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andanand

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  1. out of curiosity, if you're worried about volume loss, could you soak the paper towel in water, squeeze out the excess so it's not dripping into your collection vessel, and then run your liquid through it? alternatively, do you think a plain white tshirt (no colors…maybe an unused undershirt) would be toxic?
  2. I went there the day after it opened and I found the service to be really good. The bread we first got was little cheese rolls, and our second basket was herb biscuit-like things. Both were delicious, as was the butter they brought. The apple fritters were not apple fritters. There may have been apple in the batter, but it tasted more like an onion pakora than anything vaguely hinting at apple to me. It was good, but not apple fritters. The hot dog special was pretty good, the fries were delicious but an odd shape for dipping in sauces. The crab scrapple was disappointing, as it was basically
  3. from bloomberg: Three stars: Daniel (new) Jean Georges Le Bernardin Masa Per Se Two Stars: Alto (new) Corton (new) Gilt Gordon Ramsay at the London Momofuku Ko Picholine One Star: Adour Annisa Anthos Aureole A Voce (new) Blue Hill Bouley (new) Cafe Boulud Casa Mono Convivio (new) Del Posto Dressler Eighty One Eleven Madison Park (new) Etats-Unis Gotham Bar and Grill Gramercy Tavern Insieme Jewel Bako Kajitsu (new) Kyo Ya L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Marc Forgione (new) Marea (new) Minetta Tavern (new) Modern, the Oceana Perry Street Peter Luger Public Rhong-Tiam (new) River Cafe (new) Rouge Toma
  4. I had the shrimp/bacon/avocado/papaya mustard last summer. It was the first dish I'd had at jean-georges and I loved it. well, i loved the papaya mustard, specifically. the shrimp/bacon/avocado was actually very similar to dishes i've had before at other palces. maybe JG invented it, but it wasn't as exciting. the papaya mustard totally elevated the dish as a whole for me. maybe someone dropped something into the pot the day you went. i also want to know why that halibut has a supplement on it…seems like a pretty regular dish to me.
  5. andanand

    VETRI

    I'm no FT reviewer, but a few Fridays ago my family and I returned to Vetri after one good experience and one with good food and bad service. This visit was pitch perfect from start to finish. We managed to eat everything listed on the painted menu except the veal dish, hitting some classics (crepe, gnocchi, goat) and some awesome new dishes. The foie pastrami showed up as a canape on brioche with pineapple mostarda, salmon was served with red onions and oil, fluke was served with citrus, and all of it was wonderful. The highlights of the remaining new dishes were a ridiculously good grilled
  6. Pliny the Elder - on tap (or maybe it was cask?) at the Linkery, San Diego, 3/7/09 This is my second time having this beer, and first time in tap/cask/not-bottle. In the bottle I had detected an unpleasantly bitter note in the finish that put me off a little bit from an otherwise exceptional beer, but on tap it was fantastic, with a smooth (with bitterness, but much more in balance). Pliny was piney, hoppy, and delicious. One of my favorites. Ayinger Celebrator - on tap at Local 44, Philadelphia, 3/5/09 My new favorite beer. Looked like foamed coffee in the special glass, and lived up to the d
  7. Vetri. Don't know about Michelin (see: Babbo in nyc), but this is the best italian food I've had, and by far the best food I've had in Philly.
  8. andanand

    Picholine

    This happened when I ate there with my parents just over a month ago: no explanation of a single course. It was kind of bizarre, because our waitress had the table next to us, too, and she'd come out and explain their courses but then walk away without explaining ours. We had to ask for explanations of courses. The food was solid (sea urchin panna cotta, cheese platter were the best) but not exactly exciting, but the service really knocked it down a couple of notches for me.
  9. If you have the Vetri reservation already, I suggest you find a new friend to go with you. It's worth it. But if that's not possible, I had the tasting menu at Lacroix a few months back and was impressed by some courses, and incredibly disappointed by most. Tinto (or Amada) + Capogiro is the way to go I think.
  10. As one of those Penn students, I actually really liked it. I had a few disappointments (the corn esquitos were really heavy on the mayo and light on the chipotle much to my chagrin, the scallops were mushy and the grapefruit somehow tasteless in the alambres de callos), the food was actually extremely good. I loved the sangrita sorbet that came with the hamachi ceviche, adding a nice spice element to the dish, I loved the absolutely melt-in-your-mouth carnitas tacos, and the bacon marmalade with the bone marrow? Well I could eat a bowl of that for dinner most days. I also found it cheaper than
  11. I know I'm not a friend or family, but I feel entitled to an invitation to the opening of Distrito. I've been woken up every day for the past 6 months or so by the construction on the restaurant going on below me. I hope it's worth the wait.
  12. If you do try Zahav, I would suggest going on a Thursday night if at all possible. Solomonov just started doing his "Quarter Kitchen" $65 tasting menus and they look amazing. Those are similar to (and actually some of the classics from) the old Marigold Kitchen. This is not to say that the other food isn't great, because I don't know. But I could never say no to those sweetbreads with crispy chicken skin. Amazing.
  13. You're right. Who am I kidding? I might as tell my friend that we're having dinner at Capogiro. So, friend, however tried and true he is, has just admitted to being Philly pork sandwiched-out. So, if DiNic's doesn't happen on Saturday, can you all offer an alternative non-brunch mid-day meal? I love pancakes and waffles. But, I can make them at home. If I can't get my local eats on, then I might as well get something semi-sophisticated. ← Quite honestly, there are approximately a million things to eat in Reading Terminal Market. So while you get your Roast Pork with Rabe and Prov
  14. andanand

    VETRI

    Can you explain this? I thought the tasting menu was set. Also, I noticed on the website that there is a "tasting menu" ($115) and a "grand tasting menu" ($135). Since they are so close in price, I'll probably opt for the "grand tasting." But, what is confusing me is that there is a "degustazione" (apparently only offered on Saturday - or currently in the summer, on Fridays only). Is this different from the two tasting menus? I really can't wait for this meal. ← When I did this last August, we were presented with a list of about 10 or so dishes available that night, and were asked if
  15. I took my dad to Amada on a Wendesday night, and it was a very reasonable volume. Until the flamenco dancing started (this is a Wednesday-night-only thing if i recall correctly), at which point it became rock-concert loud (and also fantastic to watch). I haven't been to Tinto since they added doubled their floor space, but it was also a good volume. I had an interesting meal at James, with 2 excellent and 2 bad courses a couple of months after it opened, so I'm not sure how it is now. Things that just occured to me: do not get the tastings at Amada or Tinto. They just consist of dishes on the
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