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Are Microwaves Essential?

Numerous chefs use the microwave to melt and temper chocolate. Ina Garten, for instance, swears by her microwave for this task. I think she does it in 30 sec bursts and then stirs it when it is like 80% melted.

Feb 17, 2014
HungryNihilist in Features

Cronuts that good???

I can not even tell you how badly I hoped Chickalicious' Do'ssants would be as good as Cronuts. I was literally crossing my fingers as I walked in and ordered two flavors (the chocolate topped one and this like caramel-covered one) and they were just not even remotely similar.

Chickalicious is one of the best places to get desserts in all of NYC. In my opinion it is even better than Dominique Ansel's bakery. (especially the fancy shmancy Chickalicious across the street) But what they do best is their own creations: the sundae, the molten lava cakes, the cupcakes, etc.

Unfortunately, when it comes to Cronuts with their excellent buttery layers, inventive flavors, sugared edges, perfect crust, and vibrant almost marzipan-esque frosting on top, the real thing is the only way to go. I wish this was not the case.

Feb 08, 2014
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Valentine's day ... restaurant

You are getting into this a bit late to book reservations, but that actually might work out for you as some of the more expensive (and best spots) usually fill up the slowest. For instance, while Babbo will definitely be full you can splurge and try to make reservations at the far more pricy Del Posto. Similarly, Esca, Per Se, and Aldea all might have a few openings since their V-Day offerings are all so lavish. In any event, enjoy NYC!

Feb 08, 2014
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Longest brunch line/wait in NYC?

Momofuka Ssam and The Spotted Pig both boast epic brunch waits, as does Balthazar and ABC Cocina.

Feb 08, 2014
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Cronuts that good???

I had to comment on this and mention that even now in February 2014, after a polar vortex in which temperatures have dropped to monumentally low levels, people are still waiting patiently in line for cronuts. This comment almost seems quaint now considering I almost lost my toes one recent morning attempting the wait.

Feb 08, 2014
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop now open (11th ave and 44th St). Ivan Ramen's 50 seat LES flagship will open January

Having eaten here twice, I strongly feel this place is very good and a very good price for what you get. Ivan founded two of Tokyo's most cherished ramen restaurants, perfecting his craft while becoming a celebrity abroad, before finally coming to America.

Frankly, ramen made with a chicken schmaltz rather than pork tonkatsu base is astoundingly inventive, as is Ivan's use of a thick, almost nutty rye noodle. It is excellent, elegantly made ramen, sourced from the very best locations, and you can tell when you eat it.

The whitefish donburi, however, is my favorite dish of all. Flaky, salty whitefish and a heaping helping of bright roe sit atop excellently seasoned rice and onion. It really is a great dish and this really is an awesome restaurant.

Dec 18, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Babbo or Convivio...? Help me decide.

In case anyone happens upon this post years hence hoping for an update post 2010, I am here to say three years later this face off has been decided and Babbo is squarely the winner. I don't think Convivio is even open anymore.

Dec 18, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Supertaster???

I miss the Supertaster so, so much. CHOW just feels kind of empty now.

Sep 23, 2013
HungryNihilist in Site Talk
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Cronuts that good???

Y'know, the second I bit into that cannele I was like, "I bet this is just a bad batch." Good call.

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

what is the single best restaurant you've been to in Boston area?

Haha ok, I have to admit I was wrong. You guys all have pretty valid points. Chow on Chowhounds.

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Greater Boston Area

what is the single best restaurant you've been to in Boston area?

Strip T's is nowhere near Boston. Did you even bother to read the title of this post? It is also really overrated. And no, it is not my holy trinity, it is the holy trinity. Period.

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Greater Boston Area

Best Whole Foods in Boston Area

River St. store. I didn't even know there was one on Prospect but now I will definitely check that one out. Thanks.

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Greater Boston Area

Cronuts that good???

And remember they only last 6 hours. However, I did have a cronut the next morning after I bought them and the sugar coating all like melts into it and the cronut sweats out some the grapeseed oil and it becomes this like crazy, decadent, kouign aman-like thing filled with cream and topped with frosting.

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Best Whole Foods in Boston Area

The Mass. Gen. Hospital Whole Foods.

It is much calmer, bigger, and has a larger selection than the others I have been to. It is the only Whole Foods I can actually get my cart around without a problem. That said, I really like the one in Central Square, Cambridge as a close second.

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Greater Boston Area

Best Whole Foods in Boston Area

The Symphony one is by far, objectively, the worst Whole Foods in the entire area. What are you talking about?

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Greater Boston Area

what is the single best restaurant you've been to in Boston area?

Just go with the holy trinity: Clio, Toro, Myers + Chang.

Trust me. Clio is posh and ultra high-end French/American which spanks L'Espalier on like 10 different levels I am happy to discuss. Toro is bustling, popular, and slightly less pricy Spanish cuisine. And Myers + Chang is casual, hip, young Asian Fusion. All are operated by James Beard Award winners and all are exquisite. These recommendations are the product of more trial and error than I would ever care to mention.

Jun 28, 2013
HungryNihilist in Greater Boston Area
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Which brands are you loyal to?

I love you guys. I am not trying to like trick you and take away your Diet Coke. Just drink water or juice or something, Jeeze Louise.

Jun 27, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics

Which brands are you loyal to?

Mr. Taster, that article sites like 3 different instances of it being linked to cancer. Also, this is happening right now and people are flipping: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

But listen man, it has a website dedicated it on the cancer institute, it might cause cancer in animals, it is definitely linked to weight gain, one study showed it might make brain tumors in humans, and a host of new studies in Britain shows it causes cancer AND birth defects--do I really have to argue this out? It is just not something people need to eat; however, as above posters mentioned I agree that I should not have been so judgmental in tone.

But my real question is why do you write blog posts in the form of a letter? :D

Jun 27, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics

Which brands are you loyal to?

Jun 27, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics

Which brands are you loyal to?

I just want to say I am finding it disturbing how much Diet Coke is appearing on these lists when it is a direct and incredibly harmful carcinogen. Furthermore, fake sugars are linked to weight gain so what's the point? Also, Skippy and Jif contain hydrogenated oils (Trans Fats, and yes I know it says 0 trans fats on the back but if it has hydrogenated oils it has trans fats) and I wish those weren't on so many lists. Trans fats are bad on too many levels to name. I love you Chowhounds. I eat so much trash and junk food, I just stay away from those 2 ingredients. Ok, I am loyal to:

Fage Yogurt (It is the king of Greek yogurt. Don't fight it, just bow down)

Nabisco Oreo Cookies (I am sorry, there is no replacement)

Popcorn Indiana Kettle Corn (Snack on this to your heart's content and almost no guilt and it is sweet AND salty)

Near East Parmesan Cous Cous (I have been addicted to this since like 1999. It is 10X easier and faster to make than mac and cheese, 10X healthier, 10X yummier)

Whole Foods (365) Turkey Jerky (Holy shit, amazing. I alternate between pepper and teriyaki)

Nutella (Need I say more?)

I obviously eat a ton of shit but this is all I can honestly say I am truly loyal to. For instance, I wanted to put peanut butter on the list but I alternate between Justin's, Peanut Butter & Co., and the Whole Foods ground up PB, and even then I will still get weird artisanal PBs if I can.

Jun 27, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics

Which brands are you loyal to?

This is a superb list. Probably the best on this entire thread.

Diet Coke and either Jif or Skippy are on most of the above lists. The Aspartame in Diet Coke is the worst possible thing to consume and the hydrogenated oils in all normal Skippys and Jifs are a close second. Please, for the sake of seeing your grandchildren grow up, buy what is on this list instead.

Jun 27, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics

Cronuts that good???

what is the doughnut blog url?

Jun 24, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Cronuts that good???

DId you get the strawberry cheesecake flavor? I heard those are amazingggg

Jun 24, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Cronuts that good???

I got in line at 3:45 to be exact and the first people arrived around 4:05 or 4:10. I got one in May and waited way way too long when I arrived at 7:30 a.m.. Dominique recommends you arrive by 7:15 but honestly just make sure you GO ON A WEEKDAY (I can not stress this enough, the weekends are twice as bad) and make sure to be there around/before 6:30 a.m.. At 7 a.m. the line explodes in length so if you can get there just 15 or 30 minutes before you are fine. There is no reason to be there before 6 a.m. in my opinion, but I did get to speak to Dominique and was interviewed by TV stations which was fun.

Jun 24, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Cronuts that good???

The cronut is amazing but you are spot on with the Paris-NY thing. I bought it and it is utterly gross. Honestly, the much-touted cannele' were overcooked and kind of bitter tasting and the DKA was nothing to write home about. However, having said all that, I have to begrudgingly admit that the cronut is utterly amazing and well worth the wait/hype.

Jun 24, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan

Cronuts that good???

I am here to report that the new lemon cronuts are by far the best Dominique has ever created. I got in line around 4 a.m. and the place opened at 8. (I was first) The texture is very chewy but also incredibly light for the amount of butter/grease involved. The cream filling is extremely subtle both in taste and texture and has a very slight lemon tang and very lightly applied. My favorite part was actually the frosting on top. It is thick and luxurious and not at all like a buttercream, more of like a fondant crossed with a classic glaze. The layers inside maintain their integrity very well and as you may or may not know all cronuts have this light sugary coating only on the edges. The sugar also had a slight citrus taste. Awesome. So awesome. It takes 3 days to make one

Jun 24, 2013
HungryNihilist in Manhattan
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Cronut

I ate a cronut 2 days ago and trust me. Just go to NYC for the real thing. They are totally worth it. It takes 3 days for Dominique to make a single cronut and you can honestly see why when you taste one.

Jun 24, 2013
HungryNihilist in Greater Seattle
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Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

They can be purchased at The Dominique Ansel Bakery at 189 Spring St in New York City. I recommend you go on a weekday and try to be in line before 6:30 a.m.

Jun 24, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics

who really invented the cronut?

A repost from what are you snacking on: The texture is very chewy but also incredibly light for the amount of butter/grease involved. The cream filling is extremely subtle both in taste and texture and has a very slight lemon tang and very lightly applied. My favorite part was actually the frosting on top. It is thick and luxurious and not at all like a buttercream, more of like a fondant crossed with a classic glaze. The layers inside maintain their integrity very well and as you may or may not know all cronuts have this light sugary coating only on the edges. The sugar also had a slight citrus taste. Awesome. So awesome.

Jun 23, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics

who really invented the cronut?

Dominique invented it. It is completely unique in many ways. Go on youtube and watch the Bloomberg TV interview with him. He goes into it in-depth and it takes three days just to make one. Oh by the way. I got in line at 3:45 a.m. for them a few days ago and it was worth it.

Jun 23, 2013
HungryNihilist in General Topics