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Must go in Fort Worth Texas ??? (Best steak, best BBQ, your favorites)

If you've ever had a Pat La Frieda short rib burger cooked properly at home (I miss Fresh Direct's grocery deliveries) you might be spoiled for life. I haven't found a burger anywhere that can beat it.

Apr 25, 2014
alkonost in Dallas - Fort Worth

Salt and pepper shrimp at Jeng Chi

I've had the salt and pepper shrimp at Jeng Chi but I had a starkly different opinion of it. It was the worst salt & pepper shrimp I've had, however it was my first S&P shrimp dish in the DFW area. The dish was rubbery, overcooked,woefully underseasoned, and missing the shells and heads which (if fresh and cooked properly are delectable- I strongly dislike the shell-off approach) I happen to enjoy. I ate three pieces and gave up, there was no point to eating it. I also ordered their soup dumplings which had a rank funkyness (and no, it wasn't the vinegar) to it that had me wondering whether I had an off-batch, or the poor hog that was ground up had a short, suffering life.

This was my first excursion to Richardson for dim sum & Chinese food, the drive wasn't worth it and I left every disappointed. Unless I happened across this restaurant on a very, very odd and bad day I am not too optimistic if this restaurant is considered among the better ones. I've been looking for a dim sum restaurant to take the family out, since half of us have relocated to Texas, I think I'd rather try someplace different than give Jeng Chi another shot.

Mar 30, 2014
alkonost in Dallas - Fort Worth

Your worst foodie gifts

Yes, but I've also received boxed mix from the grocery store. I've never found any packaged mix to be any good, with one exception: a family recipe from a friend.

Dec 07, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

low-mid range restaurants for dinners with friends in east village

I don't know about the owners specifically, but it's not uncommon to find a Uke & Pole couple, being neighbors and all (and lots of history) they both understand the other's language.

I went there a couple times, but coming from a family with a Baba that really knew how to cook makes it difficult to dine out for Uke food.

Dec 07, 2013
alkonost in Manhattan

Otafuku is expanding

Awesome! More space = more room for takoyaki pans cranking out delicious goodness.

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Manhattan

Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

Tell your ungrateful family to cook for themselves. If a few days of them going hungry doesn't change their tune, they don't deserve to eat. Tough love works. Don't let them mow over you and take your hard work for granted.

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Your worst foodie gifts

Baking mix. Nothing says "I hate you" like getting a baking mix for xmas.

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food
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low-mid range restaurants for dinners with friends in east village

I have mixed feelings about the Ukrainian home food-wise, but not a bad place for groups.

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Manhattan

Unsophisticated favorites?

Some of the best places for ethnic food are a little divey.

Stage (EV)
Otafuku (EV)- ideal for a snack
Xi'an (EV)
XO Kitchen (Chinatown)
Oriental Garden (Chinatown)
The Pickle Guys (LES)- good pickles, but not really a place to eat
Ess A Bagel (Stuy Town)
Russ & Daughters (LES)
J. Baczynsky Meat Market (EV)- they sell prepared food by the pound as well as meat and sausage, but they don't have a place to sit down and eat it.

Don't forget Streetcha (EV)

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Manhattan

Monkey King Noodle Company

Xi'an was one of my go-to places for take out when I lived in the East Village. Agreed- the lamb burger isn't very good, but it's cheap. Same goes for the pork burger. But all of the noodle dishes are excellent, though a teeny bit greasy. I'd always wind up buying their tiger salad to cut some of the oily richness.

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Dallas - Fort Worth

Best Pizza in Grapevine?

Joe's pizza in Southlake off of 114 has a legit NYC style crust, and inexpensive. Toppings aren't "gourmet", but still pretty good.

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Dallas - Fort Worth

Whats are some Favorite/Specialty items you buy at Central Market and Whole Foods?

I'd also recommend the blood orange italian soda, on the sweet side, but a really nice orange flavor with a teeny touch of bitterness (the good bitter not the bad, think Campari).

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Dallas - Fort Worth

Hip Pop in Grapevine

Their shaved ice is also excellent, I've tried their red and blue raspberry and it tastes like real raspberries. In addition, they have a REALLY excellent drinking chocolate for the winter- very rich and luxurious. I stopped by there this week doing a little xmas shopping, I'm thinking of heading back this weekend, weather permitting :)

Dec 06, 2013
alkonost in Dallas - Fort Worth

franziskaner

I've seen a lot of delis around the city renovating to modernize and keep up with gentrification (and look less divey-like), they're also upgrading their upgrading their food and beer offerings. Franzikaner is sometimes among them. So if you see a deli or convenience store near your apartment you might want to see if they carry it. Never know!

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Manhattan

Smelling your food before you take a bite

I wish there were better sushi restaurants available overall. A truly professional sushi chef would never serve something stale. I've actually had one refuse to serve me a scallop dish when he discovered the diver scallop wasn't up to par to serve raw (they were still in the shell, he discovered the problem as he opened it up) and instead offered something else. If only all sushi chefs would do that. Nothing is worse than a mouthful of half-rotten fish.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Best vegetarian restaurants in USA?

Angelicas is a gem of the East Village, I'm not a vegetarian but I love it nevertheless.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Vegetarian & Vegan

Yet another tipping question

I tip musicians, tour guides, bell hops, door men, building superintendents, fast food delivery people, wedding planners, photographers, and cab drivers if the service is good. I also tip restaurant managers if I've they've done a good job coordinating a large party for a special occasions with a specialized menu.

While I haven't always given cash, sometimes I give gift cards to people in other service industries for the holidays. I don't know many teachers who wouldn't appreciate a starbucks gift card.

Not every service job is tippable, good luck trying to get backstage of a NY Pops performance to tip them, or try to bust your hand through bullet proof glass to tip a bank teller. But if the service person is accessible and they've served you well there's nothing wrong with tipping even if it's not a profession associated with tipping (like food and hospitality workers).

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

I didn't realize the min wage was that high in CA for food servers. I would still tip for good service, more for excellent service, but perhaps not as well in CA as I would in other states.

In states where the wage for tip-able food and hospitality workers is low I recognize that they are directly relying on tips to earn a living and I'd tip more in such situations. After all when the workers are relying on your tips and their salary is structured for such, failure to tip for good service isn't just being rude it's robbing them of income.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

I agree that cultural differences are interesting, but the OP hasn't left any indication that the question on hotel food service tipping pertains to a country foreign to them. While it's interesting to know what the tipping culture would be for China or Argentina, unless that happens to be the country the OP is asking about the information isn't helpful for their question.

However, it would be a very nice topic for new thread- "Tipping Etiquette from around the world" for examples- where people can share that info.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

There is when the OP lives in Philadelphia and didn't say that he/she was a foreign country. *shrug*

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

It depends on whether or not you embrace etiquette or manners of the region. Do you observe the manners and etiquette of the places you stay?

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

Strange that you're begging the question about your nationality. I'm not going to bite.

Since the OP chose not to post this thread under a topic of different country, yes I believe we are speaking about the USA. If that's not the case I would love to have the OP clarify that.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Chinatown HELPFUL TERMS OF FOOD (english/pinyin/chinese)

Thanks Scoop!

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in General Topics

Chinatown HELPFUL TERMS OF FOOD (english/pinyin/chinese)

This is great! thanks so much. I have a question, how would one say "too sweet"?

would that be "tai tiantiande"? Or "tai tian?" Or???

this would be helpful since I'm in Dallas and they make everything too sweet there's no seasoning balance to speak of.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in General Topics

Yet another tipping question

If you're a repeat customer that tips well for good service your servers will be more motivated towards maintaining a high standard of hospitality with you and perhaps others. I wouldn't call it bribing, I'd call it incentive. If you do a good job, you get rewarded. I've had bad service, though not often, and I certainly don't leave much in those cases, although I have left two pennies with a few who were particularly dreadful.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

Tipping housekeeping staff is pretty common assuming the service was good. Did you not think to tip due to bad service?

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

Yes I'm aware tipping customs vary per nation and it's assumed we're talking specifically about the USA (as no one thus far has mentioned other countries), are we not? If not, let me know I may have missed a post or two.

Just curious, why do you think Americans insist everything merits a tip? And how would that involve "imperialism", I'm confused about what you mean by that, would you explain that a bit?

In the case of minimum wage tipped workers, yes you should absolutely tip them if they provide good service, their wages are set low (that minimum wage rate varies from state to state) because it is expected they will make up the difference in tips. There is no rationalization for not tipping these individuals unless the service is abysmal.

Jul 16, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

Yet another tipping question

I hope you change your mind not tipping, then. Working in food service and hospitality can be a very thankless realm with low wages to boot. It's made even worse when those who go above and beyond are taken for granted or go unrecognized by the clientele. It's very good manners to tip for good work and excellent service, even when there's no tip box to imply that it would be appreciated. If you have an extended stay, the ones whom you tip will take even better care of you. I am a big tipper, and I'm so well taken care of wherever I go that I chuckle when I hear a colleague complain about common things- it taking a while for the cleaning staff to get around to their room, or wanting more towels or toiletries then come by default. My first question is usually "did you leave a tip with a note asking for extra towels or shampoo? And make sure you leave a tip every day?", the answer is always "no". When they take my advice they're usually taken back by how the staff suddenly bends over backwards for them.

Jul 14, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food

"Only in NY" type foods

OMG OMG OMG... Bless you for that info Moto! I'm going to check it out, to hell with money- a good bagel is worth it's weight in gold!!

Once my hubs decides to end his low-carb diet I'm placing an order. Otherwise if I buy some he's going to eat them, then he'll blame me for cheating on his diet.

Jul 11, 2013
alkonost in Manhattan

Yet another tipping question

I hope it occurs to you now.

Jul 11, 2013
alkonost in Not About Food
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