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upscale Asian

I've eaten at China Blue twice last year and I thought it was really really good. Of course, my bf and I were like the only people in there but I really liked the atmosphere. For some reason there's quite a bit of complaints on Yelp about service but we didn't have any issues other than being weirdly empty during brunch hours.

It reminds me of Spice Market with way better food, there's a certain elegant ambience (imperial colonialism?) to the space that brings you to a different period which I absolutely I loved. Plus it's right off the W Side Hwy.

I don't remember much about the food (yeah, I know..) other than it being really good.

about 18 hours ago
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Sicilian pizza in Stamford

Hope St. Pizza or Nick's? I have only had Sicilian at Hope and Darien Post but neither in a very long while. I have only had regular pizzas at Atlantic, Mario and John but I really like Atlantic St.

I'll come out and say it. I can't stand Colony and I pretty much hate Coalhouse. Don't do Coalhouse take out unless you like soggy pizza with crust that is so thin and stretched out that makes you want to change their name to Cheaphouse.

Moving to 388 Greenwich - any lunch recos?

There's also a Food Emporium close by (are you in the big Citibank building next to Hubert?) but that store is highway robbery. If you go north on Greenwich there is a couple of Japanese restaurants and I think a juice bar. Sweetgreens like Throckwood stated is really popular with the junior banking set but there's always a long line out the door during lunch. There is also the random street festival, it's on Beach (I think) going toward the highway. There's also Greenwich Grill (major happy hour and afterwork dine and dash place), Sarabeths, Tribeca Grill, Locanda etc.

Bubby's is not too far on Hudson w/ the rest of the higher end places.

Here is the weird warning about Cornerstone Chicken and Ribs -- the owner is a really nice guy but while he's handing your food he's also eating it. Don't ask, you've been warned.

There's also a small farmer's market a few blocks down but depending on how many blocks you want to walk, it might be kind of far.

Jun 27, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Eating stale food

You're going to lose your left leg.

Louro closing

I don't know much about restaurant or commercial retail operations but isn't a 70% increase against the law and should he have signed a longer lease term?

Jun 04, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

Where's your favorite place to get your crêpe fix?

I don't like crepes (I grew up eating and hating a lot of overly sweet blueberry and cheese filled ones as well as Suzettes) but the French Market has a creperie.

May 26, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan

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