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  1. 2017 Kitchen Appliances

    Thanks - I've been looking at the Miele gas ranges and they sure have me thinking...
  2. 2017 Kitchen Appliances

    Doesn't it always ? Running a 22v line would cost over $1,000 a floor - and we're on the 15th floor! Refrigerator size is still to be determined; I don't need anything quite as monstrous as that GE. The wine fridge will most likely have to fit a 24" opening.
  3. 2017 Kitchen Appliances

    So, a couple more limitations (as I said above, coop apartment living)... Range and no other appliances which need more than 120v electrical. I'm pretty sure dual-fuel ranges are out. I also want to have an under-counter wine fridge.
  4. After living in our apartment for what is now close to 14 years, Significant Eater and I have decided to take the plunge and renovate our kitchen and bath. There will be challenges, not the least of which is that our's is a cooperative apartment building; everything (design mostly) has to be approved by management and board of directors. We bought new appliances when I and a friend did a make-believe renovation in 2005...pix of my kitchen appear way back in the blog we did in 2011. The amazing thing about the appliances we bought in '05 is that the dishwasher (Miele), range (Bosch) and fridge (Amana/Maytag) have never needed a single service call. So they've done their jobs well. Actually, I wouldn't mind keeping the Miele, but I realize that keeping a 12 year old dishwasher in a brand new reno is probably not the greatest idea. Now here are the questions. I plan on going fairly high-end for appliances - like I want a pro range and believe I will be able to vent it legally to the outside via my bathroom window (at least that is what both our architect and the president of the coop told me). What appliances are people liking these days, in terms of performance and reliability? I don't want to say price is no object, because it is. But I'd like to hear everything.
  5. Dinner 2017 (Part 4)

    When life hands me this: I cook this: Risotto with ramps and white asparagus.
  6. Dinner 2017 (Part 4)

    Ham and pea soup (which was served before the paella posted above) repurposed as ramen. With asparagus, pea shoots, mussels and clams.
  7. Dinner 2017 (Part 4)

    Hey, who you calling Scuba? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 4)

    Last night's paella mixta. Chicken, Long Island shellfish - scallops and clams. Grilled scallions and grilled first ramps of the season.
  9. Dinner 2017 (Part 3)

    Took another drive to Whitestone, Queens yesterday; all of a sudden I spot this place, which I'd never seen nor heard of: I knew I had a bunch of mushrooms at home; I just didn't know what I was going to do with them. But fresh Durso's fettuccini with mushrooms turned out to be a good idea.
  10. Tammy, the guy who wrote The Spice Companion has a highly-regarded store here in NYC. The store is called La Boîte, and Lior collaborates with a diverse array of chefs and others, from Jim Meehan on cocktail seasonings to Eric Ripert on, well, other stuff.
  11. I've heard somewhat the same thing, Paul. A friend mentioned it wasn't terrible, but it was no Franny's.
  12. Nothing's hidden in this city. But, Le Coucou has been a favorite since its opening. An old classic like Le Bernardin (where we had dinner a week ago) is still wonderful. Other very enjoyable meals we've recently had include Beatrice Inn, Wildair (which is casual and doesn't take reservations), Ssam Bar, and Le Coq Rico. If you want to go to Brooklyn (which is basically a short subway ride), Olstead and Faun are both worthy choices.
  13. I just added these 2 used books to my collection...trying to up my game:
  14. Hot Pot For Home Use

    Slightly off-topic, but good Sichuan restaurants have really upped their game in New York City over the past decade. Even in Manhattan, there are a good dozen places to get quality Sichuan food in restaurants.