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Din Tai Fung's quality

There is a public bus (550) that goes from DT Seattle to Bellevue pretty much all day, every day. If you need an excuse to hit a shiny mall and get your fix of sterilized suburbia, a trip to DTF might be worth rolling in.

Otherwise, per the first poster, you can get better for less, pretty much in any city with a cluster of major research universities.

Dec 17, 2013
Harmy in Greater Seattle

The Maillard Reaction Turns 100

Haha, awesome! I often joke that the Maillard reaction is proof that god loves us.

Oct 07, 2012
Harmy in Food Media & News

Is there anything better than Boars Head cold cuts?

I wonder if the quality at WalMart could be due to the lower prices resulting in increased volume, and thus, fresher hams being sliced?

Jul 04, 2012
Harmy in General Topics

Downtown Providence and Federal Hill area

Since you have a car, Not Just Snacks (on upper hope) is good for flavorful Indian food.

If you don't mind delicious, highly-local, really inexpensive Modern American, try AS220. The space is wonderful: on late Saturday afternoons, a folk music group jams (think sea shanties with fiddles and flutes) there.

http://www.as220.org/about/2010/02/food.html

eta: Pulled pork sandwich and crispy chickpeas, from my last meal there:

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Apr 24, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

Just Moved to Redmond from Boston -- Food Shopping Help Please!

If you find a calming sort of familiarity in Asian markets where all the food is really cheap, all the produce / meat is "conventionally grown / raised," and much of the shelves are interesting, pay a visit to Asian Food Center at 148 Ave. and 22nd St.

If the previous qualities are utterly unappealing, it's still excellent for pantry staples (vinegar, sesame oil, dried noodles, hot sauces).

http://afcwa.com/default.aspx

I also like Top. Giant candy section + fun yogurts! There is an existent Farmer's Market near Redmond Town Center.

Apr 24, 2012
Harmy in Greater Seattle

Saving Women from the Shame of Solo Dining

Well, now we see what CNN thinks its viewers wants to hear about women.

Apr 24, 2012
Harmy in Features

Just noticed something odd on latest Kitchen Nightmares episode...

I'm glad Ramsay makes money off it -- more entertainment!

A week's worth of consulting and upgrades can't fix stupid.

Apr 17, 2012
Harmy in Food Media & News

food truck Sports Authority Orange

Aw - yeah, I was always really curious about that truck. Shame I never got to try it.

Apr 07, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

Calling all fennel and baby bok choy lovers

Baby bok choy, broken into separate leaves, is fantastic for elevating a tub of ramen ;) Add egg, black vinegar, and sesame oil and you'll forget it came from a crispy packet!

Mar 28, 2012
Harmy in Home Cooking

Stop-Motion Food Prep

How surreal! Very cool.

Mar 11, 2012
Harmy in Food Media & News

ANY good Chinese in CT?

I totally understand that anything can be unpleasant if you're not expecting it.

If you should encounter zucchini / cucumber in Chinese food again:

For most of the Chinese population, vegetables are vastly more affordable than meat, and meat is used as a vehicle for seasoning rather than a provider of mass / volume.

Because of this, Chinese families stir-fry together slivers of meat with zucchini / cucumber all the time -- this style of cooking is sometimes exhibited in the restaurants run by northern Chinese immigrants in Flushing that serve 'peasant (homestyle) Chinese food. '

Thus, you could consider your experience as authentic as a great preparation of Peking Duck or platter of dumplings, except that your zucchini experience is one shared by many more people.

(and remember where pasta comes from? China, via Marco Polo. fusion is a good thing.)

To stay on topic: I add my +1 to Lao Sze Chuan. The manager will sometimes bring out little bowls of sweetened fermented-something, on the house.

Mar 06, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

PVD/RI * March '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Woah, Mike's Calzones opened on Thayer! Didn't expect it to get up and running so fast.

http://blogdailyherald.com/2012/03/06...

I'll have to check it out.

Mar 06, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

Deferring Costco Membership Renewal

I'm pretty sure that Costco has factored this 'edge-case' use of gift cards into their plans, and that they get significant utility from perceptions of generosity / goodwill. How would you like it if all these edge-case uses were detailed, one-by-one, in the membership agreement? They'd seem miserly, which doesn't really jibe with the image they seem to cultivate.

Remember: spending that gift card at Costco means that you're shopping at Costco. Hang the membership - it's highly unlikely that everything is sold at a loss in the store (if it weren't for the membership fee) -- the fact that the person using giftcards in this way is still spending money at Costco, and not another firm, is a win.

Mar 04, 2012
Harmy in Chains

Is cashiering wimmen's work at TJ's?

Perhaps those particular 'cool kids' have had more practice shirking and less practice working. Sadly, this may help them get ahead in the corporate world -- or just make them unemployed in the short run.

[citation: http://bit.ly/leJ3VY, go to one of the later pages and grep for 'coolie'

]

At the one near home, everyone seems to scurry industriously (cool kids, cool kids whose jobs were gotten by parental connections, older women, older men, everything in between), but I haven't gone near closing time.

Mar 04, 2012
Harmy in Chains

~ What are ingredients that are best to buy (semi)-prepared rather than whole to save time and effort ~

I've heard that canned pumpkin and tomato paste are usually worth buying / not worth preparing from scratch, though, given how much I like pumpkin, I'd probably consider toting home a kabocha, roasting it, and adding my own spices instead of tasting 'generic Christmas.' I can't fathom making my own tomato paste, though -- it seems like too much energy spent to evaporate off all that water, and something that can be done more efficiently in an operation of scale.

Mar 04, 2012
Harmy in General Topics

Do Food Freaks Have Pickier Kids?

I think they're just more used to hearing their parents nitpick about food, and have learned how. Children of foodies are probably better at praising their favorite foods, in great elegiacal detail.

Mar 03, 2012
Harmy in Features

Would you move?

Hmm, this brings up a thought, though.

It could be construed from the question "Are you waiting for someone?" that the only reason a single diner could possibly have for not sitting on the very end is if she were awaiting a dining partner. This is a highly unpleasant thing to have suggested.

Mar 02, 2012
Harmy in Not About Food

How to Fold Dumplings

Please, you do not need a measured tablespoon. Use those human-innate spatial reasoning skills.

Mar 02, 2012
Harmy in Features

Ben and Jerry's Taste the Lin-Sanity

I think the problem with the fortune cookie is that it's an American product, associated with low-cost, poorly-marketed Chinese food. You know, the reason that lo mein is $7 and fettuccine can fetch $17. It's a mark of shame, kind of like opium.

In contrast, lychee's something to be proud of: it's grown extensively in China, identifiable by Chinese / Taiwanese people as 'their own,' and isn't an embarrassment.

@Miss Needle - I've also gotten random people (children, sometimes, with parents nearby, not intervening) who make karate noises or "ching ching chong" utterances at me. Ugh. Thank god for research universities and tech hubs, where the townspeople, through exposure, have realized that people of Asian descent are people too, not just caricatures promoted by movies and ice cream flavors like this one.

Mar 01, 2012
Harmy in Food Media & News

PVD/RI * February '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Or another hookah bar / middle eastern food shop...! I tried a banana-avocado-almond smoothie from Sahara today, and it was great, but I really worry for that location (previously, it was the third pizza place on Thayer, as you mention).

Feb 28, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

PVD/RI * February '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Oo, what is it called? Thai and sushi are two things I like.

Feb 27, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

Our 2012 Stubble List, Names the Beard Awards Missed

James Beardier (beer-di-ay), perhaps?

Feb 22, 2012
Harmy in Features

How much do people associate "Asian food" with spicy? (And other stereotypes about Asian food)

If we're going to talk about stereotypes, it's important to remember that chowhounders are not going to be the ones who hold them.

I'm with "Asian" == Americanized Chinese, which is /usually/ bad. There's the expectation that it be cheap and deliverable, that everything be little chunks of meat, battered and fried, with some sort of sauce over it, usually sweet. I don't think there is an expectation of spiciness.

I'm from Connecticut, where Thai / Japanese / Korean / Vietnamese / etc. foods have managed to snag a higher price point, and freed themselves from the stereotypers. If there's anything that unites (unfortunately, in my opinion) the stereotypers and nonstereotypers, it's an aversion to MSG, and an association of "asian food" / Americanized Chinese food with MSG.

Feb 11, 2012
Harmy in General Topics

Moving Past the 'Cinnamon Challenge'

Hehe, a teaspoon of salt would leave virtual chemical burns on the tongue :p But yes, start a fad of 'doing lines of spice' -- put little sprinkles of spices / herbs on parchment, tip onto friends' palates...

I think my ancient low-quality bottle of cinnamon is no more potent than sawdust by now; perhaps I should finish it off with this "challenge."

Feb 11, 2012
Harmy in Food Media & News

The end of Good Eats :(

// waves good-bye with anthropomorphic yeast sock-puppet buddy

Feb 11, 2012
Harmy in Food Media & News

PVD/RI * February '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

I believe the erstwhile 'pizza cone' store (that then branched into flat pizzas, calzones, gyros, and falafel) on Thayer has put up signs for "Sahara." No real indication, but the name suggests middle eastern flavors.

Feb 11, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

The Meadow's Mark Bitterman on Chocolate: Don't Call It Candy!

// blink

Mark BitteRman is exceedingly close to the more notable Mark Bittman.

Fun interview -- seems like a great visit for lovers (well, lovers who like chocolate).

Feb 11, 2012
Harmy in Features

Elm City Coop - 360 State Street, New Haven

Hi all, here's a question out of sheer curiosity.

How is the Elm City Coop, the grocery store at 360 State Street? I wrote a paper on the development -- it's written into the plans that a grocery store had to exist in the building's retail areas and stay for five years -- but never got to visit.

Do people go? Is the experience comparable to that of going to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? Has it become an accepted, frequented part of the neighborhood?

I'll try to stop in next time I go back to New Haven, but in the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Feb 05, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

PVD/RI * October * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Aw, the European Deli was fun to visit. My friend (w/ strong interest in Russia) went there to get ingredients (and candy) when she cooked Russian food for her house.

Feb 05, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England

Visiting Yale Need healthy fast food suggestions

Glad you're enjoying it! I am also a fan.

Feb 05, 2012
Harmy in Southern New England