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Looking for nut rolls (aka povitica or potica)...know any eastern european bakeries?

It's called povatica if you are Croatian (but the Polish/Czech side of my family made it too and also called it this.). It's nowhere to be found on the East Coast and especially not in NYC where I live or Boston where I have lived in the past.

My Croatian mother, aunts, and grandmother who made/make grew up in a very ethnic (mostly Balkan immigrants) in Kansas City, Kansas but I've never seen it anywhere else. If anyone tells you the recipe is simple and easy to follow-they've never made povatica. The women in my family have been making it for years and it takes several hours to prepare and real artistry to make the dough so thin.

I know a woman from the neighborhood who used to sell them but she passed away last year or else I'd give her name. They were the only ones who came close to my the ones baked my the women in my family.

Apr 21, 2011
mebnyc in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch?

Coming in from NYC...need a suggestion for Sunday Brunch this weekend?

Hoping for healthy but tasty choices and a spicy bloody mary! Outdoor seating and good crowd to people-watching!

Thanks!

Sep 28, 2007
mebnyc in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizza Fresca/Via Emilia-- thoughts?!

Just tried Pizza Fresca last week after having an exceptional Neapolitan pizza experience in DC (of all places!).

Everything was excellent: service, salad, wine, and of course, the pie. Highly recommended!

Jul 13, 2007
mebnyc in Manhattan

Special BDay Dinner Suggestions?

anywhere in manhattan, budget is $50-100 per person and yes that should include drinks, tax, and tips.

Jul 11, 2007
mebnyc in Manhattan

Special BDay Dinner Suggestions?

Any suggestions for a casual but special bday dinner. Open to cuisine but would like a place that has a bar and restaurant. (Might have some folks just dropping by for a drink and not dinner.

A garden would be great but not essential (end of August).

Thanks!

Jul 11, 2007
mebnyc in Manhattan

PROVENCE - SOHO

I second Gascogne. Very romantic garden, amazing food, excellent, low-key service.

Jul 11, 2007
mebnyc in Manhattan

financial district happy hour that doesn't SUCK!

Trinity Place is a nice little bar. I've been for Happy Hour twice and the food was delish with a good bartender. It seemed a bit older of a crowd (late 30s-early 40s) but I don't know if it's like that all the time. Southwest is great this time of year. The rooftop bar at the Ritz is cool and the Marriott bar is not bad either. Divine Bar was not bad either (not sure if it's still open - it's been awhile.) Some very cool little bars north of the Seaport and definitely not WS or frat boy. I can't remember names but we were walking down up from J Crew in the Seaport. I was amazed at how many there were.

Jul 11, 2007
mebnyc in Manhattan