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#1254835 Marcella Hazan

Posted by joethefoodie on 29 September 2013 - 03:30 PM

No matter what you think of her, my feelings are that she was fairly ground breaking.


And her early books taught me tons about Italian cooking.


RIP Marcella. At the ripe old age of 90.

#1254397 Lower East Side's 10 Best "Restaurants" per the Village Voice

Posted by joethefoodie on 27 September 2013 - 03:24 PM

While I agree with a few of the suggested joints, I'm not 100% sure that they should all be on the list.



10 Best on Lower East Side 

#1253852 Bologna and Perhaps Parma or Modena

Posted by joethefoodie on 25 September 2013 - 01:43 PM

We'll be spending 4 nights in Bologna before continuing on.  Anything great, new and/or exciting we should be thinking about.


A day trip to Parma or Modena is in the works and we're wondering what would be a great place for lunch (I know the usual suspects, btw).

#1253733 Espresso in America

Posted by joethefoodie on 24 September 2013 - 06:52 PM

Here's my take. Like anyone asked. Everyone under a certain age who is into food thinks everything can be made better because they can buy a geeky piece of science equipment.

It can't.

#1252967 Whole Foods

Posted by joethefoodie on 19 September 2013 - 11:27 PM


 You need to decide for yourself if it's healthier than sugar. But white sugar has a lot more done to it. I think piloncillo tastes better. 


It's fairly certain that it's no better for you, just as it certainly tastes better for most purposes.


eta: if it were better for you then you've just discovered that molasses are such an incredible substance that they have health benefits even at 2%-ish of sugar intake.


Actually I think that blackstrap molasses contains a significant amount of various healthy nutrients.


Or: we're saying the same thing...I can't figure it out.

#1252364 Mission Chinese Food

Posted by joethefoodie on 17 September 2013 - 07:19 PM


Has anyone ever had a Fernet cocktail that was any good? 

The Toronto!


Yeah - made properly a fairly drinkable drink.  This was nowhere close.

#1252061 Dimes on Division St. (Now on Canal St.)

Posted by joethefoodie on 16 September 2013 - 12:53 PM

It's tiny, it's practically right across the street from SKAL and Clandestino, and it's pretty good - for what it is...


Dimes on Division.

#1250260 The Elm (from Paul Liebrandt)

Posted by joethefoodie on 06 September 2013 - 12:17 PM

I don't know what to say. I don't see those strawberries at my Greenmarket. Maybe I don't get up early enough.

I'm pretty sure you don't unless you sleep about 3 hours a night.

#1249555 Death Pool

Posted by joethefoodie on 02 September 2013 - 04:33 PM

For a bit of melancholy today...




And (check out the dinner price)...


http://www.insatiabl...he Corn Is Blue

#1249554 Good Laptop/Notebook

Posted by joethefoodie on 02 September 2013 - 04:31 PM

I think there are so many good, decent phones that they have to be competitive in that field.  Of course, when the first iPhone came out, there weren't...


On the pc front, though, it's a different story.

#1249316 A Victory For Everybody

Posted by joethefoodie on 30 August 2013 - 04:55 PM

I always wondered about sneaking a beer into our laundry room or gym. 

#1248971 GUS The Central Park Polar Bear

Posted by joethefoodie on 28 August 2013 - 05:41 PM

This shit makes me as sad as when a beloved person dies...




Man, he had a good run though.

#1247749 Marian McPartland

Posted by joethefoodie on 21 August 2013 - 11:48 AM

At the age of 95...


For more than 40 years, Marian McPartland gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music: jazz improvisation.

As the host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, an NPR program pairing conversation and duet performances, she reached an audience of millions, connecting with jazz fans and the curious alike. She interviewed practically every major jazz musician of the post-World War II era.




#1247552 NYC's Most Underrated Restaurants

Posted by joethefoodie on 20 August 2013 - 12:51 PM

Eater opines on some of NYC's most underrated restaurants.


I actually dine at a few of these places and agree...



Jack's Wife Freida



#1247455 SKÁL

Posted by joethefoodie on 19 August 2013 - 06:33 PM

SKÁL is the new restaurant (from the same owners, I believe) that has opened in the space that previously housed Les Enfants Terribles.  It is, from everything I've read/learned, an Icelandic restaurant; and since I've never been to Iceland, I guess what's been written is good enough for me. 


Understand, I never really liked Les Enfants after it "matured."  Early on, I think the food was pretty decent, but it turned into a total scene that wasn't our scene and the last few times we dined there we were less than impressed.  As a matter of fact, annoyed might even be a better term.


Some of what we ate (on what was evidently opening night) was pretty tasty. For instance, the broccoli (roasted, which is always a plus in my book) with green garlic and anchovies was nice and funky.  


The duck wings, on the other hand, served over a sauce made of red seaweed and mussels, weren't to our liking.  I think if they fried them, they'd be better than however they were prepared.  They needed some crunch. And some flavor.


The boudin blanc, served with baby turnips (good) and some raw (of course) mustard greens, was okay, but with my favorite sausage place a few blocks away, I won't be rushing here for the boudin.


For dessert, our choices were beetroot with summer berries and skyr or Shiro Plum with flowering coriander.  We chose the plums.  My kingdom for some beer porridge, please.


It looked to be a nice cocktail list, but after a homemade Absinthe-tinged Manhattan of high quality, we decided to stick with wines by the glass.  They were jiggering, which if I were a betting man, I'd say won't last long.  I'd also lay odds that it ends up being the same type of crowd that frequently could be seen at Les Enfants.  


Service was exceedingly nice.  There are some other dishes on the menu that look good enough to at least try. Weeknights will be the way to do that.