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Planning late winter trip to the Jura for Nordic skiing and eating.

haha, we were also inspired to plan a trip there after this article!! see you out there. :)

Dec 15, 2014
chompchomp in France

Premiere Maison Oyster Happy Hour question

Like 3:50PM. Oyster happy hours there are great, but extremely popular.

Dec 14, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Blue Apron - Fresh ingredients, great recipes delivered weekly to your home

tonnnnnnnnnns of reviews on yelp (local). http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-apron-ne...

Dec 12, 2014
chompchomp in Food Media & News

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

also, fancy salts appear to be much cheaper in France, though I have done admittedly little price comparison.

Dec 04, 2014
chompchomp in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Our favorite thing we have brought back to NYC is Bordier butter.

Dec 04, 2014
chompchomp in France
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Best dim sum for 15 people (with caveats) (cross-posted to Manhattan)

They don't knock my socks off, no, but I think if you're going with a large group of people, some of whom are new to dim sum, it would be just fine and feel quite accessible. A decent on-ramp to dim sum!

Dec 03, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Thanks for everyone's helpful comments! To report back...we nixed the cauliflower cake after reading some of the comments here and the dismal reviews on Epicurious. We made the snow pea and bean salad with hazelnuts, which was very good, but not a total homerun. For an appetizer, we made the burnt eggplant dip. It was our third time making it. I like it a lot, but I think in the future, I'll add less pomegranate molasses. Finally, we made the sweet potatoes with figs, which was excellent. Low and behold, fresh figs were impossible to find in November, so we used dried mission figs. I don't think it was the best substitution and I look forward to making the dish with fresh figs some day. The duck didn't turn out great, but the duck hash we made 2 days later definitely did.

Hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving too! Here's to learning as we go.

Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

Admittedly late to Uncle Zhou's party, but Thrillist (of all publications) reminded me that we should go. 3 of us went on Sunday night to round out the Thanksgiving weekend. it was GREAT. I only wish there was beer.
We got the lamb dumplings, of which I ate one, because they were so quickly gobbled up by my friends. To compensate, I ate at least half of a plate of spicy crispy shrimp, which was ma la, salty perfection. I could have eaten another plate of those, no problem. We also got the tofu skins, which were good, but I prefer Fu Run's version which comes with thinly sliced peppers. Finally one of the dial oil noodle dishes. (There are 2 renditions and it wasn't very clear which one we received.) The chicken that came with the dish was not so great, but the noodles were toothsome heavenly goodness. More please!
Grand total for the feast? $41. Really excited to return soon, I hope.

Dec 02, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Best dim sum for 15 people (with caveats) (cross-posted to Manhattan)

I *feel* like Jade Asian takes reservations. Red Egg in Manhattan could also be a nice choice for JV and less adventurous players.

Dec 01, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

we drink sort of an embarrassing amount of the recipe above every winter.

Nov 24, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Ah shoot. Any swaps you could do to make it better? We just bought all the ingredients yesterday.

Nov 24, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Best recipes for homemade Christmas gifts

Nov 23, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking
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Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Has anybody tried the Cauliflower Cake that Serious Eats made? http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

It sounds incredible..

Nov 23, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Black Hound Bakery in Greenpoint

Pretty sure they do not have a Greenpoint location?

Nov 22, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Marco's Closing

Just got the email blast from the Franny's crew. Total bummer -- we only went once but thought it was really great. Text of email:

"Ever since opening little more than a year ago, Marco's has been a labor of love. Our vision was to create a trattoria version of franny's - simple and rustic Italian food, the best ingredients from local farms and served in a beautiful and welcoming dining room. Unfortunately, as amazing as the food is and as warm and skilled our service, the business simply hasn't been profitable enough to keep the doors open. So on Saturday December 13, our team will cook and serve our last meal here.

We are eternally grateful to our outstanding team, led by Chef Danny Amend and GM Martin Gobbée. We will always be incredibly proud of our collective work at Marco's. We are also immensely appreciative of our guests who have dined with us and made memories here. It has truly been a pleasure cooking for you and serving you. While this is not the end we hoped for, we will use this moment as an opportunity to learn, grow and strengthen our company.

Marco’s has enjoyed a magnificent run, and over this next month, our hope is that the restaurant is filled with celebration and love for all that it represents, and brimming over with guests savoring their last great meals at this special place. Thank you for your support, and we hope you will join us soon to bid Marco's farewell.

With sincere gratitude,

Francine Stephens, Andrew Feinberg and the Marco's Team

PS. As for the space at Marco's, we are considering a few possibilities and will be sure to keep our guests posted on any news. And of course, franny's and Bklyn Larder remain open and continue to thrive in our beloved neighborhood of Park Slope."

Nov 21, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

Our guests have received fair warning. They're also progressive Brooklyn types (2 of whom are vegetarians), so I think they'll be cool going with the flow.

Nov 20, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

3 recommendations is a pretty strong endorsement! Sounds like we gotta make it.

Nov 20, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Holiday Party Queens/Manhattan: Spanish food

Do you mean from Spain, or Central or Southern American?

Nov 20, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs
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Thanksgiving with Ottolenghi sides?

my husband and I have hit a wall on the traditional Thanksgiving routine. We're hosting for 6, and are planning to make a duck for the first time, and first Thanksgiving switcharoo instead of turkey. We'd love to make some Ottolenghi dishes to accompany the meat instead of the usual. What Ottolenghi recipes do you like that you think would be good for a Thanksgiving table?

Nov 19, 2014
chompchomp in Home Cooking

Restaurants for Christmas Eve in Paris

Went to La Mascotte last Christmas Eve on Parn's recommendation, super fun. Went to Huiterie Regis 3 years ago, also great. Lots of places will be open, but lots closed too. Depends on what you are looking for!

Nov 05, 2014
chompchomp in France

Thai in Queens

I love it. The pork neck is incredible. I give a slight edge to Srip, but still very good...though much smaller.

Nov 04, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

A winner at Meat Hook

Meat Hook seriously rules. We love all the weird stuff that Tom Mylan makes and stocks in their fridges -- like the ramen broth. Changes all the time, and super fun.

Oct 23, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

John Oliver Leads the Pumpkin Spice Backlash

the best

Oct 14, 2014
chompchomp in Food Media & News

greenpoint recs

+ Anella
+ Lucky Luna
+ Little Dokebi
+ Milk and Roses
+ Glasserie

Sep 15, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Khao Kang in Elmhurst?

Had about the same response. I liked all the spicy dishes and didn't care for the non-spicy dishes. My husband was nonplussed by everything. Not bad, not amazing, still prefer Sripraphai by a wide margin.

Aug 02, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

Great recap! Thanks so much for taking the time to do it.

Jul 29, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

Maison Premiere is terrific. It also has a wide range of oysters for $1 each M-F, 4-7PM and is generally pretty bonkers then.

Jul 06, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn in 2 weeks (coming from CA) ... suggestions?

It's a big borough with a lot of choices. Where are you staying, what is your budget and what kinds of foods are you looking to eat?

Jul 04, 2014
chompchomp in Outer Boroughs

Andrew Zimmern interviews Alton Brown

Ugh, I felt really bad for Alton Brown! He sounds like he's in a bad way; some depression + existential angst, which always feels so dark and lonely. He also seems to take on an inordinate amount of responsibility, feeling so guilty about always wanting to inspire his crew. He seems like such a good dude -- I hope he finds his way.
Andrew Zimmern, I can always take or leave.
Thanks for sharing.

Leave the gun, take the cannoli...

"You smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa." -- Buddy (Will Ferrell) in Elf
"Utah! Get me two!" (meatball sandwiches) -- Gary Busey's character in Point Break
"I got the milk, eggs and fabric softener," -- Kevin in Home Alone

Jun 30, 2014
chompchomp in Food Media & News