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Scott Haas

Scott Haas

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Author of "Back of the House: Secrets of A Restaurant" and James Beard Award winner

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  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Favorite foods: pizza
  • Last bite on earth: morphine

Snapshots from Japan: The Tokyo Cocktail Scene

Watching top bartenders in Tokyo, I think of the Japanese tea ceremony, with its elaborate details and rules. Both reflect what Japanese call kodawari, which translates roughly to a striving for unreachable perfection achieved through relentless practice, repetition, and extreme attention to detail. More

The Food Lab: Bringing Home General Tso's Chicken

No surprise there, AT: Kenji loves food & knows what he's doing.

The Food Lab: Bringing Home General Tso's Chicken

Graydon Carter weighing in? This is getting serious. It was, yes, an insurrection.

The Food Lab: Bringing Home General Tso's Chicken

This looks really delicious, and it's reminiscent of a dish i cook weekly: Deep fried, pressed tofu squares. There's a place in East Cambridge that sells pressed tofu: Toss with corn starch and flour. Deep fry. Drain. Toss in a sauces of hoisin, rice wine, sambal oelek, roasted sesame seeds, and chopped scallions. Because I eat it weekly, I'm trying to avoid the animal protein, but your recipe for chicken will be a Friday Night Special.

A Tour of the Gorgeous Produce at Ota Market in Japan

White strawberries are a specific variety: "The fruit is the brainchild of Miyoshi Agritech Co., which has been developing new varieties of strawberries in the last two decades. Apparently, the insides are also white, but the seeds are red."

Epic Wait at Il Buco Alimentari? Where to Eat Instead

I think it's a GREAT idea! And I'm glad you're doing it. I love Il Buco, and I just hope readers are not spooked by the idea that the won't get in and so don't go.

Epic Wait at Il Buco Alimentari? Where to Eat Instead

Could be. I know that the only way I can get into Perla, reservation or not, is for lunch. Can't even get a table in advance for the evening; the waits without a reservation are spectacular. Or try Babbo, Lupa, The Dutch, Sushi Yasuda, any of Chang's places, any of Bowien's places, etc. without a reservation most nights between 6-9. Can't imagine that Il Buco's waits are longer, but I'm sure you're basing your view on some evidence rather than anecdote that these waits are shorter than Il Buco. (Mission Chinese was 90 minutes a few months ago on a Friday.) Still, hard to imagine.

Epic Wait at Il Buco Alimentari? Where to Eat Instead

I will admit to being confused by this piece. I go to Il Buco about 6x a year. Either I call Open Table or the restaurant and reserve in advance. It's true that walk-ins, especially on weekends between 6-9 PM, will probably have to wait, but that's the same at most of the best restaurants. Il Buco is no different than Lupa, Perla, Locanda Verde, etc. in that way. The author notes no long waits at Rubirosa, too. That's not been the case for me nor many who love that place: Long waits are the norm given the tight space. So either reserve or wait, no big deal. And Il Buco, like the other places with long waits? Worth it. Why not plan ahead?

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