Btw, does proper have the same connotation in British or Aussie english? #offtopic
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NYC disappointed me. London met my expectations (not high).And as far as you eating better French meals in NYC and London, well, that's coming down to restaurant choice and perhaps your own preferences. You have to compare equal-level places.
I think is probably a fair assessment/generalization of the London restaurant scene. Especially if your visit was more than about 10 years ago. It has changed quite a lot in the last 5 or 10 years, but you'd still want to have some local knowledge; your chances of wandering into somewhere excellent by chance are probably still lower than here.NYC disappointed me. London met my expectations (not high).
I have zero doubts that NYC and London have a greater number of super-fancy-awesome restaurants than Australia. The thing is, like you say, I am not really a foodie. I cant compare the best of the best. I dont go to those places at home... and I dont go to those places overseas. I thought food at the 'ground-level' in NYC and London was on average... average... maybe even mediocre.
It probably isnt where you are... so much as what they make. The chowders and bisques in New England, USA were great. The mexican and tex-mex on the USA west coast is pretty great. At the right pubs in London (not massive chains), the lunches are hearty and good value - awesome beer selections!
Holly crap! How well represented is this? That is insane... I would have thought: fast food; produce standards; acceptance of pre-processed foods. Money laundering wouldnt have remotely entered my mind!There are a significant number of places that operate for either money laundering, or have investment for tax reasons. And really having any customers at all is something of an inconvenience in those situations.
See also - the sheer number of Bureau de Change there are in London, which are effectively just nice easy ways to clean money. Ditto betting shops. There are a lot of betting shops in the UK, and they make the majority of their money from Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, or 'pokies'. Even though barely anybody uses them - we don't have the pokies culture in the UK that there is here.
I think a wee bit less... but around that yeah!Especially if your visit was more than about 10 years ago.
I miss King's Bakery. Their sweet bread better when baked in the islands, their coffee shops a dependable hangout. I've accepted noshing on sourdough rounds from Safeway to tide me over until I return to NYC for better bread.Loves bakery here went under during pandemic their bread was bad typical white soft sliced loafs. They quality was even getting worse toward the end uneven slices on hamburger buns.
To me the best bread in Hawaii is from the
He started a few years ago as 'Sourdough'and then made very dense sourdough, nowadays his bread can compete with the Robert loaf, and I personally favor it! No additives other than water four and salt and sourdough mother.Tnx. Pig and Rye goes on the list for when I'm in the neighborhood
Sounds all the same as here, although I was under the impression that maybe it’s used in the 2nd and 3rd contexts slightly more over there than over here. Right proper response, that.
Context is everything. I'd say it is a neutral word? That said, the existence of the word implies the existence of the 'improper'. As a result you can imbue the word 'improper' with negative connotations depending on how you choose the supporting words around it?
The main uses are:
- Referencing some correct, authentic or genuine standard (e.g. the proper way to make a Caesar salad)
- Regarding polite and respectable manners (e.g. the chef who taught me this Caesar salad recipe was a proper man)
- More colloquially, used for emphasis (e.g. this Caesar salad is properly f*cked!)
So yeah... it can definitely have stank. I'd say when the discussion is about objective things, proper is neutral. There is a proper colour for a uniform (the right colour is true by designation). But there is no 'proper' colour for a casual t-shirt - that is subjective. To use the word proper in that context is opinionated. People who do that are not proper.
I think there are things that are top notch if they fit your style. I am the first person to admit I have the tastebuds of a 12 yr old. I am very happy with a good burger or pizza.I'd like to call Boston an overrated food city, but I don't think anybody thinks of it as a food city. @ian & @Bensbites & @Runner_up - I moved here in February of 2020 and then COVID happened shortly after. I'm thinking I have a fairly skewed perception of the city. What's your take on Boston food and is there anywhere in particular I should check out?
Like Ben, I haven't really been out much since my kid came along years ago. My general take is that it's nowhere near as nice a food scene as something like Chicago, but I've had some pretty good meals here and there. I've hardly ever been to the fancy places downtown (although I do remember a great meal at Neptune Oyster when I first got to Boston) since my life is mostly spent in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Brookline and Newton. Probably Brassica in Jamaica Plain is the restaurant that I go to most frequently that I like the best. (Someone needs to tell them to have more light options, though, as their menu usually has like 15 heavy dishes and then maybe one other thing.) I'm also fond of some tapas places like Tres Gatos in JP and Barcelona in Brookline, I've had some good dishes here and there in Chinatown, and I eat too many burritos from Chilacates and El Pelon. But sadly, I'm not the person to ask about the "food scene" anymore.I'd like to call Boston an overrated food city, but I don't think anybody thinks of it as a food city. @ian & @Bensbites & @Runner_up - I moved here in February of 2020 and then COVID happened shortly after. I'm thinking I have a fairly skewed perception of the city. What's your take on Boston food and is there anywhere in particular I should check out?
Can’t find the photo but there’s a couple of recipes here. I’ll never see either a cherry tomato or a fava bean as good as he used on a daily basisI keep fixating on an image of roger verges in his garden with a wheelbarrow full of freshly picked produce he’s bringing to his kitchen to cook and serve for the evening meal. The reality is that as ambitious as chefs around here are, other than maybe a scant two months out of the year our raw materials are not first class and it’s tough to exceed that with which you start.
I know, sometimes I go to the farmers market and I get great produce picked the day before and rushed by speeding truck to my door, but it’s still not as good as what i can get at my cousins house in the hamptons in September when they’re picking it that day and we’re eating it that night.
I doubt there could be a restaurant in NYC as good as Chez panisse was back in its heyday; we just ain’t got the right stuff to start with.
Boston food is good, not spectacular IMO.I'd like to call Boston an overrated food city, but I don't think anybody thinks of it as a food city. @ian & @Bensbites & @Runner_up - I moved here in February of 2020 and then COVID happened shortly after. I'm thinking I have a fairly skewed perception of the city. What's your take on Boston food and is there anywhere in particular I should check out?
SF bread scene has developed a lot since you left, but it is not baguette focused.Finding good bread in San Francisco means crossing half the city to that one place that might have a decent baguette. And at best, it's mid-tier for Paris.
I never had a problem finding good bread when I lived in the Bay Area.SF bread scene has developed a lot since you left, but it is not baguette focused.
Instead of mimicking French bakeries,the better bakers focus on long fermented sourdough varieties. I wouldn’t judge a bread culture on just baguettes.