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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 09:31:20 (permalink)
Meghan is very nice. it was a real treat to have dinner with her, Ellen and TTM in Nashville last year. I will state that she and Steve live a fairly good distance apart. Back to my usual reluctance to comment on other's lives.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 09:48:45 (permalink)
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Meghan is very nice. it was a real treat to have dinner with her, Ellen and TTM in Nashville last year. I will state that she and Steve live a fairly good distance apart. Back to my usual reluctance to comment on other's lives.


As usual,

Mr Chips is the voice of reason
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 09:52:30 (permalink)
Yeah, now the morning after I'm kind of feeling sorry that I did too, chips. Steve, you can come out and not talk about it? It's really none of our business. /me looks stern at the other children lined up at the fence
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 10:01:29 (permalink)
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Steve now you have to tell us what kind of camera you used for those terrific pictures--the cheesecake looks like I can pop it off the screen and have a bite.

I also have an ignorant deli newbie question. What's the difference between pastrami and corned beef anyhow?

Both start out as beef briskets that are cured in salt brine that typically contain various aromatics, typically garlic, mustard seed, coriander, bay, etc. as well as sugar. Pastrami is covered with a coarse spice mixture (cracked black pepper, coriander, other aromatics() and lightly smoked.

It's possible to find pastrami made from beef round, but I don't recommend it.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 10:12:07 (permalink)
So they're basically the same thing, except for the spice mixture on the outside of the pastrami? (And thanks for answering that. I can tell you way more about meats to be barbecued than I can about most deli items.)
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 10:14:29 (permalink)
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Mr Chips is the voice of reason


Are you freakin' kidding me?? More like the "voice of treason"! The Prince of Portland just threw a smoke bomb in the room then called the fire department on the way out. Reason- schmeason.

We now have a new story arc on this web site, people, and I, for one, can't wait to tune into this thread later to find out if Steve and Meghan really find love or will love escape these two career-driven yet lovelorn young people.

All this on "As the Stomach, er...World Turns."

Now a word from Derwood Kirby for Ivory Soap...




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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 10:21:35 (permalink)
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So they're basically the same thing, except for the spice mixture on the outside of the pastrami?

And the smoking, which to my mind is even more important than the spices.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/13 10:25:14 (permalink)
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So they're basically the same thing, except for the spice mixture on the outside of the pastrami? (And thanks for answering that. I can tell you way more about meats to be barbecued than I can about most deli items.)


Nancypalooza,yes the spices and the smoking. Almost the same as smoking a brisket. In fact you can take a corned beef and rinse it re-season it and smoke it and get Pastrami.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/14 08:18:32 (permalink)
Has anyone heard from C.C. Baxter ?
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/14 16:13:47 (permalink)
TTM

Another awesome report and some TOTALLY AWESOME pix. Those shots of the "Woody Allen" made my mouth water. The high def of the sandwich makes you almost taste it through the monitor.

I am glad you had such a great trip with such great company....


And while we are on the subject

You do not find a girl like Meghan very often, distance can be overcome, don't lose out on a chance of a lifetime.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/14 16:51:17 (permalink)
Let's clear something up right away. Meghan is a wonderful girl who deserves far better than me! We are great friends, and will continue to be - by very mutual agreement. She is much more like my kid sister than anything else.

I am glad, though, that you all like the trip report. I do have some other stuff to add, although there is a serious lack of photographic evidence to accompany. I will try to be as visually descriptive in the writing as I can....

But, it will have to wait until after I finish with work, dinner, and chores tonight.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/15 07:11:33 (permalink)
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She is much more like my kid sister than anything else.


So, you're telling me there's a chance.









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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/15 07:46:06 (permalink)
Only in Kentucky, West Virginia, or South Carolina, i95. /me runs away from the forum
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/15 15:35:05 (permalink)
Durn it Kurt

You made me shoot banana puddin out my nose
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2008/05/15 15:42:36 (permalink)
Gotta love..

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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 11:12:58 (permalink)
Three years later, this seems like a good enough place to resurrect this old nightmare.  In the current "What constitutes a restaurant?" thread, I mentioned that I had a similar experience last summer and would write it up, as I didn't want to detract from the discussion over there.
 
Last year, I made a purchase from this guy.  As a matter of fact, three of us, including Roadfood.com member Lexi and her son Ben made the trek out to Greenspoint.  It was maybe a month after we paid a visit that he got his shut down notice from the Board of Health.
 
My personal take was that Ben (Dr. Claw, not Lexi's Ben) was always looking for attention for his "underground" operation.  If I am not mistaken, one of the NYC food blogs called his lobster rolls one of the worst kept secrets in New York.  Heck, I found out about him by reading New York Magazine - not exactly sworn to secrecy.  On the night that we went, there was a film crew from a European television show doing some filming, so he was inviting some people down in to see his operation.  We arrived about the same time as a hipster-looking lesbian couple (very appropriate to this section of Brooklyn), and he invited them in.  No amount of begging from Lexi was going to change his mind about us.  Face it - we just didn't have the "look" for TV.  We looked way more like tourists than hipster Brooklynites.

The procedure was to "like" a designated page on Facebook (again, this information wasn't all that hard to come by).  Once there, you were given a phone number to text your order - with strict instructions about phone calls versus texts and other rules and information.  You were supposed to text your order while standing in front of a red garage on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn.
 

 
 
OK...we found the tree-lined street and we found the red garage door.

From there, you had to wait for a text confirming your order, then walk around the block a few times and he would text back the location of the meet.  As it turns out, the meet up place was right out in front of his house.  His neighbor was outside, too.  Again, if you are trying to keep this thing a secret, he wasn't doing a very good job of it.  I could see neighbors getting annoyed at a parade of people coming through their street, engaging in activity that looked suspiciously more like a drug deal than a lobster roll deal.  I guess you could get the neighbors "in" on it - ply them with lobster rolls once in awhile to keep their mouths shut, but the more people who know, the more people who could turn you in to the Department of Health.  I'm not SURE of what shut him down, but if I were to bet, my gut says that it was a neighbor fed up with the unwanted traffic who blew the whistle on him.  
 
In what one could only describe as irony, when we were doing our laps around the block, we found that the local police station was about a half a block from where the guy was doing business.  Why would you want to run an operation that looks like drug deals taking place in the middle of the street in full view of the local po po?

If I remember right, the lobster rolls were $14 each.  I handed the guy $45 - he doesn't make change on the street.  We were happy to consider the extra as a tip, even though we were disappointed that we weren't deemed "hip" enough to get the underground tour.  We took our stash and made for the subway.
 


OK...so how was the lobster roll?
 

 
In short, it was good.  Really good.  There was just enough mayo binder to hold the thing together, but it was mostly drenched in butter - a la the Connecticut-style, rather than the dreaded lobster salad version.  The lobster was obviously fresh, and even after waiting a few minutes for the subway, when we unwrapped our packages, the rolls were still warm - so, his packaging worked, as well.  The looks from other subway riders was priceless.  New Yorkers, usually a bunch of folks who don't ever look up from their newspapers to see anything, were gawking like there were celebrities on the train.

Overall, a fun experience.  The prices were obviously kept in check, as compared to local restaurants, by NOT getting any regulatory approval and minimizing other overhead expenses.  Is that fair?  No.

In some ways, as I have said, I think the guy wanted to get caught.  It makes for a better story.  Well, he did get caught - and, as for the better story.  He managed to parlay his notoriety into a new show on the Cooking Channel.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 11:35:37 (permalink)
I haven't decided which name I like better yet, Dr. Claw or The Lostah Pushah.  Great stuff TTM!  This type of thing could only happen in New York.....
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 12:06:47 (permalink)
I NEVER beg!
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 12:15:40 (permalink)
You....ummm....kinda begged.
 
Then, you prodded.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 12:35:49 (permalink)
Dr. Claw:  We are building a lobster roll of extraordinary magnitude!!
 
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 13:05:14 (permalink)
Too cool, TTM!  Sounds just like NYC.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 14:51:07 (permalink)
billyboy

Dr. Claw:  We are building a lobster roll of extraordinary magnitude!!


 
Kentucky Fried Lobster Roll???????????????????????????????/

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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/20 21:43:33 (permalink)
Wow! Interesting stuff happens to you, Steve.
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/21 08:52:48 (permalink)
Yeah...you'd think that with all the interesting stuff that happens to me, I should start a food blog, or something....
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/21 09:41:00 (permalink)
Last year there was a guy doing an illicit grilled cheese sandwich delivery service.
 
http://www.vanityfair.com...ese-sandwichtrade.html
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RE: Random NYC Experiences 2011/07/24 19:11:00 (permalink)
The Lobstah Pushah, definitely.  It must be the NYC version of the little front-yard cooler-and-a-grill operations I see in a couple neighborhoods in LA.  It does look like an awfully yummy lobster roll.
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