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Can you help me map out my eating plan?

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

about 17 hours ago
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.

about 18 hours ago
mushroomaffairs in Southern New England

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!

about 18 hours ago
mushroomaffairs in Southern New England

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.

2 days ago
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

Health care surcharge...what do you think?

If the 3% isn't currently mandated than it's voluntary, esp. if it's a charge that isn't disclosed in advance. I personally would cross out the charge and deduct the percentage from the bill and then pay what is due.

If I then request proof that the 3% is going toward employee healthcare, the restaurant should then provide that proof upon my request and if I see some shit like this on my bill I will request it, but it doesn't mean I still need to pay it and I won't because it's not the patron's direct responsibility to provide healthcare for small business employees, it's the employer's direct responsibility, whether it's a restaurant, hardware store, doctor's office, retailer or wealth management group.

I'm not interested in siding with a restaurant proprietor or entity who wants to exploit a loophole in mandated healthcare coverage for its employees by requesting assistance to pay for healthcare coverage. I'm not a government subsidy.

Restaurants have been practicing unfair labor gains by hiring undocumented workforce for how long -- show me your past and current history of accounting practices and your current workforce provisions, and I still won't pay the 3%.

So those restaurants can suck it and fuck it.

:)

How many different types of fish have you tried?

Really no clue. I've eaten quite a bit that others have already mentioned, but I've eaten some fish from various trips that I haven't really seen a lot of on menus here, carp (Germany), barramundi (Oz), garupa, abalone and another fish (Hong Kong), basa fish (Vietnam) dolphin (wahoo in both Hawaii and Caribbean), drum (New Orleans), John Dory, Dover Sole, rockfish, monkfish.....

When I was really young my parents took us on a family trip to Wyoming, we went on a fishing trip and ate everything we caught. I remember when the tour guide cleaned the fish, the worms (night crawlers) were in the fish still undigested and the guide insisted I see the worms up close and personal and it just about ruined me. I thought he was the devil.

Citarella in Greenwich!

It's all the way down West Putnam Avenue and is very large, maybe twice the size of Whole Foods? Still under construction.

How long have you been a vegetarian ? And why did you become one ?

I'm not vegetarian but for me it's easier to eat vegetarian because I can have an entire meal and not have to cook anything, so it's nothing political. I wind up eating a lot of vegan meals because of this. I don't avoid cheese, I love it, but I don't buy it often because I will eat all of it in one sitting, and I really do love eating fruit, legumes, vegetables, etc.

I don't see it as eating vegetarian or vegan but eating natural, whole unprocessed foods, and oddly vegan products can be highly ridiculously processed, but I don't even bother with that anyway.

I find, esp. recently, that I crave meat less and less, including egg whites which used to be a routine staple of my diet for lack of fat and solid protein. Mentally I feel better because of the idea that I'm eating more healthfully, but whether it's true or not, I have no idea. I could be ingesting more pesticides than ever at this point for all I know. :)

I find myself being more inventive at home as well and having a renewed outlook on the simplicity of foods for what they are and how they should really taste, like knowing how to ripen fruits and vegetables and eating them at their best. Makes me happy.

Barcelona

Do you know if the restaurants operate independently? I really like the a Stamford one but it does seem that if I order the same dishes from my past visits, there is always something slightly different.

Barcelona

I didn't know that about The Spread. I like that place, will have to make a return visit. I know the location of the Fairfield one, in that weird motel? but haven't been!

Craft, Telepan, or The Modern Bar Room?

About The Modern Bar Room, I can only imagine it might be less noisy on a Sunday night but I went once on a Tuesday night around 6:00 before a work event and I'd never heard anything like it. What everyone else said is basically a massive understatement. From the outside you walk down that hallway and then it just hits you in the face, and the actual bar is like five deep and all your doing is waiting for someone to leach a silent deadly fart in your face. I swear..... It's either the noise or the farts, choose your weapon. Sunday night may be a different story though.

Jan 11, 2015
mushroomaffairs in Manhattan