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Bagel Hole-7th Ave.

This is funny, I live right by there and I go to the Bagel Hole almost every weekend for bagels. I also purchased bagels on Saturday morning around that same time (and I normally go there earlier, around 8 or so) and my bagel was also kind of overcooked. They make their bagels fresh all the time, so I think this was just a batch of overcooked ones.

Just several weeks ago, I took a dozen or so into my office and people were raving about them. I love a freshly baked, still warm, Bagel Hole bagel! They have a nice slightly sourdough flavor that makes them special, but if the bagel is hard, it kind of defeats the purpose!

I think it was just a bad batch.

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Bagel Hole
400 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Aug 27, 2010
mjfoodlover in Outer Boroughs

Smoked Ham Hocks? Where to buy in Brooklyn?

Funny thing is that I just called them and they said that they didn't have them. Should I be using a different name?

Oct 08, 2009
mjfoodlover in Outer Boroughs

sexiest restaurant in manhattan?

LOL. It is ridiculously expensive, but it is a very sexy room.

Oct 08, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Smoked Ham Hocks? Where to buy in Brooklyn?

Does anyone know where I can get smoked ham hocks in Brooklyn (or downtown Manhattan)? Thanks for your help.

Oct 08, 2009
mjfoodlover in Outer Boroughs

Best source for kimchi in Manhattan?

They also now sell kimchee at Kum Gang San restaurant in the front. It is a mild flavored kimchee, but really delicious. I had some at the restaurant and then purchased some on my way out. Even my korean mother approved.

Aug 24, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Lobster purchased on Friday, eaten on Sunday?

Can I buy fresh lobsters and keep them in my fridge and cook them up on Sunday? Will they still be good or should I just buy the lobsters on Sunday?

I'm going to get the lobsters from a super duper fresh place on Friday, which wouldn't be open on Sunday.

Jun 12, 2009
mjfoodlover in Home Cooking

Need advice about service at Balthazar

I would just excuse myself and then have a quick private chat with the server. I'm sure they'd be delighted to turn the table over in 1.5 hours!

Jun 11, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Great Cake Designers/Bakeries in Manhattan?

If you want to have a picture of Elvis imposed on a sheet cake.

They do a great job at:
Cakes & Shapes
(212) 629-5512
466 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

I had a newspaper themed cake for my husband's birthday with pictures from his life on the cake.

The chocolate cake is very good and moist.

Jun 02, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

egg-free brunch ideas

What about just good ol bacon and sausage?

May 28, 2009
mjfoodlover in Home Cooking

Company Dinner for Difficult People

I would do some sort of beef roast because there are a fair number of people that do not eat or like seafood. People also associate a beef roast with a special occassion. Then do a vegetarian pasta dish of some sort, either your lasagna or something else. I would then do a nice crisp salad. For appetizers you could do something slightly more adventurous or have 3 different kinds of crostini.

Have some sort of delicious dessert. I love trifles as they can assembled ahead of time.

I've done many events for many different types of people. Its very difficult with a work crowd as everyone has their particular prefences. You don't need to cater to everyone's exact preferences, but just make sure there are options for 1) vegetarians 2) seafood allergies.

May 20, 2009
mjfoodlover in Home Cooking

John Dory: A Review

Just had a lovely lunch at John Dory yesterday.

The highlights:
--the yummy crab spread that comes with the bread as an amuse is delicious
--the Kampachi with Ginger Appetizer was outstanding. One of my favorite dishes in maybe all of New York City now. It was just 7 small bites of Kampachi, but each piece was really concentrated with the correct amount of sweetness (from a palm sugar sauce/concentrate), crunchiness (from fish skin), and tartness (from the ginger and some citrus).
--the main dish grilled octopus with large white beans was also really delicious. The octopus had the perfect combination of smokiness and char, but still moist from being poached. The tomato based sauce was very light and the beans were a nice complement.
--chips. AKA french fries, served with a side of vinegar. These are not McDonald's stil french fries. Really huge chunky fried potato chips. The outside was crisp (not in comparison to thin fries), but the inside of the chip was really potatoey. Yummy.

Dishes that we also had:
--Fiddleheads, ramps, over grilled bread with fried egg. This was good, almost breakfasty.
--Grilled Sea Bream. Typical grilled piece of fish. I didn't taste it, but it looked fine and no one complained.
--smoked salmon over a potato pancake. This was fine, but not outstanding. I think the texture of the pancake was a bit mushy. It was almost as it was made with a potato flour rather than shredded potatoes.

The lowlight:
--fish stew: My friend had this, and the server said it was served as a bouillabaise, which I usually think of as a chunky stew, but this was completely smooth and had an incredibly salty flavor. I tasted it and I like salty and seafood, but this was actually inedible IMO.

Wines:
Nice selection of wines by the glass (which we had).

Service:
Excellent service with only one misstep when the busboy tried to take away the plate of chips with one chip left (without asking if we were done). Note to busboy: never remove any remaining french fries from a table of ladies without final confirmation!!

The place is pretty small, so don't plan on going with any large groups. The decor is a bit kitschy but cute. Kind of like living in an eclectic house boat with a lot of overloaded aquatic themed decor.

Overall, very nice experience and would go back in a second. (if I had unlimtied time and budget :-)

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The John Dory
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

May 20, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Black Pepper–Manchego Cheese Puffs

As a response to aldente1. I have frozen Gougeres many times and then just popped them in the oven to bake right before I'm about to eat them. I have also frozen baked Gougeres and then reheated. Both of these methods work, but I prefer the first method.

May 20, 2009
mjfoodlover in Recipes

Le Bernadin or Eleven Madison Park?

Le Bernardin is my favorite restaurant in New York City. I do feel the food is a notch above Eleven Madison, but you are right in that it is seafood based, so if you don't love seafood, then it may not be the place for you. I did go to Eleven Madison several weeks ago again upon suggestion that it may be "on par" with Le Bernardin and I was completed underwhelmed. In terms of food quality, food service, and wine service, Le Bernardin is superior, hence the 4 stars given to Le Bernardin and I think 3 stars to Eleven Madison.

If you don't want to be given anything that you wouldn't prefer to eat, you can always order the a la carte menu at Le Bernardin. They let you choose 3 items from each part of the menu. I always order off the a la carte menu rather than the tasting menu.

May 11, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Meyer Lemons: Where?

Thank you all, I will look for them in the suggested places.

May 11, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Black Rice? Where to purchase?

Thank you both for your replies!

May 11, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Black Rice? Where to purchase?

Can anyone tell me where to purchase black rice? I would prefer lower Manhattan or Brooklyn. Thanks.

May 11, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan

Meyer Lemons: Where?

Has anyone seen Meyer Lemons for sale in Manhattan/Brooklyn? I would prefer lower Manhattan. Thanks.

May 11, 2009
mjfoodlover in Manhattan