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A Dish From Every Mexican State

¬°Guay!

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Do & Co. has all of those beat.

Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

"Each line has to be drawn in a certain order."

...unless you don't draw them in front of other people!

Deciphering menus was one of the main reasons I tried to focus on studying the characters.

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I load up on trader joe's snacks no matter where I'm going.

Since it has often been US East Coast to SE Asia, I generally try to fly a Japanese airline to take advantage of the (edible) mid-flight snacks and ramen, though I should try a Korean carrier next time. Basically, Narita Airport would do well to have a store devoted just to snacks.

Chinese carriers are as bad as US ones in terms of just about everything, save for slightly nicer FAs.

Jonathan
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Spain had a HUGE impact on its colonies' cuisine. Why didn't France?

Last week, I was just noticing the surfeit of chocolate sprinkles throughout convenience stores and supermarkets in Jakarta. They never really caught my attention on previous visits, then again, the one dessert I had with them last time - grilled bananas with "cheese" and sprinkles - was not one to fondly remember.

However, on my next visit to California, I must take a picture of that Indonesian section of 99Ranch.

Jonathan
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Americans Try Exotic Japanese Kit Kats

I dig the sakura matcha ones. I was also disappointed by the boutique in Ikebukuro...the shop in Tokyo station had significantly more varieties.

The best chocolate bar I've had for under a buck...

somehow was the Aeon-branded milk chocolate sold by the register in Japan. Have to give them credit, though it's not exactly difficult to find a decent and relatively cheap Western-style dessert in Japan either. (Of course, the price is dependent upon the exchange rate.)

What would you choice be?

Jonathan
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Seeking advice: Week long foodie trip from Japan to somewhere else.

Jakarta is damn good for food too...particularly because Indonesian cuisine(s) is not as common abroad as many of the other choices listed. Still, Jakarta for week is a long time...maybe the OP can combine with somewhere else?

Also, among the other places mentioned thus far, my vote would go to the RoK. Awesome food everywhere. Jagalchi market in Busan too.

Jonathan
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I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

Nothing's decent in Ironbound (or are you not including that in "downtown?")?

Do any cultures eat owl?

I had armadillo in Jakarta. Fox though, that's intriguing...

Cheesecake factory

I don't mind their food. Don't really know about the cheesecakes, but my lunch there was always the meatloaf. Then again, I've only been about ten times.

May 15, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

African restaurant

There are a couple of (West) African markets by the Shop n Bag at 43rd and Walnut. Ginger juice is ubiquitous.

May 15, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Philadelphia

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

I'd be remiss if D'ag, Morton-Williams and Gristede's weren't also considered "whole paycheck." Almost across-the-board they are dismal to shop at, have terrible management (are there ever enough cashiers?) and prices are often worse than Whole Foods.

Not to mention, having to tell D'ag cashiers my phone number slows everything down even more (haven't been able to find the card anyway), and their credit card terminals seems significantly slower than those at TJ's, WF and Fairway.

May 08, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Bourdain Market - What do YOU Want to See

No matter what tenants there are, I don't want to be reminded that I'm in Manhattan.

May 08, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Brookfield Place (Battery Park)

I visited Le District three weeks ago. What a pathetic use of space. Absolutely nothing about it is worth mentioning in a positive light.

Also, one of the sandwiches was served on pretzel bread...what?

May 06, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Best Salad Dressing You've Ever Had

Although for me nothing beats extra virgin olive oil, I'm generally partial to lighter/non-sweet citrus dressings.

At the same time, whenever I'm eating Japanese/in Japan, I can't get enough of the creamy sesame and red shiso varieties (commonly found in konbini).

Jonathan
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Supermarket music

In Japan, whenever I'd walk into an upmarket neighborhood supermarket (e.g., one in Hiroo), the music playing was always heavy metal. Maybe it was Koizumi's preferred market?

Jonathan
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new Tone Cafe (Georgian) takeout on E.17th!

That is swell, though after eating adjaruli khachapuri, a walk along the Boardwalk is much needed!

May 04, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Recommendations for Jakarta?

Try Beautika for its Manado cuisine; the two branches that I know of are near Senayan and north of Tanah Abang. (Manado is a mostly Catholic city where pretty much anything goes...on the menu)

Oh, and if you'd want to meet up, I'll be there around the beginning of June. I used to live there, and have visited many times.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

(I don't buy frozen yogurt for the yogurt, I get it for the toppings...)

Still, the flavor alone makes them worth being again IMO.

Apr 26, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Hmm...how about as a frozen yoghurt/ice cream topping?

Apr 25, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Ethnic foods only in New York?

Depending on when you get to NY, there's a small seasonal (and roughly once-a- month) Indonesian food festival in Astoria (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1011023).

Apr 25, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan
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Flushing Chinatown "Jian Bing" Street Vendor

It burns right through the bag! (Plus, I can't say that "bag" adds a pleasant taste to the jianbing...)

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

I dig the Trail Mix cookies too, but the texture makes it seem like they're stale upon arrival.

Apr 24, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains

Palate Memory...

There's a Manadonese (regional Indonesian cuisine) sambal called dabu-dabu. It's not terribly complicated to make - though having fresh bird's eye chilies is key - but it's part-and-parcel of Manado cooking that is very difficult to find outside of Indonesia.

Last week however, in Queens (NYC) I came across an Indonesian food festival which surprisingly had a Manado booth. They also happened to offer dabu-dabu; eating it took me back to the first time I tried that cuisine, in Jakarta, and subsequently having a mouthful of fire for ten minutes. Now, it's been whittled down to two minutes...

Jonathan
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Triscuits flavors...any good?

I'm partial to the one with caraway seeds.

Your favorite junk food or guilty pleasure?

Bread baskets (always overdo it), whipped cream and Reese's pieces. But when in Japan, pretty much everything at their convenience stores...save for the mayonnaise-gone-wild stuff.

Jonathan
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Definitely like the Rosemary & Thyme Maple Toffee Sunflower Seeds. May even throw 'em on oatmeal, though they overpower other possibilities.

Also like their Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chip Rounds...but I still prefer to have fresh guacamole with them.

Jonathan
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Apr 21, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Chains
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Chinese vs Italian Pine Nuts (pignoli)..big price difference. Taste difference?

IIRC, Heilongjiang (a Chinese province) is a big supplier of pine nuts. Had a glass of pine nut "juice" at a Heilongjiang products store in China last year.

Though, I'll have to try the Italian and Chinese versions from Kalustyan's or so to see about differences in taste.

Jonathan
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Peeps!!!!!!!

I'd like to try the Peeps "milk," but haven't seen a carton in NYC yet. It sounds terrible, but eh, it'll be a good story for the grandkids...