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NYC visit October

I think the best Caribbean food in New York is to be had in Brooklyn. I'd check out the Outer Boroughs board.

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Manhattan
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NYC visit October

Sorry to tell you Sylvia's is TERRIBLE! Food is over-salted and loaded with MSG. For me it's inedible. Also had a dreadful meal at Amy Ruth's (after having it be "highly recommended"). If you want good soul food, try Minton's on 116th Street near St. Nicholas. They also have great Jazz.

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Manhattan

Favorite wine shop recs?

oops, yes. LeDu is excellent.

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Manhattan

Favorite wine shop recs?

I'll freely admit I buy most of my wine on line from www.winelibrary.com, but I also shop at Union Square Wines,
Astor Wines & Spirits on Lafayette @ East 4th, www.astorwines.com Crush Wines & Spirits on East 57th, www.crushwineco.com and yes, occasionally Sherry-Lehmann www.sherry-lehmann.com.

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Manhattan

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

Imho, Marcel was a total geeky nerd in Season 2. And pretty obnoxious. Which, iirc, is why the other guys ganged up on him. The obnoxious part, I mean. Not that it was okay...

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Food Media & News

Metlted Cheese - Flavor?

Actually, "gratin" does not mean cheese at all. it is all about running the dish under the broiler/salamander to get a "char" on it. Americans turned it into "cheese."

I disagree with all cheese losing its flavor when melted. Just try melting some aged Comte.

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Cheese

Wine identity please

Isn't it possible that estate also makes a red wine? Especially since your original post said the wine you liked was red...

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

Ugh...

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Burgundy's Chateau de Pommard sold to Silicon Valley entrepreneur

We were there in 2011. Tasted and "perused" the place. I have to say if I were a multi-millionaire and knew it was for sale I would surely have been tempted. It's a stunning property, and we liked what we tasted.

Even brought back a bottle of Marc from there.

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

<"trompette de la mort"> known in English as Black Trumpet mushrooms, they are definitely a delicacy.

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in France

Paris by district (review)

Wow, what a thorough tour of Paris. Loved your descriptions. Will be copying some of your reviews for my reference next month. Thanks!

Sep 16, 2014
ChefJune in France

Top ten romantic foodie restaurants in Paris

"Romantic" is such a subjective term. It might be helpful to the posters here if you described what YOU mean by "romantic."

Sep 15, 2014
ChefJune in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

mmm Mexican food in Paris is uniformly awful. That is if you like authentic stuff. Why on earth would an American go to Paris to eat Mexican food?

Sep 15, 2014
ChefJune in France
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What else do you make in your Madeleine pan?

Individual servings of scallop mousse.

Sep 15, 2014
ChefJune in Home Cooking
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Food Arts magazine is shutting down

Food Arts has always been free to those of us in the trade. Its demise is devastating. I'm not alone in wishing they would have changed the structure and asked us to pay. After all these years, and with all the valuable content unavailable elsewhere, I know I would have anted up.

Sep 15, 2014
ChefJune in Food Media & News

Sweet Jesus: Whole Foods No Longer Getting Brillat-Savarin Due to FDA?!

Ridge, you expressed my feellings SO well!

Sep 15, 2014
ChefJune in Cheese

How to get started?

yes, sunshine842... and after the bigger and darker reds comes the epiphany to nuanced whites. It's a wonderful and fun journey.

Sep 15, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

How to get started?

OP said in a later comment they were open to REAL wines, as well.

Sep 15, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Lyon- "real food" (not looking for Michelin-style fine dining)

Don't know which threads you've perused, but there is quite a lot on this board about the bouchons and bistros of Lyon. I suggest you look again and give us some idea of what sounds interesting.

I definitely recommend a cooking class with the talented Lucy Vanel of Plum Kitchen. www.plumlyon.com She's an American living and teaching in Lyon. The Croix-Rousse market and also the St. Vincent market along the quais of the Saone are must-do's, as well.

Sep 14, 2014
ChefJune in France

Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

I prefer both at the same time.

The food still has to be good enough, or for me the overall impression of a place would be affected negatively.

Sep 12, 2014
ChefJune in Not About Food

How to get started?

Possibly off-dry Rieslings, either from Germany or the Finger Lakes. For red, Beaujolais. NOT Nouveau, but Beaujolais Villages or one of the lighter crus such as Fleurie or Saint-Amour.

Sep 12, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Oenophile that I am, I adore the town of Chablis. And it's only 90 minutes or so outside Paris! If you're interested, email me (email is in my web site which is on my Profile page.

Sep 12, 2014
ChefJune in France

Chipotle Workers Quit, Shut Down Store, Because That Job Sucks

Worldwide Diner: only if you were required to work 10 hour days.

Sep 12, 2014
ChefJune in Food Media & News

Chipotle Workers Quit, Shut Down Store, Because That Job Sucks

<That's the harangue -- it's not right, and it's not fair, but it's not illegal in this particular jurisdiction>

That's happened because of union busting.

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Interesting that since you've got a whole month you've not scheduled nor even suggested any day or overnight trips to nearby locations (Reims? Chablis? Normandy?) to explore and eat. Are you not interested in traveling outside Paris?

Sep 12, 2014
ChefJune in France

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

Thanks for posting. I fell asleep and missed everything after their challenges for each other. I love Tiffani's food. Haven't been to her que place yet, but she's a winner. And Dale is opening a place soon in my old neighborhood. I'm looking forward to trying his cuisine. Sorry I missed it.

Sep 11, 2014
ChefJune in Food Media & News

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

DuchessNukem, you must be older than me. When I was a little girl Red Delicious apples were mealy. Mom always bought McIntosh apples. So much better.

These days, in New York we can get so many great regional artisanal apples I don't even buy Macs any more!

Sep 10, 2014
ChefJune in Food Media & News

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

Red Delicious apples have always been horrible. How inaptly named they are! If they were the only apple available I would never eat one. Yuck.

Sep 10, 2014
ChefJune in Food Media & News

Looking for wine to lay down 20-25 years

Yes, go visit when Kermit Lynch is in! He's not only knowledgeable, but also very nice. He won't steer you wrong.

In Paso we love Holder Ranch wines.. pretty decent prices, too. And of course, Isoceles from Justin.

As for Pinot Noir... how was 2012 in Burgundy? I'd be wary of any but their reds for aging, and don't recall 2012 being a vintage they were crowing about.

Rieslings? lots of great producers. Donnhoff, JJ Prum, Selbach-Oster, more.

Sep 10, 2014
ChefJune in Wine

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

I don't recommend a car to Versailles. There are bus "tours" to both Versailles (EVERYONE goes!) and Fontainebleau (everyone SHOULD go!) that are accessible and affordable. Just don't plan to eat the food served on the premises. Bring a picnic, is my advice.

Sep 10, 2014
ChefJune in France