Archive for May, 2005

Wasabi Sushi
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
Wasabi Sushi Selling acceptably good sushi, Wasabi’s edge over local competitors is offering delivery. The inventiveness of the food is on par with the (lack of) inventiveness of the restaurant’s name. Higher quality sushi for similar prices is available nearby at places such as Planet Thailand and Miyako, but without delivery options, Wasabi remains the best local choice for satisfying lazy sushi cravings.

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Cherry Pie
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
Cherry Pie Delicious Piece of Cherry Pie
  • 2 lbs cherries
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup splenda
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp imitation almond extract
  • 1 liberal pinch sea salt
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 pie crust (2 pieces)
  1. Wash and pit all cherries, discarding bruised and spoiled ones.
  2. Mix Splenda, sugar, salt, and extracts with the cherries.
  3. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes (enough time to finish the rest of the work).
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Mix corn starch with 1/4 cup water, boil over medium heat for 2 minutes. This starts to set the cornstarch and prevents it from becoming grainy later.
  6. Mix the cornstarch in with the cherries.
  7. Soften 1/3 of the butter, spread across the inside of the bottom pie crust.
  8. Add cherry filling into the crust.
  9. Melt 1/3 of the butter, pour it over the filling.
  10. Attach top crust. Use fork to crimp the edges together.
  11. Melt the remaining 1/3 of the butter, and brush it across the top of the pie.
  12. Put pie on cookie sheet to guard against dirtying up the oven, and bake for about 45 minutes.

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Yelp
Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
Yelp Much of the inspiration to re-launch this site, away from its long-neglected Blogger roots, comes from the intriguing social networking site Yelp.

A mix of your standard Friendster-style social networking space and Citysearch-style review and ratings repository, Yelp has the potential to become a useful tool, although there are still a decent number of hurdles they’ll need to pass before they can be a viable competitor in the lifestyle / reviews market.

In a market already saturated with social networking options, and in which social networking for networking’s sake has long since jumped the shark, Yelp appears to be having a very hard time reaching the critical mass necessary to provide a worthwhile service outside of the San Francisco area. One major problem here is their current implementation of the invite-a-friend functionality. While they do have one very convenient component which allows the user to import their entire address book from Hotmail, Gmail, AOL, or Yahoo, the mail which is generated from this tool looks very suspicious, and even when pre-filled with personalized text, tends to be deleted immediately as spam.

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Chip Shop
Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Battered Cod & Chips

This past weekend, I made my second trip in two weeks to Park Slope’s Chip Shop. A Park Slope success story, the Chip Shop has expanded in the last 3 years from a small fish & chips eatery on Fifth Ave. to creating the next-door, shared-kitchen Curry Shop, to opening a second location on Atlantic Avenue.

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Sapporo East
Sunday, May 22nd, 2005
Sapporo East The sushi at Sapporo East always satisfies. The chefs actually follow the tradition of putting wasabi in the nigiri, which oddly doesn’t seem to happen often in NYC sushi joints, and is a refreshing change. The portions aren’t large, although you can stretch the nigiri into 2 bites if you go slow. Be thankful for the focus on quality rather than quantity, and for the reasonable price, this is a place worth coming back to regularly.

Food Recommendations

  • Basic sushi meals with miso soup and salad run between $11-$17. The $16.50 Super Sushi Deluxe is the best deal, with a bunch of pieces of sushi and a California Roll.
  • Miso soup is nothing special, and neither is the salad, but both are adequate.
  • Take a look across the specials menu; you may luck out and pick up a plate of fatty tuna or some other delicious item if it’s in fresh that day.
  • The sake menu is small, but good and the prices are low.

Tips

  • Expect a decent wait if you show up during peak hours; there aren’t a whole lot of tables, and the waitstaff is willing to let everyone take their time.

245 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 260-1330