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  1. I'd love to attend but I have two caveats before buying a ticket: 1. I don't know how to cook anything except microwave popcorn so I'd like to know if it's okay to bring staples from the supermarket like soda or chips in lieu of a potluck dish. 2. What's the deadline, assuming there's one, for signing up? I'm going to be away earlier in the month at dance camp in Maine, and I'm pretty sure I'll be back before the 18th but I'd like to know if I can postpone signing up until after I return from Maine in September (i.e. are there a limited number of tickets being sold?)
  2. There are a number of coffee shop/take out/diner type places very close to the ferry. I'm not sure what will or won't be open for breakfast, depending upon the time, but some of them will be open. If you follow the pedestrian exit out of the ferry, cross the street (Richmond Terrace) in front of the ferry, there's a large historic building (Borough Hall) opposite the ferry terminal. If you walk up the stairs next to Borough Hall, or walk up Schuyler Street (a half-block to the right, next to a courthouse) there's Stuyvesant Place, a small commercial strip with some of these places. Directly ABOVE Borough Hall (it's all uphill from Richmond Terrace!) there's Hyatt Street, intersecting with Stuyvesant, and there's a breakfast joint. I think it's called Hillside Restaurant, 8 Hyatt Street (from Yahoo Maps.) If you take a right on Richmond Terrace when you exit the terminal, there's a Country Donuts that's open 24 hours about 2 blocks down (just past the police station. ) Country Donuts is a funky/cheesy/sleazy formica dive with some sit-down booths that serves some basic breakfast stuff in addition to the donuts and coffee. Just before the police station there's a tiny strip mall that might have another coffee shop in it. A couple of blocks past Country Donuts there's a funky little bodega/deli on a corner with some white plastic seats and a table outside. They (used to) have a sign outside saying something like "best coffee in NYC!" I never tried it, don't know if it's the best or not. I'm guessing they serve standard NYC breakfast stuff like egg on a roll also.
  3. I live in Staten Island, near the ferry. Neither of the these restaurants is near the ferry and I wouldn't think of either as being in the "roadfood" category, I think they're both too upscale and too expensive for that. There are a number of ethnic "cheap eats" places within walking distance of the feryy. There's a couple of Sri Lankan places, a Polish Deli that gets rave reviews, a Taco stand that Sietsma in the Village Voice said made superb tacos (there are a couple of other Mexican groceries that perpare some takeout food also) a couple of Roti joints, and a few diner/bar/hamburger kinda places, among others. If you want more info or directions let me know and I'll do my best.
  4. Slice (America's Favorite Pizza Weblog!) translated into Japanese: Japanese Slice
  5. The all-carb diet. Carbo-loading. Bread. Pasta. Okay, really going out on a limb for this one: The latest fad that will sweep the nation and the mass media will be for balance, moderation, and reasonableness in all things diet-related. Sorry, I was just daydreaming there for a moment!
  6. The online version of the NY magazine article: Pizza Got a New Upper Crust.
  7. If you want to edit my headline and remove the word "demise" for the sake of clarity it's fine with me. I guess it's more accurately an evolution than a demise.
  8. Raising Anchor There are also two slide shows on the page:
  9. I've noticed a number of online retailers mention the use of a pizza stone in a microwave. Here's one from Amazon: I believe that I also saw a microwave-specific accessory that was essentially a pizza stone a few months ago, although I can't find it again now. I would like to know if this would be useful for reheating pizza, or cooking microwave pizza, or for the other uses mentioned in the quote (not for making pizza from scratch!)
  10. this stuff is usually sent in by viewers, and i don't doubt sometimes by people interested in getting the particular product's name out. not to suggest that this is the case with Mo Pho, but obviously it was sent in by someone who thought the name was funny. and we all do. jay's "punch line", however, isn't nearly as funny as most of us could have come up with. perhaps we should have a thread on possible punch lines for jay. ← Perhaps we should take up a collection to buy Jay a funny bone.
  11. Thank you, that one looks like it might fit the bill nicely. I'm going to check out what they have in the local stores like Linens 'n Things, I never thought about this before, that there might actually be various nutcracker designs, in my mind nutcracker and those "V" things were always synonymous!
  12. The conventional wisdom, I'd imagine, is that the "bad" would be that the gourmet chains will drive out the locals, and that quality will decline while corporate glossiness and blandness reigns (that it's gotta be much more about "catering to the rampant status anxiety among the upper middle class" than about humbly passionate merchants selling the best possible quality to humbly appreciative customers.) I'm not agreeing with this assesment, I'm just curioius about what more knowledgable people think, that's why I posed the question. One phenomenon that does seem to be occuring in the grocery market, as is apparently happening throughout our culture, is that the middle is disappearing, and we're left with most of the capitalist money and energy and passion chasing and catering to the wealthy; with Wal-Mart left for the rest of us. This would seem to be bad for our society for numerous reasons. But of course, the Wal-Marts and the Whole Foods are all just exploiting this phemomenon, not creating it.
  13. I'm absolutely fascinated by urban planning; how people and places interact; how space affects the way people do or don't interact, and the ways that space defines how people see/feel/think about themselves; the public vs. private dichotomy in this society; and how (or why) it is that, even after having 40+ years of learning that sprawling suburbs are not healthy for children and other living things, the majority of us (with notable exceptions) flock gleefully to ever-expanding McUrbs, and the zoning laws most everywhere apparently both encrouage and demand sprawlurbia. I'm also really interested in the business of business; and in vernacular and pop culture and in food (yes, there is a reason for my lurking at eGullet!;) thus all of these interests manifest in curiosity about supermarkets, shopping malls, urban markets, "walkable" neighborhoods, etc. etc.
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