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Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

I didn't realize Anthony Bourdain was doing a market but he should include Caribbean or island food and some tropical drinks, or get vendors that focus on international specialty and seasonal drinks, esp. for the summer. I would also like to see a place that could make good use of more tropical or exotic fruits rather than strawberries and oranges, and how about some weird vegetables....and those steamed foods wrapped in leaves.

And an international snack, junk food station, junk food from around the world.

Middle eastern desserts and sweets vendor.

May 07, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

q-min or Q-min, either way is fine by me

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

chocolate chip cookies (a weird two week craving)

Snyders of Hanovers honey mustard pretzel bits -- me o my yo

Sonic in Milford

young lady......who you callin' a dude?

Sonic in Milford

Ok, thank you everybodeh. I was confusing Sonic with In-and-Out.

Sonic in Milford

I didn't know there was a Sonic in CT until I saw a picture in my local paper. I have never had Sonic and don't really eat fast food but For some reason, it is something I've always wanted to try. Animal fries. Has anyone been? Is it worth the trip up? What else to check out/ take home?

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

I just looked at Café Sylvium's menu, they have fettucini dishes but not the plain simple (Italian-American?) dish I'm looking for. I always forget this restaurant exists due to it's odd location. I used to go to Royal Guard nearby for takeout but also have not been in a very long time.

Can you help me map out my eating plan?

Smorgasburg at the Flea? Depending on which flea, either the ferry or the train.

Mar 26, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

I know, I should make it myself but knowing what goes in to the sauce I'd rather pay for the dish and enjoy the richness pretending I don't know all the butter, cream and cheese that's in there. I did make it once when I was a little and I remember it came out awful. I think I just used heavy cream and nothing else but I do specifically remember that it didn't taste normal.

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

*gasp* No cream cheese? Then what do you put on your bagels? That's just crazy.

I think I know the thread you started as I may have contributed to that post about a restaurant in Stamford that I had a great meal at before it moved to a different location and went downhill, of course I can't remember the name!

Why remodel a kitchen and put in an electric range?

I grew up in an apartment with gas and pretty much every place I've ever rented had gas. Not until I bought my current place do I have electric. Call me Miley Cyrus but I think electric is way better than your average gas stove. For some reason, boiling a giant pot of water on my stove is much quicker than on many a gassy ass stove. My 'rents even notice this when they come visit. It takes only a couple of minutes or so to bring 16 quarts of water to a rolling boil where as on a gas stove it takes forever.

Haha, my stove is better than theirs.

Mar 25, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Cookware

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

Awesome, thanks, exactly what I was looking for, just wish the restaurant was closer (should have specified lower FFC) but will have to make a trip up one weekend.

What do you mean you're not fan of alfredo? What!?!?!?!

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

Correct

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

I just want old school style w/ a big bowl of plain stuff w/ cream sauce, cheese and parsley. :)

Irish Soda Bread recipe that isn't too dry?

I just made some to bring w/ me tomorrow. I combined two different recipes, from Ina Garten and Martha Stewart (both use butter) and just added my own ingredients. I liked M. Stew's version of just dumping the dough into a pan and not having to knead it. I also like the craggy look of it.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VgbCpg7...

Mar 16, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

St. Paddy's Day 2015 Corned Beef...What's Your Preferred Cut of Choice...and How Do You Plan to Prepare It? Braised or Baked in the Oven or Steamed/Braised on the Stove Top?

I forgot to mention, I cooked mine in lots of water completely covered in the oven at 350. I started at 10 am, by noon the beef was still tough but was very tender by 2 pm (four hours). I was lazy and put whole carrots, onions, celery, potatoes and cabbage for the last hour. I made a very sweet spicy mustard to kill the saltiness also.

I just finished making Irish soda bread to bring to work tomorrow. I bastardized it by mixing chocolate chips with raisins in one of them and adding caraway, thyme, parsley and sage to the other. I added a lot of parsley to make it green.

St. Paddy's Day 2015 Corned Beef...What's Your Preferred Cut of Choice...and How Do You Plan to Prepare It? Braised or Baked in the Oven or Steamed/Braised on the Stove Top?

I had my St. Patrick's Day party yesterday. My bf and I bought everything from Costco and it was probably one of the worst meals I've had!

Mosey's brand corned beef -- just under eight lbs, $38.56

Salty as hell.......no flavor.....barely any taste of puckling spices.....and no sweetness whatsoever to balance out the flavor, just straight brine. Yuck! Started out with an 8 lb mofo, ended up with 8 1/2 lbs leftover. Barely anyone went back for seconds. And guess what happened to accompanying vegetables and potatoes.....I think I gave everyone boils and high blood pressure.

The only nice thing is that this corned beef actually didn't shrink that much, BUT I WISH IT DID because then I would be left with 20 lbs of leftovers!! Very disappointed with Mosey's brand!!

Also we bought a giant thing of celery from Costco, never had this problem with celery in my life but it was woody and stringy as hell........

Cioppino with Salmon...?

I've made the dish with just about every type of seafood and fish under the sun. Salmon is fine to use. Surprisingly it doesn't make the broth part taste too salmony or fishy, it's just when you're actually eating the fish will it then take over the other flavors).

But if I had to choose between cod or salmon, I'd choose cod.

Mar 09, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

Greenwich/Stamford First Date

I've never been to Harlan on a Sunday but Thurs-Sat. nights are really noisy no matter where you sit. Also, don't sit at the bar seating facing the kitchen because the lighting is that ugly fluorescent lighting. Also, it's really a good place for group dining.

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

Good lawd.

Mar 05, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

lol, I don't eat a lot of food that requires butter I guess. Although I've been known to go on junk food rampages on occasion from self-deprivation, I've always been known as being a very healthy eater.

Mar 05, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

vegan streusel recipes

Maybe try adding molasses or maple syrup for a clumping effect? I've never made streusel but it seems like a good idea. Honey you can't use for vegan recipes, right?

Or Karo? syrup?

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

I had no idea it was Callebaut, I was surprised that it tasted really good, at least from what I could taste of it. I also liked that it was a sweet dark chocolate because it brought out an acidity that I like, similar to the way I like my coffee. I was expecting something kind of bitter, but it had a clean taste to it.

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

What do you do with them, or what have you done with them in the past? This is my problem. :)

Mar 01, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

The pound plus bar is edible, it actually tastes really good straight up, but it's so thick and hard, just cutting off a small piece it's still hard to chew, I don't know why. It's just really really hard.

Mar 01, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

haha, I know butter is sold year round but it I don't eat a lot of it so it can take a long while for me to finish one stick, let alone four. The half stick was still left from the holidays, I just haven't touched it since then. :)

Mar 01, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

What to do with Trader Joes Pound Plus chocolate bar?

I have almost the entire bar leftover from the holidays. I only used a small portion so there's a lot left. It's pretty solid and hard to cut through and chop and impossible to gnaw off and eat (I tried).

I can only think of chocolate chip cookies but I only have 1/2 a stick of butter, also leftover from the holidays (I don't eat a lot of butter). It's all I have.

Mar 01, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Home Cooking

Health care surcharge...what do you think?

A municipal ordinance has to have a specific reason attached to it for the benefit of its residents, not for some personal garbage haul. Garbage is collected by the city with the service paid through local taxes. If private refuse contracting is needed to haul your stank garbage away, you pay the same taxes minus garbage collection.

I'll be sure to ask what the specific ordinance is then that requires the surcharge plus ask to see proof of the article where it's written and when it was actually passed.

A restauranteur can always take his pile of garbage home at the end of the day and bring it to the city dump the next day by himself after he drops his kids off to school. All he needs to do is carry it home in the trunk of his car and his kids can also eat breakfast since it's a matter of convenience, or is that where he keeps his illegal alien dishwashers when he's transporting them to and from work?

Maybe instead of digging a hole to bury his garbage, he should dig a hole for himself to jump in and out of.

Any update on Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford?

I also have been to Dinosaur a few times since and really like the mac n cheese and ribs. Oddly, I never bother with the different sauces. I did try the brisket once but can't remember much about it. I didn't like the corn muffins, overbaked, dark brown, dry, flavorless. They do have really good salads and I love the cavernous interior.

I've also been to the Harlem location and was told that both Harlem and Stamford are way better than the original in upstate NY. Can anyone attest to that?

Best Fresh ricotta in nyc?

I saw this on tv a million years ago about a place in Brooklyn called Salvatore Brklyn.

They have a website and a page where you can watch the television segment. They make small batch fresh ricotta for a lot of restaurants.

Feb 09, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan