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FYI, the review was headlined, "A Culinary Roller Coaster; Jose Andres' latest adventure offers plenty of thrills -- and some notable chills." It ran in 2003. Reading it, I had the impression of a place that was still finding itself, with some really good dishes, and some not so-good. My sense was of someone who believed that Minibar was not among the very best restaurants in the city, but rather a wild ride of a place -- a place to go for a fun night out: an experience. The verdict reinforced this impression: two stars out of four.

So, Andres was "apoplectic" about your "impression," your "sense," of Tom's review--or about the actual review itself? OK, it's not made up or misquoted per se, but that certainly is highly misleading, and to my mind, a very loose and provocative interpretation of what he wrote. Thanks for at least clarifying that "not worthy of serious consideration" are your construal, not what he actually thought.

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Really? I would be interested to know how he defines young.

I'm 30. Sometimes I feel like a baby at some of our events.

No offense to anyone 31 and over. :(

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why would you be talking about a review from 7 years ago? I get that your conversation happened then, but that just seems silly to discuss now.

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why would you be talking about a review from 7 years ago? I get that your conversation happened then, but that just seems silly to discuss now.

I don't agree at all. The point he was making was Andres' reaction to the review, and what that says about the type of guy Andres is. That's the point he was addressing, not the quality of the restaurant or the current validity of the review. I don't see anywhere that he was suggesting the review is valid today.

BTW, on the other point, I'm, shall we say gently, well north of retirement age, and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone here.

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Seems like an odd nit to pick. Within context of the article the Sietsema thing makes perfect sense.

Sometimes I think Mr. Kliman has a weakness for melodrama -- it's just cooking, after all -- but I enjoyed the article and am, as I sit here typing, trying to think of another piece about a local chef that had the ambition this one had.

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Todd has a point - Tom gave Minibar 2 stars, that's not exactly an enthusiastic endorsement and that in and of itself probably pissed off Andres to no end. Andres' English may not be very good but he knows 2 out of 4 stars ain't shit.

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Seems like an odd nit to pick. Within context of the article the Sietsema thing makes perfect sense.

Sometimes I think Mr. Kliman has a weakness for melodrama -- it's just cooking, after all -- but I enjoyed the article and am, as I sit here typing, trying to think of another piece about a local chef that had the ambition this one had.

It is not nit-picking. Tujague has it exactly correct. Kliman is characterizing a Sietsema review without making it clear that this is his (Kliman's) characterization. In fact, Kliman's claim that Andres is an egomaniac is not supported by his opaque and muddy piece. This is hatchet work at its worst-Kliman projecting his insecurities onto Andres-this piece says more about Kliman than Andres. And this piece may have been the most ambitious that you have read (you really have got to be kidding here, right?), but I find it hard to believe that Kliman can read Andres' daughter's mind, or that ANY of the so-called emotions and reactions he attributes to Andres are anything but Kliman's own fantasies. This is possibly the worst piece I have ever read on a chef. Kliman needs an editor, and Andres was correct to treat Kliman like a second-rate writer.

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Tujague,

FYI, the review was headlined, "A Culinary Roller Coaster; Jose Andres' latest adventure offers plenty of thrills -- and some notable chills." It ran in 2003. Reading it, I had the impression of a place that was still finding itself, with some really good dishes, and some not so-good. My sense was of someone who believed that Minibar was not among the very best restaurants in the city, but rather a wild ride of a place -- a place to go for a fun night out: an experience. The verdict reinforced this impression: two stars out of four.

As for skewing young ... Youth is a state of mind as much as anything. There's an energy on this board, a passion to discuss and debate the issues of the day, an intense keeping-up with trends, that is very different from the letters (believe it or not, people still do write them) and emails I get asking for a restaurant recommendation or a place to buy bread or meat or fish, etc., or who have a question about etiquette, etc. These folks I just described see themselves as food lovers, but they don't keep up with blogs or message boards, they don't read chats, and they're generally not at all plugged into the sorts of things that seem to matter most to people on this site. They also tend to be older -- say, 55 and over

Are we to understand that you are privy to the demographics of your letter and email writers? Do you ask their age or are you just guessing? And by "skews young", regarding this board, are you also privy to the demographics of this board, or are you, again, just guessing?

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Todd has a point - Tom gave Minibar 2 stars, that's not exactly an enthusiastic endorsement and that in and of itself probably pissed off Andres to no end. Andres' English may not be very good but he knows 2 out of 4 stars ain't shit.

Andres is an immigrant, yes, but he has been here for more than 20 years and his English is just fine. That is a cheap shot.

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José Andres serves as translator and sidekick for Ferran Adria, guest lecturer at Harvard's first Food and Science course. (entire class is filmed–over 2 hours long)

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Harold McGee discusses the history of food science starting at 20:41.

Adria and Andres begin at 47:32

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José Andres serves as translator and sidekick for Ferran Adria, guest lecturer at Harvard's first Food and Science course. (entire class is filmed–over 2 hours long)

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Harold McGee discusses the history of food science starting at 20:41.

Adria and Andres begin at 47:32

Interesting stuff, but definitely skip the first twenty minutes, which consists of various Harvard folks congratulating themselves for offering this course.

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Don -

Did you see this?? I love it! If you don't follow @nowayjoseandres, you should. He's hilarious.

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Don -

Did you see this?? I love it! If you don't follow @nowayjoseandres, you should. He's hilarious.

He (assuming it's a he) is *very* funny, and my acquaintance, @DarthOnestar, follows him. Honestly, I don't understand why he doesn't have more followers because it is wicked, dead-on parody (and I say this as someone who likes José Andrés).

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Donald Trump lands José Andrés' (or vice versa) for a new restaurant at the Old Post Office hotel.

It's funny that of the three surviving buildings that served at different times as the main post office in Washington, the one known as "the Old Post Office" served that purpose for a much shorter time (about fifteen years) than the older main post office, which now houses Hotel Monaco (about fifty-five years) or the newer one, Daniel Burnham's jewel at Massachusetts and North Capitol (more than seventy).

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