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Avocado seed find!

I don't know why there's so much snark in this thread...I for one am very happy to hear it's edible and can't wait to see what it tastes like.

about 23 hours ago
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Avocado seed find!

"We're going to add a little bit of fat free gluten free water."

I guess I've been drinking the wrong water all this time!! :D

about 23 hours ago
joonjoon in Home Cooking
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Is my chicken still safe to eat?

You will die.

Pork belly in Bergen county

I saw something in one of my news feeds yesterday that basically said that pretty much all pigs you can buy come from some kind of factory farm...good luck :)

about 23 hours ago
joonjoon in New Jersey

Fernandes 3 - Sayerville, NJ

I got the tile steak last time and thought it was great too. Been meaning to get the 40oz Porterhouse. My friends who like to go there rave about the Chilean sea bass dish also.

IMO rodizio is not the way to go here. There are too many great dishes on the menu that will fill you up for less than the price of rodizio.

2 days ago
joonjoon in New Jersey

Cross & Orange - are there two of them?

I guess I haven't been there when it was loud. I do agree that they could have done a *lot* more with the decor and that for the upscaleness they are going for, there's a disconnect there. Pretty much agree with everything that's been said in this thread so far in terms of opening hype and the substance lacking in comparison.

However, if you take away the hype and your preconceptions about the place and look at the food, they are actually putting out some pretty tasty and original stuff, albeit at inflated prices.

2 days ago
joonjoon in New Jersey

Cross & Orange - are there two of them?

I have a feeling a lot of the 5 star C+O reviews on yelp are manufactured...a lot of them came in when they first opened and from reviewers who don't have a lot of reviews under their belt.

They've since been taking a good beating on yelp, and their current rating stands at 3.5 stars. I've only been there twice but I think it deserves to be closer to 4 stars.

What's wrong with the venue that "perfection" would drop them down to 4 stars?

May 04, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

I only use salt that was created from hydrogen and helium atoms heated to millions of degrees during the big bang, cooled, then fused into sodium and chlorine atoms in a star and scattered via supernova.

May 03, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics
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Favorite Defunct Monmouth County Restaurant

Ah what a blast from the past. In particular this comment from RGR made me chuckle: "It's been many years since we were at Manhattan Steakhouse, but iirc, it has a clubby feel."

Yes, that place was such a club. LOL

JR I'm still waiting on that potato pancake recipe!

Fourunder - Your responses in that thread were pretty epic. You know, it gives me the warm and fuzzies thinking about you, JR and me coming together in some weird way in that thread since we are some of the most enthusiastic carnivores on Chow. We should get together and make some meat one of these days.

May 01, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Hannah's Resto. .... Eatontown

Wow I've lived in this area for ~15 years now and I've never even heard of this place. Where exactly was it?

Apr 30, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

how much red wine i should drink every night?

I'd say a glass a day is a good place to start.

air travel with sushi

Maybe you should try winning the lottery then.

Apr 26, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

Don't forget the oxygen you're breathing came from a supernova which is incredibly hot and radioactive. So was the carbon you're made of. We're all going to die.

what happens to over marinated fish?

If you want to grill fish you need to oil the grates really well. Don't give up on it, grilled fish is delicious!

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in Home Cooking

"Bang-Bang" - I knew I wasn't alone in this . . .

I personally don't think it's worth making a separate trip just for Pat's and Geno's with so many other excellent options everywhere else. I'm ashamed to say I've never had a hoagie at Salumeria but they look great!!

FYI the Italian pulled pork and Roast pork sandwiches are identical except the cut and preparation of the pork. The RP version is tough and dry, IPP is tender and juicy. I've done taste tests with many friends and no one wanted to eat the RP after trying the IPP.

Also, if you're into that kind of thing, check out the blood sausage and head cheese at the wurst shop. Mmm.

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' to feature Jersey Shore spots — NewsWorks

I guess it's a matter of semantics but I'd say the renaissance is much more recent than that. I've never lived more than 10 minutes away from Asbury since 2000 (live here now) and it's always been my favorite of the shore towns. (I really, really miss Asbury back when the only things you could reliably find on the beach were dirty condoms and used syringes)

But when Bourdain did his episode there were really no restaurants in the area worth speaking of. The only restaurants here that are worth mentioning are...what...Ole, Moonstruck, Castaways and Tapatia? None of those are destination spots worth putting on his show. I think he made the right call when he went to HoJo in that episode. The only other place I would have liked to see him go in Asbury that episode would have been Paradise. And maybe the porn theater, but I don't remember if was still open then.

As far as I can recall, Asbury was FAR from "starting to jump" 15 years ago. It was somewhere between "why the hell would anyone go to Asbury" and "we have a pulse again" after getting some badly needed CPR. The first signs I can think of that would signal Asbury coming back were with places like Sister Sue's and Harry's Roadhouse. Those places are now long gone and the actual renaissance was brought in much more recently with places like Brickwall, Bond St, Watermark and Mogo.

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

air travel with sushi

"Excuse me Mr. TSA, I have sushi items called Kamikaze and torpedo rolls...is that safe for onboard consumption? What are the regulations for proper transit?"

'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' to feature Jersey Shore spots — NewsWorks

To be fair that was really pre-renaissance when it was filmed. Who was making good food on Cookman back then? I can't think of anyone even in business other than Bistro Ole and Moonstruck. What was on Main street other than a couple of Mexican/Carribean places?

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' to feature Jersey Shore spots — NewsWorks

I hope he visits Ocean View Bakery one of these days. That would make for some good television.

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

"Bang-Bang" - I knew I wasn't alone in this . . .

If you go to Denics please be sure to get the italian pulled pork, not the roast pork!

air travel with sushi

There is no reason you shouldn't be able to do this. And you don't want to chill that sushi, it ruins the rice.

I'm cracking up at the thought of someone calling the TSA asking about the rules and regulations regarding bringing sushi on to a plane though.

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

is salt really heated to 1200 degrees F?

Plenty of people have already debunked this part:

"Table salt is heated to over 1200 degrees fahrenheit under high pressure. If you know even a little bit about chemistry, you’ll probably remember that heat and pressure alter the chemical structure of molecules. (this is also why processed honey is devoid of any nutritional value)"

As for the taste of salt, when it's used in an application where the salt is used to season a dish, it's completely indistinguishable. Some salts you can taste the difference when it's used to finish a dish.

One of the times I went to Per Se there was a bread and butter and fancy salts from all around the world course...it was interesting to try them that way...but at the end of the day it's freaking salt.

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Palate Memory...

I'm imagining you having the Anton Ego taste fireworks moment from Ratatouille but with Ellio's pizza. LOL

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in General Topics

Esty Street (Park Ridge) awarded 3 starts...Elisa Ung review...

How have I never heard of this place?

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Northern NJ Korean

Wow Tang Maru looks great! Can't wait to check it out. :D

Miss Needle if you like the post-meal fried rice experience check out the soondae place on Broad Ave. Moo Bong Ri. In the fried rice you can add extra fish eggs and it's just about the best damned thing that has been in my mouth. I don't even care about the stuff they cook before, that fried rice is excellent. :)

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Northern NJ Korean

SMNJ is the "standard" of the Fort Lee/Pal Park Korean restaurants. As a matter of fact I can't think of any Korean restaurant that has stayed in business longer and stayed relevant in the area. They are on Broad Ave. in Palisades Park. They do everything and pretty well.

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

INKANTO HAZLET- Fantastic Find!!

I wasn't blown away by this place. I said the same thing about the Peruvian place in Red Bank though. I think my problem is I keep comparing everyone's chicken (and food) to Super Pollo and they are just destroying the competition when you consider the price.

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Matata Asian Cuisine - Middletown, NJ

If you 8 ladies ever want a guy to join your party...

Apr 24, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Best cheap buffets?

Just went to 23 buffet with my mom yesterday. Highlights were:

Best sushi I've seen at Chinese buffets
Damn good steak
Unlimited oysters (Really good ones!)
Good quality crab legs

Lowlights:
Overcooked prime rib
Lacking hibachi station

Overall a pretty good deal for 18 bucks!

Apr 19, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey

Best cheap buffets?

Whoa this place looks great!! Thanks Tapas.

Apr 14, 2015
joonjoon in New Jersey