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Is the Soda Sparkle safe?

Hi,

I am not a fan of the Soda Stream (for various reasons), so I was excited when the ISI Twist N Sparkle came out. It conveiniently used co2 cartridges which I had plenty of since I also use an ISI Siphon for cooking. Anyway, a few mnonths later, the Twist N Sparkle was recalled due to safety reasons. ISI ceased selling it. I noticed that a new product called the Soda Sparkle is available. It's not affiliated with ISI but the products look nearly identical. I am wondering if there are any safety concerns with this product. Some clicking about makes me think this company is Asian (China/HK). I don't have a problem with Chinese companies but I was glad ISI (an Austrian company) warned me about safety problems and did a recall. I just don't trust that an Asian company would be as willing to do the same.

Mar 01, 2013
sygyzy in Cookware

One week, 18 Michelin Stars

Thanks for the tip about Jungsik. I am definitely adding it to the list next time I return to NYC which will probably be at least a year from now. For me, Corton has missed a step. First, I think it's over priced for what it is. I think the decor is lacking. I think the service is just ok. And we were rushed through our meal. It felt extremely fast. Also there were some issues with the starters/amuses like a chawanmushi that wasn't set. It shouldn't have gone out. I loved it two years ago, now, I think they are resting on their laurels.

Oct 07, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

Ichimura

I am not surprised. In fact when I was there the NYT piece just came out and they said that Chef Ichimura was worried about the publicity because he didn't want it getting too popular and making it difficult for his regulars to get a seat.

Oct 07, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

International Hounds Chowmeeting in NYC, Part 1 - Jean George

I am very surprised at your review. I dined in Nougatine and a few weeks ago a friend and I were in for lunch. We both did the 2 plates for $38 plus my friend added two additional plates for a total of 6. We also ordered every dessert. I think JG food is pretty much flawless. Even the more boring dishes like my fish was perfectly executed and elegant; simple and complex at the same time. I actually think their desserts are the weak point. I do agree with you that the service was very mediocre and not what you'd expect from a 3 star place.

Oct 07, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

PLEASE HELP very confused on where to eat Daniel, Per se, EMP, Le bernd etc

I know you aren't asking me but I just got back from NY where I ate at Ssam Bar on back to back days (dinner and lunch). If I went for lunch I would deifnitely get the duck lunch but don't get the set with the lettuce and pancakes. Just get the regular one in the bowl.

Oct 07, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

One week, 18 Michelin Stars

In late September, I did a 18 (Michelin) star run through NYC. I won't write a review of each restaurant but the meals that stood out for me are Per Se (1st visit), EMP (second visit), Atera (first), and Ko. I went to Corton (2nd time) and it really was not the same restaurant or food that I loved the first time (2010). I thought wd~50 was pretty fun but just like Corton, I felt it was overpriced. I was at Ichimura the night the Wells review came out and it was a great mood. He had some really funky stuff like aged fish or fish wrapped in kombu to cure. Jean-Georges was amazing as always for lunch (talk about reliable), and I enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Tori Shin. It was the second week for the new format at EMP but my friend had gone the first week (and he came with me as well), so he was able to tell me the tweaks they made. If you have any questions, let me know. Oh yeah, no pictures for Ko, for obvious reasons.

Eleven Madison Park
Jean Georges
Per Se
atera
Corton
Momofuku Ko
Brushstroke
Tori Shin
wd~50

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sygyzy/c...

Oct 07, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

PLEASE HELP very confused on where to eat Daniel, Per se, EMP, Le bernd etc

Sorry I didn't cut some out. Four nights, assuming a perfect world and you can actually get reservations, can afford it, and can handle the amount of food:

Jean Georges
Per Se
Eleven Madison Park
Momofuku Ko

Just note this is very French centric. Also three out of the four restaurants are 3 Star Michelin and the other is 2 star. This just means there's some consideration here for price, difficulty to get reservations, etc. Do you want something more casual?

Oct 07, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

Lunch at Ippudo - how long is the wait?

I went at an odd like, like 3PM on a weekday and I was alone and the wait was still about 20 minutes.

Oct 06, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

Ichimura

Was there the night the review came out and Bouley and his partners, including Ichimura were waiting for us to wrap up so they could start the celebration. Great meal with some interesting aged fish.

Oct 06, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

PLEASE HELP very confused on where to eat Daniel, Per se, EMP, Le bernd etc

My pick for your list:

Yasuda
Jean Georges
Per Se
Eleven Madison Park
Le Bernardin
Momofuku Ko

Oct 06, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

Notes from Lunch at Momofuku Ko

Thanks for the prompt reply. To be honest this takes a lot of pressure off me because I won't have to even bother bringing my camera or how good the lighting is. I will just enjoy the meal. I am on a flight to JFK right now. I need a lunch date Friday if you and your husband are interested. I am thinking the duck lunch at Ssam Bar.

Sep 19, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

EMP/Corton/Gramercy Tavern/ Mom's 75th Bday

If you couldn't get a EMP reservation, I wouldn't hesitate to go to Corton. I do think the dining room is not very attractive but the food there is wonderful.

Sep 19, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

Ways to meet young foodies

I know this might sound weird but posting your desire to meet "foodie" friends on a public message board like you did here, or eGullet, or even asking friends to introduce you to their friends can really help. I went to NY for the first time a few years ago and had many plans to eat in fine dining establishments but I didn't want to eat alone. I posted a request on eGullet and made a good friend who I am flying to visit (on the plane, literally right now), to meet. We have a dozen places lined up. I am in the position, that I am sure many Chowhounders face, of either having friends who can't afford expensive meals or can, but are unwilling to spend the money.

Locally, I contacted a person I knew shared a mutual friend and asked her to brunch. We've been out to eat half a dozen times. It may sound weird but it works!

Sep 19, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

Notes from Lunch at Momofuku Ko

Thanks for your detailed review. I am having dinner there on Monday, for the first time. What is Ko's current attitude towards photography and note taking?

Sep 19, 2012
sygyzy in Manhattan

The End of Table Manners

So sorry to see you go. I enjoyed reading your advice and the discussion that ensued.

May 01, 2012
sygyzy in Features

How to Charm Your Sushi Chef

No offense, but people rub the chopsticks together because they ARE cheap. I've been to some pretty high-end omakase means and even they give really cheap chopsticks. Is it that much more money for a better quality pair that's still disposable?

Apr 17, 2012
sygyzy in Features

Faux Pas: The Chef Was Texting

I disagree! If you have an open kitchen, or a bar that butts up to one, you should at least greet the diner and be aware that he/she is there. I realize most chefs just want to do their thing but if you don't want me talking to you, why would you put seating right up to it? I try to find that delicate line between being curious and trying not to bother them but if they are using some cool ingredient, you bet I am going to ask about it.

Jan 31, 2012
sygyzy in Features

Holiday Party Dress Codes

The worst is women who think "jeans and a nice top" is dressed up.

Dec 07, 2011
sygyzy in Features

The, Um, Breast Milk in the Fridge

I can't believe how people lose all common sense and decency the moment they become parents. Case in point - how many parents think it's ok for their kids to run amuck in a restaurant or scream on a plane. This woman feels entitled because she decided to have a child. Nobody else benefited from her decision and they have to deal with her bodily fluids in the fridge and the equipment in the sink. It's definitely her right, but maybe approach it with a little less attitude and a little more respect.

Aug 09, 2011
sygyzy in Features

When Restaurants Refuse Substitutions

The only people this is a big deal to are people who love to broadcast their food aversions, allergies, dislikes, etc. I don't walk into a vegetarian restaurant and demand the garden burger be made with ground beef. Why would you purposely choose to dine at a restaurant that has a no substitutions policy and is serving food you don't like?

The reason why most chefs don't want to do this is beacuse of consistancy. If I made some fancy burger with say a parmesan tuille, wild mushroom and bacon compote, and fig ketchup then you come in and say you don't like mushrooms and want me to add mustard on it, your experience will be different. Later, when you compare the burger with another customer, you might say "I really did not care for it. It was too tart for me," when it was entirely your fault.

Jun 21, 2011
sygyzy in Features

My Friends Are All Give and No Take

No offense but it's totally possible that your friends are, or at least think they are, better cooks/hosts than you. If the focus is on food and you have a dull paring knife, glass cutting board, and one pan with most of the teflon rubbing off, would you come to your house? I know it sounds terrible because it should be about the company but we all definitely take into consideration the resources, skill, and space available. If they insist, just go to their house. Free meal for you and it pleases them to host.

May 24, 2011
sygyzy in Features

You're Not Allergic to MSG and 6 More Culinary Secrets

Great article and thanks for pointing out how crazy people are at the mere mention of these three letters: MSG.

Jan 04, 2011
sygyzy in Features

NYE Dinner and casual dining options Las Vegas

Hi,

This is my first post here :) I am flying into Vegas in about 4 hours. We already have dinner booked tomorrow night at Picasso. I am looking for something casual to eat tonight before the festitivies. Also, something for lunch tomrorow. Our big meal is tomorrow night, obviously, so i want something low-key but at the same time I don't want to pay $12 for a club sandwhich in a lame casino cafe either. I was thinking Bouchon but OpenTable says they are booked. Any other suggestions?

Thanks!

Dec 31, 2008
sygyzy in Southwest