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  1. I think the first ever post on MF was about a meal at Le B. It’s certainly a survivor.

    So I pop in for a welcome dose of nostalgia, and this is where I alight  :cool:


    You're right - LeB was the subject of the very first post here ... and well before that (dare I say this) it was the location of my first ever attendance at an eGullet meet-up in New York!!!!!


    Good to see you still here, Wilf.


    And now I shall wander my way round the site ... again  :)

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  2. Almost all fonts in current use use variable spacing. I believe that fixed spacing fonts fundamentally disappeared with manual typewriters.


    And while I'm here, I'd like to suggest en passant (to employ a much used English phrase) that "business speak" should have a thread of its own. It has little to do with the English language.

  3. I have to say that that menu for 13th/14th is only the second tasting menu I have ever seen anywhere which makes me salivate :rolleyes: There's not a single course that sounds anything less than wonderful.


    What a pity I can't make those dates :o

  4. Thanks for finding this for me, Oakapple :D For some reason it wasn't listed when I did a search :unsure:


    And thanks to whomever merged my post in. Service is good as ever at MF :D

  5. I haven't been to Le Bernardin for ever such a long time. I remember it as the second ever eGullet "event", where I first met (amongst others) the famed Joel Baumwoll :rolleyes: I loved the meal, as I did a couple more in the ensuing years.


    Now I think I'd like to go again in a few weeks, but has it maintained its game? I'm struggling to find recent reviews.


    Or is there somewhere better for a top-class fish meal?

  6. I discarded Maialino because of its very idiosyncratic and (to me) unattractive menu.


    Balthazar got the vote, and I'm glad it did :)


    Check-in was hectic - I guess about 20 people turned up at the same time and there wasn't much space to stand in while we waited for attention. But from there on it was all upward.


    Very nicely thought out table for three - a small table on a corner banquette with one extra chair. A little crowded, maybe, but great for chatting. A cheerful and helpful server, exactly on that fine line between "proper" and "friendly".


    We all loved the menu - my guests both had waffles with maple syrup and berries which looked a picture, and I had a superb dish called Eggs Norwegian which was two perfectly drop-poached eggs on a bed of smoked salmon on a toasted muffin (?) with a terrific hollandaise sauce. I couldn't resist a rhubarb crumble with ice cream for dessert, while my guests again showed that they were of a single mind by both ordering creme brulee which looked and tasted excellent.


    Fresh squeezed orange juice and very good coffee, and a huigely impressive basket of breads completed the order, and the whole thing cost about $45 a person which I thought was excellent value.


    We all found brunch at Balthazar an altogether pleasing experience :)

  7. two points


    1)I was actually just hassling lex

    2)there have been assholes in every generation and the prior generation has always talked about how many more assholes there are in the current generation.


    Oh I wasn't really having a dig at you, Anthony, just taking your post as an excuse to represent my frustration <_<


    And of course it is everyone's right, and perhaps even duty, to hassle Lex :lol:

  8. so when did you guys start taking away balls kids threw in your yards? Did that come before or after you started complaining about the behavior of kids today?


    In my case it came before. Firstly, these aren't kids, they're "youngsters" which from my perspective means people in the 18-30 age group :rolleyes: So actually they're not of an age where they are normally throwing balls in other people's yards :lol:


    I can understand the thoughtless bit - they're having a night out, they're forced out of the bars so they can smoke whatever kind of weeds they choose to smoke tonight; it's really, really, really intellectually demanding for them in their hazy condition to understand that the sidewalk hasn't been provided specially as a playground for them and that there are other people who have a need to use it; so it's obviously unreasonable to expect them to spread out to leave a tiny walkway for those other people.


    I can allow for all that.


    But when asked politely to move aside so that I can pass without risking my life walking into the roadway of Houston Street, I expect even these "youngsters" to move aside without glowering at me, or deliberately jostling me as I squeeze through the narrow gap they have grudgingly created, or even just completely ignoring my request and turning back to chat with their friends.


    Of course I understand that my attitude is simply unreasonable and curmudgeonly,but that's the way I am :blink:

  9. It was a lovely evening :)


    That butter-braised onion dip was astonishingly more-ish. Cathy is right that they either need to loosen the mixture a little or else provide entirely sturdier dipping devices than the crumbly (but very delicious) game chips that were given to us. The positively pragmatic proprietor of the Pink Pig (allit.) cheated by using his fork to load the chips with dip, but surely that was quite outside the bounds of decent behavior at table. No, sturdier chips or looser dip must be provided in future.


    I couldn't look past the fried chicken, which I had been anticipating for weeks, but I have to say that if this had been my first then I probably wouldn't have become obsessed with the dish. It was too salty and slightly on the dry side in parts. The flavor was good, but not as outstanding as on my two previous tastings. This was pleasant fried chicken, but far from great.


    I like the menu at Redhead, and I like the service and the atmosphere. But next time I'll be a little more adventurous and try something other than the chicken :rolleyes:

  10. I'm staying in a LES hotel, and the worst noise I came across was Sunday morning at 5am when two young guys staying in the room next door woke me up by turning up their radio to full and singing along with some particularly raucous music ... and giggling a lot and very loudly!


    Then on Monday morning at 3.15am I heard the screaming of a young woman in that same room obviously being murdered, but it turned out to be a different form of activity.


    I walk back to my hotel regularly between 11pm and 2am, and I just don't encounter a lot of noise. The worst problem is crowds of youngsters standing outside bars and blocking the sidewalk, and I have to say that I find them to be obstreperous and thoughtless. They make no attempt to move aside to let walkers through, and often display resentment at being asked to move.


    But noise? As has been said in this thread, the general traffic noise is far worse than anything coming from people in the bars. That's not to say it doesn't exist, but I really can't believe that generally it's enough to wake people or keep them from getting to sleep. Apart from those people in the hotel room next door, that is :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

  11. I'm meeting a couple of (American) relatives on Sunday October 3, and we'd like to go for brunch in LES/Soho/East Village.

    We haven't met up for a few years. so I want a place where we can relax comfortably and talk (so no close-packed tables or noisy crowd) and also get a really nice meal :)


    I have no idea what my relatives' eating preferences are, so I need to play safe ... maybe American or French or Italian. And of course I need somewhere that I can book at less than a week's notice.


    The only easy bit is that price is not important <_<

  12. I'm going to be in town next week :) and I'm planning to introduce a couple of friends to a real fried chicken dinner :rolleyes: If we're a three, will I need to book and/or what is a good time to walk in, say on Wednesday or Thursday?

  13. I guess in england this is good food. :).


    Hey, in England what with the recession and all, any food is good food. When I walked into St John last Tuesday, all the food was used up and I had to order the Chilled Newspaper Pulp Soup followed by Braised Shoe Soles with Refried Goats' Turds and Dandelion Mash.


    Oh how I wish I'd had what you had :(

  14. That was the most exciting Superbowl I can remember watching, marred only by the way-past-their-sell-by-date "performance" at half-time. Who dat indeed !!!!!

  15. Technology poses an impossible dilemma. As technology improves, practitioners come to rely on it more. They stop practising fundamental skills, which forces them to rely even more on technology. Finally, they become totally dependent on the technology and eventually will even cease to be trained in the fundamentals.


    When the technology goes wrong, and it does and it will, there is no alternative.


    This is a problem not just in medicine.

  16. I've shown that your argument doesn't work. Secondly, you haven't shown that mine doesn't.


    Oh my goodness, yah-boo-sucks, what a clever little boy you try to be :lol: I bet that goes down really well in the school playground :lol:


    I find it continually astonishing how much time you spend saying so little :lol:


  17. You are suggesting that having a world-view ideologically opposed to the U.S. is a sufficient condition to forfeit one's human rights.


    Well that's just the LML monochromatic yes-or-no style of argument. You see everything in extremes, and simply reduce what others say to your own extreme taste.


    That's not what I'm suggesting, and you know that's not what I'm suggesting (because I have already explained what I'm suggesting in a way which even you will understand).


    Instead of wasting your time deliberately distorting what others say, why not try and justify your own rather specialised world view?

  18. Macrosan, how do you think airport security should parse Muslims for special screenings? Let's say airports in the U.S..


    I'm not sure how one parses a Muslim :unsure: If you're asking how security identifies whether or not someone is a Muslim, there are a variety of ways, ranging from the inelligent one that Mongo has suggested above to the pretty blunt statistical method of selecting people from Muslim countries as being more likely to be Muslim than those from non-Muslim countries.


    If, further, you're suggesting that parsing Muslims is a singular feature of profiling, then that's not what anyone on my side of the argument is suggesting. The range of profiles to be applied has to be the range of profiles which historically terrorists and their agents have represented, plus the range of profiles which intelligence suggests might be used in the future. Whatever those profiles are.

  19. Information sharing between intelligence agencies** is a difficult matter. Setting aside the politics involved, an agency that runs across some piece of information needs to consider the sensitivity of the source, the certainty level of the information, the ability of the receiving agency to act on the information effectively, the legal ramifications*, etc.


    Absolutely so. The Catch 22 is that the only people who can do the job of the security services are people you wouldn't want as your next door neighbour. They have to be willing to lie, cheat, assault, kill and all those other things that we don't like.


    So of course it's dangerous to give them information about people, and if they don't get that information then they can't do the job we expect them to do. But if we do give them the information, we can't trust them to use it properly because they're the sort of people who lie, cheat, assault and kill.


    We have to choose.


  20. I learned that profiling young Middle Eastern and Asiatic men would have helped catch the Nigerian dude.


    No you didn't. But if you'd read all the posts slowly you might have learned that profiling would have helped catch the Nigerian dude :lol:


  21. But more seriously, you are proposing that suspected potential attackers should not enjoy a full portfolio of human rights. I ask you, what constitutes a suspect in this instance?


    Now don't be facetious <_<


    I'm suggesting that the term "human rights" has become meaningless, and is now presumed by some to extend to all human activity and existence. What is needed is a realistic balance between what human rights are construed to include and the reasonable needs of security.


    In the instance I quoted, I take the view that anyone whose past activities included those of Abdulmutallab must inevitably forfeit the "right" of privacy from the world's security services. He brings that upon himself by his association with Muslim fundamentalists.


    Some "human rights" are sacrosanct, and these include those you mentioned in passing in an earlier post. There is no circumstance in which I would allow imprisonment without habeas corpus, or "rendition". The right to religion or not, and the right to think what you like are fundamental human rights. And so on. People validly disagree about what are and are not "human rights", and I suspect that disagreement will always exist, but there is no need for universal agreement unless and until legislation is being framed; and then there needs to be a proper debate.


    Current EU legislation goes far beyond what is practical, enforceable, and consensual. The process of adding to the list has, I think, simply gone too far.

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