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The Sommelier as Shaman

I'm glad to hear someone say what I've felt for a long time. Clearly there are some pairings that don't work (e.g. braised short ribs and california chardonnay) but the realm of what works is rather large.

Sep 14, 2006
antjones9 in Features

solo dining flatiron

Your options are pretty unlimited in the flatiron district. Name a price range and preferred type of cuisine.

Aug 31, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Daniel: Wine pairing or not?

I've heard that the wine pairing was not particularly spectacular and that it might be better to order on my own. The heart of my question is really about bang for the buck (i.e. whether spending $225 on two bottles would give more bang for the buck than the wine pairing). I'm sure people who've dined at Daniel might have an opinion on this.

Aug 17, 2006
antjones9 in Wine

Daniel: Wine pairing or not?

I will be dining at Daniel (NYC) with two friends. We were planning on doing the tasting menu. I noticed that wine pairing is offered at $75 per person. I was going to do it but thought that we could probably do better for ourselves by ordering two bottles of wine. The wine pairing would total $225 for three people. Is anyone familiar enough with the wine list to recommend two bottles to go with the tasting menu that total less than $225 or comment on the wisdom of my strategy?

Aug 17, 2006
antjones9 in Wine

Frank Bruni's Reviews of Vong & Mercer

I had a terrible experience at Mercer Kitchen and enjoyed Bruni's review greatly. My wife and I had to share a menu (which was different from the one displayed in front of the restaurant) and the food was truly mediocre.

Aug 16, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Daniel: Wine pairing or not?

I will be dining at Daniel with two friends. We were planning on doing the tasting menu. I noticed that wine pairing is offered at $75 per person. I was going to do it but thought that we could probably do better for ourselves by ordering two bottles of wine. The wine pairing would total $225 for three people. Is anyone familiar enough with the wine list to recommend two bottles to go with the tasting menu that total less than $225 or comment on the wisdom of my strategy?

Aug 16, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Park Ave Cafe

Bruni eplains how it works in a recent blog posting:
http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

Aug 08, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Tasting Menu in the $100-$120 Range?

The Blue Hill tasting menu is about $69 (not including wine, tax or tip).

Aug 02, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Which foods taste better organic?

exactly!

Jul 31, 2006
antjones9 in General Topics

Easy Soft Shell Crab Recipes? And what to serve with it?

good tip!

Jul 31, 2006
antjones9 in Home Cooking

Easy Soft Shell Crab Recipes? And what to serve with it?

Softshell crabs are soo wonderful that you hardly have to do anything to them. Clean them (i.e. remove the lungs and chop off the eyes - if you like you can also remove the tamale) and dust them with a mixture of flour, salt and pepper (szechuan peppercorns add a nice touch) Fry them in a cast iron skillet with about 1/2 inch of canola oil - approximately 2-3 minutes on each side (depending on size). Let them rest on some paper towels before plating.

Jul 31, 2006
antjones9 in Home Cooking

I'm Not Going To Renew Gourmet or Food & Wine

My wife was incensed at the item in Food&Wine last month that gave suggestions on what to buy for dining in various restaurants. The notion that you should go out and spend $4,000 on a Dolce & Gabbana dress to eat at Le Cirque was offensive. It reminds me of those ridiculuos articles in Money magazine where they tell you the story of married 30 year-old anethesiologists who can't figure out what to do with that extra $250,000 in their checking account.

Jul 31, 2006
antjones9 in Food Media & News

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

The Pepsi is a nice touch.

Jul 18, 2006
antjones9 in Home Cooking

Fantastic coffee

My brother, who works at Think, explains it thus: Take 5lbs of ground coffee, place it into a fine mesh sack and submerge it in 5 gallons of cold/tepid water and let it sit for 4-5 hours. You will probably want to cut the recipe back down a bit for personal use. It goes without saying, but I'll go ahead and say it anyway, that you should use good coffee.

Jul 18, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Does Tabasco "go bad"?

They also stay in business because it is deliciuous and everybody buys it.

Jul 17, 2006
antjones9 in General Topics

Fantastic coffee

I agree, Gimme makes very nice coffee. Oslo is also good but I don't care for the scene at Oslo. The Verb is my regular joint. Their lattes are good but the regular coffee is like tar.

Jul 17, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Throwdown with Bobby Flay

Point taken.

Jul 17, 2006
antjones9 in Food Media & News

Fantastic coffee

Think Coffee at 248 Mercer Street is my favorite spot for coffee. The space is big and comfortable and the coffee is delicious and all organic/shade grown. They even use milk from an organic Hudson Valley micro producer.

Jul 14, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Throwdown with Bobby Flay

I did and I enjoyed it. I am acquainted with Ben, the surfer chowder chef and knew ahead of time that he had lost. Out of loyalty to Ben I was prepared to resent Bobby's performance but in the end thought that Bobby Flay did a great job.

A few years back when Bobby had that BBQ show (the one where he cooked alongside thick drawling southern guy) I thought he was a bit of a jerk. However in the past year I have had to admit that he is really a great chef and a seemingly great guy - perhaps marriage has mellowed him.

Jul 14, 2006
antjones9 in Food Media & News

WD-50?

I must agree with dippedberry's reaction. I am a diehard wd-50 fan - but I understand that it is a bit inventive. At the end of the day wd-50 is about delivering great food and wonderfully complex flavors. Be adventurous - give it a try.

Jul 14, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

WD-50?

Sam Mason is a genius!

Jul 14, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Soft-Shell Crab in NYC (is the season over?)

I had some great ones at Marlow & Sons in Williamsburgh a few weeks ago.

Jul 13, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Friends Visting - Ideas for somewhere near Union Sq.

You might want to try Duke's. Not the greatest food in the world but it is casual, inexpensive and close to Union Square:

http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile...

The really good food in the Union Square area is all a bit pricy. If you are willing to head over to the East Village you'll have better luck finding a casual inexpensive restaurant with good food.

Jul 13, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Grilling Lamb in a Yogurt Marinade

It would be best to set aside a portion of the marinade when you make it for use as a sauce later. I would not advise using the marinade in which raw lamb has been sitting. I agree with Darren72's concerns about cooking the marinade.

Jul 13, 2006
antjones9 in Home Cooking

Bruni Craftsteak Review

I am wondering if anyone who has been to Craftsteak has an opinion on Frank Bruni's review this week and/or on Mr. Bruni as a reviewer.

Jul 13, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

best dessert/pastry chef?

Sam Mason a must! He is the pastry chef at wd-50. He was nominated for the James Beard award this year.BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT...

Jul 12, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

ISO Fried Clams

I second Mary's Fish Camp! I must advise, they don't take reservations and the lines are long. Worth the wait!

Jul 12, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Nha Trang - what to order

Be sure to have the grilled pork chops! The whole fried fish is also wonderful. If you are looking for a vegetable dish I definitely suggest the hollow vegetables in garlic sauce. Have fun!

Jul 12, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Blue Hill

I have a reservation at Blue Hill next month. Any suggestions?

Jul 12, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan

Best French Fries currently?

Sorry to report that I have not. I usually go for mayo and the curry ketchup sauce. I should try the poutine - sounds tasty.

Jul 11, 2006
antjones9 in Manhattan