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Josh Karpf

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#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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