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Why the Ottoment Empire Fell: Turk Kebab Pale in Comparison to

Istanbul Kitchen 535 86th St, Brooklyn.

This is near TJ Maxx just east of 5th ave, on the north side of 86.

I visited Istanbul Kitchen on 86th Street, and discovered why the Ottoman Empire fell. It was because the Kebabs in other regions are just so much better.

They were not a dry and miniature as the over cooked Kebabs I had at the Istanbul 86th Street, near Bay Parkway.

The lamb was presented well, and cooked to my liking, but for such a meal, I do find Russian, Azerbaijan and Uzbek venues are far superior.

Out of the two venues I state above, Istanbul Kitchen is the better of the two. I would return to this restaurant but not for Kebabs. i would eat the Lahmacun (Turkish Meat Pizza)

about 9 hours ago
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Craft brewers sue Texan government

Shiner is horrid.

about 9 hours ago
jonkyo in Beer

Craft brewers sue Texan government

I agree Texas is awful...awfully horrible...

to many Bushes and tumbleweeds....

about 9 hours ago
jonkyo in Beer

Craft brewers sue Texan government

I like that bill.

about 9 hours ago
jonkyo in Beer

Unconscious Motives and Beer

What are the unconscious motives that are at work in determining what beer one chooses?

I for one, had turned my nose up at Craft beer due to experiences in bars that serve the stuff.

I have yet to consult psychoanalysis as to why I find Port Jeff and Bronx Pale Ale to be so good.

Out of a can and sipping these beers, brought the flavor and color of the beers, to all necessary regions of my tongue.

I have since had ACBC. Lower East Side. If there is any unconscious motive to liking this, I have not a clue.

about 9 hours ago
jonkyo in Beer

Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

I do not think he reviewed this particular noodle dish.

They will ask you, or you can request, a particular noodle for whatever you order.

I consider the a bit broad, yellow and flat noodles that are fresh. Different places call them different things. They may be referred to as 粗麵 cu mian.

You can buy them in the store fresh by Twin Marquis. They have an office on Canal, but the noodles are made in a factory in Brooklyn. Find them in the cooler sections of stores.

about 9 hours ago
jonkyo in Manhattan

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

"My motive is to drink the world." have you told your (or a) psychoanalyst this?

This could be restiveness due to colonial underpinnings in a post colonial world.

I do not tally but, I am up there with trying new beers also. Though, my primary beers tend to be recent finds I like and repetitively drink them, as if my consuming beer was being led on by a Philip Glass composition.

1 day ago
jonkyo in Beer

Manhattan Bars for Local Beers

Indeed the Pony Bar does look more egalitarian, taking in tourists of all kinds, perhaps, and others.

Never would have known it existed. Thanks.

1 day ago
jonkyo in Manhattan

Chaozhou Noodles, at a Vietnam Chaozhou Venue called Bo Ke ( Po Ji )

First off stay away from the sriracha hot sauce, as the in house made chilli sauces are great.

They are Vietnamese of Chaozhou origin (ancestry).

Choazhou is a city in Guangdong Province China. It is an old city with its own local culture, that includes food.

This is from a Chaozhou people owned restaurant in NYC called Bo Ky (that is actually Canton and Chaozhou pronunciation. In Mandarin it is Po Ji: 波記 and 潮州小食 chaozhou xiaoche

These are the noodles of Chaozhou, with a peanut / sesame and ground beer sauce, a bit similar to Taiwan and Fujian Provinces dry (not soup) noodles.

The restaurant has two locations in Chinatown Manhattan. 80 Bayard St, and another just near Bowery west of it on Grand.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Confirmed: Sugar, Best Fries in Town, with no doubts.

I visited a place I used to frequent in the wee wee hours after the beer and bar.

Sugar is a nice fixture in the Lower East Side, but I think people do not realize that, as fries may not be the healthiest delight, found throughout our America, Sugar has the best I have ever had.

It has basically left me with the only venue where I will partake of the Frenchless French Fry. I have not had a fry for long until I wandered into this fixture, again in the wee wee hours, just a few days ago.

Brilliant taste, amazing, crisp, and delightful joys to the chewing apparatus, that is essential to eating.

They do good burgers too..

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

Have you thought of digging into the unconscious motives, that drive us to certain beers.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Where Best Places for Local Brews ?

You mean St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Where Best Places for Local Brews ?

Gambrinus is a place I go to on Ocean Ave. It has great tap beer. Mostly I take to Czeck and German beers when I go there.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Macaroni Made Many Ways: Yes Cafe Avenue U.

'Knish' and there, a Jewish deli near Lev Bais Yakkov and Kings Bay library. On Nostrand Avenue, down from Avenue U.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Macaroni Made Many Ways: Yes Cafe Avenue U.

That is correct.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

With Optimator, one is not likely to find that the last sips...or gulps to be similar to sipping or gulping perfume. That happens with some of these Craft ale beers.

I had that occur recently with several beers, ACBC (a wheat I think) did not have this. Bronx has the reverse, meaning it sends the tongue and its owner into euphoria. Kelso IPA had this as did Long Hammer.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

I have never had hubris....is it an ale or lager?

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

So, what is the origins of the extra hop.

They used blind people as employees in the brew house?

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

I much prefer the Kelso IPA. That was moderately good. Something I would order again.

Two Hearted Ale was much better than Saranac Legacy, as I had these the same night. Legacy was really bad.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Manhattan Bars for Local Beers

Thanks for the heads up. I shall investigate. They have American flags flying in front, but looks a bit on the Irish side.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Manhattan Bars for Local Beers

Yes the bar looks good. Do they play bachata cumbia merengue?

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Manhattan Bars for Local Beers

Elite tap list? So much for the proletariat.

The last time I was out I was in the Yellow Hook Grille. I opened conversation with a Mexican employee, and the bartender in a white shirt and tie, told me do both...he knows no English.

This gentleman from Mexico was waiting to clean up the bar space. The proletariat knew all about the Mexican Bars one block away on 4th Ave. His limited English confirmed that. I ended up in a large room with proletariat Mexicans in the space behind Los 3 Potrillos Restaurant.

By then I had my fill of Bronx Pale Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Kelso, Harp, all on 3 ave and Bay Ridge Area.

A far cry from the Upper West Side, but utterly down to earth. Bay Ridge is quite local and working class too.

Below you can see the color of the Bronx Ale in a quesi-working class venue.

Dec 16, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Where Best Places for Local Brews ?

I was out in Brooklyn, and places are set up with some good local beers.

I know the area well and shall visit. I am not too keen on the venues in my old neighborhood of Cobble Hill. They have the high profile Crafts and not enough other.

This is good. Thanks. I shall check it out.

Looks really good.

Dec 15, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Manhattan Bars for Local Beers

I would pop in there on my way to East Houston, when I lived in Chinatown. Great place. Irish if I remember.

Dec 15, 2014
jonkyo in Manhattan

Macaroni Made Many Ways: Yes Cafe Avenue U.

It is on the Chinese end of Avenue U, down from the Jewish Italian and Russian, towards the east.

It gets even better if one goes east of the Q/B train stop. There is an Uzbek venue down there and some other nice things. Russians and more. And if you hang a right and go south, forget the street, there is this very old Jewish Kinish shop.

Dec 15, 2014
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

Kelso was good. But Kelos had the perfume factor. By the time the glass was half full, all sips had too much aroma and too much flowery flavor. Long Hammer was one the high end of that spectrum. Kelso moderately so. I would drink Kelso again. Long hammer never again. The last sip of the Long Hammer was like perfume.

Bronx Pale Ale was what I got immediately after the Kelso IPA. It confirmed all I believe about beer, reality, and the universe. So good. Yin and Yang..

Dec 15, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

here is except / edit from other post on balance:

The Two Hearted Ale did not leave me desiring another, nor anything I would return to in the future.

"Grapefruit factor", is excessive grapefruit like taste in the mouth.

the perfume factor, a phenomena that basically is this: by the time the pint is half consumed, the beer has an overwhelming flowery taste, unbalanced in the flavors that make one feel as if one is drinking perfume.

The beers with perfume factor, by the time you have finished, excessive flavors have overwhelmed in a negative way.

The beers with the grapefruit factor are so grapefruit taste, that they leave that taste on ones tongue, long after the last sip.

Dec 15, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Truth Be Told... Further Evidence Local Brews Superiority Over... Port Jeff

Just yesterday I engaged in some beer drinking.

Inspired by my experience with Bronx Pale and Port Jeff Party Boat IPA, I gravitated 100% to American Craft, one being NY State.

I first engaged with the Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale, from Kalamazoo. I love Glenn Miller's song regarding this city (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFv_P...), but the Two Hearted Ale did not leave me desiring another, nor anything I would return to in the future.

A more detailed account I will give of the Saranac Legacy IPA> This is the Hop factor that is hoppy, and also excludes other flavors, leaving what I will call the "Grapefruit factor", in the mouth of the consumer, even 20 minutes after the last sip. But unlike true grapefruit, the flavor is not good.

I then had a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' by Lagunitas Brewing Company. This was a neutral tasting beer. Nothing to scream about, so so pleasant, drinkable if nothing else is on offer to is preferred. I would never crave one. It was more balanced than the Legacy.

Now I had a Kelso IPA and this was not bad. I would drink this again, but it had the perfume factor, a phenomena that basically is this: by the time the pint is half consumed, the beer has an overwhelming flowery taste, unbalanced in the flavors that make one feel as if one is drinking perfume.

Take the Bronx Pale Ale as a measure. The very last sip gives one a religious experience, euphoric in the truest sense. The beers with perfume factor, by the time you have finished, excessive flavors have overwhelmed in a negative way.

Dec 15, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Truth Be Told... Further Evidence Local Brews Superiority Over... Port Jeff

The Belgians just do not have the philistinism that seems displayed in some American wacky beer labeling.

But, the audience is different. Many here in the USA, are school in 1990s cable TV.

The beers of the Belgians that are wacky, are done with class and good taste, as opposed to such things as Magic Hat's Wacko, My Wife's Bitter; or from Georgia it is SweetWater Brewing – Dank Tank Series Big Ol’ Belgian Blue Balls (BOBBB) – 22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 9% abv.

Dec 13, 2014
jonkyo in Beer

Czech beer in Russian Ambiance / Organic Peak and Hops

Never had single cut....But the Bronx Pale Ale I enjoy.

"about a dozen or so local NYC breweries making better "

And what are the qualifiers for better. I am finding balanced taste to be at least one measure that will make the beer, pleasant to the extent, you will crave it again.

Port Jeff, is now one of my favorite beers. The Party Boat IPA.

Dec 13, 2014
jonkyo in Beer