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Video: Tabasco Singing Pepperoni Pizza Commercial

Don Draper and the rest of the Sterling-Cooper Ad Wizzards couldn't come up with a commercial that could make me want pizza and Tobasco any more than this one - seriously.

A16, San Francisco

Great review. Also, I think SF has at least one quality slice Joint: Golden Boy in North Beach. It is a non traditional slice, but truly amazing none the less.

Restaurants: Here's How Getting a Good Review on Yelp Is Done

Sadly Mel's is a pretty sub-standard chain. SF is crazy for yelp, huh?

Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby Renamed 'Hubby Hubby' in Support of Gay Marriage

This is great, too bad it won't be available everywhere.

When they legalize marijuana, Ben and Jerry's will have to introduce a whole new line of flavors. Wait, never mind, they'll just keep the ones they have actually.

Alice Waters' Startup Story

Her practices as a restauranteur are all great.

That being said, I still can't separate a sense of smugness from Alice Waters when she talks about Chez Panisse. Its kind of like when a parent talks about their wonderful, successful children -- "Mark had his pick of the Ivys, but he decided to take a year off to go to Costa Rica -- we feel it's important for him to explore other cultures, and Harvard will always be there when he gets back!" That kind of thing.

To Sir Cutlets, with Love

As I see it Josh has got a pretty good thing going here -- he's maybe the only person to get Momo fried chicken delivered straight to his door.

Burgers to Be on the Menu at Momofuku Midtown in NYC

Seriously, the hottest table in town is now a night stand.

Announcing The 2009 Vendy Award Finalists

Rickshaw embodies all the worst things about the food truck trend. It serves an overpriced, pseudo gourmet version of a street food that is universally cheaper and tastier elswhere. I also can't stand their gimmicky design "Who's your edamame..." etc.

Thoughts from Di Fara First-Timers

I took my girlfriend and my folks visiting from out of town to Di Fara's recently - it was all three of their first times. With the commute, the wait, and my own hyping up of the place, I was worried that they would be underwhelemed by the finished product. I couldn't really tell if any of them were enjoying the pizza while we were actually splitting the pie, but on the train ride back, with the collective experience in their minds, it seemed like everything clicked.

Take this experience and the actual product and compare it that of a place like Grimaldi's. Sure, the pizza there is fine, fine, fine, and you get your pizza in 15 minutes, but you can see the two pizzaolas in the center of the room banging out pizzas like they could do it in their sleep. Eating a Di Fara's pizza, you taste the fruits of Dom's fussing.

Jamba Juice's New California Flatbreads: We Ate Them So You Don't Have To

I love how these aren't even flatbread pizzas. The look more like some hell-bound, pseudo intellectual version of a Red Baron individual pizza.

Crazy-Ass Anal-Retentive Pizza Cutter

I don't think any gathering that that involves this thing can be called a "pizza party".

The Fake Nicky's Pizza in 'Julie & Julia'

I am particularly excited to see what her apartment in the LIC looks like. In the preview, it looks like it has a large al fresco terrace, overlooking the city skyline, in the shadow of the Triboro bridge. If only most people in the hood could be so lucky!

'New York Post' on Di Fara's $5 Slices

I think the reality is that slice overall have gone up, but people haven't caught up to that yet. My local pizza place (which is no great shakes) charges $3.50 for a slice with toppings now, and I've seen that become the standard at a lot of other place. A slice of Artichoke is hovering around the $5 range too. I think for better or for worse, Di Fara's has just become the pizza price barometer, because its always been pricier, and far superior than most slices.

Una Pizzarino: Anthony Mangieri and Motorino's Mathieu Palombino to Form Pizza Supergroup for Pieman's Craft Events

Niel Young = Dom DeMarco?1?

That's That: Una Pizza Napoletana Is But a Memory as Mangieri Packs It in for SF

I can't believe UPN has closed. Man, this is a huge bummer. I never got the chance to try this place, but after NYMAG's profile on him last week, I was putting this on my list for the weekend. Oh well, at least he went out of NY on a high note.

First Look at Mantao Chinese Sandwiches

Thanks for the great review. That last shot of the wontons - I don't know where people like this place and Rickshaw get away charging $5, even $7 for something that is universally a dollar in Chinatown. It's like a pizzeria charging $10 for a slice or something.

Video: Hamas vs. Hummus, from 'Brüno'

One of the funniest bits, too. Another favorite food related bit of Bruno: when he gets drunk on carbs.

A Star Grows In Brooklyn: Reinvented Southern Classics At Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Star

Thanks for the review. Also: these are some of the best looking food photos I think I've ever seen!

General Tso Conquers Pizza

The Question is: When you eat General Tso's Pizza, do you get hungry again 2 hours later?

Grilled: Jason Beckerman of Burger of the Month

I know, I know, different strokes for different folks.

BUT, your ideal burger is Medium Well? With Bacon? BBQ Sauce? 1000 Island Dressing? And Maybe Chili?!!

You could replace the meat with a dirty old sneaker and not know the difference.

New Jersey Dispatch: Clover-Brewed Coffee in the Garden State

Great write up. I still feel, personally, that Clover Brewed Coffee is kind of like Acapella music: Just because its complicated and quirky doesn't mean its necessarily very enjoyable...

Di Fara Raising Slice Prices to $5; Will Close Tuesdays in Addition to Mondays

This all fine by me. Any steps that this man can take to keep his product, and his enjoyment of making the product, at this level is a good idea.

Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan in Kevin Smith's 'A Couple of Dicks' at L&B Spumoni Gardens

I want to see this movie, I want to try this pizza.

Individual-Size, Slice-Accompanying Pizza Wine in Greenpoint

The sad part is that Greenpoint is severely lacking in decent pizzerias :

(except Casanova on MCGuinness - they're gandma slice is the best!)

How to Eat Ben & Jerry's New Flipped Out Sundae

These guys are smarter than NASA!

Seattle Serious Eaters: Where am I going to go to Lunch?

Seattle Serious Eaters: We need your help!

We're going to be in downtown Seattle for one midday meal, and want your recommendations for a great place for lunch. We're looking for a midrange restaurant ($8-$15 entrees) that serves something unique and seriously delicious. We live in New York, and we love trying small places with an emphasis on inventive locally sourced food. We're carnivores, and any kind of ethnic food is fine, but we're not huge fish eaters. Basically, we're looking for a place we'll remember when we get home, and we know you've got just the recommendation.

Thanks for all your help!

Can I get sick from raw eggs in Pasta Carbonara?

Serious eaters, I need your help. Last night I made the Joy of Cooking's recipe for pasta carbonara, which called for 4 large eggs, that are basically just mixed with pecorino, doused with a third of a cup of boiling water, and then added to steaming pasta. No serious heating involved, like witha a pan or a pot. Are there any health risks from eating what is essentially these raw eggs, or does the heat from the other ingredients make it okay? Any knowledge on the subject?

Thanks!

$24 Lunch prixe fix at Cafe Boulud: Anyone done this yet?

Has anyone had this $24 Lunch Prixe Fix at Cafe Boulud? I haven't been able to find out what might be on this menu. This seems like a great opportunity to try a restaurant as esteemed as this place is, but it would be nice that the lunch would be representative of what this place has to offer....

Thanks, as always.

Serious NYC Eats Recomendation: Indian Food?

Hi Serious NY Eaters!

I'm looking for some great Indian Food south of 14th Street in New York. I've tried various and sundry spots on 6th street and while some have been okay, some have not been good, and some have made me sick, I'm sorry to say.

I'm looking for a sure thing. Fresh, tasty, clean, a serious stand by — 6th Street, is even okay. What's the scoop on the amazing Indian food?

Thanks!

Stumptown Coffee: Let's Call a Spade A Spade Here

Over the past year, it seems like a lot of restaurants and new coffee shops in NY have been featuring Stumptown Coffee. People really do seem to freak out over it. I understand that the politics of the company are great, but in terms of the quality of the coffee....

Let's call a spade a spade here: It's not that great.

I've had many a cup of the drip coffee and in my estimation it is about as strong as Starbucks, and has some flavor....but to me it tastes "perfumed". There is a floral, perfumey taste to it, but it seems on par with "flavored coffee". Its like they've added "coffee flavor" to their coffee.

It just doesn't have the power or the kick of a great cup of strong cofee like they make at Joe (the great chain of shops in NY), and its a far cry from the true king of West Coast style brewing, Pete's Coffee (That's some crack right there!). These spots make great coffee because they use good beans and know how to brew them. I don't feel that's the case with most of the purveyors of Stumptown, and, yeah, the coffee is kind of like potpouri.

Have you had Stumptown? Any thoughts?

San Francisco Chinatown!?

I've got one meal in Chinatown in San Francisco - Where do you think I should go?

Food over mood, something mid-priced would be nice.

Let me know your strong opinions!!!!!

Thanks, and have a great New Year!

SF Eaters: WHAT'S The 411?

SF Eaters! I need the straight dope on:

- The Best Taqueria in the Mission
- The Best Spot in Chinatown
- Anywhere worth going to in North Beach

Bonus question:

-What SF joint is a MUST-GO-TO for someone from out of town?

Thanks for the suggestions, and have an awesome Holiday!!

Thankgiving dinner for 2: How much scratch are we talking?

My girlfriend and I are doing Thanksgiving solo this year, and times are a bit tight. We've been saving up a bit for the holiday, and we want to do a traditional Thanksgiving, but I have no idea how much it will cost. Can you help me with some figures?

So, a turkey, 8-10lbs for two people, right? What's that going to coast me-- $20 or more? Any tips on how to get the most out of a turkey for the cash?

Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes- those are pretty simple, and can be made for around $15, right?

What "special" utensils are absolutely necessary? Do I need a baster, or one of those long forks to use to cut the turkey, or are there ways around it?

Do you guys have any money saving tips?

Thanks!

My Girlfriend wants Balthazar but I can't afford it!

Want to take the GF out somewhere nice for her birthday. Balthazar is her favorite retstaurant, but I don't think I can swing it this year. I'm looking for a good facimilie that's a little lighter on the pocket book. Entree's generally around $15, preferably under would be great. Food over Mood, but somewhere romantical would be awesome.

Can you help?

Thanks!

Cobble Hill: What's the 411?

I'm walking a friend's dog in Cobble Hill this weekend, and I'm looking for somewhere cool for lunch. Anything great in the $8-$15 per entree range.

Cobble Hill, what's the 411?

Shake Shack UWS: The Airing of Grievances

As a huge Shake Shack fan, I made the trek up to the UWS this weekend to check out the new location. I know you're supposed to give new restaurants some time to work out kinks, but there were quite a few things that were off...

Although I know that Festivus is still a few months off, I present my airing of grievances:

- Hardly and cheese on my cheese fries. A few pumps from a nacho cheese machine....barely coated a few of the fries.

- The cheese on the cheese fries tasted like Nacho cheese? At the MSP location, the cheese is sort of a white-ish, ultra creamy sauce that coats everything nicely. This sauce tasted like straight up nacho cheese....

- The fries themselves were not crispy/crunchy. They were limp...and I even like the frozen fries at the other location.

- Hardly any shack sauce on the shackburger. Also, patty seemed not as juicy as the MSP location. I swear, I wasn't just trying to hate! My girlfriend had the same experience with hers..

- SO MANY KIDDOES. I know its kind of wrong to rip on this place for attracting lots of families, but me and my girlfriend were the only adults without kids, and spending 20 minutes in there was kind of akin to the craziness of Saturday afternoon at Chuck-e-Cheese. No joke. The MSP line is long, but at least the park is pleasent, and you don't have to dodge and duck out of the way of a bunch of tiny tykes.

- The spot was packed at 11:30 on a sunday (as to be expected), but somehow taking your meal to go and sitting on a bench outside of the Natural History Museum is just not as satisfying as sitting at a table in gorgeous MSP.

So, yeah, grumble, grumble, I'lll stick with the downtown location....Been to both locations Serioues Eaters? Any thoughts?

What's the craziest thing you ever ate?

This past weekend, I tried the much recommended Sliced Spicy Beef Tendons at Szechuan Gourmet. Although I loved the dish for its heat and the zip of the flavors involved, the weirdly gelatinous yet hard texture of the meat, plus the peculiarity of the animal part itself got me thinking about crazy dishes I’ve had in the past, and how this dish was way at the top of my list of the craziest foods that I ever ate.

So, what the craziest thing you ever ate?

Anyone watching the Batali/Paltrow show on PBS?

I had the chance to check out "On the Road Again" with Mario Batali and crew last Sunday. I think I'm instantly hooked! Here are some thoughts on this week's episode...

- The best dish were the blood sausage and lamb chops over the open flame.

- Batali really seams to know what he's doing with Spanish food, and seems to know Spain pretty well....Did he live there as a kid or something?

- What's the deal with Gwenyth's dietary habits? Isn't she Macro or something? the episode shows her cooking meat, but not eating any....

- Mark Bittman and Claudia really seem to hit it off...looks like he's kind of sweet on her....romance developing?

Any thoughts, seriouseaters?

What's the restaurant in Mad Men?

In a few episodes of Mad Men Season 2, Don Draper and Co. keep going to a restaurant in New York called "Lunesse". Its depicted as a really classy joint, a french place. Don takes the comedian and his wife there, and Don's wife gets really excited about going to such a fancy restaurant.

I know that in other episodes of the show, they talk about, and go to real New York establishments (Sardi's and P.J. Clarke's come to mind) but after googling Lunesse, I couldn't find any info.

Does anybody out there know anything about this place, Lunesse? Or is this possibly just a fictional Old New York establishment?

Killer Five Guys topping combos?

Do you have a winning combo of burger and toppings at Five Guys? According to the website, the topping options are:

Mayo, relish, onions, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, fried onions, sauteed mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, jalepeno peppers, green peppers, A-1 sauce, Bar-B-Q sauce and hot sauce.

My fav combo is: A little bacon cheeseburger (1 pattie) with onions, ketchup, hot sauce and green peppers.

What's yours?

Where to take my girlfriend in Chinatown?

I love eating in Chinatown, I'll try almost anything, almost anywhere. My girlfriend is also enthusiastic about trying food, but she's real stickler for cleanliness and good lighting in restaurants. That's just how she rolls. Can anyone recommend a clean, well-lit place in Chinatown with great food at a reasonable price? Any go-to places? Thanks so much!

Banh Mi in the West Village/Tribeca?

Here's a very specific challenge for you serious NYeaters. I'm looking for a good banh mi spot in the South West Village, or in Northern Tribeca. Bonus points for someplace that's within a 10 minute walk of the Saatchi and Saatchi building or Film Forum. Thanks!

The food at Carmine's in Times Square is...good....?

I had some family in town that insisted on going to Carmines in Times Sqaure. I was expecting this place to be a cheesy tourist rip-off spot with overpriced totally mediocre food. The place was cheesy and overpriced, but both my girlfriend and I (both of us red-sauce snobs) had to admit that the food was…pretty good? Flavorful, meaty meatballs, strong marinara sauce, a steak that was well seasoned and cooked properly all the way through, very good pastries and espresso. I'm curious to hear if anyone else has been to Carmines, and what they're take on the food is. What’s going on?!

Good Bar in Midtown?

Nothing fancy, nothing pricey, someplace comfortable. I have family staying in Times Square this weekend and would LOVE recomendations for a serviceable watering hole therabouts, I'm sure you understand...Thanks!