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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Oh, man, I used to love RCPH. But then, I also loved Perkins, when I was growing up in NJ. I have very lowbrow taste in pancakes. You've also reminded me of Exterminator Chili - on Church St., I think - and their excellent Black Widow brunch, which was some sort of eggs benedict thing with a spider web made of pancake batter draped over it.

about 5 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

The chowfriend experience?

about 10 hours ago
small h in Site Talk

Chowhound now allowing advertising posts?

Ooh, look! It's spam+! Now with extra illegality!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986467

I flagged the above post about 5 hours ago. I'm sure I'm not alone. Yet there it sits, all spammy and illegal and all. What's next? Chow escort ads?

Eating sunflowers? Do they taste like artichokes? How to prepare?

Thanks! Very interesting.

2 days ago
small h in Home Cooking

Eating sunflowers? Do they taste like artichokes? How to prepare?

Could you post a link to the article? I couldn't find it - kept getting restaurants with sunflower in the name or seeds on the menu.

Aug 19, 2014
small h in Home Cooking

Top of page inaccessible on Android phone

I would love to, but like a car that stops making a weird noise as soon as you take it to the mechanic, my phone has decided to behave. Next time it happens, I'll get you an image. But in the meantime, here's what it looked like: the topmost, left-most image on my screen was a blue box with the word "beta" in it. The topmost, left-most image should have been a red box with four horizontal white lines in it. Hope that helps a little.

Aug 19, 2014
small h in Site Talk

Top of page inaccessible on Android phone

The row of icons (yellow star, etc.) is hidden beneath the address line. It appears when I touch the screen, but then disappears if I try to click "My Boards."

Aug 19, 2014
small h in Site Talk

Tell-Tale Terms

"The bartenders/other patrons/tunes are smokin' hot."

I have nothing against smokin' hot things, but at this stage of my life, I'm really more interested in food & drink.

Aug 19, 2014
small h in Not About Food

A Personal Announcement

Thanks for all your good work. Once you pass the bar, come back and start answering questions about whether it's legal to charge for extra pickles or whatever else comes up on Not About Food.

Aug 18, 2014
small h in Site Talk
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What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

If I don't know what I want, then I must not be that hungry. I'm probably just bored. So I don't eat anything.

Aug 18, 2014
small h in General Topics
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Help - what were these "teething" biscuits when I was a child?

You're welcome! Mandel bread can be really good, unless your family's tradition dictates that it be dry and hard.

Aug 18, 2014
small h in General Topics

Help - what were these "teething" biscuits when I was a child?

Aug 17, 2014
small h in General Topics

Any veggie restaurant in NYC like Greens or Millennium in SF?

The list kathryn linked to is a good one (note that Family Recipe has shuffled off the mortal coil). And even though it's vegan, and even though it serves the dreaded seitan, I will throw Wild Ginger at you. I looked at Greens' online menu, and I see some overlap.

http://wildgingeronline.com/

Two other places that I'm not a huge fan of, but hey, I'm not such an authority, are Caravan of Dreams and Candle Cafe. They're also vegan. Deal with it.

http://www.caravanofdreams.net/
http://www.candlecafe.com/

Aug 17, 2014
small h in Manhattan

Hoping that New York chowhounds are using discretion with their recommendations

The word that jumps out at me in your post is "selfishly." A selfish person wouldn't take the time to post on Chowhound. If I were a jealous guarder of my discoveries, I wouldn't be here in the first place. So you're barking up a tree that doesn't even exist. Why not be grateful that the places you like are popular? It means they'll be around a while and you can keep liking them.

PS: I walked by Prosperity two days ago, and there was no line. You just got unlucky.

Aug 17, 2014
small h in Manhattan
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My plants are plagued by aphids and fungus gnats

Thanks. A quick google search taught me that tobacco juice isn't appropriate for my plants, as they are nightshades (eggplant, pepper, tomato) and thus susceptible to tobacco mosaic disease. And diatomaceous earth I know as a remedy for slugs, and not a very good one - I switched to iron phosphate and never looked back. I did find a study (http://www.gpnmag.com/fungus-gnats-an...) that investigated its effect on fungus gnats. Its findings were not encouraging.

Aug 17, 2014
small h in Gardening

My plants are plagued by aphids and fungus gnats

I appreciate your advice. My balcony is not like a rooftop, unless the roof in question tops a mid-size doghouse.

Aug 17, 2014
small h in Gardening
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Joints around Canal & 6th

Have you tried Walkers or Nancy Whiskey? I haven't been to either in a while, but I don't remember them being super loud.

http://nancywhiskeypub.com/
http://walkerstribeca.com/

Aug 17, 2014
small h in Manhattan

Suggestions for dinner, super flexible and open

El Quinto Pino has expanded and now takes reservations:

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/0...

We were a (reserved) party of 5 on a Friday night, had no trouble getting seated promptly, and were allowed to stay as long as we liked. I will note that we ate and drank with abandon, which made us attractive customers. I can't remember whether you eat seafood or not, but if you do, give the anemone & egg a try. It's not all that different from a fried clam, but it's anemone! Exotic.

Aug 14, 2014
small h in Manhattan

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

<Thank you for working so hard to misunderstand me.>

You wrote: "They ALL know how to cook!"
LMAshton responded: "No, not ALL know how to cook."

Seems pretty unambiguous to me. You made an incorrect statement, and LMAshton countered it. Where's the misunderstanding?

Aug 14, 2014
small h in Food Media & News

A Recipe for Happiness

I have a book that I bought for $1.98 at The Strand about 20 years ago called "Food: Your Miracle Medicine." It seems to have spawned an imitator. Fun fact: "When you are obsessed by a thought that torments you, eat endives and your obsession will go away.”

Suggestions for dinner, super flexible and open

I'll second both Estela and Gato, although neither is what I'd describe as "cozy." Both are (more or less) affordable, both have good to very good food (slight edge to Estela), and if my experiences are any indication, you'll be treated very well at both. And I'll also throw Saxon + Parole out there, and El Quinto Pino, which is cozy. Maybe too cozy. I had dinner there recently and my carnivorous companions raved about the bag o' bacon and the ham & cheese croquettes.

Aug 14, 2014
small h in Manhattan

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Thank you. I am astonished that anyone could romanticize third world poverty by citing its supposed "rich advantages." As hard as some people in the US have it, at least potable water is almost always available here. So far.

Aug 12, 2014
small h in Food Media & News
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Best wording to offer chef services as a gift to bride & groom

Here's what I would want from you: an offer to come over and cook a fancy meal (for two) using only what I have in the house already. I'd get a free - and hassle-free - meal. I might also learn some new methods of preparation, and new ways to combine ingredients. And you'd look like an improvisational genius.

Aug 12, 2014
small h in Not About Food

What The Heck Is Up With All This "Chipolte" BS?????

Q. Why do we have all this buckwheat?
A. Fo' kasha.

Works for me.

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

Well then! That shred of sympathy I had for the innocent lambs running the Black Forest Inn is now gone. This new policy just gets more wonderful every passing day.

Aug 11, 2014
small h in Site Talk
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Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

I have zero trouble with ads if they are upfront about being ads, perhaps sporting a big "sponsored post" label (a la Gawker). And I'm glad you found the Oktoberfest ad useful - I often find ads useful, myself. What I object to is the ad masquerading as user-generated content, and in this instance, distressingly, it is (please turn down your radio) NOT EVEN THE ADVERTISER'S FAULT. It's Chowhound's fault, for inviting restaurants to advertise, free, on boards that were previously advertising free. As linguafood correctly points out, the restaurant risks alienating potential customers, because it's now perceived as intrusive and sneaky. It's also not a win for us Chowhound participants, because we now have an extra layer of distrust to peel away. And it's not a win for CBS, either, because CBS isn't compensated for the promo. As far as I can tell, everybody loses.

Anthony Weiner reveals plans for Queens restaurant venture

So it won't be a selfie-service restaurant?

Aug 10, 2014
small h in Food Media & News

What worked and didn't work about Chowhound

<I was just KIDDING!>

Oh. Sorry. There's no indication of that, since you were answering maudie5's question in (what looked to me like) a sincere way.

<...some who don't use the red diamond>

I thought those people just didn't post to threads at all. Did your friendly email come from someone whose user name you've seen without the red diamond? I don't ever recall that happening to me.

Aug 10, 2014
small h in Site Talk

Inviting Professional Voices to the Community

<...we fully expect it will be either ignored or shouted down here.>

This seems like shifting the burden of moderation to the users of the site, as if CH is inviting restaurants to advertise* and then sitting back and waiting for the villagers with pitchforks and torches (that's us) to show up and chase them away. That's a strange and passive-aggressive method of "encouragement." Wouldn't it make more sense to set up specific guidelines for the professionals you hope to attract?

*which is the only way to interpret the continued existence of everyone's favorite new-style post, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/985152

What The Heck Is Up With All This "Chipolte" BS?????

It's a good way to sound like an old-school vampire.

Aug 09, 2014
small h in Not About Food