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mediocrepop

Food, Music, Photography. Rinse and repeat.

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  • Location: New York, NY
  • Favorite foods: I can maintain a consistent diet of nothing but pasta and sushi, with an occassional dose of chicken cutlets, peanut butter, pecorino cheese, bread and butter, meatballs, carnitas tacos, ice cream, a bacon cheese burger...
  • Last bite on earth: Super thin sliced nova lox piled on a very lightly toasted bagel, with just a shmear of cream cheese, red onion, and a squirt of lemon, or the roast pork chow fun from Wo Hop.

SE South Beach Diet Recommendations

I pretty much lived on bean soups for phase 1 and 2 of south beach. Also, bacon and eggs are still a-ok. Good luck, and stick with it, it worked really well for me.

10 Ways to Dress Up Cottage Cheese

Whipped cottage cheese and a slow poached egg has been my go-to healthy weekday breakfast for about 6 months now. Top it off with some hot sauce, and its a good way to start the day.

Best Non-Pork alternative to Bacon?

Slicing up hot dogs or pieces of salami can do the trick too. Or a smoked turkey leg in soups or a pot of beans.

Eating Out in NYC

Pony Bar on 45th and 10th is a great bar to drink some great beers, and you can walk up a few blocks to Tehuitzingo where you can get some amazing tacos for under $3 a piece. There's another bar with tons of beers on tap that I just can't seem to remember the name of right now. Its on the corner of 54th and 9th, they probably have about 50 or so beers on tap. There are tons of great restaurants and bars in that area, and you're just a few blocks west of Times Square.

Tacos on 116th Street

I haven't tried Cuchifritos yet, but I have stopped and drooled in the window everytime I pass by. There are a handful of really great spots up there. Hey Serious Eats staff, lets go on a taco run!

Kambi Ramen?

Kambi is great. I'm pretty sure it's the same owners as Minca, and every bit as slurpalicious.

when to freeze bread dough?

I've got a question on this topic, how long can I keep uncooked bread or pizza dough in the fridge? I was under the impression it can stay in there with no problem for atleast a week. Am I wrong? I hope not, cause i've got some dough that I was hoping to turn into pizza this weekend!

good eating - Hell's Kitchen (and the rest of NY)

You can't forget about Sullivan Street Bakery on 47th between 10th and 11th, or Tehuitzingo for tacos on 10th between 47th and 48th.

Perogies at home

I have not made these yet, but have bookmarked the recipe and they look amazing.

http://noblepig.com/2009/09/02/it-took-me-thirtyeight-years.aspx

Please let me know how they are if you end up making these!

stuffed calamari .....

What's the best cheap mexican restaurant in Manhattan?

Tehuitzingo is the best, in my opinion. I miss the days of living right up the block and eating there 3-4 times a week. The suadero, lengua and carnitas tacos are my favorite, and much better then most of the other tacos I've had in NY. Zaragoza is also very good, as well as Taco Mix on 116th

First time to AustinTX....need help planning a culinary vacation

Polvos is great mexican for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For BBQ, I would go to Smittys in Lockhart.

Pulled pork??

You can get great results using a dutch oven as well, all you need is time. Add some diced bacon and chipotles (thanks dbcurrie, I'm using that suggestion next time!), and you'll get a nice smokey flavor to the meat and sauce. I use a shoulder, rub it with basically anything that sounds good to you, add about a cup of broth or water and cover the pot. Cook it at 300 until tender, about 3-4 hours. I usually glaze the shoulder again at this point and turn the oven up to 500 to get a good "bark". The bone should pull right out when its tender and will fall apart incredibly easy.

And when you have leftovers, I'd recommend turning it into carnitas for tacos, or add some onions and potato for an amazing hash.

Miso...Beyond soup

A little bit of miso goes a long way and makes almost anything better, but mix it with a some ground turkey and its far and away the best turkey burger I've ever had.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 73: Sometimes Only Dark Chocolate Malted Milk Balls Will Do: What's Your Weakness?

Bread, butter and cheese, any cheese. If its a good loaf of bread, it will just disappear before I can stop to think about not eating it all. Somehow, the butter and cheese come along for the ride everytime. Its for the same reasons that you would never see an open bag of Doritos or a half eaten pint of ice cream in my apartment.

Weekend Cook and Tell: Sriracha!

Spinach-artichoke dip

I only made this once, but it disappeared quickly, so I can only assume my friends really liked it. I swap out the cream cheese/mayo/sour cream for silken tofu. Mix it in a blender with a seeded jalapeno and a shallot. Then combine with shredded jack or mozzerella cheese, a good amount of grated pecorino and frozen chopped spinach and artichoke hearts. Don't forget to thaw the spinach and ring out as much moisture as you can. Bake it on 375 for 30 minutes and serve with pita chips, celery and carrot sticks.

I NEED your menu suggestions!

1 word: CARNITAS! You can make a ton of it for not much money at all to feed a group, its even better if you make it in advance, and who doesn't love some good tacos. You can even grill up some skirt steak and slice it up as another protein option. Add rice, beans, guacamole, pickled cabbage. Maybe make some horchata and sangria, and you've got yourself one delicious party.

Babbo 2009

I've been a few times now, and almost everything is really really good. But a trip to Babbo just doesn't seem to be worthwhile without ordering the Pigs Foot Milanese and the Beef Cheek Ravioli.

Pork Tenderloin On Sale!

Chinese roast pork works great with a tenderloin. Marinate the loin with some chopped ginger, a garlic clove, hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce for an hour or two, then roast in the oven on 400 for 20-30 minutes. Let it rest for 10 minutes and slice it up.

The leftovers are great on a sandwich, in a stir-fry with brocolli, bok choy, or any veggies you'd like. Or my personal favorite, scramble an egg, add some pre-cooked rice, scallions and soy sauce and you've got some super delicious and cheap fried rice.

NBC Cancelling The Chopping Block?

This is no surprise at all. I watched it, because after all, the only things I find worth watching on TV are baseball, Family Guy and Seinfeld re-runs, and almost anything involving food. The Chopping Block was awful. Its unfortunate, because MPW deserved to get a show and some recognition in the states, but I'm afraid everything about The Chopping Block seemed doomed for the chopping block.

best affordable sushi in midtown/UES?

Sushi Seki is the way to go. Its not cheap, but its amazing! The Seki special platter, plus a few additional pieces will fill you up without spending a fortune. Even if you don't do the omakase, ask the sushi chef or waiter what they'd suggest, I've never left disappointed. If you're looking for a more everyday sushi kind of place, Matsu on 70th between 1st and York. Cute little place, always fresh and extremely reasonable.

Where to Buy Wonton Noodles and Wrappers in Midtown West?

Theres also a good asian market in Koreatown, that I don't know the name of, I just always stop in when I'm in the hood, on 32nd, closer to 6th. Not quite the selection you get in Chinatown, but certainly the best option in midtown...that I know of.

I need to go pots and pan shopping!

I got a set of Circulon pots and pans after I got engaged, its good stuff. Not terribly pricey, and I've been very happy with the results so far.

Biscuits and Gravy in NYC?

I am a fan of the biscuits and gravy, at Old Devil Moon. I was also born and raised in New York, so while I know its nowhere near the best I've had, it more then satisfies the craving when I'm not down south.

Tacos on 116th Street

I'm planning a trip up to East Harlem around 116th St this afternoon for my fix at Taco Mix. Any other suggestions in that neighborhood? I know there are a ton of options on that street alone, and probably even more a couple of blocks away, but I've become a creature of habit and haven't branched out to any of its neighbors. Any suggestions? Thanks!

What am I missing in Chinatown?

I've been eating chinese food in Chinatown as often as possible for the past 12 years or so, but with the exception of X'ian, I haven't tried a new place in a while. Grand Harmony, Big Wang, Jing Fong, Wonton Garden, NY Noodletown and even an occassional late night Wo Hop are the regulars. I just read the review of Famous Sichauan and its got me hankering for a lunch trip down there sometime soon. What other places and dishes am I missing out on?

Best Veal Parm in NYC?

I've been having a serious hankering lately for a great veal parmigiana. A co-worker suggested that I check out Il Mulino, and it was great, but I want to know, does anybody have any better suggestions? I don't mind forking over the cash, IF its going to be worth it. And while we're at it, its been too long since I've had a great stuffed pork chop. You know, with prosciutto and some cheese oozing out. My brother's got a big birthday coming up, and I would love to take them somewhere great, as well as satisfy my own cravings. Help me!

What to do with all this Miso?

Over the holidays, I finally succumbed to my fiances request to make miso glazed black cod. What I didn't expect, is that I'd have so much miso left that I would try to find a way to incorporate it into anything else I could come up with. I've already mixed it with some tahini for a great cold noodles sauce, I've made lots of soups, mixed it with roasted garlic and rubbed it on a pork tenderloin, even tried mixing it with some caramel to top off my ice cream, thanks to David Chang for that idea.

Do any of you have any suggestions on what else I can make, or how long it will last in my fridge?

Where to buy fresh rice noodles for chow fun in NYC?

Alright Serious Eaters, I need your help here. I've been on the hunt for fresh rice noodles to make some chow fun at home. I've had no luck at some grocery stores in Chinatown and my next attempt was going to just ask some restaurants to sell me some noodles, but I want to see if anybody here had some tips.

And while we're at it, if you have any recipes for a killer chow fun, please share the wealth. Thanks!