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#1439653 Bavaria and...?

Posted by Wilfrid on 02 April 2019 - 10:52 PM

Ooh but we all know, don’t we, that labskaus became popular in Liverpool (port city with strong Hamburg connections) which is why they’re called “scousers”?

Variations on the dish were seen by me as a kid in London.

#1439651 Dumbo

Posted by Wilfrid on 02 April 2019 - 10:45 PM

Actually did LOL.

Bambi being Brooklyn and Manhattan-below-Inwood.

#1439476 Las Vegas dining updates please!

Posted by Wilfrid on 30 March 2019 - 03:04 AM

Sparrow + Wolf. Yes, I got off the strip. This is located on that road with countless Asian restaurants. Sleek, busy, mainly good service (slow on the wine).

I’d been eating on the road, well and badly, often heavily for three weeks. So my reaction here was that, although there was a lot going on with the dishes (bonito flakes here, edible ash there, preserved this and that), it was still a very clean tasting, fresh and light meal.

Then I will contradict myself by saying the skate wing was Flinstone sized. The skate was good, and the warm ocean parfait to start, with sea urchin and smoked trout roe was excellent. Being off the strip meant that Chablis was $15 a glass, not $39 or some other random tourist rip off price.

I was with someone who insisted on dessert :D

Nice place. Keen to try the nearby Partage.

#1439402 Scott Walker

Posted by Wilfrid on 28 March 2019 - 04:26 AM

Now I love Torst, who cares about the stools?

#1439326 Ferlinghetti

Posted by Wilfrid on 27 March 2019 - 05:01 AM

She’s a bit like the Statue of Liberty only shorter and more tuneful. A beacon.

#1438953 San Francisco in 2014 and Beyond

Posted by Wilfrid on 18 March 2019 - 10:03 PM

I am missing a hip.

#1438933 San Francisco in 2014 and Beyond

Posted by Wilfrid on 18 March 2019 - 01:56 AM

I have a lot of SF hotels under my belt now, high to lowest end. I will be rebooking the Bartlett Hotel. Just off Union Square, cool modern rooms, all kinds of discounts for the Bartlett Hall restaurant downstairs, nice service.

Under $100 a night, although I am sure it fluctuates wildly.

Enjoyed it more than the Hyatt Regency, which was flaunting a $700 rack rate the same week.

#1438590 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by Wilfrid on 10 March 2019 - 11:05 PM

Despite writing more words online than Pepys in his diary, I don’t over share, I think, my life as Kim rather than Wilfrid. But I had the greatest birthday present I want to talk about.

A voice lesson.

I’ve never had one. I’ve never sung seriously, although I have a lot of karaoke behind me. I often do the karaoke in a kind of comical way, funny voices.

This was a proper voice lesson with a Broadway and regional pro (Forbidden Broadway regular). Am I going to waste it singing “Brown Eyed Girl” or “Happy Together”?

No. I had the music for “Soliloquy” from Carousel. No we didn’t get through it, but I learned a lot. Most importantly, I am actually an okay singer.

It was a very good feeling.

#1438514 Sushi Noz

Posted by Wilfrid on 09 March 2019 - 12:35 AM

I’m sure it’s great, but it looks like Kuruma prices and up (Masa, pfui).

Almost impossible to afford unless you’re odious.

#1438508 Dinner Party Menus

Posted by Wilfrid on 09 March 2019 - 12:12 AM

Could post this in bios or getting older, but this was my birthday dinner party:

Maine sea urchin tagliatelle with black truffle butter
Foie gras tacos, red wine and fig preserve sauce, diced apple
Braised osso buco, marrow bones, raisins, veal demi-glace
Keen’s Cheddar, Walker’s Whole-wheat biscuits
Birthday cake with fresh fruit

R.H. Coutier Champagne NV
Decoy Sauvignon Blanc
Lopez de Heredia Bosconia Gran Reserva, 1954
Roger Groult Reserve Calvados

Vendors: Buon Italia, Eataly, Bedford Cheese, Veniero’s. Thanks to Joe the Foodie for the apple idea which was perfect. If you see a wine there for guests not beguiled by the old Rioja, don’t judge. The cheese and “digestive biscuits” course was a shameless trip back to my childhood, but was a huge hit.

Proof of higher being looking after us, I woke up with no hangover and hungry.

#1438497 Today I played...

Posted by Wilfrid on 08 March 2019 - 11:47 PM

For my birthday I just put on a long playlist from Scott Walker’s mid-career, the MOR and movie themes. But I fell asleep anyway.

#1438400 Eater Announces Their Restaurant Critics

Posted by Wilfrid on 06 March 2019 - 02:27 AM

I don't read it as a review; more like an experiment, or as Sietsema says:

I decided to try to recreate the sandwich from the movie, in an attempt to see what it felt like to eat a sandwich in America in the late 1940s.

So I just looked at the rationale for the series and it does say he will look at sandwiches which were “normal” thirty years ago. I do not recall that as being the original mission of the sandwich series, but it absolutely justifies this. Curious project.

#1438285 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by Wilfrid on 03 March 2019 - 02:34 AM

Mid-March it is!


#1438279 Dallas 2019

Posted by Wilfrid on 03 March 2019 - 01:59 AM

So I “literally” was last in Dallas when Dean Fearing was cooking at The Mansion, and that was really good.

I’ll be there in spring-time. Welcoming tips from anyone who’s been there more recently, either high-end or casual. Also, anything worth seeing (assume I did the JFK stuff last time).

#1437734 Foxface

Posted by Wilfrid on 17 February 2019 - 01:06 AM

Can you just leave the bread? Oy.

Both breads I tried were great, by the way: brioche and ideal-for-Cubano/banh mi crispy.