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Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

Those do look great. Maybe I should check out the LIC location.

Aug 23, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

I went to Cannelle today for the first time ever after years of reading about it (I don't go out of my way for baked goods since I bake my own so much and don't get very many pastry cravings). I'm currently without a kitchen and want to buy a cake for my brother's birthday so I thought I would get a taste of a few different cakes. The thing is that I found their viennoiserie to be excellent (their cheese danish truly is amazing, because unlike the vast majority, the filling is just sweet enough), but the cakes left me a little underwhelmed. The mille-feuille is too sweet, the strawberry cake also seems a little too sweet, though the bite of tart strawberry mitigates that. The framboisine is white chocolate and so it also struck me as too sugary. The praline doesn't suffer from this problem, but it tastes like a pretty typical chocolate mousse, hazelnut and feuilletine confection with too much dominance from the chocolate (I like more caramel and hazelnut, and while I can definitely taste hazelnut, I get more chocolate than anything) and none of us are huge chocolate fans. I really wanted to try the vanilla, but they only had large cakes and I guess they no longer sell the pineapple and coconut cake that was mentioned here nor did I see the coconut and strawberry one.

I really want to go back for more of their viennoiserie.

Aug 22, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

Greenmarket Rant

Ok, for one, Serious Eats. I can google more for you if you'd like though.
But honestly, I'm bowing out of this conversation now because I can't bring up legitimate price gouging or the idea that not everything at the market is superior without getting responses like this one as if I'm anti-greenmarket rather than aware of how things have changed and gotten to a point where people are priced out of what is supposed to benefit those who might struggle otherwise.

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan
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Greenmarket Rant

Can I also say that people have done tests on eggs sold at the market and could detect no real difference in quality from supermarket eggs with many of them? Farms like Millport Dairy did not fare well. So their eggs are cheaper than others at the market, but it's not like you're really getting a better egg.
Stone Arch Farms sold some really good eggs at $5/dozen though. They even fared well when tested.

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan

Greenmarket Rant

Okay, but you're really looking to defend the market that much that you can't just admit that I'm getting them significantly cheaper? To make a pie with market cherries I needed over $20. To make the same pie with cherries from my local supermarket I needed a little over $8.
And I might add that the weight will change depending on the fruit.

I don't understand why there's such a rush to justify greenmarket prices at all costs.
I'm more than willing to admit that it's the only place you will find many fruits and vegetables, that not everything is unaffordable, and that I perfectly understand why people shop there and support it, but the OP had a rant and immediately got shot down completely about how wrong they were with hardly a single concession that yeah, there are problems. I used to be the type of person who was all "buy local" but through the years seeing the prices escalate and being around people who truly struggle with money, how can I continue to exalt a system that in theory should be about helping the little guy but isn't sustainable for those people?

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan
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Greenmarket Rant

A pint of blueberries for example, is 12 oz.

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan

Greenmarket Rant

A pint of fruit is not the same as a pint of liquid.

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan

Greenmarket Rant

They weren't on sale, they were simply $4/lb and the cheapest you can find sour cherries at the market is $8/quart.
I can guarantee I've spent far more time at the market than you, seeing as how I've basically been to every market in Manhattan and most of the Queens ones, so yeah, I am well aware of comparison shopping. You're kind of missing the point that these vendors are charging these prices in the first place.
Sour cherries are something to look for at the market. When I was living in Boston they were a rarity at markets there. So, yeah, in New York, they are a draw.
I can get great fresh corn at 3 ears for $1 because corn is cheap and it's the season. Corn being .$60 an ear is only a great deal because the market charges so much for everything else.
I am all for sustainable farming, but quite simply, the prices charged for it are not sustainable for a whole lot of people. One of the great myths about buying local is that the more support for small local farms there is, the more prices will eventually go down. Instead prices continue to go up to the point where they're out of reach for a lot of people who should be benefitted by this system.
And if you love the market, that's great, but the replies here are disingenuous in trying to defend the market absolutely or telling people that they're buying the wrong things and putting the blame on them rather than being able to admit that there are legitimate problems and concerns.

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan

Greenmarket Rant

Nope, not duck eggs. Sure you can get them cheaper, but my point is that farms will sell them that high. For example, Flying Pigs Farms sells their eggs for I believe $8/dozen.

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan

Greenmarket Rant

I truly think the green market is outrageous these days. I've seen lacinato kale for $15/lb there. Eggs for $12/dozen.

I really feel a lot of the people defending the prices can only be Manhattanites who are frankly egregiously overcharged for produce in the first place because Manhattan supermarkets are ridiculously expensive, not to mention the quality is often terrible.
I love sour cherries and since normally the only way you can get them is at the greenmarket (and even then they can be hard to get before they all sell out), I ponied up I believe $10 for a quart. Two quarts, so $20 for two pounds of sour cherries, and that's if I'm remembering correctly because it might have been $12/quart. Imagine my joy at being at one of my local supermarkets here in Astoria and finding sour cherries for $4/lb. I bought five pounds of sour cherries for the cost of two at the greenmarket.

I've seen the same farms charging more at Union Square than they charge for the same produce at another market location.

I was always a huge supporter of the market and buying local, but it has just become more and more obvious that it's strictly a luxury (root vegetables are cheap everywhere, let's be honest) and that frankly feels very contrary to the whole idea behind supporting small farms.

Aug 04, 2015
saria in Manhattan

Moving to New York from the UK. Shopping advice needed!

Despaña has sold Pata Negra for many years. And you can buy online from La Tienda.

Jul 29, 2015
saria in Manhattan
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Looking for a KBBQ restaurant that will actually allow me to cook my own meat?

Korean bbq is always cooked in the kitchen if it's a single order. You need to have at least two orders of meat to get it cooked at the table.

Jul 29, 2015
saria in Manhattan

Gui Lin Mi Fen - Flushing

I went today and loved the noodles. The Guilin mi fen is what I had, and I loved the pickled vegetables and crunchy nuts mixed with the toothsome noodles. I just love the texture of the noodles! My friend had the spicy bowl and they were delicious, too, and spicier than I expectrd.
Didn't love the Shanghai chicken which was more plain chicken cooked well, but completely unseasoned (I imagine certain customers send back the slightly bloody at the bone chicken). It really needed the accompanying sauce to be pleasing for me, where I usually love drunken chicken, white cut chicken, Hainan chicken, etc. as is.

They do have vegetarian sides, by the way. They're on a separate menu on the mirrored wall next to the tables. They have cucumber salad and I think vegetarian chicken or duck, and I think there was one more.

I thought it was plenty filling. I wasn't sure I could even finish my bowl and my friend could not finish his!

Jun 02, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

What's good at Kung Fu besides the XLB

I love their pan-fried noodles with pork. I also love the Shanghai shumai. The dongpo pork is supposed to be really good, but I've never gotten to order it because we'be gotten too full from other dishes.

Apr 07, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

Have you been to Nixtamal lately?

Yes, but he used to get tortillas from Nixtamal. You can check Nixtamal's page to see Empellon listed, though it may have been removed since they no longer provide them.
Just check older reviews of Empellon and you can see that Nixtamal provided their tortillas.

Apr 01, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

Wan Chai Seafood in Flushing - Excellent

Fish dumplings are available at New World Mall from Sichuan Dish, and the Tianjin Dumpling stall (same ppl as Dumpling Galaxy). I'm sure I've seen a couple of other places that do it, too.

Mar 31, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to Salt and Fat in Sunnyside lately? Huge disappointment.

When I went, I didn't care for the foie either, but the oxtail was really good. I didn't think the food was too salty by any means.
We did have a bit of an incident with service, in which the server asked us if we would like some additional bread for the mussels and we agreed to it and saw later that we'd been charged for it. It was surprising to us that they charged us for a few slices of bread.

Jan 08, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

Gong Cha - New World Mall

Good to know, since I'm much more likely to be in Flushing than Chinatown and I have a hard time getting bubble tea anywhere other than Teado.

Jan 06, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs

Looking for cilantro sold with roots in Queens.

Trade Fair, Mi Tierra, Asian supermarkets in Elmhurst.

Jan 03, 2015
saria in Outer Boroughs
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Holiday Party Queens/Manhattan: Spanish food

~~~Latin~~~

Nov 20, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

KUNG FU, MAIN STREET, FLUSHING

I love this place, too. Their pan-fried noodles are delicious (nicely toothsome, great wok hei) and I loved the pan-fried buns and Shanghai style shumai. I really want to try out their rice cakes because I love them, but the noodles are so hard to pass up!

Sep 27, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

Dumpling Galaxy - Dumplings and more

Thanks for the report! I just saw an article on Serious Eats about this place opening up. It's Tianjin Dumpling House's chef behind this place.
I'm really looking forward to going!

Sep 14, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

Have you been to Nixtamal lately?

Empellon's tortillas are provided by Nixtamal, as they are in a whole lot of a Manhattan restaurants.

Aug 28, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

Torta Neza location...

I've walked by there at different times within the past few weeks and he's not there. There is another truck, but not Neza.
Supposedly (according to Joe D) he's at a restaurant in Corona, though I haven't gone by there.

Aug 13, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Yes, and they have great prices! Things like low-moisture mozzarella are a whole $2 cheaper than the overpriced Trade Fair nearby (which is more expensive than the 30th avenue Trade Fair for pretty much everything).

Aug 13, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

No place in my area sells chicory (the lettuce)

Hmm, I can get chicory pretty easily in Queens. They have it at Berry Fresh Farm, for example. It's frisée that's fairly elusive.

Aug 13, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

Where can I find great Greek yogurt? I had some for dessert last night

This yogurt is amazing. I get it at Whole Foods Union Square. The sour cherry is incredible.

In Astoria we get Skotidakis, which isn't easily found in Manhattan. Can be bought at Titan Foods at the counter and I swear Parrot Coffe Market's house-packed yogurt is Skotidakis, too.

Not strained, but I adore Traderspoint Creamery yogurt.

Aug 10, 2014
saria in Manhattan

Guide to the New World Mall Food Court

There is a new stall at #23.
I was sad that I never got to try the dishes at Szechuan Dish (#25) before it became a dumpling stall, but I do love their dumplings for their clean, fresh flavor.

Aug 06, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

Weird Dumpling Crepe Thing, Possibly Shanghai (in Flushing)

They're Li's/Sliced Noodles' guo tie. They've been written up quite a bit!

Aug 05, 2014
saria in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

No, the ones available daily. The tea egg provides protein.

Jun 28, 2014
saria in Greater Boston Area