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Cook's Illustrated Cookware picks

No example, but I can say for certain that many times the show, magazine, and website are not in sync. I love all three and start any research with their site, but you cannot take their word as the bible.

Jan 26, 2010
lalengua23 in Cookware

Cheese Board

I am looking to buy a specific board for cheese.

What is the best surface material for cutting? I see a few high end marble boards, but I would think that would damage and dull my knives...

What do you use? will any board do fine?

Thanks!

Nov 09, 2008
lalengua23 in Cookware

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

The article may be a bit picky, but accurate nonetheless (at least as far as my weekly trips are concerned).

The prepared food is pretty bad (what do they do with an entire counter full of cooked meat anyway, you cant serve that after 1-2 days max)

There are two products we buy there weekly and if they run out (which has been the current situation all month) finding someone who can provide an actual answer other than "i'll tell the buyer" is impossible.

The produce is flown in from all over the world and I must say I have never tasted any of it that I would rate better than average. Sure, it looks amazing, but if the taste is bland and it had to be flown in from Peru, what's the point?

The bakery department is now a joke, they have 2-3 great items, but overall the quality has fallen off.

Overall, the service is still very solid, but there is a noticeable decline from the past.

(from my experiences with the Edgewater, NJ whole foods and occasional trips to union square)

Oct 28, 2008
lalengua23 in Features

best carolina pulled pork in nyc?

any suggestions?

Thanks.

Oct 24, 2008
lalengua23 in Manhattan

Scarpetta or Convivio

My GF and I went to Scarpetta last night after reading the strong reviews in both NY mag and the NY times; we were very disappointed...

The service and decor was fine ( wasn't thrilled about the bathrooms). Against my wishes she chose to have the tasting menu (app, pasta, entree, and dessert). My risotto and braised short ribs were good and her MOZZARELLA IN CAROZZA was phenominal. For the pasta we both tried the AGNOLOTTI DAL PLIN which she did not finish, I felt it was ok, but both agreed it had a very dry mouth feel.
For the entree she had the CAPRETTO and i had some Mediterranean fish lacked much flavor. Dessert was very good, a carrot buddino and a key lime "cheesecake".

Both reviews raved about items that sadly are no longer on the menu, if i ever go back i would probably sit at the bar and have an app and the spaghetti with tomato and basil and fritto misto that many were ordering.

Oct 11, 2008
lalengua23 in Manhattan

How is the dessert truck near NYU?

the chocolate cake at the spotted pig is second to none

Oct 05, 2008
lalengua23 in Manhattan

Best Espresso maker for $500 ???

My GF actually knows a guy who owns a coffee store in Brooklyn and he suggested waiting until the dollar made gains against the euro...

Oct 04, 2008
lalengua23 in Cookware

Best Espresso maker for $500 ???

My gf drinks a latte every morning, I usually have an espresso so 1-2 servings each time.

Every now and then we'll have friends or family over so no more than 4 servings are needed at any time.

Oct 04, 2008
lalengua23 in Cookware

Best Espresso maker for $500 ???

My ideal cup of coffee is a an espresso with a drop of warm milk, the Cuban community calls it a cortadito.

As for the grinder, I was assuming it would run me another 100 or so. I have heard good things about the capresso infinity burr grinder.

Oct 04, 2008
lalengua23 in Cookware

Best Espresso maker for $500 ???

Hey Guys,

Looking for suggestions on the best semi-automatic espresso maker for around $500 or less.

Any thoughts on the Solis Crema or the Saeco Aroma Espresso Machine

Thanks.

Sep 28, 2008
lalengua23 in Cookware

How is the dessert truck near NYU?

I found Max B's to be awful and all about the gimmick. Looking to try dessert truck this Friday.

Sep 01, 2008
lalengua23 in Manhattan

Pre-theater dinner with a teen

I don't recall the entree, but she had a pesto gnocchi to start and a flour less chocolate cake for desert.

While she is a picky eater I can easily come up with a place, but i was hoping someone might read this and have a 'perfect' idea.

Jul 09, 2008
lalengua23 in Manhattan

Pre-theater dinner with a teen

del posto enoteca? Mesa Grill?

Jul 08, 2008
lalengua23 in Manhattan

Pre-theater dinner with a teen

My GF and I are taking my niece to see Rent for her 13th birthday and I was looking for some restaurant ideas.

She is a picky eater (I took her to Union Square Cafe and while she loved what she had, she was not open to trying much.

I dine everywhere, but my usual spots are Artisanal, Babbo, and Gotham B&G.

Location is not much of a concern as we should have plenty of time before the show.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Jul 08, 2008
lalengua23 in Manhattan