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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?
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    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 ca
  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
  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
  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 po
  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 Main
  15. You could always try what this guy does: link
  16. A recent week in Rhinebeck left the following impressions: 1. Go to the Rhinebeck farmers market on Sundays and Thursdays and stock up on superb produce, eggs, poultry, and meat from vendors such as Tagliaferro, Migliorelli, Quattro, Breezy Hill Orchards, and several others. 2. Skip Terrapin, which is overrated and overwrought. 3. Gigi's served a very nice lunch. 4. Mercato in Red Hook is wonderful. An appetizer of chicken livers dressed with a balsamic glaze on bruscheta was one of the best things I've eaten in a restaurant in a long time, and everything else we were
  17. We were directed to Barlow Tyrie and Gloster by someone we know in the trade. Gracious Home and Chelsea Garden Center have a few (but not many) pieces by them on display. If you want to see more of them in person, Patio World (many locations in NJ) carries a larger assortment and they offer competitive pricing, but alas, do not ship to NY. Once you see two or three of their pieces, I think you can pretty confidently order anything from their catalog and be confident as to the workmanship. (At least, I was--and hopefully won't regret it when the furniture arrives). This is the table we
  18. I've done some looking into this in the last few weeks. If you are looking for teak, the two most frequently touted high-quality manufacturers are Gloster and Barlow Tyrie, both of which offer designs that run from resolutely traditional to ultra-modern.
  19. Looney Tunes does Opera: http://youtube.com/watch?v=5hRS3NswYn4 and http://youtube.com/watch?v=6lKUOhvdlug
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    Arpege

    Andy----If you have a chance, please post the wines. I'm very curious as to what they were able to serve for 80E as I remember the list being frightfully expensive....
  21. As others have posted, components usually will give you a better sound than an integrated Tuner/Receiver/CD Player. However, if for space or user-simplicity reasons you want a "one-box" system and are prepared to spend some money, Arcam's Solo products (they have 2.1 and 5.1 models) are really excellent.
  22. For those of you jonesing for Rhubarb, I love this recipe: http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2...ubarb_grunt.php
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    Benoit

    My late cousin Abe (founder of the Second Avenue Deli) was once attending a family affair catered by someone else where there was a carving station with several large pieces of various meats. Among them was a small piece that represented the heel of what had been a large brisket of pastrami. That piece was mostly nicely marbelized fatty pastrami but there was a big piece of pure fat hanging off of it. (You can probably guess where this story is going now). As Abe approached the carving station, the waiter asked him if he'd like some pastrami, to which Abe replied, "sure, just cut off tha
  24. Please to post recipe. A sheynem dank. Among our assignments this year is to make Haroset, and I'd like to make several varieties. My favorite thus far has been an improvised spicy twist on the traditional ashkenaz blend of wine, chopped apples, chopped and ground walnuts---To that mixture, add a generous amount of chinese five-spice blend (preferably freshly ground whole spices). Then finely chop a couple of inches of peeled fresh ginger, wrap the chopped ginger in a piece of cheesecloth, and squeeze all the juice from the ginger into the charoset. Make it about as spicy as you c
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    Danube

    I've been wracking my brain and I don't think there is any other restaurant about which I would make that comment if it closed; but read the first post in this thread and you'll understand why. Lousy food is one thing, but when a restaurant's service team treats a customer with that sort of rudeness and contempt, one can only expect a certain kind of reaction.
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