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Still Life With Badly Dressed Museum-Goer

Going to the theater in Manhattan the theatergoers look like they are going to a baseball game...
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Broadway theaters now feature vendors walking around inside the theatre, selling candy and bottled water to patrons seat-side before curtain call.

2 days ago
scoopG in France

Bei Fang Style - new on Irving

Often in Chinese, the combination of the characters are more important together than separated. Běifāng (北方) is a compound word and means north or northern. In China it also denotes north of the Yellow River.

Any idea where these folks are from?

Sep 01, 2015
scoopG in San Francisco Bay Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Please, don't hold back!

Why is Boston food so bland?

Okay--let's say a 20-block walk from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And, restrict the category to quick, cheap, good. The options are worse there than in lower Manhattan, or the typical college town.
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The UES is from 59th to 96th streets and from the East River to Fifth Ave. Like Boston, Manhattan is an expensive town.

Aug 12, 2015
scoopG in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

No—I'm comparing the process by which I found them.
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And is this process only by looking online for information? Do you ever just walk around and investigate a neighborhood on your own?

Aug 12, 2015
scoopG in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Come to think of it, the Upper East Side (the area around the Met) also had fairly uninteresting food, at least in the "cheap eats" department.
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Well you are wrong here on many accounts. The UES is more than the "area around the MET." And while the UES is an expensive real estate area (just like many areas of Boston) good eats are possible.

Aug 12, 2015
scoopG in Greater Boston Area

C & L Imperial, Flushing

Aug 09, 2015
scoopG in Outer Boroughs

wonton vs dumpling

Welcome to Chowhound.

Jul 11, 2015
scoopG in General Topics
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Sunday dinner on the UES?

Paola is a solid neighborhood Italian - and has been on the UES for many years. It can can quite loud though when crowded.

Jul 10, 2015
scoopG in Manhattan

wonton vs dumpling

See CK's post above:

For Cantonese, the two things are not interchangeable, and they are exclusive from each others. In other regions, the two terms can be interchanged.

Jul 10, 2015
scoopG in General Topics

Sunday dinner on the UES?

Three blocks from the Met is Ristorante Morini:
http://ristorantemorini.com/

Jul 09, 2015
scoopG in Manhattan
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Best Miele Dishwasher?

All reputable dealers will install and haul away, "the old way."

Jul 08, 2015
scoopG in Cookware

Paula Deen Resurfaces Brownface Photo, Leans Into New Identity as America's Racist Grandma

Just shows how far we've gone in turning everything into racism and an over-the-top cry...
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No, not even close.

Best Miele Dishwasher?

Good choice arielleeve.

The more important question you need to answer is how many cycles you want. Full size or slimline? Stainless steel or custom front panel? Miele has so many dishwashers - at least 30-33 with prices from $900 to $2500. ($5K+ for their Professional models for the home kitchen - I guess for the very ambitious home chef/entertainers).

I love our Miele 6505 SCi CLST Futura Lumen. Relatively fast cycle times, low ambient heat, excellent soundproofing, low noise and their waterproof system is an extra comfort for the urban apt.

Jul 07, 2015
scoopG in Cookware

Taiwanese style pork belly buns.

No, I can't verify either way if they are actually selling the Pork Belly w/Buns for $9.00.

Jul 01, 2015
scoopG in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dumpling Palace, recently opened in the Back Bay

I’ve had several meals here and like the place a lot. It’s a great addition to the neighborhood. The owner here is the same as the Chinatown location and the predominant idea is a Pan-Chinese approach: a little bit of Taiwanese, a little bit of Sichuan and a little bit of everything else. The spice levels are intentionally moderate with little or no use of Sichuan peppercorn.

*Chilled Pickled Cucumber with Garlic
*Taiwan Style Grilled Sausages – with fresh garlic slices
*Stewed Minced Pork over Rice (滷肉飯 - lǔròufàn) A simple Taiwanese classic done well here. Great the next day too all mixed up.
*Special Mustard Greens with Edamame and Bean Curd Sheets
*Pork Belly Taiwan Style – a little too sweet.
*Chinese Watercress with Garlic
*Three Cup Chicken (三杯雞 - sānbēijī)Misbranded as Chicken Leg with 3 Essences in Hot Pot. Another Taiwanese classic. Not bad.
*Grilled Mackerel Pike – mislabeled as Grilled Anchovies Taiwan Style on the menu. Served hot here, this dish is often served cold or at room temperature.
*Taiwan Style Pan-Fried Dumplings – excellent. Taiwanese style pot stickers where the ends are open and not crimped. Juicy and delicious.
*Taiwan Style Eggplant – with basil
Asparagus with Garlic – good crunch but no garlic with my serving.
*Oyster Pancake with Gravy - a classic Taipei night market dish.
Agreeable rendition done here.

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Jun 30, 2015
scoopG in Greater Boston Area

I hate to be *that* person...

I've done some research, but the choice of quality restaurants in Paris is seriously overwhelming.
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And what has your research turned up?

I am usually an over-researcher, but since I leave in a week and I still have two more visas to sort as well as trying to figure out what gear one needs for a 6 week road trip across two continents, I just can't seem to get my head around the dining scene in Paris.
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Why is so hard to get your head around the Paris dining scene? You have been on CH since 2006 right?

The person who says they do not have enough time is not using their time wisely then. The busier one is the more time they actually have. 40-60 minutes reading this Board will give you plenty of information from which to pose the most pertinent questions.

Jun 30, 2015
scoopG in France

Taiwanese style pork belly buns.

You may be right - but the $9 bun(s) being served at Masu look like another version of the Guabao (割包-guàbāo) that might sate the pork belly impulse.

Jun 29, 2015
scoopG in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

For $50: Wei sends you a postcard.
For only $5,000: Free Food tour of Tainan. Add $2,000 to cover your own air fare and hotel to get there.

Jun 25, 2015
scoopG in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

Exactly. Fuschia Dunlop enrolled in a cooking school in Sichuan after her Chinese language studies in Sichuan. Then she really got to work.

Wei is about 24 and a NYU graduate - I believe she graduated from NYU with a BA in Journalism - but she seems now not to want to emphasize that.

It appears she wants hardworking rubes to help fund her Gladwellian 10,000 hours of practice.

Jun 25, 2015
scoopG in Los Angeles Area

Clarissa Wei's Crowdsourcing Hopes?

...I want to hear more about this "buddy" who is also going along with her. What is his/her role on the trip?

I assume she wants professional photographers and videographers for the ensuing books (cookbooks and memoir) and proposed TV show.

Jun 25, 2015
scoopG in Los Angeles Area

Manhattan visit planning - Phase I

ex OP: What other categories should I consider?
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Everything.

Please take a look again at Kathryn's detailed post above.

Jun 24, 2015
scoopG in Manhattan

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Yes, Airline and Flight number please.

Jun 23, 2015
scoopG in Food Media & News

Best ice cream in manhattan

Gelato is a type of ice cream, no?
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In America, no. Gelato has far less cream and often little or no egg yolk and the butterfat content is only around 3-8%. US food labeling laws require ice cream to contain at least 10% butterfat. Super Premium Ice Cream must have at least 14% butterfat and Premium Ice Cream at least 12% butterfat. Gelato also utilizes stabilizers to help compensate for the lack of cream and/or eggs.

Perhaps another question is who serves the best Super Premium Ice Cream? I can't see any information on either OddFellows or Morgenstern's website as to their ice cream's butterfat content. When I've asked at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory they've told me their butterfat content is 14%.

Jun 21, 2015
scoopG in Manhattan

First trip to Boston

OK, thanks.

Jun 19, 2015
scoopG in Greater Boston Area

First trip to Boston

You can bring food into the park from outside.
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From the vendors right outside the stadium or further afield?

Jun 19, 2015
scoopG in Greater Boston Area

First trip to Boston

Just so you know: food offerings at Fenway are far behind what is available at just about every other MLB park, including Minute Maid.

Jun 19, 2015
scoopG in Greater Boston Area

Best Authentic Chinese in Richmond, CA

On balance, Chinese food in the Bay Area is better than Flushing as the latter is hampered by a lack of top quality Cantonese and certain other regional options.
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What regional Chinese cuisines are lacking in Flushing? Are there Fujian, Shandong, Northeastern and Xian type snacks in the Bay Area? Or what regional cuisines are found in the Bay Area that are not found in Flushing? (I know there is a great Hakka restaurant out there in San Francisco).

Large numbers of Taiwanese started settling in Flushing in the 1950's - one reason there are not that many Cantonese restaurants there.

There are now some 10-12 communities in NYC that have significant Asian/Chinese populations - but there is only one Chinatown and that is in Manhattan. Flushing, Elmhurst, Sunset Park and other places are ethnoburbs. They have a much more diverse population and are not dominated by Chinese people only. These new Americans there, in addition to Chinese, are Korean, Indians, Pakistanis, and more. They are better educated and have more wealth than the poorer immigrants found in inner city Chinatowns.

Jun 14, 2015
scoopG in San Francisco Bay Area

O Ya? Anyone been yet?

Please report back. I am curious about the noise level. I've eaten at O Ya in Boston several times. It can get quite loud.

Jun 12, 2015
scoopG in Manhattan

Shake Shack: JFK Airport

Jun 09, 2015
scoopG in Chains