• Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Favorite foods: Spaghetti puttanesca, pad thai, dark chocolate, black liquorice Jelly Bellies, potato salad, honeycrisps, salt&vinegar chips, Ben&Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk, everything bagels with garlic hummus, currywurst with fried potatoes, kraut, and mustard
  • Last bite on earth: A Farmer's Feast from Blue Hill at Stone Barns, or a personalized meal from Alice Waters, or a week long Roman-style feast of excess that eventually kills me.

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Specialty Mexican Market in NYC?

Thank you guys, those are great suggestions.

Specialty Mexican Market in NYC?

Thank you! Do you know the cross street perhaps?

What's So Weird About That?

My weirdest childhood snack was handfuls of fennel leaves grabbed from the plants that grew wild out of the sidewalk. I loved that intense anise taste. For all I know, a dog could have peed on those plants. My mom was horrified. Also honeysuckle blossoms off of the trees and wild lemongrass and mint. I loved to eat the garden, what can I say.

Am I the only one on the planet who dislikes ___, or loves ___?

@HeartofGlass. Oh man, ditto "the ubiquitous orange juice at breakfast" especially that Tropicana smooth pulpless orange colored sugar water.

Am I the only one on the planet who dislikes ___, or loves ___?

@Laurel E I only like red wine. All the rest of it makes me sick! I know, it is kind of sad.

Am I the only one on the planet who dislikes ___, or loves ___?

Love: Hot dogs, stinky cheese (the stinkier and stronger the better), the hottest hot sauce in the world, vinegar, pickled anything, seaweed, onions, garlic (even raw, I can't get enough), tofu, vegetables, especially fibrous dark green leafies.

HATE WITH A PASSION: Banannas, raw tomatoes, eggplant, eggs, milk, melons (except watermelon), pancakes, duck, Japanese mountain vegetables, gelatinous anything, fat (especially pork fat GAG), mussels, clams, oysters, sugar in my tea, cream sauces, mayo, soda.

'Top Chef' Season 5, Episode 10: 'Monkey Ass Filled with Fried Banana'

I was so happy when Carla won!!! I'm not even a "fan" of hers, but she seems like a genuine person, which is rare both in life and on "reality" television. It was sad to see Jeff go but please, the man's a mess as a chef. His quickfire dish looked like a Denny's appetizer basket. Barf. Fabio, who I love, totally should have gone home though. Forget the overcooked venison, that cheddar cheese salad looked BEYOND un-appetizing, It looked like trash thrown together by someone who thinks a salad isn't a salad unless it has cheese and lunch meat in it. I'm so glad they kept him tho. But dayummmmm. Scott sure as hell let him have it, no? That was some intense judgment for someone who hasn't been around all season to dish out. Let that be a lesson to you Toby Young, THAT'S how you rip someone a new one.

Fresh Fruits in Freezing Icy Snowy Weather

I have been eating pink grapefruit like a fiend. I just peel them and eat them like an orange.
I put frozen cherries and berries in everything, oatmeal, smoothies, salads, whatever....
Every apple I have eaten lately is a mealy nightmare. I can't wait for spring!!!!!!!!! I'm going insane.

Eating Well and Cheaply: Any More Ideas Out There?

All of these are great suggestions. All I can add is: buy a Britta water filter and only drink water or tea. That's what I do. Bottled drinks are a major expense, and not good for you anyway, and I don't drink coffee or alchohol (unless someone gifts me a bottle of wine). Aside from making huge pots of soup that feed me and my boyfriend for days, sometimes I make a huge batch of brown rice mixed with black beans, corn, and salsa and that feeds me for days. Or sometimes I make a huge batch of brown rice to eat with wilted kale and a protein (like marinated salmon or baked tofu), and then use the leftover brown rice to make shrimp fried rice for the next couple of days with Trader Joes frozen shrimp. There is a great recipe for shrimp fried rice right here on SE. I definitely find strecthing out my grains for the week in creative ways helps. Holly on has amazing grain and bean recipes that will keep you fed for days. For breakfast I like to make oatmeal cooked with frozen cherries and berries to give it a beautiful color and berry flavor. I add flax seed and omega 3 oil to the oatmeal, and cook it in rice milk, so I make sure to maximize my nutritional value, while still being frugal. Good luck everyone!

'Top Chef' Season 5, Episode 9: 'It Amused My Bouche'

Don't hate me.....I want Stephan to win! I think he is the only person on the show with talent and he knows it, which must make him a horrible person to be around and an awful competitor, but he's a good chef and I'd eat his food! Plus I love that kind of confidence in people, even if it's ostracizing. Jamie is so glum. Smile girl! Have a little joie de vivre! And cook something else besides soup and corn (and scallops). I agree that Hosea is the quiet competition and I predict that he will make it into the final three, along with Jamie and Stephan. I like Fabio as a person, but he keeps making small mistakes that will probably cost him. Carla is also funny and charming, but I don't think she's much of a cook. Leah is a total sourpuss princess brat and Jeff awkwardly over-extends himself every time. Even when he limits himself to one concept its like, oversized or something. That HUGE hunk of salmon he made for the "tasting" in the QF?! What?! And Toby Young, words don't describe. My ears gush forth blood when he opens his mouth. Sorry....

What Would You Serve on Your Inauguration Luncheon?

@gammypie YUM!!!!!!! Yours is the only luncheon I would eat! I want it right now!

Brooklyn Flea Indoors Doesn't Have Food?

I'm just grateful that the flea has a temporary location! It will return to Fort Greene the first weekend of April, but until then it's in DUMBO. I went during the first weekend and bought a lovely mid-century modern wood chair with mustard upholstery. I love it! But alas, I too miss the food.....nom nom nom. Glad to hear that snacks will hopefully abound soon!

I May Never Watch Top Chef Again

God. I know I'm coming into this conversation late but I just watched the episode (finally) and I don't know what made me throw up in my mouth more-Toby "Trainwreck" Young saying he wants to bone a pig (how CRASS to say in front of Dan Barber), or Leah saying "Comfy" while rubbing Hosea's chest!!!! GACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'Culinary Slumming'

@ mhurst826: oh MAN you're so rght about the Smartfood white chedder popcorn!! I can eat a bag of that in five seconds. Also white cheddar Cheez-Its, AND those holiday popcorn tins filled with cheese, caramel, and regular p'corn.

'Culinary Slumming'

Oh yeah, Hot Tamales...the GIANT size box of candy
and yes, the Velveeta mac and cheese in a box with the dehydrated broccoli pieces.....BARF, yet mmmmm...

'Culinary Slumming'

Ruffles with sour cream and onion dip...from a can
Salt and Vinegar chips until I have Joker mouth (starting to split at the sides....gross)
Hot dogs with loads of ketchup, mustard, kraut, and relish
Clausen mini dills
hashbrowns from Waffle House smothered in ketchup
Chicken fingers and curly fries from Jack N' the Box
Chocolate milkshakes with whipped cream and sprinkles from Cold Stone Creamery
Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk ice cream


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