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Where Best Places for Local Brews ?

Another place to check out is Gambrinus, on Atlantic near Third Ave. Friendly, small place with about a dozen offerings on tap that change all the time, all local or regional. And many bottles available for take-home.

Dec 15, 2014
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Where Best Places for Local Brews ?

There are local breweries all over the place now. You can almost not go wrong! And many local taverns have local beers now.

I'm in Staten Island and we got our own brewery (Flagship) about a year ago. Good stuff.

Dec 11, 2014
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Glencairn glass for bourbon?

Hi, I need to get a gift for a bourbon-loving friend, and wondered if the Glencairn glass is advocated by bourbon drinkers. I myself use them for single malt and love them. But I wondered if a bourbon drinker would appreciate them too.

Thanks.

Dec 11, 2014
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What's the best inexpensive scotch out there?

Just as a follow-up, I was able to speak to the buyer at the store yesterday about the Black Bottle. He tastes everything he stocks, and said it does taste different from the old one, due to the fact that some malts become unavailable at some times, and the demand for peaty/smoky malts has lessened their availability to BB. Of course, that means it could change again when availability changes.

Dec 08, 2014
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What's the best inexpensive scotch out there?

I guess I was wrong about either how good the old bottle was or how bad the new one was! It will still be interesting to get further opinions. But I'm still not buying it again; I far prefer single malts anyway.

Dec 01, 2014
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Best website to buy tea?

I'll have to try Zencha. I've only ordered sencha before from O-cha.com, which was nice. By the way, and this will surprise you (as it did me) but one particular sencha sold by Harney's I find quite good, especially when I run out of tea and need to buy something locally. Their Sencha "Scent of Mountain" has a deep pine scent and rich flavor, and it's only $20/4 oz. A few months ago it was $15/4 oz. ...

Dec 01, 2014
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What's the best inexpensive scotch out there?

My retailer had a long spell where he couldn't get Black Bottle. Now it has reappeared, but the bottle shape is different, and IMO, so is the taste. It has lost much of what peatiness (smokiness?) it had, and perhaps some smoothness, and doesn't seem like the value it used to be. The price went up from $17 to $20.

Nov 27, 2014
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Best website to buy tea?

I was sorry to see Ito En close, too. I shopped for Japanese teas there; now I wish I had tried the Makaibari too.

Just a note on the Chinese multiple-steep method: Yes, it's traditional, and I do it all the time. But even with Chinese teas, some of them give it all up in the first steep. My tea buddies and I would refer to these as "one-steep wonders." But indeed, there is much to appreciate in the succession of flavors and intensities that multiple short steeps have to offer.

Nov 24, 2014
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Best website to buy tea?

I can't recommend Porto Rico for tea, sadly. I used to purchase some tea at their Bleecker St. store, and those teas were part of my learning process. But really, IMO there are purveyors of better quality teas out there.

Now, it's possible their internet portal sources different teas, but I"m going on experience with the storefront.

Nov 22, 2014
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Bread... What is going on!

The major brands have abandoned real bread, my friend. Fortunately, where I live (NYC), there are places to find decent bread. But don't expect to see national distribution and familiar names. Great bakers like Balthazar and Grandaisy. Even the local supermarket now carries Bread Alone, a relatively small baker in the Catskills, a nice variety of multigrain, sourdough and other types. Not to act NY-centric, but glad to have these options available.

If I lived where the bread was lousy, I'd make my own, or head for the ethnic markets, or order by mail and freeze.

Nov 11, 2014
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DeFonte's opening a location in Staten Island (!)

I was told by a gentleman on the site (who may have been a manager or owner) that the plan was to offer the same items as in Brooklyn.

Nov 11, 2014
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Tongue: Authentic Mexican Outer Boroughs

Hi, Dave. The place I seem to remember is Taqueria Puebla, at 1285 Castleton near Clove. But I don't think it's the only place.

Nov 08, 2014
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DeFonte's opening a location in Staten Island (!)

Hi, I live in the area and passed a vacant storefront on Water Street in Stapleton where a sign was placed saying "Coming soon, DeFonte's of Brooklyn." From what I've read of the favorable comments here about DeFonte's, I'm looking forward to this, and hope it is really going to happen. For residents of St. George and Stapleton, the nearest Italian deli is Montalbano's in Rosebank. Plus DeFonte has some rather unique specialties, yes?

Nov 02, 2014
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Steel or glass electric kettle?

Old thread, but this is just an update to my post above. The Chinese (Boni) kettle I wrote about broke the other day. The tab that switches it on and off simply broke from its moorings when I turned it on. That gives it a 3-1/2 year lifespan. But I note that it got a lot of use, several heat-ups per day.

It would be interesting to compare how long other kettles last.

Anyway, I went to Chinatown and bought another, same brand but a bit smaller. Set me back $23.

Oct 17, 2014
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Diner Ecstacy Near the Staten Island Landfill

Point of order: we don't call it "the landfill" any more; it's now Fresh Kills Park. :)

Lived on SI for 30 years, and I am still looking for a great breakfast place.

Oct 10, 2014
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Staten Island - Whats up?

Are you headed down Front St., Edgewater, and Bay toward Ft. Wadsworth and beyond? That's nice biking, mostly with little or no traffic except for the Bay St. stretch. There's a bike path through Ft. Wadsworth (but it can be tricky to find) to the boardwalk area and beach, where the path continues down to Cedar Grove.

A nice place along that route is Basilio Inn, a relaxing Italian place set off the road, ample bike parking.

Sep 10, 2014
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do cuisinarts ever die

My model is a DLC-5, and from doing a little search of suppliers on the Web, only the three blades I currently have were manufactured for that model.

However, it is the DLC-10 that has the wonderful assortment of different discs that are still available. And you can buy a separate plastic stem to attach to your discs and to the base. Does anyone know if these components are compatible with the older DLC-5?

Sep 03, 2014
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do cuisinarts ever die

I have a pretty old Cuisinart too, white base. But what are these blades you're talking about? I just have the basic blade that sits in the bottom of the bowl, plus a slicer and grater (that's how I would describe them) that are close to the feed tube and connect to the base by a plastic "stalk." Are there other types of blades to be found that will work with these old units?

Sep 02, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Staten Island used to have a Chinese place called Lum Chin. Plain ol' Cantonese food in a tasteful modern building, the only difference was everything seemed fresher than anywhere else and was never greasy or over-sauced. I miss it.

Aug 26, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

There's another recipe in there for a light FRESH MARJORAM pesto that is so delightful and inspired. It was a revelation to me.

Aug 23, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Link:

http://books.google.com/books?id=Vc58...

And I do recommend buying the book! I've done a few of the other recipes in it.

Aug 22, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

I just found a link to the recipe from Google Books. Is that a source that's permitted?

Aug 22, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Whoops, I made mistakes in both the author's first and last names. It's Pasta Modern by Francine Segan.

Aug 21, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

The only reason I don't want to print the whole recipe is that the book is undoubtedly copyrighted, and I assume Chow's policy is not to allow reprinting without permission.

Aug 21, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Well, I bit the bullet and made this recipe yesterday. I ended up buying a pound of frisee at Dean & DeLuca.

It's from the book Pasta Modern by Frances Segal, and I won't print the recipe but the general ingredients are:

blanched almonds
olive oil
lemon juice/zest
head of chicory
1 lb. short pasta
salt/pepper
fresh ricotta as garnish

It was delicious! I used orecchiete. I'll definitely make it again.

Aug 21, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Thanks, but I've checked Gerardi's and the Top Tomato in Rosebank. Also St. George Greenmarket, Waldbaums Rosebank, Key Food on Bay and on Forest. I think I'm obsessing too much...but haven't been further afield (mid-island, south shore).

There are bigger crises in life...

Aug 19, 2014
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Is it me or is there an Avocado Blight or bad crop lately?

My local Mexican deli, which usually has decent Mexican avocados, surprised me by having Peruvian ones yesterday. They were all fairly hard; I chose the one nearest ripe, brought it home and it was fine. I do agree that Peruvian ones can be problematic though.

Aug 18, 2014
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Great Pinot Noir under $20 -- Is there such a thing?

Around here (NYC borough) I have found MacMurray Pinot very nice. They have a Central Coast pinot at c. $13, but a much better Russian River Valley pinot at C. $18, which is still under your $20 threshold. That one is pretty darn nice.

Aug 14, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Well, it's not a question of a supermarket mislabeling anything. If it's there, I'll know it when I see it, even if mislabeled.

It's for a rather pesto-like sauce for pasta. A head of chicory, cut up and briefly blanched, then whirled in the food processor with almonds and a few other ingredients.

Yes, lots of Italian folks out here; it's curious that I don't see this vegetable. But I haven't been all over the Island, just the places closest to me.

Aug 13, 2014
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No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Oh, I am in Staten Island, so Queens would be a trek. Might try the Manhattan Fairway mentioned by Ttrockwood. Or the Union Sq. Greenmarket one of these days. Or maybe I'll substitute some other bitter green for the chicory.

Aug 12, 2014
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