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What Is Chowhound Now

I guess if you pre-cooked the collards you could try it but putting raw collard greens on a pizza and sticking it in the oven for a few minutes will leave you with a pile of chewy leaves. Not good eats.

about 20 hours ago
Bkeats in Site Talk
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i don't want. . . . .

Well then why did the OP even bother posting?

about 20 hours ago
Bkeats in General Topics

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

I have problems with this article on so many levels.

I agree that many people think of indian food as cheap food but that's no different than chinese. I know people who think chinese food should never cost more than $10 a person. This for one of the most sophisticated cuisines in the world. So I think chinese and indian are both caught in the same cheap food mindset of many americans.

The example of the failure of Tabla is just wrong. Tabla wasn't an indian restaurant. It was a high end indian influenced restaurant. How else do you explain my NY strip steak dinner there? The reason why Tabla closed is because the food was just so so. Nice decor, good service, food just ok and why pay that much for ok food when I could go across the plaza and go to EMP and get much better food for not that different a price?

As a contrast, I will point out Tamarind. The food there is high end indian (not indian influenced) and its very good. The quality and presentation are far above your curry house. Its still there. I think there is demand in NYC for high quality indian food but not quasi-indian flavored food.

about 20 hours ago
Bkeats in Food Media & News
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i don't want. . . . .

Your list of things you like are no less ubiquitous than the things you don't like. If I never see another beet (a like for you) and goat cheese (a dislike)salad it will be too soon. Shows up all over the place. I like both but don't want them together.

Don't think wasabi is all that common. The name is certainly used a lot in connection with green horseradish flavoring but I can count on one hand the number of places I go to regularly that use real wasabi. Too damn expensive to be common.

So what's your issue? There are some things you like and some things you don't. Same for everyone.

about 21 hours ago
Bkeats in General Topics

Happy Birthday Momofuku Ando!

Has one person ever had more of an impact on cheap eats?

Thanks for feeding starving college students! I couldn't have done it without you. Though I prefer Totto Ramen these day.

about 21 hours ago
Bkeats in Food Media & News

Mediterranean vs Caribbean vs Continental Cuisine, what's the difference?

It's good that you know what mediterranean food is since I've never been able to figure out what the commonality of the food between Spain, France, Greece, Malta, Sardinia, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia et al can be other than olives and geography. Can you explain it to me?

1 day ago
Bkeats in General Topics
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What Is Chowhound Now

In my college pub, there were no freshman because they couldn't drink. No sophomores either. That 21 age thing was such a bother.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Site Talk

What Is Chowhound Now

I think your 4th category was what the beginning of CH was about and now is probably its weakest link (though to categorize this group as not having an interest in cooking isn't correct). I've made far fewer posts lately about new places I've come across because I see so few such posts being made and when they are made, they elicit little response.

I've gotten tired of people in the last category that look at CH at little more than a dining recommendation service and after getting recs, provide no feedback. I rarely respond to those threads these days.

The effects of these two developments have contributed to the decline of the regional boards.

The category you've missed is people who aren't cooks or eat out but have a lot to say about social dysfunctions of family, friends and strangers in dining situations.

What Is Chowhound Now

Well I've seen kimchee pizza but not collards. At least not yet.

1 day ago
Bkeats in Site Talk

Opinions requested on a casual dinner Saturday 3/7/15 near Town Hall, NYC

I like St Andrews. Very nice list of Scotches and for bar food, its pretty good.

McS, how about taking one for the team and try out Guy's American Kitchen and reporting back on how it may have changed or not.

Mar 03, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

SPAM!

Mar 03, 2015
Bkeats in Food Media & News

When a food is good it's good......when it's bad it's eeeehhhhhhh

Since you have described yourself as a chicken and order chicken wings, does that make you a cannibal?

Mar 03, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Morgans BBQ Vs. Dino-BBQ (union)

Neither. Go to Hometown.

Mar 03, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Recommendation near Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

If you need to reserve a table or don't want to wait a while at prime dining hours the places that takes a reservation are Queen and Red Gravy and they also take credit cards.

Feb 27, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Recommendation near Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge

In addition to what Bob mentioned, I would add Red Gravy and River Deli. River Deli is cash only too but the food there is very good. Not your typical Italian fare either as the owners come from Sardinia.

Feb 27, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

hors d'oeuvres

Fresh direct has many app platters.

Feb 26, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Sentimental journey to Branford, Ct on Sunday, 10/12 [lunch, please]

What makes Home's prices out of whack? I think they are reasonable for what you get. We go pretty often. Good sized portions and the hand cut fries are very tasty. Its a nice place with a great local beer list. Its not a takeout sort of place.

If you want take out, try Foe at the corner of Main and Kirkham. The chef/owner there used to run one of the best restaurants in Branford. Interestingly, the last place it was in is the space that is Home. Foe is the nickname of the owner. Real nice guy. Makes some really unusual sandwiches.

Yooki Yama is a sushi place and they will pack to go. Some of the best sushi in the area IMO. Its right on the town green. Say hello to Seiko.

What to sub for ramen

You might get some similar coloring/texture but I think that soapy taste/smell from the baking soda will be an issue since baking soda is sodium bicarbonate and ramen more commonly uses potassium carbonate. Different alkalies but its an interesting shortcut. Maybe try adding koon chun kansui to the water instead. I should try that tonight.

Feb 24, 2015
Bkeats in Home Cooking

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

So you would be more of the theory that likes attract versus opposites attract?

I've found that even among self ascribed "foodies" likes and dislikes vary quite widely. They don't all like the same things. Evidence of that would be the number of responses to the various like/dislike themed threads here on CH. Lots of "foodies" won't go near the reproductive organs of any critter (unintended double entendre).

But if its important to you, go for it. You're probably going to end up with a PB&J lover. ;)

Feb 24, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Best restaurant roast chicken: Barbuto, Mighty Quinn's, other?

Many like the chicken for two at NoMad though I found it a bit salty for my taste. Really moist though.

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

CK, I don't think the setting that the OP has created contemplates ordering in the way you described. In my experience with omakase meals, I don't order and get a piece. Its quite a difficult meal to walk away from in the middle of. Not that it can't be done, but it would be more awkward than leaving between your app and entree. Its more like leaving in the middle of a tasting menu.

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

That shared bowl of cereal could be a continuation of a good first date. ;)

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

Hmmm. I don't know which food safety rules my story would violate, but I think there will be a lot of squeamish people who will think I was foolish.

Many years ago on vacation in the caribbean, I was free diving for conch in about 20' of water. Collected several and took them to the beach. Took a knife and counted between the rows of horns on the shell and plunged the knife in the spot to sever the muscle that attached the conch to its shell. Reached in to grab it and pull it out of the shell and the conch released a slimy secretion. Slippery as a greased pig now. Took the knife and cut its head off. Then scrubbed it in the beach sand to get off as much of the slime as possible. Rinsed it in the sea. Scrub in sand rinse in sea again. Skinned the body. Another quick rinse in the sea and then began cutting slices and eating them. It was marvelous. Sweet and chewy with just the right salty tang from the sea.

So how many FDA rules did that violate?

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics
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Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

Went for lunch this weekend. There were a couple of open tables when we arrived but within 15 minutes of sitting down, every table was taken and there was a line.

I think there were a decent amount of review collectors there. Its definitely on the radar of the chow pack now.

Food was very good. I love the spice level in the food. There's some heat in every dish. Sometimes its a subtle note that takes time to build and it sneaks up on you after you've finished the dish and other times, its full frontal grab you by the throat and make you sweat kind of heat. So much better than almost anything else I've had.

Feb 23, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I would be hard pressed to pick a worst first date place. You are describing the experience at a higher end more traditional sushiya.

Problem #1 - despite what you may think, not everyone likes sushi. Some people actually hate it. Others who say they like it mean they like those rolls, not the raw fish. You are taking a huge gamble for a first date since you won't know what the other person likes or doesn't like. Ignore this comment if your personal test for compatibility is a love of traditional sushi. Get those who can't pass the test out of the way quickly.

Problem #2 - The kind of meal you describe can be expensive. Expensive beyond the means of many people. Are you paying? If so, does the other person feel indebted to you? Not a good way to start a relationship unless you're hoping for some kind of payback (wink wink nudge nudge). Is this dutch? Can the other person afford this or is s/he going to resent the expense? Again, not good without knowing the person better. Unless this too is a test of financial wherewithal.

Go get a cup of coffee or meet at a bar. If you want Japanese, try an izakaya. If there are lots of awkward pauses, that's an indicator of a not good date and you can both bail instead of waiting for the itamae to intervene.

ETA: I found sushi to be a good third or fourth date. BTW, my wife likes sushi but she detests uni. Can't stand the texture or flavor. Still love her despite that fatal flaw. LOL. Even better, it means I get to eat her portion.

Columbia Student with foodie aspirations

When I was a columbia grad student the budget for a dinner for the girlfriend and me was $40 all in but that was a while ago. LOL

$40 per person gives you a lot of options. Only thing you can't do is the top tier places and you could even get close to your budget at lunch for some of the top tier.

Feb 20, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Racine's Tribeca Restaurant and Wine Bar

We went for the first time a few weeks ago. Thought the wine list was really interesting and we worked with the somm to pick out a very good chablis.

We started with a mushroom veloute as the amuse. I thought it was really good and gave me high hopes.

Had the escargot too and I wasn't excited by it. The garlic chantilly tasted odd to me. There wasn't a lot of flavor in the dish.

We went a la carte. I had the steak which was very well prepared. I prefer my steak bleu and it was spot on. Wife had the chicken and she practically scraped her plate clean. My recollection is that the skin on her chicken was nicely crisped in contrast to yours.

We split the chocolate caramel torte for dessert. Normally I'm not a dessert sort of guy but I was ready to cross forks with my wife over the last bite. It was quite good.

Agree with you on the service. Very polished. Only hiccup was when they got a bit busy and my wine glass got to empty before it was refilled. I prefer the bottle being left on the table so I can refill as I please rather than risk having an empty glass.

Tab was about 2 and a half a good chunk of which was for the wine. I would save a lot of $ if I quit drinking which isn't likely. LOL.

We plan on adding Racine to the regular rotation.

Feb 20, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

On Being a Chef, Nobody Gets Out Alive

best and brightest are more likely to be head into tech these days

Feb 18, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food

Family trip to NYC for three nights; dinner suggestions?

Jungsik isn't Korean. The chef is but if you want korean food, don't go to Jungsik.

Feb 18, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Is sunshine raining on the parade? ;)