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as a chowhound how do you keep from getting fat???

The gym is certainly someplace that you have to be familiar with. But, for me the biggest thing is eating 5-6 smaller meals a day, and, if I am just at my desk eating lunch or even at home by myself eating a meal, I am literally obsessive compulsive about eating healthy. I think one of the most important things is to educate yourself about what is actually healthy (for example, many people think eating a vanilla yogurt is healthy, but in reality, if you read the nutrition on most flavored yogurts, there is more sugar than in a normal bowl of ice cream). Also, starving yourself for a day because you know you are going to have a 9 course tasting menu that night is the WORST thing to do. I basically live on two extremes. I would say, at least 75% of the time, I eat only to put fuel in my body and everything I eat I eat for a reason. The other times, I am a foodie and go out without limitations and then make it up with a little extra work the next day in the gym. Great food tastes even better when you don't eat it 100% of the time.

Also, I have taught my palette to appreciate plain food, which only makes you appreciate well seasoned food and great sauces. And, most importantly, although I'm sure most people on this board already have, learn to cook and be imaginative. I hate eating out when I'm going for a healthy meal because I like to know EXACTLY what is being put in my food. That one extra tablespoon of olive oil that is being thrown on a plain chicken breast or salad on a daily basis can make all the difference in the world.

This is what works for me, but to each his/her own.

Oct 09, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Not About Food

Culinary Institue boot camp

I am thinking of getting my brother a gift certificate to the CIA bootcamp in Hyde Park. He loves to cook and the program looks amazing. But, my only concern is that he is 23 and it seems like he may be the youngest one there. I know this shouldn't really matter, but it may not be that enjoyable spending a week with 7 married couples in their 30's and 40's. Has anyone attended? What is the mix of crowd? Obviously it varies from session to session, but any insight is appreciated.

Thanks

Oct 08, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Not About Food

Nobu? Don't hear it mentioned much anymore

That is sort of the feeling I got. I guess in NY there are just so many great restaurants that it is hard to keep the true excitement going for that long. Any suggestions for the new Nobu?

Oct 08, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Nobu? Don't hear it mentioned much anymore

Is Nobu (either Nobu or Nobu 57) still worth the price, or are their similiar experiences that are better? I looked at the Nobu57 Menu and it looks great, I'm just wondering if this restaurant is a bit of a thing of the past.

Thanks

Oct 08, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

In need of help for Special Celebrations

I certainly can't say I didn't like it. It was fantastic, but I think it was more a case of so much hype that was just unreachable. It was great and certainly one of the best meals of my life. I think, for me, the biggest problem was the progression of courses. It just didn't seem to satisfy my palette like I expected. I will post a breakdown of my courses when I get a chance.

Oct 05, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

In need of help for Special Celebrations

I am flying in from Australia (again. I am working on a trip report from my best of days that included hamburgers, pizza and desserts (that was a tough day). This time for just one day, next Saturday, in order to celebrate two friends bdays. One I am taking to lunch and one I am taking to dinner. I want something upscale and special, but not at all too stuffy (all of us in mid-late 20's). I prefer a tasting menu for both, but could do without it for lunch. The friend I am taking to dinner is allergic to shellfish (shrimp, lobster, etc.), so that shouldn't be a large part of the menu. I have Le Bernardin booked, but rethinking that. I am looking for American, French or Italian suggestions. On my last trip I did Per Se, and was not wowed.

Thanks

Oct 05, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Best Food Experiences not in Manhattan? [moved from Manhattan board]

Great. Thanks for the link.

Oct 03, 2007
tenpercenter27 in General Topics

Best Food Experiences not in Manhattan? [moved from Manhattan board]

What are the best foodie cities that are similiar in style to NY (urban, easy to get around, etc.), but offer a completely different kind of exprience? I am looking for great food, but with a different local flavor. Oh, and in the US or Canada.

Thanks

Oct 03, 2007
tenpercenter27 in General Topics

Le Bernardin. Which menu?

I am planning on going to Le Bernardin for Dinner on my upcoming trip, but I am not sure which tasting menu to choose or just go a la carte. Both of the tasting menus look good and I think I am leaning toward the Chef's tasting menu. Any insight?

Oct 03, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Best black and white cookie?

Greenberg's on the UES. b&w cookies and their babka are unbelievable. Grew up eating it, but haven't been in a long time. I just added it to my list of places to visit on my upcoming trip.

Oct 03, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Sliders? Where to get these little fellas?

Thanks for all of the replies. Stanton Social does look enticing, but not sure I'll have time to make it downtown. I'll cross my fingers for Bouchon.

Oct 02, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Sliders? Where to get these little fellas?

has anyone had any experience with the Bouchon sliders? Do they serve them on specific days, or is it just a case of right day, right time?

Sep 28, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Sliders? Where to get these little fellas?

I'm looking to find a place that has really great sliders or mini-burgers on the UWS or midtown east/west. I am specifically looking for good quality, maybe kobe. I read that Bouchon has them occassionally.

Sep 28, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Presidential Pizza in Harlem

Anyone know if this is supposed to be good? It's on 125th st. and Amsterdam.

Sep 28, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Cooking Class vacations

I am trying to find a culinary vacation in the US that will be somewhat hands on intensive, but not too much like school. I prefer something in a major city or by a lake resort. I will be coming from Austraila, but stopping in NY first to sample all of the best food in NY with a friend.

This trip I will be doing solo and I am in my early 20's, so I don't want to be with a bunch of seniors. I know the Culinary Institute has a great progra, but I am really looking to travel to Chicago, DC or even Boston. I prefer not to do Wine Country only because it centers so much on wine and I don't drink, plus it's a long flight.

Thanks

Sep 24, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Not About Food

Need Lunch Help- Upscale

Not dressy I mean casual pants or even jeans and a tucked in collared shirt. Definitely no jackets required.

Sep 21, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

Need Lunch Help- Upscale

My friend from Australia needs an upscale recommendation for lunch tomorrow. He is looking for something with great food, but not to dressy and prix-fixe would be great. Somewhere in Manhattan, prefereably New American or Italian. I know that sometimes lunch service isn't as good as dinner, so can you please suggest places with great lunch options.

Thanks a lot.

Sep 21, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

really good french fries...oh yeah, and burger

In most of the lists I see for best hamburgers, they sometimes include the fries as part of the judging and sometimes no. I am looking for the best combo, but I want fries to be the main concern with the burger more like the side dish. I really like the thick, steak fries or waffle fries. But, I also want a good burger with it.

Any suggestions? Any borough will do, but prefer Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Thanks

Sep 20, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

fun/ unusual tasting menu

Thanks for the recommendation on Degustation. Not really what I am looking for as far as a tasting menu, but I will definitely make time, maybe late night. Stuffed squid sounds great.

Sep 19, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

fun/ unusual tasting menu

I meant just something that isn't the normal great food experience. Something like WD-50 or just something completely weird that you could only get in NY.

Sep 19, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

fun/ unusual tasting menu

Looking to do a tasting menu, leaning toward Italian. I know Babbo is the obvious and great choice here, but I was wondering if anyone could reccomend someplace a little more laid back and fun. I am doing Per Se for one night, but I was hoping to do something a bit off the beaten path. Does anyone have any suggestions for a tasting menu on the funkier side. I DO NOT want Asian food though. Money is not a concern, just want to keep it under $150 per person for food (no wine because I don't drink).

Thanks a lot.

P.S. I am willing to do Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Sep 18, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best cafe for a cappuccino

Any borough, but prefer to keep it to manhattan or brooklyn...I've done Arthur Avenue on my last trip.

Sep 07, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best cafe for a cappuccino

any area is fine. Someplace quiet and with good pastry/ cookies as well. Not looking for a hip place though.

Sep 07, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best cafe for a cappuccino

someplace to have a great cappuccino and maybe a pastry or italian rainbow cookie.

Sep 06, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best of... in a day [Moved from Manhattan board]

haha, nope not by tippng poicy. No beer garden for me, I don't drink, but good suggestion.

Sep 06, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best of... in a day [Moved from Manhattan board]

wow! Thanks Kathryn. Obviously you are a breakfast person.

Sep 05, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best of... in a day [Moved from Manhattan board]

haha, I think a day of great steaks, while sounding good in theory, would not be a good idea.

We are coming in two weeks, so we can make shake shack. As for bagels, I find H&H way overrated. The street cart idea could be a great cultural experience and I would skip the pretzels/ dirty water dogs.

Sep 05, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best of... in a day [Moved from Manhattan board]

For upscale, I know there are probably too many combos to reccomend. Now, I was just thinking maybe a day of pizza, a day of burgers and two days of upscale/ quintessiental ny eats.

I definitely am thinking one of Boulud's restaurants ( I had the DB burger last time I was here and it was great). I have been to french laundry, so going to Per se is probably unecessary, although i certainly wouldn't mind. I will probably go for Eleven Madison Park or Babbo. What would everyone suggest for breakfast/ brunch? I've been to Norma's and was not at all impressed.

Sep 05, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best of... in a day [Moved from Manhattan board]

Thanks for the replies so far. We were thinking of something other than bbq since NY isn't exactly bbq country. We are open to suggestions. We are a bit hesitant to do dessert since a day of sweets is probably a bit excessive. Maybe bagels and nova or maybe a day of NY's best upscale and just do a bfast, lunch and dinner. Money isn't really a worry, so, like I said, we're open to anything.

We are coming from australia (both from the States and I have been to NY twice).

Sep 05, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan

best of... in a day [Moved from Manhattan board]

Thanks. Luckily we can pack it away, but we won't go crazy at each place. Should specify, we are going to keep it to 5 places a day so that we don't over exert ourselves logistically.

Sep 05, 2007
tenpercenter27 in Manhattan