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Soft Shell Crab in Brooklyn?

They have them on special at Petite Crevette on Hicks in Carroll Gardens for appetizer (1 for $7) and entree (3 for $20 I think). Comes with greens and frites. Very tasty, but I am not experienced enough to say if they are the best.

May 29, 2007
FoxyWiles in Outer Boroughs

Etiquette on sending back sushi?

I went to a new sushi place last night and ordered the sashimi deluxe. The waitress came back with sushi deluxe. I've never heard of someone sending back sushi. I didn't want to offend the chefs, who were five feet away. And I figured had I returned it, they would just peel the fish off of the rice and send it back out to me. So I ate it, no big deal. But for future reference, is it okay to send back sushi because of the waitress's mistake?

Apr 19, 2007
FoxyWiles in Not About Food

Banh xeo?

I think it's gonna take a little while for banh xeo to catch on here.

Mar 27, 2007
FoxyWiles in Manhattan

Banh xeo?

Where can one get decent banh xeo in Chinatown?

Mar 23, 2007
FoxyWiles in Manhattan

World's stinkiest cheese...

I don't know if this has been posted yet, but I just found it on BBC News. The cheese is called Vieux Boulogne. Has anyone had it?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4044703.stm

Mar 22, 2007
FoxyWiles in General Topics

Broccoli Raab preparation

I soak the broccoli raab in cold water to remove some of the bitterness before cooking.

Mar 22, 2007
FoxyWiles in Home Cooking

Five-ply stainless steal?

What does three and five ply stainless steel mean? How do they stack up against a regular 18/10 stainless steel item?

I'm asking because I'm in the market for a roasting pan - one that will last me as long as possible that isn't copper. I found this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

Mar 20, 2007
FoxyWiles in Cookware

Won't Work for Food

You work from home, yet make your husband go to Whole Foods after his office job? (insert whip cracking sound)

Mar 20, 2007
FoxyWiles in Features

Trying to Switch from Coffee to Tea...

Mint tea is supposed to be really good for digestion.

Mar 20, 2007
FoxyWiles in Manhattan

How to get rid of that awful fish smell!!

You have to hard boil your eggs properly. Doing it right won't cause that sulfur smell. You are probably overcooking them. Put eggs in pot and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and take pot off of burner and cover. Let sit for maximum 20 minutes. Then cool the eggs in ice water.

Mar 19, 2007
FoxyWiles in Home Cooking

How to get rid of that awful fish smell!!

Vinegar neutralizes the smell. Put a small bowl of white vinegar next to your stove.

Mar 19, 2007
FoxyWiles in Home Cooking

3 Day Liquid Diet

Traditional Medicinals' Smooth Move. I only drank it once to see what it was about. I preferred the salt water flush. Worked within half an hour.

Mar 18, 2007
FoxyWiles in Not About Food

3 Day Liquid Diet

I found the herbal tea laxative too harsh. It gave me bad cramps and it was unpredictable.

Mar 15, 2007
FoxyWiles in Not About Food

What "Asian" cuisine to start with?

I disagree. I grew up on authentic, homecooked Vietnamese food and it takes almost the whole day prepare. Unless you are talking about basic stuff like spring rolls or rice noodle salads. Also, I do hear good things about the cookbook "Into the Vietnamese Kitchen". I think basic Chinese is the easiest as there are so many Americanized Chinese recipes out there already (cold sesame noodles, stir-fry, hot and sour soup). Japanese cuisine isn't that difficult, either. Though they treat their cooking as a tradition and artform that shouldn't be bastardized.

Mar 15, 2007
FoxyWiles in Home Cooking

Trying to Switch from Coffee to Tea...

Beachbum,
I've been to a Teavana in a mall and was thoroughly confused by it. I saw they had cut-outs of bubble tea (my favorite) and when in, they didn't have a real menu and I saw no signs of bubble tea. Am I just stupid or is that place hard to navigate for first timers?

Mar 15, 2007
FoxyWiles in Manhattan

Paring knives

It helps, doesn't it?. What do you use, just a chef's knife? Hack away with a clever? My mom would always use a large, heavy chef's knife. But this knife skills book I speak of ("Knife Skills Illustrated" by Peter Hertzman) says to use a paring knife for most of the job. So any advice would be appreciated.

Mar 15, 2007
FoxyWiles in Cookware

Paring knives

Sean and ipsedixit,
Thanks for advice. I consulted this knife skills book I have and that dude says the shorter the better. And the straighter the blade the better. After much research and debate, I settled on a Global 3 1/2" (GS-38, the "Western-style" one), on sale for $40. I can't wait to get it and test it out and break down a chicken.

Mar 15, 2007
FoxyWiles in Cookware

Paring knives

I'm in the market for a paring knife. What size should I get? 3", 4" 4 1/2"? I am a female with small hands.

Mar 13, 2007
FoxyWiles in Cookware

What's your favorite food blog?

I've watched the Crast Test Kitchen video podcasts. They are amateurs (i.e. they have to make a roux but have no idea what is it and don't bother to do the research before filming) , but they do have moxie.

Mar 07, 2007
FoxyWiles in Food Media & News

VOSS water

Mar 07, 2007
FoxyWiles in General Topics

Can small food processors be used as a spice grinder?

Misterbrucie,
I am constantly using the chopper attachment for salad dressings, but never had a problem. I'm sorry to hear that you did. Did you put yours through a dishwasher? Maybe we have different models because I've never had a problem with mine (I've had it for three years and haven't had a problem aside from the fact that one of the blades broke off the other week, but I found a replacement part for $6).

Mar 06, 2007
FoxyWiles in Cookware

What is The Gran Luxe Cafe in Garden City, LI?

What's the bread like? Because I love authentic baguettes and fresh bread loaves from Whole Foods. But I'm not going to go to a restaurant based on bread. I'm a girl that enjoys Legal Seafood or Panera or the drive to Waterzooi or nothing (I won't even take free samples from the food court).

Mar 06, 2007
FoxyWiles in General Tristate Archive

VOSS water

Where I live, the tap water is overly chlorinated. It tastes awful. Anytime they think there's a contamination they just dump more chlorine in the water supply. And you know what I think? Toothpaste=flouride. Genetics=cavities for me. And cavities aren't the worst thing in the world.

Mar 06, 2007
FoxyWiles in General Topics

What is The Gran Luxe Cafe in Garden City, LI?

What's the menu like? Is it as extensive as The Cheesecake Factory's (complete with ads)?

Mar 05, 2007
FoxyWiles in General Tristate Archive

Chef whites: Cotton or poly/cotton?

I read on wikipedia that poly/cotton catches on fire easier and will melt and stick to your skin like napalm.

Mar 05, 2007
FoxyWiles in Not About Food

VOSS water

I buy Fiji based on the shape of the bottle: It doesn't roll around my car floor and I just refill it with my Brita because I'm cheap like that.

Mar 05, 2007
FoxyWiles in General Topics

Best lesser-known beer bars in NYC

I heard they are opening up a bbq joint down Metropolitan Ave.

Mar 04, 2007
FoxyWiles in Manhattan

Chef whites: Cotton or poly/cotton?

Which is better and why? Is it just a personal preference?

Mar 04, 2007
FoxyWiles in Not About Food

Can small food processors be used as a spice grinder?

Don't waste your money on that food processor! If you don't already have one, go with a reliable one like the Cuisinart Pro Classic. And I tried it tonight and it didn't do anything to my toasted spice mix (with cinnamon sticks). I normally use my Braun Multiquick for grinding spices and it's a tri-tasker for $30!
http://www.amazon.com/Braun-MR430HC-M...
Alton Brown recommends using a coffee grinder for spices and he's a unitasker hater.

Mar 04, 2007
FoxyWiles in Cookware

VOSS water

How pure do you think bottled filtered water by the Coca Cola Corp is?

Mar 04, 2007
FoxyWiles in General Topics