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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

That's sort of the point I'm making...the products aren't inherently different. You can get great tasting produce at both markets. But simply the act of buying said product at a farmers market *will* skew your perception towards it. It's like eating seafood by the water. It just *feels* better.

Did you watch the part with the banana?

about 7 hours ago
joonjoon in General Topics
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Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

To those doubting what I said - please refer to the numerous studies that show the differences in perception that happens based on framing. You can literally split a banana in half and when you tell people one half came from a different source they will perceive it differently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zqe4...

Also see /http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/08/wh...

I'm not saying there is no difference between the products. What I'm saying is you cannot trust your own taste buds without a double blind taste test.

about 11 hours ago
joonjoon in General Topics

Adventures at Route 9 and Ernston Rd, Sayreville

Rajpoot is right around the corner from where you ended up. I love that place!

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Not to be a party pooper but without a blind taste test you will never know if you're actually preferring the taste of FM produce or if it's just in your head.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Has anyone been to Birravino in Red Bank?

Aw man, I still have a 25$ gift card for Basil T's. Is it under the same ownership? I hope they still accept it.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

German Restaurants in NJ

We should do a Chow meetup here.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Runa Peruvian Cuisine Red Bank

I'm going with a few peeps on Tuesday. Will report back.

Oct 17, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Slow roasted pork shoulder- not pulled. Am I giving up gravy?

At 160 you should have some drippings, even cooking at 225.

Oct 16, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

Good Reuben in Central NJ?

You're not a reuben.

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

I hope we don't see more of this

More of what?

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Pho 99 - Eatontown

Any word on this place? I don't wanna drive to Red Bank for my pho phix!

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Cuban Cafe in Asbury Park

I haven't been in a while either. Recently moved to Asbury and I've been trying out the places here.

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Cuban Cafe in Asbury Park

Yeah there was nothing special about it but it wasn't bad. The other stuff I got there was bad. The pernil is dry. How do you dry out pork shoulder??

Oct 15, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Cuban Cafe in Asbury Park

I seriously hoped this place would turn out to be a Chowhound gem along the likes of Ada's in Long Branch. It's on Memorial Dr. where Super Xtra supermarket is.

We ordered the following:

Cubano (8$)
Chicken Soup (Monday special, 5$)
Baked chicken (Monday special, 7.50 w two sides)
Pernil (6.50/lb)
Chicken Empanada (2?)

The good:
Cubano - needed to be slightly hotter.
Homemade hot sauce
The amount of food you you get with the daily specials - the 7.50 chicken included half a chicken, and two sides - the rice and beans we got as sides alone were enough to probably feed two people. Three people can share this dish easily.

The terrible:
Everything else.

The baked chicken was literally the driest piece of meat I've ever encountered in my life. The soup was lifeless without copious additions of lime and hot sauce. The black beans and rice were merely acceptable. The pernil was ok.

The chicken empanada was pretty sorry also. Not filled with enough chicken, not crispy at all. And the chicken that was there tasted terrible like a salt lick...

I would go back for the cubano and want to try a couple other daily specials. But overall...this place kinda sucks. Such a shame.

Oct 14, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Kelly's and Clancy's Tavern in Neptune are twins!

The only thing I can ever allow myself to get at Clancy's is their prime rib. Such a good deal.

Similarly, the only thing I can ever get at Kelly's is their recession special steak. Similarly good deal.

I never order anything off the regular menu. LOL.

Oct 14, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

I'm with you. Just because a chain don't mean it has to be bad. I'm extremely partial to the sausage they use at dunkin donuts myself.

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

flap meat cooking ideas?

Yeah that's basically been my experience with grill pans also. You get a slight char but the rest of it is all a PITA between the smoke and the difficulty in cleaning the shit that gets stuck under the ridges. I bought one and used it a couple times then never went back again.

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

flap meat cooking ideas?

The reverse sear is preferred because it minimizes the grey band. As for quality of sear, it seems like the reverse sear also gives you a better sear, perhaps because you're starting at a higher temp.

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

Sure we can. I guess what I was specifically referring to is when eating out, for me the go-to choice is sausage because I can't have that at home, whereas I can make bacon *exactly* how I want at home.

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

How should I prepare a brisket?

My favorite slow-cooked brisket is Jewish style.

If you're feeling adventurous try slicing it paper thin and have it Korean BBQ chadol-style. That stuff is amazing.

http://garlicnginger.com/img/menu_ite...

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

I got a Le Creuset Dutch oven for $99. What are some good newbie recipes to try?

Boil some water in it. The enamel gives it extra flavor.

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

flap meat cooking ideas?

I don't understand why people use grill pans. All they do is give you grill marks but you're never going to get that grill flavor out of it.

Roast it low and slow in the oven to MR, slice it up and sear the shit out of it. I like it with chimichurri or rubbed with a little sesame oil before searing. A little chile rub with some smoked paprika wouldn't hurt either if you want that smoky flavor.

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

The passion for breakfast sausage in this thread brought a tear to my eyes. People all over obsess over bacon with breakfast but those of us in this thread know sausage is where it's at.

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Where to buy true arepa flour in Monmouth County?

Wow I never even knew this was a thing. Good luck in your search :)

Oct 08, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Great prime rib in Monmouth County?

I don't know of any truly *great* places for prime rib. I end up going to places that have a decent one at a great price. I usually end up at Sunset Diner (16.45 for Soup, salad, PR and dessert) or Clancy's (16.99 for soup or salad, PR and dessert).

Oct 03, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey
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Beef Brisket ideas

It shouldn't be salty if you use the right amount..

Sep 27, 2014
joonjoon in Home Cooking

How to make nori less chewy

>So my usual routine involves eating it quickly

I don't understand what that means.

Sep 26, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics

Sichuan Ace.......Somerset opinons?

That place looks like such a pain to get to...but my mouth is watering from the pictures..

Sep 26, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

Sichuan Spring HIghland Park.......

I was there about a year ago. Everything was tasty. :)

Too many good choices in Edison to make it back to any one place more than a couple times a year unfortunately. :(

Sep 26, 2014
joonjoon in New Jersey

What pairs well with your pho?

To be fair the topic says "What pairs well"...didn't specify it had to be a drink. :P But I guess I missed that. LOL!

Sep 26, 2014
joonjoon in General Topics