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  1. What drives you crazy in a restaurant? Is it specials recited without the prices? Your plate being removed while everyone is still eating? Your plate not being removed when you are finished eating? Silverware not being replaced? Chefs who won't make changes on the dish? Waiters who say "excellent" after you have ordered?
  2. Hear about the early days of eGullet on the second podcast. Eating With Eric: Episode 16 Rosie, Secrets of a Table Hopper How to get a rez at a hot restaurant, when a special is worth ordering, what to expect from a good server, and more tips from NJM’s “She Who Knows All” on the 15th anniversary of her essential blog, Table Hopping With Rosie. http://njmonthly.com/category/eating-with-eric/ HERE IS THE FIRST Eating With Eric Podcast Episode 15 If You Knew Rosie! http://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-drink/episode-15-if-you-knew-rosie/
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    Roasting Turkey

    How do you cook your turkey? Do you start out breast side down? Do you grill it? What do you baste it with?
  4. Any cuisine or price point ok. Recommendations needed.
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    Thanksgiving Day Wines

    What are you drinking this Thanksgiving? Any recommendations?
  6. Yes. SFo but do not want to eat at the airport. We will be in SF area for about 5 days and check into a hotel near the airport as we have an early flight the next morning. We usually go out for an early dinner and then return our rental car the night before.
  7. Sorry--talking about dinner. We've been to HK Flower Garden and are looking for someplace we have not been.
  8. We will be near the airport. Any dining suggestions? All foods and price points are fine.
  9. We will have a car and are willing to drive.
  10. Where should I eat? Will be there two nights.
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    Steven Shaw

    Very tragic. Condolences to Ellen and PJ.
  12. Was sorry to hear about Steven Shaw. https://www.quirky.com/we-are-all-community?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=CJ
  13. A friend asked about dining in San Antonio. Do you have any suggestions. I loved it there and ate at Boudro's. Las Canarias is another suggestion.If you have a chance ask about a place about 1/2 hour out of town called Blue Bonnet. It is a cowboy bar the size of a football field with a rodeo inside of it. We had a blast there. There is a bull you can ride and the cowboy dancing is fabulous to watch.
  14. Looking for all types of restaurants in these towns. Any cuisine and price point. Thank-you. Rosie Saferstein Table Hopping With Rosie New Jersey Monthly www.njmonthly.com foodbytes@yahoo.com Member IACP, AFJ, and The James Beard Foundation
  15. Where must we eat? Type of cuisine and cost not a problem. We want to be impressed by the quality of the food and skill of the chef.
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    Food Humor

    I thought it would be fun to have a food joke topic. If the postings don't have you smiling some jokes will! Anyone?
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    Doc's in Sparta

    Doc's is a steak house and a very good one but Craig is the corporate chef and is not cooking in the kitchen. More info here: http://njmonthly.com/blogs/tablehopwithRos...urant-news.html
  18. I've always liked Copeland. Great burgers. BTW: You can now sign up for NJ Monthly’s free dining newsletter, SIDE DISH. You’ll get weekly updates on reviews, restaurant news from Table Hopping with Rosie, recipes and more. Learn more about the newsletter here: www.njmonthly.com/
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    Trattoria Fresco

    We recently dined at Trattoria Fresco, 435 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell as we heard that the restaurant was now owned by co-chefs Rich Giacalone and Paul Lustbader. We had a most enjoyable dinner and look forward to returning to this restaurant soon. We started off with an unusual goat cheese-ricotta dumplings which were lightly fried and served with a black olive and tomato ragu. They were delicious and unfortunately I had to share these with my dining companions. The wood roasted asparagus and shrimp were finished with shaved ricotta salata, extra virgin olive oil and vinegar; a light refreshing start to the meal. Wood fire roasted peppers filled with crabmeat and served with a spinach salad were also worthwhile but the winning, don’t miss appetizer was the grilled hearts of romaine served with a Caesar dressing and shaved grana. Entrees were innovatively presented as well as being tasteful treats. The rich, off the bone, Chianti braised short ribs ($19) were presented in an oblong plate with three compartments. One had the meat, one had a tower of julienne vegetable insalata and the third had crispy cippolini onions; fabulous. The boneless tender veal steak ($23) was tomato crusted and served with outrageously delicious lobster filled fresh artichokes and chive whipped potatoes. The bolognese lasagna ($16) was one of the best renditions of this dish I have had in a long time. Consider ordering it as a side for sharing. Housemade pappardelle ($18) paired with shrimp, cannelloni beans, oven dried tomato and broccoli rabe pesto was also a great dish filled with contrasting flavors. The one dessert that you must have is the zeppole served hot with a warm butterscotch dipping sauce. The apple marzipan crisp was fine. We didn’t care for the amaretto crumb crust cheesecake. BYO. For reservations call 973-226-8800.
  20. Frank Prial has an article in today's "Dining Out" section of the NY Times about the use of synthetic corks. It seems that more and more wineries even those producing expensive wine are going to be using synthetic corks. Natural corks that become defective cost wine producers up to บ billion per year. What do you think? I can't make my own corkboards with plastic corks.
  21. Any suggestions? We would love to know about ethnic restaurants in the area. Also, we will be dining with senior citizens and would like to know about good small restaurants. They don't enjoy gourmet innovative cuisine.
  22. My tastes have certainly changed. I was at Thai Elephant in Short Hills last year and really thought the food was good. But that was before I ever went to Wondees or Mei Thai! We unexpected ended up there tonight after eating someplace else. Don't ask! :confused: So--we only had entrees which were Pad kee mow (stir fried rice noodles with garlic, egg, bell peppers, basil and chicken in a chili sauce ordered medium spicy but was bland) and veggie and tofu in a hot pot that tasted only of ginger. So--I thought it would be fun to get a master list together of all of the Thai restaurants that we have been to. Let us know if you recommend these restaurants or if they are Americanized versions of Thai food. Keep posting and I'll get a master list together.
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    Halcyon opened in September. Info is here: http://njmonthly.com/blogs/tablehopwithRos...--closings.html
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    Resto, Madison

    One of our favorite restaurants. They always have one vegetarian item which I often order. More info here: http://njmonthly.com/blogs/tablehopwithRos...8/7/index2.html