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#1441261 joe beef

Posted by mongo_jones on 22 May 2019 - 12:00 AM

the very fact that these are old reports make me wish that mcmillan had included them in his bon appetit story about his alcoholism. frankly, the discrepancy between the two (his essay and goldfield's) is a large part of what makes me feel iffy about this. it feels like he left out the stuff that would have made that redemption narrative more complicated but including which might have been a more honest way to start making amends in public.


like wilfrid, i also have reservations about the new yorker article which can't seem to find a coherent position on the issues.

#1441102 Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat)

Posted by mongo_jones on 17 May 2019 - 01:55 PM

really not a good buy anymore.

#1440994 [Bay Area] Manresa

Posted by mongo_jones on 13 May 2019 - 03:03 AM

here's my crazy suggestion. stay in san francisco and drive down and if you're the driver just have two glasses of wine over what will be a 2-3 hour meal.

#1440441 joe beef

Posted by mongo_jones on 26 April 2019 - 01:06 AM

counting down the days to my third visit to joe beef this june..

#1440282 grand cafe, minneapolis

Posted by mongo_jones on 22 April 2019 - 10:44 PM

I like restaurants treating us like regulars even if we're not.



the vibe at grand cafe was very much not that. who knows, maybe it had something to do with the fact that 3 of the 4 in our party are not white, but i don't think so. there was a performative quality to some of the staff's vibe.

#1440280 new york airbnb/hotel, mid-august

Posted by mongo_jones on 22 April 2019 - 10:15 PM

we are in the early stages of planning a trip to dc/nyc with the kids in mid-august. yes, i know it's a terrible time to visit, but it's the only time we've got. the primary and secondary purposes of the trip are to take the boys to the big museums and sights. i'm trying to figure out airbnb vs. hotel in nyc. a tiny apartment will cost the same, seemingly, as a decent hotel room (which will be more cramped) but it would also seem to mean staying further out from manhattan, which seems like it will be the center of our activities. though i don't know how much of a hassle it will be to subway it in from brooklyn if we go that route.


do people have any airbnb recommendations? any suggestions for under the radar hotels that are good for families? anyone want to let our kids destroy your luxurious penthouse suite while you're out of town?

#1440174 grand cafe, minneapolis

Posted by mongo_jones on 17 April 2019 - 06:28 PM

yes, but what is the relevance of those memories to a discussion of current twin cities fine dining?


also, where on the grand cafe website are you seeing a menu item called "hot sampler"? 

#1440115 grand cafe, minneapolis

Posted by mongo_jones on 16 April 2019 - 06:37 PM

until 2016, grand cafe in s. minneapolis was a solid neighbourhood spot. i ate there one time with friends, liked my meal but mostly liked that the restaurant was not charging outrageous prices for food that was decent but nothing very special. a little after that there were big changes at the restaurant. new chefs moved in: jamie malone and erik anderson, a pair of local darlings who had been rumoured to be opening their own restaurant for years. the menu moved in a far more haute direction and prices went up. eventually anderson left to helm coi in san francisco, leaving malone in charge. the restaurant has continued to receive plaudits, and malone was recently nominated for a james beard award (for the little that's worth). and so we finally decided to check it out. we ate dinner there this past saturday and thought it was the best fine dining meal we'd had in the cities for a while. herewith the details.



#1440057 how to roast a duck?

Posted by mongo_jones on 14 April 2019 - 06:43 PM

well, this did not suck. thank you all for the guidance.




1 hour at 300f. 1 hour at 325. 20 minutes at 425. 15 minutes rest.


but boy, do i suck at carving roast duck.

#1439969 how to roast a duck?

Posted by mongo_jones on 11 April 2019 - 07:18 PM

It's a little (ok, a lot)more complicated than roasting, but Julia Child's recipe in Julia and Company produces a fabulous result. It involves a preliminary roast before cutting the skin off to make cracklings, slicing the breast to poach the strips in port, and breading the legs to finish cooking them. I've made this a number of times.


this is the kind of thing i prefer to read about.

#1439150 Foxface

Posted by mongo_jones on 23 March 2019 - 04:23 AM



camel bowl at the safari counter in the midtown global market in minneapolis; their camel burger is their most iconic dish.

#1438437 Eater Announces Their Restaurant Critics

Posted by mongo_jones on 06 March 2019 - 11:05 PM


#1438194 Falk Copper Cookware

Posted by mongo_jones on 01 March 2019 - 02:12 AM

it's a good thing i didn't click on that link till the sale was over; i've been having some trouble with impulse control of late.

#1437993 Foxface

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 February 2019 - 04:13 PM

how much will you be paying wilfrid to not post pictures of your sandwiches on instagram?

#1437800 Why Are Chinese Restaurants So Similar?

Posted by mongo_jones on 19 February 2019 - 03:02 PM

And the Indian restaurants. I can literally open an Indian restaurant with canned tomato soup, butter, vinegar, yogurt and a few other things.


good news! now that andrew zimmern has solved this problem for chinese restaurants he will be taking on indian and thai next!