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Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

jr, I told you to keep that trenchcoat closed!

about 19 hours ago
Bkeats in Site Talk
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36 Hours in Manhattan

Related to the German verb essen - to eat. My German friends sat that much of yiddish is another germanic dialect.

Apr 24, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Neta, Blue Ribbon Izakaya or EN?

$50??? I'm lucky to get out for less than $150.

I suppose if all you have is a few rolls and a beer, sure it can be done but I would feel like I missed so much like the aji mackeral sashimi and the crispy bones they bring back to munch on. Ummmm

Apr 23, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Questions about the the legality of selling relaxation drinks

Well different rules apply if the product is a dietary supplement which the FDA does not approve. However, for the OP the law requires disclosure of the ingredients. No secret mixes allowed.

http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupple...

Apr 21, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food

Sonic in Milford

Well, if I had to pick a winner, I would give an edge to Shake Shack because I do love that Shack Stack.I also love the ability to get a beer or wine with my burger. Much prefer that to a milkshake but that's just me.

Apr 21, 2015
Bkeats in Southern New England

Sonic in Milford

A Shack Burger is much better than a 2x2. There are Shake Shacks in CT. Much better than either Sonic or In-N-Out IMO. But I still hit In-N-Out every time I'm out west though I find even Smashburger to be a better burger these days.

Apr 20, 2015
Bkeats in Southern New England

Sonic in Milford

Just quoting Horace Greeley's advice

Apr 20, 2015
Bkeats in Southern New England

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

Oh man, that mini pastrami sandwich was probably the best pastrami I have ever eaten.

I usually don't keep menus from dinners so I can't recall the specific amuses but there were more than two before we got to the first formal course when we were there last time.

Apr 20, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Eleven Madison Park (Chase Sapphire Dinner Series)

Well if you got only two amuses, they were skimping for the meal. Normally you get several more prior to the first true "course." Last meal we had there, I recall more than 5 courses, but for the price you paid, I think that's a great value. The pairings usually cost > $100.

Also love that amazing bread. First time we went, after I realized they only brought 1 roll per person, I asked for another round. They happily obliged and I happily munched.

Apr 20, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Oh, Marcus, Why?

If you want good rotisserie chicken at gentle prices, try Pio Pio.

Apr 17, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Best omakase experience in Connecticut?

Not found a place in CT that does a great omakase. The only place I can recall getting otoro in CT was at Yooki Yama in Branford. Was around $15 a piece but it was amazing.

Apr 17, 2015
Bkeats in Southern New England

Sonic in Milford

I have not been to the Sonic in Milford but have been to them elsewhere. It's fast food. Nothing more and nothing less. If you don't normally eat fast food, nothing here to change your ways. Are you confusing Sonic with In-N-Out? That's where fries animal style are found. Unfortunately there are no In-N-Outs in the eastern half of the US. Gotta go west young man for that.

Apr 17, 2015
Bkeats in Southern New England

Oh, Marcus, Why?

He hasn't needed his culinary game because so many people like you are drawn to him because of his "appealing narrative." He isn't followed for his skills as a chef, he's followed because he is followed which is a unfortunate outcome because he used to be quite a talented chef.

Apr 17, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Do you remember Hagen Dazs ice cream when they first started making it??

Well the first retail sore opened in Brooklyn Heights in the '70s. Its still there.

Apr 16, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

My Manhattan Dream Begins Tomorrow!

If you are staying in Tribeca, my favorite bar is Walker's. Not really a dive but a great place for a pints of beer and a burger. If you want a nicer (i.e. pricier) spot, check out Brandy Library.

They're not red sauce Italian, but I think Racine's and Batard are very reasonably priced nicer spots in Tribeca. I am amazed by Batard's pricing for 3-4 course options.

For old school Italian in Tribeca, I'm still quite partial to Ecco.

For oysters, I prefer Aquagrill to Grand Central.

Good "ethnic" restaurants which won't break the bank

Waterfalls has moved across Atlantic Ave.

Apr 13, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Knife recommendations for my registry!

Well if you want to drool over some knives

http://korin.com/Knives

Apr 13, 2015
Bkeats in Cookware

Five myths about fast-food work

But other than that point not being simple, I don't find it full of factual inaccuracies and outright misinformation. Rather tame and mundane I thought.

Apr 13, 2015
Bkeats in Food Media & News

Five myths about fast-food work

The only issue I have with the article is the last point. First 4 are fairly straightforward review but the fifth point draws in a much more complex analysis that's beyond the scope of the article and frankly most reporters to understand.

NZD is a commodity driven currency like CAD, BRL. All of them have sold off against USD due to slowdown in the global economy and with the prospect of Fed tightening. Back up the spot currency analysis at various points over the past few years and you get very different results. Mid last year NZD was almost 20% higher so that would imply a substantially higher cost to the Big Mac in NZ and what conclusion would the reporter draw from that? It wouldn't have even been part of the story if it was written at the end of last year.

What would be an alternative analysis is the comparison of the cost of the Big Mac to per capita GDP so in the US $4.79/$53,001 or 0.009% to $4.49/$40,516 or 0.011%. So as a comparison of GDP, the NZ big Mac costs quite a bit more. So what does that tell you Ms. Chen? Nothing.

High school teens aren't working the counters for sure. Its also naive to think that raising one of the costs of production by a significant percentage won't have an impact on price.

I am always amused when I see the proper use of [sic]. Hardly anyone even knows what it means.

Apr 13, 2015
Bkeats in Food Media & News
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The Daily Meal: 101 best restaurants in the US (NYC Edition)

Another vote for Totto though Ippudo has much better starters and sake.

Apr 10, 2015
Bkeats in Manhattan

Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

What's cable tv? I get my news from twitter.

Apr 10, 2015
Bkeats in Site Talk

What is It With All the Duck Fat Hype?

I would still want to see a 35 lb cat try to catch a 300 lb tuna. That cat would be a snack for the fish.

Apr 10, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Looking for a nice restaurant in or around downtown Brooklyn

There's not much located physically in downtown Brooklyn but lots of places just outside, though as qwerty1 noted I'm not sure how many provide gift certificates. The only place I go to in downtown is Ganso.

For casual French, I like French Louie on Atlantic. For a higher end experience, there is Atrium in Dumbo.

In addition to Queen, Red Gravy is a nice Italian place.

For game, Henry's End is a top tier choice.

Berlyn is a good casual spot for schnitzel though I have not been there in a while.

The best Japanese IMO in the area is Hibino.

Colonie is one of the hipper places to go for dinner. Food is quite good there despite the hipness of the place.

If pizza is your thing Juliana's would be my choice though it would be hard to spend $200 there for two.

Most of my suggestions are to the west of downtown so if your friends are moving into one of those huge buildings going up along Flatbush, it may be a bit of a walk but in NY, we walk distances all the time that would seem quite far to the car bound.

Apr 09, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

What is It With All the Duck Fat Hype?

I don't know where the cats loving fish thing came from anyways. Anyone ever see a cat fish (as opposed to a catfish)? Heck anyone see cats voluntarily going into water? I don't think that fish were a natural part of cat's diet. All the ads for cat food that point out how much salmon or tuna is in the can are directed at the cat owner not the cat. Like a wild cat would have ever seen much less eaten one.

Apr 09, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics
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Need two suggestions for 'Parents meet the In-laws to-be' Dinner

Once? If you're lucky two or three times! ;)

Apr 09, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Fridge set on 46 degrees on accident

Good lord. Throw everything out and recycle the fridge now. pfft

Apr 08, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Need two suggestions for 'Parents meet the In-laws to-be' Dinner

How about French Louie?

We're parents but kids are nowhere near marrying age but the wife and I are big fans. Once when we were having dinner there on a Sunday night, it felt as though every other table consisted of grown children with parents.

Nice atmosphere, diverse menu and happening just enough so that parents don't feel out of place.

Apr 08, 2015
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Does one RSVP to a Save the Date?

Long live serendipity!

Apr 07, 2015
Bkeats in Not About Food

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

When matter is destroyed energy is released. That's the other form. That's what the equation everyone knows as E = mc^2 tells you. The fact that the c is squared shows that the destruction of a small amount of matter releases an enormous amount of energy.

Apr 04, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Water can be created. There is not a fixed quantity of water. Water can be destroyed and made. Sure most of the water on the planet has been here for a long time but it's not set at a given level.

Apr 04, 2015
Bkeats in General Topics