5 Questions Your Butcher Wishes You Would Ask

05/08/2014 at 12:37 PM ET

Questions to Ask Your Butcher
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Ali Rosen is the host and founder of Potluck Video, a food and drink website that takes you behind the culinary scene with celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, producers, mixologists and more.

Do butcher shops intimidate you? Faced by cut after cut of meat, it can seem like the options are endless.

But navigating is easy — all you have to do is ask the right questions. Start by telling your butcher what kind of meal you are hoping to make so that he or she can suggest the right cut, says chef Elliott Lopez of NYY Steak, a steakhouse that has been frequented by celebrities like Kris Jenner, Catherine-Zeta Jones and Christina Milian.

“You should always ask questions to your butcher,” Lopez says. “You should never be afraid to talk to any of the vendors you buy food from.”

Your butcher can also suggest the right portion size and can help with extras, like trimming your meat, Lopez says.

For all of Lopez’s tips to make you a pro at the butcher, watch the video below.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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