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  1. This week I taught the boy how made a 5-strand braid. As usual, he did everything.
    7 points
  2. i sat across from OJ on the subway once and he smiled at me. I don't believe any of the negative things people say about him
    5 points
  3. I guess this was pre-gaming also, though it may have been served during the middle of the first semi: Potatoes, par baked with onions, shallots, pimentón, saffron and olive oil. Topped with Long Island Striped Bass (from the freezer), tomatoes, Spanish olives, ramps, and more olive oil. Back into the oven. Checked at 15 minutes, they still needed another 5 (these were thick hunks of fish). Very good, if I do say so muself.
    4 points
  4. During World War II my dad spent about 18 months working for the British Military Industrial Complex in Egypt. I recently uncovered his letters home and I've started to transcribe them as they're all typed on onion skin paper in a single-spaced format and hard to read. The letters I'm working on are dated from various points in November '43. It's really strange to travel back 80 years and read your father's thoughts about economic development, politics, cameras, the draft, etc when he was 27.
    4 points
  5. Kids went undefeated and won the March Madness Squirts C group championship in double OT. They played amazingly well and left everything out there on the ice. I'm so proud of all them. And the boy came thisclose to scoring his first goal of the season but ended up with the primary assist.
    4 points
  6. Kid has been working her way up the chain and today it was a 2 Michelin star place. I have been impressed with how kind servers have been about her menu questions and requests. She ordered from the Bar Room menu in the main dining room, she whispered to me "because you know you can do that, if you ask and then they say yes"
    3 points
  7. If anyone plays Spelling Bee, milt is not an accepted word today.
    3 points
  8. As much a tautology as mobius udon.
    3 points
  9. When somebody refers to secondi on an Italian menu as "pasta-free options", you kind of have to wonder whether they have the slightest idea how Italian food works.
    3 points
  10. Spectacular day at the New York Botanical Garden.
    3 points
  11. I think regardless of the order it's a good list to have as it somewhat offsets the static nature of nyt stars. We did beat out Kafana, which as I told Vladimir makes me feel like a made man. And btw we finally ate at Mắm yesterday and it was really good.
    3 points
  12. Somewhat normal for us too. We stayed in a neighborhood far from the Tenderloin, but certainly made our way all around. I felt it was slightly more deserted than during past visits, ghost townish at times, but we were never in Union Square, or near the intersection of Columbus and Broadway. Our meals included: Tadich Grill - great Martinis, okay food but I got my first taste of Dungeness, so I was happy. Chez Panisse Cafe for SE's birthday lunch. Will you be surprised to hear that it's still very good? (Though I was tempted when we drove by Everett & Jones, on San Pablo.) Boulevard - SE's birthday dinner. Gorgeous bar (still), very nice meal, with much more Dungeness. Yank Sing - in the gorgeous Rincon Annex, carts, dim sum, I missed this place (though Yuet Lee was always a favorite as well). State Bird Provisions...quite good, especially the fried state bird. La Ciccia - Will you surprised to hear that it's still really, really good? With a waitperson whom we remembered from a previous visit, and the same kitchen staff, and an extended wine list. I just wish there was anywhere nearby to pop in before dinner for a quick pop. There is a great butcher shop up the street, which also sells some beer; is drinking a beer before dinner, on the bench at the bus stop right out in front of La Ciccia wrong? Plow - only one of our favorite breakfast spots anywhere - considering we never go out for breakfast, the fact that we had to make it at least once, must mean it's worthy. Up on Potrero Hill, where the views are stunning. Zuni Cafe - Within walking distance of our airbnb, so on our last night, our first visit; we didn't have the roast chicken because I didn't want all the leftovers to go to waste, but otherwise a nice meal. Elaboration to come, once I deal with pix and recovering. Also a few meals in Sonoma.
    3 points
  13. Hershey Bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (the original) are made with sugar and not corn syrup like I'd assumed, so I can have some junk food on Passover.
    2 points
  14. Another big birthday celebration which meant another dinner at Le Bernardin. Last night may have been our best experience yet. Maybe because its the beginning of spring? There were four of us and we purposefully ordered 16 different dishes from the four course menu. All but maybe one of the mains were exemplary including all 4 desserts. No need to say anything about the service which hasn't already been said. So efficient without being stuffy at all with every need anticipated before having to ask. 2 1/2 hours of a perfect dining experience. There is a pretty cool new video from Eater on youtube about Le Bernardin's operation.
    2 points
  15. How old is your cousin? Iirc Aviv is 19th century. It should be no surprise that my one surviving memory from Pre-K is they made us make matzoh and eat it and I refused to eat the burnt tasting yucky cracker. Generically predisposed to feinschmeckerism for sure.
    2 points
  16. Second shipment arrived safely, though one of the boxes of matzoh is a little k'naiched (as my parents would say).
    2 points
  17. I went to a new gynecologist today, and her name is Meena, and the whole time I wanted to call her Spicy Mina, but you don't want to chance pissing off someone with a speculum in her hand.
    2 points
  18. Our favorite tiki bar hosted a Gosling's Black Seal Rum tasting, with Emily Gosling (8th-generation owner) running the show. We had 2 cocktails (N had mocktails) and tastings of 5 different Gosling's rums. Those of us who bought bottles were allowed to take home one of their RTD Dark & Stormy cans and taste a special blend that's only available at one particular hotel in Bermuda.
    2 points
  19. This was one fine loaf of challah. Excellent crumb with lots of air pockets. Good flavor. He nailed it.
    2 points
  20. That is true of mayo on its own (and yes nothing is going to happen if you leave it out, as evidenced by all of Mexico) but once you mix mayo with high moisture items (even just water) it's going to be a real microbial party.
    2 points
  21. Absolutely toss. On account of the crab, not the mayo. Today's commercial mayo has so much acid in it, as well as sterilized eggs, that it is no longer considered a cause of spoilage. It's the other ingredients that become toxic.
    2 points
  22. Blurry first course: With a mayo/vinaigrette dipping sauce. Main course: Wild gulf shrimp, ramps, hot cherry peppers with linguini.
    2 points
  23. Send them to Sneak. This is right in his sweet spot for aged food. 😄
    2 points
  24. savannah guthrie...
    2 points
  25. just think of all the awful commentators court tv brought us
    2 points
  26. Rest In Hell.
    2 points
  27. maybe the place is "all you can eat"?
    2 points
  28. He sang like a girl. And he sang like a frog.
    2 points
  29. Caesar salad. Broccoli rabe. Spaghetti and meatballs.
    2 points
  30. Because it’s something like 72F, walking out in a t-shirt and up to Washington Heights to Penny Jo’s, a cocktail bar with big, sunny windows, drinking my first Clover Club in many years, then wandering back down the hill finding many people so happy and smiling in the sunshine.
    2 points
  31. Has Chang allowed them to use the term "Hot Sauce" ?
    2 points
  32. Already got my tickets for the Giants' Jewish Heritage Night in September. Giveaway is the newest edition of the "Rally Rabbi" bobblehead: from a Chasid in 2007 to her.
    2 points
  33. One of the food items my parents brought me from their trip to Norway was "Russian" dried peas. I found that they're primarily used for stewed peas--you soak them overnight, cook them like dried beans, then add S&P and lots of butter at the end. They usually accompany lutefisk or game meat, so N bought some duck breast, which she'll cook with endive.
    2 points
  34. Urbane Cafe in LA, seems like a fast-casual place. This is a highly technical publication aimed at chefs and restaurant owners (think pages upon pages of comparative analysis of sales data, portion sizes, trends, etc.) but their NY correspondent is the very lovely Akiko Katayama and it was a pleasure to host her. Anyway, the Pete Wells list - I can tell you it has a far broader reach than individual reviews. Like, my parents heard about it.
    2 points
  35. I hope to get everything back later this month, but no promises yet.
    2 points
  36. More importantly, we are featured in a two page, small font, black and white article in the April edition of 月刊食堂 as one of two trendsetters in America 2024.
    2 points
  37. Hokkaido scallops and wild gulf shrimp. Asparagus beurre moussant. The Rice Factory's fantastic koshihikari.
    2 points
  38. Pre-gaming.
    2 points
  39. Having pain free days now. I am glad I did something about it.
    2 points
  40. So...what the hell...a few of our meals during the San Francisco part of our trip: Tadich Grill is classic. And we got to take MUNI there. The Martinis are very good, and I like the bar... The food is...ok...especially sticking with a few classics (Petrale sole, simply grilled, for my main). So a Dungeness crab salad, and some marinated squid: I am now the proud owner of a Tadich Grill swizzle stick. The day after we arrived in San Francisco, it was Significant Eater's birthday. We did a double header, starting with a drive over the Bay Bridge, and up to Berkeley, for lunch at Chez Panisse Cafe. (I did have some second thoughts, as we drove right past one of my favorite BBQ places right on San Pablo, the great Everett & Jones. It was never passed by during my 16 years living west, after a concert at the Greek, or anywhere else nearby). But Chez Panisse it was. There really is nothing (in my opinion) quite like the salads in California. And Chez Panisse does an exemplary job. Healthy start: Star Route Farms greens with avocado, blood orange and grapefruit. And hers: Which included baked Andate Dairy's goat cheese. And which was quite splendid spread over Acme Bakery's sourdough. (And look at that chervil!) Chicken al mattone (moist and juicy), served not with the sides it was menued with, but with the sides for the pork loin (yeah, I'm a pain in the ass). Potatoes gaufrette and sautéed greens, carrots that taste like carrots. And fried sage leaves. Sig Eater wants and needs pizza. I should argue? Olives, anchovies - what's not to like. We eschewed dessert - as mentioned, we were playing a double header. Which meant a revisit (for the 3rd or 4th time) to a slightly freshened up Boulevard, in the city. Our first meal at Boulevard was 26 years ago, on our honeymoon. I'm such a fucking romantic. And classy that I am, we once again rode MUNI. Our usual schtick - a drink at the bar before sitting down for dinner (cause the cocktails are always better at the bar than by the time they get to your table). Also - the bar at Boulevard is beautiful. I'm at Boulevard - and having a Boulevardier. My lovely wife - a Perfect Manhattan. Here's where the crab amped up : My Dungeness, with "valentine" pomelo, kumquats and the usual Cali stuff, like the flower thing. This was great, the dressing (actually, a great Louie dressing) puddled at the bottom to be mixed, or not, as you wish. The Dungeness - simply perfect. And for she... A gorgeous pea soup, King crab, and a lemon souffle! Plus...flowers. Sig Eater wanted, and got, beef. I wanted more... It wasn't all about these huge scallops, which I'm guessing flew 3,000 miles, yet were still fine. That little lasanga - sorry, lasagnette - stuffed with Dungeness - was really great. Plus...lotsa flowers. And those teeny turnips. She enjoyed her birthday greatly; it was a big one! Oh - why can't more restaurants do this? Full page of red half bottles. There was another page of whites. The wine list at Boulevard is comprehensive.
    2 points
  41. A woman who used to run a brewery with her husband outside of Boston until the pandemic put them out of business is now based in the Bay Area and running classes on how to make bread using brewers' spent grains. N and I went to a class at Almanac Brewery in Alameda a couple of days ago and had a lot of fun. I made chocolate-cherry and she made rosemary & sea salt. You first tour the brewery and learn about the breadmaking process, and then make the dough, which gets its first rise in the car on the way home and at home while you're getting your oven and such set up. Then you knead the dough, give it its 2nd rise, and bake it in a Dutch oven. The breads are huge, but they came out quite well. We took more spent grains home and froze them for later use (they go moldy very quickly, so you have to freeze them right away). Grainbakers Breadmaking Classes at California Breweries
    2 points
  42. I live in a neighborhood of well-maintained homes and gardens. I also live in a neighborhood of small apartment houses, not well-maintained homes, and front yards with cars on blocks. Fireworks are a regular nighttime occurrence from May through October, as is the occasional gunshot in empty lots from folks taking target practice. My cul-de-sac of 13 houses has residents of White, Black, Mexican, Filipino, and Vietnamese ancestry. My city has one of the largest per-capita Pacific Islander populations in the mainland US. My city is on no one's idea of hip places to live, but it has its own vibe.
    2 points
  43. Back on the old version of Mouthfuls I raved about the TimeStack Quadruple Timer and I wanted to point out that it's currently on sale. Having four timers is great. But what really raises this to a new level is that you can record for each timer what it's beeping for. For example, last week when I was baking hamenstaschen I set four timers - two for when I needed to turn around the sheet pans and the others for when baking was done. And when beeped, there was no confusion. My voice memo made it clear what my instruction was. https://www.thermoworks.com/timestack/
    2 points
  44. A friend wrote this book about her father's quest to bring quality healthcare to Black and poor citizens of Kansas City, Missouri. The health center he built just had its 50th anniversary. Segregation and continuing disinvestment are definitely still very much a thing.
    2 points
  45. I'd be annoyed if my health insurance didn't cover PT. At least to a certain extent, like where the cost of each session only meant giving up dinner at Wu's.
    2 points
  46. When are we doing a mff dinner there?
    2 points
  47. There are, but they're not printable.
    2 points
  48. when i showed the jello mold to hubby, he exclaimed “Peeps are for putting in the microwave and making them blow up real good”
    2 points
  49. oh, you mean these? jello salad with peeps 🧐🤣😉
    2 points
  50. Well, I see we had a minyan in there tonight. Surf clam two ways. I can't decide which way I liked better. I am such a fan of raw seafood. But I also sit in awe of a good clean fry. This was what brought me in the door - cod roe taramasalata with smoked sturgeon. Described as the Jewiest thing on the menu (but it was not!). turn My favorite turnip, which I would like to try to replicate at home, except that I don't have a wood-burning oven. Maybe I'll give it a go when we're upstate and there's wood, and it's burning. Ham served on the side for my companion, who eats ham. Thi Big ass dungy, with two sauces and a rice. I was distracted from my enjoyment of this crab by the concern that we were taking too long to eat it and throwing off the rhythm of the seatings. But not all that distracted. This is actually the Jewiest dish. Because it is fancy cold halvah. Tahini gelato with pistachios and pomegranate.
    2 points
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