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When Should You Stir Versus Shake a Cocktail?

When Should You Stir Versus Shake a Cocktail?

It depends on what texture and look you are after. READ MORE

A Sandwich Shop Sends In the Aircraft Carrier

For Midtowners, Barros Luco feeds a previously unsatisfied craving for Chilean-style sandwiches like the Chacarero Completo. This is the aircraft carrier of sandwiches, says chowbound, with an all-hands-on-deck filling of beefsteak or chicken, plus avocado, melted cheese, tomato, mayo, green beans, and banana peppers. “I thoroughly enjoyed [it],” says chowbound, who especially liked the understated but unique contribution of the green beans. It comes on something like a hamburger bun, but denser and doughier, with a light glaze.

Beyond sandwiches, Barros Luco, which opened this month in a hard-luck space on a side street, makes empanadas, soup, and vienesas, or Chilean-style hot dogs. It’s a welcome addition to this corner of the east side, says badabingdesi, if not quite as good as a hound-endorsed spot farther afield, Chacarero in Boston. Some might fault Barros Luco’s sandwiches as skimpy. They’re big enough, badabing promises, with a side of sweet potato fries.

Barros Luco [Midtown East]
300 E. 52nd Street (near Second Avenue), Manhattan
212-371-0100

Board Link: Barros Luco: Serving Up Tasty Little Bastards

South Asian Heat in a Bowl of Soup

As winter moves in, hounds have been talking soup around Queens. round2 tosses a newcomer into the pot, Herb International Soup Factory up in College Point.

The owners are Indian and Afghan, and the menu—around six soups and four stews, plus daily specials—leans South Asian. round2 and her husband loved a vegetarian dal soup, another with chicken and lentils, and delicious, freshly baked Afghan-style bread. Other soups in the lineup might include pumpkin and vegetables, lentil with lamb and vegetables, chicken with rice and vegetables, and chicken curry or tandoori masala with vegetables.

Servings are a generous 16 ounces for $3 or $4. The setup is mostly takeout, though the interior is “rather lovely and comfortable,” round2 adds. Those who stick around might find themselves doubly warmed—by robust soups as well as Bollywood heat on the video screens.

Herb International Soup Factory [College Point]
15-20 College Point Boulevard (between 15th and 18th avenues), College Point, Queens
718-886-2266

Board Link: Any new or interesting South Asian in JH or elsewhere?

A Bull in a Box

Red Bull’s recent promotional freebie for its cola is probably the coolest thing it’s done since it sponsored extensive can-derived art. The promo, as shown on the Dieline package design blog, is a custom bag containing a custom box containing the 17 key ingredients that give Red Bull Cola its taste. Say whatever you like about energy drinks and mass-market colas—the ingredients that go into Red Bull Cola look damn near majestic when presented in raw form in a compartmentalized wooden box.

Hold Your Wineglass the Right Way

Hold Your Wineglass the Right Way

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The Basics: How to Roast a Turkey

The Basics: How to Roast a Turkey

The centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Roasted Sweet Potatoes

The Basics: How to Make Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Good for Thanksgiving, or anytime. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Apple and Sage Stuffing

The Basics: How to Make Apple and Sage Stuffing

Fresh flavors, no box for Thanksgiving. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Pumpkin Pie

The Basics: How to Make Pumpkin Pie

A Thanksgiving holiday classic. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Mashed Potatoes

The Basics: How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, buttery, and good with Thanksgiving gravy. READ MORE