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Food in Mouth

DOH scores are amazing

You know, the Department of Health grades for New York City restaurants has been with us for over a year now, and I still don't know how we're supposed measure its success or failure. Let's take Per Se for example. It represents the holy grail of restaurants for many who enjoy fine dining, and like all the NYT four star restaurants, they have a grade of A from the DOH. Here's the thing, the DOH does graded and ungraded inspections from time to time, and they did an ungraded inspection of Per Se in December of 2011, and Per Se, which Sam Sifton called, "The best restaurant...

Tamales Lady

After a week of eating mashed potatoes every other day, and almost a week of eating at home, what better way to start off the Christmas shopping season than to eat tamales. Yea, you read that right. I have not had too many tamales in my lifetime, probably only tasted a couple. A couple of weeks ago I saw Midtownlunch post about the tamale lady in front of the Mexican Embassy and it looked too good to pass up. I originally thought perhaps it would be rough to communicate with her since the person in front of me ordered in Spanish, but things went smoothly. At first she...