Archive for the ‘Perspectives’ Category

Perspectives — Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I once had some pretty amazing chicken soup (as well as some incredible chicken) at Chez Panisse. And I have always loved Steely Dan. The fressers over at Infinite Fress combined the two for a special evening:

“Last month, we visited Berkeley to see Steely Dan stamp out any lingering idealism at the Greek Theater. Nevertheless, Chez Panisse (and the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective) demonstrated that Berkeley’s Sixties legacy is not dead; it’s just confined to Shattuck Avenue’s Gourmet Ghetto. In contrast, downtown Berkeley is still plagued with faux radicals who disregard their surreal inauthenticity and congregate along fetid Telegraph Avenue and in People’s Park, when not sitting in trees. These shenanigans helped elevate Kid Charlemagne that evening to an especial darkness.”

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Perspectives — Studio, Laguna Beach, California

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Kevin is doing a great job documenting his eating over at Kevin Eats. Here’s his excellent report on Studio from his belated birthday dinner:

“I’d been interested in trying out Studio for a number of years now. I was thus quite excited to find out that a few buddies of mine were taking me there for my birthday. Now mind you, my birthday was in June, so this was quite a bit belated, but it’s the thought that counts right? In any case, a lot of people have stated that Studio is, in fact, the best restaurant in Orange County, a pretty lofty assertion to be sure. I was eager to test out that claim… “

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Perspectives — Fat Duck, Bray, England

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Any regular reader of this blog knows about the Fat Duck. My illustrious partner Dana has even worked there for a time. Thanks to all the readers who suggested some restaurant focused blogs. Here’s some perspective from Chuck Eats:

“Intuitively, I agree with Heston Blumenthal’s basic premise 2 – eating food is multi-modal and it is influenced by, but not limited to, context, sight, sound, memories, and anatomy. It is hard to argue this, despite the absolutes in so many of our reviews. Anecdotally, we know that psychological mind-game of expectations has a great influence on the final outcome of a meal. Sights, sounds, and smells act as different triggers for people; personally, a particular sound can bring me back to a very specific point in time, where others describe a similar sensation with smell (and, thus, taste.) It would be foolish to discredit these factors when reviewing the restaurant, particularly when there are so many references scattered throughout the menu.”

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Perspectives — Bahadonas, Ramat Gan, Israel

Monday, September 29th, 2008

My friend Megan recently took her first trip to Israel. I always tell people about the food there, but there’s really no substitute for experiencing it yourself. Her full report (with pictures!):

“It was unanimous. He told us about his favorite local place. He described it as “The Hummos Nazi” – like the Soup Nazi in Seinfeld. I was more in than ever for this place! We set of on our hummos adventure for the Hummos Shack (my term, not his!) which was tucked in a small retail space in another office complex. (Its in the Ramat-Gan neighborhood)”

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Perspectives — Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Honolulu, Hawaii

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Who says there’s no good food in Hawaii? Well, I speculated at one time. But what the hell do I know. Courtesy of Ono Kine Grindz (of course). Adorable printing on the tamago? Check it:

“Creative, memorable and delicious beyond words. The food at Sushi Izakaya Gaku is probably better than most of the Japanese food that you would find around town. Open for about a year now, the crowds at this izakaya/sushi bar have been growing steadily. Inexpensive Japanese food this is not, but it is so worth every penny spent. It is that good!”

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Perspectives — Cue 2 Go, Gigi’s Trattoria, Terrapin, Rhinebeck, New York

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

A recent graduate of a culinary program blogs their way through a short visit to the Hudson River Valley including apple picking, take out BBQ, and two restaurants. Good job covering all the bases and it sounds yummy:

“It was time for a road trip out of the city last week. We went to a little gem of a town in the Hudson River Valley called Rhinebeck. If you have never been, I highly suggest it. In Bon Appetit magazine last month, they called Rhinebeck ‘one of the foodiest towns in America.’ They weren’t kidding, aside from being ultra-quaint, these people are crazy about their local food supply. I loved it.”

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Perspectives — Kampuchea and Cambodian Cuisine, New York City, New York

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Sorry to be so New York focused, but when you have a huge percentage of great restaurants, you have a huge percentage of writing about restaurants. Courtesy of the New York Times:

“It looked as if 2008 might be a breakout year for Cambodian food after epicurious.com predicted in December that it would become the new Thai. Yet here it is September, and we seem to have only two Cambodian restaurants in New York City: a relocated Cambodian Cuisine and a revived Kampuchea.”

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Perspectives — Sea Side Crab House, Falls Church, Virginia

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Not only does Tyler Cowen host the excellent Marginal Revolution blog, but he also has his own ethnic dining guide. Who knew?!? Is there anyone without a food blog? Food blogging is America’s dirty little habit. From Tyler:

“An excellent seafood house in Eden Center. The soft shell crab is some of the best around. The crawfish are served Cajun style, although not as spicy as you would get in southwest Louisiana. It’s small and not a great place to sit and chat inside, but absolutely worth having in the repertoire. Outdoor seating is available. Right now it is my go-to choice for crabs. Make sure you use lots of the lime, salt and pepper sauce they give you.”

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Perspectives — Obikà, New York City, New York

Monday, September 15th, 2008

I just got back from Manhattan yesterday, but it appears I will need to back. They are opening a goddamn mozzarella bar! Remind me why I’m living in Seattle? Thanks to the New York Times for this preview:

“Obikà focuses on the most prized mozzarella in Italy, large balls of mozzarella di bufala, made from water buffalo milk. Obikà New York will offer primarily two types of mozzarella di bufala, one a sweet, delicate mozzarella from Paestum in the Campania region of Italy, with a Protected Designation of Origin designation, that will be shipped to New York three times a week, and a mild, creamy American one from Bufala di Vermont. (Long before the recent mozzarella contamination scare that has plagued farms around Naples, Obika began testing its mozzarellas monthly for bacteria and toxins.)”

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Perspectives — Good Dumpling House, New York City, New York

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

My favorite new restaurant blog is from Jason Lam. It’s called Me So Hungry. If you’ve ever hung out with Jason you’ll recognize the writing on the blog as uniquely him. He’s also super generous with the pics. Here, he reviews Good Dumpling House in NYC:

“my fav banh mi place is close for lunch. i walk around and see good dumpling house. i dont know how to read signs. i just point. small portion, but plop down big steam pork bun and makes huge meal. only $4.25 for all. i get menu to go. menu looks pricey and i never think this is same place. maybe menu is for white people?”

He adds:

“…fatty pork taste like fatty duck. i like!”

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