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Ridiculously Downhill Alert: Damascus Bakery

Sometimes it's a little more burnt than others, but I have yet to have a batch of its "triangle pita" (the freshly baked stuff) that isn't the best pita I've had that isn't fresh out of the oven.

$1.50 for 6 pieces, lasts about 48 hours max before getting moldy. (Dries out after about 24 hours but toasts up nicely.)

I, too, also enjoy the babaghanouj and the m'hamarra (granted, it's my only experience with this), while the rest of the salads are enjoyable but just good. I buy them often, but I wouldn't travel out of my way for them.

Nov 17, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

The sauce is actually a butternut squash puree, no tomatoes. Very tasty.

Nov 01, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

YAY - Quite liked the new kale, sweet potato, and butternut squash frozen pizza. Has Parmesan (D.O.C. stuff) on it, but needed a little more IMHO. No tomato (not that one would expect it with that flavor profile.)

Also bought some of the Hatch salsa, but haven't tried yet ...

Oct 27, 2014
lambretta76 in Chains

Craft beer bars near Brooklyn Heights / Cobble Hill?

Ugly Duckling is not a beer-nerd bar -- it's a beer bar for casual beer drinkers. (Think macro micro-brews.)

When I asked "Which Founders do you have on tap?" the bartender told me "They only make one."

Bar Great Harry is fantastic, while Local 61 has good local beers. I also like Congress on Court St. for a short but interesting beer (and cider) selection.

Sep 12, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Vernor's ginger ale anywhere in Brooklyn?

Wish I could get some Tom Thumb mint ginger ale here as well! Love that stuff ...

Sep 08, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

The gouda with truffles is great -- even better than the Italian cheese of forgotten provenance they do with the black truffles.

Sep 08, 2014
lambretta76 in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

I'm assuming these are made in India, as that's how the ones I get from Swad and I think Udupi at Patel Bros. in NYC come (and likely they're packaging them for TJs).

It's weird, but convenient.

Sep 05, 2014
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

They're a meay for me -- they're good, but I probably wouldn't buy them again.

They are, to me, a better BBQ chip. That said, I just don't like BBQ chips enough.

If they ever decide to release a snoek and atchaar chip (or walkie-talkie chicken) I'll give em a go.

Aug 28, 2014
lambretta76 in Chains

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

That's it - thanks!

Aug 24, 2014
lambretta76 in Manhattan

Weird Dumpling Crepe Thing, Possibly Shanghai (in Flushing)

Ganso in Downtown Brooklyn does this. They're good, although I'm not sure destination worthy. (Its new spicy shrimp ramen is, though.)

Aug 21, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

That place was great - was a huge swing and rockabilly club in the late 90s. There was also a nice two story pan-Latin place a bit north I believe that had an excellent Cubano. (They also had a great music scene and a balcony overlooking the dance floor.)

Aug 21, 2014
lambretta76 in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I believe the last location of Christie's is slated to become the new location of El Gran Castillo de Jagua. (Or is it El Rey -- whichever one wasn't replaced by Duane Reade.)

I just never liked Brawta -- lived across from it on and off for decades and just never thought it was better than average.

I pass by the old Gage & Tollner space every day and it makes me so sad -- it's a s**thole now. My dad had an epic buffalo steak there.

Garden Cafe, and in particular it's Monday to Thursday 3-course, $25 fixed price menu were awesome. The last time we went we sat next to Bloomberg hobnobbing with Markowitz before he was elected mayor. Talk about a power dinner!

I really miss Vaux, which was a grown-up resto in Park Slope in the space now inhabited by Blue Ribbon and Calexico. Great brunch.

Long Tan had passable Thai food and a great late-night happy hour (11 to 1 am or something) - I miss it more for the scene than the food or drink.

There was a place called Mexican Pizza Company or something like that on 5th in Park Slope that had really good quesadillas. Like, really good. I think they were only around a year or so.

Banania Cafe's brunch, most notably the excellent bread basket and the low price tag.

Aug 19, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Flying Fox Fruit / Maggie Nesciur

Does anyone know if she'll be selling her crazy awesome heirloom fruits anywhere this summer. Strawberry season is over, berries are winding down, and I'd hate it if I missed apple season. (I need some Ananas Reinette and Reine des Reinettes this year. I need them!)

Since New Amsterdam Market closed up shop I haven't seen her mentioned anywhere. (Most places give Brooklyn as the location of her business, hence I'm asking on this board.)

Aug 16, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Unfiltered prosecco in the US?

Thanks! Love Moore Bros. and it's a good place to go on a hot day on the count of the entire store being cellar temp.

BTW, Astor Wines was stocking one in its walk-in cellar as well but it wasn't particularly good. (Forget the brand.)

Aug 09, 2014
lambretta76 in Wine

Ample HIlls Creamery Hype overwhelms reality

I agree entirely, although they win geographically due to their proximity to the playgrounds in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Boring, but fine.

Has anyone tried Hay Rosie yet? I found the consistency to be great -- super creamy, perfect temperature -- but the flavors frankly underwhelmed (lemon bar was good, but not strong enough, and I can't even remember what the other one we got was since the jimmies on top masked any flavor the ice cream may have had). That said, I was impressed enough by technique to give another shot and I've heard raves about the sage chocolate chip.

Jul 11, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

27 foods you can find in Tulsa but NOT New York. Am I wrong?

I was just trying to make a joke about the pronunciation (and emphasis) of dah-mah-NEE-kan versus dah-MINH-ah-can. I failed. Misérable. ;) (I swear I'm done.)

Nope, no food from Dominica hear that I know of. (We do have some from their neighbor Guadeloupe, but not the same.)

I think Acadia Parish in Brooklyn had at one time been good, but by the time I got here in the late 90s it was on a downhill slide and I believe closed shortly thereafter. Heard good about Jacques-Imo's when it first opened, but never made it before it, too, went downhill and closed.

Apr 20, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

27 foods you can find in Tulsa but NOT New York. Am I wrong?

Disagree with most, save for the cajun. Why can't we have good cajun here? Huntsville, AL, has two cajun restaurants that are 10x better than anything here (and a third that's on par or better). Sure, it's geographically closer, but ...

And we have tons of Dominican, it's just our emphasis is slightly different ;)

Apr 18, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Randazzo's update

Has anyone tried the sauces that they're selling at Duane Reade? And what's up with the lack of the "hot sauce" being sold there?

Apr 16, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Where can I find churros in Brooklyn around Park Slope or anywhere

I'm not sure how these would travel, but that all depends on how quickly you can get them to him.

That said, should you want the Spanish version (versus the Latin American versions) there's a place dedicated to them in Manhattan: http://socarratrestaurants.com/la-chu...

Apr 16, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

What happened to East River Bread and their lovely bagels?

Wow, thanks! Hopefully they'll do takeaway (and won't compete pricewise with Barney Greengrass).

Apr 16, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

What happened to East River Bread and their lovely bagels?

At last year's Smorgasburg there was a purveyor of delicious bagels and cream cheese called East River Bread. They received a ton of hype, and in my opinion deservedly so -- these were old school style bagels made with high quality ingredients. (Think Bagel Hole, but more better.)

And then ... gone. Stopped attending Smorgasburg, cut back on press, and by November stopped updating social media.

Does anyone have news about them -- are they still around, are they going to be attending any of the food fairs this season, anything?

Apr 15, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Do you wonder why the Chow site stinks?

The longer this is up, the more it seems like the OP is on to something ...

Apr 15, 2014
lambretta76 in Site Talk

Pad Se Ew noodles in Queens?

I just asked the same question -- here's some answers:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970790

and some specific to Queens:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572311

Apr 15, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Forgotten Fast Foods

Was definitely veal. Here's some comments about it on an 80s forum: http://www.inthe80s.com/food/burgerki...

and a video from the late 80s (although I don't remember having it then): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMAHXI...

Apr 08, 2014
lambretta76 in Chains
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Forgotten Fast Foods

I can't even begin to imagine how bad these were in the 80s (and how much worse they'd be now) but I was rather partial to Burger King's veal parmigiana sandwiches. (At least when I was 5 years old.)

Apr 07, 2014
lambretta76 in Chains

Noodles for pad see ew (phat si io) in NYC?

Awesome -- thanks!

Apr 03, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Noodles for pad see ew (phat si io) in NYC?

Wow -- I've been looking in the wrong place all this time. So they're fresh, but not dried. Do you happen to know what they're called in Mandarin (or Cantonese, whichever is more appropriate in this instance).

Apr 03, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Noodles for pad see ew (phat si io) in NYC?

Are they dried or fresh? (Not that it matters, I just want to look in the correct place.)

Mar 31, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Noodles for pad see ew (phat si io) in NYC?

Does anyone have a source for the long, wide noodles that most establishments use for pad see ew in NYC? Been to a couple of the larger Asian markets (and the Thai grocer in Chinatown) and haven't seen anything but the dried, square noodles (which turn into noodle roll-ups when cooked) and then ones that are more appropriate to pad thai.

Mar 31, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs

Belizean food in NYC?

It's killing me that I don't remember, but I know somewhere in the city is (was?) selling Marie Sharps hot sauce. My wife had brought back some from a trip to Belize and while on an errand (in South Brooklyn, mind you -- this wasn't a Caribbean neighborhood) we saw a store selling a few varieties. I really, really wish I could remember (this was probably 2 years ago) but it was a Court Street Grocers / Stinky Brooklyn -type store (but I don't think either of those).

Wow, that wasn't helpful at all!

Mar 10, 2014
lambretta76 in Outer Boroughs