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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2015, 06:06:36 PM »
We finally have Artistic Frame's renderings for matching dining and bar chairs. Artistic needs a fair amount of time to make these, so they may not be quite ready for our soft opening. But I think they're going to be worth the wait. Plus, it was a great excuse to hang out for a bit at the D&D Building. We'll choose fabric, and decide on a few design details (shown in red in the photos) over the next few days, and then the chairs will go into production. Photos at:

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2015, 02:22:37 PM »
Hey Stew, they say it's French and American food, but is it perhaps Canadian? Even New Canadien?


I ask because New Canadien is possibly my favorite type of food, though I'm not exactly sure what it is.

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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2015, 07:19:04 PM »
Hey Stew, they say it's French and American food, but is it perhaps Canadian? Even New Canadien?


I ask because New Canadien is possibly my favorite type of food, though I'm not exactly sure what it is.

Hi Jeff,

I think that the problem with characterizing contemporary cuisine in the U.S. and Canada is that they are both multicultural societies. The influences come from many sources. It is much simpler for a restaurant to say that it is French, Colombian, Italian, Thai or Chinese, or to use a regional label like Southern, Louisiana, New England, etc.

To take an example, there is nothing more archetypical of eastern North American cooking, from Nova Scotia to New York, than chowder. We'll be offering a lobster chowder as a signature dish. But the use of classic French techniques in its preparation means that it will be very different from what most people have experienced.

Thanks, you gave me the idea that it might be fun to offer French-Canadian tourtière for brunch over the Christmas season :)

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2015, 08:04:31 PM »
We'll be offering a lobster chowder as a signature dish. But the use of classic French techniques in its preparation means that it will be very different from what most people have experienced.

Pair this chowder with a white wine that shows a little acidity, or with a cider made by, say, Normandy's Étienne Dupont, serve it with good bread or a well-made classic biscuit, and it's a marriage.

P.S. We are looking at opening late October.
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2015, 08:40:40 PM »
oh, for a good tourtiere (forgive the missing accent grave)....one of the greenmarket vendors used to do one, but the bakery changed hands and they stopped offering it.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #21 on: August 07, 2015, 08:41:10 PM »
Good article today by Bloomberg restaurant critic Richard Vines on noise levels in restaurants: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-07/why-it-s-so-difficult-to-turn-down-the-volume-at-popular-restaurants

Sam Sifton has been pretty tolerant of this, but came down hard in this week's review of a restaurant he otherwise likes.

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« Reply #22 on: August 07, 2015, 09:03:56 PM »
oh, for a good tourtiere (forgive the missing accent grave)....one of the greenmarket vendors used to do one, but the bakery changed hands and they stopped offering it.

In French speaking Canada it is served every Christmas, and there are as many recipes as families who make it. However, there was a beloved Québec cook named Jeanne Benoit, who in the 1960s was in Québec as important as Julia Child was in the U.S., whose recipe for tourtière is the inspiration for many families today. You won't have trouble finding her recipe on the internet. Like Julia Child, she had a TV show, and some of the footage may well be on YouTube (although it's all almost certainly in French).
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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2015, 09:28:16 PM »
I spelled her first name wrong. It's pronounced Jeanne, but spelled Jehane Benoît.
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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2015, 11:09:21 PM »
Paul dePoo, our designer, is in London this weekend working on the new musical about Josephine Baker: https://instagram.com/p/6IxU9ntJHY/

Yes, I'm jealous. I love London.
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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2015, 07:52:09 AM »
I spelled her first name wrong. It's pronounced Jeanne, but spelled Jehane Benoît.

I'm half French-Canadian and I have such fond memories of tourtiere at Christmas time.  Used to make a mean one myself, at one time.

Madalyn Benoit  (perhaps a distant relative Jehane)

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« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2015, 07:39:24 PM »

I'm half French-Canadian and I have such fond memories of tourtiere at Christmas time.  Used to make a mean one myself, at one time.

Madalyn Benoit  (perhaps a distant relative Jehane)

I think dssjh and you have convinced me to have tourtière on the menu for Christmas.

I was at our local Greenmarket today. There are some great vendors, such as Peter Henry for Vermont's Consider Bardwell Farm cow and goat cheeses, and John Martini, who owns the Finger Lakes winery Anthony Road. I'm pretty sure that we'll be working with both. A couple of photos from this morning's market (on whichever social medium platform you prefer):

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2015, 07:25:53 PM »
Yikes, we're live on Yelp.

You'll see a hint that we intend to serve our guests in both English and Spanish. If the Spanish on the Yelp site isn't perfect, give us a bit of time. We're working out where Yelp can be bilingual and where it can't (not, as it turns out, on recommendations of other businesses unless the recommendation in both languages is no more than 150 characters.

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Re: Coming Soon: Swim Two Birds
« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2015, 08:17:20 PM »
very nice to see your relationship with ottomanelli and sons. they've been my go to butcher for ages -- since i lived in astoria back in the early '90s. high quality meat and really great service.

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« Reply #29 on: August 23, 2015, 08:57:32 PM »
very nice to see your relationship with ottomanelli and sons. they've been my go to butcher for ages -- since i lived in astoria back in the early '90s. high quality meat and really great service.

If we're talking about the same shop - I'm talking about Beecker Street - I've been working with Jerry Ottomanelli and his brothers Frank and Joe for many years. I had a chat with Jerry a few days ago and I'm pretty sure that Ottomanelli will be our principal butcher, although I may want to bring in lamb from Québec.

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« Reply #29 on: August 23, 2015, 08:57:32 PM »