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ny times magazine duz clinton street. quite a dewey-eyed tribute.
- dave 10-05-2002 11:30 am [link] [add a comment]

Argintinian dinner at Ripe

Bacalao stuffed poblano pepper with corn broth

Grilled hearts of lamb, watercress, dried mango, and toasted almonds with a sherry vinaigrette

Matambre - rolled painted hills flank steak stuffed with black kale, hard cooked egg, onion, and oregano

New potatoes


Tres leche



Wines:

Don miguel gascou 2001 malbec mendoza argantina

bodega jacgres + francois lurten 2002 mendoza
valle de uco
pinot gris

layunta torrontes 2001
famaatina valley
la rioja - argentina



The Bacalao stuffed pepper and corn broth soup was amazing. So was the flank steak.

The salad was great. But the lamb heart was so finely sliced, tender that it was practically un-noticable. I guess subtle is the word. I could take it or leave it. The dried mango and almonds were my fave touch.

I loved the wines, the dessert was nice too.

All is served family style so second and third helpings on wine and food (not dessert) if you want.

Special dinner that night so price was double the usual: $40 plus tip. I love this place.



- steve 10-04-2002 3:36 pm [link] [1 ref] [2 comments]

email from Ripe


>What is Ripe and why are they bothering me?
>
>
>
>
>ripe is:
>
>a small local company that to date is best know for its
>family style dinners called "family supper",
>we are also well established caterers, and at present have a few new
>projects...
>
>
>A. family supper
>In march 2001 we began a series of informal dinners held in our home
>twice monthly for around twenty guests, after serving over 700 guests
>in our living room, we moved to our new location on N interstate,
>expanding our concept into a restaurant,
>for lack of a better word...
>..
>since march 2002 we have been serving up to 45 diners,
>3 nights a week in our spacious open kitchen...
>...
>all our guests arrive at the same time and sit together at three
>long woodentables
>there are no waiters, just cooks bringing out large platters of food
>and earthenware pots to be passed and eaten family style...
>...
>there is only one menu per week, though we encourage people to alert us to
>any
>dietary restrictions in advance.
>...
>The price of the meal is $20/per person + gratuity
>dessert is available for $5
>...
> everyone receiving this email is invited to attend one of our suppers
>dinner is served
>every wednesday, thursday and friday
>at 7:30
>
>
>b. cake
>we are beginning a new division of our off-premise business with "cake"
>offering
>special order desserts and pastries by mandy groom, formerly the executive
>pastry chef
>of zefiro and bluehour

>c. gotham bldg coffee shop
>we have just opened a humble coffee shop and lunch place on the corner of
>interstate and albina, featuring pastries by cake and food by ripe... open
>m-f 7-5
>call 503.493.2646 for more info


>(family supper is featured in
>better homes and garden this month pg 37 - 42)
>
>family supper Dates
>
>open dates
>booked dates
>what is ripe and why are they bothering me?
>
>
>open dates
>
>
>september
>27th (just had someone cancel 8 seats. let me know asap)
>october
>2nd
>16th
>17th
>18th
>midnight supper 18th
>23rd
>24th
>25th
>30th
>tentative: Native seeds day of the dead benefit 10/31 $50
>november
>6th
>7th
>13th
>14th
>15th
>midnight supper 15th
>tentative : wine dinner november 16th
>
>*october 9th and 10th are benefit dinners for community advocates
>(child abuse and domestic violence prevention) call 280-1388 for
>reservations
>
>
>booked dates
>
>september
>28th
>29th
>30th
>october
>1st
>2nd
>3rd
>4th
>5th
>11th
>15th
>19th
>22nd
>26th
>november
>1st
>2nd
>5th
>8th
>9th

- steve 10-04-2002 3:14 pm [link] [2 comments]

Hoi An at 135 West Broadway was fine, aint Vietnam, but is there anyplace in NYC to come anywhere close....I used to live at #135 WB and thats where Linda and I first hung out, Brooklyn has allowed me not to miss 135 WB...I very much miss the Slanted Door in SF, thats good Vietnamese, all whom have been long for more....Steve help me out, I saw a listing and a yummy looking photo about Pho Van in Portland (1012 NW Glisan), is it good??:>)
- Skinny 10-02-2002 1:58 am [link] [7 comments]

we take a car service to Queens on some road I remember being on only once before, we mill around Kew Gardens circling 83rd Ave looking for #120-35, we have mapquest so we tell the driver to drop us in front of this big beautiful house....one block away we find the sign Uzbekistan Cultural Center / Uzbekistan Tandoori Bread House / Kosher Restaurant, in my bag I have a 1968 Rioja and a 1930 Dulce Monastrell, and my pals are well equiped also...we enter to many onlooking eyes, sit down and dig in, the first round of food was fantastic (lamb noodle soup, lamb dumpling soup, salad of carrot/slaw/pickles, big lamb dumpling, rice pilaf w. boiled lamb, fried potato, glorious bread), room had murals and great paintings (one of which by the end of the nite I was asking the owners to buy, and we are still talking), soon the music began and people were dancing....the mains (griled meats shish kebob(sp?) were less good for only two correctable reasons, too much salt and overcooked...great nite!!
- Skinny 10-02-2002 1:41 am [link] [2 comments]

Ate at Washington Park last night. Beautiful room. Very good service. Extensive wine list. One app sparkled (pasta with crab and heirloom tomatoes) but the rest of the food, while good, didn't excite any of us. Desserts, on the other hand, were yummy. Nice night, but I'd need to hear something different to try again.
- jim 9-30-2002 11:51 am [link] [2 comments]

remember the new york (and elsewhere) on $10.00s a day books ? how about a new york on $10.00 a day for wine post (one or two bottles for ten and under). i wont tell anyone.
- bill 9-26-2002 12:14 am [link] [12 comments]

raise the bar -- wine and dessert
- dave 9-25-2002 5:13 pm [link] [add a comment]

finally ate at Petrosino, and talked with the chef for a while....he gave me a tour of the new room being built and the cellar could be room #3....the four 1/2 dishes i ate at the bar we very good (great if you consider he charged me $10 for them all), would like to go back and really eat
- Skinny 9-25-2002 10:41 am [link] [add a comment]

pasta, pasta, cake....dinner tonight at al di la was purrfecto, tortelli with corn, summer truffle, and chanterelle's followed by tortelli of fava bean with chesse and mint followed by chocolate/pear torte...ROCKING
- Skinny 9-23-2002 10:56 pm [link] [add a comment]

The Voice discovers Locanda Vini & Olii.
- alex 9-19-2002 7:02 pm [link] [add a comment]

finishing some unloading in the neighborhood, i took 3 virgins to the 24th/9th GSI...and while i don't have any real new news, i somehow feel obliged to report that it's Still Delicious. chicken auzhou, whole fish with scallion (god was that luscious), soup dumplings, red pork, wonton with red oil etc etc etc...after overindulging until my stomach cried out in pain last night i was nonetheless ready to go back for breakfast this morning
- big jimmy 9-14-2002 6:42 pm [link] [3 comments]

last nights meal at aKa was yummy we thought, the soups, slider rocked, squid was a real meal deal....
- Skinny 9-12-2002 10:11 pm [link] [add a comment]

"But the tradition continues. When Mr. Snyder was growing up, the cousins all worked at the store each summer. And last week, his cousin Ellen Smith seemed perfectly content to drop her fruit knife and wait on customers as Mr. Snyder sat and talked at the front of his store at 95 Orchard Street, between Delancey and Broome Streets. Despite his dedication to New York, his personal energy is mellow enough to qualify as Californian. The most worked up he got all day was over how many skins should go into the Black Grape Sorbet."

- dave 9-12-2002 12:53 pm [link] [1 comment]

favorite pizza slice of the moment is at Pintaile's called Salamino made with a whole wheat crust, plum tomato, fresh mozz, and capicolla--YUMMY (order it extra crispy)
- Skinny 9-06-2002 10:53 pm [link] [add a comment]

went by the space that will be Counter (designed by the guy that did Jewel Bako and Alais), this place is going to be beautiful i believe, food is all organic, the kitchen size is hugh (owner said there is a giant area for prep), the wine list will be all organic farmed, cert organic, bio-dynamie, or cosmoculture which is bio + stonehedge ++, i am lookinf forward to what they do, expecially since i need a new diet for 2003.....
- Skinny 9-06-2002 10:46 pm [
link] [2 comments]

Google cooking?

Recently I've become a Google cook. What I mean is, shortly before supper time I look around for some combination of foods I've got on hand and which seem like they might go together. Then I 'google' them... and browse through the results until I find a recipe that appeals to me.

- jim 9-06-2002 3:08 pm [link] [2 comments]

one app at Il Gattopardo has me hooked, met the chef and he is a hands on humble guy that worked (was the chef?) at a one star Michelin near Milano, going for a full meal soon....had dinner last night at Phi Lan and while it boarders on very real Vietnamese food and was delish, it aint like the homeland....
- Skinny 9-06-2002 11:38 am [link] [add a comment]

a visit in Tommasso's cellar (first time down there) was a highlight of the year, we drank well and i found a few wines for next time from the 50's:>)
- Skinny 9-05-2002 10:49 am [link] [add a comment]