A Civil Engineer by day, but a passionate amateur cook and generally food obsessed nerd by night.

  • Location: Brooklyn, NY.

A Sandwich a Day: Tuna Melt at the Palace Grill Sandwich Shop

Nope, they're delicious. Carry on.

The Best Lobster Rolls in NYC

I saw some video on Luke and his shucking operation recently which would answer that question. I think it was here (currently firewalled at work so I'm not completely sure):

Burger Review Blog From the Minds of a Design Firm


Thanks, Erin!

Cook the Book: Lonely Planet's 'The World's Best Spicy Food'

4 Close-Up, High-Def, Insanely Awesome Shooter's-Style Sandwiches

I think it sucks...but that's only because I can't eat my screen.

restaurant for birthday lunch off the Taconic Parkway?

Also, Blue Hill at Stone Barns. If it's in your budget, do it.

restaurant for birthday lunch off the Taconic Parkway?

Where will you be, specifically? What town? You could always swing into White Plains which will have the most variety.

Behind the Scenes in Max's Home Kitchen

3M adhesive hooks and all that sharpened steel? I'd probably just invest in a knife block, Max. Have to agree with Kenji on this one.

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Burgers

I know a guy who's mother used to prepare him two microwaved White Castle sliders every morning for breakfast. He even expressed shock when I suggested that this was unusual.

What's Up in Pizza: Sbarro Files for Bankruptcy, Health Wars, and Heston Blumenthal's Airport Pizza

Nobody except Michael Scott, that is.

Chain Reaction: We Try Papa John's Double Cheeseburger Pizza

Yea, that sauce scares me a little. I'd probably stick with a Tuscan Six Cheese, the only PJ pie I've ever had a soft spot for.

How much do you tip for online food delivery?

For folks mentioning the server; this is about online deliveries only. You don't have any contact with a server, just your computer screen (or phone) and the delivery person.

How much do you tip for online food delivery?

In Brooklyn, for local delivery (within 10 blocks) I would normally tip $4-$5 on a $20 to $30 order. It's hard to justify more, especially if there's just jumping on the bike for a four block ride, or less in general.

Now we're in the NJ suburbs and I'll tip at least $5 more, like $6 or $7, since the delivery will be via car and likely a few miles away.

Can't Get Into Talde? Where to Eat and Drink Instead

Cafe Steinhoff and the 12th St Bar and Grill are good options, too. I love that you can get anything from the kitchen at 12th St served in the separate bar area!

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

I'd probably dice it up and eat it as tartare...all of it, at once.

There's a Spanish Chain Called Taste of America and This is What They Sell

Did I see some Bisto? That's quite a British choice, too.

Michael Ruhlman's Offset Spoons, for Better Basting, Skimming, and More

That was my first thought, too. A strong pair of hands and a couple old spoons can acheive the same thing. Appreciate Ruhlman, but not these babies.

Taste Test: The 8 Most Popular Full-Calorie Beers in the USA

You know, in most of PA Yuengling is just referred to as "lager".

Also, my freshman year roommate was from Pottstown and had a lot of Yuengling pride. Once, he drank a few too many and slept with his face up against the radiator. Woke up with a pretty serious red mark on the face.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda Sliders

Dowton Abbey and potato chip marathon.

Steakcraft: Uncle Jack's Kicks It Old School

I've been to the midtown location and had a really fantastic and memorable steak there. I wouldn't hesitate to return.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: 17th Street BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

Written my life story on the internet in order to win some.

Here goes:

I love BBQ, man!

Taste Test: The Best Frozen Chicken Nuggets

I've been known to grab the Bell and Evans chicken tenders at Whole Foods from time to time. Honestly? They're pretty great. They seem to be actual meat and are really tender and flavorful. I'm not at all surprised by this result.

What's the Worst New York Restaurant Meal You've Ever Had?

So not getting into Al Di La is your worst restaurant experience? I thought you might have had something bad to say about the food, thankfully not. It's a very popular restaurant. You have to play by their rules.

Watch Jon Stewart Tear Into de Blasio's Pizza-Fork Faux-Pas

It really doesn't "matter". It's more of a little slight you would tease your friends about, honestly.

Watch Jon Stewart Tear Into de Blasio's Pizza-Fork Faux-Pas

You must not be a New Yorker, woomaster. If you were you would get it. It's one of those truly NYC experiences, grabbing a slice and eating with your hands (folding optional). Using utensils comes off as pretty dainty around here.

What should I do with some leftover Andouille sausage?

So I made a great big pot of jambalaya Saturday night for a big group which has left me with a couple packages of very good (and also expensive!) andouille sausage. Any ideas for recipes?

I typically only use it for jambalaya and would like to steer clear of gumbos, etc. My thoughts so far are to scramble it into eggs, maybe a soup, or a quesadilla...

Time For a New Chef's Knife

My Santoku serves me well, but I really need a new 8" chef's knife for general duty. Thankfully, my wonderful girlfriend has agreed to provide one as a gift this holiday season.

So...I've begun comparison shopping. I don't need anything exorbitant, as much as I love the Ken Onion for $200, just a reliable sharp, no-frills knife that will serve me well for a few years. I'm thinking of a budget around $50, give or take.

Any suggestions, folks?

Is there some industry standard brand that the pro's use that I'm not aware of?

Slow Cooker Cookbook?

So I've recently decided to pick up a decent slow cooker (crock pot) since the girlfriend and I have moved in together and been cooking quite a bit more. Therefore, I'm on the hunt for a good slow cooker recipe book. As for style, definitely a newer, more progressive set of recipes, not the old school crock pot cookbook my Mom had growing up. I like all sorts of cuisines, like to be adventurous, love spicy foods, etc.

Any suggestions?

Cheeburger Cheeburger Opening in Park Slope

So there's a Cheeburger Cheeburger opening right down the block from me in Park Slope, 3rd Street and 7th Ave.

The space has been vacant since Miracle Grill shuttered almost a year ago. The fact that something has finally occupied the space is certainly good news, but not sure how I feel about a Cheeburger Cheeburger. We do have a Five Guys a few blocks down which will certainly be direct competition. Those fries are addictive.

Anyone been to one? Thoughts? The internet buzz seems fairly good, though I haven't been able to find out if you can order to temp.

Finding a decent sammich in Flushing

I, regrettably, work in Flushing, Queens. (hey, its a job, right?) Been here for nearly eight months now and still can't find a decent deli to get a decent sandwich. I'm talking the cold cut variety.

Any suggestions?

By the way, no knock against Queens, I'm just more of a Manhattan/Brooklyn bloke. :)

Headed to Montauk. Dining rec's?

The better half and I are spending this July 4th weekend in Montauk, my first time. Plan to do at least one night out at a decent restaurant to satisfy my foodie cravings. The boss suggested East by Northeast, looks like it has potential.

So, any recommendations SE'ers? Any 'can't miss' local spots I should drag her to?


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