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New recommendations in Astoria

i vote for Kyclades as the best seafood in Astoria as well. Pretty much everyone i know feels the same way too.

Jun 12, 2010
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Best Greek in Astoria?

My favorite restaurant in Astoria for seafood is Taverna Kyclades. SImple prep but always fresh and delicious.

Jan 03, 2010
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Best Bagels in Queens?

unfortunately the quality of the bagels at bagelette has also suffered since the changeover.

May 26, 2009
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

How do I know whats "in season" regarding fruits and veggies?

i find local, in season produce in my supermarket is generally promoted as such -- otherwise no telling where items come from.

May 22, 2009
mshpook in General Topics

Tips on Reheating Pizza?

so funny that this thread was resurrected because i had originally read about reheating the pizza in a skillet, which i did for the first time last evening. it really works -- the crust was crispy and the pizza came out great.

Apr 22, 2009
mshpook in General Topics

Mangos

may not be very creative, but one of my favorite ways to eat a mango is with some Fage 0% yogurt. this is one of my breakfast staples.

Apr 21, 2009
mshpook in Home Cooking

Leftover mussels

I like the pasta idea....i have had reheated mussels tossed with pasta and as long as you reheat at a low temp, you should be fine.

Apr 20, 2009
mshpook in Home Cooking

Vegan, Kosher for Passover Recipes

don't know how important it is to you, but powdered sugar -- and some baking soda --contains corn starch. a no no on passover.

Apr 05, 2009
mshpook in Home Cooking

Favorite "everyday" Passover Recipe

matzoh farfel stuffing with lots of sauteed onions and mushrooms. i could eat that even when it is not passover.

Mar 31, 2009
mshpook in Home Cooking

Am I the only one with this absurd pet peeve about bagels and cream cheese?

this is exactly how -- and exactly why -- i like the open-faced style. ha!

Mar 31, 2009
mshpook in General Topics

What is your favorite spaghetti sauce ina jar?

Fairway Markets Tomato Basil Sauce -- tomatoes, onions, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano. 4 grams of fiber and 170 mg. of sodium per serving. And only 2.99 a jar. If i cannot make my own sauce, i can't imagine using anything other than this. It has everything i would put in and nothing that i wouldn't..

Mar 21, 2009
mshpook in General Topics

Gloria's Pizza

The thing about Amore...which is absolutely a great slice joint, is that the pizza tastes like it did when I was a kid. Back in the day, no one was slicing/shredding fresh basil over the pizzas, etc., etc.
I love the crust and the sauce and the cheese. IMHO, fresh out of the oven, it is hard to beat! I am a big fan.

Mar 17, 2009
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Want the BEST GREEK in Astoria for tonite!!

If you are looking for fresh seafood, you cannot ever go wrong with Taverna Kyclades.

Mar 13, 2009
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Best Sandwich in the World

I used to work for a company located in Jersey City and we would often go to Fiore's for the wonderful sandwiches with their amazing homemade mozzarella. Luckily i now work not too far from Leo's Latticini in Corona, Queens - where they also have amazing homemade mozzarella. The sisters who run the place say that Fiore's is owned by their relatives.

Nov 16, 2008
mshpook in General Topics

looking for pho ga with poached chicken and LIME not lemon

I know i have gotten mint with the traditional PHO. I will have to try the Pho Bo Kho...sounds good.

Nov 11, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

looking for pho ga with poached chicken and LIME not lemon

I have had the pho many times at thai son, but i don't remember getting basil leaves -- i thought they were serving it with mint.

Nov 10, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

pizza near Shea?

really glad you enjoyed amore. thanks for reporting back.

Jul 12, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

pizza near Shea?

amore is my favorite by the slize pizza shop in queens!

Jul 08, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

best burrito in Queens?

sorry biondanonima, but according to merriam-webster on line, chili is actually the first spelling for the peppers themselves.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictio...

Apr 28, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

FAVOURITE CUT FOR STEAK

I will second the skirt and hanger steaks! they are my two favorites as well. I love the flavor....

Apr 02, 2008
mshpook in General Topics

Healthier substitute for V8?

And then there were two!!!

Feb 14, 2008
mshpook in General Topics

Healthier substitute for V8?

I am also on a low sodium diet, but I must be the exception rather than the rule since I actually prefer the low sodium V8 to the regular. I also like drinking it non-chilled -- the flavors seem to be more developed that way.

Feb 13, 2008
mshpook in General Topics

Sripraphai First Timer

Thanks. I really love the whole fried fish, but I am pretty sure that won't travel very well. I might try ordering some of the salads, curries and noodle dishes to go.

Feb 11, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Sripraphai First Timer

stuartlafonda, what do you usually order for takeout? does it travel well? i have been to sri many times, but have always eaten at the restaurant.

Feb 11, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Sripraphai First Timer

I like my food "Thai spicy" and when I order that way it is quite authentic. My nose runs, my head sweats, my cheeks get all rosy, and while that does not paint a pretty picture, it is all part of the having the heat level combined with the vibrant, deep flavors that Sri is so good at putting together. I have also gone to Sri with folks who cannot tolerate the same level of heat that I can and have ordered their food medium spicy. It is still at a heat level that works for the spicy dishes and enough to not disappoint me.
While I have had an occassional meal at Sri that was not what I had hoped for, in general I am rarely disappointed.

Feb 11, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Sripraphai First Timer

sorry you had such a disappointing experience. i just had another great dinner at Sri. shredded green mango salad and pork curry with stringbeans. heat level was perfect for both dishes. i have very rarely had an "off" meal there. so as far as i and my friends are concerned, we think the old gray mare is doing quite well, thank you very much.

Feb 10, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Lucali: Good, not Great Pizza

JFores.....which two pizzas places in Queens do you rank that highly?
Personally, I love Amore pizza in Whitestone Shopping center. Tastes just like the pizzas I grew up with.

Feb 03, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

What's your favorite water?

tap water hands down. but i live in nyc and have access to some of the best tap water available.

Feb 02, 2008
mshpook in General Topics

Just Like Mother's on Qns Blvd Forest Hills

I think you are correct -- this is decent Polish comfort food -- not as good as Teresa's. I absolutely LOVED the food at Teresa's in the city, but I have heard that they closed -- which is very, very sad.

Jan 10, 2008
mshpook in Outer Boroughs

Best pizza in queens??

I definitely agree with you about Amore Pizza. It is a taste of the past for me as well, and I did not grow up in Queens. I think it is the best pizza I have had in a long time and is very reminicscent of the pizza I grew up on in lower Manhattan. I also like the pizza at New Park in Howard Beach - nice crispy crust - but the sauce is just a little bit too sweet.

Nov 06, 2007
mshpook in Outer Boroughs