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In Topic: "Authentic" food

Yesterday, 05:02 PM

Congratulations @mongo_jones for getting a shout out in an Eater article on 'What did Authenticity mean in food in 2019.'


While it might seem obvious that a spice mix sold by McCormick wouldn’t be considered authentic, things got complicated as more Indians and South Asians — the pseudonymous food writer My Annoying Opinions prominent among them — argued that plenty of Indians use curry powders and list curries on their menus, and that just because British colonizers are responsible for the widespread and limited understanding of curry doesn’t mean Indians and South Asians haven’t made it their own. Yes, the phrase “curry” can be used derogatorily, but as My Annoying Opinions wrote, “curry in the Indian context means something very different than what it has come to mean in the American (and European) context.”



In Topic: Thanksgiving 2019

29 November 2019 - 05:49 PM

We had an unconventional Thanksgiving since Mrs. P doesn’t like turkey.
In the afternoon Mrs. P made Creole BBQ shrimp inspired by Mr. B’s in New Orleans. It was nice and garlicky. We sopped up the sauce with a crispy 3 seeded baguette. For the main course we had steamed Dungeness crab and Alaskan King crab claw, (courtesy of Costco), with some drawn butter and old bay seasoning. It all went great with Block 778 cabernet from the Stags Leap district. For dessert Mrs. P made coffee ice cream with Medaglia D’oro coffee and dark chocolate covered espresso beans.








In Topic: The Forgotten Northeastern Bergen County

24 September 2019 - 01:30 PM

You're welcome. I recommend the Southern crab curry if you like crabs. The crispy betel leaves were very good too.

In Topic: The Forgotten Northeastern Bergen County

23 September 2019 - 03:12 PM

We had a sensational dinner at Ammata Thai in River Vale, NJ. It was our first time and we liked it so much that we already booked reservations for next Sunday. I highly recommend this beautiful restaurant. Service was very friendly. Everything was bursting with flavor and there were so many different dishes that you don’t see at regular Thai restaurants.They have a basic menu and an adventurous menu. We ordered from the adventurous menu. We shared several appetizers including an excellent crispy lightly tempura battered betel leaves with grilled shrimp, shallots, roasted coconut, ground peanuts, cilantro, and scallions, with a chili lime dressing (You pile that on to the crispy betel leaves); lon of crab dip (which was more like a soup) with big chunks of jumbo lump crab meat, coconut milk, shallots, lemongrass, sweet chili, kaffir lime leaves, and crab roe. We also had a crispy pork belly salad with sweet pepper, pineapple, shallot, scallions, dried shrimp, and cashew nuts in a spicy lime vinaigrette. I also had honey ribs; fried marinated St. Louis pork ribs with spicy honey pineapple glaze, scallions, pickled cucumbers, and fried potato chips. For entrees Mrs. P had crispy fried butterflied branzino with tumeric oil, shallots, cashew nuts, green apple and fresh pineapple salad. I had an awesome Southern crab curry with huge chunks of jumbo lump crab meat, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, turmeric, betel leaves, and roasted cauliflower.

I found out about this place from a nice write up from the table hopping column in NJ monthly (link below). I also have a link to their menu.















In Topic: Supper

04 September 2019 - 12:48 AM

Costco had some beautiful huge and sweet King crab legs and dungeness crab for Labor Day. Mrs. P simply steamed them. They were delicious with some drawn butter. She also made a side order of corn salad. There was so much crab meat that we had enough for two days.