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NutBound

  • Location: The Bronx
  • Favorite foods: Citrus fruits, nuts, good steaks, ribs and dumplings.
  • Last bite on earth: If I'm in a hospital it better be some damn good lime jello before I go.

How to Make the Best Pesto

I was around the area in chinatown earlier this month and saw mortar and pestle sets in Kam Man, that supermarket on Canal. They had marble, granite, wood sets of different sizes. I've see small wood ones around sometimes in discount stores.

What Are Your Favorite Chinese Bakery Sweets in Chinatown, NYC?

I get that white sugar yeast/sponge cake and lo mai chi too, banana candy/roll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_roll), Put chai ko - plain white, no beans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Put_chai_ko), wife cake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetheart_cake), egg custard tart, coconut tart.

Anyone remember some kind of muffin/cupcake that had those sliced, green and red maraschino cherries and maybe had orange peel in it too? I was looking for that in multiple places in Chinatown for a couple weeks since it was something my grandfather liked and I had wanted to buy some for him.

Ask the Critic: What Can I Bring to a Dinner Party?

I think Serious Eats should start recording sound bites. :D

Bake the Book: Glazed, Filled, Sugared, & Dipped

Glazed chocolate

Taste Test: The Best Mayonnaise

It is kinda weird, I think the only time I've had Kraft mayo are in packet form in cold sandwiches. The same goes for Heinz in fast food burger places. I haven't bought either of those in some years. So when I saw a 30 oz. jar of Heinz mayonnaise in the market earlier this year I bought it and it's pretty good. I'm interested in how it compares to the others.

Taste Test: The Best Cheesy Popcorn

No real competition, Smartfood's the best. I just tried the Utz one the other day cause it's the first time I've noticed it and I didn't like it, but I'd take it over Wise; I don't like Wise popcorn. Popcorners is pretty good, the only cheesy one I had was the one with Jalapenos and I liked that one.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Movie Theater Snack?

Gummy bears or worms for me. Before that it was goobers. I've snuck in Burger King meals many years ago. It helps to have a lady with a willing purse sometimes. If I go to the cinemas nowadays I'll just bag my own gummy candy, but I find there're too many little things that make it an unenjoyable experience now.

What's Your Favorite Hot Dog Topping?

Spicy brown mustard and diced onions.

Stew Leonard's Faux-Cronuts Are Awesome

Actually, it was last weekend the 21st.

Stew Leonard's Faux-Cronuts Are Awesome

I'm there for meat sometimes. There's was a lot of samples when I went this past weekend. I was nearby getting stuff in Home Depot with family and went up to get some food. It was national ice cream day or something and soft serve was $1 and I sampled some stuff and bought some doughnuts. We sampled the Cro-do, it was all cut up, my sis ended up buying a couple and I bought the apple cider doughnuts. It was okay, just liked the fried freshness than anything else. The by the pound buffet food didn't look appetizing at all I'd skip it.

NYC To Launch Citywide Compost Program

I think it's a good idea and have done it. Convince and educate the millions of others to do it properly though. I've talked about it with people I know and work with and most think it's a huge hassle. A lot of them don't even follow current proper recycling procedures. I already know this'll be a problem in any multi-storied residential buildings.

Junk Food Banned From Schools, But Will It Help Fight Obesity?

The ban won't be much help. These kids visit the bodegas/candy stores to get their soda, chips, and candy for the day before going into the classrooms. If they can go out for lunch they buy their junk food outside cause it's the most affordable. If they pack a lunch the majority of the time it's junk or not enough cause you're limited to temperature and size/amount. After school ends they hit the pizzerias, fast food places, and bodegas/candy stores again.

They can stop all this by educating the children when they're young, at home before schooling and during school. Parents need to be educated as well and to stop bringing all their kids to those fast food places after school. One of the things our families did when we were babies was give us the stalk end of a choi sum to chew on. That's how young they should be started.

AHT Giveaway: New York Burger Map from All-You-Can-Eat Press

What's in a Letter? Chefs and Restaurants Speak Out About the Department of Health's Letter Grades

People understand what to do to pass these inspections from the Food Protection Certificate from DOH. They open up small discussions when going over the material and folks raise up issues from their own experiences. joc has it right about having at least one person in the establishment having it at all times. Ideally the cooks and managers should have one and train their staff well. It sounds like a lot of complaints are from not knowing it.

Couple of things I don't like with the food protection certificate is how easy it is to pass it and how it's a lifetime-no-need-to-renew certificate. Unlike other I guess more 'professional' certifications you don't need to go to certain sessions every couple years to renew it. Heck even defensive driving has you renewing the course for continued safety though it's optional. The 70% passing score on a multiple choice test after a few hours for a week is so easy it's stupid. I think these two things should change but know most won't want it to.

New rules which comes about and most will not know except the DOH are a pain. Hopefully they'd warn you since it's newly implemented within the year. Stuff we've gotten upset about are facility violations such as cracks on the wall or missing tiles, which after the first time is a no brainer to fix right away. They weren't a problem til 2-3? years ago when one inspector told us. Very minor cracks and few missing tiles but eh, we got over it and it's easy to fix. It costs more to do everything right though so have to figure it in to operating expenses.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Going to McDonald's with a bunch of kids from a birthday party when I was four or so. Wolfing down hamburgers and soda then running wild in the play area. Those little burgers were our fuel and we ran back and forth playing and trying to finish the meal causing little kiddie mayhem.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Burgers grilling on the rooftop of a tall building on a sunny, 70º F early evening. A few friends and a few drinks after work.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Well done burger.

Cook the Book: 'Every Grain of Rice'

Zongzi, had to search for spelling as I can never remember romanization of a lot of chinese words. There're different varieties of zongzi and I've attempted a couple times but I'd like to know a proper method and a listing of the varieties chinese or other varieties would be awesome.

Taste Test: The Best Tortilla Chips

I like the Garden of Eatin Chips and the Blue Corn one, but yea they need a little salt, so I go for lightly salted. Been buying the Santitas for a few months when I want a change from blue corn chips, price is too good. Tostitos is nice but I don't buy it often. Was there a blue corn testing done? I'm more interested in that.

Do You Compost Your Food Scraps?

I was composting plant waste for many months on my apartment's terrace. It's stopped for now cause I ran out of room outside, have a couple 18 gal or so containers. I also stored scrap in the freezer til I needed the room and now stopped that too. When all it all breaks down I'm going to dump it on our building's garden if they want it or give it to my mom.

It's going to take a whole lot of work in a big city. Too many people, too much waste, and too many who ignore proper ways of disposing trash of any kind. It's already a problem in the multi-storied buildings in compliance of proper disposal practices and trash sorting, add in a composting option and it'll be a mess. I hope to see it work well though. I can't wait to see how big a pile of collected compost material would be in a densely populated community.

Nerds Everywhere Can Officially Buy Pizza with Bitcoins

Bitcoins are used for weapon purchasing too. Lots of shady stuff and legal stuff being traded. I remember a bakery in the tri-state area accepted bitcoins, but that was years ago when I was reading about bitcoins.

Valentine's Day Giveaway: Win This Prime Rib

Shrimp scampi or seared scallops and a sorbet. Light, sweet, ready for afterwards.

Singapore Stories: Century Egg Salad

My grandmother loves the pei dan pastry. That's another way eating it, though I think the flavor wasn't as big and I tasted texture more than the usual century egg taste. I haven't had one in a long time.

Cheese Confessionals: I Ate Casu Marzu, aka 'Maggot Cheese'

I like this piece. More adventurous eating posts please!

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

I had a late lunch in a BB Kings place in Memphis one time. Pulled pork sandwich and think only two other tables in use. Enjoyed a nice quiet meal to soft music, so felt right at home to me.

'Bacon Panic!' - a catchy headline

Watching the nightly tv news and the media is now reporting less pork products coming due to recent droughts. I don't want to read around the internet news too much or it'll really make me think there'll be a bacon panic, but if anyone does a search there're enough links.

I've really disliked the rising prices of bacon since last year and it looks like it won't get better. Anyone know how long thick cut bacon might last in the freezer? :P I just bought 2 lbs last week, but I'll probably finish it by Nov.

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