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#1451250 The Rest of Us, Paris edition

Posted by Wilfrid on Yesterday, 11:55 PM

Nice, and what a good location. I stayed in a rental apartment near Rue du Temple in pre-AirBnB days.

#1450372 Blue Smoke

Posted by Wilfrid on 19 January 2020 - 12:27 AM

It was great fun, and everyone had to go pick up their assigned BBQ before arriving, which meant some journeys

Hey we were young, we were crazy. 🤗

#1450300 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by Wilfrid on 17 January 2020 - 05:08 PM

I saw The Beatles at Romford Odeon in 1963.  I have no recollection, but my parents always claimed they took me.  There are posters for the gig online, so it was a real thing.

#1450225 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Posted by Wilfrid on 16 January 2020 - 06:15 PM

No, that was before my (gig going) time, but I did see film of the live performances, which were insane. He could whip a crowd into hysteria. Prince's stage moves always reminded me of Bolan.

ETA: Although I admit, now I refresh my memory he's closer to Brother Wayne Kramer :D




#1450004 Where Is It?

Posted by Wilfrid on 12 January 2020 - 06:56 PM

Evelyn, that did occur to me. Maybe I have a ticket somewhere. At least I’ve used the same dry cleaner for years so should be able to figure it out.

#1449822 Annoyances

Posted by Wilfrid on 08 January 2020 - 05:09 AM

What cities?

Oh if only. Technically a city but middle of nowhere. Hometown of Lorine Niedecker but that’s about it.

#1449637 Saying Goodbye to the Last Decade - How/What/Why/Where We Ate

Posted by Wilfrid on 04 January 2020 - 11:18 PM

Sell tough, chewy beef kebabs. Doner Shula’s.

#1449563 Best Meals of 2019

Posted by Wilfrid on 03 January 2020 - 04:01 AM

U.S. only.

Alter (Miami, thanks Chambolle), a really assured but very expensive tasting menu.
Partage (Las Vegas, thanks Evelyn), simpler but precisely good at an incredibly reasonable price.

Others I liked:

Monsieur Benjamin (San Francisco)
Blackbird (Chicago: a personal connection there too)
Tiger Mama (Boston, thanks Abby)
Sparrow & the Wolf (LV, thanks again Evelyn)
Twist (LV)
Herbsaint (New Orleans)
Will also note The Blessed Liebrandt at the Chef’s Club
Locally, nice meals at the bar at Faro, and some pleasant surprises, like the pigeon special at Pardon My French.

Old school always good:

Galatoire’s (New Orleans like you don’t know)
Buckhorn Exchange (Denver)

Hilarious but good food too:

Felix’s Oyster House (New Orleans)

Also let’s be honest As I go over my notes, the disgraceful, rubbish meals* I’d be embarrassed to serve at home, some from places highly touted in the glossy magazines I am stupid enough to read, and some close to home. Or, how I wasted maybe a thousand dollars:

Elm Street (Dallas)
Brewer’s Table (Austin) - had to go to Bufalino’s for snacks afterwards
Bazaar Meat (LV, inedible steak)
Shula’s (Orlando, inedible steak - is this hard guys?)
Mishiguene (NYC, at that price)
Casa Mono (NYC)
E&O (San Francisco)

I am leaving out a bunch of places which were middling okay.

*ETA: Re-reading, that’s harsh. Some were just lackluster, disappointing, clumsy. But the initial epithets were fueled by the truth that mediocrity often costs $100 these days.

#1449553 Best Meals of 2019

Posted by Wilfrid on 03 January 2020 - 12:03 AM

It does.

So I started this thread forgetting that, absent the Pink Pig, I need to look at my actual diary for this year’s meals, but I will get around to it.

#1449289 Supper

Posted by Wilfrid on 28 December 2019 - 01:36 AM

Beef Wellington, yeah meat pie scaled up. If you have a nice duxelle of mushrooms, foie as a layer below the pastry, it can be good. Coulibiac is structurally the same. If you can nail it so the protein is not overcooked, good, but it’s basically a party dish for the center of the table.

#1449285 Mekelburg's

Posted by Wilfrid on 28 December 2019 - 12:39 AM

Let us know if you hear from his lawyers. 😂

#1449199 The surrealism of everyday life

Posted by Wilfrid on 27 December 2019 - 12:23 AM

I adore Mimi’s and remember the Chicken man. My wife and I did the full Christmas Eve experience a while back. And if anyone care, Mimi’s is where I sang in public most recently ( October?), “Days of Wine and Roses,” and “Love is a Many Splendor’d Thing.”

#1449195 Chuan Yue

Posted by Wilfrid on 26 December 2019 - 11:58 PM

Why doesn’t Foxface have brain sandwiches? They are not serving their base.

Too long since I’ve been to Sunset Park.

#1449116 Saying Goodbye to the Last Decade - How/What/Why/Where We Ate

Posted by Wilfrid on 24 December 2019 - 10:28 PM

I think the digression is relevant to what we, as a group, are doing ten years later when it comes to dining and cooking. My habits are certainly influenced by factors outside the plate: travel/no travel, good/bad health, disposable income/money too tight to mention, having a young child at home/having a teenage and where is she?, probably a bunch more.

#1449074 Las Vegas dining updates please!

Posted by Wilfrid on 24 December 2019 - 12:27 AM

So worth the short Uber/Lyft, I was just lazy.