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An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

Not happy with losing Talk to the social media. Please reconsider. Sorry...

Spring trip to Kennebunkport, Maine...

The Hurricane and Fore Street are already on our list, and we heard that Red's in Wiscasset has reopened so that's a must for their lobster rolls. Thanks for the recs, any others?

Charleston SC Ideas?

The dining scene in Charleston is exploding. Wish I was returning with you...
As of our last visit there I would suggest walking the flowered old city, walking The Battery facing Fort Sumter in the distance, promenade down King Street with all its shops and eateries, and visit the big Market at the piers. The Museum of Charleston is also interesting. Restaurant wise, you have made some good choices and I would add Martha Lou's, just outside of town, for her great fried chicken and real low country atmosphere, and the popular Hominy Grill.
Have a great time and report back...

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Prevent a Hangover?

So I guess there is no real answer to this age old problem, just abstinence...dread the thought!

What's With the Gas Mask? Time to Grind the Horseradish

Someone bring me some matzo and a couple of pieces of gefilte fish to go with it, please!

What do you think about Yelp/Foursquare?

I find much of the input on Yelp to be infantile...too bad for the "serious" Yelpers, there is just too much of the other.

I'm quitting the site

Come back meatntaters, you added a unique ingredient to SE, a little controversy. As you can see, it does liven up the boards...

Anyone else over the love affair with all things Asian-inspired?

Where restaurants are concerned, there has been an explosion of so-called 'Asian fusion' spots with elaborate décor and odd menus. Where you're really not sure where you are geographically. While some of the concoctions can be good, I refer to this phenomenon as 'Asian confusion"...

New mexican cuisine in NYC

you may be right, Lorenzo...Thanks!

New mexican cuisine in NYC

You might try Toloache at 166 E. 82 St, Manhattan. It may fit your specifications. They have other locations as well. Our last experience there was very good but pricey. There is a new Mole on upper 2nd. Ave. near 89th that also has some modern touches...

Let's talk about Portland, Maine!

Put a visit to Fore Street on your list. One of the best restaurants in the region, along with the bakery downstairs behind it. Duckfat can be fun, but I wish they would put more product in their sandwiches. And, though good, I don't quite get what makes the duck fat fries so special...

Pantry Essentials: All About Ssämjang

Panty essentials? This site is getting pretty sexy lately...

Mario Batali / Joe Bastianich Settle Waiter Suit

Anyone who has been involved in the food service business knows that one thing left out of Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, which explored the underbelly of the culinary world, is its ongoing bad business office behavior. It remains rampant, and is far from the pictures you get in those glossy magazines...

Sheep heart? (Not for the squeamish!!)

Andrew Zimmern, where are you?

Cholent!

guycooking, check out the history on Wikipedia. It can be said that Cholent is a variation of Cassoulet...

Cholent!

Ah, Cholent! One of my favorite dishes growing up. Mamma, who was of Eastern European origin, made a great hearty version of it. A comfort dish like no other. That said, you do not hear much about it these days but for certain ethnic restaurants in New York City and other large urban areas, ethnic cookbooks, even Wikipedia has an interesting definition and history.
There is one restaurant along upper 2nd. Ave. in Manhattan (I wish I could remember the name of it) that has a sign in the window: 'Cholent every Wednesday'
If Kenji takes a stab at it, I would be happy to join in the tasting just for authenticity sake, of course...

Old Pizza Memories

It's ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok, ok. Like the post and welcome...
Years ago, there was a restaurant in the Bronx called Amerigo's that was formal thru dinner until 10 pm when the owner would add his delicious pizza to the menu. People used to come late just to indulge in it...

Croatia- Split and Dubrovnik- where/what to eat?

Enjoy your honeymoon! Don't know where you are from, but if you like your experience in Croatia you should visit Dubrovnik Restaurant in New Rochelle, N.Y. I believe it is the first restaurant to showcase the cuisine of Croatia in the metro New York area, and it has been creating quite a stir in these parts. They have a website...

Alinea and 'Babygate:' Should Babies Be Allowed in Fine Dining?

I will not blame the baby. The parents could have been a little more pro-active, yes. But what really came in to play here was the restaurant's restrictive reservation policy and the restaurant management and staff. There should be a back door plan that allows for a way out or around what is essentially a human situation...

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

The other day I finished a great if unruly corned beef Reuben with a knife and fork, and on a previous occasion I used a knife and fork to knock off a juicy if unruly hamburger with the works. And guess what, certain pizzas I prefer to eat with a knife and fork, too. So what!
I don't always carry wipe & dries around...
P.S. I do enjoy Jon Stewart, but he does not tell me how to eat.

What's your take on restaurants charging for splitting a dish?

Perhaps there is some justification for a sharing charge, however one restaurant we like to frequent serves pizza as part of their menu and it is certainly more than one person can consume. No sharing charge for extra plates and utensils. No extra charge for condiments. No charge for extra seats. And the last time I was there, no extra charge for splitting a Branzino...
They are pretty successful, too.

low-mid range restaurants for two girls in east village

Check out Mighty Quinn if you are in to BBQ, and Vaselka...both reasonably priced.

About those sponsored posts...

By the way, so far we have not heard a response from the moderators at SE about this thread...

About those sponsored posts...

Lorenzo, although I most enjoy all the 'artisanal' input on seriouseats.com we should not deny the large food companies their due. You are wrong when you say: "This isn't the kind of food most of are interested in anyway". In fact, it is the food that helps feed millions of people daily around the world. Whatever you want to call it: processed food, canned goods etc...It is a wonder!
I do agree on allowing comments to the sponsored posts, though...

My new favorite word

I wish all Serious Eaters a Happy Turducken and Thanksgivukkah, too!

Chef, the movie by Jon Favreau...

Chef, the new film written, produced and directed by Queens-bred Jon Favreau, is premiering with a stellar cast including: Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara,John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and Oliver Platt. It's about a star chef who loses his mojo and is fired from his restaurant only to find himself with his family in a food truck in Miami. Roy Choi, founder of the popular L.A. Kogi Food Trucks, helped train Jon for the role as Chef.
As an old family friend who grew up across the street from the Favreau family in the Bronx, I am most pleased post this for all you Serious Eaters...

Getting high on Cinnabon?

A liquor company called Pinnacle has come up with Cinnabon flavored vodka. It seems the liquor industry in trying all kinds of flavor variations these days. While I do indulge in an occasional Cinnabon at those highway pit stops, I don't think I want to drink one.
What do you think?

Spring trip to Kennebunkport, Maine...

We usually visit southern Maine in late summer, but we decided to make a spring visit. Where should we go to eat. We will have a car and do not mind a nice drive. All price ranges ok, from lobster shacks to formal. Anything new?

Military pizza with a 3 year shelf life...

According to reports this morning, military scientists are close to developing their 'holy grail': a pizza that has a potential 3 year shelf life. Apparently, pizza is the most requested food item from our soldiers in the field. How does it taste: the jury is still out...
How about this one pizza lovers?

You woke up Serious Eats!

For a while there it seemed as if everyone on this site was on a long post-New Year snoozer. No action. All of a sudden you woke up the site. It took posts about: the Mayor of NYC eating pizza the 'wrong way', a baby crying at poor Alinea, and the 'worst restaurant experiences in New York'. Thanks, there may be a lesson to be learned here...

Favorite Holiday dining venues...

Some of you may remember the old Russian Tea Room and Tavern on the Green in Manhattan during the holidays...what are your favorite dining out venues now. One of mine is a restaurant called Mulino's in White Plains, N.Y. where they go over the top with lovely moving decorations and caroling. It puts you right in the holiday mode...
Share with us from across the country, please.

When dining out: are you too quick to criticize?

I realize everyone is a dining critic these days, but really? While a restaurant experience may not always be perfect, there are other issues to consider too, no? Common complaints:Our wait was too long, our food was not hot enough, the service was not up to par, the dining room chatter is too loud, etc...
Should we give restaurants a bit more slack?

What should I do with all these persimmons?

A friend of ours with a major green thumb keeps us supplied with fresh produce throughout the season. We love her for it. Now she brought us a bag full of beautiful yellow/orange persimmons. Some still need ripening time, but what can we prepare with them when the time is right?

Beards as a restaurant trend...

On a recent trip to Charleston we noticed facial hair had become a mainstay at some of the city's most touted dining rooms and bars. On another trip to Maine, we found bearded staff at some of Portland's hippest spots. Is this a trend, like tattoos. What do you think about it?

Eat, Drink, Love premiers on Bravo...

Five single female food professionals searching for love and success in the LA food scene. Here we go again: too many bleeps, too much hyper-active camera play, too much chaos, and definitely to much: "He's like", "I was like", "She's like".
I know the food scene, and so far this is "like" headache city...
Anyone else catch it?

Do you want to swap leftovers?

I just heard about a new website and phone app called: Leftover Swap. According to the news report, the goal is to make leftovers a thing of the past. So get ready to clean out your fridge and maybe sell the goods to your neighbor down the street...
What do you think about this idea?

'Chef', the movie, now being filmed by Jon Favreau...

Actor, director and childhood family friend Jon Favreau is currently shooting his latest film: CHEF, a comedy. My daughter and her family ran into him on the set during a recent trip to L.A. And what a cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale. Favreau tells us is will be released in May, 2014...

Enough, Paula! Nominations for our next Southern cooking star...

I, for one, have had enough of this bull surrounding Paula Deen. How did she become the diva of Southern cooking, anyway? Many Southern chefs have disparaged her approach to this regional cuisine.
So, I am now accepting nominations from Serious Eaters: Who should be the next true Southern cooking experts on the airwaves.

Planning a trip to Charleston, SC...

Taking a road trip to Charleston via NY to Fairfax, VA. to Charleston, SC. Looking for food and dining suggestions from Serious Eaters. We will be staying in Charleston for several days near the Battery, and we already have a reservation at Husk. All price ranges are fine with a special eye out for what's local...

Do you have an acquired taste?

Some foods take a while to enjoy. For example, I did not like clams early on but thru the years I developed an acquired taste for them. What have been some of your acquired tastes? Would someone venture why this happens...

Pick a flavor and pull this...

It's the hottest trend in frozen yogurt! Serve yourself. Pick your favorite flavor, place your cup under the spigot and pull the handle. Then pick your favorite toppings, and pay by the pound. I see frozen yogurt shops like 16 Handles in New York showing up all over the place now. Have you tried them; my kids love it!

Dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine may become illegal...

That is if state and local communities adopt the new recommendations from the NTB lowering the legal drinking limit to .05 from its current .08. It would be pretty difficult to go out to a restaurant that is not local, have a delightful meal and share a bottle of wine. You would be going over the limit...
Too restrictive? What do you Serious Eaters think?

Ina and Max Downtown made for a great night in Hartford!

We had tickets to see Ina Garten interviewed by NPR at the lovely Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT. last night and preceded it with dinner at Max Downtown restaurant on Asylum St. Both experiences were terrific. Max buzzing with Hartford night-lifers and Ina bringing the packed house to applause. Somehow, we got her to sign one of her cookbooks at the end of the event...
Who knew about downtown Hartford as a foodie destination. We drove up from Westchester County, N.Y., and we were happy we did...

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