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Galatoire's Advice?

Thanks, we will be very patient! Gonna try Wed or Thu night.

Apr 02, 2013
hash_slinger in New Orleans

Galatoire's Advice?

Wife and I will be in town next week and want to try to get into Galatoire's, first floor. Any tips on how best to accomplish this? What time should we head for the line?

Mar 29, 2013
hash_slinger in New Orleans

Clover- and Siphon-Brewed Coffee

There's also one at a place on Bedford Ave. Not sure of the name, but it's across the street from the L station. Sorry I can't be more specific. It's the first place I saw a Clover and the barista was complaining about the Starbucks buyout.

Jul 21, 2008
hash_slinger in Manhattan

[HOU] Coal vs. wood burning oven for pizza?

I can personally vouch that it's the tremendous heat a coal-fired oven reaches. It's important to note that the "coal" in NYC pizza terms ain't charcoal but the stuff that miner's pull out of the ground. The coal is burned to heat the oven, but the pizza is not exposed to the smoke. That goes right up and out of a chimney (hence the issue within NYC limits). When I'm out for pizza in NYC we order one medium pizza and eat it. When the waiter asks if there'll be anything else, we order another one, and so on. It only takes 4-6 minutes for them to get you another pizza. That way, it doesn't get cold. Which, as previously mentioned, can kill the taste/texture.

Jul 01, 2008
hash_slinger in Houston

Requesting Rehoboth Recs please

Small aside, the draught beer served at the Dogfish Head Brewpub IS brewed on the premises. Bottles to take out are from the production brewery in Milton.

Jun 24, 2008
hash_slinger in Mid-Atlantic

Top Chef 5 in NYC!

"Anyone not getting the 8pm seating at Momofuku Ko will be eliminated"
So we can wrap-up the whole season in one day :-)

Top Chef 5 in NYC!

While I'm sure we'll see some new places, I'm guessing some past judges and their respective places will be represented. Boulud, Dufresne, Ripert, etc. As well as the FCI, Le Cirque...

Top Chef 5 in NYC!

Found this on NY Magazine's website today. It's about time (if it's true)!

Top Chef is coming at last to the city where it was plainly meant to be: our own metropolis of New York City, reports Snack. Lee Ann Wong of the French Culinary Institute, Top Chef’s culinary producer, confirms that the show will be in New York, but not without some reservations: “It’s definitely going to create some challenges for us. Hopefully people will be cool enough to respect what we’re doing and not follow us around with cameraphones.” We doubt it, but that should just add to the frenzy of hype, speculation, and gossip that is Top Chef’s singular mood and music. Given how aggressive the bloggers were in Chicago (they scoped out the chefs with telescopic lenses), we can only imagine what will happen when New York’s blogging corps gets a beachhead.

http://nymag.com/daily/food/2008/06/t...

Nespresso coffee machines!

Yes, I was comparing all Nespresso machines to the "other pod" machines, ie. Tassimo, etc.

Jun 12, 2008
hash_slinger in Cookware

Nespresso coffee machines!

I bought the "cube" version from Williams-Sonoma about a year ago. I absolutely love it. I don't own any of the accessories as I'm only using it for espresso. I don't think any of the other "pod-type" coffee makers can put out the pressure that this thing can. It's the high pressure that gives you an authentic crema.

Jun 12, 2008
hash_slinger in Cookware

Restaurant in Annapolis

Pusser's is in the Marriott on the waterfront. I've only had drinks there on the dock.

Agave in Lewes

I don't live in Lewes, just visit. Where is this restaurant located?

Jun 06, 2008
hash_slinger in Mid-Atlantic

Beers for wedding?

FWIW, my wife and I also provided the bar setup at our wedding. We went with the usual liquors and mass-market wines (Woodbridge I think) with a few top shelf offerings thrown in like my uncle's favorite Scotch, etc.

In regards to the beer, we are micro fans, especially hoppy beers, so we figured we would "subject" our guests to our tastes but with a domestic lager as backup.

1/2 Keg of Labatt Blue
1/6 of Otto's Double D (>8% ABV DIPA from State College, PA)
1/6 of Anchor Liberty Ale
1/6 of Troeg's Nut Brown Ale
1/6 of Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

What ran out first? The Double D. People I only knew to drink Miller Lite were trying the variety and generally enjoying them. We got the Nut Brown to satisfy anyone who wasn't into the hops but had quite a bit left over.

I printed out sheets of paper that identifed the beers and gave a description with tasting notes, etc. I think it helped people approach these beers with less fear and it also let them know what they were getting into (as far as ABV).

Just some thoughts.

May 29, 2008
hash_slinger in Beer

Belgium Comes To Cooperstown?

Anyone on the board planning to attend the BCTC festival at Ommegang this year? I went in '06 and absolutely loved it (aside from the rain).

http://www.ommegang.com/index.php?eve...

Apr 09, 2008
hash_slinger in Beer

a disappointment at Eulogy

Triumph Brewery is quite shiny.

Mar 18, 2008
hash_slinger in Pennsylvania

What's good in/around Lewisburg?

I've had several good meals at Elizabeth's http://www.elizabethsbistro.com
I would also second the reco for Selinsgrove Brewing. They have a rather limited menu, but the beer and ambiance cannot be beat.

Mar 06, 2008
hash_slinger in Pennsylvania

Central PA

Agree with xnumberoneson, this isn't the first response claiming that "there is no good food in Central, PA". Such a blanket generalization does not do justice to the many people who are cooking/eating great food there.

Dec 10, 2007
hash_slinger in Pennsylvania

'after hours' with daniel boulud comes to l.a!

I have to agree that the L.A. guests don't seem to be as food oriented as NY. I think they could have done 5 seasons in NYC before moving to lesser locales :-)

Best single-cup coffee maker?

One word, Nespresso!

Nov 19, 2007
hash_slinger in Cookware

This Year's Seasonals

I am also a fan of the Mad Elf (although he has won most of our battles). This weekend, I saw a 101oz flip-top bottle of it for about $75!

I'm not sure how many friends it would take to polish that one off.

Nov 19, 2007
hash_slinger in Beer

Bass Ale

I can't vouch for their recipe, but ownership changed to InBev in 2000. Bass was then brewed under license by Coors (still made in Burton on Trent thought). I read recently that it is being brewed by Marston's (also in Burton on Trent). To make matters worse, the former Museum of Brewing in Burton has been renamed to "The Coors Visitor Centre".

Nov 19, 2007
hash_slinger in Beer

My Summer of Canned Beer - A Brief Summary

I'm not saying you should make it your regular. Just give it one shot!

Nov 14, 2007
hash_slinger in Beer

My Summer of Canned Beer - A Brief Summary

Oskar Blue's also makes "Gordon". Kind of a double IPA. I think I paid $14 for a 4-pack in NJ, but it was worth it!

Nov 09, 2007
hash_slinger in Beer

Lewes, DE

This post may be too late, but I would like to second Cafe Azafran. Very unique menu for Lewes. My wife and I's favorite choice is still Striper Bites. We love the ambiance and the food. Gilligan's on the waterfront is usually a nice choice as well, although it's probably too late to sit outside! Second St. Grill and The Buttery are two great choices if you're looking to go more upscale.

Nov 09, 2007
hash_slinger in Mid-Atlantic

Microbrews in New York (split from BBQ Beer thread)

I second Blind Tiger! It's on Bleecker between 6th and 7th aves.
Also for great selection of micros and imports, try Peculiar Pub (farther east on Bleecker). Atmosphere is a little dingy, but the selection can't be beat.

Aug 23, 2007
hash_slinger in Outer Boroughs