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Denied Service for Yelp Review - Ani Ramen in Montclair

So why was she denied service?

Feb 27, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Home-made stock

What you really need for stock isn't veggie scraps, but meat and bone scraps. You can make easily make a good stock without veggies but not the other way around.

Feb 27, 2015
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Morton's vs. Diamond Crystal Kosher salt?

That video compares table salt to Kosher..I'm pretty sure we're talking about Morton's Kosher. Aren't we? lol

Feb 27, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Morton's vs. Diamond Crystal Kosher salt?

All they will notice is which is saltier...not which tastes better.

Feb 27, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Dinner Tonight: Gourmet Hotdogs!

Hot dog, foie gras mousse, macademia butter, figs and bacon jam.

Hot dog, shaved truffles, lobster cream sauce.

Battered n deep fried hot dog, scallops and oyster surf n turf po boy.

Hot dog, veal demi, sauteed wild mushrooms, crispy potato bits.

Deep fried hot dog wrapped in toro topped with uni, kewpie mayo and nori shreds. Sprinkle some cavaiar on that too if you'd like.

Feb 26, 2015
joonjoon in Home Cooking
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Morton's vs. Diamond Crystal Kosher salt?

I find it funny how many people have commented on the taste difference between the two. There's no way anyone here is going to be able to pick out DC vs Mortons salt when it's dissolved.

For me the only thing that matters in Kosher salt is how it feels when picking up and sprinkling. In that regard Mortons sucks compared to DC. DC just feels right when sprinkling. Too bad fewer and fewer markets are carrying DC around here.

Feb 26, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Newbie questions about chicken stock (possibly dumb)

I love frying celery in chicken fat. It's a really great combination.

Feb 25, 2015
joonjoon in Home Cooking

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

You can adopt me.

I left out Ground Beef Shepherd's Pie over night is it still good to it

I would eat it.

Jewish meal

You can never go wrong with brisket and kugel. And latkes.

Feb 25, 2015
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Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

Absolutely.

Feb 24, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Catch Red Bank Chowdown

I don't think there were any other tables of 8 while we were there. I just couldn't pass up the restaurant week offer since it was 30$ and the angry lobster alone is 17$. Money well spent I'd say.

You still owe me a martini! Haha

Feb 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

Hahah I wish there were free eclairs! Another time my friends convinced me to drink leftover beer out of bottles behind a dumpster at a bar. And sour milk. My friend threw up from watching me drink it.

Feb 24, 2015
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The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I love food but I personally find foodies to be annoying. lol

Bones for chicken stock

And I recommend them! :D

Feb 23, 2015
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Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

Awesome! Thanks for your report. Zimmern got to try to the whole pig lechon - I just checked their web site and it looks like you can order a whole pig in advance, which is what I'd like to do with a group of friends.

Feb 23, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Bones for chicken stock

Whole chickens are insanely cheap at Wegmans - 1$/lb here. Just buy a whole chicken, boil it and pull the meat off the bone and proceed from there.

Feb 23, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Food storage Russian roulette: what's your riskiest food safety gamble that went okay?

I once ate some onions rings I dug out from the office garbage that had been there for a couple days.

Feb 23, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

Would you mind either linking to your blog post or telling us a little bit about the high/lowlights of the trip? I've been meaning to check out Legal Beans forever and the Yelp reviews are all over the place. What was LB like?

Feb 23, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

We've all hit the Pyrex ceiling

For one, depending on the thickness of the steak, you might need a roasting phase, which isn't mentioned at all in that video. I personally prefer to reverse sear and the steak only spends about 1-2 minutes in the pan tops. I don't do the repeated flipping because it's not needed and the steak is already cooked through.

I personally feel that this method is superior, but I would never claim it is the one true perfect way of making a steak.

How about grilling? Grilled steaks have a flavor of their own that can't be duplicated in a pan. And there are many, many different ways to grill a tasty steak. None are "perfect" though.

Cooking is all about tradeoffs - the repeated flipping gives you more even steak cooking, but slightly less browning than the single turn.

Salting the steak far in advance gives it flavor throughout but also results in a change of texture to the meat. It's all about balancing these pros and cons to suit your own tastes.

Feb 23, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

OP, I think you got a little beat up in this thread, and I sincerely hope you don't take any of this too personally. I think this had turned into an interesting discussion and I just wanted to throw my 2c in. Thank you for the thread you started!

I think the issue isn't the cost of uni per piece and how it compares to beer, but the fact that OP is describing an omakase-like experience.

"there will be another different piece of sushi freshly made at intervals of between 2-10 minutes"

This isn't a 20-30$pp dinner plate with a 6$ uni on top. What's being described is a 50$+ omakase or tasting type thing.

"so there will almost always be something to talk about"

It's your first date. If you need new food in front of your face every 2-10 minutes to keep a convo going...well...I think that's worse than the girl not having uni.

I mean dining at a 3 star Michelin restaurant would give me something to talk about but the quality of the food will never turn a bad date good. Unless you're in some weird high roller circuit or don't mind dishing out a hundo on a random first date...I don't see how this kind of intimate sushi experience is even feasible.

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

>non-sequitur view is that sushi as a first date is a very high risk situation

I'm just curious...why is this non-sequitur?

Feb 22, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

OP, let me tell you about an ex-girlfriend who I dated for nearly a decade who I am still the greatest of friends with today. She is also my eating BFF. We have been on so many culinary adventures, shared so many spectacular meals together and she's still one of the most important people in my life.

When we first started dating boy was she a picky eater. The only seafood she ate were shrimp and canned tuna. The most "ethnic" food she ate outside of the standard western fare was Chinese. The only food she knew how to make herself was pasta with canned tuna, raw onions and an egg on top.

I was so excited the first time I took her to a Korean BBQ. I mean I had never taken anyone to KBBQ and left without them raving about how great the food and experience was. Her response was "Eh, it's alright." I was crushed. Further, she refused to even step into an Indian restaurant. Sushi? Not a chance. And it's not like she was 18, she was 25.

Well guess what? 15 years later she is one of the most adventurous eaters I know and loves food more than anybody. She loves all sorts of food and sushi; Korean and Indian food are some of her all time favorites. She cooks the most delicious home cooked meals for her family. She's also eaten things like raw sea cucumber, raw sea squirt, live octopus, fermented skate, and even abalone guts.

I have another ex girlfriend who went her whole life eating absolutely no seafood. She still has a hard time with it but now she ventures out and tries. She's learned to like eel, salmon skin rolls, and occasionally tries other seafood.

I guess what I'm saying is, it's easy to dismiss someone's potential as a mate because they don't match up with you in certain ways. It's rewarding when you find someone who loves the same food, music, books or hobbies as you. But IMO the true reward is finding someone who loves you and wants to explore your interests with you and learn. Most of all, it is so rewarding when you see them finally turn around and enjoy something they were previously afraid of or didn't enjoy. Unfortunately those things don't happen over a first date. It takes time.

IMO the beauty of relationships isn't in finding someone who already likes uni as much as you. The real beauty is in exploring the world together and watching her grow to be the woman who loves uni as much as you.

By the way, the first ex I was talking about - she's still not a fan of uni.

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

You deserve the highest of 5s for that one!

Feb 22, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Yeah it's subtle but there's a difference between going to a date with a checklist and writing them off for not liking uni vs experiencing each others company and seeing where things go.

I guess an analogy would be engaging a class in a discussion on a topic vs. handing out an exam. Both are tied to learning but the intent is quite different.

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

I'm actually a food blogger blogger. I take pictures of food bloggers while they take pictures of food, eat, and write about it and I write about that. We're an extra annoying bunch, us food blogger bloggers.

I'm excited to see your report though!

Feb 21, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Homemade chicken soup question

Base allows you to stretch your stock, which I personally find convenient when I don't feel like making more.

Feb 21, 2015
joonjoon in Home Cooking

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I'll go gay for free uni any time.

How long will you stand in line for food?

Standing in line for anything longer than 5-10 minutes ruins the experience for me.

Blogger itinerary for Jersey City Filipino food

I've been wanting to do this for ever! Do you guys have room for 1 more?

Feb 21, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey