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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
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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...

St. Joseph's sfinci

I went into an Italian bakery in Philly over the weekend. At that particular store, they called sfinci a "zeppoli." No one I asked knew what a sfinci was, but it was neither the time nor the place for a Venn diagram...

Mar 23, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Japan Week – Great Japanese Cultural and Food Event at Grand Central

Oh right, the greatest nostalgia trip about Japan "Three Days" was the daigaku imo mountain.

In case anyone is interested, daigaku imo translates to college potato...

Mar 23, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Japan Week – Great Japanese Cultural and Food Event at Grand Central

I've taken that NJ Transit bus in 2000 and earlier this year.

Outside of rush hour it takes about 30-35 minutes from the Port Authority.

Mar 23, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Restaurant Secret Shopping

If it only covers 2/3 of your meal cost, how frequently are you "making $10?"

Korean sushi -- What's the difference?

Are you a Kogi groupie or something?

When I find a pulled pork sample of kimbap in the RoK, I might reconsider.

Fresh Direct - recent delivery a disaster. Others have bad experience?

"a one gallon jug of spring water somehow leaked and dripped water on the wood floor of the apartment"

If the floor wasn't wood, the jug would've been kind enough to not...spring a leak?

Mar 14, 2015
BuildingMyBento in Manhattan

Peanut Butter and. . .

Carob chips and whipped cream