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What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

Hmm. I need to find a Malay place to try it out. I am intrigued.

about 7 hours ago
Bkeats in General Topics

Is your favorite restaurant at risk of CLOSING its doors?

Actually it is that simple. Those who think otherwise throw good money after bad. I unfortunately have seen too many instances where people make fundamentally bad business decisions and then wonder why things failed. By the way I was responding to multifoiled who was making the case that otherwise good restaurants close because of rising rents or costs. When that is happening, what other solutions would you suggest?

There are two very current examples of very successful restaurants in NYC that are closing and moving because they can't afford the rent anymore. There is no other choice.

about 8 hours ago
Bkeats in Food Media & News

Is your favorite restaurant at risk of CLOSING its doors?

That would make for a real audience capturing show. Have a bunch of guys with green eyeshades doing cash flow analysis to figure out how to afford the rent. Captivating tv. Not. I've invested in restaurants. If the only issue was that the rent was too high for an otherwise successful restaurant, there's one simple option. Move. If the other costs are too high, charge your customers more to increase revenue or bring down your costs e.g. change to lower cost menu, fire staff. That's what an investor will tell you. Again not captivating tv.

Wacko staff, crazy owner, quirky customers, that's what makes for "dramatic" tv watching. Not some guy running spreadsheets and cash flow discount models.

about 14 hours ago
Bkeats in Food Media & News

Is your favorite restaurant at risk of CLOSING its doors?

In other words the customer is wrong and the restaurant is right. No wonder those places died when their old customers died. Adapt to change otherwise go out of business.

Cafe des Artistes was a good looking place but the food was tired, indifferent and boring. People stopped going because it was seriously over priced for what you got and there were plenty of alternatives. The business failed because it was poorly run, not because the guests didn't know how to behave.

about 14 hours ago
Bkeats in Food Media & News

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

One thing I just recalled that seems to be fading fast is the local Korean green grocer. Most of the ones I used to go to seem to have been pushed out by a drugstore or some hipster bar. I used to have 3 within 3 block radius and now they're all gone. I used to shop at them all the time on the way home to pick up a few things for dinner. Not really a fad but they had their moment and I would use them if there were more around.

Same with the once common fish markets with the guy making sushi behind the counter before the sushi displays popped up in grocery stores.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan
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What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

I know almost nothing about malay food. There isn't much I see in NYC of it. What's it like?

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

How rare is it? Seem like every other Italian place within a few blocks of my office has it. Personally I find shrimp parm nasty.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Sea urchin

You might not need to go all the way to Flushing. There are some large asian markets in Westchester. Check Hmart and Kam Sen. You should call ahead and check. I know the Mitsua in Edgewater NJ regularly carries uni but its always a good idea to call to make sure its in stock. When was the last time you ordered from Catalina OP? They charge a flat $20 for shipping now so if you order several trays, the shipping cost probably compares favorably to the cost of driving to NYC.

Or ask your local sushi place where they get theirs. They might even order some for you.

What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

Lots of discussion about favorite or not favorite cuisines. Curious to find out for CHers, what are your 3 favorite cuisines to prepare that are not part of your "ethnic" (used loosely) background? For me its Japanese, French and Italian. What do you find yourself cooking regularly?

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics

All this talk about quality cookware . . .

I know this is way off topic but isn't more like Monicagate is the closest thing the US had to the Profumo affair as it resulted in the collapse of the Macmillan government and may have lead to the loss of power of the Tories? Bill stayed in office in contrast.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Cookware

Washing chicken poll?

ROTFL!

1 day ago
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Cuisines which you like, but not all the time.

I recently spent 10 days in Italy. Normally love Italian food. By the end of the trip, I was burnt out on it. However, I've also spent 2 weeks at a time in France and I've never tired of French food. But I don't eat that much of any cuisine normally that I grow tired of it.

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics

Protein Powder: Is it worth it?

Big thumbs up!

However, I need my protein shake today. Got squats and dead lifts to do tonight. Otherwise skip the added protein.

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Can I tell you I can't stand Dylan? His voice makes the hairs on my neck stand up.

The first song for me on the island would be Cheeseburger in Paradise. What song could be more apropos for a CH on an island? Ummm. Longing for beer and a burger on a warm island since its not even going to hit freezing today.

ETA: clicked through a few people on the BBC site. Yep. Pretty high correlation between age of person and their musical choices based on the pictures.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Not About Food

Sea urchin

Don't know of it being carried in stores in CT as chefstu says. You can find it in NYC or try mail order. I order from these guys all the time

http://store.catalinaop.com/ProductDe...

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

A lot of the fads on this thread are not NYC specific but more generic. Love to hear more about the NYC fads.

I recall when cajun was the rage in the early '90s. Lots of places downtown.

And what was the name of the bar/club that had the beach motif on the pier on the Hudson just north of the trade center? They had sand and palm trees brought in for the season. There was quite an island theme going on for a while.

One early NYC dining fad I would have loved to participated in was the beefsteak dinner. Alas I was born many years too late.

One thing I did see at the tail end were all those old dining clubs that used to be downtown. I went to a couple of them when I first started work and I was the junior guy on the team with some old partners. You would walk in and there would be all these old gents sitting around tables having their cocktails with lunch being served by even older guys in formal wear. My female co-workers hated them because they weren't allowed in many of them.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

Were these ever NY fads?

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

What is the indicator to me is the preponderance of suggestions for string quartets/classical/Hayden/chamber/jazz, etc. That's often a clue as to someone's age. Not always dispositive, but highly correlative.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Not About Food

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Hmm. This thread is an indication that the age of many CH posters is on the +++ end.

I love music in the background. Loud enough to hear but not so loud I have to raise my voice to talk. Black Keys, xx, Arctic Monkeys and the like are on my iphone. Lots of other playlists that include some R&B, rat pack, country etc. to fit the mood The genius playlist option that you can start off a song you like is just genius. String quartets just say hit the snooze button to me. Just sync to the jambox and we're in business.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Not About Food

Birthday Dinner Suggestions

I don't think any of these are among the most difficult to get. Probably need to plan ahead for a prime time table at Bouley, Marea and Marc Forgione. Don't know Chez Napoleon and I suspect that's probably not a tough one. If Marc Forgione would push your budget, Bouley would not be any more budget friendly.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Cocktail Party for Charity Etiquette

We attend a slew of charity driven events every year. There is one particular event that has been popular for about 100 years in our area where individuals buy tickets to the event. Volunteer hosts then hold cocktail/dinner parties which they pay for out of pocket with no expectation of reimbursement. Guests are invited to or assigned to hosts and come to the parties/dinner in the hosts homes and afterwards convene together at a larger venue for dancing, more cocktails and dessert. Its a great event and raises substantial amounts of money every year. Since hosts pay for the food/drink almost all the money flows directly to the charity. We've been a host family several times.

I think your idea is great. There have been several parties over the years that friends have had and noted on the invitations that they are raising donations for a cause. No one is under any obligation to go or donate. No pressure once you are there. There is a box as someone suggested before and you drop your contribution in it. I've gone to impromptu events like this that were held to raise funds for victims of Katrina, the southeast asian tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, etc. The box sits on a table on the side. No one is monitoring and recording contributions. Some of the people who have posted are way too worried about what other people might think of them or how they might perceive others for what they do. No one knows how much or if you contributed. Drop in $1 or $1000. No one knows. Just contribute what you can. I've been to events where the kids are invited and they are dropping in their allowances. No contribution is scoffed at for being too small. Its small minded people who turn up their noses at small contributions.

As to the suggestion that some have had about either giving canned goods or not having a party and just donate the money that you would have spent, these people have not worked with many charities on their finances or their fund raising. Any charity would prefer to get $$ over goods. Even a food bank. If they get $$, they can decide how and what to spend it on as opposed to getting a random assortment of goods and trying to figure out what to do with it. Its not that they don't want the goods but they can do a lot more with $100 in cash than with canned goods that you bought for $100 and donated. Events also lead to more giving than the cost of the event. If that wasn't true why are all those charity events held? By having a party, people are encouraged to pay attention to a cause and give if they choose to. It works out for the charities.

Go for it. The humbugs can stay home.

Chowhound Best of 2014 Nominations: You're the experts, we want to hear from you!

All designed to drive more traffic to CH by having the lists show up in google search results. Its interesting to see that on my local boards which in theory have more than few places to go, no one has yet nominated anyone.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Site Talk

So What Dishes do you top with a Runny Poached Egg?

Growing up I had countless breakfasts of grits and butter topped with a fried egg. Takes me back.

Nov 18, 2014
Bkeats in Home Cooking

Very best sausage for cassolette?

Sunshine, do you have a source for chipolatas in the states? I've not been able to find them. First thing that goes in the grocery cart when we go shopping on our trips are a couple of packs of them. My son absolutely loves them and laments the lack of good bread and chipolatas every time we come back to the states.

Nov 18, 2014
Bkeats in Home Cooking

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

and what is a baked roll?

Nov 18, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics
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Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

"I am a bit crazy about planning every single meal when I travel abroad, no matter where."

You see. This is your problem. You are some place for a few days and so you want to maximize every single meal you are there. Most of us do the same thing. Well do that at home. Research every meal before you go out. NOT. You live here. You can eat hundreds of meals out and if you're like me, you have, if not thousands. The base of the experience you have is so much broader as a resident than as a visitor. You don't check out every place before you step in the door and good enough is usually good enough because its only a meal, not an experience.

You take a small sample size from a heavily researched itinerary and extrapolate the sample to the whole place. Well it doesn't work that way anywhere.

No wonder you think NY sucks compared to anywhere else. Well try living in those places you have romanticized and you will run across plenty of so so food.

I have a very good buddy who is originally from India. When he hears people go on and on about the quality of the food local restaurants there serve over what you can get here based on their one week they spent traveling all over India, he rolls his eyes. He has explained to me what the food quality is like in those local places. It would give many people the chills. Lots of people avoid restaurants that have an inspection grade below B. He says that local places in India would be a Z.

Its hard at times to separate the meals from the overall experience of being on vacation. If you had a good time, every meal was great.

You hold London in high esteem. Well I can tell you I have had some of the crappiest meals of my life there. Sitting in pubs watching a football (not the american kind) game with friends made me realize we have much better bar food in the states. Shitty little sandwiches I got for lunch and went back to the office with that consisted of butter on crappy bread with one slice of ham and a wilted piece of lettuce. Yes there are great restaurants there. I remember one blow out dinner at the Criterion when Marco Pierre White was all the rage that was fabulous. But most of the food wasn't of that quality. Ever have Korean in London? OMG.

Nov 18, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Where is Manhattan food heading? Good or bad?

Amen

Nov 18, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Looking for help with one more restaurant choice

For sushi, the usual suspects would include 15 East, Yasuda, Ichimura

Nov 17, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Joining friends

Here's how this should play out in my mind

You see friends enter, you greet them and tell them they are welcome to join you (even if you want to dine without them).

Your friends politely decline not wanting to impose (even if they would want to join you)

If you didn't really want them to join you, you are off the hook and say it was great to see you maybe we can get together some time in the near future.

If you really wanted them to join you, you say its no bother, please join us. If they really wanted to join, they would assent and sit with you.

If they wanted to have dinner on their own, they would say, no really we don't want to impose. Both parties drop it at this point and exchange pleasantries and move on.

Anything more from either party would make things awkward. You seem overly sensitive.

Le Bernardin/Daniel

You can have a cocktail and order off the lounge menu at LeB. I don't recall bar seating in the dining room.

Nov 17, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan