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Need a recommendation for a bar for daughter's first legal drink

Here's a late entry: the Campbell Apartment, if you're in midtown. The Old New York look of the place is about as far as you can get from a college-drinking scene, and the after-work-hours clientele give it a Mad Men feel.

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Campbell Apartment
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Sep 13, 2011
JoyceHanson in Manhattan

Dissapointing Dinner at Friends House

Great question. My knee-jerk response was, "So what, you food snob? You should just feel lucky to have friends who invite you over." And then....I think about my friends who reciprocate one of my dinner parties by having a BYOB with a bunch of friends and not much more than a bowl of chips and pretzels. I, a food snob, try to tell myself to feel grateful just to have friends who invite me over (see above). But it's true, it can be disappointing. Worse is friends who "reciprocate" by inviting me to join them at a restaurant, dutch treat. I do enjoy cooking and entertaining, so I won't stop having dinner parties, but I've been cultivating foodie friends--and some of them have thrown fantastic dinner parties.

May 20, 2011
JoyceHanson in Not About Food

Lobster Rolls

OK, but how do I watch the Bulls AND eat sloppy food over the kitchen sink? I mean, my TV is in the living room.

May 20, 2011
JoyceHanson in Recipes

Is cooked avocado weird?

And here's another really simple recipe for an avocado "smashwich" that uses nothing but toast, olive oil, a sprinkle of salt & pepper and a good 'ol avocado.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

Mar 10, 2011
JoyceHanson in Home Cooking

Is cooked avocado weird?

I'm at work, and I just microwaved a rice and spinach salad I made for lunch. There's a little bit of avocado in the salad, and I hesitated about heating the salad at all because of the avocado. I thought: "Cooked avocado. Weird." But am I wrong about that? I just did a Chow search for avocado recipes and found only one among many that actually calls for cooking avocado.

Mar 10, 2011
JoyceHanson in Home Cooking

What's a Little Water Waste Between Friends

I'm the "bad roommate" in my household, and my husband has partly cured my love of fresh-running water by buying a dish pan where we soak dirty dishes and wash them in hot soapy water. Then I just turn on the tap to rinse. But even I think that letting water run while you're busy clearing the table and wiping counters is waaaay excessive, and it's well in order for you to say something about water waste. Be honest, and say something like, "Hey, do you mind if we tried to be more green by not running the water so much? I've started to notice lately that we keep the tap running too much." And feel free every now and then to turn off the tap, like my husband does. You may even hurt your roommate's feelings a little bit, but she'll get over it.

Mar 10, 2011
JoyceHanson in Features

How do you make vegan-friendly Spanish tapas?

Thanks, that roasted cauliflower spread sounds yummy. I also found a recipe for red onion and orange salad with almonds, raisins and black olives.

Feb 02, 2011
JoyceHanson in Home Cooking

How do you make vegan-friendly Spanish tapas?

Me and my food-loving Brooklyn friends are getting together Friday for a Spanish tapas potluck. The thing is, we're two vegivore meat eaters, one ovo-lacto vegetarian and one vegan. How do you make a tapas that's vegan-friendly? Cuz when I think Spanish, I keep thinking pig. Like bacon wrapped around dates. I dunno, maybe almond-stuffed dates? Suggestions, please.

Feb 02, 2011
JoyceHanson in Home Cooking

Should a waiter tell you how much a special costs?

Of course you should ask, with your head held high and while making eye contact. New York is the city of deal-making, so the least you can do is ask the seller what his price is. Then maybe you can bid him down. Or walk.

Feb 02, 2011
JoyceHanson in Not About Food

When It Comes to Eating Fish, Trust No One

Hey, cool, Aramek, you're offering yourself up to be eaten if fish die out...oh wait, too bad, I just read the rest, you're actually planning on eating the last tuna. Bummer.

Feb 02, 2011
JoyceHanson in Features

Ask RuBo: Are Celebrity Chef Restaurants Worth It?

Wait a minute. Thomas Keller poaches butlers? How the hell do you poach a butler? Talk about the rich eating the poor....Oops, sorry, you said "butter" poaching, not "butler." But my mistake is understandable, considering that only the rich can afford to eat at a Keller restaurant.

Feb 01, 2011
JoyceHanson in Features

Burnt chickpeas

Thanks for the support AND the recipe, Bushwickgirl! And thanks, too for the tip about salt. Now that you mention it, it makes sense that salt would bring out moisture in a bad way. Makes me rethink how I'll roast potatoes in the future. P.S. for another nice homemade crunchy snack, I like pumpkin and squash seeds.

Jan 16, 2011
JoyceHanson in Home Cooking

What are the 10 most essential things in your spice cupboard?

Hey, LittleGreenPea. I totally agree with you about your beloved Maldon sea salt! I have a box in my cupboard, along with favorites rosemary, tarragon, cumin, marjoram, red pepper flakes, cayenne, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric and basil, which is so unlike fresh that's it's a different herb completely, but I keep it as generic dried herb. I like to keep some of my spices in whole form, like coriander, and grind it up with a mortar & pestle.

Jan 16, 2011
JoyceHanson in Home Cooking

Burnt chickpeas

Dang. I just burnt my chickpeas. I'm making tabouleh today, and I like adding chickpeas, but now I've gone and burnt them. (The water boiled down and I was busy doing something else.) Though actually, they're not TOO burnt, and I think they might actually taste nice, like a bit grilled, with dark spots. Does anybody out there ever intentionally burn, or you know, overcook their chickpeas, to give them a grilled taste? Is there a better way to do it than to actually burn them? Like roasting?

Jan 16, 2011
JoyceHanson in Home Cooking