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Stumptown Stubbies!

I asked the guys at the Stumptown roastery on Van Brunt and they were a bit clued out. One thought that they'd be getting them 'early July' and didn't know if they would be bottling them in Brooklyn or not.

219 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Jun 18, 2011
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

B&B Empire Bagels

Billed as 'Montreal style' bagels, I bought a few on my way home. Not quite there yet. I bought three, none of them really looked like Montreal bagels except for the skinniness of two of them (poppy seed, and a raisin), the third was a puffier than usual Brooklyn style everything bagel. The skinny ones had an ok, but not nearly chewy enough crust -- I'm assuming these were not baked in a wood burning oven. Taste was decent, but without the proper crust it didn't do anything for me.

Anyone else eat there?

I'll try back in a week or so and see if there have been any improvements...

B&B Empire
200 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Jun 09, 2011
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Pawpaw / paupau fruits

Where I grew up, paupau was just another name for papaya. I'm not sure if you're looking for something different. If it is papaya, many fruit and veg shops and supermarkets carry it, either whole or cut up - Garden of Eden, even Key Foods and Met sometimes. Or the fresh fruit vendors at the Red Hook soccer fields probably have some pre-cut (delicious with a squeeze of lime juice) -- although I haven't check this year yet.
Save the seeds and dry them (rinse them first) for a peppercorn substitute!

Garden of Eden
180 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

May 22, 2010
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

NEW: Red Hook Lobster Pound

2nd the CT roll. If I lived any closer I'd be broke.

Apr 22, 2010
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Waterfall on Atlantic-

I heard just that she sold the restaurant and that the new owner is Egyptian. The food was still good the last time I got take out and the fresh baked pita is an excellent addition. Friends have seen Wafa around the neighborhood recently, perhaps someone has heard from her.

Oct 01, 2009
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Where can I buy a rooster?

There are a couple of live poultry shops in red hook, one at the corner of degraw and columbia, and another one somewhere not too far from there, maybe further west down degraw?

Sep 28, 2009
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

dishes they are not known for but delicious

I second the burger at la esqina.

I also really like the number 45 at pho bang on Mott -- Bun Bo Xao Sauteed Sliced Beef Lettuce On Rice Vermicelli. I get it almost as often as their pho.

Jul 28, 2009
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

What's really good in Carroll Gardens these days?

Ha! I've brought my daughter a couple of times to Jakewalk, although she was asleep both times...

Further north, Boca Lupo on Henry is kid friendly (kid menu), good cocktails and decent food...

Jun 09, 2009
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Ramen and Scandinavian Cafe in Park Slope

I walked by on Saturday and the store was dark and the gate was locked. From what I could see through the windows the shelves looked pretty bare. Has it closed? I can't imagine not being open on a sunny Saturday afternoon...

May 31, 2009
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Big group walk-in on Saturday evening?

Well, seeing as it's Valentine's Day on Saturday may add to the challenge, but Waterfront may work out for you if you are there around 6 -- if they're already full you can try some of its neighbors like the Chip Shop (fish & chips, nice beers, etc.) or Waterfalls (middle eastern) which are less likely to have special Valentine's dinners. I'd call around to see who's NOT having a Valentine's special...

Feb 11, 2009
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Longevity Fusion Cafe in Sarasota, FL.

It's Lonjevity with a 'j'... I drove by the other day and thought what a dumb (and long) name for a restaurant. Lonjevity is a Superfood Fusion Cafe according to its website ... Actually the menu looks pretty good, it might be worth trying. Seeing as everything is in a stripmall here, it's hard to judge a book by its cover. I'll let you know if I eat there...

Dec 24, 2008
bothrops_asper in Florida

Mangosteen Quality Control

This is typical of mangosteens that have been frozen and thawed. Usually if you eat them shortly after defrosting, the skin hasn't had time to leach into the fruit, but if they sit around for a while this is what you get. I bought some 'fresh' mangosteens this summer in chinatown that were decent, but i think most of the mangosteens being sold are frozen, or previously frozen.

Nov 23, 2008
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

Mangos! And Indian Mangos?

fyi Patel Bros. was selling a box of Kesars for $20 two weeks ago, i'm not sure if they still are. "Just flown in on British Airways" i was told. It's getting towards the end of the season I believe, so load up. Our box had 10 mangos, all very fresh.

Jun 12, 2008
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

Vasterbotten Spotting (Swedish cheese)

Yes, there's an Ikea in Hickville, and a soon to be one in Red Hook (this summer i think?), hopefully with a well stocked pantry...

Feb 27, 2008
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Vasterbotten Spotting (Swedish cheese)

Good to know, the more options the better! thanks!

Feb 25, 2008
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Vasterbotten Spotting (Swedish cheese)

there are a few places that sell it online - the vasterbotten that is, NOT the surstromming (as well as other Swedish foods):

we have bought items from before and have been happy with the service, fyi.

Feb 25, 2008
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Vasterbotten Spotting (Swedish cheese)

After looking all over the city for Vasterbotten cheese, my wife found it right under our noses at Sahadi's. If you haven't tried it, Vasterbotten is a Swedish cow's milk cheese that's kind of a cross between an extra sharp cheddar and a Parmigiano Reggiano in flavor and texture. Give it a taste if you can find it.

Thanks Sahadi's for getting what Murray's, Fairway, Whole Foods, Stinky, and everywhere else I've asked about Vasterbotten couldn't or wouldn't. Let's just hope it's not a one time deal. Who knows, maybe this summer they'll be stacking cans of Surstromming...

Feb 23, 2008
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Scandinavian style herring?

Are these the anchovies you're looking for? Were you able to find what you wanted? If anyone knows where to find Swedish Vasterbotten cheese I'd be grateful to hear about it (I've tried all the big cheese shops in the city, as well as Fairway and Whole Foods [who show it on their website, but not in stores]).

Feb 18, 2008
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Hasaki- early bird special

From their website: Miso Soup, Salad, Sashimi or Sushi, Tempura, Grilled Fish,
and Small Dessert

I used to get this quite often; it's a great deal and a pretty filling meal. They also have a twilight special at their sister restaurant Soba-ya.

The added benefit of getting there early for the special is you usually beat the crowds and don't have to wait long (if at all) for a table.

Feb 14, 2008
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

New Chennai Garden--UES

I believe it is just called Chennai, no Garden. The menu looks like a nice alternative to Chennai Garden. I can't wait to try it.

Jun 27, 2007
bothrops_asper in Manhattan


I hope you're not too disappointed, eating (pre)frozen mangosteens are a frustrating tease. in my experience you can't let them defrost as the bitter juices from the inside of the skin leach into the delicate fruit, ruining the flavor. peeling the mangosteen while still mostly frozen and letting the fruit thaw has better results (or eat it as it's defrosting). keep the uneaten ones in the freezer until you're ready to eat them. however you eat it, it doesn't come close to fresh, but when you're desperate...

Jun 21, 2007
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

Armenian String Cheese, the big mystery

or if you don't want to travel that deep into brooklyn, you can always hit Sahadi's...strangely i just got bought some string cheese at the fairway in brooklyn, even though i usually get it at Sahadi's...

May 17, 2007
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

Cafe Mozart vs. Cafe Sabarsky

well,i'd hold out for a table upstairs (Sabarsky), granted the food is the same downstairs at Fledermaus, but the ambiance down there doesn't come close to matching the beautiful room with the large windows looking out onto the park...

May 17, 2007
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

Coffee Crisps

Coffee Crisp is actually a Canadian candy bar (not sure if it is sold in England or elsewhere). I bought one at the Eckerd at the corner of Court & Atlantic about 6 months ago. I was suprised to see them for sale there, and haven't seen them since.

A quick google search revealed that Nestle is starting to sell Coffee Crisp in the states ( possibly in part due to a petition by

If you don't have any Canadian friends, you can always buy two-dozen at a time from Amazon.

Good Luck...

May 05, 2007
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

kerala paratha (or parotta)

I've never made it out to Kerala Kitchen, although it's been on my hit list for years, but I know that Chennai Garden (in Manhattan) makes parathas, although i usually get the spicy uttapams and dosas. Their weekend only items are great as well...
Post back if you do make it out to Kerala Kitchen...

Apr 26, 2007
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

What's your favorite food blog?

no body breaks digests the world of food journalism and new york eating in general better than regina shrambling with her blog (as well as her la times articles). warning, if you don't subscribe to every newspaper food section and food related periodical, some reference may fly overhead, but even when the references are too osbcure she's fun reading...

New Restaurant - Henry btw Carroll and 1st

I'm there with you lattistar, i didn't get it. Love the pizza, but why the second rate ingredients?

If i were friends with the owner, i'd bring him some samples from Sahadi's or Caputo's and let him taste the difference. And honestly i don't think a can of waxy tasteless olives could cost less than a container of the real thing from Sahadi's (but i could be wrong).

Jan 13, 2007
bothrops_asper in Outer Boroughs

Countertop material: granite vs. solid surface (corian) vs. engineered stone (silestone)

honed shouldn't cost more than polished -- honed, polished, flamed, are all finishes that can be applied to many different kinds of stone. you don't need to 'reseal' granite unless you want to maintain the polish; granite is generally hard enough and non-porous enough to not need a sealer. marble, on the other hand needs more regular maintenance to prevent etching and staining.

Dec 26, 2006
bothrops_asper in Cookware

Pho in Manhattan

for the record, pho bang usually does serve lime with their pho, but every now and then they'll serve lemons -- who knows why...

Dec 04, 2006
bothrops_asper in Manhattan

A question for Vietnamese food fans...

I've had that several places in NY, try Pho Pasteur (used to be New Pasteur?) on Baxter. Here's the link to their menu

Nov 24, 2006
bothrops_asper in Manhattan