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What do you put on your bagel?

If I am stuck with a bad bagel situation (like on a train or most places outside NYC) I'll make a cream cheese and doritos bagel sandwich. Gross and blasphemous but good. Otherwise cream cheese on plain, sesame or everything. Also smoked salmon and schmear of cream cheese. I love a pumpernickel/bialy toasted with loads of butter too.

Oct 20, 2009
McJ in General Topics

What do you put on your bagel?

I'll second the pepper jelly combo.

Oct 20, 2009
McJ in General Topics

Food Centric Neighborhoods Seattle/Portland

Thanks akq - I should have said we would be renting...hopefully a average priced 2br in a safe/convenient neighborhood.

Sep 14, 2009
McJ in Pacific Northwest

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

try that with a small sprinkle of chipotle!

Sep 14, 2009
McJ in General Topics

Food Centric Neighborhoods Seattle/Portland

What's up chowhounders! I am heading out to Seattle and Portland the 17-24th to visit friends and scope a possible new place to live. My gf and I are in our late 20's and coming from Brooklyn so there is your frame of reference. We love great food of course and that will be a big part of our decision to relocate. We want to have good access to markets and restaurants cheap/moderate/expensive, whatever. We really don't know anything about where we are going so we hope you can clue us in. Is there anywhere downtown we would live (in either Portland/Seattle or are all the interesting pockets spread out a bit? Any specific food centric nabe's we should check out? Any must try's while we are out there. We are good for all food types, especially clean unfussy fresh stuff, bbq, chinese, mexican, french, blah blah blah. Thanks for all your help. And feel free to steer us away from unnecessary tourist traps.

Thanks so much. We appreciate any advice!

Sep 14, 2009
McJ in Pacific Northwest

Meridian/Wallingford good eats?

Hello,

I am gonna be staying around NE 45th St and 4th ave NE. Haven't found much eats in the nabe...any suggestions? Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner suggestions. We are mostly trying to eat on a budget, but don't mind a moderate/expensive meal if it is worth it. Is there any hope in this area or are we going to be bus bound to another nabe?
Thanks!

Sep 14, 2009
McJ in Greater Seattle

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

Fried sweet plantains, fried/roast pork, mayo, hot sauce, all on a baguette, panini style!

Feb 17, 2009
McJ in General Topics

Food Blogs (all images)

Yes! that's the one! Thanks!

Jan 21, 2009
McJ in Food Media & News

Food Blogs (all images)

Hello all! I remember a website (approx 5 months ago) that had nothing but images of food. These images linked to recipes at various other food blogs. I think the content was mainly user submitted. I can't seem to find it with google or through Chow. Does anyon else remember this website? Can anyone provide the link assuming its still around?

Thanks for your help.

Jan 21, 2009
McJ in Food Media & News

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

I just ate at this restaurant, I think called Maxi's, in Bolton Valley, VT. Their breakfast special was two pancakes. Each with a fried egg, bacon and cheese inside. Other than the unusual filling, it looked exactly the same as your standard pancake. It was phenomenal!

Aug 25, 2008
McJ in General Topics

Waterfront dining

There is an outdoor place in DUMBO on adjacent to where the water taxi picks-up/drops-off. They sell chips and salsa, hot dogs, burgers etc. I think there is also Thai selection. Beer is available too. A bunch of picnic tables are set up, and the waterfalls are close by too. Decent. Good location/views especially round sunset too.

Aug 25, 2008
McJ in Outer Boroughs

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

I forgot if I mentioned it already but you made me think of it and this is one of my favs! Bagel, cream cheese, and Dorito sandwich. awesome. I am gonna go make one tight now.

Aug 11, 2008
McJ in General Topics

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

I'm going home to try this after work! I wish I had a land line and an answering machine cause I know I'm gonna forget.

Jul 29, 2008
McJ in General Topics

Looking for a real salumeria

You can find some interesting meats at Grab in the South Slope, 438 7th Ave
(between 14th St & 15th St). They have cinghiale sausages among other great treats. Also, try the Market across the street from Habana Outpost, they have guanciale! the market is great for the hood, but not a destination itself unless you need guanciale.

Jul 08, 2008
McJ in Outer Boroughs

Red Hot Szechuan in Park Slope closed?

I saw this downhill too

Jun 30, 2008
McJ in Outer Boroughs

Dice thai restaurant in park Slope-

Pretty substandard food here imho.

Jun 11, 2008
McJ in Outer Boroughs

Italian around Union Square?

Perhaps Gradisca. It's on West 13th Street and offers solid food.

Jun 11, 2008
McJ in Manhattan

Momofuku Chicken Wings

Has anyone tried this yet. It sounds good, but a bit time consuming.

May 28, 2008
McJ in Recipes

Pork and Pâté Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi)

Sounds great. Mangez Avec Moi, in lower Manhattan (on W. Broadway btwn Murray and Warren) makes this sandwich. It is great. If you ask for it hot, they use Sriracha. The ham, while ok, is not the best quality. The sandwich is otherwise great. Perfect bread and fresh ingredients.

May 28, 2008
McJ in Recipes

Menu for Food Snobs

This question sounds ridiculous, but if you are serious about lavish, some friends of mine just had this a month ago: It is not particularly exotic, however, it does not get too much further over the top. It was for a very very very special occasion. Sorry for the misspellings.

Hors d'oeuvres
Canapes of Scottish Salmon & Swordfish with Avocado
1996 Dom Perignon Champagne

First Course
Fresh Russian Beluga OOO Caviar from the Caspian Sea served on Blini with Crème Fraiche
Frozen Viru Volge Estonia Vodka Special Anniversary & Petrossian Vodka

Second Course
Seared Tuna with Risotto Carbonara & Roasted Beets
1995 Cristal Champagne

Third Course
Celery Root Ravioli topped Lobster Tail poached in Chive Butter with Smoked Paprika Cream & Shallot
1997 Batard Montrachet

Intermettso

Fourth Course
Cassoulet Cake made with White Beans & Duck Confit served with seared Foie Gras & Duck Breast with Amorreni Cherry Duck Syrup
1984 Grand Vin de Leoville du Marrquis de Las Cases

Fifth Course
Lamb Scaloppini with a Pomegranate Sauce & a wilted Spinach, roasted Sweet Potato & curried Cauliflower Tambale
1983 & 1985 Opus One

Sixth Course

Filet of Kobe Beef with a Shitake Potato Cake & a Duet of sauces, classic demi glace & black pepper caramelized Shallot Hollandaise
1984 Chateau Mouton Rothchild, Chateau Margaux, & Chateau Lafite Rothchild 1er Cru Classes
versus 1984 Opus One

Seventh Course
Spanish Valdeon, Manchego and Cabrales Cheeses with Pear chutney & roasted Walnuts
1982 Burmester Vinho de Porto or Lepanto Brandy de Jesus Solera Gran Reserva

Eighth Course
Chocolate Mousse Truffle Cake with Bittersweet Ganache & Rasberry Puree
1990 Chateau Dâ'Yquem

Ninth Course
Ice Bon Bon
Grand Marnier Liquer Cuvee Speciale Cent Cinquantenarire

Finale
Montecristo Havana “A” Cigars
Louis XIII Cognac

and salt mined from mars (That's hilarious).
I'll add galactic space dust to that.

May 16, 2008
McJ in Home Cooking

Crispiness Jihad

mmm, "bun lumps". yummy

Mar 02, 2008
McJ in Features

The Basics: How to Make Garlicky Spaghetti

true true LadyCook61.

Mar 02, 2008
McJ in Features

Wild Mushroom Linguine with a Gewurztraminer and Boucherondin cream sauce

Feb 28, 2008
McJ in Recipes

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

I occasionally have that exact version! Except now, I omit the raisins usually.

Feb 12, 2008
McJ in General Topics

park slope top ten

I am so happy to see that Brooklyn Burger Bar has not appeared once.

Feb 11, 2008
McJ in Outer Boroughs

Savory Cannellini Bean Spread

A lil sea salt, the garlic, and the the best olive oil you can afford. Keep it simple and pure. The beans are delicate in flavor and texture. Let them shine.

Nov 16, 2007
McJ in Recipes

Italian wine varietals

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo sure... but for something more along the lines of what the op is looking for (if I understand right) and if you stick w/Montepulciano, I suggest a Vino Nobile de Montepulciano imho. However most of these wines mentioned are not varietals (all one type of grape)

One interesting and very off beat verietal is mayolet, a hearty grape grown in some of the most norhthern parts of Italy.

For price/quality ratio, a chianti Classico reserva or a Brunello sound good to me, neither are varietal though.

Nov 09, 2007
McJ in Wine

Late-ish dinner for 2 (10pm) - post BAM event?

I'll second Stonehome...

Nov 02, 2007
McJ in Outer Boroughs

Farmers Diner, VT

I heard the franchise talk right after they opened the first one in Barre. I went to to a little investigation and spoke with a few of the people working. I heard talk of going to MA and elsewhere. The potential for this concept (call it whatever you wish) of franchising local foods is interesting. It begs of so many questions and eminent contradictions. I ate at the one in Barre a half a dozen time and I pretty much all I can say is this: I really appreciate what they are doing and wish to see them succeed.

Aug 27, 2007
McJ in Northern New England

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

I like cream cheese and hot pepper jelly on crackers

Aug 22, 2007
McJ in General Topics