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What's new in the Berkshires?

Just to be complete, here is the statement at the bottom of the Nudel menu. "Nudel does not specialize in vegan or allergy sensitive foods. We politely decline substitutions and alterations." What a callous snotty policy. They can't be bothered to even try and accommodate disabilities. Diner beware.

Aug 13, 2015
meinNYC in Southern New England

Eately - Just for Coffee

Go very early. Get your coffee. Sit is not assured, not sure if any. Park outside is lovely.

Aug 04, 2015
meinNYC in Chicago Area

New Rules for Serving Raw Fish

toxins unfortunately are not killed by freezing or heat.

Jul 16, 2015
meinNYC in Manhattan

New Rules for Serving Raw Fish

You will still have the privilege of getting ciguatera or even worse scrombotoxic fish poisoning. Not killed by heat or freeze. Tuna, mackerel, mahi mahi especially prone.

Jul 14, 2015
meinNYC in Manhattan

Whole fish per pound? Milos, Avra, Thalassa etc.

Fish per pound is always expensive. I buy whole fish from Citarella and by the time they fillet a 2 pound fish, and you pay for a 2 pounds. The fillets look very small. Some whole fish go for $15 a pound and that at the store, have to mark it up in a restaurant.
Even if it serves too, better have a huge Greek salad before hand. Never seems like much on the plate.

Jun 09, 2015
meinNYC in Manhattan

Healthy Lunch around Bellevue Hospital (27th and 1st)

Todaro has been there since my internship. They make the best sandwiches, and you can customize. Their salads are very good too, as is their bread. Croissants from T after a night on call is food from heaven. Fairway salads always look tired, and I think their sandwiches are pre-made. Visit Second ave Deli on 33rd off Third before you leave the hood. Not exactly lo-cal, but their turkey is moist and not salty. Great on rye with mustard.

Jun 09, 2015
meinNYC in Manhattan

Book Recommendation

I still want to eat anything MK Fisher writes about.

Carmel and Big Sur area resto recommendations

Their is a donut shop in Monterey that has the best donuts, Red's. Worth a detour.
The Post Inn Restaurant is very good, but get the tasting menu if you can afford it.

Apr 03, 2015
meinNYC in California

Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

Amazon sells a $25 Cusinart immersion blender that will liquify everything you want.

Apr 03, 2015
meinNYC in Kosher

Gefilite Fish Without a Paddle - help please

Food processor works great, just do it in small batches and pulse in short bursts, then use your hands.

Apr 03, 2015
meinNYC in Kosher

Gefilte Fish Panic

Thanks all, Citarella had white fish, no pike, Fairway couldn't answer a question unless you called when the manager was in ( who knows when that is ), so went to Freund's. Very pleasant staff. Sold me pike and whitefish fillets, with bones. Had live carp,but they were the giant summer kind ( a yard long). So big that I would have been wrestling with the beast and I'm not sure I would have won. Made the gefilte fish using Helen Nash's recipe. Looks good.

How do you get the smell out of the house? Opened all windows ( and froze) during the cooking. Washed all the stainless steel pots, took a shower, washed my clothes.
I still smell the fish. Rubbed lemon juice all over the place. Give some advice!!

Apr 01, 2015
meinNYC in Kosher
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Upscale in Sanibel

Going down to Sanibel mid April. Any restaurant suggestions for 2 mature adults?
Upscale or fish shack, mix it up. Staying at Casa Ybel so don't send us driving too too far. All I remember from former visits to Captiva is Sanibel traffic is fierce. Thanks

Mar 24, 2015
meinNYC in Florida

Gefilte Fish Panic

With the winter so bitter cold and the lakes frozen, my fishmonger says they doubt that they will get any fish for gefilte fish making (carp, pike,whitefish). Last year no whitefish as the Great Lakes frozen. Any suggestions of where in NYC I can get fresh fish for gefilte? A live carp would be great!

Mar 09, 2015
meinNYC in Kosher

I left my refridgerated eggs out for 3-4 hours--is this okay?

Pretend you are in France where they leave eggs at room temperature for days on end, make cream pastry and everyone lives.

Oxtail Dishes? preferably organic/natural/etc

There is a terrific oxtail ragu with butternut squash ravioli at Elan.

Feb 12, 2015
meinNYC in Manhattan
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Lunch/Brunch going NYC to Lancaster

Husband picked this route, thinks to avoid Philly big time. Made me in charge of eats.If we end up going on the turnpikes, can you suggest any lunch places midway. Thanks

Feb 12, 2015
meinNYC in Pennsylvania

Lunch/Brunch going NYC to Lancaster

Planning a trip from NYC to Lancaster,PA going via 276 to 76 etc. Need a midpoint for lunch that is open on a Sunday. I'm guessing Reading or Easton or Blandon. Nothing fancy, just a sandwich or eggs but as it's supposed to be frigid must be indoors.
Thanks all

Feb 11, 2015
meinNYC in Pennsylvania

Venison Stew

We just received some "hunted deer meat" from a friend. It is vacuum sealed and I just threw it in the freezer. Looks like a loin and something else. Do I have to do anything like brining or preparing the meat before I cook it? I don't know what they did after they killed it, but one is a surgical tech and the other a doc, so though the meat looks neat, is it safe to eat as is or are there secret rites that need to be performed to make it safe? Are there any strange diseases that you can catch from wild deer meat?

Nov 20, 2014
meinNYC in Home Cooking

Looking for help with one more restaurant choice

Degustation is very good and quirky in a NY way. If you want inexpensive French bistro try Le Parisian on East 33rd.(also do lunch). Up in Harlem is the Red Rooster, Samelsson dose not cook at Aquavit any longer, but he seems to always be at Red Rooster. RiverPark
is also good.

Nov 19, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Venison Stew

So my Pilgrims have revolted at eating turkey this year and want venison stew.
The store offers venison loin or what sounds like a brisket cut. What part should I ask for? Thank goodness I only have 5 Pilgrims to feed, as this stuff is expensive.

Nov 19, 2014
meinNYC in Home Cooking

Live Carp

Citarella never has live carp, just if you're lucky whitefish and pike. Chinatown tanks never have live carp either. Pescatore says they "don't get involved with pike or whitefish, and never carp".

Sep 08, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Special dinner: Babbo?

Babbo was great at lunch, but noisy and meh at dinner. (upstairs). Le Bernardin is very classy, but the portions are tiny, like minuscule. The tasting menu is the way to go there. it will set you back big bucks.

Sep 05, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Good mexican restaurant in Manhattan?

How about retro Mexican like El Parador on East 34th? Has all the dishes you are curious about and it's quaint.

Sep 05, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Cheap Lobster

Freshdirect also had small lobsters on sale for $5.99/lb and I bought 3. The meat inside looked shrunken and for 3 lobsters I had about 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound of lobster meat. It was enough as I made lobster salad, but the meat didn't taste as lobstery as expected. Basically you get the tail and the claw, and the rest is pretty empty. Buy extra as what's outside is not what's inside.

Sep 05, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Pastrami - Bringing It Home on the Plane?

Second Ave Deli will FEDEX pastrami and bread and mustard to wherever you are. I sent some to my son's camp years ago and he was the most popular and well fed camper for a day. It came in a sturdy cooler with ice packs.

TSA is okay with ice packs if they re frozen, but if they defrost the 3 oz rule starts to apply.

For the most fun, eat a pastrami sandwich on a plane. The smell drives people crazy with want as they chow down on airline pre packed meals. New York revenge.

Sep 05, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Live Carp

Any place in Manhattan that has or will have live carp? Hate to go to Brooklyn, but if necessary will make the trip. thanks

Sep 05, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Harwhich and Chatham

Viera doesn't take reservations for parties less than 6 ( and we refuse to stand on line), Pisces is closed Mon and Tues. Please keep suggesting. What about Cape Sea Grill, Impudent Oyster, Thoreau's, Chatham Squire? Please continue....

Sep 05, 2014
meinNYC in Southern New England

Harwhich and Chatham

In the area for 3 nights. Already made reservations at 28. Please suggest 2 other places for dinner. Chime in on Vers,Pisces, etc. Casual is fine, though must have really good food. Going afterwards to Boston, so suggest places that are local.
Thanks

Sep 02, 2014
meinNYC in Southern New England

What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

Melons have been associated with a nasty E.Coli outbreak, because they sit in the dirt and when the knife goes through the skin you infect the insides. Scallions full of E.Coli were traced to fields in Mexico that were full of human waste. Yeah wash those too.
This always makes me wonder what restaurants bother to wash (if anything).

Aug 12, 2014
meinNYC in General Topics

What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

I wash onions before slicing them. And even though you're not supposed to I wash mushrooms and all berries. Needless to say I all melons,bananas and cukes. Does anyone else in Chowhoundville wash onions?

Aug 11, 2014
meinNYC in General Topics