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Seafood shack near Stamford, CT

So who has the best straight-up fried clams, like the ones at, say, the Clam Box in Ipswich? Ipswich clams, simple cornflour coating, perfect frying--nothing more or less.

Trying too be healthy, but cannot find grass fed beef that I can bear

This may not help you much in SoCal, but in NYC, Whole Foods sells locally sourced organic, grass-fed beef. Though they're always labeled as coming from the same farm, sometimes the ribeyes and porterhouses are dark, unmarbled, livery, and tough, but other times they're decently marbled and quite tasty.

There is also a handful of new upscale hipster-type butcher shops that sell better-marbled local grass-fed beef that has been dry-aged. These steaks are frequently on a par with high-end conventional meat. You can seek out such a butcher nearby.

Jul 24, 2015
meatme in Special Diets

Whitefish Salad

The Fairway's on W 74th this week contained onion. So did Agata's on University Place.

Jun 19, 2015
meatme in Manhattan

Whitefish Salad

Good point. I don't know whether Zabar's or Fairway make their own mayo in-house.

Here's what's in Hellmann's:

SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, WHOLE EGGS AND EGG YOLKS, VINEGAR, SALT, SUGAR, LEMON JUICE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (USED TO PROTECT QUALITY), NATURAL FLAVORS.

http://www.hellmanns.com/product/deta...

Overall, the BHB contains two extra varieties of preservative, besides what's in commercial mayo. FWIW, it also uses a mixture of whitefish and whiting.

Jun 15, 2015
meatme in Manhattan

Whitefish Salad

I also prefer chunky, and I prefer Zabar's because Fairway adulterates theirs with onion.

Blue Hill Bay is probably OK if you don't have access to a real appy store that makes its own, fresh (probably from whitefish that they buy from Acme). Also, have a look at the BHB ingredient list:

Smoked whitefish (whitefish, whiting, salt, and natural hardwood smoke), mayonnaise (soybean oil, or canola oil (or cottonseed oil (during passover)) water, egg yolks, sugar, vinegar, salt, EDTA added as a preservative), less than 1/10 of 1% potassium sorbate as a preservative, and nisin.

http://www.acmesmokedfish.com/salads/...

Jun 15, 2015
meatme in Manhattan

Public clambakes in Portland, ME and other regional dishes?

Foster's Clambakes in York Harbor is about 35 miles south of Portland; Cabbage Island Clambakes is about 60 miles north and takes a full day, including a boat ride to the Island.

They're not organized "clambakes," but you can get clams, lobsters, corn, and the like at many informal dockside or waterfront lobster pounds. Five Islands is about 45 miles to the north, is excellent; Two Lights is closer.

Jun 03, 2015
meatme in Northern New England

Cantonese with no MSG

I recall that Noodle Village on Mott Street uses no MSG. Also see http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/..., but I'd call ahead to confirm. Noodle Village was also Serious Eats' favorite for wonton soup.

Mar 18, 2015
meatme in Manhattan

bagel recs

Russ & Daughters imports the well-regarded Bagel Hole bagels from Brooklyn.

Feb 27, 2015
meatme in Manhattan

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

You may misunderstand my proposal. The idea is to format threads exactly as they were before, but to deliver the results in pages, rather than loading an entire (long) thread at once. The initial display would be of the first page that contains an unread (uncollapsed) post. Think Invision (eGullet or Mouthfuls) and View New Posts--sort of.

Dec 21, 2014
meatme in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Is it infeasible to combine pagination with collapsing already-read posts? That would both reduce page-load times and increase the number of revenue-generating page views: a win-win for all concerned, except perhaps the programming team.

I haven't plowed through all of this and related threads on the subject, so perhaps this has already been discussed.

Dec 20, 2014
meatme in Site Talk
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Chocolate babka made with butter not palm oil

Nov 23, 2014
meatme in Manhattan
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Fairway Cheese Departments, c. 2014

Do any of the NYC Fairway stores have good cheese departments these days, in terms of selection, freshness, and helpful and knowledgeable sales staff?

Cheese at the flagship UWS store remains crammed into a narrow, congested aisle, with much of the product pre-cut and packaged in plastic, which was anathema to Mr. Jenkins when he wrote his Primer.

Is Zabar's any better?

Nov 22, 2014
meatme in Manhattan

Making yogurt from Lactaid milk

Have you tried Green Valley Organics yogurt? It's lactose-free, organic, and made from the milk of grass-fed cows...all the right buzzwords. The only downside is that it's not full-fat, meaning that there's pectin added for texture; otherwise, there are no adulterants. Pectin is SCD illegal but FODMAP-elimination compliant (per Kate Scarlata).

You can drain it for an hour or two, Greek-style, which allegedly also significantly reduces the amount of residual simpler sugars into which the lactose is converted by the lactase enzyme.

Nov 10, 2014
meatme in Special Diets

Best All-Natural, No Sugar Added Peanut Butter Brand

Beware: Big Spoon contains honey, which is an added sugar, and coconut oil

Sep 23, 2014
meatme in General Topics

site forgetting "read" posts

Same here. Chrome.

Aug 27, 2014
meatme in Site Talk
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where can i buy shishito peppers?

That sounds about right. Lani's and Bodhitree offer similar produce and share a common heritage.

Aug 05, 2014
meatme in Manhattan

where can i buy shishito peppers?

Between Bodhitree and Lani's, you can get them at the Union Square greenmarket four days a week.

Aug 05, 2014
meatme in Manhattan

Best restaurants in NYC for Bone Marrow?

Minetta Tavern.

Apr 16, 2014
meatme in Manhattan

What happened to East River Bread and their lovely bagels?

Apr 15, 2014
meatme in Outer Boroughs

Searching for Crabmeat Au Gratin in NYC or NJ

menupages.com has a Find-a-Food search, which might help if you don't get any first-hand recommendations here.

Mar 20, 2014
meatme in Manhattan

Run, Don't Walk -- Orwasher's Corn Rye, Only Available in March

Mar 15, 2014
meatme in Manhattan

Chef Christian Delouvrier at La Mangeoire

That sounds really promising. Is Chef Delouvrier actually in the kitchen, or does he just design the menu and consult? If the answer is that he's there sometimes, is there any noticeable difference in the quality of the food?

Mar 05, 2014
meatme in Manhattan

The Arepa Lady Moves Indoors

<<Agreed. But that was the other son.>>

At the time, wasn't the Manhattan place reported to be the daughter's project? For example, from New York Magazine:

"Fortunately, in the case of Dominick De Marco, proprietor of Brooklyn’s celebrated Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, his daughter Maggie's move to Manhattan means extending the family tradition, not leaving it...Papa is surely quite proud of his daughter's debut."

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

I thought of that because I remember wanting to try her lasagna, but it wasn't available the couple of times I stopped in.

Feb 19, 2014
meatme in Outer Boroughs

Food Quests Board

If voting cause replies to move up or down on the page, then the fact that already-read replies aren't collapsed will mean much rereading (per the OP's point "A," above). Very not good.

Feb 15, 2014
meatme in Site Talk

Food Quests Board

It's Chow's implementation of the much-requested "ignore" feature, only the results are, in a way, made public.

Feb 15, 2014
meatme in Site Talk

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

Yesterday's special was cinnamon-raisin.

Dec 14, 2013
meatme in Outer Boroughs

A CT BBQ comparison (weigh in with your favorites!)

Have you ever visited the Pig Trip site? It has a directory of pretty much every BBQ place in the Northeast and detailed reviews of most.

http://www.pigtrip.net
http://www.pigtrip.net/Directory-main...

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

No cinnamon. The current special is pumpkin.

Dec 06, 2013
meatme in Outer Boroughs

Seeking Babka - non-chocolate

I've had it only once, but the babka at Strauss's, 5115 13th Ave, in Brooklyn, reminded me two years ago of the babka of my youth.

Nov 30, 2013
meatme in Outer Boroughs

Funny font appearance

Here too, and really annoying. MSIE 8, 10, and 11.

Nov 17, 2013
meatme in Site Talk