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Your most cherished food memories...

Yes, it was a very big deal as well when we went to the Polynesian places. We got to drink from a pineapple on our birthdays! I can still smell the fried foods and the sterno on the pu pu platters!

Mar 14, 2015
AdamD in General Topics

Your most cherished food memories...

Fantastic thread! What a joy to read about all these memories.
I grew up near Hartford, CT. A few of my memories:
Friendly's-the 99 cent kids meal consisting of a hot dog, fries and a junior fribble. I always got a coffee fribble. Still do when I take my kids there.
Making babka with bubbe.
Scholers-old school jewish place where the waiters wore tuxedos and they served pickles in a fancy silver bowl. Oddly enough the one thing I always ordered was baked stuffed shrimp. In my mind they are GIANT shrimps that filled the entire plate!
Goldstein's deli-eating blueberry and cheese blintzes after hockey practice after breakfast but before lunch.
The farm shop-I don't really remember the food, but I remember the rainbow sherbert and the giant lolly pops my mom would never let me have!
Chicken coop-I still dream about this place. The best fried chicken and onion rings. My mom would take my brother and I there before whalers games!
Kay's seafood-they had this killer dish called seafood gino. Clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster and scallops over pasta, topped with an insane amount of garlic, butter and cheese, and then quickly browned under the broiler. Insane!
Frank pepe's-In 1973 and 1974 the NY football giants played a bunch of games at the yale bowl in new haven. My dad took my brother and I to three of those games and we always went to Pepe's for pizza. Being from CT, I never thought it was strange that clams came on a pizza!
Flower drum song-I remember vividly the first time I had general tso's chicken. Like crack for an 11 year old!

Old colony beach in old lyme-the donut shop and the store that served broasted chicken-AMAZING.

Mom was good to my brother and I and always took us to the best places around. I was a lucky kid!

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

No disagreement on the bad PR, for sure. I also forgot about volume. No doubt the Manhattan volume is much more than Scarsdale.

Not sure about spreading out costs, they make an investment in a location and look for a return. Tough to measure if all locations are cumulated.

As far as competition goes, there isn't much, agreed. That is why they can charge more. At least in Manhattan there is some kosher and kosher style competition.

Also, I looked at the regular menu for Ben's and a corned beef sandwich is $12.99. It is $11.99 at RRD.

The flyer stating that $16.99 is a deal is offensive when its $4 more than the usual price! Sides are $3-4 anyway. What a deal!

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

That Manhattan location has been in business a long time. Maybe they own the building. Maybe they have a 99 year lease that is below market. Perhaps the overhead on the new place in Scarsdale is higher because of the construction and the delays. You cant know.

Restaurants in westchester seem to have higher than usual prices anyway. Supply, demand and competition.

Not everything in westchester is cheaper than in Manhattan.

Premium prices at Ben's Deli in Scarsdale

It is simple economics. When demand exceeds supply prices go up.
if the demand goes down, they will reduce the prices. Plus, there is more competition in Manhattan.

A few dollars more is nothing if it means getting a good deli sandwich without having to go to Manhattan. Not offended at all.

10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

Throw out the microwaves and go back to cooking burgers on a flattop.

Do you use your stove for storage ?

Yes and no. I hate emptying it every time I need to use it.

Feb 28, 2015
AdamD in General Topics

Le Chateau in South Salem Closing

The restaurant in the village. Similar to Le Chateau in that it mostly survives due it being a great spot despite having mediocre food.

Le Chateau in South Salem Closing

I got married there.

That is sad. I always thought of it as the one if by land, two if by sea of westchester. Great spot, mediocre food.

Swan Oyster Depot --- do they locals actually like it or is it merely a sucks for bucks type of tourist trap ???? [San Francisco]

The urchin is amazing!

Feb 17, 2015
AdamD in San Francisco Bay Area

Swan Oyster Depot --- do they locals actually like it or is it merely a sucks for bucks type of tourist trap ???? [San Francisco]

I know this thread is a bit old, but since I recently visited I thought i would chime in.

I am a New Yorker and have enjoyed fresh seafood all over the world.

My brother has lived in SF for over 25 years and suggested we go to the Swan on a Friday for an early lunch. We got there around 11 and waited about 30 mins. I was worried that the swan would be another overpriced tourist trap.

It was fantastic. Old school joint with skilled servers.

Go here for the dungeness crab when in season. Crab cocktail or in the shell, it is really, really good. They also had these large sea urchins that were the sleeper hit of the meal. They were probably the best Ive ever had. Not cheap at $20 a pop.

Oddly the oysters were my least favorite part of the meal. I had much better oysters at the tomales bay oyster co. and other places around the city.

But I find myself craving the crab from the Swan!

Send me to the best cheese steak in the greater Hartford area

No 9 pocket
been eating those for many years

Feb 14, 2015
AdamD in Southern New England

Where can I get frozen raccoons?

Feb 14, 2015
AdamD in Los Angeles Area

San Francisco HELP

Personally, I would put the swan oyster depot on the list.

I was just there last week and it was fantastic.

Skip the salads and get the dungeness crab cocktail and the sea urchin. Amazing!

Tiny NYC KItchen- Would you forgo a microwave for a recirculating hood?

Over the range microwaves come with recirculation vent fans.

If your objective is to maximize the filtering/reduction of oils or cooking smells, than check the CFM rate and filtering ability of the hood versus an over the range microwave.

Some microwaves come with two air filters and a decent air flow rate. Unless you are going for a high end hood, you may be able to achieve the same airflow and filtering ability with a microwave.

Jan 08, 2015
AdamD in Cookware

need midtown suggestions for a last minute trip

Yes pricey and spotty service. But wonderful if you sit at one of the bars and stick to ordering oysters or the pan roasts.

Jan 04, 2015
AdamD in Manhattan

Help needed: Good gravy from red meats


Get a good demi.

Dec 28, 2014
AdamD in Home Cooking

Eating moldy foods?

Negative. First sight of mold and into the trash it goes.

The only exception I might make is for quality cheeses since I tend to buy them for the mold anyway. :)

Do some brands of charcoal burn better/hotter/longer than others?

If you need super high temps-lump is better. I like royal oak because it is easy to find and works well.

Cooking whole 6lb Halibut on big green egg - HELP!!

Try this method on the BGE. Halibut should be able to hold up to the environment.

That sounds like a very small halibut though.


The most tender cut of beef?

Tenderloin no question about it IMHO.
You could go with tenderloin medallions-steak diane style but maybe without the alcohol.

Dec 28, 2014
AdamD in General Topics

I could use some help ordering a ham for Christmas...

My mom used to make a ham sauce using currants and currant jelly.
Outstanding. I am sure you can find a recipe. Great on the mashed potatoes as well.

Dec 28, 2014
AdamD in General Topics

naked condiments

Branston pickle

Cant get enough of it!

Dec 28, 2014
AdamD in General Topics

Westchester Wish-list

Vietnamese, Mexican (I like Port Chester's mexican joints) and good Japanese.

I speak to northern westchester as I reside near Mt. Kisco. It takes too long for me to drive to central ave on a weekday night.

I am baffled by the lack of quality restaurants in this area given the surrounding affluence. If another asian fusion place opens.......grr.

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

Thanks to all of you for a very entertaining thread.
If someone asks me where to go for a classic NYC deli, Katz's is the place. It is not even a question.

Agreed that there are other places making better quality sandwiches using scratch made breads and condiments etc., but you cannot replace the ambiance and history in a place like Katz's.

Starbucks may make a nice latte, but sometimes that bottomless dishwater cup of joe from a old diner is more satisfying. Same deal with Katz's and unfortunately, that NYC is disappearing.

Dec 27, 2014
AdamD in Manhattan

Ideas for a Molecular Gastronomy Store Name {prize}

food lab

Dec 26, 2014
AdamD in Not About Food

A & S Fine Foods in Croton

Not sure if they are franchises but there is a difference.
I prefer the one in thornwood over millwood, stamford or mt kisco.

Diners Drive-ins and Dives

I love watching DDD. GF doesnt bother me. I enjoy the virtual visits to all the different restaurants and watching the different chefs/cooks do their thing. It is entertaining.

Sea urchin

daido in white plains has it

try fujimart in greenwich-call them i am not sure if they sell fish/uni

I will just say this, if its runny and does not look firm and grainy dont buy it!

Nov 21, 2014
AdamD in Southern New England

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]


Nov 03, 2014
AdamD in Manhattan