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Good Falafel around Columbus Circle?

Is that around here? I went there once and had one of the worst meals of my life. It must have been a fluke because everyone directs me there.

Nov 26, 2008
GilloD in Manhattan

Good Falafel around Columbus Circle?

I'm dying for Falafel. I'm stuck within a +/- 5 block radius of 56th Street. I'm totally up for going to a cart, but I was hoping some Chowhounders might have some suggestions. I've been to Pita Grill (Good carrot tahini, bad Falafel and worse prices) and in a moment of desperation I even gave the Pick-a-Bagel stuff a try. I need a reputable fix in the area.

Suggestions?

Nov 26, 2008
GilloD in Manhattan

Looking for L'Anis de Flavigny mints somewhere in NYC.

My co-worker got a tin of those fancy French L'Anis de Flavigny mints as a gift and I've absolutely fallen in love with them. I found them on Amazon for $4.50 a tin which, while expensive, isn't totally crazy given the amount you get and the craftsmanship. I was hoping to maybe skim a little off shipping and find them in the city somewhere. Before I spend all weekend cruising the boutiques and groceries, does anyone know a spot I can find them for sure?

Jul 02, 2008
GilloD in Manhattan

Buyer's remorse..PB Loco White Chocolate Raspberry

Nah,a lot of flavors blend really well with peanut butter. It's a great launching pad. But just dumping in natural flavors and sugar and whipping it up with hydrogenated oils isn't my thing.

There are other companies that make flavored PBs that don't use as many weirdo additives. I actually haven't tried the curry yet- That sounds pretty good! I'll have to keep my eyes open.

And, yes, working at a PB Company has increased my consumption by about 1500%. I think I've gone through like 6 jars this month!

May 16, 2008
GilloD in General Topics

Buyer's remorse..PB Loco White Chocolate Raspberry

Full disclosure: I work for a small PB company that is NOT PB Loco. As much as that might make me seem impartial, it also makes me a PB expert.

I also find PB Loco to be universally too-sweet for my taste. They also use hydrogenated oils in their products, so that might be something to consider before diving in.

That said, you might try spreading it on wheat toast or an english muffin, something not too sweet that'd reduce the sugar-y taste. Or use it baked good. Make some PB cookies and dip them in dark chocolate. Use that 1/1/1 recipe (1 cup of PB, 1 cup of sugar, 1 egg). Mmm.

May 14, 2008
GilloD in General Topics

I've got Gift certs. to blow at Blue Ribbon- Suggestions?

Gah! The one downtown-ish. I've been out of the city for almost a year and change now, my New York-foo is weak!

Feb 18, 2008
GilloD in Manhattan

I've got Gift certs. to blow at Blue Ribbon- Suggestions?

The ones we have claim that they're redeemable at any of the outposts, but for what it's worth, they were purchased in Tribeca.

Feb 18, 2008
GilloD in Manhattan

I've got Gift certs. to blow at Blue Ribbon- Suggestions?

I recently received a generous gift certificate to the Blue Ribbon empire. I've never visited any of the outposts and impressions seem to range from delighted to disgusted. I was hoping some more experienced ChowHounders could suggest which outpost is the most reliable, what to look forward to and what to avoid. There's probably enough of a gift here for 2 visits, so feel free to mix and match or suggest more than one location. Is there anything I should absolutely avoid? Anything I should take pains not to miss?

Thanks!

Feb 18, 2008
GilloD in Manhattan

Cheap eats in Seville?

My wife and I are on our honeymoon and crashing with some friends in Seville. They'll both be busy during the day and early evening for the next week or so, so we're on our own in Seville. With rooming finally taken care of, we finally have a little budget flexibility for good eats. We're still a little conservative (About 40$ a day) and we usually eat breakfast in, so we're hoping for some moderately priced suggestions. We're near the Plaza de Armas, but willing to hoof it all over for a good meal.

Alternately, local favorites that could be prepped in our host kitchen would suffice quite well. Thanks for the tips!

Jan 21, 2008
GilloD in Spain/Portugal

Dining for 25 (!) in Cape May, NJ. [Moved from Tristate Region board]

The wedding will be on December 29th, so winter. We're trying to keep it around 35-40 bucks a person if possible. A private space would be really nice. We're not having a reception, per se, so this is the chance to mingle and chat.

Oct 20, 2007
GilloD in Mid-Atlantic

The Marshmallow Master Topic

I was out of vanilla this afternoon so I snuck in about 3/4 tbsp honey. The flavor isn't quite there, but it does distract from the "raw" flavor of naked marshmallows and imparts a sort of mellow quality to the sometimes shocking sweetness.

Oct 19, 2007
GilloD in Home Cooking

Dining for 25 (!) in Cape May, NJ. [Moved from Tristate Region board]

My fiancee and I are looking to host a small post-Wedding dinner in Cape May. As neither of us have been in the area for a few years, we're looking for some suggestions. It'd be great if they had a small private room for about 25 and/or were friendly to large-ish groups.

We spoke to Union Park who were very friendly and very accommodating. The menu looked great, but I haven't actually chowed there. Do you guys have any suggestions?

Oct 02, 2007
GilloD in Mid-Atlantic

Ultra cheap meal ideas? [moved from Home Cooking board]

My favorite comfort food: Eggy-Noodle. Boil some egg noodles, chuck 'em in a pan with plenty of butter and crack an egg or two over the top. Mix, cook and serve. I always keep cheap egg noodles in the cabinet for this reason.

Sep 11, 2007
GilloD in General Topics

the best vegetarian food "products"

Morningstar Farms proucts are delicious, but they're also packed with all of the additives, preservatives and icky chemicals of major processed food. They're a subsidiary of Kellogs, no? At any rate, if you're expecting the feel good, back to the land approach, avoid MSF like the devil. Or keep 'em as a treat, anyway.

Sep 11, 2007
GilloD in General Topics

What did we do wrong? Both kids are vegetarians!

I was a vegetarian for 8 years, from the time I was 13 until I was 21. My parents were understanding and occasionally accommodating, but it's also how I got my legs in the kitchen. Give them a cookbook and cook with them!

Sep 10, 2007
GilloD in Not About Food

Anyone gone through the NYU Food Studies program?

Boston U has the Masters of Gastronomy which is similar.

Sep 06, 2007
GilloD in Not About Food

Parmigiano–Black Pepper Popcorn

A good tip for homemade popcorn: My wife and I keep around a shaker of what I've dubbed "Micro-salt". Run some salt through a food processor and keep it on hand. It'll adhere better and you won't end up with tasteless popcorn and a pile of salt at the bottom of the bowl.

Sep 06, 2007
GilloD in Recipes

Anyone gone through the NYU Food Studies program?

I was wondering if any ChowHounders had gone through the NYU food studies program: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/nutrition/i....

It looks like a wonderful program but I've been unable to get in touch with anyone who has actually graduated from or attended the program itself. Given how much time schools spend on making themselves look prettyit's best to get the word from someone on the ground.

Sep 04, 2007
GilloD in Not About Food

Humus hummus hummous

Here's my rough recipe, it needs a little bit of work:
1 15 oz can of chick peas
3 tablespoons of tahini (Check your tahini! Some brands are grainy and bitter and can give your Hummus an undesirable "greasy" feeling)
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cumin
Garlic (2 cloves unroasted, 4-6 roasted)
Lemon juice
Reserved bean liquid

Blend! Add EVOO or bean liquid to taste/texture. The secret really is in beating it up. This recipe needs a little bit of work, but it's a nice jumping off point.

Sep 03, 2007
GilloD in Home Cooking

New To Trader Joe's - Top Faves??? [Moved from General Topics board]

Oh! The burgers are great. And the blood orange soda is wonderful. No HFCS! The only thing I ever hated there was the frozen MahiMahi. Tasted like cat food, but I got it for spare change, so. Alls fair, I suppose.

Aug 31, 2007
GilloD in Chains

Milwaukee?

There's a Trader Joe's? SOLD. God, I miss TJ's.

Thanks for the info, guys. I feel a little bit better about it now. I tried to do some cursory research and couldn't find much and got bummed out. Better to turn to the experts!

Milwaukee?

In my infinite wisdom, I'm pretty sure I spelled it wrong when I did my search. When I say "celebrity" city, I sort of think of A-list cities. I don't know how else to explain that, it's already a pretentious idea without my trying to defend it. Thanks for the resources! It makes me feel a little less cold to the idea.

good reads about eating? [moved from Not About Food]

The Unprejudiced Palate by Angelo Pellegrini sidles up alongside Brillat-Savarin as a great book on the art of eating.

Those "Best Food Writing of the Year!" books are a great jumping off point, check them out.

Aug 30, 2007
GilloD in Food Media & News

good reads about eating? [moved from Not About Food]

I dislike much of Reichl's book writings. While her food writing is just fine so much of her book is padded with AND THEN I TRIED ON A NEW COSTUME AND NO ONE KNEW WHO I WAS AINT THAT CRAZY. It was okay the first time, but I ended up skimming after the third time she plunked down a thousand words on her new wig

Aug 30, 2007
GilloD in Food Media & News

good reads about eating? [moved from Not About Food]

You can get "The Art of Eating" which collects much of her work for around 20-25$, although I scored mine for 12$ used. It's a big book and collects her real essentials. She's an absolute must

Aug 30, 2007
GilloD in Food Media & News

Milwaukee?

What's the food and food culture like in Milwaukee? My wife and I have been discussing moving there so that she can work on her thesis. We both adored New York and I'm especially enamored with it, so I'm a little cautious of moving to a city that's not a, well, "celebrity" city so to speak (LA, Boston, Miami, Seattle etc.). I'm trying to feel the place out a bit and a CH search only yields a post about Kosher restaurants there.

Any ChowHounders live there now or frequent the area? What's the feel food-wise? I'm not just thinking restaurants, but markets and classes and Food-centric volunteer operations (ala City Harvest), for example.

New Yorker Food Issue on the stands now

! I completely forgot. I haven't changed my address yet, either. Bummer, I'll have to snag it off the newsstand.

Aug 30, 2007
GilloD in Food Media & News

What's your "cooking budget?"

Ah, monthly. I read "Yearly" and though it was a bit low.

I have to admit, or all of my pasta making, stock brewing, DIY handicraft, there are plenty of nights when it's nice to just have someone else take care of it for you.

Aug 30, 2007
GilloD in Not About Food

CiCi's Pizza Buffet

Guys- It's not poisoned. That said, it's not good, either. But it's 4 bucks and it's not like it tastes bad. So grab a slice and a little salad and bask in your cheap lunch. Take the change and get a nice steak for dinner or something. It's not the end of the world and you can always find something to chow on.

I'd ignore the posters who decry CiCi's as the gourmet apocalypse.

Aug 30, 2007
GilloD in Chains

New To Trader Joe's - Top Faves??? [Moved from General Topics board]

Maybe I'm going crazy, but the last time I snagged it in New York I think it was 3.99. But that's New York, I suppose.

Aug 30, 2007
GilloD in Chains