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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition

Guinness and lamb stew. Everything was in my house. even the potatoes had been cooked and leftover from the weekend's gnocchi.

Carrots, celery, rutabaga, garlic, tomato, lamb, some soy, some anchovy, some garam masala, soy, thyme, brown sugar, tomato paste.. served over mashed potatoes.

I ended up throwing risotto in at the end for another day.

Taking the heat out of my too spicy chili

I would add some masa to the chili while it's cooking.

Dec 06, 2014
Daniel76 in Home Cooking

Selecting a big joint of meat to cook without an oven

You can also do a fish? I like a poached salmon. You can poach it and serve it with this dill cream sauce. Or you can poach skate wings in this vinegar sauce, or you can do a sardine agro dolce, that serves well at room temperature.

Vitello Tonnato is a good dish that works at room temp.. it also cooks on the stove top.. You cook the veal in wine or broth, cool, slice, top with a tuna mayo and then can stick in the fridge.

Or you can so a tangine of some sort? or you can braise oxtails on the stove, or you can make short ribs on the stove.

Dec 05, 2014
Daniel76 in Home Cooking

What to serve with cheese ravioli xmas day?

maybe make manicotti with crepes instead of pasta. Make a crepe, fill with ricotta cheese and parmesean cheese and either parsley or scallions. Then cover with sauce and bake.

Dec 05, 2014
Daniel76 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

thank you!

Dec 05, 2014
Daniel76 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

Hey thanks! I cook dinner just about every night.. look forward to sharing

What's for Dinner #337 - the It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Hanukkah 2014 Edition! [through December 8, 2014]

last night, i made gnocchi and served it with a sauce made from leftover osso bucco.

Osso Bucco: what do I serve it with?

with the leftover veal, i made a sauce and served over gnocchi..

Dec 05, 2014
Daniel76 in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #269 - It's Just Messy Outside Edition [through Jan. 24, 2014]

last night i made a salad with lettuce, radiccion, smoked and cured fish with a poached egg and vinegar onions..

For entree i made osso bucco.

Osso Bucco: what do I serve it with?

I served mine over polenta last night

Dec 04, 2014
Daniel76 in Home Cooking
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Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

We were there on Saturday night.. Not my first time but, my first time trying the Henan Style Whole Fish.. it was a fried fish served in a sweet and sour type sauce. There was a lot of umami in the dish. It was really well balanced, there were mushrooms in the broth. It was really fantastic.

Dec 02, 2014
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Luzzo's BK is really nice and in walking distance.

Nov 06, 2014
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Anthony Bourdain visits Da Bronx

Ok.. I am looking for specifics.. Will you please name all or some of these places that are worth traveling to.

Nov 06, 2014
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Anthony Bourdain visits Da Bronx

Can you list some places that you think he missed.. Would love to hear your suggestions.

Nov 06, 2014
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Planning Philly chefs road trip to Brooklyn

i would skip Grimaldi's or Juilana's. It's pizza and not really worth the hassle. Also, if you are going to go to Luger's that could be pretty much all you are going to want to eat. It is certainly an Iconic Institution and worth going to but, that is not really going to give you an insight into what's happening in Brooklyn Kitchens.. but, if you want to drop a lot of dough on a steak and have an awesome time in a New York institution, Luger's is a great spot.

Nov 03, 2014
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

2 Duck Goose in Gowanus

We ate dinner here the other night and were disappointed. Besides the price point being high, the food was not very enjoyable and service was bad. Friendly but, not good.

They seem to be on top of things, the owner was in the dining room. I was really surprised at how most of the things were not good.. It could be my taste but, i don't think it is.

Nov 03, 2014
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Peasant Restaurant

yeh, i went there not too long ago and we were really disappointed.. The only thing we felt was good was my daughters pizza..

Sep 11, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

I would tell you to look in to Sigiri. While the Phaal is clearly the hottest dish I have ever eaten in NY, I feel it's a little more gimmicky. Also, it may be more of an adventure to try dishes from Sri Lanka if that cuisine is not available back home.

I agree with the Zaab Elle suggstion or several other Thai Spots. Hunan or Sichuan Food is going to be hot as well.

If you guys ever make it to Brooklyn, hit up this bar the Commodore, they have a really good spicy chicken sandwich. As does Peaches Hot House.

Sep 09, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Cherche Midi - Keith Don't Go

so it's the wording not the sentiment. Like, if the restaurant has no food, or power or they are closed, the restaurant should say, "you can come in, there is just nothing we can do for you besides offer you a hug"

Sep 09, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan in Bensonhurst: you are dead to me

May I ask what made the bamboo and pork difficult to eat?

Sep 09, 2014
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

yes

Feb 26, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

If you are going to be in the Theater District and are looking for a fun place to grab a drink, check out Bar Centrale.. I have not been in a long time and something is telling me they may have been bastards but, I definitely didnt have a reservation..

But, as I remember it, it's a fun, sort of hidden spot. Make a reservation

I just went on the website, it appears they have food.. Has anyone else been recently?

http://www.barcentralenyc.com/youfoun...

Anyway, If someone else can confirm if the vibe is good and the food is good.. The space is definitely fun.

Feb 26, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

La Vie En Szechuan Brief Report

Has anyone been here recently?

Feb 19, 2014
Daniel76 in Manhattan

86 Super Star (老地方): Hot Pot, Noodle Dishes...Best House Made Hot Sauce

Thank you for the review. In English and Chinese.. When I put the address into google, the name of the restaurant appears to be Hottest 86 Asian Fondue and All You Can East Sushi..

You didn't mention the all you can eat sushi, was the being served as well. Also, do you know if the hot pot is AYCE too?

Dec 23, 2013
Daniel76 in Outer Boroughs

Malaparte - for the love of God, avoid this place

I do remember their water service standing out as one of the better offerings of the evening.

Dec 13, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Malaparte - for the love of God, avoid this place

Brought to you buy the owner of Malatesta. Interesting as the people I was with mentioned the Italian Waitstaff.. They were all wonderful.. The problem is, the entire kitchen staff was not.. I would much rather have Italians in the Kitchen. But this place was definitely designed with a certain purpose.. . The exposed brick walls and the antique scales and other nick nacks set the mood that felt a lot older than a place that has been opened for a couple of years. It's a great idea, have an attractive Italian guy hand you mediocre food. If some runway model handed me a plate of mama celeste pizza bites, well, they would most likely be the best damn pizza bites i ever had. The food, well, the appetizers were much better than any of the entrees I tasted.

We tasted the fennel salad, the sliced artichoke salad, the mussels, and the sausage with polenta cakes.. Everything was good.. The only issue was with the polenta cake and little sausage patties.. Patties were pretty tasteless and dry. Salads were over dressed, nothing stood out. The main courses are where the wheels fell off..

I ordered the cornish hen.. It was pretty scrawny.. They menu mentioned black olives, there was none.. It was covered in this really generic sauce. Strangely enough, my buddy sitting across from me had the same generic sauce on his pork chop, which was very overcooked.. I also tried the two lasagna options they have on their menu.. These were not good.. The lasagna bolognese, I have had better from a frozen microwaved meal .. It was terrible.. The vegetarian lasagna, was covered in this floury improperly made béchamel sauce.. It was so thick, not good. The room is very charming, the entire staff is super nice. The food eh.

Dec 13, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

i am not sure I do get your point.

I have a question about the rice they provided you. On your first bowl of rice, was it sushi rice or just like white minute rice.

I am pretty sure, a fancy sushi place must go through a painstaking process to make their rice. I know they season it, I know they have special rice cookers.

I am sure they must make a certain amount with anticipation of the evening.

So, you speak about the fact that because it's a Japanese place and you could see the rice, you must assume, it's should be there for anyone's taking.

I personally can't really comprehend most of what occurred at this restaurant. Not only did you ask for one bowl but, after getting the idea that the restaurant didn't want you to do it, you have the audacity to ask for a second bowl.

Then to top it off, you left in the middle of the omakase with your nephew and his friend. Your nephew who you said is in the restaurant world.

Was he mortified? Embarrassed in front of the staff and his friend?

And then, you have the complete lack of awareness to understand that you were the wrong person in all of this. It's baffling.

This is truly one of those only in NY type things.. I am sure you are a very reasonable person, or maybe not, but, by your explanation of this story, is like, one of the craziest things I have heard where, someone is trying to justify their actions.

Unpleasant experience at CAGEN Sushi in East Village (former Kaijitsu space)

rice cakes are always going to be a cheaper option.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan

Any good smoked salmon in/near Greenwich Village?

My evidence comes from their catalogue.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan
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Wu Liang Ye

Has anyone been here in recent years? Since the Sichuan Explosion, does this place still stand up to the test of time. I don't remember the last time I was here.

Dec 02, 2013
Daniel76 in Manhattan