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Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

Interesting to read your viewpoint. I find his pieces a pleasure to read and I look every day to see if he has something new! (Before I even look at chowhound, lol.)

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

Hopefully the line won't be as long as it was in Madison Square Park. I'm not a fan myself, but perhaps that's because a long wait raises one's expectations to an unrealistic level.

2 days ago
drongo in Chains
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And she (Paula) is back with some odd products.

Yes, okay... a self-parody is good!

2 days ago
drongo in Food Media & News

Jose Tejas in Woodbridge

They have 6 locations, called Border Cafe everywhere except NJ. Maybe there was a trade name problem in New Jersey?

Massachusetts: Cambridge, Saugus, Burlington
New Jersey: Woodbridge, Fairfield
Delaware: Christiana
http://bordercafe.com/

Mar 26, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

And she (Paula) is back with some odd products.

Chocolate butter sticks... this has to be a parody!

Mar 26, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Yelper Dan, Has Been a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Boy....Local Chinese Restaurant Calls Out Dishonest Yelper With Surveillance Footage

I haven't tried Dim Sum as a single diner. But FWIW for many decades I've traveled on business by myself and I don't recall any restaurant saying they wouldn't seat me as a single. If a restaurant has a bar, they'll direct me there. If not and they're busy, they'll sometimes say something like: Certainly, sir... and there's a wait of 90 minutes (for example). Which is enough for me to choose to go somewhere else, lol.

Mar 25, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Your go to fat?

I agree that duck fat is the best I typically have. But not "in order of use". Ducks need to be scared in girloftheworld's neighbourhood!

Mar 25, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Additional charges that seem unjustified that the establishment might think twice about

I think the posters who have referenced the cost to the restaurant of the additional garnish are off base. I think people feel ripped off when they’re charged for something that’s conventionally provided without additional charge (even if it actually costs the restaurant something significant).

This makes me think of the situation with bread – conventionally (though not always) provided without additional charge in USA, but often at added charge in Europe (even if delivered to the table without being explicitly ordered).

I think Americans are sometimes offended by the additional charge for bread in Europe because it’s not conventional for them, rather than because the restaurant is not entitled to get compensated for the bread.

Mar 25, 2015
drongo in Not About Food

Why These Overlooked Fish May Be The Tastiest (And Most Sustainable)

Haha... I think Sam is just trying to get people to stop going after the salmon! It's like the cows with their "Eat Mor Chikin" signs.

Mar 24, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News
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Route 35 Steak and Ale building

The Situation's tanning salon and the Muscle Maker Grill in the strip mall just north on Rte 35 (near Shoprite) have both closed. So perhaps The Sitch could open a bigger tanning salon along with a bigger Muscle Maker Grill at the former Steak and Ale site?? Or maybe a tanning salon PLUS Muscle Maker Grill PLUS gym so All of us Jersey Shore fans and followers can be happy?!!!!???!!!

Big tanning salon, big Muscle Maker Grill, big gym... YAAAYYYY!!!

Mar 23, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Cal Peternell: Twelve Recipes

Sam Sifton wrote a fine review in the NY Times about this book http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/din... "Rare is the cookbook that acknowledges the simple truth that there aren’t really all that many recipes in the world. There is just technique, and practice, and joy and love, and at the end of it something simple and delicious on the plate..."

I haven't (yet) bought the book myself because I have far, far, far too many cookbooks. But I'm tempted.

Mar 23, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Route 35 Steak and Ale building

I think it was called Sebastian's in the early 1990s.

EDUIT: Nope, on further thought, I think Sebastian's was at the site now occupied by MJ's. Sorry (can't delete the post, unfortunately).

Mar 23, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

6 Months of Terrible Food Since Relocating to Rahway, NJ

Mar 22, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Late Night Sea Bright / Highlands

I see Mad Hatter finally got a disaster loan and are looking to reopen in 2016 http://wordontheshore.com/sea-brights...

Mar 22, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Pay what you can meals

Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen should perhaps be mentioned here. http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/en/about

You can pay and/or volunteer -- and many (including my family) both pay and volunteer.

Mar 20, 2015
drongo in General Topics

I can't get enough of Suzanne Goin! What other cookbook author would I like?

I have more cookbooks than I can realistically use (for more than trying 1 dish per book) and yet I think nowhere near 300!

Anyway...

How about David Lebovitz?

Mar 19, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Ssamjang paste or not?

I don't understand Korean, but I'll say that in my local store (in New Jersey), doenjang is a brown container, gochujang is red, and ssamjang is green. So I think you're right and this is ssamjang.

I usually buy the brown and red because you can make ssamjang from the doenjang and gochujang -- e.g. see http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/grille...

Edited to add some support from Serious Eats for my statement above: "Most ssämjang comes in a green plastic tub, or sometimes a jar with a green label. Ssämjang isn't green—it's a dark brownish-red—but green appears to be its recognized packaging color, just as pre-made doenjang usually comes in a brown container and pre-made gochujang usually comes in a red container." http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/02/pa...

Mar 19, 2015
drongo in General Topics

Authentic Cajun Cookbook

The 1901 "Creole Cook Book" is still available in reprint http://www.amazon.com/Picayunes-Ameri...
Be prepared for some surprises though -- e.g. shrimp cooked for 55-75 minutes (versus 5 minutes common today!) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924568

SM Food Market, Middletown

Actually, after a bit of googling for "SM" I now realize that this must be a response to the success of "50 Shades of Grey". "SM" obviously must refer to "Sadism & Masochism." Should be an interesting store......

Mar 16, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Woody's (of Sea Bright) opening a location in Tinton Falls

I never went to Moose's, but remember the location as Gertude Brown's and then Charlie Brown's (All In The Family??, lol.)

Another thread on this location: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/880364

Mar 16, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

SM Food Market, Middletown

I was sad when the Asian Food Market on Rte 35 in Middletown closed because it was more convenient for me than the new location in Marlboro. Now I see a sign for "SM Food Market" over the old location in Middletown, and refurbishing going on inside. Does anyone know what "SM Food Market" is likely to be? Another Chinese grocery (I hope)??

Mar 16, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

Rack of Lamb

I agree... and easier to overcook if you separate a rack into individual ribs (or even pairs of ribs) than if you roast the rack whole.

Mar 15, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Manners Manifesto

One problem with manners is that people from different cultures have divergent views of what comprises “good manners” (though I'm sure there are some universal areas, such as not stealing the food from the person next to you!). I have a close friend who was born-and-raised in USA married to a woman born-and-raised in China. They get on fine together, but the wife's parents think the husband's manners (and those of his parents) are TERRIBLE and the husband's parents think the wife's manners (and those of her parents) are TERRIBLE! And the parents are all apparently more than willing to criticize!

Even without crossing cultures, people’s concepts of “good manners” can vary. For example, I have another friend who thinks that if someone invites you for a meal, it’s poor manners to leave a lot of food on your plate (because it implies the food was not good) and equally poor manners to eat everything on your plate (because the clean plate implies that you weren’t given enough to satisfy). So he always leaves just a little bit of everything (implying that he liked everything but was served just a little more than needed to satisfy).

Rack of Lamb

Yes, indeed. E.g. see http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2011...

(I can tell you are not in the Northern part of USA by your "I can't imagine cooking them in the oven in this heat" in March! I've still got ice around my outside grill.)

Mar 15, 2015
drongo in Home Cooking

Should vindaloo be sweet?

Interesting that the Wikipedia entry on "Aloo" says about "Vindaloo" that "[t]he dish is sometimes served with potatoes due to the phonetic similarity between Hindi "aloo" (potato) and Portuguese "alhos" (garlic)." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloo
So the dish may have been retrofitted with potatoes because people assumed it should contain aloo=potato.

Mar 13, 2015
drongo in General Topics

BJs vs Sams Club?

I agree with Trockwood that the stores vary a lot from location to location. For example, the BJ's in Linden NJ has discount gas but the one in Eatontown NJ does not.

We have memberships in all 3 of the big warehouse stores: we use Costco most often and it's a toss-up between Sam's and BJ's for second place.

Mar 11, 2015
drongo in Chains

Baku Mediterranean ~ Freehold

Interesting that the website for Baku Palace (admittedly not Baku Grill House) says "Traditional Russian Fare" rather than Mediterranean. But I know Putin has grand schemes!

Mar 10, 2015
drongo in New Jersey

In Bakery Break-in, Only Recipes Are Taken

I'm skeptical... it's great publicity and oh too convenient for the bakery.

Maybe I'm excessively cynical.

(I didn't see the link in the OP's post, but here's a link to the story that I saw: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/us/... )

Mar 08, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Happy Birthday Momofuku Ando!

Thanks for the post! I had no idea of the origin of ramen or the etymology of "Momofuku" before seeing this (and some subsequent googling!).

Mar 05, 2015
drongo in Food Media & News

Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

Location, location... you leave Sandy Hook and head North, and what is the first restaurant?

Mar 05, 2015
drongo in New Jersey