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Cheese and mold

Perhaps you are putting molds. usually fungi, and bacteria under the same umbrella, my earlier post notwithstanding.

Jul 21, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese

Finally got resos for Bibou--is it really that great?

Since opening l have been @ 40 times, they actually keep these statistics for you, last about two weeks ago.
Since Charlotte and Pierre went to Le Cheri, the sous Ron has taken the kitchen over and has been doing a stellar job.
While the food is excellent the real charm of the restaurant is the service, you feel like family whether new or old customer. From the minute Yuki greets you to when Hans on another server guides you through the short menu, it will be a delight.
In fact l met many of our local chowhounders there as l used to reserve a 4 top monthly and offered empty seats on this board.
This is the place to which you bring the best French bottles in your cellar.
Enjoy

Jul 20, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

The HotStuff

That pissaladiere pictured does indeed look mighty.
Hopefully the crust passed muster.
If dough from Alexis it would be tough to mess up.

Jul 19, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Chowhound favorite restaurants near Luxembourgh Gardens

Been to Bread & Roses a few times and found while somewhat pricey the service and salads are top notch. They use Ortiz ventreche in their Salade Nicoise, damn near a whole can.
The salade is a perfect rendition of the classic. Their patisseries and breads wowed me less but that is why with C Constant 100 meters away dessert can be his great glaces. After trying CC glaces see if a jar of his apricot confiture with almonds remain. It is a true WOW.
Places located on Rue Fleurus, check buildings as there is a sign denoting in which one Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas lived.

Jul 19, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Cheese for Fromage Fort

The product l get in France, as this one shop in Saulieu is my singular favorite cheese is a lot different than the A Brown recipe.
That above recipe seems a bit closer to a Liptauer cheese with the parsley in it. That requires quick consumption before the parsley decays.
Regardless the one l get when eaten is close to the interior of a perfect epoisses with a more rounded flavor.
It is also aged for a long period, about 3 weeks before sold and consumed.
On the few instances l tried to make one, not super results, the cheeses were cuisinarted with wine,butter , and a touch of sweetener and found the results were better for my palate having used stronger cheeses,
The ones suggested above were fine but would remove the rinds of any bloom rind product used.
The texture is wonderful when smooth as pudding.

Jul 19, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

When you visit Alsace, there is a version of tartiflette there made with muenster, not at all shabby.

Jul 17, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Right with you on that.

Jul 17, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Amazingly enough after a decade long peach aversion, at the small asian market near the courthouse in San Francisco, found 10 varieties of peaches l had never seen before, took three of them on the plane and was heard moaning over 5 states.
Yeh, yeh, yeh l know it is off topic.

Jul 17, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

As l said the bread crust might have been compromised if it was hot when put in paper then cloth bag for the trip, but it was not.
It was the interior that was really faulty, quite undercooked thus no holes and utter heavy denseness.
Will it stop me from buying there, of course not, but will be a bit more careful in my selection.
It was some of best bread found in US on earlier visits but as the staff is all seemingly 15 YO, l could ask no one to give me the most cooked loaf as while nice, they were not overly bread savvy that l could discern.

And while completely off topic, the restaurant Sushi Ran in Sausalito was fabulous.

Jul 17, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in San Francisco Bay Area

M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

Make sure you order the countryloaf well cooked or bien cuit.
The one bought yesterday while looking dark on the outside was flabby crusted and the insides was dense, no holes, and wet, very undercooked.

Jul 17, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in San Francisco Bay Area

Best oysters? Oyster happy hours?

Could have been lucky, when l went always had them.

Jul 15, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Best oysters? Oyster happy hours?

While Snockey's is somewhat dreary and far from CC, it is the only place in the area that serves Cape May salts, a fave of mine.
They are fresh, briny, and quite large

Jul 15, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

M. H. Bread & Butter in San Anselmo

Am in Marin for a few days and IMVHO that levain with Mclellands dairy butter made me feel l was back in Paris.
It was as good as it gets.

Jul 12, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in San Francisco Bay Area
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Best Japanese ramen soup in greater Philadelphia?

l liked the smallness and personal service at 4 r

Jul 11, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Best Japanese ramen soup in greater Philadelphia?

'Did you ever try Four Rivers before it was sold? Did you like it better or worse than E-Mei? Thanks.'

Yes and better

Jul 09, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Fresh burrata in western suburbs?

Being 'real' burrata means coming from Apulia, Italy l would find it difficult to get it fresh locally. The cheese that comes from DiStefano, the better of the American brands, has not much similarity to the Italian one which indeed is awesome. DiBruno's is fresher but all American ones, except a guy in western Florida, is cow's milk not bufala. The difference between the two milks is night and day, even more than cow mozzarella and bufala mozzarella.

Jul 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Zahav question

Not questioning your info but that sounds like the stupidest thing ever. Thus if l want the lamb shoulder and want a 8:30-9 res, l will be SOL.
Amazing,

Jul 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Best Japanese ramen soup in greater Philadelphia?

/Seafood Hot and Sour soup, my mistake thought would be like normal hot and sour but was like egg drop soup with a few tiny shrimp and heat from black pepper and sour from vinegar, but very little of both.
/Eggplant and garlic sauce casserole, some residual fat but no flavor at all.
/peapods and pea leaves stir fried with garlic, best dish, hot garlicky and well seasoned.
/Rice powder steamed with ribs, my Taiwanese companion uses this as her determinant as to whether good place or not, her comment was they used the very cheap portion of the ribs and greatly underseasoned the dish, she ate very little of it, and barely warm.
They had tried to bring all 4 dishes together and while l stopped that procession to the table, they had apparently cooked the other dishes and left them cooling in the back until we were ready for them.

Jul 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Best Japanese ramen soup in greater Philadelphia?

Yes no more greasy than before, in fact less pooled fat in dishes, but not flavorful. Most was also flabby and not temperature hot. Will not return
Hoping you had a Szechuan choice, not a fan of Han.

Jul 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Best Japanese ramen soup in greater Philadelphia?

Duh, Terakawa yes, confused with NakaZawa in NY for sushi.
Yes again, black garlic oil, but barely noticeable.

BTW went back with my Taiwanese friend the night before to E Mei, oh my, we left most things, greasy and way underflavored both heat and seasonings.

Jul 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Book Recommendation

Just bought 'Honey from a Weed', thanks.
Schiavelli's book was lovely when read a while ago.

Jul 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Food Media & News
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Best Japanese ramen soup in greater Philadelphia?

Last night with an Asian friend tried Hiro at 11th and Chestnut.
Place had a few patrons at close to 9 PM.
Manager was very welcoming and helpful, place spotlessly clean.
We had their fried chicken app, the Black pig ramen and the pig and miso ramen, also brewed green hot tea.
Best thing were the two broths, both were ungreasy and very porky, l liked the miso addition, my friend preferred her purist pork version.
Compared to even Terazawa's pork belly, this was OK and just a thin slice, not enough and not thick enough to really benefit from the belly texture.
Apparantly there is a 'lab' in NJ that makes the ramen noodles for the Phila ramen shops according to each shops desires and recipes. It came out chewy as ordered but compared to Japanese and even NY ones was flavorless and not at all iteresting.
The chicken was fine with a dipping sauce and a large portion, we left some of the chicken as both too much food and no real reason to eat more of it.
ALL dishes including the tea were too hot to eat, wonderful for me.
Go again, if walking by, sure; if had to go to, probably not.

Jul 08, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia

Book Recommendation

Just ordered it on Amazon

Jul 07, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Food Media & News

Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

You will pay 6-14 % for the privilege, so do not get much

Jul 07, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Is this saffron?

The safflower l purchased in Hungary, labeled saffron, is very thin threads of two colors, one yellow, one the red-orange of all these pictures, thus two toned.

Jul 07, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in General Topics

Book Recommendation

While these are quite old they are not difficult to find and l reread them often:

Blue Trout and Black Truffles-Joseph Wechsberg
The Food of France-Waverly Root
In Search of the Perfect Meal-Roy Andries de Groot
Italian Days-Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Jul 07, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Food Media & News

Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

When a friend joined me in Paris last year, his three local US bank cards did not work eventhough they were Visa based and he had called. They all said no international usage was available.

Jul 07, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Using a Credit-card .. at Bistro/boulangerie or patisserie

Actually many United States bank ATM cards do not work overseas. If it is a small town non-international bank it most likely will not work.

Jul 06, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

Restaurant Ober-Sale on Rue Oberkampf

Are you confusing Ober-Sale with Premices ?

Jul 06, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in France

live crabs

Happy for company to go to Md for a crab picking chowfeast.

Jul 03, 2014
Delucacheesemonger in Philadelphia