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#1447671 Solo Dining

Posted by Rich on 07 November 2019 - 09:06 PM

I don't mind not eating alone when I'm alone.  I enjoy bullshitting as much as the next person.  


But...it's not progressing to the fork in my plate.

You've been in kitchens where that would be the least of the problems.

#1445021 Crown Shy

Posted by Rich on 06 September 2019 - 07:04 PM

Respectfully disagree Sneak. Had great meals, good meals, not so good meals here, Italy, Spain and France. Best meals in Europe were in Vienna and Lisbon.


Quality ingredients exist everywhere. The biggest difference IMO is in preparation and that's a personal judgement. Maybe you enjoy how European chefs handle their ingrediants as opposed to American chefs and that's a legitimate preference.


But going to the markets in too many cities to count proved to me - and me alone - that each country has special ingredients and some not so special. For example, France has the best cheese in the world IMO. I think we have the better beef and fish. Veggies are about equal because all depend on unique micro climates.


To say Europe has universally better ingredients is myopic IMO. Yes, they have some better than here and some worse - and that can be said about almost any product, food or otherwise.


No one area of the world has the best of everything.

#1444982 Crown Shy

Posted by Rich on 06 September 2019 - 04:05 PM


#1444490 DC Restaurants

Posted by Rich on 22 August 2019 - 08:08 PM

Thanks but really can't wait outside for a table with the other couple I have invited.

#1444309 The surrealism of everyday life

Posted by Rich on 19 August 2019 - 02:36 PM

Ouch - that's terrible. Very happy you're safe and sound.

#1443918 The River Cafe

Posted by Rich on 10 August 2019 - 01:47 PM

Last night celebration dinner for three. It's truly amazing they have been able to maintain such a high level of food and service after all these years.

With Annisa gone, this could be the best celebration restaurant in the city. We'll see what happens with the re-opening of Aquavit in the Fall.

And having drink or two at the bar before or after dinner with the piano in the background is a level of sophistication that no NYC restaurant can match.

Jackets required for men (yes, realize the word "men" is no longer allowed but it would take too long to list all the other possibilities) and tablecloths - it doesn't get better than that!!!!

Memorable evening!!!

#1443089 Old Friends

Posted by Rich on 17 July 2019 - 06:49 PM

Although it was a sad thread, it was very nice to see Suzanne F. and Lex post again. Hopefully their contributions will resume.

#1441168 Paris Bistros, Restos

Posted by Rich on 19 May 2019 - 02:55 PM

At the end of the day, it's very simple. Everyone should drink what they enjoy.

#1441112 Paris Bistros, Restos

Posted by Rich on 17 May 2019 - 05:25 PM


Enjoy tripe and the taste of Fraise de Veau is fine, but the consistency ruins it for me..

Wrong chef. Texture here like pappardelle.


That would be fine, the one time I had it the texture was one level above slime, ech!!!

#1440900 Micromanage My Life

Posted by Rich on 10 May 2019 - 10:22 AM

Staten Island addition.. Looking for a place in staten island this sunday... I would love old school italian.. may just do a pizza tour, or just meet at Lee's Tavern

Basilio's or Vinnum. Basilio's more old school. Vinnum more Mediterranean but Staten's Island's best restaurant by far - though they make the best Eggplant Parm, EVER!!!

#1440264 Guan Fu

Posted by Rich on 22 April 2019 - 06:24 PM

Love sichaun food. There were so many things, it's hard to recall all of them and some I want to forget.


Simply, overall it was disappointing.


Not worth the time to write any further.

#1439750 Duck Eggs

Posted by Rich on 06 April 2019 - 12:09 PM

Donald had a busy winter.

#1437662 Amazon No More

Posted by Rich on 14 February 2019 - 05:01 PM

Amazon Pulled out of NYC!!!

#1437421 Frank Robinson

Posted by Rich on 08 February 2019 - 01:22 AM

More importantly, one the game's true gentleman. Was respectful and cooperative during every interview I did. Not many were.

The suffering is over my friend. God Bless.

#1435881 Honey, It's Hot Inside

Posted by Rich on 24 December 2018 - 03:07 PM

New Holiday song for July 4th. Enjoy!!!!!