March 10th, 2002


Chowhound meet addendum: the food

I have to say, I was actually disappointed at the food tonight. It's not that it wasn't good - it was. It's just that it was only good, and frankly, from a gathering of chowhounds, I expected better than just good. After all, anyone can find good food - it's finding exceptional food that chowhounds are supposed to be about.

Anyways, there were limitations - it had to be relatively easy to serve, and not need any prep time or cooking or even reheating, etc., so I know a lot of things just weren't going to happen... but still... the cookies and cakes and brownies, for instance, were all so-so. Good, yeah, I suppose - but I've had much better. Same thing for most things. The mozzarella was good, but I think no better than the fresh mozzarella they make at Balducci's, for instance.

The breads were ok, but not spectacular. Same thing with the cha siu bao (roast pork buns) - they were definitely above average, but I can't believe they're the best to be found in NYC.

Ultimately, I was expecting to be blown away by the food, and I simply wasn't. A lot of it was very good, but with such an experienced bunch of food lovers, I expected better.

Oh well. Maybe I should start contributing more actively, I could probably suggest several good places, or share comments or thoughts or whatever.
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Jutting man-nipples

Ok, I'd just like to state, for the record, that I never, ever need to see another pair of jutting man-nipples. I'm innocently watching Seinfeld, and suddenly this ad comes on for some exercise machine, and next thing you know, close up on some steroid-inflated male chest, the camera turns, you get a side view, and AUGHH.... I thought it was going to take my eye out. Jesus.
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