergio (Vicolo delle Grotte), Settimio al Pellegrino, Il Cavaliere Gino,La Campana, Tonino (Via del Governo Vecchio), Trattoria Cadorna,Antica Osteria da Angiolino (Via Macchiavelli - note, the cycle he describes at this restaurant differs from that above!, Il Biondo Tevere (near St Paul outside the walls), Zampagna, ditto, Da Giovanni, Via della Lungara, Trastevere.

Also please note Downie listxs Trattoria da Ugo Gran Sasso, Sora Lella (and slowfood guide lists Osteria di veledromo Vecchio) as offering the minestra di broccoli in brodo d'arzilla.

Nov 21, 2014
jen kalb in Italy
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Holiday Party Queens/Manhattan: Spanish food

I don't think the West Indian people I know would object to good fresh chicken and fish! Meat seems to be an issue with a lot of them, however.

Nov 20, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

Matera and Monopli

Honestly do a search of this Board using the search box up left with each of your destination names. I tried to link a couple of good reports found there but my internet disconnected and lost the text..

I see you already have some recommendations,

Best wishes for a great trip,and looking forward to hear about your eating!

Nov 19, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

day of the week in Rome?

Sid,what book are you reading? My recollection is that David downie's Rome guide,not his cookbook, made a big thing out of identifying restaurants all around the city that offered dishes on this cycle.

Nov 17, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Nice Wine Bar or Pub for Groups Brownstone Brooklyn

Korzo might have space in the back for a group of that size. Its bear and food are very good.

Nov 14, 2014
jen kalb in Outer Boroughs

In Italy and kinda over the food

I do particularly like the versions or cacio e pepe with fresh tonnarelli pasta - but the porkiness of good carbonara, gricia, or amatriciana pasta preparations is very appealing

Nov 13, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

Honeymoon location help

Central tuscany can be chilly in May. Allende has given you a suggestion for the tuscan coast with fine food. We loved the Amalfi coast (stayed in lovely Ravello, not Positano) and the light citrus touched seafood veg and cheese based cuisine there. It will be beautiful there in May, good for strolling but probably not beach weather yet. Sicily could be really nice too. General travel advice is really offtopic for chowhound and there is delicious food to be had in all your potential destinations - Id say once you decide what area you are going to we can be more helpful.

Nov 13, 2014
jen kalb in Italy

In Italy and kinda over the food

in campania ther is a lot more than caprese salad to please you.you should definitely eat the vegetable dishes offered as contorni, antipasti or mains - eggplant parmigiana, with pasta (alla sorentine, other names also, etc, the marinated and herbed zucchini called scapece, along with similar eggplant and pepper items.. the grilled scamorza (provola) cheese as a main dish is really enjoyable in this area. the stewed baby octopus (moscardini, other names) can be exuqisite). The genovese - an oniony beef pasta sauce - is a neapolitan specialty you would enjoy in the area.

In rome the classic pasta dishes are typically based on one or the other (or both) of pecorino cheese and cured pork - in addition to carbonara, you might like amatriciana (tomato with cured pork) Also many restaurants offer a creamy sauce with mushrooms, peas etc called alla ciociara or something similar, very nice. Gnocchi can also please. Do have some grilled or fried baby lamb - abacchio - some chicken with peppers if you can find it (maybe at Armando's) and some roman oxtail stew (coda alla vaccinara). Im assuming you look out for resstaurant reccomendations here because random restaurants can yield subpar meals.

Nov 13, 2014
jen kalb in Italy