Monday, February 27, 2006

But where have the bottles been?

Porn star Savanna Samson

is trying her hand (hopefully only her hand) at wine making. I've heard the Merlot has a fruity bouquet with a finish of venereal disease.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Colameco's Food Show

This is a great local program. It is one of the very few shows that gives you a good behind-the-scenes (i.e. in the kitchen) look at some of the top restaurants in (generally) New York City. I never miss it.

The episode last Sunday featured butterball Michel Richard's Citronelle in Washington, D.C. Most of the show, the host and Richard were at the chef's table, and Richard generally looked and acted pissed off.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Review: Thai Green Leaf

Tried out the East Northport sibling of this restaurant (the other one is in Massapequa). The menu is relatively extensive, but offers pretty much American-mainstream-Thai fare. Plenty of curry-free choices, which was just fine with me.

The price is reasonable: appetizers average around $5, entrees around $12. The shrimp dumplings in a ginger dipping sauce was adequate, nothing special. The Gai Pad Kieng Ginger Chicken (basically, chicken with ginger over mixed vegetables) was the same. Decent, but it won't bowl you over with flavor.

Several dishes offer "black fungus." We got a kick out of that. It's a large, paper-thin mushroom. We suggested they get a different Thai-English dictionary.

The Jericho location, at least, is tiny. Went with some buddies on a Friday night in the early evening. It was packed, and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. But by 7:30 the place was deserted.

I'd try other Thai places before going back. 1 1/2 stars.

1969 JerichoTpke.
E. Northport, NY 11731
Across From Hollywood Video


Change in policy! Of sorts. I don't use this blog to audition for a position as restaurant critic for any publication. And reading some reviews from other bloggers, I've become a little put off from long-winded, pretentious, critic-wanna-be writing. Though I'm not a wanna-be critic, my reviews have also tended to be too damn long. So, from now on, I'll keep things shorter.

A few years ago I was in possession of a restaurant guide, authored by Newsday's Peter M. Gianotti. The reviews were short, but full of information. The book has, unfortunately, since gone missing. I'm not going to follow his model precisely, but the book showed that it's possible to set out a descriptive, informative review in a short space.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Shout Out to the Red Door!

Do the kids still say "shout out"? Anyway, the Roasted Chicken Breasts with Fennel, Sausage, and Focaccia Stuffing from the Red Door way out in the hamlet of Mattituck (Town of Southold) are featured in this month's R.S.V.P. section of Bon Appetit. Haven't gotten out there myself yet, but I've heard good things.

Also in this month's Bon Appetit, Christian Kelly, a chef in the Charlottesville area, lists his favorite local spots. Either most of these places are new, or I overlooked them during my time there. Surprisingly, his favorite market is something called "Main Street Market." I would have said "Foods of All Nations," a wonderful little shop with, inter alia, great home-made salads. I haven't found anything like it on Long Island.

The only place I recognize is "The White Spot," which, if I recall, is some shabby, little dive on "the Corner." I mean, most of the restaurants on the Corner serve diner-quality food, but this place looked like a hangout for alcoholics or something.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Update on Idiot Steelers Fans

Here is video of a typical Steelers fan. On the night of the Super Bowl he followed around a couple in a grocery store, taunting them, because the man was wearing a Seahawks jersey.

But he's a Steelers fan, so that's not enough.

No, he's not satisfied until he follows the couple to their car and punches the guy in the face, breaking his jaw. Got 'a love Steelers fans...

By the way, here's a pic of the Roethlisfatty non-touchdown that the dumbasses at steelernation think is conclusive proof of the TD:

Hmmm... all I see is what looks like Roethlisfatboy's right elbow breaking the plane of the goal line. The only thing that looks dark brown (say, like a football) is next to his left elbow, nowhere near the plane. And if I recall, when Roethlisatetoomanyburgers got up off the ground, the ball was where? Under his left arm.

Monday, February 06, 2006

How about tossing a fish through their windows?

As a food-related follow-up to my earlier Super Bowl post, how about someone from the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, toss a big, fat salmon through the windows of that SB officiating crew?

Christmas sure came early (or late?) for the Steelers, as the referees gave them the game, all wrapped up in a nice, little package.

In related news, the wife and I settled on Philly cheese steaks for the game. Yeah, it's boring, but the Steelers and the Seahawks? God, who cares?