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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

Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

Beware of the Stop and Shop sour cherries. They have a red skin, but inside are beige. They appear rather late in the season and Stop and Shop is the only place that carries them. They are not very tart, very watery. The real sour cherries found for a brief period at farm markets have red flesh and have a much more intense flavor. Season starts early July and is over in 2 weeks. Stop and Shop sells this strange variety every mid August. If I use them to make soup or compote, I use twice the amount. They need lemon juice and sugar to get the flavor similar to the early sour cherry variety.

Aug 11, 2014
meinNYC in Greater Boston Area

Upscale Dinners in Boston

Staying at Mandarin Oriental. Not fans of oysters or clams,but all other fish are fine. Really prefer not to go to the suburbs so more suggestions in Boston proper.

Aug 06, 2014
meinNYC in Greater Boston Area

Upscale Dinners in Boston

Will be here for 3 nights. Hit me with the best or most unusual Boston has to offer.
Price flexible (don't think Boston has anything to shock a New Yorker in price). Middle age couple, husband attending a convention. Prefer not to travel too far, cab ride is okay. Try to suggest 3 different kinds of restaurants. Thanks

Aug 06, 2014
meinNYC in Greater Boston Area

Seeking a recommendation for a good value, very nice steakhouse

Good value and very nice steakhouse in Manhattan may be mutually exclusive. Depends on what you think is a good value. Most steakhouses are very expensive, unless you go to a bistro and have steak frites. The price gets better, and the steak is tolerable though not the size or quality you'd get at a true NYC steakhouse.

Mar 29, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Upscale in Baltimore with allergies

Staying at Springhill Suites just north of Inner Harbor. Cab ride is fine, just don't want to go to the burbs. Kali's doesn't take reservations, so is off the list. Cinginale is on the list. How is that vs. Black Olive?

Upscale in Baltimore with allergies

Charleston is all booked up. Come on Baltimore, there must be some restaurants you trust with ingredients! How about
Sotto Supra, Wit and Wisdom Oceanaire? Nothing to recommend? Can't be.

Upscale in Baltimore with allergies

Coming to Baltimore to apartment hunt for summer and need recommendations for one night. One diner has severe tree nut and sesame allergies so ethnic like Chinese and Thai are out. New American or farm to table usually work well. Coming from NYC. Staying in Inner Harbor, and don't want to drive to any suburbs as we'll be driving a lot in 2 days. Chef must know their ingredients and work from scratch as much as possible. Thanks all and fire away.

Where can I find fresh tart cherries in the NW burbs?

Absolutely. Work as well as fresh. Be sure to drain them well as they get watery. And tart cherry season is late June to early July, none anywhere but in a freezer.

Mar 15, 2014
meinNYC in Chicago Area

L.A. to Las Vegas this month...final decision help please.

Le Cirq was quite a bit cheaper than the other two (which was our way of economizing) but it was fantastic. And this from some hard to please folks. Food, room ,service all top notch. At some point the amount you spend, no matter how great the meal starts to affect your enjoyment. At some point you start asking is this worth it? Le Cirq is much better than the NYC version over the years. You won't be disappointed.

Feb 02, 2014
meinNYC in Las Vegas

Etiquette for your birthday

Ask her along this year. Next year, well ahead of your birthday, ask if you can have your birthday dinner at her house on some other day than your actual birthday. Then have your kids and hubby celebrate your birthday on the actual day at a restaurant or leave the kids home with a sitter and go out with hubby alone. My mom babysat on my birthday so hubby and I got to go out alone to a fancy place. Sounds like your MIL is not cut out for babysitting but you might be surprised
how things work when she is alone with the kids. Everyone might be more relaxed and on better behavior.

Jan 20, 2014
meinNYC in Not About Food

Mexico Lindo Restaurant

oh no, they have been on that corner for over 30 years.

Jan 18, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Post-wedding brunch on a budget

Where are most of the guests staying? Out of towners hate
taking cabs, and with that many people you need a fleet.
The Yale Club does a great brunch. Call and find out. You don't have to be a member if you know someone who went to Yale. OR... as the guests leave the wedding give them a pretty doggie bag with a bagel and lox, a black and white cookie and a juice and let them eat it Saturday at their leisure.

Jan 18, 2014
meinNYC in Manhattan

Baked Goods as Gifts For Teachers, Etc.

Had one child in a school where teacher gifts were prohibited (YEAH). Card were okay. Another child in a school where the gift had to be $15 or less. Starbuck gift cards, or Barnes and Noble gift cards worked there (and the note).In high school the parents sent baked goods to the teacher's lounge. Maybe they were brave to eat. Personally as a pediatrician, I wouldn't trust the cleanliness of any home made food. All those willing sticky fingers ( with who knows what on them) touching dough is enough to make me
cringe. Oh yes, do not give homemade wonders to your pediatrician.

Dec 16, 2013
meinNYC in General Topics

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

The cold dishes were basically various dry cold meat thinly sliced, and with some vegetables in vinegar as a course. The greasy pork butt that came at the end was, well fatty and greasy. Yeah I know grease and pork are in. The sweet eggplant at the end was good and dessert like. Also remember gluten deep fried was good. I can imagine the shopping list of the rest of the meal, baby shrimp, tofu, red pepper, mushrooms (no not the exotic kind), celery, a bit of broccoli, some chicken. Now mix in various combinations and stir fry. Maybe famous chef was on vacation and we had a sub.....

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

Chowhounders were right on the money in recommending Gary Danko. The meal was great, the service professional and pleasant. It was worth every penny. ( though at $92 for 4 courses, to us it was worlds better than Jai Yun at $120) Yes, I know you're going to say it is a different kind of place, etc.etc. Still a memorable meal is a memorable meal. Wish DK would move to NYC.

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

First of all, we are not culinary rubes, and the post was merely my opinion of Jai Yun. Yes,I read all former reviews and decided to go with the positives. Since you did not eat the dinner we did, you can't say the flavors were not repetitious. I stand by my review and warn others that there is much room for disappointment here. The diners that night were all sophisticated,well traveled people and 8 people can't be all wrong. It was a subpar experience and meal. There were no language problems, the only server spoke decent English. Spend your dining dollars wisely, this place did not deliver the goods. Sorry about the misspelling of lighting. Glad someone got to point our their superior knowledge of ob/byn.

Jai Yun overpriced, overhyped [San Francisco]

Changed reservation from 2 to 8 2 days before coming. Dined there just this month. The highest range on the sheet she passed around was $120. It was highway robbery.