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Ericandblueboy

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  1. Departing for Mexico City on Saturday. Staying at Marquis Reforma - no dinner plans for Saturday and Sunday. Already booked Pujol (twice) and Quintonil for Mon-Wed. Any suggestions on where to go for dinner on Saturday and Sunday that's not too far away? Looking for inventive upscale Mexican cuisine.
  2. Had brunch at TJ this morning at 9:30 a.m. The pork ribs and the nachos arrived cold, i.e., at room temperature. I do not understand why. Did they sit while the kitchen plate everything else (salad & mac 'n cheese)? Seems like a strange thing to happen when the restaurant is nearly empty.
  3. Watch season 2 ep 1 of the Wild Chef on Netflix. Martin Picard (Au Pied du Cochon fame) takes his team to do a crazy seafood plateau.
  4. We got one meal...where should we go for the best shrimp po-boy? My trusted source says Domilise over Parkway, but I don’t know about Bevi or Liuzza.
  5. I know my granite counter has little chips in them but my Silestone counter is smooth and flat. I also think there are more and prettier Silestone to pick from.
  6. Some actually likes Assaggi. The pizza on my last visit wasn't good (it was not made by the person who I thought was the pizzaiolo ) so I haven't been back.
  7. The argument that she’s an owner not an employee makes sense, but then she would be entitled to share in the profits. Drag their names thru mud is probably not the best way to handle this situation although Toki and Bruner-Yang didn’t seem to suffer.
  8. What's the best place (meaning no long lines) to get a Po-boy and beer on Saturday morning btwn 10-11 a.m.? LIuzza's, Parkway, or Domilise's?
  9. You can't search for availability based on time on Resy. They'd show lunch openings when you're looking for dinner openings. You also can't prioritize based on rating. More importantly, I simply hate having to do multiple searches.
  10. Taking the kids to the Crescent City in August. Dinners will be at Herbsaint, Gianna, La Petite Grocery and Brennan's. Looking for a great brunch spot for Saturday (not looking for egg dishes). The place has to be casual (i.e., allows shorts and sandals).
  11. Any sushi or sashimi on their menu or is it limited to certain common items? ETA: website says only 11 seats, half price on "regular sushi."
  12. Steve had a free afternoon on Friday and he didn't mind getting in line at 3 p.m. so we tried Bad Saint again. He was the 3rd person in line, and the person immediately in front of him was a stand-in for someone else. As it turns out, neither people in front of us wanted to eat like an early-bird so we got to choose our seats. We chose the two seats at the counter facing the kitchen - probably the best seats in the house. Standing for 2 hrs builds up a mighty thirst, which we slaked with San Miguel. We also ordered all 5 meat/fish dishes. We didn't do the tasting menu because the tasting menu didn't include the crab dish. The first to come out was the Rellenong Alimasag - lump crab, crab fat, fish roe, & garlic butter ($40). The main flavor is that of crab fat or tomalley. This is an acquired taste for some. I don't mind it but I'm not crazy about it either. I would've preferred some other flavor to the dish as well (can't detect the garlic butter). On the bites in which you got some fish roe, they do provide some pop and salty fishiness. The dish also came with Chinese fried crullers (you-tiao) - would've been nice to have more of those. The second dish to come out was the Kinilaw - octopus ceviche with purple yam and Thai chili. We tried it and agreed it was good (not great) and declined to eat more. The texture of the octopus was fine, but the flavor simply did wow us (kind of muted). The third dish was Tinolang Manok - poached chicken with ginger/scallion. We got half a chicken, including neck and butt. The chicken was nicely poached - very tender, but there was no flavor. I think it's a fail - you can get a better tasting version at a much cheaper price at a real Chinese restaurant. My mom and grandma both made better versions. After eating a couple of pieces each, I took the rest home - added soy sauce and sesame seed oil and let it sit overnight. The fourth dish was Pinakbet - shrimp and vegetable stew with XO sauce. Our shrimp was slightly overcooked. The eggplant was almost raw. The stew was pungently fishy (presumably from their XO sauce). We simply didn't enjoy this dish. The last dish was Lechon. Rather than sliced roast pork, we got some mediocre pulled pork, topped with some crispy pork skin that has been scraped clean. This is not the lechon of my dreams. In fact, I ate maybe 2 bites. Steve reluctantly took the rest home (not sure he planned on eating it or treat his dog with it). So of the 5 dishes, one was really good, one was good, and 3 were simply not good enough. We left wondering maybe we should've gone with the tasting menu.
  13. I didn't pose the question, btw. So he includes a restaurant he didn't like in his best new restaurant list because restaurant is owned by a celebrity chef? Absurd, no?
  14. So does Lukes use only claw meat or do they use the whole lobster?
  15. Ericandblueboy

    Street Food

    It's a fascinating look at street food in Bangkok, Osaka, Delhi, Taiwan, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, and Philippines. They generally follow the life-story of one individual in each location and then showcase some other vendors. Available for binging on Netflix.
  16. It was sad to see Liverpool's players run circles around the Barca players. Liverpool didn't have more technical players but they have much more athletic players. It's embarrassing for Barca to give up a 3 goal lead 2 years in a row in the Champions League. As for strategy, Barca should've played more defensively and try to hit on counters. A 4-4-2 formation with a stronger mid-field would've been better than 4-3-3 with Vidal and Coutinho on the pitch. Now I'm going to shred my betting slip on Barca winning the Champions League. Good luck Spurs/Ajax! ETA: Has anyone heard an explanation of the Liverpool corner that caught Barca by surprise? Right before the corner was taken, there's a second ball that was being rolled off the field. Here's an explanation.
  17. Ugh....what an ignominious end to the Premier League top 4 race!😭
  18. My first trip to India. Does Imperial or another hotel provide free airport transfer? On the last day, I get off the train around 7 a.m. and will head to the airport around 9 p.m. Does it make sense to get a fancy hotel, especially if I might not have access to the room until 2 p.m.? That last day is my main concern. I want to do some more sightseeing around Delhi. Before boarding the train, I will take a tour that "includes visit to the India Gate, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Humayun's Tomb and more." So on my last day, I really just need a place to stash my backpack (no suitcase), and perhaps take a shower before going to the airport? ETA: Never-mind. Can't take the trip because of a conflict. I will have to do this at a later time.
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