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As someone recently pointed out, I am very much a "glass half empty" kind of guy.   That being said, occasionally there is a beam of joy in the misery that is my life.   Today,it was coming home a

It is a perfect day in Paris too. Had a lovely walk around the 9th this morning, and will soon be going to meet a friend for lunch, it will be nice to eat outside.

It takes 5:00 to hang a picture, yet somehow I could not find the time for this one until now. It used to hang in my grandparents' house in the Bronx, and it's why I chose the color of this

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1 hour ago, Steve R. said:

And I also agree with just about everything else being said on this recent spurt of comments (probably a 1st for me).  Except one small part of Sneak's comment; that is, that tasting menus are over.  We've been keeping up with the procession of chefs at Fulgurances/Laundromat in Greenpoint & have enjoyed the tasting menus that some of them have come up with (don't bother hunting for my write-ups of any of them - I didn't bother).

Not meaning to be argumentative, but in the interest of having a conversation, don't you think that Fulgarances (and Fredai) now stand out as exceptions?  Contra has introduced an à la carte menu, for example.  Most of the rest of the places still doing all-tasting menu are Asian, so they're either actual Omakase/Kaiseki or can draw a parallel.  Or they're among the very few remaining Modern Cuisine places.  Or are lumbering dinosaurs like per se.

How many other recent openings can you think of that are tasting-menu-only?  As compared to a few years ago?

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6 minutes ago, joethefoodie said:

(what, you couldn't have posted in that thread?)

Then I'd have been disproving my point.

But also, how different from a thread with posts by only me is a thread with posts by only me and someone I went to the place with?

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12 minutes ago, Sneakeater said:

Not meaning to be argumentative, but in the interest of having a conversation

There's a Monty Python sketch in there somewhere.

Also a point - that a lot of people just simply bowed out of having those conversations, because they turned into arguments!

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46 minutes ago, Sneakeater said:

Not meaning to be argumentative, but in the interest of having a conversation, don't you think that Fulgarances (and Fredai) now stand out as exceptions?  Contra has introduced an à la carte menu, for example.  Most of the rest of the places still doing all-tasting menu are Asian, so they're either actual Omakase/Kaiseki or can draw a parallel.  Or they're among the very few remaining Modern Cuisine places.  Or are lumbering dinosaurs like per se.

How many other recent openings can you think of that are tasting-menu-only?  As compared to a few years ago?

Yes.

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(That was a joke.  You see, you said you wanted a conversation, so I jokingly gave a one word answer.  Funny, right?)

now, you and joe can get back to not being argumentative... or not

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1 hour ago, joethefoodie said:

There's a Monty Python sketch in there somewhere.

Also a point - that a lot of people just simply bowed out of having those conversations, because they turned into arguments!

Am reminded of a post by small h on another forum.   She said, "I'm not arguing with you.   I'm correcting you."    And,  659922145_ScreenShot2022-09-06at2_58_56PM.png.57ad1c7fbdd4a7ebe476e30a239eb361.png50 years of marriage explained in two sentences.  

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3 hours ago, joethefoodie said:

I think this is quite true, in addition to my credit card bill being a bit less (though not when buying product from places like Regalis, DeBragga, et al.).

I notice that more on the drinks side. Cocktail in a bar? $14 and up. Cocktail at home, what, a dollar or two? The difference is stark. The only reason I go to bars now is for the ambience. (Of course I mainly drink classics that don’t need dozens of ingredients in the home bar.)

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