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Best restaurant for chocolate cake

The Strip House cake was just ok at the restaurant because they serve it COLD. Seriously, why serve something with fat in it cold. Might as well serve the steaks cold as well by the same logic. Here's my pro tip: get that cake and let it sit out overnight, then eat it the next day, maybe alternating it with bites of banana or strawberry for a breakfast you'll only partially feel guilty about eating.

I'll echo someone else's sentiments that the cake at the Chocolate Room is very good. Not amazing if you're looking for deep, dark chocolate intensity, but very good. Skip the butterscotch chocolate pudding. It was less than the sum of its parts.

Aug 24, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

better vegan ice cream: Blythe Ann's or Van Leeuwen?

I'd love to hear from folks who have tried both. Which do you prefer, and why?

Aug 16, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Does anyone want to come along?

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Thanks.

State Bird, Bar Tartine, A Cote, [something in Berkeley - any suggestions?]

Thanks to all for the suggestions. We looked at the menus online, and we're most intrigued by Iyasare, so that's where we'll be headed. I should add that we went to Ippuku last time we were in town, and even though we loved it, we wanted to try something new.

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Can you describe the sugar puffs? Also, what are their best dim sum offerings?

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Not sure yet. Probably whichever one fits most neatly into the driving itinerary. Are some better than others?

Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Jun 15, 2015
vonmoishe in Recipes

Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Jun 15, 2015
vonmoishe in Recipes

SF/East Bay restaurant and food trek report, and thanks

I just posted the invite for my upcoming tour: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1016510

-vm

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

I'm coming back to the Bay Area and am looking to taste as many things as possible. Last time we did this in SF (early 2012), it went great - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/828068.

Here's how it works... The targeted timeframe is 10am – 3pm+. I’ve got a rental car. Three of you (or four if you’re tiny) can ride around with me all day, tasting as we go. Gas, tolls and parking are on me. All of us (me included) put the same amount of money into “the pot.” Each place we go, we get some chow and pay for it out of the pot. No more than 2 or 3 things max at each place. Remember, we’ve got hours to go – pacing is crucial. The goal is that each person gets to taste every item. Then, we pack up and move onto the next place. Think of it as guerilla gluttony.
Why do this? Without each other, there’s no way that we could taste so many different things in such a short timeframe without going broke or busting a gut. There's definitely a heavy chocolate chip cookie and Mexican focus to this list, but that's always the case with me. Here’s my list so far:

b. patisserie
Nopalito
Craftsman & Wolves
Umami Burger
Mr & Mrs Miscellaneous
Tacolicious
Anthony's Cookies
La Torta Gorda
Dough & Co
Tortas Los Picudos

Ideally, the stuff on the list doesn't require table seating to get what we want. We won't end up hitting all of the places on my list. I'd love suggestions on where else to stop.

-vm

Best upscale Saturday lunch (NOT brunch)?

Can be anywhere from the upper west side to Wall Street. Ideally, not too esoteric. Thanks in advance nce for any suggestions.

Jun 06, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

great dinner near Quicken Arena in Cleveland?

Where can I get great food that's not too expensive and is within a 15 minute walk from the arena?

May 21, 2015
vonmoishe in Great Lakes

State Bird, Bar Tartine, A Cote, [something in Berkeley - any suggestions?]

Please help me fill out my trip itinerary. Already been to Chez Panisse, so what else is there in Berkeley that will blow me away?

Best chocolate chip cookie in SF, Oakland or Berkeley?

I'm wondering what everyone's favorite c.c. cookie is in the Bay Area. I prefer soft rather than crispy. My favorite ever is from Levain Bakery in NYC, so if there's something here that rivals it, I'm all ears.

Has anyone done the State Bird alcove table thing? [San Francisco]

If so, how was it? If you've eaten at a regular table, how does the alcove experience compare to it?

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

Thanks to everyone for all of the great suggestions. We went to the 34th St location, and we had the Mt. Qi Vegetable Noodles, Liang Pi, Lamb Burger and the Tiger Salad. When asked, we ordered the dishes "mild." Everything had just the right amount of spice for us - enough to make your nose run a bit but not set your whole mouth on fire. I absolutely loved the Liang Pi, and really liked the noodles and the burger. The Tiger Salad was interesting and I'm glad I tried it, but I wasn't blown away by what was essentially a mix of herbs without any other apparent flavor.

All in all a great 24 hours in NYC, which began with a fabulous dinner Friday night at Izakaya on E 6th, and also included stops for treats at Baked and Levain. The only real complaint was that the chocolate cake we got at Strip House was served cold. Who serves butter-based cakes cold?? They might as well serve their steaks cold as well.

Apr 12, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

Can you get the lamb burger not spicy, or maybe just a little spicy?

Apr 09, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

Thank you.

Apr 09, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

Turns out that my companion likes things that are a little spicy, but not any more than that. Can I order all of these things just a little bit spicy?

Apr 09, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

Two people. Can handle mild to medium spicy, and very adventurous. Don't want to order too much, but maybe three or four things for us to split. Thanks for asking!

Apr 07, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Must try dishes at Xi'an Famous? And which Manhattan location is best for Saturday sit down lunch?

I'll be there this Saturday and appreciate any advice and suggestions.

Apr 07, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Best restaurant roast chicken: Barbuto, Mighty Quinn's, other?

Any thoughts on this?

Feb 23, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

SF/East Bay restaurant and food trek report, and thanks

Marssy, I live in CT, but am coming back to SF/East Bay for a visit in late June, and am considering leading another food trek (or two).

Soho/W Village food crawl (w/ cookie focus and pre-ordered Cronuts) - Jan 24 - suggestions and companions welcome

Based on the feedback here and my changing schedule, I'll probably be starting out at Lafayette around 10, and skipping Egg Shop and Milk & Cookies. Anyone want to join?

Jan 22, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Soho/W Village food crawl (w/ cookie focus and pre-ordered Cronuts) - Jan 24 - suggestions and companions welcome

What do they do best?

Jan 22, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Soho/W Village food crawl (w/ cookie focus and pre-ordered Cronuts) - Jan 24 - suggestions and companions welcome

Thanks. What is Ceci Cela known for?

Jan 20, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Soho/W Village food crawl (w/ cookie focus and pre-ordered Cronuts) - Jan 24 - suggestions and companions welcome

Thanks for the suggestions. Are there specific items that you'd recommend at these places? I don't drink coffee, so I'm really looking for food-related recs. Thanks again.

Jan 13, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Soho/W Village food crawl (w/ cookie focus and pre-ordered Cronuts) - Jan 24 - suggestions and companions welcome

I'll be crawling through Soho and the West Village on Saturday, Jan. 24, starting somewhere between 8 and 9 in the morning, likely ending around noon or soon after. I've strategically included some savory spots to fuel up. Here's my planned agenda, which involves almost no backtracking and enables me to get to Dominique Ansel to pick up my pre-ordered Cronuts at the appointed time (10-11). If you come along, you get to share the Cronuts with me. If a place offers a chocolate chip cookie, we'll get one to try. Here's the planned route:

Egg Shop
Maman
Pi Bakery
Dominique Ansel
Old Tbilisi
Blue Ribbon
Milk & Cookies
Brief stop to check out Dominique Ansel's new spot @ 137 7th Ave
Roasting Plant
Umami Burger
Haven's Kitchen
City Bakery

When I have led food crawls in the past, here's how we did it... Everyone puts some money into a pot, including me. We pay for stuff to eat out of the pot, and everyone gets a taste. This way, you can have many tastes at many places, instead of getting stuffed if you're eating the whole portion yourself. You pay for anything you're taking home to eat on your own. When we get to the end, any money left in the pot is split up among the participants. Anyone want to come along? Anyone have any suggestions of other places to hit along the way?

In case you're curious, here's a link to a recap of food crawls I led in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/828068

Jan 12, 2015
vonmoishe in Manhattan

Baltimore weekday lunch with a 4 yr old?

Any suggestions for someplace with great food at reasonable prices that would be enjoyed by discerning adults and a young child? Casual is better than fancy for us.