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  1. newguy

    Silver Oak Bistro

    Out of pure coincidence and location, my wife made reservations so we could meet friends and that happened to be an approximate middle location. Always heard great things. I really wish I could say it lived up to the reputation. We split starters, hush puppies that were so hard we were almost unable to cut them. A fresh pasta and mushroom adish called rags and mushrooms or something. that was exactly that, a few mushrooms and pasta. Shrimp and Grits that was ok and a scallop wrapped in bacon special. the scallop and bacon was not bad, but whatever the garnish was, and i can't remember, was just terrible. Entrees we had a potato wrapped catfish etouffe. i have never seen such violently overcooked fish with a 4" crust made of iron, ever. shrimp, jambalaya. a large scoop of rice, some sauce and 5 shrimp. a steak special that was ordered because the menu steak was not available (with 3 other people in the restaurant) and a short rib dish that "needed" a knife. we did however get a kick out of the tv screen with the live feed into the kitchen with the 2 women that would throw stuff in pans and walk out of sight, and the chef that walked the dining room while those pans were on the stove... If this place is open in october i'd be amazed. the server had to go to the liquor store next door to buy soda for service. when asked for dessert we passed and headed to that turkish bakery for something good
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    Liquid Dispenser thingy?

    try this. it's a picture of one available on ebay. we call them sauce guns and we buy screw on tips for smaller amounts or more controlled amounts of liquids... http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Stainless-Steel-Sa...9QQcmdZViewItem
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    charity game dinner?

    this was exactly what i heard about. there were "only" 15 courses or so though, not really sure of all the chefs in attendance though...
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    charity game dinner?

    anyone know or hear of a charity game dinner taking place either this week or next week with a number of chefs participating?
  5. The number of "relevant" places (as FG defined it) surely numbers at least 100, and perhaps more. Anyone monitoring the message boards (EG, Mouthfuls, Chowhound) can readily find the restaurants that are repeatedly recommended by knowledgeable diners, over and over again. There are a lot of them. I think the object of the thread—though perhaps it has morphed a bit—was to discuss expensive, high-concept places that were formerly considered trailblazers, but are no longer regarded that way—Vong being a prime example. this is exactly what i was referring to, without the sarcasm. vong is no longer "relevant" so it should just close? why? the food was "great" once. maybe it still is for some that have never been there. i'm sure it still turns quite a profit or else it would have closed by now. so it's not "relevant" but it was the first of it's kind 10 years ago, doesn't that make it "relevant" no matter what?
  6. why does a place have to be "relevant" to be open? if you are talking about restaurants being "relevant" there would be 6 places in ny.
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    Cafe Matisse

    Maybe it's just me, i'm sure it is. If I had 45 minutes and happened to be in a nice restaurant, I'd be more than happy to sit and talk to my wife. But thats just me, since I see her about 45 minutes a week total. The rest of the time I have to worry about people and their precious 45 minutes...
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    Cafe Matisse

    waiting for your food has nothing to do with the "service" portion of your meal. someone telling you that they'll take your coffee order with dessert is horrendous service. waiting for your food is because of the kitchen or the way the customers were seated all at the same time. it happens, it happens everywhere. cut the place a break. i always tell my friends and family that they should all be "lucky" enough to watch a full service, and watch the cooks work in their environment, the heat, the pace. after that, you'll be more than happy to sit in the air conditioned dining room with your wife enjoying a little conversation and some free time, instead of complaining. everyone that eats should work in a kitchen.
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    Cafe Matisse

    Do you guys have any idea how that kitchen works? Peter, the chef/owner is the only cook in that place. A dishwasher and his wife helps him to plate occasionally, but thats his staff. All they need is the servers to seat a few tables at the same time and that guy is slammed. Thats a nice restaurant, with good food. you said the food was good overall, although your wife needed her filet cooked more, so what? these are strange reasons not to go back to a good place.
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    Do you cheat when you chop onions?

    when you hold the onion half with the cut side facing you where you would begin making the horizontal cuts, turn the onion so the cut side is horizontal on your board. make your slices as close together as you want, and you do not need to make the horizontal cuts. you will get very small pieces. i came across 1 restaurant that used this technique, and i've never seen anyone else do it before, or since.
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    Being a chef and a parent

    I'm 34, work about 70 hours a week, give or take and i have 2 kids 20 months and 4 months. It's all up to the wife basically. she works full time, but from home most of the week. we pay for day care some times which is a fortune. and we are lucky the parents live close and they pitch in often. however, i have 1 day off and on that day off i watch 2 kids. watching 2 kids isn't easy at all, let alone smashed in between all that work. i suppose that that helps keep the anger and agression up while i'm at work. i mean if i was happy all the time, i wouldn't be able to be a chef... i mean, i think you'd be hard pressed to find chefs that are able to stay married, let alone have kids. thats not sarcasm either. most chefs i know have been divorced at least once.
  12. I took this class probably 5 years ago. I later went on to culinary school at ICE, and found that through the 1st portion of school, I already knew what I was doing from the la techniqe course. I met some good people in there, learned a lot of old school techniques, gained weight and had fun. i'd be surprised if you didn't like it.
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    Son going into the business

    Why don't you try to encourage your son? Take him to a few fine establishments, teach him the great side of the industry. Have him speak with some chefs of your favorite places and see what they did when they were younger. Or else you can send him to a grueling culinary program, and/or have him trail in some places and he can see how hard the work actually is. Make sure that is in the summer too, when it's a bit hotter than usual...
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    Beet salad

    what you want to do is put some kosher salt in a square of foil and wrap each individually. then put a layer of kosher salt down in a pan, and place the beets in the salt. put them in an low oven, 250 maybe and leave them alone for a few hours (if they are big). those are the best beets ever.
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    Culinary Job Search

    you should seriously just go into every restaurant that you may have an interest in, and talk to the chef in charge. they'll probably have you trail a few days and see what your deal is, and maybe put you on a few days, you never know.
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