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NoMad - lunch or dinner?

I have had the chicken for two at lunch on a Monday in November. I think its overrated.

Jan 22, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Master Shopping List

It's called a joke.

Jan 16, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics
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Our week in NYC

No, not suggesting that you overrule the newlyweds' choice. Just temper your expectations. Plenty of places I've been to that friends rave about and want to take me and I smile and eat happily with my friends while not paying much attention to the food.

If you are ever in the mood to go back to Keen's, try the mutton chop and hash. I never really expect much from a baked potato at a restaurant. When you think about how long it takes to bake (especially the giant steakhouse versions), you understand why restaurant versions are often not that good since they're typically sitting around precooked or partially cooked and finished. I prefer mine hot and soft with a crispy exterior and I seldom see that in any place other than home.

Jan 16, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Master Shopping List

Your cart must look ridiculous at the checkout line. Where are you that a store would carry all of these? No store where I am would carry all this.

Canned black olives???? Tasteless bits of sponginess to me. With all the stuff in your store, there isn't an olive bar?

Jan 16, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Hipster eats and drinks

Can I just tell them my fixie is being fixed?

Jan 16, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Ziploc bags for sous vide, are they safe?

How do you sous vide in glass jars? The temperature control over an item sitting at the bottom of a floating glass jar would be difficult to manage.

Jan 16, 2015
Bkeats in Cookware

Moldy pasta sauce, help

You're not doing anything wrong. You opened the jar. Air got in which includes mold spores. Given enough time, a food source and a moist environment, mold will grow.

Our week in NYC

I've been. Wasn't impressed. Better than what you might expect while eating in a store but I would never go there unless I happened to be shopping there.

Jan 15, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

too much fish?????

Is the Thursday night dinner your first time having sushi?

Jan 15, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

First time posters

Shoot. I was going to say squirrel to jr. You beat me to it.

Jan 15, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk
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Wine Fridge...Built-in

I have a u-line unit. Came with a glass door but you can replace it with an insert to match the cabinetry which is what we did. Only issue we have with it is that the bottom plate which needs to be removed to clean the cooling fins is awkward to remove. We need to clean it out regularly as we have dogs and the hair gets sucked into it. Otherwise works great.

Jan 14, 2015
Bkeats in Wine

Is Chowhound dead?

Ah, as I remember reading in a certain publication affluent but unhip Bklyn Hts. We should have a chow meet of the unfashionable outerboroughites.

Jan 14, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk

Is Chowhound dead?

fw, you have described the lives of many here in this asylum. I'll have 10 please.

Advice: Don't look at the Amex line items. Just pay the total otherwise you will really question your sanity. I hate the year end review they send pointing out how much you spent in various categories. I've stopped opening that email.

Jan 14, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk

Great Restaurant for Group of 18 in NYC

A lot of places are going to give you a set menu for a group that size. Are they vegans or veg? If veg, I would suggest going for pizza but if vegan, I got nothing for you if you're trying to keep it cheap.

Jan 14, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Our week in NYC

Too bad the food wasn't up to snuff.

Like Pan said, avoid Carnegie. That's for the Times Square crowd.

Funny thing about baked potato. When I go to a steakhouse, I never get baked potato. Always order the hash. Never even occurs to me to try a baked potato. Did you have the mutton chop or lamb chops?

You ate at Macy's? Sorry to say you got what you deserved doing that.

Jan 14, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Is Chowhound dead?

So you can complain about how difficult/expensive the parking is. Duh!

Jan 13, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk
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How do you pronounce 'bruschetta'?

Probably learned that in shool

Best website/seller to purchase high-quality strawberries?

High quality strawberries would be difficult if not impossible to ship. You need to focus on in season and local. When ripe, they practically ooze juice if you stare at them too long. The standard strawberry you find in stores was bred for shipping ability not flavor.

Ice Water in Restaurants

Record cold? You must be new to NYC. I recall the January not so long ago where the high temperature didn't make it above 20 or so for the entire month. I've thought this January is pretty mild even compared to last year. I like ice water even when its below 0 F as compared to just below freezing.

But I have several Chinese friends who prefer to drink hot water, even in summer. Must be a cultural thing.

Jan 13, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Sushi in CT--let's talk about our favorite places

We were back at Yooki Yama in Branford this weekend. For my money, I think it's the best most consistent traditional sushi in the area. They don't have the crazy combination rolls that are so common these days. Instead you can get scallop and otoro nigiri which rarely shows up elsewhere. The sake list as noted before is fantastic. I doubt there is a comparable list in the state.

Jan 13, 2015
Bkeats in Southern New England

Bachelor Party in Park City

High West. Gotta go there. Perfect atmosphere for hanging out. Great whiskey based cocktails and food. Good apres ski scene venue.

Jan 13, 2015
Bkeats in Mountain States

Is Chowhound dead?

So you're saying NY is an asylum and we're all crazy? I'd agree with that. LOL

I'd be reluctant to clump NYers automatically into the wealthy category. Sure they make more than the average, but as you probably know the cost of living here is so much higher so that what seems like a high income is just middlin here. Lots of people who make pretty good incomes here can't afford to own a car which is pretty standard for middle class household in the rest of the country. So instead we eat out. There are trade offs that we make.

BTW, when friends visit from other places, they're very often envious of our ability to get food with a phone call. They would love to have the same thing especially if they have children.

Jan 13, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk

Is Chowhound dead?

Well it may not include you but that doesn't take away from the fact that many restaurants in NYC these days are packed and there's a line waiting for a table. With the number of new restaurants opening, my sense is that there are more people looking for new places to eat. At its core, isn't that what CH was all about? Finding new places with great food?

Jan 13, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk

Is Chowhound dead?

I will echo Steve's invite.

FWIW, we have kids and they eat out with us. That's not at all unusual here. Now that they have hit the teen years, the kids go on their own food hunts with their friends. From my observations, my kids' cohort is more likely to spend their money on food rather than cigs, booze or other vices and I'm thankful for that. Having kids didn't change our dining out habits. Actually more likely to eat out or order in due to lack of time.

Jan 13, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk

In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

Sorry to break the news but Brooklyn has become an international destination. I was surprised the number of Brooklyn t-shirts I've seen in Paris and Rome. The numbers of french tourists who have descended in to my Brooklyn neighborhood clutching guidebooks has gotten to comical levels.

Jan 12, 2015
Bkeats in France

Is Chowhound dead?

Eating out less? Where are you located? On a typical weekend evening in NYC and even many weeknights, many of the places I frequent are jammed and getting a reservation can be quite the feat.

Jan 12, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk

Is Chowhound dead?

Food & Whine! I love it!

Is Chowhound dead?

Chowhound isn't dead. It's alive and well but it's very different. The Chowhound that many lament is the youthful chowhound. The exuberant chowhound that was always looking for a new discovery and wanted to tell everyone about it. CH was playful and wanted you to mix it up everyday. It was cute, exciting and held all the attention of the family.

But then one day, chowhound grew up and realized it had to get a job and pay the bills. So it put on a suit and tie and hit the office and figured out how to drive traffic numbers up. Those who were around for the youthful days wondered what ever happened to the cute kid. Chowhound tells everyone its fine and things are great. The rest of the family wonders what happened to all the promise that they saw when CH was young.

Or is it like Yogi said, nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded? The early arrivers lament what once was but it's packed in the house. Choose whether you want to go in and fight for a table in the joint or do you pass it by for that cute new place around the corner with just 8 tables and a fresh faced host and exhausted young chef standing in the pass? I haven't made up my mind yet. Still standing outside reading the menu.

Is Chowhound dead?

Well at least asking for unique to the city is better than "where should I go for dinner?" that shows up more and more from one time posters. I can't even be bothered to ask for more info. I find myself echoing my previous posts because the questions are unfailingly the same.

It would help if the people we provide advice to came back and gave feedback. Tell us what you liked or didn't like and if you discovered any new places on your own.

On those rare occasions that a poster shows that s/he has done research and has specific questions, the thread becomes more of a conversation which draws in interest and more posters.

Too many of the longer threads on CH seem to focus on behavior rather than food.

Jan 12, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk
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People who bring their own food

Only a couple of people would accept? I think almost everyone has to figure out a way to deal with the behavior. You may not like it or accept it, but what the hell are you going to do? What's the alternative? Grabbing the young lady by the neck and kicking her out the door? Throw out her family? Tell the daughter not to date the son of the offending family? That will go over well.

There's plenty of chat about the fault of the parents, but what's that going to do for GOTW? Learning to deal with crappy situations and shitty people is a big part of growing up.

Most of the advice proposed here is unrealistic or something that the OP has no control over.

The best advice is learn to deal with difficult situations. If the OP becomes a chef, I'm sure there will be plenty of even more difficult scenarios to deal with. This particular situation is nothing. If she can't deal with this, then I have no confidence that GOTW will be able to deal with the real world. Her mother sounds like a very sensible person.