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Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

I've had my machine since 2007 - before it was Sodastream. Love it! We probably use 2 liters per day of seltzer, maybe more. We only use it for seltzer; we aren't soda people. The machine still works exactly as it did in the beginning - no issues, no problems.

Apr 18, 2014
LNG212 in Cookware

Manhattan Best Bites, $3 and under

Doubles from the Trini Paki Boys cart. $2 (I think). Definitely get with tamarind and hot sauce.

Apr 18, 2014
LNG212 in Manhattan

Need casual Easter snack ideas

I saw this recipe for deviled eggs yesterday - they look gorgeous. I'm going to try them but haven't yet. Perhaps the OP might like it too.
http://www.thekitchn.com/showstopper-...

Apr 15, 2014
LNG212 in Home Cooking

Beacon Bar next to Beacon Theatre??

Cafe Tallulah on Columbus and 71st.

Mar 04, 2014
LNG212 in Manhattan

iPhone Safari crashing

It's happening to me again beginning this afternoon. Seems to halt and stop loading. I assume it has to do with whatever top-of-the-page ad is trying to load but doesn't.

Feb 10, 2014
LNG212 in Site Talk

When did farmer's markets become "greenmarkets", and why?

My sister lives in NJ and goes to a "farmers market". That's what they call it - but it really isn't. They sell the same blueberries from CA and bananas and the like.

Here in the city, "green market" and GrowNYC have rules about how far away the produce can come from and such. I like knowing that I am getting something local and not just stuff from across the country that a person got off the back of a truck (in popular parlance).

Jan 15, 2014
LNG212 in Manhattan

SodaStream

You might search here - there have been previous discussions.

I have a SodaSteeam. I've had it for years and I love it. I don't recall the cost if the machine and I don't use the syrups. If I want flavoring a I use juice or fruit. I like the machine because the user controls the amount if carbonation. I like a light carbonation for drinking plain but I'll really jack it up if I know I'll be mixing it with something flat like juice.

I can't speak to any issues the system might have with regard to being in Canada.

Jan 15, 2014
LNG212 in Cookware

Morningside Hts - recommendable for dinner?

Where do you need to be? Near to Columbia I usually recommend Pisticci for casual and good. But if you're willing to look a little east, Frederick Douglass Blvd has seen somewhat of a renaissance lately between about 111th and up to 125th. Zoma has wonderful Ethiopian and there are a bunch if newer places along that stretch that I haven't tried yet. If you do go to any if those, please report back.

Jan 10, 2014
LNG212 in Manhattan

Where do you buy ground coffee in Manhattan to brew at home?

I like the Ethiopia too but we usually prefer the Sumatra, also very rich. I once had a really nice conversation with the coffee "manager" at 74th St. He asked what I liked about the Sumatra and I tried describing the dark rich flavor and I said something about not tasting burnt like Starbucks. He told me that he often heard that and that Starbucks over roasts their beans; that Fairway roasts lighter, generally, and that he oversaw their roasting area in Brooklyn. It was really cool chatting with him. I wonder if they'd let someone go observe the roasting facilities.

Jan 08, 2014
LNG212 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Interesting. I wonder why not everywhere.

Dec 26, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

Lunch Near Carlton Hotel, 88 Madison Ave?

Don't know if you know that Shake Shack changed their fries. There's a big sign in the UWS location saying "you spoke, we listened" and hand-cut, twice fried fresh French fries. Seems like they are no longer serving the frozen crinkle-cut ones.

Dec 26, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

Pfeffernüsse (German holiday cookies)

I have not had them so I can't attest to their flavor ... But there's a little shop in the Columbus Circle holiday markets (manhattan) that carries German specialties including pfeffernusse.

Dec 19, 2013
LNG212 in Outer Boroughs

Attention Fairway shoppers

I shopped at Fsirway (74th Manhattan) yesterday. The olive oil was still on sale but the 7.99 price applied ONLY to the organic. I was confused by the sign as well and double checked with the staff. I don't usually buy the organic but I did this time for that price. I don't know if the sales are always the same at the different locations but maybe that's what was going in there?

Dec 06, 2013
LNG212 in Outer Boroughs
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Recommendations near Symphony Space (96th and Broadway area)

Dave Bar certainly does have an eclectic menu and a wide selection of tap beers.

Another plus for Buceo and Gennaro. I'd also add Número 28 on Amsterdam about 92nd. There's also a Pio Pio branch in Amsterdam and 94th. We recently ate at Regional on Broadway and 99th. It was pretty good.

Enjoy Symphony Space.

Dec 04, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

What were the best new Thanksgiving recipes you tried this year?

I made Mollie Katzen's citrusy beet salad that was printed in NY Magazine. It was excellent. The only thing I added was a garnish. I didn't like the recipe's suggested ones so I chopped some pistachios and sprinkled those on top. Everyone - even my mom the pickiest eater ever - enjoyed it. (Reprinted on grub street.com on 11/10/13.)

Dec 02, 2013
LNG212 in Home Cooking
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Never say never....SIL wants sweet potatoes w/ marshmallow topping!

I make a slightly more "grown up" version of this for my family. The one year u didn't u actually thought they would ban me from coming! I chose to take that as a compliment. :-)

Peel and chunk sweet potatoes. Boil until soft. Spread in a casserole type dish. In a saucepan, melt done butter. Add just a little bit if brown sugar and cook until it's all melted. Turn off fire and add as much amaretto as you like. Turn back in low heat and summer to reduce a little. Pour over sweet potatoes. At this point you can cover and refrigerate and continue the next day. Bake until thoroughly heat and sauce is glaze-y/syrupy. If you like you can now top with marshmallows and cook until they are light brown.

Good luck!

Nov 23, 2013
LNG212 in Home Cooking

New even more annoying ads?

Me too. This App Store thing is near constant today. I don't want to look at Chowhound on my phone anymore. :-(

Nov 10, 2013
LNG212 in Site Talk

Need meat substitute recommendation

Have you looked into the soy "crumbles"? It's supposed to be like ground beef. I'm a vegetarian and to me it's close enough (to my 20-year no meat memory) that i can't eat them.

There's also Quorn products. They make a chicken pieces product that are supposed to be used for stir fry and the like. They might have a product closer to your cubed beef desire.

Good luck!

Nov 08, 2013
LNG212 in Home Cooking

Upper West Side

We like Cotta. We like jacob's Puckles. We like drinks at Slightly Oliver. We had a pretty good meal (first time) at Social House (plus they have Mother's Milk Stout in draft which is hard to find). We like Arte Cafe. For more casual/lunch, we like Five Napkin Burger.

Nov 04, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

How to place my order like a local at Ess-A-Bagel?

Huh okay. I'll have to pay attention for that next time I'm out of town. Thanks.

Nov 04, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

How to place my order like a local at Ess-A-Bagel?

If you're not on line, how do you say it? (Not a smart ass, just a native NYer.)

Nov 04, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan
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How to place my order like a local at Ess-A-Bagel?

My god you've just totally described my husband with that napkin thing! Thanks for the laugh.

The exception to the "regular" rule would be at a coffee cart where regular usually denotes cream and sugar. Not that anybody on this board buys that type of coffee anymore. :-)

And I totally agree with the "endless specifications". We NYers just like things the way we like 'em! I prefer my everything bagel lightly toasted buttered on only one half.

Enjoy your bagels!

Nov 04, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

School me on Trinidadian food, please!

Good luck. Trini food is great. Be aware if you aren't already that Trini hot pepper sauce is really really hot! I also live shado beni (sp?) sauce but don't know where to recommend you get that since my sister makes it for us.

Nov 04, 2013
LNG212 in Outer Boroughs

School me on Trinidadian food, please!

You might get more replies to your general question on the general board. And definitely post on Outer Boroughs board for all the places in Brooklyn.

In manhattan I like the doubles available at Trini Paki Boys cart. Definitely get both tamarind and hot sauce. They also have bake & shark but I've never had it.

Nov 02, 2013
LNG212 in Outer Boroughs

Neopolitan pizza on the upper west side.

They have live music there which is just lovely (but that might only be the evenings). If you like wine, they have a really good nebbiolo (sp?) by the glass. Hope you have an enjoyable time.

Oct 27, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

Neopolitan pizza on the upper west side.

I don't think I've ever had pizza at Celeste. I think they are more about pasta (my opinion anyway) though I'm often with people who order fish there and they really like that. Celeste is often very crowded (don't think they take reservations). And especially early, they are very family focused. It's also a really tight space.

If you're looking for somewhere not specifically pizza, what about Cotta? Or Machiavelli?

Oct 27, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

Neopolitan pizza on the upper west side.

Número 28? We think it's very good.

Oct 27, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

NYC in November

Wish they would reopen. It was a terrific neighborhood place.

Oct 19, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

NYC in November

Kefi has been closed for some time.

Oct 18, 2013
LNG212 in Manhattan

Pastaio in Spring Lake BYOB

Is there anyone who has been to this place more recently?

My family is trying to plan a Christmas Eve dinner with some of us travelling from NYC and others from across NJ. We have one small child in our group. So the place needs to be family friendly. And by that I mean that they will not be hostile to a 1.5 year old (among 8 adults). By family friendly, I do NOT mean a kid menu. My niece is a terrific eater and likes a wide variety of food and gladly eats what the adults are having.

If anyone has any other suggestions for nice (but still obviously child friendly) in this general area, all suggestions welcome. (Sorry I'm not familiar with the area to say other town names.)

Thanks to all for any replies!!
LNG

Sep 17, 2013
LNG212 in New Jersey