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NYC visit October

I will add Red Rooster to the mix for places in Harlem. Try the yardbird.

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Marta - When in NYC, do as...

True that

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Marta - When in NYC, do as...

I'm confused. Are you using kosher in a non-kosher way as I don't know how pork sausage is kosher on a pizza?

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

4 days and nights in Manhattan

The duck at EMP is ok. I feel as there is a bit of bait and switch with the main course. They bring this beautiful duck to present at the table then take it away. A little while later they bring you a plate with a strip of duck that's an inch wide an maybe 3-4" long. Tasted fine but it was kinda disappointing after the initial presentation. I actually prefer the duck at Ssam bar.

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Just Sayin'

Well..

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

Changed for the better because when they put the milk and sugar in for you and serve in 15 seconds, as others have, it was swill you were drinking. I can still get coffee the way you have described, mostly in Penn Station when I'm taking Amtrak. It's awful stuff. Maybe people other than you have come to appreciate their coffee tasting good over convenience and speed. Not all change is bad.

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

alwayshungrygal, I think hal2010 was waiting behind you and getting annoyed. LOL

Sep 16, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

Loud roaring foot stomping standing ovation in response to Harter's post

Sep 15, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

have the coffee prepared perfectly and placed in front of you within 15 seconds
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If perfection for you can be achieved in 15 seconds, you have a far lower threshold for perfection than I do.

15 seconds? Really? Anything that can be done in 15 seconds is worth 15 seconds. I'd rather take a real long slow time to experience one good first. ;)

N.Y.C. visit

If it's any consolation I just got back from Rome/Lazio and I have such a hankering for spaghetti with meatballs and chicken pram so I'm happily heading to my favorite red sauce place tonight.

Sep 14, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Three Meals in Beautiful New Haven (long) 09/2014

We also love caseus.

Just got back from Rome. Perhaps the spaghetti carbonara you had was more true to the roman original because after having had it several times in Rome I would say that it's pretty subtly seasoned there and generally does not have punch as you refer to. Same with the spaghetti alle vongole. They don't like to use much garlic there.

Will try Olea. Loved Ibiza too.

Sep 14, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

Nutella taste comparison

That's the wife's lunch bag. Unique it is.

Sep 14, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Nutella taste comparison

That's right

Sep 14, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Nutella taste comparison

CK
I will bring you back an extra jar next time we go.

Sep 13, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Nutella taste comparison

There have been some discussions about the differences in Nutella that is available in the US and the version in Europe. We just returned from Italy where we consumed Nutella on a regular basis. Since I did not find a side by side comparison on CH, we brought a jar back and have completed a comparison against a bottle we had at home.

The first picture shows the two jars. The one from Italy is the smaller one on the left. From the big bottle on the right, you can see this stuff is very popular in our home. The next two pictures show the label with ingredients. Seems to be very similar but you can see right away that the made in Canada version says palm oil while the Italian label refers generically to vegetable oil.

The last picture shows a spoon of each. The left one is the US available version. I don't know if you can see it from the picture but it has a brighter sheen and softer texture than the Italian version. So the two look different. Perhaps the difference is the oils used?

The wife and I then did a blind taste test. The verdict? The domestic version has a more chocolatey and sweeter taste. The mouthfeel is more unctuous. The Italian version tasted more nutty and fulsome. The hazelnut flavor was a bit more upfront. Both are quite good but we each preferred the Italian version. Should have brought more than one jar back.

Sep 13, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

I've noticed that the artichokes here in Rome are different than what we get in the states. Since artichokes aren't native to North America I wonder why particular varieties are grown and others are not. I was in a market the other day and we were picking through the variety of tomatoes. So many more than what you find in the US and thats ironic as tomatoes aren't native to Italy. I loved the torpedo tomatoes. The shape made me laugh.

I think you are spot on with some of the newer dishes that have shown up as part of the newer Italian American canon are in large part due to more travel and experiences by Americans. Growing up I never heard of cacio e pepe and now all I hear in NYC is people argue about who makes the best version there. But that's one of the beautiful things about food. It's constantly changing and adapting.

But its a warm and sunny afternoon and now I must go to Giolitti and get some more gelato. I agree with you about that place. Fabulous.

Sep 10, 2014
Bkeats in Food Media & News

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

In Rome right now. There are probably more than 8 dishes you could point to. Actually could use a bit more garlic in my food here. Have had spaghetti alle vongole a few times now and they could all have used more garlic to my taste. Too bad a version of the Jewish artichokes never made it to the US. That is fabulous. Coffee is also much better. Can't get to sleep at night because I'm drinking too much of it. Coda alla vaccinara is awesome too. Curious why some dishes don't have American Italian analogues.

Sep 07, 2014
Bkeats in Food Media & News

Gelato Rome? Frigidarium? Also: "Strange/new" foods....

Hi Jen in Brooklyn!
Any suggestions for other roman specialities?

We've been here for almost a week and have had everything on your list. Tripe I had last night was ok. My mom use to make tripe when I was a kid and those lingering memories have always put my off of it. I said since I was in Rome I would try it. It was ok but nothing about it makes me want to have another dish of it.

Had a fabulous sweetbreads dish at Piperno. That was incredibly rich.

Tried to make a reservation at Armando for this weekend but I got a message back they were closed for vacation until sept 1. I guess it's good to be on an Italian vacation that has sept 1 going into sept 6.

Actually looking for food that's a bit more fully seasoned. So much of what we have had is very subtle.

Sep 07, 2014
Bkeats in Italy

The Clam Castle?

So we were back at CC. Its better now than when we went right after they opened. The frying is crisper than before. While it tastes better it's not up to what is used to be. Small things matter. For example, we loved the tartar sauce they used to serve. It had a great lemony flavor. The stuff served now tastes like it was scooped out of a big jar. Not bad, but nothing special like it used to be. So the final conclusion is that we will stop by when we are in the area but I'm not going out of the way for it.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Southern New England

B√Ętard

Well I thought Corton was too quiet.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Anyone been to Denny's yet?

Looks nice. Too bad the food is going to be the same as other Denny's. Probably pricier than the typical Denny's too.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Talking about restaurants that no longer exist

??? Is right

I missed this thread until now. I am participating in some memory lane threads right now. I tried to start some in the past and had them deleted and I was admonished for starting them. You ask "What Chow-worthy purpose does it serve?" You could say that about the entire NAF board and half the threads on GT. How the eff does bitching about whether a family member/friend does or does not appreciate some dish/function/get together/payment scheme or whatever serve any chow-worthy purpose other than to give posters the opportunity to vent, bitch, console or get out their pocket psychiatrist? Not like I haven't participated in those too.

If all posts had to pass a chow-worthy criterion, I suspect many of my and your posts would be deleted. At least memory lane threads talk about places we ate at.

Aug 29, 2014
Bkeats in Site Talk
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PIZZA: Experts rank the top 101 pies to find the 'perfect slice'

Having had the pizza at the supposedly #1, I am extremely dubious of the taste of the the Daily Mail. But on the other hand I was dubious of the paper long ago.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

N.Y.C. visit

If your cousin can come back and describe what he is looking for or what appeals to him about some of the restaurants on these two lists, I think he can get some real good feedback. None of the NYers here is interested in looking at a list of 50 different places and jotting down notes about them.

As a contrast look at this thread

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/986502

The poster gave great detail on what he wanted and he got lots of feedback.

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

I would think that a strip club called Guys & Dolls is not one that 15 guys on a typical bachelor party would go to but heck what do I know with all the changes have happened now. The bachelor party planned may not bear any resemblance to mine where if my fuzzy memory serves we ended up at a certain place on the east side favored at one time by Charlie Sheen.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

That's it. Lived for a short time in Cobble Hill way back then and I used to go there a lot. I just couldn't come up with the name. Was just a step below Patsy's and there was no wait. Thanks Steve.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

Make sure you tip the dancers & don't be rude
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ROTFLMAO

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Steakhouse lower Manhattan

It's clear you haven't been. Murray Street just off West B'way. They do a lunch special IIRC.

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

Was your guest 8 years old? Childish is all I can say.

Perhaps you need to review your guest list as you are fairly unlucky with your current ones.

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

LOL!

Aug 28, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food