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Marty L.

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  1. One shouldn't generalize about gefilte fish. There's galitsyaner gefilte fish, which is sweet, and litvak gefilte fish, which is not, or, as my late great uncle Schmerl would have explained the distinction---Galitzyaner gefilte fish is delicious.... so delicious, in fact, that the Litvaks were bitter about it, which is why they decided to make their own gefilte fish bitter.
  2. The last 12 months or so have been very good for NY coffee lovers (See, e.g., Stumptown in the Ace Hotel, Ecco beans brewed at Joe's the Art of Coffee, Chemex expertly brewed to order at Third Rail, Cafe Grumpy's roasting program, etc.) But the arrival of Blue Bottle this week (complete with Japanese slow-drip brewing and old-school lever-pulled espresso) may be the most exciting news of all... Details here: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/201...urg/#more-12509
  3. Steep the leaves in heavy cream for a few hours or overnight. Strain, add a bit of sugar if to your taste, whip the cream, serve a dollop or three with any summer fruit on hand (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and apricots work particularly well), or any fruit pie. The infused whipped cream also works marvelously in strawberry shortcake.
  4. Les Papilles and Repaire de Cartouche fit the bill and I reccommend them both very highly. Two other places you might check out are Les Racines and Les Fines Gueules, both of which specialize in natural wines. I haven't been to either of those places but in canvassing online reviews for an upcoming trip, these places have piqued my interest. Racines offers vegetables from Alain Passard's garden, Fines Gueules also showcases top purveyors (e.g., butter from Bordier, bread from Poujarain, meat from Desnoyer). When are you going?
  5. Marty L.

    PJ Wine

    PJ is a great store, particularly for Spanish wine. Be on the lookout for Lopez de Heredia wines, particularly from older vintages. They also carry a decent selection of German wines and grower Champagnes. The one thing I would be careful about is that the store can sometimes feel warm, so I can't confirm the bottles are kept at an appropriate temperature consistently through their time at the store. The great thing about PJs is that early in the year they have a customer appreciation sale where they mail you a discount card that entitles you to buy anywhere from 1 bottle to several cases of wine at the store during the sale, at the store's cost. The number of bottles you get to buy depends on how much money you spent at the store in the past year. I have gotten some unbelievably good bargains at that sale.
  6. Just an open question to the Admins: Does the "no-political-discussion rule" apply to the politics of Ressentiment?
  7. Skyview Wine and Spirits in Riverdale has the most extensive selection of Kosher wines and spirits in the area. They've got 2 kinds of kosher for passover slivovitz and they will deliver for free to Manhattan if your order exceeds $150. More info here: http://www.skyviewwine.com/main.asp?reques...&article=20 If you just want to pick up a bottle locally, I would try calling Gotham wines on Broadway & 94th Street, Acker Merrall on West 72nd, or Ehrlichs on Amsterdam at 70th.
  8. When I can, I listen to opera either on the Met's website or Sirius or Jonathan Schwartz's show on Sirius (which airs on weekdays from 3pm to 6pm).
  9. Can you imagine how good it would have been if he could sing in tune?
  10. Thanks for your comments Daniel---I do have a fair amount of confidence that you will like at least a few of these wines----these are the kind of wines that I have found are not only appreciated by experienced wine geeks but are also accessible to newbies. I've got a cellar full of stuff that is far more august in reputation (not to mention price), but on a typical Tuesday night with a simple dinner like roast chicken, odds are it's one of these that I am reaching for. Be warned however, that there is also a lot of bad wine made in Beaujolais, and the word Fleurie or Morgon on the label does not by any means guarantee that the wine will be good----you have to go with producers you know you can trust.
  11. Daniel: Try the following wines (all available at Chambers Street Wines). These are admittedly more pricey than the cheapo supermarket Nouveau stuff that has the colorful flower labels and smells like bananas and bubblegum, but if you try all these wines and still don't like Beaujolais after that, then go back and try them again until you come to your senses: Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2007 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette $22.99 Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2007 Fleurie Cuvee Tardive $25.99 Descombes, Georges 2006 Morgon $22.99 Desvignes 2006 Morgon Javernières $25.99 Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun) 2007 Fleurie $20.99 Tete 2006 Juliénas Prestige $27.99 Vissoux (Pierre-Marie Chermette) 2007 Beaujolais Cuvée Traditionelle Vieilles Vignes $16.99
  12. I love my Chemexes. I have one in my office and one at home, and it is my favorite method of brewing coffee (leaving espresso aside). I use it every day. One of the best things about it is how easy to clean it is. Most other brewing methods involve plastic or steel or some form of mesh, and those materials can be extremely difficult to clean thoroughly of coffee oils that quickly become stale and rancid. As Lippy and others have posted, the downside of the Chemex (other than the fact that it is somewhat labor intensive) is that the coffee will not stay hot for long unless you pour the coffee into an insulated thermos, but coffee is best enjoyed fresh after brewing anyway, IMHO. Also, you can get your Chemexed coffee to stay hot longer if you preheat your Chemex carafe. I do this by pouring 8 oz. or so of hot water through the paper filter into the carafe and then pouring the water right back out into the sink, leaving the filter sticking to the walls of the carafe. This also operates to pre-soak the filter and eliminate some of the "papery" taste that some people complain of when using paper filters. The Chemex makes a coffee that is very clear and pure, with no sediment. It is not a good vessel at all for stale or overroasted coffee, as it tends to magnify those flaws. Don't bother getting one unless you are grinding coffee immediately before brewing, and using coffee that is not over-roasted, and that is within a week or two of its roasting date.
  13. Marty L.

    Tropic Thunder

    One of the screenwriters was a friend of mine in college. Super nice and, obviously, super funny guy. He appears to have hit it big. His upcoming releases include Madagascar 2 and a Sherlock Holmes film starring Sasha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell. Here's some more info about him. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/...0,5092396.story http://defamer.com/400360/exclusive-tropic...s-interview-him
  14. I haven't looked at the TVs that are less than 40", but I in the 40"+ category I have a Samsung and a Sharp LCD (each is 1080p), which were the 2 manufacturers that I felt offered the best quality relative to price. Between the two I prefer the Samsung, which offers (to my eyes anyway) deeper blacks, brighter colors, and sharper contrasts. If you aren't looking for post-purchase service or help with installation, I'd suggest that you find the model you like and then do some comparison shopping on sites like froogle and cnet. You will often find that internet merchants like Abe's of Maine and LCDTVs.com will show up on those comparison sites with better prices than a place like J&R or B&H, and you can save on sales taxes. It is also worth calling one or two of these places and hondling a bit if you can show them that a competitor is offering the same model at a lower price. It is also worth checking cnet.com for reviews of the various models. Although third-party reviews are not a substitute for looking at the TVs in person and making your own assessment, be aware that the picture on the same TV in 2 different stores can appear dramatically different based on factors like the lighting in the immediate vicinity, the elevation of the set and its effect on your viewing angle, and the source of the images, so it is likely that the TV will perform differently in your home too.
  15. You could always try what this guy does: link
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