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A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

$7 a glass is perfectly acceptable; maybe even on the cheap side for nice glassware. $60/glass, not so much :-)

Although it does exist! Riedel has, for example, its hand blown line. I think I'd be afraid to even touch the glasses, let alone clean them.

about 8 hours ago
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

~$60 ... It's a set of 6. :-)

1 day ago
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

We're living in post-Supersize America :-)

Sep 29, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits
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A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

You've omitted the 30-40% dilution ratio that's expected for a properly mixed drink, which would put it up to, let's say, ~4oz. It's likely that these places don't properly dilute, so the 7.5oz martini is really just a double... As for the regular-sized one? Hopefully they have some rooms to let!

Sep 29, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Liquid Cocaine

Did you actually try it? Do you even have all of the ingredients?

Sep 28, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Recipes

Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

That was always the title of the actual article:

http://www.chow.com/food-news/154148/...

... that's why I thought it odd that they'd put a caption about gay marriage on the image. It's just moronic clickbait.

Real Recipes from Roald Dahl’s Beloved Children’s Books

I just looked at the TOC and I am EXTREMELY disappointed that they forgot to include the recipe for the medicine to make grandma grow 20 feet tall. *sigh*

7 Times Olive Garden's Breadsticks Won

This is the worst drivel ever posted on this site. And I do mean ever.

Sep 23, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Donuts!

Congdon's! The apple fritter there is basically the best thing ever.

Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

That's because it already had happened... (Yet I'm still here :-))

Sep 21, 2014
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All-time best dessert?

It's not neurological. It's a hollow space in the knee.

Donuts!

Worse, they're planning to drive the donuts from Saugus to Boston, rather than making them on-site. So they're going to be AT LEAST a couple of hours old no matter what. Kind of sucks. But I work right across the street and will no doubt give 'em a try, or maybe two tries...

The Vesper Cocktail

Is a "slice of lemon peel" the same as a "slice of whole lemon?" It seems to me that Bond (er, Fleming) was referring to a twist.

As for the Kina, I was under the impression that there were in fact NOT formula changes made in the '80s. At least, that's what the company claims... although this article brings into question whether some changes might have been made much earlier -- way before Fleming and Bond: http://savoystomp.com/2012/09/09/kina...

In any case I think the Vesper is a waste of time. Why dilute gin with vodka?

Sep 19, 2014
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Need a substitute for Navan Vanilla Liquor, apparently you can no longer get it in this country.

Looks a bit on the sweet side..? Maker's is rather mild, plus two liqueurs?

Regarding a sub: 1 part brandy, 1 part simple syrup, and a few drops of vanilla extract.

Sep 17, 2014
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Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

Damn, I need to read this board more often! Oh well :-)

Sep 15, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Site Talk

Chow stoops ever lower for clicks

The "recommended" widget just popped up as I was reading a post, and the rightmost feature caught my eye. It links to John Birdsall's article about a time Bourdain scared away some annoying kids in SF.

It has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with marriage equality, nor should it. This is a food site is it not?

Sep 15, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Site Talk

Where are our T-shirts?

Got mine. Brown "How to Fold a Burrito." Medium, which I guess for American Apparel means a medium-sized Euro guy on a diet of celery and lemoncello. Luckily I've been more into running than food this summer so it just fits, but c'mon, Chow--know your demographic!

best quality tequila for mixing

"I've heard blanco is the way to go for mixing"

Personally I like to sip a high-end blanco. You can really taste the agave this way -- lots of spicy and vegetal notes.

But I prefer to mix with a lower-end (still 100% agave) reposado. The resting takes the edge off a bit.

I avoid anejo tequilas for any application.

Sep 12, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

best quality tequila for mixing

I have a bottle of Centenario in my cabinet at the moment. About the same, quality-wise, as the others on your list, and I think it cost me $17. So I'd add that.

Sep 12, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Fresh Mozzarella

Everett would mean Mozzarella House, probably? I've had that company's products several times and they're really good IMO. Unfortunately the company's web site is absolutely terrible, with no information on retail locations, so who knows...

A Question About Stirring Martinis

"it would be mostly melted ice"

Probably not true. After temperature equilibrium is met there will be very little additional dilution with respect to time, especially if you're using a thick (i.e. well insulated) mixing glass.

You can test this yourself by prepping equally-weighted samples of ice and stirring some vodka or whatever until the temperature stops dropping after a few seconds. (You can use an instant read thermometer to check.) That's test #1. Strain it, measure the liquid, and record how long it took you to get there. Now do the same thing but add an additional minute to the stirring time. Strain and measure again.

Unless you're using a thin mixing tin and your room is quite hot, you should find that there is not much difference between the two samples.

Or just read this:

http://www.cookingissues.com/2010/09/...

Sep 11, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Spirits

Where are our T-shirts?

Love it! Similarly:

Four years ago my team was told by management that when we finished a certain major project they would take us on a cruise of the Boston harbor. We finished, and waited. Six months later the celebration materialized: the cruise had somehow morphed into drinks one evening at a bar. Night of, no one from management showed up to pay. We ended up buying our own drinks. A great morale booster to be certain :-)

Sep 11, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Site Talk
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Season 6 Hell's Kitchen winner arrested in bust

" ... was arrested on a drug charge last month during a site visitors quit that later led to the seizure of heroin ..."

" ... Sgt. Matthew Ambrosi pulled more than a car driven by Nancy Vanwoert ... "

"In the bags had been a prescription bottle containing Klonapin and Clonazepam, for which no a single in the vehicle had prescriptions ..."

Which drugs was the writer of this piece under the influence of?!?

"Market" in Melrose has opened, a few thoughts

Thanks for the report/warning. Sounds like yet another just-below-average spot. Will fit in perfectly in Melrose and is sure to have 20 5* Yelp reviews within a week and not a bit of improvement, ever.

(Hm, I guess I'm a bit more jaded than I realized. Melrose will do that to you :-))

New US Chef Postage Stamps Available for Pre-Order Now

WTF, they forgot Colonel Sanders!?

Top Chef Duels: the Knockout (possible spoilers)

Oh. Snore.

Top Chef Duels: the Knockout (possible spoilers)

So what happens to Mike if he keeps winning?

I've not felt even slightly tempted to watch this. With normal TC I usually run to the computer right at the end of each episode to check out LCK. And I usually watch TC live. Duels, I'm watching when there is nothing else in the DVR and I need some background noise.

One-Dish Wonders: 9 Ridiculous Single-Item Food Slingers

Why is a cupcake shop weird?

The only thing ridiculous about any of this is the "I'm so hip" tone of the piece. Get over yourself.

Sep 02, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Gluten-Free Is the New Normal

I don't need your science. My skinny jeans fit better that way.

I kid, I kid. Bring on the sourdough!

Aug 28, 2014
davis_sq_pro in Features

Could Hazelnut Shortage Threaten Nutella?

Only the American Nutella :-)

Rapunzel brand FTW!