Anyone tried using the Fresh Direct Pat LaFrieda burgers to replicate the Shack burger at home? I feel like I'm getting close, but something's missing with the outer crust of the burger and the bun/patty ratio.
Every article on Mario Batali that mentions his college years notes his double major in Golden Age Spanish theater and Economics. Especially after his recent show with Paltrow on Spanish food, the Spanish studies background seems pertinent. So here's my question. Since when can anyone major in Golden Age Spanish theater? You can major in Spanish literature or language but not in Spanish theater, especially not theater of a single era, at least at any university where I've studied or taught. Did he invent his own major, because otherwise, something is fishy? My impression is that a single comment has been repeated without fact-checking time and again. Anyone have the answer to this question?
Marathon meal (10-course tasting menu at Eleven Madison Park, 7-train adventures in Queens, etc.) before or after? Yes, there is the sandwiching option, but not all appetites are created equal.
Why do servers sometimes bring the check without inquiring about interest in dessert? A desire to turn the table? A misread of customer appetite? A malevolent disdain for arguably the most delightful part of the meal?
I've read a lot of thoughtful comments on this site about what to buy for great home cooked meals and where to go for great meals out. I thought I'd pose the question of where food fans like to donate when feeling generous.
Hearty Hearth food works great with cerebral Hearth wines. Out there WD~50 food works great with fairly accessible WD~50 wines. Not so sure what happens if both food and wine are out there on the lunatic fringe. Thoughts?
What's your favorite night for serious restaurant eating? Does it vary by cuisine, i.e., casual, high end, ethnic adventure, etc.?
What's the story with delivery men from certain restaurants retaining the receipts for my orders? I've found Totonno's and several other Upper East Side places won't turn them over even upon request. Is something nefarious going on, i.e., hiding revenue, or is the explanation more mundane? Am I the only one who's had this experience?
Good weekend breakfast spot in Ironbound District?
Where can I find great Vietnamese iced coffee--the kind made in a French press with condensed milk and a bit of chicory--in New York?
Words or phrases that need to take a time out from food writing. I'd start with describing anything as "nutty" that doesn't have nuts and any reference to Riesling as the "best-kept secret" of sommeliers.
Looking for the corn flour based empanada like quesadillas I've enjoyed in Guadalajara. Any tips as to where to go?
Heading West to SF by car and willing to make a major detour for a couple days of great meals.
What's the most overrated food book you've read recently?
Looking for one fine dinner and one hearty country breakfast in Savannah. Any suggestions?
Home, street or restaurant food experience that made you a foodie.
Which is the most masculine of the major food mags? Which is the most feminine?
Anyone know where to get creamy delicious fried brains in New York? Had a great fried brain sandwich at Evansville, IN's Hilltop Inn--http://fatandhappyfoodslut.com/2006/12/21/5-best-and-worst-evansville-eats-joys-and-killjoys/-- but I've come up short back in the City.
Can you be a foodie and a smoker at the same time? There seem to be a lot of great smoker chefs-from Bourdain to Batali and half the Michelin guide-but I have to wonder if tobacco doesn't dull even the great ones' palates.
Why can't I find Orujo in New York? Does anyone have a line on an importer or retailer?
What's the best meal you've ever had when dining solo? Restaurant, outdoors, or home.
I've made a dinner reservation at a NY four-star for an upcoming Sunday night. Any chance the chef will actually be working?
What's the best high end restaurant for dinner in San Francisco? And for lunch? I have two chances to dine in style and want to make the most of both.
What do you eat for first dinner when your reserv. is at 10:30?
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