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What did you/would you eat the morning of your wedding?

No, I didn't get that impression at all. She sounds fine.

I agree with either her usual breakfast or the previously suggested smoothie. She can sip on that periodically if she's nervous or if (as someone else noted) she's just too busy for a sit down breakfast.

Dec 19, 2014
Skippy1414 in General Topics

Holiday Reads to Give & Get for Chowhounds

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, by Anya von Bremzen

Dec 17, 2014
Skippy1414 in Food Media & News
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Moving to 129th and Lenox-and I'm vegetarian...

Not really the type of answer you're looking for, but you do know that there's a Whole Foods opening on 125th, I think near Lenox? For the times when you are cooking--

Also, I'm not quite as north as you, but Frederick Douglass Blvd./8th Ave is always sprouting restaurants. You might want to just wander over in that direction to take a look around and see if there's any hidden or new gems. (Actually, I should probably do that too!)

Dec 15, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Defontes gone?

Ha, my landlord tried to increase our rent by $1000. I negotiated it down to "only" $800, but got them to lock that rate for two years. There is no one as self destructively greedy as a NYC landlord.

Dec 08, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Un-hip Dad

Have you or your wife read her blog to see if she talks about any place she'd like to go to or is interested in? Or any of the places she's been that might give clues about where she would like to go?

Of course if it were me, I'd just as soon get a nonspecific gift card, like AMEX or Visa card; you could give a card with it that says something about it being for a night at a restaurant of her choice. Sure, that means she might end up using it for something else instead, but if she does, well, then that tells you there was something she wanted more than a visit to a fancy restaurant.

Dec 07, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Please give your recommended recipes that use unsweetened chocolate - thank you!

Here's another hot fudge sauce recipe that uses unsweetened chocolate:
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2013/10/...

Dec 06, 2014
Skippy1414 in Home Cooking

Latin American Desserts?

I just saw an ad for a place called Brigadeiro Bakery, a shop that specializes in (unsurprisingly) the Brazilian candy Brigadeiros.
http://www.brigadeirobakery.com/

Or you can easily make Brigadeiros--your son could help too. They're very simple, like the world's easiest truffle.

Dec 04, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

How can we say no to a dinner invitation? We don't want to appear ungracious even though we don't really like the boyfriend!

You hope that they've broken up by then.

Dec 01, 2014
Skippy1414 in Not About Food
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Where can I find great PIEROGIES in Manhattan??

My mom is Polish and it's one of the wonders of the world that I am vegetarian because she only had one way of cooking vegetables: boil until unbearably mushy. I think that's why she doesn't understand why anyone wants to eat vegetables at all, let alone eat them full time, because she believes they're supposed to be tasteless with the consistency of a pile of wet napkins. The only reason her beets were passable was because she used my Swedish dad's family's recipe.

(And that was $3200/month for a studio less than 500 sf--rental prices are overall appalling, but you can find some slightly better deals in the low 100s and the UES...)

Nov 28, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Has anyone tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe posted on Serious Eats?

I spent a lot of time testing out chocolate chip cookie recipes last year but didn't try a bread flour version. I did try the Serious Eats recipe early last year, but had to make some last minute swaps for a few ingredients (didn't have some things that I thought I had...it was not my finest day for planning). That meant I didn't get a clear read on it.

I moved on to other recipes in a search to find the perfect thin chewy cookie and found the Joy the Baker one as posted on the King Arthur site. The person I make cookies for thought these were perfect.
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2...

The only real change I make is that I brown all the butter, not just half. Then I do borrow the Serious Eats idea of throwing in an ice cube or two to make up for any water that evaporated. I don't know if it makes a huge difference, but it hasn't seemed to hurt the outcome (I'm sure there will come a day when I forget to do it and I'll find out if it is important). Also, my baking times are also usually a few minutes less than stated in the recipe, but that may just be because my oven can be a little wonky.

Anyway, that's my current favorite, so if you're looking for thin and chewy, give it a try.

Nov 27, 2014
Skippy1414 in Home Cooking
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Where can I find great PIEROGIES in Manhattan??

I always pictured Eastern European vegetarian menus as "potato....cabbage...potato and cabbage."

(Just FYI, there is availability at Mercedes House--studios start at about $3200, so it's not a place to bargain hunt...)

Nov 27, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Moving to 105 and Broadway - Whats good up there?

I've been on 108th St for four years after more than a decade in the West 80s. We loved that area but this is even better. I think it's an underrated neighborhood.

Nov 18, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Logistical help needed for bring a meal to friend

If you use several smaller containers, then they will also have more flexibility for fitting them into the fridge or freezer than one big one--they can stack them or put them in different corners, etc.

Nov 16, 2014
Skippy1414 in Home Cooking

Baked ( Tribeca)

I'm a a fan of their books--

Nov 16, 2014
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Solo dining spots with social opportunities (20s-30s)?

Not exactly what you asked for, but would you consider a cooking class, or wine course/tasting? That might be a good way to meet like-minded people. Just a thought--

Nov 13, 2014
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need a super light waffle recipe

It's my all-time favorite waffle recipe and really easy once you work out the timing to fit your schedule. I used to make it for my family for Christmas breakfast when I was in high school.

Nov 09, 2014
Skippy1414 in Home Cooking

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

I've wondered too. I would swear that sign has been up since last winter.

Oct 31, 2014
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Live From Piedmont

At first glance I thought you wrote that the dessert reminded you of the ending of Breaking Bad. And I thought, hmmmm, maybe I wouldn't order that...

Oct 27, 2014
Skippy1414 in Italy

4 days in Manhattan, running NYC Marathon!

I agree with dyrewolf, I'd keep my plans loose for Sunday night, because you don't know how you're going to feel. I always had trouble eating anything after the marathon, let alone be in the mood to go out and have a full sit down dinner. I'd make sure I had something on hand in my hotel room or collect some take out ideas if you want to stay in and names of places that don't need reservations if you feel like going out.

Oh, and yes, also agree--Staten Island in the morning is freezing (probably more so if you're used to Miami) so wear some layers of throw away clothes to start.

Oct 20, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

36 hours in the city...

Here's a really helpful website for the subway:
www.hopstop.com

I think they have an iphone app--

EDIT: And I just saw Kathryn's note about the iphone app not being worthwhile anymore. So...never mind.

Oct 14, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Prices for Butter?

Yes, I've found that Trader Joe's ($3.79/pound, I think) and Whole Foods ($3.49/pound) have the best prices for butter in NYC. Most grocery stores are close to $4.99/pound for national brands. I bake a lot for friends and family so I'm always on the lookout for a good butter deal.

Oct 14, 2014
Skippy1414 in General Topics

Solo traveller wanting to meet local or someone to eat with

Movies are open here on Christmas day, and they're usually packed. Going to a movie is a popular thing to do here on Christmas.

Oct 08, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Lots of wild blackberries

I was looking up info about canning tonight (there are a lot of wild blackberries ripening in the park near me...) and found this starter kit--only $10 (plus shipping).
http://www.freshpreservingstore.com/b...

Aug 08, 2014
Skippy1414 in Home Cooking

Food related television commercial failures

I always think he must be the most underpaid person in the entertainment industry, because I can't imagine what kind of compensation could make up for what he must hear from other kids.

Wouldn't it be great, though, if he grew up to be a dashing leading man, and then one day, someone digs up this commercial...?

Jul 31, 2014
Skippy1414 in Food Media & News
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cooking for yet another party of mixed food needs

That's funny, I also had a lot of trouble with math in school, but could just breeze through those logic problems. One year I was on the verge of failing geometry, but then we did a logic unit, and that pulled my grade up to a C-. Whew

As for the initial inquiry--I'm vegan and I would be delighted if I was at a dinner party and ratatouille was on the menu.

Jul 29, 2014
Skippy1414 in Home Cooking

Christmas lunch/dinner and NYE in NYC - 2014

On Christmas day, many people like to go to a movie and get Chinese food.

Jul 10, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Bye Bye CRUMBS

I remember when the first Crumbs opened on Amsterdam near 76th St, almost across from an Equinox gym. You'd see people walk out of Equinox and directly into Crumbs. I thought, "You'll never go broke opening an ice cream store or bakery across from a gym..." I guess the problem was all the other non-gym-adjacent locations.

Jul 08, 2014
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NYC Fine Dining Reading List

Yes! Thanks--

Jun 15, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

NYC Fine Dining Reading List

I feel like I read a book that covers the 19th century/early 20th century evolution of the restaurant but can't think of it right now.

For mid to late 20th century information, maybe you should consider the biography of NY Times restaurant critic Craig Claiborne that came out a few years ago: "The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance," by Thomas McNamee. I haven't read it, but I know he was hugely influential during that time period; life story information aside, I would think it would give a portrait of the era. I think another NY Times critic after him, Gail Greene, also has a memoir.

For real primary source material, I'd probably dive into the NY Times archives and read restaurant reviews or other Food section articles.

Jun 14, 2014
Skippy1414 in Manhattan

Best of the UWS, 2014 Edition

If you're going to go up into the 100s, then I'll say Zoma at 113th and Frederick Douglass Blvd. There's also a fascinating looking little cocktail bar next door to it called 67 Orange St that I wish I knew more about (I can't drink so I'm no use there).

Jun 11, 2014
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