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Looking for Maine rec's for Camden & Portland + critique of choices so far for upcoming trip

Muscongus is an excellent choice; my favorite, in fact. Enjoy.,

Looking for Maine rec's for Camden & Portland + critique of choices so far for upcoming trip

I didn't notice the exact days of the week of your itinerary, but note that Waterman's is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

The "fresh-baked" are the way to go, in either chocolate or cinnamon-raisin.

Also see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996490 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016343.

Aug 21, 2015
meatme in Manhattan
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Whole roasted chicken $5 today only at Whole Foods

Be sure to check the timestamp on the label. I never take one more than 1/2 hour old.

Aug 21, 2015
meatme in Manhattan

RedFarm Recently?

Bump.

Any opinions as to which is currently the better location, particularly food-wise?

Aug 20, 2015
meatme in Manhattan

Chowhound Beta Site Part IV

Really? Anyone can see which threads/users/communities/tags I'm following???

That's an unacceptable violation of my privacy.

Seafood shack near Stamford, CT

Pretty good clams today at Westfair. Thanks for the recommendation.

Aug 14, 2015
meatme in Southern New England

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued)

In the past, I’ve visited Chowhound several times a day. Here’s how I typically use the site:

- Click on the first of My Boards in the pull-down at the top of the screen.
- Quickly scan all messages with new (to me) content, i.e., those not grayed out.
- Open all messages of interest in new, separate tabs.
- Close those tabs as I read the messages.
- Click on the next of My Boards that interests me at the moment. NB: I don’t necessarily check each of My Boards with each visit.
- Rinse and repeat.

Occasionally, I’ll look at the list of all new posts by clicking Community, in order to see whether there’s something interesting in a board that I don’t normally follow.

The formatting and navigation of the beta site seem to make my particular use of the site more cumbersome and more click- and scroll-intensive.

FWIW…

Announcement: The Beta Site is Open to Everyone!

http://www.seriouseats.com/latest/ presents the content in reverse-chrono view.

Aug 04, 2015
meatme in Site Talk

Seafood shack near Stamford, CT

Is the Lenny's Indian Head coating the same as in Madison? The latter definitely wasn't batter, but it was too thick and soft.

(For the record, Holly's a he, and a real elder statesman in the foodie game.)

Aug 03, 2015
meatme in Southern New England

Seafood shack near Stamford, CT

Thanks. I'll give the Castle another try the next time I'm out that way.

For reference, here's the 2007 Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/29/din.... The description of Lenny's Indian head (and the description on HollyEats, http://www.hollyeats.com/LennysIndian... ) suggests that they're battered, rather than cornflour-dusted.

Aug 02, 2015
meatme in Southern New England

Seafood shack near Stamford, CT

Thanks.

I suppose it would be hard to match the quality of MA Clam Central, but I'm specifically looking more nearby for that style--a thin, crisp cornflour coating, as opposed to batter, breading, crumbs, or anything thicker or seasoned.

For example, the last time I tried the Clam Castle's, a year or so ago, the coating was about correct, but the clams were overcooked and greasy. At Lenny and Joe's, across the street, the breading was much too thick and not crisp at all.

Bigelow's out in Rockville Centre does 'em right, but they too frequently get tiny clams (albeit from Ipswich Shellfish), with no goo and not enough of that sweet, saline clam taste.

I'll give Westfair a try.

Jul 31, 2015
meatme in Southern New England

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.

Jul 26, 2015
meatme in Southern New England

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