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Your favorite non-food-related items that get tons of use in the kitchen

Check out the "omelette scene" in the movie Tampopo.

Fruit + Salt = ?

Watermelon, more than any other

Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?

so it's really more anti-North American millennials?

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - August 2015

How was the Green Dragon?

(as an aside, whenever I read "NY Cake," I think of the Kano album.)

Aug 16, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

A Brit Hates NYC Fine Dining

Oh, then how about the Battle of New Orleans?

Aug 16, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Best Buffets in the World

China? Good one.

Turkey and Malaysia? For sure.

Persian cucumbers, my new favorite salad ingredient

Good choice

So you are moving away

For NYC...non-stop flights to places with better supermarkets.

Best airport restaurant/bar

The food court in the domestic terminal at GMP (Seoul).

any recommendations for places to eat in Ubud Bali and Yogyakarta Indonesia

Not that it was a superlative meal, but if you're into sambal, you may want to check out Dapur Sambal (in Jogja; Jl. Ibu Ruswo No. 7 Alun-Alun Utara). I went there with a couple of friends two months ago, and we shared about twelve different sambal and a few mains.

OK, so it might sound gimmicky, but if you're into spicy stuff...

So what do you think of horse meat?

No kidding, where did you get donkey in Germany? I had it in Beijing, in a sandwich with garlic and chives. Not for the hygiene.

Also, had raw horse in Japan ( stuff, with shiso, dandelion and soy sauce on the side. Can't say I've had any other variation of it though.

Trader Joe's New Product Guesses

Hmm, pumpkin taiyaki or hotteok?

Aug 07, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Not Happy With Fairway

I think Gourmet Garage's babka is ok for a supermarket. Also bought a bunched of pickled goods there too.

Not too much else, save for ricotta salata.

Aug 07, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

What is your perfect breakfast?

Hard to say, though something that would come close to ideal likely combines <insert random Ankara hotel here> + the Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur.

Or, to simplify things, Tsukiji.


What do you keep stocked at home?

Where there's milk, there's cereal and peanut butter.

Where there's tea, there's me.

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Oh, (Tunisian) lablabi

Jul 29, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

During the late 60's, early 70's I patronized a French restaurant in Manhattan. It is now closed. All I can recall as you entered the restaurant there was a lobby that had seating around white columns, and the walls were a purple color.

Although I didn't exist at that point, I'll offer up the name Laurent as a guess.

Jul 22, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Name a dish that you cannot find anywhere in town that you have to make yourself???

Manado-style squid kebabs...but I haven't made them in a looong time.

Jul 22, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Dim sum

Thanks for your replies, Buckethead and lepidoptery!

Had no idea the Manhattan original had an outpost in Philly...a friend has said the NY version is decent though.

Since you both seem quite familiar with the scene, I'll add that items including shrimp are a priority.

Jul 22, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Philadelphia

Dim sum

I'm curious if anyone has recommendations for dim sum in the Philly area (that is, limited by SEPTA access). The type with the carts is preferable.


Jul 21, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Philadelphia

Do ‘Food Deserts’ Cause Unhealthy Eating?

Parts of highways should be considered food deserts. How often can one find even a modest selection of fruits and vegetables at a rest stop/petrol station?

(This is mainly directed towards the US, though I can't recall too many healthy options in China or Thailand either.)

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Won't buy Greek-style feta dressing again. Talk about a waste of glass...there's hardly any flavor either.

Come to think of it, all of the salads I had in Greece used that infinitely more desirable dressing, olive oil.

Jul 20, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

What food find still haunts you - that you had once and haven't found since?

May have had it twice...Rainforest Crunch Bar. Still my favorite trail mix/granola snack, by far.

Cardamom milk was nice too, but can't recall where I tried it (possibly Manama). Have searched all over the NYC-area for it.

Mocu-Mocu - New Hell's Kitchen Japanese Specializing in.. ok, I dont really know

That soup looks more Eastern Europe than Japan...

Jul 17, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Chowdown at Uyghur Taamliri [San Francisco]

Do you know if they had a dish with sesame-studded hollowed-out bread pockets into which minced lamb and vegetables are stuffed?

I have fond memories of a place in Causeway Bay (Hong Kong) that served this dish, pumpkin dumplings and black beer served in a wooden bowl. Believe it was called Pasha.

In any event, I'll be in the Bay Area in early September, and this place may be on the list...


Do you drink tea?

Everyday. Never sweetened.

Coffee...never, unless it's in a dessert.

weird food combinations

Anything + cigarettes

Best fish for Fish n'Chips??

I sampled red snapper 'n' chips last night. Not bad in the least.

Oda House - Georgian food in Manhattan

I noticed a branch of Toné Cafe (from Brighton Beach) on 17th. btwn. Irving Place and 3rd. Has anyone been?

Jul 11, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Profiling the Adventurous Eater | Food and Brand Lab

WRT Western eaters or those around the world too?

The link above doesn't specify.