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Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

Only for men who can't manage to get their knees into the same zip code.

about 4 hours ago
small h in Not About Food

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

If you're referring to the hot dog vendor, no, I don't. Did something suggest to you that I did?

about 16 hours ago
small h in Food Media & News

Birthday lunch for a tween girl

I suggest The Smith. There's three of them, so you can pick a convenient location. The menu's accessible, and it's always pretty lively in there.

http://www.thesmithnyc.com/

about 20 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

Oh, ok. Yes, I know all that. Still not really an example of taking down a "big guy." More like holding a medium-size guy responsible for his employee, which is as it should be, but also kind of sucks in this case.

about 22 hours ago
small h in Food Media & News

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

Your point escapes me.

about 23 hours ago
small h in Food Media & News

No more ramps (wild leeks) at Union Square Greenmarket

I was at Union Square this morning around 10:30. Berried Treasures had tons of ramps.

about 23 hours ago
small h in Manhattan

NYC Street Vendor Selling $30 Hot Dogs?

The problem was not that he charged $30 for a hot dog. The problem was that he didn't post the price, as he is required to do. And if you want to spare this "little guy," which "big guy" do you go after?

about 24 hours ago
small h in Food Media & News

Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

Awesome! Now I can spread out on the bus.

2 days ago
small h in Not About Food

How do you deal with the compulsive need for everyone to like your food?

I have to ask - if you've been baking since you were 14, and you jettison something unless it's a unanimous success, what's left in your repertoire? Because I would like the recipe. (If you're now 15, disregard.)

My posts in the profile page

<I think you're asking for a somewhat different function, then.>

Yes, I am. In my perfect Chowhound world, I would be able to search the Posts section of my profile page as if it were its own board. Typing "Kirgilnix" into the search box would return results only from posts in which I mention Kirgilnix.

2 days ago
small h in Site Talk

My posts in the profile page

I, too, would like it if posts (not just discussions) went back all the way to the beginning of one's history. It's possible to visit every discussion thread and search for your posts, but it's kind of a pain. And I'll go one step further: I'd like to be able to - quickly and easily - search the history of my posts, to make sure I don't say the same thing twice.

2 days ago
small h in Site Talk

Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

I think it might be you. Because I've lived in Manhattan since 1983, and I can count my (people-related) unpleasant mass transit experiences on the fingers of one hand. Sometimes an unhinged person will start ranting about something or other, but I know it's not directed at me, personally.

May 21, 2015
small h in Not About Food
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Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

Uh oh. You must've run into the guy who tries to charge clueless tourists $30 for a hot dog:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/...

He's an anomaly! I swear.

May 20, 2015
small h in Not About Food

Pizza in Manhattan

The tapas place also closed. If I'm interpreting this Eater piece correctly (I might not be - it's confusing), then the owner plans a return to serving Italian food.

http://ny.eater.com/2015/5/15/8613551...

May 20, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

<IME, that's pretty unique to NYC.>

It's not. But if you've spent more time in Manhattan than a weekend or two and still hold this opinion, that's very unfortunate. I'm sorry you encountered such a non-representative sample of the people that live here. I hope you'll try again.

May 20, 2015
small h in Not About Food

Reykjavik, Hand to Mouth

I'm usually pretty quick with a snappy response in situations like that, but here it is weeks later and I still haven't come up with one. There were a few other instances on the trip when I felt that the folks in Iceland were amazed at my inability to understand the simplest things.

May 20, 2015
small h in Europe
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Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

I don't think that's exclusive to any geographic area. One person is probably always going to be (at least marginally) more idiotic than another.

May 20, 2015
small h in Not About Food

Table Hogs and Coffee House Etiquette

It's not belligerence. It's impatience. It takes more time to deal with idiots than with non-idiots.

May 20, 2015
small h in Not About Food

So Confused

I won't claim to have read every post on every board, but as far as I can determine, no one requested a Q&A format before it was implemented. And no one - save the Chow team - has ever defended it, now that it exists. Unless a question has only one answer (and if so, Google can likely provide it), how is a "quick, simple" response even possible?

Where to Buy Raw Peanuts for Boiling

Look in the outdoor bins at the SW corner of Chrystie and Grand. Lani's Farm at the Union Square Greenmarket has them sometimes, too, if you're having trouble getting rid of your money. I think they charge $10/lb, as opposed to the $2/lb or so you'll pay in Chinatown.

May 19, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Reykjavik, Hand to Mouth

A brief illustrated report from Iceland, where I recently spent a few days.

May 18, 2015
small h in Europe
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HAND PULLED NOODLE SHOP 东方兰州拉面 (SHENG WANG) YET ANOTHER TO HIGHLY CONSIDER IN YOUR QUEST FOR GOOD CHINESE NOODLES

That restaurant's in Queens. Post on the Outer Boroughs board for info.

May 17, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Dinner for 10 in the Village

Piadina isn't on Open Table, but they do take reservations - you have to call. It's a nice, classic New York Italian (and cash only). Prices are gentle, food is good.

http://www.piadinanyc.com/index.htm

May 16, 2015
small h in Manhattan
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Scientific Methods Misapplied to the Evaluation of Cuisine

I don't think anyone has advocated evaluating food according to which knife or bowl a chef employs, which would be the closest analogy to your "What quill...?" example. I like thinking, about food and other things, so asking me to simply "feel and experience," to "open the heart" but keep the mind closed, would rob me of some of the enjoyment of eating.

Anyway, art and science are not enemies or opposites. Remember that it was Da Vinci who first proposed a method of vertical flight.

May 16, 2015
small h in General Topics

Spring 2015: New in Chinatown

Sichuan Hot Pot's been around at least since October 2014, which is when I started ordering in from there on Seamless. The poached seafood deluxe is good, as is the watercress and tofu soup.

May 16, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Bulk Dumplings - Chinatown

I've been happy with the vegetable dumplings at Prosperity (can't speak to any of the other varieties). There's also North Dumpling at 27A Essex - I'm pretty sure I tried them once and liked Prosperity better.

http://prosperitydumpling.com/

May 15, 2015
small h in Manhattan

There are "Kosher", "Special Diets", & "Vegetarian & Vegan" boards; why not a "Halal" board?

Chowhound* doesn't typically add a board and wait for it to fill up with posts. It notices a critical mass of posts on a particular topic and then creates a board to house those posts. Have you noticed a lot of questions about halal food? I haven't. There's a fair amount of chatter on the Manhattan board about "halal carts," but I don't think those discussions need their own special area.

*which I know is not a person, but let's pretend.

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

Yes, impersonal sums it up, or maybe perfunctory. It didn't bother me, since I'm perfectly happy with adequate service - I care much more about the food. I'm glad you had a stellar experience.

May 13, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

I had the soft-shell crab a couple of weeks ago at a special occasion dinner. It was very good, but not quite as good as The Clam's version, which I still remember from last year because that restaurant somehow managed to get both the body and the legs of the crab cooked perfectly (at Babbo, the legs were a little dry). The two Babbo dishes that impressed me the most were the scallops - amazing - and the spaghettini with lobster. I wasn't wowed by the service. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but there wasn't anything special about it, either.

May 13, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Brining ramps - or anything, really.

When I have this problem, I fill a ziploc with brine and use it as a weight.

May 13, 2015
small h in Home Cooking
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