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#1437662 Amazon No More

Posted by Rich on 14 February 2019 - 05:01 PM

Amazon Pulled out of NYC!!!

#1437421 Frank Robinson

Posted by Rich on 08 February 2019 - 01:22 AM

More importantly, one the game's true gentleman. Was respectful and cooperative during every interview I did. Not many were.

The suffering is over my friend. God Bless.

#1435881 Honey, It's Hot Inside

Posted by Rich on 24 December 2018 - 03:07 PM

New Holiday song for July 4th. Enjoy!!!!!

#1434136 Old Man Shaking Fist at Cloud

Posted by Rich on 08 November 2018 - 05:42 PM

Wow, though I can't imagine any dress being anything but little on him.

#1434128 Rating Chain Pizzas

Posted by Rich on 08 November 2018 - 02:19 PM

So, New Jersey has ingredients???

#1433639 Is formal dining holding its own?

Posted by Rich on 23 October 2018 - 05:43 PM

Don't your legs get cold?

#1433394 Frenchette

Posted by Rich on 17 October 2018 - 06:07 PM

Have no problem getting great ingredients, just be diligent.


What I don't get is the continual bashing of east coast (or for that matter all of) American ingredients. 


Having eaten in at least 25 countries around the world, our ingredients are on par with all of them. Sure, most countries have better this or that, but America also has better this or that. In the end it all comes full circle.


But I do know this. If I disliked east coast America ingredients, then I would live where I enjoyed the ingredients. 

ingredients they use are stupid good (for the East Coast of America).

#1430074 The Simone

Posted by Rich on 13 July 2018 - 05:17 PM

There were a few naturals on the list, don't think I said there wasn't. But, luckily, I managed to find a detour around them. :flirt:


JTF - of course it reads like all the fads, what would be the purpose otherwise? :o  I'm a faddy sort of guy!!! :wacko:

#1429942 Reykjavik

Posted by Rich on 11 July 2018 - 10:15 PM

I "tried" to find a natural wine. Was told Icelanders are too smart to fall for that hype - seriously.

#1429922 Reykjavik

Posted by Rich on 11 July 2018 - 06:06 PM

FOUR FULL DAYS in REYKJAVIK - wish it was longer!!!


At this time of year it never gets dark in Iceland - 24 hours of light is a great experience.


This was our second visit to the world's 4th most expensive city and it's worth every penny. It should be a requirement for all to visit  this wonderful country at least once. Won't bore you with the details of the trip, which is under five hours by air, but will talk about the culinary scene. In a simple sentence, it's infinity better than our visit eight years ago.


Four restaurants, each would be a top New York City choice, are listed in chronological order of dining:


1. Sumac - Outstanding!!! We tried the seven-course tasting menu and each dish was better than the next. They focus on Middle Eastern spices with local fish, meat and vegetables. The highlight of this meal was the smoked salmon "salad", lamb chops grilled with sumac (what else?) and covered with a light pan sauce and the spice laden Grilled Romaine. Great wine list. More than highly recommended!!!


2. Food Cellar - Outstanding minus!!! Beautiful cellar room with  hush tones and very professional service. We opted to go a la carte here. Highlight of the meal including roasted cod with a light cream-based sauce and the chicken skewers marinated in a orange based sauce and finished with blueberry salt. Terrific wine list. Highly Recommended.!!!


3. Grill Market - Outstanding!!! Two-level restaurant and a downstairs area with breathtaking Nordic appointments. The highlights were the marinated Whale steak and the Grilled Plaice with a dark mushroom sauce and with a perfectly cooked Beef Ribeye. An A+ wine list. Highly Recommended!!!


4. Kol - Outstanding Plus!!! The smallest of the bunch and arguably the best, though on a given night, any of the four could be the best. The highlights here were the seared scallops, the size of a quarter, they were sweet and briny. The charred salmon and grilled lamb loin were perfectly prepared (medium rare) and each a unique sauce - cucumber for the salmon and dark (beer) gravy for the lamb. The dessert plate was served a two-foot long platter and contained about  7 or 8 items and outdid each other. Deep wine list with international choices. Much more than Highly Recommended!!!


One lunch spot is worth mentioning. Don't recall the name but it had a huge sign in front of it with soup served in the bread bowl. We went inside, were seated and there was no menu, no prices, nothing. The waiter came over said they had two types of soup  a mushroom and a lamb soup. What did we want? They served nothing else...nothing. Both soups were incredible and served piping hot - very good when it's windy with temps in the high 40's and low 50's (52 is their average in the July and August - their warmest months). Terrific lunch stop with a great beer list. 


Will go back - such and easy trip with the world's friendliest people and some excellent hotel options. Check it out - more than highly recommended.

#1429453 Frenchette

Posted by Rich on 29 June 2018 - 02:17 PM

We need Bern's here.  But of course it would be impossible to have it.

Yes, it would. They own the entire four buildings where their two restaurants (Haven is their other place - down the block) sit plus the separate wine cellars. That wouldn't be possible in NYC these days, unless the property was purchased in 1931.

#1429431 Frenchette

Posted by Rich on 29 June 2018 - 10:37 AM

Also might add every other restaurant I went in the last 3 years.


Just need to clear a possible misconception. Have tried to enjoy natural wines. Must have tasted 50 or so at various tastings over the last few years. With the exception of a few whites, never had any that I would want to purchase and certainly none I would want to have or serve at dinner. The taste just doesn't work for me. 


I understand that freedoms in today's world "is" a sometimes thing, but as far as I know, people are still allowed not to like something. Some don't enjoy pigs feet or whale belly or kohlrabi ice cream. So I don't like natural wines - there, I've said it.

#1429318 Frenchette

Posted by Rich on 27 June 2018 - 07:58 PM

God also invented "normal" wines. :P

#1429148 Eater Announces Their Restaurant Critics

Posted by Rich on 23 June 2018 - 12:22 PM

Attended the "Grand Opening" of all of them.

#1429071 Supper

Posted by Rich on 20 June 2018 - 02:59 PM

Last evening made "Vitello Tonnato Pitas."


Warmed the pitas in the oven brushed with plain Olive Oil. Grilled a piece of veal eye-round with EVOO, garlic & rosemary. A few minutes each side - still slightly pink in the middle.


Filled the pitas with thin-sliced veal, cilantro, red onions and the tuna sauce. Made the "Tonnato" with Italian tuna, garlic powder, salt, pepper, lemon juice, anchovies and EVOO lime oil from the Saratoga Olive Oil Company. Placed in processor and whizzed for about 30 seconds (also served a couple slices of veal on the side).


Served with a Dry Creek Zinfandel, slightly cooled (about 52 degrees).


Great meal for a 90-degree evening.