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Josh Karpf

Member Since 27 Aug 2006
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#1423106 Pre - Yahrtzeit for a Kitchen

Posted by Josh Karpf on 09 February 2018 - 08:38 PM

The day that my fridge tells me what I need to buy, or talks to me via my iPhone, or shows me what's inside via some sort of display, is the day that my knives need to be taken away from me.


The first such fridge I played with -- at another open house; can you tell I love those; a MF Sunday group outing could start with a home with a 20" landlord-hates-you electric Hotpoint range and end with a Viking Tuscany doubling as a ceramic kiln -- was a "WiFi Samsung Refrigerator with an interactive LCD display." A 2015-ish model of this, it let you read tweeted recipes, yet could not tweet out.

#1421150 New Year's Eve celebrations

Posted by Josh Karpf on 31 December 2017 - 04:46 PM

Making pork/chicken/shrimp/confit duck leg/scallions/spring onion/cabbage/bamboo shoot/snow pea pods/ginger/garlic/red bell peppers/carrots/water chestnuts/fresh and dried shitake/bok choy/cilantro/chives/daikon/chile/black sesame seed/sticky rice/rice wine/rice vinegar/oyster sauce/hoisin/Sriracha/chile paste/five spice/Szechuan peppercorns/orange peel/soy/fish sauce/bean sprout/lemongrass/dried black mushrooms, dried shitake mushrooms/dried prawn/red bean paste (or some combo from that shopping list) dumplings all evening, with cocktails.


Our group of friends has enjoyed Gramercy's pan-banging NYT for several years, and the James Beard House one year, but we feel like saving some dough and making a big mess with premade dough wrappers now.

#1420586 The New York Bagel: Searching for the Best

Posted by Josh Karpf on 16 December 2017 - 05:01 PM

Bagel Hole's were definitely slightly relatively smaller in the past:



#1415252 So many Exhibitions, So Little Time

Posted by Josh Karpf on 11 September 2017 - 02:53 PM

(Spouse-promotion disclaimer.) There's a floor of a few coop galleries at 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, halfway down a block past the High Line, that includes my lovely spouse's solo show at Noho Gallery. These abstract sculptures she spins/dyes/weaves/stuff are all about heartbreak . . . preceding me, she assures me.




Unfortunately all the galleries had their openings last week. So there'll be no wine-and-cheese foraging this coming Thursday. Maybe at the ground-floor gallery, which is a pay-for-play vanity gallery.

#1413862 Fixer-upper houseboat (my childhood home) for $1 in lower Westchester

Posted by Josh Karpf on 19 August 2017 - 11:37 AM

You've always wanted to cook in a houseboat, right?


After failing to sell my childhood home of 14 years for $5K last month . . . and after last week's eager-seeming potential buyer blew off what was to be our third and final meeting . . . I'm offering it for a buck, as is, to the first taker, so I don't get stuck paying for another month of slip space in New Rochelle, NY.


Already got a family scheduled to visit it today. I'll be there all afternoon and maybe tomorrow. Chomping celery sticks and drinking kefir, since I don't have a car and there are no restaurants in walking distance. If anyone wants to visit, I'll gladly reimburse you for any random Asian takeout.





#1374815 Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

Posted by Josh Karpf on 14 May 2016 - 06:44 PM

Can't be worse than what's in my cocktails' maraschino cherries (though that bottle gets shelved when my lovely wife makes me brandied cherries).

#1367197 Golden Tilefish, cooked on the grill

Posted by Josh Karpf on 06 March 2016 - 05:28 AM

I love tilefish, but its lobsterlike sweetness repels my entire family.


So It's one of my foods to enjoy when alone, like gamy lamb ribs or sewagey durian.

#1366133 Places we're curious about

Posted by Josh Karpf on 27 February 2016 - 03:01 PM

Has anyone bought meat at the retail level at the wholesalers' Brooklyn Wholesale Meat Market? It's on the south end of Sunset Park on 1st Avenue, just north of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, and behind Lutheran Hospital.


A Bay Ridge friend says you can buy high-quality, cheap, big cuts from 5 to 9 a.m.


I jogged to it yesterday but only at lunchtime. There was a huge spread of steam tables and salad bowls under tents on the sidewalk, with mostly people in winter street clothes plus a few meat workers in blue plastic aprons getting food. I thought I'd stumbled on a great street market.


But it turned out to be set up for a film crew, and what I wanted was a raw pork shoulder anyway.

#1355436 Only $300K, And You Can Be a Torrisi Partner @ The New Four Seasons!

Posted by Josh Karpf on 08 December 2015 - 09:36 PM

I will gladly pay him $300,000 next Tuesday for an edible chicken Kiev today

#1317674 [NYC] Name of long-closed audio store on Upper West Side?

Posted by Josh Karpf on 04 January 2015 - 04:41 PM

New Yorkers: do you remember the name of a medium-size, mid- to high-range Upper West Side audio store, open till the late 1990s or early oughts, that I think was on West 79th Street, west of Broadway?


It wasn't a single-brand outlet like Bang & Olufsen, and I don't think it was a chain. Long narrow lot, friendly staff, good gear. I used to buy speakers there.


I'm not the reminiscing type, but now that I'm reading about the decline of Radio Shack, it's driving me a little crazy that I can't remember the name of this store.

#1265362 Hunan Manor

Posted by Josh Karpf on 05 December 2013 - 03:29 PM

I'd be upset too, though I may also be part of the problem by ordering spicy Sichuan dishes and enjoying all the heat that I can, yet leaving behind most of any dried chili peppers. Otherwise I'd be crying at the table, and also several hours later.

#1264574 RIP Andre Schiffrin

Posted by Josh Karpf on 02 December 2013 - 01:38 PM

Good-bye Andre Schiffrin, the head of Pantheon Books for thirty years:




Something had happened. A thing which, years ago, had been the eagerest hope of many, many good citizens of the town, and now it had come at last; Schiffrin firer Alberto Vitale had got his comeuppance. He got it three times filled, and running over. But those who had so longed for it were not there to see it, and they never knew it. Those who were still living had forgotten all about it and all about him:



#1215487 Fresh-herb mill uses?

Posted by Josh Karpf on 01 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

We got an herb mill for Christmas, though we're not really kitchen-gadget people. Can this be an improvement over a good knife and cutting board, maybe for some unique use, or for quantities beyond  quick hand chopping yet less than what you'd need a food processor for?



#1114973 Tursu (pickle juice): where to buy?

Posted by Josh Karpf on 22 October 2010 - 08:39 PM

On my recent trip to Istanbul, my gf, who has what I've though of as a socially unacceptable habit of drinking the brine straight out of pickle jars, was thrilled to discover tursu -- fermented pickle juice! Colored red and based mostly on carrot juice, it was also sold from street carts, served with chopped cabbage and a bit of diluting water.

Does anyone know where I can buy tursu for her in the United States, either locally in NYC or online nationally? A Turkish friend who lives in South Brooklyn near its small strip of Turkish restaurants hasn't seen it.

Here's an article on how to make tursu at home, though that's not a project we can undertake right now:

And here she is enjoying the stuff on two occasions, followed by a snapshot of a store that sold nothing but pickles and pickle juice:
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