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Ah Fong resturant in Hollywood

I think that at one point my family was renting a room to Benson!

Apr 15, 2015
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Your thoughts about a party at a deli

Thank you all very much.

Okay, so based on your comments, especially the news that Katz does in fact have table service and can possibly tuck them away in a slightly more private corner, I think I'll suggest that.

Zaza, you're right that Second Avenue has a better location, but I think most of the people will be coming from outside Manhattan anyway. It's not a matter of skipping the pastrami "this time" with Second Avenue - this is a one-time event. And, for the question about "my" price range, it's not my party and, most irritatingly, I will probably not even be invited! Hmpf!

Apr 15, 2015
Lady Grey in Manhattan

1 night this visit: Modern, Gramercy Tavern or ?

I'd pick GT over Modern, personally.

Apr 13, 2015
Lady Grey in Manhattan
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Try unsuccessfully to clean Copco Dutch oven

I actually did try a search but didn't see anything that looked specifically like my question.

My god, your method sounds kind of frightening.

Apr 13, 2015
Lady Grey in Cookware

Your thoughts about a party at a deli

A had a call from a friend, coming to NYC and thinking of having a little family party at a Jewish deli. He asked my opinion of Katz vs. Second Avenue Deli. Personally, I haven't eaten at either one. I know Katz is considered tops, and I once went there, but was so irked at their prices that I stalked out. But my recollection was that it was one large room, possibly without table service (I think you had to go up to the counter to order), so to my mind not a party-isn place.

Any ideas, any other suggestions? What's Barney Greengrass like? I'm guessing the party would be somewhere between 8-15 people, and at least one of them is older and hard of hearing. Do any delis have small private rooms?

Apr 13, 2015
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Reading about JoMart candy

Thanks, guys. I'll keep it in mind as the weather gets warmer.

And thank you for your suggestions, Sabra. I'd be coming from Manhattan, on foot, and I'd absolutely love to take in other places on my expedition. I've never been to DiFara, and I'd be tempted to overcome my aversion to spending substantial money on pizza, but I assume there are always lines. I avoid lines like the plague. But maybe I'll look at a map.

Apr 11, 2015
Lady Grey in Outer Boroughs

Try unsuccessfully to clean Copco Dutch oven

I have a lovely cream-colored Dutch oven by Copco - possibly the only cookware item that I'm really happy to own. But I recently cooked something in it and can't get it clean. Or can't get it to look clean. It's completely smooth to the touch - no bits of leftover food on it. But it's got all kinds of brown stains, and I can't figure out why, nor how to remove them.

I'm assuming I shouldn't scrub with anything abrasive, right?

Apr 11, 2015
Lady Grey in Cookware

Reading about JoMart candy

I was reading an old article about the family Jo Mart candy store in Brooklyn and wondered, is it worth a trip? Has anyone been there?

Mar 27, 2015
Lady Grey in Outer Boroughs

Ever had "Good African Coffee"?

Gee, thanks, that's so nice to hear.

Feb 27, 2015
Lady Grey in General Topics

Ever had "Good African Coffee"?

A few years ago, I read an interesting article about this, and I wondered if this guy had any success. I don't buy coffee, but I couldn't help but root for him. Wondered if anyone had ever tried it?

Here's the article, if you're curious:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/mag...

Feb 23, 2015
Lady Grey in General Topics

Saltwater taffy, by the pound

I sometimes buy saltwater taffy elsewhere and bring back a pound or two, but never see it here in NYC. It's handy as an inexpensive gift, certainly less expensive than decent boxed candy, and kind of festive. Is it sold anywhere in town?

Dec 20, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Anyone else FED UP with Bountiful Baskets?

Since you say that they don't answer emails, have you contacted either the city departments where they should be registered, or the BBB to get a telephoned number?

Aug 28, 2014
Lady Grey in Phoenix

A weekend with conservatives

Funny, when I saw your title line about "conservatives," I immediately thought, "Well, steak!"

Aug 22, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Could you de-construct this recipe for me?

Sorry, do you mean, yes I could use regular milk, or yes it would be a problem? I'm not sure what you mean by "either milks." Obviously the almond milk must be okay. But I was wondering about, for instance, non-fat milk.

And what if it wasn't overnight, but just cooled a bit?

Aug 22, 2014
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Gotham/Gramercy Tavern/Annisa/Union Square cafe - which one this time?

I'd go for the Gramercy Tavern. I've never been that crazy about Union Square Cafe.

Aug 19, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Could you de-construct this recipe for me?

Found this in a magazine, and I'm intrigued, but wondering if I could transform it into something I'd actually make.

Chilled Plum-Oatmeal Pudding

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Pinch of coarse salt
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1 plum, pitted and chopped
Pinch of ground cinnamon

Combine oats, 3/4 cup each almond milk and water, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer until oats are tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; let cool slightly. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup almond milk and 1 teaspoon maple syrup; chill overnight.

Toss plum, remaining 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and cinnamon in a bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve oatmeal topped with fruit and accumulated juices.

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For starters, do you think I could use real milk? Or would something like the fat content be a problem?

Do you think something magical happens to it overnight, or could it just cool briefly?

Aug 19, 2014
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Nice crunchy insect?

Are you ready to start snacking on insects yet? I fear I'm not that adventurous.

Jiminy Cricket! Bugs Could Be Next Food Craze!
By Claire Martin
New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/03/bus...

Aug 06, 2014
Lady Grey in Food Media & News

Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

Thanks, I do remember the Ideal name. I should take a look.

Jun 17, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

Yes, the original creator was very interested in cheap food, including markdowns.

Jun 17, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Notice the marked deterioration of East Village Cheese?

I started going to EVC (Third Avenue near 10th) years ago. It was touted as a godsend for cheeses that were maybe not up to the high standards of Murray, but vastly cheaper, along with deli meats, preserves, pate, and a whole range of other things. At some point the owners aged out and sold the place to one of their workers, and it slowly began going downhill.

They started closing slightly early, because I suppose the staff couldn't wait to get out (which is infuriating if you've rushed down to get in under the wire). Their front shelves were often bare, I suppose because they didn't bother to keep them stocked, although they had the items in the back. Most of them don't speak enough English to answer questions. And, above all, more often their items have also aged out, so that you find that the cheese you bought is inedible.

Has anyone else noticed this? Are there other inexpensive resources with more reliable products?

Jun 15, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Prix Fixe Dinner Recommendations

Giorgio of Gramercy has a nice one for $45.

http://www.giorgiosofgramercy.com/Sho...

May 13, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Door-to-door kimchi

Kind of cute, kind of sad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/nyr...

May 13, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan
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Not-really prix fixe [at Bocca Di Bacco]

Just something amusing/irksome. I passed by a place in midtown, on Ninth, call Bocca Di Bacco, a nice-looking little Italian place. What caught my eye was a menu offering a $15 prix-lunch, which wasn't bad for two courses, appetizer and entree.

However, when I took a closer look, the numbers were roughly 14 appetizers and 20 entrees, I think. And of these, about 11 of the 14, and 18 out of the 20 had an extra charge tacked onto them.

Somehow that seems to undermine the whole idea of prix-fixe to me.

Apr 26, 2014
Lady Grey in Manhattan

Ridiculously Basic Question About Scrambling Eggs

I do them right from the refrigerator, but I'd attribute that more to impatience than laziness.

Jan 26, 2014
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Vinegar in chicken soup?

Thanks. Interesting because my impression is that chicken, especially these days, doesn't have much taste of its own, anyway.

Jan 26, 2014
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Pasta shape like lasagna

I thought it was "malfatti," which is Italian for "badly made."

Jan 23, 2014
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Vinegar in chicken soup?

I was just leafing through a local Chinese-y freebie newspaper (admittedly not the best source for food tips), which proposed, for a chicken soup recipe, letting the raw chicken sit for an hour in cold water with a couple of tablespoons of vinegar.

I browsed the internet and found occasional references to vinegar, but not much. Do any of you do this? Is it for flavor, or does it have more to do with some kind of chemical reaction?

Jan 23, 2014
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Farfel?

Actually the problem with Google - as with the problem right here - is that although there are all kinds of fancier recipes for stuffing or whatever, no one is providing a basic recipe!

Does is have to be pre-toasted, or is that optional? Toasted or sauteed? What proportion of liquid? How long should it be cooked? Medium heat or lowest possible heat?

That kind of basic information about a cereal is usually pretty easy to find.

Nov 08, 2013
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Farfel?

Okay, what exactly is farfel, and what am I supposed to do with it when there are no directions on the box?

Nov 06, 2013
Lady Grey in Home Cooking

Nice surprise RW lunch experience at Gramercy Terrace

That's Gramercy TERRACE, mind you, not Tavern. I wasn't aware of it at all, but when I went to investigate, there it was perched atop the Gramercy Park Hotel at 2 Lexington, right next to Maialino, and also via Danny Meyer (of whom I'm a fan).

Nice menu selection, nice staff. The food was very good, if not up to the level of Gramercy Tavern - but the place is so delightful, with the light, airy, garden feel (and they open the roof on nice days), that I'd happily return.

Aug 11, 2013
Lady Grey in Manhattan