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Josh Karpf

Member Since 27 Aug 2006
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In Topic: Kitchen Appliances

Today, 09:27 PM

Yes indeed to avoiding electronics . . . though the only good-for-me, 30" competitor for the Blue Star stove seems to be a Wolf with a too-small oven. 


The Formica counter includes a flush-mounted NuTone blender fixture, and two of the drawers are breadboxes.



In Topic: Kitchen Appliances

Today, 04:16 PM

We're shopping for a new kitchen! This topic's looking a little . . . aged. . . . Are there any brands that haven't aged well? Consumer Reports has high praise for many brand refrigerators, but every reader comment that follows such a review complains that it turns out to be crap.


Conversely, Consumer's hates Blue Star ranges but their open-burner ranges are my maybe-less-than-objective dream. There's a chance that there isn't enough gas volume/pressure in the line to support a professional-style range. But I'm told that a rangetop + electric oven could be a good compromise.


Any advice would be very welcome. Here's our old, dated kitchen (which will become a laundry room/fabric-dyeing room; the kitchen of the future will be open and on the other side of a wall, in the former dining room):



In Topic: So many Exhibitions, So Little Time

04 January 2017 - 10:06 PM

Tomorrow, my lovely spouse and I will see Pipilotti Rist's "Pixel Forest" at the New Museum.


She'd be very grateful for a nearby lunch MF recommendation besides my Chinatown peasant-food favorites like carby hand-pulled noodles or slimy tendon stir-fries.



In Topic: What WINE are you drinking?

04 January 2017 - 08:03 PM

Helping friends make wine in Brooklyn, a six-times-a-year collaboration, has been one of my greatest pleasures of the past fifteen years.


Sometimes we get lucky and drinking the wine's a pleasure, too. It's always on the light side, but later vintages have been pretty well balanced and have escaped the early years' vegetal curse.


Buying grapes (at the Terminal Market) and crushing (in a Carroll Gardens backyard): 



Pressing (in the basement): https://www.flickr.c...157649774444303


Racking: https://www.flickr.c...157650536408762


Bottling: https://www.flickr.c...157647446772900

In Topic: McDonald's opens its Vatican City location

03 January 2017 - 03:13 AM

"Cardinal Elio Sgreccia . . . told La Repubblica that no price is high enough to justify the 'disgrace' of selling 'unhealthy' food 'that I would never eat' in such a place. 'I repeat, selling mega-sandwiches in Borgo Pio is a disgrace,' he said. The rent money could better be used to help 'the area's needy ... and suffering, as the Holy Father teaches,' he said" (NBC News).
Au contraire, il mio cardinale. The Eternal City's scarcity of restrooms more than justifies a Mickey D's to help the area's suffering.