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  1. Any recommendations for honest local dining (and a nice place to stay) in Sicily, specifically places within striking distance of Piazza Armerina, Enna, Caltanissetta, etc.? Thanks.
  2. I've looked through Bruges-related posts, but nothing in the past couple of years seems to answer my two-tined question. I'm looking for recommendations for either traditional Flemish restaurants (eel and so forth) or more innovative places (run perhaps by younger chefs) whose cooking is firmly grounded in local tradition and ingredients but gives these a personal twist. Thanks, all.
  3. I bought five ribs' worth of six-week dry-aged Tamworth pork from Heritage Foods USA down at Essex Street Market. It was delicious; the flesh was perhaps beefier than non-aged pork, but the fat carried a true pork flavor and aroma. There was a pleasant, slight funk as with dry aged beef. I recommend it enthusiastically, perhaps in a nice thick slab for more than one person rather than in thinner individual chops.
  4. I am glad to report that the plates from my Villaware #5 hand-cranked grinder (V265-05) work fine in the Chef's Choice KA attachment even though they are not as thick as the ones supplied with the Chef's Choice model.
  5. Thanks, Crouton. Could you do me a favor and measure the height of the Cabela sealer (closed)? The website says it is 5", but it would help me to have a precise figure: storage space is tight!
  6. My FoodSaver, several years old, has finally broken. I'd love to buy a Weston or even a small chamber vacuum sealer, but I do not have the space for it. I am limited to a small machine like my old FoodSaver 1050. Has anyone used a Vacupack Lite? Here is a link to the distributor's description. I like a couple of things about this, in principle: the channel (where the open edge of the bag goes for air-evacuation) is removable for cleaning; the company seems to know about vacuum sealers; and (notably in the accompanying video) they do not make exaggerated claims for this basic model. And if anyone has other good options for a machine no more than 4.5 inches in height, I'd be very happy to hear them. I'm not too worried about the price, not that such machines tend to be all that expensive.
  7. As I recently discovered to my disappointment, Foodsaver no longer sells parts for some of its older models.
  8. In Manhattan, Whole Foodses typically have plain pasteurized cream - house brand as well as Ronnybrook, one of our New York State producers that is sold fairly widely, including at farmers' markets. But occasionally - sometimes at the Bowery store, sometimes at Columbus Circle - they also sell a wonderful Vermont cream from Jersey cows: Butterworks Farm. I seem to remember seeing Milk Thistle dairy products at some Whole Foodses too, but I don't recall seeing their heavy cream.
  9. Over the past few months, we've eaten at a few Caprice Group restaurants - The Ivy, Sheekey and Dean Street Townhouse - and can confirm that only a normal 12.5% service charge was on the bill.
  10. Thanks, Alex. They tend to be from roasted nuts in health food stores.
  11. For Asian cooking I sometimes like to use cold-pressed peanut oil, but not made from roasted peanuts. Baar used to offer one, as did a (?)Virginia company called Nuts-D-Vine, but they no longer sell such oil. Chinese brands can be found in Chinatown, but I'd prefer a US-made oil, and I wonder if anyone can point me in the direction of one.
  12. What is the best Paris shop to buy excellent canned sardines? I could go to Galeries Lafayette or to Bon Marche, but perhaps someone knows of a specialist who has wonderful ones made with particularly good oil.
  13. If there are no good vendors at your local farmers' market, you might look around on heritagefoodsusa.com.
  14. Has anyone here eaten at Pur in the Park Hyatt Vendome? We will be in the neighborhood next month and were thinking of dining there. Thanks.
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