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Visiting Austria. Any tips on wine tasting?

We won't decide until we get there. Just driving from Italy to Vienna area, but if there are interesting places to visit elsewhere, we're game. Any suggestions?

Jun 19, 2011
chewch in Europe

English muffins are always flat. What am I doing wrong?

I think both of you may be right on over proofing. I'll try this again...

Jun 17, 2011
chewch in Home Cooking

English muffins are always flat. What am I doing wrong?

I was using AP flour. I did recently buy some bread flour, but I've seen other people's photos, and they've seemed to use AP flour successfully.

Jun 17, 2011
chewch in Home Cooking

Visiting Austria. Any tips on wine tasting?

My husband and I are visiting at the end of the summer. We've wine tasted in the US, Argentina and Australia/New Zealand, and have noticed the differences in tasting customes in these areas most notably that in Argentina you can really only visit by appointment and that you should go on the winery tours before. What should we expect visting wineries in Austria?

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in Europe

manners at wineries

1) Spittoon - I always ask if there is one beforehand. They should provide that at a minimum.
2) Buying wine - You shouldn't feel obligated to buy anything even if there's not tasting fee. Only buy something you like. I give my honest opinion, even if I don't really like it. It depends on how you couch it, and tell them what your preferences are. Tell them you're a newbie also, and that you're just getting your feet wet.

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in Wine

English muffins are always flat. What am I doing wrong?

I've attempted to make english muffins from scratch 6 times now using Peter Reinhart's The Baker's Apprentice recipe. I've purchased new yeast thinking the old one was expired, but that hasn't helped. When the dough proofs, it rises, but when I try to cook them on a griddle, they are flat and dense. Does anyone have any tips?

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in Home Cooking

Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

Vitamix blender and a Thermapen instant read thermometer. Love them.

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in Cookware

Chocolate

Mast Brothers. Made in Brooklyn. Not cheap ($8-10/bar) but I don't eat it all the time.

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in General Topics

True hang over (hangover) remedy

Advil, water and 30-45 minutes of cardio to sweat the poison out. You'll feel good enough to go out that night.

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in General Topics

Greek Restaurants

I think Avra is a great choice for parents. Milos is good, but super expensive esp if you get fish. It could easily cost $50/head if you pick your fish to be grilled. I like Avra. It's a little more "fun" than Periyali which is a bit subdued and quiet.

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Periyali
35 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Night spots after dinner @ Babbo and ABC Kitchen?

Also near Babbo is the bar at Minetta Tavern. If you go after dinner, it wouldn't be as crowded as before.

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Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

Jun 16, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

KitchenAid Fridge experiences?

Did you find the drawers to be flimsy as noted by another commenter?

Jun 13, 2011
chewch in Cookware

Best Gelato ANYWHERE - La Cremeria!

$4.50 for a very generous small cup - it's really 2 scoops.

Jun 12, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Suggestions for group of 8 this Monday affordable, high end-ish Lunch?

Gotham Bar & Grill does a $25 prixe fix greenmarket lunch.

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Gotham Bar and Grill
12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

Jun 10, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

KitchenAid Fridge experiences?

I'm considering a bottom freezer (model KBRS19KTMS) b/c it fits in my tight space (30" width) but cannot find any customer reviews. My other choice in the price range is an LG french door model, but have been told they're not good quality.

Any advice?

Jun 09, 2011
chewch in Cookware

STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

It's fun people watching for a drink. The drinks are a bit on the sweet side according to my husband, but I always order the classics which they did decently.

Jun 09, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

smorgasburg! what to eat?

I enjoyed the fried anchovies from a stand called Bon Chovie. You get six for $6 with some kind of mayo dipping sauce. Also enjoyed the blood orange doughnut from Dough.

Jun 08, 2011
chewch in Outer Boroughs

Hearth vs Peasant?

I agree completely. Peasant is more "Italian" than Hearth. You won't have a bad meal at either.

Jun 08, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Restaurants in Tribeca Area

If he wants low-key, comfortable, solid food with a crowd in 30s+, The Harrison (Italian inflected American). Same for The Odeon (more American brasserie style). I like the food at Locanda Verde (Italian), but it's trendy, crowded, frenetic and the wait could be very long. Terroir is a great place for wine by the glass.

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The Harrison
355 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

Odeon
145 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Terroir
24 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

Jun 07, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

Sifton nailed it. It's also an exact reflection of the hotel, the rooms and the competency of its staff.

Jun 07, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Which ONE tasting menu?

My most memorable was L'Ateleier de Joel Robuchon. It's a small restaurant in midtown. Amazing and beautiful. It may be a bit more than $150 pp.

Jun 07, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Fill Your Own EVOO

Beside the Filling Station in Chelsea Market, does anyone know of a place in Manhattan where you can fill your own bottles?

Jun 07, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Visiting Manhattan this weekend

My husband and I recently enjoyed a dinner at Degustation in the E. Village. It's perfect for couples b/c it's all bar seating. It's Spanish inflected food - for a detailed review visit www.donuts4dinner.com. It's spot on. It fits nicely into your budget as well.

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Degustation
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

Jun 06, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Dining Itinerary - Thoughts?

How about Corsino in the W. Village? If's a fun downtown-y atmosphere. Their short ribs and meatballs are great. The pasta with pork ragu is v. good as well. Loreley - German beer garden on the LES has lots of sausages, schnitzels. Burger and Barrel in Soho has a more meat centric menu as well, and masculine feel to it with beer and wine on tap. The other places on your list sound good except that ABC Kitchen is sort of a girlie restaurant.

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Loreley
7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

Corsino
637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Burger & Barrel
25 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

Jun 06, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Four Nights in NYC: Looking for 2 Celebrated Lower Manhattan and 2 Top Theater District Restaurants

Where you you staying in Soho? For downtown restaurants, I think Gotham and Balthazar are the good examples of NYC restos you won't find in LA. Babbo will be very similar to Mozza. Blue Hill is good, but California has so many of the farm to table style of restos. Perilla is good, but not destination worthy for an out of towner. Il Mulino isn't worth it at all. Gotham is a great NYC type of restaurant. Be warned that Balthazar is very touristy, especially on the weekends, but the food is always solid. Their wine list is very well selected. For Theater District, I'd consider the Bar Room at The Modern (it's kind of tapas style), DB Bistro Moderne...if you're willing to go a little outside of the Theater District and take cabs, you'll be able to dine in better places.

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

Babbo
110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

DB Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Il Mulino
86 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

The Modern
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

Balthazar
80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Gotham Bar and Grill
12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

Jun 06, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

ISO the tastiest babaganoush to buy - NYC ONLY

I like the bbg at Hoomoos Asli on Kenmare and Centre St in Soho. You can buy a small or large container of it. It's smoky, but the kind that's more processed and less chunky.

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Hoomoos Asli
100 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Jun 06, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

Imperial No. 9- Not good

I ate there and had a bad experience as well. It's not a restaurant for people who are interested in good food. It's basically a place for girls in their 20s to grab a drink and maybe eat so they don't get too drunk. The restaurant is an afterthought.

Jun 05, 2011
chewch in Manhattan

STEER CLEAR LIST - Worst Meal You've Had in the Last Six Months

My worst was Imperial No. 9 in the Mondrian in Soho. We waited for 45 minutes for our reservation and the hostesses didn't care at all. The food was mostly miss, but the worst part was that it's meant to be shared plates except that it's not tapas - the dishes are still appetizer, entrees, sides. What that really means is that they just sent out items whenever they're ready, so you might get your side of beets, then your entree, then your appetizer. Some of the items we ordered were cold. The desserts were awful.

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Imperial No. 9
9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

Jun 05, 2011
chewch in Manhattan