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  1. Has anybody ever tried cooking cavolo nero with japanese dandelion greens? I couldn't find any in a grocery store so I had to go to a farmer's market, and when I asked the guy about how to cook it, he said it would taste awesome with those dandelion greens. But, after googling up a recipe, I haven't found anything that combined those two together. And, what's the point of boiling the greens first before sauteeing them? Can you skip the first step?
  2. I haven't been to Vegas for a number of years, so I need a quick primer on which buffets I should hit. I'm looking for suggestions on which buffet to go to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What exactly will be the difference between the Bellagio and Wynn and Mirage buffets? Don't they basically serve the same food? And, is the Alladin still the best cheaper buffet in Vegas?
  3. I ended up buying that particular model since Sears was having a sale on its appliances, and I was able to get a good deal on Kenmore appliances. I had also checked out Sears outlet, where they sold dented or scratched appliances, but passed on those since the difference in price, after accounting for the sale at Sears, wasn't that large, especially considering the condition of the goods at that outlet. If there had been no discount, I think I may have passed on that particular model and either gotten a lower priced Kenmore or a low end Bosch since the difference between this particular Kenmo
  4. No, Maytag doesn't make Kenmore dishwashers. Whirlpool makes the regular Kenmore dishwashers while Bosch is responsible for Kenmore Elite. This is probably a good thing for Kenmore since Maytag has been having quality control issues for the past few years. According to Consumer Reports, Kenmore dishwashers are highly ranked, and have garnered the best buy spot. But, when I went to buy one, Sears discontinued the line that CR had called its best buy. Instead, according to the sale associates, what had replaced it was this model that was the most expensive model for the regular Kenmore dishwashe
  5. Does anybody have a Black&Decker Toast R-Oven model TRO870? I just won a free new one, but I don't know if I should keep it since I already have a fairly new Toaster Oven from Rival or just give it away as a gift. I'm not interested in toasting ability, but in how well it acts as a oven. The Black&Decker seems to be bigger, which is a plus over the Rival.
  6. What most americans regard as Chinese food is stuff that most Chinese people wouldn't eat. Some of the dishes may have originated in China, but they've been adapted to American tastes so much that they're no longer the same dish. I'm wondering what ethnic cuisine is being served in America today that has been able to retain its authenticity where ethnic eaters will also eat it. On the top of my head, I think it might be Japanese food, ie sushi. It may be an incredibly narrow view of Japanese cuisine, but for the most part, it seems that American eaters have adapted more to eating raw fish rat
  7. The sources you cite should answer your own question. Maybe, if you had a cookbook that was geared towards american readers, you might have some doubts. But, when authentic chinese cookbooks like those use ketchup, then I would argue that it is authentic. As XiaoLing mentioned, the word ketchup is of Chinese origin but the Chinese ketchup, ka-tsiap, that was referring to is not the same ketchup we know today. Tomatoes aren't indigenous to China, and so ka-tasiap did not use tomatoes. But, the fact that tomatoes weren't indigneous to Chinese cuisine doesn't mean the use of it today isn't authen
  8. http://health.yahoo.com/news/173241 The problem with this study is that the dishes that named were mostly aimed towards non-Chinese eaters, the stuff you'd find at PF Changs. I don't ever recall ordering those dishes when I go out. Some of the dishes may have originated in China, but they've changed so much, to appease American eaters, that its no longer really the same dish anymore.
  9. I had that same problem too. Living in SoCal, you have to know some Spanish and end up picking a little bit. Even I know cinco is five, but ninety-seven is more than I can handle. I have to count in my head- uno, dos, tres, quator, etc.. to figure out what nine is. But, by the time, I recognize that they called out a nine for the ninety-seven, I've missed out the second part. I love that combination of lime and cilantro, but the limes given were too dry to squeeze out any juice. I'm kind of curious how much lime authentic dishes usually need, if that's why this store wasn't too concerned ab
  10. I used to pass by El Gallo Giro all the time for work, but never stopped by until I heard about it here. But, I was in the area to check out the Sears outlet, and stopped by the place. They didn't have any of the dishes recommended- no taco lengua, no goat leg torta, and no mango aqua fresca. If you're going to go eat there, I think its better if you just pick up the food and go somewhere else to eat. Inside, there's no tables to eat. Just counters and high stools but those are packed by people waiting for their dishes. But, if its a place to just pick up food, it kinda takes a long time to g
  11. In case anybody has been searching for it, its been sold, remodeled, and reopened under a new name, Elite Restaurant. I have no idea how the new menu compares to the original one but its probably not going to be the same since the head chef had already left as well as signifigant turnover among the staff. I'm curious about why it was sold. Was business bad? When I went there awhile back, I had to wait for about twenty minutes but that may have been a reflection of how small the place was. Personally, I thought it was interesting albeit expensive. I know it got a lot of positive press with non
  12. This is so cool that I'm having a dialouge with Russ Parsons, the person who originally wrote the profile about Kazuto that got my interest piqued about this place in the first place. I really enjoyed your book as well as your work with the LA Times, although I'd also like to see a return to the sports section as well. I hope Buttercup lost a small fortune after that publicity stunt about the UCLA-USC game. I went to my local library to find a copy of the Los Angeles magazine to look up that issue, but they didn't have that particular issue in its archives. But, after searching the internet,
  13. Yesterday, I dropped somebody off at LAX and since it was closeby, I decided to check the place out. After reading a profile about the chef in the LATimes, I always wanted to check it out but it was too far. I got there early for lunch, and found a parking space and a table with no problems. As it was still early, there was a casual vibe and you could see the through the window that the chefs were goofing around. I had the 'black' edamame, the Kakuni udon, and the black cod with miso sauce that everybody's raved about. Since I was eating alone, I probably wouldn't have ordered the edamame but
  14. leviathan

    Bubble Tea

    Yes. At the Asian mart near me they have both black and 'rainbow', though I can't tell a difference in flavor. A bag of dried boba costs about $2, and is enough to make more bubble tea than I'll consume in this lifetime. ← I thought I read that making the tapioca pearls, even with a kit, was the hardest part about trying to make bobba tea at home. Anybody tried making them, and how did it come out?
  15. I think Puck's ultimate influence will derive from him being the american chef who started the whole phenomenon of celebrity chefs leveraging their brand into something more commercial that reached a wider american audience. He was also the first big name chef that heraleded a new culinary era for Las Vegas, and his success there opened up the doors for other chefs to follow. He's set up a model and protype that we're seeing other celebrity chefs follow today.
  16. Due to the wine glut, there were other wines and still are other inexpensive wines that didn't taste bad. Yet, it was Charles Shaw that captured lightning in a bottle, not the other inexpensive wines. One of the keys to Charles Shaw, which most people don't mention, is its connection to upscale retailer Trader Joe's and how Trader Joe's was selling it exclusively. Trader Joe's and Costco are perhabs the only big retailers that could have lent this product enough respectability. The consumer expects high quality bargains at those two retailers. If it had been Wal-Mart that had been selling it,
  17. I don't understand why you'd need to remove the head from the shrimp. I've always believed that the shell gave it more flavor, and you can eat the stuff inside the shell too. Mmmm.... If the problem is that the head will carry bacteria that will cause decomposition, then shouldn't freezing it prevent that? And, if that's still a problem, wouldn't the rest of the shell of the shrimp pose the same problem so that you'd need to basically freeze shrimps where there's no shells or heads.
  18. If anything, people's wages have stagnated. And, the cost of a kitchen is more of a sunk cost. You're going have to pay for it anyway as all houses come with kitchen. When it comes to resale value, the most valuable rooms are the bathrooms and the kitchen. To have better argued your point, it would have been better to drop the point about $15 a day for kitchens, and focused more on oppurtunity costs- the time it took to learn how to cook and the time it takes to cook a meal. I tend to think we've seen a signifigant decrease in home cooking because women are given more options that their moth
  19. When we talk about supply and demand and how that affects wages for cooks, its important to note that that should also affect FOH as well. While both FOH and cooks need some skillsets, I would still argue that there's less training for FOH and so a lower barrier of entry for FOH which would drive up supply for FOH. For example, the time and education and grades needed to become a doctor limits the number of doctors and therby insures that each doctor will enjoy a certain modicum of financial sucess than if the field was wide open and anybody could become a doctor. Its going to take more time t
  20. The irony is that these same customers would probably have no problems with paying a premium if we were talking about a non-Asian chef's take on Asian food, as we've seen with Jean-George V or Wolfgang Puck. They'd probably sniff their nose at authentic Thai food like Sripraphai yet are more than willing to go out and support Jean-George's interpretation of Thai street food. Its unfortuante that not enough Americans are willing to support higher priced Chinese food, even if there's a concommitant increase in quality. No restauranter is going to be willing to risk that investment into decor and
  21. I'm not sure how liquor licenses work, but I've noticed a number of Chinese restuarants where they've converted the bar, which the previous restaurant probably used, into something non-alcholic. Even then, I would think the profits on the beer would be less than if you could sell wine to those businessmen.
  22. Another thing I realized that unlike most western style restaurants, Chinese places don't get the same revenue stream from desserts. Most of the time, you'll get complimentary fortune cookies(they're not indigineous to Chinese cooking but were invented in SF) or slices of fruit. Or, maybe, some almond flavored gelatin or sweet soup, but my experience have been that those are usually complimentary as well where everybody at the table gets some. With the increasing prominence of pastry chefs in today's restaurants, it would seem that that would be another major source of revenue, probably one of
  23. Okay, Ramsay might not be the best example. But, from what I've heard regarding Michellin Stars, you don't need to necessairly show the same innovation as you need to do to garner four stars from the NYTimes. From what I've read, Bocuse and Blanc aren't doing anything especially innovative today, and they're still getting three stars.
  24. Just as a point of reference, how does Thai Nakorn compare to Sripraphai in NYC. From the NY Forum, I got the gist that Thai food in NYC, with the exception of a few places like S., were mediocre. That actually surprises me more than bad Thai in Orange County because I always thought that NYC had a larger Thai population and was thus more likely able to support great Thai food. (It was kind of fascinating, in a voyeuristic car crash of way, to read the outrage about the NYTimes reviewing Sripraphai. Turns out the NYTimes is geared towards the rich and powerful and should never review a place,
  25. At what point did innovation become part of the four-star paradigm? Was it Ruth Reichl who ushured in a new era, who changed the rules of the game? Its interesting to note that such innovation doesn't appear to be as necessary under the Michelin system, given the stars Ramsay has garnered.
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