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Brad Thomas Parsons

Writer. Eater. Cookbook collector. Cocktail enthusiast. Author of "Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails and Recipes" (Ten Speed Press, 11/1/11).

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  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Favorite foods: Ice cream, milkshakes, pie, pork, bourbon, barbecue, fried chicken.
  • Last bite on earth: My mom's rigatoni with meatballs.

Cocktail Trend: More Than A Dash of Bitters

NYC Bitters Lovers: The Meadow (Hudson & 10th) has the best variety of bitters in town. And Whisk in Williamsburg has a stellar selection.

Prospect Heights, NYC: A Cheffy Burger Done Right at James

As Gordon Ramsey would say: "It's RAW!!"

Gift Guide: For Spirits Imbibers and Cocktail Lovers

Paul: where can you buy the bitters travel kit in the States? I've only seen it available via international websites.

Tasting the New Concretes from Theater District Shake Shack

@Alison J Herzog, @SteamSoldier: Quick clarification on the B-Line. You can order concretes on the B-Line at Madison Square Park (no shakes or hot food). I was at the Times Square outpost last night and spoke with their line wrangler who said they would be setting up a B-Line there in the days to come.

Soft-Serve Ice Cream Stands in Upstate New York

Despite the question of semantics regarding the finer points of New York state geography, it's great to see all the upstate/central New York culinary love in the comments!

@Farley Elliott: Re: "Where are the Hoffman Hot Dogs?" was my first question at the SE Hot Dog tasting. I'm confident they would win or place near the top in a regional taste test.

@Murray: Ah, the one-two culinary punch of Rudy's chased by Bev's. Great memories of four years of soft-serves over sunsets on Lake Ontario.

@Johns Notes: I think you mistook me for a woman. But thanks for the comment.

@jennlevy: Nice Freihofer's name check! That tan box of cookies was a mainstay in our kitchen pantry growing up. Entenmann's chocolate chip cookies might look like they can pass for Freihofer's, but there's subtle differences.

Walmart's Exclusive Ben & Jerry's Flavor: Flourless Chocolate Cake Ice Cream

@Nikki Goldstein

Here's the listed ingredients from the carton: cream, liquid sugar (sugar, water), skim milk, sugar, cocoa (processed with alkali), cocoa, butter (cream, salt), coconut oil, chocolate liquor, guar gum, natural flavor, salt, corn starch, xanthan gum, carrageenan, egg yolks.

The Dark 'n' Stormy Showdown of 2009

I'm a firm believer that Gosling's is the rum you should be pouring for an authentic Dark and Stormy but there's still room for a flourish or two. I think a lime wedge is called for, and sometimes I'll add a ginger-lime syrup and a dash of Angostura.

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