December 18, 2017

How was Ramen fest? Lame.

Ok folks, I really wanted to love this event. Probably my own fault. I didn’t realize the Japan block party / Ramen fest was only a sub event of a six block long standard street fair. The Ramen booths looked great BUT, you had to buy a ticket then get on a line from hell for each booth, EACH BOOTH! There were few other booths selling Japanese food but we were there for killer Ramen.

Grub Street’s “Hated food words” list is out!

How many are on your own personal “Hated annoying words” list? I count 7, Ok, maybe 9.

The list (to learn more and how to add your own, click the link).

Inside the mind of a dinner party host


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Uh oh, another friend asking to bring someone who will be in town the same night. We already said yes to one friend asking to bring a cousin. How can we say no when we already said yes to another? And what about all the other people we already had to leave off the invite list???

Ugh, shut up already. All I want is a simple meal.


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Ok, enough already with the organic, my meat,veg,fruit,salt, oil, etc… comes from a hand crafted 17 generation farm that only raises rare breed so and so. I saw an acquaintance today.  She is not a great cook but has all the gadgets and goodies in her dream kitchen.  Loves talking food with me.  All about […]

Can’t a guy just order a bagel the way he wants?


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Warning:  If you hate bagel scoopers, do not read this post.  You may hate me for it.  I will still like you though. I took my son to Brooklyn Bagels on Broadway by 35th street in Astoria this morning.  It’s my favorite local spot for a classic New York bagel.  The bagels have a great […]

A Louis Vuitton knife case for my birthday please


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  Chef Eric Ripert has a golden life.  Fabulous talents, a world famous restaurant and now a custom made knife case by Louis Vuitton.  I’d be happy with just the case.  My birthday is in June. How Top Chefs Fly with Their Knives : The New Yorker. Tweet

Quinoa’s Success is hurting those at home


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Quinoa’s Global Success Creates Quandary in Bolivia – NYTimes.com. Interesting story about how Quinoa, a long cherished cheap source of complete nutrition for the indigenous people of Bolivia, has gone global.  Problem is that the people at home can no longer afford it and are turning to cheap processed foods.  Guess what, malnutrition is on […]

Survey: Favorite waiter/waitress in Astoria. Who. Where. Why?


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      People always talk about the new place to eat, the best dish, etc…  I’d like to know who your favorite waiter or waitress is.  Would you please tell us who you believe is the best, where they work and a short story why.   Tweet

Best new word: ‘Bestovore’ — Grub Street New York


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A Bestovore. That’s what I strive to be. She also talks about the downside of Locavores and I applaud her for it. Mimi Sheraton Considers Herself a ‘Bestovore’ — Grub Street New York. Tweet

Rant: Culinary trends for 2011


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Another year is upon us and already the forecasting gods are making predictions. Looks like fennel pollen, offal and quinoa are the new “It” foods. Whatever dude. Enough already. I’ve got some hot and hopeful culinary trends that should be picked up by the media too. Ready?