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Best Instant Ramen? (please do not mock me, pretty please)

You may not have noticed that this post is 6+ years old and can probably make its own ramen by now. My original intent, lo these many moons ago, was to get some suggestions for instant ramen to keep on hand for those - relatively rare - occasions when I don't feel like cooking. Or shopping. Because the odds of me having scallions, thai basil, cilantro and napa cabbage on hand all at the same time are slim to none, although I do usually have won ton noodles. So I'd have to make a dedicated trip to the store (inconvenient) and then figure out a way to use up all the extra herbs and vegetables before they spoiled and went to waste (expensive). Trust me, I've thought this through.

Mar 27, 2015
small h in General Topics

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

I was at 100 Centre. There were some public computers in an alcove off the main jury room - maybe your location will have that luxury as well.

Mar 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Jury Duty, and help for a Chinatown neophyte

I served in January. No one took my phone. Maybe that happens after you're picked for a jury? I ate at the pho place on Baxter, which was pretty good but light on vegetarian-friendly options.

Mar 24, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Viable Italian Options LES/EV/WV for this Saturday

Mar 23, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Whats good near the Rubin ? (at 17th)?

I've been to cocktail hour at the Rubin - the food was pretty good (and completely different from the current menu).

In that neighborhood, I'd hit Legend or Coppelia.

http://www.legendbarrestaurant.com/
http://coppelianyc.com/media/coppelia...

Mar 23, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Beeler Alp Drackloch

I spotted a Beeler cheese (I forget which one, unfortunately) at Gourmet Garage on 7th a few days ago. $45/lb.

Mar 18, 2015
small h in Cheese

Anchovies -- place w/ best prices for jars of them?

East Village Cheese carries a lot of Roland products, anchovies probably among them. Trader Joe's is another good source - I get my anchovies, canned tuna & capers there.

Mar 18, 2015
small h in Manhattan

My Difficult, Revelatory Three Days of Eating Like Beyoncé

Huh. Guy tries and fails to stick to three-day diet, writes 2000+ mostly uninteresting words about it. I have never been more in favor of Twitter than I am at this moment.

Mar 17, 2015
small h in Food Media & News
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Passover-2nd night

This would be my first choice, if I had $175 to spend on seder food:

http://russanddaughterscafe.com/events

Mar 17, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Anyone have experience with Sweet Earth brand?

Just checked their Facebook store locator - Union Market carries Sweet Earth.

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

I don't dislike Indian food, but it would never be my first choice. I've been to Mumbai and Kochi and had some fancy meals and some plain ones there. I've eaten in a few upscale Indian places in Manhattan like Tamarind and Tabla, along with dozens of mid-range and cheap restaurants. And although I'd never refuse to eat Indian food if I was dining with someone who wanted it, of the dozen or so cuisines I'm reasonably familiar with - Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Greek, Korean, Spanish, Malaysian, Ashkenazi, Scandinavian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Thai - Indian is my least favorite. That's just the way it is. People like what they like.

Mar 15, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

cold brew coffee questions

Correction to my post: "steeped for 12 hours."

Mar 15, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

cold brew coffee questions

I make cold brew with a pound of coffee (ground coarse) and 10 cups of water, steeped for 24 hours and strained for about a half hour. The yield is 5 cups of coffee concentrate, which makes 20 cups of coffee.

I can't remember where I got my original instructions from, but this is what I've been doing for a while.

Mar 15, 2015
small h in Home Cooking

Birthday dinner help

Commerce is right there. I think it's just what you're looking for.

Mar 12, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Postings

Strongly disagree. What you propose is only useful if you open a thread each time one new response is posted. Change your settings to expand only new (to you) posts, and you won't have to look at the ones you've already read.

Revamp Font and Photo Options?

Yes, please, to all of that. Also hyperlinks.

Mar 09, 2015
small h in Site Talk

Amused (UWS)

That's true. I guess we shouldn't tar all the wine-in-weird-vessels restaurants with the same brush.

Mar 09, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Amused (UWS)

<The alcoholic drinks served in baby bottles/faux-medicine bottles thing is now played out in Paris after a few years of a few places serving drinks like that; I'm surprised these restaurant owners are doing it in Manhattan in 2015.>

And I'm extra surprised, because it's already been tried. And failed.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-cave-des-f...

Mar 09, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Best Dishes of 2015

Polpo alla griglia at Osteria del Circo. I wound up there because I had time to kill before a show and couldn't wedge myself into any of the more casual places nearby. This appetizer was a very nice surprise: perfectly grilled octopus atop melted stracciatella cheese, accompanied by grape tomatoes, sundried tomatoes and mache. The bread and olive oil served alongside were excellent as well.

ISO "Queso Fresco" for a Seder Meal

Thanks so much! I'll give it a try.

Mar 06, 2015
small h in Kosher

Cheeses of Eastern Europe

Neither Murrays nor Zabars has any Eastern European cheeses listed online. I haven't been to either in a while - do you often find cheese in the store that's not on the website? I usually buy from Saxelby and Cato Corner, and they're not going to have it, obviously.

Mar 06, 2015
small h in Cheese

ISO "Queso Fresco" for a Seder Meal

Sure, I could leave it out. But I was curious as to whether I had other options.

Mar 05, 2015
small h in Kosher

Cheeses of Eastern Europe

I know where to get Bulgarian feta, if that counts. But it's an awful lot like any other feta. The only other Eastern European cheese I was able to find near-ish me was this:

http://www.idealcheese.com/paskisirpa...

I'll scope out Whole Foods next time I go. In my head, "cheeses of Eastern Europe" is sung to the tune of "spirits of ancient Egypt."

Mar 05, 2015
small h in Cheese

ISO "Queso Fresco" for a Seder Meal

Is there a non-dairy feta you would recommend? It's a fleisheg meal, so real cheese is out.

Mar 05, 2015
small h in Kosher

ISO "Queso Fresco" for a Seder Meal

I'm planning on making a nopales salad, which calls for queso fresco. Is there a reasonable facsimile that could be served at the seder? I'm in Manhattan, so whatever it is, I can probably find it. Thanks in advance!

Mar 05, 2015
small h in Kosher

What South Koreans think of American junk food

I enjoy the occasional pop tart, but I have to agree that they do look like stationery and taste like candles.

Mar 05, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

Woman Sues Restaurant for Ruining Her Valentine's Day, Seeks $100,000 in Damages...

70%! I have a good mind to sue you just for that suggestion. You'll take 30% and you'll like it.

Mar 04, 2015
small h in Food Media & News

Woman Sues Restaurant for Ruining Her Valentine's Day, Seeks $100,000 in Damages...

I had an unsatisfactory bowl of mushroom barley soup at Whole Foods last week. That should be worth $10K at least, right?

Potatopia

I was pressed for time yesterday and not in the mood to slog far from the subway exit in the snow, so I went in for a Comatoser. As per the menu, it's "Idaho 'thick cut' chips, shrimp, double pepperjack, roasted mushrooms, scallions, roasted jalapeños, fresh garlic, 3 pepper mix, and roasted pepper aioli" - I guess the key word here is "roasted." Service was fast and friendly, and whoever assembled my meal made it look very appetizing - just like the picture! But I didn't find it appreciably better than any other fast food meal. Lotta food, lotta grease, lotta salt. I could see being in the mood for this once or twice a year, but the quality of the ingredients was inconsistent. The potato and the mushrooms were good, but the shrimp was spongy and the cheese was pretty lousy and the sauce...ish. Basically, it's sports bar food without the sports bar.

Mar 02, 2015
small h in Manhattan

Do You Bother With Q&A Posts?

That's because discussion threads allow us too much freedom. If the only option is to click a radio button (no replying! no hearting!), I think you'd see some solid polling action.

Which is not to say I think polls would be a good idea, just better than the current dopey Q&A thing.

Mar 02, 2015
small h in Site Talk
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