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Nassau County - someplace for a very special birthday celebration

We're only going to be 5, a family dinner. We live on the south shore but north shore & central Nassau are fine too. Want it to be something out of the ordinary though, with really good food.

Nassau County - someplace for a very special birthday celebration

We are celebrating my dad's 80th birthday & would like to take the family for a very memorable dinner. Nice atmosphere, fabulous food! We have one vegetarian & one who needs plain food. The rest of us eat everything.

Suggestions?

lunch at Gotham Bar & Grill for dad's 80th birthday?

We have 3 adventurous eaters, 1 vegetarian & 1 person who needs plain food. What are your thoughts on Gotham Bar & Grill?

Apr 22, 2010
pgsmama in Manhattan

Nabisco's Uneeda Biscuits discontinued

My Grandma's recipe, which seems different from those posted already:
6 Spanish onions, diced
1 pkg. fresh mushrooms, sliced
oil
2 boxes Uneeda Biscuits (now Goya Snack crackers)
1 small box Kellog's Corn Flakes
water
4 eggs, beaten
salt, pepper & paprika to taste

Saute onions & mushrooms in a little oil; set aside to cool.

Combine biscuites & cornflakes in a colander; run under faucet, tossing to moisten all. Squeeze out excess water. Transfer to a large mixing bowl & blend in onion-mushroom mixture, eggs, salt, pepper & paprika. Pour into a large baking pan. At this point it can be refrigerated overnight.

Bake at 350 degrees covered with foil for 45 minutes. Uncover & bake for additional 15 minutes to brown stuffing.

It makes a lot & the recipe can be halved.

Nov 29, 2009
pgsmama in General Topics

Viva Pops - Normal Heights

My son & I visited last week & stayed with my sister in the neighborhood. We visited Viva Pops every day, no kidding. We tryied three new flavors daily & shared tastes. We got thru almost the whole menu. The best were ruby red grapefruit, nectarine basil & blood orange....yum!

Keep an eye on City Beat, they have coupons (buy 2 get 1 free) & they have a rewards card (buy 12 get 1 free).

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Normal Heights

So, we came home to NY on Tuesday &, now that I'm settled back into the grind, I wanted to say thank you for the suggestions on local eateries.

We started every morning with my sister's coffee klatch at Le Stat's on Adams Ave. After the 2nd day I was awarded my own seat, like one of the regulars.

Jyoti Bihanga was closed for their yearly trip to NY, so we didn't eat there this year, although we did get to say hi.

We visited 2 of the mariscos taco trucks & sampled fish tacos, marlin, scallops, clam (concha?) & shrimp cocktail. We asked for the octopus, but they didn't have any.

We visited Zia Pizza on Adams Ave. & had a delicious eggplant pizza on crispy whole wheat crust. Very friendly people. And Viva Pops, also on Adams Ave., is GREAT & we visited them every day, trying new flavors daily & sharing tastes. We got thru almost the whole menu. The best were ruby red grapefruit, nectarine basil & blood orange....yum!

We went to Pecktopah (a/k/a Pomegranate) which my sister & her friend had been wanting to visit. We started off with khachapuri (a cheese pie), which was pretty tasty. My boy had pork shashlik with a pomegranate glaze. Sister & I shared a cold yogurt/herb soup (took the leftovers home for breakfast) & a combination platter of 6 salads (potato salad, cabbage salad, beet salad, carrot, bean & green bean salads). Oh, & there was a very, very spicy ginger ale that the boy loved. The meal was ok, but not one of my favorites.

We planned on dinner at the Linkery but it didn't quite work out. My sister said she'd have some vegetarian appetizers for dinner & we stopped to look at the menu, That place is really over-priced. I would have been happy to try the hot dog wrapped in bacon with lots of fix-ins (I guess it's what you call a Tijuana dog), but darned if I'll pay $14.50 for a hot dog ANYWHERE.

Instead we decided to try Tao, the new Japanese/Vietnamese restaurant across from Le Stat's on Adams Ave. They're particularly known for their tofu. They have lots of vegetarian choices but do serve meat & fish. Delicious. They start you off with a complimentary salad with a bit of tofu. Then we all shared the vegetarian tofu rolls. They were wrapped in rice paper with tofu, lettuce, mint, bean sprouts & rice noodles with a nice spicy sauce. It was a very generous portion & 1 person could make a meal of it. I had the chicken ramen noodle soup which, after a week of eating, was rather comforting. My son had vermicelli with shrimp & pork. My sister's dinner was delicious, a rice bowl with "chicken" tofu. Even better than the vermicelli. They offered complimentary ice cream after dinner, lemon or green tea. Good meal.

Our last morning was spent as were all the others, at Le Stat. My son was even invited by one of the guys to go out for 1/2 day fishing on our next trip. He accepted the invitation. So we’ll be back.

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

13 Year Old's Strange Food Adventures In San Diego - Reporting Back

Now we were down to our last day. What was left that we really wanted to do? Oh yes, Aqui Es Texcoco! What can I say, that is a unique experience. We called to get directions & to make sure they had some lamb's head. When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner & talked about the food & chowhounders. I'd been dying to try the huitlacoche & squash blossom quesadillas & the boy ordered his feast - tongue, cheek & eyeball. My sister requested rolled potato tacos. We also had jamaica & horchata. The salsas, onions & cilantro, & limes came to the table. The soup was delivered. Yummy soup, with chick peas, rice & pieces of chiplote chile, mmmm so good. My sister took a bite of her tacos....uh oh, there's meat in them! Back they went with many apologies. My huitlacoche & zucchini flowers were scrumptious. All eyes however, were on the boy & his meat. He liked the tongue the best. Thought the cheek just tasted like meat. I tried both & they were good, but that was all I tasted. Next came the eyeballs. He had to work himself up to taking a bite...but he liked it. Still, he pretty much had to make himself eat the rest, said he couldn't quite get past what it was, particularly when he encountered a large piece of eyeball. He actually gagged. But he was not yet done. The owner stopped by to hear how he'd liked his meal & asked if he wanted to try the brains. Yes, sir. These he compared to the texture of scrambled eggs. He was so full though that he could not finish it all. It was, as I said, a unique experience.

We headed back home to pick-up a couple of 13-year old girls & went to Torrey Pines Glider Port. That was for me...I wanted to see some of these guys fly! I was lucky in that there was one guy who took off from the cliffs. It was very exciting to watch & the view is spectacular.

On our way back home we made our last food stop ---- Chuao Chocolates. We had to try the firecracker truffles. We bought a box of 9 to take home. Then we all had some gelato.
A sweet & spicy end to our trip.

We started every morning with my sister's coffee klatch at Le Stat's on Adams Ave. After the 2nd day I was awarded my own seat, like one of the regulars. So that's where our trip ended as well. The boy was even invited by one of the guys to go out for 1/2 day fishing on our next trip. He accepted the invitation.

We had a fantastic trip & much of it was due to your input. So thank you so much & I'll be sure to check back next year!

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

13 Year Old's Strange Food Adventures In San Diego - Reporting Back

So here's the little foodie with his sea urchin. He's eaten it before but it was my first. He also tried an Italian soda that was made with the flavored syrups used in the coffee bars, Pellegrino sparkling water & evaporated milk topped with whipped cream. Pretty tasty. The Hatch chile guys were in the next booth & we got to talking. I bought a couple of chiles to take back to my sister's.

That afternoon we went parasailing, what a kick! Unfortunately, after flying high, I was brought low...I got seasick! Yuk. Recovered in time for dinner though. We went to Pecktopah (a/k/a Pomegranate) which my sister & her friend had been wanting to try. We started off with khachapuri (a cheese pie), which was pretty tasty. The boy had pork shashlik with a pomegranate glaze. Sister & I shared a cold yogurt/herb soup & took the leftovers home for breakfast & a combination platter of 6 salads (potato salad, cabbage salad, beet salad, carrot, bean & green bean salads). Oh, & there was a very very spicy gingerale that the boy loved. The meal was ok, but not one of my favorites.

Sunday morning was the Hillcrest farmer's market. I've been there before. Saw a number of vendors from the Little Italy market on Saturday. Noteably the artichoke guys (I couldn't figure out how to bring a few of those home, they were just too danged big!) & the chile guy. I did buy a few of those, unroasted, & tucked them into my luggage. Roasted them the other night & I'm making chiles & eggs for breakfast tomorrow.

We spent the day at the museums in Balboa Park & then went to the Linkery for dinner. Well, that was the plan anyway. My sister said she'd have some vegetarian appetizers for dinner & we stopped to look at the menu, That place is really over-priced. I would have been happy to try the hot dog wrapped in bacon with lots of fix-ins (I guess it's what you call a Tijuana dog), but darned if I'll pay $14.50 for a hot dog ANYWHERE.

We decided to try Tao. It's a new Japanese/Vietnamese restaurant on Adams Ave. They're particularly known for their tofu. They have lots of vegetarian choices but do serve meat & fish. Delicious. They start you off with a complientary salad with a bit of tofu. Then we all shared the vegetarian tofu rolls. They were wrapped in rice paper with tofu, lettuce, mint, bean sprouts & rice noodles with a nice spicy sauce. It was a very generous portion & 1 person could make a meal of it. I had the chicken ramen noodle soup whick, after a week of eating, was rather comforting. The boy had vermicelli with shrimp & pork. My sister's dinner was delicious, a rice bowl with "chicken" tofu. Even better than the vermicelli. They offered complimentary ice cream after dinner, lemon or green tea. Good meal.

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

13 Year Old's Strange Food Adventures In San Diego - Reporting Back

We spent the next day at Belmont Park & Mission Beach with 4 13-year olds. There wasn't any great food there, but I did try a Chicago dog. I've never had one before & was quite pleasantly surprised. Especially since I don't like relish. The boy hated it though.

For dinner we visited Crazee Burger. Last year he had a kangaroo burger & was very eager to try one of the other strange offerings. He settled on antelope this year but was disappointed. He said he prefers venison, which has a somewhat stronger flavor. I had a Santorini burger which is half lamb/half beef & is topped with tzatziki sauce. Not strange, but it was quite tasty.

On Saturday morning we headed over to the farmer's market at Little Italy. I'd never been to this one & it was great! Did someone say this was a small market? First we visited the sea urchin vendor & had a taste, then we made our way thru the market. The artichokes were humongus, my son took a picture of me holding one & it was like a bouquet of flowers with that long, long stem. We chatted up the vendors & had lots of tastes. Then we returned to the uni lady. I've got to tell you, this was one of the highlights of our trip. We bought a sea urchin & my young man had a lesson in how to break it down. She gave him gloves & a knife & took him thru the process step by step. People were stopping to watch him & we took tons of pictures. It was like he was on the food network. Then of course we ate it & it was incredibly yummy!

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

13 Year Old's Strange Food Adventures In San Diego - Reporting Back

Wow, it worked, good for me! So, back to the trip.

So, my son made some friends in the neighborhood & gave my sister & I some time to ourselves. We lunched at her favorite mexican place, where she's been going for must be close to 20 years, Chiquita's on Home Ave. Good margeritas & a light meal.

For dinner we drove to Linda Vista to Sab E Lee. When we arrived, they were not busy but, by the time we left, every table was filled & they brought another one out of the kitchen to accomodate a few more people. WOW, that was fantastic! We had Papaya Salad, the best I've ever had except the peanuts are usually chopped & in this version they were whole, Tom Yum soup with shrimp (sooooo good), steamed pork leg stir fried w/ basil & vegetables & a couple of Thai iced teas. My sister had a vegetarian green curry. My mouth was very happy that night!

Next year I must remember to try the squid salad, it sounds great.

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

13 Year Old's Strange Food Adventures In San Diego - Reporting Back

Trying to attach a couple of photos at Viva Pops, we'll see if it works.

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

13 Year Old's Strange Food Adventures In San Diego - Reporting Back

Thanks to all of you who posted to my query for strange food. We had a FABULOUS time.

We visited 2 of the mariscos taco trucks & sampled fish tacos, marlin, scallops, clam (concha?) & shrimp cocktail. We asked for the octopus, but they didn't have any. Nothing very strange about any of it, just that we don't have access to Mexican of this nature in out neck of the woods. Delicious.

Then we visited Zia Pizza & Viva Pops on Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. My sister's a vegitarian & we had to give her some choices too & it was close to home. Viva Pops was great & we visited them every day, trying new flavors daily & sharing tastes. We got thru almost the whole menu. The best were ruby red grapefuit, nectarine lime & blood orange....yum!

Vallarta Market in Escondido was lots of fun, things we've never seen before. I got reprimaned for taking pictures there. We had lunch there, but it wasn't anything to write home about. Sadly, the Mingei Museum was closed that day despite what their flyer stated. There's a great sculpture garden in town though at Kit Carson Park.

We had dinner that night at Noodle Town in Kearny Mesa, the spicy baby octopus bulgogi Josh recommended. Josh, you didn't find that too spicy? My son said, "my nose is running, my lips are burning, I have a headache & indigestion...this is the spiciest thing I've ever eaten ..... it's great!" He drank a lot, some kind of flavored water (what is that? we liked it?) & at one point, unaware, picked up the entire pitcher instead of his glass. I found it pretty spicy as well, but it really was good. My sister didn't find any of the menu appealing, so she just sat & watched us eat.

I've got to go out to walk the dog now, but I'll be back in a bit with more.

Sep 05, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

hi, we're having a fabulous time & eating in as many places as we can. Briefly, we've been to Noodle Town in Kearney Mesa for the spicy baby octopus bulgogi, sab e lee last night (WOW that was great!), mariscos tacos, having lots of Viva popsicles. Really hoping to get to Aqui es Texcoco...does anyone know if they're open on Mondays? Crazy Burger is on the agenda to the boy can get his for his gator or ostrich or other burger fix. Tonight might be the Russian place (Pomegranate). We'll have to see what else we can squeeze in. My sister's being great about this food adventure, she just watched us eat at Noodle Town & had a fruit salad when we got home. Today we're off to Belmont Park with 4 13-year olds, so don't know what we'll find there.

We'll be sure to check back in & give you more details. We've also been taking pictures of everything too, so the memories will linger on.

Aug 28, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Mexican San Diego for the Serious Chowhound

Thanks Cathy & pickypicky. We're planning on going to both Hillside & Little Italy. Doesn't look like La Playita is at either of those. Guess we'll add it to our list & do our best.

Aug 15, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Mexican San Diego for the Serious Chowhound

Which farmer's markets to they frequent? My son & I will be visiting from NY in another week. We have such a long list of fabulous places to try & don't see how we'll squeeze them all in. We are planning on visiting a couple of the farmer's markets though, so maybe we look for them.

Aug 15, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

Thanks for that heads up! We don't want to miss that.

Aug 11, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

Thanks so much for all the great suggestions. My boy is so thrilled with all of these amazing options! We're counding the days now till August 25th. Here's what we're planning on doing:

- Little Italy farmers market for uni (& maybe ostrich eggs) & also Hillcrest market
- Aqui Es Texcoco for lamb's head WITH eyeballs & brains please & huitlacoche (This is his TOP CHOICE)
- Marisocs German taco truck
- Sab E Lee (so many great sounding dishes)
- banh mi (maybe K Sandwich, maybe other) - if we can't manage a visit we'll get sandwiches for the plane trip home
- Sammy's Woodfire Grill for duck tacos
- Chuao Chocolatier for firecracker candy
- The Linkery (for whatever oddities he may find)
- Viva Pops in Normal Heights for paletas
- Mad Dogs Cafe for the great sounding beach food
- Pomegranate (any suggestions for odd things there?)

He's also got to go back to Crazy Burger cause he wants to try the alligator, ostrich, venison & crab burgers. We don't have time to visit them so many times. Does anyone know if they have a selection of sliders?

Where is Walmido (live octopus?)

Also, we're going to be in Escondido for an afternoon at the Mingei & I found a Vallarta Supermarket which sounds great & has lots of options for lunch. Any other suggestions in Escondido?

How is the restaurant at Torrey Pines glider port? Is it worth having lunch there or should we bring a picnic? I want to relax & watch the paragliders jump off the cliff & see the sun go down.

My son would absolutely LOVE to try Kaito in Encinitas but I don't think we'll be able to get there this time. Also not likely to get to Izakaya Sakura although he's very anxious to try the fermented squid guts. Likewise for the baby octopus bulgogi @ Noodle Town which looked delicious. Guess we'll have to save some of these for next year.

I drew the line at the insect life. He wanted to try the grasshoppers, scorpions & silk worm pupae, but that kind of grosses me out.

Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated. We'll let you know how much we enjoyed all these great places once we've tried them.

My sister (the vegetarian) thinks we're going to do nothing but eat this week!

Aug 11, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

sending to a "shivah" house in roslyn

Bakery West
1014 Willis Ave, Albertson, NY 11507
(516) 625-0133 ]

They're kosher & will deliver to Roslyn

Where can I find some Chile de Arbol hot sauce in San Diego?

I'll be in San Diego the end of the month w/ my son & have been reasearching places of interest for him. There's a hot sauce shop on Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. I think it's called Hot, Hot, Hot. Here's their address:

3737 Adams Ave
(between Cherokee Ave & Mountain View Dr)
San Diego, CA 92116

Aug 07, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Want to know where the locals eat in San Diego-we're adventerous eaters

I too am coming to San Diego in a few weeks with my 13 year old son. Check my post "13 YEAR OLD SEEKS STRANGE FOOD". There were lots of suggestions & he is very anxious to try them ALL!

Aug 03, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Normal Heights

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'm really looking forward to this trip. I am going to forget all about watching what I eat & enjoy EVERYTHING!

My 13-year old son is has declared his theme for this trip to San Diego (his fourth) to be Strange Foods. I have a separate post for that &, other than the insects & fermented squid guts, it all sounds fabulous. Can't wait.

Jul 22, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Normal Heights

While my sister won't eat seafood, I DO & the overwhelming feedback about Mariscos German taco truck make this my first stop!

Jul 21, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Normal Heights

My sister's one of the long-time regulars at Jyoti's & I've been there a couple of times. Most meals there are delicious! Just on the lookout for something that she's probably overlooked cause she's a creature of habit.

Jul 20, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Normal Heights

Hi, any recs for Normal Heights? Staying for a week with my sister. She's vegetarian & I'm adventurous. Especially interested in ethnic places, i.e. vietnamese/oriental cuisines, russian/polish, greek/mid-eastern plus unusual venues.

I've heard about the mexican popsicle place across from LeStats & Mariposa for ice cream. Any other interesting treats in the neighborhood?

Jul 20, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

Lunch or dinner near Huntington Library & Deer Park Auto Museum & Winery

We're planning to spend a day at the Huntington Library in San Marino. Any suggestions for lunch or dinner? Somewhere not too expensive that would suit one vegetarian & two adventurous eaters?

Also, what about in the vicinity of the Deer Park Auto Museum & Winery?

Jul 20, 2009
pgsmama in Los Angeles Area

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

Padres are definitely on the agenda. No spouse, only me & my sister (who is a vegetarian). While I will not indulge in the insect meals, most of the other stuff you guys are coming up with sounds great to me! I'm really looking forward to trying as many as we can.

Jul 13, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

sounds good to me, I love hot dogs & sausages

Jul 12, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

Any suggestions for places to go for game?

Jul 12, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

That looks REALLY yummy! Is it spicy?

Jul 09, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego

my 13 year old seeks STRANGE FOOD

Thanks for all the great suggestions. My son is reading all the replies to this post & wants to try them ALL!

My sister's a vegetarian &, while I consider myself an adventurous eater, the grasshoppers & pupae are definitely not on my agenda (& maybe not the fermented squid either.) We are definitely going to try as many as we can. The little foodie is looking forward to bragging rights with all his friends.

Jul 08, 2009
pgsmama in San Diego