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Dominique Ansel After Four Visits

Two items to the very very good and so just ok.
The Kouign Amann are small super rich croissant, sugar, and caramelized sugar disks - take small bites a little bit filled my mouth. These are on the expensive side but worth it for the enjoyment they deliver.
The second winners are the near flat ovals of puff pastry touched the cinnamon. These are near ideal for a light breakfast with a cup of coffee. (I am blanking on their name but they look like unshaped elephant ears) They have been sold out on two of my visits
To the ok’s. Croissants are decent. An apple Tartlet Tatine was full of light caramel and no apple flavor at all. A strawberry creation was decent and forgetable. A chocolate tart was better but not good enough to have again.
The two winners are worth the repeated trips. Taken together they come close to a morning bun from La Farine in Oakland, and since David Tanis wont bake a few a place them on my welcome mat, This is a good subsitute

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Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Feb 27, 2012
wew in Manhattan

Dad is turning 60 Menu & Wine Pairing - Help Quick(ly)! :)

Love your table, but are you saying you only had one dessert, the pear tart? And no '77 port, no TBA, not any 6 puttones

Jan 29, 2012
wew in Home Cooking

Flex Donuts at Grand Central

These are dense and soft donuts, the pumpkin spice especially so. I also tried the filled donut - also nearly as dense as the cake and also soft. Their style is not mine so I missed the excitement. Thank you for the rec

Jan 25, 2012
wew in Manhattan

Flex Donuts at Grand Central

Not opened on weekends as of now

Jan 22, 2012
wew in Manhattan

Bien Cuit -- new French bakery on Smith St

I went back last week and tried the chocolate croissant which I also felt to be shatter less, bready, and bland.
To judge from the pastries this seems to be another of the not ready to open bakeries that receive hard to understand praise the NYC area.

Jan 21, 2012
wew in Outer Boroughs

Chao Thai

Last week I broke out from a rut I was in due to the excellence of the dishes I get here. I ordered, from the board, what seemed to be a northern pork laab all brown spice and chilies very aromatic and great.

Jan 14, 2012
wew in Outer Boroughs

New England Food Writer - ? 50 Years Ago?

Have yuou read Mainstays of Maine, a collection of his pieces? I found to style not for me but the material lots of fun.

Jan 09, 2012
wew in Food Media & News

Tried and True Recipes from David Thompson's "Thai Food"

Judging from her leaves, home grown is the best by a very wide margin.

Jan 09, 2012
wew in Home Cooking

Dad is turning 60 Menu & Wine Pairing - Help Quick(ly)! :)

What was for afters?

Jan 08, 2012
wew in Home Cooking

David Thompson's 'Thai Food' vs 'Thai Street Food'

I have Thai Food, gotten three years ago and have access to Thai Street Food for the past 4 months. Thai Food has a food history essay and an large ingredients and general reference section. Neither has more weight given to tofu than the other. Thai Food has a bunch more recipes as well as a good nam prik section. Although Street Food has a few top notch dishes not found in Thai Food the latter is by far my choice if I could have only one book

Jan 08, 2012
wew in Home Cooking

Flushing walking food tour + restaurant recommendations please (researched)!!

For variety at the lamb noodle place upstairs at golden mall get the sides of potato peanut veggies and lamb meat plate. Sides are available at many down stairs stalls
It's winter so I would not want to walk too far. Yi Lan Halal Restaurant or either of the Hunan restos would be far enough for a digestive walk.

A recommendation for the future -- In late spring or summer hit lots of restaurants for take out and meet at a camp site in Corona Park

Jan 07, 2012
wew in Outer Boroughs

Bien Cuit -- new French bakery on Smith St

I tried four pastries none which I liked. The trebirke, an almond paste item was dull and the chocolate pistachio tart had strangely clashing flavors with little of interest. I will go back to try the breads and the croissant.

Jan 04, 2012
wew in Outer Boroughs

St. Anselm A First Time Report

Most important here is truly fine meet mains and grilled fish at what are by New York standards reasonable prices. Portion sizes of the mains are, for me, fine and the sides of spinach or potatoes are made to be shared. There is a surprising inconstancy, the lows seem a result of unnecessarily lazy thinking - an app of razor clams and one of mushrooms tasted of nothing but garlic butter and the chocolate pots for dessert shouldn't be served unless sweet courses are meant to be a penance for enjoying meat. Meats - steak great lamb chop great pork chop great. Sardines great
To be remembered is the no reservation policy. The resto is not too large and they can have two hour waits.

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St. Anselm
355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dec 21, 2011
wew in Outer Boroughs

New Pastry Chef at Daniel

Sandro Michelli makes desserts are so successful in complex combinations as to render a result that seems as obvious as greatest standards. Your maximum pleasure seems to be his load stone and enchantment his method. His works bring cooking up to the ranks of other arts which presents pitfalls for verbal advocacy.

Dec 04, 2011
wew in Manhattan

Queens!!!

This board has posters who do better at narrowly defined questions than they do on broadly stated requests. I do not know why this is so.

Dec 03, 2011
wew in Outer Boroughs

Queens!!!

"Broad topic but why not?"

For reasons of which I don't know this board does better at narrowly defined questions. Three of our best articulate posters have chimed in to less advantage than they are want to achieve.

Nov 30, 2011
wew in Outer Boroughs

Wine Stores with great bottles

Park ave. Liquor has one '59( a DRC at 11 thousand), four from the 60's, seven from the '70's, fourteen from the '80's - a Jayer for you?

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Park Avenue Liquor Shop
292 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017

Nov 15, 2011
wew in Manhattan

Peking Duck at Fuleen Seafood?

The mei cai rou was one of my favorites at Fuleen. When it was on the lunch special menu I would have it once a month to tone up my system. At some point it was taken off the menu, if it is back get it.

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Fuleen
11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

Nov 14, 2011
wew in Manhattan

Wine by the glass not what was ordered, thoughts?

To make clearer, I was the server not the diner in the above. I was also the wine buyer and was able to set the rules.

Nov 02, 2011
wew in Wine

Flushing Report: Yan Bian True Taste Restaurant, 35-38 Union St

"Can't judge much from one dish of sea hares."
I don't know how or when but at some moment before I die I'm going to work that one in. Thank You

Oct 26, 2011
wew in Outer Boroughs

Khanh Hoa Dac Biet Kem Nuong 9738 Westminister Garden Grove

Hey, bsquared2, tell me all about Cuc Gach Quan (you can leave out Mary Kay, no problem), they got any good seafood there abouts?

Oct 26, 2011
wew in Los Angeles Area

Khanh Hoa Dac Biet Kem Nuong 9738 Westminister Garden Grove

I carved out a spare minute from catching a wedding in San Clemente and took the rails from Camarillo to Santa Anna. Then the 17th -Westminster Ave bus, a bitter sweet touching ride a requirement for anyone seeking office in this country. My bus mates pointed out that the numbers of the buildings change from town to town, so I showed them what I copied from the Hounders. Three of them got together and suggested better places with just about the same name. I felt a bit like someone in New York asking for Ray's Pizza. After eating I felt like I went not to any of the Ray's but to Di Fara's.
I ordered the roll your own pork and the cute little rice cups.The the roll platter with its small forest of fantastic greens came out I started to make my first roll when a friendly older gent approached my table, apologized for interrupting me but felt I would enjoy my meal more if I removed the plastic steamer liners I was rolling into my food. Probably right. After the second roll I realized I live 3000 miles in the wrong direction and a certain dejection took the edged off my high high food high.
Truly worthy of a detour even if you were going form Juno to Detroit
Question for the locals - Why was the place of this excellence near empty at lunch time?

Oct 19, 2011
wew in Los Angeles Area

Tried and True Recipes from David Thompson's "Thai Food"

Dear qianning, alkapal,Allegra_K et.al,
1000 tetra pack of 100% coconut cream Aroy-d at $3.25. Fantastic fresh taste. Due to no additives (my guess) the is separation, but this cuts down reducing time and all but eliminates the light browning I sometimes get.
And of course there is on fly on the gaapi. I was able to find it in L. A.

Oct 12, 2011
wew in Home Cooking

Wine by the glass not what was ordered, thoughts?

When this came up with me I opened a new bottle at the table. The possible waste was negligible and I sent the bottles down the the kitchen at the end of the night for stock etc.
I know it might sound strange but what's wrong with making a diner feel happy while resolving a question?

Oct 08, 2011
wew in Wine

Tried and True Recipes from David Thompson's "Thai Food"

Late to the thread, but I'd recommend the green mango and shrimp relish. It can be made a bit in advance and is an exciting dip. Use a very lightly smoked dry fish even better grill a dried fish a few minutes with the top on the weber . An eastern european style smoke will give a strange result

Oct 08, 2011
wew in Home Cooking

Mille Feuille Bakery after first impressions

Another day and a bunch more calories taken with a smile. This time it was a very solid chocolate mousse on a praline crisp finished with a dark chocolate glaze. I've had so many awful similar looking concoctions to have a successful one caused a bit of a shock

Oct 03, 2011
wew in Manhattan

Mille Feuille Bakery after first impressions

Oh, I must add the regular croissant to the list of hits. Yesyesyes

Oct 02, 2011
wew in Manhattan

Mille Feuille Bakery after first impressions

I am vulnerable as the next poster to the thrall of first love under which my judgments can veer towards the overly generous. M.F.'s pastries and savory buns continue to delight me after repeated visits. I have added their strawberry tart to the raspberry almond croissant and brioche cheese bun to the list of favorites many have found so delicious. The tart has a thin layer of pistachio cream between the almond paste and the berries - the whole works in unison and is only lightly sweet.
I can't comment on the macs as I have never found anyone's for me. The chocolate cookies are nice with a sugar and salt rim, they found more favor with friends than with me.
I've yet to try the pound cakes.

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Mille-feuille
552 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

Oct 02, 2011
wew in Manhattan

Tried and True Recipes from David Thompson's "Thai Food"

The NYT noted that DT will be a guest chef at a New York resto for 150 dollars per the head with wine. I myself am will not be going as I'm saving up for the first leg of a trip to Thailand - a metro card.

Oct 01, 2011
wew in Home Cooking

Tried and True Recipes from David Thompson's "Thai Food"

Right on the rice. The somen was in place of kamon jin, which I'm still looking forward to trying when I can find them. In the Shan pork dish we both had I used fresh rice sheets sliced wide and were great.

Sep 27, 2011
wew in Home Cooking