Jump to content


eGullet Society staff emeritus
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Location

Recent Profile Visitors

5,794 profile views
  1. weinoo

    Wine Refrigerator

    So far (keeping fingers crossed), I've been happy with the under-counter, 2-zone Summit we purchased...holds almost 4 cases...
  2. weinoo

    Existing Conditions

    Existing Conditions They're doing some special Sunday night dinners, with guest chefs. Best to follow them on social media to find out what's upcoming. And next week, another interesting event called Flaming Cocktails, with David Wondrich and Dale DeGroff.
  3. weinoo

    NYC steakhouses 2019–

    Everything is a contest...I guess you haven't watched the Food Network in the past 20 years!
  4. weinoo

    Dinner 2019

    A few recent dinners: Mezze rigatoni all'Amatriciana. Side salad of endive in the style of puntarelle, with anchovy, garlic, lemon, olive oil. Got my shipment of the Rancho Gordo bean club, and it included farro. So, a soup of porcini and cremini mushrooms, leeks, onion, celery, carrot, and farro. A play on mushroom barley soup, I like this perhaps a bit more, as it doesn't get too thick like it can with barley. The broth includes the soaking liquid from the porcini, chicken stock, and water. Roasted chicken thighs and fingerling potatoes. Braised endive and romaine. The almost all-white plate of winter.
  5. weinoo

    NYC steakhouses 2019–

    If you want to talk, and actually hear each other talk, that's a whole other story. I do a lot of nodding/smiling in restaurants these days; not nodding off, but nodding as if to say I agree with whatever it is the other person (s) may be saying. Stick to a classic steakhouse like Spark's or Wolfgang's et al., in that case. Even Keen's can get very loud.
  6. weinoo

    NYC steakhouses 2019–

    Geographically, 3rd Ave. doesn't really run straight up from Union Square - but Park Avenue does, and then you can swing over to 3rd when you hit 46th Street, if you decide on Sparks, which isn't a bad choice, especially if you want to spend some dough on wine. Don't forget, Paul Castellano was gunned down right in front of the place, along with his driver, so you'd get to see some famous sights too! But - I think the best steaks being served in NYC aren't necessarily being served in steakhouses. Which is probably good for your seafood eating friend (s). This Korean restaurant called Cote is doing lovely meat stuff, but it's a pain in the ass to get a reservation. But my favorite would have to be Frenchette, where the rest of the menu just rocks, the wine list is great, and the beef is awesome. Easily enough for 2 or 3. Back to steakhouses - Wolfgang's, Keen's (which is a classic for sure), S & W's, Old Homestead, will all get you where you want to go.
  7. I wouldn't be doing that at home, though. I can't imagine the condensation that takes place inside the grinder from grinding frozen beans is very good for the grinder.
  8. I think she lives in Brooklyn, so while it is NYC, it's not an NYC apartment!
  9. Sometimes looks can be deceiving. So while the above steak was nice and tender, as was the rib eye, their flavor left me wanting. I'm sure on the grill they can be a little bit tastier, but who has a grill?! In any event, I doubt I'll be buying many more steaks from TJ's. My next attempt may be with one of the New Zealand racks of lamb this TJ's carries, also at a reasonable price.
  10. I'm sure I've thrown Trader Joe's under the bus, either in this thread or on some other, more local boards I frequent. Probably both. So, when the largest Trader Joe's on the east coast opened with 2 minutes (walking!) of our apartment, I was caught between a rock and a hard place; stick to my guns and never set foot in the place, or join the many devotees who love the place. I joined. Not that I love or even like anything that much; yeah, yeah, I get it, the nuts are cheap, peanut butter's good, cereal, etc. etc. But there are also tons of sodium in the stuff I'd never buy, and you really, really have to practice mindful shopping, especially when it comes to stuff like their produce. That said, a Sunday morning stroll through the store netted me this product: ct: Imported from Italy, only 190mg sodium per 4 oz serving, it's 3 or 4 types of mushrooms, including boletes. With half a bag, I made this: Spaghetti with 1/2 bag of those mushrooms, a few cherry tomatoes, and a good handful of parmesan and pecorino. Took 20 minutes, start to finish. I also picked this up, and it's in the sous vide rig right now... Along with a rib eye. Not a bad looking steak.
  11. weinoo

    Tampa treasures?

    I realize this a very old topic, but since i just read it, let me comment on the above (as if anyone cares). Bern's has one of the great wine lists, if not in the United States, then in the world. It is NOT overpriced by any stretch of the imagination, and if a diner knows anything at all about wine, said diner will certainly find wines that are insanely low priced for a restaurant. And the steaks I've had cooked at Bern's are just fine.
  12. weinoo

    Seasoning Carbon Steel

    I tend to, after a round or two of seasoning, just like cooking in the pan, whatever its manufacturer. Make some bacon, some duck, some pork, etc. Eventually, you'll have a nicely seasoned pan; what's the rush, anyway?
  13. I used to give Julia's The Way to Cook as a gift. A number of times. To me, a very, very good book by all measures. And of course, it can be had these days used for under $10. People would rather look at shiny IG type pictures than really learn how to cook from a book.