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caviar and smoked fish shipping

I like markys.com

about 18 hours ago
Bkeats in Manhattan

Burgeoning food safety questions

What's wrong with a ridiculous answer to a ridiculous question?

Dec 12, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

You've described so many of the people I knew growing up. Hair above the ears for the boys, skirts to knees for the girls. MGZ is just a heathen yankee from NJ. He doesn't understand the righteous wrath of the southern baptists. ;)

Dec 12, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food
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Forgot Frozen Stouffers Lasagna in trunk of car for 2 weeks, is it okay to refreeze and eat since its been cold out?

Did you use the engine compartment to bake the turkey and pies? How many RPMs should you run to get to the proper temperature?

Dec 12, 2014
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Burgeoning food safety questions

I've notice a proliferation of food safety questions coming from first timers. My suspicion given the trend of the scenarios becoming more and more ridiculous with each thread is that most are just trying to see how many people respond and how silly it can get. I would suggest avoid responding or respond in kind in that we should fight ridiculous with ridiculous.

Pete Wells's Top Ten NYC Ramen

Nice report. I was also disappointed by Ivan Ramen. Best things I ate there were not ramen dishes. No hurry to go back.

Dec 12, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Forgot Frozen Stouffers Lasagna in trunk of car for 2 weeks, is it okay to refreeze and eat since its been cold out?

ROTFL!

At risk of keeping this thread alive longer than it deserves, I remember an old Car & Driver review for the mid-engine Pontiac POS Fiero that suggested the trunk would be the perfect place to put a takeout pizza in to keep it warm for the trip home. I think that was the only positive thing said about the car.

Why don't Ramen places pack up your leftovers to go?

It doesn't surprise me at all since most of the better ramen places don't even do a to go/takeout business.

There was a japanese place on Smith St years ago that did ramen as one of their dishes. I couldn't finish it once and asked if they would pack the remainders. They did and when I got home I stuck it in the fridge. The next day when I looked at it, it had solidified into an unappealing solid block of slimy noodles, collagen and fat. Threw it out. That's reason enough for me not to take leftovers again.

Dec 12, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan

Oysters

well I'm not much of a fan of seaweed porn...

Dec 11, 2014
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Can the 3 billion people in Asia get separate forums by country?

I understand people can still post, but Korea is "literally" geographically excluded from all categories of the international boards. There's no "asia" board with more specific country boards like there is for Europe. What keeps a poster from putting a Seoul thread on the Japan board as its no further than China/SE Asia?

Dec 11, 2014
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Oysters

LOL. I said something similar on another thread to some else saying that uni (IIRC) tasted like the ocean.

The ocean water I swallowed where I grew up was much further south and was cerulean and it still tasted awful.

Not sure I want my food to taste like the ocean smells though. Read an article in Lucky Peach where apparently the smell of what most of us think is the ocean is the smell of sex.

Dec 11, 2014
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Am I a super taster or just super picky?

You sound mostly picky to me.

Dec 10, 2014
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Oysters

There's no one defining taste of oysters other than a saline or briney flavor as different oysters taste different depending on species and where they come from. One of my favorite things to do is to order several different types and go through the many flavors. Some are sweet, others taste saltier, some are creamy. I have certain favorites because of how they taste.

Dec 10, 2014
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Can the 3 billion people in Asia get separate forums by country?

I'm curious as to why Korea is completely left out. It's not in your list or anywhere on CH unless I've gone blind. There's nowhere in the international boards for it to go. Its east asia, not southeast. You've got China and Japan. When I want to go to Seoul or Pusan, where do I look? Where do pacific islands other than Hawaii go for that matter?

There seem to be a number of posters who are of Korean background. How do you feel that your entire cuisine is ignored in its place of origin?

Dec 09, 2014
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Mu Ramen LIC

Wow. That's pretty pricey ramen. Looks like a bowl can easily set you back $20 with extra toppings. So much for cheap eats. I guess that ramen is going up market. Waiting for Minetta Tavern to start serving it now with prime aged pork belly. LOL

Dec 09, 2014
Bkeats in Outer Boroughs

Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid a debate!

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Dec 08, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

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Dec 08, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

What to tip at authentic Chinese/dim sum?

You're going through at lot of rationalization to justify saving a few bucks. If $2-3 is going to make or break you, I suggest dining in house.

Dec 08, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

Un-hip Dad

Reminds me of an old line

I like my women like my scotch, ___ years old.

Fill in according to your preferences. ;)

Dec 08, 2014
Bkeats in Manhattan
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Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Spot on. Thanks for understanding.

Dec 08, 2014
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Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Wow. This is still going on? So my point is that in my experience most people don't actually listen to classical music. The standard classical symphony is comprised of four movements. To listen to a symphony means listening to all four movements in order to follow the progression of the theme that starts in the first movement. Its not supposed to be a sampling which is what I mostly hear when classical music is played. Ok, maybe you want to go shorter and you decide to go with a concerto of three movements. Hah. Most of the time I hear concertos played, all I hear is the first movement. Once again sampling.

Perhaps bore was the wrong word, maybe tedious is better. The tedium of listening to what amounts to a top 40 pop music equivalent of classical music is what most people seem to mean by playing a background of classical music to some event. Almost all one ever hears is the first movement. Its the equivalent of playing the chorus of a popular song everyone know and then skipping the rest of the song.

If that's what you perceive as intelligent and knowledgeable, then I'm happy to be dumb and dumber.

Then again maybe I am weird. I also listen to albums. All of it. In order the way the musician planned it. Like the guy who composed the symphony, concerto or canon.

ETA: Most people are aware of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. When was the last time you listened to it's second movement? Would you recognize it on its own? How many would?

Dec 08, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

This happens all the time. Yes, properly cutlery should be replaced at the same time plates are cleared but few places seem to do this. More likely than not, if they clear your knife/fork with your plate, you will be trying to flag down someone to get a replacement when your main comes.

The exception is in places where the owner/manager is a seasoned pro. Then the staff is trained to do this. If its a place where someone opened a restaurant and has been successful at it without prior experience, the FOH skills are all over the place. So in those kinds of places, I actually set my fork and knife to the side wary of the fact that if they are cleared, it will be work to get replacements.

For those who say that high end places have all the service items set at a place setting, I'm curious as to where that might be. Any of the high end dining places I've been to have seem to have a minimal set up when we sit down. There might be a charger, knife and fork and that's it. Those items will often be removed after ordering and be replaced with service items based on what courses we order and plates and flatware are replaced with every course. I can't recall anywhere I've been that has umpteen forks and spoons set out. The place setting for a 9 course tasting menu would look silly otherwise.

Dec 08, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid a debate!

Tso what?

Dec 08, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

Don't feel sad for me. Its not that I don't enjoy music. If we are in the number of instruments we've played I can play 4 and fake my way through a couple more. Used to be in a band. Its classical as a general grouping that I find I don't really play when I want to listen to music in a casual setting.

Music is always playing in my life. Ska, blues, jazz, reggae, new wave, punk, country and many other styles but very little classical. Guess I don't have the attention span or time to listen to a 45 minute piece of music on a regular basis.

I have classical music training. I can fully appreciate the talent it takes to compose and play it. On the rare occasions I play a classical piece, I am busy identifying the the timing, meter, listening for when the different instruments come in. How the harmony contrasts or supports the melody. I can count out the meter of the piece and it takes too much focus and work to listen to music like that on a regular basis. That's my upbringing in music. For me classical music isn't a background soundtrack. You have to really listen to it. For many people who use it as background, I do think that they're often trying to put on a sophisticated air without understanding the music. YMMV

Dec 05, 2014
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Entertaining - Music to Accompany Dinner

I think the class associations with classical music are quite strong. I've had plenty of exposure to music. More than most. I know the structure of the movements of a classical symphony and how they are to relate to each other. How the motif is to be started and then repeated thematically through the later movements. How classical developed from gregorian chants to baroque and so on and so on. Most of it bores me to tears. I'm happy to listen to a piece or even spend an evening at the opera or symphony hall from time to time. But putting it on a list of my "favorite" music to be stranded on an island with would be just putting on airs.

Dec 05, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

What's Next After Farm to Table? The Evolution of a Revolution

What comes after farm to table? Table to garbage.

Dec 04, 2014
Bkeats in General Topics

I'd like to, but I've never tried homemade . . .

Sure there are fresh kimchees, but I think most commonly eaten versions at least when I go out are fermented to some degree. I prefer relatively fresh versions but I still want some sharpness to it.

As to fermentation of cabbage for sauerkraut, it was pretty simple and it was a matter of just waiting. Didn't smell so good, but the same can be said for kimchee.

Dec 03, 2014
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Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Should add prego to the list

Dec 03, 2014
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Proper wine service - Opening bottle away from the table?

Le tastevin

Dec 03, 2014
Bkeats in Not About Food

Proper wine service - Opening bottle away from the table?

Don't forget that if the corked bottle is one you have opened at home and its the last one you've got, instead of pouring it down the drain, shove a length of kitchen plastic wrap in the bottle and wait 1/2 hour or so. Doesn't completely fix the issue, but I've had this trick take an undrinkable wine and make it palatable.

Dec 03, 2014
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