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Brother Jimmy's Stamford: Yikes

I had one experience with them in NYC. Coming home one night I stopped there to got a BBQ sandwich to take home. At home upon opening it I discovered that was composed of all of the bits and trimmings left on the cutting board. Threw it away and never went back.

What beers are still made in their country of origin?

Many imported beers which I used to enjoy are now imported from either Canada or the "USA". They still charge a premium price but are trucked from the same plant the local stuff comes from. Doesn't terroir mean something to beer too? Is the water in Newark, New Jersey really the same as that in Ireland or Germany?

Jul 01, 2015
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Radish cooking?

Just got a lot of radishes and was wondering about cooking them. Can you roast them? If so do you oil them and roast uncovered or wrap the in foil?

Jun 27, 2015
BluPlateSpec in Home Cooking

When did Heineken go to 12 oz. bottle? (Bottle size, in general).

Is all Heineken beer sold worldwide brewed only in Holland? If so that would put it way above all of the other "foreign" beers brewed and imported to the US from Canada.

Apr 08, 2015
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What is It With All the Duck Fat Hype?

I once had the most delicious piece of halibut and when I asked the waiter how it was cooked he said that it was poached in duck fat. Definitely not "healthy cooking" but really great.

Mar 25, 2015
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

It was inexpensive to cheap. If you were young and not a gourmet, a plate of spaghetti and glass of red wine for less than ten dollars hit the spot. Then they closed, redecorated and reopened as an "upscale" Italian joint and later went out of business.

Feb 15, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Beet Hummus made with red beets, very tasty.

Jan 18, 2015
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Stainless steel steamer baskets

Why doesn't some company make a decent stainless steamer basket? The one I purchased less than six months ago just lost one of its supports (feet). The feet are made of some weak base metal and are bound to weaken and fall off even with careful handling. Why aren't the supporting feet stainless steel too and firmly attached?

Dec 24, 2014
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What do New Yorker's think about Dean & DeLuca and other expensive gourmet shops?

A friend on mine always referred to Dean & DeLuca as the "Food Museum."

Nov 23, 2014
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Long-fermented sourdough bread in Manhattan?

Thanks I will try it. Years ago I had Boudin's sourdough bread in San Francisco and since then always ask friends returning from there to bring back a loaf or two.

Nov 19, 2014
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Long-fermented sourdough bread in Manhattan?

Where can I get real long-fermented sourdough bread in Manhattan?

Nov 18, 2014
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Where's the best place for knife sharpening?

Mike & Son Sharpening Service have a truck and travel around the city doing sharpening on location. I've seen them in Manhattan and believe they also do location work in Brooklyn. Check them out on yelp.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mike-and-son-...

Nov 13, 2014
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Where's the best place for knife sharpening?

I've used crock sticks on my old French carbon steel blades and they remain razor sharp. I found a four stick set in my local thrift store with the brand name "Crock Stick" but they don't seem to be in business anymore.

Nov 13, 2014
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New York Bakery: Best Fish Tacos in Manhattan?

Not there but had the fish tacos at Clinton St. Baking Company and they were really good.

Oct 13, 2014
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East Village Help!

Something a little different, Risotteria Melotti. 309 E. 5th St. Good food,cozy ambiance, all gluten free but still very tasty and very nice people.

Aug 27, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The Bellmore (I think it was called) on the north east corner of 28 st. and Park Ave. When you walked in they handed you a ticket like Katz's still does. When you got food the amount was punched on the ticket. Free seltzer on tap. It was a big hangout for taxi drivers.

Aug 25, 2014
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Beer low in Gluten/Gluten light?

I believe that there are different test for gluten and also a beer not marketed as Gluten Free may test below 20ppm one day and another batch may be over that. If you've been tested for celiac and it's positive you're taking a chance with a regular beer. Some regular brewers say that they test every batch and certify that their beer is gluten free even if it can't be labeled so.

Aug 18, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

There were two, The Cauldron and The Well

Aug 18, 2014
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Cape Cod Chowder Review August 2014

Haven't been back in a very long time but used to really enjoy the clam chowder at Mildreds when I spent the winter working at the Hyannis airport when JFK was President. I remember how good it tasted on those freezing days outside. Is it still there?

Trader Joe's PiƱon Coffee

I saw this in TJ's coffee section. Made with coffee and pine nuts. Worth a try? What's it like?

Jul 25, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I didn't mean to imply that, I haven't been there in years. What I do remember is that Carlos had a way of making each and every "guest" feel that they were special. That kind of charm is lacking today by all the "star chef" run operations.

Jul 14, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The same but not the same without the legendary owner Carlos.

Jul 13, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

That's just the place I was trying to remember. I used to frequent their places on Madison Ave. and Rockefeller Center in the McGraw Hill building. A great place to grab a quick tsty lunch. It was owned my Mitsubushi. Never should have closed.

Jul 10, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Jack's Nest, the original downtown soul food restaurant on 3rd. Ave. and 24th St. Busy with big crowds every night. Moved uptown to 55th St. off Sixth Ave. and folded. Should have stayed downtown.

Jul 09, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Fonda de la Sol in the Time Life building west of sixth avenue. I had dinner there and saw skits put on by former Chicago Second City actors John Belushi and other before there was Saturday Night Live.

Jul 09, 2014
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Best gluten free bread

CANYON 7 grain gluten free bread available at Whole Foods and sometimes Fairway. In the gluten free section of the freezer.

Jul 09, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Even in those days Dean and Deluca's prices were sky high. My friend referred to it as the "Food Museum" look but don't touch.

Jul 09, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

You're right. Here's the full story:
http://tinyurl.com/mxs5edw

Jul 08, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

"Ballroom" on West Broadway below Houston. There before SOHO became what it is today, led the development that followed. You could drive there and park right in front it. No need to know its address, it would be the only place open at night in that still industrial area. Was discovered by New York Magazine I believe. Had Astroturf for a carpet and a low picket fence inside for decoration. Had an interesting cabaret scene with with famous singers from the 40's and 50's.

Jul 08, 2014
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Amy's on University around 12th St. Middle Eastern food served in pita pockets. Inexpensive, tasty and unique for that time. I don't know if this is the same Amy that makes bread now at Chelsea Market.

Jul 07, 2014
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