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北方美食 - New northern Chinese in Chinatown

"Their version was a bit bland; thick egg noodles in a very light peanuty sauce, peanuts, and some scallion and pickled veg."

They might have someone reading this board because I ordered it the other day and "bland" definitely didn't apply. "Salty," unfortunately, best described it although I'd probably order it again (I'm a sucker for egg noodles). They jacked the price up a buck, too (maybe to cover the cost of that added salt). I'll try the liang pi next time.

about 21 hours ago
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

You guessed it! (All four disciplines.)

I thought there was a bit too much cheese (I'm more of a sauce person) but regardless, it was the kind of good NYC pizza that used to be a lot more available than it is now.

2 days ago
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Best website to buy tea?

I've had some very decent CTC tea from my vendor for Assam. It makes excellent cold-brewed tea and is good value.

Jul 26, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

Un-impressed with Vitamix

Try my friend Lea Ann's trick and make a smoothie in the jar before cleaning it.

Jul 26, 2014
MacGuffin in Cookware

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I used to go there on a regular basis years ago after martial arts classes. I went more for the companionship of my friends because I found their pizza too salty.

Jul 26, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Best website to buy tea?

There is if that's what you like. It's not my thing but different strokes . . .

Jul 26, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I'm delighted to facilitate a more expeditious slice.

Jul 25, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

"If you really care"

I don't. I think the pizza's awful. But I'll lay ya odds that he wasn't closed twice for wearing a tam.

Jul 25, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

CHOW Reviews: Vitamix 5200 Standard

The whole premise is idiotic. Since when is a Vitamix "a smoothie machine" that has to prove its utility in the kitchen? I mean, c'mon. Again, strictly amateur hour.

Jul 24, 2014
MacGuffin in Cookware

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I checked online and you're right--the one that closed was the original. If memory serves, the owner's son-in-law told me that the landlord wanted an insane rent increase. A shame because both locations always seemed to be teeming with customers. I think another pizzeria ended up there and after they folded, Grom moved in (I'm still loyal to Cones when I'm in the area).

Jul 24, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

Which is why I only buy it when it's on sale. In my case, price IS the object to some extent. I refuse to pay >$4 for a pint (including a 14 oz. one) of something I can live without and I don't have room in my freezer for the larger HD containers which are a better buy. A shame because vanilla ice cream is nice to have on hand and HD really is my favorite among commercial brands.

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I'm often in/near Union Square so I'll have to check it out. I was really sorry when their second, around-the-corner Village location closed years ago.

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Fairway Cheese Dep't

Todaro is kind of in a class of its own and has been for many years. I used to live nearby and still make it a point to stop in when I'm on the East Side (not often). They have lots of cool stuff.

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Fairway Cheese Dep't

Yes, and now I have the ability to do that (e.g. goodbye to fanboy Di Fara posts). :(=)

P.S. - Thanks for pointing out that an update was in order!

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Fairway Cheese Dep't

They're generous with samples, I'll give you that. But I really do like Fairway's selection more.

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I thought is was good, too. I'm not often in the West Village these days, though. However, the price difference between fresh mozz and pizza mozz seemed to have increased sharply the last time I was there.

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

Joe's has a 14th St. location?

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Fairway Cheese Dep't

Someone behind the counter was so rude to me earlier this year (no, I wasn't being unreasonable) that both I and a woman waiting to be served looked at each other. She told me afterwards that she'd had a similar experience with a different clerk.

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Fairway Cheese Dep't

No! Really? So you're saying that a post from 2005 is nine years old? Zounds!

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

Bean, extract, either works for me as long as it's real.

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics
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Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

The cheapest sale price in Manhattan that I've seen is $3.99 (same for Ben & Jerry's). I think both are a lot cheaper on sale in Staten Island. :`(

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I haven't had a slice from Joe's in a long time (I always ordered fresh mozz) but don't remember their sauce as being sweet. Could the tomatoes used have anything to do with perceived sweetness?

Jul 23, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Trader Joe Vs Fairway Olive oil

The Chelsea store sporadically has oils for tasting, the UWS store none at all anymore. Those are the only two stores that are convenient to me. I suppose putting out oil and baguette slices in all the stores might cut into their "new openings" budget.

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Fairway Cheese Dep't

"The staff was plentiful yet they were all busy chatting loudly with each other other and acted annoyed when any customer sought to ask for service."

I literally had to ask a cashier to ring up my items a few months ago; she was too busy chatting with another cashier to bother noticing that I'd been standing there for close to a minute.

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Trader Joe Vs Fairway Olive oil

As much as I've grown to love TJ, Fairway's oils are better. Unfortunately, you can no longer sample them, at least not at either of the stores I frequent.

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I'll tell you the truth--I was. However, it had been some time since I'd eaten/ordered anything there when the first closure occurred. One of my best friends has always lived near that subway stop and visiting involves walking past Di Fara. I was shocked, and even more shocked when I passed a few weeks later and it was still shuttered. Granted, the place is a dive but I tend to like dives (e.g. Shanghai Cafe when it was on the other side of Canal) if they're clean. I guess hygiene deteriorated because I don't recall any BOH controversy when I ate there.

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

I think you'd have more to fear from the in-residence fanboys than from Dom who, during the course of my three or four visits to Di Fara, struck me as a sweet guy.

My last pie was the final nail in the coffin. No more Di Fara, even if I happen to be in Midwood visiting friends and I pass the shop on my way to their house.

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in Outer Boroughs

Your favorite place to get a slice of NY pizza?

I was aware of that when I posted "not just cited but closed," i.e. there's a big difference between "C" (i.e. "get it together NOW") and "closed." Twice, as it turns out.

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in Manhattan

Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

Y'know, next time I catch a sale, I'm going to have to buy both (if they're available) to do a side-by-side comparison. I seem to recall that they used to make only one or the other when they first hit the scene, plus a Honey Vanilla. They also had Carob, and a Ginger that tasted like frozen Chinese food. Both were beyond awful (and whoever came up with the notion that chocolate is healthful is a genius).

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics

Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

But that's my point. "Best" is ultimately personal. No need to explain further. The qualities that comprise your "best" (or, since we're comparing two here, "better") and mine differ.

Jul 22, 2014
MacGuffin in General Topics