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tenant, minneapolis

20 September 2018 - 06:50 PM

our favourite twin cities "fine dining" restaurant, piccolo, closed last march. a successor restaurant, tenant opened in the same space about a month later. the chefs were from doug flicker's crew at piccolo but the format of the restaurant--now an even smaller space, about 22-24 covers--is different. there's one fixed six course menu with/without a very reasonably priced wine pairing ($25). the small scale and certainty about reservations (held with a credit card) means they can do what they want without the cost of wastage. we were in england when they opened and when we got back it wasn't easy to get in. we finally made reservations earlier this year but a series of misadventures kept causing us to cancel. finally got there earlier this month for what turned out to be an excellent meal. herewith my report.



covering the coverage of south asian food

27 August 2018 - 02:10 PM

today i inaugurated a new series of posts on the blog that will regularly survey writing about south asian food in mainstream american publications. i begin with some history of internet food culture and then move to some issues i've had with some current pieces by prominent figures (like tejal rao). the series is not intended to be a bunch of gotcha moments but as honest critique of what as i see as welcome improvements in the scene.


warning: the first piece is long.

wireless hard drives?

03 July 2018 - 03:52 PM

so, i got a new macbook air from work. like the previous it has a 500 gb hard drive. unlike with the previous, i would like to not fill up the hard drive--with more than 400 gb of files, performance was less than optimal. the easiest way to achieve this would be to keep my music and images on a separate drive. but i'd rather not have to connect a cable to upload and download files. since i last purchased an external hard drive wireless drives seem to have become available. are they reliable? or should i be paying for cloud storage?

laksamania, fitzrovia

25 June 2018 - 06:24 PM

we had a very nice lunch here today (convenient to the british museum). it's an attractive restaurant, with a bar and smaller dining area upstairs and a massive dining room downstairs. they've only been open about a month, apparently. it's not a hardcore malaysian menu as at rasa sayang or c&r but we liked our singapore laksa and chicken curry with roti canai a lot. the char kuay teow was pretty good too. there's an inaugural 20% off at lunch offer that's still on the go.


we liked the food but they're going to have to do very well to fill the place--i'm guessing rent is not cheap either. in the meantime, i continue to rue the absence of good malaysian in the u.s.

scott hutchison of frightened rabbit

11 May 2018 - 10:32 PM

had been missing, found dead. what a loss.