k

kagemusha49's Profile

Title Last Reply

Looking for Birmingham Indian food recs

Maharajah of Brum - or was that just a song?

1 day ago
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

The Restaurant Reserve Wine List: Relic, Rip-off or Reward?

Well Joe Bastianich would certainly know about ripoffs - a couple of years ago he and Mario Batali had to return $5 million in tips that they had ripped off of their staff. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style...

Jul 26, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Gadget claims to filter wine sulphites

That sounds plausible - but they really shouldn't call it a filter. It's a chemical process.

Jul 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

My first cookware set

I sort of disagree with the advice of not buying a set - you just bought a condo and doubtless have a tight budget. If you want to entertain, you are going to need more than one pot. So a good quality set is a cheap way to get enough pieces to entertain. THEN over time you can add individual pieces that work for you if part of the set disappoints and then you can always give those parts away. Someone here has already mentioned Tramontina as being pretty good on the value quality spectrum. May I also mention this set for just under $200 - http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KCH1... It is anodized aluminum with stainless steel on the base (works for induction). In fairness, I have to say that I got this set for free as an Amazon Vine reviewer (and you can see my review if you follow the link - my review currently has 11 out of 11 positive votes. FWIW I got to review free stuff for Amazon because people seem to like my straight-shooting reviews - some positive and some negative.

Jul 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Gadget claims to filter wine sulphites

Sounds specious to me Zin. Dissolved sulfites CANNOT be filtered out of wine. It may be possible to remove them by some other means - probably chemical. But filtration can only remove particles. Perhaps the company is being very loose in its use of the word "filtration"

Jul 23, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine

Post your second half 2015 cookware and kitchen deals and finds here.

If you MUST have a burr grinder here is a manual one for $26.90 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z... I was asked to review this but passed on the opportunity as I'm not sure my joints are up to the task any more

Jul 14, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Favorite U.S. cities (other than Chicago) for a 3 day weekend? Food is #1 priority.... [moved from Chicago board]

I took all my employees to Nawlins in August one year. Hotels were dirt cheap - meals were great and cost us way more than the hotels. Weather was fine that year.

Jul 14, 2015
kagemusha49 in General Topics

5 night stay near British Museum mid-September

The only time we went to the Savoy theatre we had pre-theatre dinner at Banquette at the Savoy hotel. Sadly this has now closed but the there is Kaspar's - also at the Savoy. Here is a link to their pre-theatre menu http://www.kaspars.co.uk/wp-content/u...
I think it would be difficult to find a restaurant that is more conveniently located for the Savoy theatre

Jul 08, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

Martell VSOP disappeared?

Frankly I doubt that Martell VSOP is good enough for the market to be monopolized by Asians. Now Delamain or Tiffon (aka Brastaad) is a different question. Leaving cognac aside, the brandy that could get monopolized is armagnac.

Jul 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

Best or "Can't Miss" Local Restaurants in Omaha?

Glad you liked Jaipur - I seem to be about the only regular poster who knows about the place

Jul 01, 2015
kagemusha49 in Great Plains

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

That is my reading of it too DuffyH and the point I was trying to make.

Jun 29, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Actually Ray - I'm not sure what exactly you are agreeing about or even what your original point was meant to convey. You seem to think that aluminum cookware needs to be completely clad in steel to be good for induction - it doesn't. Anodized aluminum with a steel layer on the outside base is fine for induction, is lightweight and the aluminum confers great thermal properties - it is not "problematic". A steel layer on the internal/cooking surface is not necessary, adds weight, impairs thermal properties, confers no medical benefits (unless you are deficient in iron - in which case cast iron would be more effective).

Jun 29, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

The base is clad with stainless steel and that works perfectly well or induction. Since aluminum is a GREAT conductor the combination of aluminum and steel works just fine.

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware
1

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Ray - under the first link the Kitchenaid set has stainless steel bases - works fine with induction

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

What is the healthier ,better and affordable cookware set ? Non stick/teflon , Stainless steel ,Cast iron or Ceramic Non-stick?

Unless you have an iron deficiency (which cast iron cookware can help remedy) anodized aluminum &/or clad aluminum cookware is perfectly healthy, affordable and performs very well - light, great transfer. Here are links to two products that I got to review on Amazon (with explanations as tho why the aluminum is not a problem):-
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GJAC8A0/r... and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MGNDGSW/r...
My reviews are under my name David Emanuel

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Cookware

Best or "Can't Miss" Local Restaurants in Omaha?

Jaipur is a very interesting Indian restaurant that has its own microbrewery. Last time I went there the food (which was always good) had gone slightly fusiony but still good. And the beer is great too. It's in the Rockbrook Village Center and I think there may be a second location too.

Jun 28, 2015
kagemusha49 in Great Plains

Must Order at Raku

The uni, ikura and poached egg dish.
Kobe beef liver on a skewer ($4)

Jun 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Glutton downtown

Just got back from this year's unsuccessful World Series of Poker trip - I did get to play with Phil Helmuth and he seems nicer than he appears on TV. Anyway, what with awkward poker schedules and using up hotel dining comps, I didn't get many chances to eat experimentally. Did grab my traditional Huevos Estrellas (egg, fries and chorizo) at Julian Serrano in Aria. But since I was also staying downtown for a couple of days, I checked out Glutton - it's at 616 East Carson - 5 blocks East of the Golden Nugget or one block South of the Las Cortez. I sat directly on front of the wood-burning oven (my choice) to get a good view of the action. I had 2 starters 1) the chicken liver mousse - this comes with a thin layer of port wine sauce and four cubes of lightly tasted bread. If you are a liver fan (and I am) this is a sumptuous appetizer - dip the cubes in the mousse and enjoy. Truly a hit 2) based on server suggestions I also had the Parker house rolls - old style rolls swimming in butter - it was OK but nothing all that special - just a way to get you to pay $5 for bread. I also had 2 main plates (these are fairly small). 1) The sweetbreads are served "buffalo style" with whipped blue cheese and celery. I don't care how you serve it I love sweetbreads (up there with all kinds of liver IMHO) and these did not disappoint. 2) I also went for the shaved brussels sprouts salad. This WAS a disappointment mainly because it had a really unpleasant mouth-feel - I gave up on this one. Maybe they included this for the vegans - but even they would hate the mouth-feel wouldn't they? Accompanied all this with a couple of nice beers from Oregon. Got to chat with the boss chef. Since everything on the menu looked interesting I vowed to make it back next day for lunch. Didn't quite do that as I was playing in another poker tournament but I did go back shortly before 11pm after being knocked out of the tournament (did win some money in this one). This is when I found that they close at 10pm!! A block from Fremont Street and they close at 10pm. Next morning I went back again - wight when they opened. Had the curried cauliflower appetizer - this is chopped raw cauliflower bunged into the wood burning oven for a couple of minutes and then with some curried butter added and back in the oven for another minute. It was quite tasty and I got a strong whiff of turmeric (has anyone else noticed that lots of people including chefs say "tumor-ick" instead of turmeric) but, frankly, I've had better curried veggies elsewhere. I also had the spaghetti alla chiatarra with spring pea pesto and mint. This was different and pretty nice - again this might appeal to the vegans out there. Never quite managed to go for the burger but it looked good.

Jun 17, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Less Expensive LV Options for 1st time visitors?

Carnevino ("Carnevale?") would be an extreme splurge. As others have suggested Charlie Palmer's $48 cut of the week special would be a more manageable splurge. In general I agree with the other comments here. You might also want to try Glutton downtown - lots of interesting dishes and not too expensive unless you order everything on the menu. Reasonably priced sweetbreads and a sumptuous chicken liver mousse for starters.

Jun 15, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Top 10 Scotch whisky brands

Of these blends I'd consider drinking JW Black, Grant's and Bell - I might even consider Chivas if it was free (not a fan). I'll pass on the others - although there I three I've never tried.

Jun 08, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

The 7 Habits of Highly Annoying Wine People

I rate this article a 90 - would have been higher if they had come up with a dozen habits.

Jun 07, 2015
kagemusha49 in Wine
2

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Don't know it

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

If you have any desire to go punting, you will be very close to the Anchor pub (it's on Silver St by the river. Silver street parallels Pembroke St and Mill Lane) - you cannot get closer to the river and it is right where you rent punts.

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

SF level food...in Vegas. Does is exist? Help?

Well I may take you up on that offer - although I know SF reasonably well as I spent time at "the farm" doing my PhD many many years ago.

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Absolut sues Kahlua impersonator

Kah phooey!

Jun 05, 2015
kagemusha49 in Spirits

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Galeria gets good reviews and Fitzbillys has been solid for many decades - both are very close to Pembroke. some colleges actually serve quite good food - but I did not go to Pembroke so I don't really know - but it is worth checking out. Also, in summer just getting a cream tea or strawberries on the riverbank is very pleasant - Cambridge strawberries are excellent. Oh and in general there are MANY fine places to eat in Cambridge - it's just that I'm not really up on current developments.

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

SF level food...in Vegas. Does is exist? Help?

Always glad to oblige - seriously I get tired of posts from (mostly) New Yorkers with titles like "NYer coming to Vegas - any food that I'd like?". I mean, normally we'd direct out of towners to the hog-trough buffet or, for a really fancy meal, well there's this bang up place with a couple of golden arches outside. It is true that much that Vegas offers will be equalled or trumped by what SF offers and if you insist on eating in a Strip hotel you will almost surely be paying way too much. However there are impressive off-strip venues - such as Raku or Lotus of Siam - not to mention a vast array of Asian choices along Spring Mountain. There are also quite a few impressive and reasonably priced casino venues - Charlie Palmer Steak (for the cut of the week $48 special), Estatorio Milos (for the $23 lunch special), Sage, Wicked Spoon. And then there a few expensive but interesting gems like e by Jose Andres and Carnevino.

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas
1

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Which college in Cambridge will you be staying at - or will you be staying at a hotel?

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in U.K./Ireland

SF level food...in Vegas. Does is exist? Help?

What can I recommend for the palate of someone from San Francisco, a palate that is almost as discriminating as a New Yorker's? Gosh I'm stumped!

Jun 03, 2015
kagemusha49 in Las Vegas

Have the recent rains helped the drought?

I agree snow pack is what matters and that train has left the station for this summer

Jun 01, 2015
kagemusha49 in Not About Food