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What are the cuisines that you know little about but want to try?

There was a recent episode of Mind of a Chef where Ed Lee visited a argentine chef. The food was based on the wood fire cooking of the gauchos. You can find it on line. Was really interesting to see how many different ways food can be cooked with an open wood fire.

Nov 25, 2014
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

And the invitee could have simply responded "It's not possible" to the invitation and avoided being a guest and this thread would have never appeared. A compromise was reached, why do people insist on finding fault with it?

Nov 25, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

If watching a game is mindless, then there is little mindful to watch on TV

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

I have to address the last line in the OP's post.

Football fans watch games with intense focus. I've had my heart thumping away at the end of a close game when the game comes down to the last play and I'm only watching it on the TV. Have you never watched a game whether in a small group or with a crowd and seen how people react to a great play like Odell Beckham's catch this past Sunday against the Cowboys? How in the world did he do that? You might not enjoy football or watching it but don't call it mindless. There is a lot of mindless stuff on TV, much of it having to do with food, but a game near the end of the season with teams fighting for a playoff spot is not mindless for fans.

Nov 25, 2014
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Its clear you don't understand football fans. When the guest asked about the game and TV, he was letting the OP know about the importance of the game to him. If the OP said no TV during the meal which is in her right, its within the invitee's right to decline to attend for any reason or no reason. An accommodation was made by both parties that was reasonable and we all should move on. No need to conjecture about the reason for someone's interest in a game. Plenty of sports fans like me pay close attention to games without having a penny at risk. That's why we're called fans.

Make ahead (or prep ahead) Brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving not at my home?

If you will have access to the stove top, pan roast them. Cut brussel sprouts in half before you go. When you get to your parents, toss them with the olive oil and herbs. Get a pan hot. Pour in oil to slick the bottom. Put sprouts in cut side down. When brown, turn over and cook through. Crisp and hot.

Nov 24, 2014
Bkeats in Home Cooking

What are the cuisines that you know little about but want to try?

So to counter the negative energy created about the thread that asks what cuisines people dislike, I want to ask what are the cuisines that you don't know much about and want to try or learn more about or experience?

On another thread, a poster mentioned Malaysian food. I have almost no experience with it. The poster described the elements that go into it and I was intrigued. There was a Lucky Peach article I remembered that described some Malay dishes. The fusion of Southeast Asian, Indian, Chinese and Muslim influences fascinates me. Even though I live in NYC I don't know of many Malaysian restaurants. There was one time I went to a restaurant that was supposed to be food of Penang. I wish I could try more of it.

What cuisine do you want to try and why? Thinking positive energy. ;)

Nov 24, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

Jenny, looks like you are new here. Spend some time with these opinionated people and you may learn a thing or two or even three.

I won't yum your yuck.

But I think its a very valid counter that many people are making to the whole premise of this thread. Most of the posters here are from America and most of them have never traveled outside of the US so the experience with other cuisines is often indirect and extremely limited. I can't imagine discounting an entire cuisine based on a limited exposure. In the vein of avoiding being an "-ist" I don't want to be called a "cuisinist."

I've spent a good chunk of my life outside of the States. If you had encountered what is served as "American" food in places outside of the US, you can easily see someone being dismissive of American food. Is it all burgers and pizza? Of course not. Most of us would feel honor bound to defend it and to point out that there is no one American cuisine, that its regional and different and they need to try real American food. That's all sunshine and Phil are saying.

Please stick around. You will be better off for it.

What would be a more interesting topic for me would be to ask what are the cuisines that chowhounds want to learn more about. Maybe I should start that one. Would be a lot more positive.

Preference for Napa or Savoy Cabbage?

I'm surprised that Napa is easier to find than savoy. Almost every grocery store I can think of is more likely to have savoy than napa.

Napa tastes crisper to me. As pointed out, its used to make kimchi so i takes well to pickling. There is a crunch to it that savoy doesn't have.

Don't know why people would avoid napa for a stir fry. Cooks up fine, but it doesn't have the same cabbagey smell that savoy or green cabbage has.

Napa has a sweet lighter taste. Savoy is less strong than green cabbage and I like to cook with it over green as the texture is better too. Napa would not be good for braising as it would fall apart sooner than savoy. Napa is better for quick cooking.

Nov 24, 2014
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Brine Time?

If you like it really salty, otherwise that's longer than necessary

Nov 24, 2014
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Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

My favorite part

They've got cars big as bars
They've got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It's no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold Christmas Eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me

Nov 24, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I sanction this post.

Nov 24, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

I'm sure some will be horrified by the lead song on my Christmas music playlist which is the Pogues' Fairytale of New York

It was Christmas Eve babe
In the drunk tank...

often followed with Emerson Lake & Palmer's I believe in Father Christmas

They said there'll be snow at christmas
They said there'll be peace on earth
But instead it just kept on raining...

Maybe not the cheeriest x-mas tunes but they're great songs full of a deeper meaning of the holiday

Nov 21, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Not bothered by it in the least either. I use it all the time too so you would probably be annoyed by me.

Check this thread as to whether the use of just "you" is appropriate.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9700...

Most of us gave up ties a long time ago too if we had even ever worn them.

Nov 21, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

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.

Nov 20, 2014
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.

Nov 20, 2014
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.

Nov 20, 2014
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.

Nov 20, 2014
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.

Nov 19, 2014
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?

Nov 19, 2014
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.

Nov 19, 2014
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.

Nov 19, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

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?

Nov 19, 2014
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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.

Nov 19, 2014
Bkeats in Cookware

Washing chicken poll?

ROTFL!

Nov 19, 2014
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.

Nov 19, 2014
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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.

Nov 19, 2014
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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.

Nov 19, 2014
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...

Nov 19, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

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.

Nov 19, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan