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Do I Need to Soak My Grains?

seriouseats should do an article on how to make perfect overnight steel cut oats every single time using a zojirushi rice cooker. hell, I would write an article on this.

What Ethnic Cuisines Do You Want to See in NYC?

better vietnamese, and passable biscuits. bojangles biscuits blow the doors off of anything you can get in NYC. why is this so hard?

for vietnamese, better cold noodles. hanco's noodle salads are ok, num pang's are worse than airplane food, neither hold a candle to what you can get on the street in vietnam.

Bake the Book: First Prize Pies

Pecan Pie. Way too sweet, usually doesn't taste like pecans at all.

Cook the Book: 'My Irish Table' by Cathal Armstrong

Lamb Pie, followed by Guinness Cake for dessert.

What's Your Favorite Manhattan Variation?

My wife and I often add apple juice to a standard manhattan if we want something a little less strong to sip on.

I like a manhattan with very little vermouth, but it's hard to order this as you cannot just say "dry", because then you'll get one with dry vermouth, and I think dry manhattans and perfect manhattans are terrible. so, I usually just say "a manhattan, up, with very little vermouth" and that works pretty well.

Where Do You Take Out of Towners in New York?

I like to take people to Eisenberg's for lunch, and then for a walk around Eataly. Other favorite lunch spots for guests are Taboonnette, Taim and Num Pang because they're very unique.

Ed's Vegan Diary, Week 2: Getting Tight With Tofu

I also love justin's peanut butter cups! I think they make both dark chocolate and regular varieties, the dark chocolate is my favorite. definitely an awesome treat.

Bake the Book: Puddin'

I can't believe I'm the first one to say: banana pudding!

Bake the Book: Levi Roots' Sweet

trifle, preferably from sugar sweet sunshine. their apple walnut trifle is amazing!

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

Grilled Cheese at Junior's, on fulton st in brooklyn. 6 slices of american cheese on white bread, and it wasn't even cooked long enough for the cheese in the center to melt.

Ordered the grilled cheese as kind of a "hey we came to try the cheesecake, but it's lunchtime, so let's just get something" thing, so wasn't expecting anything other than two slices of white bread and some cheese, but this was truly disgusting.

Where Do You Eat Alone in New York?

I prefer to eat alone at the bar; but obviously depends on the place. I definitely prefer places where I can bring a book, sit at the bar, have some food and a drink, and occasionally talk to the bartender.

My favorite places:
- Jack The Horse
- Henry St Ale House (their specials are always good)
- Pete's waterfront tavern (awesome nachos)

Equipment: The Best Chef's Knives

I went through 2 victronix before getting the Wusthof, and for me, it's night and day. I have decent but not great knife technique, and the Wusthof lasts me way longer in between sharpenings, and is a lot more comfortable to my hand.

Where Are You a Regular in NYC?

I'd be most interested in where folks are regulars that isn't near where they live/work. I'm a regular at doughnut plant and almondine for breakfast. Almondine is near my boxing gym and I often go to doughnut plant after a long run; although it's nowhere near my home/work.

for dinner, really only henry st ale house and jack the horse, both near our apartment.

Bake the Book: The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie

I'm making two pies the day before: pumpkin pie, and a chocolate cream pie! Although, if I win this book, I'll make that apple pie.

9 Sweet Ways To Have Maple Syrup for Breakfast

one of my very favorite ways to have oatmeal is steel cut oats with vanilla extract, peanut butter, and maple syrup.

A Day in the Life: Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor

I thought ed doesn't drink?

Square Diner Serves Incredible Charm. Oh, and There are Sandwiches.

this is awesome, now I'm definitely going to try this place. I have jogged by this place on the way to work 20 million times and always wondered if it was really great or really horrible.

A Day in the Life: Max Falkowitz, New York Editor

cool post, I always wonder about stuff like this. I couldn't work at serious eats in a million years, I'd gain a ton of weight.

A Tour of Economy Candy, the Best and Craziest Candy Store in NYC

I have always wondered wtf with the chocolate covered jelly rings. who eats those?

Who Makes the Best Tuna Melt in NYC?

My problem with a lot of tuna melts I've had is that they contain way too much tuna. I like a nice mixed ratio of tuna : cheese : bread, and I have eaten way too many tuna melts that have a super thick layer of tuna.

Dear Restaurants: Please Stop Playing Live Music

I've played quiet, unobtrusive jazz in restaurants for close to 20 years. even really famous jazz musicians rely, unfortunately, on restaurant gigs. Hearing a great pianist play while you eat or have a drink at the knickerbocker is one of the best things about being in NYC to me.

it seems like your rant is more around rock bands and things like that playing, and I agree that the volume should never be above the point where people can't have a conversation in a normal tone of voice. but having a live pianist in the dining is always a plus to me.

Okay New York, Let's Talk Tacos

don't know the name of specific places but there are some great places on staten island. one day we we took our bikes on the ferry, biked around the island and stopped by a great place on the way back. it wasn't too far from the train, and I went with my standard tactic at cheap taco joints: order the cut of meat that's slightly more expensive (usually .25) than the rest.

I have to say, tacos are one of those things that I always like better making myself.

Why You Should Get Your Fresh Rice Rolls From a Tofu Factory

any idea how early is "early"?

What's Your Favorite Bourbon Cocktail?

I'm going to try a revolver! cool idea. My favorite cocktail by far is a manhattan, with very little vermouth. which is difficult to order as succintly as, say, a "dry martini".

What Regional Sandwiches Do You Wish You Could Find in New York?

white bread, mayo, salt and pepper and NC farmer's market tomatoes. it doesn't count unless it's eaten at the NC farmer's market itself because you can't wait til you get home.

Philadelphia in mid-july?

My wife and I are spending the night in Philly on a saturday in July, and looking for someplace cool/fun to eat dinner. any suggestions?

Both of us enjoy well made cocktails, and are very adventurous in terms of food.

Any recommendations? price is not a constraint, but we'd prefer a more casual experience to fine dining.

Vietnam: recommendations?

We're taking a trip to vietnam for 2 weeks, and looking forward to checking out some of the places we've found on seriouseats (egg coffee in hanoi!).

Does anyone have any "must-try" places or dishes? We plan on mostly eating on the street and in the markets, although we're open to any suggestions.

thanks!

New Orleans: Places to eat on a solo vacation?

I'm going to new orleans next week for the french quarter festival. Wife can't make it, so I'll be there by myself. Any recommendations?

Places I've got on the list:
- boucherie
- willie mae's scotch house

Places I've been:
- dante's
- galatoire's (had kind of a bad experience)
- cochon
- commander's palace
- dizzy's
- stanley

red egg: great food, weird hostess

my wife and I went to red egg for dinner last night, got there at 7:15, fairly early by nyc standards. despite the place seeming half empty, the hostess asked if we had a reservation, we said no, and she said sorry, fully booked.

we went outside, and while I was looking around for other places to eat, my wife got on opentable and made a reservation for 7:45. we walked around the block, came back in, gave her our name and.... she seated us immediately. wtf?

that aside, we had some dim sum for appetizers and then shared the mushu pork. steamed pork buns were excellent, seafood dumplings were good, the red egg puffs were too sweet for my taste, I got the feeling they may be more of a dessert-ty thing that we inadverdently ordered.

mushu pork was very good also, my first time having it. solid cocktails, and everyone other than the hostess was really friendly.

shopsin's recommendations?

planning on going to shopsins this week, usually only go a couple times a year. I've tried the mac and cheese pancake egg sandwich, the sneaky pete, and the croque monsieur.

any recommendations on what to try next?

breakfast in queens? (have car!)

my wife and I have rented a car for the day, and are going to be driving to fort totten, followed by astoria for lunch. we'd like to stop for breakfast somewhere cool in queens.

where's the best breakfast in queens?

new orleans: plans

We're going to be in new orleans this week on vacation, with reservations at Galatoire's, Brigsten's and Cochon. planning on going to Stella and Ruby Slipper for breakfast, and Boucherie for lunch. Also, central grocery because we've never been.

what else should be on the list?

doughnut plant new flavors: only in chelsea?

anyone know if the LES doughnut plant is serving the new flavors that the chelsea one has? mainly, I'm thinking of the oatmeal doughnut, because boy do I love me some oatmeal. and the LES location is a lot easier for me to get to in the morning.

thanks!

oatmeal trip report: bouley

tried the oatmeal at bouley this morning, based on the awesome article from last week.

totally not my thing, took 2 bites, realized I was going to be sick if I ate the whole thing, and went to whole foods for bacon and eggs instead. the review was a good description, as it's basically a cupful of cream, but there felt like there were not very many oats, which made the texture jellylike and just weird. there also just wasn't a lot of flavor to it, apart from the whole "hot cream" thing. also, at 6.50, it was really overpriced.

I'm looking forward to trying some of the other places in the article, as I really like oatmeal, but bouley just wasn't for me.

hudson river or inwood recommendations?

My wife and I are biking along the hudson from the brooklyn bridge to inwood on saturday. any recommendations for seriously delicious places to stop for breakfast, lunch, or a snack? Stay in or To go, doesn't matter. We'll be riding along the water and don't want to go too far in town until we get to inwood, where anything is fair game.

any recommendations?

mushroom barley soup, saute mushrooms first?

I'm going to make some mushroom barley soup with cremini and hen of the woods mushrooms. what does everyone think, saute the mushrooms in butter first, or just throw them in with the stock?

kenny shopsin's recipe doesn't saute first. so, what I am really asking is, should I trust kenny?

steel cut oats in 3 cup zojirushi micom

for the past 3 years I have made steel cut oats by cooking them in a 1.5 quart chefmate slow cooker. this worked pretty well, although the oats would stick to the bottom sometimes and cleaning the porcelain pot was kind of a pain, I had to leave it to soak all day.

a few weeks ago the slow cooker started to run hot and I couldn't include dried fruit anymore without it burning somewhat, so I decided to spring for a zojirushi rice cooker, to use mainly for oatmeal.

this morning, I woke up to the most perfect oatmeal I have ever made, and cleaning the bowl consisted of rinsing it out. I used a water:oats ratio of 3:1 rather the 4:1 I had been using in the slow cooker, and the results were just perfect.

I highly recommend one of these fuzzy logic rice cookers if you have oatmeal everyday like me.

best small slow cooker for oatmeal?

I have used a small chefmate slow cooker to make oatmeal overnight for the last 3 years. lately, it has started to run a bit hot and I think it's time for a new one.

anyone have any recommendations for a small, programmable slow cooker?

we have a larger slow cooker that I use for dinners, the only thing I use the small one for is 1/2c steel cuts + 2c water + dried fruit, which I have for breakfast everyday.

thanks for your help!

best uses for a bottle of red?

I have most of a bottle of red sitting at home, neither my wife and I like it enough to drink it straight. I used a little of it for a wonderful slow cooker pot roast from cook's illustrated, which was fantastic. but I don't know what to do with the rest! any good cooking with wine ideas?

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